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Women’s Health: IVF Does Not Increase Cancer Risk [STUDY]

Women’s Health: IVF Does Not Increase Cancer Risk [STUDY]

Women’s News: Bad Work Habits: 3 Common Bad Habits And How To Make Them Work For You

Women’s News: Bad Work Habits: 3 Common Bad Habits And How To Make Them Work For You

Women’s News: Bad Work Habits: 3 Common Bad Habits And How To Make Them Work For You

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Lynze Wardle Lenio | The Daily Muse

Bad habits are an inevitable part of office life. As I type this, my keyboard is covered in the gritty remains of an entire bag of Sour Patch Kids, even though I promised myself that I was going to stop eating junk food while working. I won’t even mentionhow much chocolate I keep stashed in my bottom desk drawer for really stressful days.

Thankfully, not all bad habits have to be a liability. In fact, with a little creativity, you can actually make them work to the benefit of your career. Whether you’re a water cooler regular or a Tweetaholic, read on for a few ideas on how to leverage your bad habits to your advantage.

Your Bad Habit: Office Talk

You’re a Chatty Cathy. You have plenty of work to do, but you just can’t miss out on the gossip happening in the break room. And before you know it, you’ve just spent an hour talking to your co-workers about everything from the new guy in finance to thelast episode of “Downton Abbey.”

Make it Work for You

You’re obviously a people-person, which can be a great asset—when used appropriately. If you’re working solo all day, ask your boss for opportunities to collaborate on group projects or meet face-to-face with clients. Even a few hours of working with others each week will break up the monotony of spending time alone at your desk. You’ll feel more energized and motivated, which will help you stay on task when you’re tempted to indulge in a lengthy chat-fest with your co-workers.

You can also put your social skills to good use by offering to organize teambuilding activities like an office potluck or a department-wide happy hour. Your boss will be impressed that you’re interested in boosting office morale, and you’ll have something fun to look forward to during the week.

Your Bad Habit: Daydream On

If daydreaming was an Olympic sport, you’d win the gold medal. It’s just so hard to get anything accomplished when you’re thinking about your upcoming vacation, the dinner party you’re hosting the weekend, and what you’re going to do with your bonus check—wait, it’s 4 PM already?

Make it Work for You

Believe it or not, daydreaming can actually be a positive asset in the workplace. According to Psychology Today, daydreaming can help spark creativity and solve problems. Google even lets its employees spend 20% of their time (that’s one day of the work week!) daydreaming and exploring ideas that interest them to help promote innovation.

Rather than feel guilty about letting your mind wander, make your imagination work to your benefit. Give yourself 10 minutes every other hour or so to mentally unwind and just let your thoughts drift. Your brain will get a much-needed break, and you may stumble across a solution or new idea that might not have occurred to you otherwise. (Keep a pen and paper handy so that you can jot down anything that comes to mind.) But by setting a time limit on your daydreaming, you’ll ensure that you spend the majority of your day focused on the tasks at hand.

Your Bad Habit: Social (Media) Butterfly

You just can’t unplug from all of your social networks. When you’re not RTing articles and posting witty news commentary, you’re wishing one of your 900 friends “Happy Birthday” on Facebook or triple checking to see how many likes your most recent Instagram photo received.

Make it Work for You

Social networking addicts love the rush that comes from connecting with other people. Unfortunately, your boss is not going to be impressed when she sees you posting about your personal life instead of working.

Why not channel your tech-savvy ways into something that will help your career? Ask your supervisor if you can get involved with your company’s social media efforts. Many bosses would love to have someone who knows the ins and outs of social networking help maximize the company’s web presence. It’s a win-win situation—you’ll get your social media fix, and your company will get a revamped Facebook page, a state-of-the-art LinkedIn profile, and a Twitter feed that always has fresh content.
The next time you’re at work and you get the urge to indulge in one of your favorite bad habits, relax. Everyone has their temptations, but now you have the tools to make your faults work for you rather than against.

Well, unless your weakness is Sour Patch Kids.

Lynze Wardle Lenio is a freelance journalist from Salt Lake City, Utah. When she’s not investigating workplace relationships, she enjoys skiing, traveling with her husband, and watching truly embarrassing reality television.

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/20/bad-work-habits-3-common-_n_2725405.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

Women’s Health: IVF Does Not Increase Cancer Risk [STUDY]

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Feb 18 (Reuters) – Women getting fertility treatments can be reassured that in vitro fertilization (IVF) does not increase their risk of breast and gynecological cancers, according to a U.S. study of Israeli women.

“The findings were fairly reassuring. Nothing was significantly elevated,” said lead author Louise Brinton, chief of the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland.

Ovulation-stimulating drugs or puncturing of the ovaries to retrieve eggs can be part of IVF treatments, procedures that researchers have suspected may increase women’s risk of cancer. Indeed, previous studies did link IVF early in life to heightened risks of breast cancer and borderline ovarian tumors.

But other studies have found little connection between fertility treatments and cancer.

The association has been difficult to untangle, experts say, in part because it’s hard to know whether unmeasured factors not realized to IVF may affect the risk of cancer in women who have trouble conceiving. In addition, so far there haven’t been a lot of women who developed cancer after fertility treatment included in studies.

“We all want answers, but it’s a very difficult exposure to study, particularly when we don’t have the numbers we would really like,” Brinton, whose results appeared in the journal Fertility & Sterility, told Reuters Health.

She and her colleagues examined the medical records of 67,608 women who underwent IVF treatments between 1994 and 2011 and 19,795 women who sought treatment but never received IVF.

The researchers linked those files to a national cancer registry and found 1,509 of them had been diagnosed with cancer through mid-2011.

There was no difference in women’s chances of being diagnosed with breast or endometrial cancer based on whether they were treated with IVF. The researchers did find that a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer slightly increased the more rounds of treatment she received, but that finding could have been due to chance.

Brinton said her study was too small conclusively link IVF and ovarian cancer – and that it remained very rare, with 45 cases in the entire study.

A similar association was found in a study headed by Bengt Kallen, director of the Tornblad Institute at Lund University, Sweden, who said that any increased ovarian cancer risk might be due to the dysfunctional ovaries themselves.

“Infertile women have a primary problem with their ovaries and IVF has nothing to do with it,” Kallen told Reuters Health. “It’s a rather difficult thing to disentangle if there is an effect from the hormones or from the IVF procedure.”

Others warned of biases that may make the results of studies like this difficult to interpret, noting that women undergoing IVF are watched very closely, which would likely increase the chance that ovarian cancers are detected.

“You have to be extraordinarily cautious about this kind of a study,” said Sherman Silber of the Infertility Center of St. Louis. “If anything. It’s reassuring. One doesn’t see any real increase in cancer.” SOURCE: http://bit.ly/vkUVAO

(Reporting from New York by Trevor Stokes at Reuters Health; editing by Elaine Lies)

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/20/ivf-cancer-risk-study_n_2708090.html?utm_hp_ref=womens-health

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