July 2, 2012

Oh, Baby, Baby

1 Being a Parent Reduces Your Risk of Colds

Being a parent reduces a person’s risk of catching colds by about half, finds a Carnegie Mellon U study that analyzed data from previous studies on 795 adults who were given rhinovirus- or influenza virus-laden nose drops. Parents’ immunity, which was initially thought to be the reason for their lower rate of developing colds, was disregarded based on levels of antibodies to the viruses induced. In other words, parents were less likely to develop colds regardless of whether or not they had protective levels of antibodies. Researchers concluded that psychological or behavioral factors may play a role. The study does not say what those factors may be. One thought - that was shown in previous studies - is that being a parent improves immune function in response to infection.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Gargling with Salt Water Really Helps with Colds

Tags: Carnegie Mellon University, Parenting, Parents, Rhinovirus, Colds, Influenze, Children and Colds, Parents and Colds

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2 Gel Works As Birth Control for Men

Preliminary results from a new study show that a progestin/testosterone gel can dramatically lower the sperm count, potentially providing men with another birth control option besides condoms and a vasectomy. Fifty-six participated in the study and received gels of testosterone and progestin or testosterone and a placebo. The testosterone gel was applied to the arm while the progestin or placebo was applied to the abdomen daily for half a year. The sperm count of 89 percent of the testosterone and progestin group was below 1 million sperm per milliliter (normal is over 15 million sperm per milliliter) compared to 23 percent in the placebo group. Mild-to-moderate acne was seen in about one in five participants and the long term side effects and its reversibility remain unknown.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Gene That Controls Sperm Maturation Found, Male Birth Control Successful in Mice

Tags: Birth Control, Contraception, Male Birth Control, Progestin, Sperm Count, Testosterone

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