Category: HEALTH

Itching Down There? You May Have Pubes Lice

Also called crab lice or “crabs,” pubic lice are parasitic insects found primarily in the pubic or genital area of humans. Pubic lice infestation is found worldwide and occurs in all races, ethnic groups, and levels of society.

What do pubic lice look like?

Pubic lice have three forms: the egg (also called a nit), the nymph, and the adult.

Nit: Nits are lice eggs. They can be hard to see and are found firmly attached to the hair shaft. They are oval and usually yellow to white. Pubic lice nits take about 6–10 days to hatch.

Nymph: The nymph is an immature louse that hatches from the nit (egg). A nymph looks like an adult pubic louse but it is smaller. Pubic lice nymphs take about 2–3 weeks after hatching to mature into adults capable of reproducing. To live, a nymph must feed on blood.

Adult: The adult pubic louse resembles a miniature crab when viewed through a strong magnifying glass. Pubic lice have six legs; their two front legs are very large and look like the pincher claws of a crab. This is how they got the nickname “crabs.” Pubic lice are tan to grayish-white in color. Females lay nits and are usually larger than males. To live, lice must feed on blood. If the louse falls off a person, it dies within 1–2 days.

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Where are pubic lice found?

Pubic lice usually are found in the genital area on pubic hair; but they may occasionally be found on other coarse body hair, such as hair on the legs, armpits, mustache, beard, eyebrows, or eyelashes. Pubic lice on the eyebrows or eyelashes of children may be a sign of sexual exposure or abuse. Lice found on the head generally are head lice, not pubic lice.

Animals do not get or spread pubic lice.

What are the signs and symptoms of pubic lice?

Signs and symptoms of pubic lice include

  • Itching in the genital area
  • Visible nits (lice eggs) or crawling lice

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How did I get pubic lice?

Pubic lice usually are spread through sexual contact and are most common in adults. Pubic lice found on children may be a sign of sexual exposure or abuse. Occasionally, pubic lice may be spread by close personal contact or contact with articles such as clothing, bed linens, or towels that have been used by an infested person. A common misconception is that pubic lice are spread easily by sitting on a toilet seat. This would be extremely rare because lice cannot live long away from a warm human body and they do not have feet designed to hold onto or walk on smooth surfaces such as toilet seats.

Persons infested with pubic lice should be examined for the presence of other sexually transmitted diseases.

How is a pubic lice infestation diagnosed?

A pubic lice infestation is diagnosed by finding a “crab” louse or egg (nit) on hair in the pubic region or, less commonly, elsewhere on the body (eyebrows, eyelashes, beard, mustache, armpit, perianal area, groin, trunk, scalp). Pubic lice may be difficult to find because there may be only a few. Pubic lice often attach themselves to more than one hair and generally do not crawl as quickly as head and body lice. If crawling lice are not seen, finding nits in the pubic area strongly suggests that a person is infested and should be treated. If you are unsure about infestation or if treatment is not successful, see a health care provider for a diagnosis. Persons infested with pubic lice should be investigated for the presence of other sexually transmitted diseases.

Although pubic lice and nits can be large enough to be seen with the naked eye, a magnifying lens may be necessary to find lice or eggs.

 

Control And Prevention

The following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of pubic (“crab”) lice:

  • All sexual contacts of the infested person should be examined. All those who are infested should be treated.
  • Sexual contact between the infested person(s)s and their sexual partner(s) should be avoided until all have been examined, treated as necessary, and reevaluated to rule out persistent infestation.
  • Machine wash and dry clothing worn and bedding used by the infested person in the hot water (at least 130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
  • Do not share clothing, bedding, and towels used by an infested person.
  • Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control pubic (“crab”) lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

Persons with pubic lice should be examined and treated for any other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that may be present.

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Treatment

A lice-killing lotion containing 1% permethrin or a mousse containing pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide can be used to treat pubic (“crab”) lice. These products are available over-the-counter without a prescription at a local drug store or pharmacy. These medications are safe and effective when used exactly according to the instructions in the package or on the label.

