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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.
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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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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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The Right Way To Clean Your Ears Without Using Cotton Buds



Cleaning the ears is one task that a lot of people are confused about, especially since experts advise against making use of cotton buds or Q-tips. You however don’t have to sweat it as we bring to you expert advice and tricks for cleaning out your ears without causing any damage.

The right way to clean your ear is to employ a method known as irrigation. Irrigation is a great way to remove any foreign body or wax buildup in the ear.

All you need to do is pour clean, lukewarm water into a bowl. Ensure that you use water that’s not too hot or cold, as that can stimulate the auditory nerve—which also controls your balance—and cause dizziness. You can add a few drops of household-strength hydrogen peroxide if you wish.
Hold a towel or another bowl under the affected ear to catch the water as it comes out.

Using the water in the bowl, fill up a bulb syringe, a medical syringe without the needle, or a plastic bag or bottle with a pinhole in the bottom. With the arm that’s opposite the ear (for example, your left arm if you’re irrigating your right ear), reach around the back of your head, grab your ear, and pull back and slightly upward.

Squeeze the bag, bulb, or whatever you’re using so the water squirts into the ear canal with steady pressure.

You will know that you are done once the object or glob of wax in your ear comes out. You should however note that you should stop if the irrigation hasn’t worked within about five minutes or if you have pain or dizziness. You can try again in a few hours. By that time the wax, if that’s your problem, should be even softer.
After you’re done, put a couple of drops of alcohol in your ear to help dry up excess water.

And there you have it. You don’t have to stress yourself with cotton buds and Q-tips while also worrying about damaging your ears. Use the irrigation method and thank us later for it.

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