by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.com
Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie has always been a trendsetter, and now she is using her powers of persuasion to bring awareness to a very sensitive topic with her announcement in yesterday's New York Times that she had a prophylactic (preventative) mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery after finding out that she has the BRCA1 gene.
The decision was a powerful one on a personal level for Jolie, who had watched her mother fight and then eventually succumb to ovarian cancer. But people everywhere are applauding her for making her choice public as well.
"What Angelina has done is hugely powerful and courageous," says Niki Barr, Ph.D., founder of a psychotherapy practice dedicated to working with cancer patients and author of Emotional Wellness: The Other Half of Treating Cancer. "It encourages women to explore their options and makes this option much more viable."
The BRCA gene increases the risk of breast cancer from the normal lifetime average for most women
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, May 15, 2013 10:49 AM EDT
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, May 15, 2013 10:39 AM EDT
Kids exerciseI about choked on my potatoes when I read that the average gym time for kids is 60 minutes a week. Not a day, a week. (And yes, dietitians eat potatoes- roasted, not fried.)Read More »from Cutting Gym Class: A Weekly Hour of Phys Ed Isn't Enough
I could rant about that little tidbit for hours, but instead I'll focus on just one little part: that increasing kids' PE time can increase their strength without upping the likelihood of broken bones. That's extra time in gym class, not hours spent at the gym, soccer practice, or running sprints on the track. Just normal kid stuff. A study in Sweden just looked at what happens if kids' PE time was raised to 200 minutes per week instead of 60 minutes. That may sound like a big jump, but that's only 40 minutes per school day, and 60 minutes to start with is just pathetic. The recommended minimum daily activity for school-aged kids exercising is 60 minutes.
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The outcome of the study? Over two years, kids improved their muscle strength. In addition, much to
You don't have to schlep to the gym to boost your health, or give your metabolism a kick. Instead, incorporate these easy, fun strategies into your day. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from 25 Ways to Burn 100 Calories Just like That
1. Pop gum in your mouth
Even if you've told your kids to stop chomping on their gum, you'd be smart to keep chewing the stuff. Besides freshening breath, and sending a signal to yourself that you're finished eating, gum-chewing has a 150-pound woman blowing off 11 calories every 12 minutes.
2. Fix up your car
You could pay for a pricey mechanic, or you could take 30 minutes to open up your hood, and see for yourself why your sedan is making that weird chugging noise. A 150-pound woman who gets down and dirty for half an hour burns 102 calories, and saves a pretty penny.
3. Go biking
The sun's out, and spring's finally here with summer not far behind. Next weekend, go for family bike-ride around the neighborhood. Even pedaling at a moderate pace for a mere 15 minutes will help a 150-pound woman leave 102
Eating a Mediterranean diet may lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and death from heart disease by up to 30 percent, according to a new, highly publicized study out of Spain, published in April 2013 in The New England Journal of Medicine.
When older adult participants (aged 55 to 80 years) were divided into one of three groups (Mediterranean diet with extra-virgin olive oil, Mediterranean diet with nuts or a control diet), those who followed either of the Mediterranean diets reaped the heart-protective benefits.
You can start eating the Mediterranean diet today--and help your heart health--by adding these key foods (which were staples in the diet of the study participants following the Mediterranean diet) to your meals.
1. Olive oil. The study participants' main culinary fat was olive oil--they ate 4 or more dailyRead More »from 9 Staple Foods of the Mediterranean Diet
A preventative double mastectomy could be what keeps her healthy and cancer-free.
Angelina Jolie revealed today that she had a preventive double mastectomy after discovering she carried a "faulty" gene that made her highly susceptible to breast cancer. Now, she's encouraging other women to seek out information and consider testing for the same genes-namely, mutations on genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2, which have been linked to the development of breast cancer. But how necessary-not to mention affordable-is this?
The 37-year-old Oscar-winning actress wrote an op-ed in today's New York Times announcing her decision to undergo a double mastectomy after losing her mom to ovarian cancer and finding out that Jolie herself had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer due to a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which predisposes her to both diseases.
There's no denying that the numbers surrounding breast cancer are scary: More than 230,000 women are diagnosed in the U.S. alone each year and nearlyRead More »from Should You Be Tested for the Breast Cancer Gene?
Rock your sleeveless shirts this year with toned arms in one monthIt's still a little chilly in New York, but sleeveless-shirts weather will be here before you can say "bicep curl." If the thought of bare arms in the office and strappy sundresses on the weekends makes you want to hide under long sleeves, you're not alone.
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Upper arm lifts, which can include liposuction or brachioplasty (where loose skin is removed from the back of the arms), are on the rise, reports the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It recently released its 2012 statistics, and arm lifts were up 3% in just one year - and more than 4,000% since 2000. Not surprising, when you consider the toned arms on red carpets and in the White House. (In fact, when asked whose arms they'd most like to have, 31% of women said Michelle Obama and 29% said Jennifer Aniston.) But for many people, a combination of diet and strength training to lose fat and tone up can get their arms in shape.
Don't know where to start? Make simple swaps toRead More »from How to Get Toned Arms in Just a Month
- 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?
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
- 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
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