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Does Emergency Contraception Work for Everyone?

Millions of women around the world rely on birth control to keep them protected from unwanted pregnancy. Despite widespread accessibility and education, life does happen, and sometimes women must rely on an emergency contraceptive to ensure that they will not get pregnant after unprotected sex. The fear remains however, that the medication might not do its job as intended.

According to an article from SELF, whether or not emergency contraception is effective for women who have a slightly higher body mass index has been under speculation for years. In a study referenced from 2011, women with a BMI over 25 were found more likely to get pregnant after ingesting an EC pill. Though the study only took around 3,400 women into consideration, it sparked questions about the effectiveness of such medication, especially considering that the average adult BMI is 26.5, according to Livestrong.

Ella, which acts as an anti-progestin, unlike other emergency contraceptive pills on the market, shows no statistical evidence that weight is a crucial factor in its effectiveness, according to the SELF article. However, it’s still a factor to be considered. “Weight should be a consideration for everyone purchasing emergency contraception,” according to Dr. Rebecca Stone from the University of Georgia. “It’s one of several factors that doctors and pharmacists take into account when walking patients through their options.” Despite these worries, Stone recommends to SELF Mag that women should still take their emergency contraceptive if needed, since there’s no statistically significant reason not to.

There are still ongoing studies to determine what other factors may contribute to the effectiveness of emergency contraceptives or other birth control medications. If you’re worried that your medication will not work for you, consult your physician to learn more about your options.

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Avoiding Hair Loss: Is It Possible?

A seemingly inevitable part of aging, you may feel that avoiding hair loss is a lost cause.The reality is that although halting or reversing hair loss seems impossible, there are many preventative methods men can implement to minimize and slow down balding.

Prescription medications like Finasteride and Propecia have proven most effective. Though these drugs slow down hair loss, they can’t stop or reverse it completely –  The focus is to strengthen the hair that is left. So what other options are there? Easy lifestyle style changes like these can help prevent the balding you’re fearing become a reality:

  • Stress can play a major  role in male hair loss . Controlling that stress and exercising regularly can help subside rapid balding.
  • According to Men’s Health, a deficiency in Vitamin D could also play a part in hair loss. In turn, it’s more common to shed more hair in the winter months. Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D through supplements or direct sunlight.  
  • If possible, avoid brushing or combing your hair when wet, as you’ll increase the chances of premature hair loss by excess tugging and pulling.
  • Smoking cigarettes can slow hair growth and weaken follicles as it reduces blood flow to your scalp! Consider quitting or try reducing how much you smoke and you may see a difference in hair loss. Chantix can help you kickstart your journey to quitting.
  • If you have longer hair, avoid pulling it back into buns or ponytails, as the constant wear will eventually lead to overall hair loss.
  • Side effects of other medication you are taking may include hair loss, which could be the underlying cause of dramatic or premature balding.

If nothing seems to work, medication may be your next step. Speak to a physician at KwikMed to see if prescription medications are right for you and your hair loss. Learn more here: https://www.kwikmed.com/



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So Long Viagra?

Until recently, being diagnosed with erectile dysfunction left men with limited options for treatment. Most have turned to Viagra, helping men get or keep an erection during sexual activity. The drug, though the most popular treatment option, is expensive and provides short-term results. A new study from Denmark however, suggests that new research and technology may actually open the door to better, more effective treatment that will allow you to do away with that pill bottle for good.

According to Newsweek, the study involved stem cells from the participant’s abdomen being injected into the base of the penis. Though the study focused on “men whose prostate glands have been removed due to cancer” further research will conclude if this stem cell injection is effective long-term for “men struggling with ED caused by aging as well as health conditions, such as heart disease.” Results have been positive, with the first eight who have undergone treatment having successfully restored their sexual function. According to the article, full results are pending for the study which included 70 participants.

If that research comes back strong, this will be good news to men who suffer with erectile dysfunction. According to the Cleveland Clinic, nearly 52% of men will experience impotence at some point in their lives. Though this new research gives hope to the 30 million who suffer with ED, there is a still a long way to go before stem cell injections become the norm for treatment.

Until then, Viagra still reigns as the most popular treatment for ED, along with lifestyle changes and therapy. A generic version of Viagra known as Sildenafil, has hit the market making it easier for men to afford the pill. If you’re struggling to find a solution for your ED, KwikMed can help you find a method that’s right for you.



