Your Health Treatment Journey: Have Your Say

(NC) Alex is a 54-year old electrician. Five years ago his doctor told him he had high cholesterol. Despite initial efforts to get his health back on track through diet and exercise, Alex’s doctor eventually prescribed him a brand-name medicine that aimed to lower the bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol in his blood.

Like many other Canadians, Alex also takes a few other prescription medicines for some common chronic ailments including high blood pressure and migraines. Alex has taken the same brand name drugs that he’s become familiar with for years and they seem to work well for him. Continue reading Your Health Treatment Journey: Have Your Say

The Secret to Healthy Digestion? Start With Water

(NC) Everybody wants to have a healthy stomach, yet when it comes to understanding our digestive systems, many Canadians are wet behind the ears.

A recent study by the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation revealed that common problems like heartburn and constipation affect millions of people, yet many of those who suffer are not receiving effective treatment.

If you too, are looking to take control of your digestive health, the first step is simple: just add water. Continue reading The Secret to Healthy Digestion? Start With Water

Digestive Health 101: Feeling Good on the Inside and Out

(NC) The digestive system is best described as the body’s engine. Did you know that every day, eight different organs work together to process the essential nutrients needed for energy, growth, and rejuvenation?

Digestion is fundamental to good health, but a high proportion of Canadians – as many as 20 million, or 56% of the population – regularly suffer from digestive problems like heartburn, constipation and cramps. Continue reading Digestive Health 101: Feeling Good on the Inside and Out

Fake News sites use Facebook to spread Ebola threats

Washington: New findings have revealed that many ‘fake’ news website have been using Facebook to spread terrorizing Ebola threats.

These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor.

They’re actually fake news sites, posting scary stories and capitalizing on the decontextualization of Facebook’s news feed to trick people into sharing them widely, The Verge reported.

However, it’s proving to be a very successful strategy, particularly for a site called the National Report, which saw its traffic spike to 2 million unique visitors yesterday according to Quantcast. Very few are repeat visitors, meaning they’re just seeing the link on Facebook and clicking, the report said. (ANI)

Freshmen twice likelier to indulge in ‘hookups’ without protection

Washington, Oct 17 (ANI): A new study has found that undergraduates were 2 times more likely to have unprotected sex during “hookups.”

Jonathan Marc Bearak from New York University explored the changes in undergraduate uncommitted sexual behavior during years 1–4 of college. The article provides reasoning for the decline in the use of condoms, and explains how changes in the odds of coitus and condom use depend on family background, school gender imbalance, and whether the partners attended the same college.

The results showed that the odds of unprotected intercourse in hookups doubled between freshman and senior year. Among the factors which contributed to this, freshmen from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds more frequently protect themselves with a condom when they have intercourse in a hookup than freshmen from more advantaged backgrounds, but by sophomore year, they adopt the same lower condom use rate of their peers from more advantaged backgrounds.

The results were consistent with the view that college was perceived as a safer environment. An interpretation equally consistent with the data was that it might take longer for lower socioeconomic status students to integrate into the social activities on their campus, which, conceivably, might not encourage condom use.

The research also highlights an oft-overlooked issue in sexual research: the probability of intercourse within the normative contexts in which adolescents and young adults sexually interact contributes to cumulative risks over and above their contraceptive practices.


S-equol supplements improve reproductive health in post-menopausal women

Washington, Oct 17 (ANI): In a recent pilot study it was discovered that after 12 weeks of daily 10 milligram (mg) doses of an investigational fermented soy germ-based nutritional supplement S-equol, have led to improvements in post-menopausal women who experienced in vaginal atrophy.

S-equol has the ability to bind to the same estrogen receptors as naturally occurring estrogen, when bound to the receptor, S-equol would mimick some, but not all, activities of estrogen. This ability of S-equol at the receptor has indicated that it may alleviate some symptoms caused by diminished estrogen production during menopause.

Coauthor Belinda H. Jenks, Ph.D., director of Scientific Affairs & Nutrition Education at Pharmavite LLC said that the data documented had reported improved vaginal epithelium, without significant abnormalities in vaginal cells, endometrial thickening, hormone levels or genital bleeding, which has added to the known safety profile of this S-equol supplement that was previously shown to have helped relieve certain menopause symptoms.

Researchers have also suggested that daily doses of the supplement containing S-equol, a metabolite of the soy isoflavone daidzein, could relieve hot flash frequency, muscle and joint pain, as was reported in a previously published controlled clinical trials in both U.S. and Japanese postmenopausal women.