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Breast Cancer Awareness, Prevention, and Screening

by Darra McMullen, Women’s Health Network Writer/Researcher

October is breast cancer awareness month, and with one in eight women likely to become breast cancer victims at some point in their lives, October is the perfect time to increase our awareness of this serious problem and learn more about breast cancer detection and prevention.             As women grow older, the risk of breast cancer increases.  Nearly 8 out of 10 breast cancers occur in women older than age 50, according to American Cancer Society statistics.  That’s not to say that younger women can’t get the disease also.  In fact, an alarming number of young women in their 20’s and 30’s have had to deal with the numerous scary aspects of breast cancer, such as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, drug side effects, and the possibility of death or, at least, infertility due to cancer treatment.             The various contributing causes of breast cancer are not all known at this time, and therefore, no definite way to preven…
What We Can Do to Preserve Cognitive Health

by Darra McMullen, Women’s Health Network Writer/Researcher


Note:  Regular readers of this blog may have wondered, “What happened to Part 3 of the August topics on vaccines, travel tips, and foot health?”.  The short answer, in two words, is Hurricane Harvey.  The third installment of the August story was due to be published the last week of August.  Unfortunately, this writer was too busy securing property and getting ready for Harvey’s arrival to submit the final installment of that health topic. Harvey may have delayed a whole lot of everyone’s progress, but the hurricane will not stop this blog from covering the health subjects outlined for the year.  To get “back on track”, we’ll look at Alzheimer’s disease in September and breast cancer in October.  The foot health story will appear before year’s end, probably during the second half of November.  Early November is devoted to diabetes awareness, prevention, and treatment.  Because diabetes…

Important Vaccines, Healthy Travel, and Happy Feet (Part 2)

Part 2 of Vaccines, Healthy Travel, and Foot Problems

by Darra McMullen, Women’s Health Network Writer/Researcher

Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to read the first “installment” of this month’s article, which came out at the beginning of August.  If so, you’ll know this month, we’re looking at three topics, each of which has so much information pertaining to it, that it seemed best to divide the story into segments for easier reading.  As we continue our investigation of important vaccines, healthy travel tips, and troublesome foot problems, we should first take a look at an important caution regarding vaccinations.

Vaccines:

Important Caution:
Often times, people are tempted to ease the resulting pain from a vaccine by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.  Actually, that’s not a good idea from the standpoint of producing maximum immunity from the disease for which you were vaccinated.  Anything that reduces the body’s immune response, such as ibuprofen, or even ice, can potentially r…

Important Vaccines, Healthy Travel, and Happy Feet (Part 1)

Important Vaccines, Healthy Travel, and Happy Feet

by Darra McMullen, Women’s Health Network Writer/Researcher

            For many people, August is a time of transition into something new and a time for completion of summer time goals.  During the month of August and often extending into the first two weeks of September, people take their final summer trips, start new school routines, and slowly push toward concluding summer’s more relaxed, if very hot, pace of life.  People start thinking about the details of fall’s activities.             End-of-summer vacations, new school years, and fall trips for business or personal needs all have a few things in common from a health standpoint.  Those things are: (1) immunizations for the whole family, not just the kids; (2) helpful tips on how to stay healthy while traveling; and (3) how to deal with a variety of foot problems from the serious conditions to the everyday annoyances.             There is so much information about these three to…

Arm Yourself Against the Crippling Disease of Arthritis

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by Darra McMullen, Women’s Health Network Writer/Researcher

There are many forms of arthritis, but one thing they all have in common is their ability to produce debilitating pain, stiffness, and inflammation in the body’s joints and connective tissues.  Just as there are common threads of symptoms among the many forms of arthritis, there are also common threads of remedies to help treat the misery-inducing ailment, which afflicts millions of Americans every year.             Let’s look at some factors that can both help prevent (or delay onset of) arthritis and also help treat the condition.             •  To begin, limit intake of pro-inflammatory diet influences, such as simple sugars and carbohydrates.             •  Next, increase intake of fish and flax seeds and fish and flax oils for their inflammation reducing Omega-3 fatty acids.             •  Thirdly, keep moving.  Any sort of “exercise” can help improve blood circulation, strengthen muscles, bones, and connective tissues an…

Relieve Stress, Anxiety, and Chronic Pain

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by Darra McMullen, Women’s Health Network Writer/Researcher

Macaroni Grill in The Woodlands Spotlight

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If you haven’t been to the Macaroni Grill lately, you should. During this visit, we tried the restaurant’s fast lunch menu and were pleasantly surprised.

Val Gibbs, 2016 Board Chair Reflects on her Year

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Val Gibbs was the 2016 Board Chair and a continued supporter of the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GHWCC). In her time as chair, she helped take the GHWCC to new heights including 1,000 business members strong and setting a new record for 1,000 attendees at the Annual Women’s Conference.

