Posted in Health, news, sex

“Smart Condom” pre-sales reach close to 100,000

Are condoms getting smarter?  The i.Con is a creation by British Condoms, a company from the UK, and using nano-chip technology it measures activity of the organ and allegedly can detect sexually transmitted illnesses.

Rather than it being an actual “condom”, it’s a ring that can be worn with a condom that gives users data on their girth, frequency of sex, velocity of thrusts, speed of thrusts, duration of sex, calories burned during sex and skin temperature.

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Apparently close to 100,000 have been preordered and will be sold in the coming months.

According to their website britishcondoms.uk/i-con-smart-condom.html :

i.Con will record:

–  Calories burnt during sexual intercourse

–  Speed of thrusts

–  Total number of thrusts

–  Frequency of sessions

–  Total duration of sessions

–  Average velocity of thrusts

–  Girth measurement

–  Different positions used (currently BETA testing – will have more info in a release coming soon)

–  Average skin temperature

This pedometer, or rather “penometer”, has sensors that pick up a variety of variables that can be uploaded to one’s computer.  Per the website, “utilizing a Nano-chip and sensors, i.Con will measure and remember a number  of different variables during your sessions. Once your session is completed, you will then be able to use the i.Con app to download your recent data which is paired to the device using Bluetooth technology. Once you have downloaded your data, the i.Con will automatically clear its memory making way for your next session. It’s extremely simple to use”.

It can be charged using a USB port and each charge lasts 6-8 hours.

According to Medical Daily these sensors will have the ability to pick up protein antigens that would be released by an infectious process including a sexually transmitted disease, including Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and Syphilis.

If this is true, i.Con could revolutionize our fight against various STI epidemics.  Syphilis is on the rise, and “SuperGonorrhea” may soon be untreatable due to its drug resistance. For those who don’t mind sharing, studies could be done looking at their sexual patterns and issues with erections.

It runs £59.99, or $80 US and the company is currently taking early bird registrations before the release date.  

Academically this could be hugely advantageous.  However, from a practical standpoint, I don’t see anyone older than 25 caring, let alone purchasing it.  Privacy concerns are raised as data can be shared using Bluetooth technology.

Plus smartphones get pretty warm…..sometimes catch fire and explode.  I’m not saying that would happen with this unit but how many men, or even women for that matter, would take their chances…..it seems easier to use, maybe, a radar gun?

 

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

Posted in food, Health, news

Mouthwash Use May Increase Risk of Diabetes

A new study finds twice daily mouthwash use increased risk of pre-diabetes and diabetes by 55%.

Researchers reviewed the data of 948 individuals who were either obese or overweight, apart of the San Juan Overweight Adults Longitudinal Study in Puerto Rico, and found over the three-year follow-up:

  • Participants who used mouthwash at least twice daily had 55 percent significantly increased risk of developing pre-diabetes or diabetes over a 3-year follow-up compared to less frequent users, and 49 percent higher risk compared to non-users of mouthwash
  • 30% of those studied developed either pre-diabetes or diabetes by the end of the period.

Now according to the study, 65% of those enrolled had poor dental health, so they might have been more inclined to using the mouthwash.  And since diabetes is a risk factor for periodontal disease, it’s no surprise that those with poor gums and teeth, due to diet and/or poor circulation, would be more at risk for diabetes.

Many use mouthwash to fight germs and plaque, freshen breath, and with fluoride to prevent cavities.  However, it does not replace bushing and flossing and its use should only complement good dental hygiene.

So why would mouthwash use increase diabetes risk?

Even though this study only found an association with those who mouthwash frequently and diabetes risk, the following could contribute to this finding:

  • Many sugary foods cause gum and tooth disease, hence those needing mouthwash more frequently may have poor diet choices.
  • High fat foods and eating large quantities, habits that contribute to diabetes, may leave one with frequent GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease, which causes bad breath.
  • Mouthwash may kill some of the good bacteria that help protect against obesity and diabetes.

