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Washington: For men, it’s now time to move over bulky backpacks and make way for ‘murses’ – a new must-have accessory taking the 2020 men’s runways by storm.

Designers have come up with some small yet voguish bags for men. These cross-body, fanny packs, top handle totes, and compact clutches managed to steal the limelight at the recent men’s 2020 walks, reported The New York Post.

One of France’s biggest fashion house, Hermes’, had men walking with the oversized version of their signature Birkin bags. While Kim Jones, Dior’s men designer gave a touch of feminine flair to the tailored suits paired with newsprint styled bags, cross-body bags, and box-like clutches.

On top of it was Louis Vuitton’s fresh experiments with models carrying flower-adorned handbags. Other notable designers Celine and Jacquemus’ had designs with a beachy finesse to the bags including straw shoulder bags and net-style sling bags.

And just to set the record straight, these bags are not just runways and shows as many celebrities, including singer Nick Jonas, are taking the lead and proving that these bags are of real use!

Recently, Jonas was seen rocking a smooth glossy leather clutch while making an appearance with wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas at a Dior fashion show.

Rapper A$ap also accessorized his look with a Loewe fringe satchel. Joining the bandwagon was singer Swae Lee with a white leather Thom Browne satchel around his neck as he attended an event in Paris.

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So far, she said she has found 15 half-siblings and expects the number to grow.

OTTAWA: A Canadian fertility doctor’s license was revoked Tuesday for having used the wrong sperm, including his own, to inseminate patients over decades.

Bernard Norman Barwin’s behavior was deemed “appalling” and “reprehensible” by a College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario disciplinary panel, which also fined him Can$10,000.

“You betrayed (your patients’) trust and by your actions deeply affected individuals and their families and caused irreparable damage that will span generations,” the medical regulator said in its decision.

The 80-year-old doctor did not appear at the hearing, but through his lawyers pleaded no contest.

Barwin had already given up his medical license in 2014 after being disciplined in a prior case for artificially inseminating three women with the wrong sperm, which he had blamed at the time on simple errors.

By now revoking his license, other medical regulators will be alerted if he seeks to practice medicine in other jurisdictions.

Barwin is also facing a lawsuit alleging 50-100 births with the wrong sperm, including 11 cases in which he used his own.

His misconduct came to light after one of the children born through insemination became curious about her genetic background and researched her family tree, and another was diagnosed with celiac disease, which is genetic. Neither parent has the disease.

Rebecca Dixon said she learned three years ago at age 25 that Barwin was her biological father, telling the hearing that she felt “repulsed” and “contaminated.”

“In that moment, my life changed forever,” she said in a victim impact statement.

“For a while I felt dissociated with my own face, as if the person looking at back at me in the mirror wasn’t fully me anymore.”

She noted that the discovery also put a strain on her family.

Her father, while struggling with major health issues, “had to learn to accept that the daughter he had raised and loved was not in fact his biological child,” she said.

“My mum,” she added, “had to work through the fact that something had happened to her body without her knowing, or giving her permission.”

In crowds, Dixon said “I find myself looking for people who look like me, who could be half-siblings.”

So far, she said she has found 15 half-siblings and expects the number to grow.

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Washington: A recent study claims that more men go through plastic surgery to boost their confidence and improve physical appearance, in comparison to women.

More than 1.3 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men last year alone, representing a 29 per cent increase since 2000, reported a recent study of American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Plastic surgery for men consists of surgical and non-surgical body contouring and facial procedures that are typically performed in a single surgery. Due to this rising trend, plastic surgery is becoming a common Father’s Day request as more men consider a surgical assist to enhance their physique and fend off the dad bod for a while longer.

“Obviously, men don’t go through the same physical changes that women experience during pregnancy and post-pregnancy, but their lifestyle does change, which can impact their appearance. Diet and exercise patterns fluctuate, and they don’t sleep as much. Men notice their body changes due to ageing and parenting, and it starts to look completely different in their 30s and 40s. That is the point of a Daddy-Do-Over,” said, one of the researchers, Alan Matarasso.

After struggling to lose stubborn fat around his midsection, 57-year-old Scott, a restaurateur, pursued plastic surgery when diet and exercise couldn’t help him reach his goals.

“I realized I was never going to lose the weight on my own. Plastic surgery is a personal decision, but I know guys my age who have done different cosmetic procedures. I think an open dialogue about plastic surgery is becoming more acceptable, especially for men,” he said.

With more than 200,000 surgical procedures performed on men in 2018, rhinoplasty was the most popular with more than 52,000 procedures. Eyelid surgery ranked second, followed by liposuction (up 5 per cent).

Breast reduction (gynecomastia) ranked number four with more than 24,000 procedures, up 22 per cent since 2000, and hair transplantation ranked fifth, up 17 per cent since 2017.

