Category Archives: Health

Special Ed Teacher Charged With Daughters’ Death May Still Get Her $1M Inheritance

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Accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by neglecting her basic needs, special education teacher Nicole Diggs may still inherit the girl’s nearly $1 million trust fund — even if she’s convicted.

Diggs and her husband pleaded not guilty to charges of negligent homicide and child endangerment in the 2012 death of Alayah Savarese, who was the beneficiary of a trust fund created from the settlement of a malpractice suit that stemmed from complications during her birth. Continue reading

Watch: Magazine Rejects ‘Sagging Skin’ Bikini Photo, But Woman Shows You Anyway

Brooke Birmingham before and after
Brooke Burmingham put THIS before and after weight loss photo on Facebook first…

 

Scroll down for the real “after” photo.

*There are a lot of angles served up to entice women to lose weight so that they can get that bikini-perfect body. Diet, exercise, liposuction and pills are constant driving forces behind today’s commercials and marketing promotions. But we rarely, if ever, see the un-airbrushed results of the effort – the sagging skin that can remain after the slim down. Many people find themselves just as embarrassed after the weight is gone. But Brooke Birmingham, an Illinois blogger who lost 170 pounds, wants to inspire those women. So she has humbled herself and is now being called an inspiration after posting her sagging skin bikini photo – which Shape magazine refused to publish, and the online support has been amazing. Continue reading

Jerry Brown Signs Bill That Makes It OK to Bring Pooch to Restaurants

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*I thought it was a bit peculiar when I visited a local bar in Northern California recently, and there, amongst the Saturday night regulars, sat “Fido” – just as comfortable as he pleased.

That’s because Gov. Jerry Brown made history recently when he signed Assembly Bill 1965, which says it’s OK to bring Fido into bars and restaurants.

Assembly Bill 1965 means you don’t have to leave Fido at home the next time you want to dine out or grab a drink at the local pub. The bill permits dogs to join owners at the outdoor sections of food establishments, provided the canine companions are under control and not barred by a city ordinance or a restaurant owner. Continue reading

‘Hopeful Signs’ to Ebola Outbreak by Two Survivors: But What Saved Them? (Video)

SIM missionary Nancy Writebol stands with her husband David, in an undisclosed location on Aug. 20. Writebol was released from Emory University Hospital Tuesday.
SIM missionary Nancy Writebol stands with her husband David, in an undisclosed location on Aug. 20. Writebol was released from Emory University Hospital Tuesday.

 

*Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, the two medical missionaries who became infected with the Ebola virus, have walked out of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta – infection free.

The two were the first human beings to receive ZMapp, an experimental drug developed following the infection of approximately 2,500 people in West Africa, and the deaths of more than or more than half that number. The two are not the first people to have recovered from Ebola, and while some are skeptical about whether it was indeed the drug that cured them, or if it was simply good hospital care. Continue reading

#BoycottingTarget Gets ‘Plus Size’ Attention on Social Media, Target Responds

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*Apparently speaking for a whole lot of women who love fashion, yet would prefer it be in sizes larger than Target is promoting in their newly released lookbook, Chastity Garner from Garner Style has vowed to take her business elsewhere and her #BoycottingTarget movement on social media shows she won’t be going it alone.

The retail giant recently collaborated with designer Joseph Altuzarra, on a new 50-piece collection of clothing that had Garner practically salivating, until she realized none of the sizes were over 16. Continue reading

Are Fewer Unmarried Women Having Babies? One Study Says So!

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…And  African American women may be leading the charge.

Let’s see, Beyonce married Jay-Z before having Blue Ivy. Alicia Keys married Swizz Beatz prior to having son, Eqypt, and newlywed, Kelly Rowland is now pregnant with her first child after marrying Tim Witherspoon.

Sold! There may be something to this study!

On Wednesday, Federal Health officials from the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that fewer unmarried American women are having babies; with the notable exception of those who are over 35. Continue reading

Hysteria Around Ebola Raises Important Question: Who Decides Who Will Live or Die?

Nathaniel Dennis in Liberia 2012. Courtesy of Natasha Dennis
Nathaniel Dennis in Liberia 2012. Courtesy of Natasha Dennis

*I am sure there are no easy answers to the question raised in the title of this article. The 800 lives already taken by the disease, not including the two health care professionals who lost their lives in the process of caring for the victims, continues to create hysteria in the wake of anyone showing any sign of symptoms. It is with cautious anticipation that we can see what appears to be some hope on the horizon, as two Americans with the infection was flown in from Liberia over the past week and is being treated with a “secret serum” that will hopefully help them successfully combat the deadly virus.

Such a serum did not even exist before so… Continue reading

Decades Long Study Claims Attractive People Are Healthier, Too!

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*If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, some people might take issue with this news; which claims to be the result of a decades-long study (published in the Journal of Evolution & Human Behavior) that says that the more attractive a person is, the healthier he or she usually is.

The study was done by the University of Cincinnati and it followed 15,000 men and women who live in the U. S. They started following these folks at age 10 and stayed with some of them until they reached 24 and others, 35. They tracked their physical and mental health, and say they found striking correlations between beauty and good health—with the most attractive participants being the least likely to suffer from a wide range of ailments such as asthma, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, ADHD and depression.

Well the depression part might be more understandable. Continue reading