October 3, 2009 at 6:25 am Comments (0)
According to experts, around 800,000 children under the age of 16 begin smoking and continue on for life. To date, there are around 4.5 million teenagers in the United States alone who have developed a smoking habit. Worse is that they seem to find it hard to kick the habit.
It is the parents’ responsibility to help their teenage children stop smoking, and one of the best ways to do this is to administer nicotine tests to them. However, getting teenagers tested without having them prepared for it can be met with hostility because these teenagers may think that their parents do not trust them.
As such, it is important for parents to find concrete evidence first that their children are indeed smoking. Smell is the most obvious sign, but there are other, more subtle ones. Also, the children should be informed first that they are going to be tested so they would fear it and eventually stop smoking.
For full version of this article, please visit “Stop Teenage Smoking with Nicotine Tests“.
September 29, 2009 at 10:47 pm Comments (0)
The NFL’s drug testing program may no longer be enforceable; thanks to a federal court ruling and they might not be the only U.S. sport that will be facing the backlash. The NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA have all begun programs in an effort to discipline players who’ve been found to be using illegal steroids. Now thanks to the ruling these players will be able to use state courts to challenge suspensions made based on doping charges from their sports leagues.
The ruling made in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals of Minneapolis upheld the ruling of a lower court prohibiting the NFL from suspending two Minnesota Vikings who were being punished for violating the anti-doping policy. Stating that state level courts could be used to contest suspensions of this type, the court made the ruling on the basis of laws barring employers from suspending or firing an employee on the basis of an initial positive drug test.
The NFL like most sports leagues had been making suspension policies that penalized players for positive tests not considering these laws that exist in Minnesota and several other states. The ruling is viewed as a major change in the overall bargaining process for players, potentially opening new doors for players who hadn’t previously been able to lay claim to rights that regular employees experienced every day.
September 22, 2009 at 6:30 am Comments (0)
Anabolic steroids are hormones that help induce growth through an increased rate in cell division. The use of anabolic steroids is surprisingly popular among the athletes of ancient Greece. Though the practice was forgotten for most of ancient history after the fall of Greece, the use of anabolic steroids was rediscovered accidentally in Germany in the 1930s. Twenty years later, usage of anabolic steroids gained popularity when it was approved by the FDA.
From the 1960s to the 1980s, there were doubts about whether or not there are any benefits to using anabolic steroids. Tests conducted in 1972 showed that people who took anabolic steroids did not really show any significant changes in their bodies. This, however, was disproved in the 1990s through more controlled tests. At the same time, the US Congress put into place the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 1990, which classified anabolic steroids as a controlled substance. The Act was modified in 2004.
For full version of this article, please visit “History of Anabolic Steroids – How It Started?“.
September 18, 2009 at 5:17 pm Comment (1)
Inflammation comes from a variety of different conditions such as arthritis and other joint diseases. One way that you can tell if you are suffering from an inflammatory disease is to use a home testing kit for inflammation. If you have an inflammation, you can discover this through your urine test. This can allow you to address the problem that you are having when it comes to inflammation.
There is an at home test that can help you discover whether or not you are experiencing inflammation. If you do find that you are suffering from inflammation from the tests, you can address the problem with your doctor. In some cases, diet and lifestyle changes can make a big difference when it comes to dealing with inflammatory diseases such as those that will cause an inflammation to reflect on an at home test.
September 16, 2009 at 3:00 am Comments (0)
Ovulation predictor tests are useful ways of forecasting when a woman would be ovulating or releasing an egg from her ovaries. Knowing when ovulation will occur can help a woman prevent her getting pregnant. Or, if she is trying to have a baby, it can help her determine when it would be best to have intercourse with her partner to ensure pregnancy.
An ovulation predictor test works by detecting the amount of luteinizing hormone (LH) present in a woman’s urine. LH tends to increase dramatically when ovulation is about to occur. Thus, when there is a considerable amount of LH in a woman’s urine, it can mean that she is fertile and can get pregnant.
However, an ovulation predictor test can fail if a woman is using contraception that creates a wall of mucus blocking the entrance to her womb. The test also often does not work for women in their forties because menopause is often marked by increased LH levels.
