Monday, October 26, 2009

Women + Smoking = BAD

Is Smoking Tougher on Women?
Research suggests they're more susceptible to dangers of tobacco

Women may be more vulnerable than men to the carcinogens and other noxious substances in cigarette smoke, a growing body of research suggests.
In one study of nearly 700 people with lung cancer, Swiss experts found that women tended to be younger when they received the diagnosis, even though they smoked less than the men who developed lung cancer.
In another study, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Bergen in Norway evaluated more than 950 men and women with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), known to be linked to smoking. The result: The women with COPD were younger when they got the diagnosis and had smoked less than the men with the respiratory ailment.
"Maybe women are more susceptible to the lung-damaging effects of smoking," said Dr. Inga-Cecilie Soerheim, a visiting research fellow at Harvard and a researcher at the University of Bergen, who led the COPD study. She presented the findings in May at the American Thoracic Society's annual conference.
In fact, several other studies in the past 20 years have suggested that female smokers may be more susceptible to lung cancer than male smokers.
And Soerheim and her colleague, Dr. Dawn L. DeMeo, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, found that, in 2000, the number of women dying from COPD surpassed the number of men, although the researchers aren't sure why....

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Quote of the Day

“I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.”
~ Oprah Winfrery

Monday, October 19, 2009

My Weekend: A List

I'd started this long, meandering and ever-so-slightly emo post about how lovely the fall weather was in DC, how it didn't compare to the beauty of New England, yet still made me nostalgic for that time and place..... but I was putting myself to sleep writing it, so I couldn't imagine anyone actually wanting to read it (even if it's just me, a few weeks from now, browsing through my own scribbles).

Instead, I present a semi-complete list of my weekend's activities:
  1. Driving for approximately four hours in the rain on Friday evening to pick up my sister from Dulles airport, drive her to our parent's in the 'burbs, then drive back into the city, pick up my boyfriend at work and take us home for the evening.  
  2. Dressing up with my sister on Saturday evening, with a bottle of iced-tea flavored vodka nearby, for her (first of several) birthday celebration.
  3. Cursing the torrential rain and my sudden lack of umbrellas.
  4. Unintentionally, and ridiculously, sliding around (and falling down) on the lovely wood floors at my boyfriend's apartment, because my boots had no traction. 
  5. Texting and Twittering with various friends - including some who were at the party - about the party.
  6. Hostessing until 2am, at which point I fell asleep fully clothed.
  7. Having a late brunch with my sister over the Washington Post and mimosas.
  8. Going out to dinner with my family on Sunday night.
I now realize that what I've written are mostly food, alcohol, sleep and/or family related activities. Perhaps enjoyable weekends require a few of these elements in order to be successful.  The crappy weather, maybe not so much, but the rest -- wonderful friends, quality time with family, copious amounts of food and drink -- help make my world go 'round.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Quote of The Day

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.”

~ Rosalia de Castro

Friday, October 2, 2009

My Day, In a Nutshell

What I accomplished today, in no particular order:

~ Signed up 30 people for a password-protected area of one of our websites. (Each time I do this, the hardest part is coming up with unique passwords.)
~ Wondered if I'm ready for fall, and reminded myself that I really have no choice. 
~ With a great deal of help from my colleagues in the PR department, I came up with a quote from our CEO for a press release. (Incidentally, it was a press release about the aforementioned website.)
~ Purchased Guerlain kohl eyeliner that my friends at have been raving about.
~ Confirmed a reservation for a department retreat.
~ Canceled one happy hour and planned another.
~ Email, email, and more email.
~ Discussed why Chicago would have been a great place for the Olympics, and why Rio may be better after all.
~ Decided that these yellow heels really DO match everything.

Time for Happy Hour. Happy Friday, everyone!

Quote of the Day

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

~ Andy Warhol