by Jessica Ashley
A new test is in town, and it might just give women information about their fertility they never expected to find: Exactly how many “good eggs” they have left. Even if it could predict how many high-quality eggs we have and how that affects our chances of getting pregnant, is that information we want to know?
Plan Ahead, the first test of its kind to test and predict a woman’s “ovarian reserve,” will be available in fertility clinics in eleven states in the next few weeks. Marketed by Repromedix, it will be available for $350 to women who want a higher-tech insight into family planning than has previously been available.
How does this thing work anyway?
Plan Ahead’s calculations are based on tracking three hormonal tests:
* inhibin B, a protein derived from egg follicles
* anti-mullerian hormone, generated by the cells that surround eggs that have not yet matured
* follicle stimulating hormone, which prompts development of the eggs
These hormone levels are combined with the woman’s age and estrogen levels to create a formula for her fertility. Or at least conceive a score for how many eggs are viable for reproduction.
Do they really count the eggs?
The hormonal tests that Plan Ahead depends upon to derive this score aren’t new to the market, and some experts are concerned about the use and analysis of the anti-mullerian hormone since the Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved it for commercial distribution. Adding fuel to this fertility testing fire is the lack of published data by marketing company Repromedix. Although Repromedix conducted a study of 200 women’s ovarian reserves, the results have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Some doctors say the test should be clinically established before the idea — or Plan Ahead itself — is sold to women. Although clinical data and FDA clearance isn’t being made available by Repromedix at this point, the company is making a very important point about what the test can’t do: It can’t predict whether or not a woman is fertile or how quickly she will get pregnant. It also cannot determine the rate of deterioration of the viable eggs she does have.
Simply put, it all comes down to the count. All the math and blood tests and money and technology tells a woman one thing: If she’s at risk of having a low supply of “good eggs.”
Why is this count so controversial?
At Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, the chief of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, Dr. Ralph Krazer told the Chicago Tribune that he thinks Plan Ahead’s being offered to women prematurely “[g]iven the state of the science.”
In New York, Dr. Zev Rosenwaks took his concerns a step further. As the director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, he questioned Plan Ahead’s value for patients worrying that results could generate false reassurance or panic among women who are tested.
While the science here is fascinating — just think, a mathematical formula that is essentially a peek into the amazing and previously far more mysterious underworld of our ovaries — as a woman, a mother, a person who wants to parent again in the future, I think Plan Ahead carries as many (if not more) anxieties than those other pregnancy-related tests.
Do we need to stress over another plus or minus sign?
I can’t imagine a woman or couple who haven’t been overwhelmed by pounding hearts while waiting for a plus or minus sign to appear on a pregnancy test. And if you’ve been through an amnio, age-related risk assesments, ultrasound and genetic “abnormality” tests, you’re familiar with the worry they produce over issues you never considered when you chose to become a parent. While I’ve been fortunate to be more fertile than I expected that one night after several pitchers of microbrews and mood lighting, I’ve known too many women who’ve experienced the emotional roller coaster of infertility drugs and treatments, hormones and panic in an effort to become pregnant. Sure, the science is incredible and has aided, inspired, guided and gifted many people with pregnancies, but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come free or even cheap.
The cost here, I am concerned, is the opportunity for more anxiety to creep into a woman’s biology. While Plan Ahead is geared, the manufacturer says, toward women in their mid-to-late 30s who have already experienced difficulty conceiving and want to test their ovum and themselves to see if they should pursue in vitro treatment, I imagine many more women in that will have their blood drawn for the cause.
Oh yeah. There are plenty of questions. A lifetime of ‘em for a lifetime of ovum.
A girl child is born with a lifetime supply of eggs and once she starts menstruating, the eggs are released, with a sharp decline as she moves through her 30s. This basic biology is not new to us, but the cultural move to later motherhood is relatively recent. So how does a test that measures that egg supply factor in?
Will women make different maternal choices if they know they’re lacking lots of high-quality eggs?
Will the question of how many “good eggs” a woman has follow whether she’s got a clean bill of health, is STD-free and even wants children at all?
Will women who’ve chosen to put a college, a career, travel, themselves first in their 20s suddenly feel the necessity to put that all aside if there’s a chance their eggs may not outlast their other ambitions?
