Let’s face it, lipstick is pretty cool. It takes so much skill and grace to apply it, and it oozes vintage glam. But it also contains toxic metals: eek! The majority of lipsticks contain lead, but the amounts are pretty trace. Until recently, researchers were relatively unconcerned, but then they figured out that higher levels of eight other metals are also present in many brands.
University of California at Berkeley environmental health ... Read More
Meet Tsunami, the cancer-fighting dog
You’ve heard stories about dogs saving lives (my own dog shielded me from a fire when I was a newborn!), but here’s a new one for you: some really amazing dogs are learning how to detect ovarian cancer before modern medicine can. That’s right: dogs can detect faint odors associated with the disease.
The dogs over at the University of Pennsylvania’s Working Dog Center are being trained to ... Read More
BY Darcy Sturges
on Jul 12, 2013
Marie Myung-Ok Lee knows how to write about shit. Of course, in her op-ed piece for the New York Times, she’s not just casually talking about poop: she’s discussing a medical procedure that profoundly improved (and possibly saved) her friend’s life.
Lee donated her stool to her Gene (not his real name). Yes, you read that correctly. Her stool. Gene had been suffering from ulcerative colitis—and when I say suffering, I mean it: a colon ... Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Jul 02, 2013
Well I never thought I’d see the day. An Obama-Bush combo. But it's happening now with these ladies over in Tanzania. Michelle Obama and Laura Bush are opening a summit aimed towards promoting women’s health in and the well-being of Africa. Michelle, while visiting Tanzania during the Obama African tour, met up with ex-First Lady Laura to open up the African First Ladies Summit in Dar Es Salaam.
The strange Obama-Bush pairing emphasizes how ... Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Jan 22, 2013
Though flu season is already well under way, you can still squeeze in your ounce or two of prevention to keep yourself healthy. Here are three great tips on how to strengthen your immune system to ward off sickness, brought to you by the fine people at Soho Sanctuary in NYC.
1. Eat Your Veggies
Colorful vegetables are chock full of the vitamins you need to boost your immune system during cold and flu season. Kale and its leafy siblings are excellent sources ... Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Oct 22, 2012
Malala Yousafzai, the brave young activist from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban, is doing well. She’s currently recovering at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England. Dr. David Rosser, the medical director at the hospital, stated that Malala is communicating freely and writing, and said that Malala wanted information about her condition to be made public. She can’t currently speak due to a tracheotomy tube, but should be able ... Read More
Ladies (and gents, too): it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and people everywhere are displaying that little pink ribbon of support for loved ones who have been affected by the disease. But now you can go a step further in supporting the cause – by donating a mammogram to minority women and men through the Denise Roberts Breast Cancer Foundation.
The foundation, which aims to help inform and equip minority men and women with the tools and ... Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Sep 17, 2012
We know that discrimination against women still exists, but sometimes we forget the fact that discrimination is not distributed equally to each woman. A recent Forbes article by political strategist Atima Omara-Alwala revealed some horrifying facts about health care discrimination among black women.
African American women, as just one example of many, are three times more likely to experience unwanted pregnancy and four times more likely to die of ... Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Sep 06, 2012
If you live in NYC, you’ve probably heard about fracking recently. We blogged about Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon leading a group of high-profile New Yorkers against the practice, a drilling method which can release a bevy of harmful chemicals into our water and air, damaging our environment and our health. It turns out that many of these chemicals are especially detrimental to women; ecologist Sandra Steingraber has even taken to classifying fracking as a ... Read More
BY Intern Tessa
on Aug 13, 2012
Alicia Silverstone is already a successful writer with her book The Kind Diet, a guide to staying healthy and going vegan. Now she is writing two new books, The Kind Mama and The Kind Diet Cookbook.
The Kind Mama will be about fertility, pregnancy, and post-pregnancy complete with info from doctors, friends, and other women, as well as her own personal parenting story.
The Kind Diet Cookbook will be a companion to her first book, filled with easy, family- friendly ... Read More