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The mystery of the pelvic floor

The pelvic floor is a complex and crucial system – but exactly how it works, and what role it plays, remains a mystery.<p>Since becoming an adult, it’s been impossible to avoid hearing about the importance of a strong pelvic floor. I’ve probably stumbled upon dozens of articles. My doctor and midwives …

Pregnancy

Baby dies from ‘lethal combination of drugs’ hours after his mother breastfed him, prosecutors say

It was 3 a.m. and Samantha Whitney Jones’s 11-week-old son was crying.<p>So, Jones did what many mothers would do: She sat down and tried to breastfeed him.<p>About five hours later, her baby would be dead. The cause of death, prosecutors say, was a “lethal combination of drugs” ingested through Jones’s …

Crime

Breastfeeding has been the best public health policy throughout history

<b>(Solovyova Lyudmyla via Shutterstock)</b><p>Breast milk is considered the best source of nutrition for babies<p>Joan Y. Meek<p>July 16, 2018 1:00am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>Breastfeeding has long been the gold standard for infant nutrition. The American Academy of …

Public Health

Trump’s dangerous remarks about breast-feeding

BREAST MILK substitutes can be convenient and useful for mothers who can’t nurse their children. But research shows unequivocally that breast-feeding helps ward off infectious disease and is the best way to avoid deaths in children under 5 years old. This is why the World Health Organization has …

Breast Feeding

The Complete 35-Step Guide For Entrepreneurs Starting A Business

Starting a business entails understanding and dealing with many issues—legal, financing, sales and marketing, intellectual property protection, liability protection, human resources, and more. But interest in entrepreneurship is at an all-time high. And there have been spectacular success stories …

Small Business

The joy of mid-life fasting: 'I have more energy at 56 than I did at 26'

His son is Max Lowery, the Instagram fitness star and proponent of intermittent fasting, but when he began gaining weight in his forties, Philip Lowery prescribed to more traditional methods of weight loss.<p>“I was always into sport, played rugby for many years, and never had to worry about my weight …

Fitness

A Lemony Breakfast Cake That Tastes Like a Roman Holiday

The recipe for the cake that knocked me off my breakfast routine is the one that got away. I should have tried to wangle it after the first time I had it. Or the second. Or the third. But I didn’t. I probably didn’t think I’d miss it. Or maybe I just wasn’t thinking. A long weekend in Rome can give …

Dessert

Testament of Youth

• <b>Author:</b> Vera Brittain<p><b>This classic memoir of the First World War is now a major motion picture starring Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington. Includes an afterword by Kate Mosse OBE.</b><p>In 1914 Vera Brittain was 20, and as war was declared she was preparing to study at Oxford. Four years later her life - …

Why is That IBCLC Licensure Lawsuit in Georgia Such a Big Deal? | Liz Brooks, IBCLC

This blog is longer than most. But stick with me, if you think licensure for IBCLCs is the bee’s knees.<p>Individual IBCLCs, and the United States …

Civil Rights

Infographic: How to make money by writing and editing

Writing and editing remain highly marketable skills.With the internet’s insatiable appetite for content, many organizations are putting serious money …

Writing

Gen X, Y and Z parents: Don’t make this boomer money mistake with your kids

The best financial support that parents can offer their children is a fully paid university or college education, not a house down payment.<p>This needs to be said following the recent release of some research by Royal Bank of Canada on the cost of a postsecondary education. Some quick highlights: …

College & University

The brilliant thing about Barack Obama’s relationship advice is that it’s blindingly obvious

In his new book, <i>Yes We (Still) Can</i>, Dan Pfeiffer, host of the podcast <i>Pod Save America</i>, writes about his time working on the Obama White House communications team. As with most political memoirs the most interesting bits are the small moments that punctuate the larger narrative. In this case it’s …

Barack Obama

18 Gmail settings that will change how you think about your inbox

Make your inbox more efficient and effective with these easily overlooked options.<p>When it comes to managing email, you need every advantage you can get.<p>Google recognizes this. The company has packed Gmail with dozens of advanced options that can save you time and add powerful possibilities into …

Google

Let Go of Those Love Handles! A Yoga Sequence to Help Tone Your Tummy

Muffin top, love handles, tummy tire — whatever the name, it's not something many of us want to hold onto. While strength-training moves that target this area won't diminish belly fat entirely — cardio is also key — building muscle mass helps your body burn more calories. When you finally lose the …

Yoga

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

When it comes to children’s development, parents should worry less about kids’ screen time—and more about their own.<p>Smartphones have by now been implicated in so many crummy outcomes—car fatalities, sleep disturbances, empathy loss, relationship problems, failure to notice a clown on a …

The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready?

