February 11: United Nation’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital spotlights women scientists helping find cures and treatments for catastrophic diseases

On the United Nation’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science todaySt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital marks this important recognition today by highlighting a series on women in science and medicine at St. Jude.

The online feature highlights women scientists, doctors and experts whose contributions to the field are leading to advancements in cures and prevention strategies for catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Launched in advance of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the series aims to tell the stories of these extraordinary women and inspire girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and medicine.

“The contributions by women to the field of science and medicine is immeasurable,” said Martine Roussel, Ph.D., a molecular oncologist at St. Jude who has devoted nearly 50 years to scientific exploration. “The extraordinary women who work tirelessly at St. Jude, some of whom are featured in this series, have made groundbreaking and lifelong impacts on advancing treatments and potential cures for some of the world’s most difficult diseases. Too often, women in science and medicine face obstacles in their careers, but nevertheless they persevere and the entire world is better because of their determination. We hope these stories are an inspiration to girls across the globe and help them see that they, too, can choose a career in STEM.”

Roussel, who was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2019 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011, has long been an advocate for women in science. In 2019 she was among several female scientists who were part of a groundbreaking “Women in Cancer Research” article in Nature discussing the prevalence of gender inequality in science and the work necessary to level the playing field.

“Female and male scientists have the same drive and passion, but women are subject to implicit bias,” wrote Roussel for Nature. “Although there are now more women scientists, with or without children, who are recognized for career achievements, gender equality has not yet been achieved.” 

St. Jude recognizes contributions of women in science and medicine

Through a one-on-one “question and answer” interview format, the women in science and medicine series will feature every Monday, through the end of March, a story telling the journey of a female St. Jude scientist, doctor or expert via the online St. Jude award-winning magazine, St. Jude ProgressSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will also promote these features through social media participation with the #womeninscience hashtag.

Already posted features include:

For Erica Kaye, MD, the privilege of caring for a patient and family is sacred

  • Erica Kaye, MDshares her family’s journey to becoming physicians and how meaningful connections have deepened her understanding of her role in caring for patients.

Life-changing experience forged Niki Jurbergs’ career in pediatric oncology

  • Niki Jurbergs, PhD, credits a hematology/oncology rotation as a psychology intern as a pivotal moment that shaped how she cares for patients today.

Robin Mutz’s childhood dream to be a nurse led to becoming the chief nurse executive at St. Jude

  • Robin Mutz, RN, never forgot the compassionate leadership she encountered early in her career.

Deanna Tremblay credits mother with inspiration to pursue scientific career

  • Deanna Tremblay, MSc, credits her mother’s decision to return to school as a key event in shaping a career path in science.

The St. Jude Progress blog will shine the light on the critical work and the personal stories of how these accomplished women are advancing life-saving preventions, treatments and cures for the world’s most challenging diseases. The women scientists, doctors and experts at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital continue to be critical in the development of treatments that have helped increase the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to 80% since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. Each of these profiles – ranging from personal reflections to professional development – aim to profile the journeys of the women of St. Jude helping the hospital achieve its mission of finding cures and saving children.

Celebrate National Wear Red Day with Women’s Choice Award

Celebrate National Wear Red Day and American Heart Month with a tool that can help women fight against cardiovascular disease – the Women’s Choice Award.The Women’s Choice Award is a life-saving resource that identifies America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care and additional health care resources. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women, causing one in three deaths each year – that’s approximately one woman every minute. What’s often thought of as a “man’s disease” strikes more women than men and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined, and the Women’s Choice Award helps them navigate a confusing landscape of health care choices.

The award empowers women to choose the best services for themselves based on female-centric data research, surveys of tens of thousands of women, female patient feedback and information on what drives the consumer experience for women vs. men. It is also based on research from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of Business and more.

It is the only ranking that does not separate clinical outcomes from patient experience and reflects the preferences of women when choosing where to go for the best health care. No other ranks heart care based on a women’s needs.

“With such strong prevalence of heart disease, helping women find the best in cardiac care is how we empower them to make the best health care choices for themselves and for their family,” said Delia Passi, the award’s founder and CEO. Her business and brand have helped companies such as Hallmark, Goodyear, Hertz, Pennzoil, Mastercard, Brother, Coldwell Banker and more with marketing and research on women’s issues.

