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Empirical Evidence: Cats Love People

Any cat owner will tell you: cats hold humans in contempt. Oh sure, they pretend to like you, rubbing around your legs and purring until you produce the food bowl. But as soon as mealtime is over, they go right back to normal mode — sneering condescension.<p>But what if you learned that you’re wrong …

Doctors have finally found a more accurate way than BMI to determine whether your weight is healthy

The index, a measure of body fat based on your weight in relation to your height, can be traced back to the 1830s. Despite its popularity, it's now understood to be a relatively crude measure of fitness.<p>Now there's finally an alternative — and it solves the biggest problem with the BMI.<p>On Monday, a …

Mayo Clinic

How ‘superagers’ stay sharp in their later years

A new study shows how strenuous mental and physical exercise keeps your brain firing on all cylinders<p>When it comes to retirement, experts recommend that everyone do some hard thinking. By this, they mean you should plan your finances responsibly, consider carefully where to live, and decide what …

General Hospital

There’s no such thing as “mild depression”

moremoreIn his memoir, <i>Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression</i>, writer Andrew Solomon makes a critical point about two models of depression, the categorical and dimensional.<p>The first sees depression “as an illness totally separate from other emotions, much as a stomach virus is totally different from …

Depression

Kitten With Missing Foot Tells His Rescuers in Raspy Meow How Thankful He is...

A tiny ginger kitten with a missing foot couldn't stop thanking his rescuers after he was saved from living as a stray.<p>Meet Quinton the cat!<p>Best …

Biscuits

7 book subscriptions for every type of reader

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Mima Antic/ShutterStock Most of us could stand to turn off the TV and crack open a book.<p>In addition to sinking your teeth into a compelling …

Books

Even More Evidence Has Linked Parkinson's Disease to Our Gut Bacteria

Parkinson's isn't just in our brains<p>Researchers have found yet another reason to think the symptoms of Parkinson's disease could be a consequence of …

Kitten Who Hasn't Found Home Because of His Deformed Legs is Not Giving up...

A very special tuxedo kitten with twisted legs has been sitting in the shelter, waiting for his forever family to come. He's not giving up.<p>Meet Ivan …

Pets

How to Write Your Book in a Matter of Months

The best manuscript isn't perfect - it's complete.<p>The benefits of writing a book to support your business and brand are many. But given all of the demands of our "day" jobs, plus the inevitable demands of our personal life and a few blessed hours for unwinding/hobbies, you may be wondering how it's …

A New Study Finds a Surprising Treatment for Migraines

Migraines affect 18% of women in the U.S., yet as common as they are, effective treatments aren't always easy to come by. People have sought costly …

Depression Makes You Better

Would you say you're a good judge of character? Do you have a great memory? Not easily tricked? Can you clearly and persuasively express yourself in writing? Congratulations, you're probably a depressed sack of shit!<p>Would you say you’re a good judge of character? Do you have a great memory? Not …

Kitty Becomes Brother to Two Tinier Orphaned Kittens Who Look Just Like Him..

Two orphaned kittens found a brother from another mother who not only looks like them but loves them like family.<p>Meet Brixton, Genevieve!<p>It was back …

Feeling Anxious? A Psychotherapist Says This Is How to Deal

More often than not, anxiety is a fear of what <i>could</i> happen; it's living your life thinking <i>what if?</i> instead of embracing what lies ahead. But rather …

Sugar's 'tipping point' link to Alzheimer's disease revealed

For the first time a “tipping point” molecular link between the blood sugar glucose and Alzheimer’s disease has been established by scientists, who …

What’s next for books?

I like Digital Reader editor Nate Hoffelder. He is one of the few bloggers about publishing who doesn’t suck up to the industry, nor does he particularly gild the lily. He basically believes that books are great, publishing is probably doomed and that writing is really important.<p>That’s why I was …

Writing

Treating Anxiety Without Using Prescription Medications

<b>Anxiety: an overview</b><i><br>Generalized anxiety</i> is a chronic condition characterized by both psychological or physical symptoms such as feelings of tension, …

Panic Attacks

A Psychologist Has Turned His Patients' Experience Of Mental Health Issues Into Stunning Photos

"I wanted to visually portray this anguish for those who've never suffered with it," said Douglas Amorim. This post contains images some may find distressing.<p>If you need information and practical advice on depression, you can call the Mind infoline on 0300 123 3393 (9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday) if …

Philip Pullman unveils epic fantasy trilogy The Book of Dust

Author’s new novel series is set in London and Oxford and overlaps with hugely popular His Dark Materials<p>Philip Pullman has ended years of speculation by announcing that The Book of Dust, an epic fantasy trilogy that will stand alongside his bestselling series, His Dark Materials, will be published …

Books

Simon’s Cat and Kitten Offer a Very Handy Guide to Understanding How Cats Show Their Love

Simon’s Cat and kitten amusingly offer, through a series of vignettes, a handy guide to understanding and interpreting the unusual ways in which cats …

Food Puzzles for Cats Helps You Find and Build Kitty Brainteasers

Cats who work for their food seem to be happier and healthier, so stuffing food into a toy isn’t just a hobby for you. It’s a way to reduce your …

Anne Rice Talks Erotica, Feminism, and 40 Years of INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE

This past year was a milestone author Anne Rice, as it marked 40 years since her first novel <i>Interview with the Vampire</i> came out. But when it first …

Alzheimer’s Disease Risk Linked To Gut Bacteria After Swedish Scientists Study Mice

Scientists around the world have been hard at work trying to discover just what causes Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative, irreversible condition …

A Dispatch from the Depths of Anxiety: How Music Helps Me Connect to the Outside World

Ryan Wilson—the black metal mastermind behind The Howling Void and Pneuma Hagion—opens up about his dark battle with mental illness<p>People often write about their struggles with anxiety or depression after they have found some sort of lifeline. They often reflect upon a darker time while standing in …

Build This Easy DIY Outdoor Cat Shelter for Your Cat or Strays

Winter, and even rainy spring, can be tough for cats who live outdoors. If you have a cat that spends most of its time outdoors, or you want to …

DIY

Study: Gut bacteria may play a role in Alzheimer's disease

New research from Lund University in Sweden has shown that intestinal bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease. According to …

10 stages of dealing with a cat first thing in the morning

<b>When you love your cat but secretly hate it a little bit too.</b><p>I love my cat. She is soft and furry and relatively quiet.<p>She keeps her things tidy, she …

Pets

What to Do When Your Life Has Gotten Messy

Your home is in disarray, you’re behind on your bills, your In box is overflowing, and your cat is in need of a visit to the vet. There are things to …

Psychology

Why are cats so quirky about drinking?

When it comes to drinking, most dogs aren't very picky. Slimy water bowl, muddy puddle — even an open toilet bowl will do in a pinch.<p>But cats, on the …

Pets