Natural Remedies for Acne

Acne affects a lot of people, and buying treatments can be expensive. So, I’m going to provide you with a list of natural ingredients you can use to help reduce the appearance of acne…

Tea Tree Oil

  • has anti-inflammatory properties
  • reduces swelling and redness of pimples

Jojoba Oil

  • helps repair damaged skin
  • speeds up wound healing
  • reduces redness and swelling around pimples, whiteheads, and other inflamed spots
  • reduces skin inflammation

Aloe Vera

  • has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
  • reduces appearance of acne and prevents acne breakouts

Honey

  • contains antioxidants that can help to clear waste and debris from clogged pores
  • has antibacterial and wound-healing properties

Garlic

  • treats infections and boosts the body’s ability to fight germs and infections
  • has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects
  • helps to boost the immune system, which helps the body fight infections

Green Tea

  • contains high concentrations of antioxidants
  • clears out some of the debris and waste that has built up in open acne sores
  • reduces the skin’s sebum production
  • reduces inflammation

Rosemary

  • has antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties
  • reduces inflammation

Coconut Oil

  • contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds
  • speed up healing in open acne sores
  • destroys acne-causing bacteria and reduces redness and swelling of pimples

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Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322455.php

Treatment

Why Water Helps to Lose Weight

Everyone knows that drinking water has many positive affects on the body, and now researchers have found a positive correlation between weight loss and increased water consumption…

  • Water is known to be a natural appetite suppressant which sends signals to the brain to stop eating. Water is able to make people feel full due to it taking up space in the stomach. Studies have been used to prove this – for example, a 2014 study showed that when overweight females drink 500ml of water half an hour before breakfast, lunch and dinner they experiences a reduction in body weight and a suppression of appetite.

 

  • Water has also been indicated to burning calories as it can temporarily increase the number of calories burned by the body during resting. Drinking cold water has been shown to be particularly beneficial in regards to calorie-burning as the body can burn extra calories by heating up the water drank for digestion.

 

  • Water helps to remove waste products such as urine and faeces from the body as it aids the kidneys to filter out toxins and allows to keep the waste moving through the body. Staying hydrated also reduces the body retaining waste which can lead to bloating and a bigger-looking waist.

 

  • Liquid calories are some of the most easiest calories to overdo, so drinking water can cause long-term weight loss benefits by lowering the number of calories consumed in high-calorie beverages such as sports drinks, fizzy drinks, juices and alcoholic drinks.

 

  • Water allows the body to properly metabolite stored fats or carbohydrates in the body, so not drinking enough water will reduce the process of lipolysis (breaking down fats) and cause extra fat to be stored as adipose tissue in the body. In addition to this, a review in 2016 found that “increased water intake led to increased lipolysis and a loss of fat in animal studies.”

 

  • Water helps to increase performance during exercise, and we all now that exercise is key when it comes to losing weight. Water helps the muscles, connective tissues and joints to move more efficiently and also reduce the chances of dehydration, muscle cramps and fatigue.

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Thanks,

Rohini.

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322296.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly

https://blog.docsapp.in/the-right-amount-water-intake-and-urine-output/

The ‘Perfect Drug’ for Cancer Treatment

A group of researchers from various institutions in the United States have discovered and modified a drug that is able to inhibit the movement of cancer cells.

This technique is indeed very unusual, and hence received a lot of suspicion in its initial stage of development. The team found it very difficult to receive funding. However, thinking about it logically, it is actually a very smart technique that is likely to provide hugely successful results. As described by ‘Medical News Today’, “Cancer research tends to focus on finding more efficient ways to destroy tumors, but the more the cancer cells spread, the harder it becomes to eliminate them. So, in order to “contain” cancer as well as destroy it more easily, it would be useful to inhibit these cells’ capacity of movement.”

