Angelina JolieIf you were told you had an 87% risk for breast cancer, would you undergo a double mastectomy as a preventative measure to eliminate or drastically reduce your risk? Essentially, this is what actress Angelina Jolie did. Just this week, she announced in a New York Times article that she underwent the double mastectomy after learning she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which is a marker for increased risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
What a difficult decision. Brave, some might say. While others: over reactive. Personally, I believe it is an extremely personal decision. If it gives Angelina Jolie peace of mind, and makes her feel safer, then so be it. She did what was right for her. And, when the stakes are as high as they seem to have been for her, it sounds like she made a sound decision.
Her decision, however, raises the question: How much of a role do our genes play in our risk for disease?
Many individuals in the medical profession chalk disease up to
- Brett Blumenthal - Sheer Balance | Healthy Living – Tue, May 14, 2013 6:59 PM EDT
Angelina JolieIf you were told you had an 87% risk for breast cancer, would you undergo a double mastectomy as a preventative measure to eliminate or drastically reduce your risk? Essentially, this is what actress Angelina Jolie did. Just this week, she announced in a New York Times article that she underwent the double mastectomy after learning she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which is a marker for increased risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.Read More »from Angelina Jolie, Breast Cancer and Prevention: How Much Do We Control?
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Tue, May 14, 2013 6:57 PM EDT
Supermarket SweepLast week I made a classic mistake: I spent a couple of hours working after lunch and then rushed out the door to do some grocery shopping before dinner. It wasn't until I was almost to the store that I realized how hungry I was - and that I would soon be surrounded by lots of tasty food. I told myself I had a list and I'd stick to it, and for the most part, I did . . . except for maybe that extra bag of chocolate chips and those yogurt-covered cookies my husband had casually mentioned as something to try sometime, if they weren't too expensive.Read More »from Study Reveals Grocery Shopping While Hungry Leads to Buying More High-calorie Snacks
Yep, I'd fallen into the diet-sabotaging trap of shopping while hungry. I knew it was a bad idea, but I didn't know exactly how bad. A new study out from Cornell University tells us just how much more we buy - in bulk and in calories - when we go to the store on an empty stomach.
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The study tested two groups of shoppers, all of whom had been asked to not eat anything for 5 hours beforehand.
The Associated Press on Tuesday afternoon.Derya Sert, 22, the first woman in the world to have a successful womb transplant from a deceased donor and then become pregnant from the process, has lost her baby at eight weeks, according to a report from Read More »from Womb Transplant Patient Derya Sert Loses Baby
In an email to Yahoo! Shine, Mustafa Unal, the Turkish woman's doctor wrote: "Unfortunately her pregnancy was terminated because the baby's heartbeat had stopped."
In April he confirmed her pregnancy to Yahoo! Shine, writing in an email: "We are glad to inform that she is indeed pregnant. But she is now just at the beginning of the pregnancy period. We hope everything goes well until the end of the pregnancy."
Sert was born without a uterus, a condition that occurs in 1 in every 5,000 women, according to the American Free Press. In August 2011, Sert was called a "medical miracle" after her womb transplant was successful. She was impregnated when doctors implanted an embryo into her uterus using one of her own eggs at Akdeniz University
- Gretchen Rubin | Healthy Living – Tue, May 14, 2013 3:50 PM EDT
Over the weekend, I was trying to remember something I'd read in Tyler Cowen's book, Discover Your Inner Economist: Using Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Dentist.
And I looked it up-so interesting!
Sometimes when we ask a question, we know that people might be reluctant to give a true opinion. Maybe they're worried about angering someone else, or appearing unsophisticated, or admitting what they actually think or do.
Tyler Cowen made an observation that I think is absolutely fascinating, and one that provides a possible solution to this non-disclosure problem. He writes:
To get a person's real opinion, ask what she thinks everyone else believes…If people truly hold a particular belief, they are more likely to think that others agree or have had similar experiences. For instance, if a man has had more than thirty sexual partners, he will more likely think that such behavior is common. After all, his life is one 'dataRead More »from A Surprising but Effective Way to Figure Out What Someone Really Thinks
- Refinery29 | Healthy Living – Tue, May 14, 2013 3:35 PM EDT
By Liz Black, Refinery29Read More »from The Other F Word: Why Are We Still Uncomfortable with the Word "Fat"?
When I wrote about Gabi Gregg's capsule collection for swimsuitsforall just a couple weeks ago, I honestly was not expecting the level of ire that came with using the term "Fatkini," a term coined by Gregg herself.
