‘I wish money could buy life’ cries sick girl on her death bed

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade is a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune.

A young lady who has been suffering for quite a long time with several ailments has penned an emotional letter of hope and fear.

She has been bedridden for quite a long time, praying for recovery, however this was not to be.

The day finally came when she left the bed to the grave.

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‘What did I ever do wrong to get all this suffering in my life. I started getting ill when I was in high-school, while I joined form one. I thought it was something small and I could get well with time. It was later on I discovered that my vein had formed a clot in my leg.

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That went on till I joined campus and it had become part of my lifestyle. I struggled with this and the situation worsened when I joined internship. I never got to finish the program as I became hospitalized immediately I started the session. I lay on that sick bed for weeks hoping to get better someday and maybe walk again on my two feet.’

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The young lady had dreams that she could wish to accomplish after finishing school.

‘I have always wished to be a better person in life and help my parents. All my dreams are now held up within this bed. My family and friends visit me all the time and give me false hope when they know I will not make it. Everyday I sleep I never know if tomorrow will come. It’s time I get to rest for I am fighting a war that I have already lost.’

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Those were the last words she spoke before she slept, never to wake up again.

She left her family and friends asking many unanswered questions. All the efforts they had made were all in vain. They wished that she could have at least tasted the sweetness of a graduation gown. She worked hard for four years to live her dreams and never got to reach the finishing line. We pray for her soul to rest with God.

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Eating AFRICAN ants, grasshoppers and silkworms could protect against CANCER

– Scientists at the University of Rome made drinks out of ground up insects

– They tested them for health-giving antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E

– Some types had five times as many antioxidants as orange juice

– These can prevent DNA damage which may lead to cancerous tumours forming

Eating ants and other bugs could protect people from developing cancer, according to scientists.

Although not an appetising ingredient of a salad or smoothie, the creepy crawlies may be worth stomaching for their health benefits alone.

Research found some types contain more antioxidants than orange juice in a study which saw them ground down to be mixed into a drink.

Antioxidants, such as vitamins, reduce the development of potentially-dangerous free radicals in the body, the scientists said, protecting against DNA damage.

One researcher said nearly a quarter of people in the world already eat bugs and the rest might do well to overcome their squeamishness and follow suit.

Scientists at the University of Rome ground down various insects including ants, grasshoppers, crickets and silkworm.

They then tested the powder to work out how many antioxidants – compounds such as vitamins A, C and E and beta-carotene – were in them.

Only the soluble parts of the insects were used – their wings and stingers were taken off first – with the view of them being consumed as a drink.

The tests revealed silkworm, African caterpillars and giant cicadas had twice as many antioxidants as olive oil.

And powdered cricket, grasshopper and silkworm had five times as many antioxidants as notoriously nutritious orange juice.

‘Edible insects are an excellent source of protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and fibre,’ scientist Professor Mauro Serafini said.


Stevie Wonder reveals he will undergo a kidney transplant later this year

Stevie Wonder has revealed he will undergo a kidney transplant later this year.

The 69-year-old singer says he has a donor lined up and that he will perform a few more shows before he takes a break ahead of the procedure planned for September.

The chart-topper told fans of his condition as he wrapped up his set at British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park.

Wonder told the crowd: ‘I’m all good, I’m all good, all good, I have a donor and it’s all good.

‘I want you to know, I came here to give you my love and thank you for your love.

‘I love you and God bless you.’

The news was greeted by cheers of support from fans, who gave him a raucous applause as he was led off stage.

Wonder’s appearance saw him headline the Hyde Park event in the second of five major concerts at the London park.

He had the crowd cheering as he treated them to classics like For Once in My Life, and Master Blaster.

Wonder stopped repeatedly between tracks to thank fans for their support over the years.

Those gathered to watch the multi Grammy Award-winner were treated to the crooner tinkling the ivories as he performed tracks like Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

His show, called The Song Party, was supported by Lionel Richie – who warmed up the crowd – on the Great Oak Stage on Saturday.

In December 2017, Wonder performed a cover of Easy at Richie’s Kennedy Centre Honours ceremony, which left Richie visibly emotional.


He later said: ‘I got into the business because I wanted to be like Stevie Wonder, so for all of a sudden for Stevie to be singing my song, it was surreal.’

His set also featured a tribute to musicians who have died, including songs by Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Prince and Aretha Franklin.

