Monday, January 26, 2015

16 Bedrooms From Classic Movies That Define Teenagehood

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16 Bedrooms From Classic Movies That Define Teenagehood

"If you were to fold time and space you’d always recognize a teenager’s room," says editor and film writer Luke Goodsell. Since 2011, Goodsell has collected thousands of images for his Tumblr, Teenage Bedrooms on Screen, which he hopes to turn into an exhibition some day.

Goodsell's interest in the portrayal of teen bedrooms sparked when he noticed how much "over" design had gone into the set for the movie "Disturbia," which implied that suburban '00s teens were really into the Clash and the Ramones, he explains.


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Goodsell started to wonder "where this phenomena began, how it evolved, which things had changed and which things endured over the history of teen movies."

What he has come to realize, is that as pop culture references and taste levels change, the way teens are captured and painted does not. "You can draw a direct line from Shirley Temple’s 'No Parking' sign in 'Miss Annie Rooney' to Lindsay Lohan’s 'Parental Advisory: Keep Out' warning in 'Freaky Friday'... and there’s not much difference between Kirsten Dunst’s privileged sanctuary in 'Marie Antoinette' and Alicia Silverstone’s consumer paradise in 'Clueless,'" Goodsell says.

What's particularly special about teen rooms in real life, is that they're "identity-forming," Goodsell believes. "Sometimes that’s your entire world, so how it’s designed is an extension of your personality. You can see it in the best-designed rooms in films, which capture the tension between coddled childhoods and newfound creative expression," he adds.

Here are some classics from Teenage Bedrooms On Screen:

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'Eat Pray Love' Author Elizabeth Gilbert's Advice On Heartbreak Is Perfect, Of Course

Elizabeth Gilbert knows a thing or two about heartbreak. Eat, Pray, Love, her memoir the about the soul-searching journey she took post-divorce, was read and loved by millions.

That devastating divorce may be years behind her (Gilbert is now happily married to second husband Jose Nunes), but that hasn't stopped the author from helping others work through their splits. Take, for instance, the open letter she wrote to her 300,000+ Facebook followers on Friday. Titled "A Letter To The Brokenhearted," it's exactly the kind of pep talk anyone who has ever been left needs to hear at some point in time.

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More refreshing still? Gilbert took the time to personally reply to fans who'd commented on the letter. "Baby steps, Rosalind!" she wrote to one. "You're absolutely right — going from crying four times a day to three times is a VICTORY!"

Gilbert's own quest to heal, documented in Eat, Pray, Love, took her to Italy, India and Bali and touched a nerve with readers. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, the bestselling author reflected on why the book resonated with so many.

"For some reason, and this just boggles my imagination, there are still just huge swaths of women who never got the memo that their lives belong to them," Gilbert told Winfrey. "I feel like, in a way, Eat, Pray, Love kind of was a permission slip from the principal's office that said you are allowed to ask yourself some really important questions about your life."

She added: "You are allowed to take accountability and ownership for your own journey."

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What Happened to My Son's Memory? Science Explains Phenomena Affecting Digital Natives


I'm mid-conversation with my 15-year-old, and he's filling me in on the happenings of his day. They chose pseudonyms in French class. His "French" name? Bruno. I remind him that Bruno is Italian, not French, but he could care less. "It's hilarious," he assures me.

Then, I hear it -- the faint but ubiquitous ding of an iPhone coming from his pocket, and he's transported someplace else. As we continue our chat, there is visible tension in his jawline and his stare is more vacant. He's suppressing the urge to glance at his phone, but he can't stop himself from thinking about it. He's looking at me, he's responding to what I'm saying, but it's not him. I've already lost him.

I tell him that I'll be picking him up from swim practice tonight. I tell him about his cousin's birthday party next weekend. He walks away and makes it about five paces before he pulls the phone out of his pocket.

I find out later that he has no memory of my telling him either of these things.

Concern about kids' use of technology is nothing new; concern over my own child's use of technology is.

As a parenting expert and author, I'm fortunate enough to work with some of the premiere universities and hospitals currently conducting research on this very subject. So shouldn't I be inoculated against this type of unwelcome infiltration in my own home? Um, hell no. No parent is.

So, what actually happened to my child's memory during the last two minutes of our conversation -- the part after the "ding" when I told him about a birthday party and confirmed his pickup at practice?

Are cell phones actually hurting our children's memory?


To find out out the answer to this question, I consulted with Erik Fransén, a researcher out of Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology. In a recent article published in Wellness he explains that the problem with technology use has to do with our working memory, or what we often refer to as our "short-term" memory: "Working memory enables us to filter out information and find what we need in the communication ... it's also a limited resource."

