Monday, January 13, 2014

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34 Little Health Skills For Every Women - Women Health Care

We polled hundreds of experts—from top doctors to restaurant menu planners to sex coaches—for all the essential health tips women need to eat better, feel better, and look better. What we found: fascinating advice and tricks to calm down anywhere pack any meal with antioxidants, outsmart germs in a public bathroom, squeeze in a 10-minute workout, and much, much more.

1. Slash your health Care Bills back at dental costs. For routine cleanings, go to a dental hygiene clinic, where students supervised by a dentist and hygienist train on patients. The Montgomery County Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic in Blue Bell, PA, for example, charges $15 for a cleaning and exam. Check colleges for clinics, or visit the American Dental Association's website for a national listing of dental schools.

Halve drug co-pays. Ask your doctor if she can prescribe a pill at twice the dose, to be cut in half by you or your pharmacist, reducing the cost by 50%. Also, fill your prescription at chain stores that sponsor savings programs for steep discounts. Walmart offers hundreds of $4 prescriptions. The Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens includes over 400 generics for less than $1 a week.

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3 Ways To Prevent AGEs And Wrinkles Naturally - Tips To Prevent Wrinkles

Doesn’t that first wrinkle line on your face trouble you day and night? Yes, it does. Growing old is inevitable. Ageing is the process that occurs when the body cells fall prey to external elements and wither off. So, don’t just sit and wait, rather indulge yourself in some implausible ways that help you regain that vigor and vitality.

Stay away from sun rays: Since it is winter time and most of us enjoy sitting out and soaking that sun, but sun rays are beneficial only in moderate amounts. The UV rays from the sun are a major cause of wrinkles. 

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10 Reasons Why You Should Have Sex Often - Sexual Health Tips

Thinking of making love? Good. Go ahead, as sex not only gives you the pleasure but also helps you relieve stress, sleep well and burn calories.

Let us take you through some of the great health reasons...

Improves cardiovascular health
Having sex more than twice a week decreases heart attack risk among men.

Relieves pain
Yes, sex is a great pain-reliever.  Having a headache, just jump on to the bed as when you are  about to orgasm, the level of oxytocin, increases by five times. The body also releases endorphins which help reduce aches and pains.

Increases immunity
Regular intercourse increases the level of immune-boosting antibody immunoglobulin A (IgA), which makes your body stronger against illnesses.

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Adopt Healthy Pregnancy Habits To Avoid Preterm Birth - Pregnancy Health Care

Being pregnant is one of the happiest moments in life. Despite the excitement that comes with it, it could be hard for you as you need to take extra care of your body and the foetus inside you during this time.

What is preterm birth?
According to World Health Organization (WHO), preterm is defined as babies born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy are completed. There are sub-categories of preterm birth, based on gestational age:

  • Extremely preterm (born at less than 28 weeks of pregnancy).
  • Very preterm (born between 28 to 32 weeks of pregnancy).
  • Moderate to late preterm (born between 32 to 37 weeks of pregnancy).
Sometimes, even a healthy pregnancy may make you go into preterm labor because it is usually not anticipated. Preterm birth also happens because the causes are not completely understood.

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Five Easy Ways To Kick Up Your Metabolism - Health Tips

Metabolism is the set of chemical transformations within the cells that is necessary for the maintenance of life. Putting it simple, right from breaking down the food to transforming it into energy, metabolism is the sum total of the entire internal biological processes.

Some people have great metabolism, as what they eat is never seen on their bodies, whereas some have it real slow. Though you can’t blame yourself for the slow metabolic rate you can definitely notch it up by following the simple tips:

Don’t skip your breakfast: ‘Eat breakfast like a king’ goes the adage. Your metabolism slows down during the night and if you skip your breakfast it further goes for a toss to conserve energy. This in turn can lead to unhealthy food choices in the day leading to weight problems. Having a healthy breakfast only, helps improve metabolism.

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Lips Care: Tips To Prevent Chapped Lips - Winter Specials

Chapped lips? Yes? That means winters are here in all its glory.

