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Too much coffee reduces fertility and Green Tea save life

Dutch scientists have suggested that drinking too much coffee and alcohol can lower pregnancy chances in women with poor fertility.

According to a recent study, drinking more than four cups of coffee a day reduces the likelihood of conception chance by 26%, as caffeine has toxic effects on the ovaries and sperm.

Radboud University researchers reported that drinking alcohol at least three times a week has similar effects in the pregnancy process to excessive caffeine intake.

Findings show that smoking more than one cigarette per day and being overweight also impede pregnancy.

The study revealed that IVF success rate drops from 15% to 5% in a 36-year-old overweight woman who smokes and drinks too much coffee and alcohol.

Researchers concluded that patients can increase the chance of spontaneous IVF pregnancy by following a healthy lifestyle.

Green tea reduces heart disease

Greek scientists have found that regularly drinking green tea can significantly reduce cardiovascular-related morbidity and mortality.

According to a study published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, green tea improves the function of endothelial cells that line the blood vessels and prevent the progression of atherosclerosis.

Athens Medical School researchers believe that the high flavonid content of green tea is responsible for improved endothelial function.

Findings reveal that compared to black tea, green tea flavonoids are more potent antioxidants as they do not undergo oxidization.

Previous studies had reported that drinking green tea has various health benefits; it is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes and certain malignancies, particularly prostate cancer.

Green tea may shield sleep apnea

Compounds found in green tea may help ward off the neurological damage that can come with the breathing disorder sleep apnea, a new study hints.

Researchers found that when they added green tea antioxidants to rats’ drinking water, it appeared to protect the animals’ brains during bouts of oxygen deprivation designed to mimic the effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

The findings suggest that green tea compounds should be further studied as a potential OSA therapy, the researchers report in the American journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

OSA is a common disorder in which soft tissues in the throat temporarily collapse and block the airway during sleep, causing repeated stops and starts in breathing throughout the night.

The immediate symptoms include chronic loud snoring and gasping, as well as daytime sleepiness.

Left untreated, OSA can eventually have widespread effects in the body; it’s linked to high blood pressure, and research suggests that the intermittent dips in oxygen to the brain may lead to memory and learning difficulties.

In the new study, Dr. David Gozal and colleagues at the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine in Kentucky looked at whether green tea compounds called catechin polyphenols could help shield the brain from this oxygen deprivation.

Catechin polyphenols act as antioxidant, which means they help neutralize cell-damaging particles called oxygen free radicals.

Free radicals are normal by products of metabolism, but in excess they lead to a state known as oxidative stress.

It’s thought that the oxygen deprivation of OSA leads to oxidative stress, and that this, at least in part, explains the cognitive problems seen in some people with the sleep disorder.

Gozal and his colleagues found that when rats were exposed to periodic bouts of oxygen deprivation over 14 days, it did boost signs of oxidative stress in the brain.

This didn’t happen, however, if rats had been given water containing green tea polyphenols.

What’s more, compared with rats given plain water, these animals performed better on a standard test of learning and memory — a water “maze” designed to encourage the animals to remember the location of an escape platform.

In theory, Gozal said, a regular cup of green tea could be beneficial, used alongside standard OSA treatment.

“However,” he said, “definitive proof that green tea would help will have to await a trial in human patients.”

Introduction

This fact sheet provides basic information about green tea–common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information. All types of tea (green, black, and oolong) are produced from the Camellia sinensis plant using different methods. Fresh leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant are steamed to produce green tea.

Common Names–green tea, Chinese tea, Japanese tea

Latin Names–Camellia sinensis

What It Is Used For

Green tea and green tea extracts, such as its component EGCG, have been used to prevent and treat a variety of cancers, including breast, stomach, and skin cancers.

Green tea and green tea extracts have also been used for improving mental alertness, aiding in weight loss, lowering cholesterol levels, and protecting skin from sun damage.

Green tea could prevent bladder cancer spreading

Green tea can not only lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and boost the immune system, it can also help fight cancer.

