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Anti Ageing Skin Care For Mature Skin

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A good skin care routine is important at any age, but it is especially important on older skin.


As we age, our skin becomes thinner, loses its elasticity and becomes dryer and it is up to us through diet and an anti-ageing skin care routine, to help it look its best.


It`s a difficult choice, selecting a skin care range for mature skin. Do you go for cheaper products that may be packed with parabens, sulphates and other nasty chemicals?

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organic skin care is ideal for ageing skin


Or do you splash the cash and opt for the higher end range that promises to rejuvinate your complexion – providing you don`t mind spending a fortune?


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Sweet Willow skin care range offer an organic, natural range without the high price tag

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How is DNA connected with onset of menopause?

peri-menopauseRecently researches were conducted in some of the well known research institute and universities of the world by eminent scientist to find out the connection between menopause and the gene structures in our body.

Previously, scientists could identify as many as 4 gene regions which are directly related to menopause. However, recent researches in this genre have identified 13 additional areas of genome which also directly impacts the occurrence of menopause.

The researches in the genre were conducted by eminent scientists from the University of Exeter, Boston University and University of Oxford. They are continuing with their research to come up with further correlation between DNA and the menopause timings to identify medication for post menopausal problems like heart related disease, osteoporosis and others problems.

Factors Related to Menopause

Menopause is one of the important hormonal alterations that take place in the body of  women when they are in their late 40’s or early 50‘s. These drastic hormonal changes are directly related to the fertility in women and at the same time they may also trigger some serious diseases such as breast cancer. Researchers have identified 13 genes in the body of women that are mainly related with the immune system and hormonal discharge in the body that are correlated with the occurrence of menopause. Therefore researches were conducted in this regard to see how this phenomenon is related to the genomes in an individual’s body and how it can be influenced with the help of medication to treat these problems effectively.

Correlation Between Menopause and Diseases

Recent research shows that menopause at an earlier stage can prevent breast cancer. Investigations are going on in this respect and it has been deducted that oestrogen, the female hormone is directly related to the cancer. The secretion of oestrogen during the span of time a woman menstruates is one of the important causes of breast cancer. It can be generally seen that in the post menopausal period there is an increase tendency among women to suffer from heart disease. Studies have revealed that reduction in the secretion of the female hormone triggers such diseases.

The Primary Aim of the Studies

Scientists are of the opinion that there are some genes in the bodies of women that are directly related with the onset of menopause. They are trying to locate these particulars genes in the female body and determine why some women have early menopause. The researchers also claim that these will help them to determine the reason behind different kinds of disorders related with child birth.

The results from these researches try to determine the causes behind early menopause with special focus on the genes related to it. They are of the opinion that if they can determine the cause and find out ways to stop it, then the women’s can be safeguarded from a lot of post menopausal diseases or diseases caused due to early menopause. The outcome of these researches will help in innovating successful therapies that will be beneficial for the women suffering from these problems.

About the Author:
The above article is written by Jammy who is associated with HomeDNAdirect, a dna siblings test company as their freelance writer. In his free time,he loves to impart knowledge related to health through his articles.

Five Foods To Put On Your Head For Healthy Hair

glossy hairThe secrets to healthy hair might be no farther than your kitchen. Eating a healthy diet and meeting at least the minimum recommendations for vitamins and minerals every day will help keep all of your body healthy, including your hair. There are lots of vitamin-packed foods, however, that can do wonders for your hair not by eating them, but by actually smearing them all over your head. The next time you want to do a deep-conditioning or cleansing treatment, don’t go to a pricey salon – just raid your kitchen for these five foods.

Avocado is a fruit that’s packed with healthy fats and vitamins like Vitamins E and B. It’s not only good for you to eat, it’s also great for conditioning your hair. Just mash up the insides of a ripe avocado, and smear it on your hair in the shower after you’ve washed with shampoo. Leave it in for a few minutes, and then rinse. Avocado will make your hair so soft, shiny, and healthy, that you could replace your regular conditioner with it entirely.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is often used in anti-aging and stress-reduction treatments, and it’s also a great strengthening oil for your hair. Rub a little bit of coconut oil through your hair a couple times per week, and your hair will be healthier. It also helps ward off dandruff, hair loss, and split ends, not to mention that fact that it smells great. You can rinse the coconut oil after an hour or two, or you can leave it in all day as a smoothing, anti-frizz oil. If you’re going to leave it in, however, be careful – too much will leave your hair looking greasy.