As family planning takes this turn, is the science formulating the potential for anxiety more tests could produce for people who want to become parents, if not now then maybe, possibly one day on down the road?
While we’re busy counting “good eggs,” are we also accounting for the emotional responses to Plan Ahead just being available?
What’s your response to Plan Ahead?: Would you take this fertility test if it was available in your city?
Paris, AFP: International health experts agree that due to modern lifestyles in the world next decade about 38 million to 80 million deaths could be.
A study by experts found that the next decade 38 million from non-communicable diseases, 80 percent of 80 million deaths in poor countries will. The study states that non-communicable diseases have become epidemic now.
According to statistics from the World Health Organization, 44 percent of premature deaths, heart disease, diabetes (diabetes) and lung disease and cancer are related. This figure is double the deaths from infectious diseases.
Scientists also said that a balanced lifestyle and current drug treatment the three million to 60 million premature deaths can be prevented. Study stated that premature deaths, the most smoke, modern lifestyles and obesity problem is responsible.
Scientists found that aging is also partly responsible for diseases, but by adopting accepted standards of the age of 70 years 70 million people a million premature deaths are preventable. Scientists have asserted that if you put a balanced lifestyle premature deaths could be contained to a great extent.
I have been working out all my life (working with weights since I was about 17yrs). As a basketball player went through about 8 training sessions per week. Now I am 30 and just want to stay fit/lean/healthy.
There are many theories out there of what works and what doesn’t (e.g.: High Fat/Low Carb -or- High Protein/Reg Carb/Low Fat. Here is what I found out through my experience, many books I’ve read and classes I took:
Eating after your workout is a great thing. You body needs protein to repair/grow the muscle-cells you have worked out. Just don’t take-in too many calories;
Get out your blender and try a BIG PROTEIN SHAKE made with water, a mixed-in BANANA and a lot of ICE. Tastes like a rich and heavy shake, but is relatively low in calories and has great nutritional value.
Wait some 20 minutes and drink water if you don’t feel full. After working out, your body needs protein, some carbs and a few grams of fatty acids (besides minerals fluids and vitamins). If you still feel a little hungry, try snacking on WALNUTS (small dose please – read the label). Walnuts have a very high content on Omega 3 fatty acids – the kind that our body cannot produce, but which are essential to life and of course: recovering.
A little pre-workout snack is not bad at all – choose snacks with a low glycemic index (suggest to type that into a search engine to get further explanation).
When trying to lose weight lift weights before working on cardio. Here is why: your body takes energy from four different sources.
(1) ATP (2) Carbohydrates/Glycogen (3) Fat (4) Protein
You don’t want you body to get to stage (4) … That means it would take energy from its own substance. But you do want to stay in stage (3) for a while
So you go to the gym, lift weights for about 30-60 minutes, to burn most of the carbs in your muscles and work on Cardio (Bike, Stepper, Elliptical, Treadmill etc.) for another 30-60 minutes.
Always be careful when working out or changing your eating habits. Best thing is to consult a physician to assure that you are fit for physical activity and that you are getting the nutrients you need.
by (Super) Abuelita
I have been coming to here for almost a year now. I stumbled upon this site accidentally, or so I thought.
When I was feeling upset, sad, or even angry, I could depend on my friends on Shine to bring a smile to my face. Some may think, it’s just a computer, but when I was injured I was confined for two months to my wheelchair. Sometimes, I wondered if I would ever get out of it.
I do believe things happen for a reason. The reason may not be the reason we expected, or wanted, but it happens to us just the same.
I no longer am in my wheelchair. I am going full speed when I go to PT(physical therapy) and I know I have my CHEERLEADERS HERE to keep me motivated. I would like to thank all that HAVE BEEN there for me, tried to flip, but flopped, made me laugh till my sides hurt, gave me the motivation to keep on going, when I didn’t want to go, because it hurt. I thank you all.
Things have changed since I first came here. I will be swimming next month. I can walk now. I have dumped my problems to so many, I would like to be your place to dump, get rid of your emotions, problems, share stories, ask for prayer or anything you want.
