Life Style

Couples make Valentine’s Day deposit in ‘Love Bank’

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MNA Life Style Desk: In a small medieval Slovak town, couples are getting ready on Valentine’s Day to make a “deposit” about their romance in a place dedicated to love stories. The “Love Bank” is the main attraction of an exhibition commemorating the world’s longest love poem, “Marina” by Slovak poet Andrej Sladkovic. Written in 1844, the 2,900-line long poem tells the tale of the doomed love between the poet and Maria Pischlova. They were star-crossed lovers but unlike Romeo and Juliet their tragic romance is a true story. Marina’s parents shunned the poor poet and forced her to marry ...

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Go beyond red this Valentine’s Day

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MNA Life Style Desk: Valentine’s Day calls for everything red as people usually relate the colour with love but how about trying some different tones this time! Pastels: If you’d rather have a more relaxed and soothing Valentine’s Day, choose pastels as your colour pantone. Vibrant colours make things bright and glamorous, but sometimes all you want is a low-key, soft look and pastels make for a perfect pick. All shades of purple: People love pink for Valentine’s Day because it is feminine, delicate and pretty, but the same can be said about purple. This year, choose a spread of ...

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Remove cracks from heels

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MNA Life Style Desk: It is important to take care of your skin specially your toes to avoid cracked heels as this problem is common with everyone and aggravates in winters. Home remedies to treat cracked heels For treating cracked heels, apply a mixture of candle wax and mustard oil and leave it on overnight to see the difference. Using glycerin gives the good result in winter for those who has cracked heels. Make a mixture of glycerin and rosewater and apply it to your feet for 15 days and you will be amazed to see the results. Before go ...

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Mothers from age 40 at risk of preterm birth

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MNA Life Style Desk: Women who plan for a baby at the age of 40 and above may increase the risk of delivering preterm births before the 37th week of pregnancy, a study showed. The researchers noted an association between preterm birth and mother’s age and stated that the maternal age at pregnancy has been increasing worldwide and so has the risk of preterm birth. The research team, led by Florent Fuchs from the CHU Sainte-Justine in Canada, analysed the data from 32 hospitals in Quebec, Canada, from the year 2008 to 2011. The findings of the study, published in the ...

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Seven ways to avoid type 2 diabetes

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Type 2 diabetes is becoming a growing concern all over the world. Here are measures you can take to avoid type 2 diabetes: Are you at risk? About 3.5 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes, a condition characterised by elevated blood-sugar levels. In type 1 diabetes – about 10% of cases – the pancreas does not produce any insulin. The remainder have type 2, which means their pancreas does not make enough insulin or it doesn’t work properly. More than 1 million people in the UK are estimated to have the condition but ...

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Body sapping with VIBES

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MNA Life Style Desk: VIBES, provider of slimming and beauty treatments hailing from New Delhi, India, is offering a revolutionary treatment-Fat X. It is a FDA approved treatment that helps get rid of fat from specific areas, through an injectable service.  It includes a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid; a chemical the FDA marks as naturally produced by the body and helps to absorb fats. It destroys fat cells by breaking down the cell membrane. As it is FDA approved it is safe and has minimal or no side effects. Results are visible within 3-9 weeks of taking the treatment. ...

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15 minutes less of sleep can break your day

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MNA Life Style Desk: Working without sleep, or working when you haven’t slept enough can have a great impact on your ability to focus, function, and your health overall. In 1999, a plane, American Airlines 1420 crashed on the runway of Little Rock Airport, Arkansas.1 There was nothing out of the ordinary about the flight, such cross country flights are routine, the kind every pilot in the world makes hundreds of times in their career. The plane was working perfectly. Yet the crashed killed 11 people, including the captain, and wounded over one hundred others. After some investigation, it was ...

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5 celebrities talk about mental health issues

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MNA Life Style Desk: Despite India being in the throes of a mental health crisis – according to a 2015 World Health Organisation report, over 5 crore Indians suffered from depression and more than 3 crore suffered from anxiety disorders – our attitude towards mental health concerns largely remains apathetic. In such an environment, when celebrities with great reach and strong voices take a stand to help those that suffer silently, it is bound to change the narrative, even if slowly and only by a little. Anushka Sharma In an interview with Vogue in 2015, Anushka Sharma opened up about ...

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UK to combat lifestyle diseases

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MNA Life Style Desk: A number of UK-based agencies will provide Bangladesh support to tackle diseases relating to lifestyle and environment under a five-year initiative. The support will be given under “Cambridge Programme to Assist Bangladesh in Lifestyle and Environmental Risk Reduction (CAPABLE)”, reported news agency. Mainly ‘non-communicable diseases (NCDs)’ will be tackled under the project. An agreement to this effect would be signed on 23 January at Radisson Blu Water Garden in the city. University of Cambridge, University College London, the University Court of the University of Aberdeen from UK and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Institute of ...

