Posts tagged ‘health’

May 13, 2014

Polio Certificate to Leave Pakistan

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From June 2014 if Pakistanis want to visit countries abroad they need a government authorised certificate that they have been vaccinated against polio after new advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO).  Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon have been singled out as the last threatening reserves of the disease.

Although adults can carry the disease it only affects children often leaving them disabled.  Polio workers in Pakistan have been consistently targeted

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September 29, 2013

Haaaaaaaaaahahahaha Oof My Ovaries!!

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A Saudi cleric has warned women who want to participate in a protest drive or are even thinking about driving that doing so without absolute necessity will damage their ovaries:

“If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show

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June 17, 2013

Holiday Health

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The holiday season is upon us and since Britain’s Summer is a wipeout once again, more likely than not you’ll be boarding a flight to the sun.  We all know that flying long haul can cause deep vein thrombosis and that we should try to stay active.  However, I’m guilty of just sitting there ocassionally rolling my ankles and only reluctantly getting up to go to the loo (airplane loos stink and are so gross!).  Some clever cookies have adapted various yoga moves to suit the constricted space in a cabin and this not only helps blood circulation but also helps in reducing anxiety related to flying and aiding general well being.

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May 15, 2013

Jolie Good!

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I never thought I’d ever be saying this, but well done Angelina Jolie, you are a superstar.

I thought you were just a beauty with patronising UN ambassador quotes about “African orphans” blah blah but wow!

Wow, indeed!

You decided not to risk breast and ovarian cancer by having a double mastectomy.

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April 4, 2013

Deciphering Dreams

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A guilty pleasure of mine is to watch This Morning while I hit the treadmill some weekday mornings. There is just something about Eamonn Holmes and his chubby squirrel cheeked banter that makes me momentarily forget the increasing searing pain through my thighs as we nudge up to running 5k.

They were doing a dreams analysis slot. How tacky! But! I actually learned something…

A woman called in to say she would suddenly and regularly wake up at 2am. 

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March 6, 2013

Eat Yourself to Life

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Lookin’ good!

We Brits will die before our European neighbours, so claims the latest research.  As we all know a healthy diet plays a big part towards our longevity.   The Mediterranean diet may well be wonderful but many Mediterranean breakfasts consist solely of black coffee and cigarettes.  Very healthy! 

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January 31, 2013

Half The Portion All The Fun

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A new study at Cornell University found that smaller portions can leave us just as satisfied and happy as larger ones, good news if you’re counting your calories as part of your new year’s resolution (even if you made it whilst drunk stick to it!!).

The basic conclusion was

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January 7, 2013

New Pill to Increase Common Sense

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I wish it existed,  I despair when I read certain ”health news’ stories.  The latest pill to be presented to us is called Ateronon which will be prescribed to help cut risk of strokes, heart attacks and even cancer.  The magic ingredient… a compound found in tomato skins.  Why not just eat a tomato?

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November 15, 2012

Fatal Anti Abortion Law

The devastating death of Savita Halappanavar needs to make Ireland stand up and change its anti-abortion laws. The tragedy here is that government religious legislation ruled over medical sense.

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October 31, 2012

Baby Blues

Dear Diary,

It’s not supposed to be like that, but it was.

The recent case of Felicity Boots brought back my own trauma and how my family almost collapsed because of post natal depression.

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October 16, 2012

Nigellissima

Nigella Lawson’s current series on BBC 2 has caused controversy. Notorious for “cheat’s cooking” as she calls it and loved by working women everywhere for its ease and convenience, this current series has gone a step too far or has it????

The Italian inspired series is full of recipes that use unhealthy helpings of butter, cream, chocolate and the list goes on. Nigella recently said in an interview in The Telegraph that she is a great believer in fat; it helps look younger in middle age and is a moisturiser from within.

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August 21, 2012

In Sickness and In Health

Dear Diary,

These vows ring in my head as a commode is delivered to my front room. In all my married years, I never thought that the day would come where I could not look after my husband anymore, but today, I feel as if I am come to the end.

I know it isn’t the end, but it is how I feel.

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August 6, 2012

Feed Your Face

It’s often said that beauty begins from within and although there are plenty people that oppose this theory it is logical that we are what we eat.  Here are some beauty power foods that will help you look your best:

Starting with a 2-in-1 beauty combo, avocado with cottage cheese.  The avocado is packed with vitamin Niacin (B3) and other essential oils to help give you a glow.

