New Study Finds That Lutein Found In Leafy Greens May Prevent Cognitive Aging

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New Study Finds That Lutein Found In Leafy Greens May Prevent Cognitive Aging

A recent study by researchers at Illinois University finds that lutein, a nutrient found in leafy green could slow down cognitive aging. According to the findings of the study, the nutrient possesses some qualities that could prevent cognitive aging. It is also reported that the nutrient is perfect for individuals who are trying to keep fit. Lutein which is commonly found in leafy greens like kale, lettuce, and spinach can also be found in other categories of food like eggs and avocados.

A recent report by Science Daily states that the study was conducted on 60 adults who were between the age of 25 and 45. The researchers found that middle-aged participants who had higher levels of lutein experienced neural responses that were similar to that of younger individuals, compared to those who had lower lutein levels.

“Now there’s an additional reason to eat nutrient-rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, eggs, and avocados. We know these foods are related to other health benefits, but these data indicate that there may be cognitive benefits as well,” professor of kinesiology and community health at Illinois, Naiman Khan said.

According to Medical Express, while previous studies on the topic have only focused only on older individuals, who had already passed through the period of decline, the current study focused on middle aged adults. It is reported that these enabled the researchers to check if there was a clear difference between the cognitive aging process of individuals who had lower lutein levels and those whose levels were high.

The first author of the study, Anne Walk noted that people usually experience a decline when they get older and the findings of the current study have shown that the process might commence earlier than expected, sometimes, as early as the 30s. She went ahead to state that the study authors primarily wanted to know how the diet people consume impacts on cognition throughout their lifespan. She concluded by encouraging individuals to consume food that is rich in lutein during the periods when it is needed the most.

Other reports suggest that lutein is a nutrient that mostly accumulates in the eye and brain tissues. This made it easier for the researcher to measure the levels of lutein in the eye even without relying on any invasive technique. The participants were made to perform a task that tested attention while the authors used electrodes on their scalp to measure neural activity in the brain. The researchers found that participants with higher lutein levels were able to engage more cognitive resources in completing the task. The researchers published their findings in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

The researchers found that participants with higher lutein levels were able to engage more cognitive resources in completing the task. The researchers published their findings in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.


Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Color Shades And Other Rumors

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Color Shades And Other Rumors

Lots of rumors and leaks about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 have been swirling online lately. This is said to be mostly because of the fact that the highly anticipated device is expected to launch before the end of this month. Recently, reports have revealed that the developer has also teased fans on how the dual rear camera of the upcoming device will work. However, new reports have now confirmed the rumored shades of the new Galaxy Note 8.

Previous leaks and rumors suggest that the device will be available in three color variants: Blue Coral, Black, and Orchid Grey. The famous tipster, Roland Quandt also revealed in a Twitter post that the upcoming phablet will be launched in at least three color variants. He explicitly stated that the Coral Blue shade will be included in the color variants. But he referred to the Coral Blue as “Deep Blue.” Although it is believed that a Blue shade will be included among the color variants, it is still not clear if it is the Coral Blue.

Meanwhile, many tech enthusiasts are speculating that the Galaxy Note 8 will be available in a Coral Blue shade since the developer launch previous devices including Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 7 in the same shade. But other reports suggest that the developer will likely unveil a darker shade of Blue with the upcoming device. It is reported by ValueWalk that the new phablet will also be available in a black shade.

Another leaked photo from Twitter leakster, Evan Blass also confirmed that the Galaxy Note 8 will be launched in a Midnight Black color variant. This is not surprising as the Black shade is the most common among smartphone developers. In addition, the phablet will be available in an Orchid Grey variant as already mentioned above. It is now reported by TechRadar that the device will also be available in Maple Gold color variant.

The image above confirmed this color variant but there are no much details with regards to its availability. It is reported that the shade will be similar to that of Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus and will also be limited in availability just like the Maple Gold variant of the Galaxy S8 which was restricted to just Australia. The Galaxy Note 8 is scheduled to launch August 23 but the developer is yet to reveal any official statement to confirm if all four shades will be available at launch. It is also reported that other shades of the upcoming device might be unveiled at launch.

