Rauchen Aufgeben http://rauchen-aufgeben.org/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 22:10:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Rauchen Aufgeben http://rauchen-aufgeben.org/ 32 32 Personal Loan Weekly Rates | The bank rate https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/personal-loan-weekly-rates-the-bank-rate/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 22:10:05 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/personal-loan-weekly-rates-the-bank-rate/ Personal loan interest rates remain unchanged from last week as of Wednesday January 19 at 10.28%. Bankrate conducts a weekly survey of major lenders and monitors personal loan interest rates week after week, tracking any changes. The national weekly average for personal loan interest has remained stable throughout December 2021, dropping from 10.27% to 10.28% […]]]>

Personal loan interest rates remain unchanged from last week as of Wednesday January 19 at 10.28%. Bankrate conducts a weekly survey of major lenders and monitors personal loan interest rates week after week, tracking any changes. The national weekly average for personal loan interest has remained stable throughout December 2021, dropping from 10.27% to 10.28% in the first two weeks of 2022.

Comparison of the best personal loan rates

While personal loan interest rates have remained stable on average, different lenders offer different rates and overall experiences. Below are rates for some of the best personal lenders of 2022. These lenders performed well in the 2022 Bankrate Awards, each winning a superlative category.

Lender

APR

Amount of the loan

Minimum credit score

Discount rate superlative

LightStream

4.98%

$5,000 to $100,000

700

Ideal for home improvement and debt consolidation

Marcus of Goldman Sachs

6.99%

$3,500 to $40,000

660

best online lender

TD Bank

6.99%

$2,000 to $50,000

660

The best of a bank

Reached

8.94%

$1,000 to $50,000

Nothing

Ideal for borrowers with bad credit

best egg

5.99%

$2,000 to $50,000

640

Ideal for borrowers with fair credit

Figure

5.75%

$5,000 to $50,000

670

Ideal for borrowers with good credit

Axos

6.49%

$5,000 to $50,000

720

Ideal for borrowers with excellent credit

Personal loan rate by credit score

The interest rates you qualify for depend on the overall health of your credit. Below are the average interest rates for borrowers, ranging from excellent to bad credit, based on data from Bankrate.

Credit score

Average loan interest rate

Excellent (720-850)

10.3%-12.5%

Good (690-719)

13.5%-15.5%

Good (690-719)

13.5%-15.5%

Just (630-689)

17.8%-19.9%

Bad (300-629)

28.5%-32.0%

How to Compare Personal Loan Rates

When applying for a personal loan, there are many factors to consider. Here are some of the things you should think about before choosing a personal lender:

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Reduce your risk of cervical cancer https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/reduce-your-risk-of-cervical-cancer/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 15:00:53 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/reduce-your-risk-of-cervical-cancer/ Cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer-related death in women. Due to increased screening, the number of cervical cancer deaths in the United States has fallen by more than 50% since the 1970s, according to the American Cancer Society. Led by Dr. Haley Moss, the VA Breast and Gynecologic Oncology System of Excellence […]]]>

Cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer-related death in women. Due to increased screening, the number of cervical cancer deaths in the United States has fallen by more than 50% since the 1970s, according to the American Cancer Society.

Led by Dr. Haley Moss, the VA Breast and Gynecologic Oncology System of Excellence strives to transform cancer prevention, treatment, and outcomes while continuing to provide coordinated, integrated, and compassionate health care centered on the patient.

“The number of veterans seeking this cancer care at the VA is growing,” Moss said. “Our priority is to make sure veterans can access the kind of care they need.

This Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the System of Excellence in Gynecologic and Breast Oncology wants you to understand how you can reduce your risk by changing a few lifestyle habits.

Screening

Cervical cancer is one of the few largely preventable cancers. One form of prevention is to have regular cervical cancer screenings.

“Getting screened for cervical cancer is vital for long-term health,” Moss said. “When caught unawares on routine screening, cervical cancer is highly treatable and veterans generally have very good outcomes.”

Depending on your age and current state of health, you may be screened in three or five year increments.

For veterans ages 21 to 29, VA recommends a Pap test every three years.

For veterans between the ages of 30 and 65, VA recommends one of three options:

  • A Pap test every three years
  • Pap and HPV (human papillomavirus) tests every five years
  • An HPV test every five years

Even if you are vaccinated against HPV, you should still be screened regularly for cervical cancer. If you have had a hysterectomy, you may need to be screened for cervical cancer. Tell your provider about your surgical history and any previous cervical screening results.

Prevention

To reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer, remember to:

  • Quit Smoking (find VA resources on how to quit)
  • Get vaccinated against HPV (up to age 45)
  • Get tested
  • Share your family history with your provider
  • Report any irregular bleeding or pelvic pain

One of the best ways to prevent cervical cancer is to quit smoking. Smoking cigarettes increases your risk of cervical cancer by 50%.

