surrogacy center’s expansion in India — where impoverished women have been hired out to birth more than 500 babies for Westerners — has reignited a debate on the ethics of what some have called a "rent-a-womb" practice. But the clinic’s director, Dr. Nayana Patel, is defending what’s become a $1 billion-a-year industry in the country.
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“These woman are doing a job. It’s a physical job. They are paid for that job,” Patel noted in the BBC documentary “House of Surrogates,” which aired on Tuesday in the U.K. and provided a look inside Patel’s Akanksha Infertility Clinic. “These women know there is no gain without pain. I definitely see myself as a feminist. Surrogacy is one woman helping another.”
To those who say the practice exploits women, Patel told Yahoo Shine in an email, "It is very easy to criticize, but it is very difficult to face the reality. If the critics can
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surrogacy center’s expansion in India — where impoverished women have been hired out to birth more than 500 babies for Westerners — has reignited a debate on the ethics of what some have called a "rent-a-womb" practice. But the clinic’s director, Dr. Nayana Patel, is defending what’s become a $1 billion-a-year industry in the country.News of a controversial Read More »from India's 'Rent-a-Womb' Industry Draws Criticism
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Oct 2, 2013 12:31 PM EDT
golden retriever turned into a morality test for one New Hampshire boy and his dad recently. And the two — who found $1,450 in cash but immediately turned it over to police — passed with flying colors, receiving a reward for their honesty last week.A quick walk with their Read More »from 8-Year-Old Boy Rewarded for Returning $1,450 to Happy Owner
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“I grew up in this town and raised my kids here, and it really is the place it is because of people like Max’s parents, who used the opportunity to teach him, hey, we could put it in our pockets, but no, we all take care of each other,” Cheri Smith, the Exeter proprietor whose money was lost and found, told Yahoo Shine. She left a thank-you note with $100 at the local police station to convey her gratitude.
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Smith, who has owned the Puddlejumpers Children’s Shop for 25 years, was walking to her car one evening in August when she dropped her tote. That’s when a stuffed bank deposit bag fell out onto the
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Oct 1, 2013 4:22 PM EDT
In these first five years of my daughter’s life, I’ve watched more Julie Andrews than in all the decades I’ve been alive. And I will confess: I’ve cried, at least a tiny bit, almost every time. How else to react when Maria clicks her heels and swings her suitcase when she leaves the abbey, or when she waltzes with the captain outside of the party in that filmy blue dress? Or when Mary Poppins first appears, perched on a cloud, the ultimate combo of fierce and pure? Most moving, though, have been my little girl’s reactions: enraptured, amazed, and in love. And ready to learn. Dame Andrews teaches in-character lessons through unforgettable lines that reach across generations. And today, on her 78th birthday, we’re thinking about our favorites, and saying thank you.
1. Express yourself.
2. Give people a chance.
3. Control your destiny.
4. Challenge assumptions.
5. Focus on the positive.
6. Be yourself, without apology.
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Scandal” comes the promise of much more drama from Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington’s Emmy nominated, not-to-be-messed-with “fixer,” who cleans up messes for A-listers, including herself.With Thursday’s season three premiere of “Read More »from The Real-Life Fixer: the Woman Behind 'Scandal'
But as over-the-top as her character might sometimes seem, rest assured that it comes grounded in truth, and inspired by someone real: “Scandal” executive producer and real-life crisis-management adviser Judy Smith.
So where does Smith end and Pope begin? Pretty much onscreen, though there are some similarities, according to Smith — who did work as special assistant and deputy press secretary for President George H.W. Bush, but who did not have an affair with the man (unlike Pope and the fictional prez on the show).
Check out some other facts about Smith, a woman who's been called in to fix some of the most broken, scandalous situations on on Earth — situations which are, incidentally, just as exciting as the fictional ones.
She helped save face for the seriously
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Sep 30, 2013 12:38 PM EDT
melanoma may now survive for up to 10 years longer than before, according to new findings about the drug ipilimumab, which first came on the market in 2011. Scientists are finding that patients who respond to the medication are living much longer than originally anticipated, and the drug is being touted as the key to a cure for skin cancer.Patients with advanced Read More »from Breakthrough Melanoma Treatment Hailed as Key to Cure
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"This is a major breakthrough," Tim Turnham, PhD, executive director of the Melanoma Research Foundation, told Yahoo Shine about the announcement, which came over the weekend at the 2013 European Cancer Congress in Amsterdam. Though Turnham was careful to note that the drug represents "nothing close to being a cure," he said that it was moving the world closer to one than ever before.
