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Photographer Captures What Can Happen To A Babys Head During Birth

Stunning images taken during childbirth have captivated the Internet with snapshots of how the human body can shape itself to its circumstances in this case literally.

The images reveal how the vaginal delivery process can mold a babys head into a cone shape. This is a normal occurrence at birth, but these images of ababy boy named Graham were a bit more extreme.

Photographer Kayla Reeder captured the moment on Valentines Day morning, when she received a call that the mother, Nikki, had gone into labor. Pushing took about an hour as the boy was a tad sideways in the birth canal, but otherwise Nikki experienceda smooth delivery.

The molding on Grahams head was extra dramatic because of his position, Reedertold IFLScience. His head was tilted a bit to the side so the molding isnt centered and it caused his mama to push for a bit longer than if he wouldhave been in a better position. Soon after birth the molding went down and by few days old he had a perfectly shaped head.


Hello there, baby Graham!Kayla Reeder

A beautiful baby boy.Kayla Reeder

So why does this happen?

Newborns do not have fully formed skulls at birth, instead they have plates joined together by fibrous material called sutures. These sutures allow the bones to move during birth and help the baby squeeze through the narrow birth canal.

In addition, babies have a couple of soft areas on their heads, where the skull bones havent fused together. These soft regions, called fontanels, also help ease the babys head through the birth canal.

Since the babys skull is incredibly malleable, resting its head in the same position can result in an uneven head shape, called positional plagiocephaly. Minor molding is considered a cosmetic issue more than anything, as flat spots on the back of the head dont cause brain damage or stunt growth.

In this case,baby Graham’shead formed back into a normal shape truly revealing the miraculous wonders of the human body.

But it’s not just the baby that changes shape. Check out how the mother’s organs literally shift during pregnancy to accommodate hergrowing child in the animation below.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/photographer-captures-what-can-happen-to-a-babys-head-during-birth/

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A veggie by any other name may actually get eaten

(CNN)Labeling food with indulgent words may make people feel more satisfied when eating, says another study

Putting descriptive indulgent words in front of vegetables — such as “dynamite,” “rich,” ” sweet sizzlin’ ” and “tangy” — may help adults take and eat more of the food group, according to a study published this week.
The study, published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that giving vegetables certain descriptive labels caused more students and staff at Stanford University to choose vegetables during lunch — even though there was no difference in the way the vegetables were prepared.
    The vegetables were labeled in one of four ways: basic, healthy restrictive, healthy positive or indulgent.
    The basic description just listed the vegetable name, like corn or zucchini. The healthy restrictive category used words such as reduced-sodium corn or lighter-choice zucchini. Descriptions like vitamin-rich corn and nutritious green zucchini were used for the healthy positive. And indulgent was reserved for descriptions like rich buttery roasted sweet corn and slow-roasted caramelized zucchini bites.
    Brad Turnwald, a doctoral psychology student at Stanford University and lead author of the study, found that making the labels indulgent increased the number of people who chose to put the vegetables on their plate, as well as the amount of vegetables consumed.
    Vegetables labeled indulgently were 25% more likely be taken than basic-labeled. There was an even bigger difference in the numbers between healthy positive, healthy restrictive and indulgent. Thirty-five percent more people took indulgently labeled vegetables over healthy positive-labeled vegetables, and 41% more took indulgently labeled vegetables over those labeled healthy restrictive.
    “We think that the indulgent labeling aligns more with people’s motivations,” Turnwald said. “That they’re looking for something tasty when they want to eat. And that’s why it works.”
    The study was conducted over the course of an academic quarter at Stanford, in a large cafeteria serving about 600 people during weekday lunches. Research assistants counted the number of diners taking vegetables by dressing as members of the cafeteria staff. The amount of vegetables diners took from self-serve containers was weighed by actual members of the cafeteria staff.
    Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, said the study confirmed what he and others have found in similar studies done at elementary schools, high schools and adult cafeterias: Changing the descriptions of vegetables can make us more likely to both choose them, and eat them.
    “People taste what they expect to taste,” said Wansink, who was not involved in this research study. “If we think food is crunchy, we rate it as crunchy afterwards. So if you make food look more exciting or sound exciting, people are more likely to take it.”
    Turnwald emphasizes that no matter the wording, the vegetable descriptions were always accurate.
    “We’re certainly not trying to trick people into eating more vegetables,” he said. “What the labels did in this case was shift people’s attention to the indulgent and tasty characteristics of the vegetables, instead of focusing so much on the healthy components of the vegetables. No matter what condition it was, we were always making true statements about the vegetables.”
    One limitation of the study was that Turnwald and his research team could not measure how much of the vegetables the individual diners actually ate. However, a previous study by Wansink found that people usually eat about 92% of the food they serve themselves. Turnwald suggested that another study could attempt to measure the amount of vegetables diners ate by weighing what was left behind in the trash, though he admits that could be tricky.

