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Archive for August, 2007

Health Crisis in America: Is universal health care the answer?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on August 24, 2007

Health Crisis in America — by Catherine Morgan (cross posted at BlogHer.org)

I’m a little frustrated about not hearing more concrete answers from the presidential candidates on the health-care crisis in America. Let me clarify that; I am hearing a lot about how bad the “crisis” is, what I’m not hearing is how we are going to “fix” it. Why is that?

Statistics from the NCHC

Forty-seven million Americans, or 16% of our population is uninsured.

Over 8 out of every 10 uninsured person is from a working family. (70% of those are from families where one or more are working a full-time job, and 11% from families working part-time jobs). These are NOT lazy people who just want a “free ride”, these are hard working American families.

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Posted in blogging, BlogHer, Blogroll, chronic illness, current events, Health, informed voters, kids, life, opinion, political, thoughts, Women, YouTube | 8 Comments »

New Study: A Virus Could Be Causing An Increase In Obesity.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on August 23, 2007

In health and weight loss news…

Could a virus be causing an increasing in obesity?

TUESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) — New research is bolstering the theory that obesity may stem, a least in part, from a common virus — one that helps create new, heftier fat cells.

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Braces: Vanity or Necessity?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on August 21, 2007

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Braces: Vanity or Necessity? — by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at BlogHer)

I have a feeling I am going to take a lot of heat for this post. I’m going to tell you about braces and orthodontics, but I’m also going to talk about my personal opinion, and that always seems to get me into some hot water.

I have been told on more than one occasion that both of my children need braces. But, I’ve never actually taken either of them to an Orthodontist. The reason I never took them was; I have heard from many friends that when you take your child to the Orthodontist it is “free”, but once you are there you are basically put on-the-spot to make a decision to get the braces, or be charged for the visit. So, if you decide to agree to a payment plan at that moment, you avoid having to pay the $150.00 (or so) consultation fee. Bargain. Personally, I don’t know one person that has taken their child to an Orthodontist and didn’t leave convinced they needed to get the braces. Since I didn’t have the money, even for payment plans, I figured avoidance of this particular office would be my best bet. I also think that even though my children’s teeth may not be considered “perfect”, they look just fine.

I’m not saying that I recommend this “avoidance” method for all parents, I know that there are many instances when braces are an “obvious” necessity. Basically, I have a two part problem with this whole “to get or not to get braces” thing. One, is the “money” factor, the other is the “guilt” factor.

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Posted in blogging, BlogHer, Blogroll, children, kids, motherhood, my life, opinion, teens, Women | 18 Comments »

How You Can Help The Children of the Peru Earthquake

Posted by Catherine Morgan on August 18, 2007

UNICEF needs your donations to help the children of Peru Earthquake.

PISCO, Peru – The death toll rose to 450 on Thursday in the magnitude-8 earthquake that devastated cities of adobe and brick in Peru‘s southern desert. Survivors wearing blankets walked like ghosts through the ruins.

Dust-covered dead were pulled out and laid in rows in the streets, or beneath bloodstained sheets at damaged hospitals and morgues. Doctors struggled to help more than 1,500 injured, including hundreds who waited on cots in the open air, fearing more aftershocks would send the structures crashing down.

Destruction was centered in Peru’s southern desert, at the oasis city of Ica and the nearby port of Pisco, about 125 miles southeast of the capital, Lima.

The United Nations said the death toll was expected to rise beyond the 450 reported by Peru. — read full article

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ALSO SEE: Erin Kotecki Vest’s post at BlogHer.org

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Abusive Relationships: Are you or someone you know in one? How can you tell? What can you do? (with 20/20 youtube video)

Posted by Catherine Morgan on August 16, 2007

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Abusive Relationships: Are you or someone you know in one? How can you tell? What can you do? — by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at BlogHer)How do you know if you are in an abusive relationship? Do you know someone who is? What warning signs can you look for?

Since nearly one third of American women have been in some sort of abusive relationship, chances are that one of these women may be you or someone you know. So, what do you do? How do you help? I think having as much information as possible is a good place to start.

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Posted in awareness, blogging, BlogHer, Blogroll, daughters, family, friends, Health, life, love, marriage, parenting, relationships, teens, Women, women's issues, YouTube | 5 Comments »

August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

Posted by Catherine Morgan on August 12, 2007

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month and I was honored to be invited to participate in a phone conference sponsored by Revolution Health last week, for a discussion between other women health bloggers and an expert on immunizations. You can listen to the one hour conference here.

The discussion was very productive, and we were able to talk about a wide range of immunization topics, from childhood to adult with Dr. Stacy Stryer. The other women bloggers that participated in the conference were; Susan Wenner Jackson of (working moms against guilt), Christina Chew of AutismVox, Denise Tanton, my fellow contributing editor at BlogHer health and wellness, Aliza Sherman Risdahl from babyfruit, and Cynthia Samuals was the moderator.

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Posted in awareness, BlogHer, children, Health, kids, life, parenting, teens, vaccines, Women, women's health | 2 Comments »

Stroke: Three Signs You Need To Know That Could Save Your Life (with youtube PSA videos)

Posted by Catherine Morgan on August 10, 2007

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Three Signs You Need To Know That Could Save Your Life — by Catherine Morgan (and cross-posted at BlogHer.org)

I received an email from a fellow BlogHer Nina Burokas yesterday, she suggested that I consider a post on stroke, and the three simple signs that we all should be aware of. Noticing one or more of these signs, and getting someone appropriate medical attention, could be the difference between recovery and death. I agree with Nina that this is very important information, and the more that it is blogged about, the more people that might be saved from understanding these signs of a stroke.

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Posted in awareness, BlogHer, Blogroll, chronic illness, Health, heart disease, life, Women, women's health, YouTube | 13 Comments »

Did You Know There Is An “Invisible” Form Of Breast Cancer? (With YouTube Video)

Posted by Catherine Morgan on August 7, 2007

An “Invisible” Form Of Breast Cancer — by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at BlogHer)

I started writing this post to cover a new study on the benefits of using MRI for the diagnosis of breast cancer (full report). It’s an important study, especially for women in a high risk category.

In the process of collecting information on the MRI study, I found myself wondering if an MRI could detect Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)?

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Posted in awareness, BlogHer, Blogroll, breast cancer, cancer, chronic illness, Health, life, Women, women's health, YouTube | 17 Comments »

Can You Find Empowerment Through Adversity?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on August 1, 2007

Hi everyone, I’m back from the BlogHer conference in Chicago. And, it was GREAT. My plan is to write a whole post about the conference, the people, the experience…and more. However, I have been extremely ill since I have been home (I’m certain I picked-up something on the plane, I always do).

I decided to re-post “Finding Empowerment Through Adversity”, from back in January when I first began blogging. Many of the bloggers I talked with in Chicago, seemed to have similar stories of hardships that were the catalyst to their personal empowerment, and brought them to blogging.

I hope you enjoy the post…

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Posted in about me, blogging, BlogHer, chronic illness, coaching, empowerment, happiness, Health, inspirational, life, reflections, success, Women | 2 Comments »