Scottish Soccer Player Zander Murray Comes Out + More LGBTQ News

Scottish soccer player Zander Murray comes out as gay
Zander Murray (image via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

Instinct Magazine: Scottish soccer player Zander Murray came out as gay over the weekend. The 30-year-old says being in the closet really wrecked havoc on his mental health.

But after attending a Pride event in Spain he noted, “The vibe was brilliant, and everyone was just being free and happy, and it was great to just be me.” Congratulations, Zander! Continue reading “Scottish Soccer Player Zander Murray Comes Out + More LGBTQ News”

Lance Bass On Being ‘The Shy One’ + More News

Lance Bass and husband Michael Turchin
R-L Lance Bass and husband Michael Turchin (photo: Lori Dorman)

Some news items you might have missed:

TODAY Parents: Former boy-bander Lance Bass recently shared that at the beginning of his NSYNC career, he created a persona as “the shy one” in the band to hide his closeted personal life. “During big interviews, I wouldn’t speak…I became the quiet one. That’s the personality that I created so that I wasn’t expected to talk much.” Continue reading “Lance Bass On Being ‘The Shy One’ + More News”

Tony Bennett’s Family Shares Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett (image via Depositphotos)

Legendary recording artist Tony Bennett has re-teamed with Lady Gaga for a second album of standards as a follow-up to the massive 2014 hit album, Cheek to Cheek.

The album, recorded between 2018 and early 2020, is set for a spring release.

In announcing the upcoming release, however, Bennett’s family has also shared a secret: that Bennett, now 94, was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease four years ago.

From AARP:

Tony Bennett has Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of age-related dementia. Alzheimer’s is characterized by a progressive memory loss that robs its sufferers of many of the gifts that we all take for granted — speech, understanding, treasured memories, recognition of loved ones — and leaves them utterly dependent on caregivers.

Bennett, first diagnosed in 2016, has so far been spared the disorientation that can prompt patients to wander from home, as well as the episodes of terror, rage or depression that can accompany Alzheimer’s frightening detachment from reality; and, indeed, he might never develop these symptoms. But there was little doubt that the disease had progressed.

Early in the article, writer John Colapinto shares this brief moment from the recording sessions with Bennett and Lady Gaga:

The pain and sadness in Gaga’s face is clear at such moments — but never more so than in an extraordinarily moving sequence in which Tony (a man she calls “an incredible mentor, and friend, and father figure”) sings a solo passage of a love song. Gaga looks on, from behind her mic, her smile breaking into a quiver, her eyes brimming, before she puts her hands over her face and sobs.

AARP adds this ‘disclaimer’ in the article:

Eager for as many ears as possible to hear and enjoy what may very well be the last Tony Bennett record, they have jointly decided to break the silence around his condition, a decision they have, necessarily, had to make without Tony’s input, since he is, Susan said, incapable of understanding the disease, let alone making momentous decisions about whether to publicly disclose it.

Gayatri Devi, M.D., who diagnosed Bennett, said the singer has some “cognitive issues, but multiple other areas of his brain are still resilient and functioning well.”

Read the full article at AARP.

News Round-Up: June 12, 2019

• My family came from then-Czechoslovakia, but clearly I didn't swim in the same gene pool as Czech InstaHunk Petr Hollesch (above). #dang #eyes #body
(Petr Hollesch)

Some news items you might have missed:

• My family came from then-Czechoslovakia, but clearly I didn’t swim in the same gene pool as Czech InstaHunk Petr Hollesch (above). #dang #eyes #body

Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin shares with The Guardian that being gay “liberated” him from “all sorts of shit,” and “sped up the process of wisdom.” He also reveals he is estranged from his Trump-supporting brother.

• Researchers at the University of New Mexico are testing a vaccine they believe could prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

• Ecuador’s high court has legalized same-sex marriage for the South American country.

• Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) slammed the Trump administration’s ban on transgender military service members at a Department of Defense Pride event today calling the policy “heartless as it is dangerous.”

• Christian hate preachers are planning an anti-LGBTQ conference in Orlando, Florida, during the city’s Pride celebration.

• Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris says she would pursue obstruction of justice charges against Donald Trump if she were elected.