The health benefits of green tea have been known for a long time: it can lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and boost the immune system. Now, it appears, it can also help fight cancer.

Numerous studies, including those involving animals, have shown that green tea not only induces death in cancer cells, but also slows development of the independent blood supply that cancers develop so they can grow and spread.

A recent study demonstrated that green tea extract interrupts a process that is crucial in allowing bladder cancer to become invasive and spread to other areas of the body.

How It Is Used

Green tea is usually brewed and drunk as a beverage. Green tea extracts can be taken in capsules and are sometimes used in skin products.

What the Science Says

Laboratory studies suggest that green tea may help protect against or slow the growth of certain cancers, but studies in people have shown mixed results.

Some evidence suggests that the use of green tea preparations improves mental alertness, most likely because of its caffeine content. There are not enough reliable data to determine whether green tea can aid in weight loss, lower blood cholesterol levels, or protect the skin from sun damage.

Side Effects and Cautions

• Green tea is safe for most adults when used in moderate amount.

• Green tea and green tea extracts contain caffeine. Caffeine can cause insomnia, anxiety, irritability, upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, or frequent urination in some people. Caffeine can also raise blood pressure, and in very high doses, it can cause seizures, delirium, or irregular heart rhythms.

• Green tea contains small amounts of vitamin K, which can make anticoagulant drugs, such as warfarin, less effective.

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Long lasting laughter

Long lasting laughter

joke

TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America.

MARIA: Here it is!

TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America?

CLASS: Maria!

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TEACHER: Why are you late, Frank?

FRANK: Because of the sign.

TEACHER: What sign?

FRANK: the one that says, ‘School Ahead, Go Slow.’

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TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?

JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables!

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TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell ‘crocodile?’

GLENN: K-R-O-K-O-D-A-I-L’

TEACHER: No, that’s wrong

GLENN: Maybe it s wrong, but you asked me how I spell it!

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TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?

DONALD: H I J K L M N O!!

TEACHER: What are you talking about?

DONALD: Yesterday you said it’s H to O!

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TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have ten years ago.

WINNIE: Me!

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TEACHER: Goss, why do you always get so dirty?

GOSS: Well, I’m a lot closer to the ground than you are.

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TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with ‘I.’

MILLIE: I is…

TEACHER: No, Millie….. Always say, ‘I am.’

MILLIE: All right… ‘I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.’

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TEACHER: Can anybody give an example of COINCIDENCE?

TINO: Sir, my Mother and Father got married on the same day, same

time.’

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TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father’s cherry tree, but also admitted doing it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn’t punish him?’

LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand.

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TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?

SIMON: No sir, I don’t have to, my Mom is a good cook.

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TEACHER: Clyde, your composition on ‘My Dog’ is exactly the same as your brother’s. Did you copy his?

CLYDE: No, teacher, it’s the same dog!!

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TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?

HAROLD: A teacher

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He called it … Dad

What Makes a Dad

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God took the strength of a mountain,

The majesty of a tree,

The warmth of a summer sun,

The calm of a quiet sea,

The generous soul of nature,

The comforting arm of night,

The wisdom of the ages,

The power of the eagle’s flight,

The joy of a morning in spring,

The faith of a mustard seed,

The patience of eternity,

The depth of a family need,

Then God combined these qualities,

When there was nothing more to add,

He knew His masterpiece was complete,

And so,

He called it … Dad

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The Importance of father

The Importance of father

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The father is an integral part of the family. Traditional family values have always maintained this and few would doubt that a father figure is a positive thing for children.

Experts say that within the next decade, the number of unconventional families will outnumber “traditional” ones. More and more, research shows that we may be heading in a bad direction.

Children growing up without the stability of a two-parent home are much more at risk than their peers. Needless to say, there are always exceptions, but certainly life without Daddy stacks the odds against the kids. Drug abuse, emotional and health problems, academic troubles and anger – children growing up without their father are increasingly susceptible to all these and more.

