Phone study shows women are leaders in relationships

By Kayla Overbey

Friday, April 27, 2012

Top News

  • According to a recent study, relationship strength varies from couple to couple but women are usually the driving strength, says BBC News. This data was collected by examining phone and text records. Researchers say that our society may be swinging from a patriarchal system back to a matriarchal one.

Other News

  • While its true that junk food can be horrible for your health, some snack foods really aren’t that bad, says The Washington Post. For example, pork rinds, which are deep fried pig skins, have zero carbs and good levels of protein and unsaturated fat. Other foods include unsweetened butter and beef jerky, stereotypical “bad foods.” However, the rule still holds that everything is better in moderation.
  • According to www.stltoday.com, the Food and Drug Administration is revising their regulations for sunscreen. Sunscreen labels will now be clearer. For example, if a product passes both UVB and UVA regulations, it will be labeled “broad spectrum.” Also, products cannot be labeled “sweatproof” or “waterproof.” They will now only be allowed to use the labels “water resistant,” which would last for 40 minutes, and “extra water resisitant,” which would last for 80 minutes.
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Practices worry over Affordable Care Act court outcomes

By Kayla Overbey

Friday, April 20, 2012

  • As the date looms closer for the Supreme Court’s decision on whether to keep or discard Obama’s Affordable Care Act, medical practitioners are considering the possible outcomes. Bob Doherty of kevinmd.com reports that practices across the country are worrying over the countless programs created by the ACA that will be invalidated if the law is overturned by the Supreme Court. According to kevinmd.com, countless Americans will be worse off than they were before Obama was in office if the act is not sustained.
  • Harvard hosted their first “Sex Week at Harvard,” which helped to eliminate some misconceptions about sex and college students. The week addressed issues in an explicit way which was respectful, instead of embarrassing. According to the website  The Daily Beast, sex weeks are common among colleges and popular with students but some administration members feel that it is too blatant and unnecessary.

Drinking games increase chances of alcoholism

By Kayla Overbey

Friday, April 13, 2012

Top Story – Alcohol

Other News

  • BBC News reports that scientists have designed a new app that influences how you dream. The app senses when sleepers have begun dreaming and plays a certain type of music–birds singing, the ocean, etc.–to guide their dreams. The benefits? Good dreams can produce more thorough sleep and heighten productivity when you’re awake.

Clothing affects psychological self-perceptions

By Kayla Overbey

Friday, April 6, 2012

  • One of the many birth control mistakes a person can make is not understanding the hormonal effects of birth controls, says Health.com. Other mistakes include not understanding the vast majority of birth control methods, applying condoms incorrectly and using spermicides as the only birth control method.
  • When it comes to sexual health and the sport of cycling, most of the attention has been focused on men. It’s commonly known that spending a lot of time on a bicycle seat can increase chances for erectile dysfunction in men. However, a study conducted Yale researchers reveals that women can also suffer problems from cycling, says the New York Times. There are simple methods to decrease negative effects, such as raising bicycle handlebars or using “no-nose” saddles, to decrease perineum pressure.

Potential drug to kill cancer tumors discovered

By Kayla Overbey

Friday, March 30, 2012

  • Gizmodo reports that a newly discovered drug could potentially kill all forms of cancer. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science released an article stating that the drug manipulates the immune system to attack cancerous tumors regardless of “go-away” signals they emit. The drugs have moved from mouse trials to human trials.
  • A campaign called “D.C.’s Doin’ It!” has given away 500,000 female condoms to the nation’s capitol, according to The New York Times. The campaign has prevented 23 infections, at roughly $18,000 per infection. When compared to the lifetime cost of H.I.V. medical care of roughly $367,000, the efforts are worth it.
  • A study conducted by Boston University research assistants revealed that pharmacies’ age restrictions are inconsistent, which could result in teenage pregnancies. The research assistants surveyed over 950 pharmacies, finding that misinformation is a common problem. The FDA recommends removal of all age restrictions for women seeking Plan B medication from pharmacies, reports CNN.

Alternative exercise boosts workout effects

By Kayla Overbey

Friday, March 16, 2012

Top story

Click here to read my article on rock climbing as an alternative sport and watch the video.

Other health news

  • Despite research that states the newly-labeled carcinogen 4-methylimidazole is not harmful to humans, Coca-Cola and Pepsi are changing their formulas. BBC News says the famous soda is being altered to avoid a legally-required cancer warning label.
  • The New York Times reports that the United States Preventive Services Task Force has issued new guidelines for women’s health care. Pap smears are now required every three years instead of annually. Cervical cancer has drastically become less common, and the focus is now on breast cancer and other severe illnesses experienced by women.
  • CNN reporter Susan Hendricks says that weight loss comes not with a “quick resolution,” but many diligent steps. Recommended ways to help weight loss are keeping a food journal, counting calories and excluding empty calories, like sodas and alcohol, from the diet.

Exercise nightclub beats the workout blues

By Kayla Overbey

Friday, March 9, 2012

  • A nightclub for working out is gaining traction in New York City as the newest hot-spot, reported the New York Times. Instead of partying and regretting their evenings the next morning, New Yorkers are interacting with people and getting a good workout at the same time.
  • The friendly network that Twitter creates can bring a positive light to daily exercise. “I love checking my Twitter stream and reading the chatter about morning workouts, friendly fitness challenges, and weight loss successes,” said Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D., of KevinMD.com.
  • Popular women’s magazine Self is launching an online social community game that will hopefully encourage women to get active, the New York Times says. The game play, though sedentary, is meant to be physiologically motivating, said vice president and publisher Laura McEwen.