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How to deliver shocking news

shocking news

MNA Life Style Desk: Nobody wants to receive shocking news, but when they must they prefer receiving it straight, without much buffer, suggests new research. So when it comes to delivering bad news, one should speak direct and not beat around the bush – as most people prefer directness and candour when they must hear something unpleasant. “If we’re negating physical facts, then there’s no buffer required or desired,” said Alan Manning, professor at Brigham Young University in the US. For example, “if your house is on fire, you just want to know that and get out. Or if you ...

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Simple stretching for lower back pain

lower back pain

MNA Life Style Desk: Stretching for lower back pain is a very common practice. Most people do it straight in the morning, right after waking up and are often implementing a far too rigorous stretching routine. Always stretch warmed up Remember, you’re damaging your muscles when you’re stretching. Make sure your muscles are warmed up so they’re able to deal with stress better. Simply go walking in fast pace for 10 minutes before you start to stretch. Don’t stretch every day Remember that stretching puts stress on your muscles and joints. In the beginning your body needs time to adapt ...

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Taking nuts staves off obesity risk


MNA Life Style Desk: A study showed that people who ate nuts not only had less weight gain than their nut-abstaining peers, but they also enjoyed a five per cent lower risk of becoming overweight or obese. Many people have historically assumed that nut an energy-dense, high-fat food are not a good choice for individuals who want to lose weight. Further, the researchers found that nuts are rich source of energy, good fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Nus is also associated with a variety of health benefits, including healthy ageing and memory function, especially in older adults. Nut has ...

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Keep eyes on your children’s online activities


MNA Life Style Desk: As with the real world, the Internet has its seamy side — and it’s all too easy for children to stray into online. Children learn through exploration and natural curiosity, and it is part of our job as parents to encourage that. However, as our children grow up, develop and discover new experiences, we have to take more and different steps to ensure their safety, especially on online activities. Here are some tips to keep eyes on your children’s internet activities. Step into their cyber world Parents have to get involved. Just as they know every ...

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Good lifestyle helps to reduce asthma


MNA Life Style Desk: Daily intake of a healthy diet rich in protein, fruit and vegetables combined with proper exercise could help reduce asthma and improve quality of life in people with the condition, according to a recent research. Asthma is a common and long-term condition affecting around one in ten people in the western world. The majority of patients rely on daily medicine to control symptoms such as wheezing, chest pain and shortness of breath and many are wary of exercise, fearing that it could induce symptoms. “There is increasing evidence that asthma patients who are obese can benefit ...

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Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Dengue fever

MNA Life Style Desk: Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. These viruses are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever. An estimated 390 million dengue infections occur worldwide each year, with about 96 million resulting in illness. Symptoms of Dengue Fever Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days, may include Sudden, high fever Severe headaches Pain behind the eyes Severe joint and muscle pain Fatigue Nausea Vomiting Skin rash, which appears two to ...

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Take protein thrice in a day


MNA Life Style Desk: Eating protein equally in the three daily meals could lead to greater mass and muscle strength in the elderly, says a study. Many seniors consume the majority of their daily protein intake at lunch and dinner. The new study suggests that breakfast should also be protin rich. For the study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the research team examined both the amount of protin consumed and its distribution among people aged 67 and over. Chevalier and her team used the database from a study which included nearly 1,800 people who were followed for ...

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Health tips for this Eid-ul-Azha


MNA Life Style Desk: It is a common tendency in Bangladesh to take huge amount of red meat, especially during Eid-ul-Azha or Qurbani. There is a general misconception that consumption of sacrificial animal meat is not harmful for health. But doctors find no evidence to back up such belief. As red meat contains high amount of cholesterol and saturated fat, we should take it in moderate quantity. Globally people are reducing intake of red meat. Consumption of excessive amount of red meat causes hyper tension or high blood pressure. It may cause hurt burn and may lead to cardiac arrest. ...

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Some signs of a real friend

real friend

MNA Life Style Desk: A real friend is our concert buddies. They’re the people that come over to trap a mouse that’s in the apartment. They’re the ones who see us through relationship blunders and changes at work. Research has also found that friends help us live longer. They’re present The greatest gift any friend could ever give is full attention and awareness — and true friends make their presence a priority. Support through adversity It’s one thing to have friends who provide support during times of success. But genuine friends are there through all of our peaks and valleys ...

