When I need a recommendation for a cleaning lady or what happened on "Mad Men" or even some inspiration to get out of my office chair and go for a run, my first response is not to phone a friend or consult a professional service. Oh, no. I do what I believe most of us do these days -- I ask Twitter or put it out to Facebook.
This relatively new at-your-fingertips network of support has gone well beyond virtual high-fives and restaurant reviews. As long as your computer or phone is wired up, there's access to the connections that once only came in the mail or months later during a chance meeting. There are prayer chains, support groups, addiction recovery meetings, people offering words of wisdom and healing during the darkest hours.
And now, there are also people saving lives through social networks.
The Daily Mail reports that a pediatrics nurse is credited with one such online rescue after seeing a small child's photo on Facebook. Nicola Sharp, a nurse from the UK, was peeking at
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- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Healthy Living – Tue, Oct 19, 2010 8:50 PM EDT
When I need a recommendation for a cleaning lady or what happened on "Mad Men" or even some inspiration to get out of my office chair and go for a run, my first response is not to phone a friend or consult a professional service. Oh, no. I do what I believe most of us do these days -- I ask Twitter or put it out to Facebook.Read More »from Is Facebook the new 911? How social networks are saving lives
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Healthy Living – Tue, Oct 19, 2010 12:40 AM EDT
No one is surprised to see the telltale stiff smile and unmovable forehead anymore. Instead, we're sort of shocked when any celeb over the age of twelve doesn't show signs of being Botoxed (OK, any star old enough to vote, but you get my point).Read More »from Botox for migraine treatment: Is this legit or just an excuse to get it?
The next big discussion about Botox isn't about working miracles, however. It's about what medical conditions the muscle-paralysis injections will treat.
Already approved by the FDA in higher medical-grade dosages to give relief to people who suffer from excessive underarm sweating, crossed eyes, involuntary blinking, and neck muscle spasms, Botox has just been OK'd as a migraine treatment.
The FDA says the drug is now safe for doctors to treat patients who experience migraines at least 15 days of every month.
This use, however, is not new. It was approved earlier this summer by the governing British drug authority and Allergan, the company that makes Botox, recently settled a $600 million lawsuit on charges of illegal marketing for
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Healthy Living – Fri, Oct 15, 2010 6:34 AM EDT
The American Heart Association announced today new recommendations for the way CPR is performed. The small change could make a big difference in the lives of people suffering from cardiac arrest, the organization says.Read More »from Do CPR the right way: 5 things everyone needs to know
For nearly 40 years, CPR guidelines have trained people to follow these simple A-B-C instructions-tilt the victim's head back to open the airway, then pinch their nose and do a succession of breaths into their mouth, and finally perform chest compressions.
But now, the AHA says starting with the C of chest compressions will help oxygen-rich blood circulate throughout the body sooner, which is critical for people who have had a heart attack. With this shift, rescuers and responding emergency personnel should now follow a C-A-B process-begin with chest compression, then move on to address the airway and breaths. This change applies to adults, children, and babies, but does not apply to newborns.
The revision is a part of the 2010 emergency cardiovascular care report
photo credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImageCelebrities make the news when they aim to make Hollywood-standard weight by dieting to the extreme. While the Master Cleanse (really, Beyonce?) or coconut craze (yep, Jen) or the baby food diet linked to other celebs might work for them when they need to slim down fast for a multi-million-dollar action film role, most of us do not need to go that far.
What we could use, however, is the motivation to cut back on those foods we already know aren't that healthy for us but we've been resisting giving up.
Leave the detoxing to those people posing on the red carpet. Instead, release your grip just a little bit on these six foods that are keeping you from looking and feeling your best. Our nutrition experts explain how to get started.
Joy Bauer, MS, RD, CDN, is a nutrition expert for the "TODAY" show and author of Slim & Scrumptious: More Than 75 Delicious, Healthy Meals Your Family Will Love.
Cheryl Forberg, RD is a James Beard award-winning chef and nutritionist forRead More »from 6 foods it's time to cut back on
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Parenting – Fri, Oct 8, 2010 7:09 PM EDT
We began this week celebrating Robert Edwards, who received a 2010 Nobel Prize for developing in vitro fertilization, and the 4 million babies born out of that procedure. Why not wrap up the week with cheers for the twin pandas who were also conceived with a little help from science?Read More »from Friday adorableness overload: Itty bitty baby pandas
The one-month old newborns made their media debut at the Madrid Zoo yesterday. They are the first pandas bred by artificial insemination to be born outside of Asia. More than just cute, the cubs are considered an important addition to the conservation movement, a zoo official said.
