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There’s a new doll that's making a lot of headlines and getting praise for… well... not being Barbie.
Pittsburgh artist Nickolay Lamm created Lammily, a more lifelike doll, which is shorter, broader and has a thicker neck than the traditional Barbie. Lammily also struts in sporty clothes to promote fitness. (Via KTVK)
“I used this model. It represents the average 19-year-old American woman.”
“Using data from the Centers for Disease Control website, Nickolay made a 3D image of his own doll.” (Via KMBC)
Lamm raised more than $300,000 to get the project off the ground. He’s been pretty warmly received by media outlets, with many praising the doll for its “Average is beautiful” mantra. (Via Lammily, Elle, The Guardian)
“She looks fit and healthy, and normal.”
“And still cute, beautiful, but realistic.” (Via WTHR)
The comparisons are unavoidable, and the reviews are in: Lammily is nothing like Barbie, and that’s a good thing.
“Some people feel like her beauty is unattainable because, well, it is.”
“It’s not real. It’s a plastic doll.” (Via KIFI)
Barbie has long been criticized for affecting the way girls view themselves. A study published last week found after playing with Barbie for just five minutes, girls rated themselves less capable than boys of pursuing certain careers. (Via Springer / Sex Roles)
And those fears have been spurred on by stories of women literally transforming themselves into dolls. (Via YouTube / Ismail Karaman)
“She is passionate about looking like a doll, and she’s getting plenty of coverage for it. What message is that sending to young girls?” (Via ABC)
But in a recent interview, Barbie’s lead designer Kim Culmone defended the dolls measurements, saying body image issues aren’t coming from dolls.
“Clearly, the influences for girls on those types of issues, whether it’s body image or anything else, it’s proven, it’s peers, moms, parents, it’s their social circles.” (Via Fast Company Design)
And a columnist for The Kansas City Star says, even though Lammily’s figure is more realistic, labelling her “normal” is still a problem.
“When we start using words like ‘normal’ and ‘real,’ we are teaching girls to compare by saying this is what normal looks like in the form of a plastic mold. What if we don’t have an athletic build or wear preppy clothes? What if we don’t fit that mold?” (Via The Kansas City Star)
Lamm says Lammily should hit the shelves in November of this year, just in time for the holiday season.Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:34:26 -0400
For decades, Alzheimer's disease researchers have been looking for a way to predict the disease in advance that isn't incredibly invasive or expensive. Now a group of scientists at Georgetown University say they might have found it.
The study, published in Nature Medicine, looked at hundreds of elderly adults who were cognitively normal, trying to find a difference between those who went on to develop Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive impairment and those who didn't.
What they came up with was a blood test looking at 10 lipids, or fat molecules, that was able to predict who would develop the disease within two to three years with 90 percent accuracy.
Currently, the only tests available to predict Alzheimer's disease are either expensive, like brain scans in an MRI, or painful, like spinal taps, so few people get tested before symptoms appear. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Liz West, DocP)
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing problem in the U.S. More than 5 million people have the disease, and that number's expected to grow to more than 7 million by 2025.
And while the CDC currently lists Alzheimer’s disease as the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. with 83,000 deaths per year, a study from Rush University released last week show that number may be much higher, rivaling the half million deaths per year of cancer and heart disease.
And there's no cure. What's worse, the new study's lead author, Dr. Howard Federoff, says even the treatments we do have just aren't very effective.
"One of the reasons for this may be that the stage in which they were evaluated, which is in patients who already have the disease, may be the wrong stage." (Via Georgetown University)
The hope is that a simple blood test to diagnose Alzheimer's disease patients years before symptoms emerge could open the flood gates of research into new, early treatments. For that, Federoff tells CNN he considers this study the single most important finding he's ever made.
The new blood test still needs to be evaluated by the scientific and medical communities before it becomes widespread, which would likely take a minimum of two years.
While Union County Public Schools is in the middle of a heated battle over where students go to school, many members of the community are mourning the loss of one of its leaders.
Longtime school board member John Crowder passed away around 1:30 Sunday afternoon, just five days after a controversial vote to shuffle thousands of Union County students to different schools.
Crowder spent 31 years in school board leadership. The 77-year-old had been a member of the Union County board of education since it began in 1993 and served 10 years before that on the board for Monroe City Schools.
UCPS Communications Director Rob Jackson said, "He was an incredible leader and his leadership will be missed."
Crowder's wife, Minnie, told Channel 9 he was in good health and only took medication for arthritis pain. Sunday marked 52 years of marriage for the couple. She believes Crowder's death was brought on by the stress of Tuesday night's vote to change where many students go to school. Crowder made the surprise motion for the vote a month ahead of when it was supposed to happen.
On Sunday, families rallied again with speakers energizing the crowd. Parents held signs with their children, hoping school leaders know they are still not pleased with the decision.
"This is not a crisis and my children are basically the pawns of this game that they are playing," said mother of three, Christine Carroll.
At the rally, event organizers had parents fill out transfer applications. They said they plan to flood the UCPS central office with about 3,000 applications. Officials have to respond to each one.
They also asked for donations for an impending legal battle with the board.
"It can be overturned. They have the right to overturn and we have enough evidence to support it," said event organizer, Maura MacKinnon.
This battle has been a personal one for many people involved, including Crowder. According to his board bio, his reason for serving was to make sure each child received a good education.