Come by to visit,( drink casy’s cofee, she’s expanding, but doesn’t know it yet! LOL) ask for prayer or advice, leave jokes, recipes, whatever you want or need to do, or get rid of.
I want to be here, just like those that have been here for me.
So with all that being said Super Abuelita’s dumping place is officially open!!
Living free from the trash in our lives, is possible. Try it!! YOU WILL BE HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER!!
We need to be the HEALTHIEST that we can be.
You never know how much your HEALTH means, until you lose it!!
In U.S. society there is a huge emphasis of getting the latest trend item or acquiring more wealth to pay for the next trend item that surpasses the last one. All in the guise of necessity, compatibility keeping with the tenets of capitalism.
“You need this. You don’t have a text pad with your cell phone? You’re still running Windows ME? etc. You don’t have a stainless steel refrigerator? etc”
People will tie themselves to artifacts because they choose to depend on them for their identity. This leads to faulty reassurance of self-esteem through instant gratification. This is what spurs our economy today and is really one of the primary reasons we entered this recession.
People want things now, they want more because this is what the media tells them will make them happy. Its about manufacturing the American Dream through greed, not checks & balances or fiscal responsibility. The Crusade for More will always be there. Money will always be at the root of it. You have to choose to wake up and discern whether or not its a nightmare, dream, fantasy or just a plain illusion or just a marketing tool for those that are lost with who they are.
Finding someone that doesn’t choose the play the crusade game by media rules helps with the stress because you can rely on them to raise your self-esteem when you are feeling down and connect with them on that intimate level. This companionship should be the real emphasis.
You have to pay attention to the little things, the burnt chicken that you eat anyways, being thankful for clean drinking water (where in some parts of the world people don’t have access to), the dandelion that was plucked by the neighbors 4 yr old daughter and blown in your face. (“Thanks for the weed kid:P”)
Taking life a little bit slower is a lifestyle in itself. Taking things for granted; however, certainly seems to be huge catalyst. Its not easy ,you just have to discipline yourself to notice and evolve the initiative and selflessness to care about something more than yourself.
Pooping blood is the result of distended veins (which cause hemorrhoids), which are located in the rectum, and anus’ lower part. In normal cases, they do not cause any problem, but if they get swollen, it can become very painful and then the patient has to treat it. There are two types of hemorrhoids; one is called, “Internal hemorrhoid” and the other is called “External hemorrhoid”. The internal hemorrhoids are present in the inside layer of rectum. The internal hemorrhoid cannot be felt physically and do not cause any kind of pain if everything is fine, but one has to cure hemorrhoids if he/she experiences any pain in anus or rectum, as the pain could be indicating hemorrhoids.
In the case of hemorrhoid swelling, the, the internal hemorrhoid protrudes through the anus. The outer skin, which surrounds the anus, has external hemorrhoids beneath it. It can also be not felt except in the case of abnormality, such as swelling of the hemorrhoid or when the blood clot is blocked in the vein, which is very painful, and demands to cure hemorrhoids.
The most common cause of dark blood in poop is the swollen veins, which are caused when there is a strain, causing bloody stool. Pregnancy can also be one major reason of hemorrhoids, as during pregnancy the enlarged uterus put a pressure on the rectum. Treatment of hemorrhoids is very important if one feels pain or bleeding through anus. Another significant cause of hemorrhoids can be constipation too, as hemorrhoids are often associated with constipation that also puts strain on the bowel and stool passing. Liver problem can also lead to the hemorrhoid pain. One must see the doctor immediately to cure hemorrhoids if he/she experiences any such symptom such as problem in stool passing or swelling.
Symptoms Of Hemorrhoids
As the early symptom of hemorrhoids, one may experience bleeding from the anus, resulting in blood in your stool. This bleeding is mostly painless. The bleeding can be seen with the passage of poop, or it can just keep dripping when one uses toilet to poop. This bleeding stops itself after a limited period of time. To cure hemorrhoids, one must take notice of earliest symptoms.
However, pooping blood may not be the one and only reason for hemorrhoids as bleeding can occur due to tumor, infection, or inflammatory disease of bowel. The symptoms of the problem in internal or external hemorrhoids are different each other and in order to treat it correctly, one must know about the problem in detail. In case of abnormality in internal hemorrhoids, the veins swell and the swelling go to the extent that the hemorrhoid is prolapsed outside the anus. This protruded hemorrhoid can be felt like a lump.
