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Why you should not wash your face with hot water

                        Washing your face can definitely cause a lot of damage to your skin but you never notice this fa

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Alfred Adler

Alfred Adler was a celebrated physician and psychotherapist who contributed greatly to the sphere of human psychological science. He is the founding father of the school of Individual

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by Leen B. Jesmas

Pollution is always a much talked subject. But some recent studies reveal that it is deadly as an epidemic.According to the World Health Organization, indoor and outdoor air pollution is responsible for 7 million premature deaths an year—one-eighth of global mortality. Outdoor air pollution, by itself, accounts for 2.7 million deaths and indoor air pollution 3.3 million, while 1 million deaths are caused by a combination of outdoor and indoor pollution. Pollution kills because people inhale particulates small enough to penetrate their lungs and bloodstream, increasing the prevalence, for example, of cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.Nearly 90 percent of the outdoor pollution deaths occur in densely populated, low- and middle-income countries, particularly in the western Pacific and Southeast Asia. The costs of health damage caused by outdoor air pollution vary considerably, depending on the country and type of fossil fuel being burned.The cooking places in poor and underdeveloped countries cause deaths. This can be reduced by Cleaner fuels and improved technologies. Development and technology plays a key role in reducing indoor pollution rates. Outdoor pollution are much noticed and efforts are there for a cleaner environment. But the message is that more attention is needed for eradication of indoor pollution.

Why you should not wash your face with hot water

by Anagha Mahesh

                        Washing your face can definitely cause a lot of damage to your skin but you never notice this fact while washing it with hot water. Skin on your face can put you at risk of acne, dry skin, large and visible pores etc.Hot water irritates the skin: Did you ever know that there are more pores and openings on your face than any other part of your body. There are other factors that make your skin vulnerable to extreme temperatures. A sensitive skin condition called rosacea can cause problems related to skin such as flare-ups in patients who have very sensitive skin.Strips your skin of natural oils, that makes it dry: Water that is excessively hot can strip off natural and healthy oils from your skin quickly and makes it more and more dry. You could very well tackle this condition by applying moisturiser or cream. The overuse of hot water can lead to production of collagen and sebum and thus can lead to early ageing. Your facial skin gets hampered when you wash it with hot water and the fine lines appears on your skin much before they are actually supposed to appear.It might scald your skin: your pores are delicate and it cannot withstand extreme temperatures and finally you would end up scalding your skin and large, visible pores. The temperature of the water that use depends on what you actually feel comfortable with. 

Alfred Adler

by Deepthi T N

Alfred Adler was a celebrated physician and psychotherapist who contributed greatly to the sphere of human psychological science. He is the founding father of the school of Individual psychological science that considers every creature as a private whole. He developed a holistic approach to the study of a human psychological science, taking under consideration the general surroundings the person is related to. His ways greatly influenced the counseling and medical specialty methods developed within the twentieth century. The extremely acclaimed doctor had set quite early in life that he needed to pursue health profession. Bouts with a series of childhood diseases and also the loss of a brother at a young age motivated  him to become a physician. He started his career as associate degree medical specialist however presently switched to general practice. During the course of his work he came into contact with the celebrated scientist Sigmund Freud with whom he discussed ideas and opinions. However, the two great public men's ideas often conflicted and Adler broke away from Freud and started a freelance faculty of psychotherapy, The Adlerian faculty, whose main premise was the Individual psychological science.  He was the first psychiatrist to understand the significance of the environment in molding a human being's personality. He believed that the inferiority complex of individuals plays an important role in personality development.

New Discovery: Gene therapy for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

by Bose R C


                                         Research on Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) treatment is at it's exciting and critical stage.  AveXis, Inc., a biotechnology company is about to introduce a gene therapy for SMA,  as remarkable advances have been made in recent years. Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a genetic muscle wasting disorder caused due to the mutated or malfunctioning survival motor neuron 1 gene (SMN1) on the 5th chromosome. SMA is an orphan disease affecting approximately 1 in every 6,000-10,000 children born. There are four main types of SMA classified as (Type I, II, III and IV). The present therapy is focused to treat SMA type-I, which is the most common amongst the 4. The new treatment approach is to introduce fully functioning copies of an SMN gene into the body that can produce the missing protein. The most interesting aspect of this treatment is that, the transfer of the fully functional gene is done by a mediator virus. The SMN gene remains as an extrachromosomal form, that means, it will not integrate with the cellular genome. But, SMN protein will be continuously produced by the cell, from the new copies of the introduced SMN gene. Priorto starting the Phase 1 clinical trial, new gene therapy, has received IND approval and Fast Track designation from the FDA in September 2013. It was also granted as orphan drug by the FDA Office. In preclinical studies, the drug has been found to cross the blood-brain-barrier also. The subjects were given a single viral intravenous infusion followed by careful monitoring for three weeks at weekly intervals and the latter will be monitored monthly. With this clinical trial now under way for new therapies and biomarkers has developed hope, that SMA might become one of the first genetic neurological disorders that can be treated successfully.


Health Headlines

by Vijayalakshmi Vijayakrishnan

                                                                                         Gift leads to UAE women’s cycling club
Cycling had such a positive impact on Emma Woodcock’s health and well-being that she decided to start her own club a year and a half ago. “It’s been a massive, life-saving thing for me,” said the Dubai resident. “My whole lifestyle changed, and I’m really passionate about getting more people into it.” 

Wings for Life World Run in Dubai
Dubai will host a run that raises money towards finding a cure for spinal-cord injuries. It is the only Middle Eastern city hosting the Wings for Life World Run, organisers announced on Sunday. 

New Khalifa Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah to relieve pressure
The director of Ras Al Khaimah medical district Dr Abdullah Fadl Al Nuaimi announced that the official inauguration of the new Khalifa Hospital next month would take pressure off the emirate’s hospitals.

How to treat winter-dry skin

by Aiswarya S

                             Dry and flaky skin is a common complaint in the winter time. Cold, dry winter air sucks the life out of silky, smooth skin.Dry skin leads to the skin irritation and chapped skin.This may be due to the reduced humidity, drinking less water than you would during summer or possibly due to reduced circulation which may decrease the flow of blood and nutrients to the skin. Even if you are consuming healthy food, your skin needs extra care. As soon as possible, dry skin can be treated.
-Apply the petroleum jelly on the face, lips, hands, legs.
-Keep baths short and avoid very hot showers, use less soap and do not rub your skin.
-Do not wash your face frequently.
-Do not apply the makeup products with high alcoholic content. Do not use the beauty and hair styling products too much in winter.
-Use the natural moisturizers like butter, oils, glycerin etc in winter. Not to choose the chemical moisturizers.


Bourbon Chicken

by Anjali J Menon

4 Boneless Chicken Breasts Halved
2 tbs Dried Minced Onion
3/8 Cup Bourbon
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
4 ounces Soy Sauce

1.In a small bowl mix the ginger, soy sauce, onion flakes, sugar, bourbon and garlic powder.
2.Place chicken breasts in a baking dish and pour the mixture over chicken. Cover dish and place in refrigerator. Marinate overnight.
3.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
4.Take the dish out from the refrigerator and remove cover. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours or until chicken juices run clear.

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