Samsung Teases On How The Dual Camera Of Its Upcoming Galaxy Note 8 would Work

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Samsung Teases On How The Dual Camera Of Its Upcoming Galaxy Note 8 Would Work

New reports suggest that Samsung has revealed important details with regards to how the dual camera of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 will work. According to reports, the developer has released hints as to how the camera of the highly anticipated device will work. There have been lots of rumors and leaks suggesting that the upcoming device will feature dual rear cameras. The developer has now revealed details that confirm that the Galaxy Note 8 will indeed feature a dual rear camera. The hint also highlights how the dual camera will work.

It is reported by 9to5Google that the developer decided to reveal the details of the device as it recently passed through FCC. The report also states that the dual camera feature will include 3x optical zoom. Samsung’s electromechanical division recently posted a list that includes all the features for the Galaxy note 8 dual camera module. The post highlights a detailed summary of what the rear sensors of the upcoming device will pack.

As already mentioned above, the second camera features a 3X optical zoom. The camera also features a depth-of-field effect, an iPhone style portrait mode and after-the-shot refocusing. It is also reported that the developer has assured fans that the new module allows users to take shots with improved image quality for even regular shots. Another report by Engadget also states that Samsung noted that the dual rear camera of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 will feature brighter low-light shots when it is used in tandem.

The reports also stated that the camera’s dual fusion can increase the dynamic range of shots in order to preserve details in shadows and highlight. In addition, the dual rear camera also features perspective view that is used to tilt shots depending on how a user rotates the devices and the background effect, which is used to blur the shot with the exception of the center. The dual rear camera is said to be the major feature of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8, even though it is still not clear whether all the above-mentioned features will be available when the developer unveils the device in the coming weeks.

Apple’s Leaked Firmware Reveals That The Next iPhone Will Bring Infrared Face Unlock Feature

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Latest updates state that Apple next generation iPhone will bring an infrared face unlock feature. According to reports, Apple’s leaked firmware has revealed important details, which claims that the upcoming iPhone, popularly referred to as the iPhone 8 will introduce a 3D face scanning feature.

This is in line with previous rumors and leaks that have already suggested that Apple’s flagship device, which is expected to launch before the fall of 2017, will feature a large, tiny bezel display and a 3D face scanning feature. However, all the rumors have now been clarified by details obtained from Apple’s leaked firmware. It is reported by The Verge that the developer mistakenly pushed out the firmware for the HomePod yesterday and developers have been trying to unlock the codes ever since.

According to a recent report by Engadget, iOS developer, Steve Troughton-Smith uncovered the details, while searching for information with regards to Apple’s HomePod in its leaked firmware. The details confirm that the developer will incorporate infrared face unlock in “BiometricKit” for the next generation iPhone. The codes also reveal how the LED lights on the top of the device would work.

Furthermore, the report stated that another developer, Guilherme Rambo also discovered in the same firmware, an icon that that suggest the possibility of a near bezel-less display for the upcoming smartphone. This also confirmed previous rumors about the bezel-less feature for the next iPhone.

The report added that the display is almost edge-to-edge and extends up to the top of the upcoming iPhone to the speaker and sensors. The new details are said to be the first confirmation of the leaks and rumors about Apple’s next generation iPhone. Other rumors suggest that the device will also feature a glass back, and a wireless charging feature. There have been lots of rumors with regards to the touch ID for the upcoming device but many tech enthusiasts are happy that the recent update has now confirmed the face unlocking feature.

Details recovered from the codes also suggest that the leaks with regards to the Touch ID is genuine but it is still not clear if the developer will continue with the feature. Although the developer is yet to confirm the current speculation, it is believed that the uncovered information is genuine. However, fans will be able to discover more before the device launches in a couple of months time.