Lindane shampoo is a prescription medication that can kill lice and lice eggs. However, lindane is not recommended as a first-line therapy. Lindane can be toxic to the brain and other parts of the nervous system; its use should be restricted to patients who have failed treatment with or cannot tolerate other medications that pose less risk. Lindane should not be used to treat premature infants, persons with a seizure disorder, women who are pregnant or breast-feeding, persons who have very irritated skin or sores where the lindane will be applied, infants, children, the elderly, and persons who weigh less than 110 pounds.

Malathion* lotion 0.5% (Ovide*) is a prescription medication that can kill lice and some lice eggs; however, malathion lotion (Ovide*) currently has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of pubic (“crab”) lice.

Both topical and oral ivermectin have been used successfully to treat lice; however, only topical ivermectin lotion currently is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of lice. Oral ivermectin is not FDA-approved for treatment of lice.

How to treat pubic lice infestations: (Warning: See special instructions for treatment of lice and nits on eyebrows or eyelashes. The lice medications described in this section should not be used near the eyes.)

  1. Wash the infested area; towel dry.
  2. Carefully follow the instructions in the package or on the label. Thoroughly saturate the pubic hair and other infested areas with lice medication. Leave medication on hair for the time recommended in the instructions. After waiting the recommended time, remove the medication by following carefully the instructions on the label or in the box.
  3. Following treatment, most nits will still be attached to hair shafts. Nits may be removed with fingernails or by using a fine-toothed comb.
  4. Put on clean underwear and clothing after treatment.
  5. To kill any lice or nits remaining on clothing, towels, or bedding, machine-wash and machine-dry those items that the infested person used during the 2–3 days before treatment. Use hot water (at least 130°F) and the hot dryer cycle.
  6. Items that cannot be laundered can be dry-cleaned or stored in a sealed plastic bag for 2 weeks.
  7. All sex partners from within the previous month should be informed that they are at risk for infestation and should be treated.
  8. Persons should avoid sexual contact with their sex partner(s) until both they and their partners have been successfully treated and reevaluated to rule out persistent infestation.
  9. Repeat treatment in 9–10 days if live lice are still found.
  10. Persons with pubic lice should be evaluated for other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Special instructions for treatment of lice and nits found on eyebrows or eyelashes:

  • If only a few live lice and nits are present, it may be possible to remove these with fingernails or a nit comb.
  • If additional treatment is needed for lice or nits on the eyelashes, careful application of ophthalmic-grade petrolatum ointment (only available by prescription) to the eyelid margins 2–4 times a day for 10 days is effective. Regular petrolatum (e.g., Vaseline)* should not be used because it can irritate the eyes if applied.

 

 

https://www.cdc.gov/parasites

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Mental Health Issues Can Have An Impact On Relationships

Unconsummated relationships, where couples don’t have sex due to difficulties, trauma or sexual dysfunction are not often spoken about.

Usually, the couple feel embarrassed to discuss their sexual difficulties – but they are not alone. According to an AXA PPP survey, a third of Brits are fearful of getting naked, largely due to body image and self esteem issues. But nerves around body image aren’t the only reason couples aren’t able to consummate their relationships.

Why aren’t couples having sex? Sarah-Jane Otoo, psychosexual therapist at Priory Wellbeing Centre Birmingham, tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Unconsummated relationships including marriages are largely unspoken about and the reasons behind them are often complex. ‘Some of the most common reasons are from a psychological viewpoint and include a general lack of education around sexual intercourse, fear, anxiety, shame and/or past trauma. ‘In addition, sexual dysfunction like erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, performance anxiety in males and vaginismus in females has been reported in several studies as well as vulvodynia, an often unbearable pain when the genitals are touched’.

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Relationships expert Ben Edwards expands on this, telling us: ‘Post-traumatic stress and the psychological damage from past sexual abuse, low self-esteem or unhealthy relationships can be very hard to overcome.’ We must not overlook the impact of sexual trauma and mental health issues.

A lady who has bipolar disorder, which dramatically affects her sex drive says. ‘I can sometimes see a decreased or lack of libido, due to my bipolar disorder,’ ‘During periods of depression, she tells Metro.co.uk, my self-esteem tends to plummet.