Egg yolks, believe it or not, can be used as a very effective shampoo. Just beat together a few egg yolks, and massage them into your hair in the shower. Leave them in for about 10-15 minutes, and rinse with cool water. Your hair will be quite clean and shiny. You could even use egg yolks in place of your shampoo a couple times per week.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice works wonders on hair, and it’s one treatment you just have to try. After washing your hair as you normally would in the shower, rinse your hair with lemon juice, and rinse again with cool water. The acidic nature of the lemon juice will help strip your hair of any build up and impurities, and it will leave your hair amazingly soft and incredibly shiny. For people who suffer from unmanageable hair, a lemon juice rinse can also significantly reduce frizz.


Honey may be sticky, but it’s also great for your hair. Give your hair a conditioning treatment by mixing two tablespoons of honey with about two-thirds of a cup of olive oil (which can also be used for your hair like coconut oil) and spreading it all over your hair. Wrap your head with a warm towel. Rinse after about half an hour, and your hair will be very shiny.

Cayla Crenshaw is a beauty expert and stylist who is a fanatic when it comes to the health of her hair. She loves to write when she can and often covers anything from cosmetic brushes to the hottest new trends.

Hip Replacement Surgery

Who Should Go Under The Knife?

about hip replacementsAfter many years of daily activity, our hip bones have the utmost potential to become brittle or diseased. The NHS offer hip replacement surgery (or arthroplasty as it is known within the industry), to remedy patients with this problem within the UK. If you opt to receive surgery at one of the many private hospitals, The whole surgical procedure will cost anywhere between £7500 and £13500 depending on the span of bone to be replaced. Artificial parts integrated into the hip are called the prosthesis. Hip replacement surgery benefits include; increased mobility, improved function of the hip joint and most advantageously, pain relief.

People suffering with hip problems will encounter numerous difficulties with a multitude of normal daily activities such as walking and even sitting down may cause abnormal aches and pains within the hip area. These people are all appropriate candidates for hip replacement surgery. The most common origin of damage to the hip bone is caused from Osteoarthritis. Other existent conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis. Fractures and bone tumors also result in weakened and deteriorated hip joint structure.

Up until recent years, doctors and surgeons reserved the judgement that hip replacement ideally be an option for older people over the age of 60 years old. However, it is now realised that the operation can be just as successful in younger people. The artificial parts that are implanted are now capable of withstanding the stress put under them from daily activities of a younger person.

The success of hip replacement surgery depends greatly on a persons’ general physical health and activity engagement; exercise is an all important factor in determining the outcome. Obviously the more active the person, the more chance of lasting benefits post-surgery.

Age is of course an important factor but not necessarily the major factor. Hip troubles can affect anyone of any age, for example; people who suffer from chronic disorders such as Parkinsons’ disease or conditions that cause mass weakness in the muscles. These people are unfortunately many times more likely to dislocate or damage an artificial hip than people without chronic diseases. This will also affect recovery rate after the operation, possibly affecting the ending result also. All of these factors must be taken into consideration before a patient is marked as suitable for surgery. In this, as in many other cases, prevention is better than cure. Studies show that those who opt for hip replacement prior to advanced bone deterioration generally see better quality of life in the long run.

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Menopause And Gum Disease

menopause helpWomen become more prone to dental and oral health issues during menopause and at other periods of hormonal change. Altered oestrogen levels along with the natural aging process are thought to give rise to a higher incidence of oral health issues at this stage in women’s lives.

It is a good idea to be mindful of the potential dental and gum related issues that you are more likely to face as you get older. This post will help you to identify any potential issues by identifying the riskiest problems, giving their symptoms and giving some tips (that you probably know already) about how to avoid these problems.

