Foods for Healthy Hair & Skin

Foods for Healthy Hair & Skinthumbnail

Talk about killing two birds with one stone: You have to eat, and you want to look good, so why not eat what makes you look good? There’s no question that what you put into your body affects how you look on the outside, so next time you get the munchies, reach for one of the beauty super-foods listed below.

  1. Good Proteins

    • Getting enough protein is vital for strong hair and healthy skin. Protein is essential to produce new skin cells and repair existing ones. Without enough protein in your diet, hair becomes weak and stretchy, and skin suffers.

      Get your protein from the best possible sources, such as lean meats, eggs, beans and low-fat dairy products. Vegetarian? Health food stores are chock full of healthy meat substitutes that pack a whole lot of protein: tofu, tempeh, seitan, texturized vegetable protein, etc.

    Bright Fruits and Veggies

    • For a complexion that’s to-die-for, load up on nutrient powerhouses: brightly colored fruits and vegetables. They’re full of the antioxidant vitamin C, which helps prevent premature aging. They’re also vital for producing collagen and keeping skin supple.

      In the produce section, pick out whatever draws your eye: berries, red peppers, broccoli, oranges or anything else that pops out of the sea of green.

    Omega-3s and Vitamin E

    • To condition your skin and hair from the inside out, make sure you’re getting enough essential fatty acids (omega-3s) and vitamin E every day. Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory and work against skin aging, and vitamin E is an antioxidant that repairs skin. Both are essential for keeping cells healthy.

      Salmon is a great omnivore source of omega-3s; vegetarians can get theirs from flaxseed or evening primrose oil. It’s also found in walnuts. Vitamin E is packed into foods like nuts, peanut butter, wheat germ and avocados.


How to Prevent Infection From a Mosquito Bite

How to Prevent Infection From a Mosquito Bitethumbnail

Mosquito bites are a common nuisance and they itch; but if you scratch them and break the skin, it is possible for the bites to become infected. This article provides some tips and steps you can take to prevent and treat infection from mosquito bites.


    • 1

      Clean the bite area with soap and water to remove dirt and germs.

    • 2

      Avoid scratching the bite. Breaking the surface of the skin lets germs in and makes infection more likely.

    • 3

      Try using a hydrocortisone cream or even an oral antihistamine if you need something to help stop the itch so you will not be tempted to scratch.

    • 4

      Make sure that your fingernails are trimmed if you can’t help scratching. This will help you avoid breaking the skin.

    • 5

      Wash any infected areas regularly with soap and water and apply hot compresses to help heal the infection. Hydrogen peroxide solutions can help fight infections too.


Poor Sleep Tied to Incontinence, Impotence

Sleep problems are associated with erectile dysfunction and urologic conditions such as incontinence, according to the results of two new studies.

The first study examined the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and erectile dysfunction. OSA is a disorder that occurs during sleep, in which a person’s upper airway temporarily collapses, causing them to stop breathing. The study included 870 men with an average age of 47.3 years and an average body mass index of 30.2, which is considered obese.

Health screening found that 63 percent of the men had OSA, 5.6 percent had a history of diabetes, and 29 percent had a history of smoking.

After they adjusted for age and other health conditions, the researchers found that men with erectile dysfunction were more than twice as likely to have OSA than those without erectile dysfunction. And the more severe the erectile dysfunction, the greater the likelihood of having OSA, the investigators noted. The finding suggests that men with erectile dysfunction should be screened for OSA, said the researchers at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

The second study found that sleep problems precede certain urologic conditions, such as urinary incontinence, lower urinary tract symptoms, and the need to get up during the night to urinate (nocturia).

Researchers at New England Research Institutes, Inc. in Watertown, Mass., followed-up with 1,610 men and 2,535 women for five years, assessing sleep disturbances and the development of urologic symptoms.

The investigators found that short sleep duration among men and restless sleep among men and women was strongly associated with the incidence of lower urinary tract symptoms (8 percent among men and 13 percent among women). Incidences of urinary incontinence and nocturia were associated with restless sleep among women but not men, according to the researchers.

Both studies were scheduled to be presented to the media Saturday during a special press conference at the American Urological Association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

“We know that proper amounts of sleep and quality of sleep can impact a wide range of health conditions, including erectile function and lower urinary tract symptoms,” AUA spokesman Dr. Kevin T. McVary said in an association news release. “These data may help us better assess how helping patients modify their sleep patterns may help improve their health and overall quality of life.”

Because these studies were presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.


Heavy Smoking Tied 2 Advanced Kidney Cancer

Smoking increases the risk of advanced kidney cancer, researchers report.

In a new study, a team from Duke University Medical Center reviewed the cases of 845 patients who had had surgery for kidney cancer — or renal cell carcinoma — between 2000 and 2009. They found that current and former smokers were 1.5 to 1.6 times more likely to have advanced cancer than nonsmokers.

Heavy smoking (smoking for a longer period of time and smoking more) was associated with advanced renal cell carcinoma. Kicking the habit reduced the risk of advanced disease by 9 percent for every 10 years that a former smoker was smoke-free, the investigators found.

The findings were slated for presentation Sunday at a special press conference at the American Urological Association’s annual meeting, in Washington, D.C.

Another study scheduled for presentation at the same briefing found that rates of bladder cancer did not fall along with lower rates of smoking in the United States.

The researchers examined a national database and found that lung cancer rates declined along with decreasing per capita consumption of cigarettes between 1973 and 2007, but the same type of consistent decline was not seen in bladder cancer rates.

There may have been a decrease in bladder cancer due to smoking, but that decrease may have been offset by other factors contributing to a rise in bladder cancer over the last few decades, the researchers at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse said in a news release from the American Urological Association.

“These two studies shed new insight into the role that smoking might have for two important urologic cancers,” news conference moderator Dr. Toby Kohler said in the news release.

“For kidney cancer, it is true that kidney tumors are more often being detected these days when they are smaller. However, smoking seems to confer a much greater risk that the cancer may be more aggressive. Cessation of smoking seems to lower the risk,” Kohler said.

“For bladder cancer on the other hand, the decrease in smoking rates has not impacted the incidence to the same degree that it has for lung cancer, suggesting that there may be other factors which are becoming more important for the development of the disease,” he added.

Because these studies are being presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.


How do I stop laptop memory failure?

The Motorola Atrix can be used like a laptop computer using a 'Lapdock'


After going through an airport security scanner, my fully charged netbook had its battery completely drained. Since then it does not appear to hold its charge for nearly as long as it did before. Do you think that the scanner is responsible? And if so, how worried should I be about any further damage being done?

Cassius Chanides, by email

There is no mechanism that I am aware of whereby the very low doses of X-Ray radiation from airport scanners can drain, let alone harm rechargeable batteries. There is also no evidence that they damage laptops, digital cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, flash memories, hard drives, CDs or DVDs. More likely explanations are that the battery was flat to begin with, the laptop was on or in standby mode or the battery was simply at the end of its useful life. That’s not to say there are no risks to digital media in airport security. Hard drives may, theoretically, be affected by the electromagnetic fields produced by metal detectors and I’ve even heard of ultra cautious travellers avoiding putting their PCs on the very end of scanner machine conveyor belts where there may be a large drive motor.