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Everything You Need To Know About Gynecomastia Or ‘Man Boobs’  image

Everything You Need To Know About Gynecomastia Or ‘Man Boobs’

Gynecomastia or ‘man boobs’ is a very common condition that occurs in growing boys and much older men. It is signified by a prominent increase in one or both breasts and could be caused by several reasons; some physiological and others pathological. Pathological causes involve an imbalance between the activities of androgens and oestrogens.

Epidemology

  • At least 50% of adolescent boys will experience gynecomastia.
  • It is a common condition thought to be present in a third of men in the course of their life.
  • It is a non-cancerous condition. Breast cancer is detected in only 1% of male breast enlargement.
  • Prevalence of asymptomatic gynaecomastia is reported as 60-90% of neonates, 50-60% of adolescents, and 70% in men aged 50-69.

What Are The Signs?

If the name ‘Man boobs’ is any indication, gynecomastia signs vary from sightings of extra tissues around the nipples or other parts of the breasts. These tissues can be tender or painful. Dimpling of the skin and retraction of the nipple are not typical findings. Milky discharge also isn’t a prominent feature except for individuals with prolactin secreting tumor.

Causes

Oestrogen stimulates breast tissue growth whilst androgens inhibit it. The moment there is an unhealthy imbalance in the ratio of oestrogen to androgens, gynecomastia is around the corner. The ratio can be altered by the action of testosterone or enhanced oestrogen or both and therefore, it may be caused by:

  • Conditions which cause raised oestrogen levels
  • Conditions which cause low testosterone levels
  • Conditions which cause androgen resistance
  • Conditions which cause an increased conversion of androgens to oestrogens.

Gynecomastia arises solely from hormonal imbalance but here are some factors could contribute to this development.

Obesity

When you are overweight, you can’t escape from breast fat but not all of them are due to obesity, so trying to lose weight might not help you. The reason is simple; being overweight can increase your oestrogen levels and cause breast tissues developing.

Puberty

During puberty, hormone levels in teenage boys usually vary. Many teenage boys have some degree of gynecomastia. This is due to the fluctuation in the testosterone level, if the testosterone level drops, oestrogen can cause breast tissues to grow but that usually clears up over time when the hormones become more stable.

Older Age

As boys become men and men become even older men, they produce less testosterone which causes hormonal imbalance and could lead to the development of breast fat. Another contributing factor is the fact that as men get older, they develop more fat because of a less active lifestyle and this can lead to more oestrogen been produced.

This isn’t worth mentioning but for completion, newborn baby boys also experience gynecomastia because oestrogen passes through the placenta from the mother to the baby. This usually clears up within a few weeks.

Other causes include:

  • Infection in the testicles
  • Side effect of medication like anti-ulcer drugs or drugs for heart diseases.
  • Cannabis or anabolic steroids
  • Too much alcohol
  • Kidney failure or liver disease

Treatment

  • Medication to resolve hormonal imbalance
  • For severe cases, surgery is needed to remove excess breast fat.

If you are worried about your breast growth, see your GP. Your GP will tell you everything you need to know (most of which can be found here) and further indigenous treatment options you can’t find on the internet.


 

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Did Tesla Motors just announce the world's fastest production car?

Tesla just unveiled a new battery option for its Model S and Model X line of automobiles, and it’s raising eyebrows all over the world.

Tesla now has a car that goes 0 to 60 mph (~100kph) in 2.5 seconds. Yes! Faster than it takes you to read the title of this post

Tesla automobiles have always been fast: from the Roadster to the model S. However, with the newly unveiled Model S P100D, Tesla now has a car that goes 0 to 60 mph (~100kph) in 2.5 seconds. Yes! Faster than it takes you to read the title of this post. Even better, it’s the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced.

Model S Advantage

It’s almost impossible to comprehend a four door sedan with ample luggage space and seats for up to 7 persons can perform so well. It’s performance capacity can be compared to the Porsche 918 Spyder, Laferrari, lamborghini and the likes.

Model X advantage

The world’s quickest SUV just got even faster!

The world’s quickest SUV just got even faster, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (~100kmh) in 2.9 seconds, and travelling up to 289 miles on a single charge. This range gets significantly improved with the Tesla super charger network.

