One of the most terrifying things about growing up is balancing health. And becoming a dad, you are all of the sudden in charge of another person’s life: your child’s. So while worrying about your kid’s health, it’s natural to kind of forget about your own.
And that’s what’s terrifying me about getting older. I’ve hit the age where my friends and I have more frequent conversations about whose mother or father had died, or which of my graduating class (1998!) was the first to have a heart attack. I’ve got an incredible group of friends, online and off – and it terrifies me when I more frequently hear about them “hitting that age” where health is starting to catch up with them. I wonder when it’ll catch up with me.
Researchers at Montreal’s McGill University are at it again with their scientific mousecapades. Recently, scientists at McGill gave us the news that fatherless mice turn into a-holes.
Now, researchers are thinking more with their stomachs and reinforcing the notion that dudes planning on having kids should be careful when trying to conceive, as their vitamin B9 “folate” levels have an effect on their sperm. And not the deliciousness factor of the sperm, mind you.
Not that we’re saying it’s delicious. Not that we’re saying that we’re not.
A dog can be more than a man’s best friend. Sometimes, a cat, too.
A recent study shows that having pets in a household can actually help babies get a jump-start on good health.
The study published in The Journal of Pediatrics finds that children who lived with dogs or cats during their first year of life got sick less frequently than kids from pet-free zones.
In the past, we’d reported that older dads may make kids with lower IQs, and that the male biological clock is set to 41. Well, Captain Science is at it again, and this week’s news is that older fathers might make healthier kids – and grandkids.
These findings were presented in Monday’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (we know, we know…you get it in the mail along with The New Yorker) by Dan T. A. Eisenberg, M. Geoffrey Hayes and Christopher W. Kuzawa. The researchers found that although these little biological things we have in our DNA called telomeres shorten as we get old, men who wait to have kids until they’re older tend to bestow longer telomeres to two generations of descendents.
Condoms and vasectomies. If a guy like you (and you, and you!) doesn’t want a kid, those are your two options. Well, three if you count keeping your soldier …