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Africas Been At This Vegetarian Thing Longer Than Most of the World – LIVEKINDLY

Jul, 6th 2020 7:54 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

As vegan meat, dairy, and other alternatives gain an increased presence in Western supermarkets, one might get the idea that plant-based diets are something new. But in many regions across the globe, eating little to no meat has been a cornerstone of national cuisine. Africa is one example. For centuries prior to European colonization, food was often vegetarian.

Goat meat and fish made up small portions of many regional African diets. But today, meat consumption is on the rise.

What Ghana and many countries with growing economies are seeing are nutritional transitions, Afia Amoako, the author of the blog The Canadian African, tells LIVEKINDLY in an email.

As more people enter the middle class, there is more appetite for things that might have been difficult to have much of as children, she continues.This includes more cars and for many having more supply of meat. It doesnt help that fast food companies are seeing our largely unregulated food system as a market for potential growth.

Amoako adds that theres a name for this: nutrition transition. This explains a shift in dietary consumption that coincides with economic development. Its most often used to talk about a shift away from more grain and fiber-rich diets toward processed meat-heavy Western dietary patterns.

Today, many chefs are showcasing plant-forward traditional African dishes. Ethiopian restaurants, such as New York Citys Bunna Cafe and Azla Vegan in Los Angeles, show the diversity of the countrys plant-based dishes.

Amoako, who went plant-based for the environment, dedicates her blog to sharing affordable recipes that pay homage to her Ghanaian roots and other cuisines from around Africa. She also explores broader topics, from healthy lifestyle tips to identity. The goal is to make African cuisine more accessible to all. She adds that her favorite dish is red red, a bean and plantain-based stew made with tomato, onion, peppers, garlic, and ginger.

Tendai Chipara, the Zimbabwean blogger behind Plant-Based African, adopted a whole foods, plant-based diet after being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes in 2018. Prior to that, she struggled with other health issues such as anemia, fatigue, joint pain, and depression.

I realized that I was going down a slippery slope that would end up with me without limbs, blind or worse dead, she says. Looking at evidence-based research the most successful way to deal with insulin resistance is to adopt a whole food plant-based diet.

Chipara explains that growing up, the dishes she ate emphasized plant-based ingredients more than meat. Like other West African cuisines, meat is typically added for flavor. Chipara prefers to leave meat out altogether, but she has also begun incorporating mushrooms or soy chunks.

Fermented food and drinks are common in Zimbabwean food. Common produce includes muboora (pumpkin), magaka ane minzwa (horned melon), and mbambaira (sweet potatoes). Oils, tomatoes, and onion are the bedrock of most Zimbabwean dishes, Chipara adds. The supu or sauce is important it can make or break a dish.

Chipara adds that the plant-based movement is not new to Zimbabwe: Our ancestors followed a plant-based diet and they thrived and most died of old age. The food they ate was organic and meat and meat products were consumed minimally.

Many foods marketed as superfoods, she adds, are foods that she grew up eating, such as avocados, moringa, and baobab. While Zimbabwean cuisine is easy to make plant-based, meat is a common ingredient. But, it wasnt always this way. The increase in meat consumption is linked to European colonialism.

The unfortunate thing that happened to us a people was colonization which led to a massive change to our food production, access to land, and the emergence of processed foods, Chipara explains. We now have a high number of the population being affected by lifestyle-related issues such as type-2 diabetes. So I am very passionate about Zimbabwean plant-based cuisine because it is medicine.

Chipara adds that a few traditional plant-based Zimbabwean dishes include muriwo une dovi (leafy greens with peanut butter), mupunga unedovi(short grain red rice with peanut butter), and sadza reZviyo(porridge made from sorghum or teff).

Tomi Makanjoula, founder of The Vegan Nigerian blog and author of the Plantain Cookbook, is a Lagos, Nigeria-born entrepreneur living in London. She explains that a couple of traditionally plant-based Nigerian dishes include yam pottage and stewed beans with plantain.

She adds that both dishes are absolutely delicious.

Other common ingredients in Nigerian cuisine include yam (also referred to as African yam, which has rough brown skin and off-white flesh), cassava, okra, egusi (melon) seeds, and cocoyam (taro).

Makanjoula enjoys making vegan versions of meals that traditionally include meat, such as pepper soup. Yam and scotch bonnet peppers are the key ingredients in this spicy dish. Egusi soup, which features leafy greens, ground egusi seeds, tomato, pepper, and onions, is another favorite recipe.

For these, Makanjoula prefers whole food, plant-based substitutes like mushrooms, eggplant, beans, and lentils.As long as the meals are spiced well, it wont seem as though youre missing out on anything, she says.

Nigerian cuisine is wonderfully diverse and big on flavour, she adds. It lends itself well to a vegan diet because it is so rich in plant foods that can be cooked and enjoyed in ways that do not require meat or any other animal products.

Fatimat Adelabu, the author of the blog Je Gbese, which means eat credit/debt or trouble in Yoruba, an official language of Nigeria, says that she grew up eating many meat-heavy dishes. Goat, cow tripe, oxtail, and fish were common additions to stewed dishes. She transitioned to plant-based in 2017 after watching the documentary What the Health on Netflix.

I started off watching it with a bowl of chicken and rice, by mid-way I had placed the half-eaten bowl next to me, and at the end, says Adelabu. I was in the kitchen bagging meats from my fridge and freezer and tossing them into my garbage can.

She moved to New York City from Nigeria at age four and has always lived near supermarkets that carry West African produce. This is due to Nigerian, Ghanaian, Senegalese, Guinean, Beninese, and Malian immigrant communities.

One of my favorite dishes is efo riro, stirred spinach in Yoruba, she says. Efo riro is largely spinach and blended stew, with seasonings like locust beans, thyme, and bouillon cubes to bring out the flavors of the stew. The addition of meat is usually to get more of the flavors of the meat to infuse with the stew.

Adelabu is a fan of replacing meat with mushrooms as well. She also uses them to replace meat-based stock. For stock, I boil mushrooms, bell peppers, garlic and onion with a dash of soy sauce or mushroom bouillon, she says. This works well for jollof rice, a one-pot dish made with tomato and onion.

Nigerian cuisine is very versatile, she adds. I encourage everyone to attempt to make jollof rice or efo riro to try out the different flavors of the country. If you see a dish with meat, leave it out or replace it with mushrooms.

But its not just Africas past thats plant-based. Its future is looking that way, too.

Like the rest of the world, meat consumption has increased across Africa. But so has a rise in vegan and vegetarian options. South African vegan meat brand Frys is a staple in supermarkets, offering plant-based versions of many classic dishes.

Leading Nigerian agribusiness Chi Farms is the first Nigerian company to bring vegan burgers to the country.

Veganism in Nigeria is popular among the Indian-born minority and among Nigerians returning to Nigeria from abroad, Johannes Flosbach, Head of Performance Management Group at TGI Group of Companies (Chi Farms parent company), told Vegconomist.

Older Nigerians are also shifting away from meat for health reasons, as meat-heavy Western diets can increase the rates of diseases including heart disease and stroke.

Rwanda is now on the brink of creating a Silicon Valley thats aimed at transforming the continent.

The innovation destination will be located in the capital city of Kigali. It will work with domestic and foreign universities, technology companies, biotech firms, agriculture, healthcare, and financial services. Like other tech-heavy regions across the globe, this could bring more plant-based food (think Impossible Burgers or JUST vegan egg) to Africa. It could also bring another hot food tech category to the continent: lab-grown cell-based meat.

This is already happening nearby in Israel, where Future Meat Technologies is working on the worlds first pilot production facility for growing cultured meat.

Veganism is also making a name for itself in Africas wild, as anti-poaching rangers, including an all-female troupe called Akashinga, are vegan. The troupe is part of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation run by former Navy sniper Damien Mander.

We need an armed component,hetoldthe BBC in 2018,but we need to start moving more and more of our resources into communities, and the best people for that are women.

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I cut out gluten and dairy for a week while in isolation – Insider – INSIDER

Jul, 6th 2020 7:54 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

When I became vegetarian a year and a half ago, I had no trouble making the switch from eating meat. It was easy to fill in my diet with more dairy and grains in place of meat.

However, while stuck at home most of the time during the pandemic, I noticed that I'd been comfort eating quite a bit of cheese, bread, and ice cream, and it was making me feel bloated and sluggish.

With all the extra time on my hands, I have been thinking more about my health, and wondered if I could try a new diet that might improve my overall wellbeing.

