October 1 marked the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place throughout October to raise awareness of the disease, which is the most common form of cancer in women worldwide. Here we round up some research from the past year which has found that making certain lifestyle changes can help reduce your risk of breast cancer.
Avoid using your phone at night
European research published earlier this year found that night-time exposure to blue light, a range of the visible light spectrum emitted from smartphones and tablets, is linked with an increased risk of developing breast and prostate cancer. After looking at data from more than 4,000 people between 20 and 85 years of age, the team found that those exposed to higher levels of blue light had a 1.5-fold and two-fold higher risk of developing breast and prostate cancer, respectively, compared to those less exposed. Many experts already advise avoiding bright light and blue light from computer and phone screens for at least two hours before heading to bed due to the negative effect of blue light on sleep.
Eat dinner earlier
In the first study to analyse association between cancer risk and timing of meals and sleep, Spanish researchers found that those who wait two or more hours after dinner before sleeping have around a 20% lower risk of breast or prostate cancer compared with subjects who slept immediately after. Leaving at least two hours after eating before bedtime also lowered the risk of cancer, with eating dinner before 9 pm providing a similar protective effect when compared with eating the evening meal after 10 pm.
Move nearer to green space
According to an European study published earlier this year, living near green space such as parks and gardens could reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer. The study found that there was a linear correlation between distance from green spaces and breast cancer risk, with the risk declining the closer a woman’s residence is to an urban green space.
Avoid shift work
After surveying more than 13,000 women in Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Spain, a team of international researchers found that the risk of developing breast cancer increases with the number of hours worked per night, as well as the number of years spent on the night shift. Women who worked at least three hours between midnight and 5 am every night had a 12 percent greater risk of developing breast cancer than women who had never worked at night, and among pre-menopausal women, this risk increased to 26 percent. However, the good news is the risk appeared to decrease two years after stopping night shift work.
Aim for 5.5 portions of fruit and vegetables
A large-scale study carried out by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, which looked at 182,145 women aged 27 to 59 years old, found that women who ate more than 5.5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day had an 11 percent lower risk of breast cancer than those who ate 2.5 or fewer servings, with a serving defined as one cup of raw leafy vegetables, half a cup of raw or cooked vegetables, or half a cup of chopped or cooked fruits. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and yellow and orange vegetables were also found to be particularly beneficial. – AFP Relaxnews [...]
We’ve all heard anecdotes about how someone was given a placebo and the power of suggestion was enough to cure their ailment. And now new research not only confirms the benefits of using placebos, but it also begins to make clear who is likely to have the most positive effects of taking them.
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TRENTON, N.J. — The federal government said Monday that it wants to force drugmakers to disclose prices for prescription medicines in their TV commercials.
The drug industry’s main trade group said drug companies are only willing to disclose the prices on their websites, not in commercials, and they’ll start doing that next spring.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar unveiled a proposal that would apply to all brand-name drugs covered by the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which is most medicines.
“Patients deserve to know what a given drug could cost when they’re being told about the benefits and risks it may have,” Azar said in prepared remarks. “They deserve to know if the drug company has pushed their prices to abusive levels. And they deserve to know this every time they see a drug advertised to them on TV.”
Most Americans don’t pay the full price for prescriptions — one reason drugmakers have opposed disclosing the list prices, arguing that would just confuse the public. But insurance plans base their copayments on the list price set by drugmakers. And patients with high-deductibles plans or no insurance sometimes pay full price.
President Trump has long promised to bring down drug prices, and in May, his administration released a “blueprint” with vague proposals for doing so, including exploring listing prices in TV commercials.
Hours before Azar’s announcement, the trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, known as PhRMA, said its 33 member companies agreed to include in commercials a website that would give the drug’s list price, the range of likely out-of-pocket costs and any available financial assistance. The group also plans its own website, where patients could look up drugs by name and find similar information.
“We appreciate their effort,” Azar said. “But placing information on a website is not the same as putting it right in an ad.”
PhRMA CEO Stephen J. Ubl and others in the trade group said they believe requiring list prices in ads would violate the companies’ First Amendment free speech rights. But Azar, speaking at a National Academy of Medicine conference, said there is precedence for such a move, pointing out that federal law requires automakers to disclose sticker prices for cars.
Direct-to-consumer advertising of drugs has been allowed in the U.S. for two decades. Ads are required to list side effects but not prices.
Many details of the proposed rule still must be worked out, including whether it should be expanded to cover radio, print or internet ads. According to the proposal, TV commercials would have to state in legible type the list price set by the manufacturer for all drugs costing more than $35 per month or for a standard course of treatment, such as for an antibiotic.
