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The Bachelor Season 23, Episode 7 Recap: Who’s Telling the Truth?

After a week full of eliminations and not one, not two, but three warnings, tonight’s episode of The Bachelor was a little lower energy. Still, a lot went down so let’s get right into it, shall we? Spoilers ahead.

The episode opens with Colton filming a late-night video about his feelings. (So emo.) Long story short, he’s confused and upset because three different women warned him that some of the other dozens of women he’s dating aren’t ready for marriage. To be honest, this doesn’t feel like that groundbreaking of a reveal to me—statistically speaking, at least one woman there doesn’t want to marry a guy she’s known two weeks, right? But Colton says this is his “biggest fear.”

He has good news, though: “We’re heading to Denver!” Woo.

Once stateside, Colton meets up with former Bachelor Ben Higgins for a drink and “advice.” Colton needs it: The hometown dates are next week, so the stakes! Are! High! Oh, and he’s falling in love with multiple people and feels weird about it. Ben’s advice? “Lean in!” (My advice would be “yes, that is weird which is why you should just pick one,” but nobody’s asking me.)

When Colton joins the women later that day, he brings his dog, Sniper, along. Their first reaction upon seeing Sniper is “OMG DOG!” I don’t think they even notice that Colton’s there too, which…yeah, that feels right. Unfortunately instead of more Sniper content, Colton has to take one of the women on a date.

Tayshia is the chosen one, and their date consists of sitting in the loudest food market of all time. Seriously, I could barely heard their conversation—so what a convenient, not-at-all annoying place and time for Tayshia to drop the “I know who isn’t ready for marriage” bomb. At first, Tayshia tells Colton she’s not going to name any names because she’s not a tattletale. Then, not two seconds later, she’s all, “It’s Cassie and Caelynn!!!”

She claims she heard through the grapevine they were talking about their Bachelorette chances and all the parties they’ll get to attend after the show ends. Again, this isn’t that big of a reveal—even the winners go to events after the show ends. Who cares? I don’t think Colton does, but he is listening when Tayshia says they’re not ready to get engaged.

This throws Colton off, but he puts it on the back burner to concentrate on enjoying the rest of the date. He takes Tayshia to his apartment, where they play games and talk about hometowns. She says her family, dad especially, might be tough because they’re still processing her divorce. This doesn’t phase Colton, and he gives her the rose. They end the night making out in his room, which he describes as the spot “where the magic doesn’t happen.”

The next day, Colton takes Caelynn snowboarding. It’s uneventful—until he tells her about the conversation with Tayshia. It’s all a lie, Caelynn insists. Once she’s away from Colton, she tells a producer, “Dude, I better get a rose because I will call that bitch out.”

When they meet up later for dinner, Colton cries because he’s so confused. Caelynn assures him that she’s there for him and ready to be engaged. She feels like she can be herself with him, she says, and it’s scary that a lie could compromise that. She was planning to tell him, before all of this happened, that she’s falling in love. This reassures Colton, and he gives her the rose and says he’s falling in love too.

The next morning, Caelynn confronts Tayshia. When asked why she would call her out, Tayshia claims everyone noticed that she and Cassie were the most nervous after Katie warned Colton. So, she says, they’re probably the guilty ones. “If I really wanted to talk smack about you,” she adds, “I would be talking smack about you every single day, but I haven’t.” That’s her evidence? Tayshia doesn’t seem like a liar to me—but those receipts are weeeeaaaak.

Why The Bachelor’s Kirpa Sudick Thought She and Colton Would Make a Great Match

Kirpa Sudick had perhaps one of the most memorable Bachelor opening lines in history: “I really hope Colton flosses. It would be a good experience to clean his teeth.” This makes sense when you learn more about Sudick, a 26-year-old dental hygienist from Whittier, California. So, yes, clean teeth are very important to her.