‘Mixed with decreased energy and an increase in apathy, my body rejects physical intimacy in favour of seeking emotional nourishment. ‘I suffer from frequent bouts of hypersexuality. I am unable to receive any satisfaction from sexual intimacy and am often in pain or discomfort because of this.’

This patient takes medication, but like many taking pills for their mental wellbeing, has found that this has an effect on her sex drive, too. ‘A medication increase has caused me to have loss of libido,’ she explains. ‘Gaining weight from medication has contributed to my struggles.’ For her, the key is being able to communicate with a partner who understands her struggles. ‘Libido changes are a chronic challenge,’ she says. ‘Maintaining open dialogue with my partner has helped to ease the anxiety. ‘Sex is an emotional act as well as physical; we discuss the struggles and have seen progress. Therapy has also been a relief. Our strong emotional connection has allowed us to make it through.’

Another lady says anorexia has brought on issues with intimacy. ‘My body image is awful,’ she tells us. ‘I am embarrassed and ashamed of the way I look and it takes me an extremely long time to feel comfortable with men. ‘It’s been the cause of many of relationships endings. Ironically, my eating disorder started at age 19 in large part due to a guy telling me I was overweight so it’s something I’ve never shaken off.

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‘I had a lot of negative thoughts about my body during sex so wasn’t able to enjoy the moment, don’t enjoy being touched or looked at, and have difficulty relaxing. ‘If I had eaten too much, was having a bad day or  stressed, then the eating disorder symptoms would creep in and I wouldn’t be able to have sex. ‘Counselling has helped me somewhat and taking things very slowly so I build up trust.’

Kate Moyle, a sexual and relationship psychotherapist, explains that anxiety is a common factor for a lack of sex in a relationship. ‘Every couple is unique and will have their own reasons and experiences for not consummating their relationship,’ she tells us. ‘These situations are often linked to some form of anxiety around sex which can in some instances impact sexual functioning.

Some people may struggle with intimacy.’ For Sarah, 35, who has borderline personality disorder, that anxiety comes from a lack of self-confidence as well as a lingering shame around sex. ‘My husband and I have been together for 16 years, married for 12,’ Sarah tells us. ‘I always felt very prudish talking about sex due to my family background, before, during or after. ‘I was told not to have sex before marriage, so it always felt dirty and wrong. ‘My mental health issues mean my self confidence is rock bottom. I’m at my heaviest weight and although occasionally I enjoy sex, I mainly do it so he doesn’t leave me. ‘We had marriage counselling which helped for a while, but nothing really helps. ‘My husband manages to stay with me. He says he misses not having more sex but he says it would never be a cause to leave me. I wish I could be more confident.’ So what can you do if you need help with psychosexual issues? The main remedies are psychosexual therapy, counselling and working on communication, touch and intimacy. (Picture: Erin Aniker/Metro.co.uk)

Sarah Jane Otoo says: ‘It is important to remember that not one person in the relationship has the “problem”; you are both impacted. Psychosexual relationship therapy can be beneficial to help support couples that are experiencing problems with sex. ‘People may choose to enter therapy individually; however  it is often advised for couples to enter therapy together. By giving them a safe and confidential space, they may be able to come to a place of understanding.’ Ben Edwards recommends understanding each other’s reasons for a lack of sexual desire or drive, and to avoid blame or shame. ‘When working with my clients on their relationships, I  encourage them to understand each other’s “why”,’ he states. ‘We all have our reasons for wanting certain things and you must communicate this to your partner.

 

By Eleanor Segall. Published in https://metro.co.uk 

For Adults And Matured Minds Only: 9 Great Benefits Of A Good Orgasm

An orgasm is a feeling of intense sexual pleasure that happens during sexual activity. … In women, an intense pleasurable release of sexual tension is accompanied by contractions of the genital muscles.

Many who are by now well used to the idea of having an orgasm after sex will also know that you don’t need a reason to have an orgasm. Organisms are glorious natural parts of sex and should be celebrated.