You see, I'm fat. You can call me plus-size, curvy, voluptuous, or full-figured, and they're all accurate descriptions of my body shape. And so is fat. That word once had a huge negative connotation behind it to me, and I've shed tears over being called "fat," so I can understand the anguish that can come with such a tiny word. But I have embraced my body, my weight, my size. I'm active and I eat a plant-based diet; I know I'm healthy, and no amount of pounds is going to tell me otherwise. This is my body, and I accept it as such. So, I no longer view "fat" as an insult - to me, it's become more of a descriptor word (like skinny, tall, short), and nothing more. But not everyone views "fat" the same way.
The most vocal of our readers jumped to the
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Healthy Living – Tue, May 14, 2013 3:19 PM EDT
by Patrick RogersRead More »from Angelina Jolie's Breast Surgery: Courageous or Extreme?
WWD/Steve Eichner As you've probably already heard, Angelina Jolie published a piece on the editorial page of the New York Times today, describing the double mastectomy she elected to have after testing positive for a "faulty" BRCA1 gene, which increases her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie writes that her own mother died of cancer at age 56, and she wanted to assure her children "that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer."
Jolie's startling statement clearly struck a chord: Online commentators rushed to praise her for speaking out about her tough decision, and the haters have been out in force, slamming her for "butchery" and choosing an option that's not available to women without considerable resources or comprehensive health insurance. We asked Susan Brown, managing director for community health at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, for the facts about the procedure that doctors call bilateral prophylactic mastectomy--removing both breasts to
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, May 14, 2013 3:13 PM EDT
Christine C. Quinn but the speaker of the New York City Council and Democratic candidate for mayor revealed her surprising life-long struggle with both diseases on Tuesday in The New York Times.Binge drinking and bulimia may not be topics that come to mind upon hearing the name Read More »from Politician Christine Quinn Reveals Past Struggles With Bulimia and Alcoholism
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Quinn touches on these experiences in her upcoming memoir “With Patience and Fortitude” and says she contacted the newspaper because she believes that hiding her past isn’t healthy. “I just want people to know you can get through stuff,” she said. “I hope people can see that in what my life has been and where it is going.”
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The 46-year-old described how coping with her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis contributed to her bulimia as a child. Her family kept her mother’s breast cancer and subsequent mastectomy a secret for almost six years, until Quinn discovered
You're sweaty, smelly… and late to yoga? Oh, no. Don't be that girl. Here's how not to annoy your fellow yogis…Shutterstock
Today kicks off National Etiquette Week, and celeb yoga trainer Kristin McGee, who you know from "Body by Bethenny," is speaking the truth.
"I wanted to share ways you can be courteous and gracious in yoga class. As a yoga teacher for over 17 years now, here are some of the most un-yogic manners you should try to avoid."
1. Being late for class.Read More »from 5 Reasons You're Bugging Your Fellow Yogis
I realize we all have such busy lives and it's truly hard to be on time always, but it's also very disruptive to a class when someone walks in late. It's also dangerous, depending on how late you arrive. If you've missed some of the warm-up, you could injure yourself. If you are running late and you really want to take class, be as polite and quiet as you can when you enter the room, and before you stay, and ask the yoga teacher "Is it okay for me to still join in?"
2. Leaving early from class.
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Tue, May 14, 2013 12:07 PM EDT
From a pair of blue sunglasses that supposedly curb your appetite, to a set of fitness dumbbells attached to forks and knives, you won't believe what we've found in these 7 crazy fitness and weight loss products. Perhaps the facerciser for only about $200 is more your style. After you check out these crazy workout gimmicks you might just settle on the ol' eating healthy and running approach…- By Jaime Morrison Curtis
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Stress If you've ever gotten a breakout or a rash during a particularly stressful time in your life, then you probably realize that stress isn't just internal - it can show up on your skin, too. But how does the state of your mind end up affecting the state of your skin, and what's the best way to stop stress-related skin issues? For answers, we consulted Dr. Josie Howard, Simple Psychiatrist, who specializes in psychodermatology, an area of medicine that focuses on the relationship between stress, emotional well-being and skin health. Some of her answers may surprise you.
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How does stress show up on the skin?
Stress and emotional turmoil can show up in the skin in a variety of ways. Signs include everything from brittle and ridging nails to hair loss, hives, and breakouts, as well as worsening other topical skin conditions - such as eczema and psoriasis. It's also important to remember that skin problems
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