Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Sports: Lost hope for the Super Eagles>>>>

Image result for picture of super eagles facing egypt on 29 march 2016>>>>>Super Eagles have failed to qualified for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations as they were beaten 1-0 by Egypt in Alexandria. The fight went tougher after the withdrawal of Chad from the qualifying campaign that left a condition that only one team could qualify,against the usual state where the first and second go through. The Super Eagles were under the leadership of the the new coach Sampson Siasia. Siasia assumed the coaching role after Sunday Oliseh failed to keep the Eagles flying.

  In all the four matches the Super Eagles have played, there were three different coaches in charge of the team – Stephen Keshi, Sunday Oliseh and Siasia. This is the first time the Pharaohs are going through to the main event since 2010.>>>

Sports: Valencia sacks head coach>>>>

Image result for picture of gary neville>>>>>Gary Neville has been sacked by Valencia as confirmed in a statement on their website. The revealed on Wednesday that the former Manchester United defender had been relieved of his duties. The 41-year-old was sacked barely four month after assuming the job as the head coach.

 Neville who is part of the England coaching crew. Neville's last game in charge was a 2-0 home defeat to Celta Vigo before the international break. Valencia won three of their 16 league games and and 10 of 28 games overall under Gary Neville. Six-time Spanish champions Valencia are currently 14th in the table, six points clear of the relegation zone with eight games remaining.

A statement from the La Liga club read: "After careful analysis, the club have decided to make this change with the best interests of the Valencia CF moving forward this season. We thank Gary for his work at Valencia and wish him the best in the future." However, the former Manchester and England's right back says,"i would have liked to continue the work I started, but I understand that we are in business based on results and in 28 games we have seen 10 wins, seven draws and 11 defeats, which is not the level demanded by me or by this club".

The assistant Pako Ayestaran who joined the club as assistant coach in February is likely to take over the position till the end of the season.


Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Bad breath?Causes, Treatment>>>

Image result for picture of person with bad breath>>>>Bad breath is estimated to affect up to 50 percent of the population, with varying degrees of severity.  It can be embarrassing  for the patients suffering from bad breath and affects their social life. "Certainly bad breath can ruin relationships," John Woodall, DDS, a dentist with Woodall and McNeill in Raleigh, N.C., tells WebMD A public investigation in 2005 in The Netherlands showed that halitosis was one of the 100 biggest human overall exasperations (TNS-NIPO). Some studies have suggested that bad breath may rank only behind dental cavities and gum disease as the most frequent reasons for visits to the dentist. A cross-sectional Brazilian study among university students and their families, showed a malodour incidence of 15%. Men suffered more from the problem than women, especially when they were over 20 years. Place your hand near your mouth, while your mouth is open and breathe out….That's how you will know if you have a bad breath.

Bad breath can be caused by many factors>>> ranging from poor hygiene to what you eat.
According to a research published in International Journal of Oral Science,microbial degradation in the oral cavity is the main cause of oral malodour. Due to this process, volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs) are formed. The most important VSCs involved in halitosis are hydrogen sulphide (H2S), methyl mercaptan (CH3SH) and dimethyl sulphide (CH3)2S. These VSCs are mainly produced by Gram-negative anaerobic oral bacteria. Other molecules involved in this bacterial degradation process are: diamines (indole and skatole) or polyamines (cadverin and putrescin). Miyazaki found that there is a clear correlation between age and oral malodour: the older one gets, the more intense the odour will become.

 Poor hygiene>>> Bad breath is primarily caused by poor oral hygiene which can lead to bacterial buildup  on the teeth and gum This leads to gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis, which can cause halitosis because the proteins from bleeding gums and diseased oral tissue provide fuel to odor-causing bacteria. According to the Mayo Clinic, gum disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, , leaving behind pockets where bacteria can settle in and replicate. The bacterial can also build up in your mouth  causing inflammation and giving off noxious odors or gases that smell like sulfur. Bacteria can also live on the rough surface of your tongue

Some medical conditions - According to studies, in approximately 10% of all cases, bad breath is caused by certain illnesses. Individuals who suffer from diabetes, lung disease, kidney disease, cancer, liver disease, respiratory tract infections or metabolic disorders often experience chronic bad breath due to dry mouth.

What you eat>>> Eating certain foods such as strong flavoured foods,  like garlic, onions and some other spicy foods can cause bad breath.  According to John Woodall, DDS, in Raleigh, North Carolina, chronic garlic users cannot only have chronic bad breath, they also often have body odor. Studies reveal that 80% of the bad breaths take place due to some oral factors such as, gum disease, cavities, unclean dentures, food particles trapped in tonsils and cracked fillings.

Smoking>>>>> Cigarette contain several chemicals that produce a strong odor and teeth stains.
It can also significantly affect the development of gum disease, another major cause of bad breath. Cigarette-induced halitosis is one of the more serious forms of bad breath. 