The internal hemorrhoid sticking out of the anus can be pushed back through the anal hole. This may solve it temporarily, but it will not completely cure it in any case, and there will be a time when the protruded hemorrhoid will become so swelled that it could not be pushed back anymore as the lump will be wedged.
Therefore, it is more advisable to take notice of blood in poop at the initial stage. The one suffering from hemorrhoid pain also feels harsh and experience uncontrollable itching inside the anus and every time during the passage of poop, there feels a blockage that rouses the urge of needling for the movement of bowel. The external hemorrhoid pain has a more chronic condition, which is known also as “Thrombosed External Hemorrhoid”. This condition crops up when a blot clot is blocked inside the hemorrhoid and produces great pain and itching. To treat this the blood clot in the vein has to be removed in the first place to allow the passage of blood and ease bowel movement.
The reason behind Thrombosed External Hemorrhoids being painful is that, the blood clot, which blocks the vein, causes increased swelling of the hemorrhoid, which causes increased pain. Doctors treat blood in poop as the pain increases if the patient sits, because sitting causes pressure on the rectum and the hemorrhoid, which has clogged blood clot.
There are of course proper medical treatments to treat this condition, but there are some home remedies too, which can be adopted to cure hemorrhoids. To soothe the inflammation of the hemorrhoid and soften the stool, the patient must sit in a tub of warm water. This treatment can be performed regularly for 15 to 20 minutes and after having done with bath tub sitting, the anus area must be dried off with towel as otherwise, further inflammation can occur. As prevention and cure of hemorrhoid, doctors also recommend the intake of plenty of water and other health and fresh beverages to prevent the hardening of bowel movement.
For treatment, doctors also recommend patients not to sit on hard places such as wooden chair or bench for longer period as sitting can worsen the problem. Patients must get rubber or air donuts to sit on as these donuts are soft, and helps to ease the hemorrhoids problem.
Medically, there are many treatments to cure hemorrhoids. Some include oral intakes and other includes surgeries to treat dark blood in poop. Various kinds of surgeries are used to cure hemorrhoids such as stapled Hemorrhoidectomy, a laser therapy that it used to make the internal hemorrhoids hard.
Hemorrhoids are a serious and painful bowel condition and one must not delay any time to cure hemorrhoids. The pain from your bloody poop can occur in consecutive intervals and patients may ignore it by considering it a normal bowel pain, such perception towards it is wrong as the earlier we go for treatment, the better it will be.
Many are the skills a man must bring to bear as a parent.
Of course people talk about patience, ability to operate on little or no sleep, a high tolerance for revolting stenches and sudden, disgusting surprises.
(I think my favorite parenting story of all time is the classic “neck poo” story of my friend Andrew: he was sitting in a coffee shop with his son Joe, who turned beet red and with a look on intense concentration on his face filled his diaper– this much Andrew knew, this much he could tell: what he didn’t realize just how successfully Joe had filled his diaper…until a little hunk of poo squirted out of Joe’s collar).
But what they rarely talk about is what a great time killer you have to be.
You have to become a time assassin. A murderer of minutes, a strangler of hours.
And that for many of us is what March break is all about. You stare at your kids. They stare at you. Both with the same thought balloon: “What am I supposed to do with you?”
So as a parent you have to bump off the day. You have to ice it. You lure it into the back of your Cadillac El Dorado, take it out to a lonely, unpopulated spot, and whack it.
You go to Chudleigh’s apple farm. You go to the museum. You go to the movies. Everywhere you go, you encounter other parents and caregivers with the same glazed expression, patiently ushering that day into the hands of The Grim Reaper.
This year we’re killing time on the slopes, we bought a bunch of used ski equipment and we’re going to hit a couple of the bumps that can’t even call themselves mountains in the vicinity.
Anyway, I don’t need a mountain. I’m a horrible skier and even worse snowboarder. And the way it looks I’m never going to get any better.
