Sunshine Blogger Award goes to ScienceandSamosa…WoW

Sunshine Blogger award goes to ScienceandSamosa

Sunshine Blogger Award winner, an award given by a blogger  to another  blogger , Oscar of Blogging world !!!.  Thrilled and Ecstatic. Thank you very much Hannah Shipley of TheMessyMom for nominating me. It feels good to be recognized. 

Here are the answers to 11 Questions that was asked to me:

What is the goal for your blog?

Science is always treated as a boring or dreadful subject, but science is involved in everything we do in our day to day life. My aim is to bring to my readers the science behind everything that happens around us in a simplified way. I want to reignite the curiosity in my reader.

What or who inspires you?

Who other can Inspire one, other than the Mighty Lord, who created this universe. The more I learn science, the more I adore him.

What does a day in your life look like?

Image: One Person, Many Jobs

How did you find or decide on your niche?

I always loved science. So there was no doubt on deciding my niche.

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What more Men need to get Screened for to lead a Healthy and Happy life

Like any machine, our body requires regular maintenance to make it last a long time and run well till end meets

Like any machine, our body requires regular maintenance to make it last a long time and run well till end meets.

The problem with most men is that they will not head to hospital, unless there is some discomfort or pain and by then disease would have worsened. Most of the common diseases that affect men are potentially preventable, but one needs to undergo screening. Heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and dementia all share the same risk factors: smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and family history.

Leaving aside the basic set of tests like PSA, Blood sugar, Cholesterol, let’s explore what more men need to get screened for to lead a healthy and happy life.

Low Testosterone in Men

In men Testosterone production increases during puberty and starts to decrease after age 30. For each year over age 30, the level of testosterone in men starts to slowly dip at a rate of around 1 percent per year. Testosterone helps to maintain number of important bodily functions in men including sex drive, sperm production, muscle mass/strength, fat distribution, bone density and red blood cell production. So it’s decrease can bring about both physical and emotional changes. Depression also has been linked to men with low testosterone.

The low limit of testosterone levels in men is about 300 nanograms per deciliter and the upper normal limit is approximately 1000-1200 ng/dl.

Men still perceive seeking healthcare as a link to their vulnerability, with which they’re very uncomfortable.

Symptoms of low Testosterone  include

Change in sleep patterns, Reduced sex drive (low libido), Sexual dysfunction, Infertility, Emotional changes, Decreased strength and Weight gain

A blood test for testosterone can reveal the amount of testosterone circulating in blood.

Testosterone Therapy

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Things you didn’t know were making you Fat

It turns out that it may not be only your appetite that need to be blamed for your increased waistline.

Are you one among those who has decided to lose weight by cutting down on Burgers, Cakes, Chocolates and Sugars. Even after quitting all junks are you still battling weight issue. It turns out that it may not be only your appetite that need to be blamed for your increased waistline.

Though changes in the way we eat and physical activity levels are the primary factors behind weight increase, other aspects of our lifestyle can also make a contribution.

Pay attention to these points and gain back your fit and healthy body

Pay attention to these points and gain back your fit and healthy body

Are you not sleeping enough

Research suggests that sleepless nights don’t just make you moody the next day—they could also damage your waistline.

Sleep loss could lead to weight gain, says sleep disorder specialist Michael Breus. When we get too little sleep, our metabolism slows down to conserve energy. That slowdown triggers the release of the hormone cortisol, which increases appetite.You head straight to kitchen in search of more food.

Sleep loss also causes our bodies to release more another hormone that signals hunger, ghrelin, and less leptin, the hormone that tells your stomach that it’s full. As a result body signals for more food and lacks the sensitivity to know when to stop eating. Also being awake more hours gives you more time to snack.

Are you always in Fight or Flight mood

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The healing power of Menstrual blood: it’s no longer a curse !

So ‘those 5 days’ are no longer a curse but life giving !!!!. Women be Proud

 

Did you knew that Stem cells in menstrual blood have similar properties as the stem cells in Umbilical cord blood and Bone marrow.

So ‘those 5 days’ are no longer a curse but life giving !!!!. Women be Proud

Periods which people around looked down can turn into a boon to you and your genetically related family members.

Though everyone knows (I like to believe) that Menstruation stands for a healthy status, bleeding every month down yonder is considered as a dirty stuff by large number of population, both men and women.

So now stand up and say, that this ‘dirty stuff’ can be a ‘life saver’ for your family.

Researchers have found that uterine lining, or endometrium, is a rich source of adult stem cells.  Adult stem cells from menstrual blood were capable of differentiating into 9 lineages: cardiomyocytic, respiratory epithelial, neurocytic, myocytic, endothelial, pancreatic, hepatic, adipocytic, and osteogenic.

Researchers have found that uterine lining, or endometrium, is a rich source of adult stem cells

Benefits:

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The Journey of Motherhood

Giving birth is a great adventure which only a woman can experience

What is it to be like a mother….Every women who has traveled this journey would agree that they are no longer the same women after pregnancy – physically and emotionally. Pregnancy lasts an average of 266 days (38 weeks) and leaves a lasting imprint.  An in depth awareness about this journey would for sure equip women wishing to be mothers and would make women who are already mothers respect their body and health and make them feel more happy and empowered. Also an understanding about what happens in majority of women would help one to seek help when needed.

A woman is going to carry a life form for whole nine months. it’s a remarkable journey. Body undergoes many obvious and subtle changes. These changes are needed to support the fetal development and prime the mother towards labor. Ribcage will widen,  tummy will stretch, and  organs will shift around to make room for your growing uterus.

