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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Homeopathic medicine from snake venom can arrest spread of HIV, claim researchers

Homeopathic medicine made from venom of rattlesnake can arrest spread of HIV, researchers said at a World Homeopathy Summit in New Delhi on Saturday.
Research by doctors of Hyderabad-based JSPS Government Homeopathic Medical College and Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) has positively shown homeopathic medicine from snake venom, Crotalus Horridus, can arrest the multiplication of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
According to Dr Praveen Kumar, Head of Department of Practice of Medicine at JSPS College, Crotalus Horridus has inhibited reverse transcriptase (RT), an enzyme which is utilised by viruses like HIV and Hepatitis-B to convert the viral RNA into viral DNA so that they multiply into billions and wreck patients.
Oral medication protects diabetics from pollution

Oral diabetes medications are more effective than insulin in protecting diabetics from the adverse effects of high traffic pollution, says a study. 

Study participants in Puerto Rico who used insulin and lived next to roads with heavy traffic had markedly increased C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation, compared to those living in lower traffic areas. 

Individuals taking oral diabetes medications did not experience increases in CRP concentration. 

"CRP concentration increased 75-200 percent over the two-year period for those 10 percent of study participants living in the highest traffic areas who were using insulin when compared to those living in lower traffic areas," said first and corresponding author Christine Rioux, research assistant professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine in the US. 

"In contrast, CRP concentration did not increase for the 22 percent of people taking metformin and/or other oral diabetes medications who were also living in the high traffic areas," Rioux noted. 

Of the 356 participants in the study, 91 (26 percent) used insulin, 197 (55 percent) used only oral diabetes medication and 68 (19 percent) reported using no diabetes medication. 

CRP was measured at the beginning of the study and again two years later, using a high sensitivity test. 

"It is important to know who is most vulnerable to the adverse effects of traffic pollution exposure for purposes of education and policy," Rioux noted. 

People who live near busy roads and spend most of their time in these areas have been shown in many studies to have higher levels of inflammation, a risk factor for many cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. 

"This study is important because many people who live near highways may have diabetes and other serious chronic conditions," Mkaya Mwamburi from the Tufts University School of Medicine pointed out. 

"It is interesting to see that treatments for diabetes may interact with the risks associated with exposure to air pollution," Mwamburi said. 

The study said that it is not clear why oral diabetes medications, unlike insulin, appear to be protective and it warrants additional research.

Dining out may send your blood pressure soaring

Researchers from the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS), have shown for the first time an association between meals eaten away from home and high blood pressure, and the findings highlight lifestyle factors that can affect hypertension and emphasize the importance of being aware of the salt and calorie content in food, to facilitate better meal choices when eating out.
Professor Tazeen Jafar, including Duke-NUS medical student Dominique Seow, surveyed 501 university-going young adults aged 18 to 40 years in Singapore. Data on blood pressure, body mass index and lifestyle, including meals eaten away from home and physical activity levels, were collected. Their association with hypertension was then determined.
Using statistical analysis, the team found that pre-hypertension was found in 27.4 percent of the total population, and 38 percent ate more than 12 meals away from home per week; while the gender breakdown showed that pre-hypertension was more prevalent in men (49 percent) than in women (9 percent). Those who had pre-hypertension or hypertension were more likely to eat more meals away from home per week, have a higher mean body mass index, have lower mean physical activity levels, and be current smokers.
What is also significant is that even eating one extra meal out, raised the odds of pre-hypertension by 6 percent.
Dr. Jafar said that their research plugged that gap and highlights lifestyle factors associated with pre-hypertension and hypertension that are potentially modifiable, and would be applicable to young adults globally, especially those of Asian descent.

 • Dandruff is a condition in which dead skin cells accumulate and fall off from the scalp

Symptoms to look for:

• When you comb or scratch, shiny silver flakes fall from the scalp
• Itching which can lead to reddening of the scalp


• Stress
• Extreme cold or hot weather
• Fatigue
• Incorrect diet
• Energy loss due to an illness or infection
• Artificial styling products
• Harsh shampoos
Natural home remedy using coconut oil and camphor:

1. Heat 4 tbsp of coconut oil
2. Add 1 piece of camphor while it's heating
3. Mix well 
4. Massage on scalp when lukewarm before bedtime
5. Leave it overnight

Natural home remedy using fenugreek seeds: 

1.Take 2 tbsp fenugreek seeds
2. Soak them in water overnight
3. Sieve the mixture
4. Collect the seeds
5. Crush seeds to a fine paste
6. Massage this paste on the scalp
7. Wash it off with soap-nut water

Natural home remedy using egg whites, lemon juice and margosa leaves:

1, Crush 2 egg whites
2. Mix 4 tbsp of lemon juice
3. Mix well
4. Apply on scalp
5. Leave it for ½ hour
6. Crush a handful of margosa leaves
7. Soak this paste in ½ L water
8. Mix well
9. Wash hair with this water followed by plain water

Friday, 10 April 2015

The French Connection: How Eating Cheese Can Help You

Cheese plays a crucial role in French cuisine. From being sprinkled on salads and forming the base of sauces to making pizzas and desserts irresistible, it is their culinary hero. And this is precisely why it makes me wonder, how the French manage to stay fit despite dousing their food with all kinds of cheese!

