• 10 cancer symptoms men shouldn't ignore

    26/Apr/2016 // 461 Viewers

     

     Nagging back pain. Indigestion. Frequent urination. You may assume these are minor health issues that don’t need a doctor visit. But think again.

    Cancer symptoms are often vague. In fact, prostate cancer–the most common cancer in men–has some of the least obvious symptoms.

    “Men shouldn’t ignore their health,” says Therese Bevers, M.D., medical director of MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center. “It’s vital to stay informed, pay attention to changes in your body and report unusual symptoms to your doctor right away.”   

    Knowing what symptoms to look for can help your doctor find cancer early when it’s most treatable.

    Bevers shares some of the most common cancer symptoms in men.  

    1. Abnormal lump. Have you recently felt a mass or lump right below your skin? This may be a sign of cancer. Lumps normally show up in the breast, testicles, lymph nodes and soft tissues, like tendons and ligaments. Here’s what to do: Report it to your doctor immediately, especially if you just found it, or it has grown in size.


    2. Changes in your testicles. Have you noticed changes in the size of your testicles, like one or both have   gotten bigger? Maybe you’ve found a lump, or your testicles feel swollen or extra heavy. Any of these signs should send you straight to your doctor. Testicular cancer is most common in young and middle-aged men.

     
    3. Changes in your restroom habits. Suddenly need to use the restroom all the time? Or have pain when you go? This may be a sign of bladder or prostate cancer. Other signs to look out for are blood in your urine or stool. Changes in your bowel habits, like constipation or diarrhea that won’t go away, matter too.

     
    4. Changes in your skin. If you work long hours outside or have a history of blistering sun burns, check your skin more closely. What you think are signs of hard work might actually be skin cancer. Look for unusual bleeding, scaling or sores that do not heal. Other signs include warts as well as moles and freckles that change in color, size or shape. Bottom line: If you’ve got a strange spot on your skin, call your dermatologist.


    5. Indigestion or trouble swallowing. A prolonged painful burning sensation in your throat or chest shouldn’t be ignored – even if you suspect it’s from eating spicy food. Don’t think that regular indigestion or trouble swallowing is a normal part of aging either. It can be a sign of esophageal, stomach or throat cancer. 


    6. Persistent cough or hoarseness. Do you have a nagging cough? If it lasts more than three weeks, it’s a sign that something’s wrong. And whether you smoke or not, a cough that doesn’t go away can be a sign of lung cancer. Persistent hoarseness, wheezing, shortness of breath or coughing up blood are also signs to call your doctor right away.  


    7. Changes in your mouth. If you smoke, chew, dip or spit tobacco, you need to pay close attention to changes inside your mouth. White patches inside your mouth or white patches on your tongue may be pre-cancers. Left untreated, these areas can turn into oral cancer. Sores, unexplained bleeding, numbness or tenderness in the area around your mouth – like your tongue, lips and cheeks – should tell you that it’s time for a check-up.


    8. Unexplained weight loss. Are you dropping pounds without changing your diet or exercise habits? Call your doctor – even if you think they’re pounds you need to lose. Losing ten or more pounds for no known reason can be a sign of pancreatic, stomach, esophageal or lung cancer.


    9. Constant fatigue. Are you too tired to play with your kids? Or hang out with the guys after work? Are you constantly tired no matter how much rest you get? Don’t brush it off. Constant fatigue can be a sign of leukemia as well as some colon and stomach cancers.


    10. Persistent pain. Nagging back pain, a headache that won’t go away, abdominal or stomach pains – your doctor needs to know.  “No pain, no gain” doesn’t apply to cancer. And, persistent pain, no matter the location, can be the first sign that something’s wrong.  
    Remember, having one or more of these symptoms doesn’t mean you have cancer. But if they’re persistent, you need to go in for a checkup.

