Sunday, January 31, 2016

Oman health: Cigarettes and shisha fuelling lung cancer rise

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“Revolution” for cancer treatment

… to help doctors see the prostate and tumours in 3D.
Only a … diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men.
More … from prostate cancer.
“The Percunav gives us a live view of the prostate … could treat prostate cancer by guiding a needle into the cancer to deliver …

Enigma of coexistence of people with Rh+ and Rh- blood groups solved

A new study showed that incidence and morbidity of many diseases and disorders correlate negatively with frequencies of Rh+ heterozygotes (i.e. the carriers of one copy of the gene for Rh positivity and one copy of the gene for Rh negativity) in the population of individual countries. At the same time, the disease burden associated with the same disorders correlated positively with frequency of Rh negative subjects in individual countries. Together with the observed worse health status and higher incidence of many disorders in Rh negative subjects published by the same research team last autumn, this result probably solved 80 years old enigma of coexistence of carriers of two variants of Rhesus gene in the same population. 

4 Keys to Mastering Love and Relationships

Love is an incredibly powerful force.

In one of the longest running studies to date, a group of Harvard researchers set out to determine the factors that lead to a happy and purposeful life. The lead researcher's conclusion: "Happiness is love. Full stop."

Seventy-five years after the study began and over twenty million dollars later, researchers found that "A man could have a successful career, money, and good physical health, but without supportive, loving relationships, he wouldn't be happy."

Additional supporting research shows that getting married can cause an increase in happiness equivalent to quadrupling your salary.

Despite love's secret formula for happiness, the vast majority of us find ourselves unhappy and unlucky in love. Current statistics reveal that even when we find love (often difficult enough in itself), "the majority of marriages fail, either ending in divorce...or devolving into bitterness and dysfunction."

But there is good news: three in every ten couples remain in happy, healthy relationships. While the odds of this outcome might seem slimmer than we'd like, key factors set apart love "masters" from love "disasters," as relationship expert John Gottman calls them. And the even better news: these determining factors are entirely within our control. With the right awareness and intention, we can all achieve mastery in love and in our relationships and, by extension, increase our overall sense of happiness and well-being.

Mindfulness: The Path to Peak Performance

In 2015, we heard a lot about the power of mindfulness. As highlighted by the New York Times, Forbes, and even ESPN, top players across a number of industries have benefitted tremendously from adopting a regular practice of it. In one surprising NYT piece, the unlikely interview pair Arianna Huffington and Kobe Bryant traded meditation tips over lunch.

This fact is perhaps not surprising given that one of the benefits of a regular mindfulness practice is heightened mastery (i.e., improved performance with less effort and less stress). Accordingly, companies ranging from Google to General Mills offer mindfulness programs to their employees. Sports teams - from the Seattle Seahawks to the New York Knicks -- include meditation as a regular part of their training. And performers like Clint Eastwood and Sheryl Crow tout the benefits of their own personal practices.

The success of a regular mindfulness practice in business, sports and the arts is not breaking news. But less often discussed is its power to create peak performance in dating and relationships -- helping us not only to be more successful in your relationships, but also to navigate them with less effort and less stress. Can I get a Hallelujah?

Time and time and time again, I've seen friends, partners, and even myself make dating and relationships way more difficult and complicated than they need to be, leading to unnecessary frustration and resentment at a minimum, and to heartbreak and 4 empty pints of Haagen Dasz at a maximum.

As we head into 2016 with hope of a fresh start, the following 4 principles of mindfulness can help you achieve greater mastery in love and your relationships.

- Part 1: Prepare Yourself
- Part 2: Maintain a Beginner's Mind
- Part 3: Stay in the Present
- Part 4: Choose Mindfully

Mastering Love and Relationships -- Part 1: Prepare Yourself

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Breast cancer screening drive launched in Pune

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5 Crave-Worthy Winter Salads

Summer isn't the only season we crave healthy, delicious salads. In fact, you'll want to make these winter salads over and over again.

