Tuesday, Feb 20


Being a single dad can shorten your life, researchers say

Single dads have been played for laughs in countless TV sitcoms, from “The Andy Griffith Show” and “My Three Sons” up to modern takes such as “Arrested Development” and “Louie.” But in real life, being a single dad is tough — so much so ...


Study: For those over 90, alcohol better than exercise for longevity

When it comes to making it into your 90s, booze actually beats exercise, according to a long-term study led by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas. Joe DziemianowiczNew York Daily News. Cheers to life — seriously. When it…

Sunday, Feb 18


Meet the mom behind #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe

Marvel Studios' "Black Panther," from left, Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). (Matt Kennedy - Marvel Studios). Jonita DavisSpecial to The Washington Post. Black Girl Nerds was on to…

Friday, Feb 16


A Chicago family that acts together, stays together

Entertainment is the family business for Michael Anthony Rawlins, right, his son, Kei, left, and his wife. Rawlins stars in "Moon Man Walk" at the Victory Gardens Theater running through Feb. 25. Kei wrapped up with the Goodman's "A…

Thursday, Feb 15


How a transgender woman breast-fed her baby

She told doctors that she wanted to breast-feed her baby. She explained that her partner was pregnant but was not planning to breast-feed when the child was born, so she wanted to take it on herself. The 30-year-old, who is transgender,…


Former student opens fire at Florida high school, killing at least 17

Chicago Tribune

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Terry Spencer and Kelli KennedyAssociated Press. A former student opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle at a…

Wednesday, Feb 14


I knew Paul Bauer, and he was as wonderful as people are saying

Grace is 13, a year older than my daughter. They became pals when they were 4 and 5. Her parents and I had mutual friends and we kept winding up at the same birthday parties. Soon enough we were planning playdates, and eventually, happily,…

Tuesday, Feb 13

How to stop 11 types of junk mail and save trees — and your sanity

Many people love to hate junk mail - and they have lots of different ways of quantifying their disgust: New York University says 5.6 million tons of junk mail end up in American landfills every year. Ecocycle.org says we may spend as much…


LGBTQ health care: How to get what you need as concerns rise over new division at HHS

The creation last month of a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is raising concerns among some health care and legal experts who fear the new division will have a negative impact…

Tear-feeding worms infest Oregon woman's eye

Thelazia gulosa is a type of eye worm seen in cattle in the northern United States and southern Canada, but never before in humans. An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a…

Sunday, Feb 11


Could the deadly 1918 flu pandemic happen again?

One hundred years ago, the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time made a ravaging march across the globe. The "Spanish" flu of 1918-19 infected an estimated one-third of the world's population and killed between 50 million and 100…

Saturday, Feb 10


Breaking up with your smartphone is really, really hard - just ask these people

Maya Oren, 27, of Washington, D.C., is deeply concerned about her relationship with her smartphone and what it's doing to her life and her brain. (Evelyn Hockstein / For The Washington Post). Ellen McCarthyThe Washington Post. Maya Oren…

Friday, Feb 9


With the fall of Rob Porter, are we ready to stop giving a pass to abusers?

Rob Porter, right, was the right-hand man for White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, in the West Wing. White House aides defended alleged spouse abuser Porter because he was "effective" at his job. (Jabin Botsford / Washington Post).…


Next Gerber baby will be a boy with Down syndrome

The 2018 Gerber baby was named Wednesday morning on the "Today" show, and he is Lucas Warren, the first child with Down syndrome to receive the honor of, essentially, America's cutest baby. The 1-year-old from Dalton, Georgia, was selected…

Wednesday, Feb 7


Why you need more negativity in your life

Author Elan Gale said negativity and a harsh comment from a stranger have been motivating factors in his life. (Catie Laffoon / Grand Central). Alison BowenContact ReporterChicago Tribune. January's over. So does that mean we can throw out…

Monday, Feb 5


Boyfriend wants 'drunken one-night stand' in Vegas

A study from the Archives of Sexual Behavior looked at face-to-face and online cheating in dating relationships between men and women. (April 5, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR). Amy DickinsonContact…

Sunday, Feb 4

A dad wore a T-shirt at Disney World that said 'In need of kidney.' It worked.

