Study Connects Early Baldness to Prostate Cancer in African Americans

New research finds a link between early baldness and cancer of the male reproductive gland known as the prostate. The study involved African-American men, a group at particularly high risk of prostate cancer.

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be an obvious connection between prostate cancer and baldness. But University of Pennsylvania researcher Charnita M. Zeigler-Johnson, PhD, says the two may be linked through a testosterone product called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT.  The hormonal chemical, Zeigler-Johnson explains, “is a form of testosterone that seems to be associated with male-pattern baldness and also connected to prostate cancer occurrence and prostate cancer progression.”

Previous studies have looked at the link between baldness and prostate cancer, but Zeigler-Johnson says this is the first to focus on African-American men, whose prostate cancer death rate is two and a half times that of white American men.

In the study, Zeigler-Johnson and her colleagues asked about 300 prostate cancer patients and some 200 non-patients about their baldness history. They then compared the type of baldness and the age when the men started losing hair with their medical histories..

The study by Charnita Zeigler-Johnson and her colleagues is published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Molly: Affecting Kids and Hip-Hop

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Perspiration levels are not the only thing the new drug of choice amongst rappers are affecting. Now it is kids. Child Psychiatry specialist, Dr. Dale Peeples claims “35% of popular songs contain drug references” and in one day a child can be exposed to these references roughly 84 times.

Reporter Jillian Benfield of WJBF News Channel 6 in Augusta, GA wrote that she and her photographer heard Molly referenced at least twice on a 30 minute trip to Thomson, GA.

The art director at a Augusta Mini-Theatre, Judith Simon-Butler told the WJBF reporter that kids “hear those lyrics and then some of them try to live those lyrics.”

As a response to this, mini-theater is putting on a play focused on conveying negative music’s effects.

According to Narcotics Sergeant Allan Rollins, Molly-related emergency room visits have increased five fold, since 2004.

Molly (shortened name for “molecule”) is the powder or crystal form of MDMA, which is commonly used in pressed pill Ecstasy.

Molly has been labeled by the DEA as a Schedule 1 controlled substance which has no medicinal usage and can be highly addictive.

Undoubtedly one of the most verbal proponents of the drug have come from hip hop artists.

Here is a list of recent rap references to the drug that have exploded its national appeal:

Lil Wayne

“Cashed Out” (Off Dedication 4 mixtape): “Riding around with a b**ch named Molly and she on Molly

“Roman Reloaded” (Off Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded): “Pop a Molly, smoke a blunt. That means I’m a high roller.

2 Chainz

“Molly” (Off Jae Millz’s The Appreciation 4 mixtape): “Molly, Molly, Molly, Molly, Molly/still serving the narcotics.”

“I Luv Dem Strippers” (Off Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded): “Got your girl on Molly, we smoking loud and drinking.

Juicy J

“Get Higher” (Off Blue Dream & Lean mixtape): Molly got the white girls going straight berserk” “Pop a Molly, drink some orange juice, get higher I put Molly on the tongue, of any n*gga wifey

“Juicy J Can’t” (Off Blue Dream & Lean mixtape): Molly in my veins got my heart beatin’ like a drum

“Lucky A*s Bit*h” (Off Mac Miller’s Macadelic mixtape): “Molly pills, orange juice got the b*tch wired”

Trinidad James

“All Gold Everything” (off Dont Be S.A.F.E mixtape): “Popped a Molly, I’m sweating

“One More Molly” (off Dont Be S.A.F.E mixtape): “Popped a Molly, she gon’ do/things that you never knew”, “That Molly got her naked/Her friends looking basic”,”I been on Molly since I stepped in”, “That Molly life I’m all about”, “This Molly life is my way.”

SNEAK PEEK: Phaedra & Apollo’s Donkey Booty Workout Video

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Looks like the Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Phaedra Parks and her husband Apollo have moved forward with their work-out video.  After feuding with fellow cast mate Kenya Moore about the production and set up of the video and Kenya working on her own work out video.   Ms. Parks and husband have made the video a reality.  Phaedra says, “When I talk about a ‘donkey booty,’ that is a firm , peachy booty. It’s not shaking, it’s not jiggling. It stands at attention.”


Michelle Williams Opens Up About Fight With Depression

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Via ABC News reports:

The singer-actress, Michelle Williams— one third of Destiny’s Child alongside Beyonce and Kelly Rowland — said that in the past few months she has emerged from years of suffering from moderate depression. Her dark cloud lifted thanks to exercise, therapy and positive thinking.

“I’ve dealt with depression,” the 32-year-old said during a break in rehearsals for a new touring production of “Fela!” that kicks off later this month. “I had to choose to get out of bed and do whatever I needed to do to be happy.”

Williams says she suffered her first bout of depression at 15 or 16 and has managed to avoid medication. She is speaking out for the first time about her battle to encourage others to seek help.

“We’re taught, ‘Just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you.’ Well, in the meantime, I believe God-gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists — that’s your healing. Take advantage of it,” she said. “Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It’s OK if you’re going through something. Depression is not OK, but it is OK to go get help.”

The ladies of Destiny’s Child are also gearing up to perform with Beyonce at the half-time Superbowl show, and they just released a new song from their “Love Songs” collection called “Nuclear.”

Exercise Lengthens Your Life – Even if You’re Overweight

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Add this to the list of reasons why exercise is good for you: A new study says 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, leisure time exercise is associated with roughly 3.4 years added to a person’s life.

