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U.N. Report: HIV Could Be Controlled by 2030

A recent report by the United Nations claims the HIV epidemic could be beaten worldwide by 2030."The world has witnessed extraordinary changes in the AIDS landscape. There have been more achievements in the past five years than in the preceding 23 years," the report says. The number of people infected with HIV was stabilising at about 35 million globally. Source: www.upi.com

Scientists Say Smelling Farts Might Prevent Cancer

Scientists at the University of Exeter in England claim smelling farts could help ward off cancer, stroke, heart attacks and dementia.Sniffing reasonable amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas has potentially large health benefits. Dr. Mark Wood says small doses of the gas may reverse mitochondrial damage. "Although hydrogen sulfide gas is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced in the body and could in fact be a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases," Dr. Ward explains. Source: www.upi.com

An Apple a Day...Increases Sexual Pleasure in Women

Scientists claim eating an apple daily can enhance sexual function in healthy women. Researchers analysed 781 healthy Italian women aged 18 to 43 and found that those who ate apples regularly had better "lubrication and overall sexual function".Apples, like wine and chocolate, also contain polyphenols and antioxidants that can stimulate blood flow to the genitalia, helping with arousal. Source: www.newser.com

Scientists Recommend Sprite as Cure for Hangover

Almost everyone knows the feeling of waking up after drinking a more than healthy amount of alcohol. And almost everyone has got his own remedy to cure a hangover. Now scientists from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China, seem to have found a more reliable method, than i.e. herbal teas. Apparently, a zip of Sprite can help to feel better in such a situation.The researchers found out that Sprite or soda water, in opposition to teas, promotes the decomposition of acetaldehyde, ethanol’s first metabolite, which causes hangovers. Sprite could even „minimize the harmful effects of drinking alcohol."Source: news.yahoo.com

Study: Positive Thoughts and Affirmations Help to Make Better Health Decisions

According to a study published online in the journal "Archives of Internal Medicine", patients who think positive and practice self-affirmation are more likely to stick to medication and exercise goals.Researchers enrolled 756 patients with either coronary artery disease, high blood pressure or asthma and divided them in two groups: the "positive affect group" and the control group. 55% of patients with coronary artery disease of the "positive affect group", who incorporated positive thoughts into their life, sticked to their exercise plan and increased their physical activity whereas only 37% of the control group did. Source: www.livescience.com

Sperm Problems Tied to Shorter Life

A new study found that men who are found to have problems with their sperm - such as a low count or volume - are more than twice as likely to die in the relatively near future than men with normal sperm. According to the research findings, which were published in Human Reproduction, "the greater the number of semen abnormalities, the higher the mortality rate". Over a period of about eight years, lead author Dr. Michael Eisenberg and his team analyzed data of about 12,000 men ages 20 to 50 who had been evaluated for possible infertility. 69 men of those men died during the follow-up period. Source: www.upi.com

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QUESTION

Does soy milk have side effects for men? i heard that soy milk can affect on testestrone levels for men is that true

ANSWER

Like most food, there are both positive and negative attributes to soy consumption. In order to review your particular case, and whether soy milk should be added to your diet, it will be important for you to schedule an appointment to meet with your doctor to discuss this issue. It may even be helpful to speak with a nutritionist. Having said that, soy is a good source of protein, does not contain lactose, and is vegetarian, so can act as a good alternative to those who are lactose intolerant or do not eat meat. It may also have an effect in reducing the risk of developing heart disease and prostate cancer. On the other hand, recent studies have shown some negative effects of eating soy in high quantities, particularly for men. Two compounds in soy act like estrogen, and can lead to side effects such as breast develop and decreased sperm count in men. It can also exacerbate erectile dysfunction in men who have this condition, as it can decrease testosterone levels in the body. There is also a study that shows a link between significant soy consumption and the development of dementia, although this needs to be confirmed by repeat studies. The key factor in this topic is how much soy constitutes a level that produces these negative effects, and as of yet, this has not been determined. In general, it is best to maintain a balanced diet, and that can include soy-based products (soy is actually in a lot of products at the grocery store that you might not think of). However, I would advise against eating high quantities of this food. Again, in order to determine how soy should fit into your individual diet, it would be useful to make an appointment to speak with your doctor and/or a nutritionist.

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What to do if my 18 son got his 1st HPV shot and won't ever get his 2nd and 3rd HPV shots? Hi, please answer me this for they say at the hospital that my son went and got his second and third shots but he never did. So they won't let my son take his second and third shots and I want to know what are the consequences of not letting my child have his second and third shots of HPV. Please answer me this question as soon as possible! Thank you so much! This is great to have this place to ask real Docs about anything, thank you for this awesome site!

