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Top Ten Most-affected Countries In The World With The Coronavirus (COVID -19)

One Asian country and seven European countries are among the ten most affected list of countries with coronavirus, while more European countries are witnessing a surge in cases.

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The US has replaced China as the country with the highest coronavirus cases on 26 March.


As the coronavirus reaches more than 170 countries and the WHO declares nCoV as a global pandemic, Pharmaceutical Technology lists the top ten countries affected by COVID-19, by the number of cases.

USA


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Confirmed coronavirus cases in the US increased significantly in the third week of March as testing was made more rapid and overtook China’s on 26 March making the US the most affected country by coronavirus in the world currently, by cases.

The US COVID-19 cases earlier crossed South Korean cases on 19 March, moving beyond 33,500 on 23 March, and surging to more than 50,000 on 24 March, while the death toll crossed 650.

Community spread and delayed testing has been a major concern to Americans as enough test kits are not available across states.

The first coronavirus case in the US was confirmed on 21 January, but the cases surged from the second half of February.

Italy


Coronavirus continues to be severe in Italy, making it the most-affected in Europe as well as outside Asia. Italy has witnessed the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the world. Travel to Italy and Italians travelling to other countries during the outbreak has been traced to have caused COVID-19 spread.

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Once confined to Northern Italy, COVID-19 cases have spread to entire Italy leading to a nation-wide lock-down. The Italian government’s early measures such as closing educational institutions temporarily might have limited the spread, although the aged population continues to be a concern.

Coronavirus deaths in Italy increased by more than nine times in ten days, from 366 on 08 March to more than 5,400 on 23 March and further beyond 10,700 by 29 March. Confirmed coronavirus cases in Italy crossed 97,000, which is more than those in China.

China


China, including Hong Kong and Macau, is the second-worst affected country by the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak, officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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China witnessed more than 3,000 deaths and approximately 74% of the global coronavirus cases as of 09 March, which quickly came down to 58% by 13 March and to 40% by 18 March as the number of cases in rest of the world surged and Europe became the new epicentre. Within a week, coronavirus cases in the rest of the world belittled China’s. As of 30 March, Chinese coronavirus cases accounted for just 11% of the global cases.

Hubei is the most-affected province within China and Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei, is the city affected worst by the coronavirus. Hubei has witnessed more than 67,000 coronavirus-positive cases and continues to report deaths, although at a slower rate than before.

The number of cases in China, however, has been on the decline starting March due to the rapid control measures and response by the Chinese government.

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Spain


Spain has overtaken South Korea in the number of coronavirus cases in the third week of March. Since the first coronavirus case confirmed on 01 February, the Spanish COVID-19 nCoV-infected cases got closer to 1,000 in early hours of 09 March and rose sharply to more than 80,000 on 29 March. A minister in Spain has contracted coronavirus, while Princess Maria Teresa died from coronavirus marking the first royal death due to COVID-19.

Spain is currently the second most-affected European country with coronavirus. Spanish coronavirus death toll too has increased sharply to cross 6,800. A nation-wide lock-down has been announced affecting millions of its residents.
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Tourism, a crucial sector for Spain, is expected to face an adverse impact due to the global coronavirus fears. The Spanish government has advised companies to ask employees to work from home to avoid spread.

Germany


Coronavirus cases in Germany, which borders France and Switzerland, have crossed 62,000.

Similar to its neighbour France, Germany too banned public events involving huge crowds in order to prevent spread. Trade fair, The Hannover Messe, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak situation.
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Coronavirus mortality rate in Germany is, however, comparatively lesser at 0.87%, with 541 deaths reported as of 29 March. Meanwhile, German finance minister Thomas Schafer committed suicide, suspectedly because of worries over the state of economic situation in the country due to COVID-19.

France


France, the fourth most-affected European nation by the coronavirus, has overtaken South Korea in the number of COVID-19 cases. COVID-19 nCoV cases in France have crossed 40,000, while the death toll crossed 2,600.
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The French government has banned public gatherings. The popular Louvre Museum in Paris was temporarily closed as a precautionary measure. The Paris city has reported COVID-19 coronavirus-positive cases, apart from other regions including Amiens, Bordeaux, and Eastern Haute-Savoie.

A worker at Disneyland Paris was reported by Reuters as having contracted the coronavirus. France currently has only a few clusters with coronavirus. The ongoing outbreak remains a concern to the French tourism industry as coronavirus fears are resulting in a drop in visitors.
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Iran


Iran, another country from where coronavirus spread to rest of the world, currently has more than 38,000 confirmed cases and has reported more than 2,600 deaths. Iran is suspected to have delayed revealing about the spread of corona virus in their country and under-reporting the cases.

A number of countries have traced their coronavirus-infected having contracted the disease during travel to Iran. Many government officials and politicians including MPs in Iran have contracted coronavirus, some of who died.

Amid fears of further coronavirus spread, Iran announced the temporary release of approximately 70,000 prisoners, according to Mizan news agency.
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United Kingdom (UK)


The UK coronavirus cases surged significantly in the third and fourth weeks of March making it one of the top ten countries with coronavirus.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK surged to 5,741 on 23 March and crossed 19,500 on 29 March, while death toll increased sharply to 1,228.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus on 27 March.
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Switzerland


Switzerland, a popular tourist destination, is the sixth most affected European country by the novel coronavirus outbreak. The positive COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Switzerland, whose borders are close to Milan, Italy, crossed 14,800 as on 29 March.

Some of the major cities in Switzerland, such as Geneva and Zurich, have reported confirmed coronavirus cases.

Deaths in Switzerland due to coronavirus have reached 300. The Swiss hotel and tourism industries will be affected if the coronavirus situation continues to stay for long.
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Netherlands


The Netherlands overtook South Korea as the tenth most affected country with coronavirus, with the total cases increasing beyond 10,800, close to those in Belgium, and deaths reaching 771.

The coronavirus case in the Netherlands was confirmed on 27 February in a person who visited Lombardy, Italy. The first death due to coronavirus in the Netherlands occurred on 06 March.

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60 Surprising Facts about the Flu and Pandemics

During the coronavirus pandemic, PornHub offered Italians who were lockdown free access to premium content to encourage Italians to stay home.

The name “coronavirus” is derived from the Latin word “corona,” meaning “crown” or “halo.” This refers to the appearance of a crown or a solar corona around the virus particles.

Scientists believe the ancestor of all coronaviruses existed as recently as 8,000 BC, although some place MRCA back to 55 million years ago and place it on the same coevolution trajectory as bats.

Human coronaviruses were first discovered in the late 1960s. In the past, there has been human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43. Other member of the coronavirus family include SARS and MERSpCoV.

In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections, ranging from the common cold to severe diseases, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The more recently discovered coronavirus is COVID-19.

The English adopted the word “influenza” in the mid-eighteenth century, while the French called it la grippe from gripper, meaning “to grasp or hook.” There is also a similar-sounding phrase in Arabic, anf-al-anza, which means “nose of the goat,” used because goats were thought to be carriers of the disease.

The word “influenza” comes from the Italian influentia because people used to believe that the influence of the planets, stars, and moon caused the flu—for only such universal influence could explain such sudden and widespread sickness.

Annual flu viruses (not including flu pandemics) infect up to 20% of Americans, put 200,000 in the hospital with flu-related complications, and kill about 36,000 people.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between three and five million people worldwide get a serious case of the regular flu each year; tens of millions get milder cases. Between 250,000 and 500,000 people globally die of the flu every year.

There have been four major global flu pandemics since 1900. The most recent pandemic is the current swine flu (officially named “Novel H1N1 Influenza A”). The last global pandemic was the Hong Kong flu (1968-1969) which killed approximately one million people. The Asian flu pandemic (1957-1958) originated in China and is estimated to have killed between one and four million people. The Spanish flu pandemic (1918-1919) killed between 50-100 million people worldwide.[17]
Flu viruses can live up to 48 hours on hard, nonporous surfaces such as stainless steel and up to 12 hours on cloth and tissues. They can remain infectious for about one week at human body temperature, over 30 days at freezing temperatures, and indefinitely at temperatures below freezing.
Flu viruses mutate each year
Scientists believe that flu pandemics occur two or three times each century.
The single deadliest flu pandemic in history was the Spanish flu pandemic during 1918-1919. Occurring in the three waves of increasing lethality, the Spanish flu killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years. It also killed more people in one year than smallpox or the Black Plague did in 50 years.
At the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, any student caught without a mask during the Spanish flu was automatically suspended, and a town in Arizona passed a law forbidding people to shake hands.

The Spanish flu was sometimes called “the purple death” because the worst symptom, signally certain death, was known as “heliotrope cyanosis,” when the lungs were starved of oxygen and the patient would turn purple, black, or blue.
Native Americans died at a rate four times the national average from the Spanish flu.

The United States government suggests citizens should have a two-week supply of water and food, a supply of necessary prescription drugs, and a supply of nonprescription drugs in case of flu quarantines or other emergencies.

The best thing about getting a flu shot is that you never again need to wash your hands. That’s how I see it.- Chuck Palahniuk
Novel Influenza A H1N1 (swine flu) first caused widespread illness in Mexico and the United States in March and April 2009, though Mexico may have been in the midst of the epidemic some months before. The first case in the United States was confirmed by the CDC on April 15, 2009.

“Cures” for the Spanish flu included drinking whiskey, smoking cigars, eating milk toast, gargling with salt water, getting fresh air, and partaking of interesting concoctions like “Grippura.” Some doctors doused their patients with icy water while others “bled” their patients. Yet other doctors tried surgery by slicing open a patient’s chest, spreading his ribs, and extracting pus and blood from the pleural cavity (the cavity surrounding the lungs), which was almost always fatal in flu victims.[9]
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) began referring to the swine flu as the “Novel Influenza A (H1N1)” in an effort to protect the pork industry.[11]
The 2009 H1N1 virus contained genetic elements from North American swine flu, North American avian flu (bird flu), and human and swine flus typically found in Asia and Europe. The CDC says it is “an unusually mongrelized mix of genetic sequences.”

There is some immunity to Novel H1N1 (swine flu) in people born before 1957. Their immunity may be a result of a previous exposure to a related virus or to a seasonal flu vaccine.[10]
The Spanish flu killed more Americans in one year than the combined total who died in battle during WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.[9]
The Spanish flu was the single deadliest plaque of the twentieth century
Like the Spanish flu pandemics of 1918-1919, the 2009 Novel H1N1 flu appeared to be more serious in younger, healthy people, perhaps due to what scientists call a “cytokine storm,” or when the immune system overreacts and damages the body.

In contrast to respirators, face masks (surgical, dental, isolation, or laser masks) do not form a tight seal around the face and block only large droplets, not small viruses, from coming into contact with the wearer’s mouth and nose.

In 1976, an Army recruit at Fort Dix, New Jersey, died of a variant of the swine flu, known as A/New Jersey/1976 (H1N1). When another strain began circulating in the U.S. (A/Victoria/75 H3N2) simultaneously, public health officials persuaded President Gerald Ford to vaccinate 40 million Americans. The vaccinations were called off when people became concerned the vaccine was worse than the virus, especially when over 500 Americans contracted Guillain-Barre syndrome. Intensive litigation followed.

The H1N1 form of swine flu is one of the descendants of the complex strain that caused the 1918 flu pandemic. It is called the “swine flu” because the overall structure of the virus is of the type that affects pigs, though other components besides swine are in the virus structure. The “H” and “N” in H1N1 stand for Hemagglutinin and Neuraminidase, which are key molecular components of the virus.

Pigs are unusual because they can become infected with influenza strains that can infect three different species: pigs, birds, and humans. This makes pigs a perfect breeding ground for new and dangerous strains of influenza.

When viruses that normally circulate in pigs infect humans, they are termed “variant” viruses
Viruses (from the Latin virus meaning “poison, slimy liquid”) are much simpler than bacteria. Viruses are just inert bundles of genetic material encased in a shell called a capsid or a fatty membrane called an envelope. The flu, for example, is caused by an RNA virus of the family Orthomyxoviridae (from the Greek orthos meaning “straight” and myxa meaning “mucous”).

Viruses mutate more in one day than humans did in several million years. They mutate so quickly due to their rapid rate of reproduction, their inability to fix their mutations, and their ability to exchange genes with one another.

Viruses are between 20 and 100 times smaller than bacteria and can be seen only through a microscope.

In 1988, a swine flu virus killed pregnant 32-year-old Barbara Ann Wieners after she visited a hog barn at a country fair in Wisconsin. Doctors were able to induce labor and deliver a healthy daughter before she died. Though those working with pigs and those she came into contact with tested positive for swine flu, there was no community outbreak.
Virologists are not certain about the origins of the viruses, though they have three theories:

(1) they started as living cells and devolved into simpler organisms,

(2) they originated as primitive particles capable of replicating themselves, and

(3) they were once parts of cells that broke away to evolve separately.

SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) killed 774 people out of 8,000 people who have been infected in 20 countries in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The mortality rate of SARS was 9.6%.

Air travel has significantly increased the speed with which diseases can spread. Most of the world’s great cities are now within a few hours of each other. As SARS showed, a virus that is in Hong Kong one day can be carried to any point in Southeast Asia within three or four hours, to Europe in 12 hours, and to North America in 18 hours. Nearly 1.5 billion passengers travel by air every year.

Some historians blame President Woodrow Wilson’s (1856-1924) lingering case of the Spanish flu as the reason he unexpectedly caved into stringent French demands for the harsh peace terms that decimated Germany which, in turn, led to the rise of Adolf Hitler and WWII (1939-1945).

In 1933, British researchers Wilson Smith, Christopher Andrews, and Patrick P. Laidlaw were the first to identify the human flu virus by experimenting with ferrets.

The cost of treating annual flu epidemics, including lost wages and productivity of workers, is billions of dollars each year in just the United States alone.

In the United States of America, influenza epidemics cost US$ 71-167 billion per year.
Even with today’s powerful antibiotics, bacterial pneumonia is the most common complication of the flu, and most flu-related deaths are due to it.

Today’s medical historians have traced the likely beginning of the Spanish flu not to Spain, but to Haskell County, Kansas, where people lived close to their pigs and poultry. When three Haskell County boys were shipped off to Fort Riley, Kansas in late 1917, they carried the virus with them, which spread from U.S. military bases to cities across the country. The virus then spread throughout Europe, brought over with the U.S. troops of WWI, and it returned to the United States in a much deadlier form. Astonished at the rapid and high mortality rate, Americans feared the Germans had put “flu bacteria” in Bayer aspirin or had sneaked the flu through Boston harbor.

Thomas Francis and Jonas Salk (who later developed the polio vaccine) developed the first flu vaccine in 1944. These early vaccines often contained impurities that produced fever, headaches, and other side effects. The flu vaccine in its various forms has been used for over 60 years and over 90 million Americans get a flu shot each year.

The source of flu vaccines are chickens and, consequently, vaccines can be dangerous to people who are allergic to eggs. Those people should never receive the injectable or nasal spray vaccine without doctor’s approval.

Reyes syndrome is a rare and potentially fatal disorder linked to taking aspirin during viral illnesses such as the flu. Symptoms include persistent vomiting, fever, and confusion. Liver and brain damage occur within a few days. Many doctors advise against giving aspirin to children and young people for treating the symptoms of influenza-like symptoms. Dozens of cold and flu remedies contain aspirin.

Some historians believe that the Native Americans on the island of Hispaniola were hit by a swine flu epidemic in 1493 carried by pigs aboard Columbus’ ships.

