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Being a Women

“Behind every successful man there is a woman”. Not only in the case of a man but this saying stands for the functioning of the whole world. She is said to be the ultimate strength and support behind the success of an individual. There is a lot of differenciation and discrimination in the name of gender as males and females. Nevertheless this difference do exist in nature from time immemorial.

A female draws out various characteristics which is different from that of a male, varying from factors such as physical, mental. biological and reproductive. These are inborn and inbuilt right from the time a mother concieves a female child.
Womanhood is the period in a females life after she has passed through childhood and adolescence, generally around the age 18. Women have three very important physiological functions totally absent in men--menstruation, pregnancy, and lactation.Each of these mechanisms influences the behavioural patterns of a female greatly.
Another such noticable factor could be psycological.
Women prefer to share and care more, she would discuss and figure out a solution for a problem which they face by discussing it with her friends. She is more emotionally depended and possess aa emotional mind when compared to that of men. But men on the other hand seem to be independent and keep things more to themselves. But unfortunately, women are more prone to different types of depressions due to their emotional weakness.
Communication skills and emotional intelligence are found to be better in females. They tend to be more group-oriented.
Women can be, and many are, greatly affected by hormone fluctuations. Hormonal changes in female body is much more prominant and undergoes changes as the age advances. The main two hormones generated in female body are estrogen and progestrone. Estrogen helps the uterus grow, maintains the uterine lining to protect the budding baby. Progesterone has characteristics that balance and counteract the adverse effects that estrogen can have.Progesterone is important mainly for the preparation of the endometrium for implantation of the egg during pregnancy and the maintenance of pregnancy.
women are more often portrayed as being under the influence of their hormones, as being subject to hormonal tides or hormonal storms.

Women face many injustices and inequalities globally, both in terms of economic factors and human rights. An often overlooked aspect of this phenomenon is their health, so its atmost important that proper diet and care are taken as far as female health is concerned.
A healthy diet can help reduce PMS(pre-menstrual syndrome), boost fertility, make pregnancy and nursing easier. It provides one with energy, maintaining weight and keeps you looking good.

God has created women in such a way that, she can take her generation forward by giving birth to new offsprings. The ideal time to start learning about pregnancy is not when a woman is already pregnant but much before that.
For a woman, pregnancy planning means learning everything she can about how her own health and that of her baby can be optimized. She is capable of conceiving from the time she attains puberty till the time of menopause.
A female body is also highly prone to diseases too due to its sensitive features or even due to malnutrition which leads to less immunity. Many such diseases are gallstones, migraine headaches,
osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure(hypertension) etc.
Women with Osteoporosis have weak bones which tend to break. Osteoporosis in the vertebrae can cause serious problems for women. A fracture in this area occurs from day-to-day activities like climbing stairs, lifting objects, or bending forward

 

Research has also revealed the genetic and molecular basis of a number of gender-based differences in health and disease, some of which are related to genotype — XX in the female and XY in the male.
Due to such less immune resistance women have got higher chances of developing Autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases can affect virtually every site in the body.

Autoimmune diseases affect approximately 8% of the population, 78% of whom are women. It is still unkown as to what reasons are there behind such a prevalence. One of the factors behind it could be genetic as it can be passed on from a mother to her offspring.

Scott scientist to slow ageing process

A Scottish scientist at the forefront of research into ageing has claimed he can already prolong the life of lab animals and humans could also be drinking from the fountain of youth in future. Professor Gordon Lithgow, who works at the Buck Institute in northern California, features in New National Geographic series Breakthrough. It details the scientific work which is going on in America aimed at slowing the ageing process so people can live healthier for longer. Professor Lithgow, from Newarthill, near Motherwell, identifies agents which can extend lifespan or prevent age-related diseases. His work with microscopic worm Caenorhabditis elegans has discovered a range of factors which can lengthen life. He is one of a number of scientists featured in Breakthrough who are looking to move beyond treating individual diseases and instead treat the ageing process itself.

He says “I came into this field simply as a biologist, thinking aging is just a complete mystery and nobody knows why it happens at different rates in different animals but what has emerged is this deep relationship of what we think of as ageing, these changes that happen throughout life, and disease itself. A big change has been the notion that ageing is actually causing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and cancer. “The statistic which is striking is that if we cured cancer, all cancers, tomorrow, on average, people would only live three years longer. It’s startling and frightening but it’s true and that’s because the ageing condition is causing all these different pathologies in different tissues and they all come along at the same time really.“There is an exponential increase in the incidence of disease with age so that I now realise I am working on disease. I never thought about that before, I had no interest in disease, no interest in humans, frankly, and then the profound shock this ageing process is causing all these chronic, fearful, painful conditions - and here’s the really amazing thing, on a daily basis in laboratory animals we are changing ageing, we can slow it down, we can postpone disease pathology, so in the lab we are manipulating this already in a way which tells you there is hope we can do this for people as well.”

