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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, products ranging from running shoes to fruit snacks are all turning pink, and with good reason. BreastCancer.org states that every 1 in 8 women are at risk for developing invasive breast cancer during her lifetime, which is up from every 1 in 22 women developing the disease in the 1940’s. But does buying a product with the pink ribbon really help save lives? The answer is, some do much more than others. Companies are allowed to print the pink ribbon on their products without even having to donate to find a cure. Businesses are very much aware of the fact that “the pink ribbon is arguably the most successful marketing symbol of our time,” says Karuna Jaggar, the executive director of Breast Cancer Action.
How do you avoid the scams? Research is key. Before picking up a product with a pink ribbon, make sure that your money is actually being used to benefit breast cancer research and not to simply support a marketing tactic which leaves the company with a greater profit than the foundation. For more information on this topic visit www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org.
Even though epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disorder, affecting an estimated 1 in 26 people at some point in their lifetime, there’s still a great deal about seizures that many people don’t know. One of the first questions many people have is: what are triggers for seizures? While for more than half the people with epilepsy have no identifiable causes of the condition, for the other half the condition can be traced to a variety of factors.
Identifying and understanding the triggers, symptoms, risk factors and preventative measures for seizures are vitally important for helping to minimize their occurrence and potential complications. Some people find that seizures are more likely to occur in certain situations and keeping track of those factors that may precipitate a seizure can help you recognize when a seizure might be coming and what triggers you should try to avoid. Common triggers for seizures can include: Continue reading
Companion dogs can play an important role in providing emotional and physical support to their owners, as well as offering tremendous comfort and reassuring company. The relationship that a dog can provide is special and unique as it is loving and deep, yet uncomplicated, consistent and safe from the possibility of rejection. There is extensive research and studies showing the tremendously important impact a companion dog can have. There are also many different reasons that someone might need a companion dog, and much to know before selecting the dog that is right for someone. Here we offer a guide for everything you need to know about companion dogs. Continue reading
Whether you’ve got hungry kids running around this summer or your wanting to feel healthy and fit for the beach yourself, there are plenty of healthy snacks you can choose this summer. When the weather is hot, we usually don’t want heavy foods that leave us feeling sleepy or weighed down. Instead stock up the kitchen or the beach cooler with these fun, low-calorie, healthy snacks to keep you and the family energized all summer long.
When we’re on the go and looking for a quick and sweet pick-me-up, grabbing a pastry or other carb-heavy treat can be very tempting. But for those of us familiar with the sudden post-carb energy crash or looking to better manage our weight because of health concerns like diabetes, we know that finding a way to curb those carb cravings is the key to feeling better and healthier. But for anyone who has tried to ditch carbs and sugars cold turkey, knows that the task can be a difficult one, as those cravings quickly return with a vengeance. Thankfully there are plenty of practical (i.e. not extreme) ways of curbing those cravings. Try these tips to avoid feeling deprived or cranky. Continue reading