"Melanoma has been a fortress, but we're beginning to see a crumbling of its foundations," he said, adding that, according to these new findings, "at least half of those
Afghanistan, he was met by a thrilling surprise. Habitat for Humanity was going to help his family build a new house.When wounded U.S. Army Sgt. Brian Wood returned to Illinois from two tours of duty in
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Things quickly took an unpleasant turn when neighbors, who feared that the home would not fit in with other houses in the subdivision, protested. That ended up being a good thing. The publicity inspired a flood of generosity from folks in the small village of Morton, who are now donating everything from electrician services to a roof.
“Bad has turned to good,” Lea Anne Schmidgall, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Peoria, told Yahoo Shine on Friday. “The people who started the petition did us a favor in a roundabout way, because it raised awareness, as well as funds for the project.”Read More »from Town Pitches In to Give Army Vet a Home
Wood, who spent a total of 28 months away from his wife and three young children — ages 8, 2, and 2 months —
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 27, 2013 12:19 PM EDT
Phyllis Chesler’s journey to self-realization began in an unlikely place, more than 50 years ago, when she lived in a harem.She is an iconic feminist activist, scholar and best-selling author. But Read More »from My Life In a Harem: New Yorker Recounts Afghanistan Nightmare
“I didn’t realize until the last decade that my very American feminism had been forged in the fires of my experience in Afghanistan,” Chesler told Yahoo Shine in a conversation about her newest book, a memoir, “An American Bride in Kabul,” due out on October 1. “In observing gender segregation there, it helped me to see it here, even though it was a pale reflection.”
Her remarkable story is one of a cross-cultural, cross-continental romance and huge life lessons, of a young and “invincible” Jewish girl from New York and a princely Muslim man from the Middle East. It’s about crossing over—from naiveté to eyes open wide—with a single flight across the ocean.
Chesler, now 72 and living in New York, was attending college in NYC when she met and fell in love with Abdul-Kareem, a bohemian film buff
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 1:40 PM EDT
Following accusations from parents that Walmart was sexualizing toddlers by offering a “Naughty Leopard” Halloween costume for little girls, the retail giant stopped selling the item, both in stores and online, on Thursday.
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“We apologize to customers who may have been offended by the name of the costume and we are pulling the costume from our shelves,” a Walmart spokesperson confirmed for Yahoo Shine.
The costume, which consisted of a black tutu with purple trim and a headband with matching ears, was neither sexy nor zoologically accurate. But it didn’t stop people from freaking out after the Consumerist first reported on its existence, based on an angry reader’s tip.
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“What sort of parent buys a costume like this for their little girl? What sort of mind designs it?” was one of the many critical comments flooding Twitter on the topic this week. Others called it Read More »from Walmart Yanks Scandalous Kids' Costume After Uproar
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 5:37 PM EDT
After Angelina Jolie announced that she’d had a mastectomy in an attempt to dodge cancer, calls from women wondering about the procedure rose sharply in the U.K., British breast cancer charities have reported. Read More »from Angelina Jolie's Honesty and Its Amazing Effect on Breast Cancer Inquiries
The story, appearing in the Daily Mail on Wednesday, dubs the surge in queries the “Jolie effect,” noting that the number of calls to Cancer Research U.K.’s helpline have increased four-fold. Visits to the organization’s website made a similar jump following the celebrity’s revelation in May.
The 38-year-old's news that she’d tested positive for the BRCA-1 gene, which radically increases a woman's risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer, was made public via her New York Times Op-Ed piece “My Medical Choice.”
And, unsurprisingly, it’s had a similar influence on this side of the pond.
“The baseline of inquiries remains a little bit higher than it was pre-story,” Rebecca Nagy, cancer counselor and president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, tells Yahoo Shine. She
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 3:37 PM EDT
attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi have prompted rampant speculation that it could have been a suspect wanted for years by officials: Samantha Lewthwaite, otherwise known as the "White Widow."Reports that a white woman was among the armed terrorists in Kenya’s recent deadly Read More »from Who Is the 'White Widow'? U.K. Mom Could Have Kenyan Connection
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“Nothing is being ruled out,” noted State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu regarding whether the woman could be among the dead hostage takers in the mall’s rubble.
Lewthwaite got her nickname from the British press after her husband, Germaine Maurice Lindsay, was named as one of the four suicide bombers in the deadly London “7/7” attacks on the subway system in 2005. And although she initially condemned his actions, she went missing shortly thereafter, arousing suspicions, and later emerged as a terrorist suspect in her own right.
According to BBC journalist Peter Taylor, who just returned from Kenya, Lewthwaite has become a sort