1. French Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese


I make this hearty salad when I get fed up with on-the-go lunches and am craving something wholesome. It's made with French green lentils, which are ideal for salads because they hold their shape when cooked. GET THE RECIPE

2. Kale & Brussels Sprouts Salad with Walnuts, Parmesan & Lemon-Mustard Dressing


Made with crisp power greens, toasted walnuts, chunks of Parmesan and a lemony Dijon dressing -- this salad tastes like a healthful, crunchy Caesar. Be prepared to love it, even if you're not a kale or brussels sprouts person. GET THE RECIPE

3. Moroccan Carrot & Chickpea Salad


Fragrant spices, bright colors, sweet and savory flavors -- this Moroccan salad is a feast for the senses. GET THE RECIPE

4. Creamy Broccoli Salad with Bacon, Cheddar & Almonds


Raw broccoli soaks up a creamy dressing -- softening a bit but remaining crisp -- and marries beautifully with bits of salty bacon, tangy cheddar cheese and crunchy almonds. GET THE RECIPE

5. Bulgur Salad with Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Red Peppers, Lemon & Dill


Made with bulgur, fresh herbs, chopped vegetables and buttery chickpeas, this Middle Eastern-style salad is like a bulked-up tabbouleh. Make it over the weekend and keep it in the fridge all week long for healthy lunches. GET THE RECIPE

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Is Social Media The Future Of Healthcare?

Is Social Media The Future Of Healthcare?

Geophysicist questions stability of Antarctic ice sheet

There is a growing debate over the fate of the world's largest ice sheet, whose sudden melting is sending shockwaves throughout the geophysics community. Researchers contend that by studying other periods of global warming--namely, the Mid-Pliocene Warm Period (MPWP), which occurred approximately 3 million years ago, scientists can better understand the potential impact of today's warming trendings.

What The Ebola Crisis Can Teach Us About Responding To The Zika Outbreak

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Georgetown University’s Daniel Lucey and Lawrence Gostin about the global response to the Zika virus.

The World Health Organization was widely criticized for delays and mismanagement in its response to the Ebola crisis that ravaged three West African countries in 2014.

The Ebola virus has killed over 11,000 people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, since 2013. Liberia and Guinea have recently been declared Ebola-free, although experts warn the virus can quickly re-emerge.

Now, a new public health crisis is emerging in the Americas. The Zika virus, first discovered in Uganda’s Zika forest over 60 years ago, spread in recent years to the South Pacific and the Americas. The virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and, like Ebola, has no vaccine or cure, was initially not thought to be very dangerous, mostly causing a mild rash or fever. But a large outbreak of the virus in Brazil last year was linked to an explosion in reported cases of microcephaly, a condition that causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads. The possible connection between the Zika virus and microcephaly, which has yet to be confirmed, led Brazil to declare a national emergency in November.

The virus has spread rapidly, with reported cases in 23 countries and territories in the Americas. Earlier this month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert advising pregnant women to consider postponing travel to countries with the Zika virus.

On Thursday, the WHO announced it will convene a special emergency committee on the Zika virus on Monday, the first step towards possibly declaring a public health emergency. A few days earlier, Georgetown University’s Daniel Lucey and Lawrence Gostin had published a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association urging the WHO not to delay its response to the Zika virus any further. The WorldPost spoke to Lucey, a senior scholar at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown, and Gostin, the institute's director, about the lessons of the Ebola crisis.

What lessons do you hope the WHO has taken from the Ebola crisis that can be applied to the emerging Zika pandemic?

Lucey: The WHO director general Margaret Chan delayed very, very long the convening of the special emergency committee with regard to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. I was working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and Liberia during the outbreak in 2014, and it really made a searing impression on me as to the real world, on-the-ground and in this case catastrophic consequences of decisions that are made -- or not made -- in places like the WHO headquarters in Geneva.

That was a large part of what motivated me to write the article with my colleague, Professor Gostin, urging the WHO director general to convene a special emergency committee. She delayed doing it again with Zika, although hopefully not with such catastrophic consequences as with Ebola.

It was already evident several weeks ago that the Zika pandemic is worth paying attention to. The question will arise as to how much earlier should the committee have been convened, particularly if there are waves of epidemics of microcephaly in other countries affected by Zika. I hope and pray that there won’t be. But if there are epidemics of microcephaly in other Latin American countries, it’s a tragedy, and there’ll be more lessons to learn from that.

When she said on Thursday she was going to convene the committee, honestly, I was overjoyed. The committee has very specific responsibilities -- it really galvanizes the international community under the leadership of the WHO headquarters, so the entire world can benefit from harmonized communications and guidance about the outbreak. But it’s only the beginning. It’s like the key that you have to turn to unlock the door, and now you have to go through the door.

