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Slide 4 of 36: Tear gas canisters are fired by Israeli troops towards Palestinians during a protest against Israeli land seizures for Jewish settlements, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank November 30, 2018.

Slide 5 of 36: Visitors sign a guest book at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center on December 1, 2018 in College Station, Texas. Bush, who died on November 30, will be buried next to his wife Barbara at the library on Thursday.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Slide 6 of 36: A protester is wounded by a water canon as they clash with riot police during a 'Yellow Vest' demonstration near the Arc de Triomphe on Dec. 1, in Paris, France.


Slide 8 of 36: US President Donald Trump (R) and China's President Xi Jinping (L) along with members of their delegations, hold a dinner meeting at the end of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, on December 01, 2018. - US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had the future of their trade dispute -- and broader rivalry between the world's two top economies -- on the menu at a high-stakes dinner Saturday.

Slide 9 of 36: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a banner while waiting for his arrival at Zocalo square in Mexico City, Mexico December 1, 2018. 

Slide 10 of 36: An Indonesian jockey rides two bulls with a cart during a traditional sport bull race locally called "pacu jawi" in Pariangan of Tanah Datar regency in West Sumatra on December 1, 2018.


Slide 12 of 36: A tamed hawk attacks a rabbit during a traditional hunting contest in Almaty, Kazakhstan December 2, 2018.

Slide 13 of 36: This picture taken on December 2, 2018 shows a general view of the "Claim the Climate" march in Brussels to raise awareness for climate change.

Slide 14 of 36: Skiers and snowboarders dressed as Santa Claus hit the slopes en masse during the annual Santa Sunday event, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Newry, Maine. The red-suited lookalikes aim to put a smile on people’s faces while raising money for charity.

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Signs That Could Indicate Heart Disease/Information Share

1. Creased earlobes

One such external indicator is diagonal creases on the earlobes — known as Frank’s sign, named after Sanders Frank, an American doctor who first described the sign. Studies have shown that there is an association with the visible external crease on the earlobe and increased risk of atherosclerosis, a disease where plaque builds up inside your arteries.

Over 40 studies have demonstrated an association between this feature of the ear and an increased risk of atherosclerosis. It is not clear what the cause of the association is, but some have postulated that it is to do with a shared embryological origin. Most recently, it has been seen that these creases are also implicated in cerebrovascular disease — disease of the blood vessels in the brain.

2. Fatty bumps

Another external indicator of heart issues is yellow, fatty bumps — known clinically as “xanthomas” — that can appear on the elbows, knees, buttocks or eyelids. The bumps themselves are harmless, but they can be a sign of bigger problems.

close up of arcus senilis during ophthalmic examination. Β© ARZTSAMUI/Shutterstock close up of arcus senilis during ophthalmic examination.

Xanthomas are most commonly seen in people with a genetic disease called familial hypercholesterolemia. People with this condition have exceptionally high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol — so-called “bad cholesterol”. The levels of this cholesterol are so high they become deposited in the skin. Unfortunately, these fatty deposits are also laid down in arteries that supply the heart.

The mechanism that causes these fatty deposits in tissues is understood and it holds an iconic place in medicine as it led to the development of one of the blockbuster group of drugs that reduce cholesterol: statins.

3. Clubbed fingernails

A phenomenon known as digital clubbing may also be a sign that all is not well with your heart. This is where the fingernails change shape, becoming thicker and wider, due to more tissue being produced. The change is usually painless and happens on both hands.

The reason this change indicates heart issues is because oxygenated blood is not reaching the fingers properly and so the cells produce a “factor” that promotes growth to try and rectify the issue.

Clubbing of the fingers is the oldest known medical symptom. It was first described by Hippocrates in the fifth-century BC. This is why clubbed fingers are sometimes known as Hippocratic fingers.

4. Halo around the iris

Fat deposits may also be seen in the eye, as a grey ring around the outside of the iris, the coloured part of the eye. This so-called “arcus senilis”, starts at the top and bottom of the iris before progressing to form a complete ring. It doesn’t interfere with vision.

About 45% of people over the age of 40 have this fatty halo around their iris, rising to about 70% of people over the age of 60. The presence of this fatty ring has been shown to be associated with some of the risk factors for coronary heart disease.

5. Rotten gums and loose teeth

The state of your oral health can also be a good predictor of the state of your cardiovascular health. The mouth is full of bacteria, both good and bad. The “bad” bacteria can enter the bloodstream from the mouth and cause inflammation in the blood vessels, which can lead to cardiovascular disease.

Studies have shown that tooth loss and inflamed gums (periodontitis) are markers of heart disease.

6. Blue lips

Another health indicator from the mouth is the colour of your lips. The lips are usually red, but they can take on a bluish colour (cyanosis) in people with heart problems, due to the failure of the cardiovascular system to deliver oxygenated blood to tissues.

Of course, people also get blue lips if they are extremely cold or have been at a high altitude. In this case, blue lips are probably just due to a temporary lack of oxygen and will resolve quite quickly.

In fact, the other five symptoms — mentioned above — can also have a benign cause. But if you are worried or in doubt, you should contact your GP or other healthcare professional for an expert opinion.

Adam Taylor is director of the Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre and a senior lecturer at Lancaster University.

Β© ARZTSAMUI/Shutterstock close up of arcus senilis during ophthalmic examination.
Xanthomas are most commonly seen in people with a genetic disease called familial hypercholesterolemia. People with this condition have exceptionally high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol — so-called “bad cholesterol”. The levels of this cholesterol are so high they become deposited in the skin. Unfortunately, these fatty deposits are also laid down in arteries that supply the heart.
The mechanism that causes these fatty deposits in tissues is understood and it holds an iconic place in medicine as it led to the development of one of the blockbuster group of drugs that reduce cholesterol: statins.