But in case you did need an excuse, here’s one plus a load more. Orgasms come with a number of health benefits of orgasms we’ve listed below.

 

1 Stress Reduction

An orgasm is an instant stress reducer That’s because reaching climax floods your body with feelgood hormones such as oxytocin, which reduce stress. Plus the process of reaching an orgasm distracts you from any worries or lingering things on your to-do list. It’s tricky to worry about how full your inbox is when your, um, filling your other inbox.

 

2. It’s good for your skin

Having an orgasm increases blood flow to the skin, which will help with reducing wrinkles and repairing damage. Brilliant. The reduction of stress we mentioned earlier helps too, as a reduction of stress hormones lowers inflammation, which is connected to acne and redness. Immediately after an orgasm you’ll get a glow thanks to getting your blood bumping, and longterm you could have smoother, blemish-free skin (although, sadly, no research has yet been done into how many orgasms you need to have to match the benefits of an excellent skincare routine).

 

3. Orgasms can get rid of headaches And other aches and pains.

That’s thanks to the pleasure hormones released by orgasms – dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin – which also handily reduce the sensation of pain. Just a warning though: Some people find that orgasms actually bring on headaches. It’s thought this is due to strenuous activity, and you can deal with any postcoital headaches by popping a painkiller before a bone sesh and following up your lovemaking with a drink of water and a lie-down. Sexy.

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4. They could help with migraines

Anyone who’s been through the hell of migraines will jump for anything that promises to reduce the struggle. While we wouldn’t suggest swapping medication for sex (if your medication is working for you, please keep using it), the links between orgasms and migraine relief are promising enough to make sex an option when nothing else is doing the trick. In one study, 47% of people with migraines felt complete relief after an orgasm. That being said, 49.1% felt no relief, and 5.3% said an orgasm made their migraine worse. So it’s a bit of a gamble. Researchers compared the benefits of orgasm to that of medications and found that orgasms are a significantly less effective fix, but that when they do work to reduce migraine symptoms, they do so speedily. Worth a go, right?

 

5. Having an orgasm will help you get to sleep

We all know sleep is incredibly important for our physical and mental wellbeing – so anything that helps us ease into sleep is brilliant. Again, this benefit is all down to the hormones released by orgasm. Stress reduction will always help with sleep, while serotonin and norepinephrine – both released by orgasm – are important players in helping the body go through REM cycles. Research has also found that the better your sleep is, the better your sex life is, so it’s a lovely symbiotic relationship. (backgrounds have been changed)

 

6. Getting off can help your digestion

Yep, it’s that oxytocin again. The body is aaaall connected, and having increased oxytocin levels and lower levels of stress will mean your tummy works better, too. Congrats.

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7. Orgasms aid muscle recovery

That’s thanks to the increased blood flow brought on by orgasm, and it’s why we recommend anyone training for a marathon spends some time having sex (alone or with a partner) on their rest days. Increased blood flow will ease aching muscles and help the body recover from exercise more quickly, so treat yourself to an orgasm post-workout.

 

8. An orgasm can help you avoid infections

The hormones triggered by blowing the old sex trumpet boost your immune system, increasing your body’s ability to make protective antibodies against bacteria and germs linked to common illnesses. That means that having plenty of orgasms will offer you some protection from getting sick, and will make your cold last a little less time than someone not buttering their crumpet. Of course, you can’t treat your body like rubbish, whack in a few sex sessions, and expect to never get sick again. No orgasm is powerful enough to counteract a terrible diet, a lack of sleep, and having vaccinations. But if a bug’s going round the office, it’s worth spending some time at home masturbating.

 

9. It’s good for your heart

When you have an orgasm, your peak heart rate tends to be the same as it would be during light exercise, such as walking upstairs. That’s nothing major, but it’s a little boost for your heart health. The physical exertion used to get you to orgasm helps, too.

