It’s perfectly normal for men to have an occasional problem gaining or sustaining an erection. But for some men, these difficulties are frequent and severe, making penetration impossible. This condition is known as erectile dysfunction, or ED, and occurs when there is a reduced blood flow to the penis at the time of erection. We now know that erectile dysfunction is in the pelvis, not in the mind – but this understanding is relatively recent.
In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, OnlineNursingPrograms.com has created an infographic that's chock full of sobering statistics about the disease. For instance, one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2011, there were more than 230,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in women and more than 2,000 in men. Furthermore, among cancers in women, one in three is breast cancer. Check out the graphic after the jump.
The United States has had a shortage of primary care providers for quite a while, and the doctor shortage is not expected to ease up anytime soon, with more people gaining access to health coverage along with the increased health needs of aging Baby Boomers. In an attempt to address this shortage, the Affordable Care Act includes provisions to train more primary care providers – including nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA), not just MDs.
The time most of us spend looking at a screen has rapidly increased over the past decade. If we’re not at work on the computer, we’re likely to stay tuned into the online sphere via a smart phone or tablet. Shelves of books are being replaced by a single e-book reader; and television shows and movies are available anywhere, any time. So what does all this extra screen time mean for our eyes? Well, you’ll be pleased to hear that like many good eye myths, there is simply no evidence to support this old wives' tale.
We’re often told by the popular press and well-meaning family and friends that, for good health, we should fall asleep quickly and sleep solidly for about eight hours – otherwise we’re at risk of physical and psychological ill health. Sleep need varies depending on the individual and can be anywhere from 12 hours in long-sleeping children, to six hours in short-sleeping healthy older adults. But despite the prevailing belief, normal sleep is not a long, deep valley of unconsciousness.
by Monica Byrne
Of course there are differences between female genital mutilation and female genital cosmetic surgery, the most striking of which is the conditions under which they are performed. Common to FGM is the use of non-sterile instruments in unhygienic conditions, whereas FGCS is typically “medicalised”, carried out in professional surgical environments like plastic/cosmetic surgeons’ clinics. Yet FGM and FGCS may not be as dissimilar as we might imagine.