    “See your doctor and get your cancer risk assessed,” Bevers says. This assessment can help you understand whether or not you’re more likely to get cancer. That way you can make better choices to keep your body healthy and cancer-free. - maderson.org


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  • Why Fertility Treatments Aren’t Covered for Veterans

    26/Feb/2016 // 305 Viewers

     

     
    The U.S. government will help active-duty soldiers with the cost of IVF, but those who have left the military don’t have the same benefit—even when combat injuries make it impossible to have kids otherwise.
    Midway through Matt Keil’s second deployment in Iraq, he came home and married his fiancé, Tracy, in 2007.
    He had two weeks R&R; no time for a honeymoon.
    Before he went back to war the couple had the sort of conversation unique to newlyweds in the military. “I told her if you get a phone call that I’m injured, I’m probably fine,” Matt says. “But if they come to the apartment or to your work in person, then I’m dead.”
    Six weeks later the news came—a phone call, thankfully. Matt had been shot in the shoulder. It wasn’t until Tracy got to Walter Reed Army Medical Center that she got the full story. The sniper’s bullet had nicked Matt’s spine.
    “The doctor came in and told me he was paralyzed from the neck down, and he said it was a ‘Christopher Reeve’-type injury,” says Tracy.
    Questions overwhelmed them about the future, including whether they’d ever be able to have children. It seemed like something they could figure out later.
     “They were kinda telling us we’re putting the cart before the horse,” Matt recalls. “‘You guys got to get through a whole hell of a lot of rehab.’”
    Time was running out, though, and the Keils didn’t realize it.
    To have children they’d need help: in vitro fertilization. But IVF is expensive, costing, on average, at least $12,000 per cycle of treatment, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
    The Pentagon’s health-care system for active-duty troops covers IVF for wounded soldiers like Matt Keil. The Department of Veterans Affairs for veterans doesn’t. By the time the Keils learned about the difference, it was too late.
    “We were just swallowing the fact that he was never going to go back to work,” Tracy says. “But finding out that IVF wouldn’t be covered because we agreed to retire out so quickly, that was hard, because nobody told me that.”
    A law passed in 1992 made it illegal for the VA to pay for IVF, which some people oppose because embryos are often destroyed in the process.
    The only option for the Keils would have been to get the procedure done immediately after Matt’s injury. They had missed the window.
    Matt was just starting to accept that with the limits of current science he might never walk again. But the limit on his ability to pay for IVF was put in his way by Congress.
    “This is a direct result of a combat injury,” says Tracy. “Don’t tell me that his service wasn’t good enough for us to have a chance at a family. Because we’ve already lost so much. I just want to have a family with the man that I love and please don’t make this any worse than it already has to be.”
    In the decades since Congress banned IVF for the VA, the procedure has become much more common. And about 1,400 troops came back from Iraq and Afghanistan with severe injuries to their reproductive organs. Thousands more have head injuries, paralysis or other conditions that make IVF their best option.
    Bills to change the law come up periodically, only to be blocked at the last minute, says Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington. “They don’t come out and say that directly, but there continues to be a backroom concern about the practice of IVF,” Murray says. Murray’s bipartisan IVF bill nearly passed last summer.
    Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who is staunchly against abortion rights, effectively blocked it. Tillis declined requests for comment, but said at the time that he opposed the bill because other problems at the VA need to be fixed first.
    The Congressional Budget Office estimates a change in VA policy to pay for fertility treatment could cost more than $500 million over four years.
    Murray says vets should get the same options as active-duty troops. “It’s really ridiculous that Congress would deny a widely used medical procedure to our veterans just because of their own … beliefs,” she says.

    Rep. Jeff Miller, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said he’s working toward a compromise that “meets the needs of this special group of severely injured veterans while being sensitive to concerns surrounding IVF procedures.”
    In the meantime, many fertility clinics across the country offer discounted rates for veterans who are paying out of their own pockets for IVF.
    For the Keils, who spent the year after Matt’s injury figuring out how their new life could work, offers like that came too late.
    “We weren’t at a good spot in our marriage at the time, and thought that if we’re going to bring kids into this world they need to be brought into a healthy relationship,” says Matt.
     “What if we didn’t even end up staying together?” Tracy adds.
    They took a year to work it out, and then decided it was for sure—their marriage would survive. They also wanted a family.

    “We were ready, and it didn’t matter what it was going to take,” Tracy says.
    The VA told them what they already knew—no coverage for IVF. The decision still seemed crazy to them, considering how much medical care VA would pay for.
    “I served my country. I was injured,” Matt says. “All my medical supplies are paid for, but the one thing they won’t facilitate [by] paying—that I lost the ability to have— as a family.”
    Paying for IVF on their own seemed impossible to Matt and Tracy.
    Matt’s condition meant that IVF would be even more of a financial strain than usual. Among other things, Tracy was her husband’s full-time caregiver, and they would need to hire help while she was getting treatments.

