health

Makeup Tutorials By Cancer Patient Talia Joy Castellano, 12, Are Both Heartbreaking And Inspiring

Rachel Krause | August 8, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Talia Joy Castellano has makeup chops far beyond her years. The 12-year-old has over 100,000 YouTube subscribers for a reason: she’s exceptionally good at doing her face, and her clever, vivacious onscreen personality makes her step-by-step tutorials a pleasure to watch. If not for her baldness, one would never guess that Talia carries an immense… More »


About Venik, That Amazing S&M-Like Spa Treatment I Got

Ami Angelowicz | August 7, 2012 - 10:00 am

When my friend told me that she was having her birthday party at a Russian bath house, I was expecting to do some shvitzing, swimming, and relaxing. I didn’t expect to be beaten with burning hot leaves and then dunked into a pool of freezing water by an old, fat Russian man wearing a funny… More »


Your Vagina And Your Bicycle: What You Need To Know

Ami Angelowicz | August 4, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Eek! Bicycle riding ladies, the Journal of Sexual Medicine has published a study about the bad things a bicycle can do to a vagina. According to researchers at Yale, competitive female cyclists who had their handle bars lower than their bike seat experienced “significantly higher vibratory thresholds in the anterior vagina, compared with riders whose… More »


To Fight Bone Loss, Drink Wine!

Newser | August 3, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Move over, milk, there’s a more fun drink that helps keep women’s bones healthy as they get older: wine. Drinking the equivalent of two small glasses of wine each day helps post-menopausal women retain old bone, making their bones stronger overall and helping to fend off osteoporosis, according to a new study. Read more…More »


Let’s Go Ahead And Add This To Our Lengthy List Of Things To Have Anxiety About

Rachel Krause | August 3, 2012 - 11:20 am

Great news, my fellow hand-wringing, self-flagellating, twitchy-eyed neurotics: our anxiety about life, death, and everything in between is actually going to help kill us! Oh, the irony. Even negligible levels of psychological distress, significantly lower than amounts that would encourage a formal diagnosis of anxiety or depression, have now been officially linked to an early… More »


Court Block’s Arizona’s Ban On Abortions After 20 Weeks

Jessica Wakeman | August 2, 2012 - 5:40 pm

Yesterday, a federal appeals court blocked Arizona from enforcing its ban on abortions after 20 weeks except in order to save the life of the mother or to avert “major bodily harm.” [Reuters, Politico]
EW. Director Alfred Hitchcock ruined “The Birds” star Tippi Hedren’s career because she wouldn’t have a sexual relationship with… More »


D.C. Abortion Ban Proposed Literally The Day After Different D.C. Abortion Ban Is Defeated

Jessica Wakeman | August 2, 2012 - 1:40 pm

It’s not like Congress has anything pressing to do, like encourage job growth! That’s the only reason why literally one day after the House of Representatives failed to advance a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks in Washington, D.C., a nearly identical bill has been proposed again in the Senate. … More »


Girl Talk: My Birth Control Gave Me A Mental Breakdown

Jessie Lochrie | August 2, 2012 - 1:00 pm

This piece by Jessie Lochrie was originally published on xoJane.com.

I can count the number of times I’ve had sex without condoms on one hand. This isn’t to brag about how I’m some model of safe sex — it’s because with the exception of a brief, two-week period, I have never been on birth control.

I’m… More »


6 Things To Know About The Birth Control Mandate That Begins Today

Pop Sugar | August 1, 2012 - 5:50 pm

Happy free birth control day! President Obama’s free birth control mandate begins today, but before you get your hopes up there are some important things to know about what it means for you. A part of Obama’s healthcare reform stipulates that private insurance companies must be required to provide contraception without copays beginning today, Aug. More »


“Weight Loss” Perfume Sounds Just About As Legitimate As Any “Weight Loss” Anything

Rachel Krause | August 1, 2012 - 9:20 am

There is no shortage of bizarre products and tools claiming mystical weight loss properties that will have you dropping pounds as if the basic rites of diet and exercise never existed. My personal favorite pitch thus far is that of SlimScents, which urges you to, and I quote, “harness the POWER of an EXCITING new… More »


Mirror, Mirror: Am I The Only Person Who Eats Carbs?

