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Crazy About Camellias


A flowering shrub or tree can add a splash of color to any landscape, but when that plant happens to be a camellia, it’s more like a tidal wave of bright blooms. Lots of new things are happening in the world of camellias, including more cold-hardy varieties, and new fragrances and colors. Continue reading

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Must for a fit lower body


Most six-pack hunks love to flex their biceps and flaunt their abs, but don’t work their lower body as much. Here’s why you shouldn’t ignore it any further.

It does most work
Throughout the day, we run after local trains, climb steps, stand long hours and carry laptops around. Each action strains the lower body. Legs consist of large muscle groups and require a lot of energy, oxygen, and blood supply for any movement. Continue reading

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Power Of Tear


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In a new experiment, men who sniffed women's tears reported physiological declines in sex

Crying women may literally turn men off. Odorless chemical signals in a woman’s waterworks lessen any stirrings of sexual interest in a guy who whiffs her tear-stained cheeks, a new study suggests. In a paper published online January 6 in Science, a team led by neuroscientists Shani Gelstein and Noam Sobel of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, presents the first evidence that human tears contain pheromones, substances that influence behavior via smell. Continue reading

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Smoking damages gene in minutes


Those first few puffs on a cigarette can within minutes cause genetic damage linked to cancer, US scientists said in a study released yesterday.

In fact, researchers said the “effect is so fast that it’s equivalent to injecting the substance directly into the bloodstream,” in findings described as a “stark warning” to those who smoke.

The study is the first on humans to track how substances in tobacco cause DNA damage, and appears in the peer-reviewed journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, issued by the American Chemical Society. Continue reading

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Disease threat for Sri Lanka flood victims


BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka: The threat of disease is looming over the million-plus victims of floods in Sri Lanka that have left nearly 40 people dead and devastated farmland in the island’s rice bowl.

Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said medical units had been rushed to the central and eastern regions, where hundreds of thousands have been forced to take shelter in cramped, state-run relief camps.

“We are very conscious of the fact that there can be water-borne diseases and we brought medical staff from other areas to help out,” Amaraweera told AFP. “There are no reports of diarrhoea, but we are taking precautions.”

More than one million people were initially displaced in the flooding triggered by unusually heavy monsoon rains in the past week.

The state Disaster Management Centre said 37 people had been officially confirmed dead, with another 12 still missing.

Several international aid agencies along with the European Union and the governments of India and the US have helped with emergency supplies, officials said.

UN agencies in Colombo said that providing relief for those in the worst-affected areas was a serious challenge, and that they would shortly issue an international appeal for funding. Continue reading

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Deliciously Ageless!


Eat for beautiful skin, amazing energy, and great health for life. 4 Rules  get you started

Glowing Skin, silky hair, and taut, toned muscles over age 40?  Absolutely!  Cheryl Forberg, RD, is redefining what aging looks (and feels) like in her new book, Positively Ageless.  Here, she shares how to harness the stay-young power of food, plus offers select recipes based on the latest anti-aging research. Continue reading

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Maternity leave now 6 months


The government on Tuesday published a gazette implementing six-month maternity leave. The leave will be considered to be effective from January 9, says a gazette notification

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