Archive for March, 2012

Family, Fatherhood, Growing Up, Parenting

For Girls, Puberty at Age 6? That’s One of the Best Reasons to Be an Involved Dad

More and more girls are starting puberty early. Some as early as six! If you’ve got daughters–and I’ve got three of ’em–there are a few things you really, really need to know. Let’s start with the good news, some of which I’ve written about extensively. Girls who have actively involved dads start puberty later than […]

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Fitness, new again, Prostate

Exercise Has a Surprising Benefit

We have long known that exercise is important for many aspects of health. Now researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have identified an even more surprising way it benefits health. They found prostate health impacts nearly 200 genes and expression of 184 of those genes in the prostate gland is linked to […]

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Family Issues, new again, Well-being

Two Plus Two: Couples and their Couple Friendship

We know people with friends live longer, healthier and happier lives.Friends keep us mentally active, socially wired in and physically engaged in sports.  They teach us how to use the equipment at the gym, play the latest video game and hit a better chip shot.  They point us in the direction of the next Grammy […]

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new again, Nutrition

Diet Can Feminize the Average Male

In a recent 2012 article in Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, there was an excellent discussion on the impact of estrogen on men. It points out that increased intracellular estrogen levels in men induce and promote obesity, gynecomastia, metabolic syndrome, type two diabetes, benign prostatic hypertrophy and prostate cancer. The problem is that with increased estrogen, relative testosterone […]

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IPAB on the way out?

The Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, may be on the way out. Patient groups are celebrating the potential demise of the Board, established by the Affordable Care Act. IPAB was created to make decisions about payments for medical treatments, deciding what will be paid for and what will not. This might be acceptable […]

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