But that’s not the only relationship barometer she has. Sudick is also an avid journal user and wants her potential boyfriend to have a similar appetite from books. “I hope that my future partner enjoys reading, and constantly learning and growing,” she says.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like that partner will be Colton Underwood. Kirpa was eliminated in tonight’s episode, but she’s staying optimistic. “The dream scenario was to have a connection with Colton and further that into a relationship and at the end of it be engaged, but [I’m happy I] made new friends and traveled and enjoyed everyone’s company.”

Sudick haphazardly decided to sign up for The Bachelor. “I had just come off a break-up and my friends were like, ‘This online dating thing isn’t working for you, why don’t you submit yourself for The Bachelor?’ It was kind of a joking thing, but I went on my phone and did it.”

She had no expectations going in—not even about Colton. “I was excited,” she says. “I didn’t really have anyone in mind [during the process of who it would be]. I was excited to meet him and see if we had a connection.” Ultimately, though, Kirpa thought her and Colton’s mutual love of children and animals would make them a good match. “[I liked] on Becca’s season when he took her to his hometown and they worked with kids at the hospital,” Kirpa says. “I thought we would connect that way.”

Now that this process is over, Sudick has a clearer idea of what she wants in a relationship. One big thing she’s looking for is communication. “Your partner needs to be able to express how he’s feeling and if he needs something, don’t be shy about bringing it to light,” she says. “[I need] someone that is very open.”

To learn more about Kirpa, follow her on Instagram here.

— reporting by Alize Emme

The Link Between Menopause and Alzheimer’s

The Link Between Menopause and Alzheimer’s
Illustration: James Steinberg

Women make up nearly two-thirds of patients with Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S., in part because they live longer than men. Now, researchers are exploring whether hormonal changes related to menopause affect the development of the disease.

“The truth is that Alzheimer’s is not a disease of old age, it’s a disease of middle age,” says Lisa Mosconi, director of the Weill Cornell Women’s Brain Initiative in New York City, a research program aimed at reducing Alzheimer’s risk. “In reality, the brain changes start in mid-life.”

Most people think of how menopause affects fertility. But Dr. Mosconi says its effect on the brain is what results in night sweats, hot flashes and even memory changes. Those symptoms are caused by declining levels of estrogen and other hormones. Estrogen protects the female brain from aging and stimulates neural activity. It may help prevent the buildup of clusters of proteins, or plaques, that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Studies show that when estrogen production declines during menopause, the brain’s metabolism appears to slow down and it becomes less efficient.

PET scans of brain metabolic activity at three menopausal stages: premenopause, perimenopause, and postmenopause. The red color indicates areas of maximum metabolic activity, yellow-green indicates less activity, and green to blue indicates low to no activity.
PET scans of brain metabolic activity at three menopausal stages: premenopause, perimenopause, and postmenopause. The red color indicates areas of maximum metabolic activity, yellow-green indicates less activity, and green to blue indicates low to no activity. Photo: Dr. Lisa Mosconi/Weill Cornell Medical College

For decades many women entering menopause tempered its effects with hormone replacement therapy. But in 2003 a large randomized controlled study called the Women’s Health Initiative was halted after the women taking HRT had an increased risk of heart attacks and breast cancer. Some women also showed a small increased likelihood of developing dementia. Since then HRT has fallen out of favor though many women continue it. When researchers re-examined the data they noticed that the trials focused on older women—on average age 63 and more than a decade past menopause. When they looked solely at the women in their 50s, they found estrogen therapy reduced the risk of mortality related to heart disease and breast cancer.

“The jury is still out and we’re still trying to sort out all of the current data, whether hormone replacement therapy will help prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease or even put women at risk,” says Howard Hodis, a professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. “This issue is complicated by a lot of factors—not just timing as to when women start HRT, but also the hormone regimen, what kind of hormone or estrogen that is used and the route of delivery.”

In a study published in December in the journal PLOS One, Dr. Mosconi and co-researchers documented how healthy women’s brains change before and after menopause. The 59 women in the study had higher rates of brain-energy decline and shrinkage in the memory centers, as well as higher rates of Alzheimer’s plaques compared with 18 men of similar age.

