Cosmopolitan Magazine Accused Of Using A Woman’s Cancer Diagnosis As Clickbait

(PCM) Cosmopolitan magazine is facing a bit of criticism after they appeared to use the story of a woman’s weight gain/loss after a cancer diagnosis as clickbait on their Twitter feed. It was not that the magazine wrote a bad story, it was more of an example of poor phrasing used by Cosmos’ social media team when promoting the feature. The story overall was about how a woman named Simone Harbinson from Melbourne, Australia, was diagnosed with a rare and malignant form of cancer of the appendix and it caused her to both gain and then lose weight.

When Cosmo posted about the article on Twitter their tweet read, “How This Woman Lost 44 Pound Without *ANY* Exercise”, it then featured a link to the article and a picture of Harbinson. Everyone is up in arms because happily Harbinsons’ cancer surgery was a success, however she gained 35 pounds in the process. She then went on to lose the excess weight by simply going on a diet. You can see that Cosmos’ tweet was only worded that way to get attention and a horrific disease like cancer should never be looked as a successful weight loss or gain solution. It is a very disrespectful headline to Harbinson and all others who have battled cancer or are currently battling the disease.

The article does explain how Harbinson lost the excess weight without going to the gym, but there is definitely a bit more to the story. She goes into great detail about her cancer diagnosis, recovery and steps she needed to follow to lose weight. The headline makes the story appear that the cancer was the solution to Harbinson’s weight gain, but it was really the source. Cosmo received a ton of negative backlash online and have since removed the offensive tweet and replaced it with a better headline for the story. The new tweet reads, “A Serious Health Scare Helped Me Love My Body More Than Ever.”

That’s definitely more appropriate and far less offensive than the original!

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Research Reveals Taking A Hot Bath Can Be As Beneficial As Exercise!

(PCM) A new study has revealed that the benefits of taking a hot bath each day can equal out to the same benefit as taking a long walk as a form of exercise. Heck, yes! This is the news we’ve been waiting for!

The study which was conducted by the U.K.’s Loughborough University shows that both hot baths and exercise can provide someone with quite similar health benefits. The researchers conducted an experiment where they were able to show that the effects of taking a hot bath (aka. passive heating to get scientific) burned as many calories as taking a 30-minute walk. Although, of course, not as many calories were burned in the bath, as there were to riding a bicycle. Go figure!

We are still amazed to hear that the results of just relaxing in warm water could have the same effect at all as any type of vigorous activity. The researchers still want people to keep in mind that exercise “still offers the greatest overall benefit to weight control and metabolic health” , however the effects of a hot bath will aid in combating chronic inflammation and help slow blood sugar spikes after eating.

That’s enough for us! Bring on the bath bombs … we are ready to get our exercise on for the day!

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Baby Spas Are All The Rage! At Least In Australia

(PCM) We are curious to see whether or not the latest Australian spa trend will pick up over here in the U.S., as it is definitely a bit unique. The life of a newborn baby can be a fairly relaxing one already, but the new Baby Spa Perth wants to make it even more relaxing for newborns.

They are offering a variety of spa service for newborn babies ages six days to six months old. The services include infant massages and various hydrotherapy treatments. The hydrotherapy consists of placing the baby in a warm bath for up to 30 minutes using a neck flotation device adorably referred to as a “Bubby”.

We are sure that the spa has met all the safety protocols to stay operational, however something about the “Bubby” attached to the baby’s necks doesn’t appear all that safe to us! However, new parents are loving the spa idea and the babies themselves for the most part appear to be having a great time.

According to the Baby Spa Perth website, “One of the initial benefits you will observe is that your baby will be able to move around freely in warm water, which is impossible to do on land at a very young age due to gravity and constant constraints from bassinets, swaddles, clothing and pushchairs. Secondly, as your baby moves against the resistance of the water, their musculature and skeletal strengthens as the spine unfolds. Hydrostatic pressure of water on your baby’s body will result in the deepening of his/her breathing. This pressure also stimulates their circulatory system.”

