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Gynecologists Continue To Use Surgery Tool That Potentially Spreads Cancer

September 29th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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In an April 2014 press release, the FDA announced that use of the gynecological tool laparoscopic power morcellation when removing the uterus or uterine fibroids spreads undetected cancer, and yet some gynecologists are still using this potentially life-threatening device. The FDA’s warning on the device which helps slice abdominal tissue into small sections that can be extracted, was clear:

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration discouraged the use of laparoscopic power morcellation for the removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) or uterine fibroids (myomectomy) in women because, based on an analysis of currently available data, it poses a risk of spreading unsuspected cancerous tissue, notably uterine sarcomas, beyond the uterus.”

In lieu of the FDA’s announcement, many hospitals began to limit the tool’s usage and insurance companies stopped providing medical coverage for such procedures. Unfortunately, there are some gynecologists who are against the FDA’s finding and still use the tool, claiming the FDA’s revelation was exaggerated. One doctor, Jeffrey Thurston who was  interviewed by The Wall Street Journal , shared his thoughts on the FDA releasing this health information, saying rather boldly, “It is none of their business.” Dr. Thurston has practiced gynecology for three decades and said he has used the morcellator on 80 percent of the surgeries he has performed. Other gynecologists have continued using the tool as well but offered to inform patients of the risk in a consent form they must sign.

As the FDA and medical field continue to dispute whether or not morcellators are harmful during fibroid removal and hysterectomy surgeries, women have minimal alternatives., with the best defense being requesting cancer screenings before undergoing any abdominal procedures.

For more information on cancer and survivors’ experiences with the disease, read Madame Noire’s Survivor Series

Famous Women Who Battled Gynecological Cancers

September 16th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month and as you know we’ve been bringing you stories of women who’ve battled cervical, ovarian, and vaginal cancers through our ongoing Survivor Series.

Cervical cancer, once one of the most common causes of cancer death in American women, kills more than 4,000 women each year. Most cases occur in women between the ages of 35 and 55, but the good news is that when it’s caught early enough, cervical cancer is highly treatable. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women ages 35-74. An estimated 1 in 71 women will develop ovarian cancer during her lifetime. If the cancer is detected and treated in the earliest stages, the 5-year survival rate is over 90%, but because of ovarian cancer’s non-specific symptoms and lack of early detection tests, only 19% of all cases are found at this early stage.

If you or someone you know has been affected by a gynecologic cancer, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. Here we share a list of famous women who battled gynecologic cancers.

Surgeons Find Sex Toy Lodged In Woman’s Vagina For Over 10 Years

July 28th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Ladies, don’t let your sex toys threaten your life. The New York Daily News is reporting that a Scottish woman had been suffering from severe weight loss, shakes, lethargy and mild incontinence when she checked herself in to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

It wasn’t long before doctors were able to tell her that her symptoms were all the result of a sex toy that had been lodged in her vagina for over ten years.

When the woman arrived at the hospital, doctors ran a series of tests and were shocked to find the five inch device that was resting against her bladder. The woman, 38, remembered that she’d used the toy during a drunken romp more than ten years ago.

Thankfully, surgeons were able to remove the toy because it had caused quite a bit of life threatening damage, including a blockage to her bladder that was forcing urine back into her kidneys. Once doctors had repaired the damage, the woman was later discharged from the hospital.

I know this is all hard to believe and digest. (I know I certainly had my doubts.) But this case was so bizarre, it was reported in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. And if that’s not enough for you, you can check out homegirl’s x-ray here. 

Y’all be careful out here.

15 Celebrities Who Have Sleeping Disorders

July 22nd, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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You’re not the only ones tossing and turning at night. If you have trouble sleeping then you have something in common with these celebrities who have sleeping disorders.

Celebrities Who Have Sleeping Disorders


Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston is one of America’s favorite “Friends” but did you know the Hollywood star suffers from sleepwalking? Known as somnambulism or “nighttime wandering,” one third of Americans have gone for a walk in their sleep at least once in a lifetime. Aniston spoke about the time she wandered out of the house back when she was married to Brad Pitt. “I sleepwalk. I set off our alarm once. I was outside. The alarm scared the **** out of me and I woke up, and I was out by the pool equipment in the back. I don’t know what I was doing. I heard this yelling because he’s terrified, he hears the alarm and I’m not there!”

Woman Sues Hospital After Syphilis Diagnosis Is Posted To Facebook

June 5th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Ohio woman sues hospital after syphilis diagnosis is posted to Facebook.

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An Ohio mom recently filed a lawsuit againt the UC Medical Center after snapshots of her medical records were uploaded to Facebook, WLWT reports.

According to the woman’s attorney Mike Allen, the records included her diagnosis of maternal syphilis. The snapshots were shared in a group called “Team No Hoes.” A duo, who are reportedly employees at the hospital, are believed to be behind the leak.

“She was absolutely devastated. That is the most private of private medical information that was posted on Facebook and went out to a group on Facebook that had a huge dissemination,” Allen said. “For an employee of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to post that information on a social media device that millions of people have access to, it’s above and beyond the law and that’s why we feel that they’re responsible.”

