Gout: Causes and also Diagnosis

Gout: Causes and also Diagnosis

Gout: Causes and also Diagnosis

Gout is some sort of arthritis. An attack could be due to it of unexpected burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, the big toe usually. These attacks can occur again and again unless gout can be treated. Over time, they are able to damage your joints, tendons, and other cells. Gout is many common in men.

What causes gout?

Gout is due to too much the crystals in the blood. The majority of the right time, having too much the crystals is not harmful many many people might never get gout therefore. However, when the crystals levels in the bloodstream are too high, the the crystals might form hard crystals in your joints.

Your likelihood of getting gout are higher in case you are overweight, drink an excessive amount of alcohol, or eat an excessive amount of fish and meats that are saturated in chemicals called purines. Some medications, such as for example water pills (diuretics), may bring on gout also.

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Side Effects of cigarettes

Side Effects of cigarettes

Side Effects of cigarettes

Read Health Hazards of cigarettes first.

Smoking around children:

The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke to a kid:

  • Low birth weight for gestational age
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)- children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy have an increased risk of SIDS.
  • The EPA estimates that passive smoking is responsible for between 150,000 and 300,000 of these infections in children under 18 months annually
  • Asthma – According to the EPA, between 200,000 and 1,000,000 kids with asthma have their condition worsened by secondhand smoke every year. Also, passive smoking may also be responsible for thousands of new cases of asthma every year
  • Chronic respiratory symptoms such as cough and wheezing may be attributed to secondhand smoke.
  • Children who breathe in secondhand smoke are more likely to suffer from dental cavities, eye and nose irritation, and irritability
  • Middle ear infections – exposure to ETS causes buildup of fluid in the middle ear, resulting in 700,000 to 1 1.6 million physician office visits yearly in the U.S.

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Dating

Dating

DatingLooking for someone?

Dating is a kind of courtship, and could include any public activity undertaken by, typically, two people with the purpose of each assessing the other’s suitability as somebody in an intimate romantic relationship or as a partner. The word identifies the act of achieving and participating in some mutually arranged cultural activity. Traditional dating actions include entertainment or meals.

In lots of cultural traditions, a date could be arranged by a 1 / 3 party, who could be a grouped relative, acquaintance, or professional matchmaker. Internet dating is becoming popular recently.

Although dating etiquette is becoming more relaxed during the twentieth century, there are considerable differences between social and personal values. For example, when an activity costs money (for example, a meal), traditionally the man was expected to pay; but in recent times the practice of «going Dutch» (splitting the expenses) has become more common and more acceptable. With the wider availability of information about traditionally secretive issues individuals are more open about their interest in sexuality both in form of dating language and dress. The difference in expectation of a date in the male / female view of dating is very marked and obviously shown by the public guidance disseminated by popular media, e.g. magazines, which is in stark contrast. The average duration of courtship before proceeding to engagement or marriage varies considerably throughout the world.

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Testing for Fertility in Men part two

Testing for Fertility in Men part two

Testing for Fertility in Men part two

Read Testing for Fertility in Men first.

The semen liquefaction

Semen analysis should begin with a simple inspection soon after liquefaction. This is done preferably at 30 minutes after ejaculation but no longer than one hour to prevent dehydration or changes in temperature from affecting semen quality. Normal liquefied semen samples may contain jelly-like granules (gelatinous bodies) which do not liquefy. These do not appear to have any clinical significance. Poor liquefaction means the sperm may not be released to fertilize the egg.

The following are the normal settings

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Male infertility; how diet helps fight it

Male infertility; how diet helps fight it

Male infertility; how diet helps fight it

Introduction

A fact is that almost 90% of men at one point in their lives will complain of having a sexual problem. The problems range from having sexually transmitted infections, lack of interest in sex, poor sex health in terms of performance among others.  These may affect a man’s ego, social understanding, create more anxieties especially when one starts to think that he may not be able to satisfy his sexual partner.

Men with sexual problems almost end up in hopelessness and may feel shameful to discuss these with their partners of health care providers.The good thing is that most of the time, a man can take control of his sexual life. Most of the problems a man encounters are physical, medical psychological and social that can be modified. Like in many other health conditions, nutritional awareness and satisfaction comes top among the remedies for most of them. In this article, we focus on infertility in men and how to improve it. Infertility in men can be caused by various conditions such as erectile dysfunction, poor sperm count, ejaculatory disorders and infections that affect sperm development. Here is a brief nutritional advice for men with infertility problems.

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This week’s Bachelor Steak

This week’s Bachelor Steak

This week’s Bachelor Steak

Men are good at brunt offerings, from the days of Moses, Elijah, Solomon and David. They all did these especially to cleanse their sins or the sins of their families. In this week you may have had several ‘sins’ committed during the weekend.

But we are not going to help you up the Holy of Hollies, just a steak recipe to help you learn some stuff in the kitchen.

