With Dad in tow, the mayor of Libby Drive looks ahead: August may be vacation time for many. For New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, 42, the weeks have been as packed as ever, between a recent summit on cyber-safety and a judge’s ruling on health insurance for nursing home employees. As many reporters (and many of her supporters) look to a possible historic run for mayor by Quinn, the New York Times decided to look in on her closest unpaid aide: her father.

“I don’t agree with her, either,” the speaker said she once heard her father explain to a senior citizen in her district. “But listen, if she loses, she’s unemployed and I’m going to have to pay her rent. So I am going to check you as a yes, thanks so much.”

…Mr. Quinn originally opposed his daughter’s entry into politics. He wanted her to be an accountant or a lawyer. But by the age of 10, neighbors in Glen Cove on Long Island had already nicknamed Ms. Quinn “the mayor of Libby Drive,” a reference to her street, after watching her organize playmates.

One shot heard round your world: For some of us, talk of home remedies for hot flashes and night sweats feels absurd, when we’re busy trying to figure out whether to wash our drenched clothes or just burn them. For women in that kind of distress, Kate Bracy at About.com’s Menopause page brings what sounds like good news, even others feel like calling Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Cancer patients saw their hot flashes decrease by 80 percent, say Northwest University researchers, after anesthetic was injected directly into their nerve tissue in their neck. Bracy exults:  “For women who suffer from debilitating hot flashes, this may be the answer. It is a non-hormonal treatment that lasts from two weeks to a year. That’s a pretty good payoff for one injection.”

“It felt bold, courageous and powerful
“: In case you, like Newsmix, often wonder who’s behind those large donations periodically announced by foundations, Women’s Enews got Lynne Rosenthal to explain not just her recent $2 million gift to the Ms. Foundation, but how philanthropy has become her second career.

The first check I wrote, for $5,000–more than I’d ever given before–was to the Ms. Foundation, and the second was to the Women Donors Network….. Once I joined [the network] I began a process of learning that I call getting my PhD in philanthropy…. I met Helen LaKelly Hunt, who introduced me to Women Moving Millions, the campaign to raise gifts of $1 million and more for foundations like Ms. … After [one] dinner, my friend said, “Lynne, you can do this.”

Well at least we know that it works: British researchers set out to find out why statins work differently for men and women. Instead, after a three-year study, they learned a little — and along the way, recorded a 50 percent reduction in heart problems for those on Lipitor. Their key finding, though: that the results for women were related not to cholesterol but to “a substantial triglycerides (TG) reduction.”

By Chris Lombardi

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  • Lipitor Side Effects November 10, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    My name is Janice Still and i would like to show you my personal experience with Lipitor.
    I have taken for 2 years. I am 56 years old. Lipitor worked great lowering cholesterol but the side effects are not worth the benefit.
    I have experienced some of these side effects-
    Achilles peritendonitis and sore ankles, knees and fingers. Stiffness was aggravated by rest and better with activity. After sitting for 15 minutes, particularly with feet elevated, and then getting up to walk, my gait was like someone who could barely walk. Have stopped taking Lipitor and symptoms seem to be subsiding.
    I hope this information will be useful to others,
    Janice Still