No more dairy products for me. baibaz/ iStock

Though dairy has proteins, vitamins, and minerals, it is also high in calories and saturated fat, and can cause stomach pain and indigestion. Some people experience side effects such as bloating, acne, and nausea from consuming too much dairy.

According to Vasanti Malik, a nutrition research scientist with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,"Eating a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of green leafy vegetables and nuts can better help you get the calcium and protein you need rather than relying too much on dairy."

Gluten is a group of proteins found in wheat. Like dairy, grains also provide important vitamins and minerals, but they can also have some adverse affects on health. According to research published in the Expert Review of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, gluten can cause "altered gut function, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and gut microbiome changes" in some individuals. I wasn't sure if I had experienced these symptoms exactly, but I wanted to see if I would feel any changes if I stopped eating gluten.

According to Whats Good by The Vitamin Shoppe, the nutrients I would need to replace when cutting out dairy were protein, vitamin D, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, magnesium, zinc, and probiotics.

Some of my dairy- and gluten-free groceries. Zoe Ettinger

It sounded like a big list just for cutting out one food group, but determined to stick with the diet, I found foods that would replace each nutrient: tofu for protein and calcium, mushrooms for vitamin D, almonds for phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc, bananas for potassium, spinach for vitamin A, and sauerkraut for probiotics.

According to Very Well Health, the nutrients I would need to replace when going gluten-free were vitamin B6, folate, vitamin D, calcium, iron, vitamin B12, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin I was surprised by this long list.

I wasn't looking forward to having to purchase so many additional foods to meet my nutritional needs. Luckily, I already had calcium and vitamin D covered with my dairy-replacement purchases, the spinach I had would also provide folate, the almonds have riboflavin, and tofu has a decent amount of iron.

To complete my grain-free nutritional needs, I bought chickpeas for vitamin B6, beans for thiamin, and I had peanuts on hand for niacin. I already take vitamin B12 supplements that were recommended by my doctor when I went vegetarian, so I left that one out of my purchases.

I enjoyed looking online to find recipes that would fit with my new restrictive diet. I turned to some vegan recipes, which I knew would already be dairy-free, so all I would have to look for was options without any grains.

One of my favorite new recipes is a vegan Caesar salad, which uses baked chickpeas instead of croutons, hummus instead of mayonnaise, and water from capers to give the dressing a briney taste.

Vegan Caesar salad with crunchy chickpeas. Zoe Ettinger

Breakfast was one of the harder meals of the day, since I almost always have a yogurt with granola or a bagel with cream cheese.

Since I don't like to wake up early in the morning to cook, I just had a banana with peanut butter for breakfast during the week. It got a bit tiresome by the end of the week, and I would find myself snacking on nuts in between breakfast and lunch.

Lunch and dinner were more fun, since I had more time to cook and was able to find new and exciting recipes online. One recipe that I particularly liked for dinner was a chickpea coconut curry. Made with tomatoes, coconut milk, and spices and served over rice, I felt very full after eating it, and didn't have the bloated feeling I sometimes get after having a dairy-heavy meal.

As the week came to an end, I found myself craving the comfort foods that I had been missing for the past week.

By the end of the week I found that cutting out dairy and gluten did make me feel less bloated throughout the day, and my energy levels seemed somewhat higher than normal. However, though it was a positive change, I felt that I was giving up too much for it.

I think that cutting these foods out for a week will help me reduce my intake in the future, since I now know so many good substitutes for them.

I believe a dairy- and gluten-free diet would be easier for someone who eats meat, since meat contains some of the protein, vitamins, and minerals you miss out on when cutting out gluten and dairy, and you would simply have more options.

I'd recommend that anyone who wants to try a similar diet should do their research beforehand, but in my experience, it might provide them with new, healthier options to try when they want to cut down on their gluten and dairy intakes.

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The future of alternative meat in Southeast Asia – The Peak Singapore

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Plant-based alternative protein brands like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods might have taken the Western world by storm in recent years, but Asia has been more reticent in embracing newmeat substitutes even though mock meats have been consumed in East Asia for centuries partlysince most of the imported brands position themselves for Western culinary applications such as burger patties or sausages. Still, according to market researcher Euromonitor International, the Asia-Pacific alternative protein market is expected to hit US$16 billion (S$22.2 billion) this year.

For Growthwell Group, a Singapore-based manufacturer of plant-based meat and seafood alternatives, this presents plenty of opportunities, thanks to a recent $11.4 million Temasek Holdings-led funding round. Founded in 1989 by Chou Shih Hsin, a Buddhist vegetarian, it started with the Su Xian Zi brand, a line of soya- and konjac-based meat and seafood alternatives aimed at those with religious dietary restrictions. The company then expanded to include OKK, a line of products for general consumers. Today, Chous sons, Justin and Colin, run the company as executive director and head of commercial respectively. Aged 31 and 29, they grew up vegetarian because of their Buddhist faith and continued to embrace a plant-based diet in adulthood as a lifestyle choice.

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It is this experience that has allowed them to experience this shift in attitudes first-hand. Growing up in such an environment, you always get the feeling that youre a bit of an outsider. Its interesting to see how vegetarianism is on its way to becoming mainstream. Theres still a lot of market potential in this area, says Colin. Adds Justin: In the past, the strongest message out there was how a good, compassionate Buddhist wouldnt eat meat and that being vegetarian made you holier. But I dont think thats message one should craft for the modern consumer.

Instead, Growthwell is banking on the rising tide of flexitarians people who follow a largely plant-based diet with the occasional inclusion of meat. To do this, the brothers want Growthwells products to be merited mainly on the way they taste. Justin explains: The idea is to create a product consumers ultimately just enjoy. Honestly, for the past 30 to 40 years, the vegetarian foods industry has tried to sell products that purport to mimic something, which can turn consumers off. Justin, who established the vegetarian fast-casual chain Greendot, knows all too well the importance of branding after having grown Greendot from a stall in Temasek Polytechnic into Singapores largest vegetarian eatery chain.

In the past, the strongestmessage out there washow a good, compassionateBuddhist wouldnteat meat. thats changed.Justin Chou, on shifting consumermindsets towards vegetarianism

Justin tells us: With Greendot, we brought Growthwells products into the mainstream in the mallsand people were surprised at how tasty vegetarian products could be because, before that, they were only used to mock char siew and mock goose meat at vegetarian bee hoon stalls. If you do something with fresh branding, use better ingredients and make it convenient and affordable, consumers will be appreciative. Justin shares an experiment he did in schools where he served vegetarian chicken rice. Even though it tasted great, the kids complained about how the actual chicken rice at the next stall was the same price. We served the exact dish in a different school and called it sesame rice this time. The reviews were great.While they have the flavours down pat, Growthwell is also looking into different mediums that allow for new possibilities.

With its latest funds, the company has invested a significant stake in ChickP, an Israeli foodtech start-up that is isolating protein from chickpeas to be used in meat, seafood, and dairy alternatives. Another part of the investment will go towards expanding the distribution network and the building of a technology centre focusing on the research and development of novel plant proteins and manufacturing in Singapore by 2021.

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While taste and texture are important factors in getting a product noticed, Colin concedes that pricing can be a sensitive issue for regional markets especially when some of theplant-based substitutes currently in the market can cost as much and sometimes even more than the food it is trying to mimic. We are constantly doing R&D to keep our prices competitive, he adds. As demand increases, the cost of doing plant proteins will come down with the economies of scale. Anyone that gets the taste right, manufactures it with efficiency and has a wide enough reach will win the race for the Asian market.

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Bringing Andrology — and Male Infertility — Out of the Shadows – Medscape

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Adam Glogau knew he had reached rock bottom when, in March 2014, he found himself in his living room with a 9mm handgun in his mouth. He felt helpless and angry, with nowhere to turn. He and his wife had tried for years to have a child, but his semen contained almost no sperm, which left little room for hope.

An electron microscope image of human sperm. Enver Kerem Dirican / Wikimedia Commons

Glogau cuts a dynamic figure with glowing blue eyes and rimless glasses. Now 39, he is an eloquent speaker and a youth pastor at the Grace Downtown church in Winchester, Virginia, which is known for providing support to victims of the opioid epidemic. Six years ago, however, Glogau's life was coming apart. He and his wife had fostered two children, but the arrangement ended badly, with the children going to another family. Then Glogau lost the job he'd held for seven years. "I felt like I was a failed father, I was a failed husband, and now I'm a failed man because I can't keep a job," he says. "It was whammy after whammy after whammy."

