Breast Implants: Possible Link to Cancer and Suicide

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Breast augmentation is the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure, with three hundred thousand operations performed annually. As with any surgery, there are a multitude of risks, but when it comes to breast implants, the Food and Drug Administration outlines a list of thirty potential complications – some of which are life threatening. These range from infection to extrusion (the skin breaks down to the point where the implant breaks through it) to necrosis (dead skin or tissue around the breast).

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Can I Have Sex During My Third Trimester of Pregnancy?

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Can you have sex during the third trimester of pregnancy?

Generally speaking, the answer is yes. While orgasms and prostaglandins in semen can cause uterine contractions, they are not likely to trigger preterm labor. Sex during pregnancy is usually safe for women and not considered a major risk factor for her or the baby.

There are situations, however, that may require caution or abstinence during this period. If the mother has unexplained vaginal bleeding, leakage of amniotic fluid, a history of pre-term labor ...

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The Nut That’s Good For Your Gut

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Gut health is largely determined by the microbial communities that live within our intestines. Gut microbiota (formerly called “gut flora”) is critical to good health and helps aid in proper digestive function, production of vitamins and promotion of a healthy immune system.

Consisting of tens of trillions of microorganisms, these colonies begin to develop only after birth. One third of the bacteria that eventually grows there is common in most people, but the remaining two thirds is person-specific, resulting in individual ...

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