Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Alberta's Government Made This Bizarre Website To Warn You About “Buttholiosis”

Those darn kids with their Facetweets and Instragrindrs.
















Sexually transmitted infections appear to be on the rise in Alberta and the province is pointing the (hopefully gloved) finger at social media.



Sexually transmitted infections appear to be on the rise in Alberta and the province is pointing the (hopefully gloved) finger at social media.



"The use of social media to make an anonymous connection, very quickly, we believe is driving this particular outbreak,” said Alberta's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Karen Grimsrud, according to the Edmonton Journal.



By "social media," Grimsrud was presumably referring to hook-up apps like Tinder or Grindr.



"When people don't know their sexual partners' identities, it makes it difficult for public health to contact partners, as far as setting up testing and treatment," she said.




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You know, as opposed to the good ol' days when you got someone's complete medical history and social insurance number before bringing them home from the bar.



You know, as opposed to the good ol' days when you got someone's complete medical history and social insurance number before bringing them home from the bar.



Whatever the cause, the province is reporting that STIs have reached "outbreak" levels in Alberta.



Cases of gonorrhea were up 80% in 2015 compared to 2014 and cases of infectious syphilis doubled in the same timeframe.



Released Tuesday, the report also showed different groups are disproportionally affected. Nearly half of the female patients with gonorrhea were Indigenous and 86% of the syphilis cases were among men who have sex with men.




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"Sexgerm Generator" spits out sophisticated infection names like "poonfluenza" and "testiclegitis."



In an attempt to reach out to ~the youth~, Alberta Health Services created Sexgerms.com (we assume Cooties.com was taken). A <br />






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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This 12-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Ran A Half Marathon

“I just have to finish.”
















LeeAdianez Rodríguez, a 12-year-old student, was running late when she rushed to the start line of her second 5K race on Sunday.



LeeAdianez Rodríguez, a 12-year-old student, was running late when she rushed to the start line of her second 5K race on Sunday.






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Brendalee Espada, LeeAdianez's mother, told BuzzFeed News that the young runner had been training for two months to prepare for the race, which is a little over 3 miles.



Brendalee Espada, LeeAdianez's mother, told BuzzFeed News that the young runner had been training for two months to prepare for the race, which is a little over 3 miles.






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LeeAdianez, a sixth-grader at Genesee Community Charter School, had previously spent her spare time drawing, dancing, and listening to music when she told her mom one day that she'd like to start running.



LeeAdianez, a sixth-grader at Genesee Community Charter School, had previously spent her spare time drawing, dancing, and listening to music when she told her mom one day that she'd like to start running.






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"I don't do anything athletic," Espada remembers her daughter saying. "I want to do something athletic."



"I told her whatever she wants to do she can do it and to never to give up on anything," said Espada.



The girl had been training for months for the race, which was one of two races offered at the Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge on Sunday morning. The second race was a half marathon, which is 13.1 miles.










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Monday, April 25, 2016

Tell Us What You Love About Your Vulva Or Vagina

Because it's an incredibly lovable thing.
















Vaginas are truly wonderful, awesome, and special, and they should be celebrated.



Vaginas are truly wonderful, awesome, and special, and they should be celebrated.






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But societal expectations, stereotypes in the media, and opinions from peers can sometimes lead us to feel self-conscious, disconnected, or unsatisfied with our vulvas.



But societal expectations, stereotypes in the media, and opinions from peers can sometimes lead us to feel self-conscious, disconnected, or unsatisfied with our vulvas.






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Like maybe your friends made you believe you were supposed to be groomed and maintained a certain way down there.









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Or maybe something you saw or read made you think your vagina wasn't the right shape or size or smell.



Or maybe something you saw or read made you think your vagina wasn't the right shape or size or smell.






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Sunday, April 24, 2016

37 Things That Prove Money Really Can Buy Happiness

Things to help you cheer up, calm down, or just get through.



































A glitter lamp to mesmerize you.



A glitter lamp to mesmerize you.



"I put it on a high shelf, and when I'm stressed/overwhelmed, I just turn the lights off, lie on my bed, put on my 'Songs That Make Me Happy' playlist and watch the little lights flicker across the whole room like stars." -Lengyi



Get this one on Amazon for $19.97.




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A really good sex toy to bliss you out.



A really good sex toy to bliss you out.



"It sounds weird, but since an orgasm releases dopamine, it really helps. Plus I've gotten to ~love myself~ with it. So, hey, say what you want. It rocks." -veethefabulous



Check out these sex toys if you don't know where to start.