Dr Matarasso said he finds more men are seeking plastic surgery to help them professionally as well as they feel more confident about advancing in their careers and competing in the workplace after surgery.

Despite his lean physique, Dennis, 59, a creative director, also found it challenging to lose weight in specific areas. With a desire for a natural outcome, he underwent chin surgery and buccal fat removal surgery, as well as an eye lift to achieve a more youthful, toned appearance.

“I’ve been in fashion my entire career, and it makes me feel good when I walk in the room and I don’t feel as if I look 60 in a room of 25- to-30-year-olds. I always carried weight in my neck and chin, and my droopy eyelids made me look more tired than I actually was. I’ve gained unexpected confidence from the small changes I took,” said Dennis.

Nearly half a million Botox procedures were performed on men last year, and more than 100,000 men had filler injections to reduce the signs of ageing. Dr Matarasso says male patients today embrace nonsurgical and minimally-invasive procedures to the same degree as female patients.

“Men are embracing the idea of surgery more than before. Regardless of the reason though, I always stress the importance of consulting with a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Our unique training and qualifications allow us to perform cosmetic procedures of all types. We are committed to providing plastic surgery patients with the safest outcomes, and we want them to have peace of mind as we help them achieve their aesthetic goals,” he added.

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Washington: As fathers try to guess what gift they will be receiving this father’s day, researchers have cracked down ways in which fathers should spend time with their young children for better bonding.

Anew Study from the University of Georgia reveals that both types of involvement–caregiving versus play–and the timing–workday versus non-workday–have an impact on the quality of an early father-child relationship.

The study by Geoffrey Brown, published in the Journal of Family Psychology, reveals that fathers who choose to spend time with their children on non-workdays are developing a stronger relationship with them, and play activities seem particularly important, even after taking into account the quality of fathers’ parenting.

“Fathers who make the choice to devote their time on non-workdays to engaging with their children directly seem to be developing the best relationships. And on those non-workdays, pursuing activities that are child-centered, or fun for the child, seems to be the best predictor of a good father-child relationship,” Brown explained.

However, fathers who spend lots of time helping out with childcare-related tasks on workdays are developing the best relationships with their children. And men who engage in high levels of play with their children on workdays actually have a slightly less secure attachment relationship with them.

“It’s a complicated story, but I think this reflects differences in these contexts of family interaction time on workdays versus non-workdays. The most important thing on a workday, from the perspective of building a good relationship with your children, seems to be helping to take care of them,” Brown asserted.

Decades of research have focused on mother-child attachment security, but there’s much less research on the father-child relationship and how a secure attachment relationship is formed.

According to Brown, in early childhood, the most common way to conceptualise the parent-child relationship is the attachment relationship. Children from an emotional bond with their caregivers and it serves a purpose by keeping them safe, providing comfort and security, and modeling how relationships should work.

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Washington: Men, please take note. Consuming veggies including fruits such as apples, pears and green, leafy vegetables may prevent you from developing heart disease, some kinds of cancer, Type 2 diabetes and obesity, says a new study.

The study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, says the benefits of vegetarian diets are much greater for men”>men than women”>men. Also, feeding on plant-based diets increases the life span, Independent Online reports.

Another study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, added that a diet rich in vegetables and fruits can have a positive effect upon blood sugar, which can help keep appetite in check and promote weight loss.

If men”>men are eating green food, protein replacemen”>ments may include pumpkin seeds, lentils, almonds, sesame seeds and cashews.

Meanwhile, Impossible Foods Inc., a leading creator of plant-based substitutes for meat and dairy products, has recently announced the introduction of the Impossible Burger 2.0, an improved recipe over previous meat substitutes that tastes, well, a lot meatier, Vox reports.

Production of meat alternatives is gradually gaining momen”>mentum. The alternative meat burgers like a Beyond Meat burger or the Impossible Burger, is a product made from plants that is meant to taste like meat, be marketed to meat-eating customers, and replace some of those customers’ meat purchases.

That’s what makes them different from veggie burgers, which have typically been aimed mostly at vegetarians.

Plant-based meat is absolutely safe but it is not a health food. For the most part, they are likely at least as healthy as the products they are replacing.

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Washington: While we all know that an intense workout can help you lose the right amount of weight, what you eat before, during and after you exercise plays a huge role in your fitness regime.

The right kind of food can make or break a workout routine and possibly affect the desired results. So what to munch on? According to experts, quality carbohydrates are important pre-workout and lean proteins post-workout.

Before you start with your exercise, eat carbohydrates, but not too much, said Nancy Cohen, a professor specialising in nutrition, reported CNN.
Cohen recommended consuming 1 to 4 grams of carbohydrates per every 2.2 pounds of body weight if you are planning to exercise for longer than an hour. Eating about an hour to four hours before working out is perfect for your fitness regime.