Dry winter air, the sudden blasts of wind, and the low humidity indoors can dehydrate your lips. We take extra precaution and cover our self from top to toe but our poor lips get exposed to the harsh winds. Continuous exposure to such winds makes them very fragile that tiny splits and cracks start to appear. That is quite a miserable thing and your skin peels off constantly leaving you in pain. Well, if you follow some tips, you can help ward off this misery:

Drink lots of fluids:  Just because it is winter, doesn’t mean you should limit your fluid intake. Summer or winter, have 8-10 glasses of water per day. When our body gets dehydrated, the first sign appears in your lips. So have enough water and other fluids and keep your body hydrated.

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Five Natural Ways To Prevent Hair Fall - Hair Fall Prevention
It’s normal to lose up to 100 strands a day, but anything more than that could be due to unhealthy diet, stress or even genetic. Instead of going in for the expensive chemical treatments that promise healthier hair, here are some best and natural ways to prevent your strands from falling.

Massage: Try massaging your scalp for a few minutes daily. This will help stimulate circulation and keep your follicles active and healthy. Massage your scalp by using few drops of mustard, sesame or almond oil which will help improve your circulation. Lavender or other essential oils also help.

Natural juices: You can rub your scalp with juices of garlic, onion or ginger and leave it for a few hours or overnight and wash it thoroughly in the morning.

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Four Tips To Stay Warm This Winter - Winter Care
The chill of winters has set in and staying warm has become a priority. We have some pointers here to beat the cold and enjoy this season:

Dress smart
Wear multiple layers of light and warm clothes as it will keep your body heat insulated. Choose clothes made of wool, cotton or fleeced synthetic fibers.

Keep your extremities covered as they are the first parts of your body to lose circulation in cold temperatures. Wear a scarf, mitten and woolen cap when you are heading out.

Eat right
Eat at regular intervals as the burning of food will keep your body warm. Include lots of food items which are rich in protein.

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Five Worst Celebrity Diets: Must Avoid In 2014 - Healthy Food
Keeping in mind the coming festive season, and the onslaught of excessive eating and drinking at parties, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) has come out with five worst celebrity diets to avoid, if you decide to act upon your New Year’s resolution to lose weight.

Breatharian Diet
Dieters following this regime do not eat food or drink any liquids because they believe that they can achieve sustenance through meditation from air and/or sunlight alone.
“There is nothing good we could ever say about the Breatharian Diet. You can be sure of weight loss if anyone attempted to ‘exist’ on this diet but this would also be accompanied by, dehydration, malnutrition and risk of death!,” said BDA.

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer revealed in an interview that she was once part of a cult that followed this diet.

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10 Easy Steps To A Perfect Do-It-Yourself Pedicure
Our feet are often the most neglected parts of the body when it comes to our beauty regime. A pedicure would not only improve the appearance of your feet and toenails it can help prevent nail diseases and disorders. You can get a pedicure at a beauty salon or simply learn the right steps to take care of your feet at home.

Step 1
Remove any existing nail polish with a mild remover.

Step 2
Put some bubble bath or Epsom salts in a tub filled with warm water and soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes. You can also put marbles or smooth pebbles in the tub and run your feet over them for relaxation.

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For New Moms: Top 5 Ways To Lose Weight - Post Pregnancy Health Tips
Most new moms are eager to hang up their maternity clothes as soon as their newborns arrive. But remember, slow and steady is the best way as losing baby fat in hurry may be harmful in the long run. So, new moms should take their time to get rid of the baby fat gained during pregnancy.

And shedding those unwanted kilos is not just about getting in to fit into those favorite jeans; it will also help promote good health in lifetime.

So, focus on eating a healthy diet including some physical activity every day to shed those extra kilos effectively. Here are a few tips to help new moms lose post pregnancy weight:

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Want to live longer? Tips to Live a Long And Healthy Life
I’m sure we all want to live a longer and healthier life. While it’s a tough game to get there, we can follow these simple steps to help us live a longer and healthier life.

