Super User

Super User

  Sleeping Position You Must Avoid If You Have A Bad Back

 

Lots of guys prefer to sleep on their stomach. But this popular sleep position sometimes gets a bad rap. The good news: sleeping in what we call the “prone” position isn’t usually a problem for healthy adults. The bad news: it could well trigger discomfort in people who already suffer from chronic lower-back pain.

In some cases, sleeping on your stomach can cause the lumbar region of your spine to forcefully extend beyond its normal limits. This can strain the ligaments in the back of your spine, which could lead to – or worsen – back pain.

If your back hurts when you try to sleep, there are some things you can do to ease the pain without having to overhaul your sleeping style. If you’re a stomach sleeper, place a pillow beneath your belly. This will take some of the strain off your back and prevent pain from developing.

Sleep on your side? Draw your legs up towards your chest and place a pillow between your legs. This helps reduce strain, too.If you sleep on your back, place a small pillow or rolled towel under your knees. This will help your lower back maintain its natural curve.

If your back pain still keeps you up at night and interferes with your sleep quality or daytime function, talk to your doctor. He or she will need to examine you further and conduct some neurological testing and imaging to see what’s behind your pain, in order to develop a treatment plan.

Skin-Care Mistakes That You Never Realized You Were Making Everyday

Thanks to Bollywood and daily soaps, we are obsessing over flawless skin like never before and are plastering our faces with layers of make-up to camouflage zits and blemishes. There are skin-care techniques which, when followed regularly can be a great boon to our skin. Unfortunately, most of the time we either do not follow them or we go overboard and end up with some major disasters. Here are some common mistakes most of us are guilty of when it comes to taking care of our skin.

Avoiding the neck and other exposed areas while applying sun-screen lotion

Usually, we tend to just protect our face, but the other exposed areas are equally important too! You don’t want to look like a half-burnt toast, right?

Not wearing foundation on the face everyday, since we feel that we need to let the skin breathe

A decent foundation actually protects your face from impurities and free radicals. Just ensure that you cleanse your skin well before and after its use.

Using razor as a quick solution to remove unwanted hair

It might look like an easy way out, but it only increases your work! The stubble will be back in a few days because shaving fastens hair growth. Also, not to forget the unexpected cuts if you aren’t concentrating enough. The best hair removal solution is Veet. It helps in removing unwanted hair closer to the roots, without any stubble trouble and fear of nicks & cuts. For unbelievable silky, smooth skin- Just Veet it.

Not wearing sun-screen everyday before stepping out

Wearing sun-screen only when you go out into the blazing sun, and avoiding it on other days doesn’t help. The UV rays are always out there to strike on you, so keep yourself layered.

Applying cream-based products in the wrong order

Just because you bought a bunch of creams and make-up stuff, you cannot just apply them in any order. The products which are of thinner consistency have to be applied first, followed by the thicker ones. Only then will the products absorb effectively into your skin.

Using our face scrub to exfoliate our face more than thrice a week

Over-exfoliation is a crime! The essential oils which are on your skin are there for a reason, and pulling off that layer continuously will only cause skin damage and dryness. Exfoliating twice or thrice a week is more than enough.

Applying moisturizing cream on wet skin

If you think that you are helping the moisturizer to soak in easily while your skin is still hydrated, you are mistaken. Rather, lightly sponge your face and apply tonic. Once it soaks in, apply your face cream to rightly hydrate your skin.

Using cleansing products that create too much foam

A foam cleanser definitely gives an I-feel-so-clean feeling but, in reality, the face wash might be containing strong detergent chemicals which cause the foam. So, rather use mild foam cleansers for safer results.

Since our skin is naturally delicate, it has to be maintained with care. We should not just choose the right skin products to suit our skin, but should also avoid using anything that could possibly harm our skin. So stay smart, stay beautiful!

 

Source: http://www.indiatimes.com

Over 2,000 Children Living With HIV/Aids In Karamoja

Baylor Uganda an organization that fights against HIV/Aids among children in Uganda reveals that about 2,000 children aged 1 to 15 years in Karamoja sub region are living with HIV/Aids.

