Showing posts with label DAILY TIPS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DAILY TIPS. Show all posts

Monday, 19 May 2014

Many Dangers of late child bearing:Beware! Pregnancy after 35 years may put you at risk


Pregnancy in the body is a traumatic event especially if the body is aging. According to medical experts, there are certain problems more apt to occur when childbearing is delayed. Achieving pregnancy may be more difficult for many reasons.

Due to aging, which can affect a woman’s eggs, pregnancy after 35 carries a higher risk of having a baby with genetic abnormalities.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Stop chloroquine,artesunate use FG warns Malaria patients

Nigerians have been advised against the use of chloroquine and artesunate for the treatment of malaria. Mrs Nnenna Ezeigwe, National Coordinator, National Malaria Control Programme, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria

(NAN) on Friday in Abuja. She, however, recommended that people should take only Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACTs) when they test positive for malaria. “If your test result is positive, take only Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACTs). Do not treat malaria with chloroquine, artesunate or other monotherapies.
“The ACT with green leaf is good quality and affordable; Ask for it,” she said. Contacted, Mrs Adeline Osakwe, Deputy Director, Pharmacovigilance, Food and Drugs Information Centre of the National Agency for Food and Administration and Control (NAFDAC), said the use of chloroquine and artesunate in Nigeria was being gradually phased out.
“Since 2005, the use of monotherapies such as artesunate and chloroquine had been discouraged in favour of Aretmisinin Combination Therapy (ACT) for uncomplicated malaria.
“These ACTs include Arthemeter/Lumenfantrine, Artesunate/Amodiaquine, and other registered ones.

Osakwe said that the monotherapies are gradually being phased out by not registering new ones and not renewing those that their licenses had expired.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) had placed a global ban on the use of chloroquine and artesunate in 2005. Speaking on the World Malaria Day celebration, Ezeigwe advised pregnant women to register early for ante-natal care in order to receive preventive treatment against the disease.
“Expectant mothers should demand for preventive treatment, ‘Intermittent Preventive Treatment in Pregnancy (IPTp)’ during ante-natal visits from 16 weeks of pregnancy,” she said.
She said that the Federal Government and Roll Back Malaria partners had over the last decade committed huge resources to ensure that malaria was brought under control.
She said that the efforts had led to a reduction in malaria prevalence by more than eight per cent, adding that much more needed to be done.

Ezeigwe called on the private sector, the media and the academia to play active roles in the fight against the malaria.


“It is only working together that we can end the needless suffering and deaths caused by malaria.

“Keep your environment clean and free of puddles, and always sleep inside long lasting insecticide treated nets.

“Wear protective clothing against mosquitoes when necessary, and always get tested before you treat for malaria,” she said.

Friday, 25 April 2014

FAO calls for preventive measure against destructive banana disease

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has called on countries to restrict movement of infected soil and planting materials into and out of farms, as the world’s most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium wilt TR4, is  spreading  from Asia to Africa and the Middle East.
The disease is soil-borne and the fungus can remain viable for decades.  Once the disease is present in a field, it cannot be fully controlled by currently available practices and fungicides. The best way to fight the disease is to prevent its spread, which includes avoiding movement of diseased plant materials and infected soil particles.
In its warning to countries on how to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention of the disease, FAO said the TR4 race of the disease, which is also known as Panama disease, is posing a serious threat to production and export of the popular fruit, with serious repercussions for the banana value chain and livelihoods.
Banana is the eighth most important food crop in the world and the fourth most important food crop among the world’s least-developed countries, according to FAOSTAT, the UN agency’s  data-gathering and analysis service.
“Any disease or constraint that affects bananas is striking at an important source of food, livelihoods, employment and government revenues in many tropical countries,” said Gianluca Gondolini, Secretary of the World Banana Forum.
“The spread of Fusarium wilt banana disease could have a significant impact on growers, traders and families who depend on the banana industry,” Fazil Dusunceli, a plant pathologist at FAO, said. “Countries need to act now if we are to avoid the worst-case scenario, which is massive destruction of much of the world’s banana crop,” said Dusunceli.
“We need to raise awareness of this threat, coordinate efforts among countries and institutions for effective implementation of appropriate quarantine measures, and also work with banana producers, traders, plantation employees and smallholder farmers to help to minimize the spread of the disease,” Dusunceli said.
He also highlighted the importance of research in better understanding the disease and developing alternative varieties that are disease resistant.
On its recommended action at country level, FAO advised that awareness level should be raised; adoption of appropriate risk assessment, surveillance and early warning systems; preventive measures, including quarantines, and the use of disease-free planting materials.
(VANGUARD)

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

6 things never to do for a man when in love

When two people come together in a relationship, it is important that they make certain adjustments. This helps their bond to grow stronger and fonder. But, always remember that a healthy relationship is a two-way street. A place where both partners are equal at all levels. We say so because when you look around you find that it is the woman who makes more than her fair share of sacrifices and compromises for her men. Especially after marriage, she is the one who is expected to make all the adjustments and changes. Ladies, while you might be doing some things happily, there are some crucial aspects in which you should never compromise evem when you are in love. Here are some things that you should never do for your man
1. Ignore Your Dreams Just because he wants you to spend time with him or be around him always, should not make you feel guilty into turning down that big promotion or the chance to go for thyuat prestigious conference abroad. He should never ask you to make a choice between your dreams and him. There should always be a common ground to work on. Ask yourself, would you be happy in a relationship where you have to give up your hard-earned dreams? If he loves you, he will understand that your dreams and career are as important as his.
2. Modify your values All of us have our own set of moral values and principles that we believe in. These values form our identity and individuality to a good extent. Never try to change your morals just because your man wants you to. Even if you two don’t share common values, he should always respect yours, rather than change them. This is not just about moral values; it is also about religion and beliefs. Such things cannot and should not ever be changed just because someone else wants you to do so.
3. Change Your Look woman should never change her appearance or the way she looks only because her man desires so. Subtle changes are acceptable, like dressing and styling ones. But if he wants you to go for surgeries to change certain aspect of your appearance then never agree to it. He should admire your natural beauty and not work towards changing it. Just because he doesn’t like the way your nose looks or if he finds your ears too pointy, it should not guilt-trip you into going for something as drastic as a surgery.
4. Sacrifice your personal space Even your family and friends need your time and attention, and this is something even you enjoy, right? So, never sacrifice your personal space and time that you should be spending with them just because he wants you to. Try to divide it and strike a balance. Just because you are in a relationship does not mean that you do not need anyone else apart from him. And, he should understand and respect that.
5. Forget Who You Are Never try to act what you are not. Do not show that you are less intelligent than him just to boost his ego or only because it will make him happy. Men like independent women, so acting stupid is not going to help at all. Also, you should not change your likes and dislikes for him. These things make you unique. So, do not lose your individuality and identity for a man. At least, not when you are being forced to do so
6. Handing over the reins Never give him the access to be in control of you. No matter how much you love him, the decisions should always be mutual. He should never make the final decision of what you should and shouldn’t do. Always discuss with him, but make your decision keeping your own lifestyles and choices in mind. Ladies, keep these things in mind. There are certain aspects of your personality that you should not change for a man, even when you are in love. If you are not true to yourself, you can never be true to your relationship!
Source: Bollyw oodshaadis.com

