Category Archives: Health

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Offers A Year ‘Paid Leave’ for New Moms and Dads

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*Wow! Who said there are no rich people doing good deeds for regular folk? Yes, there could be more of ’em, but as Dr. Martin Luther King always said, “We ain’t gon’ worry about that now!”

Recent news from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are giving new moms and dads reason to jump for joy. An announcement on Friday by a spokesperson from the Foundation announced they would offer up to 52 weeks of paid parental leave to new parents during the first year of the child’s birth or adoption.

“Our new parental leave program will offer up to 52 weeks of paid time off for both mothers and fathers during the first year of a child’s birth or adoption,” said Steven Rice, the foundation’s chief human resources officer, in a statement shared by the Seattle Post Intelligencer. Continue reading

Butt-Injection Death of Bronx Non-profit Executive Ruled ‘A Homicide’

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Blanche Barnwell

*While it may still be somewhat shocking, the extent some women will go to just to have a larger derriere … women are continuing to lose their lives because of botched butt-injections by unprofessional, back-alley, self-proclaimed medics who promise the work for a lower cost.

One victim of such an injection is Blanche Barnwell, a 40-year-old executive of a non-profit organization, who was found dead at her Morrisania apartment on Aug. 4, according to a police report.

Now her death has been ruled a homicide, which police are still investigating.

“Her sister was hysterical in the hallway when she found out,” said a neighbor describing the scene when family and emergency workers were in the building together as the woman was discovered. Continue reading

Toddler Chokes to Death After Mother Dies While Feeding Him (Video)

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*No one could have seen this coming. It is beyond sad and devastating to a family. A woman friends have now identified as Erika Tomassian passed away suddenly while feeding her one-year-old boy.

But wait…

The child she was feeding also died. He choked on the food.

Police found them both in the woman’s Hollywood apartment; along with her dehydrated two-year-old son who had did his best to survive on his own, officials said. Continue reading

AARP: American Association of…’Real Possibilities’ ???


*In the middle of this hectic work week, crammed with deadlines and “emergency” phone calls from my kids (one of them needed money and the other one needed…money), I was jolted when I went through the day’s mail and found a solicitation from the former American Association of Retired People (AARP). It’s actually the third solicitation I’ve received in as many months. Clearly, I’ve shown up on somebody’s list of people who are actually in a position to think about retirement.

Well, I won’t lie:  I think about it.  The way I think about hitting the Powerball, headlining a worldwide concert tour, or marrying Diana Ross (I pray she’s a cougar — but no, I’m not the father).

I did get a needed chuckle out of the AARP package I received.  “Dear Michael, Enjoy your birthday” the letter began. I have nine months before my next birthday, but I’ll try to remember AARP’s good wishes. Or maybe in their efforts to reach black folks, they are operating under the “CP time” system and they’re just getting around to extending good wishes to me for last July’s event. Continue reading

Spider Bite on Plane Bursts Man’s Leg Wide Open (Graphic)


*Can you say DA-YUM!? Imagine sitting on a plane, finally going on that trip of a lifetime. Sippin’ on your favorite cocktail even though its only 11:30 in the morning, but who cares because you’re in vacay mode. 

Then POW!

What the heck was that? You look down just in time to see a spider (pictured above) getting the heck outta dodge.

This was the alleged experience of attorney Jonathon Hogg, who said he felt a “small, sharp pain” while he was in flight from Doha to South Africa on Qatar Airways .

Doctors told him that he could have lost his leg because of the flesh-eating brown recluse spider.

Now he is suing the airline.

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Baby Born Four Months Early, On Cruise Ship, Survives

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*A pregnant Utah woman got the surprise of a lifetime while she was on her seven-day Caribbean cruise: the baby she didn’t expect until December came on August 31. And the baby is doing just fine!

Emily Morgan’s doctor had given her permission to travel because she was having an uneventful pregnancy. She and her husband were taking the cruise to celebrate the birthday of their three year old daughter. But Morgan started to feel labor pains, which the couple initially thought was false labor.

But when they saw blood they knew medical attention was necessary and called onboard medical staff.

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship doctors had low expectations that Morgans son, Haiden, would live. They were  still 14-hours away from the nearest docking port, Puerto Rico, and told the mother to try her best to hold on, and not have the baby yet.

But that was easier said than done. “I knew the baby was coming,” Morgan said. Continue reading

Wanna Sleep Good Tonight…Then Drop These 5 Before-Bedtime-Habits


*And I wonder why I have so much trouble sleeping. Not that you care, but the picture above might give you a clue. If you’re anything like me, you go to bed when you can no longer keep your eyes open. Seriously, you can hardly finish watching the movie because you are practically nodding. I know I’ve missed significant parts of some movies or TV shows I’ve recorded because during the last 15 minutes I managed to fall asleep on and off during commercials. So what do you do? Repeat after me: I finally decide to “stop and save.” Cut off the TV. And go to bed. But two hours later, I’m wide awake. WTF?

Now you’re going to find out exactly why that is.

You’ve gotten into some pretty bad habits doing certain things too close to bedtime. And it is those things that is redirecting your brain from its time to go nite-nite to major activity mode.

Michael Grandner, PhD, a psychiatry instructor and member of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the University of Pennsylvania says, “When people suffer from insomnia or other sleep issues, it’s often because of something they’re doing, probably unintentionally, when they should be preparing for rest.”

So rest is something we have to PREPARE for?

Yes it is.

So if you want to get some decent shuteye at night, here is 5 MAJOR things you might want to avoid.

That last glass of wine for one.


“Alcohol tricks you into thinking you will sleep better, because it often makes you drowsy and makes it easier to fall asleep,” according to Dr. Rosenberg. “But as your body begins to metabolize the alcohol, REM sleep, the period where our sleep is most restorative, is reduced.” Impaired REM sleep often leads to waking up tired and unable to concentrate, he adds. And a University of Missouri study done in 2014 points out that alcohol is a diuretic and may make you have to go to the bathroom throughout the night. The good doctor advises: For most people, it’s okay to have a drink or two with dinner, —but skip the nightcap or the glass of wine on the couch right before bed.

The (Four?) Benefits Of Sleeping Naked


*Only about eight percent of Americans doze off naked, but according to the Huffington Post, many more of us should jump on that train. They say there are four major benefits to sleeping au natural.

I’ve always thought that writers at the Huffington Post must be smarter than I am — it IS the Huffington Post, after all! — but this article sealed it for me. Off the top of my head, and after thinking long and hard, I could only come up with one benefit to sleeping in the buff. So let’s go to school with the Huff Post and learn a little something. Continue reading