 

A review of diabetes

Diabetes is a disease in which the body doesn’t utilize and metabolize sugar properly.  When we consume food, its broken down into proteins, nutrients, fats, water, and sugar. These components are necessary for cell growth and function.  They get absorbed in the small intestine and make it to the blood stream.   In order for a cell to utilize sugar, it needs the hormone insulin to help guide it in.  It’s similar to a key that fits in the keyhole of the “door” of the cell, opening it up so sugar can enter.  Insulin is produced in the pancreas, an organ that receives signals when one eats to release insulin in preparation of the sugar load coming down the pike.

Diabetes explained

So I imagine our mouth like a waiting room, the blood stream like a hallway, and the cells of the body the rooms along the hallway.  Insulin is the key to open the cells’ “doors” allowing sugar to enter.  If the sugar does not get in, it stays in the bloodstream “hallway” and doesn’t feed the cell.  Weight loss occurs, and individuals may become more thirsty as the sugar in the blood makes it fairly osmotic, something the body wants to neutralize, reduce.  The kidneys are going to want dump the excess sugar, so to do so, one would urinate more, again causing thirst.  So when a diabetic loses weight, urinates more frequently and becomes thirsty, you now understand why.

Type I vs. Type II vs. Type IIIc Diabetes

Type I Diabetes, previously called insulin dependent or Juvenile diabetes, occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin, possibly from the immune system destroying the cells that produce the hormone. When this occurs there is rapid weight loss and death could occur if the cells don’t get the sugar they need.  Insulin has to be administered regularly.

Type II Diabetes, previously called non-insulin dependent or adult-onset diabetes,  occurs in those who began with a fully functioning pancreas but as they age the pancreas produces less insulin, called insulin deficiency, or the insulin produced meets resistance.  This is the fastest growing type of diabetes in both children and adults.

Type IIIc diabetes may occur in individuals who suffered damage to their pancreas.  Inflammation/infection of the pancreas (pancreatitis), a pancreatic tumor, or surgery affecting the pancreas may destroy the beta cells that produce insulin.

Complications of Diabetes

Cardiovascular disease – Sugar is sticky, so it can easily add to atherosclerotic plaques.

Blindness – high sugar content draws in water to neutralize and small blood vessels in the eye can only take so much fluid before they burst.  Moreover, high blood sugar weakens blood vessels.

Kidney disease – the kidneys work overtime to eliminate the excess sugar. Moreover, sugar laden blood isn’t the healthiest when they themselves need nourishment.

Infections – pathogens love sugar. Its food for them.  Moreover blood laden with sugar doesn’t allow immune cells to work in the most opportune environment.

Neuropathy – nerves don’t receive adequate blood supply due to the diabetes-damaged blood flow and vessels, hence they become dull or hypersensitive causing diabetics to have numbness or pain.

Dementia – as with the heart and other organs, the brain needs healthy blood and flow.  Diabetes has been found to increase risk of Alzheimer’s as well.

 

What is insulin resistance?

Insulin resistance, if using our hallway and door analogy, is as if someone is pushing against the door the insulin is trying to unlock. As we know, those with obesity are at higher risk for diabetes, hence fat can increase insulin resistance.  It’s also been associated with an increase in heart disease.

Blood sugar numbers

If your fasting blood sugar (glucose) is greater than 126 mg/dl, or your non fasting blood sugar is greater than 200 mg/dl, you may be considered diabetic.  Pre-diabetes occurs when the fasting blood sugar is between 100 and 125 mg/dl.  If ignored, and the sugar rises, pre-diabetics may go on to develop diabetes.

 

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Preventing/Controlling Diabetes

1/3 of American adults are currently pre-diabetic.  Experts predict 1/3 of US Adults will be diabetic by the year 2050.  Although genetics plays a big role, decreasing ones sugar intake and maintaining an active lifestyle can help ward of diabetes.

Foods high in sugar and carbohydrates increase one’s risk, so a diet rich in vegetables and lean meats is preferred.

