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Thursday, May 30, 2019

'Burnout' is a medically diagnosable syndrome - WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday, May 28, has officially classified burnout as a medically diagnosable 'syndrome'.  This is included in WHO's diagnostic manual, International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) lists.

Listed below are the possible signs of burnout:
  • Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion.
  • Increased mental distance from one's job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job.
  • Reduced professional efficacy.
The organisation defined burnout as a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. 
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Friday, May 24, 2019

Career: 4 Personal Goals You Should Achieve by Age 40

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There are four universal career goals that we can all aim to achieve before crossing the line into our 40’s to set ourselves up for success before retirement.

1. Obtain a leadership position

When we start our career path, working towards a leadership role brings several different benefits:

Increased confidence. When you are responsible for a team or leading others at the job, there is a certain feeling of excitement and pride. Yes, with this role you probably have more stress and uncertainty. But the good often outweighs the bad.
The opportunity to mentor others. A great part of learning is educating others for a better tomorrow. When you are in a position of leadership, you are able to teach others to what it takes to be an effective leader, and leave your mark on the organization — and hopefully, the world.

Support for administrative tasks. Not everything we do in our career is glamorous or exciting (especially the administrative tasks). When you are in a leadership position, it feels like a blessing to be able to assign those small tasks to others, so you can spend your time on other matters.

Freedom to think outside of the box. As a leader, you are typically able to share your opinion and thoughts to help “steer the ship” in the right direction. This potential impact on a company or an organization is something that can feel quite gratifying and exciting at this point in your career.

By 40, you should have a leadership position at work or in some other capacity, maybe in a community organization or club. Anywhere you can make an impact and reap the benefits of working your way to the top.

2. Pursue your passion

Not everyone wants the same thing out of their career. For me, I realized being an entrepreneur afforded me autonomy with my schedule that corporate America wouldn’t be able to provide. Additionally, I was focusing my work on creative and innovative projects that I couldn’t do when working full time for an employer. Whether you want to create a non-profit or travel the world, most of us have passions that we may not be pursing in our current jobs. However, our passions matter and it is up to us to make time to prioritize them, so we don’t live a less satisfying or fulfilling life. By 40, you should be in the position to pursue your passions, whether it’s by switching departments, adding on responsibilities to your role, or going out and starting your very own business or side hustle.

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3) Give back

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Whether it is supporting our youth, protecting the environment or providing resources to the disenfranchised, there are several opportunities to make this world a better place. Helping to run a business and doing good in this world are not mutually exclusive. Don’t you agree? By 40, you should find some way to give back to your community with your work, whether it’s by raising money for charity with your ERG, dedicating yourself to ensuring diversity on your team, or dedicating yourself full-time to the less privileged.

4) Share your story

Have you shared your career story? Whether it is on a blog or in a community, sharing your story allows other women to learn from your journey, and provides you with some external when you are going through the ups and downs of your career. Essentially, sharing our experiences is how we make it easier for those that come after us. Don’t keep your journey to yourself. Show others just how amazing you are!

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15 Proven Home Remedies for Ear infections

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Excessive pain in the ear, accompanied by the feeling of fullness, vomiting, and nausea all hint towards an ear infection.

The experience can be terrible bringing your life to a halt. While numerous factors can cause an ear infection like the bacterial build-up, cold, flue, etc., the good news is that mild infections can easily be treated at home using some natural remedies. As children are more prone to such infections, it is better to try home remedies for ear infections that do not pose any side-effects.

Below mentioned are some of the effective home remedies for ear infections that give you quick results.

1. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is the magical oil that can treat numerous ailments including ear infections. The oil contains antimicrobial anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which make it highly effective in treating ear infections.

How to use?

Pour a few drops of coconut oil in your ear and cover with a cotton ball

Move your lower jaw in vertical motion so that the oil reaches your ear canal

Leave it for about fifteen minutes and then clean the ear

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2. Castor oil

Another oil that can effectively cure your ear infection is Castor oil. Besides having antimicrobial properties, the warmth of the oil stimulates lymphatic flow and soothes the irritation in your inner ear.

How to use?

Warm the oil slightly

Pour a few drops of it in the infected ear and cover with a cotton ball

Leave it overnight

Clean the ear with a swab of cotton, the next morning

3. Echinacea

Consuming Echinacea strengthens your immune system and aids it in fighting the infection. Further, it has antimicrobial properties that kill the microbes causing infection and ease the discomfort .

How to use?

Take Echinacea in a tablet or tincture form along with water

The recommended dosage for adults is 300 mg, and that for children is 150 mg.

4. Breast milk

Breast milk is known to contain natural antibodies that help fight the ear infection and accelerate the healing process.

How to use?

Pour two to three drops of the milk in the infected ear

Repeat the process after every three to four hours to clear the infection

4. Mullein Oil

Reduce the inflammation and pain in your ear with Mullein Oil which fights the superoxide radicals causing the swelling.