From an early age, Glogau says, men are taught to be "the hunter-gatherer, the provider, the head of the household, and we are supposed to, in biblical terms, go forth and multiply." That moment with the gun was his lowest point. In the absence of a biological child, Glogau felt he had let his wife down. He was overwhelmed by a profound sense of shame and unworthiness.

Although men are just as likely as women to have fertility problems, ads for fertility treatment typically feature women holding giggling babies in the air or intimately touching a child's face. Yet research suggests that reproductive issues have a profound emotional impact on men, too. Across the globe, masculinity is marked, in part, by the ability to have children a demonstration "that you're a fertile, virile man," says Esme Hanna, a sociologist at De Montfort University in the United Kingdom. In her research on men experiencing infertility, Hanna has documented feelings of loss, anger, frustration, and guilt.

According to some experts and health care providers, this woman-centric approach to fertility has implications for men and women. Women are being overtreated and subjected to invasive procedures, while men aren't getting the medical and mental health care that they need. And all of this is unfolding at a time when sperm counts are dropping.

Shadowed by taboo and embarrassment, the emotional experience of male infertility has been tucked away and ignored by the medical industry and often by men themselves. Compared with women, men are less likely to want to talk about their struggles, says Kelly Da Silva, a support coordinator at Care Fertility in the U.K. But men are now starting to speak out, and innovative practitioners are figuring out how to meet their needs. "You have to do it their way," says California-based urologist Paul Turek. "You have to do it anonymously, quietly, and it has to be valuable for them."

Men don't necessarily need someone to pat them on the back or give them a hug, says Turek. "Although," he adds, "a lot of them respond really well to that."

The treatment of the male reproductive system is a somewhat obscure field known as "andrology," which brings together disciplines such as urology, anatomy, and biochemistry. Though andrology's roots in modern medicine can be traced back decades, the field is widely viewed as a neglected step sibling to obstetrics and gynecology. As recently as 2017, only three countries Germany, Hungary, and Egypt recognized it as a medical subspecialty.

Of course, the medical community's research into sperm stretches back much further. In 1677, shortly after the invention of the microscope, Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek sent a report to the Royal Society of London: A medical student in Leiden had discovered that semen contains sperm, a finding van Leeuwenhoek subsequently confirmed by analysing his own ejaculate. Van Leeuwenhoek was amazed to see "so great a number" of tiny sperm, each one "furnished with a thin tail, about five or six times as long as the body, and very transparent." He noted that "they moved forwards owing to the motion of their tails like that of a snake or an eel swimming in water." Writing in Latin, van Leeuwenhoek made clear that the sample came "without sinfully defiling myself" but "as a residue after conjugal coitus."

Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek first confirmed the existence of sperm under a microscope in 1677. At right, some of van Leeuwenhoek's early microscopic observations of rabbit and dog sperm.

Van Leeuwenhoek's description turned out to be impressively accurate. Recent discoveries have simply filled in the details, revealing an immensely complex picture. The sperm is made up of three parts: The head carries the DNA, the father's genetic contribution; the middle section produces energy that allows the sperm to move; the tail wriggles and whips back and forth propelling the sperm forward. Semen the fluid surrounding the sperm helps the sperm along, supplying nutrients and forming a buffer for when the sperm enter the vagina.

It takes three months for sperm to mature, as they travel through a series of different locations in the man's genitals. After being produced in the testes, they move to the epididymis (a single conduit to the vas deferens, which, if unfurled, would be about 20 feet long), where they become mobile and acquire the ability to detect the fluid women release when ovulating. After sperm are ejaculated through the urethra during sex they proceed up the female genital tract, interacting with uterine fluids. The first sperm cell to arrive at the egg releases enzymes that allow it to penetrate inside the egg cell.

Problems can occur throughout this process, and men's reproductive issues are acknowledged to play a role in 50 percent of cases of infertility. The tail alone contains more than a thousand different proteins, which, if they malfunction, can hinder the sperm's movement. If a man's semen has too many white blood cells it reduces fertility, although doctors haven't yet figured out why. Low sperm motility, low to no sperm count, and abnormal sperm shape with misshapen heads, for example, or double tails may all hamper a man's ability to reproduce.

In the second half of the 20th century, the fertility industry bloomed, with the arrival of the birth control pill and development of in vitro fertilization (IVF), which allowed doctors to collect eggs from women and fertilize them in a lab for later implantation into the uterus. But treatments for male infertility never took off, partly as a result of these innovations focused on the female body, which in some cases allowed couples to leapfrog over the man's fertility problems. Today, when couples first visit fertility clinics, the specialists they encounter are often gynecologists.

That's proving to be a problem now, in particular, as we face what some scientists have called "a global crisis in male reproductive health." Sperm counts have dropped by more than half in Western countries over the past few decades, while abnormalities in men's reproductive systems are on the rise, and the quality of sperm has also deteriorated, battered by pollution, plastics, and poor diets. Chemicals present in everyday objects like canned food, water bottles, and kids' toys have been linked to degraded semen quality, while air pollution is also known to harm sperm (and has been shown to impact women's reproductive health). A man's age and weight have also been linked to poor quality sperm.

Writing in the Journal of Andrology last year, Christopher De Jonge, director of the University of Minnesota Medical Center's Andrology Program, and Christopher Barratt, head of the Reproductive Medicine Group at the University of Dundee in Scotland, argued passionately for action to protect men's reproductive and general well-being. "Sperm counts may be a barometer for overall male health," they wrote, warning that the decades-long decline should serve as a wake-up call for the medical community.

And yet, when couples struggle to conceive, women generally bear the brunt of treatment. This is because advanced IVF techniques offer a relatively effective fix to fertility problems, but the approach places a burden on the female body that two scholars in Canada, Vardit Ravitsky, an associate professor of bioethics at the University of Montreal and Sarah Kimmins, an associate professor of reproductive biology at McGill University, characterize as "unjust," even "scandalous." In IVF, fragile sperm are deposited directly at the egg in a lab dish, allowing them to avoid the arduous journey up the fallopian tube. Some forms of IVF go a step farther: In intracytoplasmic sperm injection, or ICSI, a lab technician selects a single sperm and injects it directly into the egg, allowing it to bypass the challenge of pushing through the egg's sometimes tough exterior.

All of this exposes women to painful, sometimes harmful, medical interventions that include side effects such as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and stroke. Scientists have additionally found that fertility treatments may increase the risks of breast cancer in women over 40 because they tinker with the body's natural levels of estrogen, and there are suggestions that the procedures may slightly increase women's vulnerability to ovarian cancer. According to Jonathan Ramsay, a urologist at Hammersmith Hospital and Imperial College London, IVF's focus on women's bodies means that fertility treatment is "the only time when one gender has treatment for the other gender's problem."

Today, when couples first visit fertility clinics, the specialists they encounter are often gynecologists.

But current treatment practices pose a problem for men, too, because they allow physicians to ignore whatever is rendering the man infertile. For both sexes, reproductive problems can serve as a canary in the coalmine, foreshadowing illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. "Numerous scientific publications report that chronic illness, disease, and premature death in men are linked to their reproductive health," De Jonge and Barratt note.

Progress towards infertility treatment options for men has inched along at a glacial pace. Channa Jayasena, an endocrinologist who specializes in andrology and is also based at Hammersmith Hospital and Imperial College London, says that although infertility affects many men, it is a reality society has essentially ignored. "We've never developed any treatment to improve a man's sperm count," he says. "The treatment is simply treating his partner with something that most people in the world cannot afford and is potentially dangerous."

Even basic testing is coming up short. The World Health Organization set out standard parameters for healthy semen in 2010, but some scientists say that new information about the molecular, cellular, and genetic makeup of sperm must be taken into account and the global reference points should be updated.

Tests for genetic abnormalities, hormone analyses, and ultrasound scans may also be needed to provide a more complete picture. Such testing can check for obstructions like varicose veins in the testicle, called varicocele, which can impede sperm production by blocking the testicle, even causing it to shrink. But it is rarely offered to male patients. No surprise, then, that men on the popular web forum Reddit write post after post, asking others to interpret their semen test results like tea leaves, sharing intimate details about color, volume, viscosity, appearance, pH, morphology, motility, and sperm count. "Care to comment on my semen analysis?" wondered a 34-year-old recently, posting his results. The question is posted so often that it is addressed in the FAQ.

Even if more sophisticated tests were commonly performed, solutions are in short supply, experts say. There are clear indications, for example, that damage to the sperm's DNA called DNA fragmentation underlies recurrent miscarriages and other fertility problems. But the American Society for Reproductive Medicine does not advise routine testing because medical treatments do not yet exist.

