WASHINGTON — Men’s Health Network (MHN) is joining organizations and communities across the country in April to recognize Testicular Cancer Awareness Month as part of its pledge to advocate for the health and wellness of men and their families.
About Testicular Cancer
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among men aged between 15 and 35 years old and has one of the highest survival rates if found early. That’s what makes prevention techniques and overall awareness critically important. According to Ana Fadich, MPH, CHES, Vice President at MHN, “Testicular cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer in young men and boys but remains a very treatable cancer,” Fadich continues, “That is why awareness is essential in reaching younger men who may not receive cancer prevention messages and educate them about the importance of early detection.”
Rovito further recommends that “males should perform testicular self-examination monthly to monitor if anything abnormal develops. If something out of the ordinary is discovered, males should speak to their healthcare provider immediately.”
About Men’s Health Network
Men’s Health Network (MHN) is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health awareness messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Learn more about MHN at by following them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork and Facebook. For more information on MHN’s ongoing Dialogue on Men’s Health series, visit
Tax Day is just around the corner and Plenty of Fish (POF), one of the largest global online dating companies, surveyed 3,000 singles across the U.S. to uncover the finer points of taxes and finances.
- Only 11 percent of singles said they spend their tax refund, while 65 percent said they like to save some and spend some
- When it comes to dating and money, 22 percent of women said they would not date someone who makes less money than them
- More than 85 percent of singles said they tell the truth about how much they make, and fewer than 2 percent make less money than they claim to make
- 38 singles spent their tax refund on a tattoo, with women out-inking men 22 to 16
Additional data and findings are available on this infographic, including the craziest things singles have spent their tax refund on (download graphic here).
Savvy Spenders and Savers
- Nearly 26 percent of men said they save their tax refund, compared to less than 20 percent of women.
- More than 34 percent of baby boomers save their tax refund, making them almost twice as likely to save their refund than any other age group.
When asked about the craziest thing singles have spent their refund on, write-in responses from them ran the gamut between practical and NSFW – and highlight a Mars versus Venus divide.
- Car Parts: More than 190 men claimed their craziest tax return spend was on a car – the highest response by far.
- Vegas Baby: Vacations made the top three, but Las Vegas hit the jackpot – 27 men and 8 women claimed this popular destination as their “craziest tax refund spend.”
- Get Inked: 38 singles got tattoos with their refund, with women out-inking men 22 to 16.
- Honorable Mention:24k gold grill for teeth, 10 gallons of beef jerky, skydiving lessons… and a horse.
Fast and Informed Filers
- Twenty-eight percent of singles file their taxes in January, as soon as they get their forms, while fewer than 10 percent of singles said they file on Tax Day.
- The fastest filers are 20-somethings: 35 percent said they are likely to file as soon as they get their forms, versus only 18 percent of baby boomers
- When asked how they would rate their understanding of the tax filing process, 23 percent of singles said they had excellent knowledge, 34 percent said good and 33 percent said average.
Additional Tax Takeaways
- On average, only four percent of men and women have looked at a partner’s tax return behind their back. Coming in at around five percent, men 35-44 and women 45-54 are most likely to peek.
- The percentage of singles who have charitable write-offs increases in every decade of life – with only 27 percent of twenty-somethings taking advantage of this tax write-off, versus 54 percent of baby boomers.
- More than five percent of men and almost eight percent of single women don’t file taxes.
For Most Singles, Money isn’t Everything
- A whopping 89 percent of singles said they would date someone who made less money than them.
- Women tend to be less forgiving on the financial front. More than 96 percent of men said they would date someone who makes less money than them, but nearly 22 percent of women said they would not date someone who makes less money than them.
- Women 26-34 are most likely to date someone who makes less than them (83 percent), compared to other female age groups.
For those ready to dive deep into financial conversations on their next date, Plenty of Fish can be downloaded for free from the Google Play and iTunes stores. For more details on the survey view here.
