New research by Balance Activ reveals the need for better understanding of our bodies and works with TV’s Dr Sarah Jarvis to spread the word on what’s normal and what’s not. Everyone remembers sitting through biology lessons at school learning about the human body, but most of us don’t learn much more about our bodies after that, unless something goes wrong. Our bodies are complex machines, with different parts working together to keep us healthy. It’s easy not to think about changes to your body when things are going well, but it’s important to recognise what’s normal and what’s not - so that you have the confidence to talk about it and seek help when something does change. That’s why Balance Activ have teamed up with Dr Sarah Jarvis to create a video that reminds women of the completely normal changes that will happen to their bodies over the decades. These range from reaching peak bone mass in their 20’s to changes in … [Read more...] about VIDEO: How well do we know our bodies?
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BOYS, have you got an itch that just won't go away?Itchy balls can be uncomfortable and extremely irritating.And in most cases scratching them can make it worse.While it's normal to experience an itch every now and then, a constant need to scratch is never normally a good sign.There are a number of reasons your testicles might be itching more than they should - nine, in fact.So it's important to know what is causing your itch, so you know how to treat it and importantly how to prevent it happening again.First things first, it's important to remember that if you are worried about any itch or rash down there, your best bet is to pop and see your GP.In the meantime, here are nine of the most common reasons your balls might be itching...Jock itch, also known as tinea cruris, can be quite common down there - especially in boys who exercise a lot.It's a fungal infection that affects the groin.Fungal infections are common in areas of the body that are damp and warm, like in the folds of … [Read more...] about From STIs to chafing, what your itchy testicles REALLY mean (and when you should be worried)
ANTIDEPRESSANTS could be key to beating prostate cancer, experts have revealed.They found an "old" drug helped stop the disease spreading to the bones - a major cause of death in those men diagnosed with the most common form of male cancer.In nine out of 10 fatal cases of prostate cancer, the disease spreads to the bones.Now, a team of scientists believe they have discovered exactly how the cancer cells are able to hijack the body's bone maintenance system.Having made the discovery, Dr Jason Wu, and his team at Washington State University found a known antidepressant drug, used in research, can halt the process."Our findings provide a rationale to pursue the use of these 'old' antidepressant drugs to benefit late-stage prostate cancer patients with signs and symptoms of metastasis," he said.Prostate cancer is the most common form of the disease in men, and more than 47,000 cases are diagnosed every year in the UK - that's 130 men a day, according to Prostate Cancer … [Read more...] about Antidepressants ‘STOP prostate cancer spreading to the bones – making it less likely to kill’
Early diagnosis is vitally important in preventing cancer. It's easier to treat small and limited tumors than larger ones, and the chances of success are higher. Some types of cancer even arise from precancerous stages that have not yet turned malignant but indicate an increased risk of eventually spawning a tumor. This is true of colon cancer, skin cancer and cervical cancer. We look at five screenings that are well advised and may easily prevent serious or terminal conditions. Colon cancer A colonoscopy is entirely painless and can be used to remove benign polyps, a precancerous condition. The bowel cleansing is much less unpleasant nowadays than it used to be, when the patient had to down four liters of sodium sulfate. The cleansing solution used now tastes better and has been reduced to two liters. Solutions of just 150 milliliters administered twice are also possible. The rest of the liquid required can be drunk as water or tea. During the colonoscopy, the patient is put under … [Read more...] about Early diagnosis: These five cancer screenings are recommended
How much milk do Germans drink? Germans consume an average of 90 kilograms (200 pounds) of milk products per year. That includes milk, of course, but also butter and cheese. In 2013, the exact per-person average was 90.7 kilos. That breaks down into 53 liters of milk, 24 kilos of cheese and six kilos of butter. The butter breaks down to 53 sticks per year, or about one stick per week. How about the rest of the EU? In Ireland, the per-person milk consumption is a lot higher. The average Irish person drank 142 liters of milk in 2013, according to statistics accumulated by the European Commission's Eurostat institute. In the European Union generally, the average was 65. That puts the Irish at twice the EU average and Germans just under it with their 53 liters per year. All these statistics deal with cow's milk, by the way. Dietary replacements like soy or almond milk, which you can find on almost every supermarket's shelves today, are not included. Is it actually good for us? If … [Read more...] about Milk facts: Germans like it, the Irish love it
