Citizen of the Month

the writing and photography of Neil Kramer

Tag: heart disease

Are Bloggers Too “Snarky?”

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Text from this month’s Psychology today (page 44).  Pictures are my own: 

“Don’t stop parroting Daily Show host Jon Stewart just yet, but a cynical outlook really can take years off of your life.  Thanks to their nihilistic bent, cynics tend to engage in more self-destructive behaviors than their sunnier peers.  Research has shown that they smoke and drink more, and are more likely to commit suicide.”

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“Cynics also suffer and die from heart problems in disproportinate numbers.” 

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“Cardiologist Donald Haas at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical School found that suspicious people who suffer from heart disease are more than twice as likely as their more optimistic couterparts to end up gravely ill or hospitalized for their condition.  Haas speculates that cynics may be less likely to follow doctors’ orders – either out of spite or despondency.”

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A Year Ago on Citizen of the MonthDear Chinese People

Acne News

High school bully:  Hey, pimple face.   I’m gonna kick your ass!

Pimple face guy:  I should tell you that "the activity of male hormones, androgens, can give rise to acne during adolescence, but may also protect against coronary heart disease in adulthood, UK researchers report."

High school bully:  No shit! Awesome!  You mean your acne can actually help your pimple face live a longer and healthier life?

Pimple face guy:  Perhaps, high school bully.  But you know, this medical news always has a twist to it.  "Androgens also appear to be associated with an increased risk of dying from prostate cancer, the study in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests."

High school bully:  Pimply-faced loser.   I’m so gonna kick your ass!

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