Possible Risks

The menopausal transition increases the risk of a number of issues with your teeth, gums, mouth and taste buds, ranging from dry mouth to full blown gum disease. The more severe oral health risks you may face include:
• Gum bleeding
• Bone loss/Osteoporosis
• Gum Disease
• Mouth Cancer

Gum diseases are more prevalent during menopause. They range from mild gingivitis, to more severe periodontitis, and more uncommon but serious acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, which can be life-threatening.


Gingivitis is probably the most common form of gum disease and results in inflammation of the gums surrounding the teeth. Gingivitis is one of many gum diseases that affect the health of the periodontium (those tissues that surround the teeth and include the gums, soft tissues, and bone). Chronic gingivitis leads to receding gums and can cause permanent damage to teeth. Gingivitis can lead to more severe periodontitis.


As we get older bone loses some of its ability to regenerate itself so it starts to weaken. This is a condition known as osteoporosis when the bones become quite fragile. It is often symptomless but excessive bone loss from your gums willcure menopause become noticeable as your face may take on a sunken appearance. It is made worse if you are missing teeth as the tooth acts as an anchor and helps the bone to regenerate. Dental implants can help you to stop this bone degeneration.

Mouth Cancer

Mouth cancer is more prevalent in people as they get older. Mouth cancer is usually curable if it is identified at an early stage and has not yet spread outside the mouth. If it has spread outside the mouth, the chances of survival are significantly less. Mouth cancer is attributed to smoking and the consumption of alcohol in a lot of cases.

If you experience any issues with your gums during the menopause, it is best to speak with a dentist or GP. Although, it is likely that a visit to the dentist will be the only way to confirm any gum problems, it is a good idea to be mindful of the following symptoms:
• Sensitive or soft gums
• Swollen or painful gums
• A change in colour of your gums
• Gums bleed more easily than usual
• Tooth decay

Good Practices

To avoid dental problems during the menopause, the following good habits will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy:
• Brush twice daily and floss regularly. You should brush for at least two minutes at a time.
• Visit a dental hygienist for a professional clean twice a year.
• Visit the dentist regularly and discuss all problems there. It is important to let the dentist know about any new medications you are taking.
• Be vigilant about any changes in your mouth, to your teeth or gums.
• Eat healthy – dairy products, meat, fruit and veg are all good for your teeth and gums.
• Dental implants are a good way to keep the bone in your gums strong.

If you have maintained good oral health so far, you should not have too much to worry about. Keep up the good habits and maybe visit the dentist a little bit more to be safe.

Lignans for Osteoporosis

We were told a real good news story at market last weekend and thought it was important to share especially with “ladies of a certain age”. It’s well know that linseed is great for balancing ladies’ hormones; at market on Saturday a lady and her husband told us and our customers how it had helped them. 16 years ago the lady had been diagnosed with osteoporosis, the doctor wanted her to go on HRT but she wasn’t having that! So she took linseed instead and improved her diet; the result as her husband put it “it cleared it up a treat” and now aged 74 she hasn’t got osteoporosis and he, aged 78, had survived an aggressive cancer.

There are things you can do to reduce your chances of developing Osteoporosis

About half the women in the UK are destined to develop osteoporosis and many will suffer life-threatening fractures. Maintaining bone density plays an important role in preventing this danger. A good diet helps, but surprisingly a lot of meat, fish and dairy foods in the diet can increase your chance of developing osteoporosis. Increasing your omega-3 and linseed is an excellent source helps with maintaining health y bones.

Beware of Milk, Cheese and Yoghurt

Don’t think all that calcium in milk, cheese and yoghurt will automatically be used by the body to strengthen bones, it can actually weaken them (the US has the world’s highest intake of dairy and the highest incidence of osteoporosis!) Too much protein food and not enough vegetables is a big part of the problem as it unbalances and acidifies the blood chemistry resulting in calcium being leached from the bones as the body tries to correct the blood chemistry. (Eskimos find their diet rich in omega-3 helps protect them from heart disease but osteoporosis is a real problem.)

