MUST READ: 7 ways to stop snoring

Snoring

Are you a victim of snoring?  You don’t allow your partner sleep well beside you with your loud snoring. Read this article.

Help put snoring to rest with these 7 quit-snoring tips.

1. Change Your Sleep Position.

Lying on your back makes the base of your tongue and soft palate collapse to the back wall of your throat, causing a vibrating sound during sleep. Sleeping on your side may help prevent this.

“A body pillow (a full-length pillow that supports your entire body) provides an easy fix,” Slaughter says. “It enables you to maintain sleeping on your side and can make a dramatic difference.”

Taping tennis balls to the back of your pajamas can also stop you from sleeping on your back, Chokroverty says. “Or you can recline the bed with the head up and extended, which opens up nasal airway passages and may help prevent snoring. This may cause neck pain, however.” If snoring continues regardless of the sleep position, obstructive sleep apnea may be a cause. “See a doctor in this case,” Chokroverty says.

2. Lose Weight.

Weight loss helps some people but not everyone. “Thin people snore, too,” Slaughter says.

If you’ve gained weight and started snoring and did not snore before you gained weight, weight loss may help. “If you gain weight around your neck, it squeezes the internal diameter of the throat, making it more likely to collapse during sleep, triggering snoring,” Slaughter says.

3. Avoid Alcohol.

Alcohol and sedatives reduce the resting tone of the muscles in the back of your throat, making it more likely you’ll snore. “Drinking alcohol four to five hours before sleeping makes snoring worse,” Chokroverty says. “People who don’t normally snore will snore after drinking alcohol.”

4. Practice Good Sleep Hygiene.

Poor sleep habits (also known as poor sleep “hygiene”) can have an effect similar to that of drinking alcohol, Slaughter says. Working long hours without enough sleep, for example, means when you finally hit the sack you’re overtired. “You sleep hard and deep, and the muscles become floppier, which creates snoring,” Slaughter says.

5. Open Nasal Passages.

If snoring starts in your nose, keeping nasal passages open may help. It allows air to move through slower, Slaughter says. “Imagine a narrow garden hose with water running through. The narrower the hose, the faster the water rushes through.”

Your nasal passages work similarly. If your nose is clogged or narrowed due to a cold or other blockage, the fast-moving air is more likely to produce snoring.

A hot shower before you go to bed can help open nasal passages, Slaughter says. Also, keep a bottle of saltwater rinse in the shower. “Rinse your nose out with it while you’re showering to help open up passages,” Slaughter says.

A neti pot could also be used to rinse out the nasal passages with a salt-water solution.

Nasal strips may also work to lift nasal passages and open them up — if the problem exists in your nose and not within the soft palate.

6. Change Your Pillows.

Allergens in your bedroom and in your pillow may contribute to snoring. When did you last dust the overhead ceiling fan? Replace your pillows?

Dust mites accumulate in pillows and can cause allergic reactions that can lead to snoring. Allowing pets to sleep on the bed causes you to breathe in animal dander, another common irritant.

“If you feel fine during the day but obstructed at night, these things may be contributing to your snoring,” Slaughter says.

Put your pillows in the air fluff cycle once every couple weeks and replace them every six months to keep dust mites and allergens to a minimum. And keep pets out of the bedroom.

Beware before spending money on special pillows designed to prevent snoring, Chokroverty says. “They may work if it props up your head, which fixes nasal issues, but can cause neck pain.”
7. Stay Well Hydrated.

Drink plenty of fluids. “Secretions in your nose and soft palate become stickier when you’re dehydrated,” Slaughter says. “This can create more snoring.” According to the Institute of Medicine, healthy women should have about 11 cups of total water (from all drinks and food) a day; men require about 16 cups.

Overall, get enough sleep, sleep on your side, avoid alcohol before bedtime and take a hot shower if nasal passages are clogged, Slaughter says. “These simple practices can make a huge difference in reducing snoring.”

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BREAKING: Italy makes 12 vaccinations compulsory for children

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ITALY – The government in Italy has ruled that children must be vaccinated against 12 common illnesses before they can enrol for state-run schools.

Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni blamed a decrease in vaccinations in part on a “spread of anti-scientific theories”.

Italy has recorded nearly three times as many measles cases so far this year than for all of 2016.

If children are not vaccinated by the age of six, the school starting age, their parents will be fined.

Conspiracy theories about the health risks of certain vaccinations – largely based on one discredited paper – have circulated around the world, leading some parents to shun immunisation.