Exercise: Physical activity and exercise, which is the key to healthy living, prevents the building up of visceral adipose tissue (the dangerous tummy fat that causes arterial inflammation and hypertension). Research has shown that exercising for just 20 minutes a day can add around two years to your life.

Water: Remember our bodies are 80% of water. So drink plenty of water - the elixir of life. It also helps remove toxins and wastes from your body. Drink at least 2 – 3 liters of water if you want to live longer.

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Hydration, A Regular Breakfast Gives a Sound Sleep
The festive season can be fun but also bring a lot of stress and sleeplessness. Don't skip breakfast and drink as much water as possible to sleep well.

You may start worrying about finding the perfect gift for your loved ones or over too many Christmas party invitations and such thoughts can have a negative impact on one's sleep pattern.

Sleep expert Nerina Ramlakhan has shared advice on getting a good sleep this festive season, ensuring you wake up refreshed and energized when the big day arrives, reports

She said: “Organizing and preparing for any big day or important event, such as Christmas, can be a daunting task. With a never ending list of things to do and a head swirling with information and thoughts it can prove difficult for anyone to switch off at the end of the day.

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Winterise Your Hair This Season - Hair Care Tips
The harsh winter winds can wreak havoc on your hair. Learn from veteran beauty expert Bharti Taneja on how to keep your locks nourished and protected through the cold months.

Update with the cold weather
The dry, cold air saps the moisture out of your strands, which can make your hair look dry, frizzy, lacklustre, and weak. Plus, the hot and dry air of blowers indoors also adds to the problem. Amp up your regular conditioning routine with moisture-rich hair treatments that deeply nourish the hair. Moreover, do not overlook the importance of conditioner after shampooing your hair. It is a vital part of hair care as it helps nourish and replenish hair. You can also use live-in conditioners or serums.

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Zebrafish Key To Understand Link Between Calcium Deficiency And Colon Cancer
Researchers studying zebrafish embryo skin have decoded cell messages underlying abnormal colonic cell growth of the kind that could lead to tumors and colon cancer in people suffering from calcium deficiency.

The researchers also tested this new mechanism in human colon cancer cells.

Cunming Duan, professor in the University of Michigan Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Ultimately, said that the new biological mechanism unraveled in zebrafish will help scientists understand the pathways that fuel low calcium-related abnormal colonic cell growth and how to stop that growth.

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5 Easy Home Remedies To Stop Loose Motions - Diarrohea Cure
Poor eating habits are perpetrators of common stomach disorders like loose motions, which in turn, bring in a host of health troubles like weakness, loss of appetite, stomach pain and dehydration. So, use these five easy home cures that won’t let those watery unformed stools keep you down.

Ginger: Try eating a little ginger as it reduces the formation of unpleasant gases in the stomach, thereby, helping in controlling loose motions.

Sweet lime/Coconut water: In case of mild loose motions, one can also try taking sweet lime water or coconut water. 

Mustard seeds: One can also try consuming a spoonful of mustard seeds with water as it brings remarkable change after sometime.

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5 Home Remedies To Cure Toothache - Oral Hygiene
Do you feel miserable when you bite into your favorite ice cream and you get a toothache? Toothache is one of the most common problems that is faced by anyone and the worst part is that it attacks without warning.

Toothache is characterised by acute and constant pain in the teeth. If not timely treated, it may be required to be extracted.

Generally, the ache is caused when the tooth starts decaying due to high intake of soft drinks, chocolates, candies, basically sugar in any forms. Hence, it is important to keep a check on this throbbing pain or else it may eventually lead to cavities, gum diseases and other tooth infections.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

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Berries Are Perfect Mask For Face - Skin Care Tips

Berries - Perfect For Skin Care 

Berries like raspberries and strawberries will help to achieve a glow this party season, says an expert.

“Exposure to pollution, tobacco and toxins, consumed in excess at this time of year, leaves us vulnerable to free radical attack. Berries are powerhouses for cell protection and the perfect snack for skin health," quoted Caroline Hitchcock, one of Britain's leading facialists, as saying.