How to use?

Warm the oil slightly

Tilt your head with the infected ear facing upwards and pour a few drops of the oil in it

Keep your head in the same position for about 15 minutes and after that drain the oil

Clean the area with a cotton ball

5. Essential Oils

The use of essential oil for ear infection can be an effective method for dealing with ear pain. They have potent properties that can help treat ear infection and reduce the symptoms of pain and swelling.

How to use?

Pour two drops of lavender essential oil on a cotton ball and place it in your ear

Add one to two drops of Lemon essential oil in half a cup of coconut oil

Massage the blend behind your ear in the downward motion, starting from ear to the jaw

Remove the cotton ball once the pain in your ear subsides.

6. Rubbing Alcohol

Alcohol being a disinfectant kills the microbes causing the infection. Besides, it also dries up the fluid accumulated in your ear causing the pain.

How to use?

Pour two to three drops of alcohol in your ear using a cotton ball

Repeat it two to three times a day

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7. Oil of Oregano

Oil of Oregano also comes in the list of effective home remedies for ear infections as it can quickly ease the pain and swelling. Also, it has antibacterial properties that fight bacterial build-up in your ear.

How to use?

Take some oil on your fingers and massage it around and behind your ear

Repeat after a few hours to ease the symptoms.

8. Holy basil

Owing to its antimicrobial effect; holy basil can be used to treat ear infections.

How to use?

Crush a few fresh leaves of Holy basil

Extract the juice and apply it around the ear

Repeat after a few hours

9. Salt Sock

Fluid build-up can cause excessive pain in your ear. Warm salt compress effectively draws out the liquid from your ear which is absorbed by the salt and relieves you of the pain.

How to use?

Microwave or heat half a cup of sea salt

Put it in a clean sock and tie a knot

Place it for some time on your ear when it is not too hot

10. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide helps in clearing ear wax which might be causing pain in your ear. Besides, it has antifungal and antibacterial properties which make it highly effective in treating the infection.

How to use?

Add hydrogen peroxide (3%) in an equal amount of hot water

Let the mixture cool a bit and put a few drops of it in the infected ear

Let it work for about ten minutes and then clean the drainage

11. Olive Oil

Extra Virgin olive oil can also significantly ease the pain caused due to an ear infection.

How to use?

Warm olive oil a little

Pour a few drops of the oil in the infected ear

Let it stay for ten minutes and after that clean your ear

12. Steam

Steam can help clear the congestion and build-up of wax in your ear causing [pain and inflammation.

How to use?

Heat a bowl of water

Cover your head with a towel and bend over the bowl to inhale the steam

13. Cold and warm compress

If you are experiencing terrible pain in your ear, then alternating between cold compress and warm compress is a simple and quick way to alleviate it.

How to use?

Place an ice pack over the for ten minutes

Replace it with a warm compress

Repeat the process to ease the pain and clear the congestion

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14. Saltwater

Ear pain often accompanies a sore throat. If this is the case with you too then gargle with saltwater that soothes your throat and eases the ear pain naturally.

How to use?

Add a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water

Gargle with the mixture

15. Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme Essential oil contains an active compound known as Thymol which has potent antibacterial properties that can effectively combat the bacterial build-up in your ear.

How to use?

Add a few drops of thyme essential oil in a carrier oil

Apply the blend around the ear to treat the infection.


Ear infections can be troublesome. The excessive pain associated with them can significantly affect your routine life. Get rid of the trouble by using the home remedies for ear infections mentioned above. These are quite effective and provide quick results.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Kate Middleton shows off her "Back to Nature" Garden at the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show

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Kate Middleton looked stylish in a white button-down and wide-leg khakis she rocked as she showed off her garden to schoolchildren during the Chelsea Flower Show in London on Monday, May 20, 2019.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Are Dental Mouthpieces Effective Against Sleep Apnea?

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Sleeping is essential for maintaining your health. But it is a luxury nowadays. There are a plethora of distractions that can prevent us from getting a good night’s sleep.

What’s more striking is the fact that most of these distractions are enjoyed by us like surfing our phone or binge-watching our favourite show. While these ill-practices should be shunned for our overall well-being, there are certain distractions that are beyond our control.

The serious ailments like sleep apnea can pose constraints in the way to grab a peaceful siesta. People often find sleep apnea to be related to snoring as most people with this condition have the habit of snoring.

However, snorers do not always have sleep apnea. Nevertheless, it is quite a serious disease that can have life-threatening consequences.

Although the continuous positive air pressure is great, it records a very low rate of compliance. Patients complain about dry nasal passages, claustrophobia, a problem in tolerating the pressurized air, skin irritation for masks and risks of tossing the mask away at night when they use CPAP machine.

Herein comes the need of the dental mouthpieces that can benefit patients with sleep apnea who are unable to use the CPAP machine.