For full version of this article, please visit “Ovulation Calendar & Ovulation Predictors“.
September 15, 2009 at 5:00 am Comments (2)
Early pregnancy tests or EPTs are the most sensitive pregnancy tests available today. These EPTs allow you to determine whether you are pregnant or not as early as 10 days after ovulation, without having to wait for a missed period.
EPTs work by detecting the presence of the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone in a woman’s urine. The hCG hormone is secreted by the developing placenta soon after the fertilized egg is implanted in the uterine lining. EPTs can detect hCG levels as low as 20 mIU in a woman’s urine.
An EPT works in two ways. You can collect a sample of your urine and dip the strip in it for a few seconds. You can also hold the strip to your stream while urinating. For more accurate results, you should use your first morning urine sample. Diluting the body with liquids in the course of the day can also dilute the amount of hCG in your urine.
For full version of this article, please visit “How Do EPT Pregnancy Tests Work & Their Accuracy?“.
September 13, 2009 at 3:10 pm Comments (0)
You can check to see if your stool has blood in it by using a simple at home test kit. The same type of test is used often by doctors to check for colorectal disease. The colon cancer test can spot irregularities such as blood in your stool when you use the strips or pads that can be flushed in the toilet. You do not have to handle the stool to see if you have early signs of colorectal disease.
Having a positive result in this type of test does not mean that you have colon cancer. It can mean that you have early signs of a colorectal disease. Colorectal diseases are easily treated in early stages. In some cases, diet restrictions are often used to control diseases in the intestine.
Using an at home test kit can spot if there are any signs of colorectal disease. Those who use these tests should be aware that they do not detect colon cancer and are merely used to detect traces of blood in the stool. Blood in the stool is symptomatic of many benign conditions as well as early signs of colon cancer.
September 2, 2009 at 4:25 pm Comments (0)
You may have heard the phrase dirty money and we all know the amount of handling and germs that build up on bills over the course of time, but had you considered that one of those contaminates might be cocaine? Samples of bills tested in major cities resulted in a 90 % finding of trace amounts of the drug, reinforcing previous tests for these same trace levels. These trace amounts don’t pose any sort of drug risk and while much of it comes from contact with drug users and drug trades the reality is that most bills are contaminated during the currency counting process in banks that use machines for the purpose. Staphylococcus aureus and other germs have also been found on the currency prompting a suggestion that hands should be washed after using money during a 2002 study. While the trace amounts don’t pose any serious threat to those handling them it’s possible that people in jobs which handle more of the money such as police officers or bank tellers (who may breath in the drug while running the counting machines) might get a positive result on drug test.
August 28, 2009 at 6:00 am Comments (0)
A diverse range of second hand smoking tests is available and most of them are quick, effective, and offer people an on the spot answer as to whether the person has been affected by tobacco smoke or not.
A second hand smoking test determines the level of tobacco exposure of a person. This exposure is over time and the people who frequently go through these tests include children, teenagers, and those who work in a place that allow smoking. One such second hand smoking test is the urine strip test. This non invasive test determines the levels of Cotinine, which is essentially a by product of the breaking down of nicotine by the body.
Another test is what is known as the HPLC based Fluorescent Test. However, this test is not a person based test but is used for the testing of the smoke in the environment.
For full version of this article, please visit “The Working of Second Hand Smoking Tests“.
August 25, 2009 at 5:00 am Comments (0)
Children below the age of 16 have also started smoking these days. Smoking is habit forming, however, if you give your children nicotine tests, there is a chance that you might be able to stop them from smoking. You might also consider nicotine test if you are unsure whether your teenager is actually smoking or not.
The first type of nicotine test is the smell test. If you smell cigarette smoke emanating from their body or even their clothes then its time to ask them about their smoking and whether they are habitual smokers or not. Another aspect of the nicotine test is to see whether your teen is able to stay indoors for long periods of time.
These are just informal tests that you can use to check for signs of smoking. However, there are many instant nicotine tests available in the market or you could get one done in the lab.
For full version of this article, please visit “Nicotine Tests – Helping You Stop Teenage Smoking“.