In 1878, a “fowl pest” disease causing high mortality rates in poultry was first identified in Italy.
In contrast to the swine flu (H1N1) which reached a Phase 6 alert on June 11, 2009, the avian or bird flu (H5N1) remained at a Phase 3 alert.

The avian flu can survive for three months in bird droppings; the virus can also survive in water for up to four days.
The first well documented human pandemic occurred in 1889-90 and was called the Russian flu (H2N2) and killed approximately one million people.

In the mid 1930s, scientists developed a new electron microscope that enabled them to see and photograph influenza virus (the flu was once thought to be caused by bacteria). In the following years, influenza types A, B, and C were isolated and identified. Type A influenza causes most human sickness and the major pandemics. Exposure to one strain appears to provide no protection or immunity to another.

For reasons that are still puzzling, there was far less panic during many other great plagues of the past than there is about today’s flus, even though they killed so many. Scholars speculate that the Spanish flu may have been overshadowed by WWI.

During the coronavirus pandemic, German sex toy brand Womanizer is reporting that its sales have significantly increased.

Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause disease in bird and mammals.

The word “pandemic” is from the Greek word “all” and “demos,” meaning people.

Pandemics have devastated human populations throughout history with diseases such as smallpox and tuberculosis.

One of the most destructive pandemics in history was the Black Death, which killed about 75-200 million people in the 14th century.

Pandemics can decimate not only humans, but plants, livestock, fish, and tree species.

A disease is not a pandemic merely because it is international or widespread; the disease must also be infectious. For example, even though cancer is widespread, it is not a pandemic because it is not infectious.

Over 300 people died and 1,000 injured as they drank industrial methanol. They believed drinking the substance would protect them from the coronavirus.

Walmart is reporting an increase in sales for tops, but not for bottoms during the Coronavirus. The reason is because more people are teleworking from home and are wearing business attire on top and casual clothing from the waist down.

During the coronavirus, entertainment items such as DVDs and popsicle sticks (most likely for crafting) have also increased in sales.

The United State keeps millions of chickens in secret farms to make flu vaccines. However, due to different receptors and other characteristics, the eggs won’t work for the coronavirus vaccine.[

CORONAVIRUS: See The (5) Types Of Food You Should Eat During This Period

The Coronavirus epidemic is currently ravaging the continents of the world as there are a lot of changes globally.

As this virus spreads, we are getting fully informed on a lot of things like; how to practice social distancing, wash our hands, properly sanitize and use face masks, but we are not hearing much about how we can boost our immunity to act as a defense against this virus and fight off infections if we ever get exposed to it.

We all need to be aware that no matter what happens, our immune system is the only weapon we have to stay strong during this period, as there is no known cure and vaccine for this virus.

So what that means is that we have to eat as healthily as possible.

Just as expected in times like this, there’s already an high increase in the sales of supplement.

But rather than taking those tablets that claim to “boost your immune system” with no good supporting evidence, the real food you eat has a big impact on your defense and response to this wide spreading epidemic.

Now that you know, it’s important to have loads of healthy foods on hand, now that there’s a shutdown in most countries.

You basically need Food that are rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other immune supporting compounds.

For the helping you out, We have compiled a list of food that you should eat during this period.

1: FRUITS AND VEGETABLES:

if you don’t normally take fruits, or cook with the abundant vegetables that we have all around, you are not doing your body any good. The essential micro nutrients needed to fight infections include vitamin A, B, C D, and E and a lot of these vitamins can be gotten from fruits and vegetables.

We need vitamin A to help make antibodies which neutralizes the pathogens that cause infection.

Some vegetables contain beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. A good example is your carrot and other leafy green vegetables.

Of course you need Vitamin C which is really crucial for keeping your immune system strong. Examples are oranges, lemons, limes, berries, kiwifruit and others.

Also, when shopping for fruits, think long lasting fruits like Banana, Apples, and Oranges etc.

2:WHOLE GRAINS:

These classes of food are an essential part of a healthy diet.

Whole grains are edible seeds of a plant e.g, Rice, Oat, Corn, wheat.

They abound with heart healthy soluble fiber that regulates blood pressure and cholesterol level.

They can also be refined into food products for wheat flour, wheat bread, pasta and others.

Examples include: Rice, Wheat, Oatmeal, Corn etc.

You need to incorporate them into your diet if you haven’t and a good way to do this is through making homemade Granola Bars.

I’ll show you all about it later.

So ask yourself! Are you eating them enough?

3: FIBRE RICH FOODS:

A lot of those whole grain foods we talked about above are very rich in Fiber.

Take more cereals, make the Oat Meals, and use the Corn Kernel for Popcorn.

The vegetables we eat too are also fiber fortified.

Now is the best time to fill up your system with these powerful food.

4:PROTEIN RICH FOOD:

Your body needs protein now more than ever before.

You need to invest in those classes of food rich in essential protein like your Beans, Fish, Milk, Egg, Chicken, and Meat.

This type of food can last you longer.

Egg for instance can stay fresh for weeks when you store them properly.

Milk has a good shelf life, you can store up your Chicken and meat in the freezer.

5 :NUTS:

Yes! Healthy Nuts! You need a high dose of them in this season.

Although according to health experts, the highest nut rich in calcium, Vitamins and other vital Minerals is the Almond Nut.

Others too are nutrient packed and fully loaded with a lot of antioxidants and fibre, and the good thing is they come dry.

Examples include your Dates, Cashew, Tiger Nuts Hazel Nut, Walnut etc…

You can use them in almost anything you choose to. For smoothies, baking and so on.

Please, eat & snack on those food items as much as you can don’t miss any item..

6 Parts of Your Body You Should Never Touch With Your Hands

Touching our face is something we do unconsciously be it in expressions, picking spots and scars, scratching an itch, or simply idle fiddling. You are probably doing it right now. So what’s wrong with the common human habit of fiddling with body parts? Our fingers are in contact with keyboards, money, doorknobs, and handsets constantly, all of which are usually coated in bacteria.

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By scratching or pricking, you could be spreading viruses and allergens around your skin. So never touch these body parts with your hands.

1. Your Butt

Yes wipe and wash your buttocks but never prick. Your anus contains bacteria that could potentially be harmful. Always make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly after you clean your butt.

2. The Skin under Your Nails

We do not need to tell you that lots of nasty bacteria thrive under your nails. So never try to prick the layer of dirt from under your nails. Keep your nails short to reduce the chances of bacterial carriage. Picking tends to create trauma in its own right and then any bacteria or yeast can cause further cause problems as severe as onycholysis, where the nail lifts off the nail bed.

3. Your Ear Canal

One place where you should never stick your fingers is your ears. A thin layer lines the ear canal that can tear with your fingers. If your ear feels itchy, it is best that you get in touch with an otolaryngologist rather than experimenting with DIY. Whether it be wax accumulation, eczema of the skin, or infection, an expert will be able to address the problem. A tailored programme of treatment, ear hygiene, and moisturising of the skin should be put into play. Doctors Removing an Ant From Vietnamese Man’s Ears Will Make Your Stomach Churn.

4. Your Eyes

Also, keep your hands off-limits from your eyes unless you are washing them or wearing your lenses. Remember that it is easy to introduce germs to your eyes. Conjunctivitis and other scary infections are all a result of touching your eyes with hands. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing itchiness and dryness, instead of mishandling them with your hands.

5. Your Mouth

A study published Journal of Applied Microbiology concluded that people tend to put their hands in their mouth when they were bored at work. The germs in your hands transferred to your mouth can set you up for a number of infections. Maybe you should think about stealing your kid’s pacifier.

6. Your Face

Keep your paws off unless you are using them to apply your skincare formulas. Resting your hands on a germy surface and sticking them on your face like your forehead can make you breakout. Further, the oils from your fingers can plug your pores. How to Get Rid of Blemishes on Face? Try Tea Tree Beauty Regime.

If you’re a prolific fiddler try sitting on your hands, putting them in your pockets or wearing gloves when you’re not using them for something else. Also, keep hand sanitiser in your handbag and on your desk and use it before you feel the need to scratch and itch.

4 Easy to prevent Covid-19 ( If you love your life)

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

Know How it Spreads

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

1) The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

2) Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Take steps to protect yourself

3) Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

4)Avoid close contact with people who are sick, Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Take steps to protect others

If you love everyone just take this steps if you are infected with covid-19

  • Stay home if you’re sick

Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

  • Throw used tissues in the trash.

Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick:

You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.

If you are not sick:

You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

15 Shocking Health Effects Of Smartphones You Should Know

Smartphones are everyone’s daily companion. In fact, 50% of the Nigerian population owns a personal smartphone, and yes, including children. In this digital era, people have to keep up. Especially today that the demands of life increase – work, learning, and social life, the more reasons to use smartphones. However, everything too much brings no good. Too many sweets cause diabetes. Too much fries and burger lead to obesity and heart problems. Well, too much use of cell phones also increases your risk to various health problems.
In this article, we will discuss the top 15 damaging health effects brought by the everyday use of smartphones:

15. Smartphone Addiction

An average individual spends at least five hours a day on their smartphone. This dependence on the smartphone can develop into a serious addiction. Based on a study, 72% of people have this so-called “nomophobia” or the fear of having no phones. In fact, 70% of American women admit that they experience phone separation anxiety.

14. Withdrawal Symptoms

When people become addicted of their symptoms, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. Like drug and alcohol addicts, people with smartphone addiction experience panic, confusion, and physical distress without their phones. Based on a 2011 study among 1,000 students, a ‘clear majority’ of them showed withdrawal symptoms when their smartphones are being confiscated for 24 hours.

13. Musculoskeletal Problems

The excessive use of a smartphone can lead to the development of back problems. According to the British Chiropractic Association, more young people experience back problems due to smartphone use. Based on a 2015 statistics, 45% of young people between 16 and 24 years suffer from musculoskeletal problems, especially their back. On the other hand, excessive and continuous use of smartphones can cause “text claw” – a pain in the tendons or muscles in your fingers and wrists.

12. Nerve Damage

A recent study linked the use of a smartphone to the development of “occipital neuralgia”. It is a neurological condition in which nerves that linked your head and your spine are compressed or inflamed. There is no cure for this condition. However, the pain can be managed through medication, massage, and yoga, among others.

11. Stress & Depression

Stress is the most direct impact of smartphone use. Based on a 2012 research, responding to incoming alerts and notifications can cause stress. Excessive use can also stress the eyes, nerves, and other body parts which affect overall functioning. Moreover, it can also lead to depression. A Northwestern University study revealed that the more you spend time with your phone, the more you are depressed.

10. Weight Gain

When you spend at least five hours a day on your smartphone, of course, you miss hours or even minutes of doing daily exercise and cooking healthy meals. In short, you become inactive. The stress that the smartphone is causing you also encourages your body to seek for more food. Further, this sedentary lifestyle can lead you to obesity, diabetes, and heart disorders.

9. Sleep Deprivation

In a 2013 study, three-fourths of the world population sleep with their smartphones. Smartphone emits radiofrequency waves and bright light which contribute to sleep deprivation. According to Harvard researchers, the light that smartphones emit can suppress melatonin production, the hormone that balances your sleep cycle. Based on a 2015 study, smartphone light causes insomnia than drinking a cup of coffee.

8. Poor Concentration

Studies suggest that smartphones diminish productivity and performance. It reduces your attention span when you are working on detailed and difficult tasks. Moreover, the presence of smartphones in social settings steal your attention. It decreases your concentration in responding to external stimuli because you are focused on your smartphone.

7. Violent Behavior

Smartphones provide easy access to any type of content – including violence. The more you are exposed to violent-themed news, videos and other forms of content, the more you are likely to develop a violent behavior, especially for children.

6. Decreased Social Interaction

The use of smartphones has negative effects on your social health. When you connect to the virtual world, you disconnect from the real world. According to a research conducted by the University of Essex, people who are more dependent on their smartphones have a low quality of relationship and less trust to their partners or families. A University of Maryland research also suggests that smartphone use can develop a selfish, antisocial behavior to people.

5. Prone to Accidents

The use of a smartphone is among the leading causes of car accidents in the world. Moreover, pedestrians who use their smartphones can increase their risk to a road accident. Based on a research, the use of cell phones can reduce brain activity to 37%, losing focus while driving. Thus, keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone.

4. Vision Problems

The American Macular Degeneration Foundation found out that the use of smartphones can lead to retinal damage or worse, macular degeneration which refers to the loss of central vision. Based on a survey of 2,000 people, 55% of them experienced eye discomfort after continuous use of smartphones. The blue and green light from smartphones also causes dry eye syndrome.

3. Reduced Hearing

The use of headphones can contribute to loss of hearing. According to the Dangerous Decibels, exposure to above 85-decibel sound or noise can cause hearing loss. Based on the records of National Institute on Deafness, about 26 million Americans suffer from noise-induced hearing loss, and one factor is the use of headphones.

2. Threat to Stamina

You may think your smartphone is clean, but it is a home to different types of bacteria. According to a study from the University of Arizona, smartphones host around 10 times the amount of bacteria found on your toilet. This can weaken your immune system which leads to various flu and diseases.

1. Cancer

Smartphones emit radio waves which can be absorbed by our tissues. These radio waves are a form of electromagnetic radiation which can increase a person’s risk to cancer. Researchers found out that exposure to radiation can enhance chemical carcinogens that develop into cancer. Some epidemiological studies found the relationship between smartphone use and the increased risk of different types of tumors.

7 Things To Watch Out For To Prevent Having a Stroke


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A stroke occurs when part of the brain doesn’t get enough blood. When this occurs the cells don’t get oxygen or nutrients and they die. Here are seven(7) things to watch out for.

Always remember the acronym FAST.

FAST stands for Face, Arms, Speech, and Time, and will remind you what to check for when you suspect a person is having a stroke, as well as the importance of time. If you notice the above symptoms, it is important to call your local emergency number immediately. Minutes count when it comes to providing the best possible treatment and outcome for the person.
Face: Ask the person to smile to see if one side of the face droops.

Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Can he at all? Does one arm drift downward?

Speech: Is the person slurring speech? Is he unable to speak at all? Is the person confused by a simple request to repeat a short sentence?

Time: Immediately call your local emergency number in the event of these symptoms. Do not hesitate.

Look for weak facial muscles or limbs.

The person may be unable to hold objects or suddenly lose balance while standing. Look for signs that only one side of the person’s face or body has become weaker. One side of the person’s mouth may droop when smiling or he may not be able to hold both arms up over his head.

Always take note of a mini stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).

A TIA appears to be similar to a stroke (often called a “mini stroke”) but lasts less than five minutes and leaves no lasting damage. However, it is still a medical emergency and requires evaluation and treatment to reduce the potential risk of developing a stroke. These are highly predictive of a subsequent disabling stroke in hours or days after a TIA event. Doctors believe that the symptoms are caused by a transient blockage of the arteries in the brain.

Look for confusion or trouble with speaking or understanding speech.

When certain areas of the brain are affected, the individual may have trouble speaking or understanding what is being said to her. Your loved one may look confused by what you are saying, respond in a way that indicates she didn’t understand what was said, slur her words, or speak in garbled noises that do not resemble speech. This can be very scary. Do your best to calm her after you have called your local emergency number for emergency medical treatment.
Sometimes the person will not be able to speak at all.


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Ask if the person has vision trouble in one or both eyes.

During a stroke, eyesight may be suddenly and severely affected. You may notice that the person turns his head completely to the left to see what is in the left eye field of vision using the right eye. People report losing eyesight in one or both eyes or seeing double. Ask the person if he/she cannot see or is seeing double (if he is having trouble speaking, ask him to nod yes or no if possible).

