Archives for April 2016

Time to buy Cleft Heart: Chasing Normal.

Gentle Reader,  As they say in radio, we've got to go to a commercial break now and then to pay the rent and keep the lights on. Since I'm not used to being a shameless promoter, I'll list some comments readers have used for Cleft Heart. They come in large part from Amazon review headings:“A Powerful and Moving Memoir”“Awesome book about overcoming obstacles”“Felt like I lived it”"Unless allowed a 6th star, I cannot recommend it more highly”“And ‘David slew his Goliaths.’ ”Artful rendition of … [Read more...]

Lookism in online dating? Likely.

This exchange between an unhappy online-dating fellow and an advice columnist is telling. It reveals much about lookism and modern life, especially in and around Manchester, England where the Guardian is based. During two sabbaticals there, I learned how vibrant the youth and dating culture is in Manchester. Oasis and many other pop music groups sprang from the city in northern England that boasts the most college students of any city in England.Lookism advice for the lovelorn?Dear Abby, I mean, … [Read more...]

Cleft palate defect doubles with Zofran drug.

Another anti-nausea morning sickness drug in trouble? Thalidomide* all over again? Cleft palate causation is elusive, complex., and multifactorial. Thus, it's news when a single factor seems to have this much of an impact.  Cleft palate condition doubles with Zofran.  Here's a recent press release that bears on cleft palate etiology:" reports on concerning results of several studies which appear to … [Read more...]

Cyberbullying and R&B star Kehlani’s suicide attempt.

 Kehlani, an and R&B superstar from my old stomping ground, Oakland, CA, tried to kill herself this week due to cyberbullying. She'd been "slut shammed," a particularly vicious type of cyberbullyin. She felt –at least for a moment in time–that suicide was the only way to end her pain.Kehlani, a cyberbullying victim.Kotinsky/GettyCyberbullying. A report about a recent study of 350 hospitalized teens claims that 50% of teens teens admitted to the Emergency Room had been cyberbullied in … [Read more...]