When Logau first met his wife, Mysti, he imparted three details about himself that he felt were crucial as they chatted over ice cream. He was a Republican; he was not a virgin; and if she stayed with him, she might never be able to have kids. He was born with an undescended right testicle, which, after an unsuccessful surgery while he was still a baby, "just dissolved over time." The left testicle was in better shape, but it was wrapped in varicose veins, impeding healthy development. When Glogau was 21, he was told he would not be able to father biological children. In subsequent years, his infertility would cause the breakup of one relationship. "So my wife knew from our very first date that this was going to be an issue," he says.

Even so, as time went by, the couple began to hope. Mysti finished her nursing degree. Glogau went back to college. They tried to have a baby and tried and tried. When it didn't work, Adam tried all the standard medical therapies before turning himself into a "human science lab," spending up to $250 a month on homeopathic and experimental alternative treatments to increase his sperm count. (They didn't work.) The couple were told they could attempt intracytoplasmic sperm injection but they declined, worried that the procedure could increase the risk of birth defects or miscarriage. (Some studies have found that ICSI is associated with an increased risk of birth defects when compared to traditional IVF, but it has not been connected with increased miscarriage rates.) And the procedure raised additional questions: Did Mysti want to face the possibility of multiple births? What would happen to any unused embryos?

Ultimately, Glogau and his wife decided to foster two children with the intention of adopting, but the children needed specialist care, Glogau says. He and Mysti struggled, received inadequate support, and the relationship with the foster kids frayed and ended in heartache. Then the couple tried donor sperm, which didn't work either. As it turned out, although Adam's issues were more severe, his wife had fertility problems too.

For both sexes, reproductive problems can serve as a canary in the coalmine, foreshadowing illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Just like women, men talk of anguish when friends and relatives become pregnant easily, of feeling triggered by apparently harmless small talk, and of seeing babies and happy families everywhere. On his blog, Glogau laments that his inability to give his wife a child left him feeling "sub-human," he writes. He describes a young man he mentors, who had children, unplanned, by two different women. "I love him dearly; I'm the godfather of the first born. But WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY can he have kids by accident and I can't have one on purpose? There is so much that I cannot wrap my mind around."

Despite the sometimes-devastating impact of infertility, the support that exists for men like Glogau is meager.

In 1993, British journalist Mary-Claire Mason wrote a book about men's experiences of infertility. Mason's own husband was infertile, and when preliminary tests indicated poor sperm quality, doctors recommended IVF, which the couple chose not to pursue because of its invasiveness and the associated risks. But Mason wanted to shed light on what it really felt like for men. She reached out to subjects through newspaper ads and publicity campaigns, offering anonymity. The respondents spoke about feeling isolated, lonely, unsupported by the medical establishment, and even ignored. Mason wrote of being struck by "how much things have not changed since the 1940s," when male infertility was poorly understood and doctors avoided thorough physical examinations of men, instead focusing their medical investigations on women.

The experiences of men with infertility being expressed today echo her interviews in the 1990s. "To be honest I don't think a huge amount has happened since I wrote my book," she wrote to Undark in an email. "I think pregnancy is seen still at heart as women's business, not men's so they are side-lined, all the research and services are directed to women. Which has implications for research and could perhaps be a factor in why so little is still understood about male infertility."

Mark Cloete is 37, lives in England, and sports a moustache and a small beard, an achievement possible only after starting testosterone injections. Until recently, he lived with his girlfriend, but they broke up late last year. "Me and my girlfriend decided to go our separate ways as there is a potential she wants to go down the route of carrying a child," he wrote in an email. "It is interesting even after entering a relationship and on the first date declaring you can't have kids, four years later it erupts and ends another relationship."

Cloete was previously married, but that came to an end in 2016 after a diagnosis of infertility. He and his wife had tried to have a baby, and when they couldn't conceive, they were both tested. Cloete's wife, it turned out, was very fertile; but the semen test revealed that Cloete had no sperm at all. Cloete said the doctor pushed the couple to move immediately to donor insemination, ignoring the shock that Cloete had just received and also failing to follow up with any investigation into the source of his infertility. Cloete wasn't ready for assisted reproduction and needed time to grieve, but he found the doctor had no time for him.

Doctors lack subtlety in telling men they have fertility problems, says Cloete, particularly compared with what he sees as their careful and sensitive approach towards women when options, solutions, and possibilities would be aired and discussed. "It was said in such a blas way," he recalls. "I'll never forget it. It was one of those moments that will stick with me forever." (Adam Glogau recalled a similarly blunt approach: The diagnosis wasn't even delivered by a doctor, he says, but by a nurse practitioner or assistant who was "extremely grumpy and irritable" and delivered the news matter-of-factly. "I walked away just knowing that I would never be able to make kids on my own and that was it.")

Eventually, Cloete visited a specialist, who asked him to drop his trousers for a physical exam. It was the first exam Cloete had undergone as an adult. While many women receive regular gynecological exams, men rarely have their genitals examined. "The moment he touched my testicles he wrote down XXY on a piece of paper," Cloete says.

I think pregnancy is seen still at heart as women's business, not men's so they are side-lined, all the research and services are directed to women.

It meant that Cloete had Klinefelter syndrome, later confirmed by a blood test. Women usually have two X chromosomes in every cell in their body; men have an X and a Y. But men with Klinefelter's have an extra X chromosome in their cells. As a result, they have lower levels of testosterone, and they face a host of potential health issues: an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, blood clots, depression, anxiety, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and breast cancer. Klinefelter's is also a leading cause of infertility where a man's semen contains very little or no sperm (though responsible for just 3 percent of all male cases).

Having Klinefelter's can reduce a man's life expectancy by about two years. It takes a toll on a man's quality of life, which is why treatment, including testosterone injections, is given to improve libido, concentration, and bone health. Although it affects one in 600 men, three-quarters never realize they have it. Those who do learn about their status are often diagnosed later in life when they are trying for a baby.

Cloete went on to meet with a group of other men with Klinefelter's. The overwhelming feeling was connection and relief. "When I was telling my story, and they were telling their stories, it felt as though every time they were talking, I was talking," he says. "Even when I think about it now, it gives me a nice feeling because it's such a relief to hear other people have gone through the same as what you've gone through."

Because of the stigma, most men with infertility seek support on the internet. In 2015, Glogau found solace in a Facebook group, "TTC (Trying to Conceive) with male infertility." He felt the need for a safe space where men could say, "This sucks and I don't know how to deal with this." The group is global, with members in the U.S., Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and across Europe. Glogau soon became the group's moderator. Supporting others helped him find a new trajectory. He began to retrain as a pastor and got involved in setting up Grace Downtown called "the church in a bar" because of its original location in the back of a local restaurant. "We wanted to go where we would find the most broken people possible," he says. He and Mysti also happened upon an adoption agency that matched their values.

Even on Facebook, fertility is highly gendered. Participation in women's support groups can number in the tens of thousands while Glogau's, which has been growing, has roughly 900 members. (A larger men's group has just over 1,700.) Women usually join first, Glogau says; their partners' requests pop up in his box a couple of days later. Glogau posts emotionally complex videos angry, affectionate, despairing, and deeply honest articulating his response to adopting a little boy, or his feelings about Father's Day. "I'm trying to show them that they're not alone, that they're not the only ones struggling through this," he says.

Adam Glogau says he felt a need for a place where men could say, "This sucks and I don't know how to deal with this." He found it in 2015 in a Facebook group called "Trying to Conceive with Male Infertility."

Last June, at a meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Vienna, a psychologist from Baltimore named William Petok advised a gathering of therapists on how to appeal to male clients and get them to open up. Appointment times should be convenient, he said, and counsellors should adjust their language and terminology, swapping out "feelings" for "thoughts." Petok also recommended neutral dcor for the consultation room. "You can't have a lot of lace or pink," he said. It's hard to persuade men to come to therapy, he explained, and when they come as part of a couple, women do most of the talking. About 50 psychologists sat attentively in the windowless room. Most of them were women, which aptly illustrated another of Petok's key points a lack of male voices coming forward to talk about infertility.

To better serve men, clinicians say it's important to recognize that boys and men have been raised with different expectations about visiting the doctor. Throughout their lives, men interact less with health care providers than women, a pattern set as young as five years old, when parents start bringing their sons less often to the doctor. This sets a trend that scientists have found lowers men's life expectancies. By living sicker and dying younger, men steeply increase the financial burden of global health.

I have tissues in my office because people from all over the world are crying all the time because they have no sperm.

