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A young man in the US has claimed that his penis shrunk by a total of 1.5 inches after contracting Covid-19 last July. The man in his 30s claimed in a letter written to Slate Magazine's How to Do It podcast, where they answer questions about sex, submitted anonymously by their audience, New York Post reported.
In the latest episode, the person said after being hospitalised in July 2021 for Covid, he experienced erectile dysfunction. While the condition was resolved after treatment, he found a more permanent change. "I seem to be left with a lasting problem. My penis has shrunk," he said. "Before I got sick, I was above average, not huge, but definitely bigger than normal. Now I've lost about an inch and a half and become decidedly less than average."
A young man in the US has claimed that his penis shrunk by a total of 1.5 inches after contracting Covid-19 last July. | The Blue Diamond Gallery
His experience, however, is far from the first reported case of post-Covid erectile dysfunction in men. A study published in March 2021 in Andrology and supported by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research showed that erectile dysfunction was higher in those who had contracted Covid. Of the 100 sexually active men in the study, 25 had contracted Covid previously, and 75 had not.
The prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED), measured with the Sexual Health Inventory for Men, was significantly higher in the Covid positive group, with 28 per cent experiencing it, versus just 9.33 per cent in the Covid negative group, a third as many, Jerusalem Post reported. "On top of well-described pathophysiological mechanisms, there is preliminary evidence in a real-life population of ED as a risk factor of developing Covid-19 and possibly occurring as a consequence of Covid-19," the study noted.
Covid-19 has a uniquely harmful impact on men's health and erectile function. | Pixabay
In additionally, another study published in September 2020, also concluded that "Covid-19 has a uniquely harmful impact on men's health and erectile function through biological, mental health, and healthcare access mechanisms." Speaking to the podcast, urologist Ashley G. Winter explained that the phenomenon of Covid causing shrunken genitalia could be entirely possible. "You get hard because a whole bunch of blood moves into your penis and stays there," Winter was quoted as saying. "When those blood vessels are affected, you can get erectile dysfunction,"she added. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: shrunk, penis, report, study, erectile dysfunction, covid, US man)
A team of scientists from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have found a cure for those suffering from chronic wounds, particularly with diabetic foot ulcers. The team led by Prof Gopal Nath of the department of Microbiology, Institute of Medical Sciences, said that wounds that took months and years to heal, could now be cured in days or months. The findings of study have been published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health, US.
Prof Nath said that a wound is defined as a breach in the skin or body tissues due to injury. An acute wound is defined as a "recent break that is yet to progress through sequential stages of healing". The wounds where normal healing process is stalled due to underlying pathology (vascular and diabetes) or infection beyond three months is defined as chronic wound. While chronic wounds always get infected, the contaminated wounds are reasonably susceptible to infection.
A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks.Towfiqu barbhuiya / Unsplash
Infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and biofilm formation halt healing progress. These wounds cause significant psychological and physical morbidity. The traditional treatment strategies often succeed in healing wounds, he said adding that many wounds have been observed recalcitrant to them, leading to persistence and recurrent infections. Search for alternatives to antibiotics has now become a compulsion. Fortunately, bacteriophage therapy is a re-emerging solution to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Prof Nath's team carried out phage therapy of acute and chronic infected wounds in animals and clinical studies. It showed efficacy against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a mice wound model. Furthermore, they evaluated the efficacy of phage cocktails in animal models' acute and chronic osteomyelitis caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. They also observed biofilm eradication from K wire in rabbits' wound infection model. Clinical trials of phage therapy initiated by the BHU have reported the efficacy of topical phage in healing chronic wounds in three prospective exploratory studies and no adverse events mimicking the results in vivo animal models.
Scientists have found a cure for those suffering from diabetic foot ulcers. Unsplash
A clinical study by Gupta demonstrated the significant role of bacteriophage therapy in the chronic wounds associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The study employed a total of twenty patients with chronic non-healing ulcers for more than six weeks duration. A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks. Another study, employing 48 patients having a minimum of one eligible full-thickness wound that did not heal in six weeks with convention wound management, showed the promising result, and significant improvement was observed in the wound healing.