Watch for loss of coordination or balance.

When the person loses strength in her/his arms or legs, you may notice the person has difficulty with balance and coordination. She may be unable to pick up a pen, or unable to coordinate walking due to one leg being unable to function correctly.
You may also notice weakness or sudden stumbling and falling.

Note any sudden and severe headaches.

A stroke is also called a “brain attack” and can result in a sudden headache that is described as the worst headache someone’s ever experienced. The headache may be associated with nausea and vomiting from the increased pressure in the brain.

10 Horrifying Secrets Doctors Will Never Tell You

As a modern culture, we tend to put our faith wholeheartedly in doctors. They’re the experts, and more often than not we take their advice without question. But what we don’t take into account is that many of these doctors either don’t have a clue or actively withhold information that could be putting your life in jeopardy.

And if you think that sounds sensationalist, take a look at these facts, facts that doctors know about but won’t let it o as you sign the bill:



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10. Cancer Isn’t Always Cancer

Cancer
Cancer diagnosis . (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

The worst possible outcome of a trip to the doctor is a diagnosis of the Big C. We’re so terrified of it that even the word is taboo in some places, and the medical community lives by one maxim: early diagnosis. The earlier you find the cancer, the more easily you can treat it. But such enthusiasm can easily lead to false positives, and treating something that isn’t there can be dangerous.We’re not just making that up. Mammograms are famous for misdiagnosing breast cancer, since every little anomaly in the breast can look like a tumor. The most common misdiagnosis is with DCIS, or Ductal Carcinoma In Situ. Despite the “carcinoma” in there, DCIS isn’t really cancerous ; only rarely does it turn into cancer, and practically everyone with DCIS survives, no matter what kind of treatment they get.But when doctors quote cancer statistics, they usually lump in DCIS, which now accounts for about 30 percent of breast cancer “cases” in the US. And when faced with that option, most people choose to undergo “needless and sometimes disfiguring and harmful treatments” to get rid of something that, statistically, will do less harm than the treatments themselves.

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9. High Blood Pressure Drugs Destroys Your Sexual Health

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Your doctor will never tell you this, most of the people suffering from high blood pressure and uses the drugs prescribed by the doctor are killing their sexual health.

This secret is what doctors won’t tell you, A man shared a story with us how he declined in his sexual performance badly, and we asked if he uses drugs for HBP and he replied, yes, ok we gave an advice to stop using the drugs and immediately he saw changed. He went away to sue the doctor for not informing him the drugs could cause this to him and how it has affected his marriage.



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8. Prescription Drugs Can Cause Diabetes

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Spoon full of sugar cubes (Credit: Peter Dazeley)

Type 2 diabetes is caused when your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t effectively use all the insulin it makes. The result is a buildup of glucose, or sugar, in the bloodstream, which starts damaging nerves and blood vessels over time. About 2.3 million Americans have type 2 diabetes, and the numbers rise every year.It turns out that some of the most commonly prescribed drugs, like antidepressants, might be causing it. In 2011, there were 46.7 million prescriptions given out to treat depression in the UK alone. When researchers at the University of Southampton looked at the numbers, they found that people who took two of the most common types of antidepressants, SSRIs and tricyclic antidepressants, were twice as likely to develop diabetes. And sure, those findings were released in 2013, but we’ve known about the link since 2008 and yet millions more are prescribed on a monthly basis.And it gets worse—some of the most common drugs used to treat ADHD in children can triple the risk of type 2 diabetes. More often than not, that’s a lifelong condition, and kids don’t even get the choice to refuse.



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7. Some Medications Increase Cancer Risk

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Lymphoblasts. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

Now that we’ve assuaged some of your worries about cancer, let’s go ahead and kick everything back up again.Blood pressure medications can almost triple your risk of aggressive breast cancer. In the US alone, about 58.6 million people take medication for high blood pressure, so you’d think the cancer link would be more well-known.The study that discovered this relationship looked at 1,763 women with breast cancer. Those who used a particular type of blood pressure medicine—calcium channel blockers—were 2.5 times more likely to develop cancer. The risk is greater in elderly women over the age of 55, and it likely happens because calcium channel blockers prevent cells from dying. If cells can’t complete their normal life cycle, they go rogue and become cancerous.But even that wouldn’t be a problem if the medication weren’t so grossly over-prescribed. In a review of one hospital, 150 out of 161 doctors prescribed calcium channel blockers to their patients. But how many of those doctors told their patients about the risks? Only eight. That’s a potentially deadly lapse in duty.



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6. Aspirin Can Cause Internal Bleeding

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Aspirin ( Credit: Nine OK)

One of the more common pieces of advice from doctors is that you should take a low dose of aspirin every day. The idea is that it serves as a maintenance treatment to prevent blood clots, which can cause heart attacks and strokes. But what they don’t tell you is the small fact that doing so can trigger massive internal bleeding.Researchers found that, out of 10,000 people, a daily dose of aspirin prevented 46 people from dying over the course of 10 years. But they also found that 49 people out of the same 10,000 experienced major internal bleeding, and another 117 started bleeding in their gastrointestinal tract.



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5. Heartburn Drugs Have Deadly Side Effects

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Heart burn (Credit: Peter Dazeley)

One of the main problems with medications is that, while they usually do a decent job of treating what they’re supposed to treat, they often cause horrible side effects. And even though it’s the doctor’s job to tell people about those side effects, sometimes that just doesn’t happen. For example, proton pump inhibitors, a type of heartburn drug marketed under the brand names Nexium and Prilosec, have been linked to bone decay, birth defects, and an inability to absorb vitamin B12, which can lead to permanent neurological damage.

Despite that, Nexium was the single most prescribed drug in 2012, and in many cases it doesn’t even work. It’s usually prescribed to treat Barrett’s esophagus, which is when excess stomach acid burns the lining of the esophagus, but the pills don’t do a thing for the condition. Pediatricians have even started prescribing these meds to infants, even though it’s been proven that doing so can actually cause permanent intestinal disorders.



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4. “Safe” X-Rays Still Cause Cancer

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It’s a well-known fact that gamma radiation and X-rays carry the risk of bringing cancer. Now, we’re constantly exposed to radiation just by being alive, so there’s a general guideline for “safe exposure” to X-rays, which the medical profession sticks to when they look for broken bones or give you a mammogram. Radiation is measured in units called sieverts, and every year you’re exposed to about 2.4 millisieverts, just from general background radiation; by contrast, a mammogram only gives you about 0.7 millisieverts.

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The difference, though, is that medical X-rays pop that radiation into you in the space of minutes, whereas it takes a whole year to absorb your typical background radiation. And it’s a huge difference, even with low-radiation “safe” X-rays. And it could be even worse than thatsome researchers claim that the majority of cancer cases were either caused or aggravated by medical X-rays.And to top it all off, women who get X-rays when pregnant have been found more likely to give birth to children with cancer. And a CT scan is the go-to diagnostic tool for young children, which, you guessed it, is just another type of X-ray.



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3. Doctors Get Paid When You Buy Certain Drugs

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A Doctor (Image credit: Getty Images)

Conspiracy theorists aren’t shy about proclaiming the evils of Big Pharma. But conspiracy theory is one thing, and documented proof is a whole different beast. When the Harvard Law School took a closer look, they realized that they didn’t have to dig very deep at all to discover that doctors are paid handsomely to prescribe certain drugs, even when those drugs turn out to be harmful.

One of the most publicized recent cases was Dr. Joseph L. Biederman, who began diagnosing two-year-old toddlers with bipolar disorder and prescribing strong antipsychotics that were never approved by the FDA for children under 10.

The manufacturer of the antipsychotics paid him $1.6 million. Then there’s Dr. Alan F. Schatzberg, who began prescribing an abortion drug to treat depression—he owned $4.8 million of stock in the company that produced the drug.And then you have Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff, who received $500,000 to advertise as safe a drug that can cause seizures and paralysis The fact is, doctors are allowed to prescribe any drug for any illness, no matter what the drug was originally intended to treat. We’re not making a blanket statement saying all doctors take money to prescribe questionable treatments—but how do you know which ones do?



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2. Pandemic Scares Are Over-Hyped

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Who can forget the swine flu pandemic in 2009 and 2010? When the World Health Organization called for a state of global emergency, the world went haywire. Lines for the vaccine stretched for blocks, and doctors everywhere told people to seek immediate treatment.Over the course of about 10 months, pharmaceutical companies raked in £6.5 billion (about $10.5 billion in 2010) from vaccine sales. Doctors tied to the vaccine’s manufacturers were 8.4 times more likely to recommend the vaccine to their patients. And not only recommend—they were more likely to publicly hype the dangers of the flu in the media, which immeasurably contributed to the state of panic.And strangely, doctors who were being paid by pharmaceutical companies were also more likely to volunteer information to the press.

That doesn’t seem like much of a difference, but it’s these quoted experts that we tend to believe in a news article. In the end, about 17,000 people died from swine flu, as opposed to the 46,000 that die every year from the normal flu. Surely the low numbers were due to the mass vaccinations—rather than, say, the fact that the disease was just a common mutation artificially inflated to terror-inducing proportions.



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1. Registered Sex Offenders And Violent Criminals

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The dark side of doctors(Credit: shotbydave)

Your doctor doesn’t have to disclose his criminal history, and usually that wouldn’t be considered a problem. Between the strict admission policies of most medical schools and the vague notion that hospitals probably screen their employees, who would even think to ask? Well, maybe you should.In November 2013, the UK’s General Medical Council, or GMC, released a database with the criminal histories of physicians in the United Kingdom.

It turned out that almost 800 practicing doctors held criminal records, including 31 who were arrested for assault and 330 arrested for drunk driving. The rest of them? Crimes range from theft to drug trafficking, and they’re under zero legal obligation to let their patients know about it.And it’s not exactly rare. There’s the rapist surgeon working in Miami, and the New York doctor who was caught trying to meet a young boy for sex, and a Scottish physician who had reams of child pornography stored on his computer.Who’s really taking care of you?

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See 8 Shocking Diseases That Can Be Gotten From Kissing

Do you ever know you could get a disease from kissing? The saliva or little wounds could give a disease from the person you kissed if he/she is infected.

According to HealthGrove, it used data from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control to find eight diseases that are transmitted through saliva.

Here are 8 diseases contacted from kissing:

1. Mononucleosis

Popularly called “the kissing disease”, it is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Infection and related symptoms can last from one to two months. Symptoms are very similar to those of the flu and include a fever, sore throat, fatigue, muscle weakness and swollen lymph glands. There is no treatment for mononucleosis but staying hydrated, resting and taking medication often helps.

2. Cytomegalovirus

This disease spreads through saliva, as well as through blood, urine, semen and breast milk. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus in the herpes family. and like all herpes viruses, it remains dormant in the body for long periods. Symptoms can include fatigue, fever, muscle aches and, in more serious cases, pneumonia, encephalitis, seizures and visual impairment.

3. Gum Disease

Gum disease is also known as periodontitis and gingivitis and although it is not spread through kissing, the bad bacteria that cause it can. To avoid gum disease, regular brushing and flossing can serve as a defense.

4. Herpes

Once oral herpes is contracted, it stays with you forever. Oral herpes is transmitted through direct contact between an infected area and broken skin or a mucous membrane. During an outbreak, symptoms usually last between 8-10 days on average and the cold sores heal on their own.

5. Meningitis

This disease can be spread from one person to another via respiratory secretions. Symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting. This disease has no medication but staying healthy with a strong immune system helps to get the better of it.

6. Mumps

Mumps affects the salivary glands and causes them to swell. It usually spreads via airborne droplets from the nose or throat of an infected person. Symptoms typically include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite.

7. Rubella

Referred to as the German measles, rubella is caused by a virus transmitted through an infected person’s sneeze or cough. Symptoms include fever and rash and clear up in two to three days. The rubella vaccine can prevent this disease.

8. Influenza

Influenza is spread via droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue. Most people recover on their own in less than two weeks.

5 Natural Ways To Increase Your Penis Size (No. 2 is Incredible)

Today we give you 5 natural ways to increase your penis size, some say penis size don’t matter but it really really matters as some survey was carried out and women say it matters, these natural methods below will take your dingdong to a longer and desired length.


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So relax and go through it and try your choice of the 5 methods:

1. Through Fruits

Banana
As per most studies, men with a healthy heart can successfully increase their penis size by few inches. The fruit contains potassium which is key to cardiovascular health. Banana reduces the level of sodium in the body, which is extremely harmful for your body. It is also known to improve the blood circulation in the body.
Healthy heart and proper blood circulation are the main factors that help you attain a bigger erection. So consume banana regularly to achieve desired results in shorter time span.


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2. Through Penile Exercise

Manually stretch your penis:

1. Grip the head of your penis.

2. Pull your penis upward, stretching it out for about 10 seconds.

3. Pull your penis to the left for another 10 seconds, then to the right.
Repeat these steps once or twice a day for about 5 minutes.

Exercise 2

1. Grip the head of your penis.

2. Pull your penis upward.

3. Press on the area around the base of your penis at the same time.

4. Hold this position for about 10 seconds.
Repeat these steps with your penis pulled to the left, applying pressure to the base of your penis on the right side.


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3. Through Vegetables

1. Onions
Research shows that onions are great for creating healthy blood flow circulation throughout the body to the heart.
Furthermore, onion consumption helps prevent blood clotting. But what people seldom realize is that onions help not only blood flow to the heart, but also with blood flow to the penis.

2. Spinach
This Persian origin edible flowering plant is a natural penile enlargement food. A potent source of magnesium, which dilates blood vessels for smooth blood flow in the penis. Regular consumption of spinach can easily help you in increasing penis size, girth, and attain iron-strong hard-ons.


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4. Stretching with a device

To use a penis pump:

1. Place your penis inside the air-filled chamber.

2. Use the pump mechanism to suck the air out of the chamber. This pulls blood into your penis, causing it to become erect.

3. Attach the included ring or clamp to your penis to keep it erect for up to 30 minutes. It’s safe to have sex or masturbate during this time.

Note: Being too rough with your penis can cause large tears in the tissues or damage to the ligaments that connect your penis to your body. These injuries can potentially hinder your ability to get or maintain an erection


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5. Your Mindset

A survey showed that most men who think they have a smaller or shorter dingdong don’t actually have it, it’s just their mindset or their mind tricking them, if you look well its normal and doesn’t need any exercise, diets or device. Just ask your partner if it’s ok, remember don’t risk your health or organ just for satisfaction.

Weird Hangover Cures From Around The World

The party season is going strong and many of us are not feeling quite as fresh as we did at the start of the month.

Between work parties, 12 pubs and catching up with friends over a few pints, it can be all too easy to overindulge and be left feeling the worse for wear.

While hangovers are universal how we handle them isn’t and ebookers have compiled a list of 100 Hangover Cures From Around The World.

Vodka socks, sparrow droppings, raw eels and even voodoo… here are some of the more hairs raising cures from around the world.

1) Haiti – Voodoo

When we’re suffering after a heavy night it can be tempting to blame everyone else for how we’re feeling.

Haitians take this to the extreme by punishing the bottle of booze that did the damage.

They do so by sticking 13 black pins into the cork and sealing it, believing it’ll free them from pain.

2) Estonia – Vodka socks

If you’re feeling unwell after too many shots there’s a bizarre Estonian tradition that believes the cure could be in your socks.

The technique is to soak your socks in vodka and hot water. Then put them on, settle back with a cup of tea and sweat out the booze.

3) USA – Swilling sweat after a run

While crawling under the duvet is preferable for many of us, others swear by going for a jog.