Given this, Turek says that if a man in his 20s does step foot in a doctor's office, the doctor should address reproductive health. "You've got to examine their testicles," he says bluntly. "You can't not examine them" because there won't be many other opportunities. He says that a young man coming in to discuss a sexual health problem, for example, is also a prime candidate for having his fertility tested.

Intervening even earlier could also assist some men. Glogau believes he personally could have benefitted from this kind of early, proactive medical care: "There were surgeries that could have fixed this back in the day. So people need to be aware of this in their teenager years, right after puberty. Get their children checked out." And treating teens who have Klinefelter's with testosterone allows for the development of facial and body hair, increased muscle mass, and a deeper voice, while retrieving sperm at a young age can preserve their fertility. But early intervention is complicated because the various treatments can cause side effects (testosterone replacement therapy may itself damage existing sperm production) and they do not guarantee positive results. Further, some interventions, such as obtaining semen samples from youngsters with varicocele or other issues, are fraught with ethical dilemmas, says the urologist Jonathan Ramsay.

In the absence of a health care model that draws men in, forums and online resources are a key source of solace and information.Research is sparse, but Glogau says the men in his Facebook group are becoming increasingly curious about how lifestyle and behavior affect infertility. On the one hand this is positive, since weight and health tie in with reproduction. But it may also point to the fact that men, hoping to avoid the medical establishment, are trying to do what they can on their own. Interest in lifestyle choices may also point to financial constraints, Glogau says, because male fertility treatments are rarely covered by insurance.

Talking openly about the experience of infertility really helps, says Raj Baksi, an advocate for the Klinefelter's Syndrome Association living in Brighton, England. Friends often don't know how to deal with the situation and friendships can evaporate under the pressure. In contrast, men who are in the same boat know what it feels like to be infertile. In fact, Cloete maintains that Baksi served as his "life support" when he learned about his diagnosis. He stresses that men feel sadness and grief at prospective childlessness just as much as women but are restricted in where and how they can express themselves. Facebook has been one place where men do open up, "but I don't think they would actually ever do that in front of their partner," says Cloete.

In her research, the sociologist Esme Hanna has explored the roles of online communities and their particular effectiveness in helping men with fertility problems. For one thing, they connect men from all across the world, offering consolation that may be lacking from friends who perhaps don't know what to say or who make painful jokes about "firing blanks," says Hanna. "There's something about the online setting that people can access any time they need it from wherever they are. I think that's really valuable, that it allows them to come together about their experience."

Given that men may be hesitant about accepting support, it also lies with doctors to figure out how to draw them in, says Turek. In an interview with Undark, Turek talked about the need to cater better to men's health, citing increased suicide rates and a general lack of openness around the subject. When he's tried to set up in-person support groups, nobody turns up, but that doesn't mean men don't feel as badly about infertility as women. "I have tissues in my office because people from all over the world are crying all the time because they have no sperm," he says. "These are men. They don't get to do that anywhere else."

Some men are putting their heads above the parapet and saying, 'This is my experience. And that is hugely valuable for other men.

Turek believes it is clinicians' responsibility to reach men as early as possible. "Women have gynecologists who follow them like pediatricians throughout their life, almost," he says. "But as soon as a pediatrician signs you off at 18, there's no place for men that's male specific." Turek also suggests that clinicians should do all they can to help men feel at ease. His office has a surfboard and pictures of vintage cars (which happen to be his own) on the walls.

"If they don't have your trust they're not going to open up. They're sort of like wild animals," he says. "People walk in and immediately, they say, 'oh you're a surfer,' or 'you like old cars' and you break the ice. You have to show them personality to get them to do this. And then they say, 'I trust that guy.'" With research increasingly showing that fertility is a marker for general health, Turek is optimistic that this heralds changes. If, instead of being an indicator of virility and sexual prowess, fertility can be seen as a sign of wellbeing, he believes it will be much easier to encourage men to get it checked.

Though it connects with some men, such gendered language and talk of neutral dcor and convenient appointment times, surely the preferred option of many female patients too runs the risk of reinforcing stereotypes. The male population is diverse, observes Hanna. "Pink is for girls and blue is for boys; all those things need some greater unravelling to make any progress, really," she says.

And in pockets online and around the world, men are opening up emotionally. Some are podcasting and making films about their experience with infertility. In April, a British filmmaker released a crowd-funded documentary, "The Easy Bit," which features six men sharing their tales of struggle with fertility. (The title refers to the idea that by donating sperm, men's role in fertility treatment is easy and quickly over with.) In San Diego, Ryan Bregante, president of the nonprofit awareness organization Living with XXY, posts videos online about his experience and encourages those who have it to look on the bright side about their condition, aiming to overturn stereotypes. "Some men are putting their heads above the parapet and saying, 'This is my experience,'" as Hanna puts it. "And that is hugely valuable for other men."

Will these still relatively few voices translate into greater openness about men's reproductive issues? Some clinicians are hopeful, seeing fertility as a subject that fits neatly into broader mental health awareness. But men with infertility spoke of an enduring stigma; some had not talked about the issue with immediate family or friends.

Jayasena, the London-based endocrinologist, is bewildered by the lack of progress. He suggests that medicine's failure to develop effective treatments for low sperm count is "slightly embarrassing." Jayasena and his colleagues have conducted some of the recent work connecting men's fertility to health issues like cancer, and they are studying the link between subfertility and being overweight. For Jayasena, solutions ought to be within reach. "It's either an insurmountable task that is unique amongst medicine or simply that we just haven't bothered to research and find out," he says.

In the absence of adequate progress, scientists warn that the gaping holes in our knowledge of male reproduction will hamper our understanding of how increasingly sophisticated reproductive technologies on the horizon stem cell therapy, gene editing could affect the children they produce. With evidence suggesting that the quality of a father's sperm could affect the health of his children and even his grandchildren, these are important questions.

Since that moment with the gun, Adam Glogau and his wife adopted a baby boy, and more recently they began caring for a girl in the foster system, whom they also hope to adopt. The couple want to expand their family, and Glogau says that fatherhood offers him a chance to give back, to make the world a better place. But he continues to hope that he and his wife might have a biological child. When he put the gun down that day in 2014, it wasn't because of God, he says, "but, the fact that there had to be something I hadn't tried yet." Even now that he and Mysti have successfully adopted a baby, when it comes to infertility treatment, he says, "I'm still looking."

Frieda Klotz is a journalist based in Brussels covering culture, health care, and medical innovation. She has written for publications in Europe and the U.S., including the Guardian, Irish Times, Al Jazeera America, and Mosaic Science.

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Weight Management Market Projected to be Resilient by 2026 – Jewish Life News

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The global Weight Management Market research report thoroughly explains each and every aspect related to the Weight Management Market, which facilitates the reports reader to study and evaluate the upcoming market trend and execute the analytical data to promote the business. The growth trend forecasted on account of a thorough examination offers in-depth information regarding the global Weight Management Market. A pathway of development is offered by the market to the several connected networks of businesses under it, which include different firms, industries, organizations, vendors, distributors, and local manufacturers too. All the key Weight Management Market players compete with each other by offering better products and services at a reasonable price in order to grab significant share at the regional and global level market.

Top Manufacturers in GlobalWeight ManagementMarket Includes:Herbalife International Inc., NutriSystem Inc., EnteroMedical Inc., StayWell Inc., Weight Watchers International Inc., Brunswick Corporation, Ethicon US LLC, Ajinomoto Co. Inc., Abbott Nutrition, eDiets.com, Atkins Nutritionals, McNeil Nutritionals, Duke Diet and Fitness Center, Life Time Fitness Inc., Precor Inc., Fitness First Group, and 24 Hours Fitness.

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Weight Management Market Study Coverage: It includes key manufacturers covered, key market segments, the scope of products offered in the global market, years considered, and study objectives. Furthermore, it touches the segmentation study provided in the report on the basis of the type of product and applications.

Weight Management Market Executive Summary: This section emphasizes on the key studies, market growth rate, Competitive landscape, market drivers, trends, and issues.

Weight Management Market Production by Region: The report provides information related to import and export, production, revenue, and key players of all regional markets studied are covered in this section.

Weight Management Market Profile of Manufacturers: Analysis of each market player profiled is detailed in this section. This also provides SWOT analysis, products, production, value, capacity, and other vital factors of the individual player.