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Tips to avoid eye strain

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MNA Life Style Desk: Studies have shown that between 50% and 90% of office workers have eye strain or associated health issues such as eye-twitching, red eyes, headaches and fatigue. Get regular eye tests If you work on a computer every day, experts recommend having a comprehensive eye exam every year to detect problems before they develop. During this test, you should tell the doctor how often you use your phone and your computer. You should also measure the distance from your eyes to your screen at work and tell your doctor, so your eyes can be tested at that ...

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5 Unhealthy parenting styles to ditch in 2018

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: We share the 5 parenting styles experts warn will be detrimental to your child’s overall development. With the new year approaching, it’s time to take stock of the way you raise your kids and take strides to correct any parenting no-nos you might be guilty of. The key to raising happy, emotionally healthy and well-mannered children begins with correct parenting. After all, you as a parent are whom your kids will first learn from and look up to – so it’s important you key them in good behavior and send the right kind of message about how ...

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Facial exercises can make look younger

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MNA Life Style Desk: Just 30 minutes of facial exercises which includes puckering and squeezing the cheeks daily can make you look three years younger, reveals a study. Instead of undergoing anti-ageing skin treatments and care routines, middle-aged women undergoing this non-toxic method can have a younger appearance with fuller upper and lower cheeks and reduce some visible signs of ageing, the study further showed. Fat pads present in between the muscle and the skin are responsible for providing firmness to the cheeks and keeping a toned shape of the face. But as the skin starts ageing, the face pads ...

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Importance of understanding child’s behavior

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MNA Life Style Desk: Understanding your children is one of the most important things that you should learn as a parent. It is very helpful in becoming effective in guiding and nurturing your child as they grow and mature. You need to bear in mind that your child has a unique personality trait that remains consistent throughout life. Overall behavior Children often show us they are having a problem through their behavior rather than words. If your child is acting out and getting into trouble often, it is a clue that something needs to be problem-solved or that they need ...

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Foods for your proper digestion process

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MNA Life Style Desk: The digestion process is an intricately choreographed ballet during which your body performs the many steps needed to break down the food you eat and unlock the vitamins, minerals, calories, fats, and proteins you need and then efficiently clean sweep the rest. Most people don’t contemplate these inner workings unless they’re not working smoothly, but you can proactively take steps to avoid problems. One of the easiest digestive health tips is to fuel up with good foods for digestion. Ginger A traditional Asian remedy for tummy aches and nausea and a favorite condiment used in Japanese ...

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Tips to preserve your skin youthfulness

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MNA Life Style Desk: Your body needs the right nutrients to fight off damage, and your skin is no different. Protecting yourself from harmful chemicals while getting enough sleep, relaxation and exercise will all help you maintain a healthy glow. However, it gets accelerated due to fast-paced lifestyles, imbalanced diet and exposure to harsh weather conditions. Protect your eyes, keep moisturised and more for youthful skin, say experts. Moisturise skin Look for a herbal day cream that consists of SPF and Edelweiss plant stem cell extract which is known for having antioxidant, anti-ageing and body conditioning properties. The cream should ...

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Foods that may help you to stop smoking

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MNA Life Style Desk: Today’s smokers have an entire arsenal of smoking cessation aids to help them quit – more than ever before. But many people are either turned off by many of the aids available, or just simply cannot afford the high prices of patches, prescriptions, or hours of hypnosis sessions. Stop smoking, eat right at the right time, balance your diet and meditate, suggest experts. A balanced diet should be a healthy mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. It should include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, low fat dairy, nuts to take care of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, fibre ...

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Blood sugar in early pregnancy may affect baby’s heart

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MNA Life Style Desk: Higher blood sugar early in pregnancy raises the baby’s risk of a congenital heart defect, even among mothers who do not have diabetes, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. “Most women who have a child with congenital heart disease are not diabetic,” said James Priest, assistant professor at the Stanford University in California. The results showed that the risk of giving birth to a child with a congenital heart defect was elevated by 8 per cent for every increase of 10 milligrams per decilitre in blood glucose levels ...

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Neapolitan pizza making wins world heritage status

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MNA Life Style Desk: The art of Neapolitan pizza making won world heritage status, joining a horse-riding game from Iran and Dutch wind mills on UNESCO’s culture list. UNESCO accepted the art of Neapolitan “pizzaiuolo” on the world body’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. “Congratulations #Italy!” it said in a tweet after a meeting in Jeju, South Korea where the decision was made. Italy had argued the practice of pizzaiuolo – from preparing and flipping the pizza dough to baking it in a wood-fired oven – was part of the country’s cultural and gastronomic tradition. Traditional Neapolitan ...