Native Americans take things a step further though – they think you need to taste the sweat.

So after you’ve dragged yourself out for a run take a swill of your sweat, spit it out and your hangover could be gone.

4) Vietnam – Tape On Forehead

We’ve all been at the point where you would desperately do anything to relieve a thumping headache.

The Vietnamese believe if you place tape on your forehead over the acupuncture points this could help the pain.

5) Hungary – Sparrow droppings in brandy

After drinking many of us swear never to touch a drop of alcohol again but this old Hungarian cure is an extreme hair of the dog.

Some say if you get a sparrow to do their business in a brandy glass, swirl it around and knock it back you’ll be right as rain.

Probably one to avoid though – not only does it sound grim but we’re not sure how hygienic it would be.

6) South Africa – sheep’s brain

Again not one for the faint-hearted, but apparently sheep brain could help when your own feels scrambled. In South Africa a traditional hangover cure is to melt a sheep’s stomach walls in a pot with wit bits moonshine, Umqombothi beer or any of the country’s famed wines.

7) Italy – Deep fried canary

Ancient Romans might have been ahead of their time when it came to munching on deep fried goodies as a hangover cure.

They used to believe eating a deep fried canary would help ease your stomach.

8) Italy – Dried bull penis

Italians are the brains behind another quirky hangover cure.

An old Sicilian belief is that nibbling a bull’s private parts can help the morning after the night before – but their golden rule was it had to be cut and dried first.

9) USA – Hangover Heaven

Have you ever been suffering deeply after a heavy night’s partying and just wished there could be a quick fix?

Our prayers seemed to have been answered with the IV drip craze, which was born in Las Vegas clinic Hangover Heaven.

Clients are hooked up and left to relax as they are tube-fed a cocktail including vitamins, antioxidants, hangover and nausea medicine.

The treatment has caused some controversy but A-list fans can’t get enough.

10) Medieval England – Raw eels & almonds

Warning! Do not try this cure as it could be your last Christmas.

The Medieval idea was to encourage sore-headed drinkers to munch bitter almonds and raw eels.

Not surprisingly its popularity has worn off over the years.

Is Masturbation Good To Your Health?

Masturbation is a healthy sexual activity. It has many benefits for your physical and mental health.
There are limited studies on the benefits of masturbation, but there are studies on sexual intercourse and stimulation.

Research and anecdotal reports suggest that sexual stimulation, including stimulation through masturbation, may help you:

  • relieve built-up stress
  • sleep better
  • boost your mood
  • relax
  • feel pleasure
  • relieve cramps
  • release sexual tension
  • have better sex
  • better understand your wants and needs

Couples may also mutually masturbate to explore different desires, as well as avoid pregnancy. Self-pleasuring also helps you prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIsAdvantages of masturbation:

  • It increases blood flow in the body and releases endorphin, a pleasure enhancing brain chemical.
  • It releases emotional stress,depression and anxiety.
  • It makes you comfortable and confident with your body.
  • It lets you explore your desires and makes you sexually satisfied even without a partner.
  • It lets you experiment with yourself,understand your body and know what works for you, in order to attain orgasm.
  • It can help you get a sound sleep and prevent from insomnia.
  • It can strengthen your relationship with your partner as you understand your body well and help your partner as well.
  • It reduces the risk of STD’s.
  • If done in limit, it works as a stress buster and causes great relief.
  • It also reduce the risk of having prostate cancer in men.

With its advantages, masturbation has its own disadvantages too. Some Male and female do it daily in order to attain orgasm when dissatisfied from their partners. The thought of masturbation keeps their mind preoccupied making then inactive in their social life. Masturbation is addictive in nature and can make a person waste ample of their times doing it thus depriving them from becoming productive in life .

Disadvantages Of Masturbation

Anything in excess is not good for health and causes adverse effects in the body, Compulsive masturbation can be very addictive and can get uncontrollable at times.

  • If u get addicted to it, it can lead to frustrations if you are deprived of doing it every time you feel like.
  • It can cause lack of concentration and social life.
  • In can injure the genitals if done vigorously.
  • It can cause early ejaculation in men.
  • It may affect a good sexual relationship with your partner.

Now a days, with more availabilty of sex toys like vibrators, dildos etc, masturbation is becoming popular in female too. They no more depend on their partners for sexual satisfaction. With more sources and exposure about sexual lives, female don’t compromise with their sexual lives. But as mentioned, everything comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, too much masturbation has affected female too making them more involved in self pleasuring and less in people around them.

Adapted: Healthline benefits of Masturbation

What To Do When You Think You have Pneumonia

Do you think you have pneumonia? You could have or maybe its just nothing serious. Well if it is check out this article and know what to do when you are so sure you have pneumonia

Know the symptoms of pneumonia;

By knowing what to look out for, you can further prevent getting Pneumonia.

  • Cough which produces green, yellow, or blood-like mucus, phlegm, or sputum.
  • Fever, which may be mild or high.
  • Shaking chills.
  • Shortness of breath when climbing stairs.
  • Sweating and clammy skin.
  • Headache.
  • Loss of appetite, low energy, and fatigue.
  • Sharp, sudden pain in the middle of the chest.

1. Consult a doctor if any of the symptoms of Pneumonia appear.

You may want to make sure that you don’t just have a common cold before making a trip to the doctor and spending the money.

If you feel that you may be showing symptoms, consulting your doctor as soon as possible can help you prevent the illness from worsening.
Your doctor may order a chest x-ray if they think Pneumonia is a possibility.

While you shouldn’t wait too long to go to the doctor if you do have Pneumonia, one of the ways to prevent getting Pneumonia is to stay away from areas where sick people are, like a hospital or doctor’s office. So it’s best to check to see if your symptoms resemble Pneumonia or just a common cold.

2. Get a prescription from your doctor.

If you have Pneumonia your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic that will help you to fight the infection within 2 – 3 days.

Your doctor will find which antibiotic is right for you based on your age, other health conditions, and medical history.

3. Take acetaminophen.

Something like Tylenol will reduce pain and a fever, making you more comfortable.

Use a thermometer to monitor your fever. If your fever is 103 °F (39 °C) or higher, see your doctor immediately.

4. Drink plenty of fluids.

Staying well hydrated is very important if you are sick. Avoid drinks with sugar in them.

Water that is either warm or room temperature will be most effective for keeping you hydrated, and you can add lemon for a bit of flavor.

5. Get plenty of rest.

Sleeping a lot will help your body recover faster as not exerting yourself will let your body focus on fighting the infection.

Tips for Healthy skin naturally

Good skin care includes

  • sun protection
  • and gentle cleansing can keep your skin healthy and glowing.

1. Protect yourself from the sun

One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.
For the most complete sun protection:

  • Use sunscreen

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.

  • Seek shade

Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.

  • Wear protective clothing

Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.

2. Don’t smoke

Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow and makes skin paler. This also depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health

Smoking also damages collagen and elastin the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke can contribute to wrinkles.

In addition, smoking increases your risk of squamous cell skin cancer. If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.

3. Treat your skin gently

Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:

  • Limit bath time

Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm rather than hot water.

  • Avoid strong soaps

Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.

  • Shave carefully

To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.

  • Pat dry

After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.

  • Moisturize dry skin

If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.

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4. Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

The association between diet and acne isn’t clear but some research suggests that a diet rich in fish oil or fish oil supplements and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.

Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated.

5. Manage stress

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin and a healthy state of mind take steps to manage your stress. Get enough sleep, set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

Read also: How to reduce facial fat

How to eat right.

There’s more to a balanced diet than simply eating your fruits and vegetables, so knowing what foods to look out for will help you create a nutrition plan that strengthens your body and makes you feel far happier.

Tips

Write up a meal plan.

A meal plan will be helpful as you slowly eliminate processed foods from your diet. As you remove different foods from your regular meal plan, you can add in a more whole, unprocessed foods to replace them. A written meal plan can help you visually plan everything out for your week.

Processed food should be avoided as far as possible.

Processed food is devoid of real nutrition required for the body. One must also avoid all wrong stuff like chips, pizza, etc. This will help reduce cravings.

Watch your salt intake.

Although humans need salt in moderation, too much salt can lead to high blood pressure and osteoporosis. Use salt sparingly, and always check labels for salt content.

Minimize sweets.

It might seem like most of the calories in donuts, cookies, pies, cakes and other sweets come from sugar, but often sweets contain high amounts of fat. Most pastries are made with butter, and lots of it. When shopping, read the labels and avoid high fat content sweets. If baking, substitute healthy oils or bananas for butter for healthier, low-fat options.

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Choose low-fat dairy products.

Skim and 1% milk have as much calcium as whole milk, but much less fat. You can also get low- or non-fat cottage cheese, cheese, and yogurt

Include raw food in your diet plan.

This is an interesting step towards avoiding the extra oil used while cooking. You could even try to kick off the calories by consuming a good amount of water. It helps in flushing out the toxins from the body. This further helps in burning out calories.

Fruits and vegetables are nutritious foods that contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. It’s recommended to make half of all your meals a fruit or a vegetable.

Reduce your alcohol intake.

Excessive alcohol consumption makes you gain weight and is hard for the liver to process leading to a host of preventable diseases. Drinking in moderation is key, if you do consume alcohol, consider drink a glass of wine or beer with your meal as opposed to multiple drinks at a bar.

Consider participating in Meatless Mondays.

Meatless Monday is an international campaign that encourages people to give up eating meat one day per week. Eating less meat can have several health benefits, as most people already have enough protein in their diets.

Try to substitute a good amount of fruits and vegetables instead of junk food.

Food filled with fiber should be included in the diet; it helps in the process of digestion. Healthy eating is healthy living. If you must indulge in junk food, then try to have a small portion of it. By doing this, you can eat your favorite food without feeling guilty.

Read also: How to make a healthy smoothie

Understand the difference between a good fat and a bad fat.

Try to maintain the balance with both good and bad food. A balanced eating habit along with a few hours of workout session could do wonders.

Choose fish and fowl over red meat.

Red meats like beef, pork, lamb, and veal contain the highest amounts of saturated fats of any meats. Skinless poultry and seafood are much lower-fat options if you opt to eat meat. Choose surf over turf whenever possible.

Read also: 10 foods you shouldn’t give your children

Choose a healthy alternative.

The most common processed foods are sometimes the tastiest. Think about what it is you like about a particular favorite processed food (like sweetness, saltines, or crunchiness) and see if there’s a healthy alternative that can replace it.

Keep in mind to eat treats in small quantities just to tantalize the taste buds.

Plan out a balanced food chart on the basis of health and nutrition. This could be an important step towards keeping a check on that extra dip of cheese and remaining healthy for the rest of life.

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5 Early symptoms of Cancer In Men!! All Men Should Know

Knowing early symptoms of cancer can help you seek treatment sooner to better your chances of remission. This article is really important so read carefully to the end.

Male hands holding prostate cancer awareness ribbon with mustache – stock photo

Here are 5 early symptoms of cancer in men:

1.Blood in your pee or stool

One of the best ways to fight the disease is to catch it in the early stages when it’s more treatable. The problem is that the warning signs for many kinds of cancer can seem pretty mild.
Blood in your pee or stool
It is very important to visit the doctor when you notice blood in your pee or stool because it could be first signs of cancer of the bladder, kidneys, or colon. Although you’re more likely to have a problem that’s not cancer, like hemorrhoids or a urinary infection, it’s important to treat it at the early stages.

2.Urinary changes

Urinary changes may develop as you age but certain symptoms may indicate prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is most common in men ages 60 and older.
Common urinary symptoms include:

  • Urinary leaks
  • Incontinence
  • An inability to urinate despite urges to go
  • Delayed urination
  • Straining during urination

3.Persistent back pain

Back pain may be a symptom of cancer. Symptoms of cancer may not show until it has spread to other parts of your body, such as the bones of your spine. For example, prostate cancer is especially prone to spread to the bones and may cause these symptoms within your hip bones and lower back.

Unlike occasional muscle pain, cancer of the bone causes tenderness and discomfort in your bones.

4.Unusual coughing

A persistent cough is an early sign of lung cancer. If you don’t have any other related symptoms, such as a stuffy nose or fever, the cough probably isn’t due to a virus or infection.

Coughing accompanied with bloody mucus is also associated with lung cancer in men.

5.Changes in your testicles

If you notice a lump, heaviness, or any other change in your testicle, never delay having it looked at,” says Herbert Lepor, MD, urology chairman at New York University Langone Medical Center.

“Unlike prostate cancer, which grows slowly, testicular cancer can take off overnight.” Your doctor will look for any problems with a physical exam, blood tests, and an ultrasound of your scrotum.

5 Health Benefit of Exercise

Physical fitness is a state of an individual well-being and the ability to perform sports activity, occupations and daily activities. Physical fitness is generally achieved through proper nutrition, vigorous physical exercise, and enough rest.

Benefit of Regular Exercising

Here are some of the health benefits of regular exercise, so exercise too often.

1.Strengthen your bones and muscles

Regular exercise can help human build stronger bones. it can also slow the loss of bone density that comes with age.

2.Reduce your risk of heart diseases

Exercise strengthens your heart and improves your circulation. The increased blood flow raises the oxygen levels in your body. This helps lower your risk of heart diseases. Regular exercise can also lower your blood pressure .

3.It help you stabilize your blood sugar and insulin level

Exercise can lower your blood sugar level and help your insulin work better. This can cut down your risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

4. Improve your mental health and makes you agile

During exercise, your body releases chemicals that can improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed. This can help you deal with stress and reduce your risk of depression.

5. Minimize your weight

exercise plays an important role in controlling your weight and preventing obesity. To maintain a standard weight, the calories you eat and drink must be equal the energy you burn. Practice regular exercise.

What To Know About Lung Cancer

Written by Rachel Nall

What is lung cancer?

  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Staging
  • Treatment
  • Outlook
  • Takeaway

Lung cancer is a condition that causes cells to divide in the lungs uncontrollably. This causes the growth of tumors that reduce a person’s ability to breathe.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 218,527 people in the United States received a lung cancer diagnosis in 2015. Early diagnosis can help a person seek treatment, as early as possible, in the disease’s course.

Identifying lung cancer in its earliest stages can be difficult, however, because the symptoms may be similar to those of a respiratory infection, or there may be no symptoms at all.

In this article, we explain the nature of lung cancer, how to recognize the symptoms, and the ways doctors treat lung cancer before it becomes life-threatening.

Read also: 5 early symptoms of cancer all men should know

What is lung cancer?

Lung cancer causes mutations in cells.
Cancer causes certain mutations in otherwise healthy cells.

Typically, the body programs cells to die at a certain stage in their life cycle to avoid overgrowth. Cancer overrides this instruction, causing cells to grow and multiply when they should not.

The overgrowth of cells leads to the development of tumors and the harmful effects of cancer.

In lung cancer, this pattern of cell overgrowth occurs in the lungs, which are vital organs for breathing and gas exchange.

Doctors typically diagnose two lung cancer types, small cell and non-small cell, depending on how they appear under a microscope. A person is more likely to have non-small cell lung cancer than small cell.

While anyone can develop lung cancer, cigarette smoking and exposure to smoke can increase the likelihood that a person will experience the condition. Lung cancer can develop if a person has a history of exposure to inhaled chemicals or other toxins.

Even if this exposure to chemicals and other toxins was a long time ago, it could cause changes in lung cells that lead to cancer.

Symptoms

In people with lung cancer, symptoms do not always occur until the condition has reached a later stage.

However, some people may notice symptoms, which they may think are related to a less serious, acute illness.

