Thursday, 3 April 2014

How aspirin could boost fertility in women...... Drug improves blood flow to the womb, making pregnancy more likely

  • But aspirin does not reduce the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth
  • It can help women who have recently lost a baby to conceive again
  • This could be because the drug increases blood flow to the uterus

Taking aspirin could increase a woman’s fertility, new research suggests.
U.S. scientists found low doses of the drug could improve the chances of conception and of having a live birth.
But, contrary to popular belief, they discovered taking the drug does not prevent miscarriage.
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health say many doctors prescribe low doses of aspirin to women who have had a miscarriage or stillbirth and who want to conceive again.
However, they say the effectiveness of this treatment had not been proven.
So, they randomly assigned more than 1,000 women with a history of pregnancy loss either a low dose of aspirin daily or a placebo.
They then followed them for six months while they tried to conceive.
The researchers found there was no difference in the pregnancy loss rates between the two groups.
But, they did find that women who had experience a single, recent pregnancy loss had an increased rate of pregnancy and live birth while taking a daily aspirin tablet.
These women were classed as those who had lost a baby before four and a half months gestation within the past year.
Among these women, 78 per cent became pregnant during the study, compared to 66 per cent of those who took the placebo.
Some 62 per cent of the women who had had a single recent pregnancy lost and were taking aspirin had a live birth compared to 53 per cent of those not taking the drug.
It is thought the drug aids conception because it increases blood flow to the uterus
It is thought the drug aids conception because it increases blood flow to the uterus

The researchers believe the reason for this could be that aspirin increases blood flow to the womb.
They are now hoping to study whether aspirin could also help other sub-groups to conceive.
The findings were published in The Lancet.

PHOTOS: Top models Naomi Campbell, Erin O'Connor and Eva Herzigova join a host of leading Italian designers at The Glamour of Italian Fashion Launch Party

Top models Naomi Campbell, Erin O'Connor and Eva Herzigova join a host of leading Italian designers at the launch party of the V&A's new exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014

Naomi Campbell gave the red carpet the old razzle dazzle upon arriving at the V&A in Roberto Cavalli

Never one to stand pretty in a demure look Liz Hurley, also in Roberto Cavalli, offset her cut-out, sequinned gown with a fur stole

Eco fashion ambassador Livia Firth wowed in a tulle creation by Dolce & Gabbana

British model Erin O'Connor showed off her burgeoning baby bump on a dusty lilac number by Vivienne Westwood

Poppy Delevingne attracted attention in a zany patterned show stopper by Pucci

Czech beauty Eva Herzigova kept it chic and simple in gold embroidery and matching accents courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman posed with designer Valentino Garavani

Model Tallulah Harlech enjoyed the company of designer Roland Mouret on the red carpet

Pop star Rita Ora did her best to outshine Eva Cavalli in one of Roberto Cavalli's highly tasselled creations

Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce made a dapper duo with Bianca Brandolini, who wore one of their creations

Men's fashion ambassador David Gandy was in attendance, sporting a smart Dolce & Gabbana suit

London Fashion Week designer Christopher Kane cut a casual figure in ripped jeans

Fellow designer Tom Ford turned up in his signature tailoring

Valentino escorted a lady friend into the V&A for the exclusive dinner celebrating Italian fashion

Alexandra Shulman and Valentino joined Italian Vogue director Franca Sozzani and Garavani's business partner Giancarlo Giammetti for a photograph

Nancy Dell'Olio was unfortunately the April fashion fool of the event

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

5 Beauty benefits of vitamin C

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Vitamin C helps to create and maintain the collagen production in the body. According to ORGO Beauty Founder, Rianna Loving, it is the “glue that holds the body together.” It’s also an antioxidant that strengthens blood vessels giving skin its elasticity and strength.

This is why vitamin C is so important, especially when it comes down to your beauty! Did you know that daily intake of vitamin C is necessary? This is because it is water-soluble, and therefore the body doesn’t store it. Read on for five ways vitamin C can benefit the skin you’re in.

1. Healthy Hair
Want beautiful, strong hair? Vitamin C may be what you need! Vitamin C has the power to not only promote hair growth but repair an unhealthy scalp. Try adding products that offer an added dose of vitamin C into your hair regimen. You may be surprised as to how much your tresses will love you!

