23
Oct

Once a person decides to have breast implants, they need to think very carefully about the size of breasts they want. The decision they make should last for years. The most common reason for re-operations is because the patient didn’t choose the right size in the first place. If the breasts are too large, they may become uncomfortable, and if they are too small, they may not meet the woman’s expectations for breast enhancement.

Each woman has a specific self-image and can imagine her appearance after a breast enhancement procedure, but, above all, she wants her implants to look natural. One way to get a good idea about how different sizes will look is to wear a larger bra and stuff it with small plastic bags of uncooked rice. Several small bags can be made ready to gradually increase the size.

Selecting the correct size usually begins by taking the measurements of the breast base width as well as the soft tissue envelope. This will give the surgeon a good idea of the width limits for the person. Breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc’s). Larger implants have more cc’s. They do not correspond to bra sizes.

The basic factors to consider when determining the right implant size are:

Personal Goals

Whatever goals and expectations a woman has for her appearance after her breast enhancement procedure should be discussed with her surgeon. The surgeon can better understand how to help her achieve her aim. Most women want better self-esteem, better fitting clothing, and improved natural appearance.

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Categories : Cosmetic Surgery
21
Oct

You might not be aware of it, but you are using a lot of cancer causing products in your everyday life, and you are not alone.

The average individual is exposed to cancer causing agents, what is known in the scientific community as “carcinogens” through a plethora of factors that may include lifestyle factors, medical treatments, pollution, and other harmful elements that naturally occur in the environment we are part of. While avoiding every form of carcinogen is close to impossible, one could always find effective ways to decrease exposure to a level which would not be a threat to general health.

The Carcinogens You Meet in Everyday Life

Much of the cancer causing products which contribute to higher risks include lifestyle-dependent choices present in the food that we consume or the substances that we ingest. If you are a smoker, then you would know that tobacco is responsible for lung cancer even for the people around you who suffer from second hand smoke. Several studies have also led to declare some specific food groups, even the most common ones like sugar and salt to be carcinogenic. On the contrary, others would depend on the preparation involved, such as charred food, for example.

Carcinogens in the Environment

It should also be noted that the environment is also responsible for many of the carcinogens that could affect our lives. Ultraviolet light, for example, is said to be highly carcinogenic, as well as radon gas and other naturally occurring substances that you just could not avoid. We could also blame the environment for certain medications we ingest in order to battle illnesses acquired though environmental factors, given how certain medications have proven to be carcinogenic in nature as well.

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Categories : Fitness
16
Oct

Getting pregnant is either easy or it’s just way too hard – that kind of attitude is very common in our society of quick fixes and extremes. But the truth is that we may not know everything about our bodies and we certainly don’t know everything there is to know about getting pregnant, even if we’ve already had a baby or two. So relax and read on, and you just might pick up a couple of tips to help you get that baby you really want.

1. His Swimmers Are Stubborn. You may have been told to have more sex around ovulation, but the truth is that a man’s sperm can stick around inside you for several days and still remain completely viable. Not only that, but despite all the charts, calendars, apps and cervical mucosa testing, it’s really best practice to have sex every couple of days throughout your cycle. Too time consuming or worried about getting bored? At least focus on the two weeks around your peak of ovulation, i.e. have sex every other day starting one week before you’re meant to ovulate, and keep going a week after as well. If his sperm counts are low, you may want to drop it down to every three or four days, but then you’ll want to extend your window to three weeks.

2. Ditch the Deep-Freeze. Freezing your eggs may not be the best solution if you’re thinking of getting pregnant soon, or even somewhere down the road. It’s usually recommended for people with unavoidable medical concerns and not as a means of extending your fertile years, so bear this in mind. The success rate with frozen eggs drops dramatically as you age, plus there’s really no reason to expect much benefit from the procedure if you’re already in your late 30’s, and it’s quite costly – upwards of $20,000 in some cases. Ask your doctor if you’re interested, but make sure that you get all the facts about your own personal situation.

3. Schedule Your Obsessing. You might become really anxious once you’ve ovulated and you’re simply waiting to see if you’re pregnant or not. While this is completely normal, it won’t leave you feeling very good, and won’t do much for your (hopefully) growing baby. So schedule some time, say 10-15 minutes in the morning and 10-15 minutes at night, each day to make sure you a. get all that obsessing out of the way, and b. you let your mind relax the rest of the day. This focused time for checking charts, mucosa, urine or what have you can leave your mind open to focus on the rest of your life, the rest of the day.