Upgrade Plans

Tesla are already getting recognized for gaining more features with time. If you purchased a Tesla last year, chances are your Tesla has much more features than it did when you purchased it. It maybe even increased in value --- okay maybe let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

Existing P90D Ludicrous owners can upgrade to a 100 kWh pack for $20,000, as their used 90 kWh pack will have to be recycled, while Tesla customers who have placed a Ludicrous P90D order (see what I did there), but not taken delivery, can upgrade to the 100 kWh pack for $10,000.

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Iron Man’s Female Successor, Riri Williams Is Going To Be Called Ironheart

Last month, Marvel Revealed the Iron Man role was going to be passed on to a 15 year old female who happens to be a black genius. As expected, Riri Williams wasn't going to keeping the Iron Man title. Just recently, as reported by Wired, she will be going by Ironheart.

Williams’ first appearance in the Marvel Universe was back in May when she was introduced to us in Invincible Iron Man #9 where she created her own Iron Man suit in her dormitory at MIT and later got kicked out of school. According to Verge, Wired reports that Williams will get a proper introduction with the first issue of the next Invincible Iron Man volume coming out this fall, with Stark officially endorsing her new superhero role.

IRON WOMAN SOUNDS OLD FASHIONED AND IRON MAIDEN LOOKED LIKE A LEGAL NIGHTMARE

Invincible Iron Man writer Brian Michael Bendis spoke to Wired about the choice of name, saying the team had dismissed Iron Woman as "old fashioned". "Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare," said Bendis. "And Ironheart, coined by Joe Quesada, after I told him my planned story for Riri, speaks not only to the soul of the character but to the Iron Man franchise as a whole. Tony first put on the armor to save his heart. Riri puts it on for different reasons altogether but still heart-related. When people see her story, you’ll be amazed at how simple and brilliant Joe’s suggestion was."

This isn’t the first time a woman or a person of colour is taking on the Iron Man role, the introduction of her character only shows Marvel Universe’s attempt at being more diverse and inclusive. And for those who will miss Tony Stark, he isn’t completely going away; his personality is living on as part of Ironheart. He is reportedly going to form the basis of the new armor’s Artificial Intelligence.

Source: Verge

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Five Ways to Pursue Your Relationship with God

Just like any other relationship you have, your relationship with God needs to be nurtured in order for it to grow.

In our various relationships, there are many things we do to nurture them to avoid our relationships from dying and not being uninteresting. We call one another, send pictures to ourselves, go out, and spend quality time discussing matters of the heart. The irony of all these things we do is that the most important relationship we need to have is often neglected because of flimsy excuses like “I am too busy” or “this relationship with God is not for me.” God is always ready to listen to us, to protect us, provide for us, and build a relationship with us but we always build a wall that separates us from Him. I believe it is high time we made sincere efforts to nurture our relationship with God because we may not have the opportunity to do so again. In a relationship with God, the basic things matter and discussed below are five ways to pursue and nurture your relationship with God.

 

Surrender To God

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This is all about accepting Christ and declaring your true love for Him. Before a person becomes your friend, you have to like and accept that person for who they are and this is exactly what you need to do when pursuing your relationship with God. You need to acknowledge that Christ died for you and is your king.

 

Find a Church and Fellowship with Other Believers

Now in pursuing this unique relationship, you need to find a place where you can fellowship with other believers of Christ. Just like with our friends, we usually have that one place we love to go during the weekends but with God, the difference is the purpose of the place we usually go to and the consistency involved. We go to church regularly to listen to the word, rekindle our faith and to fellowship with one another. The purpose of the church makes it more than a casual place to visit but a place of worship.

 

Study The Bible

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In order to have a good relationship with God we have to know His word. The bible tells us that in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. If we do not know what God likes, dislikes, and loves, there is no way we will be connected to Him. As friendships involve spending time with one another to further understand ourselves, we also need to do the same with God. God is so powerful and loves us so much that He desperately wants to speak to us through His word.

 

Pray Fervently

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Prayer is communication with God in heaven. Prayer is the master key to having a fulfilled relationship with God. Spending some time with God on our knees is a powerful thing to do and this puts us in a position of stewardship because we surrender to listen to God’s instruction to Him. Prayer is also the manner through which we present our supplications to God and also offer thanksgiving. It is also a way to reach God to ask for forgiveness of sins. Prayer is a major element needed to stir up our relationship with God. It changes all things. You need to constantly pray as it protects you from the enemy’s plans.