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

5 great tips to staying young


Unfortunately, staying active is a lifestyle that we as a population have grown out of. But you can regain this commitment by following these five rules.

Break a sweat every day


Challenge yourself every day to participate in a physical activity that causes you to get out of breath or sweat. To change your body, you must train outside of your comfort zone. If you like your body the way it is, then don't stress it. But if you want to build strength, get a six-pack or lose fat, then work hard.

When exercising, you should not be able to carry on a conversation with your buddy. (Don't get me started on people reading a magazine on the treadmill.) Next time you're at the gym:

Increase your weights

Hit the incline on your treadmill or run hills
Add a plyometrics workout
Combine strength training with various rounds of conditioning; for example, perform a Overhead Shoulder Press, then sprint on a treadmill at nine mph on a six-inch incline for 30 seconds. Rest for 90 seconds and repeat four times.

Go back to grade school


You did it all when you were younger: jumped rope, climbed trees, went bike riding and ran sprints around the playground. You couldn't sit still long enough to stay at a desk or computer like you do now.

Become more active. Go for a walk or jog in the morning before starting your day. Join a group fitness class, recreational league, swim club, ski or bowling team.

Use what you have


Look around and take a quick inventory of what's available to exercise with. Do you have a bike, rope, old tires to flip, chains to pull, balls to throw, boxes to jump on or paint cans to carry? If you have some of this stuff and a creative mind, you can put together a great workout. You don't need a expensive gym membership to look expensive.

Eat clean


By eating as clean as you can, you'll automatically avoid foods loaded with sugar, trans fat, and saturated fat. Eat foods that display a variety of colors more frequently, and keep everything in moderation. Plan time to go to the grocery store so you are not rushed. Also, plan your weekly meals ahead of time.

Rest as hard as you work


There's a fine line between the amount of work you do and the rest that you allow yourself. Rest can take the form of physical rest, or, for most of us, mental rest. Exercising, deep breathing, and vacations will take care of your mental rest. If you feel physically exhausted, try switching up your workout routine or take a week off. You will come back fresh and ready to do more.(SOURCE: CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO)

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Health Benefits of drinking Zobo

Zobo is the common name given to a drink in Nigeria gotten from a flower called, Hibiscus Sabdariffa also known as Sorrel leaves. Besides the unique taste and flavour of this popular drink, many do not know its nutritive benefits. Zobo is a leafy green vegetable that looks a lot like spinach. This vegetable is native to Europe and is commonly known as spinach dock, sour grabs, or sour grass. One of the main ingredients in sorrel is oxalic acid, which gives it its acidity and prominent taste. Sorrel is extremely low in calories and high in water content, which makes it a healthy food choice for health conscious individuals. Some of the other important nutritional information and facts about Sorrel are: • It is an extremely rich source of vitamin A, B9, and C. • It is a good source of vital minerals such as potassium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and calcium. • Being rich in oxalic acid, sorrel may not be an ideal choice for everyone, especially those suffering from rheumatism, bladder, and kidney stones. • It contains powerful laxative properties and over consumption may result in diarrhoea. • It is low in energy content but provides adequate dietary fibres. When Zobo is prepared with organic honey and ginger for a delicious drink, it combines the following benefits: Organic Honey • Weight Loss: Though honey has more calories than sugar, when honey is consumed with warm water, it helps in digesting the fat stored in your body. Similarly, honey and lemon juice aid weight loss. Ginger • Inflammation of the colon: a study carried out at the University of Michigan Medical School found that ginger root supplement administered to volunteer participants reduced inflammation markers in the colon within a month. • Muscle pain caused by exercise: a study involving 74 volunteers carried out at the University of Georgia found that daily ginger supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle pain by 25%. • Nausea caused by chemotherapy: Ginger supplements administered alongside anti-vomiting medications can reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea symptoms by 40%. • High blood pressure (hypertension): a study reported in the journal Pharmaceutical Biology found that cassumunar ginger extract was more effective than prazosin hydrochloride in reducing blood pressure in hypertensive laboratory rats. • Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation): Ginger can help reduce the symptoms of pain in primary dysmenorrhea (period pains) Drinking Zobo can now be more than a delight. It should come with awareness that every drop comes packed with tons of nutrition for the body._ THE NATION