Like Celine Dion the previous night, Wonder, who has amassed worldwide sales of more than 100 million units, sang John Lennon’s Imagine

The rest of the concert series will see Barbra Streisand perform on Sunday, Florence + The Machine on July 13, and Robbie Williams on July 14.


Why you should not put raw onion in your salad according to this expert


– Sarah Vine an expert argues raw onions hidden in salads ruin lunch

– She says no one likes the vegetable as it’s smelly and indigestible

– She discussed the food industry’s efforts to spice up modern salads

Why does it seem like every salad offered in Kenya has raw onions in it?

But there is one ingredient I just cannot stomach: raw onions. Hands up who likes raw onion? No one? Thank you. That’s because it’s smelly, indigestible and extremely anti-social.


What kind of maniac wants to spend the rest of the afternoon sitting at his or her desk, burping up the vegetable equivalent of hot lava and causing colleagues to pass out every time you open your mouth?

Smelly. Indigestible. And extremely anti-social. Lunch is doomed 

And yet they all do it. Hide the raw onion, that is. every sandwich, salad bars and chips place or, the local sandwich shop: it’s like some perverse little game.

There you are, about to tuck into your nice saintly salad, when the faintest whiff of it reaches your nostrils. Lurking beneath the lettuce, cowering next to the cucumber — raw bloody onion!

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Of course, then the whole thing is ruined. Raw onion contaminates everything within a five-inch radius, meaning that even if you do painstakingly pick it out, piece by festering piece, everything else will still taste of it.


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What the curious facts your appearance says about you

Sometimes well almost always, your appearance can portray the kind of person you are.

These are some of the features that can describe the kind of person you can be;

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When one has wrinkles on their face it can be due to many reasons. One is a sign of aging, it can also be due to stress from anger.

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Prominent cheekbones

A study conducted by scientists at the University of London show that men with a high level of testosterone have broad faces and thick cheekbones. The level of this hormone has a direct connection with dominance and aggressiveness. One look at your cheekbones can make one know the level of your hormones according to that research.

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The face shape 
Scientists have proven the connection between face shapes and dominance. The ratio of the distance between your ears and the distance between the upper line of your eyes and  your upper lip can tell the chances of your success.

A shot tells your profession

One shot of you can give a clear definition of the kind of person you are. Someone can tell the kind of profession you are taking from the way you are dressed or conduct yourself.

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The selfie positions also have a deeper meaning other than that of attraction. One of them is about gender. Women turn their heads to the right showing their left cheek and men vice versa when taking selfies.

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This especially to psychologists is used as a tactic of reading someones mind and behavior. For instance someone can look deep into your eyes and tell whether you are lying or telling the truth. The eyes can also say whether you are using drugs. Especially if they are red in color and it’s not a healthy problem.

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Apple shaped women twice as likely to suffer heart attack

– Storing fat around the stomach significantly raises the risk of heart disease

– Fat is packed around major organs and releases harmful chemicals into blood

– Study tracked 2683 women who were healthy weight over 18-year period

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Women with apple-shaped figures are twice as likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes as pear-shaped women, a major study reveals.

Storing fat around the stomach significantly raises the risk of heart disease, even in women who are a healthy weight, scientists say.


This is because fat is packed around major organs such as the liver and pancreas, and releases harmful chemicals into the blood that can cause heart disease.

The study, published in the European Heart Journal, tracked 2683 postmenopausal women who were a healthy weight over an 18 year period.

Scientists from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York analysed their body fat distribution.

They ranked the women in order of whether they were apple-shaped or pear-shaped – when most fat is stored around the legs or hips.

The top 25 per cent most apple-shaped women were twice as likely to suffer heart disease and stroke as the 25 per cent of women with the least fat around their middle.

And the top quarter of pear-shaped women were 40 per cent less likely to get heart disease than people who store little fat in their legs.

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Overall, the women with the very highest proportion of fat around their middle were three times more likely to get cardiovascular disease than women at the opposite extreme with the most leg fat.

Scientists said having a higher proportion of fat on the legs can protect people from heart disease as it means the fat cannot cause problems elsewhere in the body.

Lead author Dr Qibin Qi said:

‘Our findings suggest that postmenopausal women, despite having normal weight, could have varying risk of cardiovascular disease because of different fat distributions around either their middle or their legs.’

