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Is There A Link Between Talc And Cancer?

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Is There A Link Between Talc And Cancer?

Talcum powder – one of the very common household utilities that have adorned a lot of our shelves since generations have been constantly hitting headlines in the recent past, and not necessarily for the best reasons! Talcum powder is used extensively for several purposes, both on babies and adults for a long while now. Uses range from using on babies to prevent sweating and diaper rashes to cosmetic usages like skin whitening and make-up. The pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnsons take the credit of being one of the first makers of talcum powder with their first talc produced somewhere way back in the 1890s.

For a company that old, Johnson& Johnson has often been in the news for supposedly containing cancer-causing substances in their baby powder. With such a long history of producing and using talc, what is it that makes the usage of Johnson’s baby powder harmful?

Going back to Basics

Let us look at the basics first. Talcum powder is nothing but talc. But what exactly is talc? Talc is a clay mineral composed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Talc in powdered form, often in combination with corn starch, is widely used as talcum powder. As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping in preventing rashes. It is thus widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders.

But that is not just it. Talc is used in a number of other industries, including paper making, plastic, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and ceramics. Talc rock is also used for stoves, sinks, electrical switchboards, etc. In other words, talc though used mainly in the cosmetic industry is also used for several other daily use items, as well.

Is talc dangerous?

Talc in pure form has nothing bad, is actually pretty healthy and does not cause any harm whatsoever. So why all the sudden news about Johnson’s baby powder and cancer? What actually makes talc unsafe? Well, in its natural form, some talc contains asbestos, a substance known to cause cancer in and around the lungs when inhaled.

As per the American Cancer Society, most concerns with linking talcum powder to cancer can be focused on long term exposure to talc particles at work, such as talc miners who are exposed to asbestos for long amounts of time.

Which brings us to the next question – What is asbestos?

Asbestos refers to a group of naturally occurring mineral fibers found in rock. For decades, asbestos was used as a building material in homes and other buildings. While no longer widely used commercially, asbestos can still be found in old buildings, cement, flooring and ceiling materials.

Most people would be exposed to relatively lower levels of asbestos at some point in their lifetime. Asbestos generally doesn’t pose much risk on health except when exposed to it continuously for long amounts of time, like talc miners.

Does Johnson’s powder contain asbestos?

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an association that strictly runs tests on all talc and talcum powder products and certifies if the product is pure enough to be released.  Johnson’s baby powder has recently been in the news for allegedly being a risk for babies. But when talking about whether or not talcum powder is linked to cancer, it is important to distinguish between talc that contains asbestos and talc that is asbestos-free.

Johnson’s is an age-old company and is known to go through an elaborate process of testing their products extensively before releasing it to the consumer. The company has always been known to be on board with the FDA to have their products regularly tested, and come out clean each time.

Several cases have come up in the past in the US that links Johnson and Johnson baby powder with cancer. Recently, a similar case was detected in India as well where Johnson& Johnson baby was alleged to have released baby powder to the market that contained asbestos. The company was instructed to stop their talc manufacturing until thorough investigations were done.

The company cooperated and was very open with their process of making their products and the ingredients used. No correlation between their talc and cancer was proven. There have been a series of tests after which Johnson’s Baby powder has been deemed asbestos-free and safe to be used on babies.

Should I really be worried as a parent?

Two and two do not always have to make a four. A lot has been read and said in the news about Johnson baby powder containing asbestos, about causing cancer and being harmful to babies. But the company that has come a long way of over 125 years has always been known for its ethics and transparency.

Johnson’s is known to use standardized procedures, adhering to the strict guidelines and using quality ingredients, thus proving time and again to be completely safe for use. This should result in giving parents a sense of assurance in using a product that has built up so much trust among families that have been using their products since generations.

Satendra Kashyap an Internet Marketing Coach and Search Engine Consultant for business owners. I have 9 yrs of Digital Marketing experience and can show you how to set up blogs, how to use social media for profit and any other external online marketing.

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7 Main Reasons Why You are Not Able To Conceive and Have A Baby

Priya Verma

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6 Main Reasons Why You are Not Able To Conceive

These days most of the women are not able to conceive even when everything is normal. Reasons could be many like indulging yourself in too much smoking or drinking alcohol, taking too much stress due to your busy work schedule, pollution in your city and many more. Well, these hindrances may look very normal to you but they are actually not letting you be pregnant.

Here are 7 Reasons you should take a look

1. Postponing your pregnancy

Postponing your pregnancy

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This is one of the most common reasons that is not letting you be pregnant and that is postponing your pregnancy plans to late production stages. The reasons for the same could be any. It may be your focus on your career or some other family or personal reasons.

2. The problem in your Fallopian Tubes

This is another reason for your infertility. When there is damage in your fallopian tubes or they are blocked, they stop the sperm to get inside the egg or block the passage of fertilized eggs enter into the uterus which causes infertility.

Also read: Issues Springing Up During The Third Trimester of Pregnancy

3. If you are low on blood

If you are anemic or have less blood in your body, it may become a problem for you in the long-run and you will not be able to get pregnant. If your body lacks iron and sufficient blood then it might cause a condition called anovulation. This will, in turn, cause poor egg health and can inhibit pregnancy as compared to those who have a sufficient amount of iron in their blood.

4. Too much stress can be a problem

Too much stress can be a problem

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Yes, over-stressing yourself can also be a cause of your infertility and irregularity in the menstrual cycle. In men too, stress is known to cause infertility problems such as lowering their sperm count. Try to remove stress and anxiety from your life to be happy and fertile.

