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5 Things You Use Everyday In Your House That Can Cause Cancer



While you may not know it, there are a couple of products you use everyday in your house that has the ability to cause or give you cancer. Here are a few of the products and how you can protect yourself and your family.

Your Cleaning Products
Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen found at home in food, cosmetics, a variety of cleaning products (such as dishwashing liquids, fabric softeners, and carpet cleaners), paint, foam insulation, and on permanent press fabrics. You can also be exposed to formaldehyde by breathing smoke from gas cookers and open fireplaces.
To reduce your risk of this, choose your cleaning products carefully and read all labels to ensure that you aren’t using one with formaldehyde. Also, be sure to ventilate your cooking areas.

Your Wardrobe
The dry-cleaning chemical perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene or “perc”) is a cancer causing substance that can build up wherever you store your dry-cleaned clothes. It’s also found in spot removers, shoe polish, and wood cleaners.
The way to protect yourself is to wear gloves when polishing your shoes and cleaning wood. If you dry-clean your clothing, try to find a dry-cleaner who doesn’t use perc.

Your Vinyl Flooring and Your Miniblinds
Phthalates are suspected of causing cancer and may also have a negative effect on human reproduction or development. They can be found in vinyl flooring, shower curtains, synthetic leather, miniblinds, wallpaper, and anything made with PVC vinyl. They’re also found in food packaged in plastic.

To protect yourself, look for products that are labeled as phthalate-free. Get rid of plastic toys made before 2008 and switch to glass and stainless containers and bottles.

Your Chicken and Rice Dinner
Everyone knows arsenic is poisonous, but in smaller doses, it can also cause cancer. However, you can also find it in foods you probably eat regularly—including chicken, rice, and certain fruit juices, as well as in degreasing products, dyes, furniture wax, glues, lubricants, nylon, and paints.
Serve only organic chicken, and wash your rice well before cooking. Check the labels on your household products; people following a gluten-free diet may be at particular risk of arsenic exposure.

Your insulation
Asbestos has been out of favour when it comes to insulation for years but there is a chance you will still find it in older homes. As the insulation eventually deteriorates, asbestos fibers become airborne.

Since asbestos fibers stick to clothing and shoes, workers exposed to asbestos on the job have a higher chance of bringing it into their homes.

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Four Habits That May Be Affecting Your Brain Health



Four Habits That May Be Affecting Your Brain Health

A number of everyday habits ranging from skipping a morning work to those numerous bedtime snacks can have a serious impact on your brain health. Here are the common habits that may be speeding the decline of your brain health.
You Drink Too Much
As far as your brain is concerned, there’s a big difference between enjoying a glass of wine with dinner and consuming a lot of bottles. A study conducted in 2012 at Rutgers University used rats to model “moderate to heavy drinking” defined as a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent.
The production of nerve cells in the brain’s hippocampus (the region involved in certain types of learning) of the drunk rodents dropped by almost 40 percent. In the long term this type of behavior could have an adverse effect on learning and memory.
Failing To Care For Your Heart
Heart health is directly connected to brain health. You usually know what’s good for your heart is good for your brain. If your heart is stressed and strained and your brain is not getting proper blood flow, it’s going to age more rapidly.
A 2017 study in JAMA Neurology found that middle-aged individuals with vascular risk factors such as hypertension or diabetes were more likely to develop dementia as they got older.
Failing To Walk
Normal aging brings brain changes that slow cognitive function as some brain regions shrink, communication between neurons may decrease, blood flow in the brain may lessen, and inflammation could increase.
However, certain daily habits may accelerate this brain aging—and there is something you can do about that. Physical activity, managing the risk factors for cardiovascular disease (i.e., high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking), getting sufficient sleep, are all good for other health reasons and may be helpful for the brain.

Additional practices such as staying socially active, treating depression, and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption may also be beneficial for your brain health.
Failing To Protect Your Ears
Hearing loss is linked to dementia. A 2011 study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging found that senior citizens with hearing loss were “significantly more likely to develop dementia.”

It’s possible that the strain of struggling to hear could overburden the brain or that hearing loss could lead to social isolation, which is an acknowledged risk factor for dementia. Protect your hearing as best as you can.

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Take Note: What you should know this dry season, if you live in Nigeria



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) has warned Nigerians to be on the look out for any possible sign of Cerebrospinal Meningitis during this dry season.

According to the NCDC, Cerebrospinal Meningitis is a potentially deadly disease and should always be viewed as a medical emergency. It noted that the disease can occur all through the year but increase during the dry season.

The Disease control body therefore urged that, early reporting is critical, there for head to the hospital immediately if you discover these symptoms.

Fever, headache, vomiting, neck stiffness, altered level of consciousness.
What to know

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Shocking Reason Why Some People Sweat More Than Others



Raise your hand if you almost always happen to be the sole person who leaves a workout class completely drenched in sweat. Or it may even happen that reverse is the case and while everyone is sweating excessively, you walk away with a little forehead shimmer.

No matter what the case may be, it’s not just your imagination and there happens to be a scientific explanation behind why some people sweat more than others.

The fact is your body has between two to four million sweat glands, and their purpose is to maintain a normal body temperature—and cool you down when it’s above average—by producing sweat.

With that being said, there are a number of factors that could determine how much you perspire, including your gender, the number of sweat glands you have, the intensity of your exercise, and even your weight.

First of all, while women have just as many sweat glands than men, their glands do not produce as much sweat. That’s why men tend to sweat more than women.

Furthermore, your fitness regime could also be the culprit behind your proclivity to sweat. People that are fit tend to bust a sweat sooner when they exercise because it’s more efficient to perspire while their body temperature remains low.

On the other hand, someone who remains fairly sedentary, may heat up faster and lose more sweat when they exercise. Since fat tends to trap heat and raise the body’s core temperature, overweight people typically sweat more, too.

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