Doctors Surgically Removed 28-Pounds of Feces From Constipated Man

A 22-year old Chinese man found himself in the hospital in really bad shape; he was weak and moaning in pain, his stomach so distended he looked 9 months pregnant. He had chronic constipation for most of his life and got to the point that laxatives couldn’t provide total relief from his pain and discomfort.

The patient looked like he was about to burst anytime!

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He was sent to surgery and after three hours, doctors were able to remove a massively swollen large intestine filled with feces; it weighed 28.6 pounds or 13 kilograms!

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“It looked like it could explode at any time,” said Doctor Yin Lu of Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital.

The patient was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease. It is a congenital condition in which nerve cells were missing in the bowel, which results to chronic problems in movement. Compared to a healthy digestive tract, food and waste stops in affected parts of the colon. The waste or the feces gathers up in the area and causes the large intestine to swell. In this patient’s case, it has turned into a “megacolon,” and if not operated on quickly could result to tearing or perforation and will release fecal bacteria that can cause sepsis.

This could lead to death so the man was lucky to have this operation just in time to save his life.

Source: Daily Mail UK
The disease is rare; it occurs in only 1 out of 5,000 newborns within 48 hours after birth. It can also manifest in older children through chronic constipation, distended belly, and malnutrition. The patient was already an adult when he was admitted to imagine the build-up of waste residing in his colon!

He was expected to recover fully after the operation. His story is a reminder for us all to monitor our bowel movements and keep our GI tract healthy. So if you notice constant abdominal pain and bloating that just wouldn’t go away, a trip to the doctor is a must.

7 Pros and Cons of Becoming a Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants have become a highly popular freelance job for many people. A virtual assistant is hired as a freelance worker who works from home and can provide a variety of services.

Most of the services that are offered are office-type jobs like checking and responding to the client’s emails, data entry, file management and more. As with any job, there are pros and cons to consider when you are looking at being a virtual assistant.

Pros and Cons of Becoming a Virtual Assistant
Pros of Becoming a Virtual Assistant
Like any other freelance job, being a virtual assistant provides you with some of the best perks any job has to offer. Some of them include:

1. Be your own boss

Who doesn’t want to become their own boss? Especially, millennials. Freedom is everything, but we have to pay the bills. One of the biggest attractions to working as a virtual assistant is that you can be your own boss. You can set your own hours, your own pay, and the services you provide without being told otherwise.

2. Work from home
Another attraction to this job is being able to work from home. Many people are enjoying raising a family and working from home at the same time. Becoming a virtual assistant is one job that allows you that opportunity. If you live alone or if you are an introvert, this is a huge perk for you.

3. Do life the way you want
As the boss, you can live your life the way you want without worrying about taking time off or taking sick days and upsetting co-workers or employers. You can choose to take a client or not. You can choose how your job intertwines with your family life and make it work best for you.

4. You can choose the benefits you want
You do not have to sign up for health insurance that costs an arm and a leg for your portion or for your co-pays. You can take leave whenever you want. You can take leave for however long you want to take it. You do not have to wait for a year or more to receive vacation time.

Cons of Becoming a Virtual Assistant
Working from home as a virtual assistant has its downsides as well. Although the pros outweigh, these three cons are definitely worth considering:

5. Be my own boss
Being your own boss can be great, but it can also be a burden since you have full responsibility for the entire business. You have to take care of all the little details that a business requires as well as perform the tasks you have been hired for. It can be a little daunting.

6. Chores
Sometimes working from home can be a huge distraction. Life happens, and it happens a lot at home. Children get sick or do not take their naps. Appliances break or pipes leak, and you still have household chores to do on top of the work you are doing for your business.

7. No company paid benefits
The company paid benefits are a nice thing to have, but when you work from home as a virtual assistant, you do not have those luxuries like 401k plans, paid leave, paid insurance, retirement and more. You are responsible for all those benefits rather than a company paying for them.

When you consider becoming a virtual assistant, be sure to really take the time to think about this freelance job and weigh the pros and the cons as you make a decision. Make your own list of pros and cons too and see how it would work for you and your family.

7 Sure Signs You’re a Chronic Perfectionist

Being a perfectionist is a challenging thing because you always feel the necessity of keeping everything under control and getting every little thing perfect. If something goes wrong, a perfectionist can feel despondent and even fall into a depression as they realize that they’ve failed. These usually talented people face problematic relationships and certain mood disorders. If you are a high achiever and a chronic perfectionist, then pay attention to the following features indicating the essence of your character.

