Meet the doula—the pregnancy partner you never realized you needed until now. If you’re trying to decide whether to pair up with one, here’s what you need to know about the impact she could have on your labor day and beyond.
From weaves that cause infections to relaxing that leads to hair loss, we got to the bottom of some hair-raising drama. Trichologist Kari Williams, Founder of Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon & Trichology Clinic in Los Angeles, told us about the three mane blunders we make.
you're ready to get moving, but don't know where to start, follow these four easy moves from celebrity fitness trainer Kacy Duke. For a fitness novice, the gym can be an intimidating place, and the
idea of committing to a 45-minute workout DVD can seem overwhelming. When ESSENCE planned a health intervention for a hypertensive reader,
Kizzie Ruth Branch, who only walked once a week for exercise, our
fitness guru Kacy Duke took all of this into consideration. Her plan?
Get our reader -- and you -- going with four basic, strength-training
Forget looking for a Mr. Right that's a mirror image of you. The latest smart dating strategy for finding love, says New York psychotherapist Patricia M. DeVost, is going out with a brother from another . . . perspective. Here, DeVost explains why embracing the yin and yang of love may be your next relationship breakthrough...
Here's what you had to say:
Sara commented via Facebook: "While you and your mate must have the same fundamental life values, he probably will be the opposite of you in personality traits."
Angela wrote via Facebook: "I agree. We complement each other and strengthen each other's weaknesses."
Mother Love, co-host of
CNBC's "dLife" and Glucerna spokeswoman, had no intention of becoming a
poster child for diabetes. "I didn't want people looking in my shopping
cart and I didn't want to eat any differently, but I also didn't want to
be sick," reveals the motivational speaker and author of "Half the Mother, Twice the Love"
(Atria Books), which details how she went from a size 22 to a size 10
to beat diabetes. After watching half her family die from complications
of the disease, she decided to take charge of her health -- and help others
do it, too. Here, her best advice for overcoming a disease that affects
3.7 million African-Americans...
Health experts ask: If only two percent of Black men are bisexual, can we really point to the "D.L." phenomenon as the reason so many Black women are contracting HIV? Here's what you had to say:
Sophia commented via Facebook: "I think we are not dealing with sexual promiscuity and that is on us."
Myquiche wrote via Facebook: "A lot of women are not requiring these men to wear a condom. We trust too easy and think just because he looks good that he doesn't have the virus."
Standing ovations are a rare occurrence at scientific conferences, but at the 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna this week, a husband-and-wife team of researchers received no less than three from a filled-to-capacity room of hundreds of scientists, activists, and reporters...
There's no doubt that African-Americans continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. We're just twelve percent of the population, yet we account for more than fifty percent of new infections. But it turns out that race isn't the only high-driving factor for the epidemic in the Black community...
What a difference five years can make. Or can it? Last week, Barack Obama unveiled the U.S.'s first National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which plans to significantly lessen the impact of the epidemic in America by 2015. And they're not vague about what success would look like when it comes to a disease that's the number one killer of Black women 25 to 34...
A man's risk of acquiring HIV from an infected partner doubles if that partner is pregnant, according to a surprising new study presented at this week's 2010 International Microbicides Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Experts believe that biological changes in pregnant women may increase the amount of virus they shed, thus making them more infectious and leaving their partners more vulnerable...
Imagine a vaginal ring that guards you against the virus. Or a pill you
can take daily that will protect you from transmission of HIV. These,
and other techniques, are at the forefront of development and could
emerge sooner than you think...
"What are you looking at?" my friend asked me when we were out for a 5-miler in Central Park. He's a phenomenal personal trainer and even though we were just doing a fun run with our dogs, he gave me coach-like advice: "Focus on that street light at the top of the hill."
It sounds simple: Focus on where you're going. Look at the top of the hill and let your feet take you there...