Saturday, 28 February 2015

Cold Showers

 A cold shower may not be on your list of favourite things but health and fitness experts say you need more cold showers and here are reasons why you should start having them:

NAFDAC Destroys Fake And Expired Drugs In Anambra

The Nigerian National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), destroyed fake and expired drugs worth 500 million naira in Anambra with the supervision of Dr Paul Orhii, the Director-General of NAFDAC.

The Controversial Blue Dress

This dress no doubt has had the most mentions this years with arguments on its true colour.  Like many people, I saw a white and gold dress.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Moneysavers- Oatmeal Mask

Oatmeal contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that soothe itchy, dry and irritated skin.

WHO Africa's Regional Director


 60 year old Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, the Public health veteran from Botswana made history as the first female appointed by the WHO to become Africa' s regional director on January 27, 2015.

WHO - 1.1 Billion People At Risk of Hearing Loss

WHO highlights serious threat posed by exposure to recreational noise.

World's First Mind-Controlled Bionic Hands

Three Austrian amputees have become the first men to in the world to have mind-controlled robotic hands through bionic reconstruction.

Attractive Men Are More Selfish

Recent study done by researchers at Brunel University in London confirmed the longstanding notion that attractive men are more selfish and less likely to favour equality.This is in contrast to attractive women who showed no greater tendency to being selfish or less interested in equality.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

The First Human Head Transplant May Happen In 2 Years

Surgeon Sergio Canavero is planning the world's first human head transplant. It could be a big dream or a science breakthrough.

A Score Against HIV In Gay Men

HIV prevention in high risk groups is taking a new dimension with results from scientific trials presented at the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), held in Seattle, USA.

Swallowing Gum

Gum is designed for chewing and not swallowing but it generally isn't harmful if swallowed.

Using Marijuana Recreationally Now Legal In Alaska

Alaska became the third U.S state to legalize the use of marijuana on Tuesday joining Colorado and Washington.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Wordless Post


MedLaughs

 Lol....

Toners, Oh Yes!

There are 3 daily steps in routine skin care: cleanse, tone, moisturize ( exfoliation is also important but it depends on the gentleness of the scrub).

Experimental Ebola Drug Showing Promise

 The experimental antiviral drug Favipiravir has shown promise in clinical effectiveness against Ebola after its first clinical human trial in West Africa. It appears the drug only works if patients take it as soon as symptoms appear and not in late stages of the disease.

A "Flaw" in Diet Research

According to a group of researchers at the University of Alabama, diet research conclusions may be inaccurate as a result of misleading information given by patients when filling questionnaires.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Somebody Is Inspired


"Ginger, ginger, somebody is inspired", my professor would excitedly say in physiology class whenever a student was sufficiently bold to raise a hand to answer his question. It always made us
laugh.

Nigeria Introduces IPV To Fight Polio

Nigeria has introduced the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) into its immunization schedule. With only three polio endemic countries in the world, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan,

WHO Calls for Shift to Single-Use Smart Syringes

 New WHO injection safety guidelines and policy released today urges a shift to single-use smart syringes. Smart syringes prevent the plunger being pulled back after an injection or retract the needle so it cannot be used again. 

Monday, 23 February 2015

Moneysavers - Making Your Own Body Scrub

If there's any one beauty secret you can't overlook, it is exfoliation. You just won't get it right till you give yourself a good scrub and here is why

Love In A Kidney

After 2 years of waiting, doctors found the "perfect match" for  6 year old Matthew Parker who had

Swine Flu Update

The death toll from swine flu in India has risen to 812 as 38 new lives were claimed by the virus.

6 Celebrities With A History Of Mental Illness

Can you guess?

Subconscious Positive Spin On Drinking


It appears more people see alcohol consumption in a positive light than not with the recent research published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research:

Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

One thing I love is getting the best for less so here is to getting your beauty on with affordable and easily available coconut oil a.k.a. adiagbon in 4 different ways:

  • Makeup remover - Dab a little coconut oil on a cotton wool swab and gently rub to remove makeup. Even the most powerful mascara is no match for this. 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Crack A Smile


Health Centre Built Like A Man With A Penis

A search on Google maps will show the Newmarket Health Centre in Ontario,Canada as a

Fun facts


Upsurge in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERs), an illness caused by a coronavirus was first identified in 2012 and now in 2015, the death toll has risen to 385 in Saudi Arabia

Swine flu Outbreak in India

The outbreak of swine flu in India continues with death toll currently at 774. So far, about 13000 people have been affected with health officials struggling to contain the disease.

Artemisinin Resistant Malaria

A new strain of drug-resistant malaria has been discovered in Southeast Asia, along the border of India and Myanmar.

Measles Outbreak

An outbreak of measles is currently ongoing in California, Canada and Mexico with a tally of about

The New 'Superbug'

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave first warning of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) including

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Salt? Yes please


This secret ingredient can help you get smoother skin, brighter teeth and healthier looking nails(Women'shealthmag.com)

1. Balancing Mask
Both salt and honey have anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin and calm breakouts and irritation. They also help to balance oil production and retain hydration in the layers of skin where it's needed most.
Try it: Mix two teaspoons sea salt (preferably finely ground) with four teaspoons raw honey to create a spreadable paste. Apply evenly to clean, dry skin, avoiding eye area. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Before rinsing, soak a washcloth in very warm water, and gently wring out. Lay the warm washcloth on your face for 30 seconds. Use your fingers to gently exfoliate in a circular motion while rinsing your skin thoroughly with tepid water. Follow with your usual skin-care routine.

