Print Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. By Jamie Ducharme· Getting Lots of Sleep May Not Be a Good Thing, Study Says Snoozing for more than nine hours per night may be related to dementia development. 2/28/2017, 9:54 a.m. Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* 404 Photo via istock.com/Bill OxfordSleeping for nine hours a night probably sounds like, well, a dream. But a recent study from the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) says it may not be as wonderful as it sounds.People who regularly sleep for nine or more hours per night, the study says, may have a significantly higher-than-average risk of developing dementia—roughly double that of individuals who naturally sleep between six and nine hours.BUSM researchers analyzed the sleep patterns of about 2,500 adults enrolled in the Framingham Heart Study, and tracked those individuals for 10 years. Almost 250 people developed dementia, including that associated with Alzheimer’s, during the observation period, and sleep duration seemed to be a predictor of those cases.So setting your alarm a little earlier is a quick fix, right? Unfortunately not. The researchers explain that sleep patterns look to be a symptom of brain changes that lead to dementia, rather than a cause. In other words, the length of your slumber may be a predictor of cognitive decline, but altering it may not be a safeguard.“Self-reported sleep duration may be a useful clinical tool to help predict persons at risk of progressing to clinical dementia within 10 years,” co-corresponding author Matthew Pase says in a statement. “Persons reporting long sleep time may warrant assessment and monitoring for problems with thinking and memory.”The study, published in Neurology, adds that lengthy snoozers tend to have a smaller total cerebral brain volume—which may be correlated with Alzheimer’s and dementia progression—than light-sleeping peers.The effects were also magnified when comparing individuals with a high school degree versus those without, suggesting that education—and the socioeconomic conditions associated with finishing high school—may play a role.“Participants without a high school degree who sleep for more than nine hours each night had six times the risk of developing dementia in 10 years as compared to participants who slept for less,” co-corresponding author Sudha Seshadri explains in the statement. “These results suggest that being highly educated may protect against dementia in the presence of long sleep duration.”Of course, doctors still aren’t totally sure why some people develop dementia and others don’t, nor are they sure of how to prevent or cure it. Studies such as this one, and others like it, are simply part of the ever-developing puzzle.
November 10, 2018 Four Seasons Boston, MassachusettsPhoto by Lauren Killian and Jill PersonTHE STORYMarne Rubinstein and Shawn Mahoney were inseparable from the night they met in 2014. Marne wanted to stay home that evening, but a friend pushed her to come to a birthday party at Scholars in downtown Boston. It turned out that Shawn was also at the celebration. The two got to talking and clicked right away. “It was pretty instant chemistry,” Marne recalls. The couple went on their first date a week later at Stella, in the South End. “Shawn says he knew right after that date that I was the one,” Marne says.After three and a half years of dating and two years of living together, Marne says she was “eager to get engaged” but felt like there was “no way” Shawn would be able to surprise her—an event planner with a self-described “Type A” personality. On the morning after Massachusetts General Hospital’s Storybook Ball, which Marne planned as a senior event producer at Rafanelli Events, she returned home at 2 a.m. with plans not “to leave the bedroom all day,” she recalls. Marne was lounging in bed when Shawn said he had bought her something and left the room. “I’m thinking, ‘What did he get me? Did he go to a bagel shop yesterday?’” Marne says. When Shawn came back into the room, he got down on one knee with a ring in his hands. “I was like, ‘What’s happening? I think I still have food in my hair from last night,’” Marne adds with a laugh. After Marne said “yes,” they spent the day celebrating with their families. “I’d known for at least a couple years at that point that he was the person I wanted to marry and build a family with, so I was just so excited that this next chapter was about to happen,” the bride says.Despite being an event planner, Marne says her own wedding was something she “never really thought about.” With her years of experience though, there were two things thing she knew for sure. First, because she didn’t want weather to be a factor on their big day, the wedding would take place indoors. “I wanted to have our ceremony where we planned to have it,” she says. Second, the Four Seasons, a place that “felt like home” after years of planning events there, would be the perfect venue. “I knew they’d make us feel special, and they really did,” the bride says.When it came to the look and feel of their wedding, Marne and Shawn wanted it to be soft, romantic, and intimate—despite hosting 200 guests. They achieved their vision by filling the ballroom with abundant florals in pale pink and white hues, paired with elegant candlesticks and cozy velvet linens. They wrapped up the night with “a high-energy, really fun” party, Marne says, which transitioned straight into an afterparty that lasted until 2 a.m.. The bride’s favorite part of the day (aside from “being the bride and not the planner”): “Having all of our family and friends in one place to celebrate a happy occasion,” the bride says. “It just meant the world to both of us.”THE DETAILSPhoto by Lauren Killian and Jill PersonMarne’s Ines Di Santo gown featured an overskirt that she wore during the ceremony and cocktail hour but removed for the reception. “I [loved that] I could have that formal feel with the train during the ceremony and then be a little more edgy and fun for the dancing part of the night,” the bride says.Photo by Lauren Killian and Jill PersonUnder a chuppah of roses, smilax, eucalyptus, and vines, the couple wed in a ceremony officiated by the bride’s brother-in-law. “He’s been in my life for fifteen plus years,” Marne