Battling against diabetes

January 12, 2012 by  
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Cricket exercise tips: Best warm up routine for cricketers!

November 30, 2011 by  
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Discover cool advices from Nagi, the Fitness Trainer of the the Royal Challengers Cricket Team of Bangalore. Play cricket like a Pro! Part 3 For Part 1/3, click: www.youtube.com For Part 2/3: www.youtube.com Check us on www.facebook.com and www.twitter.com

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Cricket fitness tips: BEST cricket training exercises!

November 29, 2011 by  
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www.mdhil.com – If you’re a Cricket lover you’ll enjoy our exercise series to get fit for the game! In this episode Push up, Bent Over roll and Plane plank exercises. Part 2/2. To go back to Part 1/2, visit: www.youtube.com Check us on www.facebook.com and www.twitter.com

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Baba Ramdev -Yoga for Pregnant Women – 1 (Hindi) – Yoga Health Fitness

November 24, 2011 by  
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Baba Ramdev -Yoga for Pregnant Women – 1 (Hindi) – Yoga Health Fitness. Key Yoga learnings for pregnant women who want to ward off ailments in their unborn children and seek aa healthy delivery. A complete routine, which enables the spiritual and holistic growth of the embryo inside a woman, is laid out in a lucid and detailed manner in this video. It also helps to imbibe the richness of the pranayams carried out in a subtle manner, the nutritious diet and simple home remedies to be partaken for illnesses during pregnancy. Click on www.rajshri.com to watch more Baba Ramdev Yoga videos and bring fitness and spirituality into your lives.

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Baba Ramdev -Yoga for Young Women (Hindi) – Yoga Health Fitness

November 3, 2011 by  
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Baba Ramdev -Yoga for Young Women (Hindi) – Yoga Health Fitness. This set contains Yoga exercises for women. The practice of the yogic exercises including Pranayam, acupressure and home remedies described in this video would enable a woman to effectively deal with problems like obesity, anaemia, reproductory disorders, depression, acne, hair loss, thyroid and many more. An array of asanas and home remedies for achieving a healthy mind, a beautiful body and a vibrant life for women. Click on www.rajshri.com to watch more Baba Ramdev Yoga videos and bring fitness and spirituality into your lives.

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Cricket Lovers: Exercise Tips for Pro Players – Part 2/3

October 21, 2011 by  
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www.mdhil.com – Discover cool advices from Nagi, the Fitness Trainer of the the Royal Challengers Cricket Team of Bangalore. Play cricket like a Pro! Part 2 For Part 1/3, click: www.youtube.com For Part 3/3: www.youtube.com Check us on www.facebook.com and www.twitter.com

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Mickey Mehta’s Health Tip (Leg toning exercises)

October 15, 2011 by  
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www.zoomtv.in Proper leg toning is very important. Do basic exercises like strengthening your calf muscles? All you have to do is life your heels off the ground and stay still in the same position and then bring them back to their original position. It helps increase the flexibility of the muscles. Watch the holistic health guru Mickey Mehta bring to you some tips on leg toning exercises. Subscribe to our Youtube channel now For the latest Bollywood news, gossip, celebrities, events, log on to http We invite you to join the Zoom Klub

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Cricket Lovers: Exercise Tips for Pro Players – Part 1/3

August 25, 2011 by  
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Baba Ramdev -Yoga for Pregnant Women – 2 (Hindi) – Yoga Health Fitness

June 27, 2011 by  
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Baba Ramdev -Yoga for Pregnant Women – 2 (Hindi) – Yoga Health Fitness. The second part of the ‘Yoga For Pregnant Women’ video describes the pranayams which are fine exercises that would complete the entire process of attaining a healthy delivery. Cures for pre- and post-natal depression, high blood pressure, weight gain, nausea and the like ailments during pregnancy, using readily available home remedies, is taught by Swami Ramdev-ji. Click on www.rajshri.com to watch more Baba Ramdev Yoga videos and bring fitness and spirituality into your lives.

