High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol – What the Numbers Mean

About 75 million adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure and cholesterol, and more than half are unaware. Approximately 1,100 people die every day due to causes related to high blood pressure (HBP), and the symptoms are not always apparent. Having pre-hypertension or diabetes only increases your risk of developing HBP, and black men are 50-percent more likely to have those medical conditions. They are also most likely to develop these health aliments and often remain untreated or undiagnosed due to apathy, lack of resources and the challenges that the current healthcare system presents to minority populations.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, here are the numbers that determine whether your blood pressure is in a healthy range. If your blood pressure is less than 120/80 mmHg, it is in a normal range. If your reading is 140/90 mmHg or above, it is too high. If your levels fall within the range of 120/80 to 139/89 mmHg, you may have a condition called pre-hypertension, which means you are at high risk for high blood pressure. You can check your blood pressure regularly with a home monitoring device and by having regular check-ups with your doctor.

It is also important to stay on top of your cholesterol levels. Unchecked, high levels of cholesterol can lead to heart disease and strokes, which claim the lives of approximately 140,000 Americans each year. Healthcare professionals recommend being tested for cholesterol every five years, after the age of 20. Here are the numbers to keep in mind to determine whether your levels are good. Your total cholesterol level should be less than 200(mg/dL). A reading of 200 to 239(mg/dL) is considered borderline high and 240(mg/dL) and up is considered high. The goal for your LDL number, which is your bad cholesterol, should be less than 100(md/dL) and your HDL number, which is your good cholesterol should be 60 (mg/dL) or higher.

Obesity, over consumption of alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and excess sodium intake are all factors that could increase your risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol. So, you must maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly to keep your numbers in check.

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This Year’s March Madness Has Been the Maddest in History. We Have the Numbers to Prove It

I have seen the best brackets of my generation destroyed by madness.

The 2018 March Madness tournament is more than worthy of the name. Of the 60 games played so far, 20 have been won by the lower-seeded team. By the Sweet Sixteen, two 1-seeded teams were out of the running: Xavier, which lost to 9-seeded Florida St. in the second round, and the University of Virginia, which became the first-ever top-seeded team to fall to a 16-seed in the first game. Meanwhile, an 11-seed, Loyola-Chicago, won in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four for only the fourth time.

This is not mere anarchy. It is complete lunacy. By TIME’s calculations, there has never been a wilder Men’s College Basketball tournament since March Madness expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

To determine this, we quantified “madness” by looking at the historical fates of all 2,176 teams that have entered the tournament in the modern era, and awarded a certain number of “luna”—the self-declared metric unit of madness—based on how uncommon each outcome has been over the past 34 years. The following table ranks each year by madness. Keep scrolling to see how we did it.

Here’s how it works: For each of the first four rounds, including 2018, we tallied how many times each seed has advanced. For example, a 1-seed has survived to the second round 135 of 136 times, appeared in the Sweet Sixteen 116 times, the Elite Eight 94 times, and the Final Four 56 times. Those figures drop precipitously for lower-seeded teams.

While it might seem reasonable to measure madness simply by the number of upsets, weighted to the differential in seeds, not all upsets are created equal. A 12-seed defeating a 5-seed in the first round might seem like shock, but anyone who regularly follows the tournament knows that this happens all the time—47 times in 136 contests, to be exact. (The number of historical matchups is four times the number of years since there are four “regions” of 16 seeds each.) Meanwhile, a 15-seed has unseated a 2-seed only eight times.

Madness, in fact, is not simply a tally of lower-seeded teams beating better-regarded opponents. It is a factor of how unusual and unexpected the outcome is overall. Using the historical data, one can precisely measure how unlikely every outcome is, from highly common to extraordinarily rare.

To pin this down to an aggregate level of madness for each year, TIME considered every matchup in which the seed of the winning team has won that round fewer than 25 times since 1985. That threshold of 25 was determined through repeated trial-and-error to extract only the outcomes that were genuinely uncommon.

To calculate the number of luna for each historic upset, we looked at the number of times fewer than 25 that it has ever occurred—so, 11 if it has happened 14 times, and so forth—and then squared that figure, since very, very rare outcomes deserve considerably more weight than those that are slightly more likely. Again, this strategy was born of repeated iterations on the model with results tested on college basketball impresarios.

For example, when Loyola-Chicago defeated Nevada in the Sweet Sixteen this year, it became only the eighth 11-seed to advance to the Elite Eight, garnering 289 luna – that’s (25 – 8)^2.

