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21 Facts about Ebola

Why does ebola struck people with fear? It comes with a good reason. The fact that ebola has up to 90% chance of killing you is scary enough.


@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Knowing more about ebola disease and how to prevent it is vital to at least lessen the stigma attached to it.


21 Facts about Ebola

1. Ebola is a deadly disease that it kills more than 50% of the people it has infected.

2. Ebola is not an airborne disease which means it does not spread through the air.

3. You can get infected with ebola virus by direct contact with infected body fluids such as blood, breast milk, and semen.

4. You can also get infected from contact with an object contaminated with infected fluids.

5. Portal of entry of ebola virus are cuts in skin, and mucus membranes such as the nose and mouth.

6. Symptoms of ebola start to appear as early as 2 days or as late as 3 weeks (21 days) after contact with an infected fluid.

7. Common symptoms of ebola includes headache, fever, sore throat, muscle pain, joint…
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Hypertension puts You at Risk of Dementia

Studies show that having hypertension (high blood pressure) increases a person's risk of developing forms of dementia such as Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia.


@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Dementia is a progressive brain disorder characterized by worsening cognitive deficit like memory loss. What makes this disease terrifying is the fact that currently, there is still no known cure for it.

It is imperative to find better ways to manage this incurable disease and one good way to do so is to explore ways to prevent dementia from forming in the first place. The discovery that high blood pressure can lead to dementia gives us a good insight. High blood pressure is a growing burden globally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in every 3 Americans suffer from high blood pressure.


A BP of 130 mmHg is a risk

Blood pressure of 130 mmHg is previously considered as prehypertensive, but a recent study reveals that maintaining this blood pressure c…

How loud can Humans Hear?

Decibel is the unit used to measure how loud a sound is. Most humans can detect 0 dB sounds.


@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Most people can tolerate between 11 dB-120 dB. Sound more than 85dB can cause damage to the inner ear which can lead to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

List of volume generated:
0 dB - sound of a flying mosquito10 dB - rustling of leaves20 dB - whisper40 dB - quite library60 dB - normal conversation50 dB - rainfall70 dB - shout of a human; vacuum cleaner80 dB - doorbell90 dB - lawnmower; blender110 dB - roar of a lion; cry of a baby human119 dB - chainsaw120 dB - thunder; ambulance siren; rock concert140 dB - gun shot150 dB - firecracker170 dB - shotgun188 dB - call of a blue whale200 dB - atomic bomb explosion230 dB - call of a sperm whale
Decibel and Hertz don't mean the same thing

Decibel is a measure of volume so it tells us how loud a sound is. On the other hand, hertz is a measure of the frequency of sound waves in which 1hz is equal to 1 cycle per…

Rice water has Anti-aging Wonder

Japanese women have long discovered an all-natural skin care wonder that fights the signs of skin aging-- rice water!


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What comes to your mind when you hear the word "rice"? Food? How about a flawless skin? It certainly doesn't sound like something you'd put on your face for anti-aging purpose, but don't underestimate the potential of this grain. Did you know that rice water does a lot of perks for your skin:
Whitens skinFades blemishes and acne marksTightens poresFirms the skinSmoothens the skinReduces skin inflammationMoisturizes the skinHelps repairs skin and hair damageNourishes the hair and skinReduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Rice is a grain that's a staple food in many Asian countries. It's influence has graced the modern  western civilization, yet it's application in skin care is not as popular. The water used to clean rice is traditionally used in Asian countries like Japan and China, not ju…

Probiotics fight Cancer

Did you know that those bacteria in your gut (gastrointestinal system) plays a crucial role in the fight against a disease whose very name evokes fear--cancer. Yes, those bacteria squirming inside your intestines! So they better be good!


@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Probiotic is a widely researched topic. Of it's many health benefits, it's potent efficacy against cancer has gained considerable attention. It's quite amazing to think that those microbes living in our entrails affects us in a profound way.

A study by Li and colleagues uncovered that the oral probiotic mixture Prohep decreases the growth of liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) by up to 40% in mice. Oral intake of probiotic is even more effective when taken as a preventive measure against cancer.

Probiotics are live microorganisms that gives benefits to our body. 
Did you know that inflammation promotes growth of cancer cells and creation of new blood vessel to support it's rapid growth. Probiotics…

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Caffeinated Coffee Increases Blood Sugar

Is it safe to drink coffee when your have diabetes? This is a controversial topic. Coffee is known to prevent the risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus, but various research claim that it's caffeine content can mess up with the body's ability to use glucose for energy, which can lead to high blood glucose level.


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Caffeine decreases our body's ability to respond to the glucose lowering effect of insulin, which can potentially increase blood sugar level especially among people with diabetes mellitus.

Caffeine decreases insulin sensitivity, thus increasing insulin resistance.
Insulin sensitivity refers to the body being able to respond to the effect of insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which enables the transport of glucose into the cells of the body. When an individual eats a meal, blood sugar level rises so the pancreas release insulin into the blood stream to counteract this thereby, maintaining balance.

People w…

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Psychedelics Boosts Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity is the remarkable ability of the brain to rewire itself. Knowing that the brain can heal itself revolutionizes the way we understand the human brain and opens possibility to find better ways on how the brain can do so. Research by Olson and colleagues explored the extraordinary ability of peychodelic drugs in promoting neuroplasticity.

Research found that psychedelics holds therapeutic potential to manage anxiety, depression, and addiction which is linked to it's ability to promote neuroplasticity.


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The development of depression and other anxiety disorder such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with the shrinkage of neurons in the area of the brain called the prefrontal cortex. It is believed that the anesthetic ketamine and certain serotonergic psychedelics works by stimulating neuron growth in the prefrontal cortex.

The study reveal that psychedelic drugs LST, DMT, and  DOI promote neuroplasticity in animal ex…

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