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5 Natural Moisturisers For a Glowing Skin - Winter Special Skin Care

Everyone wants to grab attention and look their best and refreshing, be it any season. But, thanks to our stressful lives, faulty eating habits, pollution and most of all our lethargy, we neglect to take care of ourselves. A healthy skin and perfect radiance top the wish list of every woman irrespective of her age and profession.

It is not possible to rush to the salon to get beauty treatments or spend a lot on expensive cosmetic moisturizers, so we bring to you some easily available natural substitutes that will help you avoid harsh skin conditions caused by winter winds.

Honey: Honey is an excellent moisturizer for skin as it is a natural antibacterial, making it great for acne treatment and prevention. It also has antiseptic properties.

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5 Home Remedies to Cure Pimples - Skin Care Tips

Acne is amongst the most common skin problems that people of all age groups, especially teenagers face. There can be many reasons that attribute to the cause of the acne like stress, puberty, hormonal changes, menopause etc.

A very common myth is that acne will clear on its own once a person reaches adulthood but it may not be true in most cases. So instead of waiting for that good time to come, it is wiser to apply some home grown remedies for a clearer face.

Here are our five tips to cure pimples naturally:

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8 Things You Need to Focus Before You Party on New Year's Eve

New Year's eve is the time you bid goodbye to the old year and welcome a new year. It is a night for celebration and fun but before you hit the party scene, keep these few pointers in mind because a simple oversight can ruin your night or your life.
  1. Make sure you eat something before you hit the town because drinking on an empty stomach means that alcohol is absorbed faster into your bloodstream and in greater concentration leading to lead to quicker intoxication.
  2. Eat while you are drinking, especially foods with high protein content, as this will help slow the rate of alcohol absorption.
  3. It is important to know your limit and drink only if you want to. Be firm in your refusal when someone tries to force you to drink.
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Quit Smoking This New Year With These Simple Tips

New Year is here and so is the time to work on your resolution to quit smoking. Don't be disheartened if you are struggling to kick the butt, you are not alone in this uphill battle. In fact, it is among the top five New Year's resolutions people make each year which means there are many people out there just like you. First of all, you will have to deal with the addiction and the habits that go along with it - so start with a realistic plan to see you through this challenge.

1. Plan ahead
A reason or reasons motivated you to make this decision. What you need to do to succeed is to reinforce this motivation with a strong will-power. Go through your planner and choose a stress-free month to quit.

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Five Easy and Healthy Ways to Maintain Steady Heart Rate

A sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits are the top risk factors for heart diseases. Here are five strategies that you can adopt to protect your heart.

Eat healthy and maintain BMI: Eat a diet adequate in vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Minimize the amount of oil, unsaturated fat and cut on intake of red meat. Maintain a BMI between 20 to 25, which is considered to be the optimal weight. Being obese increases the risk of various heart diseases, high blood pressure and diabetes.

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Cracked Heels - 5 Easy Tips To Cure Your Cracked Heels
A cracked heel is a problem which almost everyone encounters. It is very important to take care of your toes to avoid cracked heels as this problem aggravates in winters.
Read on to know the best natural remedies to cure those cracked heels.

Home remedies to treat cracked heels:

1.    For treating cracked heels, apply a mixture of candle wax and mustard oil and leave it on overnight to see the difference.
2.    Cracked heel is a common problem but trust me, sesame oil works wonders. Apply it on your cracked heels before going to bed and you will fall in love with your feet the very next day.
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Relieve Your Asthma Symptoms Today - Tips to Prevent Asthma Attacks

Although there's no asthma cure, you can take steps to control the disease and help prevent its symptoms from worsening. However, asthma patients should reduce exposure to asthma triggers as they can aggravate the symptoms such as-coughing, wheezing, and difficulty catching your breath.