Although smoking cigarettes is commonly associated with lung cancer, quitting smoking is one of the best ways to prevent cervical cancer. If you need help quitting smoking, every VA medical center offers quit smoking counseling and medication. For more information, visit How to Quit Smoking, an online resource to help veterans quit smoking.

Another important prevention step is to get vaccinated against HPV. HPV causes up to 90% of all cervical cancers. You can get the HPV vaccine through your primary care provider until age 45. Even if you had an abnormal Pap test, you can get the HPV vaccine.

When screening, be sure to share your family history of cancer. If your parent, sibling, or child has had breast, ovarian, or uterine cancer, your provider needs to know.

Also, it is important to tell your health care provider if you have irregular bleeding or pelvic pain.

Schedule your screening today

Speak to your VA provider today about how to schedule a cervical cancer screening, your Pap test and/or HPV test at your local VA facility. You can find your local VA medical facility by visiting VA.gov: Find Locations.

If you have questions about gynecologic cancer care within VA, visit cancer.va.gov or email cancer@va.gov.

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Despite COVID-19, most young Canadian adults https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/despite-covid-19-most-young-canadian-adults/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 02:06:18 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/despite-covid-19-most-young-canadian-adults/ A longitudinal study based in Montreal reveals little change in the consumption of alcohol, cannabis and nicotine among 24 to 33 year olds from before the pandemic to today. Long queues outside liquor and pot outlets, telecommuters worried about their mental health, young parents trying to cope with home schooling – for two years now, […]]]>

A longitudinal study based in Montreal reveals little change in the consumption of alcohol, cannabis and nicotine among 24 to 33 year olds from before the pandemic to today.

Long queues outside liquor and pot outlets, telecommuters worried about their mental health, young parents trying to cope with home schooling – for two years now, the news has been full of people with struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic.

But have social isolation, financial hardship and psychological distress really led to an increase in the use of psychoactive substances such as alcohol, cannabis, cigarettes and e-cigarettes, as the media suggests?

In general, no, except among the least educated and socially isolated, according to a study led by Canada published in The Lancet Regional Health—Americas.

In this document, Marie-Pierre Sylvestre and Jennifer O’Loughlin, researchers at the CHUM Research Center affiliated with the University of Montreal (UdeM), examine the differences in the frequency of consumption of psychoactive substances among young adults, a group the more prone to anxiety and psychological distress.

Until now, no study had collected such data, let alone from the Canadian population.

“In general, weekly and daily substance use was quite stable in our sample of young Canadian adults,” said Sylvestre, the study’s first author and professor in UdeM’s Department of Social and Preventive Medicine. “Far from the alarmist rhetoric of some media, our results do not show that the consumption of alcohol, nicotine or cannabis has increased dramatically during the pandemic.”

A cohort of nearly 1,300

Sylvestre based his research on the NDIT cohort (The Nicotine Dependence in Teens) set up between 1999 and 2000 by O’Loughlin, holder of the Canada Research Chair in the Early Determinants of Chronic Diseases from 2004 to 2021.

In total, they covered 1,294 young Canadians recruited in 1999 and 2000 at ages 12 or 13 in 10 secondary schools in the Montreal region. Pre-pandemic data on their use of cannabis, alcohol, cigarettes and e-cigarettes, as well as heavy drinking, were collected when participants were 20, 24 and 30 years old. During the pandemic, data was collected from December 2020 to June 2021, when they were 33 years old.

“In our study, we were able to observe that people with less education – secondary 5 – as well as adults living alone, were more likely to start or increase their consumption of psychoactive substances during COVID-19,” said Sylvestre. “We can reasonably assume that these more vulnerable groups may need more targeted attention and interventions to deal with the effects of the pandemic.”

She and O’Loughlin urge their fellow scientists to expand the follow-up of their current cohorts to collect data representative of a wider range of age groups and vulnerable subgroups. Among other things, this would allow them to determine whether changes in substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic translate into changes in health service use and mortality, they said.

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About this study

A longitudinal study of changes in substance use from before to during the COVID-19 pandemic among young adultsby Marie-Pierre Sylvestre et al., was published on January 6, 2022 in The Lancet Regional Health—Americas. Funding was provided by the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

This study is the first in a series of three funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The next two will be published shortly and will address the topics of mental health and physical activity.

