Last week I wrote about riding Metro while pregnant and how few able-bodied people would give up their seats to those who need to take a load off.It generated a lot of comments on a lot of topics, ranging from Medicare, birth control and Social Security. (I’m not going to address all those, but thanks for reading and for writing.)Some readers commented that it is not all bad - some people do kindly give up their seats with no eye-rolling to those who need them. Other riders had plenty of stories to share. One woman e-mailed me to tell of how when she was pregnant and aboard a crowded train, she sometimes sat on the carpeted floor of Metro trains. (Yuck!)Some readers raised the question of when is it okay for a pregnant woman, disabled rider or elderly person who needs the seat to simply - and politely - ask for someone's seat. To me, it is always okay to ask. The worst they can say is no.
Don't let Christmas cookies get all the glory. There are some wonderful treats to make in your kitchen for Easter, too.Hot cross buns are the quintessential Easter brunch treat. Full of tradition, they present beautifully on a platter and are perfect alongside a cup of coffee and a slice of quiche.Don't be daunted by the recipe. It is time-consuming — about 3 hours from start to finish — but not difficult. And all of the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen. We recommend spending the time while the dough rises to dye eggs or prep a white wine sangria.Another favorite Easter dessert is a fancy lemon tart with a surprise layer of chocolate hiding beneath its sheen. It's just so darn festive! The original recipe, from Suzanne Goin's "Sunday Suppers at Lucques," calls for Meyer lemon juice, but since we so rarely have Meyer lemons here, we make it with regular. The bright and sunny yellow tart is stunningly beautiful, but it's also a perfect ending for a heavy meal: a luscious lemon curd that doesn't really fill you up but is rich enough to satisfy. The chocolate is just the gild on the lily.
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This is what feminism has come to: fighting for the right to wear yoga pants and leggings to middle school. This pressing civil rights issue made headlines when girls in Evanston, Ill., protested rules that they said banned the bum-hugging clothing for creating classroom distractions.A feminist flash mob attacked Haven Middle School for shaming girls and promoting rape culture. Eliana Dockterman wrote in Time that the school's argument "is not that distant from the arguments made by those who accuse rape victims of asking to be assaulted by dressing a certain way."Actually, it's a universe away.Rape is a physical attack and a crime. Pubescent boys noticing girls' bottoms is neither. Still, two parents wrote to the school asserting, "We really hope that you will consider the impact of these policies and how they contribute to rape culture." A feminist writer tweeted, "#RapeCultureIsWhen we tell 13-year-old girls they can't wear leggings because it's 'distracting' to the boys."Haven's administrators say they never claimed that the form-fitting pants were distracting to boys, though they surely are. An Evanston parent reported that the principal told her the school was merely "trying to figure out a way to tamp down the sexualization of middle-school girls." Isn't that a goal feminists support?
Two rival research groups set out in 1987 to answer a tantalizing question: Could a diet kept meager in calories pay off in longevity?Both teams, one at a National Institute on Aging laboratory in Baltimore and the other at the University of Wisconsin, studied colonies of rhesus monkeys, which can live past age 40, and it was 22 years before the first results were released. The restricted diet, the Wisconsin team reported in 2009, seemed to be working.But three years later, the Baltimore team said that its monkeys on reduced-calorie diets were living no longer than those given a normal diet. The differing results puzzled the researchers.Now, the Wisconsin team has struck back, asserting on Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications that the Baltimore study was effectively in error because its control monkeys were also fed a leaner than normal diet.The studies are immensely expensive because the monkeys must be followed for their lifetimes and given almost the same standard of health care as human beings.But these long-running experiments are also of great importance. In laboratory mice, reducing the calories in a normal diet increases longevity by up to 40 percent, and it does so by postponing the onset of age-related diseases. The monkey studies are the most direct way of determining whether the same would be true of people.Though few people can stick to a diet with 30 percent fewer calories than normal, drugs designed to mimic caloric restriction are being developed and could in principle have far-reaching effects on a population’s health and longevity.
She wasn’t eating kale smoothies because she loved them, and she never thought becoming anorexic would make her prettier.Anna, a junior at a Spokane high school, set out on a path toward an eating disorder by trying to eat healthier.Fueled partly by a desire to be a better athlete, influenced by a family member who emphasized a health-conscious, “very organic, very raw” diet, Anna traded junk food for a strict diet the summer before her sophomore year. Along with smoothies (the kale was organic), she ate vegetable salads, but no dressing (fat was bad) and no croutons (carbs were bad). She ate edamame and rice (brown rice, never white). And once a week, she treated herself to a quarter-cup of granola.Orthorexia is often described as an “unhealthy obsession” with healthy eating – a fixation on the quality of food, rather than the quantity. It starts with good intentions. But as orthorexics become fixated, their food choices become so restricted that their health and relationships can suffer.
Tennessee is poised to become the first state in the country to subject women to criminal assault charges if they use drugs during their pregnancy. Last week, both chambers of the state legislature passed Senate Bill 1391, which would ultimately allow the state to scrutinize miscarriages, stillbirths, and birth defects to try to determine if drugs played a role.
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I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not always easy to fit in a workout during the week. Between jobs, school, meetings, doctor’s appointments, taking care of your pets and family, running errands, and cooking dinner, exercise doesn’t always make the cut. Then when the weekend rolls around, you make up for not exercising by going all out on Saturday or Sunday.
Yoga is a great way to boost the energy of those weekend warriors who wear themselves out between Friday night and Monday morning. Specific postures can stabilize your spine, soothe tight hamstrings, open the hips and prevent injuries you might incur doing your favorite weekend activities. These five poses target the total body and help lubricate the shoulder and knee joints and strengthening your back.
The common probiotic treatment for infant colic, Lactobacillus reuteri, is found to be ineffective in soothing crying episodes, but should colicky babies continue to be treated? Photo courtesy of ShutterstockThe incessant crying episodes after bathing, feeding, and changing a baby’s diaper could leave parents irritated and in despair, trying to find solutions to soothe their newborn. Babies with colic usually tend to be sensitive to stimulation and may cry more when they are surrounded by worried, anxious, or depressed people. While parents have become reliant on probiotics to treat excessive infant crying, a study in the British Medical Journal found the common probiotic treatment Lactobacillus reuteri — a bacterium that can help improve digestion — does not help infants with colic, and suggests it should not be routinely recommended for all infants with the condition.
What would be the most efficient way to power a spaceship carrying hundreds of thousands of passengers? According to some newly-published calculations, the best option would be to use the passengers themselves—by harnessing the power of exercise.The paper, "Can We Power A Spaceship?" is one of the offerings in the most recent issue of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics. The journal is published by the University of Leicester, where students apply their knowledge to various pop culture conundrums, such as whether the transformation of a frog into a prince violates the laws of conservation of mass and energy.
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