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623rd Friday Blog Roundup

While hate crimes are still rocking our area — swastikas drawn on schools, churches, and cars seems to be a daily occurrence — a visual protest is countering the racism, antisemitism, and homophobia.  Mike Pence’s new neighbours are hanging rainbow flags outside their houses. I love this because it not only shows the spirit of […]

Prevalence and risk factors of periodontal disease among pre-conception Chinese women

Periodontal disease is one of the most common chronic infectious diseases. It has been reported that periodontal disease is associated with various adverse pregnancy outcomes including preterm birth, low birth...

Pregnant Women’s perceptions of exposure to brominated flame retardants

Recent media reports on human studies associating brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in household products in pregnancy with urogenital anomalies in boys and endocrine disruption in both sexes. We sought to ex...

A Bag Full of Books

I spent a chunk of Sunday reading for Relaxation Day.  I have several books going at once: One that lives in my purse, one that I started before two library books became available from my holds list, and the two library books from the waiting list.  Oh, and a cookbook.  I grabbed a vegetarian noodle […]

A community-based study on prevalence and correlates of erectile dysfunction among Kinondoni District Residents, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Globally, erectile dysfunction burden (ED) is rising appreciably and it is projected to affect about 332 million men by the year 2025. This rise is attributable to the rising incidence of conditions associated...

SuperBetter: From 1 to 10

I am known for annoying my family by asking them to rank things on a 1 to 10 scale.  What do you think of this new stuffing recipe on a scale from 1 to 10?  How excited are you for the next Dirk Gently episode on a scale from 1 to 10?  How much do […]

#MicroblogMondays 118: The Newly Not Gross

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I am terrible at trying new foods when it is on someone else’s timetable, but I am actually decent at giving things a try on my own.  Take, for instance, Brussels sprouts.  Did not want […]

Relaxation Day

A few weeks ago, I threw a holiday on the calendar: Relaxation Day.  I made it the Sunday after Thanksgiving because it was the first available day where we would be home all day (which means we don’t have to get out of our pyjamas) and it was far enough away that I could clear […]

622nd Friday Blog Roundup

I just had the most relaxing, non-brain-taxing, fun read in a long time.  If you are also stressed beyond the point of being able to function and feeling increasing despair when you go online because you confront the news (or people discussing the news), I’m going to recommend The Royal We by Heather Cocks and […]

Implementing the United Kingdom’s ten-year teenage pregnancy strategy for England (1999-2010): How was this done and what did it achieve?

In 1999, the UK Labour Government launched a 10-year Teenage Pregnancy Strategy for England to address the country’s historically high rates and reduce social exclusion. The goal was to halve the under-18 conc...

Implementation and acceptability of strategies instituted for engaging men in family planning services in Kibaha district, Tanzania

Men as the main decision makers in most of African families have an important role to play towards acceptance of family planning methods. This study sought to identify strategies used to engage men in family p...

Measuring adolescent friendly health services in India: A scoping review of evaluations

Initiatives to promote adolescent friendly health services (AFHS) have been taking place in India and many low- and middle-income countries for nearly two decades. Evaluations of these initiatives have been pl...

#MicroblogMondays 117: Where You Post

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I really love abandoned amusement parks.  I love well-kept, active amusement parks, too, but there is something so achingly beautiful about grass growing through the cracks in broken-down rides and dried out pools. The author […]

New hope given to women struggling to conceive

New insight has been revealed into why some women have difficulty getting pregnant. Research indicates that egg quality is severely compromised in endometriosis. Endometriosis is a chronic condition affecting around 10 per cent of women and is associated with chronic abdominal pain, irregular periods, and lowered fertility.

621st Friday Blog Roundup

About once a month, my cousin and I meet for lunch at a vegan restaurant.  Excellent company aside, I love going there because I can order anything off the menu.  Maybe this isn’t a big deal to you because you can do this at every restaurant.  But I generally have one or two choices at […]

Are People Actually Good?

My favourite play is Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Visit.  I taught it in middle school for years, and I still read it from time to time because it’s a good reminder of how people behave when they’re scared. The play is about an impoverished town that is awaiting a visit from a now-rich-and-famous ex-resident.  They are […]

We Will Be Our Own Robot Overlords

The other great episode of Note to Self was about transhumanism.  If you’re not familiar with transhumanism, it’s a movement for using technology to live a better, longer life.  I bet you’re thinking, “Oh, I use apps on my phone to lead a better life.  I guess I’m a transhumanist.”  But slow down, cowgirl.  There’s […]

Experiences and perceptions of Ghanaian midwives on labour pain and religious beliefs and practices influencing their care of women in labour

Beliefs surrounding pain during childbirth has biblical foundations that contribute to labour pain being viewed as a natural phenomenon. Contemporary health care promotes evidence-based labour pain management...

I Wish For You to Be Happy

As everyone knows, I love Note to Self.  She recently had Chade-Meng Tan as a guest. He’s a former Google employee who has become a writer and speaker on inner peace. The entire episode is 24 minutes long.  You can listen to it here.  (Note to Self, I wish you could embed episodes!) At the […]

#MicroblogMondays 116: How It Begins

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Josh’s co-worker’s church was hit on Sunday.  A sign stretching out in front of the church announcing services in Spanish was defaced with the words “Trump Nation, Whites Only.”  This comes on the heels of […]

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