Medications>>>> Some drugs exposes you to a wide number of synthetic, chemical compounds, which are likely linked to a wide variety of side effects, including dry mouth. According to one study published in 2000, over 600 drugs have the ability to suppress saliva production, thereby contributing to bad breath.  Included in the list are antidepressants, diuretics, and aspirin.

>>>Bad breath can be fixed with improved oral hygiene.
Treatments for bad breath usually involve either improving oral hygiene or targeting the underlying health problems. A regimen that includes tongue brushing and scraping can successfully treat bad breath caused by the overgrowth of bacteria on the surface of the tongue, according to a review published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene. Some dental researchers have found mouthwashes containing zinc chloride, hydrogen peroxide, chlorine dioxide, or other oxidizing chemicals to be effective in reducing or eliminating bad breath. According to Dr. Harold Katz, founder of California Breath Clinics, the only effective mouthwashes are those that "oxidize" volatile sulfur compounds and turn them into non-odorous organic salts. Avoid breath busters such as garlic, onions, and some other spicy foodsActivities that encourage saliva production, which aids in washing away food particles and odor-causing bacteria such as drinking lots of water, chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless candy can also help prevent bad breath. Consider snacking on raw carrots, celery, or apple slices. It's good to have a nice watery vegetable in there - something like celery - that will help clear your mouth of debris,according to Frangella a dentist with DSS Dental in New York, tells WebMD. says. Another study, published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, reported that using an essential oil mouthwash was able to reduce the presence of Streptococcus mutans, a strain that causes dental carries, by 75 percent. These oils were also able to prevent bad breath for up to three hours by eliminating odor-producing germs in the mouth. Several studies, including one from the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center, New York, has found that these natural solutions reduce inflammation and plaque that may cause bad breath.


Monday, 28 March 2016

The world marks this year's World Sleep Day>>>>

Image result for pics of world sleep day>>>>>>>>>As the world marks this year's world sleep day with the theme "Good Sleep is a reachable dream", expert and the organizer of World Sleep Day 2016,  a global initiative educating the public about sleep. have advised that it's vital to keep an eye on your sleep habits and seek help if you need it.

 As Nigeria celebrates with the world, experts have called for the enabling of good sleep awareness in the country towards promoting better leadership qualities. They argued that the average person spends approximately one third of his or her life in bed, sleeping, while also noting that good leaders sleep well. According to a study conducted by Good Health Weekly on sleep habits of highly successful people, the findings revealed the importance of sleep and good leadership.

The Group Managing Director of Vitafoam Nigeria Plc, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi while
speaking at a forum to mark the World Sleep day in Lagos weekend,  said "good sleep habits was essential for promoting healthy living". With reference to the Mckinsey quarterly report of February, 2016,  that says "The organizational cost of insufficient sleep" shows that sleep-awareness programmes can produce better leaders", Adeniyi noted that Nigeria's current economic challenges which can be traced to years of bad leadership, and would have been averted if the nation had better sleep awareness programmes for the public.

He also stated that this is why Vitafoam Nig. Plc will continue to support World Sleep Day in creating awareness for sleep and also provide quality products that enable Nigerians achieve a good night's sleep, in order to produce better leaders for our beloved country Nigeria. The experts pointed out some factors that help one get a good night sleep which include comfort, stress level, room temperature, while noting that to get it right,one has to start from the with the basics which is the mattress.

 Also, Chief Medical Director, Caribbean Health Limited, and guest speaker at the forum, Dr Patrick Ijewere, while speaking on the importance of adequate and quality, sleep on regular basis, pointed out that an adult requires an average of six to eight hours sleep everyday while younger ones should sleep longer. Good sleep makes a better individual, according to him, the quality of your sleep determines who you are the following day. "Our company's motto is health is by choice. Every animal on earth has a circle of sleep. But the concept of sleep is underestimated. Your day starts when you sleep" said Ijewere.

He concluded by saying that sleep deprivation can lead to many complications hence everyone should endeavour to have normal sleep irrespective of one's nature of work.
The World Sleep Day  is an annual event organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) since 2008. It is aimed to celebrate the benefits of good and healthy sleep and to draw society attention to the burden of sleep problems and their medicine, education and social aspects; to promote sleep disorders prevention and management.


Cashew and toothache: What you should know>>>

Image result for picture of cashew>>>>>>>Many people are familiar with chew not. The cashew belongs to the family Anacardiaceae. It is classified as Anacardium occidentale. The cashew tree, native to the Americas, primarily Brazil. It also be widely found India and some parts of Africa.

Cashews have been used as a folk medicine for centuries. It has been reported that indigenous people used cashew leaves and bark to treat toothaches. The active chemical is anacardic acid with a 15 carbon unsaturated side chain. The anarcadic acids tend to destroy Gram positive bacteria which causes tooth decay.