AMD Launches Two New High-end Graphic Cards For Its Radeon RX Vega Line

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AMD has launched two new high-end graphics cards for its Radeon RX Vega line

New reports reveal that AMD has launched two new high-end graphics cards for its Radeon RX Vega line. According to reports, the developer has finally launched the highly anticipated Radeon RX Vega graphic cards with jaw-dropping specs and features. There have been lots of rumors and leaks with regards to the next generation graphic cards in the past months and it has now been launched. The new cards are the Radeon RX Vega 64 and 56.

It is reported by TechRadar that AMD revealed that the new Radeon RX Vega 64 will deliver up to 12.66 teraflops of performance. The report also states that the performance of the new graphic card is similar to that of the Nvidia GTX 1080’s 9. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 features 4,096 stream processors, 64 next generation compute units, and 8GB of High Bandwidth Cache, which is different from the GDDR5 and GDDR5X video memory for Nvidia graphic cards.

Other reports have also revealed that the new graphic card boosts up to 1,546MHz and runs at a base clock of 1,247MHz. It is reported that this lower compared to the Nvidia GTX 1080 that boost up to 1,733MHz with a base clock of 1,607MHz. However, the developer has assured fans that there is no need for them to worry about the low frequencies as the Radeon RX Vega 64 will offer minimum frame rates that do not fall below the 40 to 60 frame per second FreeSync range.

The Radeon RX Vega 64 is expected to be available for purchase August 14. Meanwhile, the graphic card will be available in three different variants. It is reported that the developer also intends to launch a limited variant of the Radeon RX Vega 64 that features metal chassis, and light up logos and pixels. Fans can only purchase the limited-edition variant of the Radeon RX Vega 64 as part of its new $599, which is about £460, and AU$750 Radeon Black combo.

It is reported that the combo includes $100 off a Ryzen 7 and motherboard, tacks on two free games, and $200 off the 34-inch Samsung CF791 curved ultra-wide monitor. The liquid-cooled variants, on the other hand, will be available in a $699 (£530, AU$875) Aqua Pack bundle along with similar discounts and games. Meanwhile, the standard version of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 will be priced at $499, which is equivalent to £380, and AU$625.

According to Engadget, AMD also launched another more budget friendly Radeon RX Vega graphics card for gamers known as the Vega 56. The reports also reveal that the card is priced at $399, which is equivalent to AU$500 and £300. The graphic card will also be available in a Radeon Red Pack bundle that is priced at $499, which is about £380 and AU$625.

The new Vega 56 delivers 10.5 teraflops of performance and is expected to compete with Nvidia’s GTX 1070. It boosts up to 1,471Mhz and has a base clock of 1,156Mhz. Furthermore, the new Radeon RX Vega 56 features 2,584 stream processors, 56 compute units, 8GB of HBM2 video memory and 410GB/s of memory bandwidth. The Radeon RX Vega 56 is also expected to hit store shelves on August 14.

BT To Offer Fast Internet Connection To 99 Percent Of UK Residents By 2020

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Latest updates reveal that BT is planning to make fast broadband connection available to every rural community by 2020. According to reports, the company is working on providing high-speed broadband of up to 10 MB per second by 2020. Based on the company’s estimation, the ongoing plan will cover more than 1.4 million homes, which invariably means the company will offer broadband services to 99% of UK residents by 2020.

BT has revealed that the new plan will cover homes that do not previously have steady internet connections. It plans to improve it services thereby allowing every household that was previously left behind to access fast internet connection of up to 10 MB per second. It is reported by The BBC that the company’s subsidiary, Openreach revealed that it plans to spend between £450m to £600m to ensure that rural homes have access to fast internet connection by 2020.

Openreach also assured ministers that the current plan will especially cover the 5 percent of homes that do not have a steady internet connection in areas like Yorkshire, Wales, Cornwall, and Scotland. The plan will be executed gradually and up to 95 percent of premises will be able to access up to 24Mbps or more by the end of 2017.

