Saundarya – Easy Hairstyles according to Face Shape

December 22, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Beauty is considered to be the most precious asset of a woman and she always wishes to experiment with it to look different from others. Hence to satisfy this need of its viewers Care World has initiated Saundrya. A programme in which women can know how they can enhance their looks through different make-ups hairstyles and so on.The make-up artist Rachana Sharma who is an expert in this field shows how one can get amazing looks by different styling. Viewers can follow saundrya and can dress up differently for every occasion. Subscribe NOW to get daily updates on many such useful videos and At-Home Tips

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Eating for a Healthy Pregnancy (Pregnancy Considerations #3)

May 1, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Of course you need to eat more when you’re pregnant, but how much more? And what’s best for your baby?

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Electromagnetic field and brain tumors in the unborn child

February 25, 2009 by  
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Everyday, we are exposed to electromagnetic electromagnetic fields (EMF) also known as non-ionizing or electromagnetic radiation. There are two main types of EMF:

  • extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF) come from power lines and electrical appliances (e.g. microwave ovens, computers).
  • radiofrequency radiation (RF) comes from wireless devices e.g. mobile and cordless phones, phone base stations, antennas, and transmission towers.

The health effect of EMF is a subject of controversy mainly in connection with the use of mobile phones despite the fact that it has been extensively studied. Less attention has been given to the effects of other types of EMF on our health. However, recent reports bring some bad tidings about EMF and its effect not only on adults but on the unborn child.

In a recent study, Canadian researchers at McGill University investigated ithe teratogenic effects (effects on the unborn fetus) of EMF. They looked at 548 cases of children with brain tumors and analyzed the ELF-EMF exposure of the mothers before and during pregnancy at the workplace. Working women may not be aware of it, but they are also exposed to EMF at their working environment, whether at offices (e.g. computers) or in factories (e.g. sewing machines). The results showed that childhood tumors may be associated to maternal exposure to EMF. “Results are suggestive of a possible association between maternal occupational ELF-MF exposure and certain brain tumors in their offspring.

In another study, researchers from the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute in Oakland, California looked at pregnant women in real time. Study participants were women who are well before the 10th week of gestation. The participants had to wear EMF-measuring device for 24 hours as well as record their activities during the 24-hour period. The results showed that excessive EMF exposure during the first 10 weeks of gestation can cause an increased risk of spontaneous abortion or miscarriage. The study estimated the EMF threshold  to be approximately 16 mG.

 Egyptian researchers also reported that mobile phone use “significantly increased fetal and neonatal [heart rate] HR, and significantly decreased the [cardiac output] COP.”

EMF is something that we cannot smell, taste or smell but is considered to be “one of the most pervasive environmental exposures” according to the BioInitiative Working Group, formed by a group of scientists from all over the world for the purpose of investigating the effects of EMF. The Group issue a report in August 2007 indicating that EMF does have some serious health consequences, including cancer. In an upcoming resource post, I will be writing more about EMF, mobile phones, and cancer. Stay tuned.

Pregnancy Exercise is Good for Mommy’s and Baby’s Hearts

June 6, 2008 by  

It seems that when it comes to physical exercise and its benefits to the heart, it’s never too early to start. The study Effects of Maternal Exercise on the Fetal Heart shows that exercise during pregnancy can already have a lasting and beneficial effect not only on the mother’s heart but on that of the unborn child as well.

Kansas researchers studied 10 pregnant women, 5 of whom routinely performed exercise and 5 did not. Heart rates of the mothers and the fetuses were recorded using magnetocardiography (MCG) starting on the 24th week of pregnancy till full term.

“MCG is a safe, non-invasive method to record the magnetic field surrounding the electrical currents generated by the fetal heart and nervous system. In addition to measures of heart rate and variability, the MCG allows for the study of the cardiac waveforms to measure of cardiac time intervals.”

Aside from heart rates, movements of the fetus such as breathing, body and mouth movements were also recorded. The recording was done every 4 weeks.

The results show that the heart rates of fetuses of mothers who exercised regularly were significantly lower than fetuses of mothers who did not perform any exercise. It seems that exercise by the mother trains the baby’s heart to function more efficiently.

“This study suggests that a mother who exercises may not only be imparting health benefits to her own heart, but to her developing baby’s heart as well. As a result of this pilot study, we plan to continue the study to include more pregnant women.”, the researchers concluded.

There are many different ways that expecting mothers can exercise. Here are some examples:

  • Walking. Walking is something everyone can do everyday, from gentle strolls to Nordic walking.
  • Aqua gymnastics or aqua aerobics. I did this exercise while pregnant. It’s not only good for your health, it is also relaxing.
  • Swimming. Aqua aerobics coupled with swimming is the way go.
  • Prenatal Yoga. These are special yoga classes customized for mothers-to-be.
  • Pilates. Pilates are said to tone your back, pelvic and abdominal muscles to help your body carry the heavy load as well as pushing during a natural delivery.

However, it is most important that you consult your obstetrician before launching on an exercise regime during pregnancy. Remember, exercise may be good for your and for your baby but strenuous physical exercise can be risky, even dangerous.

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