Monthly Archives: July 2016

Fashion show after cancer battle

An 8-year-old recently declared cancer-free will walk in an upcoming fashion show on Saturday to benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Mia Furrer, who underwent four months of aggressive treatment after being diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma, will take the stage dressed as a nurse, which is what she wants to be when she grows up, WSOC-TV reported.

“It’s my favorite career because I want to help other children who are just like me,” Furrer told the news station.

She’ll be one of eight children participating in the Charlotte Fashion Funds the Cure, which will also include models from Dillard’s. Mia’s mother, Marianna, said the show is important for daughter because she wants to instill pride in her.

“I just want her to be confident,” Marianna told WSOC-TV. “It’s OK to lose hair, lose weight. Not everyone is the ideal child, but I want her to know she can be herself.”

he amount of calories required for the involuntary processes in a body at rest is called the basal metabolic rate, and it accounts for around 70 percent of our daily caloric expenditures. The BMR varies for each person based on sex, age, genetics, and physical stature; people with more muscle or larger builds typically require a higher BMR to maintain a healthy weight. The remaining 30 percent of calories are burned through the thermic effect of food, which involves not only our obvious physical activities but also the process or digesting, absorbing, and transporting food through the body.

In order to boost our metabolism, we need “active foods” like fiber-rich whole grains, and lean proteins — things that will cause your body to expend more energy to process and store the calories through a process known as dietary-induced thermogenesis. Many dieters believe that dropping their caloric intake is the key to weight loss, but the body is highly adaptable; the body will actually slow down its metabolic rate to compensate for a decrease in calories. Therefore, in order to lose weight, you need to consume foods that require more energy to process.

Possibly exposed to Ebola from pigs

An employee in a high-level Canadian laboratory may have been accidentally exposed to the Ebola virus on Monday after working with pigs who were infected with the virus as part of an experiment, government officials said on Tuesday.

Men will now have the perfect response the next time someone tells them to watch their language around ladies. A new study finds women—British women, at least—are more likely to utter the F-bomb than men.

Surprised? Researchers aren’t. As part of a larger study of the English language to be completed in 2018, they surveyed 376 people and found women said “f—” 167 times out of every million words in the early 1990s, while men said the word 1,000 times per million words.

As of 2014, however, female use of the word had jumped more than 300% to 546 times per million words, while men cut their use nearly in half, to 540 times per million words, Refinery29 reports, per the Times, which labels women the “swearer sex.” Women are also more likely than men to say “sh–,” say researchers at Lancaster University and Cambridge University Press.

This was also the case in the 1990s, when women said the swear word four times as often as men. But today women say “sh–” 10 times as often as men.

“It looks like there were a set of men who said [the f-word] a lot in the nineties and they influenced the women to do it, and then it leveled,” says a researcher, who credits advances in equality with overturning the idea that “there are things which men and women should or should not say.” “Gentlemanly behavior and ladylike language is becoming something of the past.” Don’t swear? The Telegraph has seven reasons why you should start.

Followed by PTSD

Many women report feeling isolated and alone after experiencing a miscarriage, and now research out of Imperial College London finds that many who suffer one fulfill the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Reporting in the journal BMJ Open, the researchers noted their survey of 113 women who had experienced early pregnancy loss “surprised” them: The researchers found 38% of those women met the criteria for probably PTSD three months after their loss.

Those women who suffered a miscarriage versus an ectopic pregnancy, where the fetus develops outside the womb, were more likely to report PTSD symptoms at that point: 45% to 18%, respectively.

Distressing or frightening events can trigger PTSD, which can involve flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive thoughts and is often characterized by anger, depression, or insomnia. New York magazine notes that 40% of the women said the symptoms impacted their relationships, and 33% said it affected their work.

“At the moment there is no routine follow-up appointment for women who have suffered a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy,” notes lead author Dr. Jessica Farren. “We have checks in place for postnatal depression,” and the research suggests the same should be true for those who experience a pregnancy loss.

Friendships be saved once election ends

To re-friend or not to re-friend? That is the question.

Social media friend lists took a serious hit during this combative presidential election when users unfriended peers that had opposing political views. Now the question is, do you re-friend those people or stay disconnected?

Renowned friendship expert Dr. Irene Levine who’s been studying the intricacies of adult friendships over the last decade, said tumultuous election cycles can permanently change the dynamic between friends.

“It can do irreparable harm to relationships… I think some people learned their friend’s values and positions in a way that wasn’t apparent before so it can really affect the relationship going forward,” the Westchester-based psychologist said.

A Monmouth University Poll backs this up— in September researchers found more than 2-in-3 voters believe this year’s presidential race has brought out the worst in people and 7 percent of voters said they’ve actually lost friends as a result.

The Gazette of Colorado Springs reports that El Paso County Public Health officials say strawberries used in margaritas at the restaurants Rancho Alegre, Mi Mexico and Guadalajara may have been contaminated with the virus.

Health officials say anyone who ate or drank strawberries at the restaurants should receive hepatitis A vaccinations. El Paso County Public Health is offering free vaccinations to anyone who doesn’t have a primary care doctor.

Argue with your young teen

The most formidable adversary in an argument may be a young teen.

Between the ages of 10 and 13, conflicts with parents surge. Children this age become more independent and begin to forge their identities. At the same time, brain development makes them more impulsive, sensation-seeking and sensitive to peer pressure. The tumult can take parents by surprise, especially because the period right before adolescence is often relatively harmonious.

For parents, learning how to effectively argue with tweens and young teens is crucial. Navigating disagreements over screen time and sleepovers sets the stage for conflicts over bigger issues—like sex and alcohol—that come up later.

Therapists say argumentative young teens are healthy ones. They are learning how to handle disagreements and advocate for their own point of view, skills that are critical for successfully navigating adult relationships. Arguments also indicate that children are separating from their parents and asserting themselves.

Distressing or frightening events can trigger PTSD, which can involve flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive thoughts and is often characterized by anger, depression, or insomnia. New York magazine notes that 40% of the women said the symptoms impacted their relationships, and 33% said it affected their work.

“At the moment there is no routine follow-up appointment for women who have suffered a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy,” notes lead author Dr. Jessica Farren. “We have checks in place for postnatal depression,” and the research suggests the same should be true for those who experience a pregnancy loss.