In Italy, the number of two-year-olds vaccinated against measles has dropped from more than 90% to below 80%. This is well short of the World Health Organization’s recommended coverage of 95% or more.

Measles is highly contagious and can lead to death.

“The lack of appropriate measures over the years and the spread of anti-scientific theories, especially in recent months, has brought about a reduction in protection,” Mr Gentiloni told a press conference on Friday.

The twelve conditions children must be immunised against are:

  • polio
  • diphtheria
  • tetanus
  • hepatitis B
  • haemophilus influenzae B
  • meningitis B
  • meningitis C
  • measles
  • mumps
  • rubella
  • whooping cough
  • chickenpox

“We are sending a very strong message to the public,” said Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin.

In recent years a loose group of campaigners against vaccinations, dubbed the ‘anti-vax’ movement, has dissuaded people from opting in to immunisations by citing supposed risks.

A long-discredited paper by Andrew Wakefield was behind much of the scare but the rumours around immunisation have continued to spread, leading to public health risks as not enough people are immune to such diseases.

Mr Wakefield was struck off the UK medical register after fraudulently claiming there was a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) and autism and bowel disease in children.

He made the claim based on the experiences of just 12 children, and no other study since has been able to replicate his results.

Constant Love Making With Your Partner Keeps You Healthy

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Research have shown that men who have intercourse no less than two times in a week can almost halve their risk of heart disease, another examination says. The study, which was led with more than 1,000 men, depicts s*x as a movement that includes extraordinary physical and passionate components. S*x might be a marker for a solid heart since s*x can be a type of physical movement, which, similar to work out, gives your heart a workout.

Whoever desire frequent s*x  and are able to get it, are likely to be healthier than others. Men who have regular s*x may also be in a supportive relationship, which offers stress reduction and emotional benefits.

Frequent s*x is so beneficial that when you see a doctor he is likely to ask many questions about your s*x so as to find out about your overall health condition. Apparently s*x is not only good for your heart; it also keeps many diseases at bay.

For example, s*x can actually cause you to get fewer colds.

Research has shown that couples who have s*x weekly have a 30 per cent increase in immunoglobulin A, which is an antibody that fights infection. S*x can also help women have a more predictable period schedule, as a result of being exposed to male pheromones.

In addition, having s*x reduces stress – for physiological as well as emotional reasons. Anything that will reduce stress is good for you as too much stress can lead to many diseases including cancer. S*x activates a nerve that has a calming effect. Having s*x also lowers blood pressure, which reduces the risk of heart disease.

S*x can even reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol.

These are the good  results that a healthy s*x life can give you:

Fewer colds because of an increase in immunoglobulin A, an antibody that fights infection.
Women can get more predictable periods because of exposure to male pheromones.

A better physical response to stress.
Lower blood pressure, which lowers your risk of heart disease.
Lowers your bad cholesterol and increase your good cholesterol.
Helps to tone your abs, gluts and pretty much any muscle in your body.
Naturally increases estrogen level which improves the appearance of your hair, skin and nails.
Helps to improve your memory because of increased blood flow to your brain.
Increased feelings of motivation because of the release of endorphins.
As you can see, a good s*x life is one way to stay happy, healthy and fit. So if your doctor starts grilling you about your bedroom habits, you will know why. And this is only the tip of the iceberg.

S*x has also been found to boost self-esteem and improve intimacy in your relationship. This is because s*x and orgasms result in increased levels of the hormone oxytocin — the “love” hormone – that helps you to feel bonded to your partner.

As oxytocin increases, so do hormones known as endorphins, which in turn lessens feelings of pain related to everything from headaches and arthritis to symptoms of menopause. It can also help you to get a better night’s sleep.

Further, for women, having s*x can help strengthen the muscles of your pelvic floor (the same ones used to stop urination). As you age, having strong pelvic floor muscles reduces your risk of accidents.

Of course, these benefits are assuming that you’re having s*x with a mutually monogamous partner – otherwise you risk catching a s*xually transmitted disease.

S*xual pleasure begins in your brain

Your brain and nervous system control your s*x glands and genitals. This is why they also control your s*xual desire, as well as orgasms. It explains why, for example, visual images trigger s*xual desire in both sexes.

Your brain stem also emits nerve impulses that control erectile function. These nerve impulses navigate through the erection center of your spinal column to the erectile tissue of your penis where they trigger a chain reaction in the membranes of your vascular muscle cells.This sophisticated chain reaction depends on a messenger molecule called cyclic guanosine monophosphate, or cGMP.

However, this works in reverse as well. An erection softens as soon as another enzyme called phosphodiesterase starts to degrade the cGMP molecules.

