When I was younger, the skin on my face was always slick with oil. And as only an adolescent girl can do, I let it get me down. Each time I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror, I'd recoil at that shiny reflection looking back at me. Of course, now, being in this so-called midlife, I wish there had been - along with that glimpse - a voice of reason to calm me. If there had been, it might have said something like this: Be grateful for all that oil! You'll miss it one day. But alas, there was no such voice. Instead, my youthful indignation - however wrongfully - made me shun that sebum,
I recently read a stunning account of a sudden, overnight vision loss. Written by 53-year-old op-ed columnist Frank Bruni, the story, which appears in this past week’s New York Times Sunday Review, shares the details of Bruni’s struggle, both physically and emotionally, of coming to grips with a condition that caused sudden partial vision loss which made it difficult to read or type, because of what he describes as a thick, dappled fog across the right half of his field of vision. I don’t know about you, but when I lay down to sleep at night I usually have a few random thoughts which run through
It's another tragically sad week, inconceivable that things like this are becoming routine in our society. It's another news cycle that rips your heart out; leaves you feeling confused, angry, heartbroken and stunned, even though, after Sandy Hook, we thought it could and would never happen again. But it has. Since then, more than 400 people have been shot in over 200 school shootings, reports the New York Times. Yesterday, I interviewed Alan J. Lipman, Ph.D., J.D. who is the director of the Center for the Study of Violence in Washington, D.C., and an expert on the psychology of violence.
Lately, I've been more paranoid than normal about germs. That's because this is a really scary flu season - one of the worst in a long time. Doctor's offices and hospitals are overwhelmed, and people, even children, are dying. And despite getting the flu vaccine, some people are still catching the flu. (But it's important to keep in mind that many times when they do, they come down with a milder case than they would otherwise.) Are you worried about catching the flu, too? Here's what you should know. It's contagious. It spreads through tiny droplets when infected people sneeze or cough, and the
Remember what it felt like to fall when you were a kid? Probably not, because most of the time it was not a big deal...you fell, you got up, dusted yourself off (or put a band aid on) and continued on your merry way. It’s more than likely that there was no fear or embarrassment, and you fell without stiffening up or trying to catch yourself. But falling takes on a whole new meaning when you've entered this so-called midlife, because as you age your risk increases. Although falls can happen at any age, more than one in three people 65 or older in the U.S. fall each year. What was once