If the rule is adopted after a 60-day public comment period, Azar’s department plans to publicize the names of drugmakers that don’t comply and could take legal action against them.
Drugmakers generally can charge as much as the U.S. market will bear because the government doesn’t regulate medicine prices, unlike most other developed countries.
List prices have long been closely guarded, and those prices are the starting point for drugmakers’ price negotiations with middlemen, such as insurance companies and prescription benefit managers.
According to the government, the list prices for the top 10 prescription medicines advertised on TV range from $535 to $11,000 for a month or course of treatment.
Pfizer’s heavily advertised nerve pain drug Lyrica has a monthly list price of $669. Humira, AbbVie’s treatment for immune system disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, has a list price of $4,872 per monthly injection. Both have nearly doubled in four years.
Patients for Affordable Drugs, an advocacy group funded by foundations, called PhRMA’s website choice “a transparent attempt to pre-empt full disclosure of list prices in ads,” adding that it doesn’t think disclosing list prices will reduce patients’ costs. [...]
When immersed in sports it is essential to fuel your body the right way in order to keep in line with your demanding schedule. Sports diets and nutrition are a subject on their own and many professionals have done research on the same due to the ever-increasing amount of people involved in sports to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Such things like a balanced diet are necessary for professional athletes to maintain a peak level of performance. If your body does not receive its daily dose of necessary nutrients then it will react accordingly to that and this is when people suffer from feeling faintish to failing do perform at their normal capacity on everyday tasks.
A Balanced Diet is Essential
A balanced diet would be rich in energy-providing nutrients which would fuel you reliably when you need to work your muscles in physically demanding activities. A balanced diet would typically consist of Carbohydrates which are a glycogen and one of the main sources of energy for your body. When you train or exercise your body would draw on its carbohydrate energy reserves. Other components of a balanced diet would be protein and fats and both should be consumed on a daily basis. Fat is actually the most rich source of energy for the body but this is of course with reference to the right type of lipids and fats in the right amounts. Water is also a part of any diet and is essential to keep the body well-nourished and hydrated.
Some athletes will have different nutritional needs as result of the type of sport they do, environment and food preferences. An athlete who is vegetarian for example would find it more difficult to have a sufficient intake of proteins as they would not look to eat a lot of carbs. This is where guidance from a professional sports dietitian comes in handy. These trained professionals would know how to balance out such cases and ensure you get all the nutrients you need regardless of your food preferences. A skilled nutritionist would evaluate what you are currently eating and give a recommendation on how you should change your eating habits. Many professional athletes seek an edge in their performance in sports through maintaining a healthy diet which results in less fatigue and injury in the long run. These things hamper any athlete but the better you eat the less likely it will affect you.
Hydration Is Important
Strenuous activities demand a lot of fluid loss. Every pound lost in your body needs replenishment so it is absolutely essential to ensure you drink adequate amounts of water. Water also acts as a filter in your body, a steady intake would lessen the amount of unhealthy deposits in your body. Water also improves blood circulation which is vital for an athlete and the reason it is the part of any sports diet. You are what you eat as they say so eat healthy, eat right.
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Ayurveda teaches that we each have an inherent prakruti, which is our natural, unchanging nature. Our prakruti is our unique balance of vata, pitta, and kapha doshas and is unaffected by phase of life, seasons, or any other external factors. If you’re interested in finding out what your dosha is, read our article, Introduction To...
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Have you ever experienced little electric shocks when you shut the car door or when you touch someone?
As we go about our everyday lives, our bodies continuously pick up electrons through touching or brushing against objects. Daily use of electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets can accumulate electrons as well, which causes body static.
The effects of static electricity are familiar to most people as they can feel, hear, and even see the spark. At night, disturbance of excessive electrons results in uneasiness in bed, preventing us from restful deep sleep.
Excess electrons do not discharge easily from our bodies either as our bodies can withstand up to 30,000 volts. Now, if we were to carry our highly charged bodies to bed, our tense bodies would prevent us from relaxing and experiencing deep sleep stages necessary for our health and well-being.
If our body accumulates a high voltage of static, it can affect our health and will lead us to be more prone to illnesses.
A leading brand in the industry, Goodnite International Sdn Bhd understands the importance of having a good night’s sleep by offering a range of quality beddings and mattresses.
Featuring the StatFree technology, it is the first and the largest bed manufacturer to introduce the anti-static mattress in Malaysia that discharges electrons and eliminates body static as you sleep.