Drugs like Viagra, Levitra and Cialis work by inhibiting phosphodiesterase, which may help maintain your erection. But, these pills will not lead to an erection. Your initial erection still has to be triggered psychologically. Without that initial impetus, potency pills will have no effect whatsoever. This is also why these pills are ineffective for many men who take them hoping for a magic jack-in-the box effect.

As you might suspect, because your s*xuality is so intimately tied to your mind, anxiety, defensiveness, fear, and failure of communication are all destructive psychological forces that can take a heavy toll on your libido, whether you’re a man or a woman. They are road blocks to desire. So handle them.

According to Professor Gert Holstege of the University of Groningen in the Nederlands, “Fear and anxiety need to be avoided at all costs if a woman wishes to have an orgasm.”

 How to improve s*xual desire naturally-

If you would like to take advantage of some of the health benefits that regular s*xual activity has to offer, yet find that your desire just isn’t what it used to be, there are many natural tips that can help.

Your s*xual fires may also be fanned simply by eating less sugar. High levels of sugar in your bloodstream can actually turn off the gene that controls your s*x hormones.

Four other tips to give your libido a big-time boost include:

Getting physically active. Studies have shown that men who engaged in regular physical activity lowered their risk of experiencing sexual dysfunction. Remember, when using exercise as a drug, it’s important to vary your routine.

HIV vaccine ready soon – NACA

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Dr Sani Aliyu, the Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), says the world has made significant progress on HIV vaccine research and it is inching closer to licensable HIV vaccines.

The director-general made this known at news conference as part of activities to commemorate the 2017 World HIV Vaccine Advocacy Day on Thursday in Abuja.

Aliyu said the world has made significant progress in HIV vaccine research over the last 30 years when HIV was discovered.

According to him, in 2009 the vaccine field achieved proof-of-concept that a preventive HIV vaccine is possible.

“In 2012, three different HIV vaccine development approaches are moving to efficacy trials simultaneously; two the three are vaccine candidates and the third is a vaccine related approach.’’

The director-general said NACA is working with the National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) to fast-track HIV vaccine research in Nigeria.

Aliyu said that Nigeria has invested heavily in the planning and preparing for HIV vaccine research to be conducted in the country, with several competent researchers in the field in Nigeria.

He said Nigeria also had a National HIV vaccine plan to provide a framework and facilitate the process of research.

He added that NACA’s dream was to ensure that Nigerians have access to an effective HIV vaccine soon.

“While we wait for this research breakthrough, we shall continue to facilitate access of Nigerians to existing HIV prevention tools.

“Elimination of Mother to child Transmission of HIV is a priority for the country and a goal that must be achieved,’’ Aliyu said.

He said the agency is working to ensure all barriers to access to treatment are removed.

Mr Godwin Odemijie, representative of New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Society, an NGO, said May 18, 2017, is the 20th Anniversary of HIV vaccine advocacy day.

Odemijie said the day is to remind policy makers, partners and key stakeholders the need to develop vaccine to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.

“We will continue to talk about the prevalence of AIDS not total elimination if we don’t have a vaccine in place, it is a potent vaccine that can really check the incidence of HIV,’’ he said.

Read How To Reduce Your Sugar Habit

Health Tips: Read How To Reduce Your Sugar Habit

Sugar in its natural state like what is found in fruit is healthy in moderation as a part of a balanced diet, but what we don’t need in our diet is the amount of refined sugars that we ingest in processed foods. Even when you feel like you don’t eat a lot of sugar because you avoid candy bars or something, you might not realize how much hidden sugar makes appearances in savory foods as well. Even hamburgers at fast food restaurants can be shocking sources of high sugar content.

The reasons behind wanting to break a sugar habit can range from losing weight or increasing your energy to just plain increasing your overall health. Eating less sugar can do all of these things, but it doesn’t mean that the process will be an easy one. Sugar is actually addictive to the body so you might experience cravings until you get them in check and replace your sugary snacks with new healthy snacks.

When you decide to start kicking a sugar habit, it is important to eat regularly throughout the day. When you don’t eat for too long your blood sugar drops and your energy can take a dip. This is when you are most susceptible to falling for a sugar craving because it can be a fast fix on the energy front. Stick with small and frequent snacks that are full of protein and have some carbohydrates to keep you satiated throughout the day.

Always choose foods that are not processed over ones that are, since the closer a food is to its natural state then the less added sugar it will contain. Think whole and natural food sources whenever possible. Avoid keeping foods in the house that you are trying to avoid. If other family members eat different types of food than you, maybe it’s time to discuss revamping everyone’s habits or somehow store food separately or labeled so that you will be less likely to eat someone else’s snacks.

