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Tuesday October 21st 2014

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Eating chocolate can make you look younger

Believe it or not eating chocolate could be good for your skin and even make you look younger.

The world’s largest chocolate maker says it may have come up with a chocolate bar that could fight wrinkles and slow the aging process, making it the latest food group to tap the appetite for healthier living.

Eating 20 g (0.755 oz) of specially developed chocolate packed with antioxidants, or flavanols, each day may help prevent wrinkles and make skin more radiant by boosting elasticity and improving hydration, studies carried out by Barry Callebaut showed.

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the nutritional value of what they eat, and Barry Callebaut’s claims come as food giants such as Nestle and Danone also push into the healthy eating arena.

No more swine flu?

Swine flu might very well be eradicated from the human population in the next few years.

The first tests to be carried out on vaccines issued during the swine flu pandemic have revealed high immune response rates among young children, which could lead to an improved immunisation policy.

The data, based on findings from a trial of more than 900 children conducted during the second wave of the 2009-10 H1N1 swine flu pandemic, could prove highly influential for policy-makers and parents in future influenza prevention and pandemic planning.

The study further highlights the importance of public participation in efforts to improve medical interventions, says one of the researchers behind the study from the University of Bristol.

Avoiding burger and fries good for everyone, and asthmatics

Good news regarding the research into triggers for asthmatics – a link has been found between fatty foods and asthma.

Fast-food burgers and other fatty foods increase lung inflammation in people with asthma and obstruct the effect of their inhalers, researchers are warning.

Rates of asthma — the most common chronic respiratory disease in Canada— have increased dramatically in westernized societies in recent decades.

In Canada, 2.2 million people age 12 and over, and more than 485,000 children ages four to 11 have been diagnosed with asthma, according to the Canadian Lung Association.

The increase in prevalence suggests environmental factors — including diet — may play a role, and “westernized diets are known to be relatively higher in fat than traditional diets,” says Lisa Wood, a research fellow of the University of Newcastle, in Australia.

If you are going on vacation then ensure you have taken out asthma travel insurance so you are covered from excessive medical costs abroad.

Cleaning up a country!

For Slovenia, April 17, 2010 was marked by a massive national cleaning action, in which the participants cleaned several illegal dumping sites and picked up scattered litter across the country.

A group of young people, inspired by a similar action in Estonia in 2008, promoted the idea of cleaning up the entire country – in one day! The idea was soon backed up by several partners and supporters, and nation-wide campaign started.

The campaign managed to involve and connect more or less the entire nation, including the Government, the President of Slovenia, local municipalities and organisations, media partners, Olympic committee of Slovenia, tourist organisations, Slovenian Army, Fire-fighters, trash management companies, Slovenian universities, schools and kindergartens, etc. – with several companies and well-known individuals backing up the campaign and the project

Native Hawaiians to reclaim Hawaii

Native Hawaiians are the last remaining indigenous group in the United States that hasn’t been allowed to establish their own government, a right already extended to Alaska Natives and 564 Native American tribes.

With a final vote pending in the U.S. Senate and Hawaii-born President Barack Obama on their side, the nation’s 400,000 Native Hawaiians could earn federal recognition as soon as this month—and the land, money and power that comes with it. They measure passed the U.S. House last month.

Many Native Hawaiians believe this process could help right the wrongs perpetuated since their kingdom was overthrown in 1893. The also point to the hundreds of thousands who died from diseases spread by foreign explorers before the kingdom fell.

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If you are heading to the pacific islands then ensure you check out Vanuatu and Port Vila Hotels for a fantastic vacation beydon Hawaii!

White House asks US clothing companies to ‘Buy Haitian’

Hail the US government!  Lets all buy Haitian!

The Obama administration is asking the US apparel and textile industry to help Haiti get back on its feet. On Tuesday, the US trade representative, Ron Kirk, in Las Vegas at a trade show, asked US apparel and textile companies to source 1 percent of their production from the earthquake-ravaged nation.

Haitian officials say the plan, called Plus One, could make a difference in helping the country, since the nation has a history of making garments and a workforce that already has some training. American consumers would be able to tell if their underwear or T-shirts are made in Haiti, because they would have a label with an H with a positive sign in the blue and red colors of the nation.

UK man cured of the hiccups after suffering for years

090713_hiccupChristopher Sands, a 26-year-old man from the U.K., who suffered with constant hiccups for almost three years, has finally been cured of the annoying condition.

Christopher Sands tried everything from acupuncture to massage, and even an oxygen chamber to find a cure, but nothing seemed to work. Then his story was featured on Japanese TV. That’s when a doctor watching the program suggested he may have a tumor.

And it turns out that doctor was right. After several tests, an MRI scan showed Sands had a tumor that was pressing on part of his brain stem. Although the tumor was benign, without surgery, doctors believe he could have died within two years.

“I just dropped on to a chair and burst into tears,” he said. “I thought I was going to die.”

Soon after the diagnosis, Sands had surgery to remove the tumor.

“This is the first time in three years that I actually sense I’m getting better,” he said. It’s a nice feeling.”

German Fashion Magazine Dumps Skinny Models

sitefChanel and Fendi head fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld was recently quoted as saying that curvy women have no place on the catwalk, but Germany’s highest-circulation women’s magazine Brigitte says it will stop working with professional ultra-skinny models in favor of ‘real women’ with curves.

Brigitte, said last week it would only publish photographs of “real women” after readers complained they could not identify with the models depicted.

Magazine’s editor-in-chief Andreas Lebert said he was sick of having to retouch photos of underweight models. “For years we have had to use Photoshop to fatten the girls up,” he said. “Especially their thighs and décolletage. But this is disturbing and perverse, and what has it got to do with our real reader?”

This can only be good news and hopefully wannabe models around the world will sit up and take notice.

Half way there – clearing the World of landmines

deminerIt has been reported that significant progress has been made in removing land mines around the world, but the hidden devices killed more than 1,260 people last year, the International Campaign to Ban Land mines said Thursday.

Land mines have been cleared from 3,200 square kilometers (1,236 square miles) in 90 countries — an area twice the size of London — in the last decade, said the group, which won the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its work to establish the Mine Ban Treaty. But more needs to be done because a similar amount of land is still mined and dangerous, the group said.

Happy Germans mark fall of Berlin Wall

pic5Happy and joyful Germans on Monday relived the spontaneous breaching of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago, as aging Cold War luminaries returned to the once-divided city to celebrate the peaceful outcome of Eastern Europe’s revolution for freedom.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, and Lech Walesa, founder of Poland’s liberty-seeking Solidarity movement – walked across the Bornholmer Street bridge, which was the first checkpoint along the Berlin Wall to throw open its gates Nov. 9, 1989.

“You made this possible,’’ German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the 78-year-old ex-Soviet premier, as tens of thousands of onlookers chanted, “Gorby! Gorby!’’

Merkel added: “You courageously let things happen, and that was much more than we could expect.’’

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