YDzine April 2004

Celebrity Illness - Quote - 2min with Hippocrates - Your Health - Lifestyle Tip - Web Watch - Promo - Just for Fun

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Here is a bit of trivia for you. Why do humans have two breasts when many other mammals have up to 16? (we are mammals too)

The rule of thumb is that the number of breasts a species has is twice the number of offspring expected to be born at one time. We normally have one baby, so that makes 2 breasts a sensible number to have!

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 Celebrities Get Sick Too
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Nicole Kidman Cleared of Breast Cancer

Thankfully Nicole Kidman’s breast cancer rumor turned out to be, well, just a rumor.
Her representatives set the record straight after reporters leaked information from her health record without her authorization.

This invasion of her medical privacy caused distress to her family and fans. According to the actress this is what happened; "I went in for a routine checkup, and the doctors discovered an area they thought needed further testing. The results of those tests were negative and I was given an 'all clear'," said Kidman.

Coincidentally, the night after the Academy Awards, Nicole Kidman was honored for her work on behalf of the Women's Cancer Research Fund, which handed her the 2004 Courage Award for her efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer.

When Kidman was 17 her mother battled the disease. The tabloid scare gave Kidman the opportunity to spread the message about getting checked for breast cancer. "As always, I am committed to raising funds and awareness for women's health issues, and I'd like to emphasize the importance for all women to have regular mammograms and checkups," she said.


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 2min with Hippocrates

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Tame Your Temper

Getting angry can be bad for your heart. Anger and frustration are more likely to upset the rhythm of the heart than exercise in people who are susceptible to heart arrythmia.

The folklore that having a temper tantrum might kill you is backed up by medical studies by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland. The researchers showed that being angry or mentally stressed can cause an irregular heartbeat among high-risk patients.

They performed tests on patients who had implanted defibrillator type pacemakers.
To stress the volunteers, the researchers asked them to recall a recent incident that angered them. These result we compared with exercise related stress. They also tested 17 healthy volunteers without heart trouble who were matched for age and gender.

 Your Health

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Ear Piercing Danger in Upper Ear

Think twice about getting a piercing in the upper ear, or at least make sure it is done at a reputable place and is well looked after following the procedure. Research in the US has found that ear cartilage piercings are more likely to get infected than lobe piercings. If not treated properly, these bacterial infections can lead to the loss of part of your ear.

Why is upper-ear piercing more risky than those in the lobe? Upper ear piercing goes through cartilage, the firm tissue which makes up the ear. Cartilage is not as well supplied with blood as other tissue so it's harder for sufficient numbers of bacteria-destroying immune system cells to get to the injury than to other places in the body.

If you have a piercing, what should you beware of? Tenderness after a piercing is common, but this usually settles in a day or two. Signs of infection include any pain that lasts for more than a few days, especially if that pain is increasing rather than decreasing. Other indicators of infection are swelling, redness and tenderness when you touch the pierced area.

 Lifestyle Tip

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How to Hold a Ladder

Did you know that getting someone to hold the bottom of a ladder while you clean windows, change a light bulb or paint the ceiling may cause more accidents than it prevents?

A study commissioned by Britain's Health and Safety Executive, shows that footing - standing or leaning on the bottom of a ladder - gives a false sense of security to the person on top.

The research established the best way to stabilize a ladder. Stand with both feet well apart on the first rung and keep very still. The study examined 52 typical ladders.

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 Web Watch

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 Just for Fun

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Are computers men or women?

Women claim that computers should be referred to in the masculine gender because:

  • In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.
  • They have a lot of data, but are still clueless.
  • They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they are the problem.
  • As soon as you commit to one, you realize that, if you had waited a little longer you could have had a better model.
Men concluded that computers should be referred to in the feminine gender because:
  • No one but the Creator understands their internal logic.
  • The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.
  • Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for retrieval.
  • As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

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April 11: Easter
This year's Easter date will be Sunday April 11, 2004. Orthadox Easter is also on the 11th.

April 30: Plant a tree for Arbor Day
The world's first Arbor Day was held in Nebraska on 10 April, 1872. Arbor Day is Friday, April 30, 2004.

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