German President Horst Koehler awarded the researchers the prize as well as the check for 250,000 euros ($377,675) on Wednesday. Each year, tens of thousands of Germans fall ill due to blot clots that develop in their vessels - a condition known as thrombosis. The most common type of thrombosis occurs in the legs or pelvis. This can be painful and can also result in dangerous complications. If the clot is carried by the bloodstream to another part of the body, it can block a blood vessel in a vital organ like the brain, lungs or heart. This, in turn, can result in a stroke, pulmonary embolism or a heart attack. Over 100,000 cases of pulmonary embolism are recorded in Germany each year, with 25,000 to 30,000 of these resulting in death. In the western world, more people die of the effects of thrombosis than of breast cancer, prostate cancer, AIDS and car accidents put together. Anyone who has had thrombosis just once faces a higher risk of getting it again. Making an … [Read more...] about Breakthrough thrombosis drug wins German innovation prize
Smoking can increase your risk of developing lung cancer. We have known that for a while now. So it's not exactly rocket science to say that staying away from cigarettes and second-hand smoke is healthy. And as far as advice goes, it's top of the list. Not just any list - but a new 12-step European Code Against Cancer launched by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) on Tuesday. Compiled in collaboration with the European Commission, the authors of the code say they want to share the latest information about how to prevent cancer, and they want to promote healthy lifestyles across Europe. In an interview with DW, IARC director Dr. Christopher Wild said the number of cancer cases in the EU was rising. "We are not going to be able to just treat our way out of this," Wild stated. He said the European Code Against Cancer is an attempt to explain to people in the EU how to prevent cancer. "It is based on science but in a language which is clear and direct." Many … [Read more...] about Onus on you: who will follow the WHO’s new European Code Against Cancer?
In 2007, the Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) in Ireland performed its first robotic gynecological surgery. Impressed by the results, the hospital has since boosted the number of robotic-assisted procedures. Since June, it's become the only hospital in Europe to use sophisticated robotics to perform both cancerous and benign procedures. Plus, CUMH has now become a demonstration site for doctors from around Europe to come and examine this new medical device. The Da Vinci surgical robots, which are made by Intuitive Surgical, an American company, have up to four arms and flexible wrists. The arms also have miniaturized tools and cameras, which are mounted and controlled by human surgeons. Robots 'superior' to keyhole surgery "The advantages of the robotic surgery over the conventional straight stick keyhole surgery is first of all the surgeon is seeing the view in a three-dimensional view so there is a sense of depth which you lose with ordinary keyhole surgery," said … [Read more...] about In Ireland, robots assist during gynecological surgery
Dermatologist and allergist Jean Pierre Allam can still remember his first sperm allergy patient. "She had allergic reactions again and again after intercourse," said the medical director at the University Hospital Bonn. The patient in question experienced swelling and extreme itching in the vaginal area. These so-called "local reactions" appear in about a third of the patients who react allergically to sperm. But the majority of afflicted women experience far worse symptoms: "systemic reactions" affecting the entire body. "It results in redness and welts on the skin with extreme itching, then escalates to breathing difficulties, dizziness and the urge to urinate and defecate," says Allam of the typical course of a reaction. "It can lead to anaphylactic shock, where the patient can fall unconscious and even die." The allergic reaction is similar to that from an insect bite from a bee or a wasp. A little-known illness Although a description of the allergy was first provided by a … [Read more...] about Allergic to sperm – when sex becomes dangerous
The study, published in the science journal Nature Microbiology, warns that millions of people worldwide may be at risk of contracting melioidosis, a bacterial disease present in 79 countries, including 34 that have never reported the disease. The authors of the paper released on January 11 recommend that health workers and policy-makers give the infectious disease a higher priority, as they expect the number of melioidosis cases to climb given diabetes increases across the tropics, especially among the poor, and the rise in international travel which increases the risk of introducing the pathogen to new areas. Contracted through the skin, inhalation or by drinking contaminated water, melioidosis can be difficult to diagnose as it mimics other diseases. The lack of early diagnosis and treatment, resistance of the bacteria to a wide range of antibiotics, the need for extended treatment (up to 20 weeks) and the possibility of relapse, even after appropriate treatment, make the … [Read more...] about Melioidosis – Scientists warn of global spread of little-known, deadly disease