The U.S. doesn't rank in the top 10.
Sunday, in case you’ve forgotten, is Mother’s Day (if you send a card right this second, you just might make it). Moms across the country will be greeted with breakfast in bed, flowers and other tokens of appreciation. But not all mothers will be so lucky. Lost in the midst of this national celebration of motherhood is the recognition that in many ways -- and for many women -- the U.S. isn't all that great a place to raise a kid.
Macho men just as likely to die in combat than their less-manly counterparts.
Having more testosterone has paid off for men over the centuries. Men with more testosterone father more children, hit more home runs, and have lots of other competitive advantages over men with less testosterone.
Scientists are finally getting to the root of the problem.
Like many women (and probably more than a few men) past a certain age, I visit my hair colorist for an every-eight-week dose of youth in the form of hair dye. Within minutes, all evidence of my gray hair -- and to some extent, my age -- is erased.
Depression drives some to act out in the quest to regain lost youth.
Apparently the male midlife crisis is not just the stuff of movies -- think "The Seven Year Itch," "Moonstruck," "American Beauty" -- and sitcoms. A new survey in England shows that fully a third of those men surveyed admit to having a full-blown midlife crisis and to "acting out" in ways to try to recapture their fading youth.
The survey, conducted by the men's lifestyle/fashion site Socked.co.uk, found that a third of the men were "freaked out" by the loss of their youth and by impending mortality. And that feeling tended to play out for those men in impulsive purchases and choices.
Making the baby 'more real' helps fathers emotionally commit.
Your partner is pregnant and that's exciting, right? But for new dads-to-be, finding out the sex of an unborn baby, and giving him or her a name, dramatically helps new fathers bond with their babies and imagine a future with them, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Birmingham in England found that when fathers-to-be learn the sex of their unborn baby, and give the baby a name, they form emotional bonds much more quickly and are much more prepared to fully be fathers by the time the baby is born.
The research found that pregnancy scans helped to make their partner’s pregnancy more real for men. But more importantly, according to the report, authored by Dr. Jonathan Ives of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics, Society and History, “Discovering the gender of their child, and giving him/her a name, that tended to enable men to feel emotionally connected, because it allowed them to think of the unborn child as a person whom one can father, and with whom a relationship could be developed and a future imagined.”
In other words, this knowledge suddenly makes the new baby seem real. For the pregnant mom to be, of course, the baby is already real, and hormones help her bond pre-birth. But for dads, getting as much knowledge as they can about the little person who's about to come into the world helps them envision the reality of fathering their new son or daughter.
The study also suggests that the knowledge helps new dads participate more in the pregnancy before the baby's birth.
According to Dr. Ives, "Helping men effect an 'active transformation into positive fatherhood' may require helping them to reconcile their moral sense of how they ought to act as a partner and as a man, with how they need to act as a father and a father-to-be.
"Encouraging fathers to become actively involved, and drawing them in, may require more than making them feel welcome and creating space for them to talk, but also giving them explicit permission to become actively involved."
Dr. Ives followed 11 men over nine months, from the first scan to eight weeks after the birth of their child. The ages of participants ranged from 22 to 58.
Jason Cole, of Devon, England, one of the participants in the study, said that he really wanted to know the gender of his first child. "I don't know why. As soon as we found out she was a girl, from about 20 weeks, we named her Molly," Cole said, "and I think it did help me prepare for her and connect with her once she was born."
The less pregnancy is a spectator sport for new dads, the more engaged they'll be as fathers for their child's lifetime. And that is a beautiful thing.
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New study finds high levels of toxic metals in makeup.
For many women, lipstick is the one thing they won’t go out of the house without. Whether they’re partial to a signature shade or rotate through an entire wardrobe of color choices, they wouldn’t dream of leaving their lips naked. But what most of us don’t think about is how much of that lipstick ends up in our mouths—and eventually in our digestive systems.
So what exactly are you putting on—and possibly in—your mouth? For years there’s been talk about lead in lipstick. The Environmental Working Group made news in 2007 when it tested 33 lipsticks and found detectable levels of lead in 61 percent of them. But the FDA (which has not set limits for lead in cosmetics) maintains that the amount of lead that’s in lipstick is too low to pose any safety concerns.
We're awash in pink stuff for breast cancer 'awareness,' but does it do any good?
Breast cancer continues to wreak havoc and take lives, though early detection and treatment options have improved patients' survival rates. And it's impossible to miss the sea of pink items -- from T-shirts to SodaStream machines to football cleats that are meant to help fund research, experimental testing, and treatment for patients. You can barely get through October, the official Breast Cancer Awareness month, without feeling like you're swimming upstream through Pepto-Bismol. But the question is: Does buying all that pink stuff actually do any good?
Women are undergoing cosmetic arm surgery in record numbers, according to a new report.
My arms have always looked just fine. Not super-buff, but toned enough to sport a tank top without worry. But as I get older, I do have one great fear -- and it’s one that I know I share with lots of other women out there. It’s the fear that I will wake up one day, look in the mirror and see the dreaded upper-arm flab. You know what I’m talking about. It’s the loose, jiggly stuff that keeps on moving long after you’ve stopped waving goodbye.