Older men tend to have larger prostates than younger men because the prostate continues to grow as a man ages. Enlargement of the prostate that is not the result of cancer is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH can cause problems with urination, and some treatments can lead to sexual problems and other side effects. An enlarged prostate directly affects a man's ability to urinate. These effects include: a frequent need to urinate a feeling of not emptying the bladder intense urges to urinate a weak urine stream problems starting or stopping urination Prostate issues can also cause sexual problems. The extent of any sexual problem varies according to the condition of the prostate. Some common sexual side effects include: erectile dysfunction (ED) reduced sexual satisfaction problems maintaining an erection decreased libido These conditions may also vary according to: age genetics anxiety BPH and ED are separate conditions that are connected. ED usually means that a man … [Read more...] about What are the effects of an enlarged prostate on sex?
(Natural News) Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s governor, has recently signed “an executive order for broader medical marijuana access.”Jake Honig, a seven-year-old boy who died last January due to a rare bone cancer, seems to have moved the governor to make this particular decision. Jake, who received the nickname “Jake the Tank” because of the strength he showed during a five-year battle with bone cancer, was in remission for three years. However, his cancer came back, and he passed away last month.The Honig family was hoping that changes would soon be made to current medical marijuana laws. They were also imploring their community to send letters to lawmakers so that Jake could have had easier access to the medication that helped him deal with his cancer.Two days after Jake’s death, his parents, Mike and Janet, and Gianna, his six-year-old sister, stood beside Governor Murphy as he signed the executive order. The Honig family were holding a … [Read more...] about Marijuana laws in New Jersey are loosening restrictions in the wake of a young boy’s tragic death to rare cancer
(Natural News) At least one in eight people older than 65 in the U.S. has Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. However, according to a study, a group of scientists has formulated a “hybrid diet” that can help prevent cognitive decline.According to their findings, the MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet, which combines the Mediterranean diet with the low-fat Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, can help maintain “at-risk people’s thinking, reasoning, and memories.”For this hybrid diet, individuals must eat nine types of foods or drinks regularly such as vegetables and berries. Dieters can even have a glass of wine, along with limited intake of “sweets and pastries.” (Related: 7 Foods that Can Fight Alzheimer’s & Dementia Naturally.)Stroke survivors who have experienced cognitive decline tried the MIND diet for at least 13 years, … [Read more...] about Eating for your MIND: Scientists combine the Mediterranean and DASH diets to prevent cognitive decline
A testicular ultrasound is a low-risk procedure that is used to diagnose a range of medical issues, such as testicular torsion, testicular cancer, and epididymitis. This article will look at the uses of testicular ultrasound, what to expect during the procedure, and how to prepare for a scan. An ultrasound is a medical procedure that uses sound waves to create a picture of the inside of the body. The images can help a doctor to diagnose an illness or injury. A testicular ultrasound, also called ultrasound imaging of the scrotum, looks specifically at the testicles. The testicles are part of the male reproductive system. Their primary purpose is to create sperm and hormones. Testicles are contained within a sac called the scrotum. The ultrasound procedure is safe, very low-risk, and non-invasive. The examination takes place entirely outside the body. A testicular ultrasound is used to investigate a range of problems with the scrotum, testicles, or epididymis. A doctor may recommend a … [Read more...] about What happens during a testicular ultrasound?
