Category: Health

Link Round-up: Hobo Bags, a Front Porch Makeover, Toasted Coconut Onion Rings, and More

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has tie-dyed hobo bags, an inexpensive front porch makeover, toasted coconut onion rings, and more.

Aunt Peaches showed us how to give a front porch a makeover for under $10.

I Love to Create Blog showed us how to make artisan tie-dyed hobo bags.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make toasted coconut onion rings

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Kenarry shared a cute Tropical Turtle Beach snack idea that involves blue raspberry Jello cups.

One Good Thing by Jillee shared seven natural remedies for common back to school ailments.

Oh She Glows shared 21 portable allergy-friendly snack recipes.

She Wears Many Hats has a delicious sauce recipe to share, and it can be served with almost anything.

Photo credit: Aunt Peaches and Kenarry

PMS.com Makes That Time of the Month a Little Bit Easier

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re the forgetful type, PMS.com aims to make your life a little easier by offering a convenient way to get all of your menstrual supplies delivered straight to your door.

PMS.com founder Erin Kathleen Gargan says, “PMS.com started when our all-female marketing agency had our menstrual cycles synced. We were so busy that no one ever remembered to buy tampons! A client showed me the razor delivery Dollar Shave Club’s video and inspired this similar concept for women: convenient, awesome period prep without overpaying for big corporate name brands.”

For $15 per month, you’ll receive a box with 15 regular absorbency gliding tampons, 15 feminine wipes, and 16 PMS pain relief tablets. The products are made exclusively for PMS.com in the USA and have exceeded rigorous quality assurance standards.

In addition to being a convenient way to get your period essentials, a subscription to PMS.com helps you give back to the community. The company donates 10% of all proceeds to a carefully selected female-focused nonprofit organization every month.

Charities the group supports promote causes such as domestic violence prevention, breast cancer research, and education for young girls. If you have a favorite nonprofit you think the company should support, you can nominate the group on the PMS.com Facebook page.

You can sign up for this new service at PMS.com. You can choose a delivery date that works best with your monthly cycle and cancel at any time. All new subscribers receive their first month’s subscription free of charge.

What do you think of this idea? Would a subscription to PMS.com make your life a bit easier?

Photo credit: PMS.com

False Positive Mammogram Linked to Increase Risk for Breast Cancer

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 by No Comments

For decades we were told mammograms were useful for detecting breast cancer early. We started getting them at 40 and every year after that.

However, in recent times, the emphasis on the importance of getting mammograms has decreased with the advent of Obamacare. The recommendations for women without a family history of breast cancer are now every two years between the ages of 50 and 74, however, the American Cancer Society still recommends yearly mammograms starting at age 40.

The jury is still out on whether this is a political way to cut medical costs or if they really aren’t helpful for younger women.

One recent study does not recommend routine screening for women age 40 to 49, and even links false positive mammogram results with a heightened risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer later in life. While they didn’t come up with a reason for these results, they took a closer look to find out how much it increased the risk and whether or not the cancer was actually missed when they received a false positive.

A false positive is a result that suggests possible breast cancer, but additional tests or biopsies don’t find confirmation of the disease. What they found is that mistakes made by doctors only accounted for a small percentage of the increased risk, and the lead author of the study, My von Euler-Chelpin, an epidermiologist from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, admits she couldn’t explain the increase risk.

The study looked at over 58,000 Danish women who had a mammogram between 1991 and 2005. Of these 4,743 women had “suspicious” findings that were later deemed negative. By 2008, almost 300 of these women had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Researchers studied the original mammograms and found that of the 295 women diagnosed with cancer later on, only 72 cases were shown to be cancer the doctor had missed. Even when this group is taken into account, the research discovered women with false positive readings were 27% more likely to have cancer later than those women who had received a negative reading.

With all this said, the women in this study were from Denmark, and their screening process differs from the U.S. so these results may not translate to women living in the U.S. However, others suggest women who receive a false positive mammogram reading should be watched more closely.

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What Is Average Birth Weight these Days?

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 by No Comments

Three of my friends and I were sharing our birthing stories a couple of evenings ago after one of the women told of how their daughter was under 5 pounds when she came home. Yes, she was a preemie. Her now teenage daughter walked over to us to remind her mother that she’s not so little any more.