1. You need to always be ok
If you have a constant need to keep everything under control, then you are a chronic perfectionist. It’s not a secret that such type of people have less friends, because no one likes to be dictated what to do and to be on your string all the time for you to feel satisfied. The best way for you is to take easy for a while. If you are a boss, try to be milder, because such mega pressing may affect the productivity of your employees.

2. Not good enough
Perfectionists usually cannot reach the biggest goal and do not feel lasting satisfaction, because everything is not good enough for them. They always want and need to do things better than they’ve already got and done. A chronic perfectionist will find at least something, even a few details to be improved. “Perfectionism is a self-abuse of the highest order”. This idea is by Anne Wilson Schaef is the best reflection of the situation, so we should try not to abuse ourselves and stop being a true perfectionist.

3. An eager to please from early childhood
According to psychologist’s statistics, perfectionism begins early in the childhood. Usually, parents want their kids to be better than themselves and teach them to get higher results in different spheres of development. As a result, children become chronic perfectionists, instead of living fulfilled and happy life they face the problems of their exigent temper. Perfectionism is very painful, especially for children, because this dual notion makes them fear the consequences of not doing well and need to do better that usually leads to personal inner conflicts.

4. Frequent procrastination
It’s unbelievably, but perfectionism has connections with the tendency to procrastinate everything. According to several investigations, there are maladaptive and adaptive forms of perfectionism. Maladaptive perfectionists usually need to please others and they procrastinate tasks more frequent, but adaptive perfectionists try to avoid postponements and they please themselves first. Be sure, both forms of perfectionism make you miserable and prevent you from being successful and satisfied.

5. You are mega critical
Do you often criticize others? Perfectionists usually get nervous and reject things in others they hate in themselves. They seem to have a critical eye and they always try to teach others, making people feel discriminated by a perfectionist. If you are a perfectionist, try not to be so harsh and mega critical of other people and it will be better for both sides.

6. You do everything yourself
Perfectionists cannot trust their business to other people. You should understand that you are not a superhuman and you cannot do all tasks yourself. Such habit can be quite exhausting for you and may have a great impact on your health and happiness. It is necessary to rid yourself of this destructive habit.

7. You reach your goals by all means
Do you often reach goals stopping at nothing? Perfectionist is a person who will do everything to reach their goal, even if it will hurt them. We should realize that such unhealthy attitude won’t drive us to excellence, because the absence of rules and limits can lead to quite unusual and unknown consequences. If you are a perfectionist, you should know when to stop, otherwise your temper can play a bad game with you and your interrelation with the society.

It’s difficult to be a perfectionist. You are always chased by the desire to be in charge of everything that is theoretically impossible. Remember that this habit is very exhausting and can both make your life more saturated and unfortunate at the same time. Are you a perfectionist?

7 Life Questions to Ask Yourself Today

In today’s modern world, many of us stick to the high tempo and miss many important for self-development things. But sometimes we thirst for the moment to stop and ask yourself several life questions. I’m sure there are certain questions which can help you improve yourself and know yourself better. When reflecting on your position, behavior and deeds, you can reach a new level of human development scale. Take a look at these questions and maybe they will change your life for the better.

1. What do you want to change in this world?
Almost everyone is able to change the world. Even small deeds and actions can contribute to making changes in this world. The main point is to have a frank desire. Nowadays we are free to change the world by volunteering or donating. Plus, you can create a music that’s proved to change people and their inner opinions. The best idea to change the world for the better is to start from yourself and your own world view. When we think of changing the world, it indicates that we’ve become stronger and more intelligent.

2. What are your life values?
Our values are the core element of the life. People who have no values are doomed to run around and chase unnecessary things. Families and life experiences endowed us with appropriate values and we have to find time to write them down and realize what is the most important for you. You have to set priorities whether to spend more time with family and friends or make a successful career. If your heart needs love, then try to become a good wife or a girlfriend to your man.

3. What do you like to do?
This question is really important because often we choose jobs that we don’t enjoy doing. We are often pressed by parents, colleagues and bosses to make a decision we don’t support. Even if you have a well-paid job, don’t be afraid to quit it. Do what you really love and you will feel much happier.

4. How do you imagine your life 5 years from now?
Find time and imagine your life 5 years from now. It can be easier to create a scheme including goals and mini-goals as a constituent part of your plan. If you want to reach them faster, then pay attention to concrete things and try not to build castles in the sky. Don’t be a lazybones and start accomplishing the list of goals and dreams you want to come true. If you follow this chain of actions, you will definitely succeed.

