Women aren’t the only people who should be doing Kegel exercises, experts say. Studies have found that pelvic floor exercises—long known to help women with childbirth and recovery as well as prevent incontinence—can also help with incontinence, recovery from prostate surgery, and other issues in men, including, possibly, sexual dysfunction. How should men do the exercises? Focus on "the area you sit on when you’re sitting on a horse," one doctor explains to the New York Times, and tighten the muscles you would typically use to stop urinating mid-stream or keep yourself from passing gas. Contract for a few seconds, release, and repeat 10 to 15 times per "workout."
Another doctor who wants to convince men to start doing the exercises has gone so far as to help create a pelvic floor exercise system, Private Gym, which includes an instructional DVD and a band with ultralight weights that goes around the penis, in case men want to add a "resistance training" aspect, as the Times puts it. "People do cardio exercises for their heart, and they do strength training and work on their six-pack, but the pelvic floor is neglected," the urologist explains. Though there’s little evidence that male Kegels can enhance erections, one doctor calls the exercises "as good as Viagra," and clinical trials have shown they can help prevent premature ejaculation and may help with erectile dysfunction.
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The rankings are out for “best hospitals 2014” by U.S. News and World Report.
Best overall hospitals
1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
2. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
4. Cleveland Clinic
5. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
Best cancer hospitals
1. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York
2. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
3. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
4. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Boston
5. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
Best cardiology and heart surgery hospitals
1. Cleveland Clinic
2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
3. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York
4. Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina
5. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
The complete list of hospitals broken down to medical specialty can be found at
"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art."
François de la Rochefoucauld
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WASHINGTON, US: People who watch TV for three hours or more each day may be twice more likely to die prematurely than those who watch less, according to new research published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
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According to a new research, the Great Recession that began in 2007 appears to have taken more than a financial toll: the research suggests that the economic downturn could be linked with more than 10,000 suicides across North America and Europe.
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Yesterday I was clever,
so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise,
so I am changing myself.
Image titled Boundless, artist Steve Hanks.
From Google images.
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New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union.
The researchers studied more than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008 as well as patterns in state spending to develop a corruption index that estimates the most and least corrupt states in the union. Based on this method, the the most corrupt states are:
8. South Dakota
Of course, it’s not all bad news, as the study also found the least corrupt states too. Citizens of these states–Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Vermont, Utah, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Kansas–can take solace in the fact that they’re not getting ripped off as badly as the rest of us.
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Your living is determined not so much
by what life brings to you
as by the attitude you bring to life;
not so much by what happens to you
as by the way your mind
looks at what happens.
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