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Strategies for Coping With Criticism in a Positive Way

Learn how to empower yourself through challenging moments in life. By Akiroq Brost   There was a time when other people’s criticism really stung me. It brought all my insecurities to the surface. Other people’s opinions of me would cause me to question myself. I would experience profound remorse and regret. I would shame myself. I would isolate myself to avoid any further conflict. I would make myself small. I would give my power away. The fact is, we all face criticism in our lives. There really is no way to completely avoid it. How can we deal with the…

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The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Facebook TwitterEmail Data & Trends HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is one of the world’s most serious health and development challenges. The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic According to UNAIDS :   There were approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2016. Of these, 2.1 million were children (<15 years old). An estimated 1.8 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2016 – about 5,000 new infections per day.  This includes 160,000 children (<15 years). Most of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa and were infected by their HIV-positive mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. Currently…

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Duterte: Use pills, injectables — not condoms

By CNN Philippines Staff February 14, 2018 Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) — Use pills and injectables instead of condoms, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday night. Addressing workers who came home from Kuwait, Duterte digressed a bit from discussing their plight and expressed his preferred contraceptive. “May pills libre. Huwag ‘yang condom kasi hindi masarap ‘yang condom [Pills are free. Don’t use condoms because they don’t feel good],” Duterte said to laughter from the audience. He even mimed eating a piece of candy with a wrapper. “Kainin mo ‘to. Huwag mong balatan… Iyan ang condom [Eat this. Don’t unwrap it……

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Filipinos are 3rd Most Ignorant of Key Issues – Report

              According to Ipsos MORI’s ‘Perils of Perceptions 2017,’ Filipinos rank as the third most ignorant people in the world in terms of knowledge on key issues such as murder, terrorism, health, and religion, to name some. Gelo Gonzales Published 5:42 PM, February 08, 2018 MANILA, Philippines – A study revealed that Filipinos are the 3rd most ignorant people in the world in terms of their knowledge of key issues. In other words, when it came to important topics, Filipinos are either ignorant of the facts or misinformed. The revelation came from a study…

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Philippines Still Tops In Gender Equality In Asia But Falls 3 Notches In World Ranking

By Gaea Katreena Cabico Philstar.com November 2, 2017   The Philippines maintained its status of having the narrowest gender gap in Asia but fell three places in the world ranking, according to the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index. According to the annual report of the World Economic Forum released November 2, the country dipped to 10th place this year from seventh place last year. It got a score of 0.790. The Philippines also ceded its position as the highest performer in the East Asia and the Pacific region to New Zealand, which scored 0.791. “A worsening performance on the wage…

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Duterte Orders Full Implementation Of Modern Family Planning by 2018

                                                   By Regine Cabato, CNN Philippines Updated 21:20 PM PHT Wed, January 11, 2017   Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order providing funds and support for modern family planning, in a bid to make modern family planning available to the poor by 2018. “This Order aims to intensify and accelerate the implementation of critical actions necessary to attain and sustain ‘zero unmet need for modern family planning’ for all poor…

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DOH offers HIV testing for pregnant women

By: Julie M. Aurelio Philippine Daily Inquirer January 20, 2018 The Department of Health (DOH) is urging pregnant women in Metro Manila and Cebu City to avail themselves of free human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing at health centers in their communities. Dr. Gerard Belimac, program manager of the DOH’s National HIV-STI Prevention Program, said pregnant women could be tested for HIV as part of their prenatal check-up. He said an HIV test, voluntary under the law, is similar to testing for syphilis or hepatitis. “We won’t force them. But we are not closing doors to them. In their next prenatal…

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Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey: Hunger among families rises to 15.9%; Moderate Hunger 12.2%, Severe Hunger 3.7%

By Social Weather Stations Jan 22, 2018 SWS Report The Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey, conducted from December 8-16, 2017, found that 15.9% or an estimated 3.6 million families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months. The measure of Hunger refers to involuntary suffering because the respondents answer a survey question that specifies hunger due to lack of food to eat. This is 4.1 points above the 11.8% (est. 2.7 million families) quarterly Hunger in September 2017, and is the highest recorded value for hunger since the 17.2% in December 2014 [Chart 1, Table 1]….

