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Is it safe to use Titan gel?

If you are not able to satisfy your partner then this is not a simple matter because every partner likes to have the satisfaction during the time having sex. In this case the male has big role for satisfying his partner and for that it is penis that must be hard, erected and also long. In the market you have many supplements that are very much providing the facility of making it big, many are making it hard or there are products that are designed for making the penis erected.

But the truth behind this all is that these supplements are also providing side effects because they are coming in injection form, pills and capsule. In order to have the safe and also that is very secure of getting any harm to the body or any side effects then it is better to use the popular gel and that is titan gel. This gel is providing people to have the best time during they are sharing their bed with their female partner.

It is sure that one can satisfy his partner and also make sure that she will love to have long relationship with such person. This is the product that is having natural ingredients and there are no chemicals that are mix in this product. It has been already used by thousands of people from all over the world and they are very much satisfied from the performance and the results that they are getting from this gel.

People that are having such problem have lot of tension as they are not able to do sex with their partner and there is no doubt that such people are not able to keep long relation with their female partner. Sex is also a part of life because with sex you can have your family growth. If you like to buy this product then online market is best because here online market you are getting discount and the delivery that is free. It is not providing any side effects to the body.

 

Know the ingredients used in the preparation of e-liquids

The e-cigarettes have an important role in these days as they have been treated as the best replacement for the habit of smoking the traditional cigarettes. But, the e-cigarettes don’t have any use if they do not contain the proper ingredients. Of course, they will have the best result and the proper output only they are filed with the proper e liquid. Therefore, choosing the proper e-liquid will be the main task for most of the people. This is because these people are looking forward for the idea of switching to the best e-cigarettes. Well, in this article, you are going to see the facts that are related to the ingredients used in the cigarettes.

The basics of the ingredients

It is not a matter what type of cigarettes you are going take. All that it needs is the different type of liquids that are going to be used in it. Let’s see the ingredients that play the major role in the development of the e-liquids.

  • Propylene Glycol: Of course, this is one of the major and popular diluents that are used in the manufacturing. The consistency of this type of glycols are thin thereby the fluidity is more than that of the other liquid types. The fabrics used in this of liquids are very helpful in absorbing the combustion that in turn does not absorb the negative fluids into the body. The propylene glycol is odorless and tasteless one that does not give any unfavorable condition.
  • Vegetable Glycerin: This solution is almost thicker than that of the others. This gives some sweet taste than that of the PG. With this quality, this helps in making the different flavors harder. Therefore, it is necessary to use these types if you feel the taste to be in a higher mode.

Well, in the case of the e liquid, it is somewhat difficult to choose the best thing among many factors. Therefore, listen to the types and look the ingredients choose the one that matches for your taste. The internet helps you in a great manner to choose the best taste among the various varieties available.

 

Preschoolers whose natural preference

Adults and teens with a late “chronotype,” or internal “body clock,” tend to stay up later and wake up later and to have more sleep problems than others, the researchers write in the journal Sleep Medicine.

“Sleep problems can start in early childhood and often persist across development. They have been associated with negative behavioral, cognitive, and emotional health consequences,” senior author Birit Broekman, a researcher with the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, said in an email.

For adults and teens, sleep problems may arise if they need to wake up and go to school or work before their bodies are ready, Broekman noted, but little is known about how chronotype can contribute to sleep problems in very young children who have yet to be exposed to the formal education system and fixed school start times.

The new study shows that even by preschool age, children with evening chronotypes may be having sleep problems, Broekman said.

The researchers studied families in Singapore, focusing on 244 children who were all around 4 and a half years old. The mothers completed questionnaires that allowed researchers to categorize the kids as morning, intermediate or evening chronotypes.

In addition, the mothers reported kids’ sleep problems, including resisting bedtime, taking a long time to fall asleep, sleep anxiety, night waking, sleep walking, sleep disordered breathing and other issues.

Researchers also used monitors to track sleep and wake times for 117 kids over four days, to validate the sleep diaries kept by their mothers.

Based on the chronotype profile questions, 25 children were judged to be morning types, 151 were intermediate types and 64 were evening types.

Average weekday bedtime for morning types was about 10 p.m. and wake up time about 7:30 a.m. Intermediate types tended to go to bed at about 10:45 p.m. ad wake up around 7:40 a.m. Evening types usually fell asleep around 11 p.m. and woke up just after 8:30 a.m.

After adjusting for ethnicity and other family factors, researchers found that children with evening chronotypes had more sleep problems than children with either morning or intermediate types.