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

75% Nigeria workers are stressed-Study

Economic volatility has increased pressure on Nigerian workers with 75 per cent reporting that they are seeing more stress-related illness since the downturn, finds the latest survey from global workplace provider Regus. But businesses can help change this trend as workers identified flexible working as critical to help ease work-related stress (84 per cent). Stress-related illness can worsen or cause a whole series of health conditions ranging from obesity to heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal problems and asthma. Building on Regus research last year, which found that 48 per cent of respondents globally felt their stress levels had risen in the past year, this latest study found that almost one third (30 per cent) of Nigerian workers are actually losing sleep worrying about work. The survey, canvassing the opinions of more than 20,000 senior executives and business owners across 95 countries, also found that in West Africa stress is causing a worrying increase in absenteeism (60%) damaging business productivity as well as worker well-being. Other outcomes include: *.22% of respondents are worried about losing their job; *.29% feel less confident about the sector they work in; *.36% of respondents report that their family and friends have noticed they are stressed by work *.56% say that stress is damaging their co-worker’s personal relationships Commenting on the study, Joanne Bushell, VP Africa at Regus says: “Difficult economic times in the West and an unprecedented rate of growth in emerging economies have put a strain on businesses and their employees. Workers are expected to do more with less, and this has taken its toll to the point many are close to burn-out. “It’s not surprising that work-related worries, and the sleepless nights they cause, are taking their toll on employees’ personal lives. More importantly still, their health is at stake as stress is a known catalyst for a number of serious illnesses. Proactive businesses that address stress in their workforce are likely to end up with a healthier workforce and reduced absenteeism.” - THE NATION

Friday, 8 November 2013

Blood donors 've low heart attack-expert

LAGOS — BLOOD donors have been said to run low risk of heart attack or developing cancerous tissues by health experts. This was said when Lagos State Blood Transfusion Committee, LSBTC, took its voluntary blood donation drive to a church in Anthony Village, Lagos recently. According to the Chairman, Church Steering Committee, Dr. Albert Adeseye Adu, a research has shown that apart from looking younger, refreshed and stronger, voluntary blood donors have low risks of experiencing heart attack and having cancer. He therefore called on fellow parishioners to join hands to save lives by participating in the exercise; noting that voluntary blood donation helps save lives of sick children, sickle cell and cancer patients and mothers during childbirth complications as well as victims of auto crash. Enumerating the advantages of voluntary blood donation against commercial blood donation, Mr. Solomon Eka, spokesperson for LSBTC said that most commercial blood donors engage in unhealthy activities that expose them to infection, like sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV which could make the blood they donate unsafe. He added that voluntary blood donors have nothing to lose as the exercise helps their body produce new blood cells, and reduces the heart’s workload.-VANGUARD

Thursday, 12 September 2013

HOW PAINKILLERS CAUSE HEADACHE


Headache disorders are not perceived as serious since they are mostly episodic, do not cause death, and are not contagious, but they are extremely common and debilitating. Up to 75 per cent of adults aged 18 to 65 years have had a headache in the last year.
Experts agree that headache disorders are under-estimated, under-recognized and under-treated. Coincidently, only four hours of undergraduate medical education is dedicated to instruction of headache disorders. This results in a lack of public health knowledge, education and lifestyle modification.
Of those who treat, most are solely reliant on over-the-counter medications. However, over-the-counter medications have been found to be a cause of frequent or daily headaches. Taking painkillers too often for tension-type headaches or migraine attacks has been found to cause medication-overuse headaches (MOH).
MOH is the third most common cause of headache and about 1 person in 50 develops this problem. It can occur at any age but is most common in women in their 30s and 40s.
A vicious cycle often develops if you try to treat headaches with over-the-counter medications. One’s body becomes addicted to painkillers and a rebound or withdrawal headache develops if you do not take them. Often people are not aware and think this headache is just another tension headache or migraine, and unknowingly continue to feed the addiction.
Medication-overuse headaches tend to be worse in the morning, or after exercise. It may be a constant, dull headache with fluctuating degrees of severity. This results in people taking painkillers every day, or on most days. Even some people start taking painkillers early in the morning or late in the evening to try to prevent headaches from occurring, once again making it worse.
The amount of painkillers needed to cause a medication-overuse headache is not clear and it varies with different people and health conditions. All of the common medications used to treat headaches such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and diclofenac have been shown to have addictive and headache-producing qualities.
Triptans are not classified as painkillers but are commonly used in the treatment of migraine headaches. Medications such as almotriptan, eletriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan, and zolmitriptan have all been associated with medication-overuse headaches.
It’s important to stop taking painkillers or triptans if you suspect that you have medication-overuse headaches. It is important not to take an alternative painkiller in attempt to beat the addiction or the headache. The best advice is to seek the guidance of a doctor.
When you quit, headaches are likely to get worse due to withdrawal symptoms and slowly improve over time. It often takes approximately a week but in some people it may take a few weeks to kick the habit. Withdrawal symptoms often include achiness, anxiety, nausea and sleep disturbances.
The best way to treat a headache is not to rely on medication that can cause it. Many types of lifestyle modifications have been shown to be as effective as certain over-the-counter medications. You can expect about a 55 per cent reduction in headache frequency, on average, with behavioural and lifestyle interventions.
According to research, the strongest link to many types of headaches is stress. Stress-reducing techniques, maintaining good-quality sleep and engaging in regular physical activity have been shown effective at reducing headaches.

Couillard is an international health columnist that works in collaboration with the World Health Organization’s goals of disease prevention and global health care education. Views do not necessarily reflect endorsement.

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Friday, 6 September 2013

KISSING, IMPORTANT FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW

 Osculation, the scientific term for kíssing, in many ways says everything about your compatibility with your mate and the health of your relationship.
Curious to know what happens inside our brains and bodies when we do it? Wondering whether a kiss means more to you than to your guy, or whether you can make your make-out session even better? Read on.

Kissing Isn’t Just About Chemistry

While two strangers might serendipitously find themselves chemically compatible, more often the best kísses grow out of an emotional connection and ambience, Kirshenbaum says. ‘So much of a great kíss is understanding the needs and desires of another person — there’s no one-size-fits-all formula to it,’ she says. How-to guides ‘focus on where to put your hand or how to set the mood, when so much of it is intuitive that you make the person comfortable, secure and safe. It’s an ultimate expression of how you feel about them.’


Even a Light Lip-Brushing is a Huge Turn-on for Our Brains

‘It probably depends on who you ask — it’s culturally influenced,’ Kirshenbaum says. The famous Indian sëx text the Kama Sutra advises going for the lips, of course, as well as the inside of the mouth, the br**sts, the throat and most places on the face. Science also provides some clues: It turns out that a disproportionate amount of brain space is taken up with processing information from the lips compared to the rest of our bodies. ‘Just a light brush on them stimulates a very large part of the brain — an area even more expansive than would be activated by sëxual stimulation below the belt,’ Kirshenbaum writes.