 

Join Small Bible Groups

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Finally, after practicing the above-mentioned steps, there is no guarantee that you will not fall out of your relationship with God because you are not perfect. Since you are aware of your weaknesses, you need to find a small group where you can worship, study the word, pray for one another, and be accountable to one another. With this group, you are sure that when you fall off from Christ, you have brothers and sisters in the Lord who will help you get back with God.

 

As you have read, these are just basic steps but they are really important. Pursue your relationship with God as you would pursue your relationship with your best friend. This is the most important relationship we need in our lives and the earlier we realize this, the better for us all.

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Dr. Walter Block’s “Defending the Undefendable” Embraces The Beauty Of Libertarianism In Economics

Dr. Walter Edward Block is an American Austrian School economist and anarcho-capitalist theorist, who currently holds the Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Economics at the J. A. Butt School of Business at Loyola University, New Orleans. In his book, Defending the Undefendable, Dr. Block gives detailed scenarios to defend crimes that have been condemned in our world through the use of economic principles. Along with defending these crimes, he clearly explains basic economic principles that apply to our daily lives. Out of the various economic terms he discussed, there are three which are outstanding and they include; free market, property rights, and importation. I believe Dr. Block fulfilled his aim by giving a clear and detailed explanation about different condemned acts with the use of economic principles.

In his book, Dr. Block described the free market as an economic arrangement which consists of many buyers and sellers who depend on the invisible hands of demand and supply to determine the price of goods sold. Dr. Block relates this economic situation to prostitution which is condemned. Dr. Block justifies prostitution by saying it is not wrong if both participants freely agree to be involved in the transaction. Although it is viewed as immoral, Dr. Block was of the opinion that if both parties give their absolute consent, it is alright because both parties made their decision. In my opinion, he advocates that the individuals, not the act should be condemned. He also mentions that participants have the right to leave the agreement if they feel they are not receiving adequate satisfaction from the transaction. This connects with the free market economy because buyers and sellers have free entry and exit at any time. He fulfilled his aim because he was able to justify prostitution, and also bring light to the free market principle which is applied in our daily lives.

Another act Dr. Block addressed was that of a curmudgeon, which refers to a bad-tempered person. The curmudgeon in this book is referred to a person who owns and lives in the most decrepit tenement in the block. This person is fond of his building that he refuses to sell it no matter how much he is offered.  People around him label him a staunch human barrier to social progress. Dr. Block’s ideas serve as a voice for those who have been ridiculed and insulted for overreacting over issues they face in life. He opposes the people’s opinion because he believes the curmudgeon is not wrong. He uses the principle of property rights as a justification for the curmudgeon’s behavior. The property rights give the curmudgeon the right to choose how and what should be done to his property. From my point of view, I think many people are ignorant of the essence of property rights, but Dr. Block was able to use it to justify the curmudgeon’s behavior.

Furthermore, Dr. Block talked about the importer, who is seen as an intruder in the economy of different countries. The importer is seen as an intruder because people believe he takes away jobs from the citizens of a country. In order to prove that the importer is beneficial to the society, Dr. Block created a picture where no countries traded with each other. He explained that goods will be homogenous, and people’s needs will not be fully met because of countries will only have goods they can produce. For example, if Nigeria produces cotton without trading with other countries, all Nigeria will have is cotton. On the contrary, if countries trade with one another, there will be a variety of goods because different countries have various goods.  Countries will experience gains of trade which implies that countries would possess different goods and production of goods will be cheaper since countries have to focus on producing goods that have lower opportunity costs. Opportunity costs here implies that countries would produce more goods at lower costs.  I believe through this explanation, Dr. Block was able to highlight the importance of the importer, who had been seen as an intruder.

Around the world today, a lot of acts are condemned like prostitution, theft and so on. Unknown to us, our daily activities could be related to these acts and the only difference is the way these acts are viewed morally. For example, when we bargain for a product at a price far less than its value, we are cheating the seller, but we do not see it as such.  Dr. Block did a great job highlighting these acts and justifying them through the use of economic principles. Reading this book made me understand that these crimes are carried out based on individual decisions, and mindsets. Although Dr. Block did an excellent job with the explanation and justification of these acts, it was slightly difficult for me to follow the ideas in the book because of the numerous economic principles discussed in the book.

