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What is Brain Awareness Week

Do you know anything about brain health? Now is your time to learn! The Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the week geared towards a change in the advancement that we have on the brain. This year it was from March 11-17. It is an opportunity to educate more and more people about the progress that is continually being done in brain research as well as progress in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the brain, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, stroke, schizophrenia and depression. Brain Awareness Week unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide including the Society for Neuroscience and the Dana Alliance. PBS has a companion website for its program The Secret Life of the Brain. This program includes a 3-D brain anatomy animation...

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Top 3 VEGAN recipes that Omnivores will Love!

Hey sis! I hope all is going well on your journeys, and that day by day you are inching closer to your goals whatever they may be. Speaking of goals and journeys, I know a lot of us have the goals that we want to live healthier lives and to lose our maintain weight. Many people will tell you that a vegan lifestyle is the best way to lose weight and be healthier overall. I’m no doctor so I can't say for sure, but what I can say is that incorporating vegan meals into your lifestyle, will not only help you shed a few pounds, but can also help you save a few bucks on your grocery bill. I have tried on and off several...

The Life and Message of Lady Chablis | HIV Awareness | Activist Spotlight

Hey out there, I hope you all are doing well. Recently as I was looking up more information about HIV/AIDS infections and rates, I started to feel kind of sad. It is disheartening to think about things like death rates among those infected by HIV, and I feel like there is too much of a focus on that in the media outlets we find on and offline. So today I thought that it may be more fun and uplifting to celebrate the life of one of the most dynamic and groundbreaking women In the HIV community, Miss Lady Chablis. In 2016, one of the great fallen stars has returned to heaven. The Lady Chablis, was an African American, transgender, author, activist, actress and performer who...

What is MS and How Does it Affect Women?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is generally considered an autoimmune condition that affects the brain and spinal cord of the central nervous system. Both men and women are affected by MS, however, women are affected more often than men. The body’s immune cells attack the nervous system which can occur in the brain, spinal cord, or optic nerves. Muscle Symptoms muscle spasmsnumbnessbalance problemslack of coordinationdifficulty moving limbstrouble walkingweakness or tremor in one or both arms or legs Symptoms Specific to Women Women have increased MS symptoms during their periods possibly because of a drop in estrogen levels during that time.MS does not have an effect on fertility, which means that MS won’t keep you from getting pregnant or giving birth to a healthy child.For most women, MS symptoms stabilize or improve...

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The Effects of Smoking on Women’s Health

Smoking is an addictive habit that many people are still dealing with years after the increase in extensive research brought forth. We have some knowledge of the general effects of smoking, but like anything, women are affected differently. Cigarette smoke is comprised of a mix of over 7,000 chemicals, breathing these chemicals in can damage nearly any part of the body. Smoking cigarettes can cause issues with the reproductive parts and process. In the event that a woman is able to conceive a child but continues to smoke cigarettes while she is pregnant, she can experience pregnancy complications such as an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg fails to reach the womb, but instead begins to grow outside of the womb. This...

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HIV/AIDS activist Spotlight| Hydeia Broadbent

Hey sis! I’m hope that you are only accepting positive energies and good vibes into your life on this beautiful Monday. In celebration of international women’s month, I wanted to take the time to highlight an amazing activist, with an amazing story. That young woman is Hydeia Broadbent. Hydeia Broadbent is a young HIV/Aids Activist  who has set out to change the view of HIV/AIDS and the stigma attached to it over the years. Hydeia was born HIV and her infection did not progress to AIDS until around age 3, around the time she found out about it. In 1996 when she was only 11 she went on Oprah to talk about her life with aids, and begin her role as an activist. Even at...

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

It’s almost National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day! March 10 marks the day of every year that organizations, on a local, state, federal and national level, spread awareness on the impact that HIV and AIDS have on women and girls while also showing support for those at risk of and living with it. HIV is the virus that causes HIV infection. It stands for human immunodeficiency virus AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection. HIV is spread through contact with the blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, or breast milk of a person with HIV. HIV is spread predominantly by having anal or vaginal sex or sharing injection drug equipment, such as needles, with a person who has HIV. Even with...

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Sleep Apnea and the Menstrual Cycle

A few days ago we talked about sleep apnea and a general effect it has on women. Now I think it’s important to talk about sleep apnea and its effect on the menstrual cycle. As we said before sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted while they’re sleeping. So how does this affect our cycles? During part of the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle the upper airway mucosa, or airway lining, becomes engorged resulting in reduced airway diameters. This may result in an increased chance of scoring positive for obstructive sleep apnea. In another part of the menstrual cycle (luteal phase) sleep apnea can become less severe as progesterone levels are increased.  This creates stability in the airway...

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The Effects of Technology on Your Sleep!

One thing I absolutely love is a goodnight’s sleep. The best possible sleep I can get is in a cold room with a thick blanket, but sometimes that can get interrupted. I found out that the interruption is, in part, due to my technology. Disruptive Sounds When you’re awake and you get a notification you rush to answer it. While you’re asleep your body still has that same alert system on it. Even in your sleep, those sounds keep you from fully reaching your deep sleep and getting the best possible rest. Technology Addiction Constantly having your phone connected to you can make it seem almost impossible to put it down and leave it alone. With any addiction, short periods of time without the thing you crave attracts most...

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Nutrition and HIV/AIDS | Fighting Back

Hello my lovely BGH sisters! I hope that all is well in your lives, and you're pursuing your dreams even in the wake of failure. When I talk of pursuing your dreams I mean that to be anything you fancy, however I hope that we have one dream in common, which is to live healthy and full lives. When you have an HIV diagnosis (especially a recent one), that may seem only like a dream, but with the knowledge and medicinal advances we have today, you can live a fulfilling life with HIV/AIDS. While there are multiple things that you can do to increase your longevity living with the infection, like making sure you're taking your medication appropriately, exercising regularly, and giving up poor habits...