Prime Time Sister Circles: Addressing the paradox of obesity in midlife African-American women

>>Tiffany Townsend: Good afternoon. My name is Tiffany Townsend. I’m the director of the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs. I want to welcome you to our February installment of the Ethnicity and Health in America Series. I don’t know if any of you follow, but our office has a series where we focus on the […]

WHY Exercise is so Underrated (Brain Power & Movement Link)

To understand the injustice that has been done to exercise, let’s pretend we’re back in 1995 and Nintendo is advertising the Nintendo 64. When marketing, they talk solely about the technical aspects of the machine and how it has a 93.7 megahertz processor compared to the Super Nintendo’s measly 3.56 megahertz processor. The N64 flops […]

Why Do We Itch?

The American poet Ogden Nash said, “Happiness is having a scratch for every itch.” But while scratching can feel pretty good, we all know what happens next. When considering scratching an itch, it may be better to follow the old Yiddish proverb: “A quarrel is like an itch; the more you scratch, the more it […]

The Brain’s Hunger/Satiety Pathways and Obesity, Animation

Food intake and energy expenditure must be balanced to maintain a healthy body weight. This balance is kept by the central nervous system, which controls feeding behavior and energy metabolism. Several brain systems are involved, including the brainstem which receives neuronal inputs from the digestive tract, and the hypothalamus which picks up hormonal and nutritional […]