(Natural News) Fuel is an important part of any training and exercise, and protein shakes have become increasingly prevalent as fuel sources for athletes, or just about anyone with fitness routines. In addition, there are protein shakes specifically tailored to provide nutrients for body recovery after strenuous activities. Training and exercise are highly individual in nature; making your own protein shakes is a great way to ensure you get the most out of the nutritional benefits that match your personal needs.Check out some of these cost-effective alternatives and additions to your usual protein shake. Whip up your own protein shake according to your body’s needs; whether for training fuel or post-workout recovery:Coconut oil – One teaspoon of coconut oil contains 39 calories, while one tablespoon has 117 calories. Coconut oil has an abundance of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which enables it to boost metabolism.Dairy milk … [Read more...] about Customize your own protein shakes to fit your particular health needs
(Natural News) The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) is urging the European Commission (EC) to look into the misleading labels of “unhealthy food and beverage products” that claim to be good for its target markets.The BEUC’s recently launched campaign aims to boycott the EC’s “long-standing failure” to put an end to the “bogus food claims” reportedly made by the various manufacturers of products that have high fat, salt, or sugar content. The EC was initially supposed to publish nutrient profiles nine years ago, and this could have prevented the proliferation of false claims by manufacturers.Pauline Constant, communications manager for food, health, sustainability, and safety, says that the profiles must be published soon. If the profiles remain unpublished, this will turn into a 10-year-old concern. She adds that making the data public can help curb the possibility of an obesity epidemic since consumers need to be made aware that … [Read more...] about European consumer’s group calls for a crackdown on “bogus” health claims on sugared-up food products marketed to children
A urinary tract infection is an infection caused by bacteria in any part of the urinary system, which is made up of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. Most urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect the bladder and the urethra, which is the tube that drains urine from the bladder to outside the body. Although a UTI is one of the most common infections in women, it is rare in men. UTIs are estimated to affect around 3 percent of men worldwide each year. This means that most men will have never had a UTI, especially if they are young. When a UTI develops in men, it is usually considered complicated and more likely to spread to the kidneys and upper urinary tract. Some cases may even require surgery. We learn more about this condition, including its symptoms and treatment options, in this article. Men with UTIs may have no signs or symptoms of the infection. However, when symptoms do occur, they can include: pain during urination frequent urge to urinate inability to start … [Read more...] about All you need to know about UTIs in men
(Natural News) Did you know that something as ordinary as a dryer sheet can contain toxic chemicals?The dryer sheets that you regularly include in your laundry can have negative side effects. Dryer sheets are full of toxic chemicals, and here are some of the dangers associated with them:Carcinogenic chemicals — The use of dryer sheets have been linked to the growth of tumors. Dichlorobenzene, a chemical found in dryer sheets that reduces static, “can cause kidney and liver tumors.” The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also labeled it as a possible human carcinogen. Some studies have determined that other chemicals in dryer detergents, such as benzyl acetate, can cause liver tumors and gastric neoplasms in mice. Results show that the incidence of cancer can increase with prolonged use and that “significant incidence of carcinoma” has been observed following two years of exposure to benzyl acetate.Dementia — Fragrant products like dryer … [Read more...] about Natural, homemade alternatives to toxic dryer sheets
(Natural News) Due to the flu season, Catholic churches in Maine have had to “alter their religious practices to reduce the spread of the deadly virus that is ravaging the nation.”Since January, churches have been forbidding worshipers from drinking from the same wine cup during communion and joining hands during prayer. Priests are advised to greet churchgoers verbally instead of shaking their hands.The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, which covers the entire state of Maine, sent out a memo last month which detailed the restrictions. It reads, “Breaking with custom, parishioners should not shake hands during the Sign of Peace and will be encouraged to offer a verbal greeting, smile, or bow of the head.”It also included instructions for priests, who must disinfect their hands “before and after giving Holy Communion,” along with warnings to try and avoid accidentally touching “the tongue or the hand of the … [Read more...] about Peace be with you… from a distance: Flu epidemic has gotten so bad in Maine that churches are shunning practices involving touching, sharing
(Natural News) According to an article on GreenMedInfo.com, patients with diabetes no longer need to rely on drugs to manage their blood sugar. Eating the right combination of “food[s], herbs, and spices” can help boost their insulin sensitivity.The hormone insulin makes cells “open up” and take in glucose from the blood, but with insulin resistance, cells are desensitized to insulin. This forces the body to produce more glucose, which cells refuse to take in. The end result is your insulin levels rising above the normal levels.Chronically high insulin levels may lead to “rapid weight gain, premature aging, high blood pressure, heart disease, and higher cancer risks,” and, eventually, type-2 diabetes.These eight herbs, spices, and foods can help restore your cells’ sensitivity to insulin. (Related: Research: Reduce insulin resistance with omega-3 fatty acids.)Berries — Studies have confirmed that after eating berries, the … [Read more...] about Foods, herbs and spices that help reverse insulin resistance