How to Improve Your Flexibility

Tight hips, legs and shoulders can limit your fitness and performance. Limited flexibility can therefore result in injuries that can impact both your health and exercise routine. To ensure you can move with ease each day, read the following tips on how to improve your flexibility. Start Pilates People who experience limited flexibility should consider Pilates, as it focuses on stretching and moving the muscles you may not commonly use. The low impact exercise is also ideal for all ages, as … [Read more...]

Simple Ways to Lower Your Daily Stress Levels

It is so easy to become stressed out in the fast-paced and busy environment of our everyday lives. Balancing work, family, friends, and everything else can very quickly start to overwhelm us, and serve as a serious drain on our mental health and wellbeing. While it might, in our very darkest times, be tempting to drop all our responsibilities and go live a simpler life in a secluded cabin out in the forest, there are simpler methods of reducing stress levels you might want to consider … [Read more...]

Tips on Looking After Your Body as You Grow Older

Age is something that happens to everyone, and although some might not like getting older, the truth is that you cannot prevent it. However, just because you are getting older, it doesn’t mean that you should be less fit or active than you have always been. Although you might not be able to do all the things you used to, you can still keep fit in both body and mind. Here are some ideas you can use to protect your body and brain as you get older. Positive Attitude One of the best ways to … [Read more...]

Women’s Health & Safety: The Dangers Of Alcohol

Living in the real world isn’t always easy. There are dangers and temptations around every corner. Being a woman comes with its own struggles, and that includes health and safety issues. See the dangers of alcohol and how to avoid letting it ruin your life. In Relationships Being in a relationship is fun and exciting. Two people are in love and want to spend their lives together. There are promises you make to each other, and you share your hopes and dreams. There are many ways reality … [Read more...]

Woman breaks silence among Fukushima thyroid cancer patients

KORIYAMA, Japan (AP) — She's 21, has thyroid cancer, and wants people in her prefecture in northeastern Japan to get screened for it. That statement might not seem provocative, but her prefecture is Fukushima, and of the 173 young people with confirmed or suspected cases since the 2011 nuclear meltdowns there, she is the first to speak out. That near-silence highlights the fear Fukushima thyroid-cancer patients have about being the "nail that sticks out," and thus gets hammered. The … [Read more...]

Top 10 Issues for Women’s Health

"In 2015, in too many countries, “women’s empowerment” remains a pipedream - little more than a rhetorical flourish added to a politician’s speech..." Dr Flavia Bustreo, ADG We've come a long way since 1995--and it is time to celebrate women and their achievements. But it is also time to take stock of how women’s rights are fulfilled in the world --especially the right to health. Twenty years after countries signed pledges in the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, women still … [Read more...]

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, MAY 23

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 2015 On 23 May 2015, the United Nations, Member States, partners of the Campaign to End Fistula and others around the globe will mark the annual International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. The Latin word fistula (UK /ˈfɪstjʊlə/ or US /ˈfɪstʃələ/ or /ˈfɪʃtʃələ/, plural fistulas /-ləz/ or fistulae /-li/ or /-laɪ/) literally means tube or pipe. In medicine, a fistula is an abnormal connection between two hollow spaces (technically, two … [Read more...]

Celebrating World Health Day 2015, April 7

In 1948, there was a call for the creation of a "World Health Day" to mark the founding of the World Health Organization. And since 1950, World Health Day has been celebrated annually on 7 April. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of concern for WHO World Health Day gives all of us a worldwide opportunity to focus on key public health issues that affect the international community. It is celebrated every year on 7 April, under the … [Read more...]

Women dying in Sterilization Camps, ‘herded like cattle’

India mass sterilization: women were ‘forced’ into camps .. Brother-in-law of one victim says women were ‘herded like cattle’ after 12 die and scores injured following botched operations Relatives of the 12 women who died after a state-run mass sterilization campaign in India went horribly wrong have told local media they were forced by health workers to attend the camp. More than 80 women underwent surgery for laparoscopic tubectomies at a free government-run camp in the central … [Read more...]

Women’s Medicine, Kay Cordell Whitaker

In the Hetakas’ tradition they describe many things in their lives as a circle. When looking at themselves as individuals, their lives, family, their village, even their whole culture they symbolize them as a circle with the feminine at the center. When Kay went through a long apprenticeship with Chea about Women’s Medicine, Chea guided her to see that the main reason our society, is so far out of balance is because in our modern world men have not only thrown the women out of the center of … [Read more...]

2014 Partners’ Forum – Johannesburg, (June 30/July1)

Violence against Women Intimate partner and sexual violence against women Introduction The United Nations defines violence against women as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life." Intimate partner violence refers to behavior by an intimate partner or ex-partner that … [Read more...]

Soothe Body and Brain, Sweet Dose of Yoga

You don't always have to try and fight with the chaos of daily life. Instead, surrender to a sweet dose of yoga. Yoga’s combination of languid movements, controlled breathing and meditation can make a marvelous recipe for soothing stress, according to the Mayo Clinic. This age-old practice can be an ideal way to give your body and brain the break they both need. Improve Fitness Yoga’s precise poses can contribute toward improving your overall fitness level, thanks to their ability to target … [Read more...]

Stand Strong With NORD in 2014!‏

Thank You for Helping NORD Drive Progress for All Who Live With Rare Diseases! 2013 marked our 30th Anniversary and brought many exciting milestones. With the help of our members, supporters and advocacy partners, NORD accomplished many objectives this year, including: Launched a web-based state insurance resource to provide state-specific information for patients and their families Connected hundreds of patients and caregivers with medical experts, researchers and advocates at … [Read more...]

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