Fat in the abdomen is called visceral fat and releases chemicals that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. This type of fat also pumps out fatty acids into the blood and has been linked to high cholesterol and insulin resistance, a cause of diabetes In contrast, extra weight on your hips and thighs is known as subcutaneous fat, which means it sits under the skin and is simply a store of fat.

When women reach the menopause, changes in their body shape and metabolism can cause more to be stored around the organs in the body rather than underneath the skin.

Scientists said that the distribution of fat in somebody’s body is more important predictor of heart problems than measuring their weight. They urged doctors to measure people’s waist circumference to assess their risk of heart disease, rather than just calculating their BMI.

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Dr Qi said:

‘In routine clinical practice, BMI is a common approach to assessing a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease.

‘As such, some people who are categorised as being a normal weight may not be recognised as being at increased risk of cardiovascular disease due to the distribution of their body fat, and so may not have preventive measures recommended for them.’ The World Health Organisation suggests men with waists bigger than 40in (102cm) and women with waists bigger than 35in (88cm) face a substantially increased risk of conditions such as diabetes.


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5 ways to wake up early and energized every day

For people who are not naturally morning people, then the first few hours of the day may tend to be very long and tiring.
Well if you want to make your day different then maybe you would want to make your mornings more bearable.
Work may need to be put in order to make your mornings more effective and successful and we might have tips to make you want to love your mornings.
Here are 5 ways you you could wake up energized through out your day.

1. Start small 

If you are one to have a work load of schedules and office works, the probably that is why you are that exhausted.

You do not want to complicate your mornings even before they get any better for you.

That aside, if you keep your morning routine simple, then that could make a whole lot of difference through out your morning and day in general.


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2. Set enough time to sleep

Let’s be honest.

If you do not get enough sleep through the night, then what happens? Of course the snooze button will be your answer yeah?

This only means you need to actually get enough sleep through the night so as to have a good day the following day.



3. Have morning routines

Have some work out schedules planned out.

Try out some yoga or dance routines, try out some gym work outs or running.

All this could play an important role in making sure your morning and the rest of the day will be as effective.

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4. Reduce stress levels

Ways to reduce stress levels may be from all the energy you let in.

Before you sleep, have some positive energy that will prepare your mind for a  good morning.

This may seem like a small thing, but your first thoughts in the morning often reflect the last thoughts you had before falling asleep.


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5. Make waking up fun

Treat every morning like Christmas.

So if you feel sluggish in the morning, try do it differently and also try change your approach every morning.

So you know how every Christmas or every holiday you do not have to go to work, do you feel excited ?

Well that is the kind of excitement you should have on your normal day to work.



Sleeping odd hours raises your risks of obesity and high blood pressure

Irregular sleep and inconsistent bedtimes may raise your risks for metabolic disorders like high blood sugar, obesity, hypertension and high blood sugar, a new study suggests.

We still don’t know exactly why we sleep.

But as scientists attempt to work out the answer to that question, they’ve learned that the body’s clock regulates both our rest and metabolism.

Most of that work has looked at the effects of getting too little sleep, but the new study, conducted by scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, suggests that even if we’re getting enough sleep, irregularity can disrupt metabolism.

Keeping to a regular sleep schedule, on the other hand, may prevent not only metabolic problems, but combat depression and encourage heart health, the researchers argue.
The body operates according to an internal clock that can be gauged not by minutes or hours but rhythms.

These circadian rhythms are marked by the ebb and flow of various hormones and biological process and take place over the course of about a 24-hour day.

Circadian rhythms, when functioning properly, tell us when to eat and when to sleep through changing hormone levels.

But the relationship works in both directions. What and when we eat or sleep can throw off those rhythms too.

We know that sleeplessness increases the risk of diabetes, primarily because it alters the release of insulin in the body.

The hormone, insulin, allows our metabolic system to properly process and break down glucose, which the body in turn converts to energy.

But those who don’t sleep enough on a chronic basis tend to produce less insulin, allowing glucose to build up in the blood stream and reach unhealthy levels.

However, you don’t have to go without sleep to disrupt your circadian rhythms – and therefore your metabolism. Even a single hour of variation in when someone goes to sleep and wakes up every day can interfere with circadian rhythms and how the body processes food.

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital team followed a group of over 2,000 men and women between ages 45 and 84 for around six years, and found dramatic differences in metabolic disorders depending on their sleep regularity.