However, it is reported that the government intends to continue with its regulatory approach and is yet to make any decision with regards to the BT proposal. In addition, a spokesperson for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport revealed that even if an agreement is entered with BT, the department will still uphold the manifesto pledge that every home has a legal right to fast internet connections.

He also noted that the government does not intend to have a deal with BT unless the company explicitly agrees that this legal obligation will be transferred to it. “We warmly welcome BT’s offer and now will look at whether this or a regulatory approach works better for homes and businesses.

Whichever of the two approaches we go with, in the end, the driving force behind our decision-making will be making sure we get the best deal for consumers,” culture secretary, Karen Bradley said. Meanwhile, there are reports claiming that a swelling number of up to 6.7 million homes are getting less than the broadband speed they pay for.

A group of MPs headed by Grant Shapps recently published a report that backed up this claim and requested that Ofcom should make network providers pay compensation for failure to deliver the right speeds. However, it is reported by The Guardian that competitors have argued that this should not be a good news for UK residents as users will be the ones to fund the plans with an increased bill from the company.

BT stated that it intends to recover its costs through higher charges to competitors like TalkTalk and Sky. But competitors believe that this is another way to make users fund the plan as their bills will be increased.

The Soothing Benefits of Acupuncture
the soothing benefits of acupuncture

Acupuncture has come to be seen by many as a remedy to some minor conditions. It is a procedure that has to do with the insertion of needles through the skin of an individual. The needles used are specifically made for acupuncture purposes and it is only inserted into certain required points of a person’s body. The process originates from ancient China thousands of years back but has only been practiced for a few hundred years in Europe. The procedure is now widely practiced across the globe.

Many acupuncture practitioners see the points where needles are inserted into areas where muscles, nerves, and tissues can be stimulated. It is reported that the stimulation triggers the activity of natural pain killers in the body and also increased blood flow. It is believed that acupuncture has an array of benefits that have become recognized in recent years.

According to the findings of the various academic research, acupuncture has some benefits that may include alleviation from nausea and pain relief. Further more, acupuncture is used to help obese adults lose weight within a shorter period of time compared to other methods.

The process helps to bring relief to individuals who suffer from lower back pain and triggers the production of neurotransmitters that are related to sleep and relaxation to help insomnia patients sleep better. In addition, acupuncture helps to increase the activities of immune cells and minimizes symptoms of Sessional Allergy and allows affected persons to reduce the use of antihistamines.

The benefits of the procedure also include relieving for acid reflux, indigestion, hot flashes in menopause, migraines, depression, low blood pressure and much more. However, medical practitioners are not unanimous as to the benefits of the procedure scientifically. Acupuncture is still a controversial procedure among scientist and medical doctors.

5 Dating Tips Every Man Should Know

5 Dating Tips Every Man Should Know

The dream of every man is to satisfy and meet the expectations of the woman he is on a date with. Although it is no news that women do everything within their capabilities to look and feel their best when going out on a date, men also go through similar hassles. Many people will ask: “What does a man need to improve about his very simple outfit?” But I will say a lot, in fact, a lot more than females.

Whether it is a serious relationship or not, a man should appear and behave in a way that actually accords him some standard and respect in the eyes of the woman he is on a date with. Here are five important dating tips to help men satisfy the expectations of their dates.

Looks, Appearances, And First Impression
The first thing that will be noticed by your date is your appearance. It is believed that the way you are dressed is the way you will be addressed. The first impression matters a lot, it goes a long way in determining how your date will see you and if they will love to see you again.

No lady wants to go on a date with someone she will be embarrassed to be spotted with. Your looks in this context do not only have to do with what you wear, it encompasses everything about your physical appearance including facial looks, and posture.

Your face should look well kept and you should not slouch when you stand. Walk with confidence. It is also important to feel comfortable. However, all these will not mean a lot to a lady if you arrive late. It is very important to be punctual as it does not only define what the date means to you, but also how you respect your commitments as a person.