    See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter.

    Turnwald’s adviser, Alia Crum, an assistant professor of psychology at Stanford, is doing even more research on mindsets. In a previous study, she found that people who thought they were drinking an indulgent milkshake were more physiologically satisfied than those who thought they were drinking a healthier shake.
    For Turnwald, changing mindsets through new labels is key to more people eating vegetables.
    “We really need to think about this as a way to start changing the culture,” he said. “The way that we talk about healthy foods — it shouldn’t be so negative and so depriving and so focused on health. It should be focused on the flavor and the taste, because that’s how we talk about all the other foods that we know and love.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/19/health/vegetables-indulgent-names-study/index.html

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    Medicine information leaflets ‘too scary’, say experts – BBC News

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    Image caption Lots of information on the side effects of medicines are making people anxious, the report says

    There is too much focus on the potential side-effects of medicines on information leaflets inside packs and not enough on their benefits, says the Academy of Medical Sciences.

    Its new report calls for them to be rewritten to give a more balanced view.

    A survey by the academy found the public was confused by information on medicines and did not trust scientific research.

    Scientists said clear communication with patients was a priority.

    Unduly anxious

    The side-effects listed on patient information leaflets (PILs) are often very long and off-putting, the report says.

    They make people unduly anxious about taking medicines and could be the reason why fewer than 50% continue with drugs they have started taking.

    The likelihood of the side-effects occurring is also rarely explained – instead they are labelled “possible” or “serious”.

    And the benefits of the medicines are usually understated, taking up much less space on the leaflet than potential harms.

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    Image caption Some information leaflets do show how common side-effects are – but many don’t

    Jargon overload

    Prof Sir John Tooke, chair of the Academy of Medical Sciences report, says there is too much “impenetrable” scientific language on leaflets.

    For example, the leaflet inside a box of paracetamol says that possible side-effects from taking the tablets are the chance of developing pancreatitis or hepatitis.

    However, there is no information on what the conditions are or how big the risk of getting them is in reality.

    Rather than clearly explaining how symptoms will reduce, too many leaflets describe what the medicine does in complicated biological terms.

    “They aren’t written from a consumer’s perspective,” Prof Tooke says.

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    Image caption And the confusion is even worse if you’re taking multiple medications…

    Patients should feel confident about the medicines they are taking, rather than uneasy.

    If they do not understand the information provided, they are less likely to feel good about taking them.

    For legal and regulatory reasons, there is a lot of information provided – but the report asks whether it is really there to help the public.

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    Image caption Silvia Kirk has a child with asthma

    Silvia Kirk is a mother of two from London, who took part in public workshops for the report.

    “I don’t always read the information leaflets in medicine packs, unless it’s for my children – one of whom has asthma,” she says.

    “Usually my heart is all over the place as I’m reading them, because I’m wondering whether the risks outweigh the benefits.

    “Some of the information doesn’t make sense at all. When you’re poorly you don’t want to feel anxious too – and I think it’s particularly confusing for older people.

    “I understand it all needs to be on the leaflets, but there’s too much crammed into one space. I tend to go by what the GP has said and written on the prescription.

    “I only check side-effects listed on the Yellow Card website [suspected adverse reactions to licensed drugs], which I find are useful.

    “A link to more detailed information online on individual medicines would be useful for me.”

    Tips on what to ask your GP

    • Is this medicine right for me? How will it improve my health?
    • What are its potential benefits and risks? Are they relevant to me?
    • How will this medicine make me feel? Will it affect my daily life?
    • How should I take it? Can I take it with other medication?