“Women’s brains seemed to age faster than men’s brains during the transition to menopause,” Dr. Mosconi says. “This accelerated aging process is likely related to the loss of estrogen in the brain and all the hormonal changes going on inside the brain.”

“It’s not that menopause causes Alzheimer’s disease,” she adds. “It’s more like for the average woman, if you have an Alzheimer’s predisposition, menopause may accelerate the process.”

Such changes don’t affect all women. About 20% of women don’t suffer from the hormonal changes associated with menopause, Dr. Mosconi says, and the other 80% have varying effects, from mild to severe.

In a 2017 study published in the journal Neurology, Dr. Mosconi and co-researchers used PET scans to analyze the brain activity of 42 healthy 40- to 60-year-old women and 18 men of a similar age.

Perimenopausal women had a 15% to 20% reduction in brain metabolism compared with the men, while postmenopausal women had over 30% reduction. Perimenopause, which lasts an average of one to five years, is the transition period that leads to menopause.

Postmenopausal women also showed the emergence of Alzheimer’s plaques in the brain. Alzheimer’s plaques don’t necessarily mean that a person will get the disease but indicate a higher risk for developing it.

Dr. Mosconi said there is some evidence that estrogen therapy initiated within five years of menopause, particularly during perimenopause, may also protect against dementia though more research is needed.

But other experts say it isn’t clear whether hormone therapy can help—or harm—cognitive health and affect the development of Alzheimer’s disease in women.

Dr. Hodis was the lead researcher in a trial that randomly placed more than 600 healthy women into groups who either started taking an oral form of estrogen therapy within six years of menopause or more than 10 years after menopause.

Their findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2016, found that the women who started taking estrogen earlier had a reduction in the progression of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, which can lead to strokes and heart attacks. Another 2016 study in the journal Neurology showed that there was no difference between the two groups of women in cognitive decline, a potential precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. An earlier randomized controlled study had similar findings.

Roberta Diaz Brinton, director of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and senior author of the PLOS One study has been studying why the female brain is at risk for Alzheimer’s disease for three decades. She says estrogen therapy may be a useful intervention for women in perimenopause who experience a lot of symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia and depression. Dr. Brinton is studying whether estrogen therapy can lower a woman’s risk of Alzheimer’s.

She is developing an estrogen-only formulation which targets the estrogen receptors in the brain, but not in the breast or uterus. One small clinical trial to be published this year demonstrated the safety of the formulation. Its efficacy against Alzheimer’s is now being tested. “Estrogen therapy alone is not going to be the panacea,” she says. “Exercise, diet, sleep. These are all important.”

Timing is key. Estrogen therapy is unlikely to be effective in women 60 or older who are no longer experiencing menopausal symptoms. “The time to intervene is when women are having symptoms very early on in this process potentially at the inception of perimenopause,” Dr. Brinton says.

She noted that the women in Dr. Hodis’s study were all post-menopausal so their brains were no longer responsive to estrogen. Her research is focused on determining the process that leads to a loss of estrogen response in the brain.

Dr. Mosconi currently has funding to look at hormonal and brain changes in both men and women at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. For men, she says testosterone levels lower very gradually over time, typically in one’s 70s.

Paula Spencer Scott is participating in a study examining hormonal and brain changes in people at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Paula Spencer Scott is participating in a study examining hormonal and brain changes in people at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Photo: James Scott

The study will follow about 200 men and women between ages 40 and 65 over two years. Among the participants is Paula Spencer Scott, a 58-year-old Fort Collins, Colo., resident, who has written a book on Alzheimer’s. Ms. Scott’s father and maternal grandmother suffered from different types of dementia, as did her father-in-law and both her mothers-in-law. As part of the study she had several different brain scans over the summer. She gave blood for testing and did an extensive lifestyle survey. “It was a low-risk opportunity for me to help unravel these kind of mysteries about what causes Alzheimer’s,” she says.