Global Weight Management Market Taxonomy

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Weight Management Market Projected to be Resilient by 2026 - Jewish Life News

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LOS ANGELES, United States: QY Research has recently published a report, titled Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Insights and Forecast to 2026. The research report gives the potential headway openings that prevails in the global market. The report is amalgamated depending on research procured from primary and secondary information. The global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product market is relied upon to develop generously and succeed in volume and value during the predicted time period. Moreover, the report gives nitty gritty data on different manufacturers, region, and products which are important to totally understanding the market.

Key Companies/Manufacturers operating in the global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product market include: Atkins Nutritionals, Biosynergy, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline), Herbalife International of America, Kellogg Co, Kraft, Nestle, Nutrisystem, QUAKER, Vivus, Weight Watchers International, Herbalife Ltd, Ethicon (Subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), Apollo Endosurgery, Inc., Brunswick Corporation Weight Loss and Weight Management Product

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Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Segment By Type:

MealsBeveragesSupplements Weight Loss and Weight Management Product

Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Segment By Application:

Fitness Centers and Health ClubsSlimming Centers and Commercial Weight LossConsulting ServicesOnline Weight Loss Programs

Competitive Landscape

Competitor analysis is one of the best sections of the report that compares the progress of leading players based on crucial parameters, including market share, new developments, global reach, local competition, price, and production. From the nature of competition to future changes in the vendor landscape, the report provides in-depth analysis of the competition in the global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product market.

Key companies operating in the global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product market include Atkins Nutritionals, Biosynergy, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline), Herbalife International of America, Kellogg Co, Kraft, Nestle, Nutrisystem, QUAKER, Vivus, Weight Watchers International, Herbalife Ltd, Ethicon (Subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), Apollo Endosurgery, Inc., Brunswick Corporation Weight Loss and Weight Management Product

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1 Study Coverage1.1 Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Product Introduction1.2 Market Segments1.3 Key Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Manufacturers Covered: Ranking by Revenue1.4 Market 31.4.1 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size Growth Rate 31.4.2 Meals1.4.3 Beverages1.4.4 Supplements1.5 Market 41.5.1 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size Growth Rate 41.5.2 Fitness Centers and Health Clubs1.5.3 Slimming Centers and Commercial Weight Loss1.5.4 Consulting Services1.5.5 Online Weight Loss Programs1.6 Study Objectives1.7 Years Considered 2 Executive Summary2.1 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size, Estimates and Forecasts2.1.1 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue 2015-20262.1.2 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales 2015-20262.2 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product, Market Size by Producing Regions: 2015 VS 2020 VS 20262.2.1 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Retrospective Market Scenario in Sales by Region: 2015-20202.2.2 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Retrospective Market Scenario in Revenue by Region: 2015-2020 3 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Competitor Landscape by Players3.1 Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales by Manufacturers3.1.1 Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales by Manufacturers (2015-2020)3.1.2 Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales Market Share by Manufacturers (2015-2020)3.2 Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue by Manufacturers3.2.1 Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue by Manufacturers (2015-2020)3.2.2 Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue Share by Manufacturers (2015-2020)3.2.3 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Concentration Ratio (CR5 and HHI) (2015-2020)3.2.4 Global Top 10 and Top 5 Companies by Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue in 20193.2.5 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Share by Company Type (Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3)3.3 Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Price by Manufacturers3.4 Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Manufacturing Base Distribution, Product Types3.4.1 Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Manufacturers Manufacturing Base Distribution, Headquarters3.4.2 Manufacturers Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Product Type3.4.3 Date of International Manufacturers Enter into Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market3.5 Manufacturers Mergers & Acquisitions, Expansion Plans 4 Market Size 3 (2015-2026)4.1 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size 3 (2015-2020)4.1.1 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales 3 (2015-2020)4.1.2 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue 3 (2015-2020)4.1.3 Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Average Selling Price (ASP) 3 (2015-2026)4.2 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size Forecast 3 (2021-2026)4.2.1 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales Forecast 3 (2021-2026)4.2.2 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue Forecast 3 (2021-2026)4.2.3 Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Average Selling Price (ASP) Forecast 3 (2021-2026)4.3 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Share by Price Tier (2015-2020): Low-End, Mid-Range and High-End 5 Market Size 4 (2015-2026)5.1 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size 4 (2015-2020)5.1.1 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales 4 (2015-2020)5.1.2 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue 4 (2015-2020)5.1.3 Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Price 4 (2015-2020)5.2 Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size Forecast 4 (2021-2026)5.2.1 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales Forecast 4 (2021-2026)5.2.2 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue Forecast 4 (2021-2026)5.2.3 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Price Forecast 4 (2021-2026) 6 North America6.1 North America Weight Loss and Weight Management Product by Country6.1.1 North America Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales by Country6.1.2 North America Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue by Country6.1.3 United States6.1.4 Canada6.1.5 Mexico6.2 North America Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Facts & Figures 36.3 North America Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Facts & Figures 4 7 Europe7.1 Europe Weight Loss and Weight Management Product by Country7.1.1 Europe Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales by Country7.1.2 Europe Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue by Country7.1.3 Germany7.1.4 France7.1.5 UK7.1.6 Italy7.1.7 Russia7.2 Europe Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Facts & Figures 37.3 Europe Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Facts & Figures 4 8 Asia Pacific8.1 Asia Pacific Weight Loss and Weight Management Product by Region8.1.1 Asia Pacific Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales by Region8.1.2 Asia Pacific Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue by Region8.1.3 China8.1.4 Japan8.1.5 South Korea8.1.6 India8.1.7 Australia8.1.8 Indonesia8.1.9 Thailand8.1.10 Malaysia8.1.11 Philippines8.1.12 Vietnam8.2 Asia Pacific Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Facts & Figures 38.3 Asia Pacific Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Facts & Figures 4 9 Latin America9.1 Latin America Weight Loss and Weight Management Product by Country9.1.1 Latin America Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales by Country9.1.2 Latin America Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue by Country9.1.3 Brazil9.2 Central & South America Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Facts & Figures 39.3 Central & South America Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Facts & Figures 4 10 Middle East and Africa10.1 Middle East and Africa Weight Loss and Weight Management Product by Country10.1.1 Middle East and Africa Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales by Country10.1.2 Middle East and Africa Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue by Country10.1.3 Turkey10.1.4 GCC Countries10.1.5 Egypt10.1.6 South Africa10.2 Middle East and Africa Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Facts & Figures 310.3 Middle East and Africa Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Facts & Figures 4 11 Company Profiles11.1 Atkins Nutritionals11.1.1 Atkins Nutritionals Corporation Information11.1.2 Atkins Nutritionals Description and Business Overview11.1.3 Atkins Nutritionals Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.1.4 Atkins Nutritionals Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Products Offered11.1.5 Atkins Nutritionals Related Developments11.2 Biosynergy11.2.1 Biosynergy Corporation Information11.2.2 Biosynergy Description and Business Overview11.2.3 Biosynergy Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.2.4 Biosynergy Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Products Offered11.2.5 Biosynergy Related Developments11.3 GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)11.3.1 GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Corporation Information11.3.2 GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Description and Business Overview11.3.3 GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.3.4 GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Products Offered11.3.5 GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Related Developments11.4 Herbalife International of America11.4.1 Herbalife International of America Corporation Information11.4.2 Herbalife International of America Description and Business Overview11.4.3 Herbalife International of America Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.4.4 Herbalife International of America Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Products Offered11.4.5 Herbalife International of America Related Developments11.5 Kellogg Co11.5.1 Kellogg Co Corporation Information11.5.2 Kellogg Co Description and Business Overview11.5.3 Kellogg Co Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.5.4 Kellogg Co Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Products Offered11.5.5 Kellogg Co Related Developments11.6 Kraft11.6.1 Kraft Corporation Information11.6.2 Kraft Description and Business Overview11.6.3 Kraft Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.6.4 Kraft Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Products Offered11.6.5 Kraft Related Developments11.7 Nestle11.7.1 Nestle Corporation Information11.7.2 Nestle Description and Business Overview11.7.3 Nestle Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.7.4 Nestle Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Products Offered11.7.5 Nestle Related Developments11.8 Nutrisystem11.8.1 Nutrisystem Corporation Information11.8.2 Nutrisystem Description and Business Overview11.8.3 Nutrisystem Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.8.4 Nutrisystem Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Products Offered11.8.5 Nutrisystem Related Developments11.9 QUAKER11.9.1 QUAKER Corporation Information11.9.2 QUAKER Description and Business Overview11.9.3 QUAKER Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.9.4 QUAKER Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Products Offered11.9.5 QUAKER Related Developments11.10 Vivus11.10.1 Vivus Corporation Information11.10.2 Vivus Description and Business Overview11.10.3 Vivus Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.10.4 Vivus Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Products Offered11.10.5 Vivus Related Developments11.1 Atkins Nutritionals11.1.1 Atkins Nutritionals Corporation Information11.1.2 Atkins Nutritionals Description and Business Overview11.1.3 Atkins Nutritionals Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.1.4 Atkins Nutritionals Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Products Offered11.1.5 Atkins Nutritionals Related Developments11.12 Herbalife Ltd11.12.1 Herbalife Ltd Corporation Information11.12.2 Herbalife Ltd Description and Business Overview11.12.3 Herbalife Ltd Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.12.4 Herbalife Ltd Products Offered11.12.5 Herbalife Ltd Related Developments11.13 Ethicon (Subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson)11.13.1 Ethicon (Subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) Corporation Information11.13.2 Ethicon (Subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) Description and Business Overview11.13.3 Ethicon (Subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.13.4 Ethicon (Subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) Products Offered11.13.5 Ethicon (Subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) Related Developments11.14 Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.11.14.1 Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. Corporation Information11.14.2 Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. Description and Business Overview11.14.3 Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.14.4 Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. Products Offered11.14.5 Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. Related Developments11.15 Brunswick Corporation11.15.1 Brunswick Corporation Corporation Information11.15.2 Brunswick Corporation Description and Business Overview11.15.3 Brunswick Corporation Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.15.4 Brunswick Corporation Products Offered11.15.5 Brunswick Corporation Related Developments 12 Future Forecast by Regions (Countries) (2021-2026)12.1 Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Estimates and Projections by Region12.1.1 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales Forecast by Regions 2021-202612.1.2 Global Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue Forecast by Regions 2021-202612.2 North America Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size Forecast (2021-2026)12.2.1 North America: Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales Forecast (2021-2026)12.2.2 North America: Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue Forecast (2021-2026)12.2.3 North America: Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size Forecast by Country (2021-2026)12.3 Europe Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size Forecast (2021-2026)12.3.1 Europe: Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales Forecast (2021-2026)12.3.2 Europe: Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue Forecast (2021-2026)12.3.3 Europe: Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size Forecast by Country (2021-2026)12.4 Asia Pacific Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size Forecast (2021-2026)12.4.1 Asia Pacific: Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales Forecast (2021-2026)12.4.2 Asia Pacific: Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue Forecast (2021-2026)12.4.3 Asia Pacific: Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size Forecast by Region (2021-2026)12.5 Latin America Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size Forecast (2021-2026)12.5.1 Latin America: Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales Forecast (2021-2026)12.5.2 Latin America: Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue Forecast (2021-2026)12.5.3 Latin America: Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size Forecast by Country (2021-2026)12.6 Middle East and Africa Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size Forecast (2021-2026)12.6.1 Middle East and Africa: Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Sales Forecast (2021-2026)12.6.2 Middle East and Africa: Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Revenue Forecast (2021-2026)12.6.3 Middle East and Africa: Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Market Size Forecast by Country (2021-2026) 13 Market Opportunities, Challenges, Risks and Influences Factors Analysis13.1 Market Opportunities and Drivers13.2 Market Challenges13.3 Market Risks/Restraints13.4 Porters Five Forces Analysis13.5 Primary Interviews with Key Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Players (Opinion Leaders) 14 Value Chain and Sales Channels Analysis14.1 Value Chain Analysis14.2 Weight Loss and Weight Management Product Customers14.3 Sales Channels Analysis14.3.1 Sales Channels14.3.2 Distributors 15 Research Findings and Conclusion 16 Appendix16.1 Research Methodology16.1.1 Methodology/Research Approach16.1.2 Data Source16.2 Author Details16.3 Disclaimer

