How a Hot Spoon Can Make a Mozzie Bite Go Away

  Don't you hate getting annoying mosquito bites in the summer. Well here's a nifty trick. Next time you get bitten, place a hot (read as stirred in coffee hot, not stove temperature) and place it over the bite area. The heat denatures the 'itchy proteins' and basically will stop the mark from itching later.   The explanation is when you get bitten, mosquitos inject an anti-coagulant that stops your blood from clotting. This protein can't survive high temperatures, so that's why this trick works. The bump may last a few hours/days, but at least the irritation won't! Share this:PrintEmailFacebookTwitterGoogleLike this:Like...

Your BMI Might Make You Think You’re Healthier Than You Are

ADAM DACHIS Your BMI, or Body Mass Index, gives you a number designed to indicate whether you are at a healthy weight or not. According to the health experts over at Examine.com, BMIs tend to provide you with a more flattering look at your situation than reality might otherwise indicate.P BMI (Body Mass Index) is not a highly accurate measure of obesity. That being said, its more complimenting than anything. BMI has a high rate of false negatives (obese people actually being classified as normal or overweight) encroaching on 50% in some studies, particularly among females. The amount of false positives seen with BMI (non-obese persons with enough lean mass to be classified as obese) is surprisingly small; less than 5% in men and 1% in women according to one study.P For those unfamiliar, you calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. (If you don't want to do this calculation yourself, just use an online BMI calculator like this one.) False positives likely occur more often in men due to heavier amounts of muscle mass, but regardless 5% is still a very small number. Around 50%, however, is a bit troubling. If you find yourself on the higher end of the BMI range, don't take comfort in such a rating. You might not be quite as healthy as you think, so see a doctor to find out if you need an adjustment in the level of your physical activity and your diet.P How valid is BMI as a measure of health and obesity? | Examine.comP Photo by Jaimie Duplass (Shutterstock). Share this:PrintEmailFacebookTwitterGoogleLike this:Like...
Handbags, are they dirtier than toilet seats?

Handbags, are they dirtier than toilet seats?

The next time your wife is rummaging around in her handbag for her lippy or car keys, you may want to surreptitiously hand her a wet wipe. A new study from UK washroom company Initial Hygiene has found that women’s handbags are often crawling with harmful bacteria that can pose a significant health risk to humans. Handbag picture from Shutterstock Researchers from Initial Hygiene took swab samples from used women’s handbags along with the items inside them. Disturbingly, around 20 per cent of the bags tested were found to contain higher bacteria levels than the average toilet seat. “Handbags come into regular contact with our hands and a variety of surfaces; so the risk of transferring different germs onto them is very high, especially as bags are rarely cleaned,” Initial Hygiene explained in a statement. “[Our research] found that one in five handbag handles was home to levels of bacteria-related contamination which pose a significant risk of cross-contamination, while the single dirtiest handle swabbed housed almost three times this level.” Leather bags were discovered to be the dirtiest as the spongy texture provides the the perfect conditions for bacteria to grow and spread. The dirtiest items in a handbag were found to be face and hand cream, lipstick and mascara. The report concludes that regular hand sanitisation is essential to prevent the presence of bacteria and that bags should be regularly cleaned to remove contamination build ups. My first instinct was to dismiss this report as a lame attempt to gain brand recognition through a raft of icky headlines (the lack of methodology or sample size information in the press...
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