Why Men Have Such a Hard Time With Aging

Photo: Bettmann/Getty ImagesResearchers are focusing on a factor that makes aging harder for men: having to let go of their sense of masculinity. As doctors and therapists become more aware of the ways that aging challenges masculinity, many are using that knowledge to improve the health of senior men. What follows are a few traditional ideas about masculinity that can interfere with good health for older men, and how some men are redefining what it means to be manly in later life. Dr. Thompson emphasizes the importance of encore careers or volunteer work to keeping older men satisfied with life—and healthy. Some older men, however, take a different approach.

February 27, 2017 03:08 UTC

DIY Gene Editing: Fast, Cheap—and Worrisome

Crispr gene editing by amateurs and hobbyists brings an unusual set of challenges. Rather, it covers the history of Crispr and gene editing, some of the key findings, and the moral questions Crispr raises. Gene Editing 101 5 Things to Know About CrisprMs. Bateman, who visits schools to discuss the ethics of gene editing, says she asked a group of seventh-grade students whether Crispr should be deployed to bring extinct animals back to life. When Mr. Shindel describes the steps of the experiment, Ms. Sefchovich takes notes. “You learn the right feel.” Mr. Sadeghi doesn’t have his driver’s license yet.

February 27, 2017 03:07 UTC

New VA Hospital in New Orleans May Serve as a Model

The New Orleans VA hospital has six major courtyards that serve as places for rest and contemplation. Photo: NBBJ/Sean AirhartCan a hospital be designed to meet both the physical and emotional needs of its patients? After Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Veterans Affairs hospital in New Orleans, the facility had to be rebuilt from the ground up. That gave hospital executives, architects and designers the opportunity to reimagine what a veterans’ hospital should be. Here are nine features of the New Orleans VA facility that have reimagined what a VA hospital can and should be.

February 27, 2017 03:06 UTC

How Harold and Kumar Can Influence What You Eat

What Harold and Kumar did on-screen affected what people watching did afterward. Photo: New Line Cinema/EverettCan what you watch on the screen influence what you put on your plate? Those who watched a scene where characters stopped eating burgers snacked a lot less. Lessons from White CastleThe study had 147 student volunteers watch a trailer of the first “Harold & Kumar” marijuana-themed film. Those who watched the clip with a satisfied Harold and Kumar ate less but opted for the sweet M&Ms.

February 27, 2017 03:04 UTC

When Patients Share Stories, Health Insights Emerge

Elizabeth Teisberg and Scott Wallace developed the experience-group format to learn from patients and how they are dealing with their health conditions. Surprising discoveriesProviders and employers who have organized these discussions say they have led to surprising discoveries—and health improvements—for patients struggling with various health challenges. In New Hampshire, a medical center learned that obese patients were resistant to advice delivered by practitioners who didn’t have weight issues. On the corporate side, health-insurer Humana Inc. of Louisville, Ky., used experience groups beginning in 2013 to improve its employee health-and-wellness offerings. It organized several dozen experience groups, including some for workers with diabetes or prediabetes, and others for workers in customer service.

February 27, 2017 03:03 UTC

The Science of Spotting Alzheimer’s in a Painting

In paintings by Salvador Dali and other artists, researchers detected what they consider telltale early signs of neurological disease. Photo: Felix Rhager/DPA/ZUMAPRESSArtists’ brush strokes may reveal early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study. Willem de Kooning, for example, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in his 80s. The researchers analyzed 2,092 paintings by seven notable artists who experienced either normal aging ( Marc Chagall, Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso ), Alzheimer’s disease ( James Brooks and de Kooning) or Parkinson’s disease ( Salvador Dalí and Norval Morrisseau ). Another is that changes in people’s gaits that are characteristic of Parkinson’s disease might be detectable much earlier using fractal analysis.

February 27, 2017 03:02 UTC

For Children Who Have Suffered Strokes, a Promising New Therapy Emerges

In TDCS therapy for neurological impairment, electrodes transmit weak electrical currents through the skull to stimulate the brain. This is why Dr. Kirton is exploring an as yet unregulated but potentially promising therapy for children with neurological impairment: transcranial direct current stimulation, or TDCS. She enlisted the service of Harry Schneider, one of few doctors nationwide who uses TDCS therapy on children. He estimates he has used TDCS on some 2,000 patients from the ages of 4 to 31. “ ‘First, do no harm’ is the oath I actually took when I was graduated from medical school,” Dr. Schneider says.

February 27, 2017 03:01 UTC

'The Walking Dead' Season 7, Episode 11: Hostiles And Calamities (And Pickles)

An episode of The Walking Dead focused on Eugene, Dwight and Negan sounds like a recipe for disasters. They had tried to escape Negan before, and when they changed their mind (for some godawful reason) and screwed over Daryl, Negan welcomed them back to the Saviors with open arms. "I'm Negan," he tells Negan, cutting him off before he can even ask the entire question. I'm Negan." Hell, I'm happy it was a Eugene episode and not a Carol episode, which says a lot about where this show has gone.

