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Have you noticed most
women open their mouths when applying mascara? I know I do, so I
tried to find out why we do it.
is that it can help to relax the face or reduce the urge to blink,
but no one really knows for sure!
Why do I bring this up?
For one it points out what mysterious creatures we are and secondly
this month is Valentines Day. February YDzine includes some love
quotes and tips on looking and feeling good, and just to stop you
getting carried away 2Min Hippocrates discusses hemorrhoids.
Effects of Oscars
Could winning an Oscar in the Academy Awards really be a matter of life
and death? According to research published in the American Journal of
Medicine Oscar-winning actors and directors live longer than those nominees
who get the gong.
The study at the University of Toronto looked at all the actors and directors
who had been nominated from the first Academy Awards in 1928 to the 2001
awards. Oscar winning actors were found to live 3.9 years longer than
other nominees. A similar pattern is also noted for directors.
Another interesting finding that didn’t involve winning or losing,
was that directors have a higher life expectancy of 4.5 years more than
actors. Maybe that’s why we hear about a growing number of Hollywood
“actors turned director” like George Clooney. Could this be
because it's better for their health?
An interesting conclusion of this study is that celebrities are not so
different from the rest of us. Studies have found that the health of people
with ‘lower’ status occupations is poorer that those with
‘high’ status occupations. The health difference in movie
stars suggests this effect happens even in very elite groups of people.
I know I would be more than happy to be nominated for an Oscar! But
I guess if you are super famous missing out could make you feel useless
compared to all your friends.
Here are three quotes on Love especially for Valentines Day!
"To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides."
"Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects
you from age"
"Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. "
Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)
Warning: The following story may offend some people. Hemorrhoids
are quite common and most people will experience hemorrhoids at some stage
in their life.
What are they? Hemorrhoids are an abnormal enlargement or dilation of
the veins found around the anal opening. They are classified into internal
and external hemorrhoids. As the name suggests internal hemorrhoids are
not usually seen. Internal hemorrhoids are usually painless and are often
noticed by bleeding. They may push out of the anal opening (prolapse)
if they become large they enough.
External hemorrhoids are found on or around the anal opening and are generally
painful. They can be seen or felt as a swelling or extra skin around the
anus. External hemorrhoids can become very painful when the blood inside
clots. This condition is called a thrombosed external hemorrhoid.
The common occurrence of hemorrhoids is often blamed on a diet high in
refined and processed food and low in fiber. Stools that have less bulk
are harder to pass and lead to constipation. Excessive straining causes
an increased pressure in the veins around the anal canal. The veins swell
and can result in hemorrhoids.
Symptoms of hemorrhoids can include bleeding of bright red fresh blood,
mucous or fecal soiling of undergarments, itching, and occasionally pain.
Painful bowel movement usually indicates another problem, often an anal
fissure (a crack).
A doctor can diagnose and treat hemorrhoids in an office examination.
For troubling internal hemorrhoids, the doctor can place a small rubber
band around the base of the hemorrhoid which eventually falls off. Another
method is using an infrared light to clot the blood. A doctor can immediately
stop the pain of a thromboses external hemorrhoid by draining the blood,
provided it is done within 2 days of occurring.
Quick Stroll a Day Keeps the Bulge Away
You’ve heard it before – exercising is a great way to keep
off the weight, but how much exercise is really enough? A new study shows
you may need less than you think to make a difference, even without dieting.
Overweight adults need only a small amount of exercise, the equivalent
of a half-hour of brisk walking a day, to prevent further weight gain.
A recent study at Duke University looked at 120 overweight or mildly obese
adults who were not dieting. The results can be seen in the Archives of
Participants who got no exercise during the eight-month study gained an
average of just over one kilogram (half a pound). But 73 per cent of those
who walked briskly 18 kilometers (11 Miles) each week, which is only about
30 minutes a day, were able to maintain their weight or even lose a few
Not surprisingly the most noticeable weight loss occurred in the very
dedicated people - jogging about 27 kilometers (17miles) weekly. They
shed more than 4.5 kilograms (10lbs) of body fat and gained about 1.35
kilograms (3lbs) of lean muscle.