They found that ‘every one-hour night-to-night difference in the time to bed or the duration of a night’s sleep multiplies the adverse metabolic effect,’ said study co-author and epidemiologist Dr Tianyi Huang.

Every hour of inconsistency in a sleep schedule was linked to a 27 percent higher risk of a metabolic problem.

In fact, if someone was tucking themselves in and rising at variable times early on in the study, they were more likely to develop high blood pressure, high blood sugar, obesity or another disorder down the road.

The researchers say that this is evidence that sleep irregularity may in fact cause metabolic disorders – but doesn’t yet meet the bar to prove that it does.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, those who had inconsistent sleep schedules were more likely to do shift work with rotating or none-nine-to-five schedules, to eat more, smoke, struggle with depression and sleep less in general.

Shifting sleep schedules were also more common among African Americans, the researchers found.

‘Our results suggest that maintaining a regular sleep schedule has beneficial metabolic effects,’ said study coauthor Dr Susan Redline, who studies sleep and practices sleep medicine.

‘This message may enrich current prevention strategies for metabolic disease that primarily focus on promoting sufficient sleep and other healthy lifestyles.’

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Reasons why you should incorporate smoothies in your meals

Smoothies have been all the rage for some time now.

Are you team smoothie gang? If not you just might want to start.

Creating your own  smoothie gives you the absolute authority to incorporate anything you want.

Well in regards to adding anything to your smoothie, please add greens … Just add them, Thank us later!

Here are 5 reasons why smoothies are important

1. Healthy

You have packed all sorts of fruits to your blender from strawberries, mangoes, bananas, to pineapples.

What could definitely go wrong?

These fruits are already vitamins enriched meaning that they are good for your body and more importantly, very healthy.


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2. Radiant skin 

We often spend a lot of money trying to get those skin care products but what you do not know is that smoothies brings that extra glow to your skin.

Skin care routines are important but so are smoothies. Green smoothies are high in vitamins which work together  to offer you a better complexion and clear skin without using a dime!

Not only that, your hair also glows and grows both in length and in volume. Well we know you like long hair, smoothies is the way to go.

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3. Act as meal replacements

In most cases, out patients are normally advised foods in liquid form.

Fruits which have minerals, vitamins fibers and all things vitamins take the role of doing this for these patients.

In any case when you incorporate full balanced diet in your fruit smoothie, it acts as food for the body.


4. Weight loss

In addition to working out and having healthy meals, smoothies may also be used as a detox.

One thing is important to note down. That smoothies may act as a way to lose of weight but also , steer away from dietary that may be adding weight to your body.

Well you might also need to add a work out schedule as  well if losing weight is your goal.

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5. Fun

How about a smoothie after that meal!

Healthy meal with a smoothie equals to a healthy body.




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5 Important reasons why you need to start your yoga classes today

Yoga’s gentle yet refreshing moves are some of the reasons why it is so popular and why you need to start you classes as soon as possible.

Here are reasons why you need to  start your classes today.

1. It is a fitness activity

Fitness from yoga starts from both internal and external fitness.

Through breathing techniques, yoga is able to work on your lungs and your cardio-respiratory organs which may include the heart as well.

In addition, physical excises from stretching and moving your body to different techniques that yoga has.


2. Yoga boosts productivity and creativity

We live in a world where a lot of things may hinder us both mentally and physically from being creative ad for giving our best.

No matter how busy you might feel, remember that a state of overwhelm could be a signal that you are over-committed or impatient.

Practicing yoga can help you focus on getting stuff done.

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3. Allow yourself to relax

This is very important. At times we might be very hard on ourselves and at times that goes to our bodies as well.

Stiffening of the nerves may lead to injuries caused from practices that have to do with yoga.

This being both mentally and physical, it is important to relax both your mind and your body to have a good circulation from the activities that come with Yoga.

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4. Do not forget to breathe

If you do not have healthy breathing habits, however, you might find yourself holding your breath at the end of inhalation.

Therefore breathe and let go of excess baggage to relax your body, mind and soul.

This helps you not to have a hard time while practicing and enjoying your yoga routines.

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5. Yoga is for everyone

Though it may seem like a physical activity, yoga can be done by anyone and everyone.

It is a time of reflection and self love and everyone needs this in their lives.

