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STUDY: Prescription Yeast Infection Medicine Linked to Miscarriage Risk

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A prescription drug for yeast infections may increase chances for miscarriages when used early in pregnancy, a large study in Denmark suggests.

The 17-year study involved oral versions of fluconazole, available in pills or liquid. It doesn’t provide any proof of harm, although the drug has been linked with other problems when used in high doses in pregnancy.

The researchers looked at more than 1 million pregnancies in Denmark, comparing outcomes among women who used oral fluconazole and those who didn’t.

Women who used the drug during the first six months of pregnancy were almost 50 percent more likely than nonusers to have a miscarriage. Women at increased risk included those on a low 150-milligram dose; those on higher doses faced greater miscarriage risks.

While fewer than 10 percent of women in each group had miscarriages — they totaled 710 — the researchers said doctors should use caution in prescribing the drug early in pregnancy.

The study, by researchers at State Serum Institute in Copenhagen, was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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SURVEY: These are the 10 Best & Worst US Cities to Ring in the New Year



Today, 70 percent of Americans will ring in the New Year in some way, including large, organized events and party-hopping.

Personal finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2015’s Best Worst Cities to Celebrate New Year’s Eve.

WalletHub analyzed 100 of the most populated cities based on 17 key metrics, including the legality of fireworks to the average price of a New Year’s Eve party ticket to the forecasted precipitation on New Year’s Eve.

Key Stats

  • The average price of a New Year’s Eve party ticket in Pittsburgh, Pa., is seven times higher than in Greensboro, N.C.
  • The price of a three-star hotel on New Year’s Eve is seven times higher in Honolulu than in Tucson, Ariz.
  • Orlando, Fla., has 6 times as many restaurants per capita as Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Miami has 45 times as many jewelry shops per capita as North Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Orlando, Fla., has 21 times as many nightlife options per capita as Hialeah, Fla.
  • The violent crime rate in Detroit is 40 times higher than in Irvine, Calif.

For the full report and to see where your city ranks, check out WalletHub here!

Pregnant CNN Anchor Who Passed Out Live On Air and Baby are Fine, She Updates

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After passing out on air LIVE this Monday, pregnant CNN anchor Poppy Harlow has updated everyone that she eventually went to the hospital and that she and baby are fine.

Harlow, was in the middle of presenting the news this past Monday morning when she passed out. The audience couldn’t see her because at the time, a graphic was being presented on the screen.

However, just before she blacked out, you could hear her sounding sort of short of breath and she looked a tiny bit lethargic. Also, CNN staff can be heard scrambling to her aid in the background while the graphic was on the screen.  When she returned on air, she told the audience she was okay.

Later, she also thanked concern viewers.

“Thank you all for your concern and messages! I am ok! Passed out briefly and am with the doctor now,” the journalist tweeted. “So thankful to our amazing CNN team.”

After a trip to the hospital, Harlow updated her followers on Twitter once again to clear up the status of her unborn child.

“Update from the hospital — our little girl due this spring is doing just fine.” she tweeted. “Was a scare but we are both ok. Thank you all so much!”

Phew! We are wishing her a safe remaining pregnancy, labor and delivery!

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This is a Latin America First: A Transgender Man is Pregnant with His Transgender Partner’s Baby

Well 2015 wouldn’t close without at least one more unique pregnancy story.

A transgender Ecuadoran Father-to-Be will be carrying the baby of his partner, a transgender Mother-to-Be.

That’s right. Fernando Machado was born a female with a birth name Maria. His partner Diana Rodgriguez was born a male with the birth name Luis.

The couple, believed to be the first of its kind in all of South America, announced on social media earlier this month that Machado was pregnant. Although both of them take hormones, neither has undergone gender-reassignment surgery so the child-to-be was conceived the old-fashioned way and it is not expected that there will be any medical complications.

Rodriguez is one of Ecuador’s most prominent LGBT activist and she said they decided to publicize the pregnancy to help change attitudes in the very devout Roman Catholic culture in that country, and Latin America, generally.

“We’re trying to break the myths about transsexuality,” Rodriguez told The Associated Press.

