November 1, 2012

Moderate ExercIse Is Key

1 Men Who Exercise Have Healthier Semen

Men who exercise at a moderate pace have better quality semen that favors reproduction than those who are sedentary finds a new survey from the University of Cordoba. The admittedly small study of 31 men analyzed such semen qualities as sperm count, mobility and sperm morphology. Researchers also evaluated hormones including follicle stimulating hormone, testosterone and cortisol to learn additional information about the environment needed for sperm creation. The data indicates that the men who engaged in moderate physical activity displayed better semen values that favor reproduction. Researchers emphasize that moderation is key and point to a 2010 published study that shows that the sperm parameters of elite sportsmen are worse than those in men who engage in moderate exercise.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Exercise Tied to Quicker Conception

Tags: Cortisol, Reproduction, Semen, Sperm, Sperm Motility, Testosterone, Exercise and Sperm Quality, University of Cordoba, Follicle Stimulating Hormone

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Burns 33 Percent More

2 Exercise Before Breakfast to Burn More Fat

Working out before breakfast can have a significant impact on your weight loss efforts. Dr. Jason Gill, a researcher with Glasgow University, found in a small study that men who exercised before breakfast used up to 33 percent more fat than those who exercised after eating. The pre-meal workout helped burn more body fat, particularly that around the waist, because it forces the body to rely on its stores of fat for energy. Exercise in the morning also may help reduce artery-clogging blood fats, decreasing the risk of heart disease. Of course both groups burned more fat than those who did not do any exercise. Don’t worry about not having enough energy before breakfast to workout. The body holds enough reserves to for about 90 minutes to two hours of exercise before the need to refuel.

More at Yahoo News | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Diet & Exercise Required for Major Weight Loss, 5 Mins of Outdoor Exercise Improves Mental Health

Tags: Exercise, Fitness, Heart Disease, Weight Loss

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Four Lots Tested Positive

3 Bacteria Found in Compounding Pharmacy Drugs

Inspectors in Massachusetts have found bacterial contamination in four recalled lots of two other drugs made by The New England Compounding Center, whose poor practices led to a meningitis outbreak that was traced back to a contaminated steroid they made. Three batches of the steroid betamethasone and one batch of a heart drug called cardioplegia tested positive for different types of bacteria. The impact on human health is not known at this point and no bacterial infections linked to these drugs have been reported. Fungal infections in two people who had cardiac surgery are being investigated to determine if there is a link. The FDA is testing these lots for fungal contamination. The fungal contamination of methylprednisolone acetate has claimed 28 lives so far and made 386 sick so far.

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

Previously: More Fungal Infections Tied to MA Pharmacy

Tags: Bacterial Contamination, FDA, Fungal Contamination, Methylprednisolone Acetate, The New England Compounding Center, Cardioplegia, Betamethasone, Drug Sterility

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Will Allow for More Oversight

4 MA Compounding Pharmacies Get Tougher Rules

As FDA officials continue to investigate what led to fungal contamination of a steroid used to treat back pain made by The New England Compounding Center, officials in the state have tightened regulations. It was found that the pharmacy failed to create a sterile environment in which to make the preservative-free steroid methylprednisolone acetate. Bacterial contamination has been found in two others. Officials made regulations that give the state more oversight on compounding pharmacies. State health officials will continue to work with federal health officials to prevent outbreaks such as this which has made close to 400 people sick and killed 28. State-wide investigations have led to the shutdown of three compounding pharmacies in the state.

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

Previously: More Problems Found at Massachusetts Pharmacy, Poor Practices and Conditions in MA Pharmacy

Tags: Bacterial Contamination, Compounding Pharmacies, Drug Sterility, FDA, Fungal Contamination, Methylprednisolone Acetate, The New England Compounding Center

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