The researchers think these are important results. Millions of Americans
are becoming obese by gradually gaining weight at the rate of about a
pound per year. We recommend you keep an eye on weight gain because it
can creep up on you slowly. It's a lot easier to keep the fat off than
to try and lose it. Just start with a small amount of exercise and keep
Treat Your Own Split Ends
Don’t you just hate split ends! They are technically known as trichoptlosis.
Splits are more likely to develop in dry or brittle hair, and typical causes
of damage include excessive dying or vigorous brushing.
Hairs usually split into two or three strands and can be as long as two
or three centimeters. The best way to stop the splitting is to cut if off.
It is easier for a hair to keep on splitting than to start a new split in
a freshly cut end. To avoid split ends you may need regular trimming so
it may be appropriate to do yourself.
In the sixties and seventies, woman used to burn off their split ends themselves,
although I don’t recommend you try that method. Even some models do
it themselves. In a recent Vogue interview, Sam McKnight, hairstylist to
the stars, said “I’m all for people doing their own hair. It
shows confidence and individuality. You can lose dry ends, add layers and
even do a whole haircut yourself, although this is not for the fainthearted.”
Some DIY tips
• Take small sections of hair and carefully twist them in a gentle
Any split ends will automatically stick out.
• Carefully snip into the twist with sharp scissors. Don’t cut
right through; just cut into the thickness to remove the damaged cuticles
and give a natural layered effect.
• Be careful to cut roughly the same amount from each twist.
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The DVD of the lovable Australian clown fish is available now. The website
is great. I recommend downloading the 'Screen Mates' and then Nemo characters
swim around your screen.
Smack the "Pingu"
Do you like a fun tension relieving game that is super easy to play. Just
use the mouse button to start and hit the penguin (don't worry, no penguins
where harmed in the making). My best score is 520.
month our competition asked YDzine members to tell us a joke (see the
competition winners entries below in 'Just For Fun'). This month we are
making everyone a winner.
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how close you are to receiving a complimentary diagnosis.
We had a good laugh when we opened all the emails from YDzine readers
in response to last month’s joke competition! Here are some of our
Gayle from Oklahoma
Q: What did the fish say when it swam into the concrete wall?
Brenda from South Carolina
These are actual bumper stickers seen by Brenda
- I Have The Body Of A God--Buddha!
- If We Quit Voting-Will They All Go Away?
- Honk If Anything Falls Off
- Boldly Going Nowhere
- How Many Roads Must A Man Go Down Before He Admits He's Lost?
- Saw it-Wanted it-Had A Fit-Got it!!
- All Men Are Animals--Some Just Make Better Pets!
- If You Can Read This-Please! Flip Me Over
(Seen upside down on a Jeep)
February 6: National Wear Red Day
As part of American Heart Month, Friday the 6th is the day to raise awareness
about heart disease, the number one killer for women as well as men.
February 14: St. Valentines Day
Do you remember how Valentine’s cards used to be, before e-cards
came along? Here are some traditional valentine card styles that make
great ideas for cards this year.
• Pinprick valentines - Made by pricking tiny holes in paper with
a pin to resemble the look of lace
• Cutout valentines- Lace-look cards made by folding paper several
times and cutting out a lace design with small, sharp scissors
• Acrostic valentines - Verses in which the first letters in the
lines spelled out the beloved's name
• Rebus valentines - Verses in which small pictures took the place
of some of the words (for example, an eye instead of I)
February 16: Presidents Day
Until 1971, both February 12 and February 22 were observed as federal
public holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12)
and George Washington (February 22). In 1971 President Richard Nixon proclaimed
one single federal public holiday, the Presidents' Day, to be observed
on the third Monday of February, honoring all past presidents of the United
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