She slowly straddles to fetch water at a nearby tape with her 8 month daughter strapped to her back.Her four year old son plays with a worn out tyre, running up and down the small surrounding enclosure.As soon as her bucket is full, Lesego goes…
Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. Nigeria won praise for its swift response after a Liberian diplomat, Patrick Sawyer brought the disease there in July. The outbreak has killed more…
Cancer experts at the World Health Organisation (WHO) have published a 12-point code aimed at preventing cancer. Recommendations involve behavioural changes and below are their guidelines:
1. Do not smoke. Do not use any form of tobacco.
2. Make your home smoke-free. Support smoke-free policies in your workplace.
3. Take action to be a healthy body weight.
4. Be physically active in everyday life. Limit the time you spend sitting.
5. Have a healthy diet: Eat plenty of whole grains, pulses, vegetables and fruits. Limit high-calorie foods (foods high in sugar or fat) and avoid sugary drinks. Avoid processed meat; limit red meat and foods high in salt.
6. If you drink alcohol of any type, limit your intake. Not drinking alcohol is better for cancer prevention.
7. Avoid too much sun, especially for children. Use sun protection. Do not use sunbeds.
8. In the workplace, protect yourself against cancer-causing substances by following health and safety instructions.
9. Find out if you are exposed to radiation from naturally high radon levels in your home. Take action to reduce high radon levels.
10. Breastfeeding reduces the mother’s cancer risk.
If you can, breastfeed your baby. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases the risk of certain cancers. Limit use HRT.
11. Ensure your children take part in vaccination programmes for:
Hepatitis B (for newborns)
Human papillomavirus (HPV) (for girls).
12. Take part in organized cancer screening programmes for:
Bowel cancer (men and women)
Breast cancer (women)
Cervical cancer (women)
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Most people rarely think about the health effects of their clothes. Including what they are wearing underneath their clothes. Despite their extreme popularity, experts are warning that shapewear can actually hurt your health.
What Damage Can Shapewear Do?
It can hurt your stomach. Because shapewear can only work if it’s tight, it can severely compress your stomach, intestines and colon compressed, which experts say can worsen acid reflux and heartburn.
According to gastroenterologist Dr. John Kuemmerle, restrictive clothing can also provoke erosive esophagitis.
It can hurt your digestive tract. Your digestive tract is also affected, explains Dr. Karen Erickson, a chiropractor. The intestines are supposed to contract and move food along, but when they’re compressed over a long period of time, the flow of digestion is stifled.
“It’s like when people eat a huge meal and then unbuckle their jeans,” Dr. Kuemmerle says. This damage, though not permanent, can lead to unpleasant symptoms like abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas.
It can hurt your bowels. Those with functional bowel disorders and irritable bowel syndrome should wear shapewear with caution.
“In someone who has weakness down below and a tendency towards incontinence,” Dr. Kuemmerle explains, “increasing intra-abdominal pressure can certainly provoke episodes of incontinence.”
It can hurt your legs and circulation. According to Dr. Erickson, sitting in shapewear can lead to a reversible condition called meralgia paresthetica, which can lead to tingling, numbness and pain in your legs.
“It’s like putting these giant rubber bands around your upper thighs and tightening them when you sit,” Dr. Erickson says. This rubber band effect can also decrease your circulation and lead to blood clots.