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Baba Ramdev – Yoga To Increase Sperm Count In Men – English – Yoga Health Fitness

April 30, 2011 by  
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Watch Baba Ramdev – Yoga To Increase Sperm Count In Men – English – Yoga Health Fitness. This video is designed to help childless couples. Infertility is a problem that is on the rise and needs to be dealt with significance. Yoga techniques help you to redirect your attention to focus on yourself, your movement and your breathing. All of these elements merge to help you mitigate stress, feel more in tune with your body and facilitate to restore and balance out your body’s systems. This is exactly why many infertile couples have found yoga to be helpful for them. Click on www.rajshri.com to watch more Baba Ramdev Yoga videos and bring fitness and spirituality into your lives.

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Surrogacy: the new trend in reproductive tourism

February 14, 2011 by  
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Surrogacy, something which was quite taboo just a few years ago, has become quite acceptable, even mainstream. This may be partly due to the publicity that celebrities like Rick Martin to Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicole Kidman generated.

But for each surrogacy case, there are 2 sides to the coin: the “gestational carrier” (a term out of Kidman’s mouth) and the would-be parents. Although these roles are rather easy to define, the terms “biological parents”, “genetic parents” and “adoptive parents” are sometimes needed to clarify the issues. However, confusion remains so that there is need for us to look at the terminologies.

According to surrogacy.org. uk:

Traditional (straight) surrogacy – “the surrogate uses her own egg fertilised with the intended father’s sperm. This is done by artificial insemination…”

Gestation (Host IVF) surrogacy – “the surrogate carries the intended parent’s genetic child conceived through IVF…”

In many countries, surrogacy is legal. In some, it is not. It is a well-known fact that surrogacy is a big business in India and some countries in eastern Europe and South America where surrogacy laws are very lax if at all existent.

During the recent economic crisis, there was a recent surge in the number of women in the US who were willing to sell their eggs or serve as surrogates in return for a fee. Although the money involved is not well-publicized, it can range from as little as $3000 in India to $20,000 in the US. In many cases, the women had a valid reason for going into surrogacy – money for a loved one’s treatment, children’s education, etc.

Recently, Guatemala hit the headlines as a strong completion to India when it comes to “reproductive tourism.” Unfortunately, the laws in Guatemala are not ready for this rapidly increasing market. According to Karen Smith Rotabi, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University:

“Those developing surrogacy services in this desperately poor nation should take caution as they pioneer in this area of global fertility practice. As a business model, they are stepping into a grey area of human rights which will challenge us all to consider what is right and wrong and how far to take the privilege of purchasing power. Developing an expanded or more precise definition of human trafficking and a new area of regulatory control will become important considerations in this next wave of the global baby business.”

This and the highly publicized surrogacy cases of celebrities triggered heated debates on the ethics and legalities of surrogacy.

Here are some issues to ponder on:

  • Is surrogacy about renting wombs or helping infertile couples?
  • If surrogacy, which is illegal in many western European countries, is done in a country where it is legal, tantamount to a crime when the parents bring the baby home?
  • Does the baby have the right for its parent’s nationality even though it has been conceived and delivered through surrogacy, which may have been legal in its country of birth but not in its home country?
  • How do countries define the difference between surrogacy and intercountry adoption?

The world’s oldest moms

November 9, 2009 by  
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Pregnancy 2In this first post in Battling Infertility, I’d like to kick off the discussion about parental age and reproduction by giving you a list of some of the oldest mothers in the world, courtesy of advances in reproductive medicine.

India is famous when it comes to IVF and it is therefore no wonder that the oldest first-time mom ever lives there. Rajo Devi Lohan was 70 years old when she delivered Little Naveen a few months ago. The baby girl was conceived using her 77-year father’s sperms and a bought anonymous donor’s eggs. Unlike many countries, India does not put a maximum limit to maternal age when it comes to IVF. In fact, according to this Guardian UK report, there is no single law governing fertility treatments in the country.

