Asthma sufferers misuse their medication

Millions of asthmatics could be taking their medication incorrectly, according to a leading pharmacist.

Many are unsure about when or how to use inhalers, which reduces their effectiveness and can be a health risk.

The level of public confusion came to light as a result of the new Boots Asthma Inhaler Check, part of the High Street chemist’s NHS-funded Medicines Check-Up scheme launched last summer. The free nationwide service is designed to help patients use long-term prescription drugs properly.

During a 15-minute in-store check, a pharmacist helps with inhaler technique and reviews whether the right drug has been prescribed to suit individual needs. Patients are also offered help in identifying triggers that make their asthma worse.

More than five million individuals in the UK receive treatment for asthma. Boots pharmacist Angela Chalmers says: ‘When a patient is diagnosed, there is a lot of information to take in, which can be misunderstood or forgotten. We have found that nine out of ten patients are not using their inhaler properly.’

Asthma causes the airways in the lungs to become inflamed and swollen, often as a reaction to certain irritants. Common triggers include dust mites, animal fur, pollen, tobacco smoke and cold air. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing and tightness in the chest.

Inhalers used to treat asthma fall broadly into two categories – reliever medicines that are used during an attack and regular preventative therapy to stop attacks from happening. A second regular inhaler may be given to those with severe asthma.

‘We found patients either breathe in too fast or not strongly enough,’ explains Chalmers. ‘If individuals can’t alter their technique, we can speak to their GP about finding a different medicine.’
A study at Belfast City Hospital published last month revealed 35 per cent of asthmatics used half or less of their prescribed medication, and 21 per cent used more than prescribed.

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Why does my dog (or cat) eat grass?

It all began when I was walking past this grass patch in the morning when I realised there was this cat eat and chewing onto the grass in front. I started to ponder and wonder why cats eat grass ? Are they too hungry? or too free ?
~Bigmouth

Question: Frequently Asked Question: Why does my dog (or cat) eat grass?
Why do pets eat grass? It may be normal, some pets seem to like the taste of grass. They not be feeling well and eat grass to vomit. Or they may vomit after eating grass. There are many theories about pets and grass, but if your pet exhibits an odd appetite (eating non-food items regularly, called pica), or regular vomiting, please contact your vet as soon as possible.
Answer: This is an age-old question, one that I have never really seen a clear cut answer to. I think there are many possibilities: they like the taste of grass, they are hungry, they are not feeling well and eating something to see if that helps (kind of like humans do sometimes!).
Grass is also part of a carnivore’s diet — usually consumed when they feed on smaller prey and consume the entire animal; including grassy stomach contents.

Most dogs do best with 2 or more small feedings a day rather than one large feeding. Cats optimally would feed several small meals throughout the day. Ideally, for both dogs and cats, food should be available at all times. This aids in weight control (food is no longer a “big deal” and helps maintain digestive health. This is not possible in many situations and busy lifestyles, but if possible, my preferred way to feed pets.

A commercial diet or well-prepared home diet should not be lacking in essential nutrients. If they have an empty stomach, bile may reflux (flow back up in to the stomach from the intestine) and this is irritating. This can cause vomiting of clear, yellow fluid.

Any time that your pet experiences lack of appetite, eating odd items (pica), or vomiting, it is always best to check with your vet. Gastrointestinal blockages are emergencies. Changes in appetite or vomiting can also indicate internal disease (kidney failure, hyperthyroidism, etc.), toxin ingestion, or infectious disease, just to name a few possibilities. Always best to check things out with your vet.

Drinking more water will not improve COMPLEXION, Experts say

Nugget: Unfounded: A girl tops up her glass of water. Experts now says there’s little evidence that water improves your skin

For years, women have been glugging down eight glasses of water a day in pursuit of a glowing complexion (or feeling guilty if they didn’t).
Now experts say that a balanced diet and lots of sunscreen are far more important in keeping wrinkles at bay.
The finding will come as a relief to those who have found the drinking regime something of an ordeal.
The widely-held belief that we need eight cups of water a day to keep the skin and body healthy was investigated by the British Nutrition Foundation.
Its ‘Food for the Skin’ review concluded there is no firm evidence to back up the theory.
Or, as the BNF put it: ‘There currently appears to be very little scientific evidence relating to the effects of water consumption on skin hydration, and whether drinking more or less water actually has any impact on skin appearance.’
Researcher Heather Yuregir said: ‘Drinking water for the sake of drinking water really has no effect on improving the appearance of skin.’
But diet and sun exposure really do affect complexion, she said.
Vitamins A, B, C and E, contained in a range of fruit and vegetables, help keep the skin elastic, protect it from age-related damage and help with the growth of new skin.
Not eating enough of them can cause problems such as scurvy and dry, scaly skin.