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Some benefits of swimming


MNA Life Style Desk: Swimming provides a full-body workout with minimal risk of injury, which makes it an excellent choice for cross-training. Here are some benefits of swimming- Reduce stress A study shows that swimmers are less prone to tension, depression, anger and confusion when they’ve been swimming. It means that novice and amateur swimmers can feel just as good as the pros, thanks to the release of feel-good hormone serotonin. Improve sleep People who undertake vigorous exercise such as swimming are around twice as likely to report on having a good night’s sleep, according to a poll by the ...

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Foods that fight inflammation


MNA Life Style Desk: Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response; without it, we can’t heal. But when it’s out of control—as in rheumatoid arthritis—it can damage the body. Plus, it’s thought to play a role in obesity, heart disease, and cancer. By addressing the inflammation with anti-inflammatory foods, not only can the symptoms of these diseases be alleviated, but we could even see them cured. Fatty Fish: Oily fish, like mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna have high omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation. Add fish to menus, boiled or steamed rather than fried, salted or dried. Nuts: Nuts ...

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Ideas to keep busy kids during holidays


MNA Life Style Desk: Holidays can be a great time to bond with your children and maybe even let your own inner child come out to play. But it can also be a stressful time when kids can misbehave because of boredom. Here are some ideas to keep busy your kids on holidays. Make your own games Get a supply of colored cards, children’s scissors, glue and anything else you may want to make some fun games. Go on picnics You don’t have to go far to have a picnic — my children regularly ask for a picnic out the ...

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Parenting with Religious Inspiration and Intent


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Religion is not really a choice rather an elemental part of growing up in any South Asian family. Transmission of prayers and rituals occur impeccably through demonstrations of devout parents and elders. Explanations are rarely offered, and questions are addressed with little more than, “that’s just the way it is.” It is likely to spark thoughts about the connection between religion and child rearing for today’s South Asian parent. A generation or two ago, it was basically unheard of for parents to consider when or whether they should introduce their child to God, but now these questions ...

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Music controls movement of people: Study


MNA Life Style Desk: Using musical cues to learn a physical task positively impacts parts of the brain that process sound and control movement, according to a new study. The findings, published in the journal Brain and Cognition, may have implications for future research into rehabilitation for patients who have lost some degree of movement control. “The study suggests that music makes a key difference. We have long known that music encourages people to move. This study provides the first experimental evidence that adding musical cues to learning new motor task can lead to changes in white matter structure in ...

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Tips for protecting your eye from dust


MNA Life Style: It is imperative to take proper eye guard for protecting your eyes from all kind of dusts. The instructions may seem simple, and it might seem silly to have to wear protective goggles or eyeglasses, but easy projects can be more complex and dangerous than they appear. Wear sunglasses Let’s start with the obvious one – sunglasses. You already know that you should protect your skin from ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and our eyes need similar protection. UVR comes from the sun and may also be reflected off surfaces such as water or sand. The best way to ...

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Correctly check your blood sugar

blood sugar

MNA Life Style Desk: Managing your blood sugar level is very important if you are a diabetic. And these days, you don’t really have to run to a diagnostic center every time you want to test your sugar level. Here are a few tips to correctly check your blood sugar levels at home with your blood glucose meter. Get ready for the test Make sure you read the instruction booklet carefully on how to use the blood glucose meter and the test strips. It is advisable to let your doctor or a healthcare professional demonstrate how the blood glucose meter ...

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Safety tips for this rainy season

rainy season

MNA Life Style Desk: The Bangladeshi rainy season is in full force and health safety in this rainy season is very important. The season is the season of excitement, fun and green environment. However, the season also invites a number of health problems which is very difficult to be dealt with such illness. You should take proper precautions to avoid such health problems peeping into your body. Kids need extra care during this season to stay healthy. Here are some tips on how to keep everyone in the family healthy and safe during these very rainy months. Wash hands Bacteria ...