Below are some simple tips to help you prevent an asthma attack:

  • Identify things that trigger asthma attacks and avoid them. While physical activity can trigger asthma, it should not be avoided since it's a part of healthy lifestyle. Instead, one should consult the doctor about the medicines that can help to stay active.
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Tips to Cure Dry Eye Syndrome
According to the American Association of Ophthalmology, approximately 3.2 million women and 1.7 million men over the age of 50 suffer from chronic dry eyes. So, it's time to react. Experts suggest that use of lubricating ointment and fish oil supplements can help in curing the condition.

The surface of eye is always covered with a thin layer of liquid known as the tear film, essential for health of eye.

Sanjay Dhawan, director, Ophthalmology, at Fortis Hospital, says that chilly winds of winter season affect the eyes, causing dry eye syndrome because of cold, dry outdoor air and dry indoor heat.

Friday, January 10, 2014

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One Libertarian’s Dilemma: Genetic Testing or the FDA

An advantage astrologers have over genetic testing is that the predictions of astrologers are personally verifiable. An astrologer once emphatically stated that I had no chance of a career in international cricket or Hollywood. So far both claims have turned out to be remarkably accurate.

How does one personally verify a “12.5 %” increased chance of lung cancer, the sort of number the vendor for genetic testing 23andMe produces? If one develops lung cancer how would one know that the chances were indeed 12.5 %, not 6.25 % or 25 %?

We die only once. Whether one ends up with lung cancer or doesn’t, the veracity of the claim can be made only empirically. Meaning we need to see how many develop lung cancer out of 10, 000 people just like us.

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The Shocking Truth About Medication Errors

Let’s say a physician writes a prescription for Colchicine and accidentally orders “10.0 mg,” when he should have ordered “1.0 mg.” That’s a tiny decimal error, a mistake even the best doctor could make. But it can be catastrophic for the patient. The higher dose could cause Colchicine poisoning, similar to arsenic poisoning: burning in the mouth and throat, excruciating abdominal pain. Internal organs would melt away and death would likely occur within 24 to 72 hours.

The ease with which even the best doctors can make gruesome errors is why hospitals set up elaborate systems to check and double check orders before drugs are given to patients. Some hospitals are better at this checking than others. Medication errors happen all the time, an estimated one million each year, contributing to 7,000 deaths. On average there is one medication error every day for every inpatient. Let’s take a closer look at what’s contributing to these preventable errors.

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A New Way to Sue Health Care Professionals Using HIPAA?

Walgreens has been ordered to pay $1.44 million in a lawsuit brought against it for a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by one of its pharmacist employees.  While this may not sound like a big deal, this case represents only the second time HIPAA has been successfully used this way in court and it could have serious repercussions on the health care system.

The story begins when a Walgreens pharmacist looked up the medical records of her husband’s ex-girlfriend, whom she suspected gave her husband an STD. Apparently she found what she was looking for and told her husband about it, who then sent a text message to his ex and informed her that he knew all about her results.

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Why You Should Care About the Drugs Your Doctor Prescribes

The following column appears today on THCB, in the op-ed pages of the Los Angeles Times and at ProPublica.

Your doctor hands you a prescription for a blood pressure drug. But is it the right one for you?

You’re searching for a new primary care physician or a specialist. Is there a way you can know whether the doctor is more partial to expensive, brand-name drugs than his peers?

Or say you’ve got to find a nursing home for a loved one. Wouldn’t you want to know if the staff doctor regularly prescribes drugs known to be risky for seniors or overuses psychiatric drugs to sedate residents?

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Let’s Decriminalize Our Health Records

The governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin, devoted all of his annual speech to the problem of drug addiction. On the national news, Shumlin points out the link between prescription painkillers and death, and he calls for treating opiate addiction as a medical problem no different than cancer. The White House praised the governor’s position.

Meanwhile in another part of Washington, I’m involved in the federal effort to link the law enforcement Prescription Drug Monitoring Program databases to the health records physicians’ use, and to link the databases across state lines. The unintended consequences of criminalizing addiction and driving medical problems underground need to be considered here as well.