Weeks before Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Apple has rejected an unrestricted relaunch of a breast health app created by The Keep A Breast Foundation.  The Check Yourself! App guides women and men to establish a regular routine and approach to the breast self-check.  However, through Apple’s automatic screening system, the app was given a 17+ rating for its use of nudity.  The nudity in question is an illustrated guide of how to conduct a self-check (below), which had been updated (below left) .  The current version of Check Yourself! (below right) has been running in the iTunes app store since 2010 with a 4-star rating.  While the app is technically being rereleased, it will now be restricted to consumers seventeen years and older, which is an impediment to the foundation’s objective to educate people to breast cancer detection and prevention as early as possible. 


With advances in technology, workplace fatigue and sluggish production are becoming more and more evident.  One way to counteract the symptoms of over-stimulation is meditation.  “It’s not uncommon now for big corporations to encourage meditation during breaks and even hold meditation events during working hours,” says Dr. Barbara Cox, a consulting psychologist and coach who specializes in working with innovative leaders and organizations. “Research shows there are significant effects on physical and mental health for people who practice meditation, self-hypnosis and other stress-management tools.”  These benefits include:

Improved ability to manage stress. Life is filled with stress and the average work day can provide a host of new triggers that add to stress, whether it’s a demanding supervisor, a difficult client or uncooperative co-workers, just to name a few. “Stressful situations are going to happen,” Cox says. “So the question becomes how well you can handle the stress. Meditation can assist in that.”

Increased quality of sleep. Meditation can help people with their sleep issues, according to research by Harvard University, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. That doesn’t mean meditating only before bedtime. It also helps to practice meditation during the day, so you can more easily get into that relaxed state at night. “And if you get a good night’s sleep,” Cox says, “you’re more likely to perform well at work the next day.” Read more of this story »


The 2017 Emmy Awards were marked by a return to Hollywood glamour.  While Stephen Colbert’s musical opening number entertained us and Sterling K. Brown’s speech moved us, the red carpet’s elegance really wowed us with exquisite hair, makeup, and wardrobe.  Some of our favorite looks came from (clockwise from top left) Zoë Kravitz in Dior Haute Couture, Michelle Pfeiffer in Oscar de la Renta, Nicole Kidman in Calvin Klein by Appointment, Susan Kelechi Watson in Christina Ottaviano, Jessica Biel in Ralph & Russo, Evan Rachel Wood in Jeremy Scott for Moschino, Thandie Newton in Jason Wu, and Yara Shahidi in Prada.  Which were yours?