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Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey: One out of three Filipino families escaped poverty; One out of eight families fell into poverty

By Social Weather Stations Jan 19, 2018 SWS media release The Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey, done on December 8-16, 2017, found that 31% of Filipino families, or about one out of three, escaped poverty (17% usually non-poor, 14% newly non-poor). It also found that 12% of Filipino families, or about one out of eight, fell into poverty (6% usually poor, 6% newly poor) [Chart 1, Table 1]. The December 2017 survey found that of the 56% Self-Rated Non-Poor families, 25% have never experienced poverty (“always non-poor”). The 31% who transitioned out of poverty consists of 17% who used to be…

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Single Mothers: Different Faces, Same Struggles

Inspirational stories from single mothers of various circumstances Patty Pasion @pattypasion May 14, 2017 https://www.rappler.com                                                              SINGLE MOMS. The Federation of Solo Parents estimates that there are                                                                        around 20 million Filipino kids being raised by single…

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Growing Up With ADHD

By Denise Foley With her long dark hair flying, Saorla Meenagh, 10, (pictured above) can execute a perfect switch leap, one leg out, one tucked under, her arms glued to her sides in classic Irish step-dancing style. Saorla, whose blue eyes, white skin, and sprinkle of freckles helped win her a modeling contract with a New York agency—on hold until her braces come off —also plays softball and Gaelic football, a soccer-like game her father, Seamus, a contractor, enjoyed when he was growing up in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. When asked her position on the team, Saorla wiggles in her…

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No, All Those Strollers Aren’t Your Imagination. More Women Are Having Children

                                                       Maskot—Getty Images By BELINDA LUSCOMBE  January 19, 2018 IDEAS : Belinda Luscombe is an editor-at-large of TIME   In a reversal of a decades-long trend, more American women are now choosing to have children. They’re getting a lot of other stuff out of the way first and many more of them are going it alone, but the most recent figures show that by the end of their childbearing years, 86% of U.S. women have had…

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New Study Links Pregnant Women Taking Acetaminophen with Language Delays in Baby Girls

By AMANDA MACMILLAN  January 10, 2018 http://time.com/50…/acetaminophen-pregnancy-language-delays/ Two-year-old girls whose mothers took acetaminophen during their pregnancies had higher rates of language delays compared to those whose mothers did not, finds a new study. Similar delays were not seen in boys, who generally develop language skills more slowly than girls. The study, published in the journal European Psychiatry, included 754 Swedish women who were interviewed between weeks 8 and 13 of their pregnancies. The women answered questions about how often they had used acetaminophen—an over-the-counter pain and fever reliever, sold as Tylenol in the United States—since they had conceived. They also…

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Why Oprah Winfrey Continues to Inspire People Across the Globe

HERSTORY Tanvi Dubey 7th September 2016 https://yourstory.com/2016/09/oprah-winfrey/ A biblical name Orpah was mispronounced as Oprah. Today, the name rides millions. Though that hasn’t always been the case. In a racist America, she was a black American woman, underwent teenage pregnancy, was a single mother, faced childhood abuse, and an early life of poverty.                                                                                         (image credit- www.inspiredcitizen.com)…

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Women having fewer children than at any time in history, statistics show

Peter Cary 25 November 2017 http://www.independent.co.uk Average family sizes have been decreasing in England and Wales since the 1930s according to the numbers published by the Office for National Statistics                                                                                    One in five women will never have children, according to the figures iStock The number of children a woman is likely to have while of childbearing age has fallen to the lowest…

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Pregnant Women who Eat Food with Choline may have Lifelong Benefits for Your Baby’s Brain

When it comes to choosing healthy food for their children, moms would naturally choose those with brain-boosting properties. Food like fish, eggs, nuts, and beans all contain the nutrient choline, which, like B-vitamins, is essential for healthy brain development. Not only does it help form brain and nervous tissues, but it also helps ensure that the body’s liver, muscle movement, and metabolism, among others, are all at their optimum function. Now, a new study from Cornell University suggests that pregnant women may want to take a second look at their choline intake. Its findings show that consuming sufficient amount of choline during pregnancy…

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America Has a Motherhood Problem — Here’s How to Solve It

By Gili Malinsky Oct.17.2017 https://www.nbcnews.com The solution to removing the stigma of motherhood at work may lie in paternity leave.             One study showed that despite only 11 percent of women having planned on pausing their careers for parenthood, 72 percent                  actually had.JGI / Getty Images/Blend Images According to Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the ideal American worker “is perpetually available, has no outside responsibilities or interests, rarely gets sick and prioritizes work above all else.” Which seems a bit extreme, but probably also sounds…