About the CRCHUM
The University of Montreal Hospital Research Center (CRCHUM) is one of the leading hospital research centers in North America. It aims to improve adult health through a continuum of research spanning disciplines such as basic science, clinical research and public health. More than 2,300 people work at the CRCHUM, including more than 500 researchers and more than 520 graduate students. chumontreal.qc.ca/crhum @CRCHUM

About the University of Montreal

Deeply rooted in Montreal and dedicated to its international mission, the University of Montreal is one of the best universities in the Francophonie. Founded in 1878, the Université de Montréal now has 13 faculties and schools and, together with its two affiliated schools, HEC Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal, constitutes the largest center of higher education and research in Québec and one of the major hubs in North America. It brings together 2,400 professors and researchers and has more than 67,000 students. ummontreal.ca


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Wearing masks in public to prevent the spread of COVID is for the greater good https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/wearing-masks-in-public-to-prevent-the-spread-of-covid-is-for-the-greater-good/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 21:34:50 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/wearing-masks-in-public-to-prevent-the-spread-of-covid-is-for-the-greater-good/ It was in the 70s. A friend of my sister was taking a flight that had a long layover at the airport in Raleigh, North Carolina. She decided to take a cab into town to see what she could see. His most lasting impression was, “Everyone smokes! Everywhere I went, people were smoking! She wasn’t […]]]>

It was in the 70s. A friend of my sister was taking a flight that had a long layover at the airport in Raleigh, North Carolina. She decided to take a cab into town to see what she could see.

His most lasting impression was, “Everyone smokes! Everywhere I went, people were smoking! She wasn’t from the South and had probably never spent 10 minutes in the tobacco-growing state of North Carolina. And, yes, in the 70s and before, everyone smoked.

The children were smoking. Some of them. Secondary schools had outdoor smoking areas for students. Adult smokers, women and men. My mom’s two best friends were smoking at our kitchen table while drinking coffee.

My mother was raised by a strict Methodist mother who not only did not approve of smoking and drinking, but also of taking aspirin and drinking coke. Mom didn’t smoke. But other people have. In airports and on planes, in restaurants and even in hospitals. Unless someone was under an “oxygen tent,” in which case there was a sign on the bedroom door: “No Smoking. Oxygen Use.”

So what happened? We decided, some of us, that smoking was bad for our health even though the cigarette companies denied it. And we decided that non-smokers should be protected from the smoke generated by smokers.

Education in times of pandemic: Masks still required for students and staff at Waynesboro Public Schools

Smoking was mostly prohibited in public places. All those romantic movie scenes of couples smoking in bars: gone. The cigarette after sex: finished. The low, sexy, deep voice of the older smoker: Gone. Sitting around small cocktail tables listening to jazz in a club while smoking: Gone.

It was a big cultural shift, and it was weird. It felt like a loss. And it was, no doubt. But the tobacco companies lost their battle to convince people that cigarettes were not harmful to health.

Given the reaction of some Americans to mask mandates in schools and on public transportation, I doubt that bans on smoking in public places can be passed today. They would probably make cigarettes free and encourage smoking as a sign of freedom from government tyranny. (In fact, the Virginia Slims brand sold the idea that smoking was a sign of liberation for women. “You’ve come a long way, baby.”)

Governor Youngkin bans mandatory mask-wearing in schools and elsewhere. I don’t see any difference between allowing people to go unmasked wherever they want and allowing people to smoke wherever they want. Both endanger people who choose not to have cigarette smoke or coronavirus in their lungs.

In the name of individualism and individual freedom, anti-maskers and smokers are on the same side: “My freedom to do what I love outweighs your freedom to be protected from disease.”

Pandemic Updates: The USPS is sending rapid home COVID tests for free. Here’s how to get them.

People have complained about the anti-smoking laws. But they did not threaten to withhold money from schools or hospitals. They didn’t threaten to shoot people. Not that I remember anyway. They did not threaten to overthrow the government. There were no armed militias of smokers.

Gradually, people realized that the tobacco industry was lying when it said that smoking did not cause cancer or other health problems. And they took their smoking outside. There was a kind of community outside where people were taking smoke breaks. I even thought about starting to smoke so I could spend time with them. There were some interesting people smoking outside the front doors.

It’s a sad and strange political moment where people’s identities seem to be tied to practices that can cause death. I don’t think even the identity of the Marlboro man was that tied to that particular addiction. He didn’t sit astride his horse threatening to shoot anyone who dared challenge his right to smoke anywhere. He didn’t wear the scowl of anti-masks.

Smoking was supposed to sweeten you up. Maybe they should sell little nicotine-saturated filters to fit inside the masks. Would that make them more acceptable?

– Write to Patricia Hunt, Staunton columnist, at phunt@marybaldwin.edu.

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‘Quit Smoking’ – New guidelines to help smokers quit as one in six adults in Ireland smoke daily https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/quit-smoking-new-guidelines-to-help-smokers-quit-as-one-in-six-adults-in-ireland-smoke-daily/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 15:44:00 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/quit-smoking-new-guidelines-to-help-smokers-quit-as-one-in-six-adults-in-ireland-smoke-daily/ A new set of clinical guidelines for healthcare professionals to help smokers quit has been released today. he guidelines, called ‘Stop Smoking’, are intended to help doctors and other healthcare professionals best advise adults to quit smoking and not to smoke. Around one in six adults in Ireland (16%) smoke daily, while 18% of adults […]]]>

A new set of clinical guidelines for healthcare professionals to help smokers quit has been released today.

he guidelines, called ‘Stop Smoking’, are intended to help doctors and other healthcare professionals best advise adults to quit smoking and not to smoke.