In young people their hormones fight hard to keep the bones strong, but as women age, more so after the menopause, our hormones levels reduce, calcium is no longer replaced in the bones and bone strength diminishes.

Osteoporosis is symptomless as it progresses until there is a fracture, by which time the problem advanced.

Linseed (Flax) Lignans for Ladies

Linseed is called Nature’s HRT, it is a traditional remedy used by many women during the menopause because it makes them feel better and helps alleviate the usual symptoms but what we often forget is it can also help maintain health in our bones.

The great benefit of linseed for ladies hormones comes from compounds in the husk called lignans. These are powerful antioxidants which also have a gentle oestrogen-like effect and this is what pro-actively helps keep the bones strong.

How to use Linseed for Strong Bones:

Add 1-2 ounces of Ground Linseed Meal to your food every day. See our recipes for ideas.

Other Tips for Healthy Bones:

Try to reduce the cheese, yoghurt and milk
Reduce Meat
Don’t overdo the sugar or alcohol.
Increase vegetables, especially the leafy green ones.
Take plenty of exercise. Don’t overdo it but include walking, weights, jogging, dancing, Pilates, aerobics. (It is always best to check with the doctor first before undertaking vigorous activity you are not used to.)

What Is The Link Between Menopause and Incontinence?

menopause incontinenceMany people refer to incontinence as a “bladder problem” or a “weak pelvic floor” as the word “incontinence” sadly has a stigma associated with it and no-one really wants to talk about it. However around 1 in 5 women over the age of 40 suffer with incontinence and 40% of menopausal women.

The Bladder and Bowel Foundation estimates that a quarter of us will have a problem with bladder control. It has long been associated with old age but it isn’t a natural part of the ageing process. In fact five million people in the UK under the age of 24 have a bladder problem.

What is Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is essentially the inability to control your bladder and when involuntary leaking occurs. The severity can vary from woman to woman. Some women may only experience occasional trickles of urine when coughing or sneezing. Others may have larger amounts of urine which is uncontrolled. This is because there are different types of incontinence.

Stress Incontinence: When there is some pressure on pelvic floor muscles through activity such as sneezing, coughing and lifting, small amounts of urine escape. The loss of oestrogen associated with menopause can lead to weakness of the pelvic muscle support and cause stress incontinence.

Urge Incontinence: Also referred to as “overactive bladder”, this condition causes people to feel a strong immediate urge to go to the toilet.

Overflow Incontinence: This kind of incontinence occurs when the bladder can’t completely empty which causes small amounts of urine to leak from the bladder. To treat this kind of incontinence, catheter manufacturers have created an intermittent catheter which enables the drainage of excess urine. It is this “left behind” retained urine which irritates the bladder and causes an urgency to go.

Why Does It Occur During Menopause?

There are many symptoms of menopause but this is probably the most embarrassing. If it’s not enough to contend with mood swings and hot flashes, throwing incontinence into the mix is no laughing matter.

During menopause, oestrogen levels drop dramatically. Oestrogen has an important function when it comes to muscle tone and when the hormone drops the muscle tone weakens too. There are various muscles which support the pelvic bowl but as these weaken they aren’t strong enough to hold the opening of the bladder in the closed position and women can experience leakage.

Menopause may not be the only reason for bladder problems. There are other factors which can cause incontinence. Natural pregnancy is a major factor as the pelvic floor is weakened with carrying a baby. Medications such as diuretics, infections and damaged nerves from diabetes or stroke can all be contributing to incontinence.

How Can I Prevent It?

There are various ways in which incontinence can be treated or alleviated with some lifestyle changes and incontinence products.

1. Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day – Incontinence sufferers may avoid drinking fluids as it may need them to urinate more. However limiting your fluid intake can be worse for you because it limits your bladders capacity.

2. Bladder Training – Try and wait longer between needing to urinate and passing urine as you can train yourself to not go as much.

3. Exercise – Try core strengthening exercises such as kegel exercises which will strengthen pelvic floor muscles to reduce urinary leakage. Core strengthening exercises such as pilates or yoga can help strengthen muscle tone.

