I don't know if there is any issue with such a generational divide...
It currently appears that it's only a matter time before legalization.
Nate Silver projects when each state will legalize gay marriage via a regression model with the following variables: 1. The year in which (a gay marriage type) amendment was voted upon; 2. The percentage of adults in 2008 Gallup tracking surveys who said that religion was an important part of their daily lives; 3. The percentage of white evangelicals in the state.
*Edit - Nate Sliver actually projects "the dates when the model predicts that each of the 50 states would vote against a marriage ban." The dates seem a bit more resonable now, but i still would be more conservative in the projections. Though maybe we've hit a tipping point?
"One reason women die in childbirth has to do with anatomy, arising from two basic evolutionary trade-offs. The first is that once our ancient ancestors began to walk upright, too large a pelvis made upright walking and running inefficient and exhausting. A narrow pelvis permits fast running. That however makes childbirth exceedingly difficult. So the evolutionary adaptation is that women generally have medium-sized pelvises that permit moderately swift locomotion and allow them to survive childbirth - most of the time.
The other trade-off is head size. Beginning with our Cro-Magnon ancestors, human skull size expanded to accommodate more complex brains. Larger brains offer an evolutionary advantage once a child is born, but they increase the chance that a large-headed fetus will never emerge alive from the mother."
Many epidemiological studies measure adiposity (obesity) through the surrogate BMI via self reported measures of height and weight. As I have mentioned before, there are many problems with this. But how can we improve on this while maintaining our level of accuracy and not using a direct measure requiring a more intensive doctor visit?
Two ideas to use along with BMI:
1. Waist size - pant size for men, dress size for women
2. Bench press - probably more reasonable for men. Could use max (weight you can bench press once), or weight you can bench press ten times.
I am currently a grad student studying cancer epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. I am interested in the topics to be discussed such as sports, politics, finance, and health. I should be busy the next few years with school, so posts may be sparse.
1. The Obesity Epidemic in America 2. Top causes of death for young males/females 3. Fantasy Sports 4. Political Examples - polling 5. Baseball (sabermetrics) 6. Geospatial Mapping 7. Inequalities in Health and Income 8. Disease Etiology on a Gene vs. Environment Level 9. Cancer - particularly in the young 10. Personal finance/stocks - active vs. index mutual funds 11. A drunkard's walk - gambler's fallacy, overvaluing celebrities 12. Doctors vs. Epidemiologists