Joan Raymond

Stories by Joan Raymond

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    Baby Boomers Without Grandchildren Dote on Their Pets

    The birthrate in America is at its lowest in a century, just as pet-ownership numbers are skyrocketing. Where does that leave baby boomers eager to spoil their children's kids? That's where granddogs come in.
  • Why The Ladies Love Vampires

    Is it the bad economy, or your secret desire for domination? Psychologists weigh in on our obsession with the bloodsuckers.
  • New Procedure May Aid Transplant Patients

    An experimental new treatment may offer hope for transplant patients suffering under the toxic and sometimes lethal side effects of anti-rejection drugs.
  • What We Lie to Doctors About and Why it Matters

    When it comes to sex, drugs and junk food (among other things), patients don't always tell their doctors the truth. But not 'fessing up can have serious health consequences.
  • Kaplan: Adjusting to Dorm Living

    If the idea of dorm life conjures up images of filthy bathrooms and marauding Visigoths, don't panic. On any campus, there are plenty of alternatives.
  • Therapists Time Good Sex

    Therapists rate how long satisfying sex lasts and find that the difference between 'adequate' sex and 'desirable' sex is a matter of minutes.
  • Big Belly, Bad Memory

    Why that spare tire puts you at greater risk of dementia (along with a host of other diseases), and what you can do about it.
  • The Science of Scratching

    Scientists are using state-of-the-art technology to look at what happens in the brain when a person scratches an itch. There's more going on than you might think.
  • Men, Women and IQ

    A British researcher reports that the male ego is often larger than his actual IQ. But you might be surprised by what think of men's intellect.
  • When a Husband’s Libido Lags

    What happens when a husband's libido lags? Two new books offer advice on a surprisingly common problem.
  • Why Hangovers Can't Be Cured

    What really happens to your body when you drink too much--and why most hangover remedies won't work.
  • How To Cut Your Carbon Paw Print

    Derrick Mains, 34, of Mesa, Ariz., considers himself a green kind of guy. He recycles, doesn’t litter and eats organic. But Mains, an environmental consultant, still feels eco-guilty. That’s why he buys his two rescue dogs, Copa and Lola, all-natural, organic food. And instead of plastic bags that wind up in landfills, he’s using a biodegradable box to scoop up their waste. Next on the agenda? Leashes made from earth-friendly hemp. “My dogs and I are trying to save the planet,” Mains says.Since neither Copa nor Lola can vote for the Green Party, it’s up to humans like Mains to make “the right choices that can help pets be more in tune with the environment,” says Anthony Zolezzi, coauthor of “How Dog Food Saved the Earth.” And more consumers are making those choices. According to market-research firm Packaged Facts, U.S. retail sales of natural pet products are expected to reach $1.3 billion this year, up from $558 million in 2003. By 2012, the market should top $2.5 billion.There is...
  • What Women Like About Male Sweat. And Why.

    A new study reveals that the ability to detect a certain male hormone in sweat is genetic. What that tells us about the science of smell—and why some women like sweaty men.
  • Rebuilding Health care in New Orleans

    A New Orleans doctor who rode out Katrina and is working to rebuild the city's health care system talks about the challenges and rewards of practicing medicine in the devastated city.
  • Transcript: Near-Death Experiences

    The good news: millions of Americans know how to perform CPR. The bad news: when confronted with an apparent victim of cardiac arrest, most bystanders won't do it because it includes mouth-to-mouth breathing.Now Dr. Gordon Ewy, director of the University of Arizona's Sarver Heart Center, is championing a new form of CPR called cardio-cerebral resuscitation, or CCR, which focuses on rapid, forceful chest compressions, about 100 per minute, minus the mouth to mouth. "Mouth to mouth inflates the lungs, but it's not the lungs that need oxygen, it's the heart and the brain," says Ewy. "Chest compressions alone will help save those organs."The Sarver researchers have developed two separate CCR protocols. Bystanders who witness a cardiac arrest are urged to perform chest compressions until help arrives. Paramedics are to attempt CCR for two minutes, before they use a defibrillator. Several Arizona fire departments have adopted the new approach. An analysis of that data shows survival rates...
  • A Guide for Caregivers

    It's a big, complicated job, and somebody's got to do it. What you need to know to provide for your loved one.
  • Health: Someone on Your Side

    Therese Potoczny, an insurance executive from Lake in the Hills, Ill., considers herself a savvy health consumer. But when her mother was whisked to a local emergency room and then hospitalized after experiencing severe spinal problems, Potoczny got a rude awakening. "I always thought the medical staff would return phone calls, answer questions and discuss treatment plans and options," she says. "I was wrong." So the family turned to a Baltimore-based health-care advocacy company called PinnacleCare ( for help. Within one day, a doctor on the company's staff reviewed her mother's medical records and set up a conference call with a neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins and a neurologist from Rush University Medical Center, who agreed to take on the case. "We needed someone on our side," says Potoczny.That's the calling card of a new breed of for-profit companies billing themselves as health advocates. As people have to make myriad decisions about their care or insurance...
  • Up Close & Edible: Eggs

    A weekly look at the nutritional value, or lack thereof, of some of our favorite foods.
  • Is Fiber the New Protein?

    Debbie Fireman is a self-proclaimed fiber junkie. The 41-year-old marketing exec from Penn Valley, Pa., eats fiber-rich foods "all day long," including whole foods like fruits, veggies, grains and beans. But that's not all. Her pantry is stocked with fiber supplements, cereals and snack bars, loaded with apples, cinnamon, peanut butter and chocolate. "Fiber is great for you, and it doesn't have to taste like cardboard," she says.Once relegated to the bottom of the heap by carb-phobic foodies enamored by all things high in protein, fiber is finally getting some respect. There were 400 new high-fiber food products introduced in 2002, according to market-research firm Datamonitor. Last year, 890 new products hit supermarket shelves, including high-fiber breads, chips, crackers, cookies, and prepared meals and entrees. And 2007 is poised for more growth as aging boomers and Gen-Xers discover fiber's benefits. If you're tired of dry and flavor-free whole-wheat foods, don't despair. ...
  • Up Close & Edible: Licorice

    A weekly look at the nutritional value, or lack thereof, of some of our favorite foods.