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World Water Day

When is the last time you got thirsty on a hot day and got you a nice ice cold glass of water? How many half finished water bottles did you find in your car or in a your room the last time you cleaned it? We have the luxury of being able to use and waste something essential to us while billions don’t even have the slightest of that luxury. In 2010,  the UN recognized “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.” Water is a basic human essential yet many still go without. The 2019 World Water Day theme is “Leaving no one behind.” There are...

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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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World Sleep Day!!!

Do you know what today is? It’s World Sleep Day!!! If you’re anything like me sleep is not something you get a lot of so I think it’s an understatement to say that I’m excited about this particular day. World Sleep Day is annually celebrated and is used to bring attention to the importance of sleep and important issues related to sleep. Currently, there are 55 countries who are participating in World Sleep Day and over 282 official delegates have joined the campaign. The World Sleep Society hosts World Sleep Day and has done so since 2007. This year is the 12th annual World Sleep Day. Issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving are some of the important aspects that World...

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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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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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Celebrating International Women’s Day

For years, women have strived to fight for control over our bodies and rights. We’ve come a long way over the years when it comes to our social, cultural, economic, and political achievements, and that’s something definitely worth celebrating! International Women’s Day falls on March 8th every year and this year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter, with a focus to create more gender balance. One of the best ways to celebrate this year is by empowering yourself as well as the women around you. Here are a few ways you can add to the celebration! Lift Each Other Up Sometimes as women, we may feel like we’re in competition with other women around us. It’s almost as if we’ve been hardwired into believing that we have to meet a...

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3 Ways to Make Your Beauty Routine More Green

While living a healthy lifestyle is primarily determined by what we eat and how often we exercise, it’s also determined by how we treat our planet. From using a reusable water bottle to riding a bike to work, there are many ways that we can actively help make the Earth a healthier place. With Earth day coming up on April 22nd, people will be seeking out all kinds of ways to be extra kind to the planet. One way we can do this is through our beauty routines. While making a transition to a green beauty routine can take time, there are 3 easy ways that we can still look fabulous while also being more eco-friendly! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRFk7Qg_p-o Reduce the Use of Water While we all know how...

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Honoring International Women’s Day!

March is an important month for women. It serves as Women’s History Month, while March 8th is International Women’s Day. This day represents women everywhere and how they have meaningfully impacted the world in so many ways. The first celebration of this day was in 1909 and after that, the International Socialist Women's Conference suggested one be held annually. As this day becomes more prevalent in society, women-owned companies have slid to the forefront of the media. Did you know 58% more businesses are women-owned than in 2007? We are embracing female empowerment more than ever in 2019. Read along to hear more stories of amazing companies run by powerful women! True&Co. Michelle Lam is the CEO of True&Co.; an online women’s lingerie company who help women find...

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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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