About Plenty of Fish (POF)
Plenty of Fish (POF), a Match Group (MTCH) company, is one of the largest global online dating companies. Available in 11 languages and more than 20 countries, Plenty of Fish has more than 100 million registered users, with 65,000 new users signing up every day. Unlike many dating offerings today, POF is all about having great conversations. In fact, singles have more quality conversations on POF than any other dating app, which can lead to stronger connections, smarter matches and better dates. For more information, please visit here or download POF from Google Play or iTunes.
Abodo, an apartment search platform, interviewed 3,500 college students to uncover how and why they use the dating site Tinder and other dating apps that revealed surprising results. To see the full report, read ‘Swipe Right for Love?’.
- 37% of men DO NOT think using dating apps while in a relationship is cheating.
- 31.5% of female app users said they would NEVER hook-up on a first date.
- 9.4% of male app users said they would NEVER hook-up on a first date.
- 84% of college students prefer Tinder over any other dating app.
- 91% of college students are primarily NOT using the apps for hook-ups.
- 27% say that they’ve been sexually harassed on dating apps (Grindr and OkCupid report the highest rates).
Thoughts on the Survey
It surprises us at Fromgirltogirl how many college students prefer to use Tinder because that particular dating app is for hook ups for the most part. We assumed there would be more of a balance of hook-up culture and wanting a monogamous relationship but the survey indicates less people are looking for just hook ups. A finding that did not surprise us were the number of men using dating apps and not considering it as cheating while in a relationship. We feel this is accurate because men define cheating differently than women. We have even heard men define a need for sexual interactions with multiple partners while in a relationship as something fun to do – not thinking how it could emotionally or physically harm a significant other. As for women saying they would never hook-up on a first date, we believe that is based on not wanting to be seen as too promiscuous versus not having the thought to hook-up on a first date.
A physically attractive person that one enjoys the company of is hard to resist. It is a temptation from the start because it’s desire. Just because a woman says she would never hook-up on a first date, it doesn’t mean she wouldn’t if the opportunity came into fruition. However, we do feel more men in comparison to women would jump at the chance to hook-up on a first date. More shockingly, we are shocked that 91% of college students are not using dating apps for hook-ups. Are students looking for steady dating but lost hope in face-to-face first introductions? It is definitely something to look more into. Chat with Fromgirltogirl on Facebook and Twitter to let us know what works and doesn’t work for you when using dating apps. What is your primary reason for using dating apps? We would love to hear from you.
A new survey reveals that women would be willing to go without sex, gain 10 pounds or take a pay cut in order to get clear skin. Think that’s surprising? The survey also found women will cancel a date or plans because of a zit, would rather have their period than a breakout on their wedding da. The average woman is willing to go as far as editing their selfies to cover their skin before posting pictures on social media. This survey is the Curology‘s State of Acne in America, which polled more than 1,000 women between the ages of 18-44 who have suffered from acne, blackheads or clogged pores at some point in their lives and the results are shocking.
- Sorry, Bumble: Almost 15% of women between the ages of 18-24 are likely or very likely to cancel plans or a date because of a breakout.
- Period on your Wedding day: 59% of women said they’d rather have their period than a breakout on their wedding day
- Selfie Cover Up: 40% of women admitted to editing a picture to cover a blemish before posting on social media. When looking at women ages 18-24, the number goes up to 52.6%.
- How Far Would You Go? Almost half of women 18-24 (44%) would be willing to gain 10 pounds, take a pay cut or be celibate for six months to have clear skin.
Find the full survey results for an inside look into women’s emotional, social and professional struggles caused by acne and explore what they would be willing to sacrifice for clear skin.
The Dermatology crisis of America
There are less than 10,000 dermatologists in the United States and more than 50 million people suffering from acne, access to quality care can be limited while the desire to conquer breakouts and end skincare stress is widespread. Curology, the skincare company that offers customized prescription acne care for every customer online, released its inaugural survey on the State of Acne in America.