The idea for the T-shirt was a Hail Mary, a play Rob Leibowitz made out of deep desperation. Leibowitz, 60, had been enduring dialysis for years while his kidneys failed. He was grateful the treatments were keeping him alive, but they were…

Friday, Feb 2


Oh, Canada! We see your gender-neutral anthem and raise you ... something even bigger?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with the media on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Jan. 30, 2018. (Adrian Wyld / AP). Heidi StevensContact ReporterBalancing Act. I feel like Canada is trolling us. Ohh, look at our new gender-neutral…


Canada moves to make its national anthem gender-neutral

Canada's Senate has passed a bill making the country's national anthem gender neutral.

Wednesday, Jan 31


Help Squad: Man reports problem getting battery on older iPhone replaced

Chicago Tribune / News

I enjoyed your column "What to do when your iPhone slows down or drains battery quickly." I had a disturbing experience with Apple on this same subject and wondered if you thought I should make something of it or just move on to an after…

Tuesday, Jan 30


The future of soda might be coffee

Coffee giant Keurig Green Mountain acquired Dr Pepper Snapple, the maker of 7 Up, Hawaiian Punch and other popular drinks. Caitlin DeweyThe Washington Post. Coffee drinkers tend to savor their brew in the morning and switch to soda or…

Saturday, Jan 27


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were set up: Here are 3 tips on how to play matchmaker

Friends can be the best dating algorithm around, especially when you're high profile and hopping on Tinder might be too public a search. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who were set up by Jimmy Kimmel, just welcomed their third child. Emily…

Friday, Jan 26


Flu Q&A: The latest on this year's deadly flu season

This year's flu season is already the most widespread on record since health officials began keeping track 13 years ago, and has already caused the deaths of more children than what normally would be expected at this time of the year,…

Thursday, Jan 25


Overtraining is a real danger, even for elite athletes. Know the signs.

Everyone knows that exercise in general makes you happier, stronger and more energetic. We hear it ad nauseam, especially this time of year. But what if fitness did the very opposite? In other words, if exercise brought on depression,…

Wednesday, Jan 24


How to tell people you're getting a divorce

Diane Sherry Case teaches therapeutic writing classes. Step one of preparing to tell people about a divorce is to write yourself a script, she says. (Rene Villar-Rios). Alison BowenContact ReporterChicago Tribune. Many couples call it…


How parents can protect their young athletes from the Larry Nassars of the world

Olympic medalists McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas have accused Larry Nassar of sexually abusing them. (Jan. 16, 2018). Julie DiCaroSpecial to The Washington Post. "Little girls don't stay little forever. They grow into…


Dirty water taking toll on Americans' health, wallets

Water pollution is damaging Americans' health, and at a high financial cost, too, new research finds. Water-related recreational activities lead to more than 90 million cases a year of gastrointestinal, respiratory, ear, eye and skin…


Tammy Duckworth expecting 2nd child; would be 1st to give birth while serving in Senate

Chicago Tribune / News

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., center, greets supporters on June 21, 2017, after speaking at a health care rally at the west front lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Duckworth is expecting her second child, she announced Tuesday. …

Tuesday, Jan 23


Medical field plays catch-up with trans kids

The California wildfires were still raging last fall as Jennifer Bilstein and her 15-year-old son inched their way down Highway 101, a two-hour drive in ordinary times that took four hours through the smoke-filled air and yellow sky. She…


USA Gymnastics' rot runs deeper than serial sex abuser Larry Nassar

Olympic medalists McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas have accused Larry Nassar of sexually abusing them. (Jan. 16, 2018). Heidi StevensContact ReporterBalancing Act. I keep thinking about that People magazine cover, the one…