Category Archives: Health

Six Reasons To Spend More Time Naked…As If I Needed Six

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*The Huffington Post recently ran a story outlining the six reasons to spend more time naked.  “No matter your age, marital status, or gender,” they wrote, “it’s still a good idea to spend more time naked.”

Amen to that, I said, and plowed into that article.

However, although they wrote that gender wasn’t an issue, it became clear really quickly that the article was very heavily focused on women, and I felt very strongly that we can’t leave the guys out of this!  So, in the spirit of community service, I’ll give you their reasons for being naked more, and give you the male “take” — or at least the straight / bi male take — on each reason. Continue reading

Domestic Abuse Survivor Marries First Responder Who Saved Her Life

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*I grew up in a family that was scarred by domestic abuse, so this story hit home.  It also literally renewed my spirit and faith.  Read it, and you’ll feel it, too.

Melisa Dohme was stabbed 32 times in the face, neck, and arms by her ex-boyfriend back in 2012.  When emergency worker Cameron Hill came to her aid, she was so covered in blood that he couldn’t discern her facial features or the color of her hair.

Hill jumped into action, carrying her from an ambulance to a helicopter for the first of a series of life-saving surgeries and procedures.  She survived, and ultimately made a full recovery.

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Hill reconnected with Dohme 10 months later at a luncheon in her honor.

“I didn’t even want to open my heart up to anything,” Dohme said. “I was afraid, but then I met Cameron.”

The connection was mutual, and after four years of dating, the couple got married a few weeks ago.  Continue reading

Study: Chinese Seniors Living Longer, But Are Not Faring Better Physically or Mentally

All across the world, most people want to live until a ripe old age. But even though the number of seniors living beyond age 80 is increasing throughout China, a recent study shows that living longer may not be an indication of overall good health. In fact, the study found that these seniors have reduced physical and cognitive function as compared to data from same-aged seniors from a decade ago.

Recently published in The Lancet the study compared data from 19,528 Chinese seniors aged 80 to 105. Using Chinese Longitudinal Health Longevity Studies from 1998 and 2008, with seniors separated by their age groups, researchers analyzed the data and estimated mortality rates.

To do this, they looked at the seniors’ cognitive function, self-reported activity challenges, and physical abilities. Three tests were given to determine physical ability, which included whether subjects could stand up from a chair, pick up a book on the ground, and turn around 360 degrees. Since nearly 10% of seniors rely on more than one mobility device, and many use aids like three-position lift chairs — which can help users sit, recline, and stand — these tests are important for determining levels of function.

The data showed that mortality rates lower for the seniors in the 2008 survey, which included seniors born a decade after those in the 1998 survey, were lower. This means that a greater portion of seniors in this survey group were living longer than those who came before them. In those aged 80 to 89, mortality rates decreased from 10.3% to 9.6%; among individuals aged 90 to 99, mortality went down from 24.1% to 23.4%; and in the over-100 group, rates of mortality reduced from 40.7% to 38%.

But even though technological and medical advancements are allowing seniors to live longer lives, it may not be all good news.

That’s because the seniors included in the 2008 survey, though more likely to live longer lives, actually had poorer cognitive and physical function than seniors in the 1998 group of the same age. These findings were found to be consistent among all age groups included in the study.

Curiously, those seniors in the 2008 group actually reported fewer daily activity problems than those in the 1998 group — but this doesn’t mean that they actually experienced fewer problems.

This illustrates the two main theories of aging, according to the study’s researchers. The “benefits of success” theory stresses that better medications, healthier lifestyles, and improved standards of living have allowed people to live longer lives with reduced risk of disability. But the “costs of success” theory says our advancements may help frailer people live longer, despite life-threatening conditions, but will leave them with long-lasting health problems in the end. So while seniors are technically living longer lives, their overall level of function is impeded.

Study lead author Professor Yi Zeng noted:

“The findings of our study provide a clear warning message to societies with aging populations — although lifespans are increasing, other elements of health are both improving and deteriorating leading to a variety of health and social needs in the oldest-old population. This combination poses an enormous challenge for health systems, social care and families around the world. In order to live well for longer, it is important to develop more services to meet the various needs of growing elderly populations. For those with disabilities, this may include long-term and acute daily care as well as mobility aids. While for those living well, working opportunities, social and leisure activities, continued learning and psychological counseling could support them to continue living well for longer.”