What you need:

  1. 1 sirloin steak, for you and the boys (nuff said)
  2. Soy sauce.
  3. The cheapest red wine available (ha!).
  4. Garlic. By the way did you read about the health benefits of garlic? One more thing, just avoid lots of this in case your spouse is thinking of you 9 months fro now.
  5. A garlic-smashing tool.
  6. Propane gas grills, if you have one.

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Lung Health

Lung Health

Lung Health

How can I hold my lungs healthy?

Your lungs do amazing work every day. Healthy lungs supply large amounts of oxygen to your blood and enable you to work, play and live well. They also remove the carbon dioxide and other waste gases that your body doesn’t need.

There are many things you can do to keep your lungs healthy and disease-free:

1. Stop smoking

Lungs are influenced by using tobacco which causes respiratory diseases collectively called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD including emphysema (lung rot), chronic bronchitis and asthmatic bronchitis. Smoking tobacco offers been linked to an increased risk of respiratory symptoms including coughing, phlegm, wheezing and hard or labored breathing (dyspnea).

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Dating tips for men

Dating tips for men

Dating tips for men

Men love to fantasize, so do women. Men love to think about stuff they will do at any one time and move on. Women love to think about things that would take care of their emotions, for as long as it is possible.
What’s a fantasy? In her book, Men in Love,

Nancy Friday describes a fantasy as a map of desire, mastery, escape, and obscuration; the navigational path we invent to steer ourselves between the reefs and shoals of anxiety, guilt, and inhibition. She adds on that it is a work of consciousness, but in reaction to unconscious pressures. Men have these fantasies every other time. Most of the fantasies are about sex. It’s a form of worship. Ever visited a guy’s room at high school of college? You will on most occasions see a colorful poster of Jlo, Monroe and many more sexy figures. Before he sleeps, after he wakes, up every time he is in the room, the image attracts his attention.

Why do men do this? The reasons are different, but the point here is that men are programmed to do this at any one time. In Genesis, God instructs man to go out, multiply and replenish the earth. Man is to take care for not only the garden, but the earth as well. This is a command not a suggestion. It only becomes a suggestion when this is reduced I to a form of sports. Some men become tourists, looking out with predatory eye waiting to devour on the innocent. Poor self control and pervertism hangs around due to influence from the media, peers, and many more.  Perves are here with us.

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Treating male infertility

Treating male infertility

Treating male infertility

Dealing with the psychological factors

Most infertile couples or males would go through several emotional states on learning that they are unable to achieve a pregnancy by the man being infertile or the woman being infertile. They go through feelings such as having:

  • States of shock
  • Anxiety and fears
  • Sadness
  • Anger and resentment
  • Shame
  • Feeling of loneliness
  • Self blame

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Testing for Fertility in Men

Testing for Fertility in Men

Testing for Fertility in Men

It is now obvious that no matter what your female fertility testing indicates, most men must also be evaluated for their own fertility. Male fertility testing is typically much simpler and straightforward than the woman’s. The reason being that

  • The male reproductive organs are located outside of the body.
  • The male hormones are usually steadier and not subject to the monthly cyclic changes as seen in women

In the first visit to the doctor, he/she will take a detailed medical, drug, social and fertility history.
After the history ad physical examination, the doctor will perform some tests to help in diagnosis of infertility and try to find the exact cause. The following are descriptions of a variety of tests and procedures that you may encounter during your fertility evaluation.

Blood tests

The tests done in blood are helpful in finding out the normal factors such as:

  • Hormone testosterone tests. Testosterone is a primary male hormone, directly linked to sex drive and function. It is also associated with sperm growth and maturation
  • Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) which both play a key role in sperm production
  • Prolactin hormone test may indicate presence of a pituitary brain tumor or could be a sign of an abnormal thyroid function
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) test
  • Hepatitis test
  • Syphilis (VDRL) test.

Semen analysis tests

The semen will be checked for the presence of white blood cells. If a large number of white blood cells are present, this may indicate an infection. Other tests done on semen include tests for specific bacteria and viruses. The following are the key infections typically checked during a basic fertility evaluation of semen:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea

Urine tests

A urinalysis is performed to help diagnose

  • The presence of bacteria and the white blood cells. White blood cells may indicate an infection either within the urinary tract or the prostate gland.
  • The urine is also checked for the presence of sperm. A high concentration of sperm in the urine may indicate retrograde ejaculation where sperm go backward into the bladder instead of moving forward into the penis.

The semen analysis test

During ejaculation, semen is produced from a concentrated suspension of spermatozoa, stored in the paired epididymides, mixed with, and diluted by, fluid secretions from the accessory sex organs. The semen is emitted in several boluses. About 90% of semen volume is made up of secretions from the accessory organs mainly the prostate and seminal vesicles, with minor contributions from the bulbourethral (Cowper’s) glands and epididymides.