How Do the Sleep Apnea Mouth Appliances Work?

The sleep apnea oral appliances operate by moving the jaw forth that enhances the size of the upper airway which reduces the upper airway size. This, in turn, reduces the air pressure that can lead to snoring and sleep apnea.

The oral appliance for sleep apnea is often used as a substitute for sleep apnea oral surgery. If the patient is overweight, the mouthpiece can also turn out to be quite effectual. The sleep apnea mouth guards are devices of anti-snoring assist to stop snoring and reduce the airway turbulence.

The customised mouthpieces for sleep apnea are often called sleep apnea mouthguards and most beneficial for the patients who have moderate or mild OSA or obstructive sleep apnea.

Prior to recommending a snoring mouthpiece the sleep dentists often suggest a sleep study for diagnosing the real issue. For determining the effect, such a study is also recommended once the oral appliance is used.

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Benefits of the Dental Mouthpieces for Sleep Apnea
  • Most of the patients find the dental devices to be much more tolerable and comfortable to wear as opposed to the CPAP masks.
  • The mouthpieces are also discreet devices that are not visible to the bedpartner if the mouth is closed.
  • Such devices are highly portable and very compact and the device can be just carried in a pocket.
  • The dental mouthpiece can also save the electricity and you don’t have to plug the device into the wall for functioning.
  • Immediate Responses – Most of the patients find improvement on the first night itself after using the device.
Consequences of Using Dental Mouthpieces for Sleep Apnea
  • Some of the sleep apnea patients using the mouthpieces can experience Temporal Mandibular Joint Arthritis or pain(arthralgia).
  • Others have reported that immediately after removing the mandibular device they face difficulty in bringing the teeth together.
  • After prolonged use, some people also experience teeth shifting.
There are several businesses selling dental mouthpieces, but it is always suggested that you go with your sleep dentist’s recommendation for a desirable outcome.

Are Dental Mouthpieces Effective to Fight against Sleep Apnea?

The answer to that, without doubt, is a straight “Yes”. Sleep Apnea and snoring can be treated with dental mouthpieces. Even though the CPAP is still considered the best for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the usage of these mouthpieces is coming into vogue.

Research has revealed that oral appliances for sleep apnea are still great for treating moderate and mild sleep apnea. You should consult with your sleep dentist immediately if you are a snorer so that she can recommend the right mouthpiece for you. In order to ensure whether the mouthpiece is a good fit for you or not, you should also attend the follow-up check-ups religiously so that you can get the best results.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Regular Exercise and Healthy Lifestyle can reduces risk of Dementia - World Health Organisation (WHO)

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The World Health Organisation has released some guidelines that will help people to reduce their risk of dementia on 14 May 2019. These are getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) today.

The Guidelines provide the knowledge base for health-care providers to advise patients on what they can do to help prevent cognitive decline and dementia. They will also be useful for governments, policy-makers and planning authorities to guide them in developing policy and designing programmes that encourage healthy lifestyles.

The reduction of risk factors for dementia is one of several areas of action included in WHO’s Global action plan for the public health response to dementia. Other areas include: strengthening information systems for dementia; diagnosis, treatment and care; supporting carers of people with dementia; and research and innovation.

WHO’s Global Dementia Observatory, launched in December 2017, is a compilation of information about country activities and resources for dementia, such as national plans, dementia-friendly initiatives, awareness campaigns and facilities for care. Data from 21 countries, including Bangladesh, Chile, France, Japan, Jordan and Togo, have already been included, with a total of 80 countries now engaged in providing data.

Creating national policies and plans for dementia are among WHO’s key recommendations for countries in their efforts to manage this growing health challenge. During 2018, WHO provided support to countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Qatar, Slovenia and Sri Lanka to help them develop a comprehensive, multi-sectoral public health response to dementia.

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HND/BSc Dichotomy Removed by FG

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At last, the Federal Government has approved the abolition of dichotomy that hitherto, existed between BSc Holders and HND holders in the civil service. This was contained in a circular dated March 26, 2018 which was conveyed by the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita.

The circular indicated that NCE approved entry point of SGL 08 for Higher National Diploma (HND) holders in the civil service. It also encouraged serving HND officers to fulfill all specified conditions as contained in scheme of service and extant rules for career progression beyond SGL 14.

The dichotomy had, hitherto, restricted the polytechnic graduates to a particularly Salary Grade Level (SGL) in the civil service. It took the intervention of the National Council on Establishment (NCE) to resolve the matter in their favour.

Meanwhile, beneficiaries of the recent abolition of the disparity have commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for his support which brought an end to the BSc/HND dichotomy era.

President of the umbrella body of the beneficiaries, the Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE), Ahmad Yabagi, told journalists, at a press conference in Abuja, that the decision has opened a great career door which no adversary can shut.

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