If there are epidemics of microcephaly in other Latin American countries, it’s a tragedy, and there’ll be more lessons to learn from that.

Daniel Lucey

Gostin: The critical lesson is not to wait until a crisis spins out of control. Act rapidly, decisively and with leadership. When the Emergency Committee on Zika meets, actions will speak louder than words. These actions are vast mobilization of funding and international support to drastically reduce the mosquito population in Zika-affected areas, intense surveillance, determining conclusively the link between Zika and infant malformations and accelerated research for a vaccine.

Are there other ways the WHO and the international community have applied some of the lessons of the Ebola crisis so far?

Lucey: I think so. For example, Brazil responded in a very timely manner to the growing epidemic of microcephaly, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has done an excellent job at issuing epidemiological alerts. I think the U.S. CDC issuing a level 2 travel alert was appropriate, balanced advice and a proactive step.

It’s about the speed of response, the resources put in, and making sure the resources are appropriate. You have to frequently reassess the situation. That’s very important lesson that should be learned from Ebola. After a sharp increase in patients in Liberia it was predictable [that it would spread further], but there just weren’t enough diagnostic laboratories or healthcare workers.

Zika is very different from Ebola. What new challenges does the Zika virus present to the international community?

Gostin: Zika’s challenges come from the mosquito vector. This mosquito is ubiquitous, found in every region of the world. If we are not proactive and attack the problem with overwhelming resolve, the hazard of Zika will spread worldwide. If we see a wave of fetal abnormalities nine months after Zika outbreaks, it will be an enormous ethical and public health failure.

Lucey: Brazil has a wonderful medical research tradition and healthcare providers. To my knowledge, there’s no shortage of hands-on patient care that there certainly was in West Africa. There is an urgent research issue and it is being addressed.

One challenge is the amount of travel to places where Zika is transmitted. There’s so many more travelers to the 21 or so countries or territories in the Americas with reports of the Zika virus than there was to the three very underdeveloped, impoverished countries impacted by Ebola.

The critical lesson is not to wait until a crisis spins out of control. Act rapidly, decisively and with leadership.

Lawrence Gostin

What lessons should the public health community apply from the development of Ebola vaccines and treatment during the crisis in West Africa to the current response to the Zika virus?

Gostin: What we have learned is you need two things to speed vaccine research. First, there is the need for enormous funding. Second is the need for public private partnerships to harness the best talent in government and industry.

Lucey: Even though there’s still no licensed Ebola vaccine, one of the good things the WHO did early during the Ebola crisis was to bring together experts who decided that it would be ethical to do investigational studies for treatments and vaccines in the middle of an outbreak, as long as it’s done in a transparent, ethical manner with the approval of institutional review boards and ethical oversight from within each of the countries.

It was really a phenomenal thing that so many partners came together to do a study in Guinea. The results of this research are still going through an approval process, but it’s a remarkable success story. I think if Brazil and other countries affected by Zika epidemic choose to work with international partners, then they can look back to the recent successful precedent with Ebola vaccines in West Africa.
The interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Interviews were conducted separately with Daniel Lucey by phone, and with Lawrence O. Gostin via email on Friday.

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West Orange hosts boys basketball Breast Cancer Awareness Classic

What: boys basketball, Saturday.
Where: West Orange High (1625 Beulah Rd., Winter Garden)
Schedule: Foundation Academy vs. Orlando University, 10 a.m.; Colonial vs. Jones, 11:30; Orlando Christian Prep vs. Lake Nona, 1 p.m.; Lake Minneola vs. Deltona, 2: …

Proton cancer therapy "proves effective"

… cord tumours, sarcomas near the spine or brain, prostate cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer and some children's cancers.
Prof … treat eye cancers, but patients with other forms of cancer can apply …

Proton Therapy 'Makes A Big Difference' In Pediatric Brain Cancer

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Dh10.9 billion spent on healthcare in Dubai: DHA

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Private sector spending in healthcare in 2014 was Dh8.5 … of growth in the current healthcare expenditure, in-patient care grew by … insurance companies, private and public healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies to …

New Asbestos Claim Killer Making Its Way Through Congress

Asbestos Claim Transparency Act, … asbestos disease by putting private information – including name and asbestos exposure … responsible for their deaths. The Senate should … asbestos claims process to protect against alleged double-recovery by asbestos victims

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Organic Curry Chicken For Under $4.00/Person


Tuesday night we dined with friends, they hosted and we brought the food. I don't travel with food often, but I now realize it's the perfect arrangement for two busy families. I cook and deliver the food, while my friends graciously allow their home to be trampled by a hoard of kids running amok - sounds fair to me.

