Your brain on birth control

They are used by 150 million women worldwide and have been around for over 60 years. Oral contraceptives – like birth control pills – are part of many women’s lives, often starting during puberty and early adolescence. Do they have any impact on brain health? A uOttawa team of researchers has been investigating the question.…

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Calcium and vitamin D nutrient deficiencies lead to higher risk for osteoporosis

Pharmavite LLC, the makers of Nature Made vitamins, minerals and supplements, announced the publication of a research article in the journal PLoS ONE, which examines inadequate nutrient intake and its relationship to poor bone health, specifically risk of osteoporosis. The research was a cross sectional analysis of the U.S population [from National Health and Nutrition…

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‘Challenge Accepted’ on Instagram: Black and White Selfies for Women

Over the past several days, many Instagram feeds have been overrun with black-and-white images of women both famous and not. These photographs are often posed and filtered, taken from flattering angles and accompanied by benign captions about “supporting women.” “Love this simple way to lift each other up. #challengeaccepted. Thank you for nominating me @vanessabryant,”…

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The Lawyer of His Dreams

A professional matchmaker was on the phone yet again with David Golden, providing another description of another woman who seemed suitable for a serial dater searching for someone with whom he could one day share true love. “OK now David, I have another client, Alexandra Brodman, she’s a lawyer from Greenwich,” he recalled the matchmaker…

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A Vodka for Gin Lovers

If you prefer vodka to gin, with tonic or in a martini, you might consider trying the new Amass Botanic Vodka from Denmark. It heads in the direction of gin, without the aggressive juniper profile. The vodka is distilled from wheat and mixed with marigold, chamomile and lemon, ingredients that have been processed in an…

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