How Working Memory Works

According to Fransen's research, working memory can only carry up to three or four items. When we add a new message to that (DING, check your cell phone! DING, Check your cell phone!) we lose our ability to process information.

Parenting a digital native often means having a child whose cell phone serves as a third limb. When that happens, we may be giving our kids' brains carte blanche to forget anything we say after hearing the DING.

"The effect of media multitasking on memory is still relatively unknown. Many parents think it's simply use of more than one media device at a time; like watching The Walking Dead while texting. It's not that simple," explains Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, clinical director for the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology and co-author of The Learning Habit.

Donaldson-Pressman, along with a research team out of Brown University School of Medicine and Brandeis University, recently completed the most comprehensive research projects ever to examine the complex influences and behaviors that affect digital natives.

Research on this subject is something parents are now demanding, so Donaldson-Pressman teamed up with the writers create a user friendly book for parents that incorporates all the research from this ground-breaking study.

Helping Digital Natives

You wouldn't go to a party and converse with 10 people who are scattered about a crowded room at the same time. You talk to one person at a time or the conversation loses relevance and passion. Yet that's exactly what our children are doing when they're on the couch texting 10 different people. It's social chaos, it's loud, and it's really not surprising that someone can't focus, sleep, or remember things after navigating that.

The Learning Habit Recommendations

Have a cell phone spot in your home: Turn the phones off and place them there upon entering the house.

It will become a habit, just like hanging up your keys.

Whenever possible, power down before conversations.

Cell phones should not be permitted in bedrooms.

Cell phones should be powered down a minimum of one hour before bedtime.

Have a cell phone contract that is clear and specific. Have your child sign it and post it in a common area of the house.

No cell phones during meal time. Not for anyone.

Parents have a lot more control than they are choosing to exercise. When you put a cell phone in your child's hand, it suddenly becomes as important as any other lesson you're going to teach them. Use it to help them develop media management learning habits by having clear, time-specific rules in place.

In our house, learning how to manage cell phones has been a learning process; at times a painful one. We are still navigating this tricky digital path, which changes every day. As a parent I can't think of another single device that has changed the family dynamic of our home as much as a smart phone.

Never again will I underestimate the power of a cell phone in a teenager's hand, even when it remains unanswered.


(The Learning Habit, Perigee Books)

Reprinted from The Learning Habit by Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, Rebecca Jackson, and Dr. Robert Pressman by arrangement with Perigee, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, Copyright © 2014 by Good Parent, Inc.

RESEARCH: The Learning Habit had 50,000 parents participate, and includes hundreds of case studies thanks to outreach efforts by WebMD, The Huffington Post, Parents Magazine, and The National PTA.

Grateful Man Who Handed Out His Resume At Train Station Now Hiring At Very Same Stop

A college grad who took an unconventional approach to getting a job is now back, months later, to show how it paid off.

Alfred Ajani, 22, graduated from Coventry University in Coventry, England, in 2013 with a degree in marketing. After submitting hundreds of job applications with little luck, he took to the Waterloo train station in London last August. He stood inside, holding a sign with his qualifications written on them, and handed out his resume in an attempt to find a job. Ajani's unique effort attracted several employers and a few months later, he had started a new job.

Same spot. Different sign.

— TheCVMan (@Fr3dSantana) January 22, 2015

Last week, Ajani, who is now employed as the marketing and PR projects manager at a recruitment company, The Asoria Group, returned to the same spot at the train station with a sign. But this time, it came with a very different message -- "Now Hiring."

A photo of the act, which was uploaded to Twitter with the caption, "Same spot. Different sign," has resonated with many, gathering more than 2,200 retweets on the site. Ajani says he's moved his success story is able to give people who are in the same situation he was once in a bit of hope.

"I didn’t expect to be so popular, such an inspiration," the 22-year-old told The Huffington Post in an email. "If I see anyone at the station with a sign I will do my best to get in touch with them."

In his new position, Ajani is working to help his company expand. And as his job search comes full circle, he says his success is due to in his willingness to take a leap of faith.

"Don’t be scared to try something new," he advises other job-seekers. "Safe is risky."

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Strange New Tattoo Discovered On 'Ötzi The Iceman' Mummy

Researchers in Italy announced this week that they had discovered a strange new tattoo on the ribcage of the 5,300-year-old mummy known as Ötzi the Iceman.

The find raises to 61 the number of Ötzi's known tattoos, and it came as a big surprise.

