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Taking care of Eye Allergies

Eye allergy is also known as ocular allergy  or allergic conjunctivitis. Eye allergy occurs when an allergy sensitive substance irritates the eye. Like any other allergies, eye allergy is also initiated by the immune system, where it recognises  a harmless substance as an allergen and produce antibodies. These antibodies further releases chemicals, that can irritate the eye, which shows  all the symptoms of eye allergic reaction, that include itching in the eyes, producing  in the eye, eye become red or swollen.

Most of the eye allergies are seasonal like, allergic rhinitis in hay fever, that are usually caused due to mold spore and pollen. Eye allergy may cause temporary blurriness or even for some extent threat to the eyesight. However, infection can also cause similar symptoms of eye allergies. Hence, one need to be confirmed it with the doctor. Most of the times a cold compress can give you an immediate relief, but for complete relief, you need to identify the exact cause and the allergens and treat the symptoms.
Symptoms of Eye Allergy includes
1) Eye allergies can also occur alone or with other allergies like nasal allergies and the allergic skin.
2) Redness in the white of the eye or the inner eyelid.
3) Itchy and watery eyes, burning sensation, swollen eyelid, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light.
What should not be done during the Eye Allergies
1) Avoid rubbing the eye, it can make the symptoms more worse. Rubbing may cause to release more  chemicals inside the, that cause the eyes to itch during the allergic  reaction.
2) Remove the contact lenses out, if you wear them,
3) Avoid eye makeup,
4) Apply cold compresses to your eyes.
5) Wash your hands often.
Covering up Eye Allergy
a) Apply a concealer, that do not produce allergy, to help hide dark circles.
Eye Allergy are Triggered by
a) Most of the eye allergies are seasonal like, allergic rhinitis in hay fever, that are usually caused due to mold spore and pollen.
b) There are some indoor allergens such as pet dander and dust mites can also cause eye allergies year-round. Usually the symptoms worsen during cleaning the house or grooming a pet.
c) Medications and cosmetics can play a significant role in causing eye allergies.
Clean Away Allergens
1) If dust mites trigger the symptoms, change the bedding and pillowcases with a new one. Wash sheets in hot water.
2) Clean floors with a clean and damp mop.
3) If indoor molds trigger the symptoms, regularly clean all the areas where molds can grow, such as bathrooms, basements  and kitchens.
4) Keep the humidity levels in the home between 30% and 50%.
Treating Eye Allergies
It is usually treated symptomatically
1) Antihistamines combat symptoms by blocking the effect of chemicals that can trigger the symptoms.
2) Mast cell stabilizers prevent the release of chemicals, that can trigger the symptoms, from mast cells.
3) Decongestant eye drops decreases redness by shrinking the swollen blood vessels in the eyes.
4) Immunotherapy makes the immune system accustom to the allergic substances .

Flexible work schedules of employees improve health and sleep

A new study has examined that people who have flexible work schedules have better health and they sleep properly than their counterparts.

The researchers followed 474 employees as part of a Work, Family and Health Network study conducted at an information technology company, with about half of the employees serving as the control while the other half experienced the study intervention. Both employees and their supervisors participated.

The intervention was designed to reduce conflicts between work and personal life, and focused on two main cultural shifts: allowing employees to decide on when and where they worked and training supervisors to support their employees' personal lives. Those who were assigned to the intervention were encouraged to be completely flexible about when and where they would work at the office, from home or elsewhere while still working the same number of hours as the control group. All of the participants wore a sleep-monitoring watch, a device that tracks movement to monitor periods of sleep.

At 12 months, the researchers found that employees who participated in the intervention experienced an average of eight minutes more sleep per night, which is nearly an hour more sleep per week, than the control group. Intervention participants perceptions of their sleep sufficiency also improved.

Orfeu M. Buxton, associate professor of biobehavioral health, Penn State, added that work can be a calling and inspirational, as well as a paycheck, but work should not be detrimental to health. It is possible to mitigate some of the deleterious effects of work by reducing work-family conflict and improving sleep.