February 27, 2017 03:00 UTC

Viola Davis’ Best Supporting Actress Oscar Speech Totally Steals The Show

Of all of this year’s expected Oscar wins, Viola Davis’ might be the most gratifying. The actress’ performance in “Fences” moved critics and viewers, earning her an Academy Award nomination for the third time — this time, in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category. In her acceptance speech, Davis said, “People ask me all the time, what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? Davis played Rose Maxson, the pragmatic housewife of Troy Maxson, and a woman who did what she could to keep her family thriving amid turmoil. After her speech, Twitter lit up with praise for Davis:

February 27, 2017 03:00 UTC

Trump tells governors: Our health care plan will be 'very special'

Story highlights Governors gathered at the White HouseTrump said they would work on health care reformWashington (CNN) President Donald Trump gave a toast to the nation's governors at the White House on Sunday evening, offering a preview of policy discussions slated for Monday. Perhaps," Trump said at the annual Governors' Dinner. The dinner was first lady Melania Trump's first time officially hosting a major social event at the White House, which Trump noted in his toast. Governors from around the country gathered in the White House for the dinner, packing the room alongside administration figures and their families. Trump entered the room with his wife after Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence.

February 27, 2017 03:00 UTC

How Disrupting Your Gut’s Rhythm Affects Your Health

When gut microbiota are healthy, they maintain regular daily cycles of activities such as congregating in different parts of the intestine and producing metabolites, molecules that help the body function properly. “By controlling the gut microbiota, you can modify many physiological capabilities” throughout the body, he says. Studies also have found that microbiota rhythms are compromised in people who do shift work and those with sleep apnea. After eating ice cream, for example, blood-sugar levels would soar for some participants while hardly budging for others, Dr. Segal says. The study, published in Cell in 2015, succeeded in normalizing blood-sugar levels in some patients with prediabetes, Dr. Segal says.

February 27, 2017 03:00 UTC

Viola Davis wins supporting actress Oscar for 'Fences'

Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang chat about the 2017 Academy Awards, and which movie might win for best picture. Caption Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang talk about the Oscars Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang chat about the 2017 Academy Awards, and which movie might win for best picture. Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang chat about the 2017 Academy Awards, and which movie might win for best picture. This is what the Governors Ball will look like after the 89th Academy Awards ceremony. Caption Grammys 2017: Best moments Highlights from the 2017 Grammy Awards at the Staples Center.

February 27, 2017 03:00 UTC

With Direct Primary Care, It’s Just Doctor and Patient

It’s similar to “concierge medicine” but less costly: The average monthly fee for direct primary care is $25 to $85, according to the Direct Primary Care Journal, a trade publication. “You’re essentially buying insurance against using your insurance,” says Jay Keese, executive director of the Direct Primary Care Coalition, a trade group. Doctor shortageTo date, there are few academic studies assessing whether direct primary care actually cuts costs and improves patient health. About 25,000 people who qualified for the state’s Medicaid expansion were assigned to Qliance for their primary care in 2014. Qliance CEO Erika Bliss says she believes direct primary care could deliver better care for many more Americans.

February 27, 2017 03:00 UTC

The Oscars Air Drop Food To Celebrities In The Ultimate Hunger Games

Unlike the Golden Globes, the Academy Awards confine celebrities to their seats — pretty much ensuring that everyone is starving throughout the three-hour-plus telecast. So, host Jimmy Kimmel decided to take a page out of Ellen DeGeneres’ book and please the people with some good old-fashioned movie theater food during the show. In between Oscar speeches, Red Vines and Junior Mints rained down upon the stars like gifts from sponsors in “The Hunger Games.”Reminder: Kimmel pulled a similar stunt last year while hosting the Emmys, when he enlisted the “Stranger Things” kids to hand out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made by his mom to the audience. As always, Taraji P. Henson was the most excited of the bunch and held onto her goodie bag for dear life. We’re just pretending it’s an actual Oscar, right?)

February 27, 2017 03:00 UTC

Mahershala Ali is the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar—ever

Mahershala Ali took home the first Oscar of the night, securing the best supporting actor trophy for his role as Juan in Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight." Ali is the first Muslim actor in history to win an Academy Award. He spoke movingly of his faith while accepting the SAG award for supporting actor for "Moonlight" last month. "I want to thank my teachers, my professors, my so many wonderful teachers." You're in service to these stories and these characters and I'm so blessed to have had an opportunity.

February 27, 2017 02:53 UTC

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