Getting Pregnant After 35? Things You thought Were Bad but Are Actually Good for You 0

Getting Pregnant After 35? Things You thought Were Bad but Are Actually Good for You

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Stretch!

pregnant womanYou’ve finally tied the knot, set up a cosy home, and now you want to have a baby, but it’s not happening. Many women today find themselves trying to get pregnant after the age of 35. As women age, however, conceiving may be more difficult.

Fertility declines during the late 20s, but that does not mean a woman in her late 30s cannot get pregnant. It may seem overwhelming, but there are positive things you can do to maximise your chances of having a healthy baby.

Try an ancient Chinese secret

It might be worth trying acupuncture infertility treatment to boost your chances of conceiving. Scientific evidence shows that when it is combined with IVF, success rates may double. Acupuncture is the painless but strategic placement of tiny needles into a pattern around the body, from head to toe. Licensed acupuncturists know which points are helpful and which points to avoid.

Eat more dairy

Try trading skim milk and low-fat dairy products with full-fat versions, such as whole milk or ice cream. Low-fat foods may make it harder for some women to conceive. According to some studies, women who eat a diet rich on full-fat dairy reduce their risk of infertility. Dairy fat may help the ovaries function well.

Do yoga

Could worrying about fertility make you less fertile? Stress can have a huge impact, as it lowers libido and affects the health of the ovaries. There are studies suggesting that reducing stress may improve fertility. Try specific yoga poses that release muscle tension, increase blood flow to your pelvis, and stimulate hormone-producing glands. Always get assistance if you are a beginner.

For many women, conceiving can become a nightly chore that revolves around ovulation kits and fertility tests to help pinpoint possible problems. While many couples think that getting pregnant can take a matter of days, it may actually take a long time.

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Dental Fear has Lost its Teeth in the 21st Century 0

Dental Fear has Lost its Teeth in the 21st Century

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Beauty and Health

The phantom of dental anxiety is no longer as terrifying as before. Fifty years ago, if one of your teeth needed pulling out, you’d probably do everything not to see your dentist. You’d try every known home remedy for relief and make the pain more bearable just to avoid undergoing tooth extraction.

This should no longer be the case today. Dentistry has evolved drastically over the decades to make practically any procedure tolerable and comfortable. Gone are the days when you had to lay in agony to have your bad tooth taken out. Dentists now have all the skills and tools to make your dental experience a pleasant one.

Advent of Painless Technology

The development of sedation and laser treatments paved the way for patients to feel virtually no pain during the procedure. As dental fear was born from hurt and discomfort, knowing that you don’t have to endure both at least during the operation should bring you a huge relief.

Laser procedures expedite treatments that otherwise take longer with conventional methods. Sedatives may send you to sleep so the procedure would feel like it didn’t even happen. As you’re completely immobile the whole time, going through the dental procedure while sleeping, in essence, can speed things up.

Friendlier Setting, Greater Comfort

Modern dental centers make every effort to create a comfortable environment. Chicago-based clinic, Art of Modern Dentistry cites that the setting plays a major role in the kind of mood their patients would have. Like other clinics nowadays, they put a premium on entertainment—putting flat screen televisions and playing music—to divert patients’ attention and prevent them from thinking about the coming procedure. Many dental clinic staff members are normally friendly and accommodating, allowing patients to feel relaxed.

Flexibility in Schedules

Dental clinics in many areas rarely sleep nowadays. If you’re on the go and can’t really see your dentist during the day, you can now have your teeth checked during nighttime, or even on weekends. You can easily book your most convenient time online 24/7.

Dentistry has truly changed for the better. Apart from enhanced procedures and new treatments, dental practitioners have become more sensitive to the patients’ phobia, which was the main hurdle why people failed to receive proper care and attention in the past. Even if dental fear still lurks, it’s no longer the monster that it used to be.

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Fake Antibiotics Pose Worldwide Superbugs Threat 0

Fake Antibiotics Pose Worldwide Superbugs Threat

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in The Daily Pill

Antibiotics, ranking among the most substandard medicines in the world, served as feeds to superbugs that created a worldwide threat, according to a World Health Organization new surveillance and reporting program.

The report showed fake antibiotics became a growing problem across different regions of the world, competing with fake counterparts of erectile dysfunction pills, such as Viagra.