    Their savings weren’t going to cut it.
    But then a veterans charity paid for the Keils’ wheelchair accessible house, so they could target their money toward IVF. The local VFW held a fundraiser to help. Kids all around Denver and then Colorado set up lemonade stands and collected donations, too.
    The couple’s twins, Faith and Matthew, were born in November 2010. They ride on the back of their dad’s motorized wheelchair. When he wants to lift them high in the air they jump on his feet and he reclines the chair until he’s upside down.
    This winter the kids are outside building igloos and snowmen.
    Thousands of vets have injuries that make IVF their only option for having a family. Matt and Tracy Keil say they want them all to get that chance.


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  • Regular exercise makes brain looks fresh and younger

    26/Mar/2016 // 214 Viewers

     

    A health Researcher at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine has come out with health report that regular exercise is ghuman brainood for brain and mental development.

    The study revealed that older adults who exercise regularly could buy an extra decade of good brain functioning. Explaining further, he said, older people who engages in regular exercise retained more of their mental skills over the next five years, versus older adults who got light exercise or none at all.

    The Researcher furthered added that on average, those less-active seniors showed an extra 10 years of “brain aging,” Thus, the findings do not prove that exercise itself slows brain aging.

    Other similar studies in this area have shown that physical activity boosts blood flow to the brain, and may enhance the connections among brain cells.

    Exercise can also help manage “vascular risk factors,” such as high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels and diabetes, Wright pointed out.

    That’s important because many studies have suggested that some of the same risk factors for heart disease and stroke also boost the odds of dementia.

     


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  • Diabetes cure revealed!

    27/Apr/2016 // 358 Viewers

     

    Punch - If you have diabetes, what I’m about to share with  you in this post could prevent you from having a premature heart attack, save your eyesight, kidneys, legs, and nerves—even save your life. www.healthvitalneeds.com

    Diabetes has a devastating effect on virtually every system in the body. This is what sets the stage for a variety of diabetic complications. But, as I will explain, this devastation is largely preventable if you consistently do the following:

    Avoid High Fat Animal Diet (Such as Red Meat and The Fats in Meats) There is an enzyme called GnT-4a.This enzyme is responsible for enabling the production of Insulin from the pancreas. When this enzyme is not available, insulin production is altered. www.healthvitalneeds.com

     
    Scientific studies have found that eating high amounts of animal fats like red meats from cows, goats, dogs, lambs etc disrupts the production of this hormone, hence limiting or making the production of Insulin less likely by the pancreas. When Insulin is not produced in this case, blood sugar will be elevated leading to the development of type2 diabetes. www.healthvitalneeds.com

    Avoid Consuming Huge Amounts of Refined Carbohydrates:
    What are refined carbohydrates? Refined carbohydrates are all foods in packaged food products.

    Such as:

    All categories of soft drinks
    Biscuits, Short breads, white breads, wheat bread,
    crackers.

    All snacks made of flour whether baked, roasted, smoked, or fried.
    All foods processed and packaged in cans and bottles Research has found out
    that by simply eating with “minerals” or soft drinks all the time, there is a 20% chance of developing diabetes in a 5 year period.Yet, I know many people who can not go a day without taking a bottle of soft drink.

    Avoid Smoking:
    An online scientific journal from the American Medical association recently disclosed a review of a study conducted which showed that those who smoke has a 44% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

    Avoid A Sedentary lifestyle :
    For most people, this period is for vacation and relaxation even at that you must not break your regular exercise regimen.A sedentary lifestyle is one that is void of regular exercise. Everybody knows this that lack of exercise leads to weight gain. The truth is that a sedentary lifestyle can be life threatening. A life void of exercises can lead to a very weak heart and eventual heart failure (diseased heart) and this easily results after prolonged physical inactivity. Lack of exercise leads to the following problems; high blood pressure and poor blood sugar regulation which eventually results in diabetes.www.healthvitalneeds.com

    After all, the effect of exercise on the body is the same effect that Insulin has on the blood stream

    In other words, the work of Insulin is to convert excess sugar in the body to energy thereby lowering blood sugar levels.