“This suggests that chronotype could be a contributing factor to sleep disturbances in early childhood,” Broekman said. “This could potentially have a negative impact on daytime behavior and cognitive development, as remains to be tested.”

Chronotype is a very important concept that gets overlooked because most people may not be familiar with it, said Dr. Judith Owens, director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital, who wasn’t involved in the study.

“It has become more prominent in thinking about adolescent sleep because we know that many adolescents are evening chronotypes when they have a strong drive to fall asleep and wake up relatively later,” Owens said.

While teens are often night owls, Owens said the usual thinking is that young children are more likely to be “‘morning larks” who go to bed earlier and are the first ones to wake up.

The researchers found a lot more evening chronotypes in these children than previous studies have identified, Owens noted, and suggests that cultural influences could be important in that respect, as the study authors mention.

The most likely issue would be that evening-type children may not be able to fall asleep at the bedtimes set by their parents, which could result in bedtime resistance and struggle at the beginning of the night, she said.

Owens advises parents to be flexible if possible, allowing preschool kids to go to bed a little later and sleep on their preferred schedule.

And avoid screen exposure at night, Owens added. “That means television screens, computer screens, laptops, iPhones, iPads, e-readers. Anything that emits blue light is going to suppress melatonin release and delay that fall-asleep time even more.”

Teach hairstylists to look for signs of domestic violence

A new Illinois law going into effect at the new year is taking an innovative approach to combating domestic violence: It requires state beauty professionals to learn how to recognize signs of domestic abuse and sexual assault in their clients—and how to handle conversations about them.

Signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner, the training will be delivered to barbers, cosmetologists, aestheticians, hair braiders, and nail techs via an hour-long course—ultimately creating a force of 88,000 salon workers who are equipped to potentially help save clients’ lives. The training will be grandfathered in: It will be a part of license regulations for new pros, and those already in the industry will have the hour added to their 14-hour course that’s required biannually to re-certify their licenses.

Americans agreed at the beginning of 2016 that combating domestic violence was a national priority, and the beauty industry is an ingenious place to target it. Clients and salon workers often have close relationships: after all, how many of us have spilled our latest fight with our S.O. to stylists we see every eight weeks? Or told a nail tech about a squabble with our boyfriend that we didn’t even mention to our friends?

“There’s an openness, a freeness, a relationship that last years or decades between the client and the cosmetologist,” Fran Hurley, the Illinois state representative who sponsored the bill, said. “They’re in a position to see something that may or may not be right.”

But the law is careful not to exploit any relationships: It doesn’t require stylists to report incidents to authorities. However, advocates are hopeful that it will give those who have experienced sexual assault and domestic violence a place to turn—after all, many don’t report incidents to the police.

The idea came to Hurley and State Senator Bill Cunningham from Chicago Says No More, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence. The organization is also thinking about ways to get members of other service sectors, like bartenders, involved with the training in the future.

Show babies in unsafe

Ads for cribs often show infants asleep on their stomachs or surrounded by suffocation hazards like soft toys and blankets – all of which can increase babies’ risk of sleep-related deaths – a U.S. study suggests.

“The impact of these advertisements is one factor that continues to result in the use of bumper pads and stuffed animals in children’s cribs,” said senior study author Dr. Bradley Troxler of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

“Parents are exposed to exponentially more advertisements about baby gear, furniture, and cribs when compared to the amount of time spent face to face with their child’s physician,” Troxler said in an email.

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has become much less common in recent decades as doctors have urged parents to put infants to sleep on their backs without pillows or other soft bedding and toys that could pose a suffocation risk. But it still remains a leading cause of infant mortality.

In the U.S. alone, SIDS kills about four babies out of every 10,000 live births, down from about 130 in 10,000 in 1990, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Despite the dramatic decline in death from SIDS since 1992, when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced that babies should be placed on their backs to sleep, many parents still fail to consistently follow safe sleep practices.

To prevent SIDS and other sleep-related deaths, the AAP encourages breastfeeding, pacifier use and firm crib mattresses and cautions against blankets, pillows, crib bumpers, soft toys and bed-sharing.

For the current study, researchers analyzed 1,758 magazine ads from 1992, 2010 and 2015.

They found 35 percent of current advertisements for babies failed to follow safe sleep recommendations.

There have been some improvements.

For example, 57 percent of babies were shown sleeping on their stomachs in ads from the early 1990s – a position that increases the risk of SIDS – but by 2016 just 40 percent of ads still showed babies sleeping this way.

But the study also found some troubling differences in how cribs were marketed to low-income families and people of color.

While white children were featured in most of the advertisements, none of the ads that featured non-white children adhered to safe sleep guidelines, the study found.

