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Three coffees a day linked to a range of health benefits!



KARACHI: Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed drinks worldwide. But recently it has been found out that people who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits, experiencing lower risks of premature death and heart disease than those who abstain.

Savants (collected evidence from more than 200 previous studies) note that coffee consumption was linked to lower risks of diabetes, liver disease, dementia and some cancers.

Scientists said that three or four cups a day provide the highest benefit (excluding pregnant women who have higher fracture risks).

Robin Poole, a public health specialist at Britain’s University of Southampton, led a research team of 201 studies based on observational research and 17 studies based on clinical trials across all countries and all settings.

Umbrella reviews unify previous pooled analyses to give a clearer summary of diverse research on a particular topic.

Pool’s team concluded in their research, published in the BMJ British medical journal that Coffee drinking appears safe within usual patterns of consumption.

Drinking coffee was consistently linked with a lower risk of death from all causes and from heart disease. The largest reduction in relative risk of premature death is seen in people consuming three cups a day, compared with non-coffee drinkers and was not linked to harm.

Coffee was also associated with a lower risk of several cancers, including prostate, endometrial, skin and liver cancer, as well as type-2 diabetes, gallstones and gout, the researchers said. The greatest benefit was seen for liver conditions such as cirrhosis of the liver.

In a linked editorial, Professor Eliseo Guallar from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg school of public health in Maryland wrote that “coffee is safe, but hold the cake”.

He argued that the latest study showed that “coffee consumption seems generally safe”, but added: “Coffee is often consumed with products rich in refined sugars and unhealthy fats, and these may independently contribute to adverse health outcomes …

“Does coffee prevent chronic disease and reduce mortality? We simply do not know. Should doctors recommend drinking coffee to prevent disease? Should people start drinking coffee for health reasons? The answer to both questions is ‘no’.”

Poole’s team noted that their review included mainly observational data, no firm conclusions could be drawn about cause and effect. But their findings support other recent reviews and studies of coffee intake.

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This summer, treat your acne with aloe vera!




KARACHI: Aloe vera is known for being skin friendly as it is stuffed with antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Discovering another boon of this magical plant, skin experts claim that it could cure acne, which is getting prevalent in the month of summers.

Young people, particularly teens, are highly likely to mount acne, which takes too long to heal.

However, now individuals can take care of their skin by applying aloe vera on their face and other parts of the body. Also, it preserves the beauty of the skin.

Keeping this in the view, experts connote that people should use pure and natural aloe vera gel instead of packaged ones. This would oust microbes from the skin, while diminishing the odds of having spots.

One way of using it is to apply its gel on the affected area directly and leave it overnight. Wash off those particular parts next morning.

The other ways of using the souvenir of nature are as follows:

  • You can mix it with lemon drops in 8 to 1 ratio. Apply the mixture on your face and rince after 10 minutes.
  • You can also mix it with honey and cinnamon. Mix two tablespoons (tbsp) of honey with 1 tbsp aloe vera and ¼ teaspoon (tsp) cinnamon in a bowl. Apply it on the face or affected area, leave it for 10 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
  • Though readymade aloe vera scrubs are available in the market, they are stuffed with chemicals. However, you can make your own scrub by mixing coconut oil, sugar, and aloe vera. Take equal amount of suger and coconut oil and mix it well. Add half the amount of aloe vera into it. Scrub the affected area by means of using the mixture gently and wash off the face. It would also help in removing dead skin.

It is pertinent to mention here that very rarely people might develop skin allergy to aloe vera. Some of the common symptoms of allergic reaction include redness, rashes and swelling. Therefore, test it on the skin of your hands before applying it on your face.

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Smoking takes over 160,000 lives in Pakistan each year: Report




KARACHI: Smoking is getting widespread particularly among kids and teens as they are more vulnerable. In such, a latest report has demonstrated that 160,189 people bite the dust by tobacco-caused diseases here in Pakistan per annum.

As per the estimates, approx. 125,000 children in between the ages of 10 to 14 years and 1, 473, 7000 grown-ups 15 years and onwards are exposed to tobacco on a daily basis.

As a matter of fact, over 86,300 boys and 2,943,500 women tend to take up cigarettes each day, which has become a public threat here.

Statistics revealed that some 16.99% men and 6.92% women lost the battle of life due to this deadly practice.

It is to be noted that apart from harming health, it also contaminates our milieu as around 21,432 tons of toxic butts and packs make their way to trash here every year.

Pakistan spends some Rs. 143, 208 million on smoking. According to the study, some 69.43 billion cigarettes produced in Pakistan in 2016 whereas, its import surpassed cigarette exports at the same time.

Pakistan has somehow managed to regulate tobacco consumption, nevertheless, it keeps on taking the lives of innumerable individuals.

Experts are of the view that Pakistan should make more efforts as to get over this dilemma and save the lives of the inhabitants as it spoils the health and the merchandise while making this country fragile.

P.S. It is pertinent to mention here that practice of smoking is prevalent in known educational institutions here, where students irrespective of their backgrounds tend to smoke acquiescently.

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Preggos should exercise to reduce the time in labor: study




MADRID: It is a general belief that women should take rest and avoid their usual work as soon as they fall pregnant so as to bear a healthy baby.

However, for quite sometime, it has been observed that preggos are taking too long in labor. Also, they often go through surgeries.

In such, a latest research has suggested that expected ladies should indulge in some physical activities so as to shorten the time spending in labor.

According to the details, exercise during pregnancy is one of the best conducts to have a healthy baby whereas, it also diminishes the time spending in labor.

So as to prove this, academics from the Technical University of Madrid have run through the records of around 508 healthy preggos.

They have been distributed into two groups; 253 women as control group and 255 women as exercise group.

Control group was asked to do a moderate aerobic exercise throughout their pregnancies.

They then observed different aspects when women gave birth, incorporating the period of each phase of labor, the process of delivery, maternal weight gain, use of an epidural and the weight of the newborns.

Their findings demonstrated that those preggos, who took up aerobic workouts throughout their pregnancies, have been reported with spending less time in labor as compared to those who were not active at all.

Moreover, those were less likely to use an epidural during childbirth. Besides, all of them had healthy, normal little ones.

It is pertinent to mention here that exercising in pregnancy does not only facilitate in labor but it would also help mums to reduce weight afterwards. However, expert’s advice is mandatory.

Newborn baby holding mother’s hand

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