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Twitter Now Allows Any User Filter Out Hurtful Tweets

Twitter is saying NO to harassment and is allowing everyone choose what they want to see. Users can now choose to limit their notifications to only the people they follow – this doesn’t necessarily stop harassment but puts a limit to how much of that you have to deal with. Once this is put in effect, twitter will automatically block out tweets from strangers including those of them who practice cyber bullying. On the down side, this will make it very difficult for old friends to find you. Once you get a follow back tweet request from people whom you know, it will not be visible from your notification tab.

A second anti-harassment tool is the expanded ability of the twitter quality filter which aims to “improve the quality of Tweets you see by using a variety of signals, such as account origin and behaviour” this way, newly created accounts and accounts involved in suspicious activities will have a limited reach as they will be filtered out of your timeline and notification tabs.

These features aren’t exactly new; they have been in place for years but only to verified profiles. Twitter is basically allowing everyone enjoy the cyber peace and sanity most high-profile celebrities enjoy.

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J.K. Rowling Introduces New Harry Potter Short Story Collection

On the 6th of September, J.K. Rowling; writer of everything Harry Potter is releasing a new world of Wizardry ebooks she calls the “Pottermore Presents”

The collection she calls a treat for fans is a trio that delves deeper into the world of wizadry.

“We’ve learned so much more about the wizarding world this year already. There's the play and script book of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, and soon there will be even more to discover when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them lands in cinemas this November.”

The three ebooks will cost $2.99 apiece and would tell untold stories of the characters we loved, hated and settings never fully explained in the books or movies.

THE NEVER ENDING FRANCHISE IS LAUNCHING A NEW COLLECTION OF EBOOKS

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide dives into Hogwarts as a wizarding school exploring its nooks and crannies.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Political and Pesky Poltergeists explores the darker roots of the wizarding world. The problems faced by the Ministry of Magic, the horrors of Azkaban prison and enjoy an entirely new original piece of writing by J.K. Rowling on Horace Slughorn.

Lastly, in Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, Pottermore shows you the beauty behind Hogwarts; the staff responsible for the wizarding school, a little more to discover about Care of Magical Creatures teacher Silvanus Kettleburn, as well as another new piece of writing from J.K. Rowling on Minerva McGonagall, and her involvement in the second wizarding war.

On the 6th of September, the books will be available on iBooks, Kobo Books, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble for just $2.99 for a piece of the three part collection.

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Women Are Capable

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”- Margaret Thatcher.

In a world full of able men there are tons of unheard able women which is very unfortunate because women get tasks done and are passionate about they do. I am not saying that men do not get things done but the specific task of a woman in the creation story was to be a helper to man. As a helper, she is needed to give strength to man to ensure whatever he sets his mind to do is achieved. This much-cherished helper created by God has now been pushed to the back seat of all walks of life because of some ideologies that measure the strength of a woman by her physical structure and appearance. It is funny how foolish we can be because God himself knew woman’s capability when he created her and now we act like we know more than our creator. This demotion to the back seat by the world and men have made women struggle in different areas of life just to prove the world wrong.

 

 I write this article to emphasize that women are capable. Women are stronger than the world imagines which is why no matter the situation life puts them in, they strive till they achieve victory. Women are world changers and are full of compassion for people which is why they seek to provide help whenever and however they can. They are ambassadors of Christ even though they fall, they know their place in Him. Women are used by God to bring back his Adams and all His children to his kingdom. They are mothers of generations which is why they have the ability to reproduce and train up their children to understand that their lives   not only affects them but also their future generations. Women are passionate and caring which is why they give second chances even at the expense of their well-being. Although this wrong, they cannot be blamed always because their hearts are made to be as soft as a jelly bean.

Women, I believe are capable of doing anything no matter what the world limits them to. Look around the world today, women are taking over political positions, moving the healthcare world, setting high records in the economic field, and leading souls to Christ. Women are called to be flexible and capable of taking up different tasks at the same time. Women are called to be friends, mothers, sisters, lovers, workers, world-changers, healers, and teachers. The world needs women because they have all the world needs to be fruitful and multiply. Anyone who disregards the capabilities of a woman needs to reconsider their thoughts because without women, no one would exist in the world today.

 


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