It took the researchers many years to find a drug that could work as precisely as possible, while also having minimal side effects. By combining the talents of people who specialise in Biology and Chemistry, new molecules were designed that would be able to fulfil these requirements. As said by Professor Scheidt:

“We started off with a chemical that stopped cells from moving, then we increasingly refined that chemical until it did a perfect job of stopping the cells with no side effects,”

The molecule that was finally decided upon is known as KBU2046. It interacts with heat shock proteins and protects cells from degradation. The drug is very good in inhibiting the movement of ONLY cancer cells because it does not affect any other type of protein.

The drug hasn’t been tested on humans, trials up to now have been conducted on mice and human cell models. So, the researchers next hope to try and get funding to conduct trials on humans and eventually bring the drug into the light to be used as a widespread treatment for cancer.

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Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322250.php

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Top 5 Natural Antibiotics

Hey guys,

I’ve talked about the problem of antibiotic resistance before and how its crucial that scientists and researchers either find / make new antibiotics as fast as possible, or encourage to reap the benefits of natural antibiotics. So, today I’m giving you a list of some of the best, safe and most effective natural antibiotics.

  • GARLIC – has curative powers and can be used as effective treatment against many forms of bacteria
  • HONEY  – used to be used to treat wounds and infections, has many antibacterial properties
  • GINGER – can fight against many different strands of bacteria and combat seasickness, nausea, and high blood sugar levels
  • ECHINACEA – this plant has been used for hundreds of years to treat infections and wounds, can also reduce inflammation caused by bacterial infection
  • OREGANO – boosts the immune system and is a good antioxidant, works better when it is made into an oil

Sorry for todays tiny blog, they will get back to normal from next week 🙂

 

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Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321108.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly

https://www.herbs-for-health.com/natural-antibiotics/

The Epigenetic Clock

Epigenetic’s looks at the changes in chromosomes that happen without modifying the DNA sequence itself and changing the position of any of the DNA base pairs.

A team of researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles, wanted to find out whether epigenetic could explain why premature ageing occurs and whether it can be used to work out biological age and predict someones lifespan.

The team found after using data from multiple previous studies that lifespan could be accurately predicted by calculating an individual’s biological age based on age-related changes in their human DNA. In order for this to be done more efficiently, Professor Horvath created an epigenetic clock that tracks methylation of DNA – this is a natural process that alters a persons phenotype (actual physical characteristics) without altering their genotype (genetic identity).

As said by the team…

“We were stunned to see that the epigenetic clock was able to predict the lifespans of Caucasians, Hispanics, and African-Americans.

This rang true even after adjusting for traditional risk factors like age, gender, smoking, body mass index, disease history, and blood cell counts.”

The team used this example: ‘if we compared two 60-year-old men who have stressful jobs and smoke; the first man has a top aging rate, the other is average. The likelihood of the first man dying in the next 10 years is 75 percent, whereas the latter of the two has just a 60 percent chance of dying in the next 10 years.’

Hopefully the results from this study can be used to potentially figure out a way to alter the epigenetic clock and investigate ways of changing the outcome.

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Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/313184.php?sr

What is genotype? What is phenotype?

Epigenetic Clock Destines Some to Age Faster Regardless of Lifestyle

Bioterrorism

Hey guys,

Todays blog is going to be a little bit different, but it is on a topic that is very important to talk about – bioterrorism.

Bioterrorism, or biological warfare, is the name given to the use of toxins or infections agents (bacteria / fungi / viruses) to incapacitate or kill humans, animals or plants as part of a war effort.

Because non-human life to do the actual damage, it is much more unpredictable and difficult to control, and could potentially cause global scale devastation.

Biological warfare has been used for thousands of years. One example of its use is during World War 2, when facilities to mass produce dangerous toxins were built. Luckily, the war came to an end before there toxins could be used.

