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Women choosing to undergo fertility treatment have the risk of multiple conceptions. Some women may like the idea of having more than one baby at once but it may not be good for their health or for the babies.  Why are the odds higher with IVF? During the IVF process, the specialist prepares several embryos to implant in the uterus. This is to maximize the chances of pregnancy as not all of the embryos will take. Many embryos have chromosomal abnormalities, which means they aren’t viable. However, there is a chance that more than one embryo will take. In days gone by, it was difficult to assess the quality of embryos which is why specialists chose to transfer ...
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When you’re searching health-related articles online related to testosterone, you may have heard the term D-Aspartic Acid. This amino acid is one of the forms of testosterone given during testosterone replacement therapy. But you may not know why.  D-Aspartic Acid is high in vitamin D. A deficiency of vitamin D has been linked to low testosterone. However, though this information has been known for some time, new studies performed by two Danish researchers indicate that Vitamin D and low testosterone may be more closely linked than previously believed.  We get the majority of our vitamin D from sunlight, food and supplements. For most men, increasing how ...
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Grandparents hold a special place in our hearts for the bond that we share with them is like no other. We learn the first feelings of selflessness, love, and caregiving with grandparents. The childhood trips to grandparent’s town during the summer break are some of the most memorable moments.  Unfortunately, as we grow up, our grandparents grow older and a lot starts to change. We get busy studying, working, and leading our lives that spending time with them reduces considerably. Our first teachers deserve a special tribute. They deserve a heartfelt thank you and unconditional love that they never stopped giving. If you are wondering how to write a tribute ...
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When faced with a worldwide pandemic like the one we're currently in, you're not only considering how to travel safely but whether it's even a good idea to travel at all. Although vaccines are now available, it doesn't mean the virus is gone. In fact, the number of infections continues to rise across the world. Although going on vacation in 2021 is possible, it's not exactly the ideal year for travel. You'll need to do some serious planning and   take precautions . Even so, the risk will only be reduced, not eliminated. And the more you avoid other people, the safer you'll be. If you're the kind of person that likes vacations with a lot more solitude than ...
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Few people are not subjected to tragedy and how life-altering it can be at some stage of their lives. A sudden loss or change in circumstances can cause you to lose focus on everyday activities. It takes longer to get things done than it did before, and you wander around in a fog. The inability to focus is a challenge after a tragic event as the brain is consumed by it. However, things need to return to normal, and here are some tips for getting there: Get help People work through tragedy differently, and there is no timeline or textbook set of responses that you should adhere to. Refocusing might be easier with professional help from Interactive Counselling. ...
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If you are a gym novice, the entire process might seem overwhelming. Walking into a gym and seeing all that shiny, fancy equipment will probably leave you feeling even more confused. However, do not let this be a deterrent to achieving your fitness goals. There is a lot to learn about the gym before even getting there. Here is some advice to get you started: Making choices Before you go ahead and purchase a gym membership, look at your current fitness and health status. Pre-existing conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure, do not rule gym out but should factor into your fitness program.  Ask your doctor about any limits they ...
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If you want to boost your immune system, you must help your body fight off ailments. It’s easier said than done to   boost your immune system , but there are some diets and lifestyle changes you can make and strengthen your body, while fighting harmful pathogens. Here’s how you can strengthen your immune system naturally.  Get enough sleep Sleep plays a vital role in maintaining optimal health. Studies have been made on hundreds of adults who slept for less than 6 hours per night. The results were unbelievable – those who sleep less per night are more prone to catch a cold than those who fully-rest at night. Getting enough sleep will strengthen ...
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What Is Astelin Nasal Spray

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Astelin (generic name: Azelastine Hydrochloride, brand name: Astepro) is an antihistamine that's used to relieve nasal symptoms like runny/itching/stuffy nose, sneezing, and post-nasal drip caused by short-term seasonal allergies, year-round allergic rhinitis (hay fever), or other nasal conditions. Astelin is recommended for adults and children who are at least 12 years of age. Astelin was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996 to treat seasonal allergic rhinitis and in 2000 as a treatment for vasomotor rhinitis, also known as nonallergic rhinitis. Astepro differs from astelin in that it contains azelastine HCL, the active ingredient ...
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In such a highly competitive market, every person is looking for ways that help them stand out from the common crowd. One of the ways to do it is by enhancing your mental capacity of noticing, understanding, and retaining essential things. Nootropics , more commonly known as   smart drugs , are synthetic or natural substances used to further enhance mental performance in physically healthy people. In recent days, they have quickly gained popularity, given their ability to boost memory, enhance focus, expand creativity, and improve intelligence and motivation.  What Are The Best Nootropics Right Now? Do Nootropics actually work, though - or are they ...
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5 Ways to Increase Life Expectancy

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We all want to live happy, healthy, and long lives. Yet there are things we do and avoid doing that decrease your life expectancy. Your DNA is not the only thing that determines how long you live.  You do not need to do any fancy or expensive methods to increase your life expectancy since there are simple and accessible ways to do so. Here are five ways to increase your life expectancy. Eat a healthy and balanced diet The first way to increase your life expectancy is to eat a healthy and proper diet. Your diet should consist of a proper balance between the three macronutrients: proteins, fat, and carbohydrates. Avoid eating too many foods high in fat ...
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Benefits of Assisted Care for Seniors