4. Avoid alcohol as this is a diuretic which is a substance which makes you urinate more. Cutting this down may help incontinence troubles.

5. There are a range of products created for incontinence but why should dignity be thrown away? Adult nappies and pads can cause irritation and can feel derogatory. If you are experiencing any types of incontinence and are finding it difficult getting to the toilet in time, the new melio leg bag can be a great device for managing incontinence whilst being highly discreet. It gives you greater control and improved self confidence as the urine bag has a urine level sensor and warning system. It can also be emptied discreetly without a struggle.

This article was brought to you by Albert medical devices who are dedicated to finding innovative solutions to deal with incontinence, without affecting your quality of life.

Can You Really Test For Menopause?

menopause testWhoever said that death and taxes were the only sure things in life clearly wasn’t a woman. Although you don’t know exactly when it will come, what it will be like, or how it will change your life, you can look forward to the onset of menopause at some point during your middle age as surely as the sun rises. Unfortunately, the early symptoms of menopause can be vague and may be confused with other conditions. To ensure that you know exactly when you’ve begun the process and can respond to it appropriately, talk to your doctor about testing for menopause.

Menopause Basics

Menopause is defined as a cessation of menstruation for a continuous 12-month period that occurs in women within the expected age range and can’t be explained by other medical factors. While it’s natural to assume that you’ve hit menopause if you’re middle-aged and haven’t had a period in over a year, the condition isn’t as cut-and-dry as you’d think. Menopause is caused by shifting hormone gradients that fluctuate wildly during its beginning and middle stages, rendering any test that measures your body’s hormone levels inherently uncertain. In other words, none of these tests is foolproof.

Why Test For Menopause?

Like puberty, menopause causes major physical and emotional changes and, over time, will radically reorder your health priorities. Postmenopausal women have an elevated risk for serious health problems like breast cancer as well as non-life-threatening but still annoying issues such as spider veins.

Obviously, menopause also has a major impact on family planning decisions. If you are beginning to experience the irregular periods, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness that characterize perimenopause but still intend to have more children, you and your partner may need to hurry.

Follicle-Stimulating Hormone Test

Since “FSH” is responsible for controlling the regularity of your menses by chemically stimulating your ovaries in the days leading up to ovulation, it’s a powerful predictor of your menstrual cycle’s overall stability.

To prepare for your FSH test, you will need to stop taking certain classes of drugs, including birth control pills and other medications containing either estrogen or progesterone, about a month before your test. You’ll also need to wait for a full week after using radioactive tracers. The test itself involves drawing a relatively small amount of blood and results are available within 24 hours. In general, higher blood concentrations of follicle-stimulating hormone hint at diminished ovary function, which can be due to menopause in women over age 40 or ovarian failure in younger individuals.

Estrogen Test

Since estrogen keeps your ovaries healthy and works with FSH to maintain your menstrual regularity, decreasing blood concentrations of this hormone may indicate perimenopause. There are several different varieties of estrogen present in your body at any given time, but the specific compound that affects the function of your ovaries is known as estradiol. Like FSH, your doctor will measure your body’s estradiol levels with a blood work test. Higher hormone levels usually indicate a serious condition, like an ovarian tumor, while lower levels are a good but not exclusive indicator of menopause.

Luteinizing Hormone Test

Luteinizing hormone, or LH, is a pituitary hormone that kick-starts the process of ovulation. Like other tests to indicate menopause, the LH test involves drawing a small amount of blood for laboratory analysis. Unlike FSH and estradiol, though, LH actually becomes more prevalent in your blood as you approach menopause. In fact, depressed levels of LH in otherwise healthy women are usually indicative of a crippled or non-functioning pituitary gland.