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New Study: Viagra May Have Other Health Benefits

Viagra is widely known as a treatment for erectile dysfunction in men, but a new study suggests that it can actually have other health benefits as well.

The study, now published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research and supported by the National Cancer Institute, suggests that small daily doses of Viagra may actually reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer affects both the colon and the rectum, and according to Medical News Today, is “the third most commonly diagnosed form of cancer overall; around 1 in 22 men and 1 in 24 women are likely to develop it at some point.”

The study was conducted on a group of mice that received very small doses of sildenafil (generic Viagra) in their water daily. Over time, the size of their tumors decreased about 50%. Researchers found that sildenafil actually raises levels of cyclic guanosine monophosphate, or cGMP, which allows muscle cells, pituitary cells and retinal cells to function properly. This “suppressed some of the cells that were proliferating in excess in the gut. A second beneficial effect of the Viagra increased cGMP was that it aided the natural process of abnormal cell death and elimination,” as described by Medical News Today.

Though human trials have yet to be conducted, doctors have high hopes that these findings can reduce the number of people suffering with colorectal cancer. Learn more about Viagra and how to find out if it’s right for you here: https://www.kwikmed.com/



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Emergency Contraception Myths: Busted

There’s no doubt that Emergency Contraception is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after engaging in unprotected sex. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths associated with ECP’s (emergency contraception pills) that cause confusion for women who may be in need of a quick solution. Here are our Emergency Contraception myths, busted:  

ECP’s cause abortion. False. According to the World Health Organization, ECP’s do not impact an already established pregnancy, but rather prevent a pregnancy from ever implanting in the uterus. This is why taking your pill as soon as possible after having unprotected sex is your best bet (within 5 days).

The more you take an ECP, the less effective it will be. False. According to Insider, if you follow the instructions, your ECP will be just as effective the first time as it will be the tenth or twentieth time. However, they are more effective the sooner you take it after unprotected sex, so keep that in mind when delaying your purchase.

An emergency contraceptive will make you very sick. Well, it depends. Common side effects include nausea, headache, dizziness, and vomiting, but every woman and body is different.

Taking an ECP will make it harder to get pregnant in the future. False. No studies have shown that an emergency contraceptive will harm fertility or lessen chances of getting pregnant in the future, so you’re in the clear.

Emergency contraception is hard to get. False. There are dozens of generic ECP’s on the market available at pharmacies or local clinics. We offer Ella, a newer pill that requires a prescription which can be issued online through KwikMed.

 

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Chantix Is Safe For Your Heart, New Study Suggests

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that Pfizer’s Chantix, a smoking cessation drug, is safe for your heart — a big relief for smokers, doctors, and treatment facilities alike.

8,000 smokers were randomly assigned Chantix and three other similar cessation medicines for 12 weeks, while an extended study followed 2,400 participants for 12 months. According to WHNT News, ”there were five heart-related deaths and 22 nonfatal heart attacks and strokes, pretty evenly distributed among the four groups”, both during and after the treatment.

The findings conclude that Chantix, which blocks the effects of nicotine on the brain, is as safe for the heart as nicotine patches and placebo pills. By the end of the study, 34% of those taking Chantix had quit smoking, the most successful of the four treatment options tested.

Researchers noted that many of the participants did have high blood pressure and other risks for heart problems prior to the study. The findings are great news to doctors and treatment facilities for smoking addicts. “We now know it’s a lot safer to use these drugs to help people quit smoking than to continue smoking”, says Dr. Nancy Rigotti, from the Massachusetts General Hospital Tobacco Research and Treatment Center.

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Viagra: The Next Generation?

There has generally been a strong correlation between erectile dysfunction and old age, yet new studies suggest that Viagra is far from an old man’s drug.

Viagra, which has been on the market since 1998, has exclusively been thought of as a treatment for ED, usually for older men who are struggling with sexual performance. A new article from Healthline however, suggests that a younger generation is taking advantage of the drug’s performance enhancing benefits.

