Saturday, January 31, 2009

Take Your Lithium and Roll Her In Flour

Today you will find two bits of information from the World of Science. The first is just two brain scans, which display the difference between a bipolar brain and a normal brain. The red coloration seen so richly in the bipolar brain indicates a high level of activity. Strangely, when people are depressed, scans show a very active brain. On the other end of the spectrum, mania also can be see in these scans, and also as the color red, just in different areas than depression. The appearance of a bipolar brain strikes me as dramatically different than a normal one. Take a gander...

Not too long ago I saw a neurologist, who in turn saw me because I was in the habit of floppin' and twitchin' from seizures. We spent a lot of time looking at my brain.

The second bit of science comes from a medical journal. It's about fat bottomed girls and how they make the rockin' world go round. Enjoy.

"Fat" Women Have More Sex Than "Normal" Counterparts by Mohit Joshi

Washington, Oct 31 : Those who think women scoring more on the weighing scale do not score much when it comes to sexual behaviour, certainly need a reality check, for a new study has revealed that fat ladies have more sex than females with "normal weight”.

Oregon and Hawaiian researchers have found that a woman''s weight does not seem to affect sexual behaviour.

Led by Dr. Bliss Kaneshiro, an assistant professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, and Oregon State University professor Marie Harvey, the study was based on data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth that looked at sexual behaviour of more than 7,000 women.

In earlier studies it was Kaneshiro observed that obese and overweight women have a higher risk of unintended pregnancy than do normal weight women.

Thus, Kaneshiro studied the relationship between body mass index and sexual behavior, including sexual orientation, age at first intercourse, number of partners, and frequency of intercourse.

"Our analysis demonstrated that obese and overweight women do not differ significantly in some of the objective measures of sexual behavior compared to women of normal weight. This study indicates that all women deserve diligence in counseling on unintended pregnancy and STD prevention, regardless of body mass index," said Kaneshiro.

The study ruled out the widely held stereotypes that overweight and obese women are not as sexually active as other women, as the researchers concluded that it’s the opposite that is true.

"I was glad to see that the stereotype that you have to be slender to have sex is just that, a stereotype," said Harvey.

The data revealed that overweight women were more likely to report having sexual intercourse with a man, even when she controlled for age, race and type of residence.

In fact, 92 percent of overweight women reported having a history of sexual intercourse with a man, as compared to 87 percent of women with a normal body mass index.

"These results were unexpected and we don''t really know why this is the case," said Kaneshiro.

Kaneshiro''s study was awarded first prize at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists'' annual meeting this year.

The study was published in the September issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology

. (ANI)


Anonymous said...

You must have one full vagina then.

Anonymous said...

Darren! glad to see you back and blogging.

full vagina?

Anonymous said...

Oh, and the last comment was from AL!

Anonymous said...

Although, I was thinking that active brains in those diagnosed with illness is not necessarily a good thing. After all, those are faulty processes firing all over the place. Too bad that whacked-out crap can't be harnessed to power a couple of lightbulbs.

Anonymous said...

And that last commnet came from another person who doesn't give much of a crap.

Darren W. Lyle said...

I didn't mean to imply that there was anything good about the high level of activity in a bipolar brain. The ability to see a difference in the brains as they work is what got my attention.