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This New Drug Could Dramatically Reduce Obesity

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

Novels should have good first lines: “Call me Ishmael”; “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”; “Every happy family is happy in the same way”; “There was no possibility of going for a walk that day”; “It is a truth universally acknowledged… etc.” One does not expect scientific papers to […]

Take It From Me: Fitness Is Easier Than You Think

Sunday, June 28th, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

Several months ago I wrote that, after years of being a couch potato, I decided to start working out. The accompanying photo (of me in the gym, for the first time after all these years of inactivity) said it all: Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: that looks horrible. Well, true, but I can guarantee […]

Do You Need Aggressive Cancer Screening After DVT or Pulmonary Embolus?

Friday, June 26th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

I like to have a prejudice overthrown from time to time: it helps to persuade me that my other prejudices are reasonable because I am a reasonable man who is open to the evidence. This is especially the case where the prejudice is one that I do not really care much about. I can give […]

20 Tricks to Help You Beat the Blues

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 - by Arlene Becker Zarmi

How many of us, at one time or another, have felt a little down? Perhaps you’ve been passed over for a promotion, or worse, been part of your company’s downsizing program. Or perhaps a breakup, a lost election, or simply some of life’s daily difficulties have made you feel a bit melancholy. There are a […]

Can Dual Prescriptions for Opioids and Tranquilizers Increase Your Risk of Dying?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

Some patients stick in one’s mind longer than others. I remember, for example, a Welshman with the sing-song intonation of the Welsh who told me on his arrival in hospital that he needed his diazzies [diazepam], and temazzies [temazepam] and his flurazzies [flurazepam] and his lorazzies [lorazepam] and his bromazzies [bromazepam] and his oxazzies [oxazepam]. […]

15 Things You Can Do to Raise Healthy Kids

Friday, June 19th, 2015 - by Arlene Becker Zarmi

Multiple studies show a positive correlation between parental body image and diet and those of their children. Parents are one of the main influences on whether a child will have a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle. Children are masters of mimicry — “monkey see, monkey do” is absolutely the rule with kids and parents. So if […]

Are They Kids or Employees? Are We Parents, or Just the Boss?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Consequence Chart for Moms and Kids via @BusyMomsHelper #Parenting http://t.co/UYnfAwINI6 pic.twitter.com/1cfE4oLMUL — 5minutesformom (@5minutesformom) June 13, 2015 The other day I came across a “Consequence Chart” when surfing parenting Tweets. It’s a simple list detailing consequences for various actions taken and it’s meant to hang in a common area of the home as a contractual […]

9 Ways Your Marriage Changes When a Baby Is on the Way

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Everything about our life together changed the minute we learned we were pregnant. The obvious changes were welcome ones. Loads of much-needed gifts, the rearranging of rooms, the changing of jobs so I could be the work-from-home mom I always wanted to be. Those weren’t the issue. It was all the seemingly mundane unexpected changes […]

Should You Demand Fresh Blood for Your Next Transfusion?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

As everyone knows, fresh human blood rejuvenated Dracula no end: stored blood simply would not do for him. Blood has long been a fluid endowed with mystic significance. Only comparatively recently in human history have people donated it to strangers with anything like a good grace. I once worked in a remote country, much given […]

Why I Want to Parent Like Steve Jobs

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

One of the first discussions we had as new parents involved how we were going to introduce technology to our child. For my husband, a computer geek and career engineer, the immediate desire was to get his kid pushing buttons fast. Suddenly he was ready to change cell providers just to get a more rugged […]

36 Things All Moms Should Do Before Giving Birth – Part 2

Friday, June 12th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

From Part 1: Our grandmothers were blessed with a simple trip to the doctor and a confirmation 10 days later with a polite, “See you in nine months.” Today we’re slammed with monthly, bi-monthly and eventually weekly doctor or midwife appointments, several rounds of bloodwork and ultrasounds, and let’s not forget the bevy of paranoia-inducing […]

36 Things All Moms Should Do Before Giving Birth — Part 1

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

My own pregnancy roller coaster went a little bit like this: The test is positive! Hooray, we’re pregnant! Can’t we get this kid delivered overnight?! Oh. My. God, we have so much to do! And less than 9 months to do it in!  Our grandmothers were blessed with a simple trip to the doctor and […]

Should Unvaccinated Children Be Forced to Stay Home From School?