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

 

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Vietnam Vets May be Unknowingly Battling Deadly Parasites

Image above from Veronidae/Medical News Today

A study finds many Vietnam veterans may have contracted liver flukes decades ago that could now cause pancreatitis, liver disease and/or bile duct cancer.

The Department of Veterans Affairs commissioned a study that looked at bile duct cancer and liver flukes that may have been ingested by veterans while on tour in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.

This was in response to a story reported by the Associated Press in which 700 cases,of cholioangiocarcinoma, bile duct cancer, were seen in VA facilities over the last 15 years.

The current small study looked at 50 blood samples, finding 20% of which to be positive for liver flukes.  Most participants were not aware they were infected.  If infection did later lead to cancer, symptoms would come late in the diagnosis.

Tropical medicine specialist, Sung-Tae Hong, from Seoul National University in South Korea, stated he was “surprised” by the results and admits to more research needing to be done.

Cholioangiocarcinoma is still rare, however if Vietnam veterans are at increased risk due to their fish consumption while on duty, they need to be followed closely by their medical provider. Stool tests could be done to look for parasite eggs, and blood tests may look for antibodies fighting the infection.

What is a liver fluke?

Liver flukes are parasites that infect the liver and bile duct.  There are multiple species.  The disease Fasciola hepatica and Fasciola gigantica cause is called fascioliasis. Symptoms may range from none to severe liver disease.  But the liver flukes associated with bile duct cancer include Opisthorchis viverriniO. felineus, and Clonorchis sinensis.  According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs:

 The irritation and scarring caused by liver fluke infection can lead to bile duct cancer.

Two parasites are commonly involved. One is Opisthorchis verrini, which is found in Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The other is Clonorchis sinensis, which is common in rural areas of Korea and China.

Eating raw or undercooked fish infected with these parasites introduces the pathogen into the GI system where it can hide out in the liver and bile ducts for decades.

In 2007, Sripa et al discussed how close to 600 million people were at risk of being infected with liver flukes.

In 2011, Lim et al wrote, “More than 35 million people worldwide are infected. The exceptionally high incidence of cholangiocarcinoma in Thailand and Korea is attributed to the high prevalence of liver fluke infection in these areas.”

How does one get contract liver flukes?

In addition to ingesting undercooked contaminated fish, liver flukes can infect multiple mammals, such that eating infected cattle or sheep liver (if undercooked) could transmit the parasite.  Ingesting vegetables washed with contaminated water could introduce the fluke into a person as well.

Medical News Today recommends boiling all untreated water and to avoid water from a stream near where cattle and sheep live.

What are the symptoms of infection with liver flukes?

Although some people with liver flukes may exhibit no symptoms at all, some may incur:

  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Jaundice – yellowing of the skin and whites of eyes
  • Itchy skin
  • Weight loss

What is the prognosis of cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer)?

According to cancer.net, the 5 year survival, meaning living 5 years past diagnosis, is 30%, assuming the cancer stays locally.  If the cancer spreads to regional lymph nodes prognosis  for 5 year survival drops to 24%. Distant spread of the cancer reduces the 5 year survival rate to 2%.

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What is the treatment for liver flukes?

Antiparasite medications, such as triclabendazole, have proven effective against Fasciola. Praziquantel has been effective in fighting Opisthorchis infections.

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

 

 

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David Cassidy dies, age 67.

“Partridge Family” and 70’s teen heart-throb, David Cassidy, has passed away from liver and kidney failure.

Jo-Ann Geffen, president and CEO of JAG Entertainment, said in the following statement, “David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years”.

The 67-year-old had been awaiting a transplant when he fell into multi organ failure a few days prior.

Earlier this year, Cassidy had fallen off the stage during a performance in California and revealed to People Magazine he was suffering dementia.

He had multiple drunk driving offenses and in 2015 was charged with a hit-and-run while intoxicated.  In the latter case, he was given two years probation and his licence was suspended until 2021.

Cassidy has been very open about his battle with drug and alcohol addiction, both of which have been linked to liver and kidney failure as well as early dementia.