It’s an Essential Ingredient for a Long-Lasting Relationship

If you’re looking for longevity with your honey, make time for kissing. Regular lip-locks signify a healthy relationship and perpetuate affection and attachment, Kirshenbaum says. Oxytocin, the same hormone that makes us bond to a new love, also helps keep us attached. ‘Once the novelty wears off and romance wanes, it’s that commitment that keeps a couple together, it keeps that loving feeling alive,’ Kirshenbaum says. ‘Kissing is such a good way of stimulating oxytocin and can really do the trick.’ Among long-term couples, kissing drops off over time, she adds, so make a point of including it your day.


How We Smell Matters

On a superficial level, our schnoz tells us whether we’re dealing with Pig Pen or Old Spice Man. But it’s also looking for clues about whether we’re kissing a potential baby-making match — in the DNA department, opposites attract and our noses seem to discern genetic compatibility from a partner’s natural scent. ‘Hygiene is important for everyone because it’s the first indicator of whether this is worth pursuing or not,’ Kirshenbaum says. ‘Beyond that, scent seems to be an unconscious way someone’s genetics and immunity are expressed.’ If you are worried that you’re missing crucial info in your man’s haze of aftershave (or that you’re covering up your own with perfume), fear not, Kirshenbaum says: ‘If you spend enough time with someone, you’ll notice their natural scent over time.’


Want to Make Your Lips More Alluring? Wear Red

There may be something to women trying to make their lips look like Angelina Jolie’s. A woman’s lips begin to thin with age as her estrogen levels decline, so full lips could signal fertility, Kirshenbaum writes. But too much plump could backfire: ‘If they get too big or out of sync with the rest of your face, there’s a chance of having the opposite effect.’ To avoid turning off the very people you want to attract, Kirshenbaum suggests playing up your natural assets with bright, red lipstick — the color is consistently rated the most alluring in research.

Kissing Can Be Addictive — at Least Initially

Ever kiss someone and can’t get enough? Chalk it up to dopamine. This feel-good brain chemical kicks into high gear during a kiss, making us elated and even obsessed with our partner. While that feeling is similar to addiction, dopamine is more abundant in the early stages of a relationship, and declines as the novelty of our partner wears off. But because dopamine is more plentiful when we’re with a new love, it may play a role in the addictive nature of adultery, Kirshenbaum says. ‘It can be part of the reason why some people stray: The novelty has such a big role in the feelings associated with [the affair],’ she says.

Kissing While (Mildly) Intoxicated Can Up the Passion

To drink or not to drink? On the one hand, drugs and alcohol stimulate some of the same brain chemicals as a kiss, so you could mistake your substance-induced high for passionate feelings about your partner, Kirshenbaum says. But, that said, if you’re looking for something casual, kissing can be better after a drink or two (and alcohol can release your inhibitions, making a kiss more likely). ‘It can wind up feeling better or worse — it depends on how drugs affect your sense of reality,’ Kirshenbaum says. ‘Kissing acts as a drug on top of everything else, so when there’s a lot riding on it, go with most accurate impression of what you feel,’ which is probably more obvious when you’re sober.

Kíssing Can Actually Help You Make Up

Forget chocolate and flowers — just plant one on her lips. Though a woman may profess to be unmoved by a kíss from the man she’s fighting with, research has found that a smooch (or a few) paves the path to forgiveness, Kirshenbaum writes. The effect may come from the oxytocin that’s released during kissing. Kíssing may reduce levels of cortisol — the stress hormone — coursing through our bodies during a fight. ‘Reducing stress is a pretty good way to amend a fractured relationship,’ Kirshenbaum says.

Kíssing Never Gets Old — Even When We Do

While there hasn’t been much study of kíssing and longevity, there’s reason to think that kíssing is vital — and enjoyable — throughout our lives, Kirshenbaum says. ‘kíssing is so important to long-term bonds,’ she says. ‘It helps to maintain a relationship.’ So she suspects kíssing plays an important role from birth to death.


Thursday, 29 August 2013

Health Benefits of Banana,How banana can Boost your Health


If you think bananas are just for monkeys, think again. Bananas help overcome depression due high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter

# Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar # Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and night time leg cramps by eating a banana

# Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana

# Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation

# Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss,strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6


 # Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas - www.foodmatters.

27 common scams to avoid for 2013/2014


The month of May was designated Scams Awareness Month by Citizens Advice and Trading Standards, and forewarned is forearmed so here are 27 to look out for. Door-to-door scams 1.Fake Green Deal salesYou answer your door to be told you are entitled to £10,000 of funding for Green Deal home improvements, such as insulation or a new boiler. You are then asked to pay an administration fee.

2.Unnecessary damp proofingYou are offered a free damp proofing survey. The surveyor always finds damp which needs urgent attention, quotes a high price and requests an immediate deposit. 3.Home maintenance servicesA trader offers you a cheap quote to pave your patio or driveway, carry out home maintenance or gardening services, or repair "unsafe" roof tiles. They demand an upfront cash payment to start or finish the job – then scarper with the money or make unreasonable charges for botched work.

4.Food salesSomeone offers to sell you (inedible) fresh or frozen fish very cheaply, but only if you are prepared to pay £100s for several boxes, sight unseen.


5.Fake energy-saving gadgetsYou are offered a plug-in gadget at a "sale price" of £99, which the seller claims will cut your electricity use by 40%.'Too good to be true' scams


 6. Fake datesYou join a dating website and are contacted by an extremely good looking potential date who lives abroad. After starting an online romance the scammer asks for money for emergency bills.

7. Council tax refundsYou are told by a cold-caller that you are owed a rebate on your council tax bill or are overpaying because your property is in the wrong tax band. You are then asked to hand over your bank or credit card details so your money can be refunded.

8. Council tax discountYou are told that if you start paying by direct debit you will get a discount – but first you need to pay an administration fee.

