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New Delhi, Dec 30: Just like winter weather, winter skin also tends to get dull and the worst is when one notices dry patches, dullness and flakiness, sensitivity. Don’t let this gloomy weather take away your radiance with some quick to do homemade tips.

Aakriti Kochar, Beauty & Make-up Expert at Oriflame India, shares some easy dose at home that are best to combat the skin problems and lift your spirits this winter season.

* Milk as a single ingredient works magic on dry/dehydrated skin in winters. Apply raw milk, preferably cold, with a cotton pad on face and neck. This brightens your skin and makes it soft as well

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* Honey is another very effective ingredient from your kitchen that can instantly change the appearance of your skin. Both consumed and applied, honey has its benefits.
Take one spoon of honey in warm water every morning first thing when you wake up, to hydrate your body and nourish it. Once a week, apply honey on your face before a shower and keep it on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with cold water and notice fairer, brighter and softer skin even in winters.

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* Curd and honey mask: Mix one spoon of honey in one small bowl of curd, mix well and apply on skin and neck. This will tighten your skin and also hydrate it very well. Curd also cleanses the skin well and helps in brightening the skin and removing dark spots/marks

curd honey
* Banana mask: Mash a banana and mix with a spoon of honey in a bowl. Mix till it forms a smooth paste; now apply on face and neck to ensure a thin layer all over. Leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Banana also helps in skin tightening and improved skin texture which in turn delays ageing.

banana mask
* Olive oil: Apply olive oil on very dry areas or all over face and neck in just a drop since olive oil is very thick and nourishing in texture. Spread it on clean skin and spread with soft hands and do not massage or put too much pressure. Olive oil is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins which helps in improving skin texture on regular usage. Apply it in the night so it can take some time to absorb and settle on to the skin overnight

olive oil
* Glycerine: Apply glycerine on clean skin, leave it on and do not remove it. It is ideal to use during the night so your skin can soak in maximum nourishment. Apply on very dry areas or patches as well for quick results. Apply it using a damp cotton ball to ensure best application.

Glycerine
* Egg yolk and olive oil mask: Take two egg yolks and add a few drops of oil and mix well. Apply on face and neck or other affected areas for 20 minutes and rinse it off with cold water. Other than both these ingredients being nourishing, egg yolk contains Vitamin A which helps in natural skin nourishment.

Egg yolk and olive oil mask

Happy winters …

Wefornews Bureau

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Nipah scare pushes several states to issue alerts

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New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Nipah virus may not have spread beyond Kerala but its scare has spread across the country with several states investigating suspicious cases and issuing advisories on precautions and travel to Kerala.

With another death in Kerala on Saturday, the total number of deaths due to Nipah virus has reached 13. The majority of the deaths have been reported from Kozhikode district with some from the nearby Malappuram district in Kerala.

Even as incidence of fresh cases in Kerala has come down, state health authorities claim things are under control and the Union Health Ministry maintains virus outbreak is a localised occurrence and there is no need to panic, fear runs high across the country.

Panic gripped Himachal Pradesh when several bats were found dead at Government Senior Secondary School in Barmapapri in Sirmaur district this week. However, tests at the National Institute of Virology in Pune ruled out that the bats were carrying Nipah virus.

Himachal Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal has advised people not to panic about the Nipah virus and said that all medical colleges in the state are prepared to deal with the situation, if it occurs.

Similarly, in Telangana, two persons, including one who visited Kerala recently, were admitted to hospitals on Friday with suspected Nipah virus infection. The state health authorities without taking any chances have sent their samples to Pune for investigation.

K. Shankar, Director, Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM), Hyderabad said that people should postpone their plans to visit Kerala in view of the situation. The authorities are conducting awareness campaigns and are also screening people at airport, railway and bus stations.

Telangana Director of Medical Education K. Ramesh Reddy, however, said there was no need for panic as the state had not recorded any confirmed case of Nipah virus.

The Bihar government issued Nipah virus alert on Saturday, asking people to take precautions. An advisory has also been issued to people with the dos and don’ts as preventive measures.

“The government has issued an alert of Nipah virus in view of its outbreak in Kerala,” said health department official R. D. Ranjan. “People have been advised to keep distance from bats and pigs. They have been asked not to consume fruits without washing them.”

Madhya Pradesh issued its advisory on Friday. While saying there was no reason to worry as the virus is generally limited to a place, Health Services Director B.N. Chouhan advised against eating fruits that are fallen on the ground or appear to have animal teeth or claw marks.

Those living in areas with a bat population or where travellers from Kerala are staying should contact the nearest government hospital if any symptoms of Nipah are found, Chouhan said and added the symptoms are headaches, fever, bodyache, cough, problems in breathing, vomiting, diarrhoea, laziness and others.

Nipah virus is transmitted to humans through infected fruit bats, pigs or other Nipah-infected persons.

With test results showing that a particular variety of bats, found in and around Kozhikode and mostly at the worst-affected Perambara town, is not carrying the virus, a special team from Pune will see how best they can take samples from other varieties of bats also found in the district.

