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Anorexia linked to "autistic" thinking

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An interesting article by Linda Geddes in New Scientist:

A GROWING appreciation of the links between anorexia and autism spectrum disorders has uncovered new opportunities for treating the eating disorder.

Mental health professionals are now attempting to train the brains of people with anorexia to be more flexible and to see the big picture as well as fine details. In doing so, they hope patients will be less inclined to obsess about body weight and calories and be better equipped to overcome their eating disorder in the long term, as well as gaining weight more immediately.

Last month, the international Academy for Eating Disorders published a paper calling for eating disorders (EDs) such as anorexia and bulimia to receive the same degree of healthcare as other biologically based mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) (International Journal of Eating Disorders, DOI: 10.1002/eat.20589). Other groups are even calling for anorexia to be placed in the same diagnostic category as autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

The main reason for this change is …

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26 April 2009 at 4:02 pm

More on the swine flu

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New Scientist has a good FAQ.

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26 April 2009 at 3:58 pm

Chicken tonight

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I just disjointed two pounds of chicken wings, discarded the tips (though I probably should have used them to make stock) and put the other pieces in a bowl of Shari’s chicken marinade to marinate until dinner.

UPDATE: They were, as always, delicious, but one tip: line the baking sheet with aluminum foil and then put the wings on a rack above the foil. Because of the brown sugar in the marinade, the drips adhere tenaciously to the foil.

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26 April 2009 at 11:56 am

Posted in Daily life, Food, Recipes

Interesting idea: kids’ shoes that grow

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The shoes can be increased by one full size (6 to 7 for example) in half-size increments: 6, 6 1/2, 7. Good idea when buying shoes for kids still growing fast.

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26 April 2009 at 11:05 am

Posted in Daily life, Technology

The perfect laptop bag for business travel

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I’m a big fan of Tom Bihn bags, from the time he was making the bags in Santa Cruz on a side street just off the Pacific Garden Mall. I even talked with him about making a Go equipment bag (two bowls of stones, a folding Go board, and perhaps a few Go books and clock) and he seemed enthusiastic for a while, but the bag has yet to be released.

Here’s an enthusiastic (and detailed) endorsement of Bihn’s top-of-the-line laptop bag. It begins:

In the post What we want but can’t yet have, I bemoaned how I had yet to find a decent laptop bag for business travel:

The perfect laptop bag has a pocket for everything you need to carry with you, has a comfortable shoulder strap, is made to last, is professional in appearance, and doesn’t scream I’M CARRYING A LAPTOP FOR YOU TO STEAL. This bag is so perfect that you want to name your pets after it. We have found many bags that come close to meeting these requirements, but none that is perfect.

The day after this post ran, I got an e-mail from a lovely woman at Tom Bihn bags explaining that the reason I hadn’t found the perfect laptop bag was because I hadn’t tried her company’s top-of-the-line product. Fair enough, I hadn’t tried the exact bag she was referencing in her e-mail. I told her I would take it out with me on a few trips and see how it handled. My expectations were low; I’d been let down so many times in the past that I assumed I would be let down again.

I’m not one to eagerly admit when I’m wrong, but I was. This bag is amazing. It meets my qualifications for a perfect laptop bag for business travel — and more. I’ve since taken it out four times (three of those involved air travel), and feel comfortable singing its praises.

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26 April 2009 at 10:55 am

Posted in Daily life, Technology

Steve Harrison & a best-selling author

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A self-published author who’s one of the best-selling authors of all times. Via Tom Colvin’s blog, Becoming a Writer Seriously:

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26 April 2009 at 10:45 am

Posted in Books, Video, Writing

6 ways mushrooms can save the world

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26 April 2009 at 10:36 am

Posted in Daily life, Food

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