Kate Fridkis | July 19, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Fairest shmairest! Let’s get real about beauty and body image. Mirror, Mirror is a column running every other Thursday on The Frisky. It is written by Brooklyn-based columnist, freelance writer, and bagel enthusiast, Kate Fridkis who also writes the blog Eat the Damn Cake. You can follow her on Twitter at @eatthedamncake.

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Could Chocolate Be The Answer To Your Sunburnt Skincare Woes?

Rachel Krause | July 17, 2012 - 3:20 pm

My acne-ridden youth (okay, fine, it was like 20 zits total) engrained in me that chocolate was a pimple-flaring, oil-producing skincare devil to be avoided at all costs. In my more recent, better-skinned years I’ve turned to the dark, 80% cocoa variety to cure me of late-afternoon nap compulsion and early-morning sugar cravings, but I… More »


Judge Keeps Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Open For Now

Jessica Wakeman | July 16, 2012 - 1:40 pm

A federal judge has blocked parts of a law that would effectively force Missisippi’s one remaining abortion clinic to shut down. However, the judge allowed certain restrictions of the MS legislature’s new abortion-restricitng law to remain. MS had passed a law, which went into effect July 1, that required doctors who perform abortions have admitting… More »


Texas Wants To Ban Doctors From Even Talking About Abortion

Jessica Wakeman | July 11, 2012 - 5:40 pm

Yes, seriously: Texas wants to ban doctors from even talking about — or as Texas puts it, “promoting” — abortion as an option.  Some people really believe ignorance is a good thing, huh? [Dallas Observer]
Mississippi’s only abortion clinic will be kept open longer that originally thought after a judge has extended a… More »


“Queen Of Clown Porn,” Hollie Stevens, Dies Of Breast Cancer At Age 30

Jessica Wakeman | July 10, 2012 - 1:40 pm

I thought a post about the passing of an adult film actress who was known as the “Queen Of Clown Porn” could be interesting. But the illness and death of Hollie Stevens, age 30, of breast cancer is nothing short of absolutely tragic. Friends say that Stevens had no health insurance and couldn’t access decent health… More »


Dr. Drew Bribed To Prescribe Wellbutrin, Government Claims

Daley Quinn | July 3, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Dr. Drew Pinsky is facing allegations that he was bribed and had accepted $275,000 to talk up the antidepressant drug Wellbutrin SR during his radio and television show “Loveline.”  While hosting the shows “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” and “Sober House,” Pinksy made sure to discuss the benefits of taking Wellbutrin SR, including its ability… More »


Judge Blocks Law That Would Have Closed Mississippi’s One Remaining Abortion Clinic

Jessica Wakeman | July 2, 2012 - 1:20 pm

Women in in Mississippi can breathe easy, at least temporarily: at the eleventh hour on Sunday night, a federal judge blocked a law that would have effectively closed the state’s only abortion clinic. A law was set to go into effect on Monday that would have required doctors at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization to have… More »


Obese People Should Get Counseling, Panel Advises

Julie Gerstein | June 26, 2012 - 12:40 pm

Earlier this week, a federal health advisory panel recommended that obese adults receive intensive counseling in order to address the mounting obesity epidemic in America. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force encouraged doctors to identify and aid obese patients by providing counseling, or referring them to a weight loss-oriented program.

Specially targeted: patients… More »


Sandra Fluke Talks Sluts, Rush Limbaugh

Jessica Wakeman | June 25, 2012 - 3:40 pm

[W]hat I’ve learned [after being called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh on his show] has less to do with Mr. Limbaugh specifically and more to do with a part of our population that has this view. Because frankly, you don’t go on national radio and talk for several days about something that no one wants… More »


Girl Talk: I Was Born With A Cleft Palate

Daley Quinn | June 22, 2012 - 1:00 pm

I was born with a giant, gaping hole in the roof of my mouth. Also known as a cleft palate, the cave within my lips has been through a 20-year nightmare from which I recently awoke. A rather rare occurrence, I was born with a cleft palate, but not a cleft lip.

My cleft… More »


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