Models doing different yoga poses



Prostate cancer breakthrough: New treatment to destroy tumor cells

A radical ‘seek and destroy’ treatment could extend the lives of thousands of men with advanced prostate cancer, a study shows.

The approach described by experts as ‘game changing’ – uses high-tech molecules to track down tumors anywhere in the body and blast them with a radioactive payload.

The breakthrough ‘PSMA’ radiotherapy treatment became available privately in Britain for the first time last week with two men already treated.

Thousands more are expected to benefit if global trials currently under way come back with positive results, providing the key to NHS approval.

Experts at the American Society of Clinical Oncology congress in Chicago said the treatment provided hope for men for whom all other options had run out.

Without it they are simply referred for palliative end-of-life care.

Australian oncologist Arun Azad, who is testing the treatment on 200 men in one of ten trials taking place around the world, said: ‘It is potentially game changing.

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‘If the results are positive, it really will change the landscape of how we treat prostate cancer.’

The new treatment targets a protein on the surface of prostate cancer cells called PSMA, or ‘prostate-specific membrane antigen’.

The treatment contains a molecule, known as PSMA-617, which seeks out and binds to PSMA.

The molecule also carries a ‘payload’ a nuclear isotope called Lutetium-177 which delivers a powerful blast of radiotherapy.

Crucially, the radiotherapy travels only 1mm ensuring only prostate cells are damaged and healthy tissue is spared.

A pilot study of 50 men in Australia has shown the treatment extends the life expectancy of men with advanced prostate cancer from nine months to an average of 13.3 months.

But a fifth of patients responded extremely well – and were still alive after 33 months.

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Low dose of Aspirin may increase bleeding in the skull

Taking low-dose aspirin could increase the risk of bleeding in the skull, especially among those with no history of heart issues, a new report finds.

Low-dose aspirin has been recommended in the past for older adults as a method to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke by preventing blood clots.

But several recent studies have found this positive benefit is negated by the increased risk of internal bleeding.

Now, a new review finds that taking low-dose aspirin regularly raises the risk of a type of skull bleeding, known as an intracranial hemorrhage.

Among those who had the greatest risk were adults with a body mass index under 25.

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The team, led by Chang Gung University College of Medicine in Taiwan, says the findings show the medication should only be taken by adults who have the highest cardiovascular disease risk such as those who’ve undergone bypass surgery.

A daily low-dose aspirin has been recommended to prevent blood clots that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

An adult low-dose aspirin is defined as such if it’s between 75 and 100 milligrams. One pill of low-dose Bayer, for example, is 81 milligrams.

For the review, published in JAMA Neurology, the team looked at 13 previous studies on the subject.

More than 130,000 people between ages 42 and 74 – none of whom had a history of stroke or heart disease – were given either a low-dose aspirin or a placebo.

Those who were on the placebo had a 0.46 percent risk of bleeding, but those taking a low-dose aspirin had a 0.63 percent risk, roughly two out of every 1,000 people.

People who were either ethnically Asian or had a body mass index under 25 faced the greatest risk.

When a hemorrhage occurs in the skull, oxygen-rich blood can’t reach brain tissue and instead pools around the brain.

This can put pressure on the brain, and lead to permanent damage or even death, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

‘The absolute magnitude of these adverse effects is modest, but clinically relevant,’ said co-author Dr Wen-Yi Huang, a professor of neurology at Chang Gung University College of Medicine.

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‘Given that the many individuals in the general population have a very low risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular events, if low-dose aspirin is given universally, adverse outcomes from intracranial hemorrhage may outweigh the beneficial effects of low-dose aspirin.’

It comes just two months after the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association released new guidelines on low-dose aspirin.

The two organizations recommended that older adults above age 70 not take the medication as a preventive measure due to an increased risk of bleeding.

‘Clinicians should be very selective in prescribing aspirin for people without known cardiovascular disease,’ said Dr Roger Blumenthal, a cardiologist from Johns Hopkins Medicines who co-chaired the guidelines.

‘It’s much more important to optimize lifestyle habits and control blood pressure and cholesterol as opposed to recommending aspirin. Aspirin should be limited to people at the highest risk of cardiovascular disease and a very low risk of



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Drinking two large energy drinks can be dangerous for the heart

Guzzling two large energy drinks within an hour is dangerous for the heart, scientists have warned.

Researchers say consuming 32ounces (946ml) in such little time raises blood pressure and temporarily affects heart rhythm.