As a child I remember watching an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show where the discussions revolved around French women and their secrets to maintaining weight. One of the most important tricks that was revealed had to do with 'eating in moderation'. The show explained how the French exercise the concept of portion control. Other tricks included savouring the food, chewing for long and eating slowly. The same stands true for cheese consumption as well. Most of us indulge in acts of mindless cheese gobbling - that too atop food items that are highly processed - that it does nothing else but cause harm to our body.

Can cheese really do any good?

Do you know why the French have lower rate of cardiovascular diseases despite having a diet high in saturated fats? It is not because of wine or their lifestyle but another French staple: cheese. Researchers have revealed that those who consumed cheese have higher fecal levels of butyrate - a compound produced by gut bacteria. Elevated butyrate levels are said to reduce cholesterol.

(Blue Cheese Good for Heart)

"The results suggest a role for gut microbes and further shore up the connection between cheese and the 'French paradox'," said lead researcher Hanne Bertram from the department of food science, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Her study was published in the journal Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The team compared urine and fecal samples from 15 healthy men whose diets either contained cheese or milk or who ate a control diet with butter but no other dairy products. A recent study had also found that cheese reduced "bad" cholesterol when compared to butter with the same fat content.

Figuring out why the French have low cardiovascular disease rates despite a diet high in saturated fats has spurred research and many theories to account for the phenomenon known as the "French paradox".

Just a little cheese, please!

One look at the nutritional profile of cheese and you will find it studded with calcium, protein, Vitamin A, zinc, Vitamin b12 and other nutrients. However, cheese is generally slathered all over our food - which is already high on fat, e.g. pizzas, pastas and so on. This kills the goodness of cheese and makes it harmful for our health. Be mindful of the form in which you are consuming cheese.  Some of the most popular diet regimes like the Mediterranean and the DASH diet advocate the inclusion of moderate amounts of cheese.

Experts suggest adding cheese only as a means to enhance flavour and not to depend on it entirely. Cheddar and Swiss varieties are high on calories as compared to their distant cousins like mozzarella and feta.

The 'French Women Don't Get Fat' Diet

In her celebrated book French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, Mireille Guiliano unravels tips and tricks on how to stay in shape without compromising on good food. In her book, one can find the concept of eating fresh, exploring variety, maintaining a balance, and always seeking pleasure in food. Here are some of the key points from the book:

- Fresh Food

- Portion control

- Quality first over quantity

- Savour every bite

- Eat slowly

- Regular exercise

Researchers develop single dose “Trojan horse” Ebola vaccine

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have developed a single dose Ebola vaccine that they dub as a ‘Trojan Horse’ against the deadly virus, which is both safe and effective against the strain of the virus that has killed thousands so far.
“These findings may pave the way for the identification and manufacture of safer, single dose, high efficiency vaccines to combat current and future Ebola outbreaks,”said Thomas Geisbert, from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
During 2014, the outbreak of the West African Makona strain of Ebola Zaire virus killed nearly 10,000 and caused worldwide concern, researchers said.
Many vaccine approaches have shown promise in being able to protect nonhuman primates against Ebola Zaire. In response to the Ebola Zaire outbreak, several of these vaccines have been fast tracked for human use.
“We are excited at the possibility of helping develop a way to stop this deadly disease. We have a lot of more work to accomplish but it’s important to note that this is a big step,” said Geisbert.
The research team developed a vaccine effective against Ebola Zaire with a single dose in a nonhuman primate model.
This new vaccine employs a virus not harmful to humans called vesicular stomatitis virus that had a part of the Ebola virus inserted into it.
This “Trojan horse” vaccine safely triggered an immune response against Ebola Zaire.
To address any possible safety concerns associated with this vaccine, the team developed two next generation candidate vaccines that contain further weakened forms of the vaccine.
Both of these vaccines produced an approximately ten-fold lower level of virus in the blood compared to the first generation vaccine.
“It was not known whether any of these vaccines could provide protection against the new outbreak West African Makona strain of Ebola Zaire currently circulating in Guinea,” said John Eldridge, Chief Scientific Officer-Vaccines at Profectus Biosciences, Inc, which developed the vaccine with UTMB researchers.
“Our findings show that our candidate vaccines provided complete, single dose protection from a lethal amount of the Makona strain of Ebola virus,” said Eldridge.
Both weakened vaccines have features of the Mayinga strain of Ebola virus, as do most other candidate Ebola Zaire vaccines currently under evaluation.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Health Time

The way of Eating fruits - this opened my eyes
It's long but very informative

We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It's not as easy as you think. It's important to know how and when to eat.

What is the correct way of eating fruits?


If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD.Let's say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.

In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil....

So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals! You have heard people complaining — every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc — actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat!

Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes all these will NOT happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.

There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice - drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don't even drink juice that has been heated up. Don't eat cooked fruits because you don't get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste. Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

ORANGE : Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene — the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA:Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content.. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation.. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.

Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer! Can u believe this?? For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine.. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks HEART ATTACK PROCEDURE': (THIS IS NOT A JOKE!) Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. Sixty percent of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life.