This dish from David Tanis is absolutely delicious. Although aromatic and full of flavor, these spices marry so well, even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy this mellow curry. For those who like heat, increase the cayenne or add a fresh hot pepper or two while heating your chicken broth.

This dish serves about 6 people and costs around $3.75 per person. Serve with rice and you have a meal you can feed the entire family. We used all organic ingredients minus some of the spices and were happy to find such a rich and luscious dish at such a low cost.


Title: Organic Curry Chicken for Under $4.00/person
Author: David Tanis
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 1 hr
Total time: 1 hr 30 mins
Serves: 6
Notes: I took some liberty here and used what I could find in our pantry. Some of my spices were dry, and I used peanuts instead of cashews. I also skipped the parsnips and added some peas instead. Finding organic ginger, garlic or spices may be tough in some places, substitute with conventional products or order online. It took me about 45 minutes to make this dish, however I did read comments on the NY Times page, where people stated it took them anywhere from 1.5-2 hrs. I decided to err on the side of caution and claim 1.5 hrs total time for most home cooks.

2 pounds of organic skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into 3-inch chunks
Salt and pepper
1 Tbsp grated ginger
2 tsp grated garlic
¼ tsp cloves
¼ tsp fennel seeds
¼ tsp cardamom seeds
¼ tsp allspice berries
¼ tsp cumin seeds
¼ tsp coriander seeds
¼ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp cayenne
3 Tbsp lemon juice
¾ cup raw cashews
¼ cup shredded dried unsweetened coconut
1 pound small parsnips, peeled and cut in 2-inch batons, optional
2 Tbsp of ghee, coconut oil, or vegetable oil
1½ cups finely diced onion
1 Tbsp of tomato paste
1 2-inch piece of cinnamon stick
3 cups of chicken broth or water
1 cup of thick coconut milk
A few sprigs of mint and cilantro for garnish, optional

Season chicken generously with salt and pepper and put in a mixing bowl. Add ginger and garlic, massage into meat.

In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast cloves, fennel, cardamom, allspice, cumin and coriander until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Grind the toasted spices to a fine powder and add to chicken. Add turmeric, cayenne and lemon juice and mix well. Let marinate at room temperature for at least 15 minutes, or refrigerate up to 1 hour.

Heat oven to 375 F. Put cashews on a baking sheet and roast until lightly browned, 8 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.

Spread the coconut on the baking sheet and toast until lightly browned, about 5 minutes, then let cool.

Grind the coconut with ¼ cup cashews to make a rough powder. Reserve ½ cup of cashews for garnish.

Bring a small saucepan of lightly salted water to a simmer, then add parsnips and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and cool.

In a wide heavy bottom pot, heat ghee over medium-high heat. Add cooked parsnips, if using and saute until lightly browned. Removed and reserve. Add chicken pieces to the pot, stirring occasionally until lightly browned, about 5 minutes, then remove and set aside. Add onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and let it sizzle with the onions for 2 minutes. Add broth and bring to a brisk simmer, stirring with a wooden spoon and scraping up any caramelized bits from the pot. Add cinnamon stick, chicken and the ground coconut and cashew mixture. Adjust heat to a gentle simmer, cover and cook for about 30 minutes, until chicken is tender. Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning if necessary.

To finish the dish, stir in coconut milk and add reserved parsnips. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until parsnips are heated through and the sauce has thickened slightly. Serve with rice and garnish with mint, cilantro leaves and toasted coconut.


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Friday, January 29, 2016

Proton cancer therapy 'proves effective'

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DNA analysis may provide early warning of breast cancer

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Schools and healthcare: Government’s the problem, choice is the answer

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Pizza Hut Has Gold-Crusted Garlic Knots And Other Crazy Food Stories This Week

In this corner, still the current champion of weekly story compilations, weighing in at 6 awesome stories...ladies and gentlemen, I give to you...the Foodbeast Weekly Katchup!