9.Dodgy job websiteYou register your CV at a job site and quickly get a call or email from an employment agency guaranteeing you a job, but only if you first pay a fee.

10. Bogus pay chequeYou are called or sent an email from someone who wants to give you a job, and offered a cheque in advance of your first payday. Cash the chequeand you'll be told you've been overpaid and must return the money via an online transfer –before the cheque bounces.


11. Training course claimYou see an advert online for a high salaried job, but are asked to pay for a training course first.


12. Prize scamYou are called, texted or emailed and congratulated for winning a prizeor even a huge lottery pot (although you can'tremember buying a ticket). In order to collect your winnings you are asked to pay a processing fee or to call a premium rate phoneline.


13. Bad investmentsYou are cold-called and offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity toinvest your life savings, for example in carbon credits, plots of land, fine wine or exclusive stocks and shares, which are certain to make you rich. Needless to say they are not.


14. Loan arrangersYou are called or texted by a fraudster and invited to apply for a"guaranteed loan". After you've given your personal information, including your bank details, you are told to pay an application fee.


15. Pension problemsYou receive an"urgent" phone call from "The Pensions Helpline" or your pension provider stating thatyou are entitled to a £1,000 pension bonus from the government, or that your pension hasbeen underpaid. In order to receive your money you must pay a fee or give out your personal details on a premium rate line.


16. PPI refundsYou are texted or called by someone claiming to be your bank, the Ministry of Justice, or a PPI company and told you are owed money in the form of mis-sold PPI payments – but you must pay an administration fee before the refund can be processed.


17. Tax backYou receive an email from HMRC offering you a huge tax refund if you give your personal details online or by email.


18. Unhealthy salesYou see an online advert for a free trial of slimming tablets or skin products. However, you unwittingly sign up for regular monthly payments which cannot be cancelled.


19. Noise rebatementYou are called by someone claiming to be from the government and told you may be entitled to compensation because a place where you once worked has been condemned as too noisy on health grounds. You are asked to pay a fee to find outmore.Scams which prey on your fears


20. Missed paymentsYou are sent a fake council tax bill or told you are in arrears, and asked to pay immediately over the phone.


21. Telephone debtYou are called by "Her Majesty's Court" and told you have defaulted on a debt for an expensive telephone preference service. You are asked for immediate payment over the phone and warned you will be disconnected and face arrest or a court summons if you refuse to pay.If you hang up, the fraudster will stay on the line so you'll think your line has been disconnected.


22. Truant's feeThe "Education Welfare Service" calls to tell you that your child failed to attend school that day and asks you for a £340 penalty over the phone.


23. Courier scamsYou are called on your landline by your bank and told that fraudsters have used your debit or credit card and it needs to be replaced. You call your bank, which confirms this. You are told to key in your pin number and hand over your card to a courier who will arrive soon. However, between receiving the call and dialling your bank you didn't hear a dial tone and are actually still speaking to the scammers, who never disconnected the line. 24. Holiday helpYou are sent an email from a friend or relative whose account has been hacked. You are told they are stranded abroadand need you to send them money urgently. They are not, and do not require any money.


25. Virus hoaxYou are called by "Microsoft Windows Support" and told your PC has a virus or is running slowly. The problem can be solved remotely if you give them your credit card details and/or remote access to your PC.


26. Medical emergencyYou are called and told your grandchild has been in a road accident abroad. Cries for help are screamed down the phone while the caller says you need to send money immediately to cover medical costs.


27. Rogue tradersA police officer calls claiming criminals are trying to steal money from your bank account, and that a special"safe account" has been set up for you to transfer your savings into. You are told that clerks at your bank are under surveillance andthat revealing why you are transferring the money will jeopardise covert police work. Culled from theguardian.com

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

10 THINGS LADIES DO THAT TURNS YOUR MAN OFF

It’s not easy for a man to tell his wife or girlfriend what she does to irritate him. In my experience, confessions like that tend to lodge themselves deep inside a woman’s subconscious, never to be forgotten…ever. More than that, women tend to focus so much on their so-called “faults” that it can feel excessive to give you more reasons to be critical of yourselves. But in the name of healthy communication, sometimes it’s important for couples to air their grievances. So let’s take a different approach: Don’t think of this list as the 10 things we dislike about you. Think of it more as the 10 things that will bring us closer together…by you not doing them.

1. Second-guessing your instincts

You know that colleague who you think is deceitful? Or that girlfriend of yours who can be condescending? Well, let us save you some time: Your colleague is deceitful, and your friend is condescending. Plain and simple. Sometimes face value is, well, valuable. While it’s true that men can have knee-jerk reactions, women tend to overdo it when it comes to giving people the benefit of the doubt. Yes, you could chalk your coworker’s attitude up to his insecurities or blame your friend’s tone on her manipulative mother, but instead, why not look out for your own feelings first? That’s what men are doing when we offer a simple opinion on your dilemmas—we’re trying to take your side. It would be nice if you did the same.


2. Assuming we know what you want us to do

One of the reasons men can be squeamish about women’s emotions is because they often belie the exact opposite feeling. For example: If you have plans for the day, please don’t tell us to enjoy ourselves at home if you really want us to address items one through five on the honey-do list. It’s more than a little irksome to have you return, hug us, look around the house, and then say with that pinched smile, “Did you have a nice, relaxing day?”


3. Smothering instead of mothering

Women can confuse these two impulses––knowing the difference is crucial. One elicits gratitude in men; the other, orneriness. Like when we’re sick, mothering is a source of comfort that understands our flu is a temporary flaw in an otherwise heroic, virile and even studly constitution. Smothering, on the other hand, calls all of that into question. Smothering says we’re 5-year-old boys who have no idea of how to take care of ourselves. And that bugs us more than the bug in us. One way to differentiate between the two: Ask yourself if you’re making a gesture to ease our suffering or to show how much we should appreciate you. The first is genuine; the second is manipulative.