While the research is exciting, Professor Lithgow says the work will not result in people living for hundreds of years but improve quality of life - and we can already help ourselves with our lifestyle choices.

Excessive guilt in young children leads to depression

Feeling an excessive amount of guilt early in life may shrink a part of the brain linked to regulation of emotion and increase the risk of recurring depression later in life, a study says. Kids who experience excessive guilt have smaller anterior insula on each side of the brain and a smaller insula in the brain's right hemisphere is linked to recurrent episodes of depression later, the findings showed.

"Arguably, our findings would suggest that guilt early in life predicts insula shrinkage," said first author Andrew Belden from the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis in the US."I think the story is beginning to emerge that depression may predict changes in the brain, and these brain changes predict risk for recurrence," Belden added.

There is one insula on each side of the brain, and they are thought to be involved in emotion, perception, self-awareness and cognitive function.
The researchers followed a group of children, who were assessed for depression and guilt each year from ages 3-6.

As part of the study, the investigators also found the same brain structure is smaller in kids diagnosed with pathological guilt during their pre-school years, providing evidence that excessive guilt is not only a symptom of depression but is also related to the size of the insula.

Use of antibiotics worsening swine flu patients condition: Expert

Amid swine flu spreading to different parts of the country, experts have witnessed a rise in new cases as well as deaths every day and have cautioned that misuse of antibiotics could worsen the condition of patients suffering from the disease. Dr Kamlesh Upadhyay, swine flu director of Gujarat and who is also in-charge of swine flu department in Civil Hospital said that taking antibiotics instead of anti-virals is leading the condition of H1N1 patients critical, reported an English Daily.

He asked pregnant women, who are in high risk group with high mortality rates of the disease to take swine flu vaccination. He also said that family members of pregnant women should take vaccination as a preventive measure.

Dr Upadhyay said that they found most of the patients admitted, with serious complications due to either the delay in getting treatment or doctors putting them on antibiotics which would not help in viral fever. He further added that there is a tradition of misusing antibiotics and instead using anti-viral medicines will be of greater help. The national capital on Sunday recorded the sixth death due to swine flu after a 55-year-old man succumbed to H1N1 virus at a private hospital in New Delhi.

40 percent of Indian kids dont have healthy BMI: Study

A very recent countrywide study has shown that about 40 percent fail to have a proper healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) and also warned that these children are moving towards a frightening and very unhealthy future. The study also emphasized on the fact that children in the country are lagging when it comes to accessing their fitness parameters.

The study for the academic year 2013-14 covered 1,15,559 children in the age group of 7 to 17 years in 287 schools across 85 cities from 23 states. A comparative study between boys and girls show that girls score lower than boys in all fitness parameters such as anaerobic capacity, flexibility, upper body strength and abdominal strength indicating that they are still short on overall fitness.

However, in case of BMI, 65 percent of girls have healthy scores when compared to 59 percent of boys.

Children in all five regions of the country were deemed more or less equally unfit with unhealthy BMI scores of 37 percent (Central), 54 percent (East), 37 percent (North), 38 percent (South) and 36 percent (West), said the study by EduSports, physical education and school sports enterprise. It said that non-metros score higher than metros in terms of BMI levels and fitness parameters.

Children in non-metros demonstrated better flexibility (75 percent in non-metros and 70 percent in metros), had good upper body strength (64 percent in non-metros and 61 percent in metros) and a marginal overall BMI score (61 percent in non-metros and 60 percent metros).

Physical activity and sports should be be made an indispensable part of every academic curriculum for an overall development of the child.

Talk therapy lowers suicide risk

Talk therapy is emerging as an important alternative to medication with respect to gain a control over repeated suicidal attempts. A very recent study shows that just 6 to 10 talk therapy sessions led to as less as 26 percent fewer suicidal attempts in five years in the group that has received treatment as compared to a group that did not, the researchers concluded.

The psycho-social treatment provides support called notmedication is very much beneficial to prevent suicide in a group that is already at high risk of dying by suicide. The researchers have also put stress on the fact that it might be really valuable to broadly put forth or implement therapy programs for people who have tried of committing suicides in the past.

The researchers then compared their outcomes over time with 17,304 people who had attempted suicide and looked similar on 31 factors but had not gone for treatment afterward. After five years, there were 26 percent fewer suicides in the group that had been treated with psycho-social therapy following their attempt.

The therapy itself varied depending on the individual needs of the patient so the researchers cannot say exactly what the "active ingredient" was that inoculated many against future suicide attempts. A study was published online in the journal Lancet Psychiatry.

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