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Are you lonesome tonight? : Why we turn to food for comfort

August 16 is known to many Elvis Presley fans as the anniversary of his untimely death at the age of 42 in 1977. It is also the perfect occasion, for many, to honor him by indulging in his favorite foods, including fried banana and peanut butter sandwiches (with or without bacon), fried biscuits, bacon-wrapped meatballs,…

How to exercise self-compassion and be kind to yourself

by Kristin Neff, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Texas at Austin Many of us will start out a New Year by making a list of resolutions – changes we want to make to be happier such as eating better, volunteering more often, being a more attentive spouse, and so on. But, as we know, we…

Harvard study strengthens link between breast cancer risk and light exposure at night

Richard G. “Bugs” Stevens, Professor, School of Medicine, University of Connecticut A study from Harvard has found greater risk of breast cancer in women who live in neighborhoods that have higher levels of outdoor light during the night. The findings are based on the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS), which has for decades been advancing our understanding of risks to women’s…

Medications pregnant women should take, avoid, and think about

Treasure McGuire, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy, The University of Queensland In a recent survey, one-third of Australian women who were pregnant or had a child 11 years or younger said they had taken either a prescription or over-the-counter medicine during pregnancy. Women take prescribed, over-the-counter, complementary and lifestyle medications for various reasons when planning or during…

Does sex count as exercise?

Kevin Netto, Associate Professor, Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University Sex isn’t only a pleasurable experience with some reports claiming the act also has health benefits that can be compared to those of exercise. In fact, the physiological response to sex is similar to that of exercise. Landmark studies in the 1960s showed people having sex…

Swedish nuclear physicist gets nod for world’s first app which replaces other birth control methods with mathematics

Swedish female nuclear physicist Elina Berglund has gotten the nod for her world’s first app which replaces birth control with mathematics. Berglund created an app which women can use to track their fertility by measuring the temperature under their tounges every morning. A specially designed algorithm then processes the data to determine if a woman…

Recurrent thrush: how some women live with constant genital itching

Cathy Watson, Honorary Researcher, General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre, University of Melbourne Imagine. You are on a two-week walking tour in Thailand and the unthinkable happens. An episode of vaginal thrush hits like a tsunami. Every step is agonising and it’s hard to resist the urge to scratch your genitals incessantly. To make…

No fat shaming, let’s talk obesity as a health issue

From the Editor’s desk|In these times when talking weight can easily be misconstrued as fat shaming, we need to find ways to talk weight without fat shaming others or making people who are battling obesity feel degraded. However, having an honest weight discussion is important because while people are free to make their own lifestyle…