    The same goes with exercises. Exercising daily helps the heart and body to burn excess sugar and converts them to energy thereby lowering the excess blood sugar levels.

    Go The Natural Way:
    The natural way is the only ‘true way’.  Inside this natural solution, we have harnessed the power of an all-natural remedy that works well without any side effect.

    Consuming this Nature-Endowed food will make your body whole again, the way you were supposed to be. And it works great especially if you’d like to reverse diabetes and keep it away for good.

    No, this isn’t some ‘magic pill’. You’re too smart to believe that something like that exists. This is natural, the way God intended. See it here www.healthvitalneeds.com 


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  • 10 common habits that damage your kidneys

    28/Dec/2016 // 849 Viewers

     

    Kidneys are an essential part of the body’s purification system.

    For many reasons, it is imperative to take good care of the kidneys but several people are guilty of letting down this important organ.

    Here are some of the common ways humans put their kidneys at risk.

    Holding in urine

    This might sound odd, but almost everyone does it. The urge often comes during a car ride, in the middle of a phone call, or when there isn’t a bathroom nearby.

    Holding in urine on a regular basis increases pressure, which can lead to kidney failure and kidney stones. When nature calls, it’s best to listen.

    Insufficient water intake

    One of the important functions of the kidneys is to filter blood and get rid of toxins and waste materials that can harm the body.

    When you don’t drink enough water, those toxins and waste materials start to accumulate, eventually causing severe damage.

    High salt consumption

    Regularly eating too much salt can also cause huge damage to your kidneys as well as other health problems. The kidneys metabolise 95 percent of the sodium consumed through food.

    When salt intake is high, the kidneys need to work harder to excrete the excess salt. This, in turn, can lead to decreased kidney functioning, causing water retention in the body.

    Water retention can cause a spike in blood pressure and increase the risk of developing kidney disease.

    High protein diet 

    Consuming an excess of animal protein (especially red meat) increases the metabolic load on the kidneys.

    The more animal protein one consumes, the harder the kidneys have to work, which can cause stress and lead to kidney damage.

    Sugar overdose

    Studies have shown that people who consume two or more sugary drinks a day are more likely to have protein in their urine.

    Protein in urine is an early sign that the kidneys are not doing their job properly.

    High caffeine consumption

    Caffeine can raise blood pressure and put extra stress on the kidneys, just as salt can. Over time, excess coffee consumption (or caffeine consumption) may lead to kidney damage.

    Drinking alcohol in excess

    Drinking in moderation is fine, but excessive drinking can cause significant damage to your kidneys. Alcohol is a toxin that puts a lot of stress on your kidneys and liver.

    Smoking cigarettes

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking is bad for almost every organ of the body, including the kidneys. Several studies have shown the connection between smoking and kidney disease.

    Smoking increases blood pressure, reduces blood flow and narrows the blood vessels in the kidneys. It can even accelerate loss of kidney functions and worsen existing kidney diseases.

    Regular use of analgesics

    Many of us have the habit of taking analgesics (over-the-counter painkillers) to control pain and reduce fever and inflammation. But this can damage different body organs, including the kidneys.

    Sleep deprivation 

    Chronic sleep deprivation is linked to many health problems, including kidney disease.

    The body works while sleeping to repair kidney tissue that may be damaged, so depriving the body of sleep makes it harder to heal.

    *Original post appeared first on 'The Cable Lifestyle'


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  • How to naturally cure weak erection, last longer and go many rounds in bed

    28/Jul/2016 // 1150 Viewers

     

    *WARNING: This short article is ONLY for men who care about their sexual health and marriage. Do not read if you do not care about your sexual health because something in it will shock you.
     
    How? 
     
    You may not have noticed but a prevalent situation in marriages today is infidelity among couples mostly resulting from a poor sex life.
     
    What do I mean by a poor sex life? 
     
    • It is when couples do not have regular sex; when sex is handled as a duty, rather than a lovemaking relationship. • It is when a man is suffering from sexual issues like chronic weak erection, loss of stamina or poor libido and this is affecting their sex lives. • It is when the woman does not enjoy the sex because it does not lead to orgasm for her
     
    Women too have their sexual issues but from my experience, the problem is usually from the man in about 73% of the cases.
     