Around one in six adults in Ireland (16%) smoke daily, while 18% of adults in total are currently classified as smokers.

Within the under-25 age group, men are significantly more likely to smoke than women (19% and 11%, respectively), according to a 2021 Health Ireland survey.

Tobacco Free Ireland is Ireland’s national tobacco control policy and sets a target for Ireland to be tobacco free by 2025.

For the first time in Ireland, however, the survey found that smoking rates are now highest among people aged 45 to 54, whereas in previous years they were highest in groups younger ages, indicating a decline in smoking rates among younger generations.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly welcomed the new guidelines and said the measures taken “will bring us closer to our goal of becoming a tobacco-free society”, while adding that “Ireland is recognized worldwide as a leader and innovator in tobacco control”.

“This national clinical guideline is not only an important resource for our healthcare professionals to help those wishing to quit smoking, but it is also an acknowledgment of the significant harm to public health caused by tobacco use and a signal of our continued commitment to reducing and ultimately eliminating this damage,” Mr. Donnelly said.

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of illness, disability and premature death in Ireland and smokers are concerned about the impact it has on their lives and those of their loved ones, says specialist Dr Paul Kavanagh of Public Health at the HSE and Chair of the Guidelines Development Group.

“Most want to quit, but too many try to quit without support. Yet there are three simple yet powerful steps that every healthcare professional can take to maximize a person who smokes’ chances of successful quitting – asking questions about smoking, offering advice on how to quit, and providing practical support by organizing a referral to a smoking cessation and quit smoking counselor. medications.

“These new national clinical guidelines describe evidence-based best practices for healthcare professionals who help people quit smoking. For smokers, the guidelines provide certainty about the safe, good quality care they can expect,” Dr Kavanagh said.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death, disease and disability worldwide, with the World Health Organization (WHO) describing it as one of the greatest public health threats to which the world has ever faced. More than 8 million people worldwide die each year as a direct result of tobacco use or exposure to second-hand smoke.

Along with using evidence-based approaches to “remove the visibility of tobacco products from everyday life”, Minister of State Frank Feighan said all interventions available to government should be used, ” legislative, policy, cessation support and tax measures – to support people to quit smoking and prevent tobacco initiation”.

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22nd Century launches the first FDA-cleared reduced-nicotine cigarette that helps you smoke less https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/22nd-century-launches-the-first-fda-cleared-reduced-nicotine-cigarette-that-helps-you-smoke-less/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/22nd-century-launches-the-first-fda-cleared-reduced-nicotine-cigarette-that-helps-you-smoke-less/ VLN(R) Packages VLN(R) Reduced Nicotine Cigarettes from 22nd Century Group VLN(R) Reduced Nicotine Cigarettes from 22nd Century Group BUFFALO, NY, Jan. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On December 23, 2021, the FDA announced a landmark decision in tobacco control by clearing 22nd Century Group, Inc.’s VLN® King and VLN® Menthol King ( Nasdaq: XXII) as […]]]>

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BUFFALO, NY, Jan. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On December 23, 2021, the FDA announced a landmark decision in tobacco control by clearing 22nd Century Group, Inc.’s VLN® King and VLN® Menthol King ( Nasdaq: XXII) as the first and only Reduced Nicotine (RNC) cigarette under its Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) designation. Scientific studies show that the company’s VLN® reduced nicotine cigarettes “help you smoke less”. 22nd Century is now moving aggressively to bring VLN® to market. A pilot launch will begin in its first major metropolitan market by March 2022, after which marketing and distribution is expected to expand to a full national launch.

The FDA’s decision on VLN® is a major public health event in the fight to reduce the harms of smoking. Not only did 22nd Century receive MRTP clearance based on its application submissions, but the FDA proactively added an additional and incredibly valuable mandated “Helps You Smoke Less” claim on every package to educate the consumer. on the benefits of the product.

VLN® King and VLN® Menthol King are the only FDA-cleared low-nicotine combustible cigarettes in the US tobacco market, estimated at approximately $80 billion.

“The FDA’s MRTP clearance for VLN® ushered in a new reality: a combustible cigarette bearing a cleared risk reduction claim backed by extensive scientific and clinical studies, most of which were funded by federal health agencies. said James A. Mish, Managing Director. Officer. “VLN is the only harm reduction product of its kind, and we are confident, based on research, that it can absolutely be successful on its own or in combination with other harm reduction products. With approximately 1,300 smoking-related deaths per day in the United States, our products that can help people smoke less offer a truly game-changing prospect for the millions of American adults who currently smoke.

22nd Century intends to begin its pilot market launch in March 2022 to test and optimize its marketing mix by educating smokers on the benefits of reduced nicotine VLN® King and VLN® Menthol King cigarettes. The pilot project will help the company better understand how adult smokers will use this unique and revolutionary product before moving to national distribution, providing an unparalleled tool to help adult smokers find a way out of nicotine addiction.

“22nd Century has secured a well-known national retail partner for the pilot market launch phase of VLN®,” said Mish. “We intend to roll out and test a wide range of marketing materials aimed at adult smokers looking for ways to help them smoke less. These will include point-of-sale marketing, direct materials sent to self-identified adult smokers interested in VLN®, and online resources such as our new product site at tryvln.com.

Research indicates that nearly 70% of the estimated 34 million adult smokers in the United States want to quit, and over 60% of adult smokers in our research told us they are likely to try VLN®, including many adult smokers who don’t try to quit.

Additionally, 22nd Century is engaged in ongoing discussions with other potential partners – both retail and strategic – interested in helping introduce reduced nicotine products using 22nd Century’s proprietary tobacco for adult smokers.

Although 22nd Century owns or controls the intellectual property that makes VLN® tobacco possible, the company has reiterated its willingness and expectation to license the technology to strategic partners to help ensure availability to as many adult smokers as possible. in the United States and around the world as quickly as possible. possible in support of broader public health goals established by the US FDA and other agencies.

The Company intends to update its progress towards the launch of its pilot market in the coming weeks.

About 22nd Century Group, Inc.
22nd Century Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: XXII) is a leading agricultural biotechnology company focused on reducing tobacco harm, reducing tobacco nicotine, and improving health and well-being through phytology. With dozens of patents enabling it to control the biosynthesis of nicotine in the tobacco plant, the company has developed proprietary reduced nicotine (RNC) tobacco plants and cigarettes, which have become the cornerstone of the overall plan. of the FDA to combat widespread deaths and illnesses caused by smoking. The company received the first and only MRTP clearance from the FDA for a combustible cigarette in December 2021. In tobacco, hemp/cannabis and hops plants, 22nd Century uses modern plant breeding technologies including genetic engineering , gene editing and molecular breeding to provide solutions for the life science and consumer product industries by creating new proprietary plants with optimized alkaloid and flavonoid profiles along with improved yields and valuable agronomic characteristics.

Learn more at xxiicentury.com, on Twitter @_xxiicentury and on LinkedIn.

Learn more about the VLN® at tryvln.com.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Except for historical information, all statements, expectations and assumptions in this press release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally contain words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “consider”, “continue”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “explore”, “expect”, “target ‘, ‘advice’, ‘intend’, ‘likely’, ‘may’, ‘plan’, ‘potential’, ‘predict’, ‘preliminary’, ‘probable’, ‘project’, ‘promising’, “seek”, “should”, “steal”, “would” and similar expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 11, 2021. All information provided in this release is valid. as of the date hereof, and The Company undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Investor Relations and Media Contact:
Mei Kuo
Director, Communications and Investor Relations
22nd Century Group, Inc.
(716) 300-1221
mkuo@xxiicentury.com

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How to prepare for pregnancy – Cleveland Clinic https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/how-to-prepare-for-pregnancy-cleveland-clinic/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:35:46 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/how-to-prepare-for-pregnancy-cleveland-clinic/ There are tons of tips on the many things pregnant women should and shouldn’t do, from cutting down on caffeine intake to avoiding soft cheeses to not using kitty litter. . But what should you do – or not do – if you are trying get pregnant? Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit academic medical center. […]]]>

There are tons of tips on the many things pregnant women should and shouldn’t do, from cutting down on caffeine intake to avoiding soft cheeses to not using kitty litter. . But what should you do – or not do – if you are trying get pregnant?

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Reproductive endocrinologist Stephen B. Mooney, MD, talks about the best ways to prepare your body and mind when trying to conceive.

When to start preparing for pregnancy

If you know you want to try to conceive, there’s no better time to start preparing your body and mind. In a perfect world, we would all prioritize our physical and emotional health all the time, but in a busy and sometimes stressful world, it’s not uncommon to put our individual health on the back burner.

“If someone is really conscious of preparing their body and mind for pregnancy, ideally they should start up to a year or six months before,” says Dr Mooney, “But in reality, even three months or 90 days of preparation goes a long way.

Where to start if you want to get pregnant

If “Having a baby” is at the top of your to-do list, there are some things you can do to put yourself in the best possible position to conceive and carry. Dr. Mooney shares some of the steps to consider.

1. Catalog your family history

Your family’s health issues can become your own health issues — or at least play a role in how your doctor answers your fertility questions.

Some hereditary cancers, such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, and uterine cancer, can impact fertility. “If you know you have a family history from your mother, sister, aunt, or grandmother, that information is critical to share with your doctor,” Dr. Mooney says.

Other health conditions can also impact your fertility care, so tell your doctor if you have a family history of inherited conditions such as:

  • Diabetes.
  • Hypertension.
  • Blood clotting disorders.

“Having this information will help your doctor make more informed decisions about certain screenings, diagnostic tests, and other procedures to help alleviate or minimize pregnancy-related complications,” Dr. Mooney advises.

2. Stop your birth control

Warning: you can, in theory, get pregnant a few days after stopping your birth control, so don’t do it until you’re ready.

“There’s a common misconception that you should go off birth control for a while before trying to get pregnant – so you can get back on your cycle,” says Dr Mooney. “But in reality, unless your birth control is masking an underlying ovulation disorder, many people can achieve pregnancy relatively quickly after stopping birth control.”

3. Start tracking your ovulation

You may not yet know much about your fertile window – the time of the month when you can get pregnant. Enter ovulation tracking, which can be done through different methods.

  • Phone apps: Some apps predict when you will ovulate based on data you provide about your menstrual cycle. “It’s more accurate than guessing, but not as accurate as other methods,” says Dr. Mooney.
  • Ovulation predictor strips: These over-the-counter strips test your urine to tell you if you’re ovulating. It’s one of the most reliable at-home ways to identify your fertile window.
  • Basal Body Temperature Chart: Using a specialized thermometer each morning, you can monitor your body temperature to determine when you ovulated. “It confirms that ovulation did occur, but only after the fact,” notes Dr. Mooney. “It’s not necessarily the best when trying to achieve pregnancy, but it can help you better understand your cycle.”

4. Start taking prenatal vitamins

The best time to get into the habit of taking a prenatal vitamin is before you get pregnant. One of their most important ingredients is folate, or folic acid, which helps your fetus’ spine close properly and prevents spina bifida.

The other vitamins and nutrients in prenatals help support and nourish you and, eventually, the little life growing inside of you. “When you’re pregnant, nutrients are transferred from you to the fetus, so it’s important to have a continuous supply of nutrients that are important for fetal growth,” says Dr. Mooney.

5. Control your stress

Reduced stress doesn’t directly correlate with improved pregnancy rates, but there’s a lot of value to it can have an impact on your general well-being, which may affect your fertility.

“Reducing stress can help you think more clearly, make life decisions with confidence, weigh options rationally, and improve your relationships at work, home, and beyond,” says Dr. Mooney.

High stress levels can also have a direct impact on your menstrual cycle, causing you to stop having periods or even have periods too often, which can affect your ability to get pregnant.

6. Exercise regularly

To move! Dr. Mooney recommends 30 minutes of exercise a day, at least five times a week.

“Exercise improves cardiovascular health, helps with weight management and relieves stress,” he says — all of which are positive in general, but especially when trying to get pregnant.

7. Achieve a healthy weight

Your weight can impact your ability to conceive, so talk to your doctor or dietitian to learn more about proper calorie intake, exercise, and other healthy habits while you’re trying to conceive.

If you are underweight…

Some underweight people, especially those with eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia, may not ovulate or have irregular periods.

“Even those who are underweight without eating disorders can have problems with ovulation, cycle management, pregnancy implantation and premature labor once they are got pregnant,” says Dr. Mooney.

If you are overweight…

Obesity can also affect your menstrual cycle, including the quality of your eggs. And overweight people are more at risk of:

  • Miscarriage.
  • Chronic hypertension.
  • Gestational Diabetes.
  • Preeclampsia.

“I encourage obese patients to try to maintain their weight first, and then we can put a plan in place to start losing weight,” Dr. Mooney recommends. “Start slow, just five pounds, then 10 or 12, and we’ll go from there.”

8. Optimize your diet

If you were planning to improve your eating habits, now is the time to revamp them. Try to adopt a diet that tends towards:

  • Reduced carbohydrate intake.
  • Increased protein and healthy fat intake.
  • Lots of fruits and vegetables.

“We generally recommend a low-carb, Mediterranean-style diet with lots of leafy green vegetables,” says Dr. Mooney. “Essentially, anything brightly colored in the produce aisle is likely to have a lot of good nutrients.”

There are also a variety of foods you shouldn’t eat when you’re pregnant. If you’re currently consuming a lot of them, you might want to try cutting them out before you get pregnant, just to make it easier for you when the time comes. In particular, reduce predatory fish, such as tuna, which can expose you to increased levels of heavy metals, including mercury and cadmium.

9. Quit smoking

Smoking is a known risk factor for infertility.

“Our lung cells are separated from the blood vessels in the lungs by a single cell layer, so anything we take in, like cigarettes or marijuana, goes into the bloodstream and travels throughout the body,” says Dr. Mooney.

“All of the compounds in cigarette smoke eventually get deposited throughout the body, including the ovaries. And so smoking can have a profound and detrimental impact on ovarian function, egg quality, and egg count.

It is better never to start smoking. But if you currently have a habit of lighting up, try quitting smoking to increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy.

10. Reduce caffeine

You don’t have to give up your morning coffee when trying to get pregnant. But if you usually have a little morning cups, you may want to reduce.

“Having 500 milligrams or more of caffeine a day — the equivalent of five or six cups of coffee — has been shown to impact fertility and miscarriage,” says Dr. Mooney.

Try to limit yourself to two caffeinated beverages (including coffee, tea, and soda) a day when trying to conceive.

11. Talk to your doctor about your medications

A range of drugs can affect your ability to conceive and can impact your fetus once you become pregnant.

“If you’re trying to get pregnant, go over your list of prescription medications with your doctor and ask, ‘Do these have an impact on pregnancy?’ advises Dr. Mooney.

Some common medications that can affect fetal development include:

  • Methotrexate, which is used to treat arthritis.
  • Isotretinoin, which is used to treat acne.
  • Valproic acid, which is used to treat seizures.
  • Warfarin and other anticoagulants.
  • ACE inhibitors, which are used to lower blood pressure and treat other heart conditions.
  • Certain antibiotics, including doxycycline and tetracycline.
  • Certain antidepressants and anxiolytics, including alprazolam, diazepam, lithium, and paroxetine.

Before you freak out about stopping a drug that’s integral to your own well-being, there’s good news: Dr. Mooney says that in many cases, your doctor can guide you to a safer switch. .

If no alternatives are available, your doctor will work closely with you to discuss the risks of becoming pregnant during treatment and determine the best and safest course of action for you and your fetus.

When to start talking about infertility

It can be frustrating — and even devastating — to try to conceive and still only see one line on repeated pregnancy tests. If you’ve been trying for six months to a year without success, it may be time to see a doctor.

Infertility is defined as one year of unprotected sex without achieving pregnancy. If you are 35 or older, this period is reduced to six months.

“Start talking to your partner and healthcare provider as early as possible,” says Dr. Mooney, “so you can feel prepared and affirmed to start getting the care you need.”

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John Mellencamp thinks cigarettes made him look like Louis Armstrong https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/john-mellencamp-thinks-cigarettes-made-him-look-like-louis-armstrong/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 23:37:06 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/john-mellencamp-thinks-cigarettes-made-him-look-like-louis-armstrong/ Turns out heartthrob rocker John Mellencamp has a not-so-secret trick to making his voice sound great: smoking cigarettes. In an interview with Forbes, Mellencamp praised the effect of smoking on his voice, choosing the song “Gone So Soon” from his upcoming album Strictly a one-eyed Jack for example. “We were laughing. When we were making […]]]>

Turns out heartthrob rocker John Mellencamp has a not-so-secret trick to making his voice sound great: smoking cigarettes.

In an interview with Forbes, Mellencamp praised the effect of smoking on his voice, choosing the song “Gone So Soon” from his upcoming album Strictly a one-eyed Jack for example.

“We were laughing. When we were making this record, it was like, ‘John, your voice has changed so much since you started,’” he explained. “And I said, ‘Well, the cigarettes are starting to pay off. And I was happy when I heard myself singing ‘Gone So Soon’, that I sounded like Louis Armstrong.

It was not an intentional act on the part of the singer. “It wasn’t something I tried to do,” Mellencamp insisted. “It’s just that cigarettes take their toll on your vocal chords… Just by talking to me, you can tell my voice is hoarse, and that’s from smoking.” Nothing that I wanted to do. It never occurred to me that would happen, but I’m happy to sound like it.

Mellencamp also reflected on his career as a whole during the interview. “How do you become good at something? You keep doing it, ”he considered. “And most people quit too soon, that’s what I’ve found… Courage is knowing you’re beaten before you even start, but you start anyway, and you go all the way. end, no matter the outcome.

And that’s what we did on this record. That’s how it worked. I learned 10, 15 years ago, you can’t control art. Real art is when you let the art go where it wants to go.

Strictly a one-eyed Jack, Mellencamp’s 25th studio album, is set to be released on Friday, January 21. It can be pre-ordered here.

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Community Message: Honoring Dr. King by Working to End Tobacco Disparities https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/community-message-honoring-dr-king-by-working-to-end-tobacco-disparities/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 20:07:55 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/community-message-honoring-dr-king-by-working-to-end-tobacco-disparities/ Editor’s note: Community posts is where community announcements and event posts are posted. If you have a community-focused event that you think our readers would be interested in, please submit here. Monday, January 17 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s a time to honor the legacy and accomplishments of the civil rights champion taking […]]]>

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Monday, January 17 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s a time to honor the legacy and accomplishments of the civil rights champion taking action to help create the beloved community of Dr. King’s dream. To help carry on his legacy, the Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network’s Smoke-Free Housing and COVID Task Force has worked to end tobacco-related disparities in Wisconsin, especially among residents of color.

This population, among others, has experienced higher levels of racism, discrimination, targeted marketing from the tobacco industry, and stress escalating to negatively impact their social and physical environment and, therefore, on its health outcomes. The impact of COVID-19 has compounded these inequalities.