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and other organizations analyzed six different prospective cohort studies of more than 632,000 people ages 40 and older. The studies had a median follow-up period of 10 years, with roughly 82,000 reported deaths. Regular, moderate intensity exercise was associated with an increased life expectancy, even when the person exercising had an unhealthy Body Mass Index (BMI).

Dr. I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the senior author of the study, says that not exercising but having a healthy weight was associated with 3.1 fewer years of life, compared to obese people who were active. Conversely, people who exercised 150 minutes a week and had a healthy BMI gained an extra 7.2 years of life.

While it’s best to be at a healthy weight for your body, Lee thinks her team’s analysis demonstrates that every bit of activity helps, regardless of a person’s size.

“This shows if you emphasize physical activity, you still get the benefit,” says Lee. “Overweight, obese, severely obese – if you are active, the results suggest that you … have more of a benefit than someone who is not heavy but not active.”

(CNN)

Fast-Food ‘Linked to Childhood Asthma and Eczema’

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Eating fast food three times a week may lead to asthma and eczema in children, say researchers who have looked at global disease and dietary patterns.

Data from more than 500,000 children in more than 50 countries suggests poor diet may be to blame for rising levels of these allergy-related conditions.

Those who ate fast food, such as take-away burgers, risked severe asthma, eczema and itchy, watery eyes.

Eating plenty of fruit appears to be protective, Thorax journal reports.

Fast food often contains high levels of saturated- and trans-fatty acids, which are known to affect immunity, while fruit is rich in antioxidants and other beneficial compounds, say the researchers.

In the study, children in their early teens who ate three or more weekly servings of fast food had a 39% increased risk of severe asthma.

Six- and seven-year-olds had a 27% increased risk.

Eating three or more portions of fruit a week cut the risk of severe asthma, eczema and rhinoconjunctivitis by between 11% and 14%.

(CNN Health)

RG3 has Reconstructive Knee Surgery

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III underwent reconstructive surgery Wednesday on his right knee to repair torn lateral and anterior cruciate ligaments, according to multiple reports.

Noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery in Pensacola, Fla. Sources told ESPN.com that Andrews believed Griffin would be recovered in time for the 2013 season opener.

Total reconstruction, which was completed Wednesday afternoon, was deemed necessary after Andrews discovered a complete tear of the patellar graft that was used to repair the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner’s torn ACL at Baylor in 2009.

USA Today received a text from Griffin’s father, Robert Griffin II, explaining the extent of the injury. “Robert’s ACL is intact, but not enough for his profession,” he said. “You and I could be fine. But he is an athlete. So they will replace.”

Griffin reinjured the knee in the first quarter of Sunday’s wild-card playoff loss to Seattle but stayed in the game despite being clearly impacted, raising questions about whether he should have continued to play.

The 2012 No. 2 overall draft pick had sprained the LCL in December during a game against Baltimore and sat out the following week against Cleveland but returned to finish the regular season playing with a knee brace that limited his mobility.

The Redskins have not made a formal announcement regarding Griffin’s condition or his prognosis.

A torn LCL is less severe and normally necessitates a recovery period of several months as opposed to the more serious ACL surgery that usually involves a year of rehabilitation. For a surgery of Griffin’s nature, projected recovery is six to eight months, according to medical experts.

Before going into surgery, an upbeat Griffin tweeted, “Thank you for your prayers and support. I love God, my family, my team, the fans, & I love this game. See you guys next season.”

(NFL)

RG3 To Have Surgery On Torn LCL, With ACL Condition To Be Determined

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Washington Redskins quarterback RG III is facing surgerythis week to repair tears to the LCL in his right knee and to determine the damage to the ACL in that same knee, as first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Redskins’ dual-threat quarterback appeared to re-aggravate a pre-existing injury early in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday and was eventually forced to leave the game after his  underneath him as he reached for a low snap during the fourth quarter.

Citing an unnamed source, ESPN reported that Griffin “likely tore at least part of his ACL.”  On Monday, the Washington Post reported that an MRI of Griffin’s knee revealed “at least partial tears” to both ligaments, according to sources with knowledge of the test results.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told reporters on Monday that it was proving difficult to ascertain the extent of the damage due to previous injuries to the knee. Griffin tore the ACL in his right knee in 2009 while at Baylor University.

Shanahan came under fire during and after the Redskins’ 24-14 loss to the Seahawks for keeping a visibly-impaired Griffin on the field. Wearing a bulky knee brace since spraining his LCL against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 9, Griffin was not his explosive self against the Seahawks. After an awkward fall during the first quarter, the 22-year-old quarterback was noticeably limping. Nevertheless, Shanahan stuck with RG3 into the fourth quarter, when he went down for good.

(APA)

Jazmine Sullivan Drops the Pounds, Shows off Slimmer Figure

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We haven’t heard much from songstress Jazmine Sullivan since she gracefully stepped out the limelight via Twitter in 2011. Part of her frustration with industry is that she felt like her true artistry, her voice, was overlooked because she wasn’t barbie-girl thin or “picture perfect” as some of her other female counterparts.  However, Ms. Sullivan is here to prove the skeptics, critics, and haters wrong and teach them a thing or two.  She recently posted a pic of her newly formed body, that she has been hard at work on with a strict eating regimen and exercise.  I see ya Jazz!!