    The report is also calling for:

    • More efficient use of GP appointments, which may need to be longer – particularly for patients with multiple conditions
    • A “go to” source of trusted information online about medicines for patients and healthcare professionals

    The survey of about 2,000 British adults and 1,000 GPs found that a third of the public trusted evidence from medical research while two-thirds trusted the experiences of family and friends when it came to taking medicines.

    Doctors said they also needed better information to help them judge the benefits and harms of medicines for patients.

    What do scientists think?

    In general, they welcomed the whole idea of making information on medicines clearer – for patients and doctors.

    But they recognised that a degree of uncertainty was inevitable in medicine, because scientific research was always evolving.

    Dr Louise Brown, senior statistician at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at University College London, said there were other challenges to face in the shape of the internet and social media.

    “We are all bombarded with an unrelenting stream of new information that is overwhelming and very difficult to process.

    “Unsurprisingly, this leads to feelings of scepticism and mistrust,” she said.

    Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said providing accurate and accessible information on new treatments was vital.

    “It is only by working in close partnership with patients, clearly and honestly explaining the scientific evidence, that we can fully realise the huge potential that 21st Century medical science offers.”

    Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40329418

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    Sleep disorder tests carried out by NHS doubles – BBC News

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    Image caption The NHS last year conducted a record number of sleep diagnostic tests

    The number of tests carried out by the NHS to diagnose people with sleep disorders across England has doubled in the past decade, figures reveal.

    NHS data shows that 147,610 sleep diagnostic tests were carried out last year – compared with 69,919 in 2007-08.

    The tests are designed to identify sleep apnoea, a condition that causes people to stop breathing during sleep.

    One patient told the BBC the problem was so acute it had driven her to contemplate suicide.

    “At one stage, my life was so awful because of how little sleep I was getting that I wanted to kill myself,” Carole Bennett, from Leeds, said.

    “When I got tested for sleep apnoea the doctors found that whilst I was asleep, I’d stop breathing 27 times in just one hour.”

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    Image caption Some of those who have sleep apnoea often have to wear a mask to keep their airwaves open when they sleep

    Josie Beatson, from Sheffield, said that before receiving treatment for her sleep apnoea, the condition had a terrible impact on her life.

    She said: “It’s embarrassing to be at work and have your colleagues wake you up because they can hear you snoring.

    “The condition turned me into a recluse. I was so exhausted all the time that I didn’t want to socialise, and because of my loud snoring I was too embarrassed to go and sleep at anyone else’s house.”

    Sleep apnoea is the most common sleep disorder, according to the NHS. It is caused when the muscles and soft tissue in the throat relax, causing a blockage of the airways.

    The lack of oxygen to the brain causes those with the condition to wake up or have regular interruptions to their sleep. Common symptoms include loud snoring or gasping and grunting whilst asleep.

    Those with the condition usually manage it by wearing an oxygen mask at night, or other oral devices that keep the airways open. Many are encouraged to lose weight and in some cases people can undergo surgery to remove excess tissue in their passageways.

    Analysing data collected by NHS England, the BBC has found the number of sleeping disorder tests has increased every year over the past decade.

    NHS South Sefton in Liverpool had the highest rate of sleep diagnostic tests being commissioned last year.

    Doctors attribute the rise in the number of sleep tests to a greater sense of public awareness about the wider health implications of not getting enough sleep.

    “Sleep apnoea is a serious condition which can lead to other problems such as high blood pressure, which in turn can lead to strokes and heart attacks,” said Dr Stephen Bianchi from Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.

    It is estimated that about 1.5 million people in the UK suffer from the condition, although doctors warn many people will have never been formally diagnosed.

    “We think about 2% of females, and 4% of males in the UK have significant sleep apnoea. However, we suspect that 80% of those with the condition are unaware they have it,” Dr Bianchi added.


    ‘I hit my wife in my sleep’

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    Consultants at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have been pioneering new ways of treating a range of sleep disorders.

    Patients with sleep apnoea are often tested for neurological sleep conditions such as insomnias and rapid eye movement (REM) disorders.