Semen analysis test is a major part of the male fertility assessment. This test checks for both the quality and quantity of sperm. The semen sample is obtained by the male partner through

  • Performing masturbation either at home or in other situations, the semen sample must be obtained at the clinic or laboratory.
  • Using the non-spermicidal condoms used during intercourse at home

How to prepare for semen collection

Preparation

  • The healthcare provider will provide a private room near the laboratory, where you will collect the semen and hand over to the lab staff. The specimen container should be kept at ambient temperature, between 20 °C and 37 °C, to avoid large changes in temperature that may affect the spermatozoa after they are ejaculated into it. This helps to minimize the exposure of the semen to fluctuations in temperature and to control the time between collection and analysis
  • The man is advised to abstain from sexual intercourse for minimum of two days and a maximum of seven days. The doctor must give you clear written and spoken instructions concerning the collection of the semen sample. You are advise to report any loss of any fraction of the sample as this is also measured

Semen collection

Collecting semen at the laboratory;

The man should:

  • Pass urine all urine
  • Wash the hands and penis with soap, to reduce the risk of contamination of the specimen with bacteria or viruses from the skin.
  • Rinse the soap away from the hands and the penis with water.
  • Dry hands and penis with a fresh disposable soft towel.
  • Perform the masturbation and ejaculate into a sterile container.

Collecting semen at home

This is only done in exceptional circumstances, such as a demonstrated inability to produce a sample by masturbation at the laboratory or the lack of adequate facilities near the laboratory. The same instructions are followed.

  • The lab technologist will provide a pre-weighed container, labelled with the patient’s name and identification number.
  • The same cleaning procedure is advised and semen collection time and delivery time recorded.
  • During transport to the laboratory, the sample should be kept between 20 °C and 37 °C if possible

Collecting semen by condom

The same reason applies for this means as in the collection using a container at home

  • The man is provided with special non-toxic condoms designed for semen collection. Such are available commercially.
  • Information on how to use a condom is usually provided
  • The time of collection and delivery to the lab must be recorded. The same should be stored at a temperature between 20 °C and 37 °C.
  • It should e noted that coitus interruptus is not a reliable means of semen collection, because the first portion of the ejaculate, which contains the highest number of spermatozoa, may be lost.

Testing the semen specimen

Once the semen sample is obtained, it is analyzed in the laboratory. The semen sample is typically evaluated under a microscope and/or by computerized evaluation.

The key features studied are:

  • Semen volume per ejaculation
  • The thickness (viscosity) of the semen
  • The quantity (concentration) in terms of the number of sperm present in the semen
  • The shape (morphology) of the sperm in percentage of normally shaped sperm against the abnormal ones
  • The sperm movement (motility). This can be forward, circular or irregular movements.

Continue reading Testing for Fertility in Men part two.

Check list for male infertility

Check list for male infertility

Check list for male infertility

Traditionally, most couples with fertility problems would want to visit a doctor for the lady to have a thorough medical check up. How ever, due to changing lifestyles, increasing consumption of toxins n foods and many other factors, this is becoming a problem of both males and females. Some infertile couples with an unremarkable female evaluation and normal semen parameters are termed unexplained infertility. It is therefore important for the doctor to evaluate the males with a thorough medical history in these categories:

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Health Hazards of cigarettes

Health Hazards of cigarettes

Health Hazards of cigarettes

Smokes are smoked by over 1.1 billion people. While smoking rates possess leveled off or declined in developed nations, in developing nations tobacco usage continues to rise at a rate of around 3.4% per annum. (WHO SMOKING STATISTICS)

According to a rating by Wikipedia of cigarette usage per capita, Kenya falls 110th with 167 smokes per adult per year.
Hmmmh…At least were not in the top ten… I can hear some of you saying. But isn’t even appearing on the list is definitely bad enough? Since July 2007 apparently the federal government of Kenya thought so and therefore enforced the cigarette smoking ban in public.
Director of Medical Providers (DMS) James Nyikal said tobacco killed some 12,000 Kenyans each full year and a community ban would reduce that amount

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Men: 4 Things You Must Check With Your Doctor

Men: 4 Things You Must Check With Your Doctor

Men: 4 Things You Must Check With Your Doctor

Lifestyle is changing fast as well as the diets we have on a daily basis. These have a direct bearing on our health except for the genetic messages that we transfer to our offspring in the years to come.

We may not have much influence in the genetics but our own health matters a lot and how we manage it. A simple visit to a doctor may reveal a lot about you, especially if you have any family history of genetically related conditions. In this day and age, doctors are now recommending frequent health checks, just to keep everything in order.
Picture this, have you ever run down your car all year round, with no trip to the mechanic for fuel filter check, or tire check or change in the engine oil. We spend so much ‘pimping our rides” than we spend on our health. Well just as much as we spend on the rides; let’s take time to pimp our bodies, for once. Periodic health checks in the following body systems are recommended.

The Eye check up

  • The healthcare provider will check for any vision problems such as far or nearsightedness.
  • Eye muscle disorders tend to be common and need to be looked into too.

It is important to note that any history of conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism or a family history of glaucoma plays an important role in the way you think about your eyes. Can you drive at night with no headlights on? That’s what it means. See you nearest ophthalmologist.

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