Well, if they say so! A spa package at Baby Spa Perth will set you back about $85 and lasts for about 45 minutes.

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People Are Freezing Their Genitals With Wacky New Spa Treatment

(PCM) It seems that freezing your genitals as a way to both increase ones sex drive and improve appearance is actually a thing! The new “Love Mist” spa treatment offered at Manchesters Ainscow Spa does just that, by blasting a person’s genital region with  -160 degrees of liquid nitrogen. The liquid nitrogen is filtered and turned into a vapor during the procedure which takes about 30 minutes and costs about $70.

The spa claims, “When the sub-zero temperature covers the skin, the sudden drop in heat stimulates the temperature receptors. It can then increase a persons overall sex drive.” During this time the brain also sends messages to the body to begin constricting the blood vessels in that particular area which increases blood flow and releases endorphins which lead to the feeling of a natural high. Also, when skin is frozen the brain also sends out signals to the body to begin repairing the damaged tissue in the region.  The spa goes on to say, “Along with the instant endorphin level energy boost and natural high, generates a tighter, youthful, clear and vibrant genital skin appearance through boosting collagen.”

That whole damaged tissue to the genital region sounds like absolute torture to us, however others are swearing by the benefits of the controversial treatment. It could all be a psychological effect, as Forbes pointed out, “There has been no scientific research backing the procedure.”

Would you ever try a “Love Mist” treatment? We will definitely be sitting this one out and sticking with the candy and flowers to help get us in the mood!

 

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New App Let’s Males Check Their Sperm Count Proving There Truly Is An App For Everything!

(PCM) It has been said many times that there truly is an app for everything and we can certainly agree, especially now that it has been revealed that there is a new app that allows males to check their sperm count. We suppose there is not very much difference between this and the ovulation predictor apps geared towards women.

The app comes from the folks over at Medical Electronic System and is called Yo Home Sperm Test. The company is labeling the app as the world’s first sperm tester to be powered via a smartphone app. Men now have the ability to test their sperm counts from the comfort of home and the company has even created several hilarious how-to-videos to teach men just the way the app and device operate.

Analyzing how fast sperm is moving can be vital to determining fertility, so it is definitely something that men should want to keep an eye on especially if they are in the process of trying to start a family. The company claims that their app also allows men to avoid the awkwardness of going to the clinic to have their sperm count tested several times a month.

The testing process involves the app taking a video of the sperm under the microscope, and then completing a series of simple analyses from the clip. The test takes just two minutes to provide results. The app provides users with in-depth information about their result, which the company claims to be 97 per cent accurate.

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26 Women May Have A Major Baby Daddy Mix-Up Thanks To An IVF Mistake

(PCM) What a Dutch IVF treatment facility is calling a “procedural error” may have led to 26 women becoming impregnated with the wrong sperm. Sadly, the clinic reveals that half of these women have either already given birth or are currently pregnant. The major issue is that these women may have given birth to a child who shares a completely different gene pool than their partners.

You may be wondering just how such a major blunder could occur and the answer is even more shocking. It seems that the lab technicians were using a contaminated pipette to inject sperm between April 2015 and and November 2016. The way that Utrech University Medical Centre conducts their IVF treatments is a bit different, as they use a process called Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) where a single sperm is injected directly into a woman’s egg. According to the medical center the lab technicians were using different pipettes, but the same rubber top.

When tested the rubber top revealed traces of sperm meaning that this may have happened 26 times. Another technician reported the incident and the medical center now claims to have the situation under control. While it may be under control for them, what about the 26 women who now have to deal with finding out whether or not their baby daddy is actually their baby daddy. Sounds like a bad episode of “Jerry Springer”!

The medical center is meeting with all the couples who have been affected and are offering up free DNA testing for those that would like to know the truth. Definitely scary stuff, as IVF treatments are a very serious thing for couples looking to have a child and have been unable to conceive the natural way. To think this type of thing could happen is certainly quite unsettling.

 

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