Applying this logic to the first four rounds of every year’s tournament (so that it was possible to compare the current tournament’s results so far to every past year), 2018 has the highest madness in history with 2,935 luna. The 2013 tournament, which had a crowded lineup of low-seeded victories, came in a close second with a score of 2,928.

Curiously, for all the attendant griping after the NCAA Selection Committee releases its roster of 64 teams from seeds 1 to 16 in the four regions, the historical data indicates that the seeds are highly predictive of the outcome, particularly early in the tournament. In the first round, for example, the higher-seeded team has always won a majority of time proportionally to how big a difference there is between its seed and its opponent’s seed. The only exception is the four annual matchups between 8 and 9 seeds, which are split evenly with 68 victories apiece since 1985.

The TIME formula for madness, however, is largely seed-agnostic. While it uses the winning team’s seed to calculate the historical frequency that this seed advances to each round, the value of the seed itself does not enter the calculation. It just so happens that the seeds enter the picture organically, since the lower a team’s seed, the less common it is for that team to win.

To be sure, there are infinite ways to quantify madness. We feel good about this one, which was not doctored so as to produce a result that made for the best headline. And for what it’s worth, the calculations were conducted in a state absent any personal basketball-related madness, even though this reporter attended the University of Virginia. After all, it’s almost time for baseball.

Methodology

Historical results were manually compiled from a variety of sources to ensure accuracy. To ensure the most apt comparison, all calculations of previous years were conducted with the same historical data from 1985 to 2018, even though those results are retroactive to previous years. (Otherwise, the 1985 tournament would achieve the maximum possible number of luna, since, as of that time, none of the outcomes had every happened before.) These figures will be updated with the results of the Final Four and Championship games as the 2018 tournament reaches its completion.

For those keeping score at home, here’s the formal definition of madness:

Have a better idea for how to calculate madness? Let us know, and we’d be happy to run the numbers, so long as it uses the same core set of historical data. (Sorry. We lack the bandwidth to factor in the color of each team’s jerseys.)

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What the Numbers Behind the #MeToo Movement Show Us

 

When the #MeToo stories began pouring out a few months ago, I thought about data.

There is limited data to track the full scope of sexual harassment and assault across all locations. In fact, much of the existing research on these topics has been segmented by location—like research on street harassment or research specific to schools. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) comprehensive National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) focuses heavily on physical forms of violence, and, among other limitations, does not distinguish respondents’ experiences by locations.

I appreciate the power of numbers as well as personal stories, and I knew that it was long past time to procure the national data we are lacking on this issue. That’s why, in partnership with GfK, Raliance and the UC San Diego Center on Gender Equity and Health, and with the help of a dozen advisory committee members, my organization Stop Street Harassment spearheaded a 2,000-person, nationally representative study on sexual harassment and assault. 

The survey was administered in January 2018. The report was released today.


According to our findings, 81 percent of women and 43 percent of men reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime, and over one-quarter of women (27 percent) and one in 14 men (7 percent) reported that they have survived sexual assault.

Over three-quarters of women (77 percent) and one-third of men (34 percent) reported experiencing verbal sexual harassment. Over half of women (51 percent) and one of six men (17 percent) said they had been sexually touched in an unwelcome way. More than one-third of women (34 percent) and one in 10 men (12 percent) had been physically followed by someone else, and close to the same share of women (30 percent) and the same share of men (12 percent) had faced unwanted genital flashing. Around four in 10 women (41 percent) and one-quarter of men (22 percent) told us that they had experienced cyber sexual harassment.

88 percent of women and 86 percent of men who reported experiencing sexual harassment or assault said it had occurred in more than one place; most people indicated it had occurred in at least four to five places. While our respondents reported that sexual harassment takes place across a range of locations, the most frequently cited being a public space, they also reported that sexual assault most frequently occurred in a private residence. Women most frequently reported sexual harassment in a public space (66 percent), at their workplace (38 percent) and at their residence (35 percent). Men’s most frequently reported locations were a public space (19 percent), their school (14 percent) and, for 13 percent of men, their workplace, own residence and by phone/text, each respectively. For sexual assault, women listed someone else’s residence (15 percent) and their own residence (11 percent) as the top locations. Men listed someone else’s residence (2 percent) and a public space (2 percent).

Regardless of the survivor’s gender, our survey found that sexual harassment and assault are most frequently perpetrated by men. When asked about the perceived gender of the perpetrator/s in their most recent incident, 85 percent of women and 44 percent of men reported either one male or two or more males. In contrast, 30 percent of men and 3 percent of women reported one female or two or more females. Our data also showed that sexual harassment and assault begin at a young age; 57 percent of women and 42 percent of men who reported experiencing harassment or assault said it had happened by age 17, and 30 percent of women and 22 percent of men had experienced it by age 13.