I know this. I am at peace with this fact. Here’s what will happen. I can tell you in advance. Me no need no crystal ball to tell you what will happen. My 11-year-old and 8-year-old will blast off with Pam, my wife, they’ll hit all the most challenging runs. I won’t see them all day.
I’ll be skiing with my 5-year-old– at first. But his learning curve will outstrip mine, soon he’ll grow tired of my lack of skills, and head off with the others.
And I’ll be all alone. I’ll go down the beginners run a few more time.
Then even I will get bored with my horrible skiing skills, and I’ll go back to the chill room, scarf down a hot dog, tap on my laptop, think about maybe slipping up to the room for a nap.
It works out. I’ve got quite a bit of work to do anyway.
And at the end of it all, another week will lay stretched out on the slab, ready for the coroner’s examination.
Keeping fit is something we all aspire for, which explains all the time we spend running around to keep the fat at bay. Too much of that running or whatever cardiovascular exercise you do, however, can also cause your body harm. This is especially true for your knees. This is one part of the body that most commonly suffers from some kind of pain, particularly as one gets older. To understand why that is, a small understanding of the parts and function of this joint is in order. For starters, the knee is one of if not the most important joint in the whole body. It’s a major weight bearing joint without which the basic act of walking around wouldn’t be possible. Even this fundamental act, however, isn’t so simple.
The knee is composed of a complex network of cartilage, ligaments and joint fluid. Along with the muscles that surround it, they all work together in making the knees bend, flex, and rotate. This joint is so well made that it allows us to lift weights as heavy as several times that of a regular human body. But this doesn’t mean regular wear and tear won’t affect it. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Due to the number of moving sections and the amount of stress we put our knees in, they are the most pain inflicted joints in the whole body. Also, due to the number of breakable parts involved, there are quite the number of ailments and injuries associated with them.
When we are young, and all the joints are well oiled with fluid from the bursae surrounding the knees, normal wear and tear won’t really do much. It takes some serious banging around with sports and exercise to do some real pain. Even young athletes suffer from sprained, strained, or even torn ligaments. Other athletic injuries include broken joints, tendinitis, and inflammation. Outside of injuring one’s self, certain afflictions also cause knee pain while running. When kids grow up, they can feel pain during rapid growth spurts. This is a condition called Osteochondritis dissecans. With old age, knee pain becomes even more common. There is less fluid in the joints to lessen friction, and at this point, the parts of the knee aren’t as strong as they used to be. The most common result is arthritis. Whether inflammatory or not, the different kinds of arthritis can leave a person in a debilitating state. The pain caused can be just as serious as a ligament tear and if will be felt regularly if it becomes chronic.
It’s a good thing, then, that there are many treatments and medications available to treat knee pain and its causes. Even at home, simple hot or cold pack therapy can be a huge relief. For serious pain, pain killers like ibuprofen can be prescribed. Cortisone shots can also be used to lessen swelling. Sometimes, just resting the knee for a few weeks or months will bring it back to normal. In remote cases, a knee joint replacement surgery may be required. It all depends on the severity of the affliction.
The symptoms of a heart attack in women are not obvious as in men. Women feels a burning sensation in the upper abdomen which is similar to the abdominal discomfort while indigestion. The number one reason of death worldwide in both men and women is a heart attack. Still there are so many women who do not know that they can have heart diseases when they will grow older. They remain ignorant about the problems due to heart disease and the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
Therefore it is advisable that everyone especially women must learn the heart attack symptoms so that they can diagnose the signs and get treatment on time. If the symptoms of a heart attack in women are diagnosed properly then they are likely to be treated with preventive medicines and thus the risk of life reduces. Misdiagnosis or ignoring the warning symptoms of a heart attack in women places them at greater risk. They fail to seek a medical attention early. We must find the ways to create the awareness among people for knowing the symptoms of a heart attack in women. The awareness programs must be run by the various governmental and non-governmental organizations to create awareness for doctors as well as for public.
The symptoms of a heart attack in women include:
Discomfort in chest and abdomen
Shortness of breath
Indigestion feeling in upper abdomen
Tingling pain in jaw
Pain in arms and back and even in jaws
There are some unusual signs of heart attack which are less common in women:
Atypical chest pain at the centre
Anxiety due to fear of death
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