Take Charge of Your Health with Medical Screenings

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by Darra McMullen, GHWCC and Women’s Health Network writer/researcher

Restaurant Review: Landry's Seafood

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Overlooking the Waterway in The Woodlands, Landry’s Seafood restaurant has one of the best locations in the area. At the patio, patrons can enjoy their meal with a view of the water and walking trail plus a constant breeze.

Hair Loss: How to Prevent It & How Can I Get It Back?

Review the slides from Angela Sturm's presentation.

#SmallBusinessWeek Spotlight: Ventures Marketing Group

In a nutshell Founded in 1994, Ventures Marketing Group (VMG) provides advertising, design and marketing consulting services for a variety of Houston businesses. Too often marketing strategy is subordinated to tactics. VMG offers its clients strategies derived from insights and experience gained from working with a wide variety of clients in energy, education, healthcare, and the performing arts. VMG is also proud to represent Houston Grand Opera’s OperaCUES and the Houston Symphony’s InTUNE magazines for advertising sales.

Bring Italy into Your Home with artVIA

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In a nutshell
At artVIA, boutique interior design firm, our design expertise extends beyond creating spaces, as we gain insights into your lifestyle, we also can advise you on a personal adornment.  Through our design work we get to know you more intimately, and that helps us to offer a great advice on ways to adorn your spaces and yourselves too. Our objects have a sculptural design which makes living an art.

Protect Your Vision and Hearing

by Darra McMullen, Women’s Health Network Writer/Researcher
Enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of spring can lead us to appreciate two other wonders of nature, our amazing senses of vision and hearing.  After we’ve paused for a few moments during our busy days to think about just how important our vision and hearing are to our lives, our next thoughts probably are (or should be) focused on what we can do to preserve these vital senses and keep our eyes and ears healthy.

Hot Tips in Nutritional News

by Darra McMullen, Women’s Health Network Writer/Researcher
A number of interesting developments in nutrition research have been published over the past few months.The nutrition tips fall into several categories; we will look at three genres.To make the reporting of some of these top tips easier to read and access, the information is divided into groups by general topic name, such as “digestive health”, “mood and memory”, and “cardiovascular health”.

The Women's Home Announces Chief Executive Officer

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HOUSTON (March 24, 2017) The Women's Home today announced that Anna Dragsbaek will join the organization as its chief executive officer on May 1.   She succeeds Paula Paust who is retiring after 25 years of service.

Nutrition Points to Ponder

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by Darra McMullen,Women’s Health Network Writer/Researcher

Pearl Fincher, Philanthropist and Texas Woman Who Made History

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Native Texan Pearl Lilley Fincher was born in 1935. She grew up as one of 11 kids to a Baptist preacher and a homemaker in Splendora, TX.  They were extremely poor with most of her siblings and their families staying in the cycle of poverty.  Pearl wanted more.  When she and her husband met and married, between the two of them they had $60 in the bank and working 2 jobs each.  Together they started with a single used automobile business, Fred Fincher Motors in 1959.  At the time of Pearl’s husband’s death in 1996, they had 15 automotive related business operated by their 9 children. 

Beautiful People Don't Just Happen

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"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen."  Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross

Member Spotlight: Jessica Brach, Uchi Houston

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Jessica Brach, Events Coordinator for Uchi Restaurant, is a native Houstonian born into the restaurant industry. Her father owned a French restaurant in Humble called Chez Nous which she began working at, at the age of 5, and has now spent 31 years in the industry.
Jessica says "The biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome in my life was the ever-lingering question, ‘What will I do with my life?’ Eventually I had to stop worrying about what I was going to do with the rest of my life and just focus on the fact that I am absolutely in love with Uchi and at home here.

Practical, Everyday Tips for Improving Cardiovascular Health

by Darra McMullen, Women’s Health Network Writer/Researcher
The month of February has recently become synonymous with various “heart health” initiatives, most of which are very commendable, but sometimes the emphasis on diet and exercise in cardiovascular wellness may seem so overwhelming that the “average Joe (or Julie)” may feel inadequate to the task and give up before ever getting good started on a potentially life saving new way of behaving.

5 Women Who Are Making NFL History

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Historically a male organization, the National Football League (NFL) has been adding some variety to its usual line up. In recent years, you’ve seen broadcasters and refs, and finally in 2016 the first full-time female coach.

Outsmart Cervical Cancer with Paps, Vaccines

Outsmart Cervical Cancer with Paps, Vaccines

by Darra McMullen, Women’s Health Network Writer/Researcher

Author’s Note:  Due to December’s “holiday crush”, the planned input from a cervical cancer expert could not be arranged until later in January.  The results of that interview will be made available ASAP, but for now, please enjoy the following article, which contains a lot of relevant, useful, basic cervical cancer information.  The article originally appeared just a few years ago on the GHWCC website; the information is still accurate and helpful, and if you missed the article the first time around, you now have a second chance to review it while we wait to hear the latest news from a cervical cancer expert – coming soon.