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11 things you do can increase cancer risk

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: While the list includes exposures, mixtures and agents that you probably won’t be exposed to — unless you’re a chimney sweeper, painter or cabinet maker — the list also includes things we can all take precautions against. In case you were still unclear on any of these, here are the top 11 substances that can cause cancer: 1. Tobacco smoke: Smoking the leaves of the tobacco plant through a cigarette, cigar, pipe or hookah pipe causes cancer. 2. Sunlamps and sun-bed tanning: Tanning equipment emits UV radiation that overexposes you and causes skin cancer, cataracts and premature ...

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World happiness levels hit 10-year low: Survey

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MNA Life Style Desk: World happiness levels are at their lowest level in over a decade, with the number of people who say they feel stressed and worried rising, according to a survey published. Conflict-hit Central African Republic (CAR) was the world’s unhappiest place last year, with Iraq in second place, according to the ranking by pollsters Gallup. Gallup surveyed more than 154,000 people in 146 countries on whether they had felt pain, worry, stress, anger or sadness the previous day. It said the global mood was at its gloomiest since the first such survey in 2006. Sub-Saharan Africa led ...

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Tips to make your perfume stay longer

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MNA Life Style Desk: If you find that your fragrance has faded away by lunchtime or you go through perfumes far too quickly, these top tips will help your scent last all day long – without the need to spray an entire bottle on yourself. * When your skin is moisturised, that’s the best time to spritz on perfume as this encourages the skin to retain the scent better. Ideally, use fragrant oils on the body as they will retain their essence for much longer. * The pulse points on your body emits heat. applying perfume on these spots will ...

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Over-brushing can damage teeth

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MNA Life Style Desk: If you are too much committed while brushing your teeth, you must know that over-brushing can damage your teeth. Using your toothbrush too enthusiastically can permanently damage teeth and gums, dentists warn. People who brush longer and harder than necessary not only fail to make their teeth cleaner but actually risk harming themselves, a study shows. When researchers asked people to increase the length of their brushing regime, and the pressure they applied, the removal of bacteria was only improved up to a point. Beyond that, the risk of causing oral health problems, such as the ...

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Mindsets that make extremely strong souls

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MNA Life Style Desk: Often the souls that have been through the hardest challenges experience the most growth. Growth allows us to become stronger and also allows us to become more aware of our abilities, wisdom and intuition. This in turn, helps us to create mentally strong habits that allow us to view life with more positivity, grace and thoughtfulness. Let troubles go Strong souls know when it is time to let go of what no longer serves them. They also know that through letting go, something new will always arrive. Take responsibility Strong souls know how important it is ...

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Worst things you can do to your hair

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MNA Life Style Desk: We are all obsessed with having long, thick, and beautiful hair and however, a lot of what we are doing to our hair to make it look its best is actually making it feel its worst. Hair will naturally thin out and look dull with age, but there are steps that anyone can take to stop or even reverse this problem. These are the most common mistakes that are made, but the good news is that they are easily fixable to bring your hair new life. Over-brushing You don’t need 100 brush strokes a day for ...

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‘More screen time increases risk of obesity’

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MNA Life Style Desk: If your child spends more than one to two hours on screen-based devices such as computers, phones, tablets, video games or TV, they may be at a higher risk of developing obesity, warns American Heart Association in an advisory. The new scientific statement, published in the journal Circulation, says that screen-based devices are associated with an increased amount of sedentary behaviour in children and teenagers. “Although the mechanisms linking screen time to obesity are not entirely clear, there are real concerns that screens influence eating behaviours, possibly because children ‘tune out’ and do not notice when ...

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Fairness tips to make your baby’s skin glowing

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MNA Life & Style Desk: Your newborn is home now, and you’re settling into a daily routine for skin glowing. Keeping your baby warm and nourished is tops on your list. Baby skin care is just as important. Here are some natural and practical baby fairness tips that can make your little one’s skin fair, supple, and glowing: Fruit Juice A good home remedy to enhance your baby’s complexion is feeding him grape juice. Natural fruit extracts help cleanse the epidermis and make your baby’s skin soft and fair. Some other nutritious fruits that boost your baby’s skin tone are ...

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Qurbani is the Sunna of Ibrahim

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MNA Life Style Desk: Qurbani is also referred to as the Sunna of Ibrahim in many texts. It follows the true story of father and son, Ibrahim and Ismail, and their unflinching loyalty and devotion to Allah (SWT). The story serves as a means of motivation, education and inspiration to millions of Muslims around the world today. Here, we will talk about this story at length. Qurbani or sacrifice is synonymous with surrender. It symbolizes that the person performing Qurbani is willing to sacrifice everything dear to him for Allah. It symbolizes and strengthens the promise with Allah that the ...