Made from anti-static fabric that can discharge static electricity, the Goodnite Love Series comes in three sets with different designs and firmness – Forever Love (Luxury Firm), Eternal Love (Plush Soft) and True Love (Firm).
Stat-Free mattresses are made of a revolutionary fabric that incorporates Anti-Static technology.
Providing comfort and plush behind the Love Series mattress are the premium quality materials used in its production.
Both the Forever Love and Eternal Love feature organic foam made from palm oil and five-zone pocket spring system that moulds to the shape of your body and help decrease motion disturbance. Besides that, the usage of high-quality natural latex has the added benefits of anti-dust and anti-mite properties which inhibits the growth of bacteria and parasite.
Meanwhile, the six-turn Double Posture Coil (DPC) and the high-density bio-foam used in True Love design offers optimal back support that provides greater durability than the conventional spring system.
All these innovations incorporate consumers’ various sleep needs and requirements.
In conjunction with the Love Series campaign, Goodnite International Sdn Bhd is also holding a contest during this period where participants can stand a chance to drive home a grand prize of a Honda HR-V.
To participate, simply fill up the coupon which is attached to the mattress and take a picture of the coupon together with the original purchase receipt. After that, you will need to send over the photo to Goodnite’s Facebook messenger.
The contest period runs from now until Dec 31, 2018 and valid for the queen- and king-size Love Series mattresses as well as other selected mattresses.
The lucky draw prizes are worth up to RM200,000 with a Honda HR-V as the grand prize. The second prize is a Perodua Bezza, while the third prize is an Apple iPhone X. There are also 50 consolation prizes of RM500 cash up for grabs. Entries submitted after Dec 31, 2018 will be disregarded.
The result of the contest will be announced in Jan 2019.
■ For details, visit goodnite.com.my/buy-win, or Goodnite Malaysia Facebook @Mygoodnite, or call the customer hotline at 03-3250 2218. [...]
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The Best Essential Oils For Your Skin
There seems to be an essential oil that is essential for everything; having trouble sleeping? There’s an oil that can help. Got acne? There’s an oil for that. Got a headache? There’s many oils to relieve that…To know what to use for each ailment or cosmetic purpose can get confusing. There are so many blends for different uses that selecting the oil you need can start to become an overwhelming process.
When it comes to skincare we need to be much more careful than we are led to believe; the purity of what you put on your skin is as important as the purity of what you eat. Commercial beauty products are notoriously laden with harmful chemicals that easily pass into your blood stream. In fact only just over ten percent of all chemicals present in such products are even tested in case they may be harmful; some of these chemicals have been medically linked to imbalanced hormones, cancer, infertility or birth defects! Almost all breast cancer tissue samples contain parabens; an everyday chemical present in most cosmetic products. Why would we want to potentially do that to ourselves? The trust we put in the big brands of the world is, quite frankly, scary.
One of the most attractive elements of essential oils is that they are derived directly from nature. They are plant-based, pure products which contain the most incredibly powerful, un-harmful, properties. We are natural beings, as they are natural, so it seems only natural that one would compliment the other. Did I mention that they’re natural?
So, let’s take a detailed look into the wonders of some of the best essential oils for cosmetic use, which ones to use for particular skin types and conditions, and how they work.
* Please note that you can not put pure essential oils directly on to your skin as they are far too powerful undiluted (more on how to create a skincare product using essential oils later in the blog).
A great oil for improving your skin’s appearance. It has properties which regenerate skin cells helping to even your skin tone out making it smoother, reducing scarring, and improving the appearance of ageing skin. Being rich in antioxidants means that this oil can neutralise inflammation which reduces wrinkle-causing free radicals.
Another wonderful oil for your skin tone. Acne sufferers could really benefit from the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits of Frankincense. Also having cell regenerative properties means the skin becomes tighter and the appearance of scarring and wrinkles is reduced. Frankincense can help to even skin tone, reduce redness and pore visibility.
This oil is an all-round, all-star for skin conditions; it is great for encouraging blood circulation which is excellent for healing a range of skin problems; eczema, dermatitis, burns, chafing, sores, cuts, broken capillaries, bruising, and even ringworm. It also has properties which regulate the oil production in our skin helping to reduce acne breakouts, even skin tone, improve elasticity and reduce wrinkles.
Another great oil for all skin types, lavender oil regenerates skin cells to reduce scarring, sun spots, wrinkles, etc. However, this oil has much more to it than just making you look good, it also makes you feel good. Lavender is a powerful oil having antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, antiviral, and sedative properties. It can relax you, help you deal with stress, and so much more. This one really is a life essential.