    If your wife is secretly complaining about your poor performance in bed, then you’ve got to read on!
     
    Since I launched the ComeShowLove Blog for men in 2013, I have received several emails from men who want help badly because their bedroom performance is really BAD. Let me make this known to you, most women cheat because their husbands cannot satisfy them sexually as a result of poor sex life.
     
    There are other reasons why married women cheat BUT a poor sex life is at the top of the list!
     
    The question I want to ask you now is “Do You FEEL Bad About Your Sexual Performance and Want to Do Something About It?” I mean do you have challenges such as the ones listed below?
     
    • Weak or Inconsistent Erections 
    • Quick Ejaculation • Inability to go more than one round 
    • Low Sexual Stamina
    • Decrease in Libido (also known as Sex drive)
     
    • Lack of Knowledge on how to Satisfy a Woman In Bed 
    • A small penis • Low sperm count If your answer is YES…I can tell you that it is not your fault if you have such issues 
     
    Why?
    Number 1: A lot of men suffer from sexual related challenges because nobody ever taught you anything about sex including your parents, teachers and religious leaders. The general assumption is that your sex life is something you have to magically figure out by yourself. The result is that some men get lucky with it…a lot struggle with it.
     
    Number 2: A lot of men suffer from sexual related challenges because there is a LOT of misinformation going around when it comes to sexual issues. For instance, in order to treat quick ejaculation, most men will seek advice from their friends or co-workers and they will get stupid advice like: 
     
    • Drink 2 bottles of Star 1 hour before sex 
    • Drink 2 bottles of Alomo bitters 
    • Use a depressant or cream 
    • Buy and swallow some pills or use spray 
    • See a herbal doctor (who is looking for ways to make some quick bucks)
     
    If you are lucky, some of these silly advice may give you temporary results and if you are unlucky, some of them can actually wreck your sexual life.

    Credit: Naij.com
     
     
     
     
     


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  • The best time to make love and get pregnant

    28/May/2016 // 3653 Viewers

     

     TIMING, as the saying goes, is everything. And when it comes to the human body, this couldn’t be truer. Our ups and downs over a 24-hour period are ruled by our ‘circadian rhythms’—fluctuations in our hormones, body temperature and blood pressure, which govern both our mood and energy levels. Now, a growing body of scientific research is proving just how significant timing is to our daily emotions, needs and abilities. So, from the best time of day to have sex to the hour you’re most likely to die, here are the secret ways scientific findings reveal your body clock rules your life.

    The best to have sex is…5.48am:-

    Male and female sex drives peak at different times of day, and there’s only a small window when both partners are truly in the mood. Men’s levels of the hormone testosterone surge during the night, when they are around 25 to 50 per cent higher than normal. This is because the pituitary gland, which governs its production, automatically switches on overnight. A woman, by contrast, has to fight high levels of melatonin (the sleep hormone) in her blood.

    But women, too, have testosterone in their bodies that boosts sexual desire. And a recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that sunlight boosts testosterone by stimulating the hypothalamus (the part of the brain responsible for hormones). So the rising sun gets both men and women in the mood. ‘Testosterone levels in men and women are highest in the morning, ’explains sex therapist Geraldine Myers. ‘The energy levels of both are highest, too. Mentally, they are less occupied with life’s demands, so it’s the perfect time.’

    Experts pinpoint 5.48am—just enough time for a woman to warm up before her partner loses the urge—as the best time for sex. This is also when couples are most likely to reach orgasm, according to Italian research. Better set that alarm.

    You’re most likely to have a heart attack at … 6.53 am:- 

    On the other hand, you might not want to engage in anything too vigorous. For researchers at Harvard University have found that the morning— in particular the last phase of sleep—is the time you’re most in danger of a heart attack. Intense dreaming during the last half hour or so of sleep can cause your heart to consume large amounts of oxygen, as can the physical demands of waking and getting out of bed. The adrenal glands are also producing more adrenalin than normal in order to shock your body into waking up, and this can trigger  ruptures in the coronary arteries.