It is rude to keep a lady waiting, men should also decide on what interesting topics they wish to discuss during the date. Topics should be interesting and comfortable for the woman so as to avoid boredom during the date.

Be A Good Listener
No lady wants to be on a date with a man who is so overwhelmed with himself. You should avoid talking about issues that have to do with you and your work. Talk about something that is generally interesting for both men and women.

If you talk continuously without giving your date any room for her to express herself, it may feel like you are not interested in her opinion and less often, it makes ladies feel like they are treated inferior. It could also be interpreted to mean you are not interested in her opinion.

Ladies feel secured when it looks like their contribution is important and valued. You should also not talk about anything that says she is a lesser human. Making her comfortable is the key. Men on a date should also avoid talking too much about their achievement in life and how much they are worth.

Although it is not bad to say one or two things to impress your date, it is a lowly attitude to continuously and repeatedly remind a woman that you are a perfect catch. Humility should be your watch word.

Be Open If your date requires knowing about something that is not too personal for a first date or considering how long you have been to together, it is best to let it all out. Letting it all out, however, does not mean you should say even unnecessary things. Saying little, that explains a lot is a good way to satisfy the curiosity of a woman.

As most people already know, a little misery that should be revealed intermittently is also a very good thing for relationships. Misery keeps most ladies coming back for more, as it is a natural instinct of humans to be curious. Feel free to share the necessary things about yourself, just enough to make a lady feel comfortable, trusted and reliable.

Although it is very tempting, men should avoid showing too much concern about the bill. It is preferable to avoid making payments with cash. Using credit/debit cards will help you avoid the stress of counting cash. The way you approach issues that have to do with cost and payments will go a long way in determining how secure your date will feel.

But this does not also mean you should be extravagant, as it could be translated to mean that you are trying to show off your financial capabilities. Try as much as possible to eat or drink something that correlates with the type of date you are on. Avoid eating something messy or smelly. Also, ask if your date has any allergy attached to being around such things. You should always pay all bills even if your date insists on footing the bills.

Support Your Date
It is very important to lead in every way as most ladies like to be around men who are in charge. However, you must be careful not to over do it. Leading does not mean being superior, instead, it means being in a situation to help, support and take good care of whoever you are leading. Do not allow your date to do hard things by herself.

You should always be willing to help even in doing a simple task like picking up a handkerchief. Do not be overprotective. You should always allow your date to make her own choices and respect her choices no matter how stupid it may seem to you. Never make her feel inferior.

Massive WWE Salaries Has Been Officially Announced

The world wrestling entertainment, WWE is a company with a current market capital of $1.54 billion as of writing this report. If there Should ever be any business to get into that you can pass on to your children as an inheritance, wrestling organization might be the right answer. That most certainly is what Vince McMahon has done with the WWE.

And I am quite sure his children are proud of what he has done. The McMahon family’s 2016 WWE salaries have officially been released and they are quite insane. Vince McMahon, although still having huge control over the WWE, much about him have not been heard since he delegated his son Shane McMahon and daughter Stephanie McMahon.

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Shane and Stephanie assumed the position of Commissioner of SmackDown Live and Raw respectively. Triple H, Stephanie’s husband is also a huge earner in the family. According to, Stephanie McMahon earned a whopping $2,000,000 in her position as an executive and a performer in the year 2016.

Shane McMahon her brother, unexpectedly did even better in his comeback role, as he succeeded in earning a gross figure of $2,150,000. In addition to taking on the televised authority figure role, Shane also performed at Survivor Series and WrestleMania; nearly killing himself at respectively.

Triple H earned a whopping $3,993,417 in the year 2016. Unsurprisingly Vince McMahon is the highest earning member of the McMahon family having drawn a huge salary of $5,348,624 in the year 2016; which really isn’t quite as much as you might think it would be.