5. Is there a balance between want and should?
There are many important things we all should do in life, such as finishing the college degree, making money and starting a family. It often happens that our wants do not coincide with our shoulds and we end up feeling miserable. But it’s easy to turn your want into should. Your wants should come true and become an indispensable part of your everyday life. Try to draw the line between things you want and what you should do. You will certainly succeed and keep a healthy life balance.

6. What are your biggest fears?
Modern world often awards us with big or small fears. The key weapon to fight fears is to accept and face them. The most challenging thing is to win yourself. Nowadays it is normal to have fears and it doesn’t mean you are weak. Just be yourself and find a way to cope with your fears.

7. What if I die right now?
Don’t waste your energy and nerves mulling over small troubles and problems. If you were dying right now, what would be the most important to you? Your family and friends, or career and money? Stop worrying about money and other less important things, because life is too short. You may ask yourself if it’s a big problem that you’ve missed a bus or you’re late for work today.

I like asking life questions that always make me think and reflect. When you are having a cup of tea, try to ask yourself profound questions. This will help you to live a happier life. Do you find asking these questions necessary?

Dogs Who Live with Smokers May Suffer from Premature Aging

Current estimates indicate that between 30 and 40 percent of all pet dogs live in a home that contains at least one person who smokes. A recent study suggests that these dogs are at risk of premature aging and inflammation, which may well shorten their life span.

Although there is extensive research on the effects of second-hand tobacco smoke in human beings, there has not been a lot of research on its effects on the health of dogs. From the research that exists there has been some suggestion that the risk of cancer is somewhat higher for dogs who live in a household which contains a smoker (click here for more about that). However, new research by Natalie Hutchinson from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow suggests that dogs who are exposed to tobacco smoke show a number of biological markers that are normally seen in aging dogs and may ultimately be associated with an early death.

This research, which was published as a doctoral thesis, involved a community-based sample of dogs, approximately half of whom lived in smoking homes and half in non-smoking homes. The dogs were observed over a period of 12 months. The first step was to determine whether the dogs living in a household with a smoker actually were absorbing chemicals from the tobacco smoke in their environment. This was done by looking at the hair of the dogs. One important chemical biomarker is nicotine and another is cotinine (which is an alkaloid found in tobacco and also appears when an animal metabolizes nicotine). The level of these biomarkers was higher in dogs coming from smoking households and was related to the amount of smoking going on around the dogs.

The number of analyses and tests described in this nearly 600-page report are extensive and complex. However, there are a few findings which are significant and easily described. These are based on analysis of samples of tissue taken from the mouth, muscles, and urogenital regions of the dogs. In this case the researcher was trying to measure the lengths of telomeres, which are a marker of physiological aging.

Our genetic material, specifically DNA, is stored in bodies called chromosomes. Telomeres are the protective caps on the ends of these chromosomes. In young humans, for instance, telomeres are about 8,000 to 10,000 nucleotides long. However, over time they grow shorter. This comes about because the telomeres get reduced in size with each cell division. This is important because when the telomeres reach a critically short length the cell stops dividing and it might even die. The erosion of telomeres over time has been linked to aging and disease risks including things like cancer. In effect, this gradual shortening of the telomeres suggests that our cells are pre-programmed to a limited number of cell divisions which we cannot exceed. This is sometimes called the Hayflick limit, after its discoverer Leonard Hayflick. Some people believe that the Hayflick limit is a measure of the maximum lifespan of any animal.

The bad news is that telomeres can be shortened by other things besides cell simple division. One of the important influences is oxidative stress, which is essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals and a body’s ability to readily detoxify or repair the resulting damage. Research has demonstrated that cigarette smoking produces oxidative stress, which might also mean that it can possibly reduce the length of telomeres.

One of the major findings of this new research is that dogs living with smokers have shorter telomeres, suggesting that at the physiological level these dogs are acting as if they had undergone premature aging. It has already been shown that there is a relationship between telomere shortening and lifespan, hence these dogs will likely have shorter lives.

There is other evidence that dogs that live in smoking households are in poorer health. This involves measurement of a glycoprotein called clusterin. This protein helps to protect cells that are under stress from a variety of inflammatory sources. Since the level of clusterin rises as more cells come under attack, it has been proposed that clusterin can also serve as a biomarker of disease. These new data demonstrate that the amount of clusterin in dogs exposed to environmental tobacco smoke is considerably higher, suggesting that their bodies are under attack at a cellular level.

