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Men too care for their partner’s well-being: Study

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London, Aug 14: Women, please take note. If you think that your spouse does not care for your well-being the way you do then you may be wrong, a new study has found.

The findings suggest that men respond to their spouse’s illness just as much as women do and reject previous studies suggesting that female caregivers tend to be more responsive.

“We found that unlike many previous studies on care-giving in later life — male caregivers were just as responsive towards their partner’s onset of illness as female caregivers,” said lead author Laura Langner from the University of Oxford in Britain.

For the study, published in the Journals of Gerontology, Series B, the team involved 538 couples in Germany with an average age of 69, where one of them had developed the need for spousal care, between 2001-2015.

They looked at how caregivers adjusted their hours in response to the new care need — whether directly responding to their physical needs or performing errands and housework.

The researchers found that men increased their care hours as much as women did, resulting in similar levels of care once their partner became ill.

These similarities were particularly pronounced when a spouse was deemed severely ill, then there was little to no difference in the level of care given.

Perhaps surprisingly, when their spouse is severely ill, men also increase the time they spend on housework and errands, more than women, the researchers said.

There were also significant differences in the levels of care given for couples where the spouse was only unofficially seen to be ‘in need of care’.

However, these differences disappeared in homes where no other household help was provided, when regardless of gender, male or female, spouses stepped up to care for each other, the researchers noted.

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How to pair polki jewellery with different bridal looks

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New Delhi, Sep 22: Jewellery choices of the modern-day bride have evolved over the years. Polki or uncut diamonds are the most popular type of jewellery for the ‘pheras’ because of the antiquity and royalty it offers, say experts.

Rohan Sharma, Director of RK Jewellers-South Extension-2, and Shehzad Zaveri, Creative Director of Minawala, have listed tips that help in choosing the right polki jewellery for different bridal looks:

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* A small jewellery piece of polki is enough to complete your look. With the changing trends, even in a big fat wedding, brides skip wearing heavy jewellery and have shifted to wearing pastel or light colours on their D-day. Now, it is all about a bride opting for lighter ensembles where she’s free to dance, twirl and hang out with her friends. A polki choker with small earrings and mang tika can make you look equally gorgeous.

* The colour of your lehenga and your chosen bridal jewellery should be in sync with each other. Navratan polki necklace has multi-coloured stone work that go with pastel pink, white and golden trousseau. The bright coloured stones with polki designs are perfect to add colours with your subtle colour outfit.

* A heavy choker or long Raani haars in polki are the perfect styles for a traditional look. A polki necklace studded with south sea pearls, emeralds and rubies is a great choice to complement the lehenga. A bride can pair them with jhumkas, head cover mang tika and nath to complete the look.

* An uncut polki with pearl or kundan work necklace is the right mix for getting a regal look. If you want to steer away from the traditional look, opt for a detachable multi-layered polki necklace that can be worn on lehenga shades like pastel pink, green, gold and blue. You can create a balance by pairing it with over-sized studs or go all out with heavy chandbalis in polka and pearls.

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Facial hair transplants the new trend for 21st-century men

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Facial hair among men has recently gained popularity in mainstream fashion. With sports and entertainment celebrities sporting the beard, the facial fuzz has become the new swag quotient of the metrosexual man. While the plangent voice with a chiselled body and bushy beard had always been observed as signs of masculinity, social dominance, age and attractiveness, it’s only recently that the metrosexual man has re-discovered the charisma of the fuzz! This has led to the aspirational value of the beard, especially among those who are not sufficiently blessed with the generous crop of facial hair. Enter the new trend in male grooming – The facial hair transplant surgery. With a promise for a natural looking beard, an increasing number of men are turning to this to enhance or restore their facial hair.

Dr Vinod Sonawane,Hair Transplant Surgeon and Managing Director at Bloom Hair Transplant said What are the reasons behind men opting for the transplant: “Beard transplants are a boon to those who are suffering from age, hormone or stress-related issues, impacting their hair growth. In a society where we have the complex perspective of attractiveness towards men with a full beard, with both Indian (Ranveer Singh) and International stars (Nick Jonas), Sports celebrities (Virat Kohli and David Beckham) and Royals and politicians (Prince Harry and Narendra Modi) have kept high standards of masculine charisma. Decoding some of the reasons why facial hair transplant is popular and here to stay for the tall, dark handsome half of the population.”

· Rebuilding self-image after an accident or damage, for e.g. post burns, acne, scars in an accident etc.

· Genetic problems that run in families. If there is a history of some close family member having the condition, it is likely for other members to develop the condition of baldness in the beard area.

· Depression, anxiety, extreme stress and hormonal issues cause bald patches and that leads to hair loss or scanty growth, leading to beard transplant as a lucrative option

Beard hair transplant is a fast-catching trend in India -How the transplant is done:

Sonawane said, “Beard hair transplant, like the other transplants, is a meticulous surgical procedure handled only by professional surgeons. One needs to understand the need and the expectation of the patient and then do the grafting to create a natural looking pattern which fits face proportion, thus enhancing the personality.”

Dr said, “The beard transplant is done mostly by the Follicular Unit Extraction(FUE) technique, where a small group of hair is extracted one by one from a donor site. For the transplant, hair is typically taken from the side or back of the head where it grows finer and is less prone to balding. Transplanted facial hair falls out after roughly 2 weeks, but regrows around 3 months later and can then be treated as natural facial hair.”

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Eat fish thrice a week to boost your unborn’s eyesight, brain

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London, Sep 21: Pregnant women can enhance the development of their unborn child’s eyesight and brain function by regularly eating fatty fish during the pregnancy, a new study has found.

The findings suggested that infants whose mothers ate fish three or more times a week during the last trimester of their pregnancy fared better than those whose mothers ate no fish or only up to two portions per week.

“The results of our study suggest that frequent fish consumption by pregnant women is of benefit for their unborn child’s development,” said lead author Kirsi Laitinen of the University of Turku in Finland.

“This may be attributable to long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids within fish, but also due to other nutrients like vitamin D and E, which are also important for development,” Laitinen added.

For the study, published in the journal Pediatric Research, the research team analysed the results of a small group of mothers and their children drawn from a larger study.

The mothers had to keep a regular food diary during the course of their pregnancy. Fluctuations in their weight before and during pregnancy were taken into account, along with their blood sugar level and blood pressure.

The team recorded the levels of nutritional long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid sources in the mother’s diet and blood serum, and the levels in the blood of their children by the age of one month.

Their children were further tested around their second birthday using pattern reversal visual evoked potentials (pVEP). This sensitive and accurate, non-invasive method is used to detect visual functioning and maturational changes occurring within a young child’s visual system.

“Our study therefore highlights the potential importance of subtle changes in the diet of healthy women with uncompromised pregnancies, beyond prematurity or nutritional deficiencies, in regulating infantile neurodevelopment,” Laitinen noted.

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