As reported by Stamford Advocate, the WWE’s compensation committee — which is headed by Frank Riddick III, the CEO of FloWorks International, a Houston-based pipe and valve supplier newly awarded stock to employees Kevin Dunn, George Barrios, and Michelle Wilson to make their total packages to top what Mr. McMahon earns.

Dunn, who is an executive producer, is the major earner at $4.8 million, followed by chief financial and strategy officer, Barrios and chief revenue and marketing officer Wilson (both $4.5 million).

McMahon — who as the top owner of the $1.2 billion company would hardly be concerned about his salary — received a 37 per cent bump to $3.3 million. As far as the boss himself, Vince McMahon has a reported net worth of $1.22 billion, mainly being Stock of the WWE.

Watch: Amazing Kids Interrupt BBC Expert’s Interview; Grandma Thinks She May Be To Blame

C6j2N4TVAAQGBx1Updates have revealed that the grandmother of the two children who went viral after interrupting their father’s live interview on the BBC says she may be to blame for the children’s action. A professor at the Department of Political Science in Pusan, South Korea, Robert Kelly was having an interview with BBC News on the President’s impeachment yesterday via webcam from his home when his children came into to the interview room.

Amazingly, in a video clip which has recently gone viral only, the BBC presenter, James Menendez, and Professor Kelly tried to continue with the interview as Professor Kelly’s four-year-old daughter, Marion entered the room and started grinning playfully at the camera. A little while after Marion entered the interview room, she was soon followed by her nine-month-old brother, James in a walker.

However, the grandmother of these children, Ellen Kelly has now revealed that she thinks she may have been partially responsible for the unexpected incident, even though she found the incident hilarious. Mirror reported that Professor Kelly’s mother and her husband Joseph live in Ohio, in the United States.

Ellen Kelly also revealed that she and her husband regularly communicate with her son and grandchildren in the same room via Skype. “The kids probably heard voices coming from the computer and assumed it was us,” Ellen told Mail Online “It was just hilarious,” she added.

Meanwhile, the brilliant television moment concluded with Professor Kelly’s wife, Jung-a Kim rushing into the room and desperately pulling the children out of the room. But, even with that, the children could be heard yelling as Professor Robert Kelly calmly carried on with his discussion on the South Korean situation, according to Daily record.

The newsreader laughed and thanked Professor Kelly at the end of the segment. He continued to say, “That is a first time for everything. I think you’ve got some children who need you!”

However, even with all the scenes in the interview room, Professor Kelly did not seem to be distracted. A BBC spokesperson later said that there are really grateful to the Professor for the professionalism he displayed. “This just goes to show that live broadcasting isn’t always child’s play,” he added.

Roger Stone, loyalist of Donald Trump Admits He Was In Contact with Russian DNC hacker ‘Guccifer’

Latest updates have revealed that one of President Donald Trump’s top confidante and consultant on Friday, admitted having been in contact with the hackers who are the prime suspects of the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) computer and email accounts hacking. However, the loyalist, Roger Stone has described his discussions with the suspected hacker as completely innocuous.

It is reported that Roger Stone stated that the messages he exchanged online with exchanged with the Twitter handle, who is suspected to be behind the hack of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chief John Podesta are “completely innocuous.”

“It was so perfunctory, brief and banal I had forgotten it,” says Roger Stone to The Washington Times on Friday. But, even though Roger Stone have previously denied the allegations, he is said to have confirmed a recent report by an online news outlet, The Smoking Gun.

The Smoking Gun is the first online news site to report on Wednesday that Roger Stone had exchanged private messages with the online hacker called Guccifer 2.0. Guccifer 2.0, ‘as mentioned above is the online persona that the United States investigators suspect to have been created by the Russian government.

According to Mail Online, the hacker is accused of distributing and publicizing stolen emails that are obtained through an illegal hacking of DNC computers and Gmail accounts which belong to the staffers of Hillary Clinton.