There are other significant findings in this extensive piece of research, however all trend in the same direction. Smoking is not only shortening the life span of the human smokers in a household, but it is likely doing the same thing for their canine companions. Tobacco smoke in the environment is prematurely aging dogs at the cellular level and bringing them closer to death.

Stanley Coren is the author of many books including: Gods, Ghosts and Black Dogs; The Wisdom of Dogs; Do Dogs Dream? Born to Bark; The Modern Dog; Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses? The Pawprints of History; How Dogs Think; How To Speak Dog; Why We Love the Dogs We Do; What Do Dogs Know? The Intelligence of Dogs; Why Does My Dog Act That Way? Understanding Dogs for Dummies; Sleep Thieves; The Left-hander Syndrome

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Hutchinson, Natalie (2017) Evaluating the impact of environmental tobacco smoke on biological age markers: a canine model. University of Glasgow PhD thesis.

9 Things You Shouldn’t Do When You Live Alone

When people live alone they are free to do whatever they wish and nobody can restrict them. There are also lots of people who live alone due to different circumstances. For example, they are single because they can’t find their love or they have divorced. Freedom is something that we all need from time to time. So, it can be a nice idea to move out and live apart from others. I think it is really good for young people who have just graduated from the university and want to start a new independent life without parents. However, before taking this decision you should consider certain bad habits that may spoil your life. Here is the list of some bad things which you have to avoid by all means.

1. Not washing your dirty dishes
Sure, it doesn’t mean that all people who live alone don’t wash their dirty dishes regularly. First of all, it depends on your personality. But if you don’t share your apartment with anyone else, you’ll be relaxed and let your dirty dishes pile up. This is one of the worst habits you should be aware of. If your dishes stay dirty for one day or even more, it will be difficult to clean them and you’ll have a big amount of work to do. That’s why you’d better wash up right after eating. It will be a great shame when your friends come to you and see dirty dishes in your kitchen.

2. Eating or drinking directly from the container
Those who live alone usually tend to eat various foods directly from the container and they almost never use glasses to drink beverages like wine or beer. To my mind you’ll look disgusting when drinking straight from the bottle. Try to get rid of this negative habit in order to look more attractive in the company of others. I’m sure you’ll get more pleasure from your food when eating it from your favorite plate.

3. Leaving up decorations
Most of us have a terrible habit to leave up decorations after Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Birthday Parties and other holidays. Definitely, we like that festive atmosphere in our home and bright decorations are the only way to prolong those happy moments. But at the same time it may be annoying for everyone who visits you. Your guests will not understand you if they see your Christmas decorations a few months after the holiday. Thus, you ought to take down all decorations when the festivity is over, otherwise you will never do this.

4. Eating too much food
If you live alone, you will constantly lack communication with other people and you can even be bored sometimes. In this case watching television and eating food are the easiest way to entertain yourself and feel a bit happier. Every time you have a desire to talk to someone you go to your kitchen and eat tasty foods which are generally high in calories. For many people this is a substitution of live communication. We rarely think that this satisfaction is dangerous to us and very often it leads to overweight.

5. Not changing your bed sheets regularly
Whether you live with your family or alone, you must not forget to change your bed sheets. There aren’t any excuses for you, except you are ill or injured. Make it a rule to change your bedclothes once a week. Moreover, it would be good if you wash your pillowcases more frequently as they get dirty very quickly.

6. Not cleaning your kitchen and bathroom
The places in your home such as kitchen and bathroom are used every day, and consequently, they need to be cleaned regularly. Sure, it won’t be pleasant for you to cook your dinner in the kitchen where everything is covered with mold or take shower in a messy bathroom. No matter how busy you are, you should always find time for cleaning these special rooms in your flat.

7. Being too lazy
Undoubtedly, you’ll have a great temptation to sleep more in the morning, especially on weekend. There are some days when you want to pamper yourself, though you should bear in mind that sleeping too much is the first step to your laziness. You can do plenty of interesting activities instead of having a nap. Life is so colorful and exciting that you can’t waste your time for sleeping.

8. Being a hermit
Once you have moved out, you will highly appreciate your own space and freedom. From the first days of your independent life you will be happy to stay at home at every possible opportunity and relish your solitude. As a rule people who spend much time at home give preference to watching TV or surfing the Internet and these activities alienate them from the real world. If you don’t want to be a hermit, you should break this bad habit immediately. Go out with your friends and play your favorite sports for a change.

