Suffering from chapped lips? This is how you can prevent it
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Suffering from chapped lips? This is how you can prevent it

Chapped, cracked and dry lips are the worst things about winter. Our lips lose moisture much faster than other parts of the body as there are no sweat or oil glands beneath the surface. "In winter, keeping the skin of the lips soft and smooth can present a problem due to lack of moisture and the effect of lip make-up," said beauty expert Shahnaz Husain. "But, before you move to expensive beauty salons for time consuming expert treatment, some home remedies like intake of sufficient quantity of fluids in form of soups, green tea, seasonal fruits, oil nourishment and intake of clean water can provide sufficient hydration and moisture to the body to get smooth lips in winters," she added. Husain further said that nutritional deficiencies can also lead to dry and chapped lips. Vitamins A, C and B2 are important for the lips. She recommends eating foods like citrus fruits, ripe papaya, tomatoes, carrots, green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole-grains, oats, and milk products. "Use glossy lipsticks and lip balms. Avoid soap and powder on lips. Remove lipstick with a cleansing cream or gel. Apply almond oil or cream at night and leave on," she added. Husain recommends the usage of argan and coconut oil to nourish the skin on the lips. Argon oil is actually native to Morocco, where it has been traditionally used for food purposes, as well as to treat skin and scalp problems. Today, it is being increasingly used to make cosmetics like moisturisers, creams, lotions, face packs, hair oils, hair conditioners, etc. Argan oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids and Vitamin E. Since it contains Vitamin E and antioxidants, it helps to delay the visible ageing sign and even rejuvenate the skin. It protects the youthful properties of the skin, like elasticity and resilience. As it is easily absorbed by the skin, it can be ideal for care of the lips. The fatty acids also nourish and soften the skin. The oil was used for medicinal purposes to cure skin problems and also heal and soothe burns. It nourishes the skin and improves skin texture. Coconut oil has also been valued for its nourishing and moisturizing ability. It has a great skin softening ability and helps to make the skin soft and smooth. It may be applied on the lips and is also said to protect the skin from the damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun. It is said to protect the skin better than cream. It also helps to heal cracks on the lips. In fact, it can be used to remove make-up from the face, including the lips. "Coconut oil may be applied on the lips and left on overnight. Or, it can be left on for 15 minutes and wiped off with moist cotton wool. The advantage is that unlike other preparations that may contain synthetic ingredients, coconut oil can be safely applied on the lips and even ingested. Another advantage is that unlike other oils, coconut oil does not become rancid," Husain said.
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Garlic is good for you ! It prevents various diseases
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Garlic is good for you ! It prevents various diseases

Fluorine is one of the most reactive elements in the periodic table and widely used in the pharmaceutical industry.
Natural garlic-derived compounds combined with flourine could be used as a potent drug therapy to block tumour growth and formation of blood clots, a study suggests. For centuries, garlic has been used as a natural medicine. Scientists have found that compounds in garlic serve as a natural antibiotic to prevent and fight various diseases and illnesses. In a study published in the journal Molecules, the researchers from the University at Albany in the US hypothesised that adding fluorine into natural garlic-derived compounds would enhance beneficial biological activity. Fluorine is one of the most reactive elements in the periodic table and widely used in the pharmaceutical industry. To test their hypothesis, the scientists modified several garlic compounds, replacing hydrogen atoms with fluorine atoms. Once completed, they used 10-day-old chick embryo eggs to compare the effectiveness of the fluorine-modified compounds and unmodified compounds as anti-angiogenesis and antithrombotic agents. Anti-angiogenesis agents are used to fight against cancer by blocking tumour growth, while antithrombotic agents help reduce the formation of blood clots. The results showed that the modified compounds were superior in biological activity and should be considered in the development of future drug therapies. "Our results show evidence that new pharmaceuticals can involve modifying naturally-formed garlic compounds to enhance their beneficial biological activity," said Eric Block, from the University at Albany.
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Is rain and joint pain related? Here is the answer
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Is rain and joint pain related? Here is the answer

There’s no correlation between achy joints and rainy weather, a study has found, debunking a common belief dating back centuries. Researchers from the Harvard Medical School in the US used a “big data” approach, linking insurance claims from millions of doctor’s visits with daily rainfall totals from thousands of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather stations. Previous research had suggested that people’s activity level is likelier than the weather itself to cause pain. The study, published in the journal BMJ, examined 11 million visits to doctors between 2008 and 2012. The research team asked a variety of questions: Did more patients seek care for back pain or joint pain when it rained or following periods of rainy weather? Were patients who went to the doctor for other reasons more likely to also report aching knees or backs around rainy days? What if there were several rainy days in a row? Even in the absence of a “rain effect” in the overall group, did patients with a prior diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis report more pain? The answers to all of these questions showed no meaningful link between joint pain and rainy weather. Overall, 6.35% of doctor visits included reports of pain on rainy days, compared with 6.39% on dry days. “We did not see any correlation between rainfall and physician visits for joint pain or back pain,” said Anupam Jena, from the Harvard Medical School.
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Struggling with constipation? Try this
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Struggling with constipation? Try this