The conversation went on to tell birth weights of our various children, and all of us thought our eight-pound-something kids were plenty big. The daughter asked what average was and it raised the question in all our minds. We all thought the seven pound range was average territory, but with so many extremely big babies being born these days is there a new normal?

According to Kids Health, “Most full-term babies (born between 37 and 40 weeks) weigh somewhere between 5 pounds 8 ounces (2,500 grams) and 8 pounds, 13 ounces (4,000 grams).” So that means the average is about the same as what we thought weighing about 7.5 pounds.

So what’s making so many babies tip the scales at weights like 14, 15, and even 16 pounds? One of the things that plays a role is diet and weight before you get pregnant and while you’re pregnant. That means those of us who are overweight to start can expect to have a heavier baby. Does that mean the baby is born “overweight?”

At the other end of the spectrum, if we don’t take in enough nutrients, then our baby might be smaller. Other factors that can influence birth weight are lifestyle habits like drinking and smoking and health issued like diabetes.

Things we have no control over include genetics and our own birth weight and the sex of the baby (boys tend to weight more than girls). Firstborns usually weigh less than their siblings, too. All of this makes me wonder if the rise in obesity and overweight is being passed on to the next generation! All the more reason why we should try to get ourselves in shape before we get pregnant!

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Link Round-up: Healthy Snacks, Natural Sweeteners, and More

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has delicious, healthy snacks (and one not-so-healthy one), an easy way to open that annoying plastic packaging, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make protein granola bars.

Mind Body Green shared how to stay open-hearted in a world with so much suffering.

Muslin and Merlot shared an easy way to open plastic packaging.

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A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for a chocolate banana chia seed shake.

Suzy Sitcom taught us how to make quick and easy banana pudding cupcakes.

Pet Scribbles taught us how to make a weathered wood tissue box cover.

Natural Chow shared the ultimate guide to natural sweeteners.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Head Lice Happen

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 by No Comments

One of my favorite movies is I Don’t Know How She Does It with Sarah Jessica Parker playing a mom who battles with the perfectionist gene. I identify so closely with her that I could watch the movie every single day.

One of the best scenes in the movie is when she is on an important business trip and gets a call from the school that her child has lice.

We have only dealt with that once and it was a very long time ago. It still makes me feel crawly to think about it. We did get a letter home from the school last year letting us know that one of the students had been sent home with lice so I have been compulsively itching my head and checking the kids every ten minutes or so. No matter who you are, or how clean you are, head lice happen.

There are plenty of articles on how to deal with them. I don’t know about you but I am more interested in preventing them! Here are some things to talk to your child about that may keep those nasty critters away.

Obviously don’t share:

  • Brushes
  • Combs
  • Barrettes
  • Headbands
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Helmets
  • Ear buds and ear phones
  • Helmets
  • Ear muffs

It’s also good to teach your child to avoid head to head contact, as when they are looking at a book or computer website with a friend and their heads are in close proximity. Keeping your daughter’s long hair in a braid or pony tail may be helpful, too. Preventing lice is easier than getting rid of them, for sure!

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Mom Gets Kicked Out of Restaurant for Table Diaper Change

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 by No Comments

When my kids were in diapers, changing tables weren’t a prevalent convenience. That’s right they are a convenience, they are not required even today.

One mom recently was eating out and with her three kids when her four-month-old baby needed a diaper change. She went into the bathroom only to find there was no changing table. Now we’re talking about a stinky, dirty diaper. What would you do?

She returned to the table at Brothers Pizza Express in Spring, Texas, and instead of dragging her eight year old, four year old, and 4 month-old baby back to her mini van, she opted for changing the diaper at the table. In her view, going back out to the van was just too inconvenient.

However, messy diapers are rarely “convenient.” She placed her changing pad on the table and changed the baby right there with other diners watching and smelling the diaper change. Needless to say other patrons complained.

The restaurant brought the woman’s food to the table in to-go containers and asked her to leave. The request didn’t sit well with her, and now she has filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.