The survey provides a comprehensive look at the challenges women face when dealing with acne and highlights how far women of all ages are willing to go to achieve clear skin. The survey was conducted online with Google Consumer Surveys among 1,001 women, between the ages of 18-44, who have suffered from acne, blackheads or clogged pores at some point in their lives.
Curology is the only solution that offers customized acne formulas for each customer. A dedicated dermatology provider reviews photos of each customer’s face and analyzes responses to medical questions before prescribing a tailor-made formula. Each formula has prescription-strength ingredients not available over-the-counter, and Curology ships the personalized formula directly to the customer’s door.
The Purpose of the State of Acne in America Survey
“Our hope with the State of Acne in America survey is to expose the underlying struggles women face when dealing with their acne and understand just how important it is for them to find an effective treatment,” said David Lortscher, MD, board-certified dermatologist and the founder and CEO of Curology. “This survey validates what our dermatology providers hear from customers every day – that acne is more than just skin deep. Changes in the appearance of the skin have a major impact on a person both socially and emotionally – and that’s why I created Curology.”
Wearing Your Emotions
Suffering from unwanted acne, blackheads or clogged pores can be challenging for women of all ages. In many cases, social situations can exacerbate the emotional toll acne takes and brings unwanted commentary.
A staggering 52% of women 18-24 have had a significant other or family member comment on their acne, blackheads, or clogged pores in a negative way. With the palpable pressure of having clear and photo-ready skin, women of all ages are willing to subject themselves to other burdens to avoid a very public breakout.
Acne and the Workplace
Women who suffer from acne, blackheads or clogged pores also struggle with nerves and feelings of anxiety in the workplace, potentially putting their professional reputation and future at risk.
- 36.6% of women admitted to feeling nervous or anxious going into a job interview or big presentation because of their acne. The nerves increase even more for younger women, with 40.6% of women 18-24 admitting the same feelings of anxiety.
- 52.4% of women who have had someone close to them comment on their acne in a negative way also admitted to having felt nervous or anxious going into a big presentation or job interview.
A Financial Blemish
Whether it’s taking a pay cut at work or shelling out $100 a month, the prospect of achieving clear skin can drive women to sacrifice well-earned money.
- Of women 18-34 who said they would be willing to take a pay cut for six months to have clear skin, 57.9% would be willing to pay $100/month for 10 years ($12k) to guarantee their skin would be cleared of any acne, blackheads or clogged pores for life.
- 20.5% of women would be willing to pay $100/month for 10 years ($12K) to guarantee their skin would be cleared of any acne, blackheads or clogged pores for life. That number jumps to 26.4% for women 18-24.
When Anti-Aging and Acne Collide
Women don’t have the luxury of staying focused on preventing and treating their acne as they’re often seeking ways to also slow or prevent the process of aging.
- 25.2% of women 25-44 admitted to simultaneously using products to slow or prevent skin aging AND products to treat acne, blackheads and clogged pores.
Learn more at Curology.com.
At today’s Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference at the | 9 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. attendees remarked that this was the best conference thus far. They believe the conference will encourage reporters to cover both sides of Middle East affairs. To watch the program, fast forward to 20 minutes in via the Youtube video.
The speakers appear in order of the program posted on Israellobbyandamericanpolicy.org , where you also will find edited video footage and transcripts. Mondoweiss has already posted the first in-depth article on the conference. Additionally, statistically significant polling results presented by conference co-host IRmep’s Director Grant F. Smith show that Americans oppose many of AIPAC’s core programs.
Let your members of Congress know how the majority feels as they prepare to receive scores of AIPAC supporters urging funding for these unpopular programs.
Spring officially starts this week and with a start of a new season, plenty of new music is out. A new music video and single is out from New Jersey pop artist Carolyn Marie entitled “Wanna Be Cool.” You can watch here:
From the fashion to killer dance moves, Fromgirltogirl loves this new music video. It has a bit of a 90’s feel that makes us nostalgic and definitely a tune to add to your workout routine or dance class. It is also nice to watch a music video with plenty of diversity.