    The best time to weigh yourself is … 7.40 am:- 

    It may come as no surprise that stepping on the scales first thing (after going to the loo, but before eating breakfast) gives the most accurate reading of your weight. But a study by Brown University in the U.S. found that 61 per cent of people who weighed themselves in the morning actually maintained their weight over a period of six months, while those who stepped on the scales less often—or later in the day—fluctuated massively. This is because it’s easiest to spot weight gain (or loss) first thing, when you know you haven’t put anything into your body.

    You’re at your happiest at 8am…:- 

    Though mornings are associated with stress, tiredness and rushing around, this is the time of day when we’re most upbeat. In an academic study that monitored Twitter over a two-year period, researchers at Cornell University in the U.S. found that people wrote the happiest messages at this time of day. ‘We saw the influence of something that’s biological or sleep-based,’ said Scott Golder, one of the study’s authors. ‘Regardless of the day of the week, the mood rhythm is the same.’

    The worst time to drink coffee is … 9.17am:-

    Morning is the worst time of day to drink coffee, experts have found. While most of us reach for a caffeine boost to wake us up, a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine showed that it can, in fact, have the opposite effect. This is because, early in the day, our body is full of cortisol, a hormone that makes us feel alert and awake. So your body is ‘naturally caffeinated’—and doesn’t need that expensive latte after all. ‘By consuming caffeine when it is not needed, your body will build a faster tolerance to it, and the buzz you get will greatly diminish,’ explains neuro-scientist Steven Miller.

    You look your best at … 10.06 am:- 

    Though you may not feel it,10.06am is the time when women hit their beauty peak. With hair freshly washed and make-up newly applied, they feel their physical best in the morning, according to a study of 1,000 women by a group of leading skincare specialists in May. Contrast that with 4.05pm, when stress levels take their toll and they hit a beauty low.

    You’re most likely to die at … 11.00am:- 

    Scientists have discovered the time of day we are likely to die is written in our genes. Researchers looking at the sleeping patterns of 1,200, 65-year-olds found those with certain types of genes (called ‘AA’) were most likely to pass away at 1 lam. This is because these genes, which make you more likely to be an early riser, often trigger acute medical events such as heart attacks and strokes around this time. Clifford Saper of Harvard Medical School, which published the research in the Annals of Neurology in 2012, says: ‘Even death must obey the biological clock in each of us, and around 11 am is the average time.’

    You need a nap at …12.37am:- 

    While most of us are familiar with the post-lunch slump, our bodies actually start slipping far earlier. Your body temperature, which has been rising since dawn to get your body going, begins to drop around midday, and the brain’s pineal gland starts producing a small amount of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. One theory is that it dates from our ancestors, who lived in eastern Africa. Partially shutting the body down is thought to have helped them sleep through the fierce midday heat. 

    The best time to clean the house is…3.13pm:- 

    Hand-Eye coordination is at a high at this time of day. making you a dab hand with that dust. Endorphins—the chemical messengers in the brain that reduce pain—also surge in the afternoon, minimising aches that may come from stooping over the Hoover. ‘This is when coordination is at its peak and mood levels are high,’ explains Michael Smolensky, author of The Body Clock Guide To Better Health. If you don’t fancy cleaning the house, now’s the time to get on top of those fiddly chores —such as sewing on name badges for next term—to make the most of your elevated hand-eye coordination.

    You’re unlikely to impress at …4.41pm:- 

    We are our least sociable between 4pm and 6pm—and least likely to impress. The theory is that a dip in our post-lunch energy levels causes our mood to drop, which decreases our overall thinking capacity. As a result, we run out of clever and interesting conversation. According to the Harvard Business School, you stand a lower chance of getting a job if you are interviewed between 4pm and 6pm. Researchers who analysed data from 9,000 applications found that when five candidates with similar qualifications were seen on the same day, the person seen last was rated the lowest. 

    You ‘ll most likely get pregnant at… 6.25pm:- 

    If you ‘re wanting to conceive a baby, try straight after you get home from work. Tests at Italy’s University Of Modena found that a man’s sperm peaks in potency at this time. More than 75 per cent of the males studied produced greater concentrations of faster sperm in the early evening—around 35 per cent higher than other times of day. 