You may have missed out on all the shenanigans we've gotten into this past week, but fear not, for now is your chance at redemption!

Check out the video above find out where to get Big Mac sauce, the most expensive picture of a potato we've ever seen, and... gold-encrusted pizza?! WTF?!

1. McDonald's Big Mac Sauce For Sale

Well it's about damn time, McDonald's! The uber-popular fast food chain has finally started selling their Big Mac sauce by the bottle.

Unfortunately, this is a limited-time offer, and it's only available in Australia. Still, I'm sure we can convince our friends down under to save a couple of bottles for us.

2. The Golden Donut

This $100 work of edible art is made by hand, then it's topped with stuffed with purple ube mousse and Cristal jelly. Finally, it's covered in enough gold to make Goldmember's skin start spontaneously flaking.

And yes, that Cristal. The same one you would find in music videos being poured down supermodels' throats by any number of 1998's most popular rappers.

3. $1.5 Million Dollar Potato Photograph

I don't know which is worse, the fact that somebody paid that much for a picture of a potato, or the fact that apparently I could have been selling sexy potato pictures for buttloads of cash this whole time.

With that in mind, there is something to be said about my overwhelming desire for fries and hash browns right now...

4. Crazy Kitty Coffee Art

Elena is just like you and me, only when she spills coffee on her paperwork, she puts out some insanely dope stuff.

Not only did she manage to capture the essence of each cat in her artwork, but she also painted them in such a surrealist way that, if you think about it, the photographs of the art are art themselves.

Go ahead let that sink in while I start splashing Dr. Pepper on construction paper until one of the stains makes a German shepherd.

5. The Chicken Nugget Heist of 2016

Surely we've all dreamed of that one moment in a parallel universe where we stand up at our desks, throw shit at our obnoxious coworkers, then leave a big pile of steaming shit on our boss's desk. No? Just me? Oh.

Well, one lucky guy got to live out the dream of his parallel universe. On his way out on his last day working for Burger King, John Correa made sure to leave a lasting impression by stealing all of the branch's chicken nuggets. One thing we know for sure he didn't leave... is hungry.

6. The Golden Pizza

Pizza Hut is in the news again, only this time it's for something other than their drug-dealing employees.

Exactly 50 gold-encrusted pizzas will be sent out on Super Bowl Sunday to 50 lucky customers. *The catch, though, is that you have to order one of Pizza Hut's Golden Garlic Knots Pizzas.

*Note: You will not receive an Oompa Loompa-guided tour of the Pizza Hut factory if you win, despite what you may have heard about a marinara river that runs through the factory.

By Sean Fahmy

Sean's favorite foods are hot wings, cheeseburgers, seafood and gummy candy. He will likely die from both diabetes and obesity, or "diabesity." He's cool with that.

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Widow launches £100,000 damages claim against husband's former employer after asbestos death

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Acclaimed Media Exec Explains How She Found The Key To Her Healthy Marriage

As the creator and executive producer of VH1's "Love & Hip Hop" series, Mona Scott-Young is the definition of a strong career woman. She's praised for her ambition, commended for her business savvy and lauded for running her multimillion-dollar company, Monami Entertainment.

At home, though, the tough-minded executive does things a little differently.

As Scott-Young says during an appearance on the new relationship show "It's Not You, It's Men," her sharp approach to business is different from how she approaches her marriage.

"Yes, sometimes I've got to steamroll through the day to get what I need done. But I have to also understand, when I get home, I'm in a partnership," she says. "Although we do have these reverse roles and he's an amazing support system, I've got to support him just as much."

This give-and-take is essential in maintaining her healthy marriage, Scott-Young adds, even though it's not always easy.

"It's still work, every single day. I go home and some days, he's like, '[Buzzer sound]. Check that at the door. This is not a business deal. This is your home,'" she says.

That's when Scott-Young says she shifts her energy -- happily so.

"I've chosen to be in this relationship. I've chosen to be with him," she says. "So it is my responsibility to make sure that I'm taking care of him as much as he takes care of me."

The polarizing discussion about what it takes to have a healthy marriage continues on this weekend's episode of "It's Not You, It's Men," airing Saturday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

Also on HuffPost: Jordin Sparks, Tyrese disagree on the right time to have sex in a new relationship

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