It is also clear that sun-worshipping ages the skin, causing mottling, a leathery texture and deep wrinkles.
Mrs Yuregir, a nutrition scientist, said: ‘The common belief that drinking plenty of water is required for healthy skin appearance is actually not backed up by scientific evidence.
‘Fruit and veg can keep your skin functioning as it should and keep it looking healthy.
‘And sun cream is recommended to prevent the signs of ageing because the majority of signs of ageing that appear on the skin are caused by sun damage.’
The BNF review follows research published last year which concluded that drinking water does not help slimmers lose weight.
The weight and waist size of more than 1,000 young women was compared with the amount of water they consumed each day – both from drinks and food.

The Japanese study found no link between water in drinks, including water itself, tea, coffee, soft drinks and fruit juices, and body shape.
But foods rich in water, such as fruit, vegetables, soups and casseroles, appeared to help in the battle of the bulge.
This may be because water-rich foods are also high in fibre, making people feel full faster and stopping them from over-eating.

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Meditation reduce heart attacks by up to 47%

A relaxation technique beloved by 1960s hippies can have a beneficial effect on heart disease and stress, a study has shown.
Transcendental meditation techniques that were all the rage during the Summer of Love can halve the rate of heart attacks and strokes in patients with cardiovascular disease.
The relaxation therapy – whose advocates include former Beatles as well as film directors Clint Eastwood and David Lynch – also dramatically cut premature deaths in a nine-year study.
The study involved 201 African-American men and women with an average age of 59 who suffered from narrowing of arteries in their hearts.

They were randomly assigned to either practise transcendental meditation or take health education classes providing dietary and exercise advice.
Those in the first group were asked to spend at least 20 minutes twice a day meditating while sitting with their eyes closed.
Heart attacks, strokes,and deaths fell by 47 per cent in the meditation group.
Dr Robert Schneider, of the Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, said: ‘This is the first controlled clinical trial to show that long-term practice of this particular stress reduction programme reduces the incidence of clinical cardiovascular events, that is heart attacks, strokes and mortality.’

How to watch on MegaVideo without 72 minute Limit

Here are two tricks you can use to watch MegaVideo movies without the 72 minutes limit. These two method do work 100% but it’s up to you which one you are going to chose or is easier for you.

Method 1:

First of all if your movie stopped after 72 minutes copy the url. Than go to your cable/dsl modem and unplug it from the power as well as router if you have one for about 2 minute. First plug in the cable/dsl modem back and wait until sync, after that plug in the router.

This will change your IP address, open new browser paste the url and than just click on the bar in MegaVideo to about 1 hour (depends on how long the video is long.)

Method 2:

If you found the video you want to watch hit PAUSE button, wait until full movie finish buffering. Go to File>Work Offline on your browser (this is for firefox, see tools etc for safari and IE) , hit play and watch the video , after you are done watching don’t forget to go back to “Work Offline” make sure is unchecked.

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Piranhas Facts

Piranhas have just about the same reputation as great white sharks, in that they are man eaters and the Hollywood movie scene loves to show their worst side whenver is appropriate. Their amazing apetite for meat is what originally gave them the bad repuation. There are many piranha fish facts that you would find extremely interesting. While many humans fear these fish, there are thousands of natives that swim in the same bodies of water with these fish and go unharmed.

Piranhas generally pose little threat to humans, and attacks on humans are extremely rare. Natives frequently swim in piranha infested water without attacks or scratches. It is not recommended to swim where piranha live in drought season because of increased aggressiveness caused by food scarcity. Piranha fish also have the same sensory system that enables sharks to detect blood in miniscule amounts, so it is believed that swimming with an open cut may enhance the chance of an attack.

Stories about schools of piranhas turning horses or people into skeletons within seconds are the result of numerous re-tellings and exaggerations over the years. While piranha schools can reach over a thousand in count, and bites do happen, there are no documented reports of someone being killed in a piranha attack. There are, however, documented cases of people dying from other causes and then being consumed by piranha (they just happened to be the scavenger that got there first).

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The piranha is a type of freshwater fish found in the rivers of the South American jungles. The piranha can be found in nearly every country in South America and the piranha have been appearing more recently in the south of the USA.

The piranha fish has a single row of razor-sharp teeth with the piranha being most commonly known for their taste for blood. The piranha feeds on fish, mammals and birds alike, with the wholes group of piranhas feeding together in a slight frenzy.

Despite the carnivorous nature of the piranha, the piranha is actually an omnivore and will eat almost anything that it can find. Piranhas mainly feed on fish, snails, insects and aquatic plants occasionally eating larger mammals and birds that fall into the water.

Despite it’s feared nature, the piranha actually has a number of predators in the wild, including humans that hunt the piranha for food. Piranhas are preyed upon by large predators such as river dolphins (known as botos), crocodiles, turtles, birds and larger fish.

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