"Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" creator Merv Griffin said in a 2007 interview: "I've been very fortunate with my health. I smoke. I drink -- not heavily, but I like my wine. I don't exercise. I take a cab to a cab." Later that year, he died from a recurrence of prostate cancer that first surfaced in 1996.
Could he have avoided that diagnosis?...Read more
In the 1995 comedy "Heavyweights," an obese teenage boy named Gerry is sent to a weight-loss camp. When a psycho trainer tries to coerce the kids into doing punishing workouts, the campers imprison him and then gorge on junk food. Clearly, such ferocious weight-loss efforts backfire big time -- and not just in the movies.
Research published in ...Read more
Comedian Joan Rivers was known for her incisive wit and merciless self-put-downs, like this one: "I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was 'The man goes on top and the woman underneath.' For three years, my husband and I slept in bunk beds." But lack of intimacy in a relationship isn't really a laughing matter.
Sexual ...Read more
"Champions keep playing until they get it right." -- Billie Jean King, winner of 39 tennis Grand Slam titles.
"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." -- Michael Jordan, winner of six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls.
"Passion first and everything will fall into place." -- Holly Holm, UFC competitor.
Those ...Read more
Swimming greats Michael Phelps (23 Olympic gold medals), Allison Schmitt (eight-time Olympic medalist) and Ian Thorpe (five Olympic golds) all have been in hot water. They've each battled major depression. "It's like a weight is pressing down on you. There are days when you just can't get out of bed," explains Thorpe.
They're not alone: About ...Read more
In the 2006 movie "Peaceful Warrior," Nick Nolte is a mysterious stranger who coaches an aspiring Olympic athlete on how to excel in sport -- and in life: "Take out the trash," he tells him. "'The trash' is anything that's keeping you from the only thing that matters -- the here and now. And when you truly are in the here and now, you'll be ...Read more
Scooby-Doo, the animated cartoon franchise that started in 1969, is named after a talkative, crime-solving Great Dane. It's spun off numerous series. The latest, "Scooby-Doo and Guess Who," premiered on June 27, 2019. That's a 50-plus year run for a breed that has a life span of eight to 10 years. In dog years (we've always figured one human ...Read more
Hallmark Christmas movies are full of sentimentality that appeals to some family members, but not everyone. So how do you persuade your spouse to sit through the made-for-TV film "A Royal Christmas"? The solution posed by one Texas woman: The Hallmark Christmas Movie Drinking Game. The rules are simple. You take a drink when you hear a reference...Read more
In the movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Augustus Gloop, an overweight kid, makes a beeline for a river of molten chocolate. His frantic mother calls out, "Augustus, sweetheart, save some room for later!" But he's undeterred and falls into the swirling sweet, suffering a terrible fate.
It's not easy for parents to know how to change an...Read more
Films are notoriously unrealistic about how heart attacks play out. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that in 12 movie scenes involving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, 67% of the characters survived. In real life, fewer than 10% do (it goes up to around 29% when EMT or passersby administer ...Read more
When athletes like LeBron James, J.J. Watts and Serena Williams open their hearts and wallets, many people benefit, including the superstars. As LeBron told kids at a new public school he launched in his hometown of Akron, Ohio: "This is my way of saying 'thank you' to you guys, because I know exactly what you guys are going through. This is my ...Read more
The record for the biggest single day of snowfall in the U.S. goes to Silver Lake, Colorado, elevation 10,220 feet. In 1921, the area saw 75.8 inches of the white stuff in 24 hours! Down here at sea level, Oklahoma set a new 24-hour snowfall record in 2011 when 27 inches piled up in Spavinaw -- Mickey Mantle's hometown. That's a lot to shovel ...Read more
If you were glued to your screens for the 2018 baseball season, you saw MLB umpires prove they're:
1) Only human.
2) Out of their league (or should be).
3) And what are they, blind!?
Researchers from Boston University did a deep data dive and discovered that umps made 34,294 incorrect ball and strike calls, for an average of 14 per game or 1...Read more
Over an eight-year span, 138 of 1,584 cyclists who started the Tour de France had to withdraw because of injuries -- almost half from crashes that fractured their clavicle (the most common injury), wrist, hand, femur, humerus (not funny) or ribs. Sounds pretty perilous, but it's nothing compared with the statistics in a recent Lancet article ...Read more
TV's Duane Chapman, aka "Dog the Bounty Hunter," is a smoker and has numerous health problems, including high blood pressure. When Dr. Oz tested it, Dog's was high: 148 over 97, stage 2 HBP. That level calls for remedial action to protect the heart, brain and kidneys. "Hypertension is the biggest ager of all," Dr. Oz told Dog.
According to the ...Read more
In 1952, London was paralyzed for five days with a superfog that held in sulfurous coal-burning pollution from homes and offices, making it impossible in some parts of town to see your feet as you walked (and coughed) down the street. But the brain fog that often accompanies chronic illnesses like obesity, heart disease, dementia, depression and...Read more
The website BingeClock.com lets you find out how long it will take you to watch every episode of your favorite shows: Thirteen days and 22 hours will get you through the entire collection of "The Simpsons"; two days and 14 hours for all of "Breaking Bad"; and 20 hours and 50 minutes will complete "Stranger Things."
We suggest, if those times ...Read more
Earlier this year, pop star Taylor Swift confessed to Ellen DeGeneres that when she can't sleep she rummages through her kitchen like "a raccoon in a dumpster," eating whatever she can find. And, she says, when she wakes up she doesn't remember a single bite!
All women, Swift included, need to pay attention to when they are chowing down -- not ...Read more
What do Adam Levine, Justin Timberlake and Michael Phelps have in common? They all have ADHD. What else might they have in common? It's possible their moms took acetaminophen while pregnant. Around 65% of expectant moms do, since they're (rightly) steered away from ibuprofen and aspirin.
But wait before you take acetaminophen! A new study ...Read more
When Smokey Robinson sang, "Now they're some sad things known to man/But ain't too much sadder than/The tears of a clown when there's no one around."
Pretty sad stuff. The same can be said of SAD -- seasonal affective disorder. It's a specific type of depression that's (almost always) linked to sun-stunted winter days. But because it's seasonal...Read more