Lady Gaga, Owen Wilson and Gwyneth Paltrow count themselves among the lucky ones. Heath Ledger, Marilyn Monroe and Kurt Cobain, sadly were not. We're talking about winning and losing the battle against chronic depression.
Although antidepressant medications have revolutionized the management of this often life-threatening disease, according to ...Read more
The presence of some Russian athletes at the Winter Olympics Games this year raised eyebrows, but the International Olympic Committee said that not every athlete from that country was doping. (Unfortunately, a male curler and female bobsledder did test positive.) But there may be a bigger problem looming for future IOCs than eliminating current ...Read more
In 1908 chemist Ikeda Kikunae isolated an ingredient in sea kelp that gave flavor to konbu dashi, a Japanese broth. He turned it into a powdered additive -- monosodium glutamate. The Suzuki Chemical Company began marketing it in 1909 under the brand name Ajinomoto, meaning "essence of taste." For decades it has been considered a natural flavor-...Read more
In the late 1950s and 1960s June Cleaver and Donna Reed ruled over fantasy homes in which there was virtually no dirt. That relentlessly home-sweet-home fantasy shifted in the 1980s with "Roseanne," and more recently "Mom" and "Modern Family." But still, you rarely see anyone on TV scrubbing floors, scouring tubs or seriously de-greasing a ...Read more
The hardworking poor in ancient Egypt dined mostly on vegetables such as onions, garlic, leek, lentils, cabbage, radish, turnip, lupines, tomatoes and cucumber; fruits like figs, grapes and pomegranates; and proteins, including whole grains and some poultry. Too bad the upper classes didn't stick with the same heart-loving diet. A study of ...Read more
When Luke (Paul Newman) downed 50 hard-boiled eggs in 60 minutes in the 1967 movie "Cool Hand Luke," he set the bar for cinematic lessons on the evils of eating too much too fast. While that scene may be surpassed in grossness by the blueberry-pie-eating contest in the 1986 movie "Stand by Me" or Daryl Hannah munching down a whole lobster (shell...Read more
In 2015, Will Smith starred in "Concussion," which told the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who, during a 2002 autopsy, discovered that former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster had suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Years later, one study showed that 99 percent of symptomatic NFL players autopsied...Read more
When Grace Slick sang White Rabbit's opening lines, "One pill makes your larger, and one pill makes you small. And the ones that mother gives you don't do anything at all," she couldn't have known that acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) that mother gave you for a headache or sore muscles actually did affect your mood and outlook.
Bullies Create BulliesNati Carrillo
Bullies are Not Always Big and Ugly
Are you a bully? Are you being bullied or know someone who is being bullied? Julieta struggled with bullies during her early school years and on until her Senior year in high school. Being around bullies was a main part of her life; she almost ...
Billie Jean King, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have unique strokes that propelled them to 12, 23 and 5 Grand Slam singles victories, respectively. Unfortunately, ischemic strokes are not that unique and slam a lot more women than men. Every year in the U.S. 55,000 more women than men experience those cranial vascular events.
That ...Read more
The 2001 movie "Frailty," co-starring Matthew McConaughey as a serial killer, was the directorial debut for Bill Paxton. While the horrifying tale registered only a 78 percent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it was 100 percent right about one thing: Frailty -- the loss of muscle strength and grip strength, a slow walking speed, loss of 10 ...Read more
On Aug. 27, 1883, the loudest Earth-produced noise in recorded history was emitted when a volcano erupted on Krakatoa, an Indonesian island. The sound could be heard nearly 3,000 miles away, and within 40 miles of the explosion, people's eardrums were shattered.
Clearly, loud noise (above 60 decibels, the volume of a normal conversation) is ...Read more
In a scene from the 2004 movie "Mean Girls," lead mean girl Regina George goes on what she calls the "South Beach Fat Flush" -- drinking only cranberry juice for 72 hours. When a fellow student looks at the "juice's" nutrition label, he says: "This isn't even cranberry juice. It's cranberry juice cocktail. It's all sugar."
You always need to ...Read more
Amazon offers 38 types of herbal supplements and each one, from aloe to yohimbe, comes in a multitude of brands and formulations. Americans spend $2.1 billion a year on herbals, but no herbal or weight-loss supplements are preapproved for sale! All the Food and Drug Administration can do is pull a dangerous or deceitful offering off the shelf --...Read more
Every year in more than 300 cities, over a million people participate in the American Heart Association's Heart Walk to raise money and awareness about heart disease. And you can reduce your risk of heart disease by participating!
Walking is great for heart health (and everything else!), but you need to keep it up. Well, a new review reveals ...Read more
In the 2010 movie "Little Fockers," Jessica Alba plays a pharmaceutical sales rep who's selling Sustengo, an erectile dysfunction drug. After Robert De Niro's character Jack Focker has a heart attack, he tries the magic pill, worried, perhaps, that the heart meds he received at the hospital were making it difficult for him to sustain an erection...Read more
This month Steven Soderbergh's new film, "Unsane," hits the big screen, but it was shot on a small one: an iPhone. And, says the director of "Erin Brockovich," "Traffic" and "Ocean's Eleven," it's what he'll use for shooting films from now on!
Someone else has changed their shots too: The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Effective ...Read more
In 2013, actress Anne Hathaway was in line to join the string of famous celebrities who've posed with the classic white moustache for the Got Milk? campaign when she discovered she was lactose intolerant! Her campaign was canceled. But in 1999, Whoopi Goldberg, who is also lactose intolerant, did get to do her campaign, quipping, "Lucky for us ...Read more
Around 1919, the phrase "the old one-two" first appeared when sports writers described a left-right combo that landed an opponent flat on his back. And it's just as appropriate today when using the phrase to describe what can happen if you come down with the flu.
This is an especially flu-ish year. As of Feb. 2, 42 states plus New York City and...Read more
In the 2005 movie "Wedding Crashers," John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) cruise weddings (without invitations) to find dates. That is, until John falls for a bride's sister, Claire. To steal her away from her boyfriend named Sack (really!), John puts medicated eyedrops into his wine, producing a laxative effect that leaves him stuck in...Read more
In the 2005 comedy "Kicking and Screaming," former NFL coach Mike Ditka plays an assistant to kids' soccer coach Phil (Will Ferrell). At one point, the ever-bossy coach Phil yells, "You're supposed to back me up and go get me juice boxes ... Now go get me a juice box!" "Are you crazy?" retorts Ditka. "Oh, I'm not crazy," says Phil, "I'm just ...Read more