Ms. Scott has three daughters and says “figuring out hormonal influences on dementia would help them when they approach menopause.”

Appeared in the February 19, 2019, print edition as ‘Seeking Alzheimer’s Clues.’

New Godzilla: King Of The Monsters TV Spot Has Tons Of Stuff Blowing Up

Written by Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields, the story will center on a scientist named Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga), who studies kaiju for the Monarch agency, and her daughter Madison (Millie Bobby Brown). They get kidnapped by an organization that has their own special plans for the monsters, but machinations lead to the dangerous creatures being unleashed upon the world. The impressive cast also includes Kyle Chandler, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Zhang Ziyi, Thomas Middleditch, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, David Strathairn, and Ken Watanabe.

Roses Are Red, Orchids Are Addictive

About a year ago, 11-year-old David Marcovici started collecting orchids. Since then, he’s amassed a few dozen that have turned the family kitchen into a mini-rainforest. His favorites are miniatures, which he calls his “little guys.”

He brought $267—all his savings—to spend at a recent orchid show in New Jersey. Then it was on to another show earlier this month. “God help us,” says his dad, Geno.


The Best Fall 2019 Makeup Trends to Try Now

Every year we wait for Fashion Week to roll around and reveal new makeup techniques and hairstyles, and the products makeup artists are using to get them. Backstage is where trends are born and brands give first looks at their products coming out later in the year. It’s especially fun in the fall because there are some trends you can expect, like smoky eyes (check), while others come out of left field, like “crystal freckles” (also check). This season delivered on both counts, with looks at Tom Ford and Christian Siriano worthy of a double take. If you’re in the midst of a makeup rut or just want to get ahead before every brand releases a new smoky eye palette (seriously, fall is going to be all about eyes), we have all the beauty inspo you could possibly need. Scroll on for the best makeup trends from the fall 2019 runways.

Blumhouse Is Considering New Scream And Hellraiser Movies

This past fall we learned of an interesting potential future for both the Scream and Hellraiser franchises. Sitting down with Miramax CEO Bill Block, I asked if there was a possibility of the two legendary horror brands returning in similar fashion to the new Halloween, and the executive responded in the affirmative – confirming that they are “part of the new program.” We haven’t heard any real updates about the developments since then, but apparently it’s something that Blumhouse Productions is game to get in on.

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to speak with Jason Blum for the first time since the release of Halloween, and given the success of his first collaboration with Bill Block I specifically inquired about his interest in new chapters for both Scream and Hellraiser. Blum confirmed that there have been some talks about those particular franchises, and while nothing is currently in active development, it is a road that he is interested in traveling:

And after Halloween, why not? Michael Myers’ franchise was in a rather bruised and battered state before director David Gordon Green’s canon-altering sequel, and the 2018 movie was hailed as a wonderful revitalization and was a monster box office hit for Blumhouse, Universal Pictures, and Miramax. The film was made with only a $10 million budget, and by the time it was done playing in theaters worldwide it raked in $253.7 million.

Admittedly bringing back classic horror franchises didn’t exactly work as a stellar strategy when Platinum Dunes produced a string of them between 2003 and 2010 (including Marcus Nispel’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Andrew Douglas’ The Amityville Horror, and Samuel Bayer’s A Nightmare on Elm Street), but it’s also important to note that we are A) now living in a different filmmaking era, and B) not talking about simple remakes.

Cinematic horror as a whole arguably has more heat right now than ever before, and part of that stems from increased audience engagement, but also from a wider respect for the genre within the industry, and greater interest from talented filmmakers. All of that not only means more resources and energy put towards projects, but also more openness to risk and new ideas.

As they always have been, both Scream and Hellraiser are franchises loaded with potential, though they also have their own interesting complications. In the case of the former, there is the fact that the brand is still active with a television series that is developing a third season, not to mention the fact that all four of the previous Scream films were directed by one man: the late, great Wes Craven. At the same time, however, it’s such a natural series to bring back, if not just because there is endless meta commentary to be made about the status and progression of the genre.

