Can You Make Your Sperm Better? Probably.

Everyone understands that healthy eggs and sperm are required to conceive, right? So, it shouldn’t be a surprise when couples have trouble starting a family that male fertility plays a role – more often than most people realize. In fact, male factor infertility is the primary medical issue in about 25% of infertility cases and a contributing factor another 25% of the time. For years, it has often been assumed that problems getting pregnant were all about the female half of the couple. Thanks to extensive media coverage of research, sperm issues and the role of male infertility are now mainstream topics. Still, it’s often left up to women to initiate discussion and testing for their partners. A major reason for male infertility – approximately 50% – is a low sperm count. And up to 90% of male infertility cases are due to low sperm count, or poor quality sperm or both. Poor quality sperm may be misshapen, poor swimmers, have damaged DNA and more. Additional causes of male infertility can be attributed to a range of conditions including anatomical problems, hormonal imbalances, and genetic defects. Experts believe a low sperm count may sometimes be related to an elevated temperature in the testicles – the temperature in the groin area should be a couple of degrees cooler than the rest of the body for optimum sperm function. Reportedly, every degree above normal results in an approximate 40% decline in sperm quality. Exposure to excessive hea...
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Source: ABC News: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news
Abstract Introduction: Gabapentinoids are increasingly used in preoperative premedication despite controversial results. The aim of our study was to evaluate the effects of preemptive use of gabapentin or pregabalin on postoperative shoulder pain and rehabilitation quality after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Methods: This is a clinical trial comparing the effects of a preoperative premedication with 600 mg of gabapentin or 150 mg of pregabalin versus placebo on postoperative pain and recovery quality after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Premedication was taken 2 hours before the surgery beginning...
Source: Pain Research and Management - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Pain Res Manag Source Type: research
Authors: Emmanuel S, Jornayvaz FR Abstract Discovered 20 years ago, Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) 19, and its mouse ortholog FGF15, were the first members of a new subfamily of FGFs able to act as hormones. During fetal life, FGF15/19 is involved in organogenesis, affecting the development of the ear, eye, heart and brain. At adulthood, FGF15/19 is mainly produced by the ileum, acting on the liver to repress hepatic bile acid synthesis and promote postprandial nutrient partitioning. In rodents, pharmacologic doses of FGF19 induce the same anti-obesity and anti-diabetic actions as FGF21, these metabolic effects bei...
Source: Endocrine Reviews - Category: Endocrinology Tags: Endocr Rev Source Type: research
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Source: Daily Express - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Authors: Mouodi S, Hosseini SR, Ghadimi R, Bijani A, Cumming RG, Amiri HA, Bayani F, Sum S Abstract Background: The purpose of this study was to determine the current situation of lifestyle behaviors and related outcomes, as the first step to make proper local health policies for improvement of health lifestyle behaviors. Materials and Methods: This analytic research has been conducted as a cross-sectional study on the middle-aged (40-60 years old) population of Amirkola, Northern Iran. The Persian translation of the Health-Promoting Lifestyle Profile II questionnaire and the International Physical Activity Que...
Source: Journal of Obesity - Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Tags: J Obes Source Type: research
Authors: Krakauer NY, Krakauer JC Abstract Independent indices (height, body mass index, a body shape index, and hip index) derived from basic anthropometrics have been found to be powerful predictors of mortality hazard, especially when the attributable risks are summed over these indices to give an anthropometric risk index (ARI). The metabolic syndrome (MS) is defined based on the co-occurrence of anthropometric, clinical, and laboratory criteria and is also widely employed for evaluating disease risk. Here, we investigate correlations between ARI and MS in a general population sample, the United States Third Na...
Source: Journal of Obesity - Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Tags: J Obes Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Obesity - Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Tags: J Obes Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Obesity - Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Tags: J Obes Source Type: research
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Source: Current Medical Research and Opinion - Category: Research Tags: Curr Med Res Opin Source Type: research
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