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A premium Spotify account for all your thematically resonant music needs.



A premium Spotify account for all your thematically resonant music needs.



"I can listen to whatever music I need to to calm down, amp up, or get happy. Really helps me get through hard days!" -Nicole Stamas, Facebook



Try Spotify Premium free for 30 days or buy for $9.99 a month.




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Friday, April 22, 2016

9 Super Easy Ways to Go Green

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Everyone knows that recycling and reusing are good for Mother Earth, but did you know that Americans throw away enough aluminum every year to supply the entire auto industry?

 

Worldwide each year some 500 billion to 1 trillion (!) plastic bags are consumed. That's just an example of two things that could be recycled, or (in the case of all those plastic bags) simply not used in the first place.

 

You don't have to go on a recycling crusade or start a movement to create change. Making a few small changes to go green could really make a difference in your life and for the planet collectively.

 

Here are 9 easy ways to go green and help save the environment:

 


Get savvy with your electronics


Charge your smartphone or tablet on airplane mode so the battery charges quicker. Turn off your computer at night. Change your lightbulbs to energy efficient bulbs. Wash your laundry on cold instead of hot, and air dry what you can.

 

Do you need three lights on in your bedroom, or can you open a window and turn off two? Get into the habit of shutting off lights and other unnecessary electronics when you leave the room.

 


Invest in (or dig out of storage) a reusable water bottle


Find a quality water bottle and get in the habit of keeping it filled with your favorite beverage. Bring it everywhere so you don't contribute to the massive waste of cans and plastic bottles. If you want to take this to the next level, bring your travel mug along to the coffee shop – many places even offer discounts for bringing your own mug!

 


Lace up your sneakers


Think about ditching the car and walk or ride your bike to work, yoga, or a friend's house. The exercise will give you more energy throughout the day and it will mean one less car on the road that day. If that isn't an option, you can also look into public transit (aka bus, light rail, train, etc.) or carpools available in your area.

 


Grow your own green


Plant a garden or window box with your favorite veggies and herbs. It doesn't have to be anything complicated, but gardening can help you spend more time outside and you'll be able to use what you grow.

 

Also, try making your own compost bin! Coffee grounds make great fertilizer, too, so once you're done with your morning joe, the grounds can go towards those veggies rather than the trash can.

 











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Pay attention to what you buy at the grocery store


Are you buying products that have been processed and filled with sugar and wrapped up in a lot of packaging? Or are you focusing on the fresh produce, meat, fish, and fresh-baked products? Ready for the next level of green? Check out your local farmer's market.

 

Don't forget to bring your own reusable shopping bags, too!

 


Go meatless


Whether that's once a day, once a week, or a full lifestyle change, consider reducing the amount of meat you consume. Every pound of meat harvested takes thousands of pounds of water plus emissions to produce. And while going veggie for one day a week might not seem like a big deal, some say it can have as much impact as driving a hybrid car!

 


Donate and recycle


Do your spring cleaning (whatever time of the year you like to do it). Donate clothes you don't wear anymore and books you aren't going to read, or reread. Recycle those old magazines and get in a habit of recycling what you can from your garbage on a regular basis. Most cities make it easy (and free) to recycle, and it's a responsible alternative to sending all your trash to the dump.

 


Consciously consume eco-friendly yoga gear


There are more and more awesome 100% eco-friendly yoga mats and clothing on the market like Yoloha yoga mats, or Hottie Yoga Wear for example. As for your old mat, you can wash it and repurpose it to keep rugs from sliding, or turn it into cabinet and drawer liners, and you can donate or repurpose your old yoga clothes. The possibilities are endless.

 

Recommended read: 8 Eco-Friendly Yoga Clothing Brands For Eco-Conscious Yogis

 


Finally, be aware of how you interact with the world


What are you using and what are you wasting? What can you use less of and what can you switch for environmentally friendly products? Every little bit helps.

 

If everyone does a little bit (and every little bit counts) we will start cleaning up the world we all live in and depend on. Making a few small changes can lead to some truly great things. The Earth isn't ours to use up, but rather to care for and preserve. Let's start showing Mother Earth the love and respect she deserves!

