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Women’s Survey: Should late parents be fined by schools

November 30, 2009 --

Oregon Women’s Report Reader Survey,

1. A Portland school is fining parents who are late in picking up their children. After a 10 minute grace time, parents are fined $5 for every 10 minutes they are late. Do you agree/disagree?

Even though the numbers of those who agreed and disagreed were very close, those who responded held very distinct and strong opinions, as can be seen in the following “Comments”: 

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1 in 4 Teen Girls Have a Sexually Transmitted Disease

November 28, 2009 --

HealthDay News — As many as one in four U.S. teenage girls have had a sexually transmitted disease (STD), many infected soon after their first sexual encounter, a new government report shows. “The high burden of STDs among teen girls reminds us that we can’t ignore this,” said study author Dr. Sami L. Gottlieb, from the division of sexually transmitted disease prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention.  “Sexual health is an important part of the overall health and well-being of teenagers,” Gottlieb added. “For too long, we as a nation have been far too squeamish about sexual health issues for teens, but we owe it to our kids to get over it.”

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81% of parents do not monitor their child’s internet use

November 27, 2009 --

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll
Press Release

ANN ARBOR, Mich,—When your daughter goes online, how likely is it she’s being stalked by a stranger or bullied by a classmate? When your son surfs the Web, what are the chances he’s viewing pornography or gambling?  A report released today by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health shows that parents across the United States have a wide range of concerns about the safety of their children’s lives online.

Eighty-one percent of parents report their children, ages 9-17, use the Internet and access Web sites without adult supervision. Forty-six percent of parents report children ages 9 – 17, who access the Internet by themselves have their own social networking profiles on sites like Facebook, MySpace and BlackPlanet. Among children ages 13 – 17 who access the Internet, 66 percent have their own profiles.

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Go Healthy, Not Hungry for Thanksgiving

November 26, 2009 --

HealthDay News — The holiday season means you’ll be faced with a seemingly endless buffet of food temptation. While some people simply give in and eat too much, others deny themselves any holiday treats.But there are ways to navigate between overindulgence and deprivation, according to Julie Redfern, manager of Nutrition Consult Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She offers the following advice:

* Eat a light snack before you go to a holiday party. That will prevent you from arriving hungry and overeating or gobbling down foods high in calories and saturated fat.
* When you’re invited to a party, offer to bring a healthy food dish.

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Special autumn memories

November 25, 2009 --

By Olivia Rossi, RN, MSN, ACSM
Your Personal Trainer

There’s an ache in the air of autumn.  It’s called nostalgia.  Nostalgia means “to return home,” home to memories, to the old days, to the longings of times past, some happy, some sad but all about life.  For me, it happens in autumn.  Perhaps it’s the leaves changing, the chill outside and the warmth within, the yearning, the remembering.  It can be a time to smile or perhaps a time to cry, but mostly, it’s a time to remember . . .

It was November, thirty years ago in Richmond, Virginia.  I was eight months pregnant.

We lived in a beautifully restored townhouse on West Avenue in an old section of town called “The Fan.” As I sat on the porch early one morning—I’m still a “porch sitter”—I was inspired by the moment as I wrote this poem.  That moment became a “freeze-frame” of my feelings.  Each time I read it, I am transported back to those happy, warm memories.  I hope this helps bring your own memories back to mind and heart.

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Pink Gloves Dance Video boosts hearts, minds and funds

November 24, 2009 --

Oregonian, Emily Somers created and directed this fantastic breast cancer awareness fundraiser video called the Pink Glove Dance. Medline features these pink gloves so that health care providers can show their support and Medline itself donates portions of each box sold to breast cancer awareness. The video is an additional fundraiser as Medline has pledged a donation to the hospital if the video hits a million views mark. Promoting the cause and elevating a brilliant idea has never been easier, so watch the video and email it on to all your friends.

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Women’s Survey: What makes you most angry?

November 23, 2009 --

Oregon Women’s Report Survey Results, when presented with three recent events.

Comments:
– Wow. That’s a tough one though!       

–  No excuse for the pilots llack of attention

–  All three are horrible situations. #1 is flat out child abuse, #2 puts thousands in danger, and #3 is unforgivable

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Mammograms: What to Do Now?

November 21, 2009 --

HealthDay News — When a U.S. government task force recommended that women wait until they’re 50 to get their first mammogram to check for breast cancer, reaction was swift. Critics such as the American Cancer Society vowed to stand by its advice that annual screening begin at age 40 for women of average risk. The American College of Radiology agreed.

But what will doctors who see female patients day after day suggest they do?

The guidelines, released Nov. 16 by a federal panel of experts known as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, recommend that women aged 40 to 49 and at average risk for breast cancer talk to their doctor about when it would be best for them to begin mammography screening.

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