    Iain Gordon, from Doncaster, has an REM behaviour disorder, which sees him physically act out his dreams when he’s asleep.

    “If I have a dream that I’m fighting crocodiles or jumping off a cliff, I will shout and kick out.

    “But the reason why I’ve now sought help is because there have been instances recently where I’ve hit my wife whilst I’ve been asleep.”

    Dr Gary Dennis, from the Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, said sleep disorders could have “wide and unpredictable” outcomes.

    ‘Sleep hygiene’

    One sleep disorder sufferer man, Brian Thomas from Neath in south Wales, killed his wife during a violent nightmare and was told by a judge he “bore no responsibility”.

    “REM disorders are not inconsequential,” said Dr Dennis.

    “At one end of the spectrum I’ve had the spouses of my patients who have needed dental work because they’ve been hit by their bed partner. But then at the other end I’ve had patients who have managed to drive themselves to the petrol station while they’ve been asleep.”

    Clinicians like Dr Dennis believe people need to pay more attention to their own “sleep hygiene” including diet, lifestyle and cutting down on late-night phone and tablet use.

    “These devices emit blue light and there is a clear association between using these devices late at night and then having poor amounts of sleep,” he said.

    “Put simply lots of people think sleep gets in the way of life, but I see it the other way round. You can get more out of life, by getting more sleep.”


    Viewers in Yorkshire can see more about this story on BBC Look North at 1830 on BBC One on Tuesday 20 June, or afterwards on BBC iPlayer.

    Additional reporting by Nicola Hudson and Charles Heslett.

    Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40122979

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    Here’s what you need to know about that study suggesting french fries increase your risk of death


    At least you still have Bloody Marys.
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    Alright, french fry lovers, you might have heard that apparently, the amount of times per week you eat fried potatoes could increase your risk of death.

    According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who eat fried potatoes two or more times a week were at an increased risk of mortality.

    But the results of this one study aren’t as scary or dire as they sound.

    The 4,400 members of the study (aged 45 to 79) were divided into groups based on how often they ate fried potatoes per week. The study ran over the course of eight years and during that time, 236 of the participants died. Researchers helmed by lead author Nicola Veronese determined, “those who ate fried potatoes two to three times per week were twice as likely to die early compared to those who didn’t eat fried potatoes.”

    However, noted nutrition, food studies and public health professor at New York University Marion Nestle says you don’t need to bemoan your last Sunday Funday fry-fest just yet.

    She tells the Chicago Tribune, “”First, this is an association […] Fried potatoes are associated with somewhat higher mortality, but this does not mean that they cause death. People who eat a lot of fried potatoes might have other unhealthy lifestyle practices […]Second, the association is not strictly dose-related. At lower levels of intake, the association is not statistically significant.”

    Adding to the good news, eating unfried potatoes didn’t impact health negatively and Time says, “more research with larger groups of people is needed to investigate the link before saying that overeating fries causes an increased risk of death.”

    You mean fried potatoes aren’t a health food? This isn’t exactly groundbreaking news. Everything in moderation, after all. But that didn’t stop people from having a field day about the new info on social media.

    Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/19/french-fries-bad/

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    Could weed be used to treat period pain?

    There are reports cannabis will be approved by New York legislators to treat period pain. The evidence is unclear, but that doesnt mean the drug can be ruled out

    According to reports this week, marijuana is about to be approved to treat period pains by legislators in New York. Cannabis is already allowed for medicinal use in 29 American states for a variety of conditions such as cancer, HIV or Aids, severe nausea, seizures and persistent muscle spasms (for example with people who have multiple sclerosis). Could period pains really be joining that list, and is there any evidence that it works?

    Solution

    It is certainly clearly stated in bill number A582: Medical marijuana can alleviate many of the painful effects of dysmenorrhea. The bill also states that Not only will this improve womens wellbeing and productivity during menstruation, but it will advance New York State in one of the countrys fastest growing industries. So cannabis will help women, and industry too. Its win win.

    Except that Dr Penny Whiting, the lead author of a large systematic review in Jama on the medicinal uses of cannabinoids confirms my suspicion that there is no research showing that cannabis relieves period pains though she points out that because of the lack of research, theres also no evidence it doesnt work … Her review found moderate evidence that cannabinoids work for chronic pain and spasticity (severe cramps such as in multiple sclerosis) and low quality evidence that it relieves nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy and sleep disorders. Another review published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found similar results.

