By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29
Going to the OBGyn, while an absolutely essential part of life for those of us with vaginas, is no picnic. No matter how much you love your gynecologist, it can be hard to speak up while she's inspecting your parts. Plus, we're all a little anxious about asking our doctor certain important questions - whether we're afraid of the answers, nervous about being judged for our choices, or just plain uncomfortable talking about sex, sometimes finding out what we need to know can be a daunting task.
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So, we asked Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, an OBGyn at the Yale School of Medicine, to tell us the most important questions a patient can ask, and then we got the answers. The next time you're at the gyno, you can just concentrate on taking those deep breaths while the speculum goes in, rather than trying to formulate the perfect question.
How often to do I need to see my OBGyn?
While this is one of the
- Refinery29 | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 20, 2013 11:06 AM EDT
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It is the voice of maids, housekeepers, nannies, gardeners, poolmen and more that I would talk to while riding the Metro in Los Angeles on my way to work every morning. It's the voice of my own grandfather, as he sat down for a well earned dinner, after traveling over an hour each way by bus to work as a janitor at a large university. Almost like clockwork, after sighing with exhaustion, he would look right at me or my siblings and say,"Para tí, deseo algo más." For you, I wish for something more.
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I could probably say the same thing to Eva Longoria about producing Devious Maids, it's a fact I think she agrees with herself. Devious Maids is a show about five Latina maids, living and working in five different homes, at least 4 of which areRead More »from Devious Maids: How Hollywood is Destroying the Latino Image
Flickr/SisterMaryErisIf you have a history of high blood pressure or heart problems, you would be wise to stay away from sugar. A new study says that too much sugar can lead to heart failure, according to Science Daily.Read More »from Too Much Sugar Can Cause Heart Damage
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It was found that a molecule called glucose metabolite glucose 6-phosphate, or G6P - formed from consuming too much starch and sugar - causes stress to the heart, affecting the muscle proteins and resulting in poor pump function, which leads to heart failure.
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When the heart is already stressed from high blood pressure and other diseases, too much glucose can be very harmful, says Heinrich Taegtmeyer, M.D., D.Phil., leading investigator in the study.
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There are 550,000 new patients in the United States diagnosed with heart failure every year, and 5 million patients are succumb to it every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
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I've written before about Christopher Alexander's brilliant, strange book, A Pattern Language. Few books have made such an impression on me and the way that I think. The book sets forth an archetypal "language" of 253 patterns that make the design of towns, buildings, and-most interesting to me-homes the most pleasing.
This book doesn't need to be read from front to back; I often just flip through it and study the parts that resonate with me-and look at the pictures, too, of course.
I'm a very text-centric person, and not very visual, and this book helped me to identify the elements about spaces that I like, or don't like. I'm able to see the world in a new way, and as a consequence, I've been able to do some things differently in my own space, to make it more enjoyable.
Here's a list of some of the "patterns" that I love most-and I even love the aptness of the phrases used to describe them:
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- Elle | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 20, 2013 9:32 AM EDT
Chia SeedsEach month, ELLE.com wades through the lifestyle blogosphere in search of just the right Guest Blogger-or in this month's case, Guest Bloggers-to post regularly on our site's Dispatch blog. In honor of our June Body Issue, we tapped Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula, founders of WellandGoodNYC.com, to bring us their fitness and nutrition expertise. Today's installment: a primer on chia seeds, the superfood everyone's talking about.Chia seeds are the new avocados. The formerly obscure food product is quickly becoming a superfood staple of modern, healthy-leaning urbanities. The tiny seeds-which taste like a poppy seed, and are lauded for their high levels of omega 3, fiber, and protein-are found in nearly every grocery store these days. Here, our top five fun facts about this latest trendy food:
Hardy: The chia seed's nutrient density and its capacity to expand provides exceptional stamina, endurance, and feelings of satiety.
Historical: Chia's got a rich history, starting with a
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 20, 2013 9:23 AM EDT
This is your brain on a robotIn 1942, writer Jerry Siegel (the co-creator of "Superman") and artist Leo Nowak introduced a comic-book character named Robotman, a scientist whose human brain had been transplanted into an immortal robot body. Now, a Russian multimillionaire has proposed making this a reality by the year 2045.Read More »from Billionaires Could Live Forever by Putting Their Brains in Robots
Robot immortality is the brainchild of Dmitry Itskov, an Internet entrepreneur who wants to help people live forever. To accomplish that goal, he founded the 2045 Initiative to bring together specialists in robotics, artificial organs, neural interfaces and related technologies. This week he is hosting the Global Future 2045 International Congress in New York City, a conference with the goal of developing "a new strategy for human evolution."
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Itskov has reportedly already reached out to a long list of billionaires offering them the first shot at this technology - for a fee that has yet to be disclosed. "You have the ability to finance the
- The Daily Meal | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 20, 2013 7:30 AM EDT
Flickr/Casey FurkinOften an ingredient in sugar-free gum and candy as well as in medicine, mannitol is now believed to be a treatment for Parkinson's disease. A study found that mannitol prevents the protein α-synuclei from clumping and forming in the brain, a process associated with Parkinson's disease, according to Science Daily.Read More »from Artificial Sweeteners Could Treat Parkinson’s Disease
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Studies conducted on both fruit flies and mice found that with the application of mannitol, amounts of α-synuclei protein in the brain reduced significantly. Mannitol, a sugar alcohol formed by fungi, bacteria, and algae, is used as diuretic to cleanse the body of excess fluids and is also used during surgery to help enable blood flow to the brain in order to ease the passage of other medicines.
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If the results of the study are accurate, the artificial sweetener could treat Parkinson's disease and other diseases like Alzheimer's
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Beach Ready Cheat Tips
We know you had the best of intentions when you swore up and down that 2013 would be different-this year you would schedule barre class three times a week and eat meals that came from a kitchen instead of a takeout bag so you could look slammin' at the beach. Now, suddenly, it's shorts weather. Stay calm. Our cheater's guide will show you how to scrub, tan, and detox your way to a svelte, smooth body you can rock all summer long.
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Even the trimmest of figures can be plagued by these lines due to adolescent growth spurts, pregnancy, or any rapid weight gain or loss, explains NYC dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine. Microdermabrasion helps by removing the superficial layer of skin (making it appear more even-toned), but scheduling an appointment for the procedure weeks in advance is hardly conducive to a same-day beach BBQ emergency. Levine likes the at-home device Riiviva Microderm, $299; it comes with a medical-grade diamond tip designed for stretch marks
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Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
Best new wilderness escape: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
Why we love it: Think of Kenai Fjords as the best of Alaska compressed into 1,046 square miles (roughly a quarter of the size of L.A. County). Icy blue fjords? Check. Glaciers? Check. Whales, bears, sea otters? Check, check, and check.
Three years ago, Alaska Wildland Adventures added the only thing Kenai was missing: a nice place to stay. The lodge's woodsy main building and 16 boardwalk-linked cabins sit on the shore of Pedersen Lagoon, off Aialik Bay. Getting there requires a four-hour boat trip from Seward, which doubles as a whale-watching trip. Once there, options include guided hikes, canoeing, or simply relaxing on the porch, waiting for dinner-menu standouts that include olive oil-poached halibut and caribou medallions--and admiring how Alaska has made itself so comfortable for you.
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