Following are research results pointing out the pitfalls of households with inattentive or absent fathers:

1. Drug And Alcohol Abuse:

The absence of the father from the home affects significantly the behavior of adolescents and results in greater use of alcohol and marijuana.

Source: Deane Scott Berman, “Risk Factors Leading to Adolescent Substance Abuse,” Adolescence 30 (1995): 201-206

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Teenagers living in single-parent households are more likely to abuse alcohol and at an earlier age compared to children reared in two-parent households

Source: Terry E. Duncan, Susan C. Duncan and Hyman Hops,

“The Effects of Family Cohesiveness and Peer Encouragement on the Development of Adolescent Alcohol Use: A Cohort-Sequential Approach to the Analysis of Longitudinal Data,” Journal of Studies on Alcohol 55 (1994).

Fatherless children are at a dramatically greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, suicide, poor educational performance, teen pregnancy and criminality.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics, Survey on Child Health, Washington, DC, 1993.

2. Poverty

Fatherless children are five times more likely to live in poverty, compared to children living with both parents.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics, Survey on Child Health, Washington, DC, 1993.

Families headed by single mothers not only have lower incomes, they have seen no income growth since the early 1970s.

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Money Income 1991, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, May 1991.

Women who gave birth as teenagers were also more likely to have total family incomes below 50 percent of the poverty line. Over half of women who gave birth as teenagers had total family incomes below 50 percent of the poverty line in 1992.

Source: U.S. General Accounting Office, Families on Welfare: Teenage Mothers Least Likely to Become Self-Sufficient, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, May 1994.

father and son relationship

Households with a father present have seen a steady rise in income from 1960 to 1990; however, households without a father have seen a decline in income from 1980 to 1990.

Source: Victor Fuchs and Diane M. Reklis, “America”s Children: Economic Perspectives and Policy Options,” Science 255 (1992).

3. Health Problems

Unmarried mothers are less likely to obtain prenatal care and more likely to have a low-birth-weight baby. Researchers find that these negative effects persist even when they take into account factors, such as parental education, that often distinguish single-parent from two-parent families.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Report to Congress on Out-of-Wedlock Childbearing, Hyattsville, MD, 1995.

4. Extra-Marital Sex

In a study of 700 adolescents, researchers found that “compared to families with two natural parents living in the home, adolescents from single-parent families have been found to engage in greater and earlier sexual activity.”

Source: Carol W. Metzler, et al. “The Social Context for Risky Sexual Behavior Among Adolescents,” Journal of Behavioral Medicine 17 (1994).

father and daughter

A study of 156 victims of child sexual abuse found that the majority of the children came from disrupted or single-parent homes; only 31 percent of the children lived with both biological parents. Although stepfamilies make up only about 10 percent of all families, 27 percent of the abused children lived with either a stepfather or the mother”s boyfriend.

Source: Beverly Gomes-Schwartz, Jonathan Horowitz, and Albert P. Cardarelli, “Child Sexual Abuse Victims and Their Treatment,” U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

5. Suicide

Fatherless children are at dramatically greater risk of suicide.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics, Survey on Child Health, Washington, DC, 1993.

In a study of 146 adolescent friends of 26 adolescent suicide victims, teens living in single-parent families were found not only more likely to commit suicide but also more likely to suffer from psychological disorders when compared to teens living in intact families.

Source: David A. Brent, et al. “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Peers of Adolescent Suicide Victims: Predisposing Factors and Phenomenology.” Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 34, 1995.

6. Emotional And Behavioral Problems

In 1988, a study of preschool children admitted to New Orleans hospitals as psychiatric patients over a 34-month period found that nearly 80 percent came from fatherless homes.

Source: Jack Block, et al. “Parental Functioning and the Home Environment in Families of Divorce,” Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 27 (1988)

Even controlling for variations across groups in parent education, race and other child and family factors, 18- to 22-year-olds from disrupted families were twice as likely to have poor relationships with their mothers and fathers, to show high levels of emotional distress or problem behavior [and] to have received psychological help.