Examples of these symptoms include:

  • appetite loss
  • changes to a person’s voice, such as hoarseness
  • frequent chest infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia
  • lingering cough that may start to get worse
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained headaches
  • weight loss
  • wheezing

A person may also experience more severe symptoms associated with lung cancer. These include severe chest or bone pain or coughing up blood.

Diagnosis

If a doctor identifies a suspicious lesion on a lung cancer screening, or a person is experiencing symptoms that could indicate lung cancer, several diagnostic tests are available to confirm the next steps.

Examples of these include:

Imaging studies: Computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET) scans might reveal areas of lung tissue with cancer. Bone scans can also indicate cancerous growths. Doctors may also use these scans to track the progress of treatment or to ensure cancer has not returned, following a course of treatment.

Imaging can help display a lung tumor or track the progress of treatment.

Tissue sampling: If a doctor identifies a suspicious lesion on an imaging study, they may recommend taking a sample of lung tissue to test for potentially cancerous cells.

There are different ways to take a tissue sample, and the method often depends on the location of the lesion.

One example is when a doctor performs a bronchoscopy, which involves inserting a special thin, lighted scope with a camera on the end. This helps the doctor to see the lesion and then to obtain samples.

Less accessible lesions in the lungs may require a more invasive surgical procedure to remove lung tissue, such as thoracoscopy or video-assisted thoracic surgery.

Lab testing: A doctor may also order sputum testing or blood testing to check for the presence of lung cancer.

A doctor will use this information to determine what type of lung cancer may be present, and how advanced the disease has become.

The importance of early diagnosis
Early diagnosis of lung cancer can be lifesaving. This is because lung cancer cells can travel to other areas of the body before a doctor detects them in the lungs. If this spread or metastasis has taken place, it makes treating the disease much more difficult.

Sometimes, a doctor will recommend a person have lung cancer screenings. These are performed using a low-dose CT scanner. Not everyone is a candidate for this screening, but it can help doctors identify lung cancer earlier in some individuals.

According to the American Lung Association, people who may be candidates for lung cancer screenings are those who:

are between 55 and 80 years of age
are a 30 pack-year history of smoking, meaning they smoked one pack per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years

are a current smoker or smoker who has quit within the past 15 years
Insurance will often cover this screening if a person meets all these criteria. However, people should always check with their insurance company before signing up for lung cancer screening.

Staging

The staging of cancer indicates how far it has spread through the body and its severity. This classification helps clinicians support and direct treatment for the best results.

Each stage determines whether cancer has or has not spread or has spread to nearby lymph nodes. It may also take into account the number and size of the tumors.

The lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, which connects to the rest of the body. If cancer reaches these, it can metastasize, or spread further, becoming more dangerous.

Staging for lung cancer is extremely complex and extensive with several sub-groups within each stage.

Initially, clinicians divide it into small cell and non-small cell classifications.

Staging definitions may vary, but doctors typically stage non-small cell lung cancer using the tumor size and the spread to guide them in the following way:

Occult, or hidden: Cancer does not show on imaging scans, but cancerous cells might appear in the phlegm or mucus and may have reached other parts of the body.

Stage 0: The doctor finds abnormal cells only in the top layers of cells lining the airways.

Stage I: A tumor has developed in the lung, but is under 5 centimeters (cm) and has not spread to other parts of the body.

Stage II: The tumor is smaller than 5 cm and might have spread to the lymph nodes in the area of the lung, or smaller than 7 cm and spread to nearby tissues but not lymph nodes.

Stage III: Cancer has spread to the lymph nodes and reached other parts of the lung and surrounding area.

Stage IV: Cancer has spread to distant body parts, such as the bones or brain.
Small cell lung cancer has its own categories, limited and extensive, referring to whether cancer has spread within or outside the lungs.

Treatment

Treatments for lung cancer depend on its location and stage, as well as the overall health of the individual.

Surgery and radiation are the most common approaches to treating lung cancer, but other treatments are available. For example, doctors often treat small cell lung cancer with chemotherapy.

Possible treatments include:

Surgery: A doctor may operate to remove cancerous lung tissue and tissue in the surrounding areas where cancer may have spread. This sometimes involves removing a lobe or large segment of the lung in a procedure called a lobectomy.

In severe cases, the surgeon may remove a lung in its entirety. A person can live without a lung, but being in good health prior to surgery helps to improve outcomes after lung removal.

Chemotherapy: This treatment uses drugs to shrink or eradicate cancer cells. These medications target rapidly dividing cells, which makes them ideal for treating cancer.

Chemotherapy treatment has a more significant impact on cancers that have spread to different parts of the body and require a body-wide attack.

However, chemotherapy is a powerful intervention and can have side effects including extreme nausea and weight loss.

Radiation therapy: This approach uses high-energy rays to kill cancerous cells. A doctor may also use radiation to shrink a tumor before removing it surgically.

Radiation therapy is mainly useful on cancers that occur in one location and have not spread.

Targeted therapy: This is the use of particular medications that specifically target a particular behavior in cancer cells. Examples include medicines that stop cancer cells from multiplying.

Lung cancer treatment often involves the collaboration of medical experts in many areas. These specialists may include:

  • surgeons
  • radiation oncologists
  • specialists in lung treatment called pulmonologists
  • pulmonary therapists
  • Outlook

Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer, and quitting is a great way to reduce the risk.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, according to the American Cancer Society. An estimated 154,050 people are expected to die from lung cancer in 2018.

The disease carries a higher risk of death than breast, colon, and prostate cancer combined. It is also largely preventable through not smoking. Lung cancer is more treatable if diagnosed in its early stages.

The prognosis and outlook for lung cancer depend upon the cancer type and the spread. People should talk to their doctor who can provide a more accurate prognosis, taking into account the individual’s overall health and the extent of their cancer.

Takeaway

Lung cancer is a serious and potentially deadly disease that affects a person’s ability to breath.

However, early diagnostic screening of individuals who are at high risk for lung cancer can help them receive treatment in earlier and more treatable stages. The size and spread of cancer determine people’s outlook.

Treatment options include surgery to remove sections or all of the lung, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, as well as targeted drug therapy.

If a person has concerns that they could be at risk for lung cancer, they should talk to their doctor.

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10 facts about cancer you probably don’t but MUST know

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in our world today. Take a look at this facts and maybe they can be a benefit to you.

1

Tobacco use is the cause of about 22% of cancer deaths

2

People may become anxious or depressed post-diagnosis. The risk of suicide in people with cancer is approximately double.

3

Cancer can be difficult to diagnose and can be considered a “great imitator. So it’s better to go for regular checkups at a standard medical center

4

Everyone has a small chance of developing lung cancer as a result of air pollution or radiation.

5

Tobacco smoke contains over fifty known carcinogens, including nitrosamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Read also: Stomach cancer

6

Diet, physical inactivity and obesity are related to up to 30–35% of cancer deaths.

7

Children are twice as likely to develop radiation-induced leukemia as adults.

8

Taller people have an increased risk of cancer because they have more cells than shorter people.

9

About 99% of cases involving postrate cancer occur in males over the age of 50.

10

Lower blood levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Read also: 5 early symptoms of cancer in men

3 Easy Guide To Avoid Excess Flatulence

Flatulence is a buildup of gas in the digestive system that can lead to abdominal discomfort. Most people experience flatulence regularly. Excessive flatulence can cause discomfort and distress. It often occurs as the result of eating certain foods.

When we eat, drink or swallow saliva, we also swallow tiny amounts of air. This swallowed air accumulates in the gut.
The gas within our digestive system consists mainly of nitrogen and oxygen. As the gas builds up, the body may need to eliminate it, either through the mouth by belching or by passing farting.

Ways of avoiding Flatulence

Here are the three basic and major guide to avoid Flatulence

1. Eat just three square meal a day

Eat at least soft food three times a day to avoid Flatulence.

2. Avoid opening of your mouth while eating or anything

Digestion starts from your mouth, so food should be chewed thoroughly before swallowing.
This makes people swallow more air. This can increase flatulence.

Read also on how to reduce Flatulence

3.Doing exercise

Activity enhances the functioning of the digestive system, and this can help reduce gas and bloating.

Flatulence can be avoided by not eating foods that are likely to cause it, such as those containing high levels of carbohydrates that cannot be absorbed.

Foods containing carbohydrates that are easier to digest include:

  • bananas
  • citrus fruits
  • grapes
  • lettuce
  • rice
  • yogurt

Stomach Cancer Is A Silent Killer! Here Are The Signs And Symptoms

Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is a cancer that develops from the lining of the stomach. It can may spread from the stomach to other parts of the body, particularly the liver, lungs, bones, lining of the abdomen and lymph nodes.

In the United States, five-year survival is 28%,while in South Korea it is over 65%, partly due to screening efforts.

Globally, stomach cancer is the fifth leading type of cancer and the third leading cause of death from cancer, making up 7% of cases and 9% of deaths.

In 2012, it newly occurred in 950,000 people and caused 723,000 deaths.

The cause is believed to be due to the eating of less salted and pickled foods as a result of the development of refrigeration as a method of keeping food fresh.

Stomach cancer occurs most commonly in East Asia and Eastern Europe and it occurs twice as often in males as in females.

Symptoms Of Cancer

These may include :

  • heartburn, upper abdominal pain, nausea and loss of appetite.

Later signs and symptoms may include:

  • weight loss,
  • yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes,
  • difficulty swallowing and blood in the stool among others.
  • a sensation of being very full during meals
  • feeling bloated after meals
  • frequent burping
  • heartburn
  • indigestion that does not resolve
  • stomach ache
  • pain in the breastbone
  • trapped wind
  • vomiting, which may contain blood.

However, many of these symptoms are very similar to those of other, less serious conditions. However, anyone with an increased risk for stomach cancer who experiences swallowing difficulties should seek prompt medical treatment.
As the stomach cancer becomes more advanced, some people might experience the following symptoms:

  • anemia
  • a buildup of fluid in the stomach, which may cause the stomach to feel lumpy to the touch
  • black stools that contain blood
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss

Risk Factor

  • Smoking,
  • Dietary factors such as pickled vegetables and obesity are other risk factors.

About 10% of cases run in families, and between 1% and 3% of cases are due to genetic syndromes inherited from a person’s parents such as hereditary diffuse gastric cancer. Most cases of stomach cancers are gastric carcinomas.

Most of the time, stomach cancer develops in stages over years.

Diagnosis is usually by biopsy done during endoscopy.

This is followed by medical imaging to determine if the disease has spread to other parts of the body.

Japan and South Korea, two countries that have high rates of the disease, screen for stomach cancer.

A Mediterranean diet lowers the risk of cancer as does the stopping of smoking.

READ ALSO: Penile Cancer (cancer of the penis)

Treatment

Treatments may include:

  • some combination of surgery,
  • chemotherapy,
  • radiation therapy and
  • targeted therapy.

If treated late, palliative care may be advised.

Outcomes are often poor with a less than 10% five-year survival rate globally.

This is largely because most people with the condition present with advanced disease.

Read also: 5 early symptoms of cancer all men should know

Causes

Here are some of the causes ;

Gastric cancer occurs as a result of many factors. It occurs twice as commonly in males as females.

Estrogen may protect women against the development of this form of cancer.

Infections

Helicobacter pylori infection is an essential risk factor in 65–80% of gastric cancers, but only 2% of people with Helicobacter infections develop stomach cancer.

Smoking

Smoking increases the risk of developing gastric cancer significantly, from 40% increased risk for current smokers to 82% increase for heavy smokers.

Gastric cancers due to smoking mostly occur in the upper part of the stomach near the esophagus.

Some studies show increased risk with alcohol consumption as well.

READ FULL ARTICLE ON STOMACH CANCER HERE

Nature’s 11 Most Powerful And Effective Antibiotics

An antibiotic is a type of antimicrobial substance active against bacteria and is the most important type of antibacterial agent for fighting bacterial infections.

Antibiotic medications are widely used in the treatment and prevention of such infections. They may either kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria. A limited number of antibiotics also possess antiprotozoal activity.

Antibiotics are not effective against viruses such as the common cold or influenza; drugs which inhibit viruses are termed antiviral drugs or antivirals rather than antibiotics.

I know you are familiar with the orthodox medicine given to you by your pharmacist but do you know there are natural anti-biotics.

Here are 11 natural anti-biotics:

1. Tumeric

2. Ginger

3.Oregano oil

4. Habanero

5. Onions

6. Garlic

7. Raw honey

8. Horseradish roots

9. Apple cidar vinegar

10. Echinacea herbs

11. Colloidal silver

SOURCE: UGC

Those are 11 natural herbs that can replace your regular antibiotics drugs, it can act as antibiotics and really better than the orthodox drugs you take which have side effects. Natural herbs don’t have side effects and it prolong your life even after treatment.

Meet The First And Youngest Black Osteopathic doctor in History

Meet the first and youngest black to become an Osteopathic doctor.

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Ashley Roxanne Peterson has become the first ever Black person in all of history to become an osteopathic doctor at 24 years old.

Who are Osteopathic doctors?

Osteopathic medicine is a branch of the medical profession in the United States. Osteopathic physicians (DOs) are licensed to practice medicine and surgery in all 50 states and are recognized to varying degrees in 65 other countries.
Osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of treatment known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.

READ ALSO:5 Super Tips On How To Reduce Risk Of Getting Heart Diseases

Ok back to the News, Ashley Roxanne Peterson has always been the youngest in the classes she enrolled in, Her journey to becoming a doctor started at her young age when she caught the character of serving others from her parents.

She graduated from high school when she was only 15 and was able to enrol in university before turning 16.

She was enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. When Ashley turned 19, she was able to start medical school and successfully graduate from the Philadelphia College of osteopathic medicine.

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5 hidden reason why people live longer ( No. 3 is Very important )

So many people want to live over 150 years. If you want to live longer practice these easy tips regularly for you to live longer.

1. Don’t smoke

Smoking causes damage to nearly every organ in the body. Smoking shortens the life span of humans, Smoking can increase the likelihood of having stroke. Strokes can cause brain damage and death. Smokers die Young, if you don’t smoke you are good to go to live longer.

2. Enjoy physical and mental activities every day

Physical activity or exercise can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Physical activity and exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Most importantly, regular activity can improve your quality of life.

If you are regularly physically active, you may:

  • reduce your risk of a heart attack
  • manage your weight better
  • have a lower blood cholesterol level
  • lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers
  • have lower blood pressure
  • have stronger bones, muscles and joints.

If you prevent all these you are good to go to live longer and you will also live Healthy and strong.

3. Eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits

The availability of fresh fruits and vegetables varies by season and region of the country, but frozen and canned fruits and vegetables ensure a plentiful supply of these healthful foods throughout the year. Read the Nutrition Facts Label to help choose foods that are rich in carbohydrates, fiber, and nutrients, and low in fat and sodium.

Eat more grain products (breads, cereals, pasta, and rice), vegetables, and fruits. Eat dry beans, lentils, and peas more often. Increase your fiber intake by eating more of a variety of whole grains, whole-grain products, dry beans, fiber-rich vegetables and fruits such as carrots, corn, peas, pears, and berries.

If you practice these there is high probability you will live longer.

4. Add multivitamin, calcium and vitamin D to your daily food routine

Calcium and vitamin D are essential to building strong, dense bones when you’re young and to keeping them strong and healthy as you age.