Keyboard shortcuts

More than 100 Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard Shortcuts (Microsoft Windows)
1. CTRL+C (Copy)
2. CTRL+X (Cut)
3. CTRL+V (Paste)
4. CTRL+Z (Undo)
5. DELETE (Delete)
6. SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item
permanently without placing the item in the
Recycle Bin)
7. CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the
selected item)
8. CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item
(Create a shortcut to the selected item)
9. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
10. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion
point to the beginning of the next word)
11. CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion
point to the beginning of the previous
12. CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion
point to the beginning of the next
13. CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion
point to the beginning of the previous
14. CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
(Highlight a block of text)
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select
more than one item in a window or on the
desktop, or select text in a document)
15. CTRL+A (Select all)
16. F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)
17. ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the
selected item)
18. ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the
active program)
19. ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the
selected object)
20. ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu
for the active window)
21. CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in
programs that enable you to have multiple
documents opensimultaneou sly)
22. ALT+TAB (Switch between the open
23. ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the
order that they had been opened)
24. F6 key (Cycle through the screen
elements in a window or on the desktop)
25. F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My
Computer or Windows Explorer)
26. SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu
for the selected item)
27. ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu
for the active window)
28. CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)
29. ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name
(Display the corresponding menu)
Underlined letter in a command name on an
open menu (Perform the corresponding
30. F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the
active program)
31. RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to
the right, or open a submenu)
32. LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the
left, or close a submenu)
33. F5 key (Update the active window)
34. BACKSPACE (View the folder onelevel up
in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
35. ESC (Cancel the current task)
36. SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROMinto the
CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from
automatically playing)
Dialog Box - Keyboard Shortcuts
1. CTRL+TAB (Move forward through the
2. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through
the tabs)
3. TAB (Move forward through the options)
4. SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the
5. ALT+Underlined letter (Perform the
corresponding command or select the
corresponding option)
6. ENTER (Perform the command for the
active option or button)
7. SPACEBAR (Select or clear the check box if
the active option is a check box)
8. Arrow keys (Select a button if the active
option is a group of option buttons)
9. F1 key (Display Help)
10. F4 key (Display the items in the active
11. BACKSPACE (Open a folder one level up if
a folder is selected in the Save As or Open
dialog box)
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts
1. Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start
2. Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System
Properties dialog box)
3. Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)
4. Windows Logo+M (Minimize all of the
5. Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restorethe
minimized windows)
6. Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)
7. Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a
8. CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for
9. Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows
10. Windows Logo+ L (Lock the keyboard)
11. Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog
12. Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)
13. Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts
14. Right SHIFT for eight seconds (Switch
FilterKeys either on or off)
15. Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (Switch
High Contrast either on or off)
16. Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK (Switch the
MouseKeys either on or off)
17. SHIFT five times (Switch the StickyKeys
either on or off)
18. NUM LOCK for five seconds (Switch the
ToggleKeys either on or off)
19. Windows Logo +U (Open Utility
20. Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
21. END (Display the bottom of the active
22. HOME (Display the top of the active
23. NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*) (Display all of
the subfolders that are under the selected
24. NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+) (Display the
contents of the selected folder)
MMC Console keyboard shortcuts
1. SHIFT+F10 (Display the Action shortcut
menu for the selected item)
2. F1 key (Open the Help topic, if any, for the
selected item)
3. F5 key (Update the content of all console
4. CTRL+F10 (Maximize the active console
5. CTRL+F5 (Restore the active console
6. ALT+ENTER (Display the Properties dialog
box, if any, for theselected item)
7. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
8. CTRL+F4 (Close the active console window.
When a console has only one console
window, this shortcut closes the console)
Remote Desktop Connection Navigation
1. CTRL+ALT+END (Open the Microsoft
Windows NT Security dialog box)
2. ALT+PAGE UP (Switch between programs
from left to right)
3. ALT+PAGE DOWN (Switch between
programs from right to left)
4. ALT+INSERT (Cycle through the programs
in most recently used order)
5. ALT+HOME (Display the Start menu)
6. CTRL+ALT+BREAK (Switch the client
computer between a window and a full
7. ALT+DELETE (Display the Windows menu)
8. CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) (Place a snapshot
of the active window in the client on the
Terminal server clipboard and provide the
same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN
on a local computer.)
9. CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) (Place asnapshot
of the entire client window area on the
Terminal server clipboardand provide the
same functionality aspressing ALT+PRINT
SCREEN on a local computer.)
Microsoft Internet Explorer Keyboard
1. CTRL+B (Open the Organize Favorites
dialog box)
2. CTRL+E (Open the Search bar)
3. CTRL+F (Start the Find utility)
4. CTRL+H (Open the History bar)
5. CTRL+I (Open the Favorites bar)
6. CTRL+L (Open the Open dialog box)
7. CTRL+N (Start another instance of the
browser with the same Web address)
8. CTRL+O (Open the Open dialog box,the
same as CTRL+L)
9. CTRL+P (Open the Print dialog box)
10. CTRL+R (Update the current Web page)
11. CTRL+W (Close the current window)
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