    Period cramps are caused by the release of prostaglandins that trigger muscle cramps in the uterus. These cramps reduce the blood supply to the uterus and cause painful spasms. Theres not much in the medical armoury to help dysmenorrhea. There are oral contraceptives that stop ovulation and therefore prostaglandin production, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (that inhibit prostaglandins being made) or paracetamol. Meanwhile, in Colorado and California women can use marijuana tampons made by Foria which smell of cookie dough. The tampons combine two active ingredients from cannabis tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The cells lining the vaginal wall absorb the cannabinoids and may block the nerves from carrying pain signals to the brain. Local absorption is also meant to reduce any psychoactive high from the drug.

    Theres anecdotal evidence from women that these cannabis tampons work within 20 minutes. However, they are not available legally in the UK. And like any drug, cannabinoids can have side effects. Writing in the BMJ, Dr Giles Newton-Howes, of the University of Otago in New Zealand argued the case for making it easier to conduct trials for the use of cannabis at medicine. He says that we can only speculate on their usefulness for dysmenorrhea. But its welcome speculation at that.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jun/19/marijuana-cannabis-treat-period-pain-dr-dillner

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    Is it safe to live on a former landfill site? – BBC News

    With the need for more housing, developers are moving in to build on top of former landfill sites. But how safe are these places, and should people be concerned about living on top of them?

    The UK dumps nearly 50 million tonnes of industrial, commercial and domestic waste into landfill sites every year – enough rubbish to fill Wembley Stadium to the brim more than 50 times over.

    The process is tightly regulated. Meticulous records are kept of what we dump and where we dump it.

    But landfill hasn’t always been this well managed – and Britain’s appetite in years gone by for filling huge holes in the ground with waste is beginning to haunt us.

    There are 20,000 former landfill sites across the UK – 1,200 of them are on England’s coastline. File on 4 has had exclusive access to an unpublished report commissioned by the Environment Agency, looking at these sites and the impact of flooding and coastal erosion.

    Prof Kate Spencer from Queen Mary University of London led the investigation and has now raised serious concerns about the impact not only on the environment – but on public health.


    Image caption Historic landfill sites buried underground are being exposed by coastal erosion

    One example can be found on Clinker Beach in East Tilbury, along the foreshore of the River Thames in Essex, where a layer of old clothes and plastics hangs out of a muddy bank. The spot has become a popular spot for treasure hunters.

    “You see people rummaging through it, picking up bits of material and taking them home. Certainly I wouldn’t touch any of this without gloves,” says Kate.

    “Here on the floor you can see these little black cylinders – they’re the cells from inside old batteries and we know that batteries used to contain lead and mercury. We’ve analysed the waste and it contains pretty much all the nasty chemicals that you can think of at concentrations that would be predicted to cause significant ecological harm.”

    She says it would cost billions of pounds to clean up all the sites so it is important to identify which pose the biggest threat.

    “We need to come up with some suitable management scenarios. The ultimate responsibility either lies with the local authority or with the Environment Agency but I don’t think they have the resources to deal with it.”


    Image caption Barry Falgate, site manager at Dunbar landfill

    In 1990, the Environmental Protection Act set out a regime for regulating and licensing the disposal of controlled waste.

    One site in Dunbar, on the east coast of Scotland, handles 5,000 tonnes of waste every week from Edinburgh, which is around 30 miles away.

    “Before we put any waste in, we put in a metre of engineered clay,” explains site manager Barry Falgate. “Then it’s lined with a heavy duty plastic, then gravel on top, which catches the water which comes from the waste as it degrades.

    “Then, when we’ve finished, we put plastic over the top and then we put soils on it. We have the aftercare of this site for at least 60 years, so we want to make sure that that waste is safe and we can control the waters and gases out of it. I was brought up around here so I care what we do.”

    The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs used to offer grants to local authorities to clean up contaminated land, via the Contaminated Land Capital Projects (CLCP) programme. This funding stream came to an end in March this year.