Cottage cheese contains selenium, an essential mineral, that teams up with vitamin E

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July 5, 2012

Times Of Oliver

A really sad story in the news today was research indicating that UK has a child hunger crisis. According to Net Mums and Kids Company, 1 million children live in homes without enough to eat. The forthcoming summer holidays is real problem for these families as children rely on free school dinners as their only meal of the day.

Hungry children is not an epidemic as it is in some developing countries but a 223% increase in the last 12 months due to the economic climate in the UK is frightening. I just cannot believe it.

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July 3, 2012

Just In Case…..

News out today is that British Pregnancy Advisory Service will be sending out contraception packs called “Just In Case”. In the pack will be the morning after pill and a couple of condoms all sent by post for free for Londoners during the summer months. The reason; apparently our health services are going to be so overwhelmed that they will not be able to service the numerous unsafe promiscuous encounters that may take place during the Olympics.

The slogan: “just because your car has a spare tyre, doesn’t mean you want to get a puncture”.

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June 19, 2012

Fatty Foods Won’t Kill You

For 50 years we have been led to believe that fatty foods are the cause of heart disease, but, this may be a myth. A recent review of 48 studies, reported by health journalist, Helen Foster, found no link with fatty diets and heart disease.

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June 18, 2012

Calorific Cops

Obese members of the Pakistani Punjab police force have been to told to lose weight by the end of the month or receive a pay cut.  The target they are aiming for is

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June 11, 2012

Breastfeeding In Uniform Outcry

The above poster image by American charity group “mum2mum” promoting breastfeeding week in August has come under fire by the US Military.

Should this photo be banned?

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May 23, 2012

IVF Over Cancer Treatment

The British government are proposing to offer IVF on the NHS to women over 40 and those with infectious diseases, such as Hepatitis C and HIV, or who have disabilities and are unable to have sex. There is a strong argument against this in the current climate especially as treatment and drugs for patients suffering from cancer etc… are being withdrawn.

Our dinner table discussion last night was should IVF be available on the NHS for these categories of women over cancer treatment?

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May 21, 2012

Argan Oil

I was recently sent information on Argan oil, traditionally used in Morrocco by the Berber Tribe as a beauty and medicinal product. The oil is said to provide benefits from improving skin, nails and hair. I thought I would give it a go on a recent trip abroad.

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May 1, 2012

Best Foot Forward

I read an article recently of a woman in her twenties who was waiting for surgery on her bunions due to constantly wearing ill-fitting shoes and high heels from a very young age.  Bunions are that growth near your big toe that over time pushes your toe to almost a 30 degree angle and will ultimately need to be fixed through, often painful, surgery and lengthy recovery but this used to only affects women over the age of 45.

As fashionable heels get higher

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March 26, 2012

OCD in Overdrive

Spring is in the air, daffodils, cherry blossoms and…cleaning!!  I’m a life-long sufferer of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and I thought I would pass on some tips learned from The Huffington Post of items we all probably own but don’t always think of cleaning and which serve to only worsen my condition:

1. Re-usable grocery bags.  Why? Because a 2010 study found that more than half of re-usable bags have bacteria on them sometimes even E.coli (shudder).

2. Handbags and purses.  Why? Because money is dirty

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March 13, 2012

Patient Confidentiality Busted

Perhaps it’s a generation thing more than a cultural difference but at a recent gathering of friends and family at my home in Scotland the conversation lulled for a moment before my mum turned to an aunt and asked how her gallstones were.

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March 6, 2012

Imsomnia

Sleep, we all need it and our bodies crave it, so what can we do when we just can’t get to sleep?

I have been given some advice since my insomnia kicked in a couple of weeks ago….

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February 29, 2012

My Groupon Grump

I love a bargain. Doesn’t everyone? Isn’t that why Groupon is one of the fastest growing voucher sites in the UK? With daily offers for up to 80% off the face value, there is no wonder why the deals get snapped up. But how do their offers fair?

Some good, some not so good and some very poor. Today I had a very poor experience that I would like to share so that others do not waste £100.

A Spa Day disaster…

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February 9, 2012

A Worried Parent

Dear Diary,

I was really shocked when I heard about the secret implantation of contraception in teenage girls. To my knowledge, sex under 16 is still illegal and for me this is just condoning underage sexual activity?

I do believe that sex education needs to be progressive, but is handing out contraceptives really the way forward? Maybe….. As a mother of two toddler girls, this is scary. Are my children going to be having sex at 10????