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I was five years old the first time I experienced sexual harassment. As I walked a few blocks to school in Iowa City, older boys taunted me, pinched my cheeks and tried to lure me to their home. The father of one of my friends saw me standing frozen, surrounded by them, crying, and he intervened. That night, my parents talked to me about my rights and how boys shouldn’t touch girls without permission.

Nearly 30 years later, perhaps because too many parents/guardians of boys did not have talks with them about not harassing others, I’ve experienced hundreds more instances of sexual harassment. Most often, it is men I do not know who harass me in public spaces, and usually their behavior entails whistling and relatively mild verbal harassment. Some men, however, have uttered upsetting sexually explicit comments or called me sexist slurs. One man groped me, and three different men followed or chased me, scaring me badly. When was 18, working at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum gift shop, the manager—a man who was at least 35 years older than me—asked me out to dinner three times in a manner I found creepy and predatory. I always said no, and I dreaded the days when our shifts coincided.

From talking to friends and family, volunteering for domestic violence shelters and rape crisis lines and working on issues like sexual harassment in schools, rape in the military and street harassment, I knew the types of experiences I’d had were sadly the norm for most women and some men. Our study reinforced that the #MeToo movement was long overdue—and shows that experiences like mine are still far too common.

If you are upset by these findings and want to do something, you can visit organizations like National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), PreventConnect, RAINN, 1 in 6, Feminist Campus and the CDC to find resources and ideas. Notably, NSVRC released a bystander intervention tips and strategies factsheet today to coincide with the report release.

Holly Kearl is the founder of Stop Street Harassment and the author of multiple books, reports and articles about sexual harassment. She works as a community manager for the Aspen Institute.

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‘Bachelorette’ Rachel’s Contestant Bios, By The Numbers

Rachel Lindsay’s season of “The Bachelorette” has been tacitly cast as a new step toward diversity for the franchise. So how do her suitors stack up? Will she be meeting 31 clones, or men from all backgrounds? 

The cast, at first glance, actually promises to offer a more varied one than usual ― more non-white men, fewer fitness trainers, and some real quirky options. Here’s a quick breakdown of Rachel’s dudes by the numbers:

Men of color: 14 

Not bad!

Gelled pompadours: 12

They’re rocking those Jordan Rodgers haircuts.

V-neck T-shirts: 15

Sigh

Personal trainers: 1

Fewer than usual, actually!

ER doctors: 2

Keeping the mansion safe since 2017.

Lawyers: 2

Three, counting Rachel!

Tickle monsters: 1

We’re hoping this isn’t code for “molester.”

Whabooms: 1

Sure.

Fans of The Rock: 3

And every red-blooded straight woman in America.

Fans of Matthew McConaughey: 2

All right all right all right.

Haters of Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino: 2

What did he ever do to these dudes?

Dudes who admit to getting boners at work: 2

No shame, guys. No shame.

Guy who admits he’s not there for the right reasons: 1

In response to “What do you hope to get out of participating in this television show?” Milton shamelessly says: “Real answer? Discovered. Everyone tells me I’m made for TV/movies.”

 

With 31 men appearing on the season, there’s simply too much bio goodness to fully process at one read. Jamey says he doesn’t have any female friends (um, rude); Lucas, the whaboom, once had a threesome at a wedding; and Anthony is our Haruki Murakami-reading crush. We can’t wait to get this season started.

 

For more cast bio analysis, check out HuffPost’s Here to Make Friends podcast: 

 

Do people love “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” or do they love to hate these shows? It’s unclear. But here at “Here to Make Friends,” we both love and love to hate them — and we love to snarkily dissect each episode in vivid detail. Podcast edited by Nick Offenberg.

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Alarming Numbers Of People Are Trying To Rip Apples Open With Their Bare Hands

Hey, it’s the weekend. Have you got absolutely nothing to do? Why not destroy an apple using only your brute strength? (Just make sure to eat it afterward — food waste is bad, people!)

We bring this up because the young and hip on Twitter are apparently all about the #SuperSageAppleChallenge. The “challenge” is whether or not you can use your bare hands to squeeze or twist an apple in two. Chances are, you can’t.

The task got its start — and its name — from Sage Northcutt, a UFC fighter whose muscled hands make apples quake. He tweeted a video of himself inflicting fruity carnage on Tuesday and encouraged his followers to do the same.

He also tweeted an apple-breaking clip at Chrissy Teigen for her birthday, which seemed to really impress her.

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If you embark on this challenge and live to tell the tale, let us know. Just be careful.

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