    Image caption Prof Kate Spencer says managing former landfill sites is essential

    In Amber Valley in Derbyshire battle lines are being drawn, where a developer wants to build 200 homes on a former landfill site.

    “My mum stopped growing vegetables because of what was under the ground here,” says campaigner Kellie Judson.

    “We used to get foul smells on my mum’s garden when I was a little girl – a TCP smell and an eggy smell.”

    Amber Valley Rugby Club now occupies the former landfill site – but they’ve been offered brand new facilities by the developer if they move.

    Underground testing has shown that remedial work could make the area safe, but Kellie and other residents are worried about an adjacent former landfill which contains known hazardous waste.

    “We’re concerned that contamination from the other site could potentially leach on to this one – that disturbing the ground in this area could pose a threat to people living locally,” she says.


    Image caption Kellie Judson is leading the campaign against 200 new homes near a hazardous landfill site

    The development has twice been turned down by the planning board of Amber Valley Borough Council and it goes before the planning inspectorate next month.

    Whether it goes ahead or not, little will be done to further risk assess the surrounding area unless something new emerges, because government guidelines don’t demand it.

    The deputy leader of the council, Trevor Ainsworth, supports the development plans.

    “There are things in the ground that, on the face of it, would be dangerous to human health. However I know it can be remediated and made safe. It is one of our policies that we regenerate land that has been used as tips – lots of houses now have been built safely on old tips,” he says.


    Image caption President of Amber Valley Rugby Club, Steve Evans, is backing the development, which includes plans for new pitches and changing rooms for the club

    A spokesman for Defra told the BBC: “Our revised Statutory Guidance means more resource can be directed to those sites most in need and allows local authorities to take a more stringent, risk-based approach when identifying and cleaning up contaminated land.”

    The Local Government Association said: “Councils take this issue very seriously and work closely with the Environment Agency, continuing to monitor sites long after they have closed.”


    File on 4: What Lies Beneath – The Legacy of Landfill is on BBC Radio 4, 20 June at 20:00 BST – catch up on BBC iPlayer Radio.

    Have you got something you want investigating? We want to hear from you. Tweet us or email fileon4@bbc.co.uk

    Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40308598

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    How To Get Amazing Skin Using Sh*t In Your Fridge

    To be blunt, my face is my most prized possession. It’s the only thing that has gotten me this far in life. With or without pounds of makeup, I care for it as much as I do for like, my dogwhich is more than I do for any person, ever. I would be nothing without my high-status man candy, technically good physique flawless skin, and army of skanks evil band of *loyal* Instagram followers. Which is why when I notice the slightest of breakouts, I run to the nearest Walgreens and buy every fucking overpriced face wash/cream/moisturizer on the market. But, like other times I (appropriately) acted irrationally, I usually hate myself for being so god damn impulsive and spending my entire paycheck in one sitting for a bunch of shit that doesn’t even work. IDK, maybe there should’ve been a self-control course in college. No one cares why x+y=z and other lame ass bullshit that doesn’t make sense.

    Attempting to learn something (for once in my life), I’ve taught myself how to be resourceful by using water as a chaser food in my kitchen as a remedy for all of my facial flaws. If this means having my face smell like a foot or avocado toast, then so fucking be it. I’m saving money by not leaving my house. What’s there to complain about? Here are common foods probably in your cabinet or fridge that will do wonders for your skin (you’re fucking welcome).

    Lemon

    Lemons are the answer to most of lifes problems like providing us with good cocktails and catchy album titles. Well, who fucking knew it could benefit your face too? To reduce redness, excess oil, and light scarring, apply fresh lemon juice to targeted areas with a cotton ball. NGL, it may sting just a tad, but let those juices flow, GF.

    Unsweetened Plain Yogurt 

    Okay, this is probably a little far-fetched being that no fucking normal person nonchalantly has plain unsweetened yogurt chilling in their fridge. Unless you’re into like, diets and being healthy. Whatever the fuck that means. In this case, you may have to buy some to not only impress your skinny snobby friends, but also to slab on your face. Ingredients such as lactic acid and zinc help moisturize your face. They fight aging and prevent nasty-ass wrinkles. You’ll always be 25 on the outside if you use enough.