Although the hacker has stated that he was acting alone and on his own free will, the United States intelligence community believes the Guccifer 2.0 was employed and controlled by Russian military intelligence.

However, it is reported that Roger Stone initially stated that he could not remember exchanging private messages with the hacker, which according to reports, Stone has described as a hero in the past. Roger Stone is said to have defended Guccifer 2.0 after the hacker temporarily suspended his Twitter account following his admission that he hacked into the DNC computers and email accounts.

The hacker, Guccifer 2.0 is said to have published a blog post on June 15 of last year, in which he admitted to being responsible for hacking into DNC computers and email accounts. It is also reported that the FBI has obtained numerous private conversation that took place between Roger Stone and the hacker.

According to reports, Roger Stone asked the hacker, Guccifer 2.0 to retweet an article he wrote on the rigged presidential election. It is also reported that last summer, Roger Stone himself wrote an article for Breitbart in which he praised Guccifer 2.0 for hacking the DNC computers. But Roger Stone is said to have denied that the Russian Government had anything to do with the hack.

Currently, Roger Stone and some other former Trump advisers, such as Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Michael Flynn are under critical investigation by the FBI for their alleged contacts with Russian government officials during the period of the presidential campaign.

PCOS: Everything You Should Know

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome is a common hormonal endocrine system disorder among women of childbearing age. Women with PCOS may have enlarged ovaries that contain small collections of fluid called follicles located in each ovary which could be visible during an ultrasound exam.
Some of the symptoms that signal the onset of PCOS include irregular menstrual cycles, excess hair growth in unusual areas, acne and unexplained weight gain. Infrequent or absence of menstruation in adolescents could also signify the condition.
There are other symptoms a woman should watch out for as PCOS cannot be diagnosed with one test alone and symptoms vary from woman to woman.
Although, the exact cause of polycystic ovary syndrome is still unknown, early diagnosis and treatment along with weight loss may reduce the risk of developing several medical conditions and other long-term complications, such as insulin resistance, type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol imbalance and high blood pressure.
Ten percent of women of child bearing age (mostly women in their 30s) are at risk of developing PCOS, but the risk decreases as age decline. Studies have shown that one in every ten women has PCOS and certain genetic factors may also play a role in its development such as type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
PCOS occurs when there is a hormonal imbalance and the eggs in the ovaries are unable to fully mature and the follicles remain in the ovary as cysts. The needed hormone, progesterone is not produced which results to an anovulatory cycle (where ovulation does not take place) and infrequent or missed menstrual cycles. Anovulation is a common cause of Infertility.
If left untreated, PCOS could cause heart problems and other conditions such as heart attack and stroke, due to the high levels of insulin. It can also result in metabolic syndrome.

There is an increase of androgen popularly known as “male hormones” in the ovaries of patients with PCOS. It is normally found in minimal levels in women but the level increases and becomes more concentrated in PCOS patient, thereby resulting in unwanted hair growth. This imbalance also causes acne and male type baldness.
Studies have also shown that women who smoke have higher levels of androgen, which contributes to unhealthy weight gain. Although quitting will not make all of the symptoms go away, it will most likely mitigate them and also lower the risk of cardiovascular complications. Smoking has also been linked with fertility problems.
Birth control pills and progesterone could help balance the hormones causing hair and skin symptoms. This combination of pills can also regulate the menstrual cycle and lower the risk of endometrial cancer.
Eating a balanced diet can help maintain a healthy weight. Exercising every day can help lower risk of cardiovascular complications.
Contact an OB/GYN for unexplained reproductive symptoms such as infrequent menstrual cycles, vaginal bleeding, thirst, excess urination, mood swings, excess hair growth or unexplained weight gain. These symptoms may also be caused by a number of different conditions.
Most PCOS treatments depend on the symptoms and whether a woman is trying to conceive. There is no cure for PCOS, but controlling it reduces the risks of infertility, miscarriages, heart disease, diabetes and uterine cancer.

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