ICYMI: New Orleans’ Coroner And The Pros And Cons Of Egg Freezing

ICYMI Health features what we’re reading this week.

This week, on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans, we listened to a radio interview with the city’s coroner, a position that requires making tough judgement calls about classifying police-involved shooting deaths, as well as consoling families of the deceased. 

We also thought hard after reading an essay about the ethics of watching murder caught on film, following the tragic slaying of two Virginia journalists on live TV this week.

And, on a lighter note, we examined the benefits of a good cry, with science confirming what we already suspected: people’s moods do improve after a sob session.

Read on and tell us in the comments: What did you read, listen to, watch and love this week?

1. Here’s Scientific Evidence That Crying Can Be Therapeutic – The Huffington Post

A good cry can lift your spirits, but those positive vibes might take about 90 minutes to kick in.

Film criers felt even better than they did before the film at the 90-minute mark, while participants who didn’t cry reported no significant changes to their mood, for better or worse, throughout the entire experiment.

2. The End Of Walking — Aeon

The United States has become increasingly more hostile to pedestrians over the last 80 years.

Anecdotally, one hears stories of communities where proposed infrastructure that promotes walking brings out grumbles that only the poor, the great unwashed, the criminal and the under-classes have any use for sidewalks and pedestrian-friendly roads.

3. Why It Matters That Fewer Black Men Are Applying To Medical School – The Huffington Post

Even as medical schools become increasingly more diverse, the number of black male doctors is shrinking.

You’re going to face a number of people who just don’t believe in you, for a number of reasons. It may be because of your skin color. It may be because of the community that you’re from or the school that you came from or your economic background. 

4. Is It Worth Your Time And Money To Freeze Your Eggs? – Broadly

Egg freezing is expensive, invasive and doesn’t always work. Experts discuss the dangers and merits of using science to delay fertility. 

Many continue to argue that offering this procedure only exasperates the inequality that women already experience, putting even more of the burden of fertility back on women’s shoulders.

6. Single And Loving It, For Some – Pacific Standard

People who maintain social relationships by avoiding conflict are happiest being single.  

Being single, however, may give people high in avoidance goals some relief if they are free from the anxiety and pressures posed by the risk of rejection and negative relationship experiences they try to avoid.

7. In New Orleans: How To Get Elected Coroner – Death, Sex & Money

When Hurricane Katrina hit Dr. Jeffrey Rouse’s hometown of New Orleans, he decided to run for office — as the city’s coroner. 

I can distinctly remember being glued to the television and seeing a police officer that I knew — on camera — crying. That was not this guy’s temperament. So, to me, that was a very strong indicator that my time of studying trauma from a research perspective, needed to be put on the side. 

8. Is It Ethical to Watch Murder Caught on Tape? – Pacific Standard

The case for, and against, viewing the videos of the two journalists who were murdered on air in Virginia. 

The fascination with viewing someone who is [dead] … is driven by that sort of supreme fear of ours which makes us want to know more and to understand the experience and feel like we have some kind of window in.

9. Does Being Neurotic Really Make You More Creative? – The Huffington Post

Overthinkers solve problems more creatively, but they are also more anxious.

Highly neurotic people will suffer a lot of anxiety and depression over their lifespan, but their deep-thinking, brooding tendencies can also give rise to greater creative potential.

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