Ads for the least expensive cribs were also the least likely to follow safe sleep guidelines.

The most common safety problem in the ads was showing crib bumpers, which appeared in 70 percent of unsafe sleep environments depicted, according to the December 19 Pediatrics online report.

Loose bedding was another common issue, shown in 56 percent of the unsafe crib images.

Soft objects like stuffed animals were found in 13 percent of the unsafe sleep environments.

The researchers acknowledge that retailers who place the ads may be using stock images provided by the manufacturers, which might not represent the sleeping environments the stores want to promote.

Still, the findings suggest that either child safety advocates are not effectively educating advertisers and manufacturers, or advertisers and manufacturers are prioritizing money over the safety of infants, Dr. Jeffrey Colvin, a pediatrician at Children’s Mercy Kansas City who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

Parents often mistakenly believe products must be safe if they’re on sale, said Helen Ball, director of the Parent-Infant Sleep Lab at Durham University in the U.K.

“Unfortunately, this is not true,” Ball, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

Ads that depict unsafe sleep habits can send parents the wrong message and undermine doctors’ efforts to teach the right way to put babies to bed, said Dr. Michael Goodstein, a member of AAP’s task force on SIDS who wasn’t involved in the study.

Preparing for baby

Pregnancy affects not only a woman’s body: It changes parts of her brain too, a new study says.

When researchers compared brain scans of women before and after pregnancy, they spotted some differences in 11 locations. They also found hints that the alterations help women prepare for motherhood. For example, they might help a mother understand the needs of her infant, Elseline Hoekzema, a study author, explained via email.

Hoekzema is a neuroscientist at Leiden University in the Netherlands who began working on the study while at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain. She and colleagues present the results in a paper released Monday by the journal Nature Neuroscience.

It includes data on 25 Spanish women scanned before and after their first pregnancies, along with 20 women who didn’t get pregnant during the study. The brain changes in the pregnancy group emerged from comparisons of those two groups.

The results were consistent: A computer program could tell which women had gotten pregnant just by looking at results of the MRI scans.

And the changes, first documented an average of 10 weeks after giving birth, were mostly still present two years after childbirth. That’s based on follow-up with 11 study participants.

Further work showed they’re a motherhood thing: No brain changes were seen in first-time fathers.

The women showed no declines on tests of memory.

Based on prior research findings, the researchers think the brain changes happened during pregnancy rather than after childbirth.

What’s going on? Hoekzema and colleagues think the differences result from sex hormones that flood the brain of a pregnant woman. In the 11 places, the MRI data indicate reductions in volume of the brain’s gray matter, but it’s not clear what that means. For example, it could reflect loss of brain cells or a pruning of the places where brain cells communicate, called synapses.

Losing some synapses is not necessarily a bad thing. It happens during a hormonal surge in adolescence, producing more specialized and efficient brain circuits. The researchers suspect that could be happening in the pregnant women.

Some study results hint that such upgrades may prepare a woman for motherhood. One analysis linked brain changes to how strongly a woman felt emotionally attached to her infant. And when women viewed pictures of their babies, several brain regions that reacted the most were ones that showed pregnancy-related change.

In addition, the affected brain areas overlapped with circuitry that’s involved in figuring out what another person is thinking and feeling. That’s a handy ability for a mother tending to an infant.

The idea of synapses being pruned in pregnancy makes a lot of sense, commented Bruce McEwen of Rockefeller University in New York, who studies hormonal effects on the brain but didn’t participate in what he called a terrific study.

Live longer after a heart attack

People who expect good things to happen in the future are more likely than less-optimistic peers to survive the decades following a first heart attack, a study in Israel suggests.

The results don’t prove that optimism extends life, but doctors should nevertheless consider including optimism training in patients’ rehabilitation after heart attacks, the study team writes in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

“It is important to note that optimism is not simply a rosy glow over the world; in contrast, optimists are more likely to acknowledge risks and plan how to cope with them,” senior author Yariv Gerber said by email.

Optimists may be more likely to face challenges such as making the lifestyle changes recommended after heart attacks, added Gerber, who chairs the epidemiology and preventive medicine department in the school of public health at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University.

Optimists may also have less inflammation in their bodies, a condition that can negatively affect heart health, he noted.

To examine the link between optimism and heart attack patients’ survival, researchers studied 664 people who were under age 65 in 1992 and 1993 when they had their first heart attacks.

The average age at the time of the heart attack was 52; 15 percent were women. While they were in the hospital recovering, participants completed a Life Orientation Test, which assessed their general level of optimism or pessimism.

