It's no surprise that people are stressed out these days. We're juggling our jobs, financial problems, and parenthood, our families and relationships and heath issues. But of all of the people in the United States, new research shows, one group stands out as the most stressed: women between the ages of 45 and 64.
According to data released today by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, women in that age range have the lowest well-being of any age group, regardless of gender. And experts suggest that the problem actually starts much earlier.
Women age 35 and up are more aware of their own mortality and less able to physically rebound from stress the way they used to, explains Thea Singer, author of "Stress Less: The New Science That Shows Women How to Rejuvenate the Body and the Mind". "We also have that 'sandwich' role, parenting our young children and caring for our aging parents."
Throw in our careers and a struggling economy, and those stress levels skyrocket.
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Vitality – Fri, Jul 29, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
It's no surprise that people are stressed out these days. We're juggling our jobs, financial problems, and parenthood, our families and relationships and heath issues. But of all of the people in the United States, new research shows, one group stands out as the most stressed: women between the ages of 45 and 64.Read More »from Middle-aged women are the most stressed-out people in the country
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Jul 27, 2011 9:54 PM EDT
Kymberly Wimberly speaks at her graduation. (Photo: CNN, courtesy of Wimberly)A black student who was named valedictorian of her class is suing her high school after school officials insisted that she share the honor with a white student who had a lower GPA.Read More »from Valedictorian sues Arkansas school for discrimination. But is race really the only issue?
"When I found out I was valedictorian, I was ecstatic," Kymberly Wimberly, 18, told ABC News.
She had worked hard to stay at the top of her class at McGehee High School in southeast Arkansas. After giving birth to a daughter during her junior year, she took only three weeks off from school, returning in time to ace her finals. She earned just one B during her four years at McGehee, and made up for it by filling her schedule with honors and AP courses which, according to the state-mandated scoring system, carry more weight in GPA calculations.
"I'm not going to say it wasn't difficult," she said. "My teachers thought I'd fall flat on my face, but I kept trying to succeed."
Her hard work paid off: On May 10, the school's counselor told Wimberly's mother, Molly Bratton, who works as the McGehee school
In a bad economy, people tend to fix their cars rather than buy new ones. And while industry experts say that nearly 80 percent of the people who bring their cars in for repair are women, women are far more likely than men to believe their mechanic is taking them for a ride. That's why Demeny Pollitt wanted to open her own garage and probably one reason why she is not short on customers.
"I wanted to provide a place where people didn't feel like they were getting ripped off, where people felt like they could trust what the technicians were saying to them, what the technicians were doing," says Pollitt, owner of Girlington Garage in South Burlington, Vermont. "I think the environment at Girlington Garage is hugely different from most other repair shops you walk in to. And that was really important to me when starting this business."
The key to keeping on top of expensive car repairs, she says, is actually pretty simple: Don't ignore your car. Here are the three biggest mistakes
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Mon, Jul 25, 2011 11:45 PM EDT
More than 100,000 people gathered in the center of Oslo, Norway, for a vigil after Friday's terrorist attacks, which killed at least 76 people. (Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)As the first reports of the bombing and shootings in Norway rolled in, many were quick to assume that terrorist attacks, which killed at least 76 people, were carried out by al Qaeda.Read More »from Norway's homegrown terrorist was fighting against tolerance, multiculturalism
"Last week, a Norwegian prosecutor filed terror charges against an Iraqi-born cleric for threatening Norwegian politicians with death if he is deported from the Scandinavian country," the Associated Press pointed out. "Terrorism has also been a concern in neighboring Denmark since an uproar over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad six years ago."
"We don't know if al Qaeda was directly responsible for today's events, but in all likelihood the attack was launched by part of the jihadist hydra," The Weekly Standard reported.
"This is a sobering reminder for those who think it's too expensive to wage a war against jihadists," a post on The Wall Street Journal's "Right Turn" blog warned. The writer also quoted a source at the American Enterprise Institute, who told her "...as the attack in Oslo reminds us,
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Mon, Jul 25, 2011 7:11 PM EDT
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Thu, Jul 21, 2011 8:41 PM EDT
If you've decided to build your family via the sperm donor route, it's likely that you're willing to accept that certain things about your child's biological father are going to remain unknown. His favorite sport, for example. Whether he's afraid of heights. How he really feels about his own mother.Read More »from What happens when a sperm donor doesn't disclose a genetic disorder?
But you'd want to know whether or not he had a genetic disorder. A heart defect. That he developed cancer later in life. That's the kind of thing you have to disclose when you donate sperm, right?
Tyler Blackwell, 15, found out that his sperm donor father had a heart condition and genetic connective tissue disorder when he finally made contact with his biological aunt. His biological father, she said, he had died at age 43, when his aorta ruptured; two of his uncles and his grandmother also had the same genetic disorder. After a quick trip to Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore for a baseline screening of his heart, Tyler discovered that he had the same
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Thu, Jul 21, 2011 5:50 AM EDT
Some women have long wondered why Viagra is covered by most private insurance plans, but birth control pills aren't. Well, change may be coming soon: This week, the non-partisan Institute of Medicine recommended that health insurers reclassify women's contraceptives as "preventive care" and cover them without requiring a co-payment under the Affordable Care Act.Read More »from Should you have to pay for other people's birth control?
The report, commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services, was intended to provide "a road map for improving the health and well-being of women," committee chair Linda Rosenstock, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a statement. "The eight services we identified are necessary to support women's optimal health and well-being. Each recommendation stands on a foundation of evidence supporting its effectiveness."
The report also recommends HIV screening, counseling on sexually-transmitted infections, screening for gestational diabetes, support for breast-feeding
Playgrounds these days are usually brightly colored things, low-slung plastic-coated structures with short, gently sloping slides, set on surfaces covered with shredded rubber or wood chips. No see-saws. No hand-pulled twirling whirling rides. No super-high jungle gyms to climb. Swings (if there are any) often have safety bars and seat belts attached.Read More »from Have playgrounds become too safe for kids?
But that wasn't the case just a generation ago.
"I am still quite nostalgic for the two-, three-, maybe three-and-a-half-story high wooden playground castles I grew up with 30-odd years ago," says Alex Gilliam, an architect and a national expert on K-12 design education. "We're now at a point where every playground is pretty much the same. And they're boring. They're not challenging."
Blame a litigious society. Or, maybe, helicopter parents. But the increased focus on safety may have had unintended consequences: a generation of kids who aren't able to accurately assess risk or cope with fear.
Have playgrounds become too safe?
We're all on guard for the occasional, embarrassing nip slip. But could we be showing a little more than we bargained for without even knowing it?Read More »from Is that a mole, or a third nipple?
That little round mark below your breast, near the bottom of your rib cage. It looks like a mole, but it may actually be an extra nipple.
Relax-they're usually non-functional. And they're a lot more common than you might think. About 1 in 50 women have them, and about 1 in 100 men. They usually appear on the chest, along the "milk line"- picture an invisible line running from each armpit, though the breasts, and down to the groin. Yes, kind of where the extra teats would be on a non-human animal-but not always.
In May, 2006, a 22-year-old Brazilian woman asked her doctor to check out a strange growth on the bottom of her foot and found out that she had a fully developed nipple "in the plantar region of her left foot," according to a report in the journal Dermatology Online. The nipple, pictured here (safe for work, we guess!) was