On an episode of "The Office," Todd Packer, the company's traveling salesman, tells a joke: "So a guy goes home, tells his wife, 'Honey, pack your bags. I just won the lottery!' She goes, 'Oh my God! That's incredible! Where are we going?' His response: 'I don't know where you're going. Just be outta here by five!'" All the guys in the office ...Read more
In the slightly futuristic 2016 sci-fi movie "Nerve," Vee (Emma Roberts) finds herself playing an online game that takes over her life and tests her nerve. Scary stuff. In the real world, people with Type 2 diabetes who suffer peripheral nerve pain find that it's no game, it's very scary and it also can take over their life.
Peripheral nerve ...Read more
Once again, headlines proclaim a "shocking finding" that makes us nuts! This week's 72-point headline goof? "Nearly Two-Thirds of Cancers Are Caused By DNA Mistakes." ARGHHH! That proclamation makes it seem like no matter what smart lifestyle choices you make, you can't dodge the big C. That's WRONG, WRONG and more WRONG. And the research those ...Read more
As "Deep Throat" told journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein: If you want to find the criminals, "Follow the money." If only it were that simple when it came to finding your destination in an unfamiliar metropolis or across state lines! That's why so many folks think the best advice is "follow the GPS!" But there's one problem: You don't ...Read more
Dorothy spends her entire "The Wizard of Oz" journey searching for a way home to Kansas, only to find that the solution was as simple as clicking her ruby heels and repeating: "There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like home."
Well, according to new research, Dorothy's mantra also may apply to people ...Read more
Remember the Burl Ives song about the old lady who swallowed the fly? By the end of the song, she'd swallowed a cow to catch the goat to catch the dog to catch the cat to catch the bird to catch the spider (it wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her) to catch the fly. But, it concludes, "I don't know why she swallowed the fly ..."
Well, if ...Read more
Dontari Poe, the Atlanta Falcons nose tackle and two-time Pro Bowler, came into the NFL Combine at 346 pounds -- and could run the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds! A super-big, super-fast lineman makes for a great player ... but, according to new research, packing on extra pounds is not so great for a young man's liver down the line -- even Dontari...Read more
Paul Newman had great baby blues; so do Megan Fox and Meg Ryan. But for most women, the baby blues -- which peak five days after giving birth, when there's a 40 percent increase in levels of the brain protein MAO-A -- are not a pretty experience.
MAO-A breaks down three neurotransmitters that influence mood: serotonin, norepinephrine and ...Read more
The Sun Is Gone: A Sister Lost in Secrets, Shame, and Addiction, and How I Broke FreeJodee Prouse
For anyone feeling tired, broken, alone and lost in the world of addiction or family responsibility; someone out there knows how you feel.
Unlike other stories of its kind this is the whole story of addiction and mental illness-not a partial glimpse, beginning with a violent ...
Diversity is required to create a healthy body politic and a healthy body, inside and out. You've heard a lot about the various "good" and "bad" bacteria that make up your gut biome. But you may not know that your skin is also home to a wildly rich and, when healthy, very diverse bacterial soup.
Scientists have discovered that on healthy skin, ...Read more
In an episode of "The Office," Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) prank Andy (Ed Helms) by hiding his phone in the ceiling, then calling it so that it rings from its mysterious location. Andy cannot find it and gets so mad he punches a hole in the wall.
New research has revealed that for many folks, even the idea of losing a cellphone...Read more
In an episode of "Star Trek: Enterprise," Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) is testy, seemingly out of worry about his sick dog. But the ship's doctor, Phlox (John Billingsley), asks him, "How long has it been since you were intimate with a woman?" Archer realizes that his mood is caused by prolonged sexual tension with Vulcan commander T'...Read more
In the 1978 movie "Animal House," "Toga! Toga! Toga!" was Bluto's call for his fraternity to throw a party. The goal? To help a younger frat member, Flounder (Stephen Furst), climb out of his depression after Bluto (John Belushi) and friends wrecked his car. According to today's research, however, the crew at Delta Tau Chi could have raised his ...Read more
In the 2005 thriller "White Noise," Michael Keaton plays a man who comes to believe that his recently deceased wife is contacting him through the static, or white noise, on untuned radios and televisions.
Well, it turns out that there's more than one myth about the powers of white noise: According to a new small study published in Frontiers in ...Read more
Ramrod was a legendary crew member of the Grateful Dead. Jack Merritt, star of the 1922 University of North Carolina football team, was nicknamed "The Battering Ram" and inspired the adoption of Rameses the ram as the school mascot. But when it comes to serious ramin', nothing beats the 100 billion units of instant ramen noodles that were sold ...Read more
Buddha may have been a vegetarian or, say some disciples, he may have eaten whatever he was offered, including vegetables, fruit and meats. But his eating style is not what we mean when we talk about the power of the "meditation diet."
A study in the journal Obesity reveals that folks who have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol in ...Read more
Whether it's the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. (played by Leonardo DiCaprio in "Catch Me if You Can") -- who got away with pretending to be a PanAm pilot, a doctor and a legal prosecutor before he was apprehended -- or a male sexual enhancement product called XtraHRD, marketed as a harmless herbal supplement but actually containing tadalafil ...Read more
In one episode of "That '70s Show," mom Kitty is going through menopause. So Dad and his son, Eric, decide to look up menopause in the encyclopedia. "Oh, no! Look at the symptoms," says Eric. "Temperamental behavior, mood swings, facial hair ... Dad, I think you have menopause!"
Menopause symptoms may be fodder for comedy, but they're not funny...Read more
Besides being the sister of John, Robert and Ted Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921-2009) probably is best known for founding the Special Olympics in 1968. The Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, with 5.3 million participating athletes in nearly 170 countries.
In the "Parks and Recreation" episode "Sweetums," everyone at the office decides to try a health bar called Nutriyum. Moments later, the folks discover it's nothing but a block of solid sugar, and eating it stokes such a rush of mad energy that they all end up having a rave in the office.
Sugar doesn't actually give you that mythical high, but ...Read more
Today, when we use the term "from hand to mouth," we usually mean living with the bare essentials, or from paycheck to paycheck. When a paleoanthropologist uses the term, chances are it refers to the evolution of human communication from hand signals to vocalizations. But if a parent says it, these days it may be describing how a child became ...Read more