This oil has antiseptic properties which can balance the natural oils in our skin and reduce large pores. It is also another gift for the more mature skin; Neroli helps to tone looser skin, smooth fine lines and contains citral, a naturally occurring chemical, which regenerates skin cells. It is also great for stretch marks, scarring, blemishes and redness, plus helps with acne outbreaks and wrinkles.
A wonderful tonic for the ageing skin type, it promotes cell growth rejuvenating the skin and smoothing out those fine lines, wrinkles and scars. This oil is an excellent cleanser as it delivers antiseptic, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties welcome in the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
A natural beauty in the natural beauty world! This therapeutic oil really works for dry and ageing skin types containing anti-inflammatory properties. This induces healing and helps to restore a healthy skin tone, balance the oils in your skin, improve skin texture and even helps with problem skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.
this currently super-popular plant derivative, indigenous to Australia, has been used throughout history to treat wounds and skin ailments due to its antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It works really effectively in the treatment of acne and common blemishes. Unlike many commercial products it doesn’t dry out the skin, but actually regulates and balances the oils in your skin.
Pronounced (ilang ilang), this is a fragrant, floral oil which controls the oils produced by the skin to reduce risk of any blemishes and acne breakouts. Also great for ageing skin and reducing scarring due to its skin cell regeneration abilities. Good for all skin types.
A powerful anti-bacterial, astringent, and antiseptic agent. Its high concentration of D-limonene means it is very effective in skin treatments having cell-repairing and anti-inflammatory properties. Lemon oil reduces the appearance of wrinkles, promotes blood circulation, and tones the skin. Good for oily skin.
SUMMARY: Which oils to use for certain skin types…
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Each year, more than 140,000 die from that stroke in the U.S. However, new research suggests there is an easy way to protect ourselves from stroke, and all it takes is some dietary changes.
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Three more children have come down with a polio-like nervous system disorder that can cause paralysis, fueling an ongoing investigation into an outbreak of the rare disease.
Three children are being treated for suspected cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, ABC News reports. The new patients join a cluster of cases in Minnesota and another in Colorado. As of September 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had this year recorded 38 confirmed cases of the severe condition, which typically affects kids and can result in muscle weakness or paralysis, respiratory failure and even death.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has since mid-September received a half-dozen reports of children with AFM, according to a statement. All of the Minnesota patients are younger than 10, and cases have been reported in northeastern and central parts of the state, as well as the Twin Cities area.
“That is definitely more than would be expected,” says Kris Ehresmann, director of the infectious disease division at MDH. “To have six cases is really a striking departure from the norm.”
Indeed, AFM is exceedingly rare: The CDC estimates that fewer than one in a million people in the U.S. get it each year, though it has been on the rise since a 2014 outbreak, sparking a CDC investigation. Minnesota typically sees a case or less per year, according to the MDH statement; even in 2014, only three cases were recorded there.
AFM affects the spinal cord, impairing muscular function and reflexes, according to the CDC. Arm and leg weakness are common symptoms, but the disease can also involve facial weakness; difficulty swallowing, speaking and passing urine; numbness; and tingling. The condition can become life-threatening when muscles involved in breathing become so weak that the patient goes into respiratory failure, or when the disease triggers serious neurologic complications, the CDC says. Some patients recover fully, while others see lasting neurologic damage.
The condition is “frustrating,” Ehresmann says, because its cause isn’t always clear. It sometimes — but not always — goes along with viral infections including polio, West Nile Virus and respiratory illnesses, but environmental and genetic factors may also play a part, the CDC says. The 2014 outbreak coincided with the spread of respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68, though not every patient showed signs of both.
Each of the six patients in the Minnesota cluster experienced a viral illness in the days preceding their muscle weakness, Ehresmann says, but it’s not yet clear if they all had the same illness. State health officials are working with medical professionals and the CDC to learn more about the outbreak and its potential causes.
Without a clear cause, it’s not possible to say whether more children will be diagnosed with AFM, Ehresmann says.
“Since we don’t know, really, how it’s transmitted, it’s really hard to say if we’ll see more cases,” she says. “But because there’s been so much attention to this, I think there’s going to be a greater awareness.”
Ehresmann says parents are urged to follow normal procedures for reducing illness transmission — including encouraging regular hand-washing, keeping kids home when they’re sick, avoiding mosquito bites and keeping children up-to-date on vaccinations — and to contact health care providers immediately if children show any signs of AFM, namely muscle weakness. [...]