When Chelsea Bray found out she was pregnant with her second child, she knew she wanted her next birth experience to be different. While she describes her first birth two and a half years prior — an unmedicated hospital birth — as “wonderful, by all accounts,” she went home feeling generally dissatisfied by her hospital experience. Rather than a baby-focused approach, she wanted more continuity of care for her as a whole person, not just a vessel for the baby.
On Tuesday, August 13, WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers, launched a diet and nutrition app marketed to adolescents — and people are angry. Kurbo by WW, a free program that claims to help 8 to 17-year-olds “build healthy habits,” encourages kids to lose weight through personalized coaching and food tracking, much like Weight Watchers.
Nicole Sachs was 19 when she decided to try a psychology experiment on herself. She’d just been diagnosed with the spinal condition spondylolisthesis, which causes vertebrae to slip out of place. Sachs’ doctors gave her a discouraging prognosis: Without complex surgery, she wouldn’t be able to travel, play sports, or have kids.
According to a recent study by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and UCLA, avoiding masculine pronouns can play a significant role in decreasing gender bias and increasing support for minority genders.
Positivity is a widely used prescription for better health and psychological well-being, whether a person is in the process of healing or simply trying to practice good habits. And, generally, science seems to support the power of a positive and hopeful attitude.
Doctors prescribe lifestyle changes for all sorts of health issues: a low-everything diet and thrice-weekly cardio to bring down cholesterol; lots of sardines and circuit training to temper multiple sclerosis symptoms; consistent sleep and 45 minutes of daily movement to help stave off depressive lows.
With their online orders, Forever 21 shoppers are receiving lemon-flavored Atkins bars as a special promotion, eliciting outrage among customers and non-customers alike. Earlier this week, after one unhappy shopper tweeted about discovering a low-carb bar in her plus-sized order, numerous Twitter users shared similar photos and complaints.
In some cases, a lower price can come with a prescription for health issues
first, she blamed the exhaustion on her stage of life. It wasn’t abnormal for Shannon Dingle, a 27-year-old mother of two young children, to feel tired. She had also been recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid caused by Hashimoto’s disease, but the possibility of relapse seemed unlikely.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are rising to dangerous levels in the central and eastern parts of the United States this weekend, bringing a number of record-breaking highs across the country. Between now and Tuesday, more than 85 percent of the lower 48 states will experience temperatures above 90 degrees, while half will see temps above 95.
When the three-year-old Abby Perry was babysitting erupted into a tantrum about a toy he wanted to play with, Perry’s first instinct was to discipline him and remind him to share. “Then I thought, what would the point be?” she says. “This little boy was shrieking and unsettled, in a house he’d never visited, being cared for by a family he didn’t know.”
Usually it comes when I’m driving on a busy road. I know I can pull over and get out of the car, but my body acts like it’s trapped. First I have tunnel vision. Next, my shoulders and torso bend beneath an invisible weight so heavy I can’t breathe. I feel like I’m going to pass out behind the wheel.
A good mentor can be wonderful. And research suggests they can be a life-changer: Having an adviser, sounding board, and cheerleader can lead to improved performance, more advancement, and a more favorable self-image.
It’s 3 a.m., and I’m sitting in lukewarm bath water, counting my breaths to make sure I’m still alive. My chest feels like it might crack open, and I’m the kind of tired where my body is asleep but my mind is wide awake. Thoughts buzz through my head, keeping me in a perpetual state of fight-or-flight tension.
For the past five months, 27-year-old Sara Robbert has been tracking her menstrual cycle — in a graph-ruled notebook, scribbling down a sentence each day about how she feels.