health

8 Reasons You Shouldn’t Go On A Diet

Kate Fridkis / April 16, 2012

It’s spring! The trees are blossoming! All six of them! Or maybe that’s just on my block. The several tufts of grass are violently green. I suddenly want to buy at least two pairs of gladiator sandals. Because suddenly one doesn’t feel like enough. And also, because it’s spring, weight-loss advice is blooming. It’s everywhere. More »


Kids These Days Just Aren’t Getting Pregnant Like They Used To

Jessica Wakeman / April 13, 2012

Kids these days! They just aren’t getting pregnant like they used to. The birth rate for young women ages 15 to 19 fell to its lowest ever recorded in 2010, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States with the lowest teen birth rates are in the Northeast with Massachusetts,… More »


Girl Talk: I’m A Binge Eater (Sometimes)

A few weeks ago, I was sitting at my boyfriend’s living room table, alone, in the middle of a weekday afternoon, my laptop open, trying to fend off both a cold and a bad mood. I was frustrated that I couldn’t pick amongst the multiple documents I had open that required my urgent attention, and… More »


10 Eco-Friendly DIY Spring Cleaning Ideas

Do you smell it in the air? Do you feel it in your bones? It’s spring cleaning time! The internet (and when I say “the internet,” I mean “Pinterest”) is overflowing with DIY cleaning recipes and ideas that make scrubbing your bathtub seem almost fun. But the real bonus? Whipping up your own cleaning solutio… More »


Today In WTF: Bill Comparing Women To Livestock Passes

Julie Gerstein / April 5, 2012

Seriously, ladies, what is this fuckery? As we reported earlier, a Georgia bill criminalizing abortion after 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest, has passed Georgia’s Senate, and is expected to be signed into law by Republican Governor Nathan Deal.

This bill has affectionately been referred to as the “women a… More »


The Soapbox: In Response To Vogue Editor’s Speech On Eating Disorders

Rachel Krause / April 4, 2012

Franca Sozzani excels at many things. She is the long-standing editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia and, in 1994, she was even made the editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Italia in its entirety. She is acknowledged as a contemporary and collaborator to, among others, Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, and Paolo Roversi, unarguably the most influential fashio… More »


Explosive Detonated At Planned Parenthood Clinic In Wisconsin Last Night

Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2012

UPDATE, 1:40p.m.: Mother Jones is reporting the clinic is “temporarily closed” and the FBI has joined an investigation into the bombing. [Mother Jones]

An explosive blew up at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin last night at around 7:30 p.m. Police say a homemade bomb was placed on a windowsill outside the… More »


10 Things You Think About When You Are Sick

Julie Gerstein / April 2, 2012

I was sick with a crap cold all last week and hopped up on spacey combo of Sudafed and Benadryl (the magic recipe is Sudafed during the day, Benadryl for sleep). It might be the wacky weather, or my generally pathetic immune system, but either way, my brain felt funny and snot-filled. Last week, I… More »


An Open Letter To The Loud Sneezer In My “Office”

Anonymous / March 27, 2012

Dear Loud Sneezer In My Office,

How are you? Good, I hope. I just wanted to bring something to your attention. Every time you sneeze, the air is momentarily sucked out of the office, and we are swallowed into your black hole of sound. Okay, so the “office” is a coffee shop and… More »


Evening Quickies: Kim Zolciak Knocked Up With Baby #4

Jessica Wakeman / March 20, 2012

“Real Housewives Of Atlanta” hot mess Kim Zolciak is preggo again with her fourth kid, her second with husband Kroy. Mazel tov! [Dlisted]
Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima is also knocked up.  [Just Jared]
Kathy Bates beat ovarian cancer eight years ago, she revealed today on Anderson Cooper’s talk show.  [US Weekly]… More »


Idaho To Vote On Bill Forcing Ultrasound Before Abortion

Jessica Wakeman / March 19, 2012

Idaho’s state senate may vote as early as today on a bill that will force women to get a medically unnecessary ultrasound before terminating an unwanted pregnancy. Anti-abortion activists say forcing a woman to have an ultrasound gives her “more information” before an abortion. Pro-choice activists and doctors say this is just another a tactic… More »


Sending Out An S-O-S! My Migraines Are Out Of Control!

Julie Gerstein / March 16, 2012

This is what I looked like yesterday in the office, my head ensconced in a scarf, attempting to cradle it slightly from the outside world and at least partially keep the bright light, noise and throbbing pain that is my migraine at bay. Oh, yes, my migraine. The twice or thrice monthly (at least) headache… More »


Kindly Inform Your Ladybusiness That Pap Smear Guidelines Have Changed

Jessica Wakeman / March 15, 2012

Important news about your vagina: the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that instead of annual Pap smears, you can now get screened for cervical cancer every three years. ACOG has actually been saying for awhile that women don’t need annual Pap smears, but this recommendation was finally put in writing yesterday by the… More »


Doctors Could Tell Women That Abortion Causes Breast Cancer Under New Hampshire Bill

Jessica Wakeman / March 15, 2012

Another day, another new height reached in WTF-ery: New Hampshire’s state House has advanced a bill that would require doctors to give women “informational materials” before an abortion that “that inform the pregnant woman that there is a direct link between abortion and breast cancer.” Even though there isn’t.

This scare tactic justMore »


Fact Or Fiction: ObamaCare’s “$1 Dollar Abortions”

Tiffanie Drayton / March 14, 2012

Ridiculously sensational headlines like “$1 Abortions in ObamaCare” and “ObamaCare: Home of the $1 Abortions” are what’s buzzing at the pro-life water cooler today. These headlines would have you believe that under the President’s health care reform, taxpayer funding will pay for abortions that cost just a buck. More »


Mitt Romney Promises To “Get Rid Of” Planned Parenthood

Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2012

Mitt Romney must think low-income women don’t really need breast exams. And those Pap smears that could detect cervical cancer? So frivolous! Surely that’s the only thing the GOP frontrunner could have meant when he told folks in Missouri he would “get rid of” Planned Parenthood, as well as a number of other programs, to… More »


Marriage May Keep You Alive Longer

Tiffanie Drayton / March 11, 2012

As the number of couples walking down the aisle dwindles, science suggests that our generation may be missing out on marriage’s “healing powers.” A study published by the Journal of Health and Social Behavior reveals that adults who’ve tied the knot have a better survival rate after heart surgery. According to Ellen Idler, a sociologist at… More »


Sex With “Younger Ladies” Attributed To Heart Attacks In Cheating Men

Tiffanie Drayton / March 11, 2012

Cheaters beware: you may be killing yourself.  A new American Heart Association study finds that men who die of heart attacks were more likely to be cheating. An analysis of 6,000 autopsy reports of people who died of sudden heart attacks (1 percent died while getting it on) found that 90 percent of the people… More »


Girl Talk: I Use Birth Control For Health Reasons

One spring afternoon when I was in high school in New York City, I had a bizarre health scare. A friend and I had been lounging by the Hudson River pretending to read and philosophize but really gossiping about our schoolmates — acting exactly our age.

That afternoon, I had miserable symptoms as I alway… More »


How PMS Can Save Your Life

Ami Angelowicz / March 8, 2012

Breaking news in the world of snake detection. And no, I’m not talking about trouser snakes. I’m talking about actual snakes. Those slithery things that can kill you, either because you are freaked out to the point of cardiac arrest or because they are poisonous. Those things. A new study found that women are better… More »


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