In 2015, researchers followed up to see who was still alive. They found that 284 patients, or 43 percent had died.

After accounting for things like age, sex, education, employment, smoking, as well as emotional factors like depression and social support, the study team found that people who had scored in the top-third for optimism right after that first heart attack were 33 percent less likely to have died in the intervening years than those with scores in the bottom and middle thirds.

The most optimistic people were also more likely to be educated, employed and to have social support, the study found, and optimists were less likely to smoke or be depressed.

An increasing number of scientific studies have shown a connection between emotional wellbeing and physical health, said Heather Rasmussen, a psychologist at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, in email to Reuters Health.

Optimists may be more likely to have healthier behaviors and to seek out positive social support from people in their lives, said Rasmussen, who was not involved in the study.

“Other researchers have suggested that optimism and positive emotions could even have effects on a person’s biology,” Rasmussen said. “All of these ideas have some research support – but we need additional studies to further figure out these relationships.”

It may not be possible to turn someone into an optimist, as the trait may be inherited or based on past experiences, Gerber noted. However, even if people cannot learn to be optimistic, they can learn ways of coping or behaving that optimists use.

Avoid raising a spoiled brat

When your kids talk back, forget to use their manners, refuse to listen, don’t pitch in, act out and act disrespectful— it takes the joy right out of parenting.

Not only are their unsavory behaviors frustrating in the moment, but as they continue, you probably worry about your ability to raise a kind, respectful adult.

Take heed. Experts say with some simple strategies, consistency and patience, you don’t have to raise bratty kids. Here’s how:

1.      Don’t make it easy.

“It is more difficult in many ways for this generation to raise a wonderful child than it is to raise a brat,” said Elaine Rose Glickman, author of “Your Kid’s a Brat and It’s All Your Fault.”

Parents in previous generations acted like parents: They expected obedience and respect and wanted to raise children who were resourceful and happy, “but they didn’t expect their children to be happy at every single moment,” she said.

If you’re always trying to make your child’s life easy by solving their problems, offering them every single opportunity, and being their full-time cheerleader, it’s more likely they’ll be spoiled.

2.      Set limits.
Most parents have no idea how to set limits, so they either don’t do it or only enforce those limits until they’re at the end of their rope, said Dr. Laura Markham, a clinical psychologist in New York City and author of “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting.”

If you don’t set and stick to clear limits, your kids will push and push until they get their way. Realize that setting limits doesn’t have to be delivered as a harsh punishment, however, but in a firm, kind way that is still respectful of your child.

3.      Focus on what’s important.
Although you don’t want to set rigid expectations about everything, you should have rules about things that you consider non-negotiable.

So although it might annoy you that your child doesn’t put his socks in the hamper, treating others with respect is a must.

“Get clear about your values and act on those values and it will be easy to set limits,” Markham said.

4.      Acknowledge their feelings.
Everyone wants to feel that their feelings matter and kids are no different. When your children are upset and acting out, acknowledge how they feel so they know you’re listening and concerned, but make sure they know they can’t behave any way they want.

Your kids actually want you to set expectations and find comfort knowing that they’ll be enforced.

“It’s a form of love and it’s a form of care to assert our authority with our children,” Glickman said.

Invisible scars of war with art

Veterans across the country are using creative expression to ease their symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and are getting more support from Congress.

In 2016 an additional $1.98 million in funding was added to the National Endowment for the Arts budget to support the Creative Forces NEA Military Healing Arts program. In 2017 it will expand and five art therapy sites will be added to the seven currently scattered across the country. The program is a partnership between the NEA and the Department of Defense and it puts creative arts therapy at the center of the patient-focused treatment for veterans, military members and their families.

The program has had positive feedback from veterans through surveys and evaluations by the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Walter Reed Bethesda. Of the military patients involved, 85 percent said the therapy has been helpful to their healing.

Wally Kollmann served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He has spent the last 45 years battling PTSD and has turned to art therapy to cope. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 26 percent of Vietnam veterans have suffered symptoms of PTSD or signs of impairment related to the condition throughout their lives.

“I’ve had nightmares throughout the last 45 years of being forced into a cage,” Kollmann told FoxNews.com.

His work was recently featured at a national creative arts festival in Jackson, Mississippi. The exhibit gives veterans an opportunity to express their creativity.

“I’m hoping that by doing and seeing what I’ve got here I can help release that and what I’m finding is, it’s releasing some pressure,” Kollmann said.

More than one hundred of the thousands veterans who applied were chosen to showcase their work. Elizabeth Mackey is the director of the annual event.