 

Published in metro.co.uk by Ellen Scott

 

 


 

Health Matters: Give Your Body The Rest It Needs Or It Will Take It

When the body needs rest, it will take it.
For the first time in like forever, I went to bed yesterday before 10pm and didn’t get up till 7am this morning!
My body gave me a chilling warning that I needed to rest and it wasn’t taking “no” for an  answer.
As a matter of cultivated habit and routine, I do not generally get to bed till about 2am and I’m usually up by 6.30.
Aside everything else I do, I also have a part time job with Royal Mail which sometimes entails me working night shifts from 10pm to 6pm. Unfortunately, I find it difficult to get back my sleep after such shifts so I could be walking around for 24 hours with no sleep at all!
 
My story is still better than many others here in the UK.
 
We have read of so many cases of folks who simply drop dead or fall asleep but fail to wake up..
 
And many of those are young people in their 50s or 40s and even 30s.
 
People are killing themselves with 2 maybe 3 stressful and physically draining jobs but not getting much sleep – if any at all. This is possibly on top of financial worries, health issues, family problems, problems at work and other emotional troubles.
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A while ago, I did a story about a Ghanaian man who laid dead in his room for over 2 weeks before his wife from Ghana, worried that she hadn’t been receiving his habitual daily calls, alerted the UK police, who discovered his rotting body after forcing their way into his apartment.
 
These kind of stories abound and the narrative are always the same. Folks simply falling asleep and dying in their sleep from sheer exhaustion and brain shut-down. People are exhausting themselves and placing too much stress on their body by overworking and not getting enough rest or any sleep.
 
Regular bad night’s sleep raises the risk of potentially fatal heart attacks and strokes … or death from cardiovascular disease, including acute myocardial infarction.
 
An average of 6 to 8 hours sleep is recommended for adults but many regularly take less than 5 hours which is considered a high risk factor and contributor to heart diseases as well as other health problems such as obesity and diabetes.
 
Not having a good night’s sleep or rest when needed is placing a lot of strain on the body.
 
But the body has a way of fighting back and taking it’s much needed rest when necessary. This is why you find some folks falling asleep on the train or bus and sometimes missing their stops; in church or at work. Someone actually fell asleep at a dream job interview and didn’t hear when his name was called!
 
Others have caused serious and often fatal road traffic accidents and pile ups by falling asleep at the wheel. Research suggests that almost 20% of accidents on major roads are sleep-related
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8 people were killed in this crash on the M1 caused by a driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel
 
Yesterday, I actually fell asleep in my car for over 30 minutes.
Many times after I have been out, I would sit in my car just to catch up with social media, chill out or listen to music, worship or even pray – but never have I fallen asleep!
But yesterday, was different.
 
I had done a night shift on Friday and only managed to get a couple of hour’s sleep before I had to go out again on Saturday morning. In the evening I had a full house with all the kids home (for the first time in many months) with their dad and his new kids visiting. At the end of the evening, I had to drop my daughter off at her place, get back home to prepare for Church and Sunday School which I was scheduled to teach the following day. As a minister, I had to be at for 7.30 which meant that I had to be up by 6 even though I did not get to bed till after 2.30 am!
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At church, I attended 1 (and a half) services, got back home, quick change and off out again to a meeting – while holding a very long and important phone call (throughout the drive and via my car speaker system)
 
After getting back home, I sat in my car – long enough to catch up on social media and post my last update at exactly 8pm. That’s all I remember cos the next thing I know, I opened my eyes at 8.35pm to the realisation that I had fallen asleep for 30 minutes – with my phone still in my hand and my music still playing!!!!
 
My body had taken over and simply shut down on its own accord!
 
How many people had fallen asleep like that out of sheer exhaustion but failed to wake up…..
 
And thank God I was not driving when I fell asleep……
 
 
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More Confusion: Now Scientists Say Carbs Do Not Cause Weight Gain

As if we have not been confused enough by all kind of conflicting reports and information over the years, scientists have come out with yet another conflicting study that says fatty foods is the ONLY cause of weight gain and carbs or protein play no part in our extra inches and pounds.

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A story published in The Sun today claims that in a huge experiment, mice were fed varying diets over three months – the equivalent of nine human years.

They only piled on the pounds during the course of the fatty diets.

This is because the fatty food stimulated the reward centres in their brains.