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Fruits, vegetables may lesser women’s stress risk

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MNA Life Style Desk: New research showed that fruits and vegetables in the diet, after finding that eating up to seven servings per day, can lower the risk of psychological stress for middle-aged women. Here are a list of some fruits and vegetables to eat. Moderate daily vegetable intake alone was linked to lower stress levels but moderate fruit intake alone appeared to show no significant benefit. The most potent effect was seen when fruit and veg like apples, bananas and oranges and potatoes, cucumber, lettuce and carrots were eaten together, and particularly in women. The findings, published in the ...

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Beauty Benefits of Turmeric for Skin

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MNA Life Style Desk: Turmeric, otherwise known as the golden spice, originates from the East. It’s good for more than spicing up curries though this spice has long been used in India to beautify the skin. Ancient China also valued turmeric for its medicinal uses, including its anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, antioxidant, and antiseptic properties. Correct oily skin In order to prevent the skin from becoming too dry, oils and waxes are secreted by the sebaceous glands. This helps the epidermis retain moisture while keeping the skin soft and supple. Excessively oily skin, usually due to overactive sebaceous glands, can lead to ...

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Ways to improve office efficiency

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MNA Life Style Desk: It primarily reflects the work efficiency of the employees of a company that helps to retain clients and get new businesses by timely delivery of quality work resulting in customer satisfaction. Delegate Tasks Based on Skills Identifying skill sets and behavior of employees is the epicenter while allocating work to employees. Before assigning tasks, one must assess strength and weaknesses of the employees to execute the timely deliveries. A street-smart, creative, offbeat thinker can be a great match for business development while they may find it difficult to perform routine detail-oriented tasks. Prioritise the Important Tasks ...

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Sleeping more than 10hr raises risks

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MNA Life Style Desk: If you thought that only less hours of sleep would affect your health, then you are wrong, sleeping more than 10 hours per day is also associated with metabolic syndrome, raising the risk for heart diseases, according to a new study. Those who slept for over 10 hours daily were at risk of elevated waist circumference, high triglyceride levels — a type of fat, low levels of “good” cholesterol, hypertension as well as high fasting blood sugar — referred to as metabolic syndrome and associated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. While sleeping more raised triglycerides ...

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Drinking water on empty stomach after waking up

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MNA Life Style Desk: Drinking water immediately after waking up is a popular ritual in Japan. Scientists agree that is very beneficial to our health. For our readers we publish below a description of use of water. For curing various kinds of diseases drinking water has been found to be very successful in the Japanese medical society. Flush out harmful toxins At night, your body repairs itself and casts out all the toxins in the body. When you drink water on an empty stomach in the morning, you will flush out these harmful toxins, leaving your body fresh and healthy. ...

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Characteristics of highly successful people

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MNA Life Style Desk: Successful people have to go through lots of struggles, uncertainty and pains. Struggle is different for everyone but psychologists say some characteristics are very common in all successful people. Here are some characteristics of successful people. Self-Control: Self-control is also needed for success. In your journey to success, you have to give-up many bad habits. Without self-control, it is highly unlikely that you will reach your goal. If you read successful people, you will find that they rarely lose control. Big Dreams: If you go through biographies of successful people, you will hardly find anyone who ...

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Make meditation a habit to improve your life

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MNA Life Style Desk: For thousands of years, people from all around the globe have been practicing meditation for its many life-improving benefits. In recent years, the practice has grown in popularity thanks to the many studies that support its numerous physical and mental health benefits. Better Sleep If you’ve ever spent a restless night tossing and turning, then you already know that your active mind can keep you awake for hours worrying and wondering about events of the day or what may happen tomorrow. A bit of meditation before bed can serve to completely clear your mind so that ...

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Tips to make your wife happy every day

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MNA Life Style Desk: While dream vacations and life milestones are important, it’s the simple ways you do that make your wife happier. Express love and show respect to your bride every day, and remind her why you were the best choice she’s ever made. There are uncountable times in marriage when a husband and wife get their wires crossed.  No wonder men are confused about how to make your wife happy. Efforts to make your wife happy may seem to backfire more often than not. Though the mystery between men and women is sure to continue, here are some ...

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Low glycemic fruits for diabetes

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Diabetes is becoming a major health issue for most of the people of Bangladesh and low glycemic fruits can be solution to arrange a proper diet for them. A healthy diet should almost always include some fruit, and this is particularly true if you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue. The difficulty arises in choosing the best and most nutritious fruits to eat. Most nutritionists will recommend sticking to the fruits with lower sugar content where possible, and this makes a lot of sense as part of a balanced diet. First of all, it’s important to understand how we ...