"We didn't expect to find a tattoo on the thoracic, as all the other tattoos are mainly close to joints and on his lower back and legs," Dr. Albert Zink, director of the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano and one of the scientists behind the discovery, told The Huffington Post in an email.

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Ötzi's newly discovered tattoo, on the lower right side of the mummy's chest.

Ötzi was discovered in 1991 by a pair of German hikers in the Otztal Alps, near the border between Austria and Italy. Since then, researchers have conducted many studies on the remarkably well-preserved mummy. In addition to finding scores of tattoos, they've determined that the Iceman was likely about 45 years old at the time of his death and that he suffered from heart disease, Lyme disease, tooth decay, and joint pain.

For the new research, Zink and his colleagues used a non-invasive photography technique to study Ötzi's skin from different angles and in multiple wavelengths.

The analysis revealed the new tattoo hidden in deeper layers of Ötzi's dark-colored skin.

The tattoo consists of four parallel lines measuring 20 to 25 millimeters, RedOrbit reported. The researchers believe these markings were made by incisions into which charcoal was rubbed.

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Different tattoo designs found on Ötzi's body.

Since many of the Iceman's tattoos correspond to classic acupuncture points, the researchers previously thought that they were applied as part of a treatment for joint pain. But the new tattoo throws that theory into question, since it isn't located near a joint, according to Zink--though it may have been used as some sort of treatment for chest pain.

Whatever its purpose, the tattoo brings a sense of closure to Zink and his collaborators.

"For us, it was important to have finally (after more than 20 years) the exact number and location of all tattoos," Zink said in the email. "This work can now be used for further studies that will focus on the reason why the tattoos were made."

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A map showing Ötzi's mummified body and the location of his tattoos.

A paper describing the newfound tattoo was published online Jan. 20, 2015 in the Journal of Cultural Heritage.

Double Down Hot Dogs Exist. Yes, KFC Has Actually Gone There.

If you thought the KFC Double Down was one of the most horrifying fast food items you'd ever seen, then you're probably not going to want to see this.

Behold, the KFC Double Down Dog:

Y’all need to be arrested, @kfc. This is a crime against humanity.

— Dr. Drake Ramoray (@UncleChaps) January 26, 2015

Yes -- it's exactly what you think it is. A fried chicken hot dog bun surrounding a hot dog covered in a cheesy, slimy sauce of sorts. It even looks like there are bits of relish in the sauce.

Currently, the Double Down Dog is only being sold in the Philippines from January 26-27 and most locations have already sold out.

The all new KFC Double Down Dog have been sold out! Try again tomorrow at these branches:

— KFC Philippines (@KFCPhilippines) January 26, 2015

KFC is calling this "outrageously meaty KFC Double Down Dog" a "legendary sandwich," but we're not sure if it's worth risking a heart attack for.

We don't even know what else there is to say.

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Want to see the asteroid hurtling by Earth right now? Too bad.

There's an asteroid passing by our planet right now. It's pretty big — big enough to see with a good pair of binoculars — and it's the closest pass such a sizable space rock will make until 2027. Asteroid 2004 BL86 is about 1,800 feet wide and will pass us at about three times the distance of the moon.Read full article >>

Too much sitting may have some serious health effects — even if you exercise

People who sit too much every day are at an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and shorter life spans, even if they exercise, a new study finds.“More than one-half of an average person’s day is spent being sedentary — sitting, watching television or working at a computer,” David Alter, a senior scientist at the University Health Network in Toronto and the study’s senior author, said in a statement. “Our study finds that despite the health-enhancing benefits of physical activity, this alone may not be enough to reduce the risk for disease.”Read full article >>

When should I start thinking about hospice care, for myself or a loved one?

As a consultant who counsels families on end-of-life care management, Johanna Turner often shares the story of her mother’s final days 21 years ago. Thanks to the skilled and loving care provided by a local hospice, Turner was able to keep her promise to let her mother die in their Oakton, Va., home.Read full article >> - Health

Parents seeking help to save toddlers

A Canadian couple has reached out to the Internet to help save their twin 3-year-olds.

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How to Talk to Your Doctor About Binge Eating

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How to Talk to Your Doctor About Binge Eating

WebMD offers tips on how to talk to your doctor about binge eating. (Source: WebMD Health)

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The Kids-Palatable Eating Motives Scale: Relation to BMI and binge eating traits.

DISCUSSION: The K-PEMS can be used to identify adolescents' primary motives for eating tasty foods. These motives may provide early identification of obesity and binge-eating risk but more importantly, can be tailor-targeted to affect specific behavioral and/or cognitive changes to prevent these conditions in adulthood.
PMID: 25613823 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Eating Behaviors)

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Identification as overweight by medical professionals: Relation to eating disorder diagnosis and risk.