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Nipah scare: No need to panic; adopt good hygiene practices

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New Delhi, May 26: Simple good hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing and cooking food properly before consuming can help you avoid contracting the brain-damaging Nipah virus which has claimed 12 lives in Kerala till now and led to quarantining of at least 40 others, health experts suggest.

The Nipah virus is a zoonotic disease that is naturally transmitted from vertebrate animals to humans, while human-to-human transmission has also been documented.

First identified among pig farmers in Malaysia, the disease also surfaced in Siliguri, West Bengal, in 2001 and again in 2007.

Historically, the virus had largely remained in a cluster, meaning it was mostly confined to an area, and affected those that came in close contact to the patients, the experts said.

The latest outbreak in India has so far affected mainly four districts of Kerala — Kozhikode, and its neigbouring districts of Malappuram, Kannur and Wayanad. People in other states do not have much to worry, unless they need to travel to the affected areas, or come in contact with someone who has contracted the virus.

“All the previous such epidemics were reported to be in clusters and historical evidence shows no simultaneous outbreaks,” Vidya Menon, Clinical Professor at the Department of Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, told IANS.

“So people who come in close contact of the patients are usually the ones who acquire the disease. If that contact group increases or travel to other places, the disease is likely to spread,” Menon said.

Nipah virus can be transmitted by infected pigs, or by fruit bats, through their secretions of saliva, urine or faeces.
The other mode of transmission is human to human, through body secretions and respiratory secretions.

Contracting Nipah causes an upper respiratory infection, leading to fever, body ache, breathlessness and cough.

“There is no need to panic, but if you have symptoms similar to this or if you have visited the state recently, visit a doctor at the earliest,” Suranjit Chatterjee, Senior Consultant – Internal Medicine at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, told IANS.

Depending upon the exposure to the virus, it can also proceed to further complication like Encephalitis — inflammation of the brain. This can result in mental confusions and deteriorate to coma.

“The progression is very severe. While the incubation period is long for some, on an average in 90 per cent of cases, the disease manifests itself within two weeks of exposure to the virus,” Menon said.

“Those infected should be isolated for at least 10-15 days, till the virulence of the virus settles and our immune system also starts fighting,” Vikas Maurya, Head of Department – Pulmonolgy, Fortis Hospital – Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi, told IANS.

There is no real treatment but supportive care is given to the affected patients, which means treating the symptoms differently.

“For example, people suffering from fever are treated for it, for those with breathlessness support is provided to them with artificial ventilators, and for those with seizures or convulsions anti-epileptic drugs are given as a support to the brain,” Menon said.

The Kerala government has now recommended using Ribavarin — an anti-viral — as a life-saving measure. It is not a proven treatment, but it is approved because of a few studies that have proved the anti-viral’s benefits.

“Beginning Thursday, the Kerala government has recommended using Ribavarin — an anti-viral — but only in proven cases,” Menon said.

Lauding the efforts by the government officials, Menon said, “The situation seems to be under control, the state public health department has done a remarkable job in containing the disease so far. There is no need to panic.”

Besides maintaining hygiene, the experts suggested to avoid eating fruits that has any paw marks on it or is contaminated. Food should be properly cooked before consuming.

Restricting mobility to and fro to the affected areas can curtail the virus up to some extent, Chatterjee suggested.

“If you are travelling to the infected area, use a general mask. While coughing close your mouth with a handkerchief or cough on your sleeve, wash hands properly, and maintain hygiene,” Menon said.

(Rachel V. Thomas can be contacted at [email protected] )

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Can drinking too much water harm you?

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Toronto, May 23: Do you drink too much water? Beware, overhydration — excess fluid accumulation — can lead to dangerously low sodium levels or in the blood or result in brain swelling, researchers say.

Hyponatremia, a life-threatening condition of brain swelling, is more common in elderly patients and can cause cognitive problems and seizures.

“(Hyponatremia) occurs in common pathological conditions, including brain injury, sepsis, cardiac failure and in the use of drugs, such as MDMA (ecstasy),” said Charles Bourque from the McGill University in Canada.

While it was yet uncertain how hyponatremia develops, the study found that a defect in the hydration sensing mechanism of the brain could be the culprit.

The researchers said that brain’s hydration sensing neurons could not detect overhydration in the same way that they detect dehydration.

Overhydration activates Trpv4 — a calcium channel that can be found in glial cells, that act to surround hydration sensing neurons.

It is cellular gatekeeper implicated in maintaining the balance of water in the body.

“Our study shows that it is in fact glial cells that first detect the overhydrated state and then transfer this information to turn off the electrical activity of the [hydration sensing] neurons,” Bourque explained.

“Our specific data will be important for people studying hydromineral and fluid electrolyte homeostasis, and clinicians who treat patients faced with hyponatremia,” he noted.

The results, published in the journal Cell Reports, showed that overhydration is first identified by the Trpv4 channel which triggers the release of a type of amino acid known, taurine, which acts as a trip wire to inhibit hydration sensing neurons.

“Preclinical models of hyponatremia will be used to examine if the mechanism we report is affected in this condition with the long-term objective of designing new treatments or diagnostic tools,” Bourque added.

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