January 2013

Debunking the 21 Day Myth about bad habits

In the next few months, many will attempt New Years Resolutions, gyms will be packed and many will try new diets. How do we keep these new habits? How do we not end up with an unused gym membership and diet books stacking up, gathering dust?  Don’t just bank on getting past 21 days on your new habit and hope to have it stick.

Designer Vaginas: Separating Fact from Fiction

A recent study published in the Obstetrics and Gynecology edition of the online journal BMJ Open has shown a disturbing amount of inaccurate and misleading information regarding the growing trend of “designer vaginas.” This term refers to female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS) procedures, such as altering the shape of the labia, for women who wish to change the way their genitals look. In this stu


Many African-American women in a small survey said they avoided exercise at least sometimes because it could ruin their hairstyles, researchers reported.

Among 103 African-American women interviewed in a medical center waiting room, 39 said they had kept from exercising at some point because it would interfere with their hair-care practices, according to Amy J. McMichael, MD, of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., and colleagues.

Mobile app to help track weight loss

Using a mobile app that tracks eating and activity helped people lose an average of 15 pounds and keep it off for at least a year, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.  But the technology only aided weight loss when its users also attended regular classes about nutrition and exercise. The app alone didn’t help.