CONCLUSIONS: Being previously identified as overweight by a medical professional was associated with increased weight/shape concerns but not with current disordered eating behaviors or ED status. Minimizing the potential negative effects of overweight screening on weight and shape concerns by providing patients with strategies to increase healthy lifestyle behaviors and long-term support for healthy weight loss goals may have a positive impact on reducing the public health problem of overweight and obesity.
PMID: 25602172 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Eating Behaviors)

Impact of using DSM‐5 criteria for diagnosing binge eating disorder in bariatric surgery candidates: Change in prevalence rate, demographic characteristics, and scores on the minnesota multiphasic personality inventory – 2 restructured form (MMPI‐2‐RF)

DiscussionAn additional 3.43% (p < .001) of bariatric surgery candidates met the diagnostic threshold for BED when using DSM‐5 criteria. These individuals were demographical similar and produced similar MMPI‐2‐RF and BES scores when compared with patients who met DSM‐IV‐TR criteria for BED. Thus, the current investigation indicates that individuals meeting BED criteria based on DSM‐5 are similar to those meeting the more conservative diagnostic threshold outlined in DSM‐IV‐TR in a sample of bariatric surgery candidates. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2014) (Source: International Journal of Eating Disorders)

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Medical Mysteries: It seemed like a heart attack, but the tests said no.

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Medical Mysteries: It seemed like a heart attack, but the tests said no.

As Pamela Meredith sank onto her living room sofa to watch an action movie with her visiting grandson, she felt unusually relieved that their busy day was over. The sultry heat of a Washington August, combined with the pace required to keep up with an active 12-year-old, had sapped her energy, which had flagged in recent weeks. As she put her feet up, Meredith was alarmed to see that her normally slim ankles were swollen, obscured by bands of puffy flesh.Read full article >>

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7 Reasons Women Lose Their Hair -- And 7 Treatments


Your ponytail is shrinking...or your part's getting wider...or there's more hair in the shower drain. Take heart -- you're not alone. According to New York City dermatologist Neil Sadick, MD, up to 80 percent of women will have some hair thinning in their lifetime, even if only temporarily. It's normal to shed 50 to 100 hairs a day, says NYC dermatologist Doris Day, MD. If you're losing more than that, a doctor's visit is in order. Here are some common causes and treatments.

Cause: Genetics (the most likely culprit)

Treatment: Minoxidil, the only topical ingredient that's FDA approved to regrow hair in women. Rogaine has just launched a 5 percent minoxidil foam for women ($30; drugstores). (Previously, the only option for women was 2 percent.) Sadick also suggests in-office red-light laser treatments, which can increase the number of hairs as well as the diameter of the hair shaft.

Cause: Hormonal changes

Treatment: Switch birth control pills. Or if you're past childbearing age, your doctor may suggest a prescription antiandrogen medication, like spironolactone (brand name Aldactone) or finasteride (brand names Propecia and Proscar) off-label, says NYC dermatologist Fredric Brandt, MD.

Cause: Inflammation

Treatment: A prescription topical steroid or a zinc shampoo, in addition to the treatments listed on slides 2 and 3.

Cause: Low iron or vitamin D levels

Treatment: Adjust your diet or add supplements. First talk to your doctor, who can then prescribe a supplementation program tailored to your level of deficiency.

Cause: Medication

Treatment: Switch meds if possible.

Quick Fixes

Long-term measures can take three to six months to yield results. In the meantime, it's worth trying some temporary solutions. Hair fiber powders (they come in a variety of shades) can be shaken on sparse areas to mask them. Try Keranique ($40;, Toppik ($25;, or Viviscal ($25; You can also make individual hair shafts thicker by using the leave-in treatments Redken Cerafill Maximize Dense Fx ($45; for salons) or Nioxin DiaMax Advanced ($50; for salons).

The Spray You Should Try

Serge Normant Dream Big Instant Volumizing Spray ($25;

Add some oomph to limp hair with this lightweight aerosol spray, which has plumping polymers that increase volume without weighing down your style. Apply to the roots to create lift or all over for a midday refresher.

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Fear and Loathing: Setbacks in Recovery From Depression


Shawn Henfling shares the crushing emotional burden and fear that come with every setback in his recovery from depression.