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Religion keeps away from pornography


MNA Life Style Desk: Even as adolescents get more free access to pornography online than ever before, researchers have found that attending religious services can keep the youth away from the adult sites. The study showed that pornography consumption’ increases sharply with age, especially among males However, these age-based increases in pornography viewing are decidedly lesser among those who attend religious services, the researchers said. “We were able determine that there is a barrier effect at play wherein religious social control encourages adolescents to view less pornography over time,” said Kyler Rasmussen, lead author of the study and a PhD ...

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Le Reve launches Eid-ul-Fitr collection

Le Reve

MNA Life Style Desk: This Eid, Le Reve gives you amazing outfit ideas to adorn with its exclusive Eid collection. The collection comes in exquisite patterns, vibrant colours and exclusive designs and boasts of embroidery work in high quality fabrics like net, chiffon, satin, jacquard, velvet, georgette and silk. Le Reve Eid Collection has clothing for men, women, children and newborns, which will appeal to customers who are looking forward to unique contemporary designs with hints of traditional elements and motifs. This year’s collection theme is Juxtapose, which is an artsy, abstract, modern, and complex trend with lots of primary ...

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Rules and significance of Zakat for the Muslims


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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Take healthy foods during Sehri


MNA Life Style Desk: In Ramadan Muslims across the globe observe fasts from dawn to dusk and also offer prayers five times a day including the night long prayer of Taraweeh, before dawn Muslims have their early morning meal known as Sehri and before dusk they congregate together to have their meal famously known as Iftar. Sehri or Suhoor is the meal consumed before dawn. Sehri is one of the most important meals during Ramadan to keep your energy levels up during the day. Sehri should be a wholesome, moderate meal that is filling and provides enough energy for many ...

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Things you should not tolerate in relationship


MNA Life Style Desk: If you want to be happy in your relationship, you should compromise some issues, sacrifice some matters and you should be patience. Sometimes, things become excess and at that very moment tolerating all those facts are foolishness.  Some matters should not be compromised in a relationship. Lying about important things Little white lies are okay. But lying about important things really matter. A relationship is based on trust, and lying severs it irreparably. If your partner has chances to lie, he will repeat it repeatedly. Relationships are complex, and people cheat for different reasons. It is ...

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Exercises to start your summer fitness period


MNA Life Style Desk: Summer is upon us with warmer mornings and evenings, now is the time to kick-start your summer fitness period. There is still time to get the body you want for this summer. Make the most of sunny days and lighter nights to get yourself in shape by following these exercises. Squats Say goodbye to a saggy butt with this one move exercise. If you want to have bottoms that are round and firm, this exercise is for you. The squat is one of the oldies but goodies when it comes to working out. It is a ...

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Ways to prevent suicidal tendency


MNA Life Style Desk: Remember that a suicidal person isn’t crazy. Often they don’t want to die, suicide is only a desperate attempt to stop internal pain and suffering they feel have become unbearable. With effective help and support, these feelings can be turned around and healthy solutions can be found. Generate hope: In ways that are sincere and meaningful, find ways to focus on the idea that suffering is temporary and that things will get better. Hope comes from the belief that despair is not permanent. Talk about suicide: If you are having thoughts of suicide, tell someone. The ...

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Handle difficult conversations at workplace


MNA Life Style Desk: Conflict is unavoidable in situations where individuals are spending extended periods of time together, so it should come as no surprise that difficult conversations will arise in the workplace. Having difficult conversations is never easy, whether it is with co-workers, staff, or a supervisor; however, with skills and practice, work life and its inevitable conflicts can become more productive and comfortable for everyone involved. Find the root cause of the conflict Before going into a difficult conversation, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions. What is the purpose of the conversation? What would you hope ...

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Healthy foods for children

healthy foods

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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Some delicious dishes for this Pohela Boishakh

Pohela Boishakh

MNA Life Style Desk: The Pohela Boishakh (Bengali New Year) will be celebrated on April 14 this year.  As we near the Bengali New Year eve, many Bengalis around the world specially in Bangladesh are planning and preparing a delicious feast to share with family and friends. Panta Ilish This is a traditional New Year Bengali dish. Panta is a word that indicates soaked. This dish is prepared using Panta Bhat – leftover rice that is soaked in water. To be very precise, it is a platter of Panta Bhat served along with fried Hilsa fish, dried Shukti fish, achars, ...

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