Friday, 27 January 2017

Acetaminophen: 6 Dangerous Effects of Paracetamol You Probably Didn't Know.

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Is Paracetamol dangerous? As we all know, Paracetamol, also known as Acetaminophen or APAP, is a very powerful painkiller (analgesic) used as a medication to treat pain and fever. It is typically used for mild to moderate pain. But what you don't know is taking Paracetamol in excess is dangerous. Most people actually confuse the names Panadol and Paracetamol, mistaking them to be two different drugs but they are basically the same thing. Panadol is just a brand name for the drug Paracetamol. Other names for it include Tylenol in the US and Calpol which is a liquid form for small children.

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It is typically used by mouth but is also available intravenously(directly into a vein) and effects last between two and four hours. Millions of families see the drug as a cheap way to get rid of that annoying headache or body pain that will not just go away, but research reveals that the dangers of the cheap painkiller have been greatly underestimated. The new study appears to indicate a link between long-term use of the popular medicine and increased risk of conditions like stroke, renal failure and gastrointestinal bleeding. Packets of paracetamol are used by millions of people daily to combat a host of common complaints like headaches, back pains and high temperatures.

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Enough stories, here are 6 dangerous effects of Paracetamol You probably didn't know:

1. Liver damage: Using paracetamol all the time can potentially cause fatal liver damage. In 2011 the US Food and Drug Administration launched a public education program to help consumers avoid overdose. Acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage if more than is prescribed by the doctor is used. The overdose risk may be heightened by frequent consumption of alcohol because most people take the drug to treat headaches that accompany hangovers.  Paracetamol toxicity is the main cause of acute liver failure in the Western world and accounts for most drug overdoses in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

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According to the Food and Drug Administration, in the United States, there were 56,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalisations, and 458 deaths per year as a result of acetaminophen-associated overdoses during the 1990s. Those are really huge figures considering how cheap and easily-abused Paracetamol is. Within these estimates, unintentional acetaminophen overdose accounted for nearly 25 percent of the emergency room visits, 10 percent of the hospitalisations, and 25 percent of the deaths. Paracetamol is metabolised by the liver and is hepatotoxic (meaning that it's like poison to your liver); side effects are even multiplied when combined with alcoholic drinks and are very likely in chronic alcoholics or patients with liver damage. Sometimes I wonder why people take alcohol in the first place knowing it has dangerous effects.
2. Skin reactions: Professor Philip Conaghan, of the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine, said: There’s no reason for mass panic but people should be careful when taking it long-term and doctors should consider carefully what other drugs they can recommend to their patients.” On August 2, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new warning about paracetamol. It stated that the drug could cause rare, and possibly fatal, skin reactions, such as Stevens–Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis. Really big names to worry about don't you think? Prescription-strength products will be required to carry a warning label about skin reactions, and the FDA has urged manufacturers to do the same with over-the-counter products.

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3.Asthma: Though this may sound far-fetched, there is actually an association between paracetamol use and asthma but the evidence suggests that this likely reflects confounders rather than a causal role. A 2014 review found that among children the association disappeared when respiratory infections were taken into account. As of 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) continue to recommend paracetamol for pain and discomfort in children, but some experts have recommended that paracetamol use by children with asthma, or at risk for asthma, should be avoided.
4. Cancer: Some studies have found an association between paracetamol and a slight increase in kidney cancer, but does not affect bladder cancer risk.
5. Increased risk of heart attack: Daily paracetamol intake could increase the risk of heart attacks, stroke and early death. Recent studies found that patients prescribed high doses of the painkiller for long periods were up to 63 percent more likely to die unexpectedly. The risk of having a heart attack or stroke was up to 68 percent higher and there was an almost 50 per cent greater chance of having a stomach ulcer or bleed. Although, Paracetamol is considered by doctors to be safer than aspirin, which can cause stomach bleeds, and ibuprofen, which has been linked to heart attacks and strokes.

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6. Death: As sad and annoying as the word death is, taking too much paracetamol in pills and cold remedies could kill you. Victims of  Paracetamol overdoses often fail to realise the amount they are taking could be fatal over a few days. According to dailymail, a study shows the risk of dying from liver failure is higher from accidental overdose than deliberate suicide attempts. In the study, a team led by Dr Kenneth Simpson analysed data from 663 patients who had been admitted to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary between 1992 and 2008 with liver damage caused by paracetamol. They found 161 people with an average age of 40 had taken a staggered overdose, usually to relieve stomach and back pain, headache or a toothache. Two out of five died from liver failure – a higher fatality rate than recorded for deliberate overdosing. This is because people report feeling unwell to accident and emergency departments without knowing the cause, making it difficult to diagnose and treat in time.
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There you have it, 6 dangerous effects of Paracetamol you probably didn't know. You should probably know that you're only going to have these problems when you overdose on Paracetamol so next time you're having a really strong headache especially due to stress; and the thought of popping another pill comes to mind, create a counter-thought and consider having a nap instead. Sleeping definitely is my best remedy for stress-induced headaches or body aches. There are many other remedies for relieving stress, headaches and body aches. Even a good massage should do the trick.

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Top 5 Foods That Could Cause You Serious Health Problems.

Foods That Could Cause You Serious Health Problems.
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Hey, be honest with yourself. You probably didn't stumble upon this post by accident. Did you know that there are certain foods that do more harm than good when consumed? Everyone deserves to treat themselves to 'that tasty food' every now and then; but before you dig in, there are a handful of foods you should steer clear of to avoid causing devastating effects to your body, skin, and waistline.