 


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Thursday, April 14, 2016

This Pill Delivery Startup Is Going To War With An Industry Giant






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Between Uber taking on taxi cabs and Airbnb seeking to disrupt the hospitality industry, disputes between startups and entrenched corporations are exceedingly common these days. Depending on your perspective, venture-backed entrepreneurs are the underdogs in David-and-Goliath showdowns - or they're brazen capitalists steamrolling regulations at the expense of transparency and safety.

Both characterizations are once again getting tossed around in the latest debate over disruption in an unlikely industry: Mail-home medications.

The startup is PillPack, which fills and ships prescription pills in individual dose packets that make it easier for customers to take their medications at the right times. If its CEO is to be believed, PillPack's momentum has spooked an incumbent: Express Scripts, one of the largest pharmacy benefit managers in the United States.

Pharmacy benefit managers are the third parties that process drug claims with your employer's insurer; they also negotiate drug prices with drug makers and pharmacies. Since 2013, a growing percentage of PillPack's customers have gotten coverage for their meds through Express Scripts.

But after this month, Express Scripts will remove PillPack from its network - a move that will mean one-third of PillPack's customers (unspecified “thousands” of people) will stop receiving their meds, according to CEO T.J. Parker. He believes Express Scripts is attempting to block competition against its own mail-order services.

“The last 20 years, they've effectively had a monopoly on mail-order pharmacy for constituents,” Parker told BuzzFeed News. “For very obvious reasons, they're quite reticent to give that up. As soon as you start getting real scale as a mail-order pharmacy, you're viewed as a threat and they terminate you.”






















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To fight back, PillPack is today launching a campaign and a website with testimonials from devoted customers like Gary S.: “If you feel PillPack is a threat, then improve your product. Don't try to monopolize.”

PillPack isn't the first startup to marshal its customers as soldiers in the battle for public sentiment: Both Uber and Airbnb have called on their customers to advocate for them, and just as how Uber hired David Plouffe, Barack Obama's 2008 campaign manager, Parker told BuzzFeed News that PillPack is getting help in this latest fight from Jim Messina, who managed Obama's 2012 campaign, among others.

But Express Scripts spokesperson Brian Henry said PillPack's theory for the breakup could not be “less true” - and that PillPack was booted because it flouted rules.

“What is true here is they're innovative and we've given them every chance to follow the rules that govern all our other pharmacy agreements and they've chosen not to follow them,” Henry told BuzzFeed News. “We welcome them back in, but they need to address these issues first. We've been very clear about them over the last several months.”

Henry also noted that roughly one out of every 25,000 Express Scripts members get pills from PillPack; it has 85 million members overall. Express Scripts does operate its own mail-home service, but it also covers outside pharmacies that do the same thing, he said. PillPack “is not a competitive threat.”

Since PillPack was founded in 2013, the Massachusetts startup has raised $63 million (most recently a $50 million round last summer) and hired 225 employees, according to the company. It also handles time-consuming tasks like refills and transferred prescriptions from previous pharmacies.






















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The partnership between PillPack and Express Scripts began in September 2013, when PillPack was approved to join Express Scripts' network of retail pharmacies. It launched in 32 states in February 2014. The two sides disagree about exactly what happened next, and accuse the other of ignoring their communications.

Express Scripts repeatedly warned PillPack that it was violating three standards, according to Henry: it labeled itself as a “retail pharmacy” in its contract when it is in fact a “mail-order pharmacy”; it shipped medications to a state where it was not licensed to do so; and operated without a license from URAC (formerly known as the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission), a nonprofit that helps promote health care quality by accrediting various medical care organizations.

Parker, who has a doctor of pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, says that Express Scripts has not given PillPack the option to reclassify itself as a “mail-order pharmacy,” although PillPack would be happy to.

The dispute over state licensing stems from the fact that historically, all but three states required licenses to ship medications - and last year, two of those three, Georgia and Pennsylvania, started to require them, Parker said. He said that PillPack missed the regulatory change for one of those states for about five months, stopped accepting new customers when it independently caught the change, and came into compliance before resuming service. Today, Parker said, PillPack is licensed to ship across the continental United States.

As for the URAC accreditation, Parker said that PillPack is nine-and-a-half months into the yearlong process, although accreditation is not legally required to deliver medications.

In February, after months of dispute, Express Scripts told the startup that it would be removed from the network after April, according to PillPack. Parker said it launched the campaign after Express Scripts didn't respond to a March email.

PillPack is also exploring its legal options, Parker told BuzzFeed News.

“Our preference would be to not have to fight that battle,” he said.






















23 Pictures That Perfectly Sum Up Attempting To Be Healthy

You tried.
