Calcium is a mineral that is necessary for life. In addition to building bones and keeping them healthy, calcium enables our blood to clot, our muscles to contract, and our heart to beat. About 99% of the calcium in our bodies is in our bones and teeth.
Every day, we lose calcium through our skin, nails, hair, sweat, urine and feces. Our bodies cannot produce its own calcium. That’s why it’s important to get enough calcium from the food we eat. When we don’t get the calcium our body needs, it is taken from our bones. This is ok once in a while, but if it happens regularly, bones get weak and easier to break.

If you take calcium and vitaminD regularly you will live longer in good health and shape.

5. Maintain a healthy weight and body shape

Regular exercise plays an important role in weight maintenance. It may help you burn off some extra calories and increase your metabolism, which are two factors needed to achieve energy balance.

Also, Eating a lot of protein may help you maintain your weight, since protein can help reduce appetite and promote fullness.
Protein increases levels of certain hormones in the body that induce satiety and are important for weight regulation.

If you maintain your body shape and weight by regular exercising there is high probability you will live longer.

Here are 7 amazing benefits of honey 🍯you should know

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Honey can be used as a sweetener, medicine, beauty ingredient, Honey has so many benefits you don’t know.Honey is a sweet, viscous food substance produced by bees and some related insects.

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Here are 7 benefits of honey according to The Smart Citizens,

1. Honey Sharpens The Brain, Mental Improvement

According to research by the Smart Citizens, honey have a special benefit of improving an individual’s IQ, test have been done on some group of students who were poor in school performance but after good consumption of honey their performance was amazing.Honey is good especially for children from age 6-15 for sharp brains.

2. Honey Is Filled With Antioxidants

Honey contains phenols and flavonoids, which can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in your body while protecting you against stroke, heart disease, and cancer.

READ ALSO: 11 Health Benefits Of Lime You Should Know

3. Honey Helps The Heart

Honey can improve your cholesterol levels. According to a recent study, honey caused a 5.8 percent reduction in LDL (“bad cholesterol”) and a 3.3 percent increase in HDL (“good”) cholesterol in patients when compared to sugar. Honey is indeed an amazing gift from nature with so much benefits.

4. Honey Helps In Healing Wounds and burns

Honey also some healing properties that accelerate wound and burn healing when applied on it.

READ ALSO: 5 Amazing Benefits Of Ginger To Your Health

5. Honey Can Curb Your Cough

Honey has been medically proven to reduce cough frequency , Honey don’t actually cure cough completely but reduce it and helps the patient that time before reaching for cough syrups.

6. Honey A Natural Beauty Ingredient

Honey is another natural beauty ingredient

  • Honey can act as a scrub when mixed with sugar for exfoliating the lip, face etc.
  • Honey get rid of blackheads.
  • Honey and lime works perfectly for smooth, light skin.

7. A Good Replacement of Sugar (Diabetes Patient)

Studies show that honey can improve heart disease risk factors in diabetics and it doesn’t raise your blood sugar as quickly as refined sugar can. The bad news is that it’s still not considered to be “diabetic friendly” because of its carb content, so it should be consumed with caution.Honey is simply a less bad sweetener than sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.

Sure ways to treat kidney stones at home

Kidney stones are a common and painful health problem but with this article you have a better chance of passing out

Drink beverages containing lemon🍋 every day.

Whether you drink lemon juice, real lemonade, lemon-lime drinks or just water with a few lemon slices, the acidic nature of citrus helps so that kidney stones do not form.

Drink a lot of water

Staying extremely well hydrated will help flush the kidney stone from your system.
Aim to drink enough water to produce mostly clear urine. Clear urine is an
indication that your body is extremely well hydrated.
If you can feel your kidney stone but it isn’t painful enough to require treatment, your doctor will probably advise drinking 2 to 3 quarts of water daily until the stone passes.

Mind the way you eat

This is especially effective if you have either calcium or uric acid stones.

If you have calcium stones, cut back on the following foods that make the problem worse: salty foods, dairy products, oysters, tofu, and fatty foods.

If you have uric acid stones, cut back on the following foods containing uric acid: organ meat like liver and kidney, anchovies, sardines, beans, mushrooms, spinach, cauliflower, yeast, and alcohol.

Try herbal remedies.

While no herbal remedy has been scientifically proven to remove kidney stones, many have found that consuming certain herbs, especially in the form of tea, can help to shrink the stones so they pass more easily.

You can try:

  • Black tea, which increases urine flow since it is a diuretic.
  • Apple cider vinegar, which is said to help dissolve stones.
  • Banana stem juice is a well-known treatment for kidney stones in India.

Prostate cancer: Symptoms, Causes and Prevention

Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate — a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Usually prostate cancer grows slowly and is initially confined to the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm. However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or even no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.

Prostate cancer that’s detected early when it’s still confined to the prostate gland has a better chance of successful treatment.

Symptoms Of Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer may cause no signs or symptoms in its early stages.

Prostate cancer that’s more advanced may cause signs and symptoms such as:

  • Trouble urinating
  • Decreased force in the stream of urine
  • Blood in semen
  • Discomfort in the pelvic area
  • Bone pain
  • Erectile dysfunction

Causes

Prostate gland
It’s not clear what causes prostate cancer.

Doctors know that prostate cancer begins when some cells in your prostate become abnormal. Mutations in the abnormal cells’ DNA cause the cells to grow and divide more rapidly than normal cells do. The abnormal cells continue living, when other cells would die. The accumulating abnormal cells form a tumor that can grow to invade nearby tissue. Some abnormal cells can also break off and spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body.

Risk factors

Factors that can increase your risk of prostate cancer include:

Age. Your risk of prostate cancer increases as you age.
Race. For reasons not yet determined, black men carry a greater risk of prostate cancer than do men of other races. In black men, prostate cancer is also more likely to be aggressive or advanced.

Family history. If men in your family have had prostate cancer, your risk may be increased. Also, if you have a family history of genes that increase the risk of breast cancer (BRCA1 or BRCA2) or a very strong family history of breast cancer, your risk of prostate cancer may be higher.

Obesity. Obese men diagnosed with prostate cancer may be more likely to have advanced disease that’s more difficult to treat.

Incontinence. Both prostate cancer and its treatment can cause urinary incontinence. Treatment for incontinence depends on the type you have, how severe it is and the likelihood it will improve over time. Treatment options may include medications, catheters and surgery.

Erectile dysfunction can result from prostate cancer or its treatment, including surgery, radiation or hormone treatments. Medications, vacuum devices that assist in achieving erection and surgery are available to treat erectile dysfunction.

Read also: 5 early symptoms of cancer all men should know

Prevention

You can reduce your risk of prostate cancer if you:

  • Choose a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables. Avoid high-fat foods and instead focus on choosing a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fruits and vegetables contain many vitamins and nutrients that can contribute to your health.Whether you can prevent prostate cancer through diet has yet to be conclusively proved. But eating a healthy diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables can improve your overall health.
  • Choose healthy foods over supplements. No studies have shown that supplements play a role in reducing your risk of prostate cancer. Instead, choose foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals so that you can maintain healthy levels of vitamins in your body.
  • Exercise most days of the week. Exercise improves your overall health, helps you maintain your weight and improves your mood. There is some evidence that men who don’t exercise have higher PSA levels, while men who exercise may have a lower risk of prostate cancer.Try to exercise most days of the week. If you’re new to exercise, start slow and work your way up to more exercise time each day.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. If your current weight is healthy, work to maintain it by exercising most days of the week. If you need to lose weight, add more exercise and reduce the number of calories you eat each day. Ask your doctor for help creating a plan for healthy weight loss.
  • Talk to your doctor about increased risk of prostate cancer. Men with a high risk of prostate cancer may consider medications or other treatments to reduce their risk. Some studies suggest that taking 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, including finasteride (Propecia, Proscar) and dutasteride (Avodart), may reduce the overall risk of developing prostate cancer. These drugs are used to control prostate gland enlargement and hair loss in men.

However, some evidence indicates that men taking these medications may have an increased risk of getting a more serious form of prostate cancer (high-grade prostate cancer). If you’re concerned about your risk of developing prostate cancer, talk with your doctor.

5 Benefits Of Ginger You Should Know

Ginger is one of the most important vegetative spice in the world, Ginger serves as a medicinal and nutritive plant.

Here are some benefits of ginger you should know:

1. It is an effective pain killer

Ginger contains some pain relieving substances that can kill pains.
Ginger works for soft pains and help in relaxing the body.

2. It reduces stomach discomfort

Eating Ginger raw or smashing it,to put it in warm water can reduce stomach discomfort.

This is try and tested and it works fine, Stomach discomfort like when purging is so uncomfortable and ginger can help until you reach for drugs.

3. It helps reducing cough

Ginger is also a remedy for cough.

  • Mix grinded ginger with honey🍯 to reduce cough.
  • Drink grinded ginger in a warm water to reduce cough.

Every home should have at least one of this amazing plant.

4. It help in losing weight

Ginger is the right ingredient for anyone who wants to lose weight but you have to keep other things balanced like your diet, exercise etc to help the plant work well, ginger burns fat easily .

5. It regulates sugar level

The intake of ginger regulates the sugar level, just the hotness and bad odour and taste of ginger will give you a sense of that, Diabetic patient should love this ingredient.

Other benefits of ginger:

  • It prevents cancer.
  • It boosts the immune system.
  • It enhance the liver and kidney function.
  • It reduces period pains.
  • It helps with nausea.
  • Lastly, one of the most nutritive spice.

5 Surprising Health Benefits Of Laughter

You have been hearing laughter is good to the health, it does this it does that, but does laughter have a benefit?

The answer is yes, in this article we will enlighten you on the benefits of laughter and why you should laugh morning, afternoon and night.

1. LAUGHTER REDUCES STRESS

This is not a cock and bull story, it’s a fact you can do the experiment yourself, when stress up do this that makes you happy or watch and read jokes, it tells and helps the brain relax.

2. LAUGHTER ARE NATURAL PAINKILLERS

People who love laughing can proof this to you, whenever you laugh it triggers the release of endorphins and
Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. So laugh on.😁

3. IT LOWERS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Do you wonder why there are laughter show event or rather a comedy show? Do you know why most audience are elderly people?Think of that!! Yes, it is because they know laughter reduces and lowers the blood pressure. Laughter will reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack.

4. LAUGHTER IS LIFE

Laughing about 20 minutes a day brings a huge benefit to you and your general well being.

If you doubt take it the other way, frowning all day will get you looking old, weak(because of strength and muscles used in frowning) and dull.

Laughter tells your brain to release chemical substance to make you feel good and fresh.

5. LAUGHTER IMPROVES CARDIAC HEALTH

You know every emotions is in the heart being angry, happy, sad etc

Laughter will improve your heart health and it is a great cardio workout, especially for those who are incapable of doing other physical activity due to injury or illness.

Home remedies for clearing oily face (NATURAL and EFFECTIVE)

Oily face is really not cool. It is a breeding ground for a lot of skin diseases like acne, pimples etc. It is normal in teenagers but it can be reduced through the following steps:

1. Apply aloe vera to your face.

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How to apply

Cut an aloe leaf in half and squeeze out the gel. Apply the gel evenly over your face. Allow the gel to dry. After it dries, rinse it off with cool water. This can be repeated two or three times a day.

Properties

The aloe vera plant has many therapeutic properties, including treating burns, cuts, and infections. It is also effective on oily skin and acne.

Read also: Tips for healthy skin naturally

2. Apply yogurt to your face.

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How to apply

Take one tablespoon of plain yogurt and spread it evenly over your face. Remove after 15 mins.

Properties

Yogurt helps open up pores, exfoliate the skin, and absorb excess oil.

Read also: How to get rid of acne

3. Apply cucumbers to your face.

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How to apply

Slice up a fresh cucumber and rub the slices on your face. Leave this on your face overnight, rinsing with warm water in the morning. Repeat daily.

Properties

Cucumbers are often applied during facials and spa treatments because of their soothing properties. They contain vitamins and minerals that can help fight swelling, redness, and excess oil.

5 Amazing Tips To Keep Your Kidney Alive For 1000 Years

Diseases everywhere but healthy living is a choice, keeping your kidney healthy is also a choice.

The kidney is a powerful internal organ which is known for its work of excretion.

Your kidney is very important to you and you knowing how to take care of it is a very useful knowledge. In this post you’ll see how to keep your kidney in it’s optimal condition and for years without any form of disease.

1. Reduce Your Sodium Intake.

Try seasoning with herbs or spices instead of salt. Cut back on foods that are high in sodium. These include: Cured foods and lunch meats Sauces Canned and convenience foods Salted snacks.

2. Cut back on sugars.

Read labels since many foods contain sugar even if they aren’t considered to be sweet treats. For example, condiments, breakfast cereals, and white breads are all high in sugar. There are at least 61 different names for sugar you might find on an ingredients list. These include sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, barley malt, dextrose, maltose, rice syrup and more.

Read also: How to prevent heart diseases

3. Prepare your own food.

When you make your own meals, you can choose whole grains, fruits, and vegetables that are minimally processed. Packaged foods that are processed are high in sodium and phosphorus additives which are bad for your kidneys.

4. Avoid protein from saturated fats.

While you shouldn’t avoid proteins, or even fats, you should reduce the amount of red meat, full-fat dairy and saturated fats that you eat to only a few times a week. Foods high in saturated fats include: Deli meat sausages cured meats Butter, ghee lard Cream Hard cheeses Coconut or palm oils.

5. Eat unsaturated fats.

You shouldn’t avoid fats totally. Unsaturated fats, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids (which includes healthy Omeg-3 fatty acids), can reduce your cholesterol. To include unsaturated fats in your diet, eat: salmon mackerel sardines Avocados Nuts and seeds sunflower rapeseed olive

Best simple Tips to reduce Facial Fat

There are some effective tips to reduce facial fat.Making certain lifestyle changes can help a person lose weight and achieve a slimmer looking face.

1. Practice cardio exercise

Regular cardiovascular exercise may help reduce face fat.
Weight loss in general tends to have a slimming effect on the face.

There are many different types of exercise, and some are more effective at promoting weight loss than others.

People can perform cardio exercises at a low, moderate, or high intensity. According to some research, performing higher intensity cardio workouts several times per week helps burn more fat.

Those who worked out for 300 minutes each week burned more fat than those who performed workouts for 150 minutes per week.

2. Perform facial exercises

There is some evidence to suggest that exercising the facial muscles can help reduce facial fat. performing facial exercise help strengthen and tone the facial muscles.

Facial exercises may help the face appear firmer as a person loses weight.

3. Reduce alcohol consumption

Excessive alcohol intake can cause dehydration, which can prompt the body to retain water. In some cases, this may lead to water retention in the face, which can make the face appear bloated and puffy.Alcohol may also contribute to weight gain. It contains empty calories, which offer no nutritional benefit.

Consuming empty calories increase a person’s total daily calorie intake, and this promotes weight gain.Heavy drinking and binge drinking appear to pose the greatest risks for weight gain.
Some people experience the same effects in response to moderate alcohol intake.

4. Drink more water

Drinking water may promote lipolysis in the body.Drinking a glass of water before a meal can help a person feel fuller.

This can help reduce the total number of calories a person consumes. For this reason, drinking water before a meal can lead to gradual weight loss.

5. Get more sleep

Getting the right amount of sleep has a range of health benefits. Conversely, not getting enough sleep may lead to weight gain.

Getting adequate sleep can help prevent weight gain. This, in turn, may help decrease the amount of fat stored in the face.

6. Improve overall diet

Diets high in processed foods and refined carbohydrates increase the risk of gaining excess fat.

Processed foods tend to contain more calories, salt, and sugar than whole foods.