David Cassidy rose to fame playing Keith Partridge in the hit 70’s show, The Partridge Family.  He became a teen sensation overnight and pop idol with songs such as “I Think I Love You.”

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What causes multiple organ failure?

Multiple organ failure, or multi-organ failure, or Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS), can be caused by a variety of factors.  Sepsis, or blood infection, is the most common cause.  Yet trauma, inflammation, or lack of blood flow to the organs can cause them to fail as well.

Mortality rate ranges anywhere from 30-100%.

SIRS (Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome), without a definitive cause, can cause hypoperfusion and hypotension causing lack of blood flow to the organs inducing failure.

So infection, ischemia (lack of blood flow), inflammation can all trigger an organ or multiple organs to malfunction.

To treat MODS, critical care needs to be instituted immediately to maintain blood flow and oxygen to the organs while the cause is being determined.  If the liver and kidneys cannot recover, organ transplant may be considered.

This is a developing story.

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

Posted in Christmas, food, Health, news

The Holidays and the In-laws: Your Step by Step Guide

 

The holidays are here!! Good food, no school, no work, and most of all….. family!!

For many this is the happiest time of the year!

For some…..the most dreaded…

This is your very rare and valuable time off, and you have to spend all of it with people who don’t like you and you’re not particularly fond of. Four to 7 days of staying with family, (especially if they don’t let you stay a hotel and insist you stay with them), can be more than many can bear.

So here are some steps you can take to make the holidays easier.

1. Huddle up

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Usually your spouse wants to avoid controversy just as much as you do.  Before the encounter, huddle up and create a strategy for:

a.  How to deal with insults

b.  How to take a break – take the car to go grab some last-minute Thanksgiving necessities

c.  Where you get to sit at the table

d.  Potential arguments regarding the children and their upbringing

2.  Try to get a hotel room

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This gives you the much-needed reprieve at the end of the day.  However, if the family insists you stay with them and 4 nights at Hotel Hell are just too much to bear, plan a “sneak away” for an evening with your wife and tell the Grandparents they will host the kid’s slumber party.  Remember to thank them for the huge favor they are doing allowing you and the wife a much needed night away “from the kids” …wink…wink…..

3.  Football

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Thank Heavens the Cowboys are playing this Thanksgiving.  Usually there is someone else in the family just as sane as you are when it comes to football, so you can immediately partner with him to get the television on and the game playing.  Although this may only give you a 15 minute “out” of the family festivities, its 15 minutes of pure euphoria.

4.  Remember you have sciatica

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The most difficult part of Thanksgiving/Christmas is sitting at a table for hours and usually trapped, physically, because the chairs are pushed together so tight that you can’t push out the chair. If you ever, ever, ever had an issue with your back, knee, leg, muscle, or even pinky toe, use this as an excuse to heave the table forward so you can get up and stretch your legs.  Slowly limp over to the living room where hopefully you left the football game on……

5.  Get called to work

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No in-law can or wants to take on your boss.  So during the 7 day stent, politely excuse yourself if you need to go onto a computer, make a phone call, or drive 60 miles away for “work”.  Make sure your spouse is on board with this one……

6.  Have “diarrhea”

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You get to leave the room and no one wants to be near you.  You just gained escaping 3-5 times/hour since you need to “run” to the bathroom.

7.  Inform the family you feel a cold coming on

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Don’t jinx yourself but this gets you out of hugs, and sloppy lipstick kisses…..

 

 

Ok this gives you a well-coordinated exit plan but what happens if they are on to you?  How do you deal with the remaining, 3 days, 23 hours and 45 minutes?

1.  Don’t take it personally

When the insults and digs come, don’t feel like these personal attacks need to stick.  You have enough people in your life telling you your shortcomings.  The in-laws are either being redundant or telling you something that doesn’t hold true.

2.  You’re not alone

Millions of adults are in the exact same position as you at the same moment in time.  You’re not alone.  Just sneak a peek on facebook and you’ll scroll through hundreds of “Ugh!!!!”s………..

