Causes and Types
Head lice, or Pediculus humanus capitis, are more common than you think. These are tiny bug-looking things that live and breed on your head. There are other types of lice that live on the human body. Pubic lice, also called crabs or Pthirus pubis, can only live in the pubic area and not on you head. Another type is the body louse or Pediculu humanus corporis. Their source of food is your blood so it won’t matter if you wash your hear regularly or not.
You can get lice if you come in contact with people who have head lice. It’s common among children. Head lice cannot fly so it takes head-to-head contact to get lice. You can also get them if you share personal items like combs, hats or caps, towels, hair accessories, pillows, and anything that your head comes into contact with. You cannot get them from pets because they can only survive on humans.
They make your head very itchy. If you keep scratching, it will leave your scalp irritated and reddish. Some people can also feel the lice crawling. They also lay eggs or nits that stick to strands of your hair. There are others who get swollen lymph nodes and eye infections.
Management and Prevention
If you suspect that you have head lice infestation or pediculosis, there are ways to determine this without going to the dermatologist. You can start by inspecting the scalp and strands of hair for lice eggs, especially the areas behind the ears. You can also use a fine-tooth comb. Comb the hair by small sections. In extreme cases, it is advised to get a haircut to minimize infestation.
There are over-the-counter lice shampoos you can use. Look for shampoos with any of the following active ingredients: pyrethrins, dimethicones and permethrins. Follow directions on the label. These medicated shampoos usually cannot be used as often as regular shampoos. Keep the contact with other parts of the body as minimal as possible when using the medicated shampoo. Don’t use more than one type of product. There are also shampoos made specifically for children. If you have an infant with lice, it’s not advisable to use medicated lice treatments. Remove louse by hand. Some are advised to use prescription drugs such as malathion, spinosad, benzyl alcohol, and ivermectin.
Don’t use conditioner, hair sprays, essential oils and blow-dry your hair when you use lice shampoo.
It’s also important to keep monitoring if the shampoo is working. Use the fine-tooth comb regularly until the lice disappear. Wash your bed linens, towel and clothing regularly. Dry clean items that cannot be washed. Clean and then soak your hair items and accessories. You might have to replace some items. Keep your house clean as well.
The best way not to get lice is to not share your personal items with other people.
When Black Sabbath debuted in 1968, they were the first successful group to blend blues, jazz and rock n’ roll with lyrics about war, social upheavals, vices and politics. Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple also debuted within the same year and the rest, as they say, is history.
What is Metal?
Metal was distinguished from the earlier form of rock for its themes, extended guitar solos, poetic lyrics with a variety of themes, and reliance on bass and drums. Two examples of the diversity of the earliest form are “Smoke On the Water” and “Soldier of Fortune” by Deep Purple. The first song is faster and more upbeat, while the second is slower.
Metal bands are also known for their getup and theatrics during performances. Long hair, tattoos and piercings seem to have become common. Japan even has a sub-genre called visual kei where the artists wear costumes, outrageous hairstyles and makeup. Just watch the videos for “Filth in Beauty” by The Gazette and “Clever Sleazoid” by Dir en Grey.
Too cheap for your taste? Well, try listening to “Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in E Flat Minor Op.1” by Yngwie Malmsteen. Some scholars think metal and classical have a lot in common.
What Should You Listen To?
If you’re new to this genre, you’ll soon discover that not all the songs are about screeching vocals and rebellious youth. Just listen to “Windowpane” by Opeth and Disturbed’s version of “The Sound of Silence.” Still, the most prominent themes are alienation, sorrow, and death in society. Examples are “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana, “Balls to the Wall” by Accept, and “Linchpin” by Fear Factory.
Some bands also sing about love and family. Examples are “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, “Ghost Love Score” by Nightwish, “My Immortal” by Evanescence, “Love Me Forever” by Motorhead and “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses. Songs like “Wind of Change” by Scorpions also deliver a message.
What’s New in Metal?
Today metal bands incorporate other elements in their songs. Metal’s influences can range from hip-hop to classical. Notable subgenres are black metal, death metal, nu metal and thrash. Examples are “The Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden, “Where the Slime Live” by Morbid Angel, “Freak on a Leash” by Korn, “Toxicity” by System of a Down, and “War Ensemble” by Slayer.
There are also symphonic metal songs like “Emerald Sword” by Rhapsody of Fire, “Wolf & Raven” by Sonata Arctica and “Storm the Sorrow” by Epica.
Sometimes there are debates on how to classify some artists. Bands like Linkin Park are sometimes considered metal but others would disagree.
In Fashion, being the center of attention or the stand out is a main goal. It takes us a long time to choose our outfits because we want to dress to impress on a day to day basis. There are many fashion styles that we can wear but it will always depend on how we embrace each style or on how we choose the best outfit for the day. In Singapore, fashion enthusiasts elaborated these five simple tips on how to choose our outfit of the day:
Traveling has always been one of our favorite activities. Low fare rates offered by airlines, travel packages and tours, craving for fun, adventure and bonding with loved ones are just some of the reasons why we love to travel. With that, if we are planning to travel outside of Singapore, we need to always carry with us these travel must-haves:
Relationships are gifts if it is managed well. If not, it can become a curse leaving you broken. If you are into a relationship right now, you have to determine if you have a healthy relationship. Healthy relationship means being independently happy but also taking into account the needs of your significant other. Not the type that you always find yourself sacrificing for the happiness or wellbeing of your partner before putting yours.
