The use of laptop computers among North American communities has drastically increased over the course of the past five years. Laptops are more convenient – they’re more compact, very versatile and their portability just can’t be beat by the regular desktop computer. However, like many of the other modern appliances available to the public today, the laptop computer does not come without its own series of health risks, including back pains and vision problems. However, the most distressing health concern that all laptop owners should be aware of does not lie among the regular posture issues and vision problems that are often associated with laptop use; but rather in fertility issues for men as a result of laptop usage on their laps.
For men, the use of a laptop across the lap has been proven to result in sperm damage, lower counts and decreased motility, which are all important factors for a man’s fertility. The heat that is released from a laptop computer seriously affects the body’s ability to produce sperm, as the scrotum requires lower temperatures to function and produce sperm effectively. For men in relationships that are trying to conceive, using your laptop on a desk or other surface than your lap may be the best way to go. Fertility researchers also recommend avoiding hot tubs, limiting use of drugs and alcohol as well as quitting smoking as alternative methods to increase sperm counts and fertility.
Laptop computers are a popular choice in the consumer industry today, but like any other entertainment appliance, too much of it and improper use can lead to serious health problems. To avoid many health concerns that are associated with laptop use such as back pain, vision problems and infertility, ensure that you follow the user guide instructions in your computer manual, and additionally use your laptop on a hard surface that isn’t your lap.
Smoking has been linked to depression and other mental health conditions, but recently it was found that not only smokers are prone to this, but also those exposed to second hand smoke are also at an increased risk.
The study looked at over 5,600 people who do not smoke, and about 2,600 who do smoke. Using a questionnaire the researchers found out that people who do not smoke, but are exposed to second-hand smoke were 1.5 times as likely to suffer from psychological symptoms as non-smokers who were not exposed to second hand smoke. Although people who actually smoke are 4 times more likely to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital than those who have not smoked or been exposed to second hand smoke, it is astonishing to find that those exposed people are also 3 times as likely to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital. It is still unknown whether those who establish mental health problems are more likely to start smoking or if smoking helps cause the mental health problems.
So far it is only known that mental health and smoking are connected, but further research is needed to develop these ideas. Now that these risks have been increased, smoking warnings are becoming increasingly serious. Smoking has been linked to heart disease, lung cancer, cancer of the larynx, cancer of the oral cavity or esophagus, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and most recently, mental conditions. Exposure to second-hand smoke has been linked to causing sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, ear problems, severe asthma, slowing lung growth in children, and mental diseases.
Recent studies have uncovered yet another negative effect of smoking – the genetic mutation of DNA. A recent Canadian study has demonstrated that smoking causes DNA mutations within sperm cells, implementing that children of male smokers may inherit permanent and negative changes to their DNA before they are even born. Two comprehensive studies conducted in the United States and the United Kingdom have further revealed that a single lung tumor is likely to contain tens of thousands of genetic mutations, and that additionally fifteen cigarettes will cause a single genetic mutation. If you’re wondering whether genetic mutation is really a big deal, let me assure you, it is. When cells are caused injury because of the body’s condition, which may include being exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays or smoke inhalation, the cell becomes a genetic “error” and begins to multiply in an out-of-control fashion. This mutated cell literally becomes cancerous, and as it continues to multiply, it will either form a malignant or benign tumor.
If smoking just fifteen cigarettes has the potential to mutate your genes and give you cancer, every pack of cigarettes you buy could put you on your deathbed. For example, smoking just one pack of cigarettes per week will leave you with forty-eight gene mutations at the end of the year, one of which could be life-threateningly cancerous. By quitting smoking, it’s easy to rid yourself of the risk of acquiring cancer – before it’s too late.
Although this new research doesn’t bode well for current smokers, the development in cancer treatment research has been catapulted forward, as this new method of research that has been developed to analyze the genetic sequencing and mutations will allow cancer researchers to identify gene sequences and eventually develop a way to counter-act the genetic errors that have occurred as a result of smoke inhalation and exposure to sunlight.
If you’re interested in quitting smoking, talk to your doctor about different quitting methods, between nicotine products and medications that don’t contain nicotine, you’ll find a method of treatment that’s right for you.
Here is the latest smoking news in Canada:
Non-Smoking Week Initiative –
January 17th – 23rd is National Non-Smoking Week. Ottawa kicked off the week with a 630,000 dollar gift to the Canadian Public Health Association to decrease tobacco use. The financial proposal is titled “’The Next Stage: Delivering Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Knowledge through Public Health Networks”. It will offer knowledge of reducing smoking in the curriculum of various college and university health related classes. It will also create a national public medical forum for health professionals.
The Olympics –
The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics were originally decided to be smoke-free; this was a popular brag topic amongst the Vancouver Costal Health Authority. This recently was changed as news was revealed that there will be more than 25 outdoor designated areas for smoking. These areas are to be used by officials and coaches. Other outdoor smoking vicinities have been tactically placed away from spectators to prevent any damage caused by second hand smoke. The reason these smoking areas were permitted was because it was requested by various international sport associations.
No Smoking at Parks or Beaches –
A ban was proposed over a year ago that on February 1st, 2009, all smoking at parks or beaches would be prohibited. This idea is gaining popularity with the Vancouver Park Board. The idea was exceedingly popular during the summer, when there was a risk of forest fires in Stanley Park. Rather than banning smoking all together at locations such as parks and beaches it was discussed that certain areas of the parks or beaches (such as playgrounds) would forbid smoking. Another issue which has been raised around smoking was the littering of cigarette butts. Beaches are covered in cigarette butts, which can be removed no other way than by hand.