Modern experts believe that if there were to be a bioterrorism attack in the future, the most likely organism to be used would be Bacillus Anthracis, the bacteria that causes anthrax.  This is because it is easily found in nature, easily produced in a lab and can survive for a long time in the form of powder, spray, water or food. And whats more, an Anthrax attack has been done in the past – “In 2001, anthrax spores were sent through the United States postal system. In all, 22 people contracted anthrax — five of whom died. And, the guilty party was never caught.”

Another potential bioterrorism agent is, surprisingly, smallpox.Even though it is no longer a disease of concern, there are still two laboratories (one in the US, one in Russia) that keep the smallpox virus. If someone were able to gain access to these, they could use it as an effective weapon till its vaccine is created again.

Cholera also has the potential of being used in bioterrorism due to its easy transport in water. If it could somehow be added to a major water source, millions of people could be affected by it. Cholera has been used as a weapon before, by countries such as the US, Japan, South Africa and Iraq.

Finally, the last potential bioterrorism agent I am going to talk about hasn’t actually been made yet, but very well could be – it is the use of gene editing. The way science and technology is advancing is insane, and if someone were to edit genes in non-harmful compounds or already harmful compounds, a lot of damage could occur, especially as it would take a while to figure out which gene has been taken out before being able to come up with a cure. A fairly cheap gene editing technology known as CRISPR is already easily accessible, so if it were to get into the wrong hands, it could definitely be used for evil intention.

In conclusion, bioterrorism is something people should definitely be aware of, as it can be just as dangerous (if not more) as any other approach to terrorism. Hopefully, more importance will be put on finding ways to reduce the easiness of a bioterrorism attack happening, because as of present, it seems to be far too easy…

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Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321030.php

Bioterrorism

Touching a Love One Could Cause Syncing of Brainwaves

“New research shows that holding your loved one’s hand when they’re in pain will comfort them and cause your brain waves to synchronise.” And whats more, if the loved one is someone you are romantically attached with, it is even possible for the heart rate to synchronise too.

The study was undertaken by a group of researchers from the University of Colorado, and they found that holding a loved one’s hand can ease pain, raise empathy levels and ‘interpersonal synchronisation’ into order to try and alleviate each others pain.

The researchers doing the study investigated on 22 heterosexual couples – all the couples had been together for at least a year and were aged between 23 and 32. Some couples were asked to sit in the same room without touching, some were asked to sit together and hold hands, and others were asked to sit in different rooms while their brain activity was monitored. Then, the women was subjected to a mild heat-inducing pain on their arm in order to see if ‘brain-coupling’ (the synchronisation of brainwaves) occurs.

“Brain coupling increased even more if the partner held the woman’s hand while she was in pain. Conversely, if the partners didn’t hold hands while the woman was in pain, their brain waves stopped coupling.” This very clearly illustrated the power and importance of human touch.

The researchers next hope to work towards discovering the exact mechanism of how hand holding kills pain in the brain.

Man and woman hold each others hand

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Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321121.php

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/hands_on_research

Dorothea Dix

“Dorothea Dix was an educator and social reformer whose devotion to the welfare of the mentally ill led to widespread international reforms.”

Dix campaigned in order for their to be fair treatment of patients with mental health disorder. In a Memorial to the Legislature of Massachusetts in 1843, she said…

“I proceed, Gentlemen, briefly to call your attention to the present state of Insane Persons confined within this Commonwealth, in cages, stalls, pens! Chained, naked, beaten with rods, and lashed into obedience,”

During her campaign, Dix travelled to hundreds of prisons accrues the United States and documented the inhumane and cruel treatment that people with mental illness went through. From this, Dix was able to establish 32 mental health hospitals across the US, but also change the popular stigmatised perception of mental illness.

Although Dix herself went through a traumatising childhood, her caring nature made her fight for the right of others. She herself had an abusive alcoholic father and mentally ill mother, and she even had to run away from her house to live with her rich grandmother in Boston. She became a schoolteacher and, at the age of only 19, she opened a cool in her grandmothers mansion for young girls to be given formal education. And thats not all, once she had collected enough books, she opened a school for unprivileged children and ran it from her own home.

