Melina Simmons

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America's Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail

At Cook County, where a third of those incarcerated suffer from psychological disorders, officials are looking for ways to treat inmates less like prisoners and more like patients.<p>It was 9 o’clock in the morning at Cook County Jail, but in the subterranean holding cells where dozens await their …

The Psychology of Simple

This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.<p>For a concept that we all understand, ‘simple’ is deceivingly difficult to pin down.<p>We may ‘know it when we see it’, but there’s more to what makes a product or website feel simple than just gut reaction.<p>In the words of Steve Jobs:<p>“Simple can be harder …

How Ford Models Changed the Face of Beauty

The little-known story behind a pair of young newlyweds in post–World War II Manhattan who launched the era of the supermodel.<p>When Eileen Otte and Jerry Ford eloped to San Francisco in November 1944, in the midst of World War II, it was hardly surprising that Jerry should declare his profession as …

June 2015

25 daily habits that will make you smarter

In the Quora thread, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?", readers shared the habits they follow to fuel their brains.<p>Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person.<p>Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, …

Success

Court Case Shows How Health Insurers Rip off You and Your Employer

If you think you're paying too much for employer-sponsored health coverage, you might want to forward this to the HR department. It's possible, maybe even likely, that your health insurer has been ripping off both you and your employer -- to the tune of several million dollars every year -- for …

Inside HBO’s Quest For Emotional Truth

From The Jinx to Going Clear to the new Montage of Heck, HBO documentaries are changing the genre’s narrative.<p>“Today is a very special day.”<p>It’s Monday afternoon, and the weekend’s box office numbers for director Brett Morgen’s latest documentary, <i>Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,</i> are in. “We had one of …

The Geography of Well-Being

A new index takes a holistic look at America's inequalities. Yes, that's plural.<p>Economic growth has long been the basic metric through which we evaluate economic and social progress. But a growing number of policymakers and experts argue that we need a better way to measure “well being.”<p>In a report …

Demographics

7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You Happier

If you're still fighting off the lingering effects of seasonal affective disorder with unhealthy comfort foods, try eating some of these seven foods …

Nutrition

Confessions of a Non-Gluten Eater

Why I went for it, why I stuck with it…<p>In the summer of 2013 I opted to stop eating gluten. I'm married to a hedge fund VP who became a holistic nutritionist and while I wasn't fully on board with embracing a new lifestyle in the beginning, I thought it was worth a try. I'd never had any food …

Eating spinach every day could make your brain 11 years younger

Your mother was right to tell you to eat your greens: just one portion a day could help stave off dementia<p>We all know that vegetables are good for us - but did you know that eating just one portion of leafy greens a day could stave off dementia?<p>Researchers at Rush University in Chicago evaluated …

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.<p>J.G. is a lawyer in his early 30s. He’s a fast talker and has the lean, sinewy build of a distance runner. His …

I Completed a 30-Day Minimalism Challenge In Order to "Live More Simply" And Have Less Stuff

It is just dawning on me that my life will never look "chic," "effortless," or "minimal." Though I like to think that Future Claire will have a wardrobe of expertly-tailored basics in muted tones — shirts and sweaters in shades like "pebble" and "bone" — I will always be the girl who impulsively …

Minimalism

Palcohol -- powdered alcohol -- is now legal in the U.S.

Palcohol, a new powdered alcohol product that allows consumers to mix alcohol powder with liquid to create a cocktail, has been approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Lipsmark, the company that makes Palcohol, recently announced the news on its website.<p>"Imagine a regular …

Alcohol

11 Superfoods That Work Better Together

Peanut butter and jelly. Soup and salad. Spaghetti and meatballs. There are a few classic pairings that will never go out of style. But some food …

The crazy, bitter battle over Benihana

If you want to pinpointthe moment when the battle over Benihana escalated from mere belligerence to full-on absurdity, it would be when a federal …

Sleep Number's x12 smart bed monitors your sleeping habits

CES 2014: the year the Internet of Things got very, very real. So far at the show we've seen a smart toothbrush and even a smart slow cooker, but is everybody ready for a smart bed? Sleep Number just announced the x12, which packs a variety of sensors to monitor your sleeping habits, movement, …

Defining McD's Sustainable Beef; Chicken Wing Shortage

· McDonald's Promises Sustainable Beef [BusinessWeek]<br>· Will There Be a Chicken Wing Shortage in 2014? [Bon App]<br>· Smithfield Prods Its Pork Suppliers to Dump Pig Crates [NPR]<br>· America's Next Great City Is Downtown LA [GQ]<br>· Aureole Chef Charlie Palmer Reflects on 25 Years [NRN]<br>· Liquor Producers …

Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls

This just in: <i>Sweet rolls are taking over the universe.</i><p>At least that’s the conclusion one might draw if they read my site regularly and see the …

Crab Rangoon

December 30, 2013<p><i>This crisp, fried wonton is loaded with cream cheese and crab goodness, and it’s an absolute party favorite!</i><p>Knowing that this is my …

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

<i>When she has the kitchen all to herself, Phyllis Grant of Dash and Bella cooks beautiful iterations of what solo meals were always meant to be: exactly what you want, when and where you want them.</i><p><i>Today: A cookie with the perfect combination of fat, flavor, and comfort. Who needs detox?</i><p>Year round, …

Bread, Beef and Other Foods That Will Cost Way More Next Year

Got milk? You probably will next year — reports of $8-a-gallon milk are overblown, but there are some food items that will have you digging deeper in …