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80 percent people feel guilty for smartphone obsession: survey

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: A total of 84.9 percent of people in a recent survey said obsession with their smartphones has made them spend less time communicating with their families and 78.9 percent said they feel guilty for doing so. The survey, published by the China Youth Daily earlier this week, polled 2,004 people, about 90 percent of whom saw the obsession as an obstruction to personal communication with family members, Xinhua reports. This feeling appeared to be even stronger among people in their 30s — the “1980s-generation” — as 91.4 percent of them complained about the “phubbing” impact. Besides, a ...

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Transgender no longer recognized as disorder by WHO

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Transgender health issues will no longer be classified as mental and behavioural disorders under big changes to the World Health Organization’s global manual of diagnoses. The newly-approved version instead places issues of gender incongruence under a chapter on sexual health. A World Health Organization expert said it now understands transgender is “not actually a mental health condition”. Human Rights Watch says the change will have a “liberating effect worldwide”. In the latest manual, called the ICD-11, gender incongruence is defined as a marked and persistent incongruence between a person’s experienced gender and assigned sex. In the previous ...

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Unhealthy diet linked to one in five deaths

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Eleven million deaths worldwide in 2017 were linked to people eating poor diets high in sugar, salt and processed meat that contributed to heart disease, cancer and diabetes, a global study found. The research, published in the Lancet medical journal recently, found that among 195 countries studied, the proportion of diet-related deaths was highest in Uzbekistan and lowest in Israel. The US ranked 43rd, while Britain was 23rd, China 140th and India 118th, as per a Global Times report. Consumption of healthier foods such as nuts and seeds, milk and whole grains was on average too low, ...

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Tough First Trimester of Pregnancy: Few things to remember and check

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Exhaustion, nausea, sore breasts and other symptoms are very common during the first trimester of pregnancy. While they usually do improve by the fourth month, it helps to know how to cope with these discomforts in the meantime. “I’m exhausted.” Fatigue is by far the most common complaint during the first trimester, says Roger Harms, MD, editor of The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. Aside from the simple fact that building a baby uses a tremendous amount of your body’s resources, you can also blame a steep increase in the hormone progesterone, which is known ...

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Piickme Intercity service launched

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Piickme Intercity service has been launched on Thursday. It has promised on-demand ride sharing service to and from Dhaka, Naryangonj, Savar and Gazipur at an attractive price. Piickme users can start availing this service from May 2. In addition to the existing ride sharing service inside Dhaka city, it is working to expand its service map to many other areas with hopes to flourish well-organized and affordable rides to those targeted areas within the shortest possible time. Piickme, originally owned by a Bangladeshi entrepreneur Omar Ali Raj, had started it’s official journey in Sep 2018. They have ...

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‘Broken heart’ syndrome may originate in brain

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: A new study has shown for the first time that the brain is involved in the development of a heart condition called Takotsubo syndrome (TTS), also known as ‘broken heart’ syndrome. Researchers found that regions of the brain responsible for processing emotions and controlling the unconscious workings of the body, such as heart beat, breathing and digestion, do not communicate with each other as well in TTS patients as in healthy people. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, saw researchers say that although at this stage, they cannot show that the reduced brain functions definitely ...

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Few ways to treat sore muscles

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: We all secretly love sore muscles. It’s proof you put in serious work at the gym, and your body is feeling it. But some muscle soreness isn’t simply due to lactic acid buildup – it’s a sign you straight-up sent your muscles into shock. The significant muscle soreness that typically occurs hours after activity, usually 24 to 48 hours after activity, is referred to as delayed onset muscle soreness. This condition has little, if anything, to do with lactic acidosis. Instead, it appears to be the result of small tears in muscle fiber that combine with an ...

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Iconic Barbie doll celebrates 60 years

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Barbie, the fashion doll famous around the world, celebrates her 60th anniversary on Saturday with new collections honoring real-life role models and careers in which women remain under-represented. It is part of Barbie’s evolution over the decades since her debut at the New York Toy Fair on March 9, 1959. To mark the milestone, manufacturer Mattel Inc created Barbie versions of 20 inspirational women from Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka to British model and activist Adwoa Aboah. The company also released six dolls representing the careers of astronaut, pilot, athlete, journalist, politician and firefighter, all fields in ...

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Refreshing your love life: Some expert’s tips

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: As the weather changes and we enter a new season, it may be the right time to evaluate our goals and the things we hold nearest and dearest in our lives. That can include romance, as Australian relationship expert Melissa Ferrari reveals that sometimes even the strongest couples could use a little ‘spring cleaning’. Checking-in with each other’s feelings, throwing out gifts from old lovers, and potentially even couples’ therapy could help to fortify relationships. Ferrari suggests that couples begin by doing a ‘check-in’ to see where their relationship stands and what they need to work on. ...

