Friday, August 25, 2017

Poor semen quality in men possibly due to chemicals

No surprise common chemicals in everyday products (e.g., parabens) may contribute to infertility:

(Reuters Health) - Men who have been exposed to common chemicals known as parabens have lower testosterone levels and more sperm that are abnormally shaped and slow moving, according to a study that suggests these ingredients may contribute to infertility.
Researchers examined lab tests done on 315 male patients of a fertility clinic in Poland to pinpoint issues they were having with reproduction. All of the men provided samples of urine, saliva, blood and semen for analysis.
Compared to men who had low concentrations of parabens in their urine, men with high concentrations of the chemicals also had a larger proportion of sperm with the abnormal morphology that’s associated with infertility, the study found.
Higher levels of parabens in the urine were also associated with DNA damage in the sperm and with decreased sperm motility, which may contribute to infertility.



http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/884431?nlid=117458_2581&src=WNL_mdplsnews_170825_mscpedit_obgy&uac=98206PV&spon=16&impID=1418669&faf=1

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

FDA Affirms Lymphoma Link to Breast Implants


Makes sense considering you are putting plastic in your body

via MedPage Today: 

In 2011 the FDA became aware of a possible association between breast implants and subsequent development of ALCL. At the time so few cases of BIA-ALCL existed that the agency could not draw definitive conclusions about the association. Since then, information and understanding about the association increased substantially, including evidence that BIA-ALCL occurs more often in women who have implants with textured, rather than smooth, surfaces.
New information about BIA-ALCL came from medical device reports (MDRs), current medical literature, data from a patient registry established by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF), and product and labeling information provided by implant manufacturers.
Last year the WHO officially recognized BIA-ALCL as a rare form of lymphoma. Also, the PSF and National Comprehensive Cancer Network published physician information about the disease, and several regulatory bodies outside the United States issued statements and shared new information about BIA-ALCL.

read more here

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

An Appliance that DOES do what it says

I have become an evangelist for the Instant Pot for so many reasons. It actually does SO many things that I'll have to do several posts. Especially great for small NYC kitchens. So hang on !