Dr. Calvin Epidu the project coordinator Baylor Uganda Karamoja region says out of 2,000 children found with HIV/Aids, 699 have been put on Anti-Retroviral treatment in the seven  Karamoja districts of Moroto, Nakapiripirit, Kaabong, Napak, Abim, Kotido and Amudat between 2012 and 2016.

He added that 7,500 adults who were found with the virus were put on treatment but only 4,900 are very active on treatment while others have dropped off or got lost. Dr. Epidu attributes this trend to the high level of stigma and discrimination among the people living with HIV.

He also cites long distances to the treatment centers especially in Kaabong district as another reason for drop off.The report puts the HIV prevalence rate in Karamoja at 5.3%, up from 3.5 % in 2006. The national HIV/Aids prevalence rate is at 7.3%.

An estimated 3.2 million children age 15 and under were living with AIDS at the end of 2013, according to the World Health Organization.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). The virus damages or destroys the cells of the immune system, leaving them unable to fight infections and certain cancers.

Causes of HIV in Children

Most HIV infections in children are passed from mother to child during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or breastfeeding. However, thanks to preventive treatment regimens, the incidence of mother-to-child HIV transmission is decreasing. Since the mid-1990s, HIV testing and preventive drug regimens have resulted in a 90% decline in the number of children infected with HIV in the U.S. Most cases of childhood HIV/AIDS are concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa.

Other causes of child HIV include:

Blood transfusions. Blood transfusions using infected blood or injections with unsterilized needles can lead to HIV infection and AIDS in children. In the U.S. and other wealthier countries this problem has been virtually eliminated, but in poor countries this still occurs.

Illicit drug use. In central and Eastern Europe, injected drug use continues to spread HIV among young people living on the streets. In one study in the Ukraine, high-risk behaviors, including sharing needles, were prevalent among children as young as age10.

Sexual transmission. Although sexual transmission is not a main cause of HIV/AIDS among children, it does occur in countries where children become sexually active at an early age. Children may also become infected through sexual abuse or rape.

Symptoms of HIV/AIDS in Children

Many babies and children living with HIV are known or suspected to have the infection because their mothers are known to be infected. However, sometimes infection is not suspected until a child develops symptoms. Symptoms of HIV infection vary by age and individual child, but following are some of the more common symptoms:

·       Failure to thrive, which is the failure to gain weight or grow according to standardized growth charts used by pediatricians.

·       Failure to reach developmental milestones during the expected time frame.

·       Brain or nervous system problems, characterized by seizures, difficulty with walking, or poor performance in school.

·       Frequent childhood illnesses such as ear infections, colds, upset stomach, and diarrhea.

As HIV infection becomes more advanced, children start to develop opportunistic infections. These are infections that rarely affect healthy people but can be deadly for people whose immune systems aren't working properly. Common opportunistic infections related to HIV include:

·   Pneumocystis pneumonia -- a fungal infection of the lungs

·   Serious infection due to cytomegalovirus (CMV)

·   A condition of lung scarring called lymphocytic interstitial pneumonitis (LIP)

·   Oral thrush or severe diaper rash due to Candida, a yeast infection

Treatments for Child HIV and AIDS

Due to improved prevention and treatment, AIDS-related deaths among children around the world are declining.

Treatment for HIV and AIDS is essentially the same for children as for adults: a combination of antiviral medications to keep the virus from becoming resistant to any one drug. However, there are special considerations when treating children. Some HIV drugs are not available in a liquid form that babies and small children can swallow and some drugs cause serious side effects in children.

 

Even if young children show no signs or symptoms of their HIV infection, doctors may choose to start treatment to improve their general heath and increase long-term survival. Doctors often decide whether to treat based on lab tests for viral load (the amount of virus in a bodily fluid) and the level of white blood cells (immune cells) called CD4 T-cells affected by HIV infection.

Subscribe to this RSS feed