Source: Nicholas Zill, Donna Morrison, and Mary Jo Coiro, “Long Term Effects of Parental Divorce on Parent-Child Relationships, Adjustment and Achievement in Young Adulthood.” Journal of Family Psychology 7 (1993).

mother and daughter

Compared to peers living with both biological parents, sons and daughters of divorced or separated parents exhibited significantly more conduct problems. Daughters of divorced or separated mothers evidenced significantly higher rates of internalizing problems, such as anxiety or depression.

Source: Denise B. Kandel, Emily Rosenbaum and Kevin Chen, “Impact of Maternal Drug Use and Life Experiences on Preadolescent Children Born to Teenage Mothers,” Journal of Marriage and the Family56 (1994).

“Father hunger” often afflicts boys age one and two whose fathers are suddenly and permanently absent. Sleep disturbances, such as trouble falling asleep, nightmares and night terrors frequently begin within one to three months after the father leaves home.

Source: Alfred A. Messer, “Boys” Father Hunger: The Missing Father Syndrome,” Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality, January 1989.

In a longitudinal study of 1,197 fourth-grade students, researchers observed “greater levels of aggression in boys from mother-only households than from boys in mother-father households.”

Source: N. Vaden-Kierman, N. Ialongo, J. Pearson, and S. Kellam, “Household Family Structure and Children”s Aggressive Behavior: A Longitudinal Study of Urban Elementary School Children,” Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 23, no. 5 (1995).

Kids who exhibited violent behavior at school were 11 times as likely not to live with their fathers and six times as likely to have parents who were not married. Boys from families with absent fathers are at higher risk for violent behavior than boys from intact families.

Source: J.L. Sheline (et al.), “Risk Factors…,” American Journal of Public Health, No. 84. 1994.

7. Not Making The Grade

Kids who live with both biological parents at age 14 are significantly more likely to graduate from high school than those kids who live with a single parent, a parent and step-parent, or neither parent.

Source: G.D. Sandefur (et al.), “The Effects of Parental Marital Status…” Social Forces, September 1992.

Children from disrupted families are 20 percent more unlikely to attend college than kids from intact, two-parent families.

Source: J. Wallerstein, Family Law Quarterly, 20. (Summer 1986)

Fatherless children – kids living in homes without a stepfather or without contact with their biological father – are twice as likely to drop out of school.

Source: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Survey on Child Health. (1993)

Children from low-income, two-parent families outperform students from high-income, single-parent homes. Almost twice as many high achievers come from two-parent homes as one-parent homes.

Source: “One-Parent Families and Their Children;” Charles F. Kettering Foundation (1990).

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Among black children between the ages of 6 to 9 years old, black children in mother-only households scored significantly lower on tests of intellectual ability than black children living with two parents.

Source: Luster and McAdoo, Child Development 65. 1994.

After taking into account race, socioeconomic status, sex, age and ability, high school students from single-parent households were 1.7 times more likely to drop out than were their corresponding counterparts living with both biological parents.

Source: Ralph McNeal, Sociology of Education 88. 1995.

8. Crime

43 percent of prison inmates grew up in a single-parent household – 39 percent with their mothers, 4 percent with their fathers – and an additional 14 percent lived in households without either biological parent. Another 14 percent had spent at last part of their childhood in a foster home, agency or other juvenile institution.

Source: US Bureau of Justice Statistics, Survey of State Prison Inmates. 1991

72 percent of adolescent murderers grew up without fathers. 60 percent of America”s rapists grew up the same way.

Source: D. Cornell (et al.), Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 5. 1987. And N. Davidson, “Life Without Father,” Policy Review. 1990.

Only 13 percent of juvenile delinquents come from families in which the biological mother and father are married to each other. By contrast, 33 percent have parents who are either divorced or separated and 44 percent have parents who were never married.