3.  Make a game of it

Bet your wife or coworker that you will get the most insults over the holiday than they will and write down or note every time it happens. The more it occurs, you win.  Compare notes or use it as a “get out jail free card” with your spouse.

4.  Have a happy place

Negotiate with your spouse prior to the holiday a “free day” or “free weekend” that you will earn upon completion of a 7 day holiday with the in-laws.  Plan and fantasize about this reward throughout your tour of duty to make the path easier

5.  Bring the pets

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Since you are usually outnumbered during these family events, why not have non humans come to your aid.  Dogs need to be walked, cats need to be chased, so this gives you an out and gives you a much-needed buddy during the hard times.

 

Look, it’s not easy, but remember why you’re there.  For YOUR family.  Your spouse and kids need to spend the holidays with you so grin and bear it.  And remember you may be luckier than the average guy.  He could be spending the WHOLE WEEK!  Ahhh, you DO have something to be thankful for.  Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

 

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Sex Improves with Vasectomy

WARNING:  Graphic medical image and content below

 

A study finds men who have had a vasectomy report stronger erections, more frequent orgasms and increased sex drive.

Reported by Askmen.com and Daily Mail, researchers from Frankfurt University studied 294 couples and found men who had undergone a vasectomy reported having a 12.4% increase in sex frequency.

Researchers believe that the stress of getting one’s partner pregnant is a dampening factor in erections, orgasms and frequency, hence those with a vasectomy could be more free.

Condom use has also been known to interfere with orgasms and erections.

Female satisfaction was noted not to be hindered by vasectomy as well.

So does the anxiety of getting one pregnant supersede the anxiety of getting a vasectomy?  Probably not.

According to WebMD, 500,000 vasectomies are performed each year, accounting for 9% of sexually active men in the US. So its not as popular a procedure as one would think.

A vasectomy is an outpatient procedure in which the medical provider cuts and seals the vas deferens, or tube transmitting sperm from the testicles.  The semen then is devoid of sperm and renders the man infertile.

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The procedure takes about 15-30 minutes and most men can return to work within a few days.

The no scapel technique requires a tiny opening to draw out the vas deferens in order for the physician to cut and tie off and usually no sutures/stitches are required.

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At the 3 month mark, or 20 ejaculates, most semen will be free of sperm, but testing will be done until infertility is confirmed.

20 of every 10,000 couples may still become pregnant but vasectomies are overall found to be 99% effective.

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

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David Cassidy is in Multi-Organ Failure

“Partridge Family” and 70’s teen heart-throb, David Cassidy, has been admitted to a Florida hospital in multi-organ failure.

The 67-year-old is reportedly in an induced coma and is awaiting a transplant.  Multiple reports have suggested he’s waiting for a kidney and some state a liver transplant.

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Earlier this year, Cassidy had fallen off the stage during a performance in California and revealed to People Magazine he was suffering dementia.

He had multiple drunk driving offenses and in 2015 was charged with a hit-and-run while intoxicated.  In the latter case, he was given two years probation and his licence was suspended until 2021.

Cassidy has been very open about his battle with drug and alcohol addiction, both of which have been linked with liver and kidney failure.  Its been unclear what treatment the actor has had after his arrests and probation.

What causes multiple organ failure?

Multiple organ failure, or multi-organ failure, or Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS), can be caused by a variety of factors.  Sepsis, or blood infection, is the most common cause.  Yet trauma, inflammation, or lack of blood flow to the organs can cause them to fail as well.

Mortality rate ranges anywhere from 30-100%.

SIRS (Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome), without a definitive cause, can cause hypoperfusion and hypotension causing lack of blood flow to the organs inducing failure.

So infection, ischemia (lack of blood flow), inflammation can all trigger an organ or multiple organs to malfunction.

To treat MODS, critical care needs to be instituted immediately to maintain blood flow and oxygen to the organs while the cause is being determined.  If the liver and kidneys cannot recover, organ transplant may be considered.

This is a developing story.

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician