If after such a pain you end up experiencing an abnormal vaginal discharge, the chances that you have a ruptured ovarian cyst just shot up.
With an ultrasound, your doctor will be able to use sound waves to take a peak into your reproductive system. He or she will be able to use it to tell the shape, size and location of the cyst. This can help you get an idea on whether it has ruptured or not. It is also good at getting a clear idea of whether a cyst rupture has resulted in an internal bleeding or not.
An ultrasound can also be used to tell whether any other disease or condition is responsible for any of the symptoms that you are experiencing. For example, it will be useful in helping you to know whether you actually have cysts in your ovaries or if it’s just a pregnancy. This is important especially considering the similarities in symptoms between ovarian cysts and pregnancy.
A blood test will come in handy when checking for ovarian cancer signs. It will also be invaluable when confirming whether the rupture has resulted in a serious internal infection.
This test is useful in helping to rule out other causes of pain. It makes it easier to narrow down on a cyst burst as the source of your problems.
The discharge that a cyst releases after it bursts can encourage an infection. If this happens, some of it will spread to your vagina. As a result carrying out a vaginal culture will help tell a better story of the type and extent of the infection that is affecting your reproductive system.
According to Hopkins Medicine, with a CT scan, you can get a clearer picture of what is exactly happening in your reproductive system. This test uses a computer and X-rays to create this picture that can then be used to asses the nature of your cyst and whether it has ruptured or not.
Ovarian cysts are common. However, very few women even realize that they have them. This has to do with the fact that in most cases, these cysts are usually too small to cause any symptoms. What’s more is the fact that with time, they tend to disappear on their own.
However, cysts aren’t as unnoticeable when they rupture. They usually announce their rupturing by causing sharp pelvic pain. Experiencing a vaginal discharge after a cyst burst is also not uncommon. And so are symptoms such as nausea and bloating of the abdomen.
When an ovarian cyst ruptures, it is important to see a doctor immediately. The following are some of the main reasons why this is important.
1. For peace of mind
Not all cases of ovarian cyst rupture lead to serious symptoms. In fact, it is possible for you to experience only mild discomfort when this happens.
However, since there is always a risk of ruptured ovarian cyst complications developing, seeing a doctor is prudent. He or she will put you under observation to make sure that everything is okay. This is important for peace of mind. ( See: Managing ovarian cysts )
The pain that results from an ovarian cyst rupture can be extremely excruciating. What’s more is that it can be continuous, subjecting you to nonstop suffering.
If your ovarian cyst rupture causes you unbearable pain, your doctor will give you a subscription for pain medication. If the pain is too extreme, you may have to receive the medication intravenously. (see: types of ovarian cyst pain )
3. To monitor and prevent excessive bleeding
When a cyst burst occurs, the walls of the cyst break. This causes bleeding. In most cases, this bleeding usually stops.
However, a preexisting condition can keep the opening from closing, leading to uncontrolled bleeding. Complications that develop after an ovarian cyst has ruptured can also cause excess bleeding.
A doctor can detect this condition before it gets out of control. He or she may then prescribe medication that stops the bleeding. In extreme cases, surgery may be required to put a stop to the bleeding.
4. To prevent a serious internal infection
When a cyst ruptures, it creates a wound. This wound can become infected.
The discharge that the ovarian cyst releases can also encourage bacteria to attack your reproductive system, leading to a serious internal infection.
Seeing a doctor will enable you to battle this infection. You will get access to antibacterial medication that may be administered orally or intravenously. This medication will give your body the tools necessary to not only control, but also get rid of the infection.
5. To replace any lost fluids
The blood loss that occurs after an ovarian cyst burst can be so extreme that it will be hard for your body to replenish any lost fluids. To keep your body from shutting down, a doctor will have to replenish your fluids intravenously.
6. To remove any blood clots
When there’s bleeding, blood clots form. If the clots that form after a rupture are abnormally high, a doctor may have to remove them. This will be done through a minimally invasive procedure.
7. To check for ovarian cancer
There is always a risk of an ovarian cyst having cancerous cells.
If you keep experiencing worsening symptoms after an ovarian cyst rupture, your doctor may have to check for signs of ovarian cancer. Surgery may be necessary as the cells in the cyst may need to be examined. This step is important as it helps ensure the early detection of ovarian cancer cases.
8. To save your life
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine and Healthline, excessive bleeding can lead to death. An uncontrolled internal infection can also be fatal. And so can advanced ovarian cancer.
The date has been set for 2017. There is a first volunteer. And if things go as Dr. Sergio Canavero – a neuroscientist – plans, we will have the first successful human head transplant in history. Here are 5 reasons why he might actually succeed.
1. The successes of Dr. Robert White
There are a lot of similarities between monkeys and humans. Biologically, the differences are minimal. And so if a neurosurgeon was able to transplant a monkey’s head onto another, chances are that small improvements in the technology and methodology could make a successful human head transplant possible.
Dr. Robert White was able to successfully transplant a monkey’s head. He did this in 1970, with all the bad technology that was in place at the time. And what is more interesting was the fact that the monkey lived. It was able to smell, taste, hear and see. Those were successes!
Well, the monkey was paralyzed. And it only survived for 9 days because of immune system complications. But keep in mind that this was 1970. The technology that we have right now is robust enough to deal with the challenges of spinal fusion. And as for the immune system complications, Dr. Canavero and his group of experts believe that they have solutions: hypothermia, an ultra sharp surgical blade, and a 3-4 week coma. And also a little bit of electrical stimulation through implanted electrodes with the aim of encouraging proper fusion
2. Dr. Xiaoping And 1000 Mice
In medicine, lab testing usually starts with mice. They are a staple in most medical labs because of the biological resemblance with humans. They are a starting piece and successful testing with mice is usually a good sign.
That’s why the successes of Dr. Xiaoping is good news for Dr. Canavero and his head transplant ambitions. According to Medical News Today, Dr. Xiaoping has up to date conducted over 1000 head transplants on mice. 1000 is a huge number. A lot of heads too. And a lot of good news for Dr. Canavero since Dr. Xiaoping is part of a number of talented surgeons that will be helping him crystallize his ambitions into reality.
3. The potential benefits of human head transplant
The thing about possibilities what human beings are capable of doing to reach them is surprising.
It is easy to understand the benefits of such a procedure.
For the experts, the 150 or so surgeons who plan to participate, there is the prestige that comes from successfully doing such a procedure. Of being at the forefront. Of being remembered and of going down the history books as one of the greatest surgeons. It is sexy and attractive.
Investors also buy into the same dream. And it is no surprise that the two countries that are willing to fund the head transplant experiment are China and Russia – arms race, anyone?
And then there are the practical potential benefits of the problem. Take for example Spiridonov. He is suffering from spinal muscular atrophy. He can’t control his muscles. And with every waking breath, he knows that he is living on borrowed time. A head transplant could significantly change his life. And many more –that is if it is successful.
The practical benefits are attractive. The glory is attractive. All this translates to support that might prove instrumental in making a head transplant successful.
4. The Chinese Factor In The Human Transplant Game
You can imagine the furor that such a procedure would cause in America. And it won’t be just protests from people who are concerned about the ethics of conducting such a procedure – it’s literally beheading!
But thanks to China, these are obstacles that the good surgeon doesn’t have to deal with. China and Dr. Canavero have already inked a contract that will make the head transplant possible sometime in 2017.
The Chinese factor was such great news for the doctor that he had to disappoint Valeri Spiridonov – the Russian who was determined to be the first person to undergo a head transplant.
Sorry to the Russian. It turns out that a Chinese national will be first. This is all good news for Dr. Canavero for he gets two test subjects with possibly “I guess the second time’s a charm” balancing on his lips.
5. Support from leading medical professionals
When people in your field support your grand ambitions, you tend to seem less crazy. The “nuts” word used to describe you slowly transforms into “ambitious” or “brilliant”. And the more support you get, the more is likely to come your way. Investors too, which is very important given the level of expertise and money, $11 million per operation, needed.
Dr. Michael Sarr of Mayo Clinic, the chief editor of Surgery, the journal, has lent his support. Others too. And sure, the more like support he gets, the more resources he will receive, and the more support he will get – which all equals to increased odds of success.
As the doctor says: “The world is moving, the critics are dwindling. Of course, there will always be critics. Science teaches us that when you propose something groundbreaking, you must be confronted by criticism. If no critics really step forward, you are saying nothing special.”
But again, head transplant?! I shudder at the thought of some people getting their hands on that technology – think cartel and terrorists trying to beat facial recognition software.
What this study showed is that blackcurrants could hold the key not only to getting you to a better mood but also giving you a better chance of winning the fight against stress, depression, anxiety and even Parkinson’s.
Which is great news because finally, there is a chance for a natural mood stabilizer that doesn’t have any side effects.
This is a scientific study that was published in the Journal of Functional Foods. It was done by both the University Of Northumbria and a New Zealand research company.
The aim of the study was simple: to find out the effect of taking blackcurrant extract, both on a person’s brain and on his or her mood.
They gave 36 adults different samples of the blackcurrant extracts. And then tested them. They tested the performance of their brains, noted their mood and even did blood tests.
Effect of blackcurrants on brain performance
The researchers found out that the blackcurrant extract had a significant effect on brain performance. It made it easier for guys to have better attention. And it also boosted the precision of their memory. And also reduced their susceptibility to mental fatigue.
Effect of blackadder blackcurrant on brain chemicals
Blackadder is a type of New Zealand blackcurrant that the scientists used in the study.
On performing a blood test on patients that took the blackadder blackcurrant juice, the scientists noticed that taking the juice had a significant effect on certain brain chemicals. The juice somehow slowed the activity of the enzymes that usually regulate the production of dopamine and serotonin – the happy chemicals.
That is what got the scientists so excited. Because if compounds in blackadder blackcurrant could affect serotonin and dopamine levels, the fruit could be used in a variety of applications. Starting with helping to combat the not-so-desirable symptoms of Parkinson’s. And then the possibility of having a natural mood stabilizer. And also a natural brain booster. The possibilities are virtually endless.
An earlier study had found that red berries were also good for the brain. But it turns out that the effect of the blackader blackcurrant has wowed scientists even more.
So if you are in a bad mood, stressed out because of who knows what, or having a slow brain day, reach out for a handful of blackcurrants. They might just be what your brain needs to get its mojo back.
If you are trying to lose weight by eating healthy fitness-friendly food, you are probably doomed. Healthy fitness-friendly foods won’t help you lose weight. In fact, they will do the opposite – at least according to a recent study that was reported in the Journal of Marketing Research.
The main problem with the eat-healthy-to-lose-weight approach to fat loss is that gaining or losing weight has nothing to do the amount of nutrients you consume. It also has nothing to do with the type of food that you eat.
It is a calories game. And if you believe that a for-fitness meal will do any special favors for your waistline, you’ve got the basics of the game wrong. Totally wrong.
Hans Baumgartner of Pennsylvania State University and Joerg Koenigstorfer of Technische Universität München are always curious about branding. This time round, they were curious about the effect that the use of the words “Fitness” on foods had on the behavior of calorie watchers.
For their study, they decided to use a couple of snacks. They slapped the words “fitness” on some of the snacks. The rest, they just gave them their basic name. ( To make sure that the message was loud n clear, they even added a picture of running shoes on the “fitness” branded snacks). And then they started running their experiment.
What they found out
People who watched their weight tended to consume more of the “fitness” branded snacks – volume wise. Consuming the snacks also made them to exercise less.
Essentially, the branding made the weight-conscious group think that since they were eating “healthy”, they had the right not only to eat more but also to not exercise as much. They assumed that consuming something that was supposedly healthy gave them a free pass. This is of course not true.
The problem with eat healthy to lose weight approach to fat loss
More calories in
Calories are calories. Your body doesn’t care about the packaging that comes with the food. Or the food itself.
Food, no matter how healthy or fitness-friendly, has calories. It is true that most of the for-fitness foods have relatively lower calories per volume/weight. But they still have calories.
Therefore, if the effect of knowing that you are eating healthy and fitness friendly food leads you to eat more of the food, you are basically doing more harm than good – at least as far as your weight is concerned.
The point is that the small calories eventually stack up because of the amount that you end up consuming.
Less calories out
The other effect that the researchers noted was that the branding made people exercise less. It didn’t matter whether they had taken a lot of the so-called healthy snacks. The thought that they had eaten something that was good for their bodies made them assume that they didn’t need as much exercise as before.
The Resultant Effect Is Massive Weight Gain
With more calories in and less calories out, it is no surprise that the faithful food-watching efforts, of most people, never pay off. They usually lose the weight loss war simply because the knowledge that they are eating healthy usually cheats them into adopting bad weight loss habits.
The Take: Never take your eyes off what matters
The key is focusing on the simple weight loss equation.
What you eat doesn’t really matter. How much you eat doesn’t really matter. How much you exercise doesn’t really matter.
What really matters is how many calories go into your body and how many calories you lose. If more go in and less come out, you will gain weight. And if what comes out is more than what goes into your body, you will lose weight. It’s a simple calories game with simple basic rules. You want to win? Respect the rules.
