Common plastic additive linked to fertility problems

A study published in the journal PLOS Genetics found that exposure to the plastic additive diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) could cause fertility problems. Led by Harvard Medical School researchers, the study showed that DEHP increases breaks in the DNA during egg production and impairs cells’ ability to repair these breaks. How common plastic additive affects fertility DEHP belongs to a family of chemicals called phthalates. It is … Continue reading Common plastic additive linked to fertility problems

Concerning levels of “forever chemicals” found in 100% of breast milk samples

A new study that evaluated American women’s breast milk for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals,” has shown “cause for concern” in the levels found in all 50 samples analyzed. The study, first reported by The Guardian, showed that the chemicals were found at levels roughly 2,000 times higher than what experts consider safe. This is the … Continue reading Concerning levels of “forever chemicals” found in 100% of breast milk samples

Use it or lose it: An active, healthy sex life may delay menopause

If you don’t have sex frequently, could your body simply decide it doesn’t need to ovulate anymore? That is the implication of a study carried out by researchers from University College London, who surveyed 3,000 women about their sex lives and tracked them for a decade. Most of the women involved were married or in a … Continue reading Use it or lose it: An active, healthy sex life may delay menopause

The tangy, peppery superfood: 7 Reasons to eat more arugula

Arugula is a green leafy vegetable used in salads, pizza and other popular dishes. The bitter vegetable, also known as garden rocket or roquette, is a staple in Mediterranean cuisine and widely used in France and Italy. These days, the plant is also found in dishes in the U.S., where its peppery flavor enhances the taste … Continue reading The tangy, peppery superfood: 7 Reasons to eat more arugula

Toxins in the environment found to impact male reproductive health

A number of chemicals found in some everyday items have long been determined to be harmful to the environment. But further investigations have revealed that some of these substances also impact the health of human beings. Furthermore, these affect human fertility, especially that of males, by reducing the amount of sperm produced by their bodies and the size … Continue reading Toxins in the environment found to impact male reproductive health

Men with erectile dysfunction are at greater risk of being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat

Struggling to keep your erection up is bad news in itself, but men with erectile dysfunction may have more to worry about than just lack of sex. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine, men with erectile dysfunction are more likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib). Exploring the link between erectile dysfunction and irregular heartbeat … Continue reading Men with erectile dysfunction are at greater risk of being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat

Toxic ingredient in disinfectants can give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, birth defects and more

Experts are raising the alarm about a certain family of chemicals that are found in several commercial cleaning products. Quaternary ammonium compounds, or quats, are charged chemicals that can kill bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. But though they are effective disinfectants, researchers found that quats can give rise to serious health and environmental problems, including antibiotic resistance, … Continue reading Toxic ingredient in disinfectants can give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, birth defects and more

Male fertility warning: Chemicals in household items can damage sperm in men, dogs

In the past eighty years, sperm quality has fallen by 50 percent, beckoning an infertility epidemic among men. Sperm can only be created when there is a healthy balance of hormones, dominated by testosterone. There are chemicals in the household environment that mimic the effects of oestrogen once they are inside the human body. These … Continue reading Male fertility warning: Chemicals in household items can damage sperm in men, dogs

BPA replacement chemicals found to disrupt hormones much like BPA

Bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical widely used in manufacturing plastic products, has long been associated with a host of adverse health conditions. BPA is classified as an endocrine disruptor and is tied to various diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and abnormal liver function. Experts have looked into using chemical substitutes such as Fluorene-9-bisphenol (BHPF) … Continue reading BPA replacement chemicals found to disrupt hormones much like BPA

Sperm quality is a marker for men’s general health; low sperm counts linked to increased risk of diabetes, heart disease

Low sperm count may mean more than the inability to sire a child. It could point to serious health problems. A study on a group of men’s semen quality, the largest so far, shows that low sperm count is linked to metabolic changes, cardiovascular risk, and low bone mass. The study’s lead investigator, Dr. Alberto Ferlin, … Continue reading Sperm quality is a marker for men’s general health; low sperm counts linked to increased risk of diabetes, heart disease