Obesity is spreading at a rapid pace all over the globe and the day is not far when it may become a global epidemic. The dramatic increase of this disease is occurring in both children and adults. Obesity is a serious problem and does not come alone. It indicates the arrival of a host of other side effects among obese people such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, dyslipidaemia, stroke, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, breathing disorders including obstructive sleep apnoea and obesity hypoventilation syndrome, osteoarthritis, gallstone formation and the list is endless. A list of side effects in women due to obesity includes increased infertility, a higher risk of obstetric complications, which strongly relate to the polycystic ovarian syndrome. Some recent evidence from epidemiologic studies also adds to this list with diseases like postmenopausal breast cancer, and cancers of the colon, endometrium, and pancreas.
One of China’s top doctors has disclosed that the H5N1 bird flu virus has shown signs of mutation and can kill human victims more easily if treatment is not given early enough, newspapers reported on Tuesday. Zhong Nanshan, an expert on respiratory diseases, told reporters in Beijing that vigilance should be kept up especially when H5N1 human cases are surfacing at a time when seasonal human influenza is at a peak.
Zhong was quoted by the Ming Pao newspaper as saying:
“When avian flu is around and human flu appears, this will raise the chances of avian flu turning into a human flu. We have to be very alert and careful in March. People who were killed by bird flu last year and this year were too poor to seek treatment. If you happen to have high fever and pneumonia, you must seek treatment fast.”
Three Chinese died this year of H5N1 bird flu and they were infected probably through contact with sick poultry. The World Health Organisation said there was no evidence of transmission between humans in all three cases.
Sexually unfulfilling marriages are not limited to new parents or aging baby boomers with hormone imbalances, according to various marriage experts. They can ensnare even the relatively young and the recently married. When they are unable to blame kids, stress or physical issues, many couples struggle unhappily to identify and resolve the problems behind their lackluster sex life. Couples end up in sexually unfulfilling marriages for a variety of reasons, says Marty Klein, a licensed marriage counselor and certified sex therapist in Palo Alto, California. One reason, he says, is America’s obsession with marriage.