• Sultry out singer/songwriter Gia Woods dropped her latest single, “Feel It,” recently and even as I type this I’m bouncing in my chair.

Sexy, seductive vocals slink over an irresistible electro-pop mid-tempo groove. “You can dance to it, but it’s not aggressive.,” says Woods. “It’s sensual and fun — just like the beginning of a heavy crush.”

News Round-Up: May 16, 2017

Some news items you may have missed:

• Summer’s almost here and the pool is calling my name 🙂

• Hillary Clinton has launched a new political group, Onward Together, dedicated to supporting groups that encourage people to organize and run for office.

• Joining Will & Grace on the reboot trail, 80s/90s hit sitcom Roseanne is coming back in 2018 complete with the original stars.

• President Trump broke with bipartisan tradition by introducing politics into his speech as he addressed the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Monday by attacking political opponents. The Trumpster even threw a campaign hat to the son of a fallen police officer during the speech.

• A Florida man is accused of second-degree murder in the choking death of his girl friend. He claims his gf accidentally died performing oral sex due to his huge endowment. His lawyer now wants the jury to see the man’s penis to prove their case. #Seriously

• Longtime Trump pal Roger Stone says the president’s cabinet is plotting to accuse the Donald of having Alzheimers in order to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove his from office. I have seen several opinions expressing the idea that Trump might be coping with some kind of mental issue, so…

• Why is it I can imagine those One Million Moms’ heads exploding over this new ad spot from Liquid-Plumr?

The Power Of Music

The power of music.

This old man has Alzheimers, and singing brings him back to his old self.

So, his hottie son leads some “carpool karaoke” to help  his dad.  Bonus – they’ve got some great voices.

Fun clip but also very touching. Note the son’s facial expressions 🙂

Researchers Develop Blood Test That Can Detect Early Alzheimers With 100% Accuracy

A team of researchers at Rowan University in New Jersey believe they have developed a blood test that can detect early-stage Alzheimer’s in patients.

The study included 236 subjects.

From CBS News:

In terms of identifying early Alzheimer’s in patients with mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, the overall accuracy rate was 100 percent, according to the researchers.

Cassandra DeMarshall, the lead author of the study, said that 60 percent of patients with MCI, have it due to an early stage of Alzheimer’s. “Our results show that it is possible to use a small number of blood-borne autoantibodies to accurately diagnose early-stage Alzheimer’s. These findings could eventually lead to the development of a simple, inexpensive and relatively noninvasive way to diagnose this devastating disease in its earliest stages,” DeMarshall said in a statement.

Nagele added that it is believed that “Alzheimer’s related changes,” occur in the brain at least ten years before common symptoms begin to show.

The researchers say that a larger study will be needed to verify whether or not their method will be a viable one for detecting Alzheimer’s, but they do believe that their test could lead to earlier treatments that could offset the impact that the disease has on those who are suffering from it and for families with loved ones who develop it.

I know several people who say they wouldn’t want to know if Alzheimers was in their future.

I’ve grown so forgetful over the past couple of years that, in all seriousness, I believe it’s possible I may have some mild cognitive impairment. So, I’m fascinated to see how the next stages of the researcher’s work progresses.

(h/t JMG)

Australian Researchers Find New Treatment For Alzheimers

If this ends up working, this would be fantastic.

Researchers at the University at Queensland in Australia have found a treatment that appears to help remove one of the kinds of plaque in the brain that lead to Alzheimers:

Publishing in Science Translational Medicine, the team describes the technique as using a particular type of ultrasound called a focused therapeutic ultrasound, which non-invasively beams sound waves into the brain tissue. By oscillating super-fast, these sound waves are able to gently open up the blood-brain barrier, which is a layer that protects the brain against bacteria, and stimulate the brain’s microglial cells to move in. Microglila cells are basically waste-removal cells, so once they get past the blood-brain barrier, they’re able to clear out the toxic beta-amyloid clumps before the blood-brain barrier is restored within a few hours.

The team reports fully restoring the memories of 75 percent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue. They found that the treated mice displayed improved performance in three memory tasks – a maze, a test to get them to recognise new objects, and one to get them to remember the places they should avoid.

If all goes well, human trials could begin as early as 2017.