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12
Mar
2013

15 Things You Should Know About Breasts

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boobquake_pink.jpgSusan notes: This is an interesting and useful graphic. (No, not the pic of my cleavage on the left - it's purely decorative! The one about breasts below :P).

I love the funky facts. Unfortunately, some of the text (grey on black) is tough to read, but it's worth taking a closer look to get the full gist of the piece...

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11
Apr
2012

10 Obscure Facts About Orgasm

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pink_o.jpgSusan notes: these are taken, in abbreviated form, from a fascinating TED talk by sexpert Mary Roach, author of the book Bonk!

BTW, I love all kinds of words and things that begin with the letter "O" including ominous, olfactory, oranges, Oprah, orangutans, owls, olives, oil, observations, omens, others,  and oh, oh, oh, OMG...!

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19
Oct
2011

Breast Cancer Infographic Tells It Like It Is

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Breast cancer_infographicThis infographic is pink and feminine, but there's nothing frilly about the facts it contains.

Breast cancer is a killer disease that impact millions of women, as well as a small percentage of men. There's a 1 in 8 chance that a woman will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.

Breast cancer is a disease best fought through early detection. Equip yourself for battle by finding out the facts, and taking of your body.

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08
Oct
2011

6 Great Tips To Stir Your Workout Pot

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By Kristen Hallett Rzasa of InterPlay Health.

You’re going to hit the treadmill every day this week.  You are determined!

Two weeks later, things have petered off and somehow Dance Moms or Toddlers & Tiaras and that glass of Merlot and couch pull you in like a magnet.

Are you completely void of willpower?  I doubt it. Most people find themselves quickly tiring of the same old (and repetitive) routine. 

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13
Aug
2010

10 Amazing US Weight-Loss Research Statistics

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What would YOU give up for a flatter tummy? Here's some interesting statistics about American thoughts on weight:

Percent who say they need to lose weight to feel sexier than they currently do: 66
Average # of pounds they think they need to lose to feel sexier: 23
Percent of American women would take a summer without sex over gaining 10 pounds: 52
Percent of American men who say the same: 25

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31
Jul
2010

7 Surprising Facts About The Age Of Consent

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According to Wikipedia, the age of consent, when used in relation to sexual activity, “is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be legally competent of consenting to sexual acts.”

Here are some surprising facts on the age of consent around the world:

1) Age of consent for males in Philippines, Mexico, Zimbabwe, & Angola: 12
 
2) Age of consent for females in the same jurisdictions respectively: 18, 18, 16, & 15.

3) Age of consent for both males & females in The Vatican State: 12

4) # of countries in which the age of consent for either males or females is 14 or less: 42

5) # of countries in which the age of consent is lower for females than it is for males: 2

6) # of countries in which consensual homosexual male sex is illegal & lesbian sex is not: 15

7) # of countries in which consensual lesbian sex is illegal & homosexual male sex is not: 0

Source: International Aids Charity Avert
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17
Dec
2009

New Test For Cancers Sufferers Should Be More Widely Available

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A molecular test that analyzed a piece of Coree Hanczyk's breast tumour told her something no oncologist in the Canadian health-care system could – she didn't require chemotherapy after all.

And she paid for it out of pocket: Ms. Hanczyk had a chunk of tumour couriered from a Toronto hospital to a California laboratory, where the test cost her $3,776 (U.S.). In so doing, she saved medicare an estimated $10,000 in unnecessary treatment and spared herself such gruelling side effects as nausea and hair loss.

The test, whose analysis of 21 genes can help predict whether a cancer is likely to return within the next decade, represents an emerging field of personalized medicine that is moving at such velocity that sluggish health-care bureaucracies can't keep pace.

“I watched my mom die because of the chemotherapy; it completely shut her body down, organ by organ,” said Ms. Hanczyk, a 45-year-old flight attendant who lives outside Toronto. “… This test has been a godsend to me.”

Each year, more than 12,000 Canadian women find themselves in the same medical grey zone: In cases of small, estrogen-receptor positive tumours, with lymph nodes free of cancer, chemotherapy is beneficial to only a few – but determining who they are is often impossible.

Click here to read the full story:
By Lisa Priest
Globe & Mail


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01
May
2009

Critical Alert: The Swine Flu Pandemic - Fact or Fiction?

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Susan notes: The original version of this article, with associated comments, appears on www.mercola.com; it was posted here by AWR community member Niveen El Saleh. As there seems to be little one can do to avoid exposure to the flu, it might be sensible to follow Dr. Mercola's advice: eat right, get plenty of rest, exercise and remain calm. Panic won't help anyone...

American health officials declared a public health emergency as cases of swine flu were confirmed in the U.S. Health officials across the world fear this could be the leading edge of a global pandemic emerging from Mexico, where seven people are confirmed dead as a result of the new virus.