However, scientists have warned caffeine is not blame – and other ingredients used in the flavoured drinks is the problem.

Monster and Relentless – two popular energy drink brands – sell 500ml cans. The former says its cans ‘pack a vicious punch’.

Caffeine at doses under 400mg is not expected to induce any electrocardiographic changes, the study authors claimed.

Researchers measured the electrical activity of the volunteers’ hearts by electrocardiogram, which records the way a heart is beating.

They also recorded participant’s blood pressure. All measurements were taken at the study’s start and every 30 minutes for four hours after consumption.

Results showed volunteers who downed the energy drinks had a blood pressure spike of 5mmHg, on average, compared to those given the placebo.

They also had a QT interval – the time it takes ventricles in the heart to generate a beat again – that was up to 7.7milliseconds longer.

A ‘normal’ QT interval is considered to be between 350 and 440 milliseconds, meaning the energy drinks increase the delay by around two per cent.

Doctors warn if the QT interval is too short or long, it can cause the heart to beat abnormally, which can cause a life-threatening arrhythmia.

Professor Sachin Shah, study author, said the risk ‘could not be attributed to caffeine’ as he called for urgent trials to investigate what ingredient is to blame.

This is despite caffeine being known to cause vessels to contract and release adrenaline, a hormone that can temporarily increase blood pressure.

Other common ingredients in the energy drinks analysed in this study included taurine, glucuronolactone and B-vitamins.

Professor Shah added: ‘The public should be aware of the impact of energy drinks on their body especially if they have other underlying health conditions.’

He warned energy drinks may be especially dangerous to patients with long QT syndrome – where the muscle takes longer than it should to recharge between beats.

And Professor Shah said adults battling hypertension – high blood pressure – should also cut down on their intake to avoid spikes that can prove deadly.

Professor Kate O’Dell, study co-author, warned understanding how the drinks affect the heart ‘is extremely important’.

She said: ‘Energy drinks are readily accessible and commonly consumed by a large number of teens and young adults.’

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, are not the first to prove energy drinks can be dangerous.

Energy drink consumption has been associated with cardiac arrest and heart attacks, the team of academics wrote in the journal.

Researchers from the University of Texas at Houston last year said the drinks narrow blood vessels, which restricts blood flow to vital organs.

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Menopause myths exploded by prominent doctor

Menopause has long been a taboo subject, but that’s changing – fast.

Numerous reports have sought to debunk some of the most common menopause myths.

This topic on womens health has been confused by the amount of misinformation that persists, according to an article published in the dailymail.

So, here are the top myths constantly heard…


Whilst menopause as a process certainly affects only women, men are affected by it massively! And this is another reason that we all need to talk about it.

Men are affected as they see their partner/sister/mother suffer the symptoms. These relationships become difficult or different or breakdown.

The women around them can no longer function as mothers/carers/partners and lose their jobs and household finances suffer.

So, this is actually an issue that will affect every single person at some point!


The average age of menopause in the UK is 51. But it’s an average, meaning there are younger and older women in the mix, too.

Also, bear in mind that this figure is the point at which women’s periods stop completely. Peri-menopause (the time leading up to periods stopping for good) can last for 10 years before this.

So women can be peri-menopausal with symptoms throughout their entire 40’s! Then there are women who go through premature ovarian failure or surgical menopause (removal of ovaries), plunging them into early menopause as young as 20. They then potentially have decades of symptoms.

This means women may be seeing their GP for menopause symptoms which are not being recognized because the assumption is that she is too young.


Hot flushes and night sweats are common but many women don’t have either.

My experience is that anxiety, mood changes and depression are probably the earliest symptoms and these often go unrecognised as menopause symptoms.

So if you have never previously suffered from anxiety/low mood and suddenly the world is a dark place, see your GP and ask if its peri-menopause.


The expensive and private BHRT clinics would love you to believe this but it just isn’t true.

Body identical and bio-identical mean the same thing; hormones made from plants (usually Yam) that mimic your own hormones exactly and they are definitely available on the NHS. Ask your GP for Oestrogel and utrogestan which is a totally bioidentical combination and can be tailored to suit you.

And don’t forget, there are so many ways to have HRT; tablets, patches, gels or a combination of these.


Again, I hear patients who are told this by friends and sometimes even their GP. It’s just not true.