    Raw Honey  

    Don’t be lazy with this one. Finding an unprocessed, natural, pure honey is most likely found at a local farmers market or hipster grocery store (aka Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods). It’s important to find one without sugary loaded shitaka that shit that comes in the bear bottle at your grocery store won’t cut it. Apply to only affected areas to reduce swelling and prevent infection. Wash off thoroughly after your desired time because like, do I really need to explain why?

    Tomatoes 

    Ever wondered how to get rid of vomit-inducing blackheads? Grind or blend a few tomatoes until they become a paste. Apply it as a facial mask after washing your face to unclog your pores and serve as an exfoliant. Fresh tomatoes reduce oil and prevent blackheads.

    Avocado

    Life tip: If you have avocado at home already, guac isn’t extra for you!! You go, Glen Coco. I know you don’t really need another reason to have/eat avocado, but either option is fantastic for your skin. Applying avocado directly onto your face keeps it looking nourished and radiant. If you have a sunburn, apply to the affected area to rid dead skin cells and protect from sun damage.  

    Oats

    All around, oats are pretty fucking great for your skin. Even for the most sensitive skin types, oats relieve itchiness, reduce swelling, and lock in natural moisture. Use as a paste or grind for a loose powder. Oats are especially ideal for those who are prone to allergies or skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

    Bananas

    Whether you use its peel or mash it up, applying fresh bananas give life to any dull complexion. The shit ton of vitamins and potassium provide soft, glowing skin to make you look as young as the first time you got a fake ID. FYI, if you rub a banana peel along your teeth, your teeth will have a fab glow-up too.

    Cucumber

    I mean, fucking duh. Everybody in the English-speaking world knows the penis-looking veggie does some common good for your face. Although they’re literally like, water, placing cucumbers on your eyes reduces puffiness and dark circles because what is sleep anymore. If you’re suffering from an allergic reaction or type of skin irritation, apply to the specific area for cooling and relieving purposes. 

    Read more: http://www.betches.com/how-to-fix-facial-flaws-using-ingredients-in-your-house

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    What fathers do

    Some fathers do these things.

    Some fathers go to the Columbus Public Library used book sale in about 1980 and buy five big boxes of books on every topic. They place those books in a playroom and they result in a consistently relevant personal library for his kids. Every year they learn something new out of that room.

    Some fathers take their sons and daughters to Computer Express, a small computer shop, after taking you to Radio Shack and Sun TV and deciding the prices there are too high. Some fathers help you decide on an Atari 800XL with tape drive and they buy you River Raid to go with it.

    Some fathers buy you a modem and let you call BBSes all night.

    They take you to Boy Scouts and help you win the local Pinewood Derby. They drive you to Bell Labs where you learn UNIX and shell scripting.

    Some fathers sit with you and type in programs out of the back of ANTIC Magazine.

    They convince the family it wants a dog and picks a special breed, a Kerry Blue Terrier, because it doesnt shed.

    They get drunk at the Sheraton hotel bar happy hour and fall out of the car and turn you off alcohol until late in college. Thats when you really find you have a taste for it.

    Some fathers help you with your science fair projects and explore wind power with you by making balsa wood models of various generators.

    Some fathers give you phone wire, broken stereos, and a soldering iron and tell you to experiment. You do. Some fathers have a garage full of tools and show you how to cut wood and fix brakes and listen to NPR on a broken radio.

    Some fathers buy you a Packard Bell 286 and help you learn programming.

    Some fathers leave a basket of vinyl in the basement and in it you find Dylan, the Stones, and Janis Joplin, thereby making you the least pop-culturally-aware high schooler in Columbus.

    Some fathers work for 40 years at the same boring job to pay for a house and food.

    Some fathers take you to Europe and show you the magic of travel. They buy you Mad Magazine in German.

    They take you to Mad Magazines offices in Manhattan where you meet Dick DiBartolo, Nick Meglin, and Bill Gaines. That could inspire you to be a writer.

    They marvel at your new novel, The Tale of the White Worm, you write when youre twelve. They edit your school essays and, one night, they write an entire research paper about The Crucible for you because youre sick.

    Some fathers drive you from college to college looking for the right one. Then some fathers come drive you back from the right college every summer because you dont have a car.