On Monday April 27th, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised its pandemic alert level to four on its six-level threat scale,1 which means they've determined that the virus is capable of human-to-human transmission.

The initial outbreaks across North America reveal an infection already travelling at higher velocity than did the last official pandemic strain, the 1968 Hong Kong flu.

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16
Mar
2009

Stretch Into Using New Technologies

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From a recent business study conducted by Accenture:
...there is one area where women in general need to stretch more, and that is technology.

More than three-quarters (79 percent) of men and women who claimed to be "very successful" said they rely on technology in their current roles, and 74 percent of senior executives keep up with the latest technologies, versus 57 percent of those below management levels.

Yet, at the same time, just 59 percent of women called themselves early adopters or innovators of technology, compared to 70 percent of men. In fact, women said they are early adopters or innovators of technology as much as men only in India, Mexico, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.

This discrepancy between men and women does not bode well for women. We've known for some time that technology—blogs, social networks, PDAs, microsites, etc.—play a growing role in the business environment and can help professionals achieve success.
Clck here to read the full story
By Roxanne Taylor
U.S. News & World Report

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09
Mar
2009

Ovarian Cancer Whispers

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Ovarian cancer whispers, so listen carefully for telltale signs and symptoms such as:

  • pelvic or abdominal pain or discomfort
  • vague but persistent gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, nausea, and indigestion
  • frequency and/or urgency of urination in the absence of an infection
  • unexplained weight gain or weight loss
  • pelvic and/or  abdominal swelling, bloating and/or feeling of fullness
  • ongoing unusual fatigue
  • unexplained changes in bowel habits
If you have these symptoms and they persist for more than 2 weeks, ask your doctor for a combination pelvic/rectal exam, CA-125 blood test, and transvaginal ultrasound.

Thanks to:
Elaine Kelly &  Gray McCullough
Dubai, UAE

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08
Mar
2009

Women & Girls Are Disadvantaged

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From an email from Rosemary McCarney, CEO, Plan Canada, just before International Women's Day 2009.

  • Nearly 70 per cent of the 1.5 billion people living on $1 a day or less are female.
  • Over 60 million girls of primary school age in the developing world are not in school.
  • Girls are three times more likely to be malnourished than boys, because families often feed boys first.
  • Each year, roughly two million girls between the ages of 5 and 15 are trafficked, sold or coerced into the sex trade.
  • Globally, two-thirds of all new HIV infections among youth are in girls.
For more information on how you can help through Plan International, click here.
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24
Feb
2009

Be Hot or Not, More on HRT

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What’s a sweaty, flushed, insomniac, irritable mid-life woman to do?

Conflicting reports about hormone replacement therapy are making legions of boomers hot and sweaty under the collar

As every menopausal woman knows, there is nothing quite like the hot flash, that sudden is-it-me-or-is-it-hot-in-here moment that takes your breath away. It’s an attack that leaves your face the colour of a ripe tomato, your hair plastered to your head and your clothes soaked through by a flop sweat reminiscent of Albert Brooks in Broadcast News.
 
One minute you are a fully functioning alpha female in your power suit and kitten heels; the next you’re a steaming mass of hormonal confusion desperately hoping the meeting will end so you can go out and roll in the nearest snowbank. It invariably happens at the most inopportune moment: while presenting a business plan to the Board or on the first date after a divorce.

Click here for the full article
By Julie Mason
The Ottawa Citizen

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24
Feb
2009

Inflammatory Breast Cancer

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Signs and symptoms everyone should know.

Dim lights

Thanks to Lois Lockwood

Scout Communications

Calgary, Canada


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05
Feb
2009

More Women May Become Main Breadwinners in US

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An article in yesterday's New York Times suggests that women may come to dominate the United States workforce during this recession.

The driving force behind the shifting proportion is the fact that 82 per cent of recent job losses have befallen men, who are more heavily represented in distressed industries such as manufacturing and construction. Women, on the other hand, tend to be employed in areas such education and health care, which are less sensitive to economic ups and downs.

The article quotes Heather Boushey, a senior economist at the Center for American Progress who says: “Given how stark and concentrated the job losses are among men, and that women represented a high proportion of the labor force in the beginning of this recession, women are now bearing the burden — or the opportunity, one could say — of being breadwinners.”
 
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11
Dec
2008

Women Are Agents of Geopolitical Change.... in other words.... We Rock!

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An extract from Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World
by the Washington-based National Intelligence Council


Women as Agents of Geopolitical Change

Economic and political empowerment of women could transform the global landscape over the next 20 years.

This trend already is evident in the area of economics: The explosion in global economic productivity in recent years has been driven as much by fostering human resources—particularly through improvements in health, education, and employment opportunities for women and girls—as by technological advances.
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