Scientists from the University of Aberdeen and the Chinese Academy of Sciences undertook the largest study of its kind.

Since food consists of fat, protein and carbs, it has proven difficult to pinpoint exactly what aspect of the typical diet leads to weight gain.

 Mice started piling on the pounds when they were fed high fat diets

Mice started piling on the pounds when they were fed high fat diets
 The study has let carbs and protein off the hook for our extra inches

Part of the problem is that it is very difficult to do studies on humans where what they eat is controlled for long enough periods to work out what are the most important factors.

But studies on animals that are similar to us can help point in the right direction.

The study, published today in the journal Cell Metabolism includes 30 different diets that vary in their fat, carbohydrate (sugar) and protein contents.

Professor John Speakman, who led the study, said: “The result of this enormous study was unequivocal – the only thing that made the mice get fat was eating more fat in their diets.

“Carbohydrates including up to 30 per cent of calories coming from sugar had no effect.

“Combining sugar with fat had no more impact than fat alone.”

He added: “There was no evidence that low protein, down to 5 per cent, stimulated greater intake, suggesting there is no protein target.”

And he said mice were ideal test subjects as they are similar to humans in the physiology and metabolism.

Current UK guidelines say men should eat less than 30g of saturated fat, and women 20g, each day.

Doing 3, 10-Minute Brisk Walks A Day Is More Effective Than Aiming For 10,000 Steps

These days it is hard to walk the streets without running into someone who is anxiously looking at their wrist to see if they are on target to reach the magic 10,000 steps.

Is it really a goal worth striving for, or might there be something better?

And where did that figure come from?

You might be surprised to hear it was the result of a 1960s marketing campaign in Japan.

In the run-up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, a company came up with a device which they started marketing to the health-conscious.

It was called a Manpo-Kei. In Japanese, “man” means 10,000, “po” means steps and “kei” means meter. So it was, literally, a 10,000 steps meter.

The device was an early pedometer, based on the work of Dr Yoshiro Hatano, a young academic at Kyushu University of Health and Welfare.

Dr Hatano was worried that the Japanese were busy importing a slothful American lifestyle, as well as a love of watching baseball, and wanted to help them get more active.

He reckoned that if he could persuade his fellow Japanese to increase their daily steps from 4,000 to around 10,000 then they would burn off approximately 500 extra calories a day and remain slim.

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That, apparently, was how the “10,000 steps a day” regime was born.

It was clearly a great marketing success. But is it still the most effective way to improve our fitness?

‘Knitting is my only activity’

For BBC’s The Truth about Getting Fit, I went to a factory in Sheffield with Prof Rob Copeland from Sheffield Hallam University.

Our aim was to do a small experiment in which we would compare the benefits and ease of doing 10,000 steps against something called, “Active 10“.

With Active 10 you don’t need to count steps. You simply aim to do three brisk 10-minute walks a day.

Our volunteers all had different reasons for wanting to get fitter.

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Dave said: “I’m very aware that I’m not as fit as I used to be and I’ve put a lot of weight on,” while Judy confessed: “My only activity at the moment is knitting.”

And Nathan, who has a six-year-old daughter, said: “She runs so fast, and I run so slowly, I can’t catch her up.”

Our small group of volunteers was fitted with activity monitors so we could not only monitor what they did, but also how vigorously they did it.

First, a normal day’s activity was measured.

Rob then split them into two groups. One was asked to hit the 10,000-step target – around five miles – in a day, while the other group was asked to do three sessions of “Active 10” – which adds up to around 1.5 miles – more like 3,000 steps.

The Active 10 group were also told that their aim was not to amble but to get their pace up so that they would be working their heart and lungs. Prof Copeland told them: “You are aiming to walk fast enough so that you can still talk but not sing.”

Brisk walks

When we looked at the volunteers’ results, two out of the three asked to do 10,000 steps had managed to hit their target. But they had all struggled.

The Active 10 group, on the other hand, had found it relatively easy. They had formed a small walking group and met together at convenient times during their working day to go for a brisk walk together.