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Myths About Colds, Flu/Information Share


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Myth 1: The flu is just a bad cold
While some people may use the words cold and flu interchangeably, they are in fact very different. Flu is a much more serious illness than the common cold.

“People need to understand that the flu is serious and can turn deadly,” Dr. Melissa Stockwell, associate professor of pediatrics and population and family health at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, told CBS News. “The CDC just released data that last flu season 80,000 Americans died from flu.”

Myth 2: You can get the flu from the flu shot
Some people put off or refuse to get vaccinated against the flu because they fear they will get the flu from the shot. This is simply not possible, experts explain.
“The flu vaccine is not a live virus,” Taege said. “You cannot become infected from the vaccine itself.”

Myth 3: I got a flu shot last year so I don’t need to get another one
The CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu every year. Getting a flu vaccine one year does not make you immune to the following year’s flu virus.
An annual flu vaccine is needed for two reasons. The first is because the human body’s immune response from vaccination declines over time so a yearly vaccine is needed for optimal protection.
Second, since different strains of the flu circulate each year and are constantly changing, the formulation of the flu shot is reviewed and updated each year to keep up with changing flu viruses.
Pediatricians recommend flu shots for kids
Myth 4: Loading up on vitamins can ward off colds and flu
When some people feel a cold coming on, they immediately load up on vitamin C to “nip it in the bud.” Unfortunately, there is no scientific proof that vitamins can help prevent a cold or flu.
“Maintaining rest, hydration, good nutrition all along is important,” Taege said, “but flooding yourself with vitamins at the time you think you’re having an onset of an illness, is not going to prevent it to the best of our knowledge.”
There is some research to support taking oral zinc tablets to help shorten the length of a cold.

Myth 5: Exercising while sick helps you “sweat out” the germs
Despite assertions that it’s possible to “sweat out” cold or flu germs, that notion is just “simply false,” Taege said.
“Exercising yourself to the point of fatigue with significant exertion while you’re ill is not a good idea. It’s not going to make it go away more quickly,” he said. “What you need to do is be sure that you’re staying hydrated and resting.”

Myth 6: You can still get the flu even if you got the flu shot, so there’s no point in getting vaccinated
Yes, it is still possible to become sick with the flu even if you’ve gotten a flu shot. However, that’s no reason to skip the vaccine β€” experts say some protection is better than none.
The flu vaccine is formulated each year to match the strains of the virus that health officials believe are most likely to circulate in the months ahead.

Myth 7: Going out in the cold weather without a coat will give you the flu
While illnesses from colds and flu are more common in the winter, the chilly temperature actually has nothing to do with whether or not you get sick.
“Being out in the cold really has no direct influence,” Taege said. “There has to be some exposure to the virus. So if you haven’t been in contact with someone who’s sick or with the virus itself, going outside without a proper jacket and hat on in 10 degrees F will make you cold, but it’s not going to give you influenza.”
Myth 8: I’m young and healthy so I don’t need to bother getting the flu shot

The flu can strike anyone at any age and lead to severe illness. While complications are more common in very young children, the very old, and in people with compromised immune systems, healthy young people can still be affected.

In addition to getting the flu shot, the CDC recommends the following steps to avoid illness this cold and flu season:

-Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. If soap isn’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
-Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
-If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible. If you have the flu, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as germs spread this way.
-Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue away.
-Disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

MSN/ Health and Fitness

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Did you know? / Fact Friday Information Share

Hey Everyone, just trying something new. It is fun to learn something new, right? Well I thought I would try posting on Fridays, some useful information.

I love finding out new things myself, so I hope you enjoy.

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Information Share/6 things to avoid when trying to lose weight

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Just switching things up a bit , this morning onΒ  my page. I often read the news from MSN or some other news content on the internet, first thing in the morning. This morning I saw something that caught my eye. If you have read anything about me and reading, you know I skim through articles and such. So this morning while skimming, I figured I would pass along some of what caught my eye.

We all are trying to eat as healthy as possible these days. I have noticed the older I get, the more conscious I am of what I put into my body.Β 

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6 things to avoid while trying to lose weight…

1- Sugary Yogurt

Most yogurt contains around 20 grams of sugar, more or less. The yogurt has added things in it, that might not help you achieve losing weight. Yes, even Greek yogurt, my friends!

-Read the labels, become familiar with what is in the ingredients.

-Buy low sugared yogurt, if you insist on eating yogurt.

-look for natural ingredients, not processed ones.

2- Fried Meats

We all love eating those delicious, fried foods, but they are usually loaded in saturated fats, They also increase your calorie intake.

-Eat as things with unsaturated fat, this will help you stay clear of high cholesterol and heart disease.

3- Processed Protein Bars

A lot of people think these things are a quick and healthy option, especially if your goal is to eat in a hurry. Alas, though, they are not all created equal.

-Check ingredients, if you cannot identify it you should not eat it!

4-Standard Peanut Butter

Yep, probably the stuff you grew up eating.

-First ingredients should always be peanuts.

-Look for minimal ingredients when checking out the label.

5- Farmed Salmon

YUMMO, I love Salmon and it is really packed with good fats and good things for us.

-Wild Caught is what to look for when buying Salmon. If it isn’t chances are it is loaded with things that are bad for you.

6- Processed Meats

Yep, bologna, ham, turkey, beef, etc. These things contain harmful ingredients because they are processed to sit in the coolers or refrigerators for a while. YUCK!

I believe , personally, as do others that these kinds of meat have contributed to many of our health issues.

-They can cause you to bloat, dehydrate, and overeat!

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