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Seniors go through challenging moments when deciding to move to a home for assisted living. It could be hard living in your house, which you have occupied for years, and going to start fresh in an unfamiliar environment.  Family members must discuss and come to an agreeable conclusion before releasing their senior member to an assisted care home. The benefit is enormous and the senior member will see the worth once they settle into the new home and begin receiving the following benefits.  Ready help whenever needed Assisted living home care members get help whenever they need it. Their caregiver aids them when they need an escort to their rooms, to the ...
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Insomnia Home Remedies You Must Try

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At least one person in every three suffers insomnia at one time in their lifetime. Insomnia is mainly caused by life challenges like loss of a job, financial strain, mental stress or family challenges that create anxiety.  Insomnia is a major contributor to road accidents and depression. People who suffer from insomnia become less productive at work and may lack concentration in their work stations due to sleeplessness. There are home remedies that can help you overcome insomnia.  Use a mattress that aid in insomnia relief Several factors can make your sleep be cut short and make you remain awake at night. Allergies caused by sweat and dust on your ...
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The next time you’re sitting around wondering if you have enough time for a workout, ask yourself if you have 4 seconds. As people across America and the globe find themselves huddled indoors due to self-quarantine and stay-at-home orders, getting physical exercise may seem daunting to many. However, a  new study  from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin suggests that even small bouts of intense exercise can help offset some of the harmful effects of extended periods of sitting. Additionally, these micro workouts also appear to offer different benefits than some longer workouts when done throughout the day. Small workouts, big benefits Edward F. ...
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Dear Members, A 76 year old couple with no major medical history are going on a trip to Africa. They fly from Miami ,Florida to Barcelona, Spain to spend a few days with their family. Then they fly to Nairobi, Kenya to change planes for a flight to Cape Town , SA. From South Africa they will go on a train to Tanzania and continue on a safari trip . This trip also includes a visit to the Victoria Falls. It seems to me that this travel should not require a YF vaccine for this older couple. However, I'm worried that they may run into a problem with authorities in SA or Tanzania because of the transit through Nairobi. They may not have much problem in SA ...
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Travel Health Pacifica

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This is my first article for the new chapter for my blog Travel Health Pacifica as member of the International Society of Travel Medicine. I have been blogging since 2007. My first blog can be see here : Click on this link: I have not yet decided yet the theme for the blog posts but my articles will focus on providing health information for travellers to Papua New Guinea and other smaller pacific island countries. I will also publish articles about health issues affecting locals who work in the travel industry in PNG what impact travellers have had on their health in general. My field of expertise is infectious disease, tropical medicine, medical ...
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INFO ON PROFESSIONAL AND INTEREST GROUPS First, each professional and interest group will have a special table in the main ISTM booth in the exhibition – anyone is invited to stop by and chat with group leaders and learn what the groups are doing anytime the exposition is open. On Sunday, 24 May from 13.00 to 17.00 there are thre pre-CISTM courses: Pharmacist Professional Group: “A Focused Review of Some Topics in Travel Health for Pharmacists” Pediatrics Interest Group: “Challenges in PreTravel Preparation of Children with Special Needs” Psychological Health of Travellers Interest Group: “Expatriates and Lethal Health Threats ...
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Budgeting for the Unexpected

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On a recent trip my husband required emergency surgery for a detached retina. Due to the injection of gas into the globe we were unable to fly and found ourselves grounded for an additional two weeks. Our personal resources were able to meet the challenges of additional travel, food and housing expenses not covered by the insurance but I started to think about budget minded travelers, especially younger adventurers who may not have similar resources. So in addition to advising travelers to get medical and evacuation insurance I briefly discuss the need for a financial backup plan to access additional funds as needed to cover such delays.
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Software for travel medicine clinics has been important to me for many years. For over 16 years I was the COO of Tropical Medicine Bureau in Dublin, Ireland; when I started we had just 2 clinics, which I helped grow to over twenty by opening additional clinics and developing a franchise style agreement with local clinics. Even if we had just one clinic, we would have needed some software to help us manage our patients, the vaccines we scheduled for them, create invoices and so on. Having multiple centres and franchisees increased that need. Just one example is that we had to be able to quickly train medical staff and ensure they stuck to the protocols ...
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I took Module 1 (Introduction to Global Public Health) of this 4-module course at the end of June. It's offered every summer (~end of June-end of July) by the West Virginia University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education and the Global Health Program. The course can be taken in person at the Health Sciences Center on campus in Morgantown WV or online. I took it in person and thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with the faculty (they were stellar) and other students. Morgantown is lovely in the summertime, especially with 2/3 of the students off campus! For more info on this very worthwhile course, check out their site: www.hsc.wvu/som/tropmed/Tropical-Medicine-Course/ ...
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Tourist Tracking System

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Mahabir Pun, an award winning social entrepreneur from Nepal, has developed a tracking device called E-tag (Entity Tag) and known as a Tourist Tracking System (TTS). The device is being tested in the Ghandruk-Ghodepani area of the Annapurna foot trail in Nepal. Funded by the Asia-Pacific Tele Community in Bangkok, Thailand the tags are designed to locate lost trekkers. Read more here: http://www.nepalwireless.net/newsdetail.php?id=6 #TipsandRecommendations
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