Skinny jeans given health warning – BBC News

Skinny jeans can seriously damage muscles and nerves, doctors have said.A 35-year-old woman had to be cut out of a pair after her calves ballooned in size, the medics said in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.She had spent hours squatting to empty cupboards for a house move in Australia. By evening, her feet were numb and she found it hard to walk.Doctors believe the woman developed a condition called compartment syndrome, made worse by her skinny jeans.

via Skinny jeans given health warning – BBC News.

Mushroom used in Chinese medicine ‘slows weight gain’ – BBC News

A mushroom used for centuries in Chinese medicine reduces weight gain in animals, say researchers in Taiwan.

The study, published in Nature Communications, suggested Ganoderma lucidum slowed weight gain by altering bacteria in the gut.

The researchers suggested the mushroom could eventually be used in the treatment of obesity.

Experts said the science was good, but putting mushroom extract in cans of cola would not help people lose weight.

via Mushroom used in Chinese medicine ‘slows weight gain’ – BBC News.

Freeze sperm at 18, bioethicist urges men – BBC News

The sperm of all 18-year-olds should be frozen for use in later life because of the risks attached with being an older father, a UK bioethicist has argued.

Sperm becomes more prone to errors with age, increasing the risk of autism, schizophrenia and other disorders.

Dr Kevin Smith, from Abertay University in Dundee, says sperm-banking on the NHS should “become the norm”.

The British Fertility Society said such a move would “provide a very artificial approach to procreation”.

It called for a greater focus in the UK on supporting young couples to have work and have children.

Men are having children later – the average age of fatherhood in England and Wales has increased from 31 in the early 1990s to 33 now.

But while it remains possible to have children well into old age, there are consequences.

via Freeze sperm at 18, bioethicist urges men – BBC News.

In China, Stomachs Turn at News of 40-Year-Old Meat Peddled by Traders – The New York Times

From rat meat masquerading as lamb to tainted milk to exploding watermelons, Chinese consumers have become inured to stomach-churning food scandals. But on Tuesday, countless people were forced to ponder the benefits of vegetarianism after news reports emerged that unscrupulous meat traders had been peddling tons of beef, pork and chicken wings that in some cases had been frozen for 40 years.

The Chinese news media announced that the authorities had seized nearly half a billion dollars’ worth of smuggled frozen meat this month across China, some of it dating to the 1970s. The caches of beef, pork and chicken wings, worth up to 3 billion renminbi, or $483 million, were discovered in a nationwide crackdown that spanned 14 provinces and regions, the state news agency Xinhua reported.

via In China, Stomachs Turn at News of 40-Year-Old Meat Peddled by Traders – The New York Times.

Nepal earthquake: India and China pledge millions in aid – BBC News

Nepal has received substantial pledges from India and China for earthquake reconstruction at an international donors’ conference in Kathmandu.

Pledges include $1bn (£640m) from India, $500m from China, and $600m from the Asian Development Bank.

Nepal says it needs $7bn after April and May’s devastating quakes, in which nearly 9,000 people were killed.

Opening the conference, Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala promised that the relief funds would be used wisely.

Donor countries and international agencies have voiced concerns that red tape and poor planning could result in the donations being squandered.

But Mr Koirala urged delegates to “work with us, the government of Nepal” and vowed “zero tolerance toward corruption”.

“I assure you that we will [leave] no stone unturned in ensuring that the support reaches the intended beneficiaries,” he told the conference.

via Nepal earthquake: India and China pledge millions in aid – BBC News.

Weight loss mission: part 1- Who should loss weight?

DSC_2309If you are tired of staying positively motivated to loss weight and failing to follow good diet and lifestyle plan you may try these series of posts in ‘weight loss mission’.

First of all you should be sure of if you really need to loss weight. In this era many people are obsessed with the thought of skinny look and try to loss weight even if their weight is less than required normal.

Body mass index or BMI in short is a good tool to know if your weight is normal or underweight or overweight etc. A consultation with a doctor is helpful to be sure of if you really require weight loss.

If you are extremely fat you might be labeled as ‘morbidly obese’ by your doctor and in that case he may recommended weight loss surgeries for you.

Certain people might have certain medical causes of obesity like low level of thyroid hormone production in the body or usage of certain medications that increase body weight. In such scenarios too a doctors help is mandatory, to take care of the cause of obesity. If a medicine is making you obese, you doctor may up look for an alternative medicine which will not increase your body weight.

If you don’t have any serious medical or surgical problem but having unhealthy lifestyle which is contributing to your weight gain, you may try with these series of posts to boost your motivation.

This author believes, a good positive motivation is the first step to achieve the target of weight loss.

In the upcoming posts we will discuss various things we can do to stay in shape like diet, exercises etc.

Toxic moonshine kills 102 in Mumbai slum – CNN.com

Deaths from cheap, illegally brewed liquor — often containing toxic methanol — are not uncommon in India.

The moonshine is typically brewed in villages before being smuggled into cities, where it sells for about 10 cents a glass — about a third the price of legally brewed liquor.

More than 160 people died from drinking a bad batch of moonshine in West Bengal in 2011, while in January, at least 25 people died and 125 were hospitalized after drinking illegal homebrew in Uttar Pradesh.

via Toxic moonshine kills 102 in Mumbai slum – CNN.com.

Stop commenting on posts related to acts of terror

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The way how people react to news 📰 of terror attacks have changed drastically over years.

In this era hundreds of comments are posted on various posts (on social networking sites) related to terrorist attacks. Probably this is an act which we common man do is wrong. By doing so, these news becomes important. Comments and counter comments are posted on such posts and at certain times the commenters hurt each other knowingly or unknowingly in the name of religion, country, race etc. Ultimately by doing all these we make these type of news hot and use a word called ‘viral’.

Those who are affected directly or indirectly by these terror acts possibly never enjoy our viral posts or comments. It may be a pleasuring fantasy for many of the commenters to seat in a safe part of the globe and comment on such posts. In a way by commenting we are making these posts popular and encouraging terror attacks . The best thing would probably be not to show any interest on such posts and silently condemning such acts. Try to imagine if a terrorist attack news gets no likes or comments on social networking sites, how will it feel.

However, everyone might not think in the same way as this author, and argue that commenting on these posts are important to show support to the affected victims of terrorism.

Yes we have the freedom of thinking and commenting and we should probably use it wisely and humanly.