    You’re at your most creative at … 10.51pm:- 

    Though your eyelids may be drooping, problems that need open-ended thinking are best left until late in the evening, scientists have discovered. A study of 400 students in the U.S. found that the more tired we are, the more our mind wanders and so the more creative we become. This is also the time of day for storing things in our long-term memories. Immediate recall is highest in the morning, but for longer retention, reading something at 10.51pm is best. ‘Memory depends on nucleic acids and these show circadian rhythms,’ explains Michael Smolensky. In other words, the chemicals our brains use to form memories are highest at night.

    The best time to have baby is … 4.36am:- 

    Worldwide, more babies are born between 3am and 5am than at any other time. It may not be the most convenient hour to dash to hospital, but it’s our body’s way of telling us that this is the safest and healthiest time to give birth. The reason is that the extremely relaxed state of our brains and muscles, as well as our lowered pain sensation—due to the high levels of melatonin in the body—makes it the best time for babies to arrive. - Vanguard


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  • 3.2m Nigerians living with HIV – Expert

    28/May/2016 // 422 Viewers

     

    The Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Human Virology of Nigeria, IHVN, Dr. Patrick Dakum, has revealed that Nigeria has more children living with Human Immuno Virus, HIV, in the world, and that about 3.2 million people are living with the virus in the country.

    The CEO, who stated this during a press conference organised in collaboration with Access Bank in Lagos recently, noted that since the past three decades, the virus has claimed many lives, adding that IHVN has been established to make provision for quality laboratory support, prevention, care and treatment for people living with HIV and other infected diseases as about 220,000 acquire HIV virus annually.

    He explained that IHVN in its own capacity has counseled and tested over 8.7 million people who now know their HIV status and make informed choices about their lives; enabled 69,540 women living with HIV to give birth to HIV free children, and helped over 256,000 adults and 15,771 children with drugs for HIV to live positively with the disease.

    Dr. Patrick said, “it is not about what IHVN have done but about what we can all do to build a future in which our children can respond to diseases that they may face. We see a future in which scientists are nurtured to research into diseases and this is a step towards building it. The International Research Center of Excellent that the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria, IHVN, plans to build will be a center of excellence in prevention, treatment, care and research into infectious and non-infectious diseases”.

    He stretched that over the years samples were been taken out of the country to carryout tests and researches but the institute was trying all its possible best to ensure that these samples were treated here in Nigeria and also to ensure quality results.

    “We appreciate the support of partners such as Access Bank, that worked with us to organize this event. Beyond this event however, we seek your commitment and support that will attract funding and materials that will turn our plans on paper to an actual building. Every kobo can make a huge impact. Let us contribute to a better future” he said

    Also lending their voices, the Executive Director of Access Bank Plc. Mr. Victor Etuokwu and the CEO of Dangote foundation Mrs. Zouera Youssoufou, discloses their interest in going into partnership with IHVN to build an International Research Centre of Excellent to research in infectious and non-infectious diseases.

    Mr. Otuokwu noted that the country needs to imbibe research culture in order to move to a better state, adding that Access Bank was enthusiastically involve in this framework to ensure development in healthcare.

    He also urged Nigerians to encourage the institute since they have decided to take up task of research in the country.


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  • 7 reasons to drink more water

    29/Feb/2016 // 292 Viewers

     

    PARIS, FEBRUARY 29, 2016: /DGW) - Recent studies have shown that water is a nutrient to one's body and  drinking enough water is scientifically proven to be  essential to one's health and here are seven reasons for one to drink more of it to enable one stay healthy.

    (1) Trying to lose weight?

    Water revs up metabolism and helps you feel full.

    Replace calorie-filled beverages with water, and drink a glass before meals to help you feel fuller.

    Drinking more water helps amp up metabolism - especially if your glass is icy cold. Your body must work to warm the water up, burning a few extra calories in the process.

    (2) Water Boosts Your Energy

    If you're feeling drained and depleted, get a pick-me-up with water. Dehydration makes you feel tired.

    The right amount of water will help your heart pump your blood more effectively.

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    And water can help your blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells.

    (3) Lower Stress With Water

    About 70% to 80% of your brain tissue is water. If you're dehydrated, your body and your mind are stressed.

    If you're feeling thirsty, you're already a little dehydrated.

    To keep stress levels down, keep a glass of water at your desk or carry a sports bottle and sip regularly.

    (4)  Build Muscle Tone With Water

    Drinking water helps prevent muscle cramping and lubricates joints in the body.