In 2008, another 70-year old woman in India gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. However, Omkari Panwar and her 76-year husband already had two grown up daughters and 5 grandchildren. Their decision to have an IVF comes from the need to have a male offspring as heir to their farm. It seems that their gamble had paid off.

Unlike many women in West who had had IVF where expenses are of no consequence, these two women and their family had to give up a lot financially to undergo fertility treatments. According to the doctor at the fertility clinic where Lohan had her IVF procedure:

“The social stigma of childlessness is very terrible in India. We have had cases of people feeling suicidal about it. Age is not the issue; it is whether the mother is tough enough physically and mentally…moral questions about rights and wrongs do not delay us.”

Before Lohan, Maria del Carmen Bousada of Spain held the world record as oldest first time mother. In 2003, Bousada gave birth to twin boys just before she turned 67. Bousada has never been married and spent long years taking care of her mother until she died at the age of 101. After her mother’s death, she decided to sell her home to finance an IVF procedure. Using donor eggs and sperms, Bousada had an IVF procedure in California. However, since the US has a maximum age limit for maternal age, she supposedly lied about her age and told the fertility clinic she was 55 at the time of the procedure. Unfortunately, Bousada died less than 3 years after her delivery when her children were just 31 months old (source: CNN).

Britain’s oldest mom is Elizabeth Adeney, age 66. Adeney is a well-off businesswoman and a divorcee. She gave birth to a baby boy last May. She supposedly had her IVF treatments outside the UK to circumvent the maximum maternal age limit and the shortage of donated eggs. Although Adeney has the means to purchase eggs, purchase is not allowed in Britain.

What do you think? Should women still have children beyond the age of 65? What about men?

Heart disease among Indian Asians: it’s in their genes

January 22, 2009 by  
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Several previous posts have tackled about the increased incidence of CVD in people of Indian Asian origin.

Heart disease is globally, the number one cause of mortality. However, the incidence of CVD in India has been observed to be even higher than the rest of the world. It is predicted that 60% of heart disease cases in 2010 will be diagnosed in India alone.

Indian geneticists have now found the most likely reason for this and it is called genetic mutation.  According to the study published in Nature Genetics, “1% of the world’s population carries a mutation almost guaranteed to lead to heart problems and most of these come from the Indian subcontinent, where the mutation reaches a frequency of 4%.”

The genetic mutation is a deletion of 25 letters representing amino acids in the genetic code of the heart protein gene MYBPC3. It supposedly started in the Indian subcontinent 30,000 years ago. This genetic aberration seems to be unique to people from and is found in 1 out of five member of the population. In such a culturally varied and very large population such as India’s, the mutation does not recognize caste, ethnic or religious differences. It is estimated that 60 million people in India have the mutation.

According to study leader, Kumarasamy Thangaraj from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India

The mutation leads to the formation of an abnormal protein…Young people can degrade the abnormal protein and remain healthy, but as they get older it builds up and eventually results in the symptoms we see.”

Usually, genetic mutations which lead to death eventually “die out.” However, the MYBPC3 mutation managed to persist over thousands of years because of the late onset of symptoms, usually beyond the middle age. By the time heart disease develops overt symptoms and causes mortality, the affected individuals have already reproduced and have passed on the mutation to the next generation.

It is only very recently, with the advancement of the field of genomics that identification of genetic aberrations such as reported here is made possible.

So now that the culprit has been identified, what is the next step?

Well, that the cause is know, screening for the genetic aberration can be identified early in life so that management strategies such as a lifestyle designed to mitigate the risks, symptoms and complications can be also implemented early.

The lifetime risk of developing heart failure is roughly one in five for a person aged 40 years. Now that this mutation has been identified, there is a new glimmer of hope for some of them. The mutation’s effects vary a lot from person to person. Carriers could be identified at a young age by genetic screening and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

 

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