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Problem of BP rising in youth

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Increasing blood pressure is now becoming a common matter. Although many familiar reasons are known, the mass people are not aware of the exact reason. This problem is very noticeable at any age. When blood pressure increases, it is called hypertension. It is common to see that due to genetic factors, due to various diseases, food irregularities, and no physical work, this problem is increasing. Blood pressure rises due to many reasons. There are some of the reasons that happen with age. The secondary hypertension reason is uncontrolled food. When we eat extra food, it is stored ...

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Study reveals link between diabetes and back pain

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: People with diabetes have a 35-per cent higher risk of experiencing low back pain and a 24-per cent higher risk of having neck pain than those without diabetes, an Australian meta-analyses revealed on Friday. Researchers from the University of Sydney reviewed the data from eight previous studies to show that diabetes and back pain coexist at a disproportionately high rate, although they did not establish a direct causal link between the two. “Diabetes and low back pain and neck pain seem to be somehow connected. We can’t say how but these findings suggest further research into the ...

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Consuming meat a lot might endanger liver

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: People who eat a lot of animal protein may be more likely to have excessive fat in their livers and a higher risk of liver disease than individuals whose main source of protein is vegetables, a Dutch study suggests. Researchers focused on what’s known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is usually associated with obesity and certain eating habits. While dietary changes are recommended to treat this type of liver disease, research to date hasn’t clearly demonstrated whether these changes can work for prevention. For the current study, researchers examined data from dietary questionnaires and liver ...

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Mistakes to be avoided while setting up an online business

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Starting an online business begins with filling a need and building credibility, but the factors that go into making your online business a smashing success don’t stop there. While the barriers for setting up a company are low, the majority of people starting an online business fail largely due to mistakes that seem obvious in hindsight — such as overestimating profits or trying to be too many things to customers from the onset. But there are many more mishaps business owners experience. To enhance your shot at success, try and avoid these 10 common mistakes when starting ...

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National Vitamin-A Plus campaign unveils

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: The national Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign is being observed across the country on Saturday in a bid to feed vitamin-A Plus capsule to children aged between six months to 59 months. Under the campaign, 2.53 million children aged between six and 11 months will be fed blue colored vitamin ‘A’ capsules while 19.50 million children aged between 12 and 59 months will be given red colored high-power capsules. They will be given Vitamin A capsule at some 1, 20,000 permanent and 20 thousand mobile health centres across the country. Mobile health centers has been set up at ...

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Pakistan University declares Valentine’s Day as ‘Sister’s Day’

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: A Pakistani university is rebranding Valentine’s Day as “Sister’s Day”, and debating marking the holiday widely seen as a Western import by handing out headscarves and shawls to its female students. The University of Agriculture in Faisalabad (UAF), in central Punjab province, said the change was taken to promote “eastern culture and Islamic traditions among the youth”. “In our culture, women are more empowered and earn their due respect as sisters, mothers, daughters and wives,” UAF vice chancellor Zafar Iqbal is quoted as saying on the institution’s website. “We were forgetting our culture, and Western culture was ...

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Common career mistakes one should avoid

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: One might have probably thought about what one should do to get ahead in career. But as it turns out, it’s just as important to consider what you should not do, too. We all make mistakes in the workplace at one point or another. However, repeatedly making the same professional mistakes will decrease your happiness on the job and your quality of life. The good news is that many of these mistakes are easy to dodge in the first place. Here are six common professional mistakes and how to avoid them: Not asking for enough money I ...

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China uses AI to prevent blindness

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: A Chinese hospital on Thursday launched free consultations featuring artificial-intelligence (AI) cameras to detect ocular fundus diseases, which are a major cause of blindness. Deqing county hospital in Guangdong Province became the first to use the device, co-developed by China’s search engine Baidu and Sun Yat-sen University, to serve the general public. The instrument is capable of diagnosing three types of fundus disorders — diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. It scans the eyes and generates a report in 10 seconds, all done without the need for an ophthalmologist to be present. With an accuracy rate of ...

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“Ride Sharing Industry demands more attention”

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Omar Ali is a Bangladeshi-born entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Piickme, a mobile application based transportation service provider in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was born on August 25, 1983 at Compnaygonj of Noakhali district in Bangladesh. He studied at Rutger University in USA. Previously, he was an IT Consultant at an international firm and the owner of NRB Consultancy Inc. A conversation with Omar Ali (Raj), Founder & CEO of Piickme. Do you think ride sharing is a sustainable solution for transportation sector? Sure. It maximizes the utilization of a non-commercial vehicle usually getting used ...