“To have that kind of information in the public domain when it is clearly legally to be protected, that’s a problem and that’s a problem that UC’s responsible for,” Allen said.

The woman is suing the medical center, her ex-boyfriend Raphael Bradley, an unnamed hospital employee believed to be a nurse and an employee named Ryan Rawls. According to the lawsuit, Bradley convinced the employees to release the woman’s medical records, which is a violation of state and federal laws. A rep from UC Medical Center told reporters that they have not yet received a copy of the lawsuit, but will look into it once they do.

“We have not received a copy of the lawsuit but we will certainly investigate it and we cannot comment on pending litigation,” said UC Medical Center spokeswoman Diana Lara.

Allen adds that his client has been crippled by this entire experience.

“She doesn’t want to go out. She doesn’t want to talk to people. People who were formerly her friends have made fun of her for it. She’s chastised in the community and all of this could’ve been avoided if UC Med Center had proper protections in place,” Allen said.

The woman is requesting more than $25,000 in damages.

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7 Surprising Facts About Female Infertility

April 24th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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Infertility is a sensitive issue that can leave many women feeling alone in their unfulfilled dreams of getting pregnant.

What they don’t know is that they are hardly alone. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, infertility affects 7.3 million women and their partners in the U.S. — that’s 12 percent of the reproductive-age population. And as scientists are beginning to discover, even the most seemingly insignificant things can add up to sabotage your baby-making efforts.

In fact, a new study says stress can double a woman’s risk of infertility and something as simple as a 20-minute walk can help her chances. Getting pregnant is never easy (and not always sexy), so to dispel the stigma of infertility (and help you get lucky between the sheets this month), here are some other things you didn’t know.

1. Being Too Fit Can Hurt Fertility (Just Ask Norwegians).
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In all medical matters, physical fitness is king. You can’t be too overweight to conceive and you can’t be too underweight to conceive. So the fitter the better, right? Well, not exactly. According to researchers at the Norwegian University Of Science And Technology, 7 percent of all Norwegian women have fertility issues. They conducted a study involving 3,000 women and found that having an exhaustive workout regimen was decreasing their fertility.

2. Uh-Oh For Having A Blood Type O.
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Scientists from Yale University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine discovered that among female fertility patients in their 30s, those with type O were twice as likely as other blood types to have a hormone profile that made their ovaries seem older than their age.


Keep Calm And Carry On: How To Make It Through Your Craziest Weeks

March 18th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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One of my biggest fears is burning out at an early age. Between working multiple jobs, participating in activities and attending events, overextending ourselves has become the norm. Unfortunately, that new norm can also lead to lots of stress, acting out, and all out rage, so to prevent that here are some tips on how to remain centered and calm during your craziest weeks.

Second Baby Tests HIV-Negative After Receiving Early Treatment

March 7th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last year scientists announced that after undergoing aggressive treatment just 30 hours after birth, a baby born with HIV has tested negative for the virus. Now it appear that science may have “cured” another child born with the virus.

According to the New York Times, a second baby, who underwent similar treatment, is also testing negative for the virus. The wonderful news was revealed during a recent AIDS conference, and was reportedly enough to convince skeptics that the treatment actually works. A leading researcher also claims that there are five more similar occurrences in Canada and South Africa. A clinical study is set to begin soon where 60 babies born with the virus will begin treatment just 48 hours after their birth. If those results are also successful, this could cause a major shift and the treatment of HIV.

“This could lead to major changes, for two reasons,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, executive director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Both for the welfare of the child, and because it is a huge proof of concept that you can cure someone if you can treat them early enough.”

The first child to undergo this treatment in the United States is now more than 3 years old and still HIV free. The second child, is currently 9 months and according to scientists, free of the virus as well. It’s inaccurate to refer to the second child as “cured” or in “remission” because she is still on HIV medication, says the physician who treated the infant, Dr. Deborah Persaud. However, since the most sensitive “blood tests can detect no virus capable of replicating,” the baby’s condition is described as “having sero-reverted to H.I.V.-negative.”

Doctors say they will consider briefly taking the baby off of the drugs if she’s still testing negative for the virus by age two.

Straight From His Mouth: How Much Do Men Let Weight Impact Their Dating And Social Activities?

January 20th, 2014 - By Dr. J
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Just the other day I went into the doctor for a quick visit. Part of turning 30 this year really got me to the point of thinking that I needed to make my health a priority. My doctor laughed at me and said I was perfectly healthy and not much was going to change in eight months that we needed to worry about unless I felt sick or something was hurting and would not stop. While he explained this to me I was still in a daze because when I first got to the doctor’s office they took my vitals; blood pressure, height and weight.

That’s when I found out that in the past year I had gained 15 or so pounds.

Just a little background, I’m not a big guy at all. In fact, 15 pounds looks good on me. (According to all my female friends…) The problem is that all men know that at some point your metabolism slows down and that’s when, if you’re not careful, you start gaining weight and you can’t stop. I left that doctor’s appointment and did what any other self-respecting Black man would do –I called my mama. She also laughed at me and told me that it wasn’t a big deal at all and I was just getting older. I told her that I wanted to lose it immediately before it became an issue.