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February 8, 2012

Two-Day Diet

New research has found that cutting carbs for two days a week is more effective in helping weight loss than trying to diet constantly. Apparently you can eat carbs the other days as normal.

This is the two-day diet the women in the research followed:

Breakfast: Fruit tea and a banana, or mug of milky coffee.

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February 6, 2012

ADHD Drugs On Increase

Did you know that spending on ‘ADHD’ drugs in this country rose in 2010 to £31 million a year (a 65% increase in four years)? Drugs such ritinol, which are prescribed to manicly depressed people are being given to out of control young children. This is seriously worrying.

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January 27, 2012

A is for Apple, D is for Sunshine

Last year a report highlighted an increase in rickets in the South Asian population and the need for raising greater awareness of vitamin D or exposing the skin to sunshine, the best way that vitamin D is produced and absorbed into the body.  However, the chief medical officer in England has now advised

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January 26, 2012

Deep Fried Foods

New research has concluded that eating fried food does not increase heart disease. This made me feel a whole lot better as I tucked into my full English breakfast after a night out.

 

A study done on 41000 over 11 years found that only 600 people suffered from any coronary heart disease.

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January 23, 2012

Grumpy Cow

Did you know that your bad mood may not be because it’s MOnday already, or you got out of bed on the wrong side or even your period but because of something as simple as dehydration?

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January 9, 2012

Sober Up

Drinking alcohol is ingrained into British culture as much as having a cup of tea. We are known for our communities centring on pubs and it isn’t unusual to go for a quick drink before dinner or going home. Even modern Asian households have incorporated this part of British culture into their lives.

Amidst ministers calling for a review of the drinking guidelines to encourage people not drink at least 2 days out of 7, what I find fascinating is how we as a country have slipped into drinking wine like the French. It is on the dinner table and families are used to having a glass or two a night.

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December 8, 2011

Not The Nanad!

What is it about nanads, (husbands sister), that makes them so devious? Some of the stories I am hearing at the moment are beyond childish and insecure to really psychologically disturbed.

A friend of mine has had a torrid relationship with her nanad from the beginning. At first it was bitchy things like ignoring her at family events, or revealing private conversations at inappropriate times.

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December 6, 2011

Chicken Pox Parties

My two daughters have chicken pox and I was asked if I was going to host a party. At first I thought they were joking, but these events really take place.

Parents throw parties so that other children can catch the virus. The reason is that Chicken Pox is less serious as a child than an adult and the earlier you suffer from this vile infection the better it is.

 

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November 8, 2011

Too Posh To Push

The “too posh to push” trend has hit India with Aishwarya Rai booking herself in for a cesarean section to ensure her baby’s birth date and time for 11.11.11 @ 11.11am.

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November 1, 2011

Paunch-Erello

The paunch is a sign of wealth, health and prosperity in Asian culture. The larger the belly, the richer the man or woman. However, in India today, there is growing concern over obesity and diabetes among the growing middle class as gastric bands are being introduced to help people overcome their weight problems.

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September 13, 2011

Did You Hear The One About The Smoking Baby?

Sadly this is not a sick joke. Yes, this Indonesian toddler smokes 2 packets of cigarettes per day and he is not alone.  If you didn’t hate tobacco companies enough already I think this would do it.

Obviously he is too young to buy his own fags

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August 30, 2011

To Be Or Not To Be – Resuscitated?

That is the question being asked by a family that is suing the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, and a hospital trust in England in a case that could be important for all of us.  The Health Secretary is accused of acting unlawfully in not issuing policy or clear instructions regarding Do Not Attempt Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) after a family member died as a result of a Do Not Resuscitate being forcibly added to her medical record.

Forcibly? The woman who died discovered accidentally

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August 24, 2011

Attack of the Mosquitoes

NHS Direct have reported a 15% increase in insect bites and claim that most of the incidents are by swarms of mosquitoes!! Have you been bitten sitting in your garden or in the park? I have, repeatedly!

 

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August 24, 2011

Smell Ya Later, Grandma!

Apparently more and more British pensioners are retiring abroad with Spain being the top old folks arm chair of choice.  My cousin and I were discussing this over breakfast last Sunday as we lamented that it is highly unlikely that there will be a state pension when we are older even though we are paying for other people to enjoy it – not that either of us could sustain ourselves on the piddly amount given anyway.

I told my cousin that retiring to India might be an option for me

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