Though erectile dysfunction is rare for a young man, anxiety during sex is not. According to Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD, “When a man enters a relationship or a dating scenario these days, sex is not something that you shy away from, and it might be good or not. Sex is actually a component that could be a deal breaker for many of the relationships these days”. Though Viagra can help with the physical repercussion of such psychological barriers, it won’t fix them long-term. It will help them get an erection, but odds are they’ll still be nervous.

The Huffington Post cited studies that suggest that most young men who take Viagra “have the same ability to get erect as men who don’t take the drugs, they have less confidence in their erections and lower satisfaction with their sex lives”. Additionally, other young men may take the drugs recreationally, before drinking for example, to increase sexual performance even when the barrier isn’t psychological.

So is it safe? Though doctors note Viagra is a very safe drug, taking it recreationally has its risks. But if anxiety or stress is the problem, the blue pill can help and may be worth a shot.

If you have a psychological stressor that you think is having an effect on getting an erection, talk to your doctor or a physician at Kwikmed to see what options are best for you.



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Navigation Difficulties Could be Early Alzheimer’s Sign

businessman in the middle of a mazeScary news for those of us who have a difficult time figuring out where to go – this could be a very early sign of Alzheimer’s disease.

New research from a group at Washington University in St. Louis utilized computerized maze navigation to test those both with and without biomarkers for the disease.

The results led researchers to conclude that navigation difficulties do have a tie with disease risk.

Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s can be found by testing the brain and spinal fluids. These biomarkers can predict the development of the plaque that affects the hippocampus and caudate in the brain.

These areas of the brain are used for route learning, cognitive direction and map building. To measure the ability of these areas of the brain, a maze is sufficient.

These recent findings could allow health professionals to screen for and detect Alzheimer’s very early on and begin treating patients right away.

The study tested 42 clinically “normal” people with no biomarkers for Alzheimer’s, 13 with markers and 16 people with behavioral symptoms of early Alzheimer’s.

All participants were tested on their ability to navigate a virtual maze for town hours. There was an emphasis on seeing the users ability to learn and then follow a pre-set route. They were also tested on their ability to use a cognitive map.

Those with pre-clinical Alzheimer’s did worse than the normal group when it came to the tasks but they were able to overcome their issues and then preformed nearly on par with the normal group.

This could provide us with the incredibly valuable tool of early detection as we continue to move forward in search of a cure for the disease that impacts an estimated 5.4 million Americans.



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New Google Calendar Tool Schedules Gym Time

Time to Get Fit

If you are one of the millions who “would go to the gym but just don’t have the time,” you need to meet Google’s new Goals feature. Be warned, skipping the slotted gym time will not be without tough love.

Too often we have the best intentions of getting fit and yet when it comes to implementation in our daily lives we falter. Wouldn’t it be great if we had someone to give us that extra push? With Google’s Goals, you do.

Essentially all you need to do to utilize the new feature (available on iPhone or Android) is to choose a goal from their menu or set up your own custom goal. You will then be asked things like how often you want to work toward your goal and for how long each workout. You also can set what time of day is the best for you to reach your goal. And then, just like that, you will see workout time reserved in your calendar.

So what happens if you cancel that weekend session so that you can snooze a bit longer? Google Goals doesn’t just let you get away with it! Your workout will be moved to another time.

Ready to be held accountable? Then you are ready to hit your goals. Check out the new feature and let us know what you think! 



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Being Lonely Increases Your Heart Attack Risk

Single woman alone swinging on the beachYour emotions can impact your health and we now know that loneliness in particular puts you at a 29% higher risk of heart attack.

This study was published in the journal Heart and serves as a reminder that our social relationships strongly impact not only our emotional health but our physical health as well.

Lead researcher Nicole Valtorta, a research fellow from the University of York in the UK,  studied data from 23 completed studies which looked at around 181,000 healthy individuals.

The findings were that people experiencing loneliness had a 29% increased risk of heart disease and a 32% higher risk of having a stroke.

There are many reasons that being lonely impacts health but statistically those who are lonely tend not to be as physically active as their socially driven peers. They may also be more likely to smoke, see their doctor less often and have higher rates of obesity.

The anxiety of feeling alone also puts stress on the heart. It can also reduce the effectiveness of your immune system making it harder for your body to handle stress.

While it’s hard to have control over whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, you can attempt to put more emphasis on building your social relationships. Not only do these strong bonds help our hearts, but other aspects of our physical and mental health as well.

 



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