explains.Photo by Lauren Killian and Jill PersonThe couple’s flower-topped escort-card table became an impromptu photo backdrop for guests. “A lot of people took photos in front of it because it looked almost like you were standing in front of a flower market,” Marne says.Photo by Lauren Killian and Jill PersonThe couple’s reception featured long tables with velvet tablecloths, low-rising floral arrangements, and statuesque candlesticks to add height to the display. For an autumnal touch, a fresh pear topped each place setting. “I wanted to invoke a rustic elegance and make it feel warm in the room,” Marne says.Photo by Lauren Killian and Jill PersonThe couple’s three-tier vanilla cake from Party Favors, in Brookline, featured vanilla buttercream. “I just love vanilla and I wanted something that was simple and clean-looking,” the bride says. Photo by Lauren Killian and Jill Person“I really like dessert displays,” Marne says. “I think that’s a fun way for guests to get up from their table and kind of move around a bit.” The bride and groom’s dessert station featured “Hostess-style” chocolate and vanilla cream-filled cupcakes, house-made “Yodels,” and chocolate whoopie pies.Photo by Lauren Killian and Jill PersonThe couple opened up the dancing portion of the evening with the song “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire, and then played music from a variety of decades. “[The reception] was really high-energy, really fun,” the bride says.Photo by Lauren Killian and Jill PersonMarne and Shawn’s ceremony and afterparty took place in the same room, with their chuppah instead serving as a DJ booth. THE FILEBand Eye2EyeBride’s Gown Ines Di Santo, L’élite Bridal BoutiqueBridesmaids Dresses L’élite BridesmaidsCake Party FavorsDJ DJ Chris RoxxFlowers Winston FlowersGroom’s Attire 9TailorsHair Erik Howard, Will Charles SalonLighting Port Lighting SystemsLinens Nüage DesignsPhotographers Lauren Killian and Jill PersonMakeup DW BeautyRentals Peak Event Services; Party by DesignSound AVFXVideographer NST PicturesGetting married? Start and end your wedding planning journey with Boston Weddings’ guide to the best wedding vendors in the city. By Rachel Kashdan· 4/12/2019, 3:29 p.m. Delivering the latest in style, inspiration, helpful tips and tricks, and everything else you need to know to plan the perfect New England wedding. Print Wedding Inspiration What Do You Get When an Event Planner Dreams up Her Own Wedding? A gorgeous Four Seasons soiree with a rose-covered chuppah and a tasty dessert table. 303 Sign up for wedding newsletters. The New England bride’s ultimate guide.*
The wait is over, and the final round at the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black has has officially arrived. You can follow Sunday’s final round with our PGA Live Coverage below, featuring live score updates, highlights from your favorite players, and video clips of the best shots.Brooks Koepka enters the day with a commanding seven-shot lead. Koepka, who won the 2018 PGA Championship last August, could become the first golfer ever to capture back-to-back PGAs and U.S. Opens. If he wins, he will also increase his major total to four, which ties Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy on the all-time list.NewsIs this version of Brooks Koepka as good as Peak-Tiger?Koepka’s primary challengers will be the four players tied for second at five under. Those players are World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Harold Varner III, Luke List and Jazz Janewattananond. Koepka tees off at 2:35 p.m. ET in the final group with Varner.You can follow final round of the 2019 PGA Championship on Sunday at Bethpage Black with our PGA Live Coverage blog below, beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET.
We’ve all heard about how good NBA star Stephen Curry is at golf, and we saw why on Saturday after this ridiculous shot he hit.The two-time MVP and three-time NBA champion of the Golden State Warriors is competing in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe. It’s the most popular celebrity golf tournament in the sport, as it features the best celebrity golfers in the world.Curry was at the par-4 14th hole during Saturday’s action when he sent his second shot flying into a greenside hospitality tent. His third shot would not be an easy one for him, or any golfer for that matter, as spectators armed with camera phones surrounded the 31-year-old as he approached his shot. Not to mention, his shot needed to clear the guardrail directly in front of him.He did have a little help from musician and fellow avid golfer Justin Timberlake, who served as the unofficial marshal in the tent. Watch what would unfold here.One 🎟️ to the @StephenCurry30 show, please. He gave these #ACCgolf fans a front row seat. (Feat. @jtimberlake the chalet marshal) pic.twitter.com/XTBzrbVWWt— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) July 13, 2019InstructionHow Steph Curry’s dislocated finger actually HELPED his golf game
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Eddie Pepperell, in the whole scheme of things, is playing pretty solidly this week.Even par coming into his third round isn’t ordinarily anything to write home about, but it’s quite impressive in Pepperell’s case. That’s because his first two rounds at the 2019 Open Championship were his first two rounds at Royal Portrush — ever. He spent more time on the range…Eddie Pepperell was grinding on the range earlier this week. Asked him what he’s working on in his swing.”F**k knows”😂— LKD (@LukeKerrDineen) July 18, 2019Pepperell arrived in Northern Ireland on Tuesday evening, the day most players took advantage of the good weather and played either their first or second practice round. Pepperell planned to play his first practice round on Wednesday, precisely the time the skies opened and the rain began to pour.Fans, players, and everyone else sought cover.Pepperell, realizing playing a practice round was off the table, went to walk the course instead, but the rain was so hard he abandoned his plans after 13 hours and went home.“There was a little bit of the unknown,” Pepperell says, “However, I wouldn’t say it hurt me.”Eddie Pepperell at the 2019 Open Championship, where he’s getting used to Royal Portrush on the fly.Getty Images