This smooth, spellbinding video highlights the classic human struggle of fitting in and brilliantly showcases Carolyn Marie and her supporting dancers’ mesmerizing dance talent. The video is shot in a warehouse with a call-to-action to not trust thoughts at 3am.
But what about Carolyn Marie? What is her story? She is a compelling musician and really showcase her extraordinary dance skills in “Wanna Be Cool,” a funky alternative rock song that encourages viewers to dance right along with the Jersey Girl. Carolyn’s self-titled debut album is coming out this year, which was recorded with Cooper Anderson, who has worked with artists such as John Legend, FUN and Justin Bieber. The album was also mixed by Ken Lewis, who has worked with Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Lana Del Rey. Learn about Carolyn Marie on her Facebook Page.
WASHINGTON (March 15, 2017) – Trump administration today announced it will re-open a review of common-sense automobile pollution standards for model years 2022-2025, which are instrumental to the rejuvenation of America’s automotive manufacturing sector and could drive down fuel costs for consumers.
Bob Keefe, executive director of the national, nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) has said:
“You have to wonder what is motivating the Trump administration to drive such a successful, Made-in-America policy into a ditch. It’s simply reckless and irresponsible, and will once again put America in the rearview mirror of foreign automakers that will be glad to dominate the market for the next generation of more efficient vehicles.”
E2 was founded by business people who helped advocate for the country’s first greenhouse gas emissions limits for vehicles, which were passed by the state of California in 2002 and became the foundation for the federal emissions standards. California’s groundbreaking legislation helped spur innovation in the auto and fuels industries – creating thousands of jobs – and ultimately helped advance widespread adoption of hybrid, electric and alternative fuels vehicles.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 259,000 Americans now work in clean vehicle production. Those jobs, along with hundreds of millions of dollars saved through fuel efficiency by businesses and consumers alike, are now at risk because of the Trump administration’s shortsighted actions, says Keefe. These same standards are helping spur production of the modern-day auto industry’s most efficient vehicles while saving consumers and businesses money. This clean car industry is also creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and reducing pollution along the way.
More background on E2
- This E2 fact sheet on clean vehicle jobs in America is based on U.S. Department of Energy research. Among the 259,000 Americans who work in the clean vehicles sector, 112,000 work in hybrid EVs; 44,000 in plug-in hybrids; 44,000 in natural gas vehicles; 42,000 in EVs; and 17,000 in hydrogen and fuel-cell vehicles.
- More than 250 business leaders who support fuel efficiency standards signed this September 2016 E2 letter.
- March 2016 “Clean Jobs America” report (Page 9) has details on how fuel efficiency standards help create jobs.
- See here, here, here and here for stories on how fuel efficiency standards help create jobs, and here, here and here for videos.
About Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)
Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital. For more information, see e2.org or follow us on Twitter at @e2org.
In other news, Republicans fighting to repeal the Affordable Care Act have shown their willingness to rush major legislation to short-circuit a thorough review process that would expose the dangerous holes in their proposal; they are attempting to rush the confirmation process of Neil Gorsuch to avoid public scrutiny of his extreme views and record.
Crisis of Legitimacy
Since Trump nominated Judge Gorsuch for the Supreme Court on January 31, Americans have witnessed the forced resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn for lying to the Vice President about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and seen Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuse himself from any investigations into the Trump campaign after coming under fire for misleading the Senate Judiciary Committee about his previously undisclosed meetings with Kislyak. Now we find out that Flynn was paid more than $500,000 to lobby for the Turkish government even while attending classified intelligence briefings.
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s current focus—and rightly so—is on getting to the bottom of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Last week’s confirmation hearing for the nomination of Rod Rosenstein as Deputy Attorney General had some members of the committee demanding that he commit to appointment of a special prosecutor as a precondition for his approval. Some believe Senators should not take up the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch until matters so critical to our democracy and national security have been resolved, yet Republicans seem intent on rushing his nomination forward.
