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  • Tinder Hack Leads to Women Friendship App

    Dubliner, Elva Carri, utilized Tinder to find women friends to go out, leading to the creation of the GirlCrew; an app to find local women friends. 

    When freelance journalist Elva Carri could not find anyone to go out at a Friday night in 2014, she decided to change her gender option to 'male' in Tinder and posted a note saying she was looking for women friends to have fun. 

    Elva used this note as her Tinder ID to reach out to women. Much to her surprise, hundreds of women responded. When she realized that there were many women in her situation who were looking for girlfriends to simply go out for a drink, dancing or movies..etc., she decided to create a Facebook group for easier communication. And that group grew so big that it gave her the idea of creating an app to find women friends.

    The app, called the GirlCrew, which recently launched in the U.S., has 100,000 members worldwide. It has received support from prominent leaders in tech, including LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner.

    Co-founder and co-CEO of  the firm GirlCrew, Pamela Newenham says, "She -Elva- thought people would think she was crazy but did it anyway."

     Courtesy of GirlCrew: GirlCrew cofounders Elva Carri, Pamela Newenham and Aine Mulloy.

    GirlCrew founders Elva Carri, Pamela Newenham, and Aine Mulloy

    GirlCrew connects women with others in their own city for a whole range of activities, such as going out to nightclubs, or having brunch and going on holidays. The app also enables members to share knowledge and advice on a range of topics, from career tips to restaurant recommendations.

    Neweham adds, "We want no woman to ever feel alone. No matter where they are, they can join us and chat to other women for support, advice, tips (and more). We're all about supporting women. Our principle guideline as a company is one of respect, and that feeds into our community and the support we offer each other."

    You can use the app even if it is not launched in your city yet. To visit the website:

    Please note that is not affiliated with the GirlCrew. We just loved the story to share with you. 


  • Study Shows Chemical Free Personal Care Products' Health Benefits

    A new study, conducted by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas, shows how taking a break from makeup, shampoos and lotions that contain chemicals can lead to a significant drop in levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the body.

    Researchers provided personal care products that were free of chemicals such as phthalates, parabens, triclosan and oxybenzone to the 100 teen participants. These chemicals are widely used in personal care products, including cosmetics, fragrance, hair products, soaps and sunscreens, and have been shown in animal studies to interfere with the body’s endocrine system.

    Associate director of the UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health, Kim Harley, directed the research. Harley said, “Teen girls may be at particular risk since it’s a time of rapid reproductive development, and research has suggested that they use more personal care products per day than the average adult woman.”

    The researchers  say there is growing evidence linking endocrine-disrupting chemicals to neurobehavioral problems, obesity and cancer cell growth, unfortunately cosmetics and personal care products are not well-regulated in the U.S.A., and that getting data about health effects from exposure, particularly long-term ones, is difficult.

    To learn how to study was conducted, read the original article: Teen girls see big drop in chemical exposure with switch in cosmetics

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  • Dense Breast Tissue: Should You Be Concerned?

    Years ago, when I was told I had dense breast tissue which caused my doctor to reorder a mammogram, I was not explained what that meant, so I did a little research on it. Here is what I found out.

    Firstly, don't panic. It is a common and normal finding. It refers to the appearance of breast tissue on a mammogram. Approximately half of the women who get mammograms have dense breast tissue. 

    Our breasts are composed of milk glands, milk ducts and supportive tissue (dense breast tissue), and fatty tissue (non-dense breast tissue). Women with dense breasts have more dense tissue than fatty tissue that can be seen on a mammogram.

    The breast tissue that is called not dense appears dark and transparent. Dense breast tissue shows up as a solid white area on a mammogram.

    Your doctor can not determine it with an examination. Only a mammogram would show if your breasts have more glandular and connective tissue than fat tissue. 

    The reasons why some women have a lot of dense breast tissue and others do not is still not known. However there are three indications of it:

    1- The breast tissue tends to become less dense as we age, though some women may have dense breast tissue at any age.
    2- Women with less body fat are more likely to have more dense breast tissue compared with women who are overweight. 
    3- Women who take hormone therapy for any reason, are more likely to have dense breasts.

    What are the concerns raised by having dense breasts:

    1- Some research links higher density to increase in breast cancer, although doctors are not sure why.

    2- If you have breast cancer, it makes it more difficult to diagnose as it makes the interpretation of mammogram more difficult.

    If you are told that you have dense breast tissue, based on your other risk factors and your personal preferences, you and your doctor may consider additional or supplemental testing. 

    I hope this information gives you some clarity on the topic, so you don't feel lost and confused -like I was- when I was told I had dense breasts. However, no matter your breast density, you can reduce your cancer risk by making simple healthy choices like exercising regularly, limiting your alcohol consumption, and maintaining a healthy weight.

    Visit our page The Selene for more information on Women's Health, issues and healthy living. 


    Sources: Women's Health Magazine, Mayo Clinic.

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  • India Launches Biodegradable Pad Line for Underprivileged Women

    The Indian government launched a biodegradable sanitary pad line to ensure that underprivileged women have access to inexpensive and healthy hygiene products. 

    According to NDTV, speaking at the launch, the Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Ananth Kumar, said, 'this affordable sanitary pad will promote hygiene, ease of disposal as well as keep the environment clean'. The Suvidha pads made available by May 28, 2018 which is the World Menstrual Hygiene Day.

    Mr. Kumar tweeted: A holistic initiative that takes into account 3 aspects
    Women (Suvidha) 
    Hygiene (Swasth) 
    Nature (Swachhta) 

    The pads could be purchased at the government supported Janaushadi centers which are are a part of the country’s Department of Pharmaceuticals campaign to make medications and prescription drugs available to the masses for affordable prices.

    This is a welcome initiative for Indian women as the country currently imposes 12% tax on feminine hygiene products. 

    Photo credit: Theodore Goutas