Hellraiser has also never really fully gone away, with a new direct-to-video feature released just last year, but the overall brand could definitely use the same kind of comeback that Halloween just got. The world Clive Barker created of puzzle boxes and Cenobites is a wonderful nightmare, and all the franchise needs is a filmmaker with an exciting new vision, and resources to give them.

If it isn’t clear, this is a development we’re very interested in following, and while there isn’t much forward motion right now, we’re keeping an eye out for news. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months/years – and also do yourself a favor by seeing the latest Blumhouse creation, Happy Death Day 2U, which is now playing in theaters everywhere.

Meghan Markle Is Reportedly on a Secret Girls’ Trip to New York City for Her Baby Shower

Sound the alarms and fire up a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” because Meghan Markle is reportedly back on American soil. Reports have emerged that the Duchess of Sussex is currently in New York City for a girls’ trip ahead of the birth of her and Prince Harry’s first child this spring. Royal reporter Omid Scobie, who often travels with the royal couple to their official engagements, has confirmed that Markle is spending the five-night trip with her closest friends, perhaps some of those who recently spoke out in her defense.

“The trip is a lovely chance to catch up with friends and spend time in a city she loves,” a source told Harper’s Bazaar of the getaway. “This will be the last time a lot of them will see Meg until after the baby is born, so it’s nice to share precious moments.” Given some of the tough headlines and endless speculation about every aspect of her life, it seems like the perfect time for a well-deserved break for Markle.

So what does a royal do on a girls’ trip? Sources say much of the hang time is being done in private at her five-star hotel (understandable) but Markle was spotted eating at a restaurant in Soho with her BFF, stylist Jessica Mulroney.

“It’s been a relaxing visit. Nothing beats face time with your friends,” says a source. “Meg will be flying home refreshed and relaxed—and with a lot of new baby clothes.”

One big reason for all those new clothes? A baby shower! Scobie reports that Markle’s friends are throwing her and Baby Sussex a celebration on Tuesday for about 20 people. Showers are much more of an American tradition, so it makes sense that she’s having hers on this side of the pond.

But that’s not all Markle has on her plate before the next royal baby arrives: Next up for Markle is an official trip with Prince Harry to Morocco on February 23-25.

Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, and Kylie Jenner Have Reportedly Trademarked Their Children’s Names

Whether you like it or not, in 2019 it’s pretty much a Kardashian-Jenner world—and we’re all just living (and shopping) in it. And from the looks of a new report, the family dynasty is going to continue on with the next generation.

TMZ reports that Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, and Kylie Jenner have filed documents to trademark the names of their children: North West, Saint West, Chicago West, True Thompson, and Stormi Webster. Jenner also filed to trademark “Stormiworld,” which was also the theme of the lavish first birthday party she recently threw for her daughter, as well as a play on Stormi’s dad Travis Scott’s hit album Astroworld.

TMZ reports that the documents weren’t specific about business strategy but that the trademarks could include clothing, toys, and skin care products. (No word on Kourtney Kardashian’s three kiddos with her former partner, Scott Disick or Rob Kardashian’s daughter Dream with his ex Blac Chyna.)

Frankly, this is probably one of the least surprising things the fam has ever done—did we think for one second that the Kardashian-Jenner dynasty was going to leave any potential stone unturned? But that’s not to say that anyone in the family is trying to profit off their kids: Trademarks can also protect them from someone else using their name in products and marketing.

Starting businesses has basically become the Kar-Jenner family business, what with the huge success of KKW Beauty, Kylie Cosmetics, and Good American—so there’s no reason to think that the next generation won’t follow suit. (Honestly, North could probably become the No. 1 star on YouTube right now if she wanted to launch a channel). Maybe Saint and True will follow in their fathers’ footsteps and end up in the music biz or the WNBA, respectively. And don’t forget: Kim and Kanye have their fourth on the way soon.

North, Saint, Chicago, True, and Stormi, your empires await.