A review paper by researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia suggested that carbohydrate ingestion can improve endurance exercise performance. The paper was published in the ‘Journal of Nutrition’.

The researchers assessed 50 randomised studies on carbohydrate ingestion and endurance exercise. The researchers found that the data in the studies provide evidence that consuming carbohydrates can enhance endurance exercise performance in adults.

“By eating carbohydrate-rich foods that are low in fat and low or moderate in protein, you can make sure you have enough muscle glycogen as fuel for your physical activity. This might include low-fat granola bars, fig bars, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, banana, yoghurt, pasta or other high-carbohydrate foods,” Cohen said.

Staying hydrated is equally essential, consuming lots and lots of water can do the trick.

“Sufficient fluids are also important. In general, you can consume 5 to 10 millilitres of water per kilogram of body weight in the two to four hours before a workout,” she said.

If you prefer to exercise in the morning, experts are divided on whether you should eat ahead of time.

It should be your own decision on whether to eat breakfast before or after exercise, said Stuart Phillips, a professor.

“I work out before breakfast every day because that’s when I like to work out. I don’t take in anything other than perhaps a cup of coffee most times or perhaps a slice of toast. My big breakfast comes after. But that’s not to say that’s good or bad. That’s just what I do,” Phillips said.

However, Cohen said that it’s important to not make a habit of exercising on an empty stomach.

“If you haven’t eaten in a long time, your body is in a fasted state. Normally, your body will use glucose for fuel and begin to break down muscle glycogen to deliver the glucose your body needs for exercise. In a fasted state, the muscle glycogen will be depleted sooner. Your body will then turn to breaking down fats for the energy it needs,” Cohen said.

“This can lead to ketosis, or keto-acid buildup in the blood, which can be harmful to the kidneys over the long term and cause fatigue and dizziness,” she said.

“While exercising on an empty stomach may burn fat, it does not seem to be beneficial in the long run. And, if the fatigue means that you are not able to exercise at full performance, then you will also not be able to sustain as effective a workout,” she added.

So try eating eggs, cereal, and milk, toast with peanut butter, or fruit and yoghurt to fuel a morning workout.

One of the most important things to do during exercise is to hydrate and if your workout is 45 minutes or less, fluids may be all you need to keep you going.

“Depending on the sport and the comfort of the individual, a range of foods or beverages could be useful here,” Cohen said.

So juices, sports drinks, granola bars, fruit, other high-carbohydrate foods, and drinks can be helpful during the workout.

After you workout, munch on protein, such as dairy products, eggs, meat, and poultry.

“After long or very high-intensity workouts, consuming 1 to 1.2 grams of carbohydrate per kilogram of body weight per hour for four to six hours, along with 15 to 25 grams of protein within the first hour after exercise, will replenish muscle glycogen stores as well as support muscle protein synthesis,” Cohen said.

“After lighter workouts, eat a well-balanced meal, including high-quality protein and carbohydrates, within two to three hours after finishing, and drink enough fluids to replace losses,” Cohen added.

If you experience muscle pain after you exercise certain fruit juices, such as watermelon juice and cherry juice, can reduce muscle soreness after exercise.

All in all, a post-workout routine should include fluids to rehydrate, carbohydrates to refuel and protein to repair.

So now arrange a healthy snack to eat before your exercise and as soon as your workout ends! Also, remember to keep yourself hydrated by drinking loads and loads of water and other fluids before, during, and after exercise.

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London: Sperm banks often use images and phrases associated with masculinity to procure sperm for free, new research has found.

“It’s interesting that sperm banks are able to procure sperm for free as long as they sell it as a way to affirm the masculinity of donors, especially in today’s context when the notion of masculinity is constantly challenged,” said study lead author Laetitia Mimoun, Professor at the University of London.

Globally, the sperm donation industry is valued at over $3.5 billion.

After analysing marketing strategies of sperm banks in the UK and Australia, the research team found they relied on masculine archetypes to create value for a commodity they couldn’t buy legally.

“This is to say if you give your sperm you are a real man and you are better than all the other men who cannot do so for whatever reason,” Mimoun said.

To overcome regulatory constraints and increase donor numbers, sperm banks in the UK and Australia began to market the act of donating sperm as a confirmation of masculinity. This strategy relied on two archetypes of masculinity — the ‘soldier’ serving their country and the ‘everyday hero’ saving a damsel in distress, said Mimoun.

The researchers found campaigns employing the everyday hero archetype sometimes used hyper-sexualised or romanticised images of men to intensify their appeal.

Examples of this are found in campaign posters showing athletically built men in swimming trunks or underpants, but also in videos depicting men cooking barbecues or handing out roses to women.