2. Oil-Sapping Facial Toner
Salt helps to cleanse pores deeply, balance oil production and thwart bacteria that can instigate breakouts and acne.
Try it: Mix one teaspoon sea salt with four ounces of warm water in small spray bottle until salt is dissolved. Mist on clean, dry skin, avoiding eyes. Use daily or twice daily.

3. Softening Body Scrub
Salt is a gentle natural exfoliate that sloughs off dead skin. It also has minerals to soften skin and restore hydration.
Try it: Mix a quarter-cup salt and a half-cup olive oil or softened coconut oil into a thick paste. Apply in the shower with a loofah or the palms of your hands, gently scrubbing your skin in a circular motion.

4. Rejuvenating Scrub
Salt is a skin-softening exfoliant that restores skin. Aloe vera hydrates, heals, and aids skin cell turnover, while lavender is a natural antiseptic that increases circulation.
Try it: Mix together a half-cup salt, a quarter-cup pure aloe vera juice or gel, a quarter-cup oil (your choice!), one tablespoon dried lavender flowers, and 10 drops essential oil of lavender. The resulting mixture should form a thick paste; if it's too dry, add a few extra drops of oil. Apply in the shower with a washcloth, loofah, or the palms of your hands, gently scrubbing your skin in a circular motion.

5. Relaxing Salt Bath
Salt absorbs dirt, grime, and toxins and cleanses your skin's pores deeply. Salt's mineral content helps restore the protective barrier in skin and helps it hold hydration. You may notice that your skin won't wrinkle or prune after a good, long soak in salted water, which is evidence that a salt bath helps your skin retain its moisture. The magnesium in sea salt may also help reduce water retention (i.e., bloating) in the body.
Try it: Add one-third cup salt to a tub filled with warm water, and swish to dissolve the salt. Soak for 15 to 30 minutes.

6. Anti-Dandruff Scalp Treatment
Salt helps loosen and remove existing flakes while stimulating circulation for a healthy scalp. The ingredient also absorbs excess oil and moisture to prevent fungal growth and inhibit the root of dandruff.
Try it: Part your hair a few times, and sprinkle one to two teaspoons of salt on your scalp. Using wet fingers, massage your scalp gently and thoroughly for 10 to 15 minutes (if you can recruit someone to do this for you, it is very relaxing!). Wash and condition your hair with your favorite products. The results will be immediate.

7. Teeth Whitener
Salt and baking soda are both gentle abrasives that will help remove stains and brighten teeth. Salt also contains a natural source of fluoride, which is a bonus for your teeth and gums.
Try it: Mix one teaspoon salt and two teaspoons baking powder. Dip a damp toothbrush in the mixture, and brush teeth normally. If the taste is too intense, try putting a dab of toothpaste on the brush before dipping it in the mixture.

8. Natural Mouth Wash
Salt acts as a disinfectant to kill the bacteria that can cause bad breath and gingivitis.
Try it: Mix together a half-teaspoon salt, a half-teaspoon baking soda, and a quarter-cup water until the salt dissolves. Swish the solution around in your mouth and between teeth. Spit, then rinse.

9. Nail Brightening Treatment
Salt softens cuticles and skin and strengthens nails. Baking soda and lemon work to reduce yellowing and stains for brighter, healthier-looking nails.
Try it: Mix one teaspoon salt, one teaspoon baking soda, one teaspoon lemon juice, and a half-cup warm water in a small bowl. Soak nails in the solution for 10 minutes, then scrub with a soft brush. Rinse hands, and moisturize.

Top Story - Quick Test For Ebola

 The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) approved the first quick test for Ebola (The ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test Kit) which is based on the detection of an Ebola protein. Test results are available within 15 minutes which is much shorter than the gene-based tests which take 12-24 hours. In trials, it correctly identified 92 percent of patients with Ebola and 85 percent of those not infected.
Hope this test helps save more lives.

New Dish - Placenta

Fancy eating your baby's placenta? It is known as Placentophagy. Although it may sound strange, this practice is spreading in the US with mothers saying it helps with post-partum depression, lactation and energy levels. The placentas are made into pills or smoothies post- delivery. I can bet some get fried.
Yummy or not?

Onychomycosis

Photo credit- commons.wikipedia.org
Ever wondered why your toenail or fingernail became discoloured, stopped growing, hurt a little or made wearing your shoe more painful than usual?  

Well, you are not alone. Many people submissively accept these changes as normal. But just before you do that, I will tell you about Onychomycosis also known as Tinea Unguium

Friday, 20 February 2015

Welcome!!!!

I welcome you with open arms as I begin this wonderful journey.  I ask you to join me regularly and  to drop a comment as I post ..xoxo

Cord blood: The blood "miracle"

Did you know how important cord blood is? I'm guessing no but in the next couple of years, it will be much more popular than it is no...