9. Hoarding
Don’t be lazy and always keep your house clean. In order to avoid heaps of trash around your home, you are to take out all unnecessary things several times a week. Living in a mess is not comfortable. So, why not throw out your garbage and make your room the best place to live in? Stop hoarding things and you’ll be amazed how much space you have in your home.

Living alone is an excellent experience that can be useful for everyone. Nevertheless, it is important to pay attention to your lifestyle when you move out since you’ll be subjected to numerous bad habits that may complicate your life. Have you ever lived alone? Which bad habits did you have?

10 Reasons to Pamper Yourself Monthly

You take care of everyone’s needs but hardly give a thought to yourself. While your unselfishness is admirable it is not necessarily wise. In fact, you may be doing yourself and everyone around you a disservice by failing to pamper yourself on a regular basis. You don’t have to become a narcissist, but pampering yourself should be more than an afterthought – self-indulgences should be high on your “must do” list. Here are a few reasons to pamper yourself monthly.

1. Immunity Booster
Massages feel wonderful and incredibly self-indulgent. But even beyond their sensual pleasure, massages also provide a number of health benefits, including a boost to your immune system. The gentle pressure of a massage enables your lymphatic system to drain wastes and bacteria from your system. As a result, your immune system has more of a fighting chance to fight off cold and flu bugs that might otherwise lay you low.

2. Improved Sleep
Do you fall asleep quickly but have difficulty staying asleep? Pampering yourself with a massage may provide a cure. Besides reducing muscle tension, massage can change your hormonal levels so that you achieve deeper relaxation. Massage therapy has also been linked to increased delta wave activity in the brain. Delta waves are associated with deep, restful sleep that allows you to awake refreshed and revitalized.

3. Clearer Skin
Do you suffer from adult acne? A facial administered by a licensed esthetician could be a key to achieving clear skin. Facials remove dead skin cells and clear clogged pores that result in breakouts. Paring a facial with a dermabrasion, chemical peel or laser treatment can accelerate the skin turnover process that ultimately results in clearer skin. And while it is true that over-the-counter facial and dermabrasion treatments are available, the ingredients are not nearly as potent as those that are available to professionals.

4. A Break from Hard Work
You may not feel ill or have aches and pains, but you just feel drained. Human beings are not meant to engage in endless toil with breaks only for sleep and eating. Failure to give yourself a break in the form of self pampering can cause you to make mistakes that you might not otherwise make – simply because your brain is functioning at less than optimal capacity. If you allow yourself to take down time and recharge your batteries, you will often find that the quality of your work is also improved as a result.

5. Recognition for Facing Challenges
Stepping outside your comfort zone can be scary. If you finally found the will to leave a toxic relationship or clear away the possessions of a loved one who has passed away, you may know that you have done the right thing, but you may also be feeling anxiety or perhaps even fear. Pampering yourself with a familiar reward can take a bit of the fear away, and allow you to take those next scary steps.

6. Confidence Booster
The saying “when you look good, you feel good” bears a lot of truth. Allowing yourself the indulgence of a professional manicure, a new hairdo or even just a nice dinner at your favorite restaurant can put a spring in your step. Knowing that your appearance is polished can give you the extra boost of confidence that you need to ask for that raise that you deserve or request that your partner take on more of the household chores.

7. Alleviation of Depression
If you suffer from serious depression or have thoughts of self-harm, you should seek the services of a therapist or psychiatrist. But if you’re suffering from a mild case of “the blues,” massage therapy may be able to help. Besides being associated with harmful abdominal fat, high levels of cortisol may also result in feelings of depression. Merely receiving care and attention in the form of physical touch lowers your body’s levels of stress and cortisol, thereby relieving mild symptoms of depression.

8. Chronic Pain Relief
If you’re popping pills every day because of a bad back or shoulders that always seem to be stiff and sore, a massage may allow you to cut back on the number of pills you take. Swedish massage and so-called sports massage are both excellent means of addressing the source of sore muscles. Swedish massage gently eases away pain while sports massage provides targeted attention to those areas of the body that cause you problems. In some cases, massage may relieve pain so effectively that pills are no longer needed.

9. Reward for Goal Accomplishment
You finally lost those last ten pounds or you finished that home improvement project that has been hanging over your head forever. Congratulations! Allow yourself a moderate amount of self pampering as a reward. You can also use pampering as an incentive while you are pursuing long-term goals, such as allowing yourself to watch an episode of your favorite TV show after you’ve finished researching a report, and having a drink with a friend when you put a final wrap on the report.

