Archive for June 13th, 2013

Treating freckles and sunspots

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Are you in spots of trouble? Well, let’s face it. We are speaking of spots called freckles and sunspots that trouble your face and complexion. Here is more on the ‘trouble spots’, what causes them and the way to a spotless face.

What are freckles?

Freckles, seen more commonly amongst people with a fair complexion, are nothing but small spots where the pigment melanin is concentrated. In case you didn’t know, melanin is the pigment that gives color to your skin.

Why do freckles appear?

The bitter truth is that a person is genetically predisposed to getting freckles. The important point to remember, however, is that freckles are triggered by exposure to sunlight. They tend to re-appear on exposure to sunlight in case they have been previously hidden by creams or treatments. The areas where they are most commonly observed are the face and the other exposed parts of your body like your neck, shoulders etc.

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Want a healthy life in India? Walk or cycle to your workplace

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Indian citizens, who go to their workplace either by cycling or walking, are less likely to be overweight or obese, or suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure, a study has claimed.

Researchers from Imperial College London and the Public Health Foundation of India said that these findings suggested that encouraging more people to use physically active modes of transport could reduce rates of important risk factors for many chronic diseases.

Physical activity and health information was collected from almost 4,000 participants in the Indian Migration Study.

The study found that 68.3 per cent of people in rural areas cycled and 11.9 percent walked to their workplace, compared with 15.9 percent who cycled, and 12.5 percent who walked in urban areas.

However, 50 percent of people who travelled to work by private transport and 38 percent who took public transport were overweight, compared with only 25 percent of people who walked or cycled to work.

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More than 2 beers a year ups cancer risk

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Drinking more than just two pints of beer a year heightens the risk of cancer, scientists have revealed.

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, the chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance, said that the risks of breast cancer in women were “significantly” higher, even when drinking within the existing Government guidelines of one glass of wine a day, the Daily Express reported.

The Alcohol Public Health Research Alliance (AMPHORA), an EU-funded body of 30 universities and other scientific institutes, has revealed that people were drinking on average some 600 times the safe levels for preventing cancers.

The group’s lead researcher, Professor Peter Anderson, of Newcastle University, presented the findings at a major conference on cancer in Dublin 11 days ago.

He said ethanol and acetaldehyde, toxins and carcinogens associated with alcohol, were more potent than current safety guidelines acknowledge.

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