The study projected that specific phage therapy is equally effective regardless of the diabetic or non-diabetic status of the patient though the healing was relatively delayed in diabetic patients. Another successful study has shown encouraging results on healing process of infected acute traumatic wounds. The average number of days required for complete granulation of wounds and attaining sterility and healing was half compared to conventional therapy. (IANS/SP)
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Australian botanists have assembled the genomic sequence of one of Australia's most significant and iconic flowers, the New South Wales Waratah. The team of researchers, led by the Australian Institute of Botanical Science, said the sequencing, published in the Molecular Ecology Resources journal on Wednesday, would play a vital role in the future conservation of the plant.
The research would allow future varieties of the flowering plant to be bred with protection against pests and disease. It would also provide a stepping stone for the sequencing of other closely related plants, Xinhua news agency reported. Lead researcher Stephanie Chen, from the Institute's Research Centre for Ecosystem Resilience and (University of New South Wales) UNSW Sydney, said the process of sequencing was like "putting together a puzzle and it has billions and billions of pieces."
"With the help of three different sequencing technologies, we've been able to link all the pieces that are the bits of DNA together, ultimately revealing the puzzle," she said.
The Waratah, or Telopea, has been the floral emblem of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) since 1962.Photo by Pixabay
The Waratah, or Telopea, has been the floral emblem of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) since 1962 and grows exclusively in the state. Its image has been incorporated into state government branding and holds a unique spot in Australia's floral diversity. "By mapping genomes, we gain a betterunderstanding of the natural world," said Chen.
"Understanding the genetic make-up of the Waratah will give us better insight into its evolution and environmental adaption, ultimately helping us better conserve it, as well as inform breeding efforts."
Dr Richard Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Genomics and Bioinformatics at UNSW, said having this mapping at the chromosome level would also play an important role in understanding the plant species' evolutionary history. "The large-scale changes captured could be particularly important for understanding how Waratahs have evolved into different species, or when and where they might be able to form fertile hybrids."
The Waratah plant used in the study has since been propagated and planted as part of the living collection at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. (IANS/JB)
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Many nutritionists recommend that including a wide range of grains in daily diet helps in reducing weight. But there is one study which claims that eating whole-grain rye products instead of refined wheat alternatives can offer worthwhile health benefits. This study is by Chalmers University of Technology, and has been published in ‘Clinical Nutrition Journal'.
Connection between rye and weight loss
Rikard Landberg, Professor of Food and Health at the Chalmers University of Technology, says, “Although we saw an overall difference in weight loss between the rye and the wheat group, there was also very large variation within those groups. Increasing our understanding of why different people respond differently to the same foods can pave the way for more specifically tailored diets based on individual needs. We are currently investigating whether certain specific bacteria in the intestine might be the explanation behind why some people lost more weight than others who were also on the rye diet.”
How rye helps in weight loss?
It is observed that those who eat rye, which is said to have a very high content of dietary fibre, feel fuller than those who eat the corresponding amount of energy in the form of refined wheat. In fact, one of the reasons behind the study by Chalmers University of Technology was to investigate this potential link between increased intake of rye and weight loss.
It is observed that those who eat ryefeel fuller than those who eat the corresponding amount of energy in the form of refined wheat.Photo by Pixabay
Availability of Rye
Rye products are not something which can hard to find in the markets. In fact, they are widely available in almost all supermarkets. Therefore, consuming rye products is not that big a deal, and can effectively contribute in weight loss.
There’s more to it– the research
The researchers have said that there is more work that needs to be done before they can show in detail as to why whole-grain rye is good for weight loss at the individual level.
As obesity and excess weight are among the biggest health challenges in the world, so one idea to deal with this problem is to develop foods that contribute to an increased feeling of fullness and have positive effects on metabolism. Hence, various researches are going on to determine the relationship between rye and weight loss.
(Keywords: Health, Fitness, Research, Study, Weight Loss, Weight Gain, Obesity, Metabolism, Food, Rye)