Reader, I married her: At 50, she’s already got a top TV show and has made history numerous times, from coming out in Time magazine in 1997 to this year’s soulful statements on hate crimes and gay marriage. But on Saturday, Ellen De Generes was thrilled to be just another celebrity bride, hiding from paparazzi while making sure they got her good side: “De Rossi, 35, wore a backless, light pink dress, and DeGeneres, 50, wore pants, a button-down shirt and vest, all in white, according to Us magazine. Both outfits were designed by Zac Posen,” according to

DeGeneres answered reporters’ questions about the engagement, joking: “Planning a wedding is very stressful. It’s crazy. My gardener is now invited.” But DeGeneres also spoke seriously about the importance of legalizing gay marriage: “‘I think someday people will look back on this like women not having the right to vote and segregation and anything else that seems ridiculous that we don’t all have the same rights.”

Chris Mathhews Redux: As next week’s Democratic Convention approaches,many of us are already trying to inoculate ourselves against the likes of Chris Matthews’ statements above. Others, writes blogger Froma Harrop, are ignoring the convention entirely and focusing on next steps — including what they can do to flatline Matthews’ career:

Thing is, it’s no longer about Hillary for many of them. I sat in on a group of high-powered Clinton supporters gathering in New York last week to create a nonpartisan group called The New Agenda, [founded]  to look out for women’s political interests where the Democratic Party and old-line feminist organizations had failed. The attendees reserved special fury for the Democratic National Committee and its passivity before the misogynistic carnival. One of their specifics is getting MSNBC jester Chris Matthews fired — and if he intends to run for the Senate from Pennsylvania, to end that idea.

Every member has her own plans for November, including for a few, voting for Obama. Co-founder Amy Siskind, a former Wall Street exec and Clinton fundraiser, told me, “I won’t vote for Obama, but I’m not sure what I’ll do.” Cynthia Ruccia, a Democratic activist from Columbus, Ohio, who twice ran against Republican John Kasich, is supporting McCain — and organizing other Democrats in her swing state to do likewise.

For bones, give it to me sun-drenched and just slightly lubricated. That’s the feeling Newsmix got upon hearing the two studies released yesterday, both looking at how to protect bones from the effects of aging.

Mom always said to go out in the sun. As few as 10-15 minutes a day in the sun can make the difference between healthy bones and brittle ones, according to some University of Pittsburgh researchers, who say that low
levels of vitamin D can boost older women’s risk for hip fracture by more than 70 percent. The fracture-vitamin D link “has been observed for 15 years,” noted Dr. Michael F. Holick, director of the Vitamin D Skin and Bone Research Laboratory at Boston University. “The good news is it’s consistent, the higher your vitamin D status, the lower the risk of your developing a hip fracture.”

For this study, a research team led by Jane A. Cauley from the University of Pittsburgh collected data on 800 women aged 50 to 79. Researchers followed the women for up to nine years to determine their risk for hip fractures.

They found that the risk of hip fracture rose 33 percent with every 25 nanomoles per liter drop in vitamin D levels. Women with the lowest levels of vitamin D had a 71 percent increase risk for hip fractures compared with women with the highest levels of vitamin D, the researchers report…

“If you don’t have inadequate vitamin D you cannot efficiently absorb calcium,” [Holick] said. “Vitamin D also helps maintain bone health by keeping bone cells active.”…The best way to get vitamin D, naturally, is by being out in the sun. As little as 10 to 15 minutes of sun a day can give you all a vitamin D you need.

I think my bones need a drink: Speaking of helping the body absorb calcium, it appears that 1-2 drinks a day help do it too, according to a report from Women’s Health Magazine.  “Moderate amounts of alcohol help boost estrogen levels and enable the body to absorb more calcium—conditions that contribute to higher bone density, says Karina Berg, M.D., of the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

Compared with abstainers and heavier drinkers, persons who consume 0.5 to 1.0 drink per day have a lower risk of hip fracture. Although available evidence suggests a favorable effect of alcohol consumption on bone density, a precise range of beneficial alcohol consumption cannot be determined.

“Stick to one power cocktail a day,” Women’s Health warns. We wonder if making it a low-fat White Russian might be perfect.

By Chris Lombardi

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