2. Energizer

Vitamin C helps with iron absorption. Iron is well known for being a key contributor to your overall health and beauty. A lack of iron makes you feel fatigued and weak. Upping your vitamin C intake will help your body store iron and keep you looking and feeling vibrant, energized and happy.

3. Nail Growth
Just like with hair, vitamin C helps to maintain the health of the skin and tissues that are responsible for the integrity of your nails. Vitamin C gives your nails super strength and also helps them to grow, preventing hangnails. Try using a vitamin C-based cuticle oil regularly to keep your nail beds healthy.

4. Sun Protection

Vitamin C contains antioxidants that protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation and free radicals that can develop due to excess exposure to the sun. It can also reduce sunburn.

5. Aging?

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, middle-aged women who have larger amounts of vitamin C in their daily diet have less wrinkles. Apparently, vitamin C is the true fountain of youth. It helps to delay signs of skin weakening and damage.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Teen brutally stabs her best friend to death for posting naked 'selfies' of the two of them together on Facebook

Anel Baez, right, was brutally stabbed to death by Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez, left, police say
Anel Baez, right, was brutally stabbed to death by Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez, left, police say
A Mexican teen brutally stabbed her best friend to death for posting naked 'selfies' of the two of them together on Facebook, police have said.
Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez (16) allegedly killed her best friend in a frenzied knife attack on March 19 after the photos were posted online. 
16-year-old Anel Baez died after being stabbed a horrifying 65 times in the brutal murder. 
Police are working on a theory that Gutierrez was humiliated by the revealing pictures posted online and sought revenge on her friend. 
They said Baez had asked her friend over to her house in GuamĂșchil so that they could patch things up. 
When Gitierrez arrived she asked to use the bathroom before quickly reaching for a knife and repeatedly stabbing Baez. 
Gutierrez fled, and was arrested seven days later at the funeral of her murdered friend. 
News outlets in Mexico have reported that Gutierrez had threatened her former friend in the weeks leading up to the murder. 
"It may seem that I am very calm, but in my head I have killed you at least three times," a now-deleted tweet from her account read. 
Police are expecting to charge the teen with murder later on this week but she may receive a short sentence as she is still a minor. 


9 Year old girl hospitalized after Neknomination drinking craze

Doctors had to pump Rhiannon's stomach
Doctors had to pump Rhiannon's stomach
An English mother has spoke of her terror after her nine-year-old daughter was taken to hospital following a NekNomination.
It is believed the child is the youngest victim of the NekNomination drinking craze.
Rhiannon Scully had to have her stomach pumped in hospital after downing a cocktail of vodka and whisky – egged on by her friends who had seen similar videos on Facebook.
Rhiannon’s mother Michelle (32) says the dare was filmed on a mobile phone but was deleted soon after.
The alcohol was taken from a press at her friend’s house without the knowledge of any adults.
Rhiannon, a primary school pupil from Leadgate, County Durham, is the youngest person linked to the deadly drinking game that has now become a global craze.
Mrs Scully revealed she found her daughter with her “eyes rolling into the back of her head” after the drinking dare.
She explained: “When I saw her I was raging, I was upset and angry. I was also scared because we didn’t know what would happen at this point.
“I saw her in her uniform with two other friends. I ran to her, she was falling over and she didn’t know where she was. She could have been run over, she was riding her scooter at the time.”
The alarm was raised after Rhiannon was found riding home “all over the place” on her electric scooter and still in her school uniform by her horrified mother, who picked her up and called the ambulance.
Rhiannon later had to have her stomach pumped and was monitored overnight in hospital.
Yesterday police confirmed they questioned both Rhiannon’s family and her friends’ families about the incident but decided no action was required.
The mother said the doctor reckoned she had drunk around half a pint of the concoction.
“We found out in the ambulance that it was a NekNomination. Rhiannon said ‘them stupid NekNominations’,” she added.
“I wouldn’t like to see this happen to any other child and I wouldn’t wish the feeling I felt as a parent on my worst enemy.
“They need to teach children in schools the dangers of alcohol.”
Medics alerted UK cops to the incident last month and the family then received a visit from officers.
The NekNominate craze is believed to have started in January this year in Perth, Australia, but has quickly spread via social media.
It is a drinking game in which people post videos of themselves on Facebook and other social media sites drinking dangerous concoctions of alcohol and then dare or nominate pals to outdo them.