Wondering about COVID-19 vaccines if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding?

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out, pregnant and breastfeeding people have many questions around risks and benefits. At first, many of those receiving vaccines in US will be healthcare workers, although the circles for vaccine eligibility are widening.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine agree that the new mRNA COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to pregnant and breastfeeding individuals who are eligible for vaccination.

Here are answers to some basic questions you may have about getting a COVID-19 vaccine if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding — or are considering a pregnancy. Keep in mind that information is evolving rapidly. Your obstetric provider or medical team can advise you more fully, based on your personal health risks, exposures to the virus that causes COVID-19, and preferences.

What do we know about how COVID-19 affects people

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Can gout be prevented?

To many people, gout seems like a disease of the past. Cartoons from 200 years ago depicted it as a condition afflicting the wealthy (“the disease of kings”), whose gluttonous consumption of food and drink was thought to bring on the attacks of debilitating arthritis.

All these years later, much about gout is still misunderstood. Shame, derision, and the belief that the gout sufferer deserves the condition linger. And rather than being a disease of the past, gout is quite common — and rates are rising. Estimates suggest gout affects nearly 4% of the adult population in the US, an increase from prior decades. And it’s not a disease limited to the well-to-do; it affects people of all economic classes.

The most likely explanations for the rising rates of gout are an aging population and excess weight. Both are major risk factors for the disease. The expanding waistline of the … Read more

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Hormonal therapies for advanced prostate cancer linked to a higher risk of falls and fractures

Falls rank among the top causes of death and injuries among the elderly, and the risk increases significantly in older people being treated for cancer. Now, investigators are reporting that a newer class of drugs for advanced prostate cancer is associated with a significant increase in fall risk.

Called androgen receptor inhibitors, or ARIs, these drugs target testosterone, a hormone that accelerates the growth of prostate tumors. Unlike traditional hormonal treatments that interfere with the body’s ability to make testosterone (known as androgen deprivation therapy, or ADT), ARIs work by preventing testosterone from binding to its receptor on cancer cells. Three ARIs were evaluated in the study — apalutamide, enzalutamide, and darolutamide — and each can limit prostate cancer progression and extend survival. The investigators emphasized that the benefits of using ARIs outweigh the risk of falls and fractures, which are rare even in treated patients.

What the investigators did

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COVID-19 and the heart: What have we learned?

Early in the pandemic, epidemiologists made a striking observation. Compared to the general population, people with cardiovascular disease (CVD) were more than twice as likely to contract severe forms of COVID-19. In the last six months, death rates from COVID-19 have dropped significantly, but CVD remains a major predictor of poor outcome. What have we learned about heart disease and COVID-19 in that time?

Pre-existing heart conditions and poor metabolic health increase risk of severe COVID-19

As I described in a blog post back in April, some health conditions, like diabetes, increase risk of severe COVID-19 by suppressing the immune system; others, like asthma, increase risk by weakening the lungs. However, in the early months of the pandemic it was not entirely clear how CVD increased the risk of severe COVID-19. We now have two explanations.

The first is that pre-existing heart conditions, such as damaged heart muscle or blocked … Read more

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We’re supposed to make resolutions now?

After everything that’s happened in 2020, setting goals seems like a big ask. Resolutions inherently mean discomfort and require resolve, and most of us have had enough of the former and don’t have much left of the latter. The response to the annual tradition might involve a collective groan, eye roll, and require a censor.

The question is, is it okay to take this year off?

“It’s always okay,” says Dr. Inna Khazan, clinical psychologist and lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Why do we make resolutions?

Resolutions have their use in pushing us out of our comfort zones, but they aren’t required. Some people stick to them and benefit, but others have a different relationship with resolutions: they make them without any intention of keeping them, and repeat this cycle year after year.

Khazan says that the result can be almost like doing less than nothing. “It … Read more

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When You Can’t Find The Motivation

When You Can’t Find The Motivation

I have felt like a LOSER before and self beat up is real. What I’m about to share is for you if your current circumstances have you feeling bad and you don’t know where to find the motivation.

I’ve failed a LOT. More times than I can count. I’ve been overweight. I’ve been financially broke. I’ve been heart broken, divorced, I have been in PHYSICAL pain. I’ve been a struggling single mom, I’ve been someone who experienced gut wrenching grief.

I’ve been hopeless, anxious, lost and depressed.

At 49 there is not a lot I have not experienced. And it has NOT all been positive. I AM however grateful for those times as it’s shaped me and allowed me to tech others now.

AND NOW… I’m always motivated. But it was a process to get to this place.

It is easy to get and … Read more

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3 easy ways to eat a healthier diet

While many people might be taking a pass on formal New Year’s resolutions this year, others may mark a fresh start this month by resolving to make up for poor eating habits of the past. But this motivation is often focused on a diet that’s too ambitious, or too restrictive. Without a solid plan, you may fail quickly. So consider a compromise: start with these three easy ways to eat a healthier diet.