For the 10 years leading up to menopause you may still be having periods, either regular or irregular and have full on symptoms which can be treated in the same way as if they had stopped completely.


The NICE guidance says that under the age of 60 the benefits of HRT outweigh the risks.

After 60 it’s a discussion between you and your GP and an assessment of any risks; there is no time limit.

FAT PEOPLE CAN’T HAVE HRT Just not true. Weight, migraine, smoking and diabetes are reasons that women have been declined HRT for – and all are false.


Definitely not true! Many a 50+ woman gets surprised by a perimenopause baby.

Until you have gone for a year if over 50 and 2 years under 50, you need contraception. HRT isn’t a contraceptive and women can, and do, get pregnant whilst taking it.

So if you are not quite ready for a baby don’t take a chance, it only takes one good egg!


Sadly not. There are lots of hidden and mental health symptoms. Depression/anxiety and mood changes are common, affecting every aspect of life.

The ability to think clearly, find words and concentrate are often lost, being described as brain fog.

Our bones, heart and brain are also left unprotected by oestrogen after menopause.


Women only have a small amount of testosterone before menopause, about 10% of their total, but its loss can make a major difference.

Loss of libido is common alongside fatigue and sometimes only testosterone replacement brings it back.


This might be true, but it’s the loss of oestrogen that causes them in most cases.

They have often had every test and antibiotic a urologist can find and the problem is solved within weeks with a little topical oestrogen cream.


Goodness me, why should it.

You have another 30 years of life! Certainly s3x can become painful as women can get va**nal atrophy but there are answers and it really doesn’t have to be the case.

Combinations of oestrogen, moisturisers, lubricants and/or HRT can bring back the intimacy.

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Health: Being over weight as an adolescent could lead to heart problems

Being mildly overweight as a teenager raises the risk of heart failure in adulthood, scientists have found.

Scientists tracked 1.6million men for nearly five decades to examine the dangers of carrying extra weight in adolescence.

They found those who were even mildly overweight when they were 18 were more likely to develop cardiomyopathy in later life.

The findings come amid a worldwide childhood obesity crisis, with figures showing there are 340 million youngsters who are overweight or obese.

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Obesity is known to be a risk factor for a multitude of health problems including heart disease.

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg were looking mainly to see if teenage obesity raised the risk of cardiomyopathy.

It is the general term for diseases of the heart muscle, which can make it harder for the organ to pump blood around the body.

Men who enlisted in compulsory military service between 1969 and 2005, when they were 18 or 19 years old, were analysed.

Researchers recorded figures on their height, weight and overall fitness.

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Among the men in the study, 4,477 were diagnosed with cardiomyopathy at an average age of 45.5.

The men who at age 18 had a body mass index (BMI) below 20 had a low risk of going on to develop cardiomyopathy.

But the risk steadily increased as weight increased, according to the findings that were published in the journal Circulation.

Men who had a BMI of 35 and over – considered obese – were eight times more likely to develop dilated cardiomyopathy as adults.

Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975, according to the World Health Organization.

Health chiefs have long been trying to crack down on childhood obesity rates, considering children who are obese are put at a higher risk of heart conditions and diabetes at a younger age than normal.

Obese youngsters are likely to stay obese into adulthood, where long-term health problems include cancer

 -Daily mail

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The four advantages of eating cucumbers

If you are in the veggie section in the supermarket, don’t ignore cucumbers.

This is according to several health and fitness experts who say there is an added benefit in including cucumbers in our diet.

Experts say they are low in calories and help the body with lots of nutrients. Other advantages are as follows;

Helps in weigh lose

The cucumber is one of the fruits taken that can help one in weight loss because it has few calories and antioxidants that prevent the accumulation of harmful radicals hence even when taken in plenty, one cannot add weight. It can be taken in form of a salad or blended with other fruits to make smoothies.

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Helps in lowering of blood sugars

This is a natural fruit with low sugar content, hence helps in blood sugar regulation in ones body. For people with diabetes, it is one of the best to take because it reduces the blood sugars in the body to the needed blood sugar level.

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It also helps in hydration

Water is a basic need to the body. We are all encouraged to eat fruits and veggies.

Water helps in digestion, metabolism and the regulation of the body temperatures. Let’s also not forget how important glowing skin is when we consume water. Enough water helps in the digestion and metabolism hence prevents the storage of excessive fats in the body.