    When you're well hydrated, you can exercise longer and stronger without "hitting the wall."

    (5) Nourish Your Skin

    Fine lines and wrinkles are deeper when you're dehydrated. Water is nature's own beauty cream.

    Drinking water hydrates skin cells and plumps them up, making your face look younger.

    It also flushes out impurities and improves circulation and blood flow, helping your skin glow.

    (6) Stay Regular With Water

    Along with fiber, water is important for good digestion.

    Water helps dissolve waste particles and passes them smoothly through your digestive tract.

    If you're dehydrated, your body absorbs all the water, leaving your colon dry and making it more difficult to pass waste.

    (7) Water Reduces Kidney Stones

    The rate of painful kidney stones is rising. One of the reasons could be because people -- including children -- aren't drinking enough water.

    Water dilutes the salts and minerals in your urine that form the solid crystals known as kidney stones.

    Kidney stones can't form in diluted urine, so reduce your risk with plenty of water! -WebMD

     


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  • Breast is best for babies, mothers and economy

    29/Jan/2016 // 328 Viewers

     

     

    AFP - Breastfeeding more babies for longer could save the global economy some $300 billion in a single year, simply by yielding smarter and higher-earning offspring, researchers said Friday.
    It would also prevent more than 800,000 child deaths, and about 20,000 breast cancer deaths every year.
    "Breastfeeding saves lives and money in all countries, rich and poor alike," said Cesar Victora from the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil, one of the authors of a research series published by The Lancet medical journal.
    "There is a widespread misconception that the benefits of breastfeeding only relate to poor countries. Nothing could be further from the truth," he said in a statement.
    The findings were based on analysis of 28 scientific reviews and meta-analyses that looked at the proven health and economic benefits of breastfeeding.
    The authors said this was the largest and most detailed analysis of its kind ever done.
    It concluded that breastfeeding led to a "dramatic" improvement in life expectancy.
    In high-income countries, it reduced the risk of sudden infant deaths by more than a third.
    In low-and middle-income countries, it could prevent about half of diarrhoea episodes and a third of respiratory infections.
    Altogether, about 800,000 children's lives could be saved every year -- the equivalent of about 13 percent of all deaths in children under two.
    "It also increases intelligence," said the statement.
    "Modelling conducted for the series estimates that global economic losses of lower cognition from not breastfeeding reached a staggering $302 billion (276 billion euros) in 2012."
    This was about half a percent of the world's gross national income.
    Last year, a study in The Lancet Global Health journal said breastfeeding led to increased adult intelligence, longer schooling and higher adult earnings, regardless of family background.
    That research had tracked the development of 3,500 people in Brazil over 30 years from birth.
    The new series said boosting breastfeeding rates for children under six months to 90 percent in the United States, China and Brazil, and to 45 percent in Britain, would dramatically cut treatment costs of common childhood illnesses such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and asthma.
    In the US, the saving would be $2.45 billion, in Britain $29.5 million, in China $223.6 million and in Brazil $6 million.
    For women, longer breastfeeding has been shown to reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, the study authors said, and estimated that some 20,000 women's deaths could be prevented per year.
    - Rates are low -
    Yet, one in five children in high-income countries are breastfed to 12 months, and one in three in low- and middle-income countries are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their lives.
    In Britain, about one percent of children are breastfed until the age of one, in Ireland about two percent and in Denmark three percent -- among the lowest rates in the world.
    Breastfeeding is much more common in poor countries.
    Breast milk is free, nutritious and protective against disease, but not always practical for women who cannot be on call around the clock.
    In some societies, it is frowned upon to breastfeed in public.
    And in some cases, it can be dangerous -- breastfeeding can pass on the HIV virus that causes AIDS from infected mothers to their children.
    "Currently, breastfeeding promotion focuses on encouraging women to breastfeed without providing the necessary economic and social conditions such as supportive healthcare systems, adequate maternity entitlements and workplace interventions, counselling and education," said co-author Nigel Rollins from the World Health Organisation.
    Another problem was "aggressive marketing" of breast milk substitutes -- with global sales set to reach $70.6 billion by 2019.
    The researchers called for political commitment and financial investment to make it easier for women to breastfeed, and tighter regulation of the breast milk substitute industry.
     
     
     
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