Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Christa McAuliffe

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Christa McAuliffe

Women’s Health: Controversial HPV vaccine even protects unvaccinated women, study suggests

Women’s Health: Controversial HPV vaccine even protects unvaccinated women, study suggests

A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

Inspiration Of Motherhood: Little boy who inspired banana split parties dies

Inspiration Of Motherhood: Little boy who inspired banana split parties dies

Inspiration Of Motherhood: Little boy who inspired banana split parties dies


Please keep Ryan’s family in your prayers.

Ryan Roberts, 22 months, passed away on Sunday.

Ryan Roberts, the 22-month-old boy who inspired thousands of “banana split parties”  in his honor in recent weeks, died Sunday.

His mother, Diane Roberts, shared on her Facebook page that her son “fought as in typical Ryan fashion – he ignored our words telling him it was OK to go.” She wrote:

“At approximately 12:10 while I held Ryan in my arms and daddy held him as well – surrounded by so many who loved him Ryan drew his last breath. He is without oxygen, medicine, tubes, wires, and HURT – he is at peace.”

The night before, he slept peacefully, Diane told TODAY Moms. “His monitor did not beep the entire night,” she said Monday. “He had a fabulous night.”

Diane and her husband, Erik Roberts, decided four weeks ago to issue a Do Not Resuscitate order for their son after being told by doctors that after four surgeries, there was nothing more medical experts could do for him. Ryan was born Sept. 12, 2010, with Down syndrome and a heart defect.

His story went viral last month after Diane requested that parents serve their kids banana splits for dinner to create a special memory in honor of Ryan. A friend created a “Ryan’s Banana Split Party” page on Facebook, and more than 76,000 people have responded, posting banana split photos from all over the world.

In recent weeks, Ryan’s family made the most of the time he had left, checking off items from a “bucket list” created by his parents. He got a fake tattoo, was issued a “speeding ticket” by visiting Pittsburgh police officers, rode a bike, and shared a (root) beer with his dad to celebrate his 21-month-birthday. Said his mom: “He’s a real bad ass.”

Last week, the Roberts family spent the Fourth of July together at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where they

took Ryan to the roof of the parking garage to watch the fireworks. He fell asleep before they started, Diane said, “but we were all there together.”

Family and friends will gather Friday for a private celebration of Ryan’s life in Pittsburgh. Others who wish to celebrate Ryan can participate by writing memorial messages on balloons — Ryan’s family will use red balloons — and releasing them into the sky at 8:30 p.m. EST.

His parents didn’t expect him to go so soon; they thought he had a couple more weeks to live.

“Last Sunday, I was lying out on the grass with him,” Diane said. “The next Sunday, he was gone.”

Pamela Sitt is a Seattle writer who blogs about motherhood

A Message From The Creator

“The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.”

-Tony Robbins

Women’s Health: Controversial HPV vaccine even protects unvaccinated women, study suggests

ByRyan Jaslow

(CBS News) A new study shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is so effective at reducing the number of infections young women are getting, it’s even protecting people who haven’t gotten vaccinated.

The protective effect is called “herd immunity,” a concept that suggests when a critical portion of a community is immunized against a contagious disease, the rest of the community becomes protected because there’s less chance for an outbreak.

For the new research, doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center looked at 368 unvaccinated young women ages 13 to 16 from two local primary care clinics who had sexual contact and were recruited from 2006 to 2007. The researchers compared those rates to a different group of 409 young women recruited between 2009 and 2010, more than half of whom got at least one dose of the HPV vaccine. Girls in the study who were vaccinated were given the Gardasil vaccine, which protects against four strains of HPV.

The researchers found a 58 percent decrease in the prevalence of vaccine-targeting HPV strains, from 31 percent of young women to 13.4 percent. That amounted to a 69 percent decrease among vaccinated patients and a 49 percent decrease for unvaccinated young women. The findings were published July 9 in Pediatrics.

“Infection with the types of HPV targeted by the vaccine decreased in vaccinated young women by 69 percent,” study author Dr. Jessica Kahn, a physician in the division of Adolescent Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, said in a press release. “Two of these HPV types, HPV-16 and HPV-18, cause about 70 percent of cervical cancer. Thus, the results are promising in that they suggest that vaccine introduction could substantially reduce rates of cervical cancer in this community in the future.”

Kahn said the decrease among vaccinated young women was “especially remarkable” because many were sexually experienced and exposed to HPV before vaccination, and many only underwent one dose of the vaccine when three are recommended for the most protection.

Critics of the HPV vaccine have argued against states that require preteen girls to get the shot, including arguments from some claiming that vaccinating young girls may promote promiscuity. Other critics call such a requirement a violation of civil liberties, such as when Rep. Michele Bachmann targeted Governor Rick Perry’s controversial 2007 executive order in Texas during a presidential debate last year. The Texas Legislature eventually passed a bill to block the order.

Another common complaint against the vaccine points to oft-debunked links that tie vaccines to causing development disabilities such as autism.


Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the department of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University told MyHealthNewsDaily that the study is “good news that comes surprisingly soon.”

“It’s impressive if other studies can confirm it,” Schaffner said, adding research would also neeed to be done on a larger population – including boys – to show herd immunity. “Vaccination is not just about the individuals getting vaccinated…it’s about everyone else in the community.”

Disease protection for people who can’t get vaccinated is one reason why doctors heavily urge parents to get their child immunized despite parents’ vaccine fears over autism links.

Kahn however noted that while rates of HPV strains the vaccine targets decreased, the overall prevalence of HPV was “extremely high,” she said, with about one in four unvaccinated study participants already positive for one high-risk type of the disease.

Besides Gardasil, which also protects against two strains of HPV that cause most genital warts, Cervarix is also approved to protect against the two HPV strains tied to cancer risk. Out of the two vaccines, only Gardasil is approved for boys (up until age 21) as well.

HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer in women. Each year there are about 12,200 new cervical cancer cases in the United States and more than 4,200 deaths in women each year. There are about 15000 HPV-associated cancers in the U.S. that may be prevented by vaccines each year in women, including cervical, anal, vaginal, mouth cancers.

About 1 in 100 sexually active adults in the U.S. have genital warts at any given time.

The CDC has more on HPV vaccines.

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Christa McAuliffe

Christa McAuliffe was born September 2, 1948, in Framingham, MA. A high school teacher, she was the first American civilian selected to go into space in 1985. After being selected by NASA in 1985, she trained at the Johnson Space Center. On January 28, 1986, she boarded the space shuttle Challenger. The space shuttle exploded shortly after liftoff, killing everyone on board.


Educator. Born Sharon Christa Corrigan on September 2, 1948, in Framingham, Massachusetts. Christa McAuliffe was the first American civilian selected to go into space in 1985. A well-regarded and beloved high school teacher in Concord, New Hampshire, she had developed a course called ??The American Woman.?? This course helped her win a competition held by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to decide who would be the first teacher in space.

After being selected in 1985, Christa McAuliffe went through extensive training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. On January 28, 1986, McAuliffe boarded the space shuttleChallenger at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Along with the rest of the crew, she waited for her field trip to space to begin. This was not to be, unfortunately. The space shuttle exploded shortly after liftoff, killing everyone on board. This tragic accident sent shockwaves around the world.

Christa McAuliffe left behind a husband and two young children. As a tribute to her memory, she received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. McAuliffe has also been honored with an asteroid and a moon crater, both bearing her name. Another tribute, the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center, was created at Framingham State College where she had graduated from in 1970.

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