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NO SAFE LEVEL OF SMOKING, STUDY FINDS

Smokers need to quit cigarettes rather than cut back on them to significantly lower their risk of heart disease and stroke, a large BMJ study suggests. People who smoked even one cigarette a day were still about 50% more likely to develop heart disease and 30% more likely to have a stroke than people who had never smoked, researchers said. They said it showed there was no safe level of smoking for such diseases. But an expert said people who cut down were more likely to stop. ‘Stop completely’ Cardiovascular…

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G-strings trigger vaginal infections – Gynaecologist

Women, especially the youth who are in the habit of wearing skimpy underwears known as G-strings or thongs excessively, are at risk of contracting vaginal infections, a medical expert has cautioned. A Gynaecologist at Healthlinks Medical clinic, Dr Clarence O. Addo-Yobo in an interview with The Mirror noted that the infections, if not treated could result in unpleasant discharge, pains, swelling and likely cause harm to the reproductive system. The gynaecologist also warned that excessive wearing of tight jeans, also called ‘skinny’ could trigger abrasion around the vulva. Dr Addo-Yobo…

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Rwanda gov’t bans shisha smoking

Rwanda has banned smoking of water-pipe tobacco, popularly known as shisha, starting Friday. Rwanda becomes the second country in Africa to ban shisha smoking after Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli imposed the ban in July last year. CANCER Other countries with similar bans are Pakistan, Jordan, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. The Rwanda Health ministry has also outlawed the importation, advertising and smoking of shisha within its territory over health concerns. In a public notice effective December 15, 2017, the ministry warns of sanctions to those who flout the ban arguing…

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8 Things You Should Never Do On An Empty Stomach

There are so many things that you can do on an empty stomach. You have probably heard about drinking water when you wake up to help you purify your body and help you lose weight. There are also some health-related foods like lemonade, nectar, which is best eaten for your breakfast before doing anything. Although these things are recommended for an empty stomach, there are some things that you should avoid in that situation. Here they are: 1: DRINKING TEA OR COFFEE The consumption of coffee on an empty stomach…

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4 surprising reasons you should not drink water while Eating

One of the most common sights you see on a daily basis is drinking water in between meals. While some people think it is necessary to have a glass of water with your meals, this habit could be highly damaging to your health. Here are six reasons why you should stop drinking water along with your meals. Makes digestion difficult Your stomach contains digestive acids that help in the digestion and breakdown of food. Apart from this, the acids are also responsible for killing any infectious agents that might be…

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More TV viewing linked to higher risk of blood clots in veins

A study that followed more than 15,000 people has found that those who reported watching television the most often had the greatest risk for blood clots in their veins compared with those who infrequently or never watched television. The new findings are to feature at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2017, held this week in Anaheim, CA. Researchers have already linked the amount of time spent watching TV to risk of heart disease that develops from blood clots in arteries. The study is significant as it is the…

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What Is the Best Position for Sleep?

My name is Dr. Peter Martone. I am a chiropractor and an exercise physiologist. This is my “sleep story.” When I think back to my earliest memories when I was a child, I can still remember wanting to sleep on my side, which faced the crucifix on the wall in my room. I felt secure and protected and every morning I would end up at the end of my bed or even on the floor. I never stayed in one position. As years passed I continued to be a side…

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Opioid Addiction Now Surpasses Smoking

It’s time to face the facts. America has a very serious drug addiction problem, and it stems from overprescription of painkillers. According to a recent report by the U.S. surgeon general, more Americans now use prescription opioids than smoke cigarettes. Substance abuse in general has also eclipsed cancer in terms of prevalence. Addiction to opioids and heroin is costing the U.S. more than $193 billion each year. Alcohol abuse is costing another $249 billion. In total, the cost of substance abuse far exceeds the cost of diabetes, which is also…

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What Lack of Sleep Does to Your Brain

Science may still be discovering the mechanisms behind why sleep is so important to your health, but you have probably experienced waking up after a poor night’s sleep, feeling cranky, over-tired and mentally foggy. This is only a small fraction of the mental and physical health issues you may suffer from sleep deprivation. Sleep is one of the important pillars of good health; equally important as healthy foods, pure water and exercise. An increasing number of studies demonstrate how sleep relates to your sleep-wake cycles and plays a central role…

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Tips On How To Get Toodlers Brush Their Teeth

Good dental hygiene is important from the moment your child sprouts his first tooth, but oral care can be tricky when it comes to 2-year-olds who may not be thrilled about brushing and flossing. The trick to successful toddler teeth brushing is to make it a positive experience. Like Parent, Like Child Toddlers often love to mimic what their parents are doing. Use that to your advantage by brushing together with your child. Watching you brush your own teeth can make the process more interesting for your toddler, and you…

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