However, Dix suffered from many physical illness including severe cough and fatigue, which caused her to stop her teaching career and become depressed. Becoming inspired by her own mental illness, Dix travelled to Europe to try and find a cure for herself and while she was in England, became motivated to reform the treatment of the mentally ill. Her dedication was driven by the fact that she taught Sunday School at a female jail, where she saw first-hand how the inmates were chained to beds, starved and abused.

Clearly, Dix proved herself to be a huge role model and influencer in medicine, without her motivation and will power, we may have never seen the change in mental health reform we have today. the American Psychological Association State said:

“Today, we need more champions like Dorothea Dix to provide leadership to change attitudes and policies to enable all Americans with mental illness to recover and live full, productive lives in our communities.

Dix is a role model to others who want to reform how people with serious mental illness are treated. She provides an example of how dedicated individuals can help change society for the better.”

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Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317321.php?sr

https://www.biography.com/people/dorothea-dix-9275710

Home Remedies for Snoring

  • LOSING WEIGHT as overweight people are more likely to snore
  • SLEEPING ON ONE SIDE as people are more likely to snore if they sleep on their back
  • AVOIDING SMOKING AND ALCOHOL as these irritate the throat airway and cause the throat muscles to vibrate
  • AVOIDING SLEEPING PILLS as these lead to a very deep sleep, thus relaxing throat muscles and causing snoring
  • ELEVATING THE HEAD as this can help to open the airway
  • TREATING ALLERGIES as allergies can cause blocked airways
  • USING NASAL SPRAYS OR STRIPS as these can stop inflammation of the nose and airways
  • CHANGING SLEEP POSITION as this can help stop neck muscles from becoming crimped
  • KEEPING BEDROOM AIR MOIST as dry air can irritate the nose and throat
  • EXERCISING MORE even if it doesn’t lead to weight loss, because toning the throat muscles can lead to less snoring
  • REPEATING EACH VOWEL OUT LOUD FOR THREE MINUTES A FEW TIMES EACH DAY to strengthen the upper respiratory tract
  • SINGING MORE as this can increase muscle control in the throat

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Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321174.php

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/sleep/snoring-tips-to-help-you-and-your-partner-sleep-better.htm

What is Vitamin A?

What is Vitamin A?

“Vitamin A is an essential vitamin needed for growth and development, cell recognition, vision, immune function, and reproduction.”

Benefits of Vitamin A:

  • lowers risk of cancer
  • helps treatment of type-2 diabetes
  • promotes healthy skin and hair
  • rich in antioxidants

Problems Linked to Deficiency of Vitamin A:

  • night blindness
  • increased risk of infections
  • fertility issues
  • delayed infant growth

Sources of Vitamin A:

  • organ meats (e.g liver)
  • fatty fish (e.g salmon)
  • fish oil
  • butter
  • milk
  • cheese
  • egg
  • pumpkin
  • carrots
  • sweet potatoes
  • papaya
  • mango
  • broccoli
  • spinach
  • zucchini
  • pepper

Recommended Intake of Vitamin A

  • “From 1 to 3 years, the requirement is 300 mcg per day
  • From 4 to 8 years, it is 400 mcg per day
  • From 9 to 13 years, it is 600 mcg per day
  • From 14 years, the requirement for males is 900 mcg per day, and for females, 700 mcg per day
  • For women aged 19 to 50 years, the requirement is 770 mcg per day during pregnancy and 1,300 mcg per day while breastfeeding”

Consequences of Overconsumption of Vitamin A

  • cracking or itchy skin
  • double vision
  • brittle nails
  • hair loss
  • weak bones
  • vomiting
  • headaches
  • decreased appetite
  • gum disease
  • fatigue
  • liver disease

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Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/219486.php?sr

https://www.drweil.com/vitamins-supplements-herbs/vitamins/facts-about-vitamin-a/