We are used to getting tips from nutritionists regarding the food we eat and their side effects. But according to a study, it isn’t just because of what we munch but how we prepare or how to cook.
In a study in Italy; it stated that men could end up with smaller penises if their parents are exposed to high levels of chemical that is found in non-stick frying pans.
The chemical is called the Polyfluoroalkyl Chemical (PFC) and can interfere with male hormones while in the womb. It has been said that it is possible that it would lead to one’s sexual organ to be shorter and thinner.
But doesn’t just affect a person during pregnancy, but teenagers as well. It is said that penises of men who were raised in places containing PFCs are around 12.5 percent shorter and 6.3 percent shorter than average men.
The substance can also be found in waterproof clothing and grease-proof food packaging, which can reduce testosterone levels.
The mentioned study measured the penises of 383 men at the University of Padua, one of four areas in the world with high levels of PFC.
“As the first report on water contamination of PFCs goes back to 1977, the magnitude of the problem is alarming.
“It affects an entire generation of young individuals, from 1978 onwards,” said Dr. Andrea Di Nisio, the research head.
The chemicals are found to be absorbed by the intestines not just from food and water, but can be also breathed in and could enter the bloodstream.
Whenever we wash our hands, one of the things that we automatically do is to put our hands under the hand dryer.
But in 2014, a shocking truth has been discovered. According to a group of researchers from the University of Leeds, no-tough jet-air dryers in public restrooms are not exactly as sanitary as people thought they are. They found out that the device has the capability to blast bacteria from others’ poorly washed hands into the air onto nearby surfaces. It doesn’t just spread bacteria in small amounts but in disturbing quantities that may increase the possibility of someone walking out of the bathroom covered in people’s germs.
In lab-based experiments, including the recreation of a public washroom, jet-air dryers spread 27 times more bacteria into thin air compared to the old fashioned paper towels. They added that these microbes even circulate for 15 minutes after the blast.
This was backed up by a report made by Professor Mark Wilcox and his colleagues which was published at the Journal of Hospital Infection. They examined how hand drying methods affect bacterial spread in hospital bathrooms. It has been stated as an important issue as many serious and antibiotic restraint infections are known to circulate in clinical settings.
Investigations were conducted in hospitals in three cities, namely Leeds, Paris, and Udine, Italy. It was done over a 12-week period.
Each location involved two restrooms used by patients, staff, and visitors. One restroom only had a jet dryer, while another only had paper towels. Samples of the air and swabs of restroom surfaces were taken everyday for four weeks, then after a two-week pause in collection, each restroom switched to the alternate drying method. The process was repeated three times.
Samples showed that the total amount of bacteria in the air surfaces were consistently higher in restrooms containing jet dryers. What was shocking was in Udine, the dryer was covered in 100 times more bacteria than its counterpart.
So what’s the root of the problem? Wilcox answered that it’s because of those who don’t wash their hands properly.
“In effect, the dryer creates an aerosol that contaminates the toilet room, including the dryer itself and potentially the sinks, floor and other surfaces, depending on the dryer design and where it is sited.
“However, paper towels absorb the water and microbes left on the hands and if they are disposed of properly, there is less potential for cross-contamination.”
Pasta dishes. Carne (meat dishes). Pane (fish dishes). Pizzas. No matter what dishes they are, Italian cuisine is definitely one of the most delightful cuisines in the globe, really. One can easily associate food by simply thinking about Italy itself.
Home for pastas and pizzas, we can only wish that we can always bring Italy at home – or bring ‘home’ to Italy. The movies, above all, are right: we have always dreamed about settling in a Tuscan village and soak up under the perfect yellow sun, drinking a really antique wine and eating a bowl of cheesy, meaty, Italian spaghetti.
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As the Pope Francis takes a trip to Italy‘s business capital to visit homes of working-class families, no one expected that it includes a Muslim household.
The pope showed the common touch as he skipped the city’s grand center to visit three small apartments, one of which is Milhoual Abdel Karim‘s house. He is a Muslim immigrant from Morocco who lives there with his three children and wife. Karim teaches Arabic in their place.
“It was very emotional. It was like having a friend in the house,” said Karim, a pharmaceutical factory worker.
The pope was offered delicacies and gifts by the Muslim family, and the children even gave him a heartwarming drawing.
After visiting them, he dropped by on an elderly Italian couple’s house, both of whom have major health problems.