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Get ready to take charge of your health and well-being! Here are the essential tips to nurture your mind and body, thereby helping in your overall development.

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Wash your hands to keep diseases at bay

As the world celebrates Global Handwashing Day today (15th October), health practitioners say that hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections. You can spread certain “germs” (a general term for microbes like viruses and bacteria) casually by touching another person. You can also catch germs when you touch contaminated objects or surfaces and then you touch your face (mouth, eyes, and nose). “Good” hand washing techniques include using an adequate amount of soap, rubbing the hands together to create friction, and rinsing under running water. The use of gloves is not a substitute for hand washing. When should I wash my hands? Different situations where people can pick up “germs” include: When hands are visibly soiled. After using the washroom (includes changing diapers). After blowing your nose or after sneezing in your hands. Before and after eating, handling food, drinking or smoking. After touching…

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Soda suicide ? Sugary drinks may cause 184,000 deaths a year

Sodas and other sugary drinks may cause up to 184,000 deaths a year worldwide, according to a study published in the journal Circulation. Billed as a first, the report analyzed the global risks of death due to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancers linked to the consumption of sugary drinks. Researchers estimated that around 133,000 people died from diabetes due to the consumption of what the report called “sugar-sweetened beverages.” Around 45,000 people died globally from cardiovascular diseases arising from sugary drink consumption and 6,450 people died from cancers linked to the beverages, researchers estimated. “Many countries in the world have a significant number of deaths occurring from a single dietary factor, sugar-sweetened beverages. It should be a global priority to substantially reduce or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from the diet,” said study author Dariush Mozaffarian from Tufts University in Boston. Mexico had the highest death rate due to sugary beverages with…

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Important tips to avoid summer fires

As the summer heat soars high, the incidents of fires also increase. Types of these fires vary between electric fires, vehicle fires and fires from garbage dump. Mostly these fires are caused by negligence, high temperatures and lack of knowledge on preventive measures. Here are some tips shared by Qatar’s Ministry of Interior. Air Conditioners Air conditioners that are operating continuously in a dusty environment can cause fires because the dust can settle over electrical components such as capacitors and cause tracking faults. Running all the air conditioners at the same time and for longer periods will cause overload and generate excess heat causing fire. Vehicles Most car fluids are flammable. Heat and electrical sparks plus leaking fluid are all it takes to start a car fire. Have your car serviced regularly by a professionally trained mechanic. A well-maintained car is less likely to have a fire. Maintain vehicle battery…

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10 health and safety tips to survive a sandstorm

It is necessary to take basic health and safety precautions during the dusty season in Qatar. Fine particles of dust can irritate the lungs and trigger allergic reactions or asthma attacks. High risk groups such as infants, children, teenagers, the elderly, those with a history of asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or other respiratory conditions, people with heart disease, pregnant women, and those who have to work outdoors, such as construction or delivery workers have to be extra cautious. See the doctors as soon as possible if an infection occurs. Breathing dust over a long period of time can also cause chronic breathing and lung problems. If you have a respirator or mask designed to filter out small particulates, put it on immediately. If you don’t have a mask, wrap a piece of wet cloth around your nose and mouth. Protect your eyes. Eyeglasses offer minimal protection from blowing dust or sand, but airtight…

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10 tips to reduce high blood pressure

High blood pressure is one of those chronic conditions that responds very well to lifestyle changes. By making these 10 lifestyle changes, you can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease. 1. Lose weight Maintain a normal body weight with a body mass index between 18.5 and 24.9.  In general, the more weight you lose, the lower your blood pressure. Keep an eye on your waistline. Asian men are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 36 inches (91 cm). Asian women are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 32 inches (81 cm). 2. Change how you eat Adopt a healthy eating program high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy, and low in saturated and total fat. This is called the DASH eating plan: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. 3. Cut back on salt Limit sodium to no more than…

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Useful eye care tips from HMC

In recognition of World Sight Day, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has urged residents to practise proper eye care, learn about different eye diseases, and undergo regular eye check-up in order to avoid visual impairment. Improper eye care and negligence can lead to partial vision loss, which may in turn cause gradual blindness. According to the World Health Organisation, about 80% of blindness is avoidable through prevention and treatment. Eye care for Children Dr Dalal al-Mass, consultant ophthalmologist at HMC, said that the first step in prevention is to be aware of the kinds of eye diseases that may lead to vision deterioration and loss of eyesight. She explained that it was highly advisable that children undergo regular screening to detect symptoms early and also to commence treatment promptly. “Children, particularly pre-schoolers, can experience conditions such as amblyopia or lazy eye (a condition that develops in infancy or early childhood resulting…

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The top 9 ways to reduce cancer risk

Looking for ways to cut your risk of developing cancer? Here’s a list of 9 diet and activity recommendations that can considerably reduce your chances of cancer. 1Avoid cigarette and all tobacco  products. 2Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight. 3Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day. 4Avoid sugary drinks, and limit consumption of high-calorie foods, especially those rich in fat. 5Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes (such as beans). 6Limit consumption of red meats (including beef, pork, and lamb) and avoid processed meats. 7Limit consumption of alcohol. Avoid completely if possible. L8imit consumption of salty foods and food processed with salt (sodium). 9Get 15 minutes of sunlight a day. But avoid over exposure and UV radiation. Bonus Tip :  Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and…

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Heart disease second largest killer in Qatar

Heart-related diseases and blood clotting are the second largest cause of deaths in Qatar, claiming 24 percent of total deaths in Qatar, a senior medical professional has said. Amal Faqiha, a nutritionist and public health specialist, said the new revelations of heart related deaths were supported by the latest figures from World Health Organization (WHO) and the supreme Council of Health (SCH) in Doha. Amal Faqiha said that heart diseases and blood clotting were major causes of death in the world, claiming about 17.3 million lives every year. The disease was claiming lives of both sexes and of all ages among citizens and residents in the country. She was giving health tips to help heart patients as part of the celebrations of the World Heart Day organized by Sidra Medical and research center in Doha. She said awareness on heart related diseases were important in Qatar because of the environment and life…

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Top 9 eye care tips for computer users

With so many of us using computers at work, computer eye strain has become a major job-related complaint. Studies show that eye strain and other bothersome visual symptoms occur in 50 to 90 percent of computer workers. These problems can range from physical fatigue, decreased productivity and increased numbers of work errors, to minor annoyances like eye twitching and red eyes. Here are 10 easy steps you can take to reduce your risk of computer eye strain and other common symptoms of computer vision syndrome (CVS): 1Optimise the angle, height and distance of your screen. Being the wrong distance away from your screen can increase muscle strain and visual discomfort. 2Take a short break from your computer screen at least once every hour; ensure that you move and look away from your computer. 3Be conscious of blinking regularly. 4Keep your computer screen clean. Ensure there is no glare from windows…

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