Source: Wisconsin Dept. of Health and Social Services, April 1994.

Compared to boys from intact, two-parent families, teenage boys from disrupted families are not only more likely to be incarcerated for delinquent offenses, but also to manifest worse conduct while incarcerated.

Source: M Eileen Matlock et al., “Family Correlates of Social Skills…” Adolescence 29. 1994.

70 percent of juveniles in state reform institutions grew up in single- or no-parent situations.

Source: Alan Beck et al., Survey of Youth in Custody, 1987, US Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1988.

9. Where”s Daddy?

Fathers who cared for their children”s intellectual development and their adolescent”s social development were more likely to advance in their careers compared to men who weren”t involved in such activities.

Source: J. Snarey, How Fathers Care for the Next Generation. Harvard Univ. Press.

In 1991, about 20 percent of preschool children were cared for by their fathers – both married and single. In 1988, the number was 15 percent.

Source: M. O”Connell, “Where”s Papa? Father”s Role in Child Care,” Population Reference Bureau. 1993.

Among fathers who maintain contact with their children after a divorce, the pattern of the relationship between father and child changes. They begin to behave more like relatives than like parents. Instead of helping with homework, nonresident dads are more likely to take the kids shopping, to the movies or out to dinner. Instead of providing steady advice and guidance, divorced fathers become “treat dads.”

Source: F. Furstenberg, A. Cherlin, Divided Families. Harvard Univ. Press. 1991.

While 57 percent of unwed dads with kids no older than 2 visit their children more than once a week, by the time the kid”s 7½, only 23 percent are in frequent contact with their children.

Source: R. Lerman and Theodora Ooms, Young Unwed Fathers. 1993.

About 40 percent of the kids living in fatherless homes haven”t seen their dads in a year or more. Of the rest, only one in five sleeps even one night a month at the father”s home. And only one in six sees their father once or more per week.

Source: F. Furstenberg, A. Cherlin, Divided Families. Harvard Univ. Press. 1991.

According to a 1992 Gallup poll, more than 50 percent of all adults agreed that fathers today spend less time with their kids than their fathers did with them.

Source: Gallup national random sample conducted for the National Center for Fathering, April 1992.

Overall, more than 75 percent of American children are at risk because of paternal deprivation. Even in two-parent homes, fewer than 25 percent of young boys and girls experience an average of at least one hour a day of relatively individualized contact with their fathers.

Source: Henry Biller, “The Father Factor…” a paper based on presentations during meetings with William Galston, Deputy Director, Domestic Policy, Clinton White House, December 1993 and April 1994.

Of children age 5 to 14, 1.6 million return home to houses where there is no adult present.

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, “Who”s Minding the Kids?” Statistical Brief. April 1994.

Almost 20 percent of sixth- through twelfth-graders have not had a good conversation lasting for at least 10 minutes with at least one of their parents in more than a month.

Source: Peter Benson, “The Troubled Journey.” Search Institute. 1993.

A 1990 L.A. Times poll found that 57 percent of all fathers and 55 percent of all mothers feel guilty about not spending enough time with their children.

Source: Lynn Smith and Bob Sipchen, “Two Career Family Dilemma,” Los Angeles Times, Aug. 12, 1990.

In 1965, parents on average spent approximately 30 hours a week with their kids. By 1985, the amount of time had fallen to 17 hours.

Source: William Mattox, “The Parent Trap.” Policy Review. Winter, 1991.

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

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A Dad is a person

who is loving and kind,

And often he knows

what you have on your mind.

He’s someone who listens,

suggests, and defends.

A dad can be one

of your very best friends!

He’s proud of your triumphs,

but when things go wrong,

A dad can be patient

and helpful and strong

In all that you do,

a dad’s love plays a part.

There’s always a place for him

deep in your heart.

And each year that passes,

you’re even more glad,

More grateful and proud

just to call him your dad!

Thank you, Dad…

for listening and caring,

for giving and sharing,

but, especially, for just being you!

Happy Father’s Day

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