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

It so happened that I was preparing an introduction to an anthology of the writings of Edmund Burke when I read an article in a recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine with the title “Social Distancing and the Unvaccinated.” One of Burke’s main contentions, at least according to me, is that politics are, […]

How This Bad Parenting Technique Can Turn Kids into Alcoholics

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Parents today have a bevy of scientifically proven parenting methods to choose from when it comes to raising their children. Magazines don’t just talk about putting them to bed on time or making sure they eat their vegetables. Now, it’s all about how you do it that matters. Are you going to attach and hug […]

Anti-GMO Hysteria: Doing to Food What the Green Movement Does to Energy

Monday, June 1st, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Yes, Mr. Fox. Your meme does make me think. I imagine that most people from “hundred (sic) of years ago” would call you crazy for suggesting their life, literally scratched out of the earth, proves somehow preferable to modern civilization. As author and founder of the Center for Industrial Progress Alex Epstein suggests in a […]

Comedy Gurus Turn American Morals into a Big, Fat Joke

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

A Gallup poll released this week indicates that Americans are making the great exodus towards secularism on a number of key social issues including gay “relations,” sex and children outside of marriage, and divorce. Shortly after the stats were released, Megan Garber proffered insightful commentary at The Atlantic as to why comedians are the reigning […]

Inside the Dark and Scary World of Mommy Tech

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

“I don’t know how your father and I managed to raise perfectly healthy children without all this stuff.” That was my mother’s reaction to Buy Buy Baby, the suburban megastore modeled after its sister location, Bed Bath & Beyond. We got a kick out of the baby monitors that allow you to speak to your child […]

5 Spiritual Lessons I Learned From My Pregnancy

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Whether this is your first time out or you’ve already been around the bend, take a moment to congratulate yourself, Ms. Mom. You are a miracle maker. You, hovering over the toilet in the midst of all-day sickness, are in the midst of accomplishing what no one else on this earth but you can do. […]

Will the 21st Century Reunite Church and State?

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Before, organized, uniformed and relatively disciplined and conventional Arab armies fought under their national flag. Today the armies have been replaced by terrorist gangsters and black-cloaked jihadists. Conventional war has been replaced by terrorist attacks. Battles fought between tanks and infantry in remote deserts have been replaced by battles fought in densely populated civilian areas and behind the protection of human […]

How One Iraqi War Vet is Helping His Fellow Soldiers to Armor Down

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Hang w/ us in #DC this #memorialday. You’ll know us by the yellow ribbons. Last year’s video: http://t.co/bwtkp6fgqX #HonortheFallen — Ben King (@Ben_ArmorDown) May 21, 2015 Veteran Ben King is taking his role as a psychological operations sergeant in the U.S. Army into new territory. Now returned home to civilian life, Ben has created Armor […]

Did You Receive Your ‘Wife Bonus’ This Year?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

In Lifestyles of the Rich and Non-Famous news, Manhattan bankers’ wives have negotiated bonuses for good “work” performance at home: A wife bonus, I was told, might be hammered out in a pre-nup or post-nup, and distributed on the basis of not only how well her husband’s fund had done but her own performance — how […]

NYT Buries Research Revealing That Kids Need More Time With Mom, Less Dependence on Government

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

  The Old Gray Lady has decided there is “mounting evidence of advantages for children of working mothers.” It’s a politically correct headline that follows the newspaper’s classically liberal slant. But, like one of those extensive designer-drug warning labels, to find out what constitutes “advantages” you have to read the small print. The “silver bullet” […]

This Picture Shows You the Shocking Truth of What Happens if You Don’t Exercise for 7 Years

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

As a teenager, I was very much into sports. I loved playing soccer and baseball, and later started doing kickboxing. Now, I was never skinny, but I was in good shape; I could go on endlessly, wouldn’t get tired, and felt energetic. That was then. This is now. This is what I looked like, age 30, […]

Where’s my Village? The Growing Concern about Elder Care

Monday, May 4th, 2015 - by Leslie Loftis

From The Atlantic on how the elderly want to continue to stay in their homes as they age: But shifting seniors to aging at home is going to require a much bigger commitment on the part of everyday Americans—like the Domino’s woman—to pitch in and help their aging neighbors thrive. It’s going to require neighbors […]