An independent report has also been published by Charles Weber who describes using cashew nuts to eliminate tooth abscess. According to him, gram-positive bacteria, which cause tooth decay, among other diseases are killed by chemicals in cashew apples, cashew shell oil, and probably cashew nuts. He stated that the acid can be lethal to bacteria in 15 minutes.  He claims to have used cashew nuts on several occasions to successfully treat an abscessed tooth.

He simply made nuts the main part of his diet for 24 hours, and he observed positive results on each occasion. In another study, Two Japanese scientists, Masaki Himejima and Isao Kubo, confirmed that bacteria-fighting components found in cashews and juice destroy tooth decay and other infections, and could be used commercially. The report which was published in The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, suggested that the cashew compounds could be safely included in toothpastes and mouth washes. According to Kubo, these compounds also appear to interfere with production of the microbes’ enamel-eroding acids.


Things that help you to get a desired sleep>>>

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>>>>Quality sleep is an evidence of good health as well as is a component of healthy living. Getting a quality sleep to an extent depends on some factors which when you observe carefully, will give you the required sleep you need for a healthy living. Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life. Researchers have referred those factors and habits as “sleep hygiene" which  can help anyone maximize the hours they spend sleeping, even those whose with sleep disorder. Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Here are some tips that will help you achieve it.

Eating light meals before bed>>>>>Research has found that certain nutrients in food can affect sleep, from how easy it is to fall asleep at a reasonable hour to the quality of rest we get throughout the night. It’s common for people to eat their biggest meal for dinner, but large meals and snacks eaten in the evening, particularly those high in fat, can impair sleep quality, according to one Brazilian study. In contrast, another study found higher carbohydrate meals consumed in the evening may help improve sleep onset but are best consumed four hours before bedtime. Some group of researchers conducted a research on how nutrition affect sleep and they found out that normal sleepers consumed the widest variety of foods, drank more tap water, consumed the most theobromine, and consumed more dodecanoic acid.

Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, Nicotine that Interfere with Sleep>>>Caffeine is a stimulant and can keep you awake all night. Also caffeinated products such as coffee, some pain relievers, decrease a person’s quality of sleep. Drinking It immediately before sleep can hamper or reduce the quality of your sleep. Dr. Lawrence Epstein describes how caffeine works to promote alertness, but can also inhibit restful sleep. Alcohol may induce sleep but will decrease the hours of sleep as it will keep you awake midnight. Reduction in alcohol intake especially few hours close to bedtime will help improve your sleep.

Quality of the of food>>>>According to Dr. Marie-Pierre St-Onge, an assistant professor at Columbia’s Institute of Human Nutrition, diet quality influenced sleep quality. Also according to Dr. Nathaniel Watson, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, said in a statement, diet and sleep are interwoven in the fabric of a healthy lifestyle. For optimal health, it is important to make lifestyle choices that promote healthy sleep, such as eating a nutritious diet and exercising regularly.
"A diet low in fiber and high in saturated fat and sugar has been linked with worse sleep quality in a new study," said a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
 Eating more fiber meant deeper and better sleep.  Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania conducted a comprehensive study of sleep-inducing foods, they found that good sleepers generally ate a larger variety of fruit and vegetables. Eating plenty of mackerel, herring, tuna and salmon – all of which are good sources of healthy omega-3 DHA fatty acids – could improve your sleep quality, according to researchers at the University of Oxford.

Fluid intake>>>A study by French researchers that explored the effects of changes in water intake on mood state found that increasing water intake can improve one’s overall mood whereas reducing water intake has the opposite effect. This study suggests that habitually low-volume water drinkers can boost their sleep/wake mood by simply increasing their water intake. Drinking water helps your sleep duration, but not so much that you will be awakened by urine.

Exercise>>>>Studies show that regular exercisers sleep better and feel less sleepy during the day. Regular exercise also improves the symptoms of insomnia and sleep apnea and increases the amount of time you spend in the deep, restorative stages of sleep. Exercise speeds up your metabolism, elevates body temperature, and stimulates activating hormones such as cortisol.

Turning your room into a suitable environment for sleep>>>>> The temperature of your bedroom also affects sleep.  A bedroom that is too hot or too cold can interfere with quality sleep. A quiet, dark, and cool environment with adequate ventilation can help promote sound slumber. Noise is another factor that can inhibit sleep. Your bed also should leave you enough room to stretch and turn comfortably without becoming tangled.

Don't force yourself to sleep>>>>Forcing yourself to sleep means you can still wake after a short while.Only go to bed when you are feeling sleepy. Take your bath and try to relax with such activities as reading novel, other motivational books. Light reading before bed is a good way to prepare yourself for sleep. Most people had confessed that reading novels get them in the mood to sleep.