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Here, experts weigh in on foods to push off your plate for good no matter how tasty they may be. I know this is going to be hard, especially if you have sweet tooth issues but the sooner you stop eating them in excess the better. Below are 5 foods that could cause you serious health problems.

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1. Frosting or Icing: That sweet sensation that drowns your tongue with icing in your mouth is so amazing. Icing, often called frosting in the United States, is made of sugar with a liquid, such as water or milk. When we were kids, we would fight over the icing on the cake at birthday parties (ahh...good old days). Icing might taste really great on cakes and cookies, but it’s packed with problems. It’s one of the only items in the grocery store that still has 'trans fats', which are terrible for your health and waistline.

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From what we learned in chemistry, trans fats are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid.Trans fat raises bad cholesterol, lowers good cholesterol, and causes inflammation, which can lead to belly fat and diseases ranging from heart disease to diabetes. On top of that, frosting is loaded with sugar, and high-sugar diets contribute to premature wrinkles.


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2. Processed Baked Foods: So convenient, so tasty (if we’re being honest here), but so not worth it. Those muffins, doughnuts, buns and dessert cakes will add tonnes of calories and loads of unwanted sugar to your diet, plus they aren’t easy to digest. These foods are bad on so many levels because they are filled with high sugar content and preservatives for a longer shelf-life — they can literally sit there forever. Sugar increases inflammation in the skin, which on top of irritating acne and rosacea, can make you look puffy and bloated. Why bother with all these when you can just eat fruits and look healthy.


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3. Soda: Dietitians, Food Microbiologists and Biochemists all agree that Soda should be completely cut from your diet. One can of soda is like a can of water with 10 packets of sugar in it. Some people (especially students) drink Soda every day of the week just because it makes them feel good. The recommended amount of daily sugar for a woman is about six teaspoons or 24 grammes, and soda has way more than that.

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Nothing beats good old fashion water which is still the best option to stay hydrated. If you want to jazz it up, add a slice of fresh fruit for flavour.


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4. Sugary Cereal: A bowl of Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, or Cap’n Crunch might taste like heaven-on-earth, but it’ll wreak havoc sooner rather than later with its high amount of inflammation-causing sugar and gluten content. For some people with sensitive skin, gluten can exacerbate breakouts, leading to increased redness and, yes, more breakouts,” says Dr Tanzi.

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We have other cereals in the market with low sugar so opt for gluten-free options like Rice Chex, Golden morn and Corn Flakes.


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5. Stick Margarine: You should choose a small amount of regular butter or soft spread over stick-shaped margarine when topping foods or baking Margarine is usually loaded with trans fat (you already know what this means)Don’t forget that stick margarine is found in plenty of pastries, crackers, snack foods, and even microwave popcorn, so limit intake to keep cholesterol levels in check.
There you have it, 5 foods that could really cause you serious health problems when eaten in excess. Biochemists always try to look at things at a molecular level. So when next you buy foods and drinks, even if you're offered a tasty-looking food for free,  you should try to show some restraint. Think about how much good it could cause to your body and see if it outweighs the bad. Thanks for reading, join our newsletter to receive more amazing updates directly to your mail, Don't forget to share your thoughts in the comments below, I would really love to hear from you. Share this post with your friends and let them learn to eat healthily.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Patient Zero: First Recorded Cases of 8 Common Deadly Disease Outbreaks In History.

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There are over a thousand deadly diseases on the planet today with many outbreaks happening over the course of history and many of such outbreaks have claimed millions of lives. However, the eight diseases on this list have made living so difficult and they're so determined to end the human race, spreading like wildfire and infecting a lot of people. Including the very popular HIV and Ebola virus, a vast array of disease is on the rampage all over the world killing thousands of people in both developing and developed countries.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

8 Dangerous Effects Of Cosmetics and Beauty Products On The Body

 Dangerous Effects Of Some Beauty Products
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Even if you refuse to admit it, we all want to look good every now and then. Cosmetics have been used for centuries to help people look more attractive than they actually are, but have you ever stopped to think about the dangerous effects cosmetics may have on your skin? Sometimes I wonder how some ladies look without make-up (it's not going to be a pretty sight).Women are obsessed with their looks that they simply cannot leave home without using them. If that describes the kind of person you are, then here are 8 dangerous effects Of cosmetics on the skin.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Blood Suckers: Top 10 Animals That Feed on Blood for a Living

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When the 1922 classic Vampire movie 'Nosferatu' directed by F.W. Murnau first emerged (even though it was an unauthorised adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula), it triggered waves of reactions from the ever-growing lovers of horror movies worldwide even though it's actually really boring to watch. This sparked the beginning of a whole new era of big-screen blood-sucking frenzy. The concept of Vampirism, though fictional, has dominated the media ever since, being the central theme in great movies such as 'The Vampire Diaries', 'The Originals', 'Abraham Lincoln: The Vampire Hunter' and the list goes on.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Here are 13 Interesting and Amazing Facts About Dreams.

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Dreaming is one of the most mysterious and interesting things we get to experience in our entire lives and the fact that we don't have to pay for it is even more amazing. In my dreams, I could be anyone and do anything. I've even participated in a Fast and furious-type race when I can't even ride a bicycle in reality. 😂 Well, during the Roman Era some dreams were even submitted to the Roman Senate for analysis and dream interpretation. They were thought to be messages from the gods.