It is easier to be added to the diet

It can be added to any type of food eaten, salads and smoothies which also aids in weight lose as in detoxification of the body.

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Losing weight is easier if you buy a scale – study

The bathroom scales are every weight-watcher’s worst nightmare, but stepping on them every day could help you shed the pounds.

Scientists found people who weighed themselves on a daily basis either maintained their size or lost weight.

The harsh reminder of seeing a physical weight increase encourages people to adjust their behaviour the next day, researchers say.

This could involve exercising a little more or watching what they eat more carefully, according to the experts.
On the other hand, participants who didn’t step on the scales every day actually gained weight.

Scientists warned people who didn’t weigh themselves regularly felt pressure to adjust their behaviour because they were oblivious to weight gain.

The study, set to be published in the June 2019 issue of Obesity, examined 111 adults between aged 18 to 65.

Researchers analysed participants from mid-November 2017 to early January 2018 when the average adult puts on 0.9 to 3.3lbs (0.4 to 1.5kg) gorging on food over the festive period.

The team from the University of Georgia told participants to try to maintain their baseline weight throughout the holiday season.

But they gave no additional instructions on how to achieve that goal, forcing them to decide for themselves how they would modify their behavior.

They found that people who didn’t weigh themselves daily put on 4.9lbs (2.2kg) in the two-month period, on average.

Whereas those who stepped on the scales every day maintained their weight.

Researchers then followed up with participants, who’d continued to weigh themselves daily, 14 weeks later.

Those who were stepping on the scales each day had lost on average 0.22lbs (0.1kg).

Whereas people who didn’t weigh themselves daily went back down to 149.5lbs (67.8kg) – still up 1.8lbs (0.8kg) from December.

Lead author Jamie Cooper said: ‘Maybe they exercise a little bit more the next day [after seeing a weight increase] or they watch what they are eating more carefully.

‘The subjects self-select how they are going to modify their behavior, which can be effective because we know that interventions are not one-size-fits-all.’

Michelle vanDellen, second author on the paper, said the latest findings support discrepancy theories of self-regulation.

‘People are really sensitive to discrepancies or differences between their current selves and their standard or goal,’ she said.

‘When they see that discrepancy, it tends to lead to behavioral change. Daily self-weighing ends up doing that for people in a really clear way.’

‘Vacations and holidays are probably the two times of year people are most susceptible to weight gain in a very short period of time,’ Mr Cooper said.

‘The holidays can actually have a big impact on someone’s long-term health.’

Obesity is a major contributor to more than 200 conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Approximately 1.2 billion people worldwide have obesity.

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5 Reasons why salsa dancing is good for you

Are you a fitness enthusiast or just want to learn that simple routine that will make you love a good work out? Well salsa is the thing you need to try.

There are so many reasons why people stay faithful to a certain sport, routines, or habit.

Salsa dancing has so many benefits including both health and physical benefits.


Here are reasons who salsa dancing could be what you are looking for.

1. Keeps your body fit

Everyone has a unique way on how to keep their body fit. Well, you might need to rethink on how to include salsa.

Salsa has so many areas of fitness. For instance, it can help you reduce excess body weight and also toning of your body muscle.

Those who learn this exciting dance also notice an improvement in their balance, body awareness, memory, and coordination. Dancing requires you to be moving your feet in one motion, while your arms, hands, and head are doing something different.


2. Keeps your body looking younger

Keeping your body fit has it advantages including making you look younger. It also benefits your whole body including keeping fit, benefitis your lungs and also your heart.

It is said that dancers performing  in one dance competition could amount to those cyclists and swimmers covering more than 400 meters.

3. Improves your emotional health

Dance elevates your moods giving that different feel when you put your heart out to dance.

This may help reduce stress or even sins of depression making change the mood to the rhythm of music.

It helps improve ht relationship between the mind and the body making you feel more relaxed and at peace.

4. Improves your self esteem

Salsa dancing helps you build on your confidence through interactions that you make with members of the opposite s3x and also everyone in the dancing hall.

Salsa dancing may also bring much attention to you while dancing. This at times could be a little intimidating.

However, this may also be one of the ways you could build up on your esteem by bringing out the best in you on that dance floor.

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5. Fun is guaranteed

Salsa is no doubt fun.

It does not matter if you are a pro’ or not, shine with those simple moves that you know and you are guaranteed a fun adventure.

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