Awwww a little over these photos and then check out the video for bit more panda love.
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Healthy Living – Thu, Oct 7, 2010 7:54 PM EDT
In one fell swoop -- or as fast as one can clean and jerk 233 pounds -- British student Zoe Smith became both the youngest athlete to ever participate in the Commonwealth Games weightlifting competition and the first English woman to take home a medal.Read More »from 16-year old weightlifting champ makes history. So why are her looks and weight up for discussion?
Smith took the bronze medal despite, as she reported after the win, some initial shakiness. Called "Britain's strongest schoolgirl" by one paper, Smith has already collected a slew of tropies and titles since taking up weightlifting four years ago. The Commonwealth Games was her first senior-level international performance.
"I came here with high expectations, to be honest. There's no point turning up if you don't. But then I saw the scoreboard and everybody was opening with what I was opening with, so that made me think that maybe I wasn't going to do as well as I hoped. But it still turned out all right," Smith told reporters.
That same paper speculates that Smith could be a contender for the 2012 Olympics. As exciting as that
A few months ago, my son came down with a virus the doctor called "highly contagious". He was supposed to fly across the country on vacation with his dad the next day, and I, of course, was concerned there was no way he was up for travel. Then the doctor made a point that I admit had not even come to mind with a feverish kid in my arms.Read More »from Oh, really? Airplane air is not making you sick
"He shouldn't fly so he can recover. But he also shouldn't fly because it's a major public health concern," she said pointedly, then continued even more pointedly. "What if there's a person who has just received cancer treatment next to him? He'd put other vulnerable people at risk."
She was right. My boy needed to heal, but the other passengers on the plane deserved to stay well. Or at least avoid exposure to my child's highly contagious germs.
Our attitude on airplanes -- probably because of the outrageous cost of a ticket and the seemingly endless complications in navigating security and gates and connections -- is pretty self-centered. We want
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Parenting – Thu, Sep 30, 2010 7:42 PM EDT
Jimmy Fallon, who once set my heart a-flutter as the adorably goofy second-half to the equally butterfly-inducing Tina Fey, has sadly fallen out of graces for me since hosting his own show. I don't watch much late-night TV (unless it is terrible, shameful Real Housewives kind of stuff I can...you know...work to) but every time I've flipped on Jimmy, it's been in the middle of some awkward, un-funny monologue.
But today, he's redeemed himself. At least just enough to stand up at the altar when I finally say yes to my mama-ginary love interest Justin Timberlake. Oh yes, I'm going to marry that boy one day.
It's no secret that JT is the fuel that keeps many a mama blogger on fire. I'm just saying that when the words "COME TO MAMA" are finally said aloud to him one day soon, I am pretty sure it is going to be me he does a little booty shake and slide toward.
Prepare yourselves for the disappointment.
Why am I bringing this all up now? Because JT paired up with Jimmy toRead More »from Justin Timberlake is a single mama's delight: Watch and see why
As a person who has had glasses since I was seven and has worn contacts for more than two decades, I've always just considered putting on or in something so I can see to be a part of my morning routine. But when a friend of mine explained to me how heavenly it has been to wake up with everything around her already in focus since having LASIK, I started thinking about how nice it might be to trash the contact solution, put away the glasses, and get the surgery.Read More »from Have you had vision issues since having LASIK?
What would my life be like if I had better -- maybe even perfect -- vision? Even though I don't mind poking around on my eyeballs for a few minutes each day, the possibility of 20/20 is pretty dreamy.
Alas, a former proponent of LASIK appeared on CNN this morning, saying that laser vision correction surgery doesn't actually offer complete and safe sight correction after all.
Morris Waxler, formerly an FDA official who was one of the leaders of the regulatory team that approved LASIK,, is now petitioning that same organization
In the ten years since the FDA approved the abortion pill, a lot has changed. There was a migration from France, where it was first available in 1988, to this country, after 12 years of heated debate.Read More »from Abortions available by...video?
Then came the name change. Originally dubbed RU-486, the medication is now known as mifepristone (and marketed as Mifeprex) in the United States.
Through it all, controversy has surrounded this pill, from whether or not it is safe and effective to whether or not it should be available at all. The debate surely won't quiet down in this decade, especially with the newest developments for the abortion pill -- availability by video.
While Skyping in a prescription is really just a slick way of saying it, the reality is that clinics in Iowa can now offer mifepristone remotely to patients through video conferencing and auto-release of the actual pills.
Through a new telemedicine program, patients have a video conference consultation with a doctor. The doctor, who has the patient's medical