Before the month ends, women should focus on themselves and their gynecologic health. September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month sponsored by the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation. The group encourages women to learn their family health history and to make an appointment for their annual exam. In addition, the foundation's web site offers an assessment quiz to identify personal risk for gynecologic cancers. So if you haven't called your doctor for a pap smear or other gynecological tests go to the phone now and take care of that appointment, it could be lifesaving.
If your relationship with your partner is unhappy, it could pay to look at your own level of self-esteem as a guiding point. Research from the University at Buffalo finds that people with low self-esteem tend to inaccurately expect rejection from their spouse, and launch into a defense. By acting out instead of waiting to see what the partner is thinking, the person with lower self-esteem actually creates the situation they fear most: rejection. The researchers says that higher self-esteem, on the other hand, lends itself to a strengthened relationship.
Seniors or anyone needing a little walking assistance can roll along with a new device wheeling into stores this fall. The HUGO rolling walker is a lightweight assistive device that includes a cushioned seat. Brakes secure the walker for sitting. The Georgia Tech Research Institute focused on HUGO's ergonomic design, and created adjustable handles so seniors wanting to get in more walking time aren't slouched over as they walk. When you're ready to put it away, fold it up in one quick motion. Again, HUGO should be available sometime this fall.