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624th Friday Blog Roundup

I cut Truman’s nails for the first time this week.  Prior to this point, I brought him back to the place where we got him, and the woman there cut his nails for $10.  But she retired at the end of the summer, and while our vet is happy to trim his nails if he […]

Quality evaluation of commercially available male condoms in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2009–2011

The increased incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Brazil represents a significant public health issue. This issue has raised awareness among health authorities regarding the quality of condo...

Schoolgirls’ experience and appraisal of menstrual absorbents in rural Uganda: a cross-sectional evaluation of reusable sanitary pads

Governments, multinational organisations, and charities have commenced the distribution of sanitary products to address current deficits in girls’ menstrual management. The few effectiveness studies conducted...

Dimensions of patient satisfaction with comprehensive abortion care in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Patient satisfaction is a measure of the extent to which a patient is content with the health care received from health care providers. It has been recognized as one of the most vital indicators of quality. He...


I’m back hanging out with My Fitness Frenemy.  It sucks to be logging my food once again, but I need something to keep me honest.  I have been slipping. I start out with good intentions with all the healthier living stuff.  For instance, I wanted to get more sleep, so we instated the “devices off […]

Mind Blown

The best kind of book is when you not only forget that you’re reading fiction but you’re so lost in the story that you keep forgetting that the events aren’t really happening in the world around you.  The last time that happened I was reading The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.  I had […]

#MicroblogMondays 119: Punishments and Rewards

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Spend any time on Donald Trump’s Twitterfeed and you’ll see him listing out various people and actions that deserve punishment.  Companies that move jobs out of the US will be punished.  People who burn the […]

Full Circle

The twins recently went on outdoor ed.  The sixth grade goes away for three days to a campsite where they do nature-based assignments and team work activities.  They had campfires and night hikes and slept in cabins.  They came home caked with mud, tracking in bits of dried leaves when they pulled off their boots. […]

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...

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