When substitutions must be made:



When substitutions must be made:






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When you exercise portion control:



When you exercise portion control:






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When it's the thought that counts:



When it's the thought that counts:






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When you're a responsible consumer:



When you're a responsible consumer:






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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

You Can Now Ask Facebook Messenger About That Weird Rash






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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday that Messenger was the fastest-growing app in the U.S. in 2015. Indeed, in the last year or so, Facebook has worked hard to make Messenger an indispensable digital one-stop-shop, beefing up what was once a a simple messaging app with features like video calling, peer-to-peer payments, a personal assistant called M - and now, a way to ask health questions, right in the app.

Starting today, you can send a (Facebook) message to HealthTap, a Palo Alto telemedicine startup; users can elect to either receive answers to similar questions in HealthTap's online database (instantly), or an answer from one of 100,000 physicians in HealthTap's network (usually within a few minutes, and all in under 24 hours, the company says). The service, which was announced as Facebook's F8 developers' conference took place Tuesday, is free.

While Google and Apple have invested in wellness and medical projects, this is Facebook's first effort to link its products with health services. "We want to make sure we're there for people when it's convenient for them," HealthTap CEO Ron Gutman told BuzzFeed News. "You don't need to open (another) app or go to a website. It's like having a discussion with your mom. You ask a question to a doctor and get an answer back."

HealthTap is one of several businesses that Facebook users can now directly message, including the shopping app Spring. "I've never met anyone who likes calling a business, and no one wants to install a new app for every service or business they want to interact with," Zuckerberg said at the conference.















Before you start tapping out an essay about your stomach pains and migraines, keep in mind this setup comes with caveats.



Before you start tapping out an essay about your stomach pains and migraines, keep in mind this setup comes with caveats.






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This is intended to be an educational service, not a replacement for visiting a doctor. So questions like "Can I drink alcohol while taking ibuprofen?" and "Is it OK to eat ___ if I'm diabetic?" are well-suited to Messenger, according to Gutman. This Q&A service is also free on HealthTap's app. Doctors are compensated by HealthTap in non-monetary ways, like getting continuing medical education credits.

But if you want to know why you have a fever and dizziness, a prescription for that ailment, a referral to a specialist, or to see and hear a doctor, you'd need to turn away from Messenger and sign up for HealthTap's premium service, which lets you video chat with doctors for $99 a month.

Given more than 1 billion Facebook users log on daily, it's very possible that HealthTap doctors will be overwhelmed with requests. But Gutman thinks the majority of questions can be handled by the 4 billion existing medical answers in HealthTap's library, which doctors have vetted and which an artificial intelligence-powered bot will automatically search and send to users.

Gutman said HealthTap has served "hundreds of millions of people" since it was founded in 2010, and its partnership with Facebook will surely introduce it to a few more. The deal sums up the choice before businesses as they seek to reach new users online: They can build and control their own apps and products - or they can rely on platforms, like Facebook, that are already enormous and will likely never stop wanting to grow.




Tuesday, April 5, 2016

10 Helpful Tips for Practicing Yoga at Home

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Yoga is a personal, spiritual practice for people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and fitness levels.

 

While you can join together and share the experience with fellow practitioners at a local studio, sometimes just making it to a studio can be challenging, from the traffic to the parking and travel time in between.

 

This is why many yogis commit to an at-home yoga practice. Whether you are pressed for time or short on cash, doing yoga at home helps you deepen your personal relationship with your practice, and can be a rewarding alternative to yoga studios.

 

Here are 10 tips to help you have a successful at-home yoga practice:

 


1. Same Time, Same Place


Whenever you are trying to begin something new, whether it be an at-home yoga practice or a commitment to healthy eating, it is important to establish a routine. You should commit to your at-home yoga practice at the same time and in the same place each day, or the amount of days each week that you would like to practice.

 

This way, you know that at this set time each day, you will do yoga in your sacred space. You make the commitment to turn off the TV, cell phones and other distractions during this time to keep you present and in the moment.

 

Pro tip: Let your friends and family know about your designated yoga time and kindly request that you not be disturbed. Once you have the support of those around you, you are more likely to stick with your routine.

 


2. Schedule It


Just as you would any meeting, event or appointment, pencil in time with your yoga mat. If you write it down in your planner, the act of putting literal pen to paper can hold you more accountable and make you more likely to commit. More tech savvy? Add it to your daily calendar and set a reminder to go off every day at the same time.