These injustices are what drive our subcommittee to action by supporting residents, sharing information on industry tactics, COVID-related risks for smokers, and how to access free help to quit smoking by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW. We also strive to share information about the harms of menthol tobacco, which has targeted African American communities for decades. Menthol tobacco is easier to start and harder to quit, leading advocates both locally and nationally to call for an end to menthol sales in the United States.

I have never had a tobacco addiction. But, I have many relatives who are current tobacco users. Some of them quit. My uncle quit, but it was too late and he still died of cancer. I did a family tree and most men were tobacco users and it’s sad and as far as I know everyone started using tobacco products at a young age. That’s part of the reason I got involved.

Although our movement has grown, we still need your help to share our messages and move towards a healthier and more equitable future for all. To join our working group or to support our movement, visit us on https://www.jumpatthesunllc.com/. To learn more about how tobacco is changing, visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/tobaccoischanging/take-action.htm.

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Experts warn children exposed to second-hand smoke https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/experts-warn-children-exposed-to-second-hand-smoke/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 16:23:00 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/experts-warn-children-exposed-to-second-hand-smoke/ Children exposed to second-hand smoke have a good chance of never reaching their full potential for developing normal lung function, a top consultant pulmonologist has warned. Smoking near children should not be allowed as it can have acute and chronic repercussions on their health, according to Stephen Montefort. Consultant Respiratory Physician Stephen Montefort “Ear, throat […]]]>

Children exposed to second-hand smoke have a good chance of never reaching their full potential for developing normal lung function, a top consultant pulmonologist has warned.

Smoking near children should not be allowed as it can have acute and chronic repercussions on their health, according to Stephen Montefort.

Consultant Respiratory Physician Stephen Montefort

“Ear, throat and chest problems in children exposed to second-hand smoke are more common with more frequent exacerbations. This, in addition to being more likely for children to become smokers themselves…In my view, smoking should not be allowed anywhere children may have such exposure, and it should start at home,” said he declared.

Montefort was reacting to the results of a recent study which showed that the vast majority of children who took part in the study had traces of second-hand smoke in their bodies, even though almost three quarters of their parents declared that they were not exposed to it House.

The research provided a snapshot of the hidden impact of tobacco that potentially exists in the age cohort. The study involved collecting urine samples from 174 children between the ages of 9 and 11 at five public schools.

Although nearly three in four parents (72.4%) said their children were not exposed to tobacco smoke at home, urine samples revealed that 95.4% of children were exposed to nicotine and 98.3% were exposed to NNK (nicotine-nitrosamino ketone derivative), a known lung carcinogen derived from the addictive nicotine.

“Since almost all children have been exposed to tobacco smoke, exposure does not only occur at home, but certainly also in transit – on foot or in the car – or during other social activities where adults smoke in the presence of children,” said the lead researcher. Noel Aquilina.

Reacting to this, Montefort, co-author of the study with Peter Fsadni, said: “This article also shows that claims that parents say they do not smoke near their children, and therefore do not affect them negatively, are wrong. The evidence is that second-hand smoke lurks in the air and on surfaces longer and therefore children are exposed anyway.

Montefort has long studied the impact of second-hand smoke on children.

Children tend to eliminate carcinogens from their bodies slowly compared to adults.

In 2012, he was among Maltese doctors who conducted a study involving around 8,000 schoolchildren and provided unprecedented hard evidence that passive smoking at home and personal smoking in adolescents ‘really does affect’ allergic conditions in children. children.

The study found that 31% of 5-8 year olds were passive smokers, followed by 51% of 13-15 year olds. It found that both maternal and paternal smoking put children at an increased risk of wheezing at some point in their lives, exercise-induced wheeze, nighttime cough and asthma.

Children tend to eliminate carcinogens from their bodies slowly compared to adults.

According to Maltese law, since 2004, smoking is prohibited in public indoor spaces. In 2012, a ban on smoking in playgrounds came into effect. The ban also applies to public gardens within the grounds of children’s play equipment. Since January 2017, it has become illegal to smoke in passenger cars in the presence of children under the age of 16.

Nothing prevents adults from smoking around children in other places, such as at home or when sitting outside in a bar or restaurant.

A Eurobarometer survey published in February 2021 showed that Maltese are more likely to smoke outdoors in areas frequented by children and teenagers, compared to other Europeans.

A total of 41% of Maltese respondents reported the presence of smokers in outdoor places aimed at teenagers or children, such as parks and playgrounds, compared to just 31% of all EU and UK respondents. United.

According to a March 2021 report by the World Health Organization, second-hand smoke kills an estimated 1.2 million people each year, and 65,000 of these premature and preventable deaths are in children and adolescents under the age of 15.

The report found that children whose caregivers smoke are nearly 70% more likely to try smoking by age 15.

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