Saturday, June 22
  • Are you an addict? 1 in 8 older adults are hooked on so-called junk food and it may be affecting your brain and body

    According to a 2023 report from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, sponsored by AARP, nearly half of older adults experience at least one symptom of junk food addiction – sugary sodas, salty chips and fatty fast food – such as intense cravings, an inability to stop eating once they start, or withdrawal symptoms when they try to resist. The term “ultra-processed” refers to foods that have been altered by the addition of super-flavoring agents to create irresistible tastes; preservatives to prolong shelf life; food dyes to alter hues; and refined fats and carbohydrates that have been stripped of fiber and other nutrients to improve their texture and appearance. While difficult, overcoming addiction to junk food is possible. Support groups like Overeaters Anonymous can benefit some, so can cognitive behavioral therapy, a type of psychotherapy that emphasizes coping skills, and nutritional counseling, which can help map out healthy alternatives to ultraprocessed foods. [More]

  • A Common Health Disorder You’ve Probably Never Heard Of (and Lord forbid, might have)

    The heart and kidneys are so closely intertwined that health experts have coined a new term to define patients who are at risk for their related illnesses. It’s called cardiovascular-kidney-metabolic syndrome, and research suggests it’s exceptionally common. The American Heart Association says 1 in 3 U.S. adults have three or more risk factors for CKM syndrome, and it appears most adults are affected to some degree, a reflection of risk factors from being overweight to having chronic conditions like diabetes. How likely are you to have CKM? The AHA has a calculator.

  • Caitlin Clark and the WNBA are getting a lot of attention. It’s about far more than basketball

    Some of the atmosphere in the public and media that has swirled around the professional women’s league since the season started last month has been less fun time and more culture war, with rookie Caitlin Clark as the unwilling eye of the storm. The white, 22-year-old University of Iowa college standout and No. 1 draft pick has become a canvas for all sorts of projections in her debut season with the Indiana Fever. She, and the predominantly Black and brown women playing in the league alongside her, seem to have become the latest proxies for longstanding American issues from race, gender and sexual orientation to who gets to take (or is thrust into) the spotlight and who gets ignored. That a young white woman is being put in the central role, with Black and brown women relegated to supporting characters, is about as old and familiar a trope as exists in a country with as troubled a racial history as the United States. [More]

  • How to Know When High Temperatures Are Getting Dangerous—And What to Do to Stay Safe in a Heat Wave

    The Midwest and East Coast are in the middle of a heat dome, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees. Heat waves are getting hotter as global warming leads to more extreme weather, and 2023 was the hottest year on record. Some scientists say 2024 is poised to be even hotter overall. As temperatures rise, so do concerns about heat-related illnesses. According to the National Weather Service, heat kills more people in the U.S. than hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes combined. Doctors are also still learning about how poor sleep quality on hot days can increase symptoms of anxiety and depression. Here’s a brief guide to preventing heat exhaustion and heat stroke— and what cities around the U.S. are doing to help residents stay safe.

  • Why Do People Toss Shoes Over Power Lines? Is there an ominous meaning?

    ‘Shoefiti’ is everywhere—but not everyone agrees on what it means. Some suspect it’s innocent, while others ascribe darker meanings to a dangling pair of kicks. One popular theory holds that the shoes may be a signal that there’s gang activity in a given neighborhood. Tying the laces of shoes together and tossing them over the lines is a form of staking out territory. Or the shoes could mark that someone had been killed or “knocked […] out of his shoes.” Other stories echo the idea that the shoes could be an impromptu memorial. An adjacent explanation is that the shoes are a kind of advertisement to illicit drug consumers that narcotics are available in the area. [Read more]

  • Willie Mays, baseball’s electrifying ‘Say Hey Kid,’ leaves us with a million memories

    Mays, who died Tuesday at age 93, still represents the gold standard for an all-around ballplayer and might do so forever. He could hit, run, field and throw with equal aplomb. “If he could cook, I’d marry him,” manager Leo Durocher once said. Beyond his skills and his gaudy stats, Mays brought an irresistible ebullience to the diamond. The “Say Hey Kid” performed with a showman’s flair, making basket catches in center field, taking daring chances on the base paths, winning four home run crowns, 12 Gold Glove Awards and laughing all along with that gleeful high-pitched voice. His idea was to please the crowd! Mays even wore a cap one size too small to ensure that it would fly off cinematically whenever he darted across the field. With his incandescent style, Mays forever made the game look fun. [More]

  • How Do We Know When to Pee? (Surely you know the answer!)

    The human bladder is, at the most basic level, a stretchy bag. To fill to capacity—a volume of 400 to 500 milliliters (about 2 cups) of urine in most healthy adults—it must undergo one of the most extreme expansions of any organ in the human body, expanding roughly sixfold from its wrinkled, empty state. Scientists used to think that our bladders were ruled by a relatively straightforward reflex—an “on-off” switch between storing urine and letting it go. Now they’ve learned it’s much more complex than that. An intricate network of brain regions that contribute to functions like decision-making, social interactions and awareness of our body’s internal state, also called interoception, participates in making the call. Scientists estimate, for example, that more than one in ten adults have overactive bladder syndrome—a common constellation of symptoms that includesneeding to pee even when the bladder isn’t full, nocturia (the need for frequent nightly bathroom visits) and incontinence. [More}

  • The Olympics are in Paris this summer, but Team USA’s uniforms are distinctly American.