4. Having a superiority complex

We’re not sure if you’re aware of this, but there appears to be an increasing trend among women to equate being male with being dumb. For instance, when we’re at a dinner party and you recount a story about us that ends with this punch line: “Well, you know [insert name of your dim husband here], he was just being a typical man.” Sure, every guy has his off moments––even blunders worth lampooning––but making us the hapless straight man in an ongoing comedy routine is disrespectful. And we think you’d hate it if we did the same to you.


5. Over-sharing

We’re aware of the stereotype that says men never open up about their feelings. Thing is, sometimes opening up to you also means opening up to your sister, your mother or even your college roommate. Men value loyalty and confidentiality. Keeping the things we share between us––and only us––builds trust and will encourage even more communication. A win-win situation for everyone.


6. Not really listening to us

Along those lines, many women believe that their interior lives deserve a singular spotlight and an endless theatrical run. And the fact that many men go along with this shouldn’t be construed as a license to spill. Our emotional lives are often as turbulent as yours, but whenever we talk about the tough stuff, we measure the changes in your face or shifts in your intonation to gauge when you start to judge us.
It may be cowardly, but men will stop talking rather than risk a woman’s passive or outright wrath. So, by taking a backseat and letting your guy unburden himself—even if the subject is controversial or delivered in halting fashion—you create space for a more candid, and therefore truer, intimacy.


7. RSVPing for us

Any man can relate to this moment: You’re on your way home from work, imagining the weekend ahead…the relaxation, the freedom. Then you arrive home, only to learn that you have plans. Magical plans, it seems, since they appeared out of nowhere. OK, not nowhere exactly—they were conceived with the stroke of the wifely wand that says “You’re in too, bub!” Here’s the deal: If you’re determined to make plans that include your husband or boyfriend, ask him first. And be prepared to hear that he might be too tired or would prefer to have a quiet weekend. Honouring his preferences from time to time will not go unnoticed.


8. Fast-forwarding to the future

Women enjoy imagining the future. The story as it will be as opposed to the story that is right now. That can be a wonderful, romantic quality. It can also be an irritating, annoying quality.
Having dinner together this Valentine’s Day is beautiful enough without scripting the Valentine’s Day we’ll have when we’re both 75. Enjoying the new sofa that we just bought is great without having to obsess over all of the other things that we “need” to make the living room look complete. Living in the moment provides its own vitality, which is more than enough to sustain our future together.


9. Overlooking our quiet acts of thoughtfulness

We know it’s disappointing that we men aren’t great at expressing ourselves verbally. (And we’re working on that.) But in the same vein, we’re disappointed that you can’t seem to acknowledge the non-verbal acts of caring that we perform. Like changing the oil in your car, for example, or staying up late to make sure you arrived home safely from your business trip. Chivalry also falls into this category. The art of being a gentleman doesn’t have to mean the end of feminism. Paying for dinner, holding the door open, standing up when you walk into a room…these are all gestures that demonstrate our awareness of others. Our awareness of you, specifically. While courtesy isn’t the sum total of love, it’s often how we show our feelings day to day. Women shouldn’t be so quick to rebuff that.


10. Devaluing our friendships
Friendships were once considered a formative presence in a man’s life. Older men were role models who helped develop character, while peers provided a level of camaraderie and acceptance that allowed us to forgo the machismo and be our truest selves––be that of a poet, outdoorsman or both.
While the value of sisterhood is extolled for women, the male equivalent is often vilified, and much of that is because women regard male friendships as being at odds with their romantic relationships. The two shouldn’t be mutually exclusive—and encouraging rather than discouraging our time with our buddies would be a welcome change.
Courtesy:woman’sday.com


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Dangers of Excessive Use of Deodorant and Body Spray