You can see rankings here:
https://www.womenschoiceaward.com/best-hospitals-for-heart-care?distance=10&name=&sort=ASC

Methodology information here:
https://www.womenschoiceaward.com/hospital-methodology

BEST HOSPITALS for Heart Care

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year—approximately one woman every minute. What’s often thought of as a “man’s disease” strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. “With such strong prevalence of heart disease, helping her find the best in cardiac care is how we empower women to make the best healthcare choices for themselves and for their family,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of The Women’s Choice Award. The following hospitals have met the highest standards for Heart Care across the U.S. and have earned the 2021 Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare.

Menstruation is having a moment. In 2021, let’s turn it into a movement. Here’s how

2020 showed the world the power of healthcare equity– and not just regarding the pandemic. Scotland just announced that it would be tackling ‘period poverty’ by providing free menstrual products to whoever needs them, making it the first country to do so.

Menstruation and the social issues around it are clearly having a moment – but how do we make this a movement in 2021??

Prof. Inga T. Winkler, co-editor of the Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies, wrote the compilation of a volume of over 1,000 pages by 134 contributors from more than 30 countries on the diversity of menstrual experiences and the social issues surrounding it.

Menstrual stigma results in discrimination, disempowerment, and even delays in crucial medical diagnosis– it is another facet of the movement for gender justice. So how exactly do we turn this menstrual moment into a movement? There’s something everyone can do:

YOU: Stop using euphemisms. Speak about your menstrual experience. Don’t panic at signs of blood on your towel or your sheets. Have sex during menstruation if you feel like it. If you don’t menstruate? Listen.

PARENTS: Let menstruation out of the [water] closet. Normalize. Familiarize. The kids are taking their cues from you, and they do so early on. It’s not about having “the” talk about menstruation, it’s about menstruation being part of everyday life.

EDUCATORS: Find creative ways to address menstrual health and politics in your curricula. Teach body literacy. This can be part of sex ed, but doesn’t have to be.

HEALTH WORKERS: Pay attention to the menstrual cycle as a vital sign. Take pain seriously. Take time to listen to your patients’ symptoms. (The diagnostic delay for endometriosis is about 8 years, and that hasn’t changed in a decade. We need to do better.)

ACTIVISTS: Make the menstrual connection: How is fighting menstrual stigma related to the social change work you are doing?

ALL OF US: Build a broad movement that includes people from different backgrounds along the lines of race, ethnicity, disability, and gender identity and make space and amplify the voices of people who face marginalization.

Top Mother’s Day Ideas For Mummies-To-Be

Expecting a baby? Congratulations! This is guaranteed to be the most magical, precious and utterly terrifying time of your life. You will face myriad challenges, but none of those challenges will outweigh the love and joy that your child will bring to you. As Mother’s Day approaches, here are our favourite Mother’s Day gifts for mums to be

Memorable Card

You don’t become a parent the moment you see your baby, you don’t even become a parent the day that your baby is conceived. You are officially a parent the second that you make that decision that you are ready to welcome that new addition to your family. 

For many, the journey from making that decision and actually having a baby or child living with them can be a long and painful one. So, cherish every step in the journey. There’s no better way to do this than with a mummy-to-be card to mum from bump/baby. 

Memories Book

Document the journey through parenthood with a beautiful memory book, the perfect Mother’s Day gift! From the first scan or photo to first Mother’s Day, steps, words – every precious memory can be recorded for years to come. (don’t make the mistake of thinking that you will remember everything; one day, they’ll ask what their first was and if you don’t write it down, you will definitely have to make it up). 

Mummy Pamper Pack

Most parents know very well that life never be the same again. And for mums, they know that their body won’t every truly be theirs again, either. Fill a pamper pack with her favourite things: books, candles, bubble bath, a miniature of her favourite tipple (one won’t hurt) and her favourite chocolate because, take our word for it, in a couple of years’ time, she isn’t going to get a look in on her own chocolate treats!

