Men's drinking in middle age may lead to cognitive decline

I saw this on the news last night and just had to find out more.A study from University College London found that men who drink heavily in middle age (they were between 44 and 69 in this study, so I assume that's what they consider "middle age") have a faster rate of mental decline than their peers who drink less.So what do they consider "heavy drinking"? Any of the following:• 4-5 "measures of spirits" (which I assume is like a small glass of scotch, gin or whiskey)or...more

Speed drawing test predicts men's risk of death after a stroke

All the technology and medicine we have and one of the best predictors of death after a stroke (for men) is a speed drawing test. Who would've thunk it? (As my grandmother says.)...more

Be Part of the Mo-vement During Mo-vember

Have you noticed recently that there seems to be a lot of men sporting new mustaches? There is a reason for this....more

Like Wildfire: Raising Awareness for Infertility

When I started snapping away pictures early Saturday morning, I had no idea they'd be seen by thousands. I'm not writing about the latest Facebook photo snafu or political scandal. I'm writing about a very personal project that has exploded quite literally overnight, and I am left reeling- humbled, grateful, and amazed- in its wake.  ...more

Need an answered prayer?

JMJ Do you have a prayer request? A special need?  Well, I spent all night placing a live webcam to Lourdes, France on my website, including a little mailbox to their prayer request email.  All kinds of weird computer problems kept cropping up, and I kept offering them up as a prayer, which did help to keep me from being annoyed.  Then... This morning I got an email from a friend who told me that today is OUR LADY OF LOURDES FEAST DAY!  Wow.  I had no idea!  That is just so cool... ...more

Picket Fence

You know those picket fence headboards?  Pottery Barn and others sell them for kids’ rooms.  I want one for my bed.  Queen size.  Painted white.  I said this to a friend a few days ago, while we were at breakfast.  He’s 86 and recovering from his second eye surgery.  He’s not adjusting well to the fact that parts of his body have to be mended, repaired, medicated.  He’s used to running up and down his own hill, carrying his own heavy equipment. Now he’s depressed.  A couple of us call every day to see how he feels or to ask him to go out for a while. ...more

You said it exactly.  I admire the way your father in law chooses to handle the whole ...more

Sex Education That Works

I always thought that I was pretty old when I had sex for the first time (19), but Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that I was completely average. It turns out that 70% of unmarried teens in American have sex by the time they are 19. (OK, fine I was on the older end of the spectrum, but whatever.) I waited, despite intense pressure from a boyfriend in high school, because I wasn't ready and I knew it. It was a good decision for me. Other girls may be ready earlier, and those are their decisions, too....more

You often write about what I am thinking/reading/talking about... Thanks for ...more

On Superbowl Sunday, A Concussion Conversation Continues

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, and even if your hometown’s team is one of the competitors, none has completely escaped chatter about the brain-injury controversy—from CNN’s report on the long-lasting damage suffered by former players, after years of impacts like those at left, to stories from ...more

Beverages to Spike Your Blood Sugar

Roxanne Sukol MD "Your Health is on Your Plate" drsukol.teachmed.comI decided to visit the “beverage center” at our local Walmart to see what's in stock.  I especially wanted to look at the names of some of these beverages.  My hypothesis, borne out of experiences with margarine and breakfast cereals, is that the more manufactured the product type, the more creative the brand names.  ...more

The New Years Resolutions that Will Not Be

What a weird beginning to 2010. I'm so blah. . not feeling like I've shed the grief of 2009 and accepted all the new opportunities that are awaiting in 2010. Right now, I'm really just fakin' it 'til I make it. .Joseph James Johnson, my Dad, passed away at 10 am on January 31, 2009 of prostate cancer. I was not there. I was at home planning for a party. I now hurt, and I carry a lot of regret with me in 2010. I know I will forget this mistake, but I will not forget the lesson, "Don't put off to tomorrow. . " I'm 34, but still learning the same damn lesson.. "...more