Lessons Learned from Recent Confirmation Hearings
The Trump Administration has pushed through a number of cabinet-level appointments in recent weeks without full and proper vetting, proper ethics paperwork, or a complete record for Senators to review. That’s bad enough for positions critical to the functioning of the federal government, but completely unacceptable for a lifetime appointment that will shape the direction of the Supreme Court for decades to come.
The fast pace of Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as Attorney General—one of eight major confirmation hearings scheduled over the span of three days—allowed him to dodge numerous questions about potential conflicts of interest given his role as a close political advisor and friend to Trump during the presidential campaign and transition.
When asked if he would recuse himself from any decisions regarding potential criminal prosecutions in connection with Russia’s hacking of the election, Sessions got away with saying, “I am not aware of a basis to recuse myself from such matters.”
As a result, mere weeks later, America is left with an Attorney General who cannot ethically participate in one of the most important matters facing the nation. Sessions will be likewise hobbled on a host of other legal issues that may come before the Department of Justice, including Trump violations of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause prohibiting foreign gifts and bribes, conflicts of interest created by Trump’s refusal to divest his business holdings into a blind trust, and potential insider trading by Trump family members actively involved in both White House and Trump Organization decision-making.
Gorsuch Role in the Bush Era DOJ
Top among the Gorsuch matters that need more time for investigation are questions about his handling of controversial cases while serving as a Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General from 2005 to 2006, and his role, if any, in the scandal over the politically motivated firings of nine U.S. Attorneys that ultimately led to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in 2007.
Gorsuch told the Senate Judiciary Committee in response to its questionnaire that, he played a role in “major litigation decisions” and “developing legal strategy” for the Civil Division while at the Justice Department. That division handled some highly controversial cases at the time, including defense of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, the Defense of Marriage Act, the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program, and detention of prisoners at Guantanamo.
In addition, Gorsuch was responsible for helping to supervise the Civil Rights Division at a time when there were serious problems with its politicization and lax enforcement of civil rights laws.
The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed an expedited Freedom of Information Act request on February 16 seeking documents related to Gorsuch’s involvement with the Civil Rights Division during the U.S. Attorney firing scandal. Another group, Fix the Court, has been waiting for those records for months.
A 2008 report by the DOJ Inspector General found that the firings in 2005 and 2006 were politically motivated, “severely damaged the credibility of the Department and raised serious doubts about the integrity of Department prosecutive decisions.” The Bush Administration had pressured U.S. Attorneys to find and prosecute voter fraud, despite a lack of evidence, and retaliated against those who would not cooperate.
The scandal ultimately resulted in the resignations of AG Gonzalez and seven other prominent DOJ officials, including the former acting Assistant AG for the Civil Rights Division, Brad Schlozman. It seems highly probable that Gorsuch would have had contact with Schlozman and been aware of what was happening in the division.
“The requested records will shed light on what role, if any, Mr. Gorsuch had in the disastrous hiring and firing initiatives implemented at DOJ during his time there,” CLC wrote in its FOIA request. “How Mr. Gorsuch navigated the issue of the DOJ’s independence under an administration bent on interfering for political gain has significant bearing on how he might approach similar troubling interference as a nominee to, and as a Justice on the Supreme Court.”
The Justice Department turned over 144,000 pages of documents to the Judiciary Committee last Wednesday night, but 90,000 of those were from after Gorsuch left the department. Just days away from the confirmation hearings, it is unclear whether the Committee has all the information it asked for—let alone adequate time to review it—and CLC is still waiting for its FOIA records.
With the independence of the judiciary—as well as the integrity of our elections, a free press, and crucial civil rights—under attack from the White House, the Senate and the public must have a complete record of Judge Gorsuch’s role in or handling of past compromises to our system of impartial justice. Will a Justice Gorsuch fiercely defend the rule of law from political manipulation? Just calling such attacks “demoralizing” is not enough.
