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5 Home Remedies That Are Proven To Treat Health Problems



Some people don’t really believe in home remedies. They think that home remedies are traditional knowledge that is being passed from their grandparents and not relevant to be used for now.

It is true that some of the remedies might not work on some people and in a few conditions. Therefore, scientists have been working on proving that certain remedies can greatly help to cure some of the health issues. So, here are five home remedies that can treat some of your problems.

However, if you have a chronic health condition and on medications, do check with your doctor before trying these remedies.

1. Peppermint oil for headaches

According to a few studies, peppermint essential oil can numb the pain of a tension headache and cool the skin. To use this remedy, add a few drops of olive oil to the peppermint essential oil to prevent skin irritation. Apply the mixture onto your forehead and temples.

2. Sugar for hiccups

Have tried many ways to treat hiccups? Here is another way you can try. Claire Martin, a nutritionist said that grainy sugar crystals force you to swallow harder. Thus, it will reset your diaphragm to stop spasms. Mind to take a spoonful of sugar the next time hiccup hits you.

3. Aloe for burns

Aloe has been our all-time favorite to treat burns. According to Dr. Purvisha Patel, a dermatologist said that aloe can be a very soothing remedy for burns. Make sure you use pure aloe. However, you should still see a doctor for serious burns.

4. Thyme tea for coughs

Studies found that using thyme with primrose or ivy can relieve the frequency and duration of coughs. It is a natural expectorant that soothes the respiratory tract. In a cup of hot water, add two tablespoons of fresh thyme or one tablespoon of dried thyme. Add some honey to taste.

5. Honey for wounds

Apply honey directly to a wound and let it do the magic. The enzyme in pure honey can cause a chemical reaction that will release an antiseptic chemical. Scientists recommend manuka honey which contains an additional compound that can increase its effectiveness in treating wounds.



Australian Researchers Discover New Way To Predict COVID-19 Severity



SYDNEY, Oct 19  — Researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ) have devised a new way to estimate health outcomes in COVID-19 patients by identifying their cell fitness.

The research, published in the EMBO Molecular Medicine journal on Tuesday, could bear major implications for the identification and protection of those most vulnerable to the virus, reported Xinhua News Agency.

“We found that patients with acute lung injury had higher levels of the biomarker in their lower respiratory tract and areas of cell death,” said contributing author from the UQ’s Diamantina Institute, Dr Arutha Kulasinghe.

 The cell marker in question is called hFwe-Lose or “Flower lose”, and was revealed by the researchers to be a strong indicator of the severity with which COVID-19 was likely to develop.

From testing conducted in patients from ages 20 to 82 years old, the cell marker was shown to be elevated in older individuals and those with comorbidities such as obesity and immune function disorders.            “More importantly, we also found that the cell fitness marker outperformed conventional methods, such as age, inflammation and co-existing diseases, in predicting health outcomes, such as hospitalisation and death, in COVID-19 patients,” said Kulasinghe.

The presence of the “Flower lose” cell marker could be identified in patients who were infected with COVID-19 through a nasal swab. Kulasinghe said this would give doctors a quick way to assess a COVID-positive patient’s level of risk.

“The cell fitness marker would enable medical teams to identify patients more likely to develop severe symptoms, provide closer monitoring and earlier access to hospitalisation and intensive care.”

While Kulasinghe said the research would need to be expanded to fully determine the robustness of the cell marker, the researchers concluded that the study had put forth a “novel prognostic biomarker for COVID-19 severity”, which could change the way to assess and treat this devastating virus.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Labuan Rolls Out COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots



LABUAN, Oct 18 — Labuan has begun administering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots under a three-phase exercise which will see almost 20,000 people getting their third jab.

Labuan Health director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the first phase would involve 1,290 healthcare personnel, the second phase, 2,500 non-healthcare frontliners including the media fraternity; and the third phase, some 16,000 individuals in high-risk groups.

“We have received the green light from the Ministry of Health (MoH) to administer the booster shots, with our healthcare frontliners to be vaccinated starting today until the end of the week,” he said before the launch of the booster shots at the Membedai Health Clinic today.

He said all the three phases are expected to be completed by the end of the year or early next year.

“Only individuals who have completed the recommended six-month interval after the second dose are eligible for the booster shots,” he said.

“We have set up vaccination centres at Labuan Hospital, Labuan air force base camp and the Membedai Health Clinic,” he said.

Dr Ismuni said the booster shots would also be made available at all private clinics via appointments.

“Those eligible can contact the clinics to set their appointments,” he said.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Statement On Anti-vaxxers: Govt Has Explained Enough On Benefits of COVID-19 Vaccines – Khairy



KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18  — Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the government had made enough effort to explain the goodness and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines to the public.

He said his ministry had in fact provided all the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of the vaccines on people.

“And we continue to provide the explanation. I’m sorry I have to be firm on this issue. Call me dajjal (evil) or whatever,” he tweeted on his Twitter account today.

Khairy had previously said that the government would be taking a firm approach against those who refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by imposing difficulties upon them.

Yesterday, Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim described Khairy’s statement that the government would continue making the daily life difficult for those who rejected the vaccines as arrogant.

Anwar, who is also PKR president, said it was the government’s role to continue appealing to and educating the public on the advantages of taking the vaccines to fight COVID-19.

Sources: BERNAMA

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