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Women more athletic than men

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MNA Life Style Desk: A new study has shown that women have a natural capacity to process oxygen more quickly than men during aerobic exercises, making them more athletic. The findings showed that the faster processing of oxygen enabled the cells of a woman’s body to undergo less strain especially during aerobic exercises-such as cardio, spinning, running, swimming, walking, hiking-which require oxygen to help produce energy. The study, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, compared the oxygen uptake and muscle oxygen extraction between healthy and active young men and women of similar age and weight during a ...

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Smartphone use may increase suicide risks

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MNA Life Style Desk: The more time teenagers spend on smartphones and other electronic screens, the more likely they are to feel depressed and attempt suicide, according to a new study. Screen time should be considered a modern-day risk factor for depression and suicide, said study co-author Thomas Joiner, Professor at Florida State University in the US. The study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, showed that those who focused more on non-screen activities like sports and exercise, talking to friends face to face and doing homework were more likely to be happy. According to the US Centers for ...

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Mouthwash may raise diabetes risk

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MNA Life Style Desk: Most of us are in the habit of using mouthwash at least once or twice daily, as a part of oral hygiene. But your routine may spike the sugar level in your blood. People who use mouthwash at least twice daily are at approximately 55 per cent higher risk of developing diabetes, when compared to less frequent users, found a new study. The study, published in the journal Nitric Oxide, stated that most mouthwash contain anti- bacterial ingredients, which could impact the production of oral microbes that may hamper the nitric oxide formation in the mouth. ...

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Rich life style of Mugabe kids & associates

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MNA Life Style Desk: People cheered in the streets on Tuesday as dictator Robert Mugabe was forced to resign. They’re angry at years of declining living conditions, with a GDP per capita lower than Afghanistan. But you wouldn’t know it from these photos, showing how the country’s elite are still finding plenty of wealth to go around, reports the Metro. Photos shared online, including by Mugabe’s sons, show a minority have been living the high life, pouring champagne on their Rolex just ’cause, wearing $14,000 alligator skin Giuseppe Zanotti trainers and travelling around in silver plated Rolls-Royces and private jets. ...

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Taking little stress good for cells

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MNA Life Style Desk: According to a study, taking a little stress can be good for your cells as it boosts resilience, protects ageing cells as well as delays the risk of disease. The findings will help researchers better understand the molecular mechanisms that drive ageing and risk for age-associated degenerative diseases. ”Our findings offer us a strategy for looking at ageing in humans and how we might prevent or stabilise against cell decline as we age,” said Richard I. Morimoto, Professor at the Northwestern University. ”Our goal is not trying to find ways to make people live longer but ...

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High risk factors in street food

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MNA Life Style Desk: Street food trading solves major social and economic problems in developing countries through the provision of ready-made meals at relatively inexpensive prices and employment for teeming rural and urban populace along its value chain. However, due to informal nature of the enterprise, the activities of the practitioners are not regulated. This gives ample room for unwholesome practices. The results are the risks such activities pose to the health and safety of practitioners along the value chain. Mouthwatering street foods like Fuchka, Bhelpuri, Jhaalmuri and different types of pickles contain a high level of germs, reveals a ...

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Keep your skin soft and glowing this winter

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MNA Life Style Desk: Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Your skin needs more than just pampering to keep it healthy and glowing. Moisturizing for soothing Moisturising is not just essential for very dry and flaky skin, but regular skin type must indulge in this routine too. If you are not for chemical-laden products, then you could go for any of the natural moisturizers— ...

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Depression lifts risk of early death in women

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MNA Life Style Desk: Due to the pressure caused by changing societal roles and multiple responsibilities, depression has significantly increased the risk of early death in women, a study has found. The findings showed that the risk of death associated with depression appeared strongest in the years following a depressive episode. In the study, the lifespan for young adults with depression at age 25 was markedly shorter over the 60-year period-the lifespan shortened ranging from 10 to 12 fewer years of life, then four to seven years and later seven to 18 fewer years of life, reported news agency. For ...

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Indians on social media during holiday

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MNA Life Style Desk: Indians top ahead of Thailand and Mexico when it comes to using social media while holidayingsocial media, says a survey conducted by Expedia. Indians love to be connected all the time, however, it also means that they do not disconnect from work much. Indians are globally most anxious on not being able to access WiFi or internet to check work e-mail (59 per cent). In fact they lead in showing a preference for an airline that offers in-flight WiFi (33 per cent). Hence, 14 per cent Indians are always working on a vacation, #1 globally, followed ...

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