Changing a messy diaper on a table where her children would be eating was a poor choice. It’s not like breastfeeding in a restaurant. It is a sanitation issue as well as environmentally offensive.

The smelly whiff  of dirty diaper wafting in the air for other paying customers to bear while they tried to enjoy their meal bred unhappy diners. I mean, would you want to eat at the table where you just changed a dirty diaper or have that smell filling the restaurant while you’re eating? Yuck!

I do understand the hassle of taking all three kids back out to the van to change a diaper, but that’s how things go sometimes with motherhood. In this particular mom’s case, I would recommend that she check with restaurants ahead to see if they have a changing table, or she should be ready to take the changing pad out to the van in the future. I know it’s not convenient but it is the courteous thing to do.

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Grandma Duct Tapes Pacifier as a Joke But No One Is Laughing

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 by 1 Comment

One of my girlfriend’s once duct taped her mouth as a gag gift for her husband’s birthday. It was funny until she peeled the tape and skin from her lips. So when I saw the picture of a baby with a pacifier duct taped to her face, I thought, “Oh no! That tender skin!”

It turns out that an Ohio grandmother, Jackie Sheaks, was responsible for the pic and said she did it as a joke. The duct tape was applied to the pacifier and only on the baby long enough to take the snapshot.

When the grandmother posted the picture to Facebook, her intent was to share the photo of her granddaughter and a few laughs with friends, but instead she received tons of negative feedback.

“It started as just a joke; we put a little tape on the pacifier because we were being silly. We wanted to share it with friends because everybody that knows us, knows we play around like that.” Jackie Sheaks via 10tv

To her surprise, the sheriff and child services ended up making a visit because they were concerned for the baby’s welfare. What started out as a joke caused others to think the baby was in danger.

Sheaks also posted a picture of the baby in a roasting pan with some potatoes. They were just being silly looking for props that were different. But what she thought was playful turned out to be a nightmare with harassment starting almost as soon as the pictures were posted.

The baby’s grandfather, Tommy Sheaks says “It’s been a big toll on the family. We almost feel like we have to relocate.”

The baby’s mom has no problem with the pictures, but Jackie Sheaks has said she won’t be posting pictures of her granddaughter on social media ever again. The lesson she has learned is that what she and her family think is funny, isn’t viewed the same way by others.

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Vitamin K Shots for Newborns: Are They Safe?

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 by No Comments

There’s a trend with more parents choosing not to have their newborns receive the vitamin K injection. Some think this may be related to anti-vaccination movement, but vitamin K is not a vaccine.

The vitamin is administered at birth because babies are naturally deficient in the vitamin which helps blood to coagulate. The lack of vitamin K increases the risk of vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB), which causes internal bleeding which can lead to brain damage and death.

While this is a rare condition that affects 1 in 100,000 babies, last year doctors at Vanderbilt University in Nashville started diagnosing infants with VKDB and saw seven cases in 8 months. It seemed a mystery until they found that the cases were tied to parents who had refused the vitamin K shot when their babies were born.

The problem is that vitamin K shots have been so successful that most people haven’t heard about VKDB. Since the discovery in Nashville and the media coverage there, parents for the most part have gone back to getting the injections and no new cases have been reported since May.

Newborns who do not get a vitamin K shot are 81 times more likely to develop severe bleeding than those who get the shot. — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

While the risk remains low for those babies who don’t get the shot, it really is an unnecessary risk. VKDB can happen in otherwise healthy babies up to the age of 6 months. What happens is that babies deficient in vitamin K can’t form clots to stop bleeding. Bleeding can happen in the brain or other important organs and it can happen quickly.

Is the Vitamin K Shot Safe?

The question is: Is the vitamin K shot safe? According to the CDC “Vitamin K is the main ingredient in the shot. The other ingredients make the vitamin K safe to give as a shot. One ingredient keeps the vitamin K mixed in the liquid; another keeps the liquid from being too acidic. One of the ingredients is benzyl alcohol, a preservative. Benzyl alcohol is a common ingredient in many medications.”

I don’t know about you, but even though I knew vitamin K helped with clotting, I wasn’t aware of the bleeding risks. If you have questions about the vitamin K shot for your newborn, talk them over with your doctor.

Photo credits: Derek Clapham