October 15th, 2010

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US Poverty Line, Increase in Suburban Poverty

$10,830/year is poverty line for one person
2 people: $14,570
3: $18,310
4: $22,050
6: $29,550
8: $37,010
(these stats from presentation by OI staff)
Seems like one person living on 10.8K would be much better off than 8 living on 37K.
But I suppose rent is the big issue there.

And from a PDX newspaper in mid Oct:
Brookings Institute statistics
national poverty rate increasing at 26.5%
suburban poverty on the increase
currently approx 1/3 of poor live in burbs
since 2000 suburban poverty is up 37.4% to 13.7 million
that's 2x the urban poverty growth rate
urban poverty rate 19.5%
suburban rate 10.4%
more people live in the suburbs so 1.6 million more poor in suburbs than urban
of 100 largest metro areas, 57 had major poverty increases in last year
most impacted: sunbelt areas that boomed with housing boom
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Acute Love Analgesia

recent study at Stanford University
n = 15 students currently in a relationship minimum 9 mo
this stage considered to the first phase of intense love
used MRI to look at brain activity
while looking at picture of loved one researchers gave them mild doses of pain
viewing the picture of their loved ones reduced perceptions of pain
Dr Jarred Younger said that “love-induced analgesia” involves primitive functions of the brain
worked like opioid
dopamine involvement
"One of the key sites is the nucleus accumbens, a key reward addiction centre for opioids, cocaine and other drugs of abuse."
"The region tells the brain that you really need to keep doing this."

Professor Paul Gilbert, neuropsychologist from University of Derby:
“…people who feel alone and depressed may have very low pain thresholds, whereas the reverse can be true for people who feel secure and cared for."

SOURCES
http://www.dotsperiod.com/1938/being-in-love-can-be-analgesic-researchers-found-out/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11537063