Winter illnesses and how to deal with them

Winter illnesses and how to deal with them

Some health problems, such as asthma, sore throat and cold sores, are triggered or worsened by cold weather. Here is how to deal with cold weather ailments.

Colds: You can help prevent colds by washing your hands regularly. This destroys bugs that you may have picked up from touching surfaces used by other people, such as light switches and door handles. It is also important to keep the house and any household items such as cups, glasses and towels clean, especially if someone in your house is ill.

Sore throat: Sore throats are common in winter and are almost always caused by viral infections. There is some evidence that changes in temperature, such as going from a warm, centrally heated room to the icy outdoors, can also affect the throat.

Asthma: Cold air is a major trigger of asthma symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath. People with asthma should be especially careful in winter. Stay indoors on very cold, windy days. If you do go out, wear a scarf loosely over your nose and mouth. Be extra vigilant about taking your regular medications, and keep reliever inhalers close by.

Norovirus: Also known as the winter vomiting bug, norovirus is an extremely infectious stomach bug. It can strike all year round, but is more common in winter and in places such as hotels, hospitals, nursing homes and schools. The illness is unpleasant, but it is usually over within a few days. When people are ill with vomiting and diarrhoea, it is important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

Painful joints: Many people with arthritis say their joints become more painful and stiff in winter. There is no evidence that changes in the weather cause joint damage. Daily exercise can boost a person's mental and physical state. Swimming is ideal as it is easy on the joints.

Cold sores: Most of us recognise that cold sores are a sign that we are run down or under stress. While there is no cure for cold sores, you can reduce the chances of getting one by looking after yourself through winter.

Heart attacks: Heart attacks are more common in winter. This may be because cold weather increases blood pressure and puts more strain on the heart. Your heart also has to work harder to maintain body heat when it is cold. Stay warm in your home. Wrap up warm when you go out and wear a hat, scarf and gloves.

Cold hands and feet: Raynaud's phenomenon is a common condition that makes your fingers and toes change colour and become very painful in cold weather. Fingers can go white, then blue, then red, and throb and tingle. The small blood vessels of the hands and feet go into spasm, temporarily reducing blood flow to your hands and feet. In severe cases, medication can help, but most people manage to live with their symptoms.

Dry skin: Dry skin is a common condition and is often worse during the winter, when environmental humidity is low. Moisturising is essential during winter. Contrary to popular belief, moisturising lotions and creams are not absorbed by the skin. Instead, they act as a sealant to stop the skin's natural moisture evaporating away. The best time to apply moisturiser is after a bath or shower while your skin is still moist, and again at bedtime.

Flu: Flu can be a major killer of vulnerable people. People aged 65 and over, pregnant women and people with long-term health conditions, including diabetes, kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are particularly at risk. The best way to prevent getting flu is to have the flu jab (or flu nasal spray for children aged 2 to 17). The flu vaccine gives good protection against flu and lasts for one year.

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SC to decide if KVs promote a religion through Hindi prayer

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to ascertain whether a Hindi prayer sung in the morning assembly in more than 1100 Kendriya Vidyalaya schools across India promotes a particular religion and violates the Constitution.

It is a very important constitutional issue,” a bench headed by Justice RF Nariman said while issuing notice to the government.

The petition was filed by an advocate Veenayak Shah whose children graduated from a Kendriya Vidyalaya.

All the students irrespective of their faith and belief, have to compulsorily attend the morning assembly and recite the prayer,” he said in the petition. The prayer also includes some Sanskrit words.

Teachers share the collective responsibility of supervising the assembly and making sure that every student folds his/her hands, closes his/her eyes and recites the prayer without fail. Any student failing to do so is punished and humiliated in front of the entire school, he said.

Shah said the prayer was violative of the Constitution, which permits a citizen to follow his or her religion. Also, he said, a state-financed institution cannot be allowed to promote a particular religion.

The above prayer is being enforced throughout the country in all Kendra Vidyalayas. As a result, parents and children of the minority communities as well as atheists and others who do not agree with this system of prayer such as agnostics, scepticists, rationalists and others would find the imposition of this prayer constitutionally impermissible,” the petition said.

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Cold hands, warm stick: High school lacrosse player makes heated stick to beat icy conditions

Cold hands, warm stick: High school lacrosse player makes heated stick to beat icy conditions

Lacrosse is a physically demanding sport under the best conditions, but inclement weather adds frozen hands to the mix. Samantha Wolfe had enough of it and, as a 14-year-old freshman, thought, “why not make a heated stick?” Three years later, her idea has become a reality — the FingerFire lacrosse stick — and is being tested right now by teams in c

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Saif Ali Khan’s Kaalakaandi might help establish he has the skills

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Kaalakaandi is about "who people are when no one is looking," according to writer-director Akshat Verma's earlier interview with Scroll. In fact, the writer had also said that the movie deals with the people who are at the fringes of the underworld and are trying their best to make a sense of their lives within that said bubble.

In Sriram Raghavan's Ek Hasina Thi, Saif's character was also not what he had seemed in the initial bits of the movie, a man who had connections in the underworld. This is not to say that the actor will be repeating himself in Kaalakaandi, at least let's hope not. But if there were to be similarities between both the characters, that would not be such a bad thing. Because Saif had been more than convincing in his portrayal of the mysterious but manipulative Karan Singh Rathod.

There is perhaps a pattern here as well. Saif, it seems, tends to get into the skin of his character better when he is in able hands. When the director and writer are clear about the kind of performance they want from their actors, that is when Saif shines the most. Take, for instance, his performances in Dil Chahta Hai, Ek Hasina Thi, Being Cyrus, Parineeta and Omkara.

One can only hope that the actor is able to deliver all the madness, darkness and laughs that the two-minute-and-twenty-two-second-long trailer promises.

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Critics' verdict: Poster Boys

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A remake of commercially successful Marathi film Poshter Boyz, this one is set somewhere in Haryana where three good Samaritans find themselves on posters promoting vasectomy, ‘nasbandi’ in Hindi. parently, it’s a big deal for the society they live in and now nobody wants to have a relationship with them or their families. here.

Three men who live in the same village find themselves being confronted by snarling to –be in-laws, wives, and other relatives because, you know, they (the men) no longer have their family jewels. In the hands of a skilled director, this could turn into a running joke in a flavoursome comedy of manners, just like last week’s Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, and it’s ‘gents problem’. here.

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'It’s the first time I have ever shot a sensual scene'

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A bathtub scene of Maheck Chahal has been leaked online and the actor is not happy with this. Maheck says the scene is from her forthcoming movie Nirdosh, which has been co-directed by Pradeep Rangwani and Subroto Paul. The film also features Arbaaz Khan and Manjari Phadnis.

I was taken aback when a friend of mine bought this clip to my notice since this was shot for a particular scene for Nirdosh. I bought the same to the notice of my directors Pradeep and Subroto, who are now looking into the matter,” Maheck said in a statement.

We had shot the scene with minimal people on sets and are trying to get our hands on the ones who leaked it. Being an actor, it’s the first time I have ever shot a sensual scene. I don’t know how to put my anger and anguish to words,” she added.

Nirdosh, a murder mystery, is slated for a release on January 19.

Previously, Maheck has featured in superstar Salman Khan starrer Wanted and has even participated in television show Bigg Boss season 5.

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