Thursday Open Thread

What’s going on?

In scary cancer news, the death rate of skin cancer in men has doubled in the past 30 years! Pretty scary, especially considering that this form of cancer is preventable. So ladies, make sure your man wears sunscreen – and get any suspicious moles checked!

In “there’s a light at the end of the tunnel” cancer news. A breast cancer vaccine has been developed which has prevented breast cancer from developing in mice. The trials of the drug in humans are in the planning stages, which means that it can be a while before the vaccine is made available for humans.

If you’re a midnight eater, (or happen to use Ambien), take care of your teeth! Studies have shown that midnight snacking increases the risk of tooth loss, regardless of the type of food eaten.

And, in some fun news – Homer Simpson was named the greatest TV and film character of the last 20 years, according to an Entertainment Weekly survey. What do you think? Do you agree? What fictional characters are your favorite?

Of course, this is an open thread and you are free to disuss whatever you wish. What else is going on?


Midday Coffee Break

What’s up?

I got a chuckle from this article in MSN Health & Fitness: Women are better than men in detecting underarm odor even when it is masked by cologne, according to a study in Flavour and Fragrance Journal.

In other bizarre news: A woman in Texas called 911 to report that she didn’t get as much shrimp in her fried rice as she would have liked, according to the Associated Press.

This sounds so wrong, yet in this economy it seems inevitable. The Fox network plans to air a reality show called “Someone’s Gotta Go,” in which the employees of a small business decide which one of their colleagues to lay off, according to Salon Wires. Cruel.

Also in Salon Wires: Melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, is now the likeliest cancer to kill a woman in her 20s in Britain. Please lather on the sunblock, ladies!

The mother of a Columbine shooting victim wrote two poignant columns — here and here — about her reaction to a new book about the massacre that claimed the lives of 15 people, including the two shooters.

In case you missed it, Madonna’s application to adopt a little girl from Malawi was rejected by a judge on Friday, according to the New York Times. The judge said she would not bend the country’s strict residency rules for the pop star. The Anti-Racist Parent blog discussed domestic versus transatlantic adoption and the reasons African-American babies are adopted at a lesser rate than Caucasian children.  

Here are some gratuitous kid pictures at Amalah to make you smile.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Thursday Open Thread

My “after shower ritual” consists of the same thing; after drying up, I mosturize…from head to toe. So you can imagine my concern after reading about a new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, which stated that some skin moisturizers may increase the chances of getting a type of skin cancer called squaumous cell carcimona. Scientist suspect mineral oil and sodium laurel sulphate, two common additives in moisturizers are the culprit. Ugh…guess it’s time to start reading labels.

On the plus side, researchers from the Monell Center used a machine called gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to identify the precise chemical composition of a common form of skin cancer. What that means is that basal cell carcinomas could be diagnosed, using this machine, by the distinctive chemical “scent” it gives off. Interesting!

Congratulations to Ellen Degeneres and Portia De Rossi, who have made it legal! Ellen posted the following on her blog:

You may notice something different about the way I’m writing…it’s fancy. This is the font I type in now that I’m MARRIED! I do a lot of things differently now …I say, “I do” a lot. For example: Who wants to do pilates? I do. Would you like a Mountain Dew? I do. Do you know why I pulled you over? I do. And that was just this morning.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

In related news, a non-profit organization called Let Freedom Ring, released a new commercial that doesn’t mention Proposition 8, at all. In fact, “it puts viewers in the shoes of so many gay and lesbian couples who want to marry the person they love.” I dare you to watch the commercial and have dry eyes by the end of it.

On a side note, I would like to apologize if I’ve covered news that has already been covered. I’ve been away for a little bit and haven’t caught up on my MT reading!

So, what have I missed? What’s up with you?