Treating Menopause

While you can’t turn back time, you can certainly mitigate menopause’s unfortunate side effects. Some culinary and medical treatments for common menopause-related issues include:

  • Night sweats: Black cohosh, an herb native to the United States, and flaxseed have both proven effective at countering hot flashes and night sweats.
  • Osteoporosis: A major post-menopause ailment, osteoporosis is best treated with regular oral doses of calcium at mealtimes.
  • Mood swings: In combination with black cohosh, St. John’s wort can “smooth out” the disruptive mood swings associated with menopause.
  • Hot flashes: Soy is chock full of compounds that mimic estrogen, and studies have shown that women who eat it regularly experience hot flashes less often.

You don’t have to fear the onset of menopause, but there’s no denying that it’s a major change. Because of the magnitude of that change, testing may give you the information you need to at least combat the symptoms more effectively. Talk to your doctor to determine the best course of action for you and begin preparing for the next, new and exciting stage of life.

Karen Boyarsky is a freelance blogger writing on behalf of You can follow her on Twitter @BoyarskyKaren.

Heart Tests for Health

Heart Tests for Health: What You Should Know

stop a heart attack The health of your heart directly affects the life you’re able to live and enjoy. Many advances in cardiology and heart health public awareness have helped countless people maintain good heart health, and prevent or recover from heart disease. Years ago, various forms of heart disease were only diagnosed following a heart attack or other cardiac emergency. Nowadays, there are many procedures that help cardiologists and their patients catch heart disease in its early stages so a treatment plan can be created to maintain the patient’s good health and help prevent deterioration.

The following procedures are commonly used to determine overall heart health and problematic issues, and can be performed in many hospitals, out-patient facilities, and even mobile cath labs.

Heart Diagnostic Procedures

Non-Invasive Procedures
Cardio Stress Tests. Many people are familiar with a cardiac stress test in which electrodes, which are attached to the skin on the chest area, record the function of your heart as you walk on a treadmill. Though a stress test can be physically tiring and difficult for someone in poor physical health, it’s a useful and effective procedure for uncovering the cause of chest pains, determining a safe fitness level and diagnosing coronary artery disease (CAD). Stress tests are usually conducted at the hospital on an out-patient basis.

Electrocardiography. An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) measures the electrical activity of the heart by way of electrodes attached to the chest, rib area and on the arms and legs. ECGs are used to diagnose abnormalities of the heart, such as problems with heart rate or size of the pulmonary chambers. Conducted as an out-patient procedure, the history of the ECG dates back to 1872.

Computer Imaging. Computer imaging, also known as tomography, involves the use of different types of scans to gather images of the heart. Most people have heard of a CT scan, CAT scan or PET scan. These diagnostic procedures involve a scanning device that moves over the body or one in which the body passes through the device, ultimately creating a 3-D image of the heart. Computer imaging helps diagnose cardiac masses, pericardial disease or aortic disease.

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Invasive Procedures
Angiogram or Cardiac Catheterization. An angiogram is a type of x-ray that allows doctors to see inside the blood vessels of the heart. This invasive procedure is conducted with local anesthesia and helps your doctor to find blockage in the arteries or evaluate the function of the heart muscle. You may experience some discomfort in the thigh area where the catheter is inserted and must take it easy for a few days following this same-day procedure.

Echocardiogram. The transesophageal echocardiogram involves passing a tube into the esophagus by way of the throat. Those with a gag reflex may experience some discomfort, but the procedure lasts only 10 to 30 minutes. The ultrasound images produced during the procedure help detect heart abnormalities while viewing the small details of the heart.

Electrophysiologic Tests. This type of procedure combines ECG and catheterization by feeding small catheters with electrode-covered tips into the various blood vessels of the heart. Often used to find and locate abnornmal heart rhythms, this procedure provides greater detail than an ECG can give.

Primary health care and a healthy lifestyle are two vital components of preventative heart health care. If concerns about heart health arise due to family history or symptoms that have manifested, it’s best to speak with your physician or cardiologist to determine the problem as early as possible. The above procedures are just a few that help cardiologists worldwide determine the current condition of the heart with the ultimate goal of helping you enjoy a strong and healthy heart for as long as possible.

Drew James produces online content for Modular Devices. When he’s not working on his raised bed gardens, you can find him running urban trails and bike paths all over the Midwest.