Fine Dining

Make the most of your last Mother’s Day as expectant parents, rather than actual parents, with an extravagant final hurrah. Go to a beautiful restaurant, take a trip away. This is your last opportunity to focus on the two of you for a while, so make sure that you enjoy every moment before your keenly waited arrival turns up and changes everything (for the better, we promise). 

Baby Shopping!

If you thought you had seen everything there was to see in the shopping world, you probably thought wrong. Having a child adds a whole new dimension to shopping and, no matter what your feelings normally are about retail therapy, you will probably love shopping for the newest member of your family. 

Buggies, clothes, toys, books, technology – there is so much out there, more innovations and cute designs than you ever dreamed of in your wildest imaginings! So, celebrate Mother’s Day with some baby-centric retail therapy and a decadent lunch, of course. 

Massage or Spa Day

As you prepare for the wonderful world of parenthood, the biggest adaptation, yet one that comes naturally to most parents, is the realisation that you won’t come first for at least the next 15 years. A massage or spa day is the perfect, indulgent treat where mum – or both- parents-to-be can relax and take care of themselves before they officially become parents. 

Families come in all shapes and sizes. The most important thing is that you love and cherish each other, and take time to show one another that you care.

Fun Summer Finds for Active Women

As active parents, we are excited that warm weather has finally decided to visit us (and here’s hoping it stops raining for a few minutes so we can stay outdoors to enjoy it!)

Now that Spring has spring and Summer is on the way, here are a few of our favorites for moms on the go.

Sand Cloud, an environmentally aware company that donates %10 of it’s profits to #SaveTheFishes (help protect and preserve marine life) offers a wide array of items that are sustainable, adorable, and environmentally friendly. From super useful items mom will love like reusable glass bottles with beautiful and fun designs on them to metal straws that you can take anywhere (avoid those unnecessary plastic ones), soft towels with lovely artwork, to organic tees and tanks and more. Visit https://www.sandcloud.com to see what strikes your fancy.

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Yoga lover? Me too, we hit the mat almost daily, it is one of the best ways to center yourself and have a few minutes of peace. Slightly Buddha is a yoga company for yoga lovers, by yoga lovers. The items on the site are simple, pretty, and express the ideas of living a zen lifestyle. They make, as they describe them, “well made, cute clothes” that offer value to the customer. As the owner describes the collection, “Slightly Buddha is a manifestation of my love for yoga, art and clothes.”  The clothing is soft and comfortable, and perfect for hitting a class or running errands. Pay attention to the photos and the reviews, they are honest and helpful when choosing a size.  Visit https://www.slightlybuddha.com and check out the graceful designs that are easy to mix and match.

Title Nine has everything the active woman needs, from running gear to swimwear to undergarments and more. Dresses that move with you, skirts that shake the rain off, leggings that actually stay in place. I can’t say enough good things about the company, which is run by amazing women for women, so they know what women want and need. I recently tried out the Roadster Convertible Underwire Bra and the Cuz She Say’s So Underwire Bra and I have to say, I’m in love. The “Roadster” in particular has become my “go to”- if it’s clean, I’m wearing it. Comfortable and keeping everything where it needs to be, even during vigorous workouts, this is the one to beat in my opinion. The “Cuz She Said So” was also comfortable and preformed well, and kept it all together.  The company is so passionate about their bras, they even have a program to help get them to girls in underprivileged communities. They know it’s hard to preform your best when you are being hindered- and that’s pretty cool. Visit https://www.titlenine.com to find your perfect match.

Looking for something pretty? Mountain Khakis puts a modern spin on classics, and the clothing is built to last. This company builds tough clothing that’s still pretty and soft to wear. You can find classic styles mom loves, which are durable and have the highest quality craftsmanship. A brand you can rely on not to fall apart on you. Not only that, but they are a company that cares, being Fair Trade Certified, members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and are organic and biodegradable, using only products and production methods that are safe, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. You can be tough and rugged and still look beautiful at the same time- all this while being environmentally responsible. Great gift options, take a look at https://www.mountainkhakis.com to see what strikes your fancy.

Poise and LBL #PoiseLinerLove @walmart

Disclosure- This I received compensation and / or samples in order to provide this review.  All opinions are my own and honest. For more information, please see “I Disclose”.

