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Queendom.com has just launched its latest creation, a personality profile based on the zodiac. Using their expertise in psychological testing, they attempt to uncover whether our astrological sign truly defines our personality. The Zodiac Personality Test is offered for free by clicking here.

For some, the prophetic value of astrology is worth just as much as the paper it’s written on or the cookie it’s wrapped in. However, there are certain distinct personality traits that form the basis of each of the zodiacs. Those born under the sign of Taurus are labeled as notoriously stubborn, Leos have their pride, and Cancers try to hide a softer side behind their tough outer shell.

For serious practitioners of astrology, there’s more to their science than vague predictions veiled behind equally ambiguous words. There is a strong mathematical basis, with complex formulas calculating the alignment and position of the planets, which is claimed to have an immense impact on the way we think, feel, and act.

Regardless of the side of the debate you are on, the fact is that the scientific method can be used to study the phenomenon.  Queendom took a practical standpoint in their new zodiac personality assessment. “By analyzing different sources, we identified the traits that are typically reported for each zodiac sign,” says Dr. Ilona Jerabek, the president of Queendom.com. “We then designed a test that assesses those clusters of traits, using the same rigorous methods as when we construct any other personality test.”

“Fluff or not, astrology is still an enigma that people want to learn more about,” according to Dr. Jerabek. “Who knows? Maybe we’ll uncover a strong correlation between people’s astrological personality and their actual character. Regardless of the study’s outcome, you can still get an interesting and enlightening personality profile.”

Queendom has a long history of developing informative and educational assessments, covering everything from intelligence to career aptitude. While test development is something they take very seriously from an ethical and scientific point of view, they still strive to maintain the entertainment value of their assessments and website, and their latest test is no exception.

Pregnancy.org, a company dedicated to the lives of women trying to conceive, pregnant or whom have kids already, has released a study with alarming results. The survey, which interviewed over 400 pregnant women, revealed that 78% admit to a poor diet, inadequate exercise or not taking a prenatal vitamin daily. The survey also showed:

  • 61% don’t take a pre-natal vitamin daily as they feel it makes them more nauseous
  • 55% did not seek expert advice on which pre-natal vitamin was suitable for them
  • Over 25% of respondents admitted to consuming alcohol, cigarettes or caffeine
  • Folate and Iron are the most sought after vitamins/minerals in a pre-natal vitamin but over 50% respondents don’t know what foods naturally contain them
  • When asked what they look for in a pre-natal vitamin price was considered more important than absorption rates or ingredient quality
  • 80% don’t change their pre-natal vitamin formula from pre-conception to breastfeeding Founder and General

Manager of Pregnancy.org, LLC, Mollee Bauer, said “Our community boards are always buzzing about how pregnant moms struggle with diet, exercise and taking their daily pregnancy or prenatal vitamin and much of it can be attributed to feeling nauseas. In response we have created the first ever prenatal vitamin with a 100% anti-nausea GUARANTEE and an online nutrition clinic.”

Many women don’t realize that their vitamins may be making them feel unwell, adding to typical morning sickness symptoms. Typically, prenatal vitamins include iron, an essential nutrient during pregnancy, but when taken with other vitamins and minerals it can be hard to absorb and cause an upset stomach. The new anti-nausea formula allows moms to take a separate, highly absorbent iron + Vitamin C capsule and a prenatal multivitamin with B12, which has been shown to reduce symptoms associated with morning sickness.

The company enlisted the help of Beverly Hills Registered Dietitian, Deborah Klein, to develop the new anti-nausea vitamin. “In the last fifteen years of practice I’ve worked with thousands of moms-to be and as a mom myself I know the importance of getting enough nutrients and choosing the right prenatal supplement. Our aim was to create a pre-natal vitamin with everything a mom and baby needs that could help alleviate nausea not create it. If mom’s try any of the products and it doesn’t help we offer a 100% anti-nausea money back guarantee!!”

The new range of prenatal and pregnancy vitamins are exclusively available through Pregnancy.org. The clinic also provides information on how to eat right during pregnancy and online consultations with Registered Dietitians.

A study by BRIDES Magazine reveals how and why couples are recasting the traditional wedding and what defines THE NEW AMERICAN WEDDING as we enter 2010.

The stuffy by-the-rule-book wedding of years past has completely vanished. There is a woman in white, music, food, cake and vows – but every other aspect of the American wedding has been reconsidered. The New American Wedding presents itself as an unlikely, but decade defining, combination of the fundamentally traditional with the wildly original.

The word “party” has literally replaced “reception” in wedding lingo. Right now, it’s all about combining personal touches and ethic flares. Grooms are taking part and couples, together, are determined to “throw the best party ever” that feels uniquely their own:

Fewer than half of weddings take place in a house of worship. One third of couples marry outdoors. 20% of couples have a friend or relative deputized to perform the ceremony. 13% of receptions feature music via i-Pod. Over 1/4 of couples plan their weddings around a theme (romance in Paris, Stars and Moons). 85% of couples are personalizing at least some aspect of the reception. 97% of grooms get involved with the planning. For those going with live bands, they’re thinking specialty bands i.e. salsa, R&B, Polka and brides are entering less to “Here comes the bride…” than to Coltrane, Coldplay and the Beatles. Soul-food and Mexican are the new go-to wedding cuisine.

