Author: Jordan DeFrank

3 Ways to Cool Off This Summer

With the hot weather on the rise, New Orleanians are always looking for ways to cool down. Here are some tips for beating the heat this summer.

Health Beat

• Though more than 10 million Americans suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, few recognize the extent to which these disorders affect individuals outside of adolescence and young adulthood. The Eating Disorders Program at the University of…

Read & Spin

Irvin Mayfield recently released a memoir of sorts, A Love Letter to New Orleans (see below), though the final product is part photo-essay and all about the music. The songs that correspond to the book were released in an accompanying…

Beauty: Pamper

Every bride wants to feel like a pampered princess on her big day, but the weeks leading up to the wedding are also an important time to wind down, de-stress and enjoy. Plus, the benefits of pampering are not only…

Beauty: Prep

With the big day approaching, there are so many things on the bride’s mind: the dress, the flowers, the first song, the ceremony – but you can’t forget to put yourself first. From brightening up your smile to getting rid…

Beauty: Polish

Two of the biggest decisions a bride will make are hair and makeup styles. She will want to exude glamour and beauty but still look like herself, finding the balance between natural and dramatic. For hairstyles, Kelly McDonald from Get…

Come as you Are

Whether you prefer traditional and classic or bright and colorful, the perfect wedding invitation embodies both the couple and the ceremony. Here are some examples from local stationers that run the gamut from understated to eclectic.

Health Beat

• While eating right and exercising are some of the most important ways to stay healthy and happy, new research suggests that there’s an easier (and overlooked) way to improve health: self-compassion. The term describes a new area of psychological…

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New York writer Dan Baum penned a post-Hurricane Katrina narrative in 2009 called Nine Lives, a novel that chronicled nine individuals recovering from the hurricane. Composer Paul Sanchez and screenwriter Colman deKay saw potential in the musical themes of the…

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Reliable Marker for Alzheimer’sBaton Rouge – Researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge recently released a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease identifying a particularly reliable marker for identifying early stages of dementia: the inability to…

Mother’s Day

Whether it’s to tend to a bruised knee or a broken heart, or provide a comforting voice after a bad day, our mothers are always there for us. They lend a helping hand, a listening ear and a warm hug…

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Bluegrass and jazz come together in American Legacies, a collaboration between the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band. Even the album’s song titles illustrate the marriage of the genres, with such tracks as “Jambalaya” and “Shoeshine Blues.”…

Health Beat

• Men and women alike enjoy a good cup of coffee in the morning, especially at the workplace. But, according to a study from Bristol University, women respond better to caffeine under high-stress situations than men. When presented with memory…

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CD – North Carolina native Seth Kauffman made his way onto the radar of New Orleans record label Park the Van with his first album, Research, released under his own name, before adopting the pseudonym Floating Action for a self-titled…

Healthbeat

–According to a seven-year-long survey, researchers found that 13 percent of the 994 pregnant women surveyed were active smokers, compared to 30 percent for the 3,203 nonpregnant women. Furthermore, nearly a quarter of the pregnant smokers denied the habit. The…

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