Category Archives: health

Catch up on the latest health legislation, honest discussions about our bodies, and “I Have” essays from women’s personal experiences. Whether mental or physical The Frisky discusses each disease, concern, or condition to encourage open conversation.

Children With A Rare Syndrome Don’t See Color

Children with Williams syndrome are truly “color blind.” This rare genetic disorder affects the brain and other organs, causing hyper-social activity and unlike most children older than three, these kids don’t show a preference for their own race. According to a new study, children with Williams syndrome have no concept of social anxiety and view blacks, whites, Hispanics, etc. in an equally positive light. While lacking these negative traits might seem positive, children and adults with Williams syndrome are at a greater risk for physical violence and rape because they can’t process social danger signals. I guess everything is a double-edged sword, huh? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

Common Acne Drug Keeps HIV Dormant

Scientists at Johns Hopkins have found that minocycline, an antibiotic used to treat acne since the 1970s, can be used as an added defense against HIV. The drug targets immune cells in which the virus remains dormant and prevents them from replicating and reactivating. Minocycline, according to the researchers, is a great weapon in keeping HIV dormant because the virus appears less capable of developing a drug resistance to minocycline, unlike HAART (Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy) medications. The antibiotic goes after T-cells, which are “major immune system agents and targets of HIV infection,” and decreases the ability for the T-cells to multiply and activate, whereas HAART attacks the virus. However, the researchers say that minocycline will have to be used in conjunction with HAART drug cocktails in order to keep HIV dormant. [Science Daily] Keep reading »

10 Ways The Passage Of The Health Care Reform Bill Will Affect Women

Why is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi smiling from ear to ear in this pic? Because last night, she and Barack Obama managed to usher through the passage of the health care reform bill that’s been vehemently debated for, oh, months. This morning, it has lots of us talking about what exactly the bill will mean for women. The phrases “bad for women” and “good for women” are not my favorite, because we don’t actually all share one brain and think the same thing. So rather than declare anything good, bad, or eh—I’ll just explain and let you guys battle it out in the comments. After the jump, 10 ways the new health care bill will affect ladyfolk like us.
Keep reading »

Snacks At The Movies Should Be Avoided, Even If They’re Healthy

A movie exec over at Sony is trying to convince theater owners to sell healthy snacks instead of popcorn, and theater managers have been receptive, but whether patrons will hop concession stand lines to get a bucket of cauliflower is debatable. Honestly though, after working in a movie theater for about a year when I was younger, I only eat items that are packaged in a wrapper. The way the popcorn is prepared is nasty. Keep reading to find out how the theater I worked for prepared — and recycled — the popcorn. Keep reading »

  • Zergnet: Simply Irresistible

  • HowAboutWe

  • Popular