Vitamin D Discovered to Not Prevent Falls

For many, higher doses of vitamin D has been seen to help with extremities in elderly patients. However, it’s been recently discovered that the higher doses of this vitamin are no longer more effective than lowering doses to help improve the lower extremity functions in elderly patients and no longer is associated with lower risks of falls.

In this new study about 200 patients over the age of 70 were put into three treatment groups, with one receiving 24000 IU of vitamin D3 monthly, while the other had 60,000 and the third had 24000 plus calcifediol. The second and third groups were more like to reach the serum level of vitamin D rather than the first group.

Now that the supplements weren’t more effective in improving lower extremely function, it changes a lot of things. The highest incidence of falls were in the 60,000 group and in the 24,000 group plus calcifediol. By comparison, the 24000 had the lowest number of falls and the high monthly doses of vitamin D plus the calcifediol actually may not be what seniors need because it can create potentially deleterious effects on falls. Of course, there is future research and information needed to prove these findings to be valid though.


There is little evidence that to achieve the 30 ml/L works, so the ideal thing is to have the right amount of vitamin D. Ideally, what people should be doing is to have a balanced diet that naturally contains this vitamin instead of just relying on supplements. Supplementation is supported by random trials and updated meta-analyses, so it’s important to follow the recommendations on your vitamin intake, which is 800 IU of vitamin D each day.

There is also another study on supplementations done. All of the participants had to have had a low-trauma fall in the last year and to live at home. They had to be able to walk, use public transport, and to attend clinical visits, along with discontinuing the calcium and vitamin D supplements. They also needed to score well on the mini mental state exam and understand the procedures to give consent.


In this, the trail was done at a single center and double-blinded. Nine of the participants stopped the treatment but they were kept in the trial. Function was also looked at, which included physicals, medical history, blood and urine, and an appendicular muscular mass absorptiometry. From this, the participants noticed that the scores of these people didn’t differ very well in each treatment group. This came to the conclusion that the clinicians shouldn’t recommend vitamin D supplements for better health benefits to prevent falls, as there is no evidence that it reduces the risk of these sorts of issues. From this, it’s safe to say that the best and optimistic way to really help your body to help prevent falls is to get the recommended amount of vitamin D and make sure that it’s from real foods and not from supplements.

Birth Rate of Twins is at an All-Time High

Over the last few years, the number of twins that have been born in the United States has reached a new high, says the Centers for Disease control and Prevention. In the last year, as per report 33.9 twins were born out of every 1,000 births this last year. Now, the birth rate has increased by .2 percent, but it still has increased and set a new record. The sheer numbers of this were from California, Texas, and New York, with Mexico being the lowest at 24. The birth rate has been rising for a while, for every single demographic of women since 1980. However, they didn’t really change this dramatically for white or Hispanic women until about 2013-2014, and the rise did continue as well.   At the moment, they do expect it to increase more.


The reason for this is not specifically known though according the source, because many women are different, and the genetic code is different for each. However, with the recent occurrence of women giving birth later in life, and with the recent idea to wait for a while to give birth and have children, there is a chance that it is also increasing the chances of twins.

There is another part of this as well. For many couples who can’t have children normally, there is in-vitro fertilization, which has started to become popular in recent years. Many couples who want to have children are waiting later, and instead of going through the traditional conception, they use this method. With in-vitro fertilization, there is a chance that you can have multiple children, and that’s where a good many of the twins that are being birthed are coming from. There are also other mothers who also have births of children that are multiple babies through this use, so it does account for many of the recent changes in this rate, especially since many are waiting and are looking at this method to have children.

On the flip side, the birth rates may have rose for twins, but for triplets or anything higher than that actually dropped another 5%. In this, it’s only about 113.3 for every 100,000 births, and it actually has decreased about 40% since3 1998. They aren’t as common anymore, and many parents don’t want to take this into account, so they try to stay away from this sort of number of children.

With recent scientific advances, more are turning to other ways to have children, and because of that, the chances to have more than one child at once have started to increase. Who knows what this might mean for those in the future that turn to science as well, and it makes many wonder just what is going to happen when science does take off and more people go towards this method than conventional methods for having children. It’s a revolutionary endeavor, and at this moment, the only thing that one can wait on is time that will tell this.

The 360 Degree Video of White House – A New Google’s Release

The new google’s 360 degree video of white house is now online. If you want to get some wonderful Christmas ideas, you can watch this video in which White House interior has been designed splendidly for this winter’s festival.

Although video covers only a few rooms and corridors of white house, this video will be a treat to watch for the people who have never been to this building. This video will surely be a White House tour guide for such people. Moreover, this video experience will be a lot better with virtual reality.

Virtual reality is amazing and when this video serves the best opportunity to get an idea about the best about virtual reality. You will surely like to visit the most popular areas of White House which include east colonnade, china room, white house library and east garden room; all decorated with the color of Christmas, surely giving you the best decoration ideas. Although this video is just five minutes long, it is enough to give you a nice overview of world’s most popular building.

This video is amazing to watch using the cardboard virtual reality but if you do not have the hardware for it, you can still watch this from different angles by just mouse dragging. It will still be spectacular. The best part, video is described well with the narrator’s explanation.

The 360 Degree Video of White House

Creation of this video was benefited by the help from Google’s Jump Rings. Making of this video involves functioning of 16 different cameras in order to produce a 360 degree video. GoPro is another designer which joined Jump Rings in this project. The cost of this project was huge; 15,000 USD.

White House is a place people dream about visiting. This 360 degree video is something which can make this wish come true. However, it is recommended to have a VR headset in order to watch this video because without virtual reality, picture may look blurry. According to an announcement, Google Expedition version of this video is also set to release.

Asbestos : Rare Life Taking Disease

Kris Penny might find himself unable to get to his normal routine due to asbestos disease. Sep 24, 2014 was the day he was struck by severe stomach pain which led him to get himself medically diagnosed. After 4 days, he came to know about the worst news in his life that he was infected by peritoneal mesothelioma which is an abdominal cancer and is always caused by exposure to asbestos. It didn’t take long for him to conclude that he had breathed in the small particles of asbestos a decade back during a pipe reconstruction when he worked for AT&T. The pipe had the content of asbestos. Therefore he sued the company.

Penny is not the only one who got this disease due to asbestos. First, the miners got exposed to asbestos while mining. Most of them died. After that, it infected the shipbuilders and other people who worked with asbestos products. Then the conference attendees came to the conclusion that this material will become active again from its sleeping state in different pipes, ceilings and brakes of automobiles and will cause more deaths.

At a New York conference, environmental consultant Barry Castleman emphasized on the consistent danger to American lives which continuously existent asbestos poses.


Although the Environmental Protection Agency has banned some of the asbestos products but there are still large number of products out there. Since 1970s, the consumption of asbestos has been reduced to a large extent but the problem is that life threatening asbestos is still there, posing threat to human lives.

One can imagine the high toxicity of asbestos with the fact that even a very small exposure is enough to develop mesothelioma. The disturbing fact is that about 2700 Americans are diagnosed with this disease every year.

The worst situation, which is normally witnessed, is that workers dealing with asbestos are seen having no protection to combat this exposure just because their bosses want to save money which would have been spent on workers’ protection.

It always is an imminent threat to deal with asbestos until there are steps taken to avoid its infection to the people who deal with it.