Start your day by eating a meal that contains some protein and fat which will keep you full longer than just eating some fruit for example. Getting a mix of nutrients will also help to keep you feeling full. You should try to get some healthy fat into each meal as well to keep your blood sugar steady. Healthy fats are monounsaturated options like avocado and olive oil. When you cook use spices like cinnamon that you trick your body into thinking its having something sweet. Spices also have individual health benefits.

Getting regular sleep and exercise can help calm sugar cravings since both will naturally increase your energy. When you are rested and energized you won’t be craving sugar simply for the temporary energy boost that it can give. If you tend to eat sugar during a certain time of day or when you encounter a certain emotion you should pay attention to this and replace the habit with something else. Do some crunches while you watch TV instead of grabbing some frozen yogurt, or drink an entire glass of water to keep you mouth and stomach busy.

MYSTERIOUS! Eight-year-old girl rushed to hospital after spider ’embedded in her LEG’ bursts out(Photos)

An eight-year-old girl was horrified after a spider embedded itself in her leg and suddenly burst out, her family said.

Scarlett Hinchcliffe suddenly became very ill with flu-like symptoms on May 11 after being bitten while walking in the woods.

Orange and yellow poison oozed out of a small hole in Scarlett’s leg after the skin covering it burst – before a spider appeared to creep out of the hole and crawled off, Lincolnshire Live reports.

The eight-legged creature was immediately thrown in the bin.

Her mother Jodi, from Sleaford, Lincolnshire, thinks the creature may have embedded in her daughter’s leg while she was playing on a tyre swing in a woodland area on the Greylees estate while they were walking the dog.

Her family could initially not pin-point what was wrong with Scarlett, who had a temperature of between 38 and 39C.

And they had to endure hours of travelling, delays and waiting at NHS services while they tried to work out what was wrong.

Jodi took Scarlett to Pilgrim Hospital A&E and after a five-hour wait was diagnosed with an insect or spider bite, given antibiotics and sent home.

The next day, Friday, Scarlett, who was still very unwell, stayed with her nan while her mum went to work – and shortly afterwards they were left with a nasty shock.

While at her nan’s house Scarlett had a bath, and was left horrified when she felt something “crawl out of her leg.”

Her nan looked in the bath and was horrified to see a small brown spider.

Jodi said: “I first noticed the lump behind the knee on Scarlett’s right leg when I put her in the bath on Thursday night. She became so poorly so fast and her breathing was unstable.

“I tried to take her to the walk-in at Sleaford Medical Centre but they said they could not see her. I called 111 who told me to take Scarlett to hospital and said she needed to be seen within an hour.

“Grantham Hospital A&E, which is a 10-minute drive, was closed so I had to drive to Boston. Doctors said if there was no improvement by Sunday then to bring her back.

“On Sunday we couldn’t get seen due to the cyber-attack so I took her to my GP on Monday. They said it wasn’t a tick as its head would be buried. The hospital didn’t even know there was anything inside.”

“She didn’t feel anything bite her. What should have been a lovely evening dog walk Wednesday has turned into a nightmare.”

She added: “I am pleased Scarlett was with my mum as I think I would have passed out when I saw it. She told me she felt something crawl out of her leg and thinks it is quite cool despite being so poorly.

“She was so ill. If I had no taken her to the hospital that night and left her I am not sure if she would have still been here on Friday.

“They said if it had been a tick only it’s head would be buried. The hospital didn’t even know there was anything inside.”

Now her mother wants to urge other parents and anyone who becomes ill suddenly with flu-like symptoms to check themselves over.

“I am still in shock, you just don’t expect to see this sort thing happen,” she said.

Scarlett is still unwell and is on antibiotics to clear the infection left behind. She is also being monitored by her mum and is expected to make a full recovery.

These Fertility Supplements Are Capable Of Increasing Your Chances Of Conceiving Twins

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  • Folic acid 

One Australian study showed that a woman’s chances of producing twins increases by taking folic acid before pregnancy (10). However, there are also some studies that have shown contradictory results. Nonetheless, taking folic acid supplements, along with multivitamin supplements, helps prevent neural tube deformities, thus producing healthy babies.

  • Gonadotropin

These medications improve the chances of having twin babies as they enhance the overall health of eggs and their maturity. Gonadotropins stimulate the release of more than one egg at a time. Your doctor can prescribe the right one for you.