Pregnancy lasts an average of 266 days (38 weeks) and leaves a lasting imprint.

Breast Changes: Cup size to Color to Colostrum release

Breasts may start to grow as early as week six, and will continue till the end of the pregnancy. Most women find that their bra size increases at least a cup size during first pregnancy. An increased supply of blood to the breasts along with the quick growth of milk ducts would make breast more tender and sometimes pain develops. By third trimester Colostrum, a watery pre-milk, may leak from nipples. Hormonal changes during pregnancy also shape nipples so that baby can more easily latch on.

Skin changes: Glow to acne to stretch marks

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Genetically Modified Mustard coming soon in India

Genetically modified

India’s central biotech regulator, Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), cleared the genetically modified (GM) Mustard for commercial cultivation and recommended its approval to the environment ministry.

The mustard hybrid was developed with transgenic technologies by a team led by Deepak Pental, professor of Genetics at Delhi University.

Only the second food crop to get clearance from the central regulator

All eyes on Environment minister Anil Madhav Dave

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Cosmetic Surgery : Go under the Knife

Are we moving towards a world where we will have to ask “how could so many people look so beautiful, but so similar?”

Chinese Students are Now Getting Plastic Surgery to Ace Job Interviews

Students in China are seeking the help of plastic surgeons with hopes that enhancing their physical appearance can give them better chances at job interviews.  Students were greatly influenced by their parents who undergo cosmetic procedures themselves.

Did Shania Twain Get Plastic Surgery?

The doctors suggest that Shania had regular Botox and filler injections and also underwent a nonsurgical treatment that uses ultrasound waves to tighten and tone skin.

Are we moving towards a world where we will have to ask “how could so many people look so beautiful, but so similar?”

According to the Huffington Post, 91% of plastic surgery patients are women and only 9% are men. Majority of women are interested in breast implants and rhinoplasty, while men commonly ask for non-invasive procedures, such as Botox for a youthful appearance, or surgical procedures to combat common fat deposit areas, such as the stomach.

Cosmetic procedures are on the rise. Removing fat from places where it is unwanted and injecting it to shore up a sagging chin, buttock or breast is a big trend. Patients aren’t shy about what they’re tweaking

The surgery is carried out to reshape patients features based on a set of beauty standards, which are accepted by the cultural-societal perception of beauty of each geographical region.

What is Cosmetic Surgery ?

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Medical Tourism: Traveling Beyond Borders for Health and Pleasure

Medical tourism is defined as the enhancement or restoration of the individual’s health through medical intervention by organized travel outside one’s natural healthcare jurisdiction.

Patients needing major heart surgery, hip operations , cataracts or even looking for breast augmentation, nose job, body contouring  are using the internet to book operations to be carried out thousands of miles away.

Around 8-9 million patients from across the world travel overseas each year to avail treatment. The worldwide medical tourism market is growing at a rate of 15-25%

  • Singapore is the most thriving medical tourism center in the South East
  • In Latin AmericaPanama and Costa Rica  are becoming well-known tourist spots for medical travelers
  • Mexico being close to the US is now one of the top rated medical tourism destinations.
  • Malaysia is also a famous destination for medical tourists and travelers
  • Another hot spot for medical tourism is India
  • Seoul in South Korea is the plastic surgery capital of the world
  • South Africa is the first country in Africa to emerge as a medical tourism destination
  • India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand are well-established destinations for patients seeking cardiac surgery and orthopaedic surgery
  • Italy, already recognized as a major travel destination, offers medical tourists the opportunity to combine treatment with a vacation of a lifetime
  • The Malaysian government provides flexible ease of entry for foreign patients entering Malaysia for treatment where visa for medical tourists are extended if needed, from 30 days to 90 days
  • Thailand hospitals are among the first in Asia to be internationally accredited. To date, there are 37 hospitals accredited by JCI in Thailand
  • The uniqueness of India is its ability to offer holistic medical services such as unani, yoga, meditation, ayurveda, and homeopathic treatments

Medical  tourism is defined  as the enhancement or restoration of  the individual’s health through medical intervention by organized travel outside one’s natural healthcare jurisdiction.

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Help your children enjoy science: Parents buckle up

Help your children enjoy science

There is considerable concern regarding a future where industries around the world will face shortage of high quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers to meet the demands of the labor market. This is definitely a point of concern, especially since robots, AIs and chips would be running the future generation.

Leaving aside getting a job, even for a student of today, citizen of tomorrow to even comment on issues around them like what kind of robots should be employed at their office or home or what would be the impact of carbon foodprint or what technology should be applied to make their work done most efficiently, they must be aware of science and technology.

 It is important to invest in STEM education to ensure a future talent pipeline, it’s just as important to have a scientifically-literate population to understand why we need to do so. – Ron Mobed, CEO Elseveir

One day we’re going to look back and whatever this era will get called, it’s going to put a premium on math and science. We should prepare our future workforce differently. – Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM

Why is this happening ?

Currently Science learning is more of mugging up and boring with less focus on understanding it with appropriate reasoning and facts.

Would like to share a small story from Einstein’s life…..

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Hair loss: every man’s nightmare

 

We are going to see more bald men around us. Not a happy news.

Men are turning bald as early as in their 20s. This is definitely was not the case in our father’s generation where men in 40s walked around with a full crop of hair . About 85% of men will have major hair thinning by the time they’re  50. Some guys will start to lose theirs before they turn even 21.

Different ethnic groups show varying susceptibility levels to pattern baldness. Chinese, blacks and Native Americans are more likely to keep a full head of hair than whites.

Four main reasons that makes hair fall rate so bad: stress, bad habits, pollution and poor nutrition

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