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Vibrant Med Spa adds medically supervised weight loss to its list of services in Kentucky – eNewsChannels

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(CRESTWOOD, Ky.) NEWS: A medical aesthetics practice near Louisville, Kentucky is branching out beyond its usual cosmetic treatments to incorporate a new program geared toward weight loss and weight management. Vibrant Med Spa recently announced the addition of its new Wellness Through Weight Management Program to aid clients in reaching their weight loss goals.

Led by owner Erica Chowning, APRN, FNP-C, and Ashley Wilhoite, BSN, RN, the new program features private, individualized assessments and tailored plans to help people implement consistent, healthier habits into their daily lives.

Chowning and Wilhoite said the most important aspect of the program is the life-coaching element to help people stay on track.

We dont just hand you the tools and send you on your way, Chowning said. We essentially partner with you and offer a warm, nurturing environment in which youre bound to thrive.

Wilhoite, who was recently hired by Chowning to oversee the program, brings more than 15 years of nursing experience and both professional and personal knowledge of fitness and nutrition. She is also currently enrolled in a graduate program at Northern Kentucky University and will soon graduate as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Wilhoite said her knowledge of mental health will be a valuable tool in helping clients navigate themselves through the often overwhelming task of healthy weight loss.

A lot of the nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices are mental, she said. Every person, man or woman, likes to feel attractive. When people have the assistance of someone to keep them up to speed and to keep them accountable, just someone to be there with them and work as a team to get it done, I truly think its a great benefit.

Emphasis will also be placed on diet, exercise, supplements, medications, and injections geared toward boosting the bodys metabolic effect. All these elements, Chowning and Wilhoite say, will be specifically tailored to fit each clients individual needs. The whole process will begin with a 7-day detox program and include regular weigh-ins and coaching sessions.

Getting people to understand and know that its a process, its a journey, its a lifestyle change, and its just not going to be this fast, quick fix is very important, Wilhoite said. Because those usually end in disappointment. It really is about healthy eating and being active. And were going to help them every step of the way.

For more information on the new program, call (502) 618-0995 or visit https://www.vibrantmed.com/.

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6 Reasons Learning to Swim Can Be Highly Useful – Swimming World Magazine

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6 Reasons Learning to Swim Can Be Highly Useful

The benefits of swimming are endless, and your child should learn to swim as earlyas possible.Heres why:

1. Its essential to safety.

According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages one through 14. It is absolutely crucial that all kids know how to swim at a young age. There is water all around us, even if its as small as a bathtub. Making sure that your child is comfortable in and around water is essential to their safety.

Ive been swimming since I was three years old, and almost all of my teammates beganjust as early. Even if your child isnt interested in competitive swimming, ensuring your child knows how to swim should be done as early as possible. Their interest in the actual sport is just an added benefit!2. Its a low-impact sport.

Swimming is obviously low-impact, as its performed in water. According to Bucknell University, the body is 90 percent buoyant when in the water up to your neck, so youre not hitting the ground with the weight you carry on land. Swimming is the ideal sport for the well being of ones body in the long run.

Yes, anything in excess can cause your body to break down, so swimming injuries are common. But if you get a shoulder injury, you may still kick during practice to stay in shape. This isnt so easy in other sports, where you often have to stop the sport all together because of the impact.

In swimming, you can often just rest the injured part of your body, and still use the healthy part of you in the pool. The most common swimming injuries are from overuse, showing that swimming is a generally very easy on ones body as opposed to a critical injury such as a sprain or break from running or jumping.

Note: The lack of serious injuries from swimming does not include dryland training, where often clumsy and uncoordinated fish out of water (also known as swimmers) are more likely to injure themselves.3. The value of teamwork is learned along with individuality.

Like any sport, the team atmosphere is the greatest aspect. College athletes admit that post-graduation, they miss their team and the hours spent together while training and traveling. In an article I previously wrote, I stated the significance of using your teammates to help you get through the hardest times, because your friends on the team endure the same hard work that you do every day. From this shared experience, swimmers learn to support their teammates, which creates a positive atmosphere. This is a skill that can be carried throug life into the workplace and beyond.

But teamwork is learned in plenty of sports, so why is swimming special? The great thing about swimming is that there is also an individual aspect to it. In competitive swimming, you learn self-motivation and goal setting/reaching. Swimmers have their own personal set of times for their events.

At each meet, competitive swimmers try to beat their personal best times, while at the same time swimming for their team as a whole. In high school and college swimming, the primary motivation is to earn points for your team so they can win the meet. I always swam on a club team in high school instead swimming for my school. So when I reached college swimming, I realized the gravity of teamwork and support, and I was able to push myself to a new level. Swimming packages teamwork and individuality into one sport.

4. Time management is inevitably learned.

Time management has been one of the most valuable skills Ive attained over the past 15 yearsof competitive swimming.I have learned how to take the little free time I have to get what needs to be completed on time.

Especially in high school, when I was practicing nine times per week while studying an International Baccalaureate program, my free time was limited. I would wake up before school and swim, go straight to school, and then swim again after. On weekends, I practiced twice a day on both Saturday and Sunday.