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The Discipline Wars

Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was indicted for negligent injury to a child after he whipped his 4-year-old son bloody with a slim tree branch in September as punishment for pushing one of his siblings. The football player, and many others, seemed surprised that police got involved in what seemed to him a family matter. “I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury,” Peterson said in a statement afterwards. The incident turned up the heat under a simmering national argument about how to discipline children and about ethnic and regional…

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The Hidden Penalty of Motherhood – And What It Costs Us

By LISA WADE May 11, 2017 http://time.com/money/4772842/the-hidden-cost-of-motherhood/?iid=sr-link2 When Ann Crittenden had her first child she was a foreign correspondent for Newsweek, a financial reporter for The New York Times, and a Pulitzer Prize nominee. None of this seemed to matter, she said, when she became a mother. Whereas once she’d been “the Ann Crittenden” at fancy Washington D.C. cocktail parties, now she was “just a mom.” Responding to this experience in The Price of Motherhood, published in 2002, Crittenden wrote that she felt like she’d “shed status like the skin off a snake.” That was 15 years ago, but women…

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The Benefits of Being an Older Mother

By JEFFREY KLUGER March 22, 2017 http://time.com/4709403/older-mother-benefits/ The baby-making dictum is about as old as childbearing itself: Have your children while you’re young; they’re healthier, you’re healthier, everyone’s happier. Maybe, but a growing body of work is showing that while the dangers of later-life childbearing are real for some women, the benefits are also compelling. The latest such finding comes from a new study of 4,741 mothers and children in Denmark, published in The European Journal of Developmental Psychology. Researchers tracked the mom-child dyads longitudinally, checking in when the kids were 7 years old, 11 and 15. Among their findings: older moms generally…

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CBS News asks: How often should you call your mother?

May 8, 2016, 9:01 AM https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cbs-news-asks-how-often-should-you-call-your-mother/ A Bell Telephone advertisement from the Aug. 4, 1958 issue of Life Magazine. How often should you call your mom? According to half of all Americans, once a week isn’t enough. Nearly half of Americans think an adult child should call their mom at least a few times a week, including nearly a quarter who think they should call their mom daily, according to a news CBS News poll for “Sunday Morning.” Thirty-five percent think once a week is enough, though just 12% think it’s okay to call your mom once a month or…

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Child Marriage in Africa Could Double by 2050, U.N. Report Says

By CHARLOTTE ALTER  Africa is expected to surpass South Asia as the region with the highest number of child brides, due to slow child marriage reduction coupled with an expected population boom in the next few decades, according to a new report from the United Nations Children’s Fund. 700 million girls worldwide are married before their 18th birthday, according to the UNICEF report, A Profile of Child Marriage in Africa, with 17% of child brides living in Africa (about 125 million). Of those, more than 40 million girls were married before they turned 15. The report estimates fast population growth…

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Millennials More Supportive of Working Moms than Previous Generations

  By CHARLOTTE ALTER  June 29, 2015 Working moms are getting more love than ever. Millennials are much more supportive of working mothers than young people in the 1970s and 1990s, and there’s a broader consensus that working moms can have a great relationship with their kids, according to a new study shared exclusively with TIME. Researchers at University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University attribute the increased acceptance to a shifting social and economic realities over the last 30 years, in which there are more single moms and few can afford not to work. The study, published…

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Joys and travails of motherhood

Many developed countries in both the West and the East face the serious problem of depopulation because of very low fertility rates. Whereas the replacement rate (zero population growth) is at 2.1 babies per fertile woman, some of these countries have fertility rates as low as 1.2 or 1.3. Their economic problem is obvious. Their population is rapidly ageing and their work force is shrinking. There are stop gap measures like prolonging the working age and getting more and more women into the work force. Some, like China that had long promoted a one-child policy, are now encouraging married couples…

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Motherhood statements

One of the greatest blessings my sisters and I continue to receive is the vibrant presence of our mother Sonia Reyes Mayor in our lives. She turns 79 today, in good health, as earnest in keeping her appointments with her hairdresser as she is with her doctor. And that to me is a good sign. The minute Mom skips either, you know she is either not feeling well or generally not concerned. Mom has always been concerned about her appearance (being married to my dad, an American mestizo with matinee idol good looks, was certainly a motivation) and her health….

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