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Watermelon and the Circulatory System

Posted by medliorator on July 9, 2008

Watermelons contain an ingredient called citrulline that can trigger production of a compound that helps relax the body’s blood vessels, similar to what happens when a man takes Viagra, said scientists in Texas, one of the nation’s top producers of the seedless variety.

Found in the flesh and rind of watermelons, citrulline reacts with the body’s enzymes when consumed in large quantities and is changed into arginine, an amino acid that benefits the heart and the circulatory and immune systems.

“Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it,” said Bhimu Patil, a researcher and director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center. “Watermelon may not be as organ-specific as Viagra, but it’s a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side effects.”

Watermelon Has Viagra-Like Effect, Say Scientists [Discovery News]

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Finding the Best Time to Procreate During Medical Training

Posted by medliorator on July 9, 2008

First two years: Might be good for women who don’t mind reading transcripts instead of going to class, but I find it impossible to do even minimal studying with a baby around, much less the encyclopedic amount of studying required in the first two years. Also, is formaldehyde teratogenic?

Third year: The most physically rigorous year of med school so probably not the best time to be pregnant. I can’t imagine standing and holding a retractor for six hours while being pregnant. And the surgery attendings are just so understanding…

Fourth year: Theoretically, the best time to have a baby. If you get your harder fourth year rotations out of the way early, you can have a nice long “maternity leave”. Cons: then your intern year starts and you still have a baby.

Internship: Definitely the worst time to be pregnant and have a baby. The upside is that you’re already maximally tired, so what’s a few extra sleepless nights?

PGY2+: This was when I had my baby. More responsibility in these years, but less work than internship. The amount of work is residency dependent though (I’ve heard anesthesia gets progressively harder).

Chief year: Probably the best possible time to have a baby in your whole life, short of waiting till after retirement.

the best time for babymaking [LiveJournal]

Correlate: How to be a Parent & a Doctor

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