Also read: 8 Myths and Misconceptions About Pregnancy

5. If you take too much alcohol or smoke

If you take too much alcohol or smoke

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If you have an unhealthy lifestyle, there are chances that it will make you infertile for sure. Consuming excessive alcohol or smoking too much affects your reproductive system. These bad habits affect both, men and women. It can cause less sperm count in men, and irregular periods in women.

6. Too much pollution

Too much pollution

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Well, you might think that why I am mentioning this point here and how does it affect your pregnancy. Then let me tell you, it can cause severe problems in your body if you are exposed to too much pollution, dirt or passive smoking.

Also read: Common Complications During Pregnancy

7. Lack of sleep

Lack of sleep

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If you don’t take proper sleep, get ready to see problems in your pregnancy. A good sleep of about 8 to hours daily is very important if you want to conceive and have a baby. Lack of sleep makes your immune system weak.

Also read: 6 Surprising Things Women Do When They Are Pregnant

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19-year-old Designs A Bra Named ‘Eva’ That Detects Breast Cancer at Early Stages After His Mom Dies of This Disease

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19-year-old Designs A Bra Named ‘Eva’ That Detects Breast Cancer at Early Stages

These days where teenagers are busy in drinking and partying all night, this 18- year old teenager who is the CEO and co-founder of Higia Technologies, Julián Ríos Cantú has done something which is truly very inspiring for all the women out there, especially those who are surviving with the deadly disease like cancer. He developed Eva, which is an auto-exploration bra that helps women detect breast cancer at an early stage. He told that after losing his mother due to breast cancer, he got the motivation to design something like this bra to save the life of other women who fight against such disease. So, his dedication and his hard work pay him off as he has successfully created Eva for all the women.

He further says, “When I was 13 years old, my mother was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer,”  The tumour went from having the dimensions of a grain of rice to that of a golf ball in less than six months. The diagnosis came too late and my mother lost both of her breasts and, almost, her life.

Do you know his device has also won the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards finals competition in which 56 student entrepreneurs from 56 countries competed against each other?

Eva Bra that can detect Cancer

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Cantu’s innovative technology equipped Eva also made him earned Mexico’s Presidential Medal for Science and Technology in the year 2018. In 2018, he also received a $120,000 investment from Y Combinator to fund his project for further growth. Higia Technologies has also won first place in SXSW’s International Pitch Competition and was named one of “30 Most Promising Businesses of 2018” by Forbes Magazine Mexico. What a proud moment for the self-made entrepreneur.

How does Eva work?

A Bra Named ‘Eva’ That Detects Breast Cancer at Early Stages

via: BBC

Eva works on its tactile sensors that map the breast surface, and monitor its texture, colour, and temperature.  All the users who are using this device to diagnose cancer can see their condition via a mobile or desktop app. He also ensures that whatever data they take is safely stored with them.

However, the invention is just a prototype; it will soon be launched in the market for using it. Creators estimate that it will be certified for use in two years.

Cantu says Eva is safe and sound for all women

Cantu has told that Eva can be used by women of all age types. The technology used in the bra Eva does not emit any kind of harmful radiation; women of all ages can easily use it without doubt about it. They can even use it regularly to monitor or detect their breast health at their own convenience.

Final words

Sadly, Cantu lost his mother due to cancer and he took so much time to come up with this innovative idea to save the women all around the world who die because of this deadly disease. Now, it will become easy for the women to pre-diagnose breast cancer at early stages so that they can save their life. Hats off to you boy. We are proud of you.

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6 Bad Habits That are Not Good for Your Health and You Should Try To Avoid Them

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We do have some of the habits which we do almost daily. They may be good or bad. But yes we have and we know that which ones are good and which are not, but we still do that daily. Though habits are nothing they do affect our life so much indirectly, that we do not even realize. And we all know that doing too much of anything is not good for your health whether it’s drinking, smoking, or clubbing.

Here we have listed some of the usual daily habits which are not considered good but we never have realized that. See below.

1. Sipping too much coffee at work

Sipping too much coffee at work

We understand that you need some caffeine to get you charged all-day long from 9 to 5. But do you know how caffeine affects your body if taken too much? Taking too much caffeine can increase the anxiety and will make you insomniac resulting in the loss of sleep.

2. Overspending

Overspending

So, you are facing the month-end financial crisis? You know that still, you are over-utilizing your credit card to buy those things for which you were longing from so long. But you need to realize that you should not spend more than what you have as it might give you stress if you are not able to pay your credit card bills on time.

Also read: 9 Early Morning Habits That Will Change Your Life

3. Not taking your breakfast seriously

Not taking your breakfast seriously

Oh, you are also like me who often skips the breakfast because you were running late for the office? But that’s a very wrong habit. Breakfast is the first meal of the day and you need to have that so that you can work properly the whole day long and also feel energetic. And, if you skip it you do not feel less energetic but you also do overeating because you feel hungry suddenly.

4. Fond of taking too many painkillers

Fond of taking too many painkillers

Do you know what painkillers do to your body if taken in too much quantity? They can risk your overall health putting your heart and internal body organs at risk. So, don’t consume too many painkillers, take them only when they are required.

Also read: 7 of The Gross Habits That are Actually Good for Your Health

5. Biting your nails all the time

One of the bad habits that we have is we bite our nails. Maybe, because of the stress or just like that. Whatever it is, it is not good for sure. As biting your nails is not at all a good habit, you eat so many bacterias that you don’t even though of.

6. Eating even when not hungry

Eating even when not hungry

Do you also have this habit? Eating even when not feeling hungry. If you are following this habit, do realize that it is not at all good for you as overeating may put you at many risks like getting fat or getting any serious disease.

So, now you know that these are the habits which you were having, Try to get rid of them at the earliest possible to avoid the side-effects on your body and your healthy life.

Also read: 5 Best Daily Habits To Adopt That Will Improve Your Life

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