    Ralph Lauren is once again the official outfitter of Team USA for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the designer just revealed this year’s looks for the opening and closing ceremonies. At the opening ceremony parade July 26, athletes will sport a navy wool blazer with red and white tipping, adorned with Ralph Lauren’s classic pony logo on one side and the Team USA Olympics logo on the other. The uniforms for the closing ceremony Aug. 11 will have a sportier feel. Athletes will wear a racing-style jacket emblazoned with various Team USA logos as well as the Ralph Lauren pony logo, against a color-blocked backdrop of red, white and blue.

  • It’s time to suck it up and have “the talk” with your parents. Older adults are likely to need mental health help but are leery about seeking it.

    The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 4 adults age 65 and older likely has some mental health issue. And yet recent research suggests that few older adults are prone to seek the mental health help they need. But many of our parents or grandparents have grown up with a cultural stigma against seeking mental health treatment, except in the most severe cases. It can be difficult to a parent struggling with anxiety, depression, or unresolved trauma but how do you bridge that generational gap and start a conversation without inadvertently causing an argument? Don’t give up. Here are a few ideas that might help. [More]

  • Needed drugs could get cheaper. Expiring patents will allow generic competition, lowering prices for consumers

    A drug’s wholesale price drops an average of 39% after one single generic drug competitor and with four generic competitors, the price plummets 79%, resulting in billions of dollars in savings. But before generic versions of a drug can enter the market, a drug manufacturer’s patent must first expire. Here are some of the world’s best-selling drugs whose patents are expiring by 2030. Start the Slide Show.

  • No one is above the law. Supreme Court denies law suit alleging the November 2020 presidential election in Michigan was fraudulent.

    The litigation wasted thousands of taxpayer dollars and countless hours of public servants’ time expended to defend against meritless claims of election fraud. The integrity and security of our nation’s election process was wrongfully called into question and Michigan voters could have been deceived into thinking their rights were violated.The ruling serves as a reminder that no one is above the law. [Read about the appeal]

  • Looking forward to your once in a lifetime vacation to Europe? Look again, and stay home

    Temperatures are rising. Hotel prices are exploding. And travelers are already behaving badly. Welcome to another summer in Europe. From the headlines, things already look chaotic. Famous sites are raising their entry fees. Hotel rooms are like gold dust. And the dollar has slipped against both the pound and the euro. First things first: travelers from the US are already at a disadvantage due to a weak dollar. Against the euro, $1 was worth around 91 or 92 euro cents. Entrance fees are rising. The Eiffel Tower will put up prices by 20% from June 17, Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia now charges 25 euros for entry; Venice is charging day-trippers 5 euros on peak dates. Entry fees pale in comparison to hotel bills. Prices have risen spectacularly in major cities, seeing hotels for $500 a night that were $300 last year.

  • “Brats” documentary examines fame and disappointment as a member of the so-called Brat Pack of the 1980s.

    In 1985, New York Magazine christened a collection of young actors with that sticky sobriquet, “Brat Pack,” a wink to the mid-century Sinatra Rat Pack. Hollywood’s youth quake was on. But not everyone reaped the benefits. A thread of vulnerability weaves through “Brats,” the actor-director Andrew McCarthy’s new documentary. In it, McCarthy, the star of ’80s hits like “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Pretty in Pink,” tries to make peace with having been branded a member of the “Brat Pack” by the press. Testing a theory that his fellow Brat Pack actors may have felt similarly pigeonholed, he phones Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe and others, whom he hasn’t spoken to in decades.

  • Hmm, what do you get back after giving a Supreme Court judge $4,000,000!

    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas failed to report at least three private jet trips paid for by billionaire political donor Harlan Crow, according to a new report from the Senate judiciary committee. The newest details show that Thomas took private jets three times between 2017 and 2021. Thomas has taken more than $4 million in gifts since his appointment to the nation’s highest court three decades ago. Crow has spent more than $16 million supporting conservative political causes, many of which have relevance to cases adjudicated by the Supreme Court. Hmm.

  • Are happy days here again? Inflation flat in May as gas prices subside

    The consumer price index, the most high-profile measure of inflation, was unchanged from April to May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said, a pause that brought the CPI’s growth over the last year down to a 3.3% rate. The flat reading in May was the best monthly showing since July 2022. While the Fed is widely expected to make no moves, the report could make it easier for the central bank to justify cutting rates as early as September.Financial markets also hailed the report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up more than 200 points after its release, and the broader S&P 500 hit a new high.

  • He was one of our heroes. NBA icon and Hall of Famer Jerry West passes away at 86

    The 12-time All-NBA guard was a member of the NBA’s 50th and 75th anniversary teams and one of the league’s most iconic players. He was the first significant player in Los Angeles basketball history whose all-around skills took him to the Hall of Fame and then whose success in basketball management made him the measurement for general managers.Jerry West was known by an honorable title that underlined his legend, both on the court and in the front office: Mr. Clutch. He played 14 years, was an All-Star 14 times and made All-NBA a dozen times. He averaged 27 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists for his career.[More]

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