Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life.
Q.: I understand the importance of both parents interacting in the best interest of their child, but anticipating a conversation with my son's father makes my stomach queasy. So much so that I recently suggested he pick our son up at my mother's house. Is that good ex-etiquette?
Perhaps it's a sign of maturity that, for a recent high school reunion, I worried not about the extent of my wrinkles or the number of pounds I may have added since the last event. No, nothing so banal. My concern revolved around one factor that would've never mattered forty years ago:
Our son and his family sent a classic snippet while they are on vacation. It is a short video that opens with the sun beaming streaks of apricot behind a bank of dark scalloped clouds hugging the horizon. Majestic. The camera pans a barn, a windmill, beautiful wide-open prairies and wheat fields with perfect right-angle corners. Breathtaking. And then in the background you hear one of the kids yelling, "Stop it, John!"
Dear Mr. Dad: I'm 34 and my wife is just a few weeks away from giving birth to our first baby. I'm excited about becoming a dad, but my anxiety levels over the past week have been through the roof, and sometimes I feel like I'm having a heart attack. On top of my shortness of breath and dizziness, I'm also breaking out in hives. I've seen my doctor about this, but he has yet to solve my problem. My wife has been very supportive, but I hate feeling so helpless when she's the one who has to give birth. What can I do to be normal again?
I took a baseball to the brain the other day. Early indications are that the hardball survived the collision - only slightly less rounded - and my brain, as well, though as one colleague put it, "What exactly is the baseline for mental acuity on your part?"
ROCHESTER, Minn. - The molecular makeup of brain tumors can be used to sort patients with gliomas into five categories, each with different clinical features and outcomes, researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of California San Francisco have shown. The finding could change the methods that physicians rely on to determine prognosis and treatment options. Previously, they relied on how patients' tumors look under the microscope. The study is published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.
ST. CHARLES, Ill. - A stallion twitches his nose and bats his long eyelashes for a visitor who has apples in her pockets. Four yearlings play tag to expend their adolescent energy. A pair of brood mares stretch while enjoying a nap in dewy grass. Lisa Diersen can't finish a sentence without being upstaged by the horses in her paddocks.
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