 

There hasn’t been a peep from church leaders thus far, which surprises Rodriguez.

“The church is always criticizing gays and homosexuals for adopting children, so it would be a contradiction to criticize us for giving birth naturally,” she told AP from her Guayaquil home.

There has been some advances in Trans rights in South America. For example, earlier this year, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos issued a decree which permitted individuals to change their gender on their national ID cards and so far, about 340 people in the massive nation have switched their gender.

Meanwhile, Argentina passed legislation that provides for free hormone treatment and gender reassignment surgery.

It’s a small step against the stats which show that 70% of the 664 transgender people murdered in the world were killed in Latin America, according to a study by the International AIDS Alliance.

 

h/t Japan Timnes

5 Things to Purchase with Your Christmas Gift Cards that will Help You Get Back in Shape

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The day after Christmas is also a busy shopping day as people return gifts that didn’t fit or they don’t like and others use the gift cards they got from family and friends.  This is also the time of the year that people pledge to change their lifestyles and become more healthy and to eat better and work out.

 

1. A Powerful Blender or Juicer: A major part of the high holiday season and winter is eating high calorie foods, drinks and desserts. It’s certainly a time to be packing on the pounds. Many people usually pledge to change their eating habits for the New Year.  Healthy shakes and juices are common ways people transition out of their bad heating. I cannot wait to purchase my first Vitamix  and I’ve heard great things about the Magic Bullet.

 

 

 
2. A Workout DVD – Because not everyone’s schedule can accommodate a gym, having a DVD at home that can be popped in and done in the comfort of the home is ideal. After having my first baby, I lost a ton of weight, about 1-2 pounds weekly from breastfeeding and

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3. WorkOut Clothes – If you have brand new fancy work out clothes in your drawers or hanging in your closet, you may feel obligated to wear it to a gym, maybe. I love how good quality pieces feel on my skin and when I can, try to go with a powerful label that is native to Maryland where I live, Under Armour. But if you cannot get a LuLu Lemon level of price point, there are many other options sold online and in specialty stores at the mall.

 

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4. A steps counter – Because some people walk a lot to and from or as a part of their job, it’s great that steps counters like the Fitbit Flex are now trending and being used by more people. If you can see how taking the steps or getting out one stop before the closest one to your job can encourage you to rack up more steps, and burn more calories you will. That’s part of the appeal to steps counters. They are on sale these days and can be found as low as $35.

 

5. A food scale – If you will be starting one of those programs that require you to watch your portions and weigh your food so you have precise amount of protein, you should invest in a food scale. They are modestly price and are sold at big box stores like Target and Walmart or specialty stores like Williams-Sonoma and the like. Consider the Ozeri Digital food Scale which runs about $15 and can be ordered from our affiliates Amazon.com
Good luck and be healthy!

Facebook Yanked This Family’s Christmas Card photo for Promoting Violence

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Facebook users successfully got Louisiana mom Jameslanie Johnson‘s Family Christmas Card photo image yanked off the social media page of the photographer that took the photo, Hanna Hawkes.

Hawkes posted the photo along with other family holiday card sessions she had taken for the Holiday season, but in no time flat, people filed numerous complaints about the photo, Daily Dot reported.

They called it misogynistic, said it promoted the out-of-date thinking that “women should be seen not heard” and was sexist considering the father and the son didn’t have their mouths bound by tape and their hands weren’t wrapped in Christmas lights.

Others said the image promoted violence against women.

Here is what the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Ruth M. Glenn said in a statement about the pic:

Unfortunately, we live in a culture that still perpetrates violence against women as evidenced by this photo. What is equally as disturbing as the duct taping of the woman and girls’ mouths and the binding of their hands is the image of the young boy behind them giving a ‘thumbs up’. It is obvious, he is already influenced. Though we are glad the photo has been removed, that people responded so strongly against it, and the photographer asserted that the photo was taken in jest, it is no laughing matter. Violence against women is commonplace and perpetuated by apathy and ignorance, as exemplified by this photo. Once again, it gives us a glimpse into the ongoing struggle to change how our culture views and treats women and girls.