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Get perfect hair during monsoon

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MNA Life Style Desk: Monsoon is here again. Though we all love the rains and wait for them eagerly, we should be aware that during this time of the year, our body requires more care. We take care of our body and skin but, often neglect our hair. With proper hair care we can always manage to keep our hair safe and glossy even when the rains come. Hair masks can work as wonders on hair, especially in weather condition like monsoon. Coconut oil and honey is the odd combination, but provides wonderful nutrients to the hair. Keep your feet ...

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18 Things to Avoid Sleepless Nights

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: When you just can’t seem to turn off that is you are having sleepless nights , it’s always best to have a back-up strategy—and there are 18 options to try right now. 1. Think Positive It’s that easy—according to science, ridding your mind of those negative thoughts (“It’s so late, I’ll never get to sleep at this rate,” “I’m going to be so tired tomorrow at work,” “This stinks”) calms you down and makes you more likely to fall asleep. 2. Pick One Thing to Focus On You know how they always say to try counting sheep? ...

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Beauty tips for monsoon bride

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Getting married during the rains seems like a dreamy affair and this article will provide some beauty tips for the monsoon bride. The air is cooler and the atmosphere is just so romantic. Like there are cons to every pro, so goes the same with your makeup. After bearing that extreme heat of the sun, those sunburns, tans, sweaty (and stinky) summer days. Monsoon comes as a sign of relief. Monsoon weddings may be a hit as they score high on the romantic factor, but they spell skin and hair problems for the brides. Here are some ...

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Tips to make your skin fair in this summer

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MNA Life Style Desk: With all the sweat and grime in the air, it seems impossible to pull off healthy hair and skin in the summer season and here are some simple tips for making your skin summer tolerable. Prepare your skin The most crucial step to getting any look right, is prepping your skin. You can begin with the quintessential need for hydration, it’s very important to drink lots of water to keep your skin healthy and glowing from the inside. Exfoliate, circulate and radiate Exfoliating your skin in the summer not only removes dead skin, but also improves ...

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Ways to live eco-friendly lifestyle

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MNA Life Style Desk: As responsible citizens, everyone should do their bit and contribute to Eco-friendly lifestyle in their own small way. Did you know, something as small as the oil you use and even your beauty routine can be eco-friendly as well? Gautam Dhar, CEO and executive director at Divine Organics and Abhinandan Dhoke, CEO, Organic India list down some quick tips that you can follow in your daily routine that will go a long way for the environment: * Choose brands that are vegan, organic, not tested on animals and not laden with chemicals, enhance the overall quality ...

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Healthy way to enjoy a holy Eid

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MNA Life Style Desk: Observing the end of the holy month of Ramadan, we celebrate Eid, a glorious occasion that is followed by rejoicing, giving of alms and a feast of various and delicious foods. Here are a few tips for a happy and healthy Eid: Before your Fajr prayers, make sure to eat something, like a few dates. After prayers, it is recommended to have something light such as milk or laban, preferably low fat or zero fat. A moderately light breakfast can follow. For example you can have whole grain breakfast cereals with low fat milk and a ...

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Laylatul Qadr: A night better than thousand months

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MNA Feature Desk: Muslims across the country will observe holy Lailatul Qadr tonight with due religious fervour and solemnity. The holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on this night to show mankind the path of worldly and eternal emancipation. Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) is designated in the Quran as, “better than a thousand months” (97:3) and it is very important to know the things you can do on this night in Ramadan. Any deed done on this night such as reciting the Quran, remembering Allah, etc. is better than acting for one thousand months which ...

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Zakat during Ramadan holds huge importance for the Muslims

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MNA Feature Desk: Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam and holds huge importance for the Muslims during Ramadan. One of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to Allah, and that wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. Therefore, our possessions are purified by setting aside a proportion for those in need. Zakat – also known as zakah – is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and serves principally as the welfare contribution to poor and deprived individuals. This mandatory payment is obligatory for every sane and mature Muslim whenever ...

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Importance of last ten days of Ramadan

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MNA Feature Desk: As it is for the first and second ten days of Ramadan, there is unbound specific significance of the last 10 days of Ramadan. The Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) said, “If any Muslim comes out of Ramadan without gaining forgiveness and goodness, he is a real loser.” (Ibn Hibban and At-Tabarani) The last ten days of Ramadan are very special days in the life of every Muslim. According to Muslims, they are the most blessed days in the blessed month of Ramadan, the month the Holy Quran was revealed. Muslims believe that although the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) was ...

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