Dangerous over-use of Deodorant: Inhaling chemicals from deodorant aerosols can cause skin reactions, aggravate allergies and may trigger fatal heart problems The primary target for spray deodorants is thought to be 13 to 18-year-olds, with mums the main buyers, according to Marketing Magazine. So powerful is its hold on the teen market that some teachers have gone on to online forums to complain about ‘the Lynx effect’, But some experts are concerned teenagers areover-using deodorant, warning that inhaling chemicals from the aerosols may cause allergicskin reactions, asthma and breathing difficulties. In very rare cases they may even trigger fatal heart problems. Maureen Jenkins, director of clinical services atAllergy UK, says: ‘Around one in three adults in the UK have some form of allergic disease —asthma, rhinitis or eczema — and their symptoms are easily aggravated by perfumed products and exacerbated by aerosol chemicals. ‘Even people without allergies can be sensitiveto chemicals found in cleaning products or toiletries, experiencing skin reactions, breathing difficulties, nausea or headaches. The reactions are made worse when it is an aerosol as the fine mist is easily inhaled.’ Dr Peter Dingle, an environmental scientist and consultant toxicologist based in Perth, Australia, says: ‘The labels on deodorant aerosols instruct you not to use them in a confined space, but I think it’s safe to say mostpeople in the UK aren’t going to go outside to spray on their deodorants. ‘They would do it in the bathroom, most likely with the door closed — and that’s a confined space. ‘In the middle of winter, you’re not even going to have a window open. If you watch a deodorant advert, the young man usually sprays himself all over his body, which is exactly what the can tells you you’re not supposed to do. Self-image and smelling right is all important for young men and there’s a lotof peer pressure to use these products.’ This is something the Capewell family will be reminded of for the rest of their lives. JonathanCapewell was just 16 when he died of a heart attack in the bedroom of his home in Oldham, Greater Manchester. His 17-year-old sister, Natalie, raised the alarm after finding her brother lying lifeless on his bedroom floor. ‘When we arrived at the hospital, they were still trying to revive him,’ recalls his father Keith, 58. ‘But about ten minutes later they said he was gone. ‘We were shocked. There had been no warning. They asked if he had a heart condition but there was nothing like that. He was a perfectly normal, healthy boy.’ A post-mortem examination showed Jonathan had ten times the lethal amount of butane andpropane in his blood. The gases are used as aerosol propellants and it seemed they had built up in his body over many months. At first, it was feared Jonathan had been engaging in solvent abuse — inhaling aerosol solvents to obtain a ‘high’ — but it seemed outof character to all who knew him. Keith says: ‘The coroner’s investigator checked the aerosols we had in the house but found none of the signs of solvent abuse. He came to the conclusion that Jonathan wasn’t abusing.’ The investigation turned to Jonathan’s use of deodorants. ‘He was 16 and his body was changing,’ says Keith. ‘He was starting to sweat more and worry about how he smelled. It wasn’t unusual for him to have two or three showers a day. ‘Afterwards he would spray deodorant all over his body, even in his hair, and the bathroom was the smallest room in the house. He was a bit obsessive and would have up to six different types to choose from, including Lynx.Sometimes we could smell the deodorant downstairs and we’d joke: “Are you spraying that up there or eating it?”’ The coroner, Barrie Williams, ruled that Jonathan’s death was accidental, saying: ‘The 16-year-old was a normal, healthy teenager who was simply overcome by excessive use of antiperspirants. ‘There was an exceptionally high use of deodorant for personal hygiene. It was used in a fairly confined space against the advice of the canisters.’ But how could accidentally inhaling aerosol chemicals cause death? Jonathan Clague, a consultant heart specialist at the Royal Brompton Hospital, says: ‘The main cause of death is usually suffocation, known as hypoxia. If oxygen is not being breathed in and something else is inhaled, such as chemicals, then suffocation occurs andthe heart stops.’ After the inquest in 1998, Keith and Louise struggled to come to terms with Jonathan’s death. ‘My daughter blamed herself because she was in the house when it happened, even though there was nothing she could have done,’ says Keith. ‘I went back to work as a warehouse manager after a couple of weeks but every time the phone rang my hands started shaking and I’d be transported back to that day, expecting more bad news. I had to give it up.’ It was two years before he could work again. He adds: ‘It’s been very hard to accept — Jonathan was only 16 and hadn’t even started out in life.’ Daniel Hurley was just 12 when he collapsed after using spray deodorant in the bathroom ofhis home in Sandiacre, Nottingham. He died in hospital five days later, in January 2008. The coroner told his parents Lynsey and Robert that his death had been caused by a ‘cardiac arrhythmia, exacerbated by exposure to solvents’. It seemed Daniel had an unknown pre-existingheart arrhythmia — a heart rhythm problem —and the solvents in the Lynx aerosol he had been using had triggered a fatal collapse. There are several warnings on the back of Lynx canisters. Users are advised to ‘use in short bursts in well ventilated spaces’, to ‘avoid prolonged spraying’ and ‘keep out of reach of children’. The British Aerosol Manufacturers Association (BAMA) says propellants in household aerosol products have been used safely for 40 years and that 600million aerosols are used each year in the UK. The association carried out its own research after Jonathan Capewell’s death, but says it was ‘unable to reproduce the conditions whichcould lead to harmful or fatal effects from excessive spraying of aerosol products in a confined space’. Dr Dingle says: ‘It’s not enough for the authorities to say, “It’s OK, there’s a warning on the back of the can.” If two children have died by spraying deodorant in a confined space, there will be countless more spraying the same way. Do we have to have another death before the authorities act? ‘I would advise teenagers to stick to roll-on deodorant, preferably one of the natural ones.’ The Capewells are also calling for better awareness of the risks of aerosol deodorants. ‘Our youngest son Nathan was four when Jonathan died and as soon as he was old enough to use deodorant we drummed into him that he had to open the windows and only use short bursts. He’s 20 now and he does thatto this day, wherever he is,’ says Keith. ‘I’d like to see warnings on the front of the can,like there are for cigarettes and alcohol. Because we know first hand that deodorants can be just as fatal.’

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR LIPS AND HAND FOR A HEALTHY LIVING


Hand skin care is very important if we want to avoid old and wrinkled hands before old age.
We often expose our hands and shake others all the time, and it can create a good impression if they are well looked after. For hand skin care, we could go to a beauty salon or spa and leave the professionals to take good care of our hands with a specialised hand care treatment. But if we don’t have the money or the time to go to a beauty salon, then taking care of our hands at home is really easy.
Apart from wearing sunscreen on your face and neck, apply it also on your hands to protect them from sunspots and wrinkles. Use a good hand moisturiser daily and every time you feel your skin is dry and tight. It is also very effective to bathe them in natural products at least three times a week to keep your hands soft and moisturised.

Hand Skin Care Recipes
1- How to get soft hands with Cocoa cream
You will need two spoons of cocoa cream, two spoons of almond oil and a liquidised cucumber. Melt the cocoa cream and add the almond oil and the cucumber. Mix well, all the ingredients and use it as a hand care cream, applying it with a massage. Add more almond oil to the mixture, and bathe your hands in it for five minutes to intensify the effect.

2- Olive oil hand care
Rub your hands with warm olive oil, leave it on for about five minutes and rinse off with warm water and natural soap. For an intensive hand care treatment, leave it overnight, but wear some cotton gloves.

3- Hand skin care with milk
You will need a glass of milk and lemon juice. Warm the milk and add the lemon juice. Mix well and leave your hands in this mixture for about ten minutes. Avoid if you have any cuts or wounds in your hands.

4- Oats hand mask
You will need a glass of water, one spoon of oats flour, olive oil and glycerin. Mix all the ingredients until completely mixed. Apply the resulting paste over the hands with a massage. Leave it on for 25 minutes and rinse off with warm water and natural soap. This oats hand mask will regenerate the hands and get rid of any hand redness.

5- Hand honey mask
You will need one potato, two spoons of milk and two spoons of honey. Peel and boil the potato. Mash the potato and mix it with the honey and milk. Apply this mixture to the hands with a massage and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and natural soap. This hand skin care recipe will nourish and rejuvenate the hands.

Lips and Lip pencils
Lip pencils are sometimes called lip liners because they are often used to outline the lips. This outline helps create more symmetrical-looking lips and prevents lipstick from migrating into the skin surrounding the mouth. Lip pencils can also be used to colour the entire lips; they offer precision and are generally longer-lasting than lipstick.