The photographer got so many violent remarks addressed to her, she said, that she finally addressed the photo after being quiet about it for a little while. A December 14 post on the Hanna Hawkes Photography Facebook Page read:

After being silent, now isn’t that ironic, I would like to speak! I have been called every name in the book, and have received some very hateful and vulgar comments and messages. I would like to say that as a female I do NOT and have never promoted violence to women! I do not support abuse, or the degradation of women. My controversial photo was taken by request by the family, and was in no way meant to promote abuse. This photo was taken with humor in mind, and was meant as a comical Christmas photo. I personally know this family, and have known them for many years. They are not abusive to their children in any shape or form. Also, I would like to add that no one was harmed during the process! So everyone have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and MAY GOD BLESS you and yours!

Not sure if anyone has interviewed the Johnson family about their photo but Jameslanie proudly uses it as her personal profile photo so there you go.

 

h/t The Daily Dot 

 

These are the Largest and Most Outrageous Gingerbread Houses You’ll Ever See

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When you think of Christmas, you also think of yummy Gingerbread houses! The Daily Meal put together a slideshow of 12 of the most outrageous and amazing gingerbread homes.
Included in it is this nearly 2-ton life-size gingerbread house (above) at The Fairmont San Francisco which took the culinary team 1,100 hours to scale, mix, bake, construct, and decorate. Its 7,500 gingerbread bricks are melded together with 1,600 pounds of royal icing and decorated with 724 pounds of candy.
Here are some from that list and a few others ginormous world-record setting houses:
Through this January 11, visitors to the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York, can take a peek at chef Jon Lovitch‘s world largest gingerbread village which is made up of 500 pounds of gingerbread, 1,000 pounds of icing.  It took him an entire year to assemble. Get a sneak peek at the video from the presentation below:

In 2013, the Guinness Book of World Records declared this 2, 520 square foot, 21-foot high Bryan, Texas gingerbread home the largest gingerbread home.  It is nearly the size of a tennis court. The deelish building is about  35.8 million calories! Well what would you expect when the recipe requires 1,800 pounds of butter, 2,925 pounds of brown sugar, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds all-purpose flour, 1,080 ounces ground ginger and a few other ingredients, bake and form into panels for mounting?

In the summer, the local bees come around and leave drunk and high off of sugar! Luckily, no visitors have been stung!

That house took the title away from the massive 36,600 cubic foot gingerbread house that was on display at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota in 2012.
 Each year, the White House pastry team prepares a 300-pound gingerbread replica of the White House that is displayed prominently in the home for Holiday tour visitors. Last year’s rested on a lawn of Springerle cookies. Neat features include a working North Lawn fountain, first family dogs Bo and Sunny sitting on the front steps, and lighting from within that gives the house a magical glow
Finally, you can’t eat any part of this 20,000 square feet 6-bedroom, $10 million dollar Brooklyn, New York home.  It is just called the “Gingerbread House” because of the way it looks like a real edible one. The home, built in 1917, just went on the market this year after having just  four previous owners.  The 3 and a half bathroom home rents for $ 26,000 per month, otherwise and is known for surprise architectural detailing inside.

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Army Finally Adopts Strong Breastmilk Pumping Policies for Soldiers, Becomes Last Military Branch to Do So

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Good news for Army mothers!

That branch of the US Military became the last to finally institute a comprehensive policy for breastfeeding soldiers.

This past September, the Army made its first attempt at a policy which essentially would have given commanders the option of allowing breastmilk pumping to occur in a restroom.  The policy, many thought, was so simple and open-ended that it was very open for interpretation as to what was considered adequate pumping time.  It required the minimum: a  private space with a lock, outlet and access to water.

That policy was met with tremendous criticism. U.S. House of Representative member Niki Tsongas, a Massachusetts Democrat, was in the middle of sponsoring a bill requiring the Army adjust its policies when Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno offered to review the September guidance and come up with better policies.