At the same time, many couples are holding on to certain wedding traditions that have been in place for generations:

A full 76% will have a large wedding with all the traditions, half because “it’s a beautiful ritual they’ve always looked forward to.” 87% of women will wear a long white dress. 85% of couples will enter their reception (or party) to “For the first time, Mr. and Mrs….” 93% will indulge in a cake-cutting ceremony. 75% of brides will toss the bouquet and just under that amount will share a father/daughter dance.

For years orthopaedic surgeons specializing in foot and ankle care have been warning women about the perils of wearing high heels.  Now a new study by the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) details the correlation between the heel height and amount of pain, pressure and strain it puts on your feet.

Twenty-one healthy men and women participated in the study, where each participant stood barefoot on wooden blocks of 2 cm, 3 cm, and 4 cm in height placed below the heel.  The study results revealed a significant increase in pressure on the metatarsal heads (the ends of the metatarsal bones that connect to the toes) as the heel height was raised.  This increased pressure contributes to pain, callous and bony deformities. 

The study authors suggest limiting heel height to no greater than 2 cm (.8 inches) as well as the use of padding at the ball of the foot can significantly reduce discomfort and risk of injury to the metatarsal heads.

The AOFAS website www.aofas.org contains public education resources on the care and treatment of the foot and ankle, including a section titled: Smart Tips for Wearing High Heels.  Tips include:

  • Wear a shorter heel. A 2-inch heel causes fewer problems than a 4-inch heel.  A shorter heel will give an elongated appearance if it is a thin stiletto type rather than a thick or chunky heel.
  • Try to save the use of high heeled shoes for functions where you will not be on your feet for extended periods of time; treat them as a limited privilege accessory.
  • Take your designer shoes to a pedorthist to have them custom fit to your feet. They may be able to stretch the toe box to better accommodate your feet.
  • Try wearing a larger size than usual and insert heel cups into the backs for a better comfortable fit.
  • Wear open toe shoes instead of a similarly styled shoe that causes discomfort in your toes.  Partially open toe shoes have become more acceptable in many work environments, allowing you to further customize your shoes to your feet.
  • Remember that however appealing high heel, high fashion shoes are, your feet need to carry you around for a lifetime.  Treat them kindly!

Following the above tips as well as the study data which suggests limiting heel height to no greater than 2 cm (.8 inches) will go a long way in reducing foot discomfort.

study melanoma breast cancerA recent study published in the Irish Journal of Medical Science found that women with breast cancer have an increased risk of developing melanoma and women with melanoma are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer. This is the first time researchers have explicitly advised doctors to monitor breast cancer patients for signs of melanoma, and vice versa.

A REAL LIFE STORY

In 2006, Ivis Febus-Sampayo noticed that the small mole on the right side of her face looked a bit darker. Within weeks, it appeared to protrude. “I thought, ‘This can’t be skin cancer!’- I’m of Hispanic heritage and olive-skinned,” Febus-Sampayo recalls. Living in the Northeast, she rarely went out in the sun, and didn’t wear sunscreen. But due to her history of breast cancer, she had the mole evaluated anyway. “I was extremely surprised when my pathology results showed melanoma. I was devastated.” Luckily, the melanoma was caught and treated early.

Prevention
The Foundation recommends that high-risk patients undergo an annual full-body skin screening by a physician. And self-exams are just as important, coupled with the practice of rigorous sun protection methods. Performed regularly, self-examination can alert you to changes in the skin and aid in the early detection of skin cancer. For instructions on how to perform a self-exam, visit http://www.skincancer.org/Self-Examination/

mate poachingPsychology studies have shown that some women may try to lure a man away from his current partner, a phenomenon known as “mate poaching.”  But a new study shows that most single women actually prefer men who are already in a committed relationship.

About The Study:  Men and women were asked to describe their ideal romantic partner and were told they would be computer-matched with a like-minded student.  Researchers told half of the participants that the person with whom they were matched was single. They told the other participants that their “match” was currently in a romantic relationship.  Participants then answered a series of questions on how interested they would be in pursuing a relationship with their match.

Surprisingly, single women were much more interested in pursuing a relationship with a committed man than with a single man.

Specifically, when researchers described the man as single, 59 percent of single women were interested in pursuing him.  However, when they described the exact same man as being in a committed relationship, 90 percent of the women were interested.

Men did not show this preference, and neither did women who were already in a relationship.

“This finding indicates that single women are considerably more interested in pursuing a man who is less available to them,” said Dr. Burkley. “This may be because a man who is attached has already shown his ability to commit and, in a sense, has been pre-screened by another woman.”

Although the practice of mate poaching is commonly depicted in movies, television shows and tabloids, this study provides the first empirical confirmation that most single women actually do engage in mate poaching.

The mate poaching study conducted by social psychologists Melissa Burkley, Ph.D., and Jessica Parker, M.A., both from Oklahoma State University, is published in the current issue of Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

chocolate study women heartDo you ever wish you could eat chocolate every single day? Well, some lucky women are getting the chance as scientists are looking for women willing to eat chocolate every day for a year — for medical science of course!

Researchers in England are trying to prove chocolate lowers the risk of heart disease and need 40 women to conduct their study.

The majority of the women must eat two bars of “super-strength chocolate specially formulated by Belgian chocolatiers” daily for one year while undergoing several tests on the health of their hearts. The remaining participants will eat regular chocolate as a placebo.

Volunteers for the research should be menopausal but aged under 75 and have type two diabetes. Peter Curtis, the study’s coordinator, said, “A successful outcome could be the first step in developing new ways to improve the lives of people at increased risk of heart disease.”


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