Protecting the Integrity of the Supreme Court
If Senate leadership rushes through confirmation of Gorsuch in the next few weeks, after holding the position open for more than a year, it will cast the same shadow of illegitimacy that now lies over the White House over the Supreme Court. It is time to slow things down, wait to see if the Trump Administration stabilizes, and allow adequate time to review and debate the wisdom of placing Gorsuch on the Supreme Court bench.
Is Resentment Making Your Partner Less Attractive to You?
True intimacy between partners takes trust and mutual feelings of safety. Holding onto past emotional traumas, however, can block us from being open to giving and receiving love. Some example sources of emotional trauma include:
- Infidelity, whether from your current partner, a previous one or even from what you witnessed with your parents
- Experiencing abuse, whether as a child or an adult
- Witnessing abuse as a child or adult
- Death of a partner or any other loved one
“These are just some of the traumas people experience that begin to shut us down when it comes to love,” according to Natalie. “And from there, resentment can build between partners… resentment over mismatched sexual desire, money issues, parenting disagreements and more.”
When she found herself in a failing marriage, Dr. Brad’s daughter Natalie Nelson—an integral part of this thriving family business—became inspired to create the “Resonating Relationships” to help those in challenging relationships to heal themselves so they could show up more fully and openly in their partnership.
“Resonating Relationships” is made up of two parts: an evaluation guide and a session guide. During the evaluation portion, people answer a series of questions that pull personal details about their past and their experience of love and relationships into the conscious mind. In the session portion, the practitioner uses The Body Code (which includes The Emotion Code) to address and heal specific disharmony as it relates to relationship issues manifesting within the body.
“Having struggled in relationships myself and seeing a lot of people I know struggle in their relationships,” says Natalie, “I got really frustrated because I believe it shouldn’t be so difficult. So much of the reason why we struggle is because there are things going on inside of us that we’re just not aware of. We’re all just kind of feeling around, blindly trying to find some kind of balance in our relationships. With ‘Resonating Relationships,’ you can identify specific issues that you may never have honed in on before and bring them into consciousness. It taps into things that, for most people, have largely been unexplored.” For more information visit DrBradleyNelson.com and EmotionCode.TV.
About Natalie Nelson
Energy Healing Educator & Program Developer Natalie Nelson has spent more than 15 years studying, experiencing and teaching the powerful healing that is possible through The Emotion Code and The Body Code, created by her father, Dr. Bradley Nelson. A key member of this highly successful family business, Natalie brought The Body Code and The Emotion Code teachings into every aspect of her life. When she found herself in a failing marriage, she became inspired to create a new Body Code expansion program to help those in challenging relationships—including herself—to heal. Whether you’re single, dating, in a committed relationship or married, Natalie’s new system, “Resonating Relationships: The Energy of Romance,” can affect powerful change that heals individuals and couples from the inside out. In addition to being a certified and experienced Body Code and Emotion Code practitioner, Natalie is the facilitator of the official Body Code mentorship program where she guides and supports more than 3,000 practitioners. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, UT
Companies and communities across America and around the world are powered by women. One of those companies is Francesca Miranda, which sells handmade gowns created by the talented hands of female artisans at its Barranquilla, Colombia headquarters. By employing nearly 40 full-time artisans, CEO Francesca Miranda’s atelier preserves traditional craftsmanship and empowers the artistic women in her community. Nearly 90% of the women employed by Miranda are considered head of household or “Cabezas de la Casa”, being primary income or sole income providers for their families.
EMPOWERED BY A WOMAN
Francesca Miranda is a renowned Latin American designer based in Barranquilla, Colombia. Drawing on the best of authentic craftsmanship and the diverse indigenous aesthetic around her, Francesca designs with a captivating sense of style and inimitable creativity. Detailed to perfection, the Francesca Miranda collection incorporates intricate fabrics and unique laces with unexpected silhouettes. Fromgirltogirl absolutely loves her creations. See her latest at FrancescaMiranda.com and follow Francesca Miranda on Instagram.