Alzheimer’s is one of the leading killers in the US – 6th to be exact. It is more or less a death sentence, 8 years in waiting. And to make it worse, it usually attacks without warning.
The nasty part about Alzheimer’s disease is that when it decides to attack, there is nothing that you can do about it. No way to prevent it. And no way to cure it.
The nasty symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
Therefore, when you start noticing that you can’t remember simple things like a birthday or an appointment. Or you find planning or making decisions harder. You know that the darkness is coming and things are only going to get worse.
Still Alicegot rave reviews for perfectly portraying this condition – even from people affected by it. Here is a trailer of the movie. You can find the book here.
There’s simply little you can do to keep yourself from slipping into a world where you can’t hold a simple conversation, can’t keep track of time or place, or can’t even do simple tasks such as taking your meds. Even losing your personality becomes almost inevitable.
The best science and medicine has offered so far is the hope that we can manage the symptoms of the disease. Nothing more.
But through all this doom and gloom, a study has shone some light. It turns out that there is something that you can do to help keep the disease at bay.
The study was conducted by a couple of scientists from the University of Central Lancashire.
These scientists were wondering the same thing that all who have been affected by the disease have at one time or the other wondered. Is there something we can learn to get us out of this mess.
They set out to do their study by analyzing 20 brains. Some of the brains were for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The other half was of patients without it.
The discovery that they made was interesting. In the course of their study, they were able to discover evidence of traces of bacteria in some of the brains. And these weren’t just any run-of-the-mill bacteria. No. The bacteria that was found in these brains are the ones that are notorious for causing gum infections – Porphyromonas gingivalis.
And guess which brains contained the bacteria? If you guessed the ones of the patients with Alzheimer’s disease, you are right.
The scientists were excited. This was good news! Why? Because they not only had found a link between dental hygiene and Alzheimer’s but also had managed to be among the first, if not the first, to identify a particular strain of bacteria that was responsible for the trouble. They were also happy because finally, their study could hold the key to completely keeping Alzheimer’s at bay – a real chance at preventing and curing Alzheimer’s disease.
The question is, exactly how?
Alzheimer’s disease and dental hygiene
After the scientists came out with their studies, they started coming up with possible explanations for the relationship. One that they settled on was that the bacteria somehow found itself to the brain.
But how? Well, people eat. They also brush their teeth. And they do lots of activities that can end up causing the bacteria to move to their stomach.
It is at the stomach that the bacteria then get absorbed into a person’s blood stream. The blood stream then carries the bacteria to the brain region.
And so what happens in the brain?
In the brain, the person’s immune system doesn’t like what it sees. Bacteria? No way is it going to be allowed into the brain. And so, the immune system starts a fight. The main aim of the fight being to protect the brain.
But unfortunately, this war, although it is eventually won by the immune system, has casualties. Several brain cells die in the course of the fighting. And it is this death that usually causes the memory loss, the loss of cognitive function and other brain-related symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
What’s the good news about this Alzheimer’s story?
Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease
Since there is a possibility that the bacteria causing Alzheimer’s usually originates from the mouth, it is possible to prevent it. How? Simply kill it before it has time to get to the brain. Or better still, prevent it from even having the chance to build a home in your cavities.
What this means is that if these scientists are spot on as to their theories about what exactly happens between having a dirty mouth and the onset of Alzheimer’s, taking care of your dental health may be enough to help you beat this nasty disease.
Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease
The fact that these scientists identified a specific type of bacteria means that there is hope for detecting the disease early on. With time, a blood test may be all you will need to measure the risks of getting affected by the disease. This will remove the surprise advantage that the disease has always enjoyed. Anything to cripple the disease is good for us all.
Of course, there is need for more studies. The sample size that was used was also smaller, so that means to really be sure about the effects of dental health on dementia and Alzeimer’s, more scientists have to go back to the lab.
But as we wait for these confirmations. And as we hold our breaths on the outcome of the experiments to be, it is a good idea to ensure that we take care of our dental health. Because it’s not just our smiles and our odds of getting Alzheimer’s that it impacts. There is also a host of other serious medical conditions that it helps us to avoid.
Take not these findings lightly. Alzheimer’s is uber serious. If there is even the littliest of chances that a few minutes cleaning your pearly whites can help save you from the pain and frustrations of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, that is a chance that you should fully exploit.