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Young patients who wait for Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery could be at increased risk for secondary knee injuries, according to a research presented at the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting.

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This study adds to existing research noting the risk of secondary meniscal and chondral injuries in pediatric patients.

“In reviewing records of young patients who received ACL reconstructions, our data showed higher rates and severity of secondary meniscus injuries when surgery is delayed,” noted lead author Allen F. Anderson, MD, from the Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance in Nashville, Tennessee. “Patients who had surgery 6-12 weeks after ACL injury had 1.45 greater odds of lateral meniscus injury, and those waiting 3+ months increased their risk 2.82 times. The risk for medial meniscal tears was 4.3 times greater when delaying surgery at least 6 weeks.”

For this research, researchers analyzed the records of 130 patients between ages 8 and 16 who had an ACL reconstruction. They were divided into three groups based on timing. During the research, 62 patients were treated less than 6 weeks after injury, 37 were treated 6-12 weeks after, and 36 were treated more than 3 months after. The surgeries occurred between 2000 and 2012, and the majority of patients (64%) were male.

“While parents and other caregivers have obvious reasons for concern over ACL surgery in young patients, it’s important to recognize when it may be beneficial,” commented Anderson. “If surgery now helps eliminate long-term knee problems, it’s certainly a good choice.”

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The plans of President Prof. Peter Mutharika towards the Youth as listed in his Tuesday State of the Nation Address has impressed the United States (US) Government, according to US Ambassador to Malawi, Janine Jackson.

U.S. Government Impressed By Youth Development Plans

Mutharika’s dedication to ‘youth development’ was in line with the desire of President Obama of promoting the youth of the Africa, Jackson told journalists. “I am very interested in the president’s dedication to youth development,” Jackson said after the President’s address at the opening of the 45th Session of Parliament.

“That happens to be our President’s priority on the continent of Africa too and we just sent 9 young Africans to the United States to participate in President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. We are really pleased that this government is also committed to youth Development.”

It was disclosed by Jackson that President Obama had invited Mutharika to an African Leaders Summit to be held in the first week of August in the US under the theme ‘Investing in Future Generations of Africans’. President Mutharika, in his address, said his government would emphasize on effectively harnessing the potential of the youth and equipping them with knowledge and skills necessary for their full participation in the social, cultural, economic and political development of the country.

Mutharika added that his government would establish new vocational and business training centers for vendors besides creating new opportunities for soft loans to enable the youth to start their own businesses.

“These initiatives will encourage our youth to develop a mentality towards non-white collar jobs and be prepared for self-employment and entrepreneurship,” said Mutharika.

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A new study has found that lifelong premature ejaculation issues in a small group of men improve with regularly practicing pelvic floor exercises.

Men With Premature Ejaculation Benefit From Exercises

Premature ejaculation affects about one in five U.S. men younger than 60, according to the American Urological Association.

“Pelvic floor muscles are actively involved in sexual function, and it is natural to assume that by improving the function of these muscles, one will improve one’s sexual performance and outcome,” said Yuchin Chang, a physical therapist at Professional Physical Therapy and Training in Summit, New Jersey. Chang was not involved in the new research.

Researchers used the International Society of Sexual Medicine definition of premature ejaculation as that which occurs “within a minute.” This study was presented at the European Association of Urology’s annual meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.

The exercises are a bit more complicated than those used for incontinence, such as so-called Kegel exercises, said researchers. “These exercises are designed to retrain/re-educate the pelvic floor muscles to either contract or lengthen properly on command and depending on the need,” Chang said. “For instance, to retrain the muscles to contract, one should try to contract their pelvic floor muscles as if they are holding their urine, and hold it for 10 seconds, for 10 repetitions, like the Kegel exercises. But that is just part of what is needed for men with premature ejaculation.” She noted the exercises might not help at all if men don’t learn to do them correctly. “It is best for men who suffer from premature ejaculation to be properly guided by a pelvic floor physical therapist,” Chang said.

“Patients need at least four weeks of training (12 sessions) to learn the specific rehabilitation techniques and exercises described in this study,” Dr. Antonio Pastore, a urologist at Sapienza University of Rome said.

“The pelvic floor exercises, if done properly, should help men with premature ejaculation. And they are more cost-effective and without the potential side effects of the currently used drugs,” Chang said.

Hiking Could Benefit Men With Cardio Risk Factors

Author: McGlynn
April 29, 2014

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According to a new study from Austria, middle-aged men with a cluster of heart risk factors known as metabolic syndrome can benefit dramatically with just three weeks of exercise and a healthy diet.

Hiking Could Benefit Men With Cardio Risk Factors

“The data of the AMAS-2000 study proved that daily hiking for hours at any altitude provides cardiovascular benefits and represents an excellent therapeutic opportunity for physical and mental regeneration even for individuals with a cluster of cardiovascular risk factors,” Dr. Guenther Neumayr said. The researchers said exercising in the thinner air at altitude is neither better nor riskier for health.

“It is the daily activity, not the altitude which provides the benefits in the health effects,” Neumayr said. “Walking and hiking are activities of low to moderate exercise intensity which can be performed by nearly everyone – even by patients with metabolic syndrome featuring obesity and poor cardio-respiratory fitness,” Neumayr said. He pointed out that the difference in air pressure between the two altitudes is marginal.

“Therefore, there is no significant effect on the individual’s performance between these two altitudes – everyone featuring bad fitness has, of course, to exercise for some time at sea or low level to be able to start effective training,” he said. “Thus, walking and hiking – the original forms of motion – should be recommended generally and generously for both healthy people and patients with metabolic syndrome,” he said.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of characteristics, such as elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood sugar, and abdominal obesity. People with this syndrome are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The report was published in the journal Wilderness and Environmental Medicine.

Is Selena Gomez Pregnant?

Author: McGlynn
March 19, 2014

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According to rumors, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber who reconciled just a few days ago may be expecting parents.

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Bieber, 20, and Gomez, 21, are expecting twins according to a report from eBuzzd.com. “Sources close to Selena Gomez non-reluctantly spilled the beans, Selena is pregnant with twins! Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are going to be parents,” reads a report on the gossip site. The couple reunited after their official split in 2012. It is believed the couple discovered the pregnancy after the “Come & Get It“ singer recently underwent medical testing for blood pressure issues. Reportedly “confirmed” to be fathered by Bieber, the twins are scheduled to be born in mid-October.

Here comes the twist…. The publication’s “About Me” section also confirms to only posting “fake” news on their site. “A site like eBuzzd is not a site about hoaxes, rather the eBuzzd site is itself a hoax,” admits the publication, which later added further confirmation that Gomez and Bieber’s pregnancy is nothing more than an internet hoax, saying, “Truth is, if you find stories on eBuzzd shocking or even real at all, then you should log off the Internet and go for a run. Basically, don’t take anything serious on eBuzzd!”

Gomez was also recently in the news for the wrong reasons when she stepped out for lunch with her close friends looking effortlessly chic whilst exposing some serious side boob. Selena suffered quite the malfunction when her button down shirt opened after dining at Kabuki Japanese Restaurant in North Hollywood.