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Archive for November, 2007

New Study: The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke

Posted by Catherine Morgan on November 27, 2007

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Quite Smoking…If not for yourself then for the ones you love. — by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at BlogHer)

Recent studies show that about one third of non-smokers who are exposed to high levels of secondhand smoke, have similar damage to their lungs as actual smokers. It shouldn’t really come as any surprise that secondhand smoke is bad, it only makes sense that if smoking is bad for you, than secondhand smoke can’t be too good. Right?

To give you an example…Over 15 years ago I had a patient who was dying of lung cancer and had never smoked a day in her life, her husband was the smoker. It was very sad.

I’ve been hearing a lot today (CNN) about two interesting studies on the subject of secondhand smoke. One shows actual MRI images of smokers and non-smokers, with an image of a non-smoker that was exposed to secondhand smoke in the middle. The other was a study out of Indiana, that shows a 70% decrease in heart attacks of non-smokers admitted to the ER, that directly coincides with a smoking ban that was put in place at the same time.

It’s not a smoking gun, but it’s smoking-related, and it’s there in bright medical images: evidence of microscopic structural damage deep in the lungs, caused by secondhand cigarette smoke. For the first time, researchers have identified lung injury to nonsmokers that was long suspected, but not previously detectable with medical imaging tools. — From Science Daily

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Posted in awareness, children, chronic illness, family, friends, health, healthy living, life, medical, news, self help, smoking, thoughts | 10 Comments »

Have A Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on November 22, 2007

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Posted in cooking, family, food, life, Thanksgiving, thoughts | Comments Off on Have A Happy Thanksgiving.

BlogHers Act on Maternal Health

Posted by Catherine Morgan on November 15, 2007

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The new BlogHers Act site is LIVE. Check out this post by Lisa Stone explaining the goals of this new site.

The site before you is the result of terrific work by a great team. Maria Niles, Denise Tanton and Web Producer Julie Douglas led a significant production, design, and project management effort, working with the insight, connections, passion and original concept of Contributing Editors Emily McKhann and Cooper Munroe of The Motherhood, whose blogging on this essential topic we can now enjoy in its new home. Thank you, wonder women. — read full post

This years commitment is to Maternal Health…

Are you aware that maternity is a leading killer of women worldwide?

It’s true. Every minute of every day, somewhere in the world a woman loses her life because of issues related to pregnancy or giving birth. In 2007-2008, BlogHers Act is committed to saving some of these lives by harnessing the power of women online and our blogs to address maternal health, the global health issue recommended by this community.

This is a very important issue, and a great way for women to help other women. I hope you’ll get involved. Just go to the New BlogHers Act Site, and see what you can do to help.

Posted in BlogHer, family, health, life, medical, parenting, women, world | Comments Off on BlogHers Act on Maternal Health

How To Find The Candidate That Works Best For You.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on November 11, 2007

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If you want to just quickly and easily find out what candidates best reflect your opinion on the issues, then you are in luck.  There are many of these types of sites now available, and the newest to the political quiz arena is GlassBooth.  I came across this link at Political Safari, while researching for a post on my newest blog The Political Voices of Women (if you haven’t already, I hope you’ll check it out).

This is from the GlassBooth.org Blog…

There are over 3,000 pieces of information about candidate stances spread across 90 questions in the Glassbooth back end. To create any one question, every single candidate needs to have made a statement or vote on it in the public record. Thus, while it might be easy to find out what Barack Obama thinks about universal health care, it is much more difficult to find what Duncan Hunter thinks about the Alternative Minimum Tax. Basically, assembling the back end was no small task.

Working with On The Issues and a research team of a dozen volunteers, I figure the breakdown is as follows:

-Each question takes about three hours to research
-90 questions multiplied by three hours is 270 hours.

So ask yourself: Do you have 270 hours to find out where every single candidate stands on today’s important issues?

Read more from the Glassbooth Blog Here.

Posted in blogging, faith, family, life, news, opinion | 2 Comments »

One Lap Top For Every Child: See how you can give one and get one.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on November 3, 2007

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See how you can help to give every child a laptop…

Starting November 12, One Laptop Per Child will be offering a Give 1 Get 1 Program for a brief window of time in North America. For $399, you will be purchasing two XO laptops—one that will be sent to empower a child to learn in a developing nation, and one that will be sent to your child at home. If you’re interested in Give 1 Get 1, we’ll be happy to send you a reminder email. Just sign up in the box to the left and you’ll receive your reminder prior to the November 12 launch date.

Posted in blogging, Charity, children, daily life, faith, family, gratitude, life, parenting, women, world | 8 Comments »

 
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