Monday Morning Roundup: State Funded IVF, Your Brain on High Blood Pressure, and Cycling Dumb Dumbs

Nutrition and Health related news from the past week – enjoy!

I had heard of this but wasn’t quite sure it was true so when it popped up on my search engine, I was fascinated to learn that the province of Quebec publicly funds In Vitro Fertilization.  In 2011, Quebec paid $32 million dollars for an estimated 3500 rounds of IVF for couples who were not able to conceive naturally – a single round of IVF runs anywhere between $7000 and $15,000 per cycle.  The argument in support of public funding comes from statistics that show couples who opt for privately funded IVF ended up costing the health care system a pretty penny when premature babies (multiple premature babies in many cases due to ovary stimulation) were born and then needed lengthy medical observation and treatment.  Critics of publicly funded IVF claim that more stringent measures should be put into place to prevent multiple embryos from being implanted (think of the Octomom and Jon and Kate Plus 8) and that in no way should tax dollars fund a couples personal decision to start a family.  The real story is far more complex but this article from The Globe and Mail is pretty informative.  What do you think about publicly funded IVF?

Do you want to maintain your youthful glow ?  An interesting new study conducted at Johns Hopkins University found that when blood pressure is outside the healthy range, early signs of aging are visible.  The white matter of our brain responsible for learning and inter-brain communication appeared “frayed” while the grey matter that manages emotions and cognition was smaller (than subjects of the same age with a healthy BP).  Having a high blood pressure literally ages your brain and the changes are consistent with patients who have Alzheimer’s or dementia.

This is a funny little tidbit written by Josh Levin from Slate on cyclists who peddle around town with headphones on.

Have you ever looked at your compost and thought “what can I do with all these peels and nut shells“?  I have and so LOVED this article on Tip Hero called Little Known Uses for Fruit Peels, Shells and Seeds.

And finally, it’s that time of year when it starts to get cold and dark (at least here in Canada!) and to help boost your mood, check out this article on Divine Caroline called Ten Foods That Will Improve Your Mood.

THE DAILY DL (Dalai Lama):

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” 

– Dalai Lama XIV

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One thought on “Monday Morning Roundup: State Funded IVF, Your Brain on High Blood Pressure, and Cycling Dumb Dumbs

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