All about lipstick
Lipstick usually comes in stick form – hence its name. It also comes in pots and in compartmentalised compacts, both of which are applied with a small lipstick brush. You can find lipstick in sheer, almost gloss-like finishes; matte finishes, which are flat, opaque, and not a bit shiny; regular finishes that are somewhat moist and dewy; and shimmer or luster finishes, which are slightly pearlescent. There are long wearing lipsticks available – these stay on for four hours or more, but they can be terribly drying.
If you dislike the dry finish and unnatural peachy cast of long-wearing lipsticks, you may want to try makeup sealant. A kind of cosmetic shellac, sealants come packaged in tubes or small bottles and can be brushed over any type of lipstick to make it longer wearing.

Lip gloss
As a teenager, lipstick seemed so obvious, so fake, so old-fashioned that they were avoided. Looking back, young girls opted for more natural-looking lip gloss.
Today, most ladies wear gloss slicked over lip pencil or dotted on the centre of a lipsticked lip to create a subtle shine. Lip gloss comes in pots, tubes, sticks, and wands with spongetip applicators.
The colours are usually transparent and very subtle, but there are some highly pigmented versions available that give lips a wet, shiny finish.

Monday, 19 August 2013

HOW TO TREAT ACNE, THE DO AND DON'T


It’s easy to make mistakes while treating acne, and even make it worse, despite good intentions. Blessing Ukemena writes on the best tips when treating acne, with report from WebMD.
The occasional pimple can be concealed. If used at all, over-the-counter cover-up creams and cosmetics should be water-based. Even if outbreaks of acne cannot be eliminated, conventional treatment can provide relief. The best treatment inhibits sebum production, limit bacterial growth, or encourage shedding of skin cells to unclog pores. Because many therapies can have side effects, any patient with acne should proceed with caution when trying a new treatment.

Mistake No. 1: Not Trying An Acne Treatment Long Enough
Skin reacts slowly to treatment. Even if the acne came on fast, it still requires time to heal. That usually takes between 6 and 12 weeks, says Barbara R. Reed, MD, a dermatology professor at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver. April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of California Davis Health System, and tells patients to give a product one month and then keep using it if they notice any improvement.
In some cases, your skin might feel a bit irritated the first couple of weeks of treatment, says Diane S. Berson, MD. She is an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Ithaca. “It’s not an infection. It’s an inflammation. It can even get worse before it gets better,” Berson says.

Mistake No. 2: Trying Too Many Products at Once
People usually rely on products when they don’t get results in the first few days of treatment, Reed says. “What then happens is that they start trying different products, abandoning them very quickly if they do not see results in a day or two. They also add one product to another. Sometimes, the products can cause irritation of the skin and add further insult to the owner,” she says.
When someone self-treats their acne, they may accidentally distress their skin. This can make the acne lesions bigger, more likely to pigment, and heal with spots and scars, Berson says.

Mistake No. 3: Over-scrubbing or Over-cleansing The Skin
Scrubbing the skin will actually worsen acne, as it can compromise the skin’s protective barrier and increase irritation, Berson says. Instead, gently wash with a non-irritating, pH-balanced cleanser to lessen inflammation. It’s also important to thoroughly rinse off the cleanser, because the residue can be irritating, she says. “Acne is not from dirt,” Reed says. “Many people tend to over-wash and over-scrub when they get acne. As one of my teachers used to say, ‘If acne were from dirt, you would have it on your feet!’”

Mistake No. 4: Choosing The Wrong Products for Acne-prone Skin
Harsh cleansers, alkaline bar soaps, and alcohol-based products may worsen acne, says Berson, who has consulted for skin care product-makers such as Procter & Gamble, and Neutrogena.
Reed says she advises patients to look for “noncomedogenic” or “for acne-prone skin” products. Noncomedogenic products don’t contain ingredients that tend to clog pores in people with acne-prone skin. Certain ingredients found in products such as cosmetics, sunscreen, and moisturisers are more likely to clog pores. They include isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl myristate, butyl stearate, isopropyl isostearate, decyl oleate, isostearyl neopentanoate, isocetyl stearate, myristle myristate, cocoa butter, acetylated lanolin, and D & C red dyes. Products containing oil can clog pores and lead to breakouts.

Mistake No. 5: Popping And Picking At Pimples
Popping and picking pimples prolong healing time and raise the risk of scarring. Infected material can get pushed further into the skin, leading to more swelling and redness. “People tend to groom the lesions. They examine them very closely several times a day and start imagining that there is something they can stick in the lesion or extract from the lesion. So, they pick and the lesion gets worse,” Reed says.

Mistake No. 6: Waiting Too Long To See A Dermatologist
It’s time to make an appointment once acne starts taking a toll on self-esteem, becomes painful, causes scarring, or if over-the-counter (OTC) medications aren’t clearing it up. Dermatologists have more tools to treat acne and can prescribe stronger concentrations of OTC medications and oral antibiotics. They also offer light and laser therapy and chemical peels. But these treatments are probably not necessary to treat a patient’s acne, Armstrong says.
Dermatologists can give prescription medicines that are tailored to the type of acne a person has and also their skin type, Reed says. It’s also possible a person could have rosacea, which usually requires different treatment than acne. Rosacea is a long-term disease that causes redness and pimples.

Mistake No. 7: Over-using Or Under-using A Prescribed Acne Medication
It is important for patients to use the medication as instructed. Over-usage won’t help clear the acne. It can cause more redness and dryness. Not sticking to a regimen delays any potential improvements. Half of the battle is consistency. Many people under-use because they lose motivation after the first two weeks. They can’t expect results overnight, Armstrong says. Under-using the medication by spot-treating fails to prevent breakouts. “You need to apply medication to the entire affected area that tends to break out, instead of spot treating. With spot treating, you haven’t addressed the area next to it, where another pimple could be brewing, Berson says.

Mistake No. 8: Stopping The Use Of Acne Medication Once It Clears Up
It’s best to step down medication usage by using it less and less. For example, if you’ve been using it twice a day, use it once a day for a while, then once every other day, then twice a week, and then stop. It often takes acne four to six weeks to return, just like it took it the same amount of time for it to get better.  To keep skin blemish-free, most people need to continue usage with at least one acne product. Do not stop using the product at once, but do it gradually.