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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Father's Day is Right Around the Corner

Remember when all it took was a small hand print and "I Love You Dad" set in clay to make the perfect Father's Day gift? Well, those days are long gone.

It's still a couple of weeks away, but maybe you should start thinking about what to get Dad so you don't end up with another striped fuchsia tie or a handful of hastily-bought lottery tickets like last year.

Here's statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau to get you thinking about fathers and what you can do for dear old Dad (or any father in your life) before that big day arrives:
  • 64.3 million: Estimated number of fathers across the nation.
  • 59,000: Estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2006. These fathers cared for 283,000 children. Among these stay-at-home dads:
    • 60 percent had two or more children.
    • 35 percent had children younger than 3 living with them.
  • 26.5 million: Number of fathers who are part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2006.
  • More than 74 million Americans participated in a barbecue in the last year-- it's probably safe to assume many of these barbecues took place on Father's Day.

That's a lot of fathers to tick off. Play it safe and check out gift ideas at to find something to give Dad that won't end up at the back of his closet. Or provoke a stony silence.

Don't make this the year he actually does disown you.


Thursday, May 24, 2007

Healing Old Wounds Could Regenerate Hair

Hair loss has always been a major topic on men's....ahem, minds, and promoting hair growth for thinning or lost hair is a goal as persistent and elusive as finding Bigfoot. But researchers at the University of Pennsylvania may be working towards a solution at a faster rate than you think.

According to a new study, researchers have found that skin wounds can be stimulated to produce normal, smoother skin which includes hair follicles and oil glands, instead of thick scar tissue which usually occurs while healing.

By introducing wnt proteins, new skin with hair follicles can be produced, and in this way, hair growth can be encouraged. While this is still in the primary levels of testing, there's hope that a procedure can be created that will not only help promote hair regrowth, but also benefit acne and scalp conditions.

And not a moment too soon. According to the UK newspaper The Independent's figures:
  • Approximately 30% of men face balding before old age
  • At least 10,000 of 100,000 strands of hair on the average head are in the process of dying
  • Hair follicles take up to 6 months to produce a new hair

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Men of MenScience: Vincent Solomeno

Our newest addition to the Men of MenScience series is Vincent Solomeno, a college graduate on the fast track to a successful political career. In 2000, Vincent Solomeno was voted Executive Director of the local Democratic Party in his New Jersey hometown. Not bad for a kid who was still a few years shy of the legal voting age. Only 15 at the time, he worked on a hard-hitting campaign that produced their first party win in ten years, and his decisions brought about major improvements in the town, as well as the party's political structure.

He went on to enroll in the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania where he is currently a distinguished military graduate of the university's ROTC program and has been named President of the 2007 Class two years in a row, becoming the youngest Student Body President in Scranton history.

A passion for politics landed Solomeno an internship with General Wesley Clark in the 2004 presidential election, where he gained a valuable perspective on the electoral process. While the concepts of "truth" and "politics" don't always seem to go hand and hand, he believes the greatest politicians are those that have an honest, genuine approach. "It's why I was a major supporter of General Clark. It was challenging sometimes because he wasn't a typical politician," he admits.

Solomeno's most recent achievements have been receiving the acclaimed Fulbright and Harry S. Truman Scholarships based on his leadership and academic excellence. He'll receive money for schooling, a valuable internship in Washington, D.C., and the opportunity to pursue graduate studies abroad. After graduation this May, Vincent will work at the internship before jetting off to Amsterdam to begin his studies as a Fulbright scholar.

Only 21 now, he's already a seasoned political player and encourages people to "show up. Be honest. Be authentic. There's a famous saying---80% of success is just showing up, and I believe that. If you do, you're a catalyst for political change."

Solomeno adds, "It's because I came from a working-class family that I realized you can help make things better through public service. The government is a great agent of positive change."

Monday, May 14, 2007

MenScience Website a Finalist in 2007 American Business Awards

We've been making some major renovations to our website to help improve navigation, provide even more tips and advice, and make purchasing even easier, and it looks like our efforts have really paid off!

MenScience has just been announced a finalist in the Web Design category of the 2007 American Business Awards ("The Stevies"). Known as "the business world's own Oscar awards," the Stevies are annually awarded to businesses of all sizes from a wide array of trades and fields to "honor and generate public recognition of the efforts, accomplishments, and positive contributions of companies and business people worldwide."

The Stevies final winners will be announced at a dinner held in New York City in June, and we'll keep everyone posted when the results come in. Until then, check out the new and improved MenScience website (if you haven't already seen it), to see what all the commotion's about.


Thursday, May 10, 2007

Growing Up on the Operating Table

Forget about cuff links, desk sets or even that shaving kit. A recent story on reveals that the newest, hottest item to get teens and graduates is....plastic surgery? 244,124 operations on teens (aged 13 -19) have been performed from 2002 -2006, and although they still only make up a small percentage of patients, those numbers continue to rise at a steady pace.

From the article:

(Dr Roxanne Guy, American Society of Plastic Surgeons president) and other experts say the desire for teen cosmetic surgery has been fueled by television shows depicting extreme makeovers, as well as society's growing acceptance of plastic surgery in general. "Teens certainly are more aware of plastic surgery options now," says Guy.

Is this too much too early? Or can plastic surgery help young adults through a particularly awkward period of growing up? In light of the previous discussion on this blog about how men with more appealing appearances make more money than those who don't, there's a definite importance placed on taking care of yourself and maintaining good grooming and style. But does this extend to the realms of cosmetic surgery as well?


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Although not quite as exciting as, say, Thanksgiving or New Year's Eve, Skin Cancer Awareness Month is still a pretty important time. Although a lot of guys are doing their best to become educated about ways to protect their skin from sun damage, men are still falling victim to skin cancer and melanoma at an alarming rate.

While some can attribute this to athletic lifestyles or the prevalence of jobs that take place outdoors, another factor is the number of men who use sunscreens regularly. According to a study conducted by the University of Texas:
  • 34% of men interviewed used a sunscreen, compared to 78% of women interviewed

  • 69% of women covered all exposed skin with sunscreen as opposed to only 14% of men

It seems pretty obvious that men still have some way to go when it comes to protecting their skin from sun damage.

The best defenses against skin cancer involve protection and observation. By incorporating a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher that contains UVA/UVB protection (like TiO2 Sunblock SPF 3o) into a skin care routine, avoiding prolonged exposure to the most intense sunlight between 10 AM and 4 PM, covering up when out in the sun, and monitoring changes in body marks or discolorations, men's skin health can dramatically improve.

For more tips on Sun Care, take a look here.


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