I was able to train myself physically and mentally to know when it was more important to stay up and get an assignment done versus getting the sleep I needed for my brain to work properly the next day. My work ethic was often praised by my friends and teachers, and I didnt realize how well prepared I would be for college until my first year at the University of Rhode Island. I learned time management at an early age, and this skill has carried me through my four years swimming in college.

This is a skill that swimmers will hold for the rest of their lives. Being able to divide and manage ones time, to prioritize what needs to be done first, second, and last is an invaluable talent that is gainedthrough competitive swimming.

5. Swimming isan incredible workout.

The sport involves moving multiple muscle groups in a high-intensity, cardio workout. All four strokes involve working different muscle groups. Often times, children and adults take up swimming for weight loss. It burns calories quickly, and is easier for overweight people to pick up because its low-impact. According to Bucknell, swimming offers 12 to 14 percent more resistance training than life on land- offering an exceptionally challenging workout.

Aside from weight loss, introducing your child to swimming early on will promote a healthy life. Once he or she learns to swim, they may hop in a pool at any point in their life toget a low-risk, high-intensity workout.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, swimming can help with chronic diseases and mental health. Water-based exercising like swimming improves the use of joints affected by arthritis.

The CDC also states that Parents of children with developmental disabilities find that recreational activities, such as swimming, improve family connections. Swimming also releases endorphins, which aid in decreasing depression and improving moods.6. You can swim for the rest of your life.

If your child knows how to swim at a young age, this skill isforever with them.In their later years, their longevity and quality of life will be enhanced by swimming. The CDC says that water exercising helps to decrease disability and aids in the quality of life in older adults. Since swimming is a low-impact sport, this makes it a safe option for older adults, rather than risking a fall while biking or running. Swimming feels good on joints and boosts ones mood at the same time.

Its essential that every child learn to swim, especially to be water-safe. But there are so many levels of swimming and benefits that come along the way. Introduce your child to swimming early on so that they have the skill for their whole life. This can help improve their overall physical and mental health. Hopefully, they will fall in love with the sport and lap it up for years.

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Mobile Streams tries its arm at an SaaS offering – Proactive Investors UK

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() was on the move, rising 8% to 0.27p after it launched a new software as a service (SaaS) platform.

The SaaS Platform represents the natural evolution of the company's current 'Streams' platform, the technology firm said and provides many of the features available under the company's existing Streams platform, which is a software product that provides information on how well a customers digital marketing strategy is performing.

The company has signed up 30 initial customers to what is its first SaaS offering.

() shares dived 11% to 345.5p after it denied its working practices are partly responsible for the spike in coronavirus cases in Leicester.

Not for profit group Labour Behind the Label alleged staff at the online fashion giants factories in the city had worked as normal throughout the coronavirus crisis and been ordered to come to in even when sick.

Leicester was locked down for a second time this week after a surge in cases of the virus, with the citys manufacturing base cited as one reason. Labour Behind the Label claims that Boohoo accounts for at least 75% of clothing production in the city.

Sealand Capital Galaxy Limited (), up 88% at 3.10p, was the top riser in early deals on Monday after it formed a joint venture with Chinese e-commerce giant, Tencent.

The company said it had restructured its ePurse business, with the unit being folded into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tengwuyang Holdings, a newly formed joint venture company with Tenet, a subsidiary of Tencent-Dayuewang.

Dayuewang is a website with a Chinese user-base that is ultimately owned by Shenzhen Tencent Computer Co. Ltd and the Nanfang Media Group.

Another stock benefiting from a partnership agreement was (), which was up 12% to 3.75p after it signed a deal with Esri Inc.

The AIM-listed artificial intelligence specialist will work with Esri, an international supplier of geographic information system software, on solutions for ARTC, an organisationthat manages most of Australias interstate railway network.

The plan is to replace the manual method of surveying rail track infringements and track clearances with the automated Machine Learning process from Maestrano subsidiary, Corridor Technology.

() (ASX:THR) said itsMolyhil tungsten project has been awarded Major Project status by the government of the Northern Territory in Australia. The chief minister of the Northern Territory, the Honourable Michael Gunner MLA and Thor Mining chairman, Mick Billing, announced a Project Facilitation Agreement (PFA) between the government and the company on Saturday, July 4. The company is currently pursuing US$43mln in project finance for the development-ready Molyhil project.

() has said the crucial next stage of a cancer clinical study isunderway with four new sites added in the US to accelerate patient recruitment. Up to 30 people per tumour type will participate in Part B of the companys phase I/II trial to assess its live biotherapeutic, MRx0518, in combination with immune checkpoint inhibitor Keytruda. The assessment will look for a meaningful clinical impact on cancer patients that have become resistant to this type of therapy. Researchers are looking for a complete or partial response or stable disease for six months or longer.

i3 Energy PLC (I3E) has signed a binding agreement to acquire private Canadian oil and gas company Gain Energy through a reverse takeover for US$58.8mln. AIM-listed I3 had flagged the deal two weeks ago, but not named the target. Gain operates in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, the same area of operation as Toscana, another Canadian company I3 agreed to buy two weeks ago. Gain produced at a rate of around 11,000 barrels per day equivalent throughout 2019 and generated around US$34mln in underlying profits.

() has announced its first international distribution contract, with a deal in the Czech Republic and Slovakia for its Chill brand tobacco alternative CBD products. The company noted thatChill branded productsnow havea clear roadmap for distribution and sale across filling stations and tobacco retailers in the two countries. Further discussions are ongoing with distributors in other territories, it added

() has extended its distribution agreement with a company called CTC Holding to include an additional product. CTC will now sell WellBiome in Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala in addition to OptiBiotix weight management products SlimBiome, SlimBiome Medical and GoFigure. WellBiome is a blend of prebiotic functional fibres, functional dietary fibres and mineral that promote the diversity of the gut microbiome.

() has entered into a 74.1mln sale and leaseback transaction with supermarket group, Waitrose & Partners, part of the . The acquired portfolio comprises six freehold supermarkets with an average gross internal area of 32,000 square feet. The stores are let to Waitrose on new 20-year leases with a tenant-only break option in year 15 and are subject to five-yearly, upward-only, CPIH inflation-linked rent reviews; the rent will go up by a minimum of 1% each year and a maximum of 3%.

() said its portfolio firm, Fieldwork Roboticshas signed an agreement with German engineering group Bosch to accelerate the development of its robot technology to harvest soft fruit and vegetables. The intellectual property investor said Bosch UK will collaborate with Fieldworks engineers to optimise its soft robotic arms and develop software to reduce the arms cost and increase their speed. Fieldwork is currently focused on developing robots to harvest raspberries, which are more delicate and more easily damaged than other soft fruits and grow on bushes with complex foliage and berry distribution. Frontier, which holds a 26.9% stake in Fieldwork, said the deal with Bosch was a significant step forward in commercialising the robotics groups technology.

() has updated on its support for a bid by Greencastle Capital to acquire Maximum Media Limited and for the assets of Joe Media Limited, the owner of the JOE social media publishing brand. In an announcement after Fridays close, the media technology group said, following its initial announcement of the bid on June 16, Greencastle is in continued discussions with Joe Media and should the bid be successful it will enter a management services agreement with Greencastle to manage the JOE assets. Meanwhile, Iconic said its planned acquisition of Social Alchemist, which was planned to complete in the first quarter of 2020, has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and that it is in talks to renegotiate the terms of the agreement to provide maximum flexibility.

(), the developer and manufacturer of biomaterials and regenerative medicines, has altered the repayments scheme on bonds it issued to Norgine Ventures. The company and Norgine have hammered out an amendment on the timing of principal repayments on the Tranche A and Tranche B Bonds. The variation provides for a reduction in the capital payments from July 1 and delays the balloon payments (a large payment due at the end of a loan) on the redemption of the bonds. Before this agreement, the company had repaid 1.96mln of the principal, having drawn down 3mln in total.

GalantasGold Corporation() ()has increased the size of the private placement it first announced in June. The money raised will now amount to C$637,454, or 376,240. The placementprice is 0.1328p per share.The net proceedswillbe used to support mine operations and provide general working capital for thecompany.

. () () announced that Dr Harrie Vredenburg, a non-executive director of the company exercised share options representing a total of 80,000 common shares of no par value on June 29, 2020, at C$0.33 (about 19.5p) per Common Share. It also noted that, on July 3, 2020, Vredenburg sold 38,282 common shares at a weighted average price of C$0.90 (approximately 53.2p) per common share on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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