Sleep Apnea in Children Causes Severe Brain Developmental Delays

Female Anatomy Brain Full The birth- to- three period is the fastest rate of brain development across the entire human lifespan. However, a recent study has shown that a child’s brain development can be severely crippled if they suffer from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is when a person’s throat muscles are relaxed, their airways are constricted, and they stop breathing during the night. When the brain recognizes that the body isn’t breathing, it wakes the body up with a start and the blockage is temporarily fixed. Depending on the severity of the condition, this can happen anywhere between five and 60 times each hour when sleeping. Continue reading

This Teen Hasn’t Cut Her Nails In…Yikes…Three Years!

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*For the record, I am typing this with nicely manicured nails. They actually hurt if I allow them to grow too long, so I keep them short…not nub short, but attractive, polished short. But enough about me. My hands are nowhere near as interesting as those belonging to a teen named Simone Taylor — whose six-inch, curved finger nails have been growing since 2014.

The 16-year-old even has photos to prove it.

Taylor has since had to relearn several things, including typing.

“I have exams at the moment, and it’s hard to write,” Taylor said in an interview. “After one hour of writing, my hands really hurt. On the computer, I have to type using my knuckles.”

Ouch. Continue reading

Abortions Linked to Breast Cancer in African American Women New Study Claims

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*#ihatecancer…and I know you do too! I seriously doubt if there is a person among us who isn’t, hasn’t or won’t know someone, lose someone or be someone affected by this terrible, terrible dis-ease. But the more we know about it, the better we can fight it, right?   According to new statistics, a study now determines that Breast cancer in Black women may stem from an escalated number of abortions. Two decades ago these women were behind Caucasian women in their likelihood of being diagnosed with the disease, today the numbers are reversed, with Black women leading at a percentage of 70%.

Last year, a study by Public Health England and Cancer Research UK also revealed that Black Women were more likely to develop cancer in its late stages positing that study findings showed 22 percent of black Caribbean females and 25 percent of black African women had 3rd and 4th stage breast cancer. This is comparison to 13-percent of British white women. Continue reading

Who In The Heck Put Poop In These Coke Cans?

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*In what has to be the grossest thing EVER, a discovery was made on a shipment of coca-cola at the Knockmore Hill facility in Lisburn, Ireland that has investigating police stumped. The cans-only shipment originated from a never-before-used supplier in Germany, with the expectation that the normally empty cans would soon be filled with pop.

…only thing is, the cans were NOT empty…they had human waste inside. 

I know. I know. WTF?

Like I said, police are stumped! 

How was it discovered you may ask…By the night shift! Workers peeked inside the cans after the machine they were using became clogged. Needless to say, they were shocked at what had caused the congestion. Continue reading

Fake Doctor ‘Enhanced’ Women’s Buttocks With Cement, Now Headed to Jail (Watch)

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Sit down. No really…sit.

You’re going to need to be seated as you read this story. That’s how far out it is. A fake doctor in Florida was finally found out and jailed after a female patient put her on blast for cosmetic surgery gone horribly wrong.  

Where oh where do I begin?

Her patients called her “Duchess,” but her real name was Oneal Ron Morris. Turns out Morris had operated on dozens of women for years; providing them with the big butts they so desired.

But here’s the thing.

Morris has been accused of injecting the women with a near-lethal formula of cement, mineral oil, bathroom caulking and Fix-a-Flat tire sealant — a concoction that was not only “near lethal” (lethal for several of them, including the mother-of-three who blew the whistle on her), but caused them to have gargantuan, hard booty’s.

Morris, a trans…something, even did the procedure on herself.

Look.

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Shatarka Nuby, the woman who encouraged the investigation that led to Morris’ sentence of 10 years in jail, passed away four months after contacting the state’s health department because she felt sick. According to the medical examiner, the cause of her death was determined as respiratory failure from “massive systemic silicone migration” from injections to Nuby’s buttocks and hips.

“My daughter died the most inhuman death,” Nuby’s mother, Sherri Pitts, said at the hearing. “Eighteen months she suffered not knowing the full of what [was] put in her body.”

According to reports in The Washington Post, an arrest affidavit claims Morris injected Nuby approximately 10 times between 2007 and 2011. The first procedure, which was witnessed by a friend, cost $2,000 according to what documents show. Nuby’s young daughter witnessed another injection, according to the affidavit, when she peeked behind the bathroom door. The daughter said that Morris had a black suitcase with a needle and plastic wrap. She told investigators that Morris wrapped Nuby’s buttocks with the plastic wrap and poked her “in the butt with a needle.”

Because this wasn’t Morris’ first go round, other family members said she would wear scrubs and a stethoscope while performing the procedures.

There is much more to read about this horrific tale. In the meantime, watch Morris all dolled up in the video below. SMDH.