Pomegranates have more health benefits than any other fruit

A review of a staggering 194 studies has shown that pomegranates are super healthy as they have more health benefits than any other fruit. An analysis of the glut of global interest in the “superfruit” found it fights Type 2 diabetes, bowel and prostate cancers and improves athletic performance. Researchers in Oxford looked at clinical trials over a year and findings have reignited interest in the effect of superfruits – especially pomegranates, the Daily Express reported.

Bio-medical researcher with consultancy ClickTell, Sepe Sehati, said that when they look at the time and effort invested in studies worldwide, pomegranate is the main focus, adding in a year, 194 studies have been published, more than any other fruit. Sehati added that it has evidence that fruit juices and extracts have an impact on wellbeing.

“The accepted wisdom is that a superfruit is not a cure-all, but fruits can have beneficial health effects and pomegranate is an ancient fruit and have been thought to have health-giving properties for millennia,” Sehati added.

Sehati concluded that study after study suggests that the superfruit debate is not over. Rich in nutrition, pomegranate is also rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals. It is considered as one of the most powerful, nutrient dense foods for overall good health.

Magnetic Stimulation can be used to boost memory

A study in Science suggests that elating a particular part of the brain with the help of electromagnetic pulses could exhilarate our ability to remember certain things for a longer duration of time.
The Us trials which comprised of 16 volunteers found that they have made 30% fewer mistakes in memory tests after undergoing the procedure.
Scientists are now working upon the techniques which could help people with memory loss and disorders and also helps reduce memory loss in later stage of life.

Treatment for ill health conditions such as stroke, early stage Alzheimer's disease, severe brain injury, cardiac arrest and other related memory problems that occur as your age advances or during the healthy aging time.
Memory functions of the brain in adults specifically changes at the initial stage, without conducting any major surgery or consuming drugs.

The study also demonstrates that in order to remember events, it requires a collaboration of many brain regions to function in concert with fundamental memory structure known as the hippocampus- which is similar to that of a symphony orchestra. The electrical stimulation is related to giving the brain regions a more efficient conductor so that they could play in a closer synchronization.

The whole of memory and cognition gets affected when the brain regions and hyppocampus are not in sync. Such a condition of the brain is called as schizophrenia.
The more those regions of the brain worked together due to the stimulation, the better people were able to learn new information.

Blood pressure becoming common among youngsters

High blood pressure has become very common among youngsters these days due to the amount of stress in todays life. High blood pressure mostly occurs due to hereditary reasons as well. Dr Vijay D'Silva, medical director of a cardiac hospital, says, 'Apart from work-related stress, alcohol and smoking and other such related bad habits also lead young people become more prone to high blood pressure and heart ailments. This problem arises at a later stage in life.

What exactly causes high blood pressure:
High blood pressure, weight gain etc happens as a result of inadequate physical activity and stress. When you gain weight your heart finds it really difficult to pump enough blood to the arteries. This condition ultimately leads to high blood pressure and makes you more prone and vulnerable to other fatal diseases.

Excess amount of salt in your diet:
If your salt intake exceeds, it might give rise to high blood pressure at a later stage. As per Dr D'Silva, “The amount of salt that we put while cooking is enough for you. Adding more of raw salt to your diet will result in high BP conditions. Stress is another main factor along with unhealthy lifestyle practices. Lifestyle disorders can also be blamed for high blood pressure in youngsters.

Tobacco use may double risk of alcohol dependency

People who use snus, a slightly moist powder used tobacco product would run twice the actual risk of developing an alcohol dependency when compared with those who are non-users. Nicotine dependency in any form would definitely lead to dependency on alcohol as per the studies.

The researchers added that the more one uses snus, the higher the risk. "This is the first time research has succeeded in showing that middle-aged people, who use snus run an increased risk of developing alcohol dependency," said Margareta Norberg, adjunct lecturer at the Umea University in Sweden.

The current study included 21,000 people, who were aged 30, 40 or 50 between 1991-1997. None of the participants then showed signs of alcohol dependency. A quarter of the men, 25 percent, and slightly less than 4 percent of the women used snus upon the first examination. Men showed slightly higher figures for alcohol dependency than women. In total, 499 men and 257 women developed alcohol dependency.

Those who, upon the first investigation, who were aged 50, had a lower risk than those aged 30. That there is a connection association between smoking and alcohol dependency has been known for a long time, says a study that appeared in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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