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Overuse of smartphone has been termed as substance abuse!

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ISLAMABAD: Bad news for the obsessive users of smartphones: A new study terms its  overuse as any other type of substance abuse.

The findings published in the journal NeuroRegulation also showed that those who used their phones the most reported higher levels of feeling isolated, lonely, depressed and anxious.

“The behavioral addiction of smartphone use begins forming neurological connections in the brain in ways similar to how opioid addiction is experienced by people taking Oxycontin for pain relief — gradually,” explained study co-author Erik Peper, Professor at San Francisco State University in the US.

The study involving 135 participants showed that addiction to social media technology may actually have a negative effect on social connection. The researchers believe the loneliness is partly a consequence of replacing face-to-face interaction with a form of communication where body language and other signals cannot be interpreted.

They also found that the heaviest smartphone users almost constantly multi-tasked while studying, watching other media, eating or attending class. This constant activity allows little time for bodies and minds to relax and regenerate, and also results in “semi-tasking,” where people do two or more tasks at the same time – but half as well as they would have if focused on one task at a time, Peper said.

Push notifications, vibrations and other alerts on our phones and computers make us feel compelled to look at them by triggering the same neural pathways in our brains that once alerted us to imminent danger, such as an attack by a tiger or other large predator, the researchers said.

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Summer 2018: Want oil free hair? Follow these natural tips!

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AIMAN INAM

KARACHI: During summers, our hair tend to stay greasy too often. In order to avoid oily scalp, people tend to wash their heads on a daily basis. However, this approach is marring their hair.

So how can we keep our hair shiny, healthy and dry in summers? Newspakistan.tv will guide you appropriately in this article.

  • Wash your scalp and roots

Individuals often do the mistake of washing the ends of their hair only while avoiding the scalp and roots, resulting into having oily hair. Therefore, always massage your scalp and roots and then wash the ends.

  • Leave’em be

In order to look smart, people tend to style their hair via straighteners and blow dry, which in return makes hair oily. So, leave your hair as it is.

  • Clean the hairbrush

Hairbrushes harbor dead skin and other debris, which, on combing, diffuse those through the hair. Therefore, keep your brushes and combs clean.

  • Stop playing with’em

Folks particularly girls tend to play with their hair sans knowing the fact that this habit could make them greasy and oily so avoid playing with’em.

  • Pick up natural products

Don’t listen to the bogus claims of the big brands as such products are stuffed with chemicals. Always pick out natural shampoos.

  • Apply coconut oil

Oiling in summers sounds bizzare. However, this essential oil could chip-in towards making your hair nourish and healthy from root to ends while eliminating oil from the scalp.

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Heart patients! Walk fast to evade hospitalization!

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ISLAMABAD: Heart disease patients, who walk faster, are hospitalized less, as suggested by a research.

The three-year study was conducted in 1,078 hypertensive patients, of whom 85% also had coronary heart disease and 15% also had valve disease.

Patients were then asked to walk 1 km on a treadmill at what they considered to be a moderate intensity. Patients were classified as slow (2.6 km/hour), intermediate (3.9 km/hour) and fast (average 5.1 km/hour).

A total of 359 patients were slow walkers, 362 were intermediate and 357 were fast walkers. The researchers recorded the number of all-cause hospitalizations and length of stay over the next three years.

Participants were flagged by the regional Health Service Registry of the Emilia-Romagna Region, which collects data on all-cause hospitalization, Medical Xpress reported.

Study author Dr Carlotta Merlo, a researcher at the University of Ferrara, Italy, said: “We did not exclude any causes of death because walking speed has significant consequences for public health.

Reduced walking speed is a marker of limited mobility, which is a precursor of disability, disease, and loss of autonomy.”

During the three-year period, 182 of the slow walkers (51%) had at least one hospitalization, compared to 160 (44%) of the intermediate walkers, and 110 (31%) of the fast walkers.

The slow, intermediate and fast walking groups spent a total of 4,186, 2,240, and 990 days in the hospital over the three years, respectively. The average length of hospital stay for each patient was 23, 14, and 9 days for the slow, intermediate and fast walkers, respectively.

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Females hygiene products cause lethal infections: Study

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AIMAN INAM

GENEVA: Almost all ladies tend to use different hygiene products. Females hygiene products cause lethal infections. However, use of some products (intimate washes) on a daily basis is considered harmful, claims a latest study.

Savants from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada are of the view that use of feminine hygiene products could potentially trigger vaginal infections particularly Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STDs).

The study comprised on some 1,435 mature ladies, who tend to use creams, that sooth irritation, moisturizers and wet wipes etc.

Certain products were found to be the major cause of mounting yeast infections, bacterial infection, UTIs and STDs.

Terming that (using female hygiene products) an unhealthful approach, the study senior investigator Kieran O’Doherty maintained that these products harbor such ingredients that could potentially mess with the natural balance of vaginal microbiomes, resulting into plummeting good microbes, which are necessary to contain infections.

As a matter of fact, women might mount innumerable disorders such as pelvic inflammatory disease, fertility chaos, cervical cancer, bacterial vaginosis, and the deadly STDs.

Journal BMC Women’s Health has reported the up shots.

 

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