It was around the time that the above photo of 10 breastfeeding soldiers at Fort Bliss in Texas went viral. Social media strikes again. (smile)

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Army soldier is a mother of 2 and was pregnant at the time she was nursing her daughter. Jada Beall Photography

On November 10, 2015, after much prodding, social media and political pressure, the Army released an update for their new policy regarding breastfeeding soldiers.

The new policy  now states that soldiers must have access to a private space, that is not a bathroom, with a lock, and must include a seat, a flat surface other than the floor, and a safe water source within a reasonable distance.

Commanders now must  ensure soldiers have adequate time to express milk. New mothers commonly express milk every two to three hours for 15 to 30 minutes.

The policy went into immediate effect and applies to active duty, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers.

The previous policy as one page long but the current one is more expansive requiring among many other things:

“The non-restroom lactation area must include a flat space where the soldier can rest her breast pump, as well as “access to a safe water source within reasonable distance from the lactation space,” according to the memo. Initial guidance required only that the room have a lock and an electrical outlet, requirements that remain in place”

Good stuff!

h/t ArmyTimes.com

photos: courtesy Tara Ruby, Jada Beall Photography on Facebook

The Research that Shows How Low-Income Kids Fare Better than Richer Ones

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The New York Times took a stab at analyzing the new PEW Research Center report about parenting in America which highlighted the growing opportunity and parenting gap when it comes to access to activities and how that impacts children’s likelihood for success.

Its piece titled “Class Differences in Child Rearing are On the Rise ”  includes an interview with author and University of Pennsylvania sociologist Annette Lareau whose note-worthy research points out the not-so-good things about over-scheduled children from middle class and affluent homes with highly-educated parents.

“Higher-income children are more likely to declare boredom and expect their parents to solve their problems,” Lareau said, adding during a segment on Michael Smerconish‘s radio show on SiriusXM this morning that these children are entitled, demanding, whine a lot and essentially experience what Lareau called “learned helplessness.”

Working-class children are happier, more independent, whine less and are closer with family member, said Lareau, whose groundbreaking research on the topic was published in her book “Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race and Family Life.”

It reminded me what a monk at my children’s old Catholic school once shared with our parent teachers association meeting about the differences he experienced when working with richer children versus ones from working-class homes.

At recess, he said, the kids from low-income homes would run off and grab balls, play hopscotch, engage in a game of tag and independently divide up into groups to play. They’d only return at the end of recess.

He said in schools where the children were often over scheduled and regularly attend organized planned play dates, when they were told to go play, many stood around waiting for instructions on how the play time will be organized. They were used to being closely monitored and supervised.

My husband and I certainly can relate. Lareau describes our kids behaviors and attitude, at times, to a tee.

We often have to force our children to go outside the house and play,  to go meet up with neighborhood friends to shoot some hoops at the local playground or to ride their bike and explore outdoors.

I remember growing up in a low-income neighborhood in Washington, DC  hanging with friends and playing outdoors until the street lights came on, which was the universal sign that it was time to come in.

So  it is true, “middle-class and higher-income parents see their children as projects in need of careful cultivation…and teach children to question authority figures and navigate elite institutions” which gives their children “the skills to navigate bureaucracies and succeed in schools and workplaces.”

However, there is something to be said about having street smarts, common sense and know-how of being resourceful, working with what you have and developing a sense of independence early in life.

In manufactured towns and communities where homes sit on 1/4 to 2 acre lots, neighbors are far from each other.  Consequently, their children can’t easily just run over to their friends’ home down the street, or interact with other kids from across the river and thereby, pick up some much needed grit, which is beneficial as well for developing coping skills.

Integration is beneficial to children from both ends of the socioeconomic spectrum, it turns out.

“People used to live near people of different income levels; neighborhoods are now more segregated by income,” writer Claire Caine Miller wrote in her NYT article.

“Children were not always raised so differently,” noted Sean F. Reardon, a professor in of poverty and equality in education, also in that NYT piece.

Reardon’s research also indicates that the achievement gap between children from high- and low-income families is 30 percent to 40 percent larger among children born in 2001 than those born 25 years earlier.

That is a shame. It’s true all walks of life need each other more, now more than ever.

What are your thoughts?