The Science-Backed, No-Prescription-Needed Way to Reduce Pain

If the mental benefits of meditation (Adios, anxiety and depression!) haven’t been enough to get you on the “Breathe in, breathe out” bandwagon, this just might do the trick: A recent study, to be published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that meditation significantly reduced participants’ levels of both emotional pain and physical pain, TIME reports. So listen up, everyone whose whole body is still killing them after this week’s BeWOW workout!
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How to Make Friends As an Adult (Without Feeling Like a Weirdo)

A friend and I regularly play a game, where I read a Tinder profile aloud and she has to decide whether to swipe right or left (so say “yes” or “no” to that person) based solely on the person’s condensed-into-90-ish-characters personality. It gives me a glimpse into the world of online dating — a land, having met my boyfriend before the age of Tinder, where I have never ventured — and makes online dating slightly more fun and less miserable for her. Slightly.

As anyone who has ever braved the new world that is Tinder knows, Tinder profiles can get weird. I won’t even get into the story about the one where the guy used, and I quote, “I’m really good at helping people pick out Halloween costumes,” as a pick-up line. But the weirdest Tinder profiles, in my opinion, aren’t the ones like that or the ones where the person aggressively lists off hobbies with periods in between — “Lifting. Gardening. Craft Beer. My Dog.” and so on; the weirdest Tinder profiles are the ones that say anything along the lines of “Just looking for friends.” Like, don’t you know you’re in the wrong place? Read more »

Yikes: Having a Beer Belly Seriously Ups Risk of Death, New Research Shows

Beer bellies are bad news, a new study shows. According to The New York Times, new research from a national study of over 15,000 adults, found that those who had an abnormally large belly compared to the rest of their body (better known as a beer belly) had significantly higher risks of heart disease and death than those with an even distribution of fat — even if they were of normal weight.
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ThinkFest Recap: Dr. Jean Bennett on Curing Blindness

Dr. Jean Bennett at ThinkFest.

Dr. Jean Bennett at ThinkFest.

ThinkFest is streaming live all day. Watch ThinkFest here.

Philadelphia is leading the way in developing gene therapies that could pull off medical miracles like reversing blindness, a Penn medical researcher said Friday at Thinkfest.

“This is really, really an exciting time,” said Dr. Jean Bennett of University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She’d helped lead a team that’s in the midst of FDA trials to bring a blindness therapy to market.

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