By Dorkys Ramos | 01/27/2009 - 17:30
When 20-year-old Brazilian model Mariana Bridi da Costa died last Saturday from septicemia, we were scared. Can anyone get this disease? What are the symptoms? Better yet, what is it?
Septicemia is another name for blood poisoning and occurs when bacteria spreads into the bloodstream due to an infection. In da Costa’s case, her urinary tract infection progressed into the disease and prevented sufficient blood flow to her organs. Doctors had to amputate both arms and legs because her limbs weren’t receiving enough oxygen.
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/22/2009 - 17:00
According to the American Cancer Society, Latinas in the U.S. are twice as likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer in comparison to non-Hispanic white women. We are also less likely to get regular checkups, making the death rate among us 50% higher than white women’s. And a new survey from the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation showed that while 89% of women don’t feel they’re at risk, 80% will get HPV in their lifetime. These are scary stats for the second most common cancer among women worldwide.
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/15/2009 - 17:25
Sick of feeling like a zombie at work? Finding the right mattress is essential to getting a good night’s sleep, but with all the varieties out there the hunt can be daunting. We’re here to help! First off, learn about your sleep profile, “This is the culmination of the physical and physiological characteristics of the sleeper,” says Joel Moore, an IKEA U.S. Sales Leader for bedroom furniture and mattresses.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/07/2009 - 17:45
If you witnessed Jessica Alba's awe inspiring transformation from new mommy to silver screen ready siren in just 2 short months you may have been wondering the same thing as us: How’d she do it?
By Mariela Rosario | 01/05/2009 - 17:42
Two new studies recently released by reproductive health providers and reported by the New York Times have highlighted the growing trend in Latino communities of young women using over the counter prescription medicine to induce abortions.
By Dorkys Ramos | 12/23/2008 - 16:10
This time of year can be a trying one for many of us. There’s the pressure of finding The (Affordable) Perfect Gift, lovely dinners with your dysfunctional family and melancholic thoughts of loved ones gone. And with everyone pulling you in ten different directions, the holidays can easily drive you crazy!
To help manage your stress, it’s important to recognize the things that trigger anxiety. Some of them might include:
By Dorkys Ramos | 12/18/2008 - 17:15
Let’s face it: With Mami’s pernil in the oven and the office party’s open bar calling your name, the holidays are probably not the best time to start a new diet. But there’s plenty you can do to fight off those celebration pounds without depriving yourself:
1. Go to bed. Studies show that being a sleep-deprived zombie can make it harder to tell when you’re full and lead to an increase in hormones that stimulate hunger.
2. When imbibing, avoid mixers—you’ll dodge tons of empty calories. (See above for more drinking tips.)
By Mariela Rosario | 12/15/2008 - 11:55
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By Mariela Rosario | 11/20/2008 - 11:26
November isn't just a month to celebrate Thanksgiving, it's also American Diabetes Awareness Month. As we all (should) know, Latinas are more likely to get diabetes than not—we have a 52.5% lifetime risk of developing the disease. What you may not know is that scientist-types are constantly figuring out ways to both lower that risk and fight diabetes without drugs. Here’s the rundown:
Eat edamame. Chicas who do have a 47% lower risk for developing diabetes.