ANSWER

Hello, I am glad to hear that your son got the HPV vaccine. It is fairly recent that the vaccine is recommended in both men and women to prevent the spread of HPV, as the vaccine works very well against some strains of this virus. The vaccine he most likely received is called Gardasil and you are correct that it comes in a series of three. Although this sounds like a difficult situation, my recommendation would be to obtain formal documentation about the vaccines, as the vaccine really works best after you receive all three shots. You could also get his primary care doctor or pediatrician involved, as they may be able to advocate for insurance covering the next two shots if you are quite sure he didn't receive them. I would advise you to speak to his doctor about this. That being said, studies have shown that you do have some immune response (meaning that your body makes defenses against the virus) after just the first dose of the vaccine. Given that he hasn't had the whole series, and just for general health, you or someone else who is comfortable doing so, should speak to your son about having protected sex always. Condoms are the best protection against sexually transmitted infections, and your son should use this regardless.


QUESTION

I got married 4 months ago, but we are not being able to conceive. What can we do? i make a marrige but my wife no pregnet what problem i need chech up? proble is that every month my wife menses start my hope is broken.

ANSWER

I would suggest that your wife schedule an appointment with her OB/GYN to further discuss this issue. Generally speaking, I should say that it is not uncommon for a couple to have difficulty achieving pregnancy if they only tried for a few months. In fact, most fertility specialists will not initiate a work up for infertility until a couple has tried for at least 12 months unsuccessfully to achieve pregnancy. In general, most doctors recommend that a couple have intercourse about every other night starting just after the woman's period for about 10 days to two weeks. The idea here is to have intercourse at some point around the time of ovulation which typically occurs on day 14 of a woman cycle. You and your wife could consider using an ovulation detector which could help determine what day you should have intercourse. An ovulation detector which can be purchased at most pharmacies and detects the level of the LH hormone which is a hormone that spikes just prior to ovulation. Thus when the ovulation detector becomes positive, that is the date you should have intercourse. This can help especially if your wife is somewhat irregular. If after eight more months you're still on able to achieve pregnancy then you should be worked up by a fertility specialist. The initial workup usually consists of a semen analysis, hormonal testing in the woman, and imaging of the uterus and fallopian tubes. Good luck.


QUESTION

Do I have fibromyalgia?

I have a variety of symptoms, and I would go to a doctor but for the fact that I've been to so many and I'm beginning to feel like a hypochondriac. I'm 22 years old, I've had tension migraines for a couple of years and normal migraine meds don't help. I have anxiety and depression which I've been treating for a couple of years through medication, a variety of pain disorders (vaginismus from trauma being one), anemia, chronic infections and I go through periods where I get low-grade fevers at night. Most of these symptoms started when I was around 19. In the last few weeks, I've started getting this horrible pain on the inside of my elbows and knees in the middle of the night. It wakes me up, and I never feel like I've had enough sleep. I also am started to get the elbow pain during the day. I once had a doctor say they thought I may have an autoimmune disorder, but it was in Spain and I left before having a chance to be checked for one.

ANSWER

Fibromyalgia is a type of myofascial pain syndrome that is extremely common in the US. Typical symptoms of fibromyalgia include muscle pain in multiple areas because usually including the back and oftentimes the shoulders, arms, and legs. People with fibromyalgia often complain of migraine headaches. Anxiety and depression are very common. In addition, people feel like they are usually getting very poor sleep. While the information you provided certainly sounds like you could have fibromyalgia, there is not enough information here to be sure. Thus, you will still need to be evaluated by a doctor. I suggest that you first schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. Your physician can perform a special physical exam to look for specific areas of tenderness or trigger points. We use these areas to diagnose fibromyalgia if there are enough of them. In addition, you can get information on treatment if your doctor thinks that this is what you have. People to get diagnosed with fibromyalgia always have to undergo some testing to look for inflammatory or autoimmune disorders that can present in a similar way. Treatment for fibromyalgia starts with establishing an exercise program it also involves the use of certain medications to help calm down the pain. Good luck.

QUESTION

How long will the pain last after breast cancer surgery? I had a lumpectomy done on my right breast and feel a lot of pain. I am 32 and have been given medication. How long will the pain last? Are there exercises that can help it go away sooner?

ANSWER

Post-surgical pain can be very frustrating for patients. In general it can be hard to predict exactly how long someone's pain and discomfort will last post-surgery, as each person is different and the exact nature of specific surgeries can affect the healing process. You should be having close follow-up with the surgeon who performed your lumpectomy and he or she should be able to give you a sense of how much tissue was removed during your lumpectomy. In addition, whether or not you underwent a lymph node dissection can also influence how much healing your body will need to do. Although the pain can be very frustrating in the beginning, it is important to remember that the healing process starts the minute the surgery is over, and so you should begin to feel better--little by little--every day. Managing post-op pain is also a very important part of the healing process. You should feel comfortable using the pain medications your physician has prescribed. If the medications are not working (or if they are making you feel too sedated) you should get in touch with the office because there are many different types of pain medication available. Also, as you mention, using your arm and trying to stay active can also be very helpful in managing pain. The more you use your body and get back to regular activity, the more you can help accelerate the healing process. While there are not specific exercises per se for lumpectomy pain, resuming gentle activity as cleared by your surgeon can help get you feeling back to your normal self.

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