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China fights lavish weddings & extravagant gifts

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: The Chinese government has taken aim at the wedding industrial complex, calling for a “comprehensive reform” of the country’s increasingly expensive weddings. The ministry of civil affairs has called for an end to “extravagant wedding practices” like expensive wedding gifts, lavish ceremonies, and demands for increasingly high bride prices — money paid by the groom’s family to the bride’s parents. At a conference on wedding reform, officials from the ministry said weddings should “better reflect” the country’s values and goals and implement “Xi Jinping Thought,” the president’s much touted political ideology. Officials called current wedding practices a ...

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10 tips for a happy & healthy life

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Living a healthy and happy life is a great challenge in today’s world. But then too we all opt for that and the 10 tips below will give us a good shot at achieving that target. 1. Eat ‘primally’ Common sense dictates that the best diet is one based on foods we’ve been eating the longest in terms of our time on this planet. These are the foods that we’ve evolved to eat and are best adapted to. Studies show that a ‘primal’ diet made up of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, as well as meat, fish ...

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Green tea can increase type 2 diabetes risk

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: A recent international study found that drinking green tea was associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in Chinese adults, reports Xinhua. A total of 119,373 participants from the Shanghai Women’s Health Study (SWHS) and Shanghai Men’s Health Study (SMHS) were included in the study. The SWHS and SMHS are two large population-based studies initiated in 1996. Data from the studies have been used to investigate genetic and other biomarkers as well as lifestyle risk factors for cancers and other chronic diseases. In the new study, none of the participants had diabetes when they were ...

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Protecting hair from dandruff in winter

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Dandruff in winters is usually caused by a dry scalp, which can feel itchy. This is the result of a combination of things-dry, cold air and an abundance of the malassezia fungus. To reduce and treat dandruff, you’ve got to use the right hair care products that are meant for the job. In the winter, we switch to Anti Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner Range. However, as you might already know, just making this swap isn’t going to get rid of dandruff in a jiffy! You’ve got to invest in making a few lifestyle changes too! Here are ...

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Rebuilding trust after getting cheated

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Cheating is one of the biggest tests a relationship can face. It’s not easy to build back trust the lost after someone is unfaithful, but some people do manage it. Matthew Hussey told Business Insider: “Cheating is a fundamental relationship-altering event and it’s a huge breach of trust on a deep level. “Even if you can overcome what happened, it plants this seed that then grows.” For someone who never even considered the possibility of their partner cheating before, it can become a constant possibility in their head, he added. “Whatever justifications you give for your actions ...

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Effect of workplace lighting on mind

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Poor lighting often gets overlooked in the workplace, as we talk about mental health and well-being, and the focus is firmly on creating happier and healthier workplaces. But bad lighting is associated with a range of ill-health effects, both physical and mental, such as eye strain, headaches, fatigue and also stress and anxiety in more high-pressured work environments. As we spend much of the day in artificial lighting, there is evidence that the lack of natural sunlight has an adverse effect on the body and the mind, and can result in conditions such as seasonal affective disorder ...

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Stay motivated while working remotely

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Working remotely is awesome in that it gives you the freedom to work when and how you’d like. However, sometimes the lack of direct accountability on a daily basis can make it difficult to stay motivated.So how do you find that perfect balance of enjoying the flexibility, but also getting work done in a timely and efficient manner? Here are six tips for how to stay motivated while working remotely. Early to Rise It can be hard to get up early if you don’t have to be at an office at a set time. However, it’s a ...

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Negative effects of loneliness on mental health

Loneliness

MNA Life Style Desk: Loneliness has increased with modernization, since people are engrossed in virtual social communities and networks and don’t have the urge to attend social gathering or stay in touch with family and friends. Loneliness is hardly seen as a serious disorder, but in reality, chronic loneliness and feelings of alienation can be extremely detrimental to health. It can induce alcoholism, make a person suicidal and increase the risk of mental health disorders. Risk of dementia Chronic loneliness can mingle with normal brain functions and increase the risk of neurodegenerative disorders like Dementia. It has been seen that ...

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Healthy foods for children

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MNA Life Style Desk: For many parents, buying and preparing healthy foods is pretty easy. As a parent, one of the most important things you do is to help your children learn healthy eating habits. Children need a balanced diet with vegetables and fruit, grain products, milk and alternatives, and meat and alternatives. Fruit and vegetables Fruit and vegies give your child energy, vitamins, anti-oxidants, fibre and water. They help protect your child’s body against all kinds of diseases. Grain foods Grain foods include breakfast cereals, breads, rice, pasta, corn and more. These foods give your child the energy she ...

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