Being trying all medicines? How about tweaking your diet for a change? Experts around the world have emphasized on the role of fiber in smoother bowel movements. Turns out, that it can play a highly effective role in preventing or reversing some health problems, especially chronic constipation, suggests a new study. Constipation is one of the most common condition faced by people across the world. People having fewer than three bowel movements a week are said to be constipated. Gradually, constipation has become a common problem in a sense that most of us almost think of it as routine. There are many reasons for people who experience this condition, and most of it has to do with the modern lifestyle and eating. According  to a latest study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, it has been found that constipation can be caused by not eating enough fibre, certain medications, not drinking enough fluids, anxiety and ignoring the urge to pass stools. Hard stools, straining to have a bowel movement, abdominal pain, nausea and bloating, are common symptoms of constipation. Rhubarb - a vegetable commonly consumed in rhubarb crumble - has a laxative effect which can help stop symptoms. The study revealed that rhubarb has anti-diarrhea effects - meaning it stops you needing the toilet as much if you suffer from diarrhea - curtesy its tannin content. There are several preventive measures in which you can naturally treat constipation. Increasing intake of fibre such as from fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains could be of great help too. Experts recommend 30g of fibre a day. However In case of severe symptoms finding blood in your stool, severe abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, one must seek immediate medical help.
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Here is a robot-assisted kidney transplant
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Here is a robot-assisted kidney transplant

Hyderabad’s Yashoda Hospital gave Raju Konga a new lease of life, courtesy a robot-assisted kidney transplant. This is the hospital’s third successful robot-assisted kidney-transplant surgery, since October. Robot-assisted surgery is not uncommon. Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, and Ahmedabad have seen high-tech surgeries in the last year. Costing about a lakh more (a kidney transplant costs about Rs 6,00,000) the trade-off is smaller incision, quicker recovery, less muscle cutting and better precision, according to doctors in Telangana Today. The system used was the Da Vinci Robotic Surgical Systems, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, and interestingly pioneered by an Indian-origin urologist, Dr Mani Menon, at the Henry Ford Hospital, in Detroit, Michigan. The technology, powered by robotics, translates the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, precise movements of miniscule instruments inside a patient’s body. One of the instruments used is a laparoscope, and it sends images to a video monitor. The surgeon is 100% in control of the system at all times. As of 2016, India has 32 Da Vinci systems, and 190 surgeons trained to use it. “Higher magnification through robot-assisted equipment improves the visibility of the surgical area, improving accuracy and precision of the surgeon,” said Dr Babu, the urologist at Yashoda, Hyderabad, who performed Mr Konga’s transplant, adding that the patient will now be able to lead a normal life.
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Study says Wi-fi and cellphones could increase the risk of miscarriage
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Study says Wi-fi and cellphones could increase the risk of miscarriage

Magnetic field radiation puts a stress on the body leading to genetic damage that can cause pregnant women to miscarry. A new study reveals that Wi-fi and cellphones increase pregnant women's risk of suffering a miscarriage by nearly 50 percent. According to the study, Magnetic field (MF) non-ionizing radiation, which is also given off by power lines and cell towers, has been found in past studies to put a stress on the body, leading to genetic damage that can cause pregnant women to miscarry. The study further revealed that those exposed to the highest levels of MF radiation are 48 percent more likely to lose their baby than women exposed to the lowest amounts. According to the US based study, MF radiation, in which everyone is exposed to at some extent, has previously been linked to cancer and has been recommended by the World Health Organization to be studied for its effect on pregnancies. The study further showed that miscarriages affect 15-20 percent pregnancies in the US and is defined as losing babies less than 20 weeks into their gestation. The research was carried out by the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California and analyzed 913 pregnant women at varying stages of their gestation. All of the participants carried an EMDEX Lite meter, which measures MF-radiation exposure, for 24 hours on a typical day and the results reveal pregnant women with the highest MF-radiation exposure have a 48 percent greater risk of miscarrying than those with the lowest exposure. Among those 24.2 per cent had a miscarriage compared to 10.4 per cent of those exposed to the lowest amounts. This risk occurs regardless of whether women have suffered miscarriages in the past and are therefore more likely to lose another baby before its birth. According to lead author Dr De-Kun Li, the study provides evidence from a human population that magnetic field non-ionizing radiation could have adverse biological impacts on human health.
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Want a Flat Tummy ? Try This
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Want a Flat Tummy ? Try This