Based on empirical data, infections became superbugs when treatments used against them were not strong enough to eradicate them in the system.

Spurring social action

“Because the demand is so high for antibiotics, it’s not unusual to see those who falsify these products concentrate on them,” said WHO drug safety and vigilance team head Michael Deats in a phone interview.

The worldwide superbugs threat spurred relevant responses from leading pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer Inc. (PFE)—the U. S. maker of the Zithromax antibiotic. Collaborated with Microsoft Crop., Pfizer has been delegating efforts on anti-counterfeiting on various online pharmacies.

World’s largest consumer of antibiotics

According to a Princeton University study, India emerged as the world’s largest consumer of antibiotics, following a 62% increase in use during the previous decade.

Researchers found that an average Indian consumes over 11 antibiotic pills every year.

India’s antibiotic consumption rose to 12.9 billion units in 2010, jumping from 8 billion units in 2001.

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Japanese Researchers Withdraw Acid-Bath Stem-Cell ‘Breakthrough’ Findings 0

Japanese Researchers Withdraw Acid-Bath Stem-Cell ‘Breakthrough’ Findings

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in The Public Health

Japanese scientists wrote a retraction letter, apologizing for “multiple errors” in the research about the biggest recent stem-cell “breakthroughs.”

“Several critical errors have been found in our article,” said the researchers in a statement, which the journal Nature published on Wednesday.

The Investigation

In February, the experts started an investigation that was headed by the Riken Center for Developmental Biology in Japan. The investigators “categorized some of the errors as misconduct,” according to the institution.

Gathered data from the investigation revealed that the facts supposedly representing different cells and different embryos were apparently describing the same cells and the same embryos.

The journal Nature said, in an editorial following the retraction, that “errors were found in the figures, parts of the methods descriptions were found to be plagiarized, and early attempts to replicate the work failed.”

The editorial added that the public’s confidence and trust in science was at stake in the latest controversy.

The Retraction

“Ongoing studies are investigating this phenomenon afresh, but given the extensive nature of the errors currently found, we consider it appropriate to retract both papers,” the journal Nature said in a retraction notice.

Prior to the retraction, researchers around the globe described the acid-bath stem-cell findings as a “game changer,” “remarkable” and “a major scientific discovery.”

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‘Supercooling’ Technique Keeps Organs Fresh Before Transplant, Scientists Say Comments Off

‘Supercooling’ Technique Keeps Organs Fresh Before Transplant, Scientists Say

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in The Reconstruction

Scientists claim a new technique, known as “supercooling,” could increase the number of available viable organs before transplanting them.

Transform organ donation

Using current technology, organs are only considered viable for 24 hours after being harvest from a body.

Tests on animals show cooling helps preserve organs, as it reduces the metabolic rate of the cells.

The technique, developed by US researchers, “supercools” the organ while pumping it oxygen and full of nutrients, making it last longer.

The extra time

Supercooled organs harvested from animals for the study have shown to remain viable for up to three days.

That additional time could go a long way to solve one of the major problems with organ donation.

One of the researchers said the technique could lead to donated organs being shared worldwide.

“That would lead to better donor matching, which would reduce-long term organ rejection and complications, which is one of the major issues in organ transplant,” Dr Korkut Uygun said in a statement.

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Personal Bacteria: Study Shows Smartphones Carry ‘Bacterial Fingerprint’ Comments Off

Personal Bacteria: Study Shows Smartphones Carry ‘Bacterial Fingerprint’

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in The Public Health

Smartphones harbor thousands of types of bacteria, and a new study shows that the device can reflect the personal bacteria that live on the owner’s body and surroundings.

Scientific interest

Researchers took samples from the index fingers and thumbs of 17 people, as well as samples from their smartphones.

Smartphone users touch their devices at least 150 times per day, the study suggests, and more than 80% of the common bacteria that make up personal bacterial “fingerprints” end up on their smartphone touchscreens.

Exposure to bacteria

Though the study’s sample size was small, researchers said, the results were “revealing.”

“This project was a proof-of-concept to see if our favorite and most closely held possessions microbially resemble us,” lead researcher Dr James Meadow said in a statement. “We are ultimately interested in the possibility of using personal effects as a non-invasive way to monitor our health and our contact with the surrounding environment.”

Meadow and his team said the findings could one day be used to track people’s exposure to bacteria.

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