1.) It’s not often that we get good health news, but here’s something to celebrate. Our nation's cholesterol levels show genuine long-range improvement. Federal researchers say that over the last two decades total cholesterol levels dropped 10 points, while bad cholesterol levels – your LDL, dropped from 129 to 116 and good cholesterol levels – your HDL - rose from 50.7 to 52.5. The best part of the news is that the decline holds true even for people not taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, which means that a reduction in trans fats, a drop in smoking rates, and generally healthier lifestyles are likely playing a role.
2.) If you’d like to have a baby fathered by a star, Fame Daddy is here to help. The new sperm donor website claims to have 40 high-achievers across a number of fields on its payroll, including a rock star, a genius, a Formula 1 racecar driver and a former soccer player. Applicants are asked to complete a quiz to guide them towards a celebrity donor who suits their "personality, character and lifestyle". While none of the involved celebs have yet been named, Fame Daddy promises that they have all undergone medical screening to keep parents informed about any hereditary medical conditions. The fee for the service starts at $25,000.
3.) Smokers in California are running out of places to light up. Smoking in the state has already been banned in restaurants, bars, most workplaces, and cars with children inside. Now, in at least a few cities, it's also prohibited in multi-family homes. San Rafael, a suburb of San Francisco, yesterday became the latest city to ban smoking in duplexes, condos, and all other homes with shared walls, as well as on downtown streets. Eight other California municipalities already restricted smoking in multi-unit housing.