However, the question of whether it would affect my dating life or have any impact on my social life, never really crossed into my mind. I’m not a gym rat so I have never been the type to be obsessed with myself aesthetically. I’d much rather live an active lifestyle than spend hours in the gym trying to get washboard abs. I imagine it’s not the same for women because I think their looks matter a lot more in the grand scheme of things. If I had to choose whether I’d be fat or broke, I’d choose fat every time. If a woman had to make that choice, things might get interesting.

That’s not to say that weight hasn’t gotten the best of men in the past. I have had buddies who gained a little too much weight by sitting around drinking and playing video games. They all of sudden didn’t want to go out as much and weren’t really into going on vacations where they might have to be in trunks or something sleeveless. I want to say that the weight bothered them but it was really the fact that they were insecure, and in that case, it could have been anything. To keep it real, ugly and fat dudes who have confidence can still pull any woman they want. A dude can be the second coming of Adonis but if he has no confidence it won’t matter. So yeah, in that case, the weight might have been the issue, but the real source of the problem was insecurity.

So for example, when it was rumored that Rob Kardashian curved a family photo shoot because he felt like he had gained too much weight, it’s not really about his weight. It’s his confidence. I also think that it’s not becoming of a man to tie his confidence to his weight all that much. Of course it’s important and he should be cognizant of the impact that being overweight can have to his overall health but he shouldn’t be thinking that he’s somehow doomed in the dating world. All in all there are other things he should be focused on. Are his affairs in order? Is he ready for a commitment or is he just trying to play the field? Above all else, a man has to ask himself one question every day, “Am I headed up or down?” And like I said, if he ties weight to that question, that’s just a problem in itself.

Looking for a Sexay Workout? Try BRUKWINE.

January 2nd, 2014 - By Rana Campbell
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…and ONE and TWO and THREE and FOUR and WINE! Welcome to the sexiest workout, ever.

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Enter a Saturday afternoon  BRUKWINE class and you might think you were walking into a dancehall club straight in the heart of the Caribbean. Rhythmic tones vibrate from the speakers.  Sweat-drips from women in heels s they stand sexily in front of a fogged up mirror. Finally, let’s not forget the booty. There’s lots of booty.



Brukwine  is a  reggae/dancehall- based fitness dance class created by accomplished choreographers Tavia and Tamara. Together, the twosome’s resume is impressive. They’ve  performed alongside musical greats such as Beyonce, Sean Paul, Lady Gaga, Missy Elliot, Whitney Houston, and more!

As leading choreographers within the US Dancehall scene, their weekly traditional Dancehall classes at the infamous Broadway Dance Center are always well-attended. This past summer, the two hosted  Do Sumn! Yard and Foreign Dancehall Kik UP, a two-day dancehall intensive that brought together  students and dancehall choreographers from across the world.

And then there’s this workout they created in 2012 called Brukwine. The Sexiest Workout Ever.  Though sexy workouts have been around for a while, (striptease clases, pole dancing,  sexy heel classes,) nothing out there focuses only on Dancehall music. Dancehall music, with its sensual tones and upbeat riddims are the perfect backdrop for  this experience.

In Brukwine class, students learn a  dancehall routine ,along with signature Brukwine moves choreographed by Tavia and Tamara.  The class starts with a standard dance- style warm up and them moves into an isolation exercise. Class goers learn how to isolate and work their hips, practicing the basic whining, ticking, and gyrotonics that make up the quintessential dancehall moves. Next, it’s time to learn a short routine. Afterwards, students have a chance to perform the routine in group sections… all in heels, of course.



Brukwine is the sexiest workout ever because you don’t even realize how much of a total body workout you are getting. Go to a class and you’ll be encouraged to bring out your inner sexay and really let loose.  You are free to release your inner freak and work the room and pretend you’re on stage performing like Beyonce, in the club feeling the vibes, or performing a sexy serenade for that special someone in your life! Yes ladies, feel free to take these moves home… *wink* wink*. The new moves you’ll learn during Brukwine will be sure to surprise. Not only will you have fun and form new friendships, but you’ll leave the class with an extra boost of confidence!

 You don’t have to be a dancer (or wear heels) to have fun in BRUKWINE. Women of all ages, races, and levels of dance experience come out to the bi-weekly dancehall class. Brukwine is more than a class, it’s a movement. Just recently, BRUKWINE staged a Times Squares flash mob that brought dancehall to the streets of New York City.

Don’t believe me that this is the sexiest workout you’ll ever do? Watch the Brukwine Youtube videos and decide for yourself.

If you’re in the NYC area and want to sign up for the next Brukwine class, visit Make sure to follow Brukwine on Facebook  and Instagram.

What’s the sexiest workout you’ve ever done? Let us know in the comments section!

Rana Campbell ( is a Brukwine addict. Tweet her if you have questions. Or, check out her other fitness adventures on her Instagram accounts Ettabell Fitness & Rainshineluv.