Depression and my refusal until recently to combat it have nearly cost me everything. My wife, only a few days ago, admitted something that I should have known but hit me like a brick nonetheless. Were it not for the few good days I had over the past few years, she would not have stayed with me. I was not the man she fell in love with, and was too stubborn, mentally ill, or arrogant to admit it. I realized then, and not the first time, that my depressive episodes were as difficult for her and my children as they were for me. However, I grossly underestimated the effect of my demeanor and mood swings on everyone in my family. Unfair though it may be, I let it continue for years as I tried willing myself into happiness. Treatment has been an enormous help, but a pill or counseling isn't a magic fix. The condition still exists.

...we are only a misstep away from plunging into darkness and crushing despair.

I live in a near constant state of fear. I hear the stories, have read the literature, and know the cold, hard facts of life with depression. My mind is about as trustworthy as your average teenager. I can usually count on it, but there are times when it'll go off and do something stupid and irresponsible. Treatment and recovery are difficult and fluid. Setbacks are terrifying, because you never know when you'll feel the ground start giving way beneath you. Suicide is a real possibility when you cannot trust your own mind. Think of standing on the precipice of a cliff, admiring the view, when suddenly the earth gives way, plunging you who knows how far down into the dark abyss below. We can't back away, we can only stand frozen, waiting for the inevitable, breathing the fresh air and admiring the vast blue sky, but knowing the danger all too well of the slightest shift in our footing. We know better than most that despite the clear air and deep blue sky, we are only a misstep away from plunging into darkness and crushing despair.

Depression, and mental illness as a whole, is an animal unlike anything we're prepared to encounter. It is a predatory chameleon, hiding for days or weeks at a time, revealing itself only when you are backed into a corner and escape becomes futile. During recovery, these episodes can be even more terrifying. Most days since I began treatment I am a normal, functioning adult, able to smile with ease and enjoy life. Setbacks remind me that I may never escape the confines of the fog enveloping my mind. Clarity, it seems, will never be a permanent state and my fear is that the fog may engulf me in its chill embrace, slowly suffocating me into a state from which I may never recover.

Though my mind tries vainly to override the fear, telling me over and over how irrational I am, it surges through me without forgiveness as if coursing through my bloodstream, intensifying with every heartbeat.

I've been working on my recovery from depression for roughly six months now, and the setbacks can be brutal. Analytical by nature, I've looked for patterns and triggers -- anything that I can use to help predict when I may feel the decline in my mental state. Nothing has revealed itself as a predictor as episodes have been initiated by minor stressors in life, but not major and vice versa. It is a humbling experience knowing the one thing I'm most proud of, my mind, will frequently function against me; turning what should be a satisfying life into days of turmoil and despair.

"I felt like I was trapped inside my own head." I use that metaphor pretty frequently to describe how I feel during any depressive episode. The words convey so many things for me: the loneliness, despair, lack of control, all of it. They also bely another fear, deeper and more primal than just another depressive episode. I fear that it'll never end. I am terrified by the prospect of a setback rolling on, interminably for days and weeks, months at a time. Merely contemplating the prospect of a lifetime in depression, unable to escape or feel joy allows the fear to sink its talons into my very soul, much as a raptor grips its prey, preventing escape. Though my mind tries vainly to override the fear, telling me over and over how irrational I am, it surges through me without forgiveness as if coursing through my bloodstream, intensifying with every heartbeat.

Today is my birthday, and I can feel myself slipping into another setback. I don't like it. I know I'm supposed to be happy, thankful for another year. I've recently had a family member endure a tragedy that showed me just how quickly life can change. What was can be severed from what is with the precision and pain of a surgeons scalpel. I know there is much to be happy about, that I'm going home to a wife and daughter who love me, but in my own warped and twisted mind, I cannot see it that way. Instead, my rational mind is overridden by the irrational and emotional torment. The fear, which I'm unable to let go, binds me to my depression in ways I wish I could forget.

I will trudge dutifully on, knowing in my head that this episode will end, that somehow I'll find a way out. Right now, it doesn't feel as though it will be as devastatingly bad as others I've experienced, but the slide has just begun. I, just as so many like me, will put on a brave face and endure because I must. I hope to someday recover, that these setbacks and regressions do not continue indefinitely, but there really is no guarantee of that. I simply go on, living for the good days that now outnumber the bad ones and take solace knowing I have the support of my friends and family. My desire is to never lose that ability, that I never admit defeat, or become another name on the list of those who've lost the war on their minds. I hope that, as time goes on, and if the setbacks continue to occur, I seek not an exit but a welcome embrace. Until it is over, for better or worse, I will continue to chronicle my struggles, making them public in an effort to let you know you are not alone.

Have a story about depression that you'd like to share? Email, or give us a call at (860) 348-3376, and you can record your story in your own words. Please be sure to include your name and phone number.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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