 

Even if you commit to just 15 or 20 minutes, hold yourself to it and just do it! If you feel good in a given day, you can practice longer and give yourself kudos or treat yourself to an extra long savasana. Whatever you do, don't skip your yoga routine, and don't sell yourself short. Show up presently and wholeheartedly, and reap the fruits of your dedication!

 


3. Plan Your Practice


Just saying “I'm going to do yoga today” is not enough! You need to plan out what type of yoga you will practice, the duration, and if you will free-flow or follow an audio or video. Maybe you want to do the same sequence every day so you establish a consistent routine and have a great way to watch your body grow, change and strengthen. Or, maybe you subscribe to a video website or follow a favorite yogi on YouTube so you pick a duration and style and try something new each day.

 

Find the method that works best for your unique needs. Having a plan ahead of time will hold you more accountable, and will also get you excited for your practice each day. Remember – this should be enjoyable, and not something you view as a chore or obligation. Plan accordingly so you have fun with your at-home yoga practice!

 


4. Create Your Very Own Yoga Space


If you try to do yoga in a cluttered, chaotic room with a lot of distractions, it may be difficult to stay focused. Create a special space in your home for your yoga practice, and make it feel warm and welcoming. This is your personal yoga studio, so make it you!

 

Surround yourself with candles, incense, harmonious music, and colors that calm and soothe your mind. Adorn your space with beautiful artwork that makes you feel happy and inspired, as well as mirrors so you can watch your form and make sure you are experiencing the full expression of the pose.

 

You may want to read: 3 Things to Consider When Creating Your Own Sacred Space

 

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5. Use Your Favorite Yoga Necessities


Your yoga practice can inspire and balance your mind and body, but using your favorite products – everything from essential oil sprays, your most beloved yoga outfit, a playlist of your favorite songs, a great mat – will make your practice that much more enjoyable. If you have a flimsy yoga mat that causes you to slip and lose your footing, you will be less likely to have a pleasurable experience.

 

Use a quality mat, wear your favorite outfit, and gather all your other favorite yoga necessities that enrich your practice so you will be inspired to keep coming back to your mat.

 


6. Use Props


There is no shame in the props game! Yoga props are out there for a reason: to assist you with your unique yoga practice. Practicing yoga at home is your time to experiment and get comfortable with a pose, so grab a set of blocks, a blanket, or a strap to make pose modifications and explore what feels right in your own body.

 

Every pose can be adjusted to meet your needs and what your body is capable of, and props are a great way to make a challenging pose accessible – it's how you evolve in your yoga practice. Safety is paramount in your practice and yoga props can help you maintain proper alignment in a safe and comfortable manner.

 

You may want to read: 5 Yoga Props to Enhance Your Practice

 


7. Document!


Documenting your yoga experience helps make it more real and palpable. You can keep a yoga journal that tracks your progress (time, duration, type, etc.) and your thoughts and feelings during each practice. Perhaps a pose evokes some pent-up emotions. Write it down. If you feel a release or want to share your journey, write a Facebook post or share it with like-minded people in the yoga community, such as in the Facebook group TheYogaRoom.

 

You can also take yoga selfies to share with your friends or online community, or just take them to document your journey. Photos are a great way to see the transformation that your body undergoes over time. Documenting your practice holds you accountable, acknowledges your hard work, and inspires others in their own practice. That's powerful stuff!

 


8. Find Resources


You might find it difficult to sequence a yoga practice in your head. Luckily, there are a ton of online resources that you can turn to for guidance. There are plenty of free online resources, such as podcasts and videos on YouTube, so take advantage of what the world wide web has to offer! If you would like to follow set yoga sequences taught by experienced teachers, there are a variety of subscription-based online yoga resources like Yoga Anytime that are available for a monthly fee.

 

With these services, you can follow your favorite yoga teachers or take your practice to new levels by testing out new teachers and styles. The world is your oyster, and your practice can be customized to meet your changing preferences and needs.

 

Once you have set your mind to a dedicated at-home yoga practice and all of the logistics are sorted out, get started and don't let anything stand in your way. Commit to your practice and don't quit. Yoga should not be a chore or something on your to-do list that you have to complete.

 

Your practice should be something that you look forward to and that you want to turn to each day. Be sure to set an intention for your practice and keep your head clear and focused. Take that newfound mindfulness and inner tranquility with you throughout the rest of your day.

 

Namaste yogis!

 

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