10. Increased Caregiving Capacity
As a caregiver to an elderly or chronically ill loved one, you expend a lot of physical and emotional energy. Add the duties of caregiving to a demanding job and you have the formula for serious burnout. If you are a primary caregiver to another person, you owe it to yourself to pamper yourself on a regular basis, if only to ensure that you have the necessary physical and emotional resources to carry out your caregiving duties. Reminding yourself that you’re indulging in a massage, a facial or even a night out with your friends to ensure that you are there for your mom or your disabled son should alleviate any feelings of selfishness you might have.

There are many important reasons why you should pamper yourself at least once a month. After all, you deserve a little pampering now and again, ladies. How often do you pamper yourself? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

10 Ways to Protect Your Eyelashes from Damage

Like hair on any part of the body, eyelashes can be damaged or even lost. Even makeup and beauty practices can cause problems when it comes to eyelashes. You want to enhance the lashes that you have, not lose them. To avoid damage to your eyelashes, follow these ten tips.

1. Limit Mascara Use
Daily mascara use can be very harmful to eyelashes, though it isn’t clear why. Experts recommend that you wear mascara on limited occasions and that you take holidays from the product if you wear it often. Additionally, avoid daily use of mascara that is designed to stay in place for long periods of time. Twenty-four hour mascara may be convenient, but it can be very damaging to your eyelashes. Look for mascara that contains vitamin E and other essential oils that are good for lash health.

Consider wearing eyelash primer, which goes on before mascara and protects the lashes from the harsher ingredients in both mascara and eyeliner. Look for primers that contain pro-keratin. And don’t forget to remove mascara before bed, even if you wear primer.

2. Throw Old Mascara Out
If you use mascara, then never let it get older than three to six months. Old mascara can harbor bacteria that can lead to infection and lash loss or damage. If you can’t avoid mascara, at least use fresh product.

3. Moisturize
Believe it or not, your eyelashes need moisture just as much as your skin does. Lash serums are commercially available, but you can also make your own. Castor oil, Vaseline, and Vitamin E are the essential ingredients in any lash serum. Vaseline alone works wonders for moisturizing lashes and encouraging their growth.

4. Limit Fake Eyelash Use
Fake eyelashes can be great when you want to stun an audience or make a lasting impression, but they also cause a lot of damage to your real lashes. The glue used to keep fake lashes on will pull out the real thing and it can also cause irritation that can affect the hair follicles over time. Never, under any circumstance, sleep with a fake lash on.

In most cases, professionally applied fake lashes will have less impact on your real lashes, so have a professional do it if you can.

5. Curl Gently or Not at All
If you must curl your eyelashes, do it gently and never apply heat. It is best to avoid the process of curling if you can, but if you cannot, give your eyelashes extra attention by brushing them gently each day. A gentle brushing will stimulate growth and keep the lashes moisturized by spreading oils over them. When curling, never pull on your eyelids.

6. Avoid Prescriptions
There are FDA-approved lash-enhancement products on the market and while they can do wonders for people who have damaged or missing eyelashes, you should never use them on healthy lashes and never for longer than sixteen weeks. If you require a product like this, use it under the direction of a physician.

7. Be Gentle
Never tug at your eyelashes if you can help it and don’t rub your eyes when they are itchy. Dermatologists recommend patting your eye when it is itchy rather than rubbing. They also suggest that you keep your hands clean so that you don’t introduce bacteria to your eyes or the surrounding skin when you touch them.

8. Use Quality Cosmetics
Anything you apply to your skin should be of the highest quality you can afford. This is especially true of mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, and other products that go in and around your eyes. Quality products will be extensively tested and come with warnings if they can cause potential allergic reactions.

9. Use Egg Whites
The proteins in eggs are great for skin and hair, including your eyelashes. Mix one egg white with an equal volume of Castor oil. Brush the mixture on to your lash line and leave it until it dries. Rinse it away after fifteen minutes and pat your eyes dry.

10. Eat Well
Diet is as important for eyelashes as it is for any other aspect of the body. In particular, the B vitamins help to promote hair health. Foods like nutritional yeast, fish, carrots, eggs, legumes, and mushrooms all contain biotin (B7), a vitamin important for your lash health.

In addition to B vitamins, you will want to increase your intake of silicon to improve hair growth. Silicon, in the proper form