So 10,000 steps was harder to achieve – but which activity was better for health?

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Image captionBetter to go briskly…

Prof Copeland had analysed the data from their tracking monitors and he said the findings were very clear.

“The Active 10 group actually did 30% more ‘moderate to vigorous physical activity’ than the 10,000-step group, even though they moved for less time.

“And it’s when you are doing moderate intensity activity that you are starting to get the greatest health benefits.”

So even though the Active 10 group spent less time actually moving, they spent more time getting out of breath and increasing their heart rate.

Prof Copeland told the group: “What we really wanted you to do was to get your heart beating faster. There’s lots of evidence to suggest that by doing so you can lower your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.”

So three short brisk walks were easier to fit into the day and better for health.

I thought that was really interesting and I found it very encouraging, because I really don’t like doing 10,000 steps.

So the fact that you can get similar, perhaps greater, benefits from a few brisk walks a day is enormously encouraging.

To start doing some Active 10s in your day go to the NHS website where you can download a free Public Health England app. It is a good way to see how much brisk walking you’re doing, and how to do more.

Article culled from BBC-Health

A MARRIED WOMAN WITH BODY ODOUR? TOTALLY INEXCUSABLE

As a single woman living by myself (well my youngest daughter still lives at home with me but she stays firmly in her “apartment” and mostly keeps well out of my way) there are some sins and offences that I inadvertently commit and expose to the world because I have no one to tell me otherwise. Example if my bum appears too big in a dress I’m wearing, if I’ve applied my make up horribly, I’m wearing a skirt that is too short, a top showing too much cleavage or I have lip stick on my teeth. These are some of the horrors that single ladies could avoid if they had someone that could tell them. But because they don’t,  they could be forgiven if they come out of their homes looking like a dog’s dinner.

But there can be absolutely no excuse on this planet whatsoever for a married woman to step out of her house with nuclear proportion BODY ODOUR!!!

MY God!!!

I know some married women that possess the most offensive body smell that permeates the entire room they entire. I fact, you could tell they’ve entered into a room even if you had blindfolds on. And these are not the occasional BO that could come from an unlaundered jacket or dried on sweat after a very busy schedule on a hot day.

I’m talking about habitual anywhere, everywhere, anytime BO.

My issues with BO is – how can you not know you have it? Or how can your husband fail to tell in all the years you’ve been married that you have serious BO and need to do something about it?

How can you both step our of your house at anytime to go to work, to a party or to church and not feel you should tell your wife to spray herself? This as far as I’m concerned is the very height of irresponsibility and carelessness on the part of a husband whose wife has body odour

Or maybe, after many yers of being together, the husband has gotten so used to the offensive odour and has become “smell-blind”

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There really cannot be any defensive argument for a lady to smell bad in this day and age. The shops are filled with all kinds of toiletries such as deodorant, body spray, body mist, eau de toilette, eau de parfum, cheap and expensive etc and EVERY WOMAN with or without BO should include them in their daily routine.

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BO is socially unacceptable and does not give a good impression of the bearer, no matter how expensively they are dressed or how sweet they are. BO gives the notion that the bearer is dirty, unhygienic and careless.

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I personally am terribly self conscious and would just die, if I discovered that I’ve been in the company of others and they’ve smelt a “whiff” coming from me.

How embarrassing!

How shameful!!

That is why I always have a bottle of perfume in my bag and two cans of body spray in my car. I also as a long established rule, use a deodorant stick after every shower – a habit formed from secondary school. Luckily I do not suffer from a body odour problem but I still like to make double sure.

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So please my dear brothers and uncles, I’m begging you. If you know your wife has a smell condition, please do the kind thing and tell her. Christmas is coming up so sieze the opportunity and buy her a load of perfume and deodorising products.

And make sure she uses them.

Also, try to make her take at least two daily showers and change her underwear regularly because a lack of proper hygiene routine could be a cause of body odour.
Please remember that many people suffering from a BO problem might not know that they smell. Therefore, it us really up to those closest to them to tell them.

And it could also be a symptom of an underlying medical problem so a visit to the GP might be necessary.