Aim for real food only

Look at your plate and note what’s processed and what isn’t. Maybe it’s the whole thing (like a frozen dinner), or maybe it’s just part of your meal (like the bottled dressing on your salad). Think of where you can swap processed foods for healthier versions. Ideas include

  • eating whole-grain pasta instead of enriched white-flour spaghetti
  • having quinoa instead of white rice
  • making your own snacks like baked chickpeas, instead of
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Your Butt is Photo Shopped…🙄

Your Butt is Photo Shopped…🙄

“Your abs are photo shopped” “Your butt is photo shopped” 😂 (now I had to giggle at that one)

When I first started sharing on social media years ago I had a wicked strong core and defined abs. Something I had worked REALLY hard at. I would constantly get comments (usually from someone with a pet or plant as a profile picture) that I was photoshopped. It hurt. A lot.

When video became a thing on IG those mean comments stopped.

Now, years later, as I’ve been working super crazy hard the last few months to develop my backside, comments once again started coming in, not about abs but that my “butt was photoshopped”

I wasn’t triggered this time as I now know this and have compassion:

HERE IS WHAT I KNOW NOW

Your mean comments just mean that YOU don’t think that YOUR goals … Read more

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Do pro-inflammatory diets harm our health? And can anti-inflammatory diets help?

Our emerging understanding of the role of inflammation in major chronic diseases has brought much attention to the effect of diet on the inflammatory process. Understanding the link may help us identify specific dietary patterns and foods than can diminish chronic inflammation and improve health.

Inflammation: Helpful, harmful, or both?

There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is the body’s protective response to an injury or infection. For example, acute inflammation occurs when you cut your finger. Your body dispatches white blood cells to protect the area. You may see some swelling and redness and feel pain, but this process is critical to preventing infection.

Chronic inflammation may be triggered when the body tries to rid itself of harmful substances such as toxins from smoking. Increased levels of chronic inflammation are also associated with excess fat, especially around the abdomen.

Low-grade chronic inflammation may damage blood … Read more

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The Fascination With Booties

The Fascination With Booties

Let’s talk BACKSIDE. Booty, peach, bumm, rear, tush, tuckkkus (in my Yiddish accent lol no idea how to spell it)

It’s trendy now. Big 🍑
It wasn’t trendy in my 20s, 30s or earlier 40s. In fact people used to message me asking how to make their backside SMALLER.

And me with all my bodyweight knowledge never lifted “heavy” for my glutes. Never.

Even WORSE… bc of my lower back issues, and anterior Pelvic tilt and years of high heel wearing, I focused SOOOOO MUCH ON abs and the main abdominal core area that I OVERCORRECTED. Meaning I did so many planks, L sits, and working out in “grandpa butt form” as I called it that my butt went away.

Add age (49) butts drop.

And then the injuries came
Disc rupture and more…

The more injuries I had the more I I overcorrected the WRONG … Read more

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Making the most of physical activity apps

One of the best moves you can make for your health is to get moving. “Walking is man’s best medicine” is a well-known quote from Hippocrates. Centuries later, we have multiple research studies that reveal the power of exercise as medicine. One study specifically compared exercise to common medications for heart disease, stroke, and prediabetes, demonstrating that exercise can have comparable outcomes with regard to lowering risk of death. Recent research also highlights the impact that even short doses of exercise can have on your mood and increased creativity. However, as when you stop taking a medicine, if you stop exercising, the benefits stop as well.

Finding ways to make exercise fun and engaging is key

Most people know exercise is good for their health, yet only about half of Americans meet the physical activity guidelines to accumulate 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.

These days, making … Read more

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You Create What You Focus On

You Create What You Focus On

We get what we think about whether we like it or not….

Many times in my life I have had failures and set backs… MANY TIMES. And what got me out of those times and self beat up always was and always is changing my focus. Changing what I was THINKING about.

Now this was never “instant” and still takes me practice but it works ALWAYS when I can shift my focus.

YOU GET MORE OF WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT.

Its true… when it comes to your body, your business, your relationships, your income, everything.

If you think about what is not working, what’s wrong, what you do not want, you will take actions that attract more and more of those things.…And when you focus on gratitude, what IS working, what IS right, what you do want YOU … Read more

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The health effects of too much gaming

It is estimated that 164 million Americans — half of our population — play video games, also known as gaming. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t just teens who play games. According to a recent survey, only 21% of gamers were under 18 years old. While gaming can be a fun distraction or hobby (and is even becoming a competitive sport on many college campuses), there are health risks that come from too much gaming. What are these harms, and what can be done about them?

Is there anything good about gaming?

Before discussing the harms of gaming, it is only fair to mention the benefits. Aside from being entertaining and a fun pastime, gaming can provide a way for people to interact with each other — a virtual community — as they work together toward completing common tasks. Our society suffers from an epidemic of loneliness, and gaming … Read more

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