4. Let Your Hair Down. Speaking of stress, relaxing just might be the thing you need to help you conceive. Stress levels can adversely affect your levels of egg-releasing hormones, and so too much stress can cause you to ovulate later than expected, or can even keep it from happening at all. This is one of the ways that acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, massage therapy, psychotherapy and other natural medicines can help. So if you’ve been having trouble getting pregnant, look at ways that you can help those hormones get a little more balanced.

5. Know the Odds. While it might seem like getting pregnant should be easy – heck, you spent all those years trying NOT to have it happen, so this should just be like letting go, right? If only it were that easy. The truth is that couples in their 30’s only have a 15 percent chance of getting pregnant each month, which is why most doctors suggest giving it a full year before being concerned. Plus, your genetics really determine how many eggs you’re born with, so the fact is that you only have so much control over what happens. Good advice: do your best with what you’ve got (including good nutrition and natural medicine), and leave the rest up to fate.

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Categories : Diseases
14
Oct

So, what are the reasons behind swollen taste buds on the tongue? Life-style! The life-style of a person can often provoke the taste buds on the tongue to become inflamed, white (sometimes red in color), and sore, causing a difficulty in eating, and even a loss of appetite – and little to do with telling lies.

What are the taste buds on the tongue responsible for?

Papillae (one of the small protuberances which compose of the senses of smell, touch, and taste), and which distinguish between being bitter or salty, sweet and sour, and umami ([savory, meaty, or brothy] the taste of the food additive MSG [mono-sodium glutamate that is usually found in Chinese foods, snacks, and many seasonings, etc.]).

However, when the taste buds become inflamed, sore, or swollen (for many reasons), not only are they painful as it becomes more difficult to eat, but they also greatly affect the taste of food (food may become diminished in taste).

What are the main causes for the taste buds to become inflamed, white, and sore?

  • Eating overcooked, very hot, very spicy, or acidic (grapefruits, lemons and limes) foods (most common together with cuts on the tongue [also quite common, and usually caused by accidental biting of the tongue]).
  • Smoking (exposure to cigarette smoke [even second-hand smoke]).
  • The ingestion of corrosive chemicals such as: insecticides and certain poisons.

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Categories : Article
9
Oct

Common Geriatric Diseases

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Aging is an inevitable part of our life and all of us have to face it. Aging gracefully is desired by all but achieved only by some. There are certain lifestyle changes that can be done to prevent certain diseases to set in as we age; but then there are many diseases which simply cannot be prevented. Geriatric diseases refer to a group of disease conditions that affect the geriatric population and are different from the regular disabilities that tend to affect the individuals as they age. Let us understand this in a bit more detail. Problems like fatigue, shortness of breath, deteriorating functioning of the kidneys and other organs are a part of the aging process; but conditions such as kidney failure and urinary incontinence are certainly not normal. These and many more such conditions are referred to as geriatric diseases.

Some of the common geriatric diseases that make life difficult for the elderly population, include Alzheimer’s disease, age related macular degeneration, clinical depression and osteoarthritis. All these disease conditions make old age a difficult journey for the senior citizens.

The functioning of the nervous system is greatly deteriorated during old age. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of neurological disorder that affects about 5 million individuals across the globe. This form of disorder is a result of dying nerve cells in the brain. The geriatric individuals affected by this disorder are unable to recognize their family and friends, have sudden mood changes, face trouble in speaking properly, have language problem and also have difficulty in abstract thinking.

Eyes and vision are also strongly affected with age. Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a condition that affects the functioning of the central vision system. This kind of disease condition adversely affects an individual’s ability to read and drive effectively; as these tasks requires appropriate functioning of the central vision system. There are two types of age related macular degeneration – wet AMD and dry AMD. There are very less chances that an individual can go blind as a result of AMD. Symptoms include blurred central vision, straight lines appear curvy and individuals even have difficulty in recognizing faces.

Clinical depression affects the majority of the geriatric population. Though it is similar to the general blues experienced by individuals, this form of depression is considered to be serious by the psychologists. The symptoms of clinical depression include social withdrawal, extreme bouts of crying spells, mood swings, suicidal thoughts, thoughts of harming oneself and fatigue. A blend of love, affection, care and antidepressant medications can go a long way in treating this disease condition.

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Categories : Diseases