Weight loss can be a slow process, especially when you're trying to shed those extra kilos from your belly. The fat that starts to accumulate around the belly is the most dangerous of all. There are certain foods that hinder the process of achieving a flat tummy. They ultimate key to reduce belly fat is by indulging into a healthy diet. All you have to do is to replace that junk intake with proteins, vegetables and whole grains. Many studies have shown a direct connection between high sugar intake and increased abdominal fat. Sugar-sweetened drinks are very unhealthy. Heavy intake of refined sugar directly affects the liver which gets overloaded with fructose and that excess fructose gets converted into fat. The best way is to consume fruits that are naturally high in sugar and do no harm. You must also avoid refined grains like white rice and white bread as they increase the level of blood sugar in the body which enhances the capacity of the body to store and accumulate fat, especially around the belly. Cut out on those extra calories by eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages from your diet and instead replace it with the keto diet. Keto diet is one of the most popular diets for those trying to achieve a flat tummy. A keto diet is basically a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver which are used as energy. Apart from this, sodium can cause water retention in the body which makes it difficult to achieve a flat tummy. Cutting down the intake of salt is one of the effective ways to lose belly fat. Packaged food items are the most harmful for our bodies as they contain high sodium content, hence they should be avoided at all costs for achieving a toned belly.
0 0 8 14 December, 2017 Alternative, Health more
Eat A Banana Daily ; Here Is Why
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Eat A Banana Daily ; Here Is Why

Bananas are the first foods for your little child, but it is one fruit that should be taken every day by people of all ages. The sweet, soft and full of nutrition fruit is readily available all year through. There is a general perception that bananas make you fat, however, the reality is the opposite. Bananas help you develop lean muscles, boost immunity and keep your blood sugar levels under control. Let us give you 7 reasons to gorge on this fruit each day, every day: 1. Feel Happy Bananas are rich in folate or vitamin B9 therefore capable of fighting depression by releasing serotonin (an antidepressant or the happiness hormone). 2. Reduce Stress Bananas contain norepinephrine – a neurotransmitter that regulates stress levels. Eat a banana and stay calm in the most natural way. 3. Burn Belly Fat Bananas are rich in choline – a B-vitamin essentially required to burn belly fat. Also, Bananas are a good source of magnesium that helps in protein synthesis and relaxing our muscles that paves the way for a lean body. Bananas help in lipolysis by which our body releases accumulated fat. 4. Avoid Bloating Bananas are an excellent source of potassium that helps relieve water retention and also facilitate anti-bloating bacteria in the stomach. Therefore making you look less bloated. 5. Less Snacking Bananas are the go-to food for healthy snacking. Eat a banana between your meals and you’ll never hover around chips, candies, cakes. 6. Feel Full Bananas are an excellent source of resistant starch that keeps you feeling full for longer as it slowly absorbs into the bloodstream. 7. Reduce LDLs Bananas are rich in phytosterols that fight LDL (bad cholesterol levels). So next time you consume those burgers, fries, or other unhealthy trans-fatty foods, you know what to eat next.
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Study says,  Physically stronger men are more attractive
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Study says, Physically stronger men are more attractive

In many mammalian species, females prefer the strongest males and the research from Griffith University reveals that it is the same for humans as well. Dr Aaron Sell, the study author and a senior lecturer at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia, says that the upper body strength makes a man attractive which includes having wider shoulders, being physically fit and having greater handgrip strength. "We weren't surprised that women found physically strong men attractive ... what did surprise us was just how powerful the effect was," said Dr Aaron Sell. He added: "Our data couldn't find even a single woman that preferred weaker or feminine male bodies." In the study, women were shown pictures of men's bodies and asked how attractive they were, to find out how important physical strength is to men's bodily attractiveness. The results showed that women predicted the attractiveness of a man's body from three things: how physically strong he looks, how tall he is, and how lean he is. The most shocking thing was none among the 150 women in the study, preferred weak men. Furthermore, the study found that looking strong was considered much more important for man's attractiveness than being tall or lean. Dr Sell mentioned: "Among our ancestors, one variable that predicted both a man's genetic quality and his ability to invest was the man's formidability." He added: "Therefore, modern women should still have mate choice mechanisms that respond to cues of a man's fighting ability. One crucial component of a man's ability to fight was his upper body strength."
0 0 7 13 December, 2017 Alternative, Fashion, Health, life more
Non-smokers are more attractive !
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Non-smokers are more attractive !

Smoking may look cool, but a new study has found it makes you look less attractive to the opposite sex. This theory was put to the test by researchers at Bristol University. A group of 500 people were asked to pick the most attractive of twins from 23 sets of them. "People hypothesise that smoking causes damage to the skin and appearance, but this is a really neat way at looking at it because these twins are genetically identical so we can control for genetic factors involved in ageing," co-author of the study Professor Ian Penton-Voak from Bristol University said. The results showed women found on-smoking men more attractive 69% of the time, while men chose female non-smokers in two-thirds of cases. Here is how smoking can impact your skin: * Smoking can speed up the ageing process. * Nicotine causes the blood vessels in the outermost layers of the skin to narrow. * Tobacco smoke chemicals can damage the skin's elasticity. * Facial expressions made when smoking can cause wrinkles. The notion that smoking can cause one to look less appealing can motivate people to quit the habit. "Appearance seems to be important to people, especially young people, so we could use these sort of findings as a basis for future interventions to stop people smoking," Professor Penton-Voak explained. "One type of smoking behaviour change intervention targeted at young people is the use of applications illustrating the changes in facial appearance likely if they age as a smoker and a non-smoker," he added. A 2014 survey revealed vanity took precedence over impact on health for smokers.
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