“It’s a great form of therapy for the veterans with PTSD and other mental health challenges,” Elizabeth Mackey, director of the annual event, told FoxNews.com.

Michael Rogan also served in Vietnam and was diagnosed with PTSD after returning home to California. He is relies on art therapy as an outlet of expression.

“I start drawing and I get right into that emotion,” Rogan told FoxNews.com. “I get in touch with myself. Because I could sit here and talk to you all day and never feel that stuff.”

Although art therapy shows promise in treating veterans with PTSD, some say more research is needed.

Dr. Charles Marmar, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the NYU Langone Medical Center. He is also the director of the PTSD research program at the NYU Langone Cohen Veterans Center.

“I don’t know that creative arts treatments will reach the level of primary or gold standard treatments,” Dr. Charles Marmar, chair of the department of psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center told FoxNews.com. “I think they are minimally important adjunctive treatments.”

Marmar, who is also the director of the PTSD research program at the NYU Langone Cohen Veterans Center, said that if more conclusive research is completed on art therapy, he would recommend it as one of the main treatments for those suffering from PTSD.

As for Kollmann, he’s hoping that expressing trauma through art will help him overcome the nightmares he’s endured.

The deadly condition about venous thromboembolism

When he was 58 years old, Kevin Wilson, a paramedic in Durham, N.C., woke up one January morning in excruciating pain.

“I felt like my chest had imploded,” he recalled. “I told my wife, ‘I’m in trouble.’”

He called 911 and when the paramedics arrived, Wilson was in profound respiratory distress.

“I could talk in barely one-word phrases. I knew something catastrophic was happening,” he said.

When he arrived at the hospital, doctors discovered that Wilson had a massive saddle pulmonary embolism, a blood clot that blocks the main pulmonary artery from the heart where it divides into two main arteries that lead to the lungs. Since blood was completely cut off from one side of his heart, it became enlarged.

Wilson spent 12 hours in the resuscitation room, where the team of doctors and nurses pumped him full of blood thinners, monitored his oxygen levels and made sure the blood clot didn’t move.

Although he was stabilized, his condition remained uncertain.

“I really didn’t think I would make it through the night,” he said.

For the next three days, he had to stay in bed, immobile, even as tears streamed down his face.

“They were very concerned that if I moved, that I would dislodge the clot and it would kill me instantly,” he said.

What is venous thromboembolism?
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a disease that includes both deep vein thrombosis (DVT), when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, and pulmonary embolism (PE), when a blood clot breaks off and travels from the leg up to the lungs.

Each year, approximately 900,000 people are diagnosed with VTE, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Between 60,000 and 100,000 people in the US die from VTE and between 10 to 30 percent die within a month of diagnosis.

Men and women have similar risks for a first episode of VTE. In fact, the prevalence of DVT in men was 14 percent, compared to9 percent for women, according to a study in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

Yet when compared to women who don’t have risk factors for VTE, which include pregnancy, oral contraception, and hormone replacement therapy, men are more than twice as likely to have a VTE, according to a study in the journal Circulation.

“The risk of recurrence [for] venous thromboembolism is higher in men. In terms of a yearly risk, it’s about two to maybe two and half times higher,” said Gary E. Raskob, PhD, chairman of ISTH’s World Thrombosis Day steering committee.

Although it’s not clear why, experts believe that it’s likely there is some genetic difference between men and women, Raskob said.

Know your risk
There are several risk factors men have for VTE’s. They include:

  • A height of 6 feet or taller
  • Obesity and a larger than normal waistline
  • Smoking
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Sitting for long periods of time or prolonged bed rest
  • Any condition that can increase clotting such as a serious infection or an autoimmune inflammatory disease
  • A family history of blood clots or heart attack
  • Physical trauma or surgery.
  • Age: men over 40 have a higher risk

Men who take testosterone replacement therapy have a 63 percent increased risk, according to a recent study in the journal BMJ.

And simply being admitted to the hospital can increase a man’s risk. In fact, 60 percent of VTEs occur during or within 90 days of a hospital stay, another study in the journal BMJ found.

Symptoms of venous thromboembolism
If you suspect you have VTE, it’s important to recognize the signs early on. You can have swelling, tenderness, redness warmth or pain in your leg or calf, chest pain, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, an irregular heart beat or heart palpitations, lightheadedness or fainting.

“If someone has a clot, [it’s] usually because there’s a blood flow blockage, and so the symptoms are usually pretty dramatic and pretty rapid in onset,” said Dr. Amy Doneen, medical director for the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center in Spokane, Wash., and adjunct professor for Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. “It’s a medical emergency, so people do need to go in and get evaluated.”