Perhaps you heard about codependent relationship. Codependency is a concept that describes extreme emotional or psychological reliance on your partner. This concept is used for partners with greater needs of support due to addiction or illness. If your partner is neither, it is time that you think twice. Your relationship may be dysfunctional.
It is time that you understand it. Codependency also refers to a pattern of behaviour for someone who continuously seek for the approval of his/her significant other. The approval is for identity and self-worth. Here are some things that you need to know about codependent relationship:
Truth is anyone can turn out to be codependent. It is just that there are people who are affected by their circumstance more than the others. For example, those who grew to abusive parents are more likely to experience codependent relationships. Growing up, these kids will undermine their own needs just to please their parent.
If you are into a relationship now, it is important that you learn to identify if it is a codependent one. Signs include unable to feel satisfaction in your life without that specific person and giving support to your partner even if it means sacrificing your own physical, emotional and mental health. If you are too blinded to see, you should now hear the words of the people around you. Oftentimes, they will say that you are in a codependent relationship.
Putting the needs of your loved ones first before your own can be unhealthy. It can exhaust you mentally, physically and emotionally that you begin to neglect other relationships around you.
You have to change but breaking up is not necessarily the only option. It takes time to repair a dysfunctional relationship but if both parties learned their lesson and are willing to make things better, it can be possible. The first thing the couple need is to set the boundaries and it is recommended that they talk about it. If it can’t be helped, there are many professionals here in Singapore out there willing to offer or assist you.
Singaporeans are known to be hard working but time will come that you will experience occupational burnout. Others call it job burnout. Whatever you want to call it, the nature doesn’t change – it can affect your happiness and eventually your health. Job stress is normal but if it leaves you in a state of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion, that is the time that you have to be alarmed.
Occupational burnout can affect your health in the long run so it is important that you know things about it so you can prevent it from destroying your health, your disposition and the relationship around you. Here are some things that you need to know about it:
Before things get out of hand, it is important that you know the signs before it take a toll on your health. You have to ask yourself some questions like do you feel lack of energy to be steadily productive? Do you lack satisfaction from all your present and past achievements? Do you suffer from unexplained backaches, headaches and other pains? More importantly, have you become sceptical about work?
If you answered yes to all, then you are enduring occupational burnout.
Occupational burnout just do not happen instantly. It is already there but you choose to ignore it thereby aggravating it. The causes depend on different factors. Causes include unclear expectations, job mismatch, work-life imbalance, lack of support, dysfunctional workplace and many more. It is important that you identify the cause so you can work on improving it.
It will not progress to occupational burnout if at first you already addressed the issue. You continuously ignore the signs and just act surprised when it has aggravated. You should remember that if ignored and left unattended, it can lead to serious consequences. Some consequences include obesity, stroke, fatigue, excessive stress, insomnia, depression, anxiety, heart disease, substance or alcohol abuse and many more.
This should be enough to fetch your concern. It is crucial that you take action and you can start by identifying then managing the stressors that caused the burnout. After that, you have evaluate all your options, adjust your attitude and more importantly, seek support from the people around. If you are hesitant to discuss it to your boss, you can talk with co-workers, friends, family and if you still need more support, you can ask the help of doctors.
Do not forget to sleep at least eight hours a day, eat healthy foods and do some exercise – it will surely make things better.
You just prepare foods without thinking whether you are doing it right. You have to be aware from this day on that the way you prepare or handle the food can either make or break the health benefits they contain. With this, you have to learn how to prepare or handle food the right way.
Here’s how you can prepare foods to make the most out of their nutrients:
If you are the type that peels the apple or prefer the sauce form, you have to think twice from now on – you are actually missing out its nutritional value. Be mindful that the skin is rich in antioxidant and fiber. If you peel it, you are wasting nutrients that can help with cholesterol and inflammation.
Meat, seafood and poultry
If you are broiling your meat, seafood and poultry, you are actually eliminating the nutrients. Cooking foods in high temperature will change the proteins and sometimes it can become toxic to your body. The next time you cook, make sure that it is at a lower temperature to avoid burning it too much leading to carcinogen build-up.
Some believe that regardless of the way it was cooled, vegetables will always carry nutrients. You need to know that if you boil vegetables, you are actually transferring everything in the water and down the drain. If you want full nutrient retention, you can just steam the vegetables.
The latest fad here in Singapore is milk tea and you cannot blame the people. Tea and milk make an excellent pair but if you really want to maximize the nutrients of the tea, you should forget about the milk. There is a protein in milk that can decrease a compound in tea that has the power to protect the heart. Better drink tea plain or you can just add squish of lemon for flavouring.
When you buy dairy, you always pick a low-fat one because you are taught that it is better. It is time that you know it is not actually for the better. When you actually remove the fat, there is a trade-off – sugar. Sugar in return is more harmful than the fats. So next time you buy dairy, quit thinking about low-fat.
Spinach can be an excellent ingredient for your salad but you can still choose a warmer version of it by steaming it lightly. Steaming can still let the spinach retain all of its nutrients.
Hopefully you learned a lot and start to execute it. Your ultimate goal here is maximum retention of nutrients so you have to observe the right way to handle or prepare such.