The use of these marketing strategies had significant impacts on the sperm donation industries in both the UK and Australia, Mimoun said.

The study was published in the journal Marketing Theory.

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Washington: Attaining a strong physique is something that most men desire, and they are ready to go any length to achieve that. Probably this is the reason why they continue to take a high dosage of steroids despite knowing the side associated with it, a new study has revealed.

The study was presented at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, ECE.

Findings of the study highlighted that men who use anabolic steroids to improve strength and physical performance are often aware of the side effects but choose to continue the dosage.

The use of steroids poses some life-limiting and serious side effects including reduced sperm count, erectile dysfunction, baldness, breast development and an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and liver or kidney failure.

Despite this steroid misuse persists, a 2014 study estimated that worldwide 3.3% of the population or 6.4% of the male population are abusing steroids. Recent evidence has suggested that not only do steroids pose serious health risks to the individual but that they also cause damage to the sperm.

For the study, researchers conducted an anonymous survey of 550 men, who regularly attended the gym, to assess their knowledge of, use of and attitude towards the health risks of anabolic steroids.

In the findings, 30.4% said they used steroids, 74.3% of users were aged 22-35 years old and 70.2% of users said they were aware of the side effects.

In addition to that, 54.8% of all respondents indicated that they would like to receive more expert information on steroids and their side effects.

“These findings were surprising, not only was the prevalence of steroid abuse high, knowledge of the damaging side effects was also high, yet this does not stop them taking them,” said Dr Mykola Lykhonosov, Pavlov First Saint Petersburg State Medical University, Russia.

“We need to tackle this growing public health problem, increasing awareness through the promotion of stories from former users, on how steroid abuse has negatively impacted on their health and lives, could be a good strong message to discourage abuse,” he added.

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Mumbai: Model-actor-fitness enthusiast Milind Soman is coming up with a fitness-based web series.

The seven-episode series titled Listerine “Maximize Your Day” will highlight Milind’s fitness regime in which he will be seen emphasising on the need for holistic health and wellness and how important it is to maintain proper physical as well as oral hygiene.

“Many of us want to live a healthier lifestyle, but we think it is just about physical fitness or following a particular way of eating. Besides all this, there are parts of daily routine that we don’t pay enough attention to – like the hygiene of our mouth,” Milind said in a statement.

“Our mouth is the gateway to our body and is actually the first step to being healthy. That’s why I am very particular about my daily oral hygiene routine and strongly recommend that everyone make that extra effort.”

“Maximize Your Day” will stream on Hotstar from Wednesday.

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Washington: A research conducted on mice discovered that having too much molecular switch called VGLL3, which regulates immune response genes in skin cells, lead to autoimmune diseases.

The study published in ‘JCI Insight’ pointed a key role for VGLL3. Three years ago, a team of University of Michigan researchers showed that women have more VGLL3 in their skin cells than men.

“VGLL3 appears to regulate immune response genes that have been implicated as important to autoimmune diseases that are more common in women, but that doesn’t appear to be regulated by sex hormones,” said Johann Gudjonsson, the lead author.

“Now, we have shown that over-expression of VGLL3 in the skin of transgenic mice is by itself sufficient to drive a phenotype that has striking similarities to systemic lupus erythematosus, including skin rash, and kidney injury,” added Gudjonsson.

Now, working in mice, researchers have discovered that having too much VGLL3 in skin cells pushes the immune system into overdrive, leading to a ‘self-attacking’ autoimmune response. Surprisingly, this response extends beyond the skin, attacking internal organs too.

The team described how VGLL3 appears to set off a series of events in the skin that trigger the immune system to come running – even when there is nothing to defend against.

The researchers found that extra VGLL3 in skin cells changed expression levels of a number of genes, important to the immune system. Expression of many of the same genes is altered in autoimmune diseases like lupus.

The gene expression changes caused by excess VGLL3 wreaked havoc in the mice. Their skin becomes scaly and raw. Immune cells abound, filling the skin and lymph nodes. The mice also produce antibodies against their own tissues, including the same antibodies that can destroy the kidneys of lupus patients.

The researchers don’t yet know what causes female skin cells to have more VGLL3. It may be that, over evolutionary time, females have developed stronger immune systems to fight off infections – but at the cost of increased risk for autoimmune disease if the body mistakes itself for an invader.

The researchers also don’t know what triggers might set off extra VGLL3 activity. But they do know that in men with lupus, the same VGLL3 pathway seen in women with lupus is activated.

Many of the current therapies for lupus, like steroids, come with unwanted side effects, from increased infection risk to cancer. Finding the key factors downstream of VGLL3 may identify targets for new, and potentially safer, therapies that could benefit patients of both sexes.

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