    Some fathers help you sell your car when you move to Poland for work.

    Some fathers come to your wedding in Warsaw.

    They Skype you almost every day, leaving cryptic messages and posting links from Craigslist. Some fathers listen to Rush Limbaugh all day because hes a pleasant distraction.

    Some fathers drive twelve hours to visit you in Brooklyn.

    Some fathers get grumpy.

    Some fathers still make you laugh.

    Some fathers get lung cancer.

    Some fathers make you scared.

    Their failing health encourages you to run again and quit drinking because watching a man who looks so much like you get sick is frightening. But it also encourages you to reconnect with him.

    I know: Some fathers beat you. Some fathers leave you. Some fathers die early. Some fathers are cruel. Some fathers die inside.

    But some of us get lucky.

    Some fathers are great. Some fathers are kind. Some fathers educate, expand, and elucidate. Some fathers give all.

    Some of us get lucky.

    Happy Fathers Day.

    Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/18/what-fathers-do/

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    9 early signs of pregnancy that are easy to miss

    If youre trying to get pregnant, it can seem like eternity until you get a positive pregnancy test. To make it even more of a challenge, many of  the early signs of pregnancy can be mistaken for your menstrual period, a stomach bug or even stress.

    Heres how to tell whether your symptoms are early signs of pregnancy or something else.

    1. Increased vaginal discharge
    If you notice an increase in vaginal discharge, you might think you have a vaginal yeast infection or, if your cycles are irregular, you might think youre ovulating.

    But leucorrhea, a clear, odorless vaginal discharge that doesnt cause itching, is an early sign of pregnancy. Leucorrhea is a result of the increased blood supply to the vaginal and genital regions which increases vaginal fluid, Dr. Alyssa Dweck, a board-certified OB-GYN in Mt. Kisco, New York, and author of The Complete A to Z for Your V, told Fox News.

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    2. Spotting and cramping
    Its easy to mistake spotting and cramping for the start of your period, but it can also mean youre pregnant. Often times when the embryo implants in the uterus, [women] can have some spotting or light bleeding that oftentimes [they] will mistake as a period, Dr. Kelly Kasper, a board-certified OB/GYN at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, told Fox News.

    Although this implantation bleed is nothing to worry about, its always a good idea to put a call into your doctor if you have any of these symptoms to rule out miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when the embryo implants itself in the fallopian tube or in the abdomen. This condition affects between 1 and 2 percent of pregnancies, according to a 2014 article in the journal American Family Physician.

    3. Fatigue
    Its easy to blame feeling run down on clocking long hours in the office, a hard workout, lack of sleep or stress. Yet for some women fatigue, especially if its overwhelming, is the first sign that theyre pregnant.

    4. Strong or brittle nails
    Many women notice that their nails are stronger than ever, and although this is due in part to pregnancy hormones, taking prenatal vitamins before conceiving has a lot to do with it too. 

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    5. Increased sense of smell
    If you live for your cup of joe in the morning but all of a sudden the aroma makes you sick, you might want to take a pregnancy test. Sense of smell can become extraordinarily keen, and in fact, certain smells that people might have enjoyed in the past, they may find to be totally nauseating, Dweck said.  

    6. Bloating and constipation
    Its easy to blame bloating, gas or any change in bowel habits on a change in diet, a vacation or PMS. In the early weeks of pregnancy when progesterone starts to rise, however, everything can slow down. If youre craving carb-heavy fare and cant stomach vegetables, it can also affect your GI tract.

    7. Frequent urination
    An increase in both blood volume and the filtration rate of the kidneys will make it so that you need to urinate more frequently.

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    8. Mood swings
    Chalk it up to not sleeping well, PMS or stress, but irritability can mean youre in the early weeks of pregnancy.  

    9. Breast soreness
    If your breasts feel tender or your nipples are sore, its easy to think its your period but often the difference is the severity. Even your shirt touching your nipples could be noticeable, Dweck said.  

    Julie Revelant is a health journalist and a consultant who provides content marketing and copywriting services for the healthcare industry. She’s also a mom of two. Learn more about Julie at revelantwriting.com.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2017/06/16/9-early-signs-pregnancy-that-are-easy-to-miss.html