Refined carbohydrates are a group of highly processed, grain based foods. During processing, these foods lose their fiber and nutrients.

As a result, they are high in empty calories.Refined carbohydrates also cause rapid spikes in blood sugar, which may encourage a person to overeat.

Examples of refined carbohydrate foods include:

  • Pasta
  • white rice
  • white bread
  • sucrose
  • syrups and frostings most breakfast cereals reduced fat products

In most cases, people can find reasonable replacements for overly processed foods and refined carbohydrates.

A person can decrease their caloric intake and increase the amount of nutrients they consume by eating fresh whole foods.

When combined with exercise, a healthful diet may help people lose excess fat in the face and body.

7. Reduce salt intake

Diets high in salt cause the body to retain water. Water retention causes swelling and puffiness in various parts of the body, including the face. This may give the illusion of excess facial fat.

A person with overweight or obesity is more likely to have fat around their face than a person who maintains a healthy weight.

Some tips to maintain a healthy weight include:

  • exercising regularly and incorporating plenty of cardio routines
  • eating a balanced diet rich in lean protein and whole fruits and vegetables
  • limiting the consumption of processed foods
  • drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugary drinks, including energy drinks, juices, and sodas

10 Easy Tips to grow taller at least 6 inches

Here are easy tips to grow taller within some days

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1. Eat A Healthy Breakfast

A healthy breakfast plays an essential role in maintaining proper growth and development of your body.

Skipping breakfast can be a bad sign for your overall growth, especially your height. You should eat a proper breakfast to boost your metabolism. It influences your body growth substantially.

2. Avoid Growth-stunting Factors

Taking drugs and alcohol can cause a stunted growth. Avoid these addictions right from the young age. Proper nutrition is essential for a child’s growth as malnutrition also translates into a short height.

Excess of caffeine and smoking disrupt the growth of kids. So, it’s highly advisable to make children stay away from these bad habits to ensure proper growth and development of the body.

3. Get Plenty Of Sleep

Adequate sleep and rest help in overall growth and development of the body. Growing kids and adolescents require 9-11 hours of sleep every night. Night time is considered to be the growing time for kids.

You should create a very calm and noise-free environment to get a deep sleep. Good sleep in return helps you to grow in height effectively. During sleep, your body produces growth hormone in the pituitary gland. It further helps in the proper growth and development of your body.

4. Eat Right Foods

Proper growth and development of the body requires a perfect balance of all the essential nutrients. To fulfill this, you can opt for the diet supplements as per your age group along with your proper diet. Balanced nutrition is very important for maintaining a healthy body.

5. Increase Your Immunity

Immune system plays a vital role in body’s growth and development. To ensure a good height, it is important to keep your immune system fit and functioning.

Regular illness or disease can cause stunted growth. Immunity can be enhanced with vitamin C which is abundantly found in oranges, grapefruits and lemons.

6. Exercise Your Body

Regular sports and exercise can boost the growth and development of your body.

Do swimming, yoga, biking and running along with good diet and proper sleep to ensure the proper development of your body.

You must also do some stretches or grow taller exercises to help you gain height. Yoga has proved to be very effective in growing taller.

7. Practice Good Posture

Practicing good posture can help you grow 6 inches taller . Always walk and sit in a straight posture to gain good growth in height.

8. Small and Frequent Meals

Eat 6 small meals in a day instead of 3 heavy meals to stimulate your metabolism. Your growth hormone and height gain totally depend on the food that you eat. Hence, it is essential to get the required vitamins and minerals for gaining the natural growth in height.

9. Maintain Ideal Body Weight

Obesity can have bad effect on your height growth. Hence, to gain good height or atleast grow 6 inches taller, it is vital to maintain an ideal body weight by taking balanced diet and regular exercise.

10. Drink Plenty Of Water

Water helps in digestion and in flushing out the toxins from your body. Hence, it is advised to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to gain a good growth in height.

Try these simple tips and tricks to grow 6 inches taller atleast in the most natural way.

Read also: How to eat healthily

8 Questions You Should Ask Yourself To Know If You’re Pregnant

I think pregnant? Am I? Am I not?. If you answer these questions below and you get a positive answer for each, there’s a high probability you are. Take a look at some of them:

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When did you last have sex.

Consider whether you practiced safe sex. If you didn’t use condom or any other preventive measures, you are likely to have gotten pregnant

When was my last menstruation period?

If you go past your expected date by a week or more, that could be an indicator that you’re pregnant.
Try to remember the last time you had your period. If it’s been more than a month, it could mean you’re pregnant.
This indicator might not be foolproof, especially if you have irregular periods.

Read also: How to know if you’re pregnant.

Are there changes in my breasts?

Hormones fluctuate in your body when you become pregnant, this often result to tenderness and swelling in your breasts. It might be painful at first but soon you’ll adapt

Am I feeling so tired?

Pregnancy often bring on fatigue. You’re growing a new humam in you, and that’s hard work.

Am I frequently urinating?

Notice if you’re running to the bathroom more to urinate. This symptom, like many of the symptoms you’ll experience during the early stage of your pregnancy is due to a change in your hormones.

Read also: Symptoms of baby boy during pregnancy

Do i experience mood swings?

If you find you’re crying at the drop of a hat or snapping at your loved ones, that could be an indicator you’re pregnant.
The hormonal changes of pregnancy can affect your moods, causing you to be euphoric one minute and crying the next minute. While not everyone gets mood swings early on, it can happen.

Do i feel a little bit dizzy?

Dizziness can happen at any time during pregnancy, including early pregnancy. The cause, in early pregnancy, is likely the fact that your body is creating new blood vessels (causing a change in blood pressure).

Am I experiencing morning sickness?

Morning sickness is a common problem with newly pregnant women. This refers to nausea that tends to happen in the morning, but can occur at any time of the day.
Many women claim to develop a high sense of smell, and pick up on noxious smells like spoilage and body odors more sensitively. This heightened sensitivity may or may not lead to nausea. You may also experience aversion to strong smells or certain foods. You may have other digestive problems like constipation.

8 Easy Tips To Get Rid Of Mouth Odour ( No. 4 is very important )

So many people today have been searching for how to get rid of bad breath or mouth odour naturally at home.It’s easy to improve your breath and keep your teeth and gums healthy at the same time. Try these simple steps to make your mouth feel fresh and clean.

1. See your doctor.

If your bad breath continues despite your best efforts, make an appointment with your doctor. He’ll check to see if your problems are related to a medical condition.

2. Rinse your mouth thoroughly

Besides freshening your breath, a mouthwash adds extra protection by getting rid of bacteria. A fresh minty taste can make you feel good. But be sure the mouthwash you choose kills the germs that cause bad breath. Don’t just cover up the smell. Rinse daily with a good mouthwash and stop bad breath at its source.You can also help your breath if you swish your mouth with plain water after you eat. It can get rid of food particles that get stuck in yourteeth.

3. Brush your tongue

The coating that normally forms on your tongue can be a host for smelly bacteria. To get rid of them, gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush.If your brush is too big to comfortably reach the back of your tongue, try a scraper.

They’re designed specifically to apply even pressure across the surface of the tongue area. This removes bacteria, food debris, and dead cells.s, and dead cells.

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4. Avoid foods that sour your breath

Onions and garlic are big offenders. But brushing after you eat them doesn’t help.

The substances that cause their bad smells make their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out, The best way to stop the problem? Don’t eat them, or at least avoid them before you go to work or see friends.

5. Kick the tobacco habit

Besides causing cancer, smoking can damage your gums, stain your teeth, and give you bad breath. Over-the-counter nicotine patches can help tame the urge. If you need a little help, make an appointment with your doctor to talk about quit-smoking programs or prescription medications that can help you give up tobacco for good.

6. Keep your gums healthy

Gum disease causes bad breath. Bacteria gather in pockets at the base of teeth, which creates an odor.If you have gum disease, your dentist may suggest you see a periodontist, who specializes in treating it.

7. Moisten your mouth

You can get tooth decay and bad breath if you don’t make enough saliva. If your mouth is dry, drink plenty of water during the day.
Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugar-free hard candy. Also try a humidifier at night to moisten the air in your house.

8. Brush and floss more often

Plaque, the sticky buildup on your teeth, collects bacteria that cause bad breath. Trapped food also adds to the problem.
Brush your teeth at least two times each day, and floss at least once. If you’re concerned about your breath, do both a little more often.
Don’t overdo things, though. If you brush too hard you can wear down your teeth, making them vulnerable to decay.

Related: 5 Easy Tips on how to prevent sore throat

Signs That You Are Infected With Malaria You Should Not Ignore

So many people today have been searching for some of the symptoms of malaria. Here you will learn some signs/symptoms of malaria.

Malaria is a life-threatening disease. It’s typically transmitted through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. Infected mosquitoes carry the Plasmodium parasite. When this mosquito bites you, the parasite is released into your bloodstream.

Malaria Is Caused By ?

Malaria can occur if a mosquito infected with the Plasmodium parasite bites you. There are four kinds of malaria parasites that can infect humans
Malaria is transmitted by blood, so it can also be transmitted through:

  • an organ transplant
  • a transfusion
  • use of shared needles or syringes

What are the symptoms of malaria?

The symptoms of malaria typically develop within 10 days to 4 weeks following the infection. In some cases, symptoms may not develop for several months. Some malarial parasites can enter the body but will be dormant for long periods of time.

Common symptoms of malaria include:

  • high fever
  • profuse sweating
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhea
  • muscle pain
  • bloody stools
  • Yellowish of the eye

How is malaria diagnosed?

Your family doctor will be able to diagnose malaria. During your appointment, your doctor will review your health history, including any recent travel to tropical climates. A physical exam will also be performed.

Your doctor will be able to determine if you have an enlarged spleen or liver. If you have symptoms of malaria, your doctor may order additional blood tests to confirm your diagnosis. These tests will show
whether you have malaria
what type of malaria you have and you will be given the right treatment for it.

3 Great Ways To Recognize Symptoms Of Low Potassium

According to science, Your potassium level affects your nerves and communication with muscle cells in the digestive system, heart and all other muscles. Most of the body’s potassium is inside cells and the potassium level in the bloodstream is normally maintained within a specific range by the endocrine system. Hypokalemia is a medical condition in which your potassium levels are low and decreases insulin sensitivity. People with hypokalemia will experience a variety of physical difficulties.

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1. Watch for early warning signs. The first signs of moderately low potassium can be muscle aches, cramps and abnormal weakness ((including respiratory and gastrointestinal muscle weakness if severe).

Low potassium levels won’t allow neuromuscular cells to recharge quickly, which prevents them from firing repeatedly, meaning that muscles have difficulty in contracting.
Faintness, muscle spasms, and muscle tingling or numbness can indicate worsening potassium deficiency and should be checked by a physician right away.

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2. Get a diagnosis early.

Extended or severe low potassium can affect the heart. Low potassium levels can cause change in its proper function. This can include irregular heartbeats, such as dangerous arrhythmia in severe cases.

Prolonged low potassium can cause structural and functional changes in the kidney.
There is also excessive blood potassium, which is more dangerous: The symptoms of too much potassium when serious are heart palpitations, muscle pain, muscle weakness, or numbness, abnormal heart rate, possibly cardiac arrest and death.

3. Be aware of circumstances that can lead to low potassium.

If you are experiencing diarrhea, dehydration, vomiting, constipation, or weakness, then you may need to have your potassium levels tested. This test involves having blood drawn and getting a basic metabolic panel of tests (BMP)including ones for electrolytes (which include sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, hydrogen phosphate, and hydrogen carbonate).
Depending upon your situation, your doctor may alternatively want you to have a comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), which adds liver function tests to the basic panel.

6 Easy Guide To Grow Your Hair Naturally

So many people have been seeking for help on how to grow hair naturally at home. Here you will learn the 6 easy guide on how to make your hair long, straight, and shiny.

1. Avoid heat styling tools

If you must use heat, decreasing the temperature and always using a heat protectant otherwise, you risk damaging your hair, leading to breakage and frizz. If you avoid this there is high probability you hair will grow naturally.

2. Distribute your hair’s natural oils

Going to bed with unbrushed hair may seem tempting when you are tired, but giving your hair a few quick strokes can be great for its health. use a boar bristle brush to distribute your scalp’s oils evenly onto your hair so it stays naturally moisturized.

3. Eat the right foods

Having long, strong hair and curly hair doesn’t just depend on which products you put on your hair ,it also depends on what you put into your body. To promote hair growth, you need to feed the hair from the inside. Try increasing your protein intake with foods like

  • fish
  • beans
  • nuts and
  • whole gains.

you should still aim to maintain a diet high in protein.

4. Get frequently trims

if you want long hair that’s actually healthy, you need to get regular trims. While haircuts don’t make your hair grow any faster, they get rid of split ends that break your

Eliminating the breakage gives the appearance that your hair is growing faster. After all, a split end that breaks can lead to your hair losing length not to mention shine, volume, and smoothness. If you want to know exactly how long you can go between trims, follow this guide.

5. Daily shampoo

Shampooing your hair two to three times a week allows your natural oils to penetrate your hair, allowing it to hydrate and repair itself. Shampoo can help grow your hair naturally.

6. Add a vitamin to your A.M. routine

If your diet isn’t supplying you with enough nutrition, a supplement could make a world of difference. Look for a multivitamin that’s formulated and labeled For Hair, Skin and Nails. Those contain important vitamins like biotin and C and B vitamins that support hair health.

From all these steps you are good to go having a long, straight and curly hair. You may get better skin in the process.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Causes, Symptoms And Prevention

Where And What Is An Aorta?

The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body. The aorta runs from your heart through the center of your chest and abdomen.

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlarged area in the lower part of the major vessel that supplies blood to the body (aorta).

Aneurysms can form in any blood vessel in your body. However, AAAs are considered particularly serious because of the size of the aorta.

Causes Of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm(AAA)

A number of factors can play a role in developing an aortic aneurysm, including:

Vascular inflammation (vasculitis)

This happens very rarely. Serious inflammation within the aorta and other arteries can occasionally cause AAAs.

Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).

Atherosclerosis occurs when fat and other substances build up on the lining of a blood vessel.

High blood pressure.

High blood pressure can damage and weaken the aorta’s walls thereby increasing the occurrence of aneurysm.

Blood vessel diseases.

These are diseases that cause blood vessels to become inflamed.

Infection in the aorta.

Rarely, a bacterial or fungal infection might cause an abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Risk factors

Abdominal aortic aneurysm are more likely to occur if you:

  • Are Aged(Especially above 65

years)

  • Smoke. Smoking is the strongest risk factor. It can weaken the aortic walls, increasing the risk not only of developing an aortic aneurysm, but of rupture.
  • A male gender can be a risk factor as men develop abdominal aortic aneurysms much more often than women do.
  • White. People who are white are at higher risk of abdominal aortic aneurysms.
  • Obese. Being obese or overweight can be a risk factor.
  • If you live a sedentary lifestyle
  • Family history. Having a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysms increases your risk of having the condition orIf you have a family history of heart conditions and diseases.
  • Having high blood pressure, especially if you’re between 35 and 60 years old
  • Having high cholesterol or fatty buildup in the blood vessels (atherosclerosis)

Signs and symptoms that your aortic aneurysm has ruptured can include:

  • Sudden, intense and persistent abdominal or back pain, which can be described as a tearing sensation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fast pulse
  • Aortic aneurysms also put you at risk of developing blood clots in the area. If a blood clot breaks loose from the inside wall of an aneurysm and blocks a blood vessel elsewhere in your body, it can cause pain or block the blood flow to the legs, toes, kidneys or abdominal organs.