The epidemics of the early 21st century revealed a world unprepared, even as the risks continue to multiply. Much worse is coming.<p>Image above: Workers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit practicing safe procedure on a mannequin<p>At 6 o’clock in the morning, shortly …

Disease

What Pregnant Families Really Need to Know to Get Breastfeeding Started Off Right

<i>by Donna Walls, RN, ICCE, IBCLC</i><p>Most prenatal classes tend to focus on “information” about breastfeeding like how it works or lists of all the things …

This 10-Minute Wake-Up Yoga Flow Is the Perfect Start to Your Morning

Follow along with Krissy Jones, co-founder of New York–based studio Sky Ting.<p>Let’s face it: Some mornings are just rough. But if you have a mere 10 …

Yoga

25 Playful DIY Backyard Projects To Surprise Your Kids

Are you always looking for a playground without caring about the safe problems for your kids? The backyard is the hottest destination for you. You …

DIY

Germaine Greer criticises Beyoncé: 'Why has she always got to be naked?'

Germaine Greer has criticised Beyoncé for the “sexual display” in her stage outfits.<p>Speaking in a BBC documentary that will be aired on Saturday, called Germaine Bloody Greer, and reported in the Sun and the Mirror, she says: “Someone like Beyoncé – who I think is a fantastic musician, a beautiful …

Feminism

J.K. Rowling sends super sweet reply to single parent who thanked her for 'Harry Potter'

The days may be a long way behind her now, but J.K. Rowling knows what it's like to be poor.<p>She's spoken about her former situation before in …

The Struggles of Modern Motherhood in Essays, a Thriller and a Dystopian Novel

<b>THE PERFECT MOTHER</b><br>By Aimee Molloy<br>317 pp. Harper/HarperCollins. $27.99.<p>In Molloy’s fast-paced debut thriller, a group of Brooklyn women (and one man) who call themselves the May Mothers — they all have children who were born in that same month — meet one evening at a bar for a girl’s night out. It’s …

Kate Spade, and Why It's Time to Finally Destigmatize Depression

My story is one of millions. Once and for all, let's #destigmatizedepression<p>My grandmother committed suicide on my father's 18th birthday.<p>She stood there in the kitchen with my dad, and right after he blew out the candles on the birthday cake that she had baked him, she walked across the room, …

Mental Health

Dollarama says some prices may rise due to Canada's retaliatory tariffs

Dollarama Inc. may be forced to raise prices on food and other goods imported from the U.S. because of Canada's plans to impose tariffs in …

88 books to enjoy this summer: the TED reading list

<i>Maya Sariahmed</i><p>Whether your weeks ahead contain travel, vacations or just longer and lazier days than usual, our list of recommendations from TED …

Books

Why most people fail at writing blogs…

Writers, write to spread the message, to inspire others, to enlighten others life through their words.When you start to write blogs, you are excited, …

Billionaire Ray Dalio says these 3 books have 'had the biggest impact' on his life

Billionaire hedge fund magnate Ray Dalio has been fascinated with finance since he was 12, when he bought his first stock.<p>He graduated from Harvard …

Here’s How to Write a Book in 100 Days: 10 Steps

“Have you ever had a great book idea, tried to write it, and then failed?” I’ve asked this question to thousands of writers, and over eighty percent …

How Often Should You Breastfeed Your Newborn?

If you're having a baby and thinking about breastfeeding, you may have a lot of questions. How many times a day does a newborn eat, and is there a …

What Kate Spade Stood For

There is a lot of talk these days about the lack of women at the top of fashion brands — the statistics are terrible, the gender imbalance striking. It is one of the reasons Kate Spade, the designer who was found dead in her home on Tuesday morning, was so important to so many of us.<p>She represented …

Kate Spade