Category Archives: Health

‘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

New Research: One in Five Married Couples Hide a ‘Secret’ That Could Be a Dealbreaker!

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*Whoa! According to one new study, 25-percent of married couples say that they hid (and are still hiding) something pretty major from their spouse. And 42-percent say they doubt they will get caught.

What is this costly secret that could potentially be a marriage deal-breaker? The study says it ranges anywhere from money troubles to infidelity to (gulp!) a pornography obsession.

And yes, these secrets have (and do!) cause the bearers many sleepless nights. Continue reading

Wow! New Research Shows Healthier Babies Born to Women Over 40

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*Who says the clock ticks louder for women considering pregnancy once their 30s are long gone?

They lied!

As women in the spotlight (and many who are not) continue to have babies well into their forties, new research showing the positive results of  their decision has been revealed.

Birkbeck University of London and University College London say that babies born to women over 40  stand a better chance at a healthier life overall; including less hospital visits by the age of three and they are less likely to injure themselves. Continue reading

Watch: Ebola Victim Who Sparked Fear of a Global Outbreak Was Headed Home to Minnesota

Decontee Sawyer with husband Patrick.
Decontee Sawyer with husband Patrick.

*Patrick Sawyer, 40, died of the horrific Ebola disease, in Lagos, Nigeria on Friday, before he could step foot on the plane that would have brought him home to his wife in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. The Sawyer’s are originally from Liberia, but have relatives in the States as well as in West Africa.

Patrick was planning to come to America in August to celebrate the birthdays of his two girls.

Decontee Sawyer, 34, said her husband had contracted the incurable virus from his sister in Liberia. The virus has killed more than 700 people across West Africa and one man, Kent Brantley, was actually treating Ebola patients when he discovered that he, too, had the symptoms. Continue reading