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Prevention

To prevent an aortic aneurysm or keep an aortic aneurysm from worsening, do the following:

  • Eat a healthy balanced diet. Watching what you eat will help prevent an aortic aneurysm. Eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, poultry, fish and low-fat dairy products.Stop smoking. Don’t use tobacco products. Quit smoking or chewing tobacco and avoid secondhand smoke(don’t stay near a smoker). Avoid saturated fat, trans fats and limit salt. Keep your cholesterol and blood pressure under control. If your doctor has prescribed medications, take them as instructed.Do Activities to improve your heart health. Talk to your doctor for the activities to do, do things to improve your heart health.Visit your doctor. They may want to screen you or recommend other measures, such as medications to lower your blood pressure and relieve stress on weakened arteries when you turn 65 . The screening test uses an abdominal ultrasound to scan your aorta for bulges. It’s painless and only needs to be performed once.2 sources

5 Easy Tips on how to prevent sore throat

1)Humidify the air

Dry air will only make your sore throat worse with every breath you take. To help keep your throat moisturized and soothed, try to raise the moisture levels in the air. This is especially important if you live in a dry environment.

Consider buying a humidifier for your home or office.If a humidifier’s not an option, leave out bowls of water in rooms where you spend a lot of time.

If your throat feels particularly scratchy, try taking a hot shower and spending time in the steamy bathroom.

2)Drink plenty of water.

Drinking water prevents dehydration and keeps your throat moist to reduce discomfort.

Most people prefer room temperature water when they have a sore throat. If cold or hot water makes you feel better, though, drink that instead.
Drink at least eight to ten 8 oz. glasses of water each day more if you have a fever.

Try adding a teaspoon of honey to the water. Honey has antibacterial properties and can help soothe and coat the throat.

3)Chew your food well.

Cut it into smaller pieces with a fork and knife before putting it in your mouth. Make sure to chew it enough to break it down before swallowing.

Chewing and letting saliva moisten the food will make it easier for you to swallow.
You might also use a food processor to puree foods for easier swallowing.

4)Drink lots of soups and broths

The old tales of treating colds with chicken soup are true! Studies show that chicken soup can slow the movement of specific types of immune cells. The slower movement of these cells make them more effective. Chicken soup also increases the movement of tiny hairs in the nose that can help reduce infections.

You should also stick to soft, mild, non-sticky foods for a while.

Examples of soft foods include:

  • applesauce
  • rice
  • scrambled eggs
  • well-cooked pasta
  • oatmeal
  • smoothies
  • and well-cooked beans and legumes.

Avoid spicy foods like chicken wings, pepperoni pizza, or anything with hot peppery, curry, or garlic.
Avoid hard or sticky foods that might be hard to swallow.

Examples include :

  • peanut butter,
  • dry bread,
  • toast or crackers,
  • raw vegetables or fruits,
  • and dry cereals.

5)Make your own throat spray

You can carry a small bottle of this throughout the day and use it to relieve pain as needed. Begin by measuring ¼ cup of filtered water for every 2 oz. of spray you want to make.

To this, add two drops each of menthol essential oil (pain reliever), eucalyptus essential oil, and sage essential oil (antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory). Mix it all together well and pour it into a one or two oz. glass spray bottle. Refrigerate any unused portion to use later

Reducing Exposure to cold sore

Cold sores pass through different stages. Initially, they cause an itching, burning or tingling sensation for a day or so. Then small, hard, painful spots appear, which quickly turn into erupting blisters. The fluid-filled blisters then break, oozing an yellowish liquid before crusting over. The scabs then flake off and the skin returns to normal. Cold sores persist for 7-10 days and rarely leave scars. Below is a list of ways you can protect yourself from contacting cold sore:

Tips

Be careful who you kiss and have sex with.

The herpes simplex virus (HSV) is typically spread from person to person contact, either by kissing or close contact with the genitals (oral sex). If unsure, avoid kissing any skin abnormalities and don’t exchange fluids.

Cold sores on the mouth are mainly caused by the oral (type 1) herpes virus, but they can also be caused by contact with the genital (type 2) herpes virus.

The most contagious period is when active and erupting blister-like sores are present, either near the lips or genitalia. Once the cold sores have dried and crusted over (which typically takes a few days), the risk of contagion is significantly reduced. However, keep in mind that HSV can spread without the presence of a cold sore of any kind, because it can infect saliva and other body fluids.
Ask all potential partners about their HSV status before being intimate with them.

A healthy immune response usually combats it and prevents infection. Thus, people with weakened immunity are at higher risk of HSV infection and complications.

Practice good hygiene.

It’s rare to catch HSV and cold sores from contaminated surfaces, such as toilet seats or countertops, or other mediums like towels and washcloths, but it can occur. The herpes virus isn’t well adapted to living outside the body, so it quickly dies when airborne or on surfaces — which is contrast to viruses that cause the common cold. However, you could easily get infected saliva or other body fluids directly on your hands from another person and then inadvertently rub your mouth or eyes, so washing your hands after touching people is a still good protective strategy.
Disinfect your hands by washing them with regular soap and water.

Don’t share food and beverages.

Normally, HSV lives within nerves (ganglions) near the spinal cord, then it eventually gets triggered and travels within smaller peripheral nerves to the surface of the skin (around the mouth or genitalia), where it erupts and causes the formation of a sore. However, as noted above, HSV can also live in saliva and blood at certain stages and under certain circumstances.

As such, reduce the risk of infected saliva exposure by not sharing food or beverages with anyone, regardless if they appear to have cold sores or not. In particular, refrain from sharing forks, spoons and straws.

For an infection to occur, HSV typically needs a way into tissue so it can access nerve fibers, which essentially act as “highways” for the virus. Thus, small cuts or abrasions around your mouth, on your lips and/or on your sex organs will increase the risk of infection. However, an infection can occur even without a cut.

Avoid sharing lip balms, lipstick and facial creams with other people also, as it’s theoretically possible for HSV to survive on or in these mediums for short periods of time.

Winter Vomiting Bug (Norovirus)

Norovirus, sometimes referred to as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common cause of gastroenteritis.

Symptoms

Diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, headache

Usual onset

12 to 48 hours after exposure

Duration

1 to 3 days

Causes

Norovirus

Diagnostic method

Based on symptoms

Sypmtoms

Norovirus infection is characterized by nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea, abdominal pain, and in some cases, loss of taste. A person usually develops symptoms of gastroenteritis 12 to 48 hours after being exposed to norovirus.

General lethargy, weakness, muscle aches, headaches, and low-grade fevers may occur. The disease is usually self-limiting, and severe illness is rare. Although having norovirus can be unpleasant, it is not usually dangerous and most who contract it make a full recovery within two to three days.

Transmission

Noroviruses are transmitted directly from person to person (62–84% of all reported outbreaks) and indirectly via contaminated water and food.

Shellfish and salad ingredients are the foods most often implicated in norovirus outbreaks. Ingestion of shellfish that have not been sufficiently heated under 75 °C (167 °F) poses a high risk for norovirus infection. Foods other than shellfish may be contaminated by infected food handlers. Many norovirus outbreaks have been traced to food that was handled by one infected person.

Preventiom

1.) Wash your hands thoroughly. If you think you may have come into contact with the virus, you must wash your hands thoroughly to avoid the spread of infection.

2.) Use bleach to clean surfaces. Chlorine bleach is an effective cleaning agent that kills norovirus. Increase the concentration or buy a new bottle of chlorine bleach if the bleach you have has been open for more than a month.

3.) Wash your food before eating or cooking it. Wash all food items such as meats, fruits and vegetables thoroughly before consumption or for use in cooking. This is important as norovirus has the tendency to survive even at temperatures well above 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

4.) For areas exposed to feces or vomit contamination there are special cleaning procedures that you should try to follow. This is because the vomit or feces of a person contaminated with norovirus can easily cause you to become infected.

5.) Cook your food thoroughly before eating it. Seafood and shellfish should be cooked thoroughly before eating it. Quick steaming your food will generally not kill the virus, as it can survive the steaming process. Instead, bake or boil your food at temperatures higher than 140 F (60 C) if you are concerned about its origins.

How to improve your daily water intake

Drinking more water is an excellent goal for your overall health because your body needs water to function properly. You can increase your motivation to drink more water by improving its flavor. Here are a list of ways you can improve your water

Methods

Try carbonated water for a fizzy alternative to flat water.

This is a great option if you’re a fan of fizzy drinks, such as soda or beer. Carbonated or sparkling water provides all the same benefits as flat water. You can purchase flavored sparkling water or add your own flavor to sparkling water using lemon, lime, berries, and cucumber slices.

Make sure that the carbonated water you purchase is free from added sugar and artificial sweeteners.

Infuse water with fruit, herbs, or veggies.

Adding flavor to your water is a simple way to make it more palatable. Try filling up a water bottle or pitcher of water and adding a few simple fruit or veggie slices, or a sprig of fresh herbs. Then, let the water sit in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours while it absorbs the flavors.

Fruit or herbs left in the water may rot without any visible signs. Do not leave at room temperature for more than 5 hours, or in the refrigerator for more than three days. Some items you could add to flavor your water include:

  • Citrus fruit slices or wedges, such as orange, lemon, lime, or grapefruit
  • Fresh berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries
  • Cucumber slices
  • Ginger slices
  • Sprigs of fresh herbs, such as mint, basil, or rosemary

Brew a cup of unsweetened tea or coffee once or twice per day.

Drinking tea and coffee will also count towards your daily fluid intake, so this is a great option if you like your water warm or hot. Try having a cup of coffee or tea with your breakfast to work towards your daily water intake goals.

Avoid getting all of your fluid intake from tea and coffee, especially if it’s caffeinated. Caffeine has a diuretic effect

Add ice if you like cold water or leave it at room temperature.

Drinking cold water may provide a slight benefit to your metabolism, but it’s not enough of a benefit to make drinking cold water worth it if you don’t enjoy it. Add ice to your water if you prefer the flavor of cold water, or drink your water at room temperature if you prefer it this way.

If you like your water cold, you can fill a water bottle about 2/3 of the way full with water and then place it in the freezer overnight. The water will freeze and you’ll have ice cold water to enjoy the next day.

9 Steps to Healthy Lifestyle

Test yourself: How do your habits measure up?

Think you are living healthy lifestyle?

Aside from occasionally veering off the path, we do a fair job of maintaining our health with good (or at least OK) eating habits and physical activity whenever we manage to fit it in.

See how well you measure up the four keys to healthfulness:

  • Do you smoke?
  • Are you able to maintain a healthy weight (a BMI of 18-25), or are you successfully losing weight to attain a healthy weight?
  • Do you eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily?
  • Do you exercise 30 minutes or more, 5 times a week?

Everyone knows smoking is bad for your health. If you are one of the lucky ones who never became addicted to nicotine, pat yourself on the back. Smokers, I hope you are working diligently to kick your habit.

It’s impossible to underestimate the importance of a smoke-free life for your health as well as for the sake of those around you.

9 Steps for healthy living

While those four habits are indisputably important for a healthy lifestyle, some may argue that more factors should be taken into consideration.

  • Get a good night’s rest. Well-rested people not only cope better with stress, but may also have better control of their appetites. Research has shown that a lack of sleep can put our “hunger hormones” out of balance — and possibly trigger overeating.
  • Enjoy regular family meals. This allows parents to serve as good role models, can promote more nutritious eating, and sets the stage for lively conversations. Being connected to family and friends is a powerful aspect of a healthy life.
  • Smile and laugh out loud several times a day. It keeps you grounded, and helps you cope with situations that would otherwise make you crazy. Read the comics, watch a sitcom, or tell jokes to bring out those happy feelings.
  • Meditate, pray, or otherwise find solace for at least 10-20 minutes each day. Contemplation is good for your soul, helps you cope with the demands of daily life, and may even help lower your blood pressure.
  • Get a pedometer and let it motivate you to walk. Forget about how many minutes of activity you need; just do everything you can to fit more steps into your day. No matter how you get it, physical activity can help defuse stress, burn calories, and boost self-esteem.
  • Stand up straight. You will look 5 pounds lighter if you stand tall and tighten your abdominal muscles. Whenever you walk, think tall and tight to get the most out of the movement.
  • Try yoga. The poses help increase strength and flexibility and improve balance. These are critical areas for older folks especially, and both men and women can benefit.
  • Power up the protein. This nutrient is an essential part of your eating plan, and can make up anywhere from 10%-35% of your total calories. Protein lasts a long time in your belly; combine it with high-fiber foods and you’ll feel full on fewer calories. Enjoy small portions of nuts, low-fat dairy, beans, lean meat, poultry, or fish.
  • Last but not least, have a positive attitude. Do your best to look at life as if “the glass is half full.” You must believe in yourself, have good support systems, and think positively.

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Dengue Fever:signs, symptoms and prevention.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms typically begin three to fourteen days after infection. This may include a high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash. Recovery generally takes two to seven days.

In a small proportion of cases, the disease develops into severe dengue, also known as dengue hemorrhagic fever, resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets and blood plasma leakage, or into dengue shock syndrome, where dangerously low blood pressure occurs.

Signs and symptoms

Typically, 80% of people infected with dengue virus are asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms such as an uncomplicated fever while Others 5% have more severe illness and in a small proportion it is life-threatening.

The incubation period (time between exposure and onset of symptoms) ranges from 3 to 14 days, but most often it is 4 to 7 days. Therefore, travelers returning from endemic areas are unlikely to have dengue if fever or other symptoms start more than 14 days after arriving home.

Children often experience symptoms similar to those of the common cold and gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhea) and have a greater risk of severe complications, though initial symptoms are generally mild but include high fever.

Prevention

1.) Stay indoors or under a mosquito net during peak mosquito times. The mosquito may feed at any time during the day, especially indoors, in shady areas, or when it is overcast.

The dengue mosquito has two peak periods of biting activity: in the morning for several hours after daybreak and in the late afternoon for several hours before dark.

Make sure you sleep indoors in a screened or air conditioned building or that you sleep under a mosquito net (or both).

2.) Get rid of standing water in your area. Help to reduce the mosquito population in your area by getting rid of any standing water that has collected around your house or campsite.
Mosquitos breed in standing water. Mosquito breeding sites include artificial water containers such as discarded tires, uncovered water storage barrels, buckets, flower vases or pots, cans, and cisterns.

3.) Use insect repellent when outdoors. It is important to protect yourself from mosquito bites when you will be spending time outdoors in mosquito infested areas. Apply insect repellent to all exposed areas of your skin before heading outside.

Protect infants less than two months of age by using a carrier draped with mosquito netting with an elastic edge for a tight fit.

4.) Cover your skin. You can reduce your chances of being bitten if you cover up as much of your skin as possible. Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts, socks, and long pants when you will be traveling to mosquito infested areas. You can also spray your clothing with repellent.

What to do if you discover you have dengue Fever.

1.) Know that there is no cure for dengue fever. Although multiple vaccines are being researched, there is no cure for dengue fever. If you survive the illness, you will be immune to the strain with which you were infected; however, you will still be able to contract one of the other three strains.

2.) See a doctor as soon as possible if you suspect that you have dengue fever. Seek medical attention right away to increase your chances of survival. If your symptoms become severe, you may require blood pressure monitoring, blood transfusions, and other interventions that must be administered by medical professionals.

3.) Stay hydrated. Dengue fever can cause diarrhea and vomiting, which can cause dehydration; therefore, it is important to drink plenty of water if you contract dengue fever. Your doctor may administer IV fluids to keep you hydrated as well.