Light Bladder Leakage (or LBL) is a common occurrence for women of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities.  This occurs in one in every three women and some of the most common reasons are;

Physical changes from childbirth, pregnancy, hysterectomy, or menopause, being overweight, complications from surgery, stroke, or chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s disease. It can also occur from a bladder or urinary tract infection, or bladder irritants (certain foods and beverages).

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As a personal sufferer of LBL, it can be daunting trying to find a way to either cover it up or work around it.  Sometimes it’s just a funny joke or a silly life event occurs and I happen to leak a bit.  Other times I just leak.  Luckily for me, I realized the best way to go about this is by having a little protection during daily activities.  This comes in the form of Poise Micro liners and liners.  Micro liners are great for when you know you are going to have a ‘good day’ with little to no issues, or if you don’t leak all that much.  Liners are great for those “more then just a few drops” days.  With an absorbancy of 2 out of 6 these are perfect for the infrequent spurts and drips.

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In our house, we always have at least a full box in the cabinet in the bathroom.  One of the best places to purchase Poise pads it Walmart, with great prices on bulk packaging, they are the clear cut winner against small packages at a local drug store.  One of the difficulties with bulk packaging is, will I use said item before it expires?  The beauty of Poise pads and liners, there is no expiration date and have more on hand is always a good thing.  Just in case.

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Poise liners are available in many different options, including micro liners, liners and the new 3 drop thin shaped pads.  All of which are available at your local Walmart.  If you aren’t sure which products are right for you there is even a simple question and answer/survey available at Poise.

 

Depend Silhouette Active Fit Briefs #Underwareness #IC #ad

Disclosure- I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Depend. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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Depend brand undergarments have been blocking leaks and accidents for years and their newest in the line of products is the Silhouette Active Briefs which not only protect from embarrassing leaks but also features a thin design cloth-like fabric that is smooth under clothes for complete comfort and trusted protection.  The briefs also come in two colors black and beige.  If you think these briefs aren’t for you consider a few facts.  Over 51 million American women experience bladder leakage. That’s 1 in 3 American women. There are many common causes of bladder leakage in women including pregnancy, childbirth and even diabetes.

What is most exciting about these new briefs is their ability to seamlessly be worn with just about any outfit.  Providing confidence in your protection and your style.  Making these ideal for business situations, or family functions.

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The Depend brand is also entering year two of Underwareness, a social movement and charitable cause to break down the bladder leakage stigma.  As part of Underwareness, the Depend brand is encouraging people to show their support for women with bladder leakage. For every photo and video shared using #Underwareness, the Depend brand will donate $1, up to $3 million, through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage.

There are also coupons available right now for Depend Briefs so be sure to check them out.  Depend undergarments are available at supermarkets, drug stores and many other retail establishments across the country.  It is always possible to have an accident and its always better to be prepared then not at all.

Pitch Perfect 2, Schick® and Skintimate® are Perfect Together

In recent years, there has been an insurgence of music based competitions movies.  But there are a few gems which not only include music, but also poke fun at themselves.  One such film was Pitch Perfect, which was released on 2012.  Now, fast forward a few years later and we are on the currently on the cusp of Pitch Perfect 2’s release in theaters, May 15, 2015.  The movie follows the adventures of the Barden Bellas, an all female a capella singing group and their misadventures trying to get back into the a capella singing circuit.  This movie looks absolutely hysterical and with just the right amount of music, heart, and humor to keep everyone entertained.

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One of the official sponsors of the new movie is Schick’s Women’s Shave.  As such, there are special limited edition Pitch Perfect 2 packaging for Schick Hydro Silk Razors, Skintimate Shave Gel Schick Intuition, Schick Quattro for Women, and Schick Xtreme3.  On select packages for a limited time, consumers can get a free ticket to see Pitch Perfect 2.  To get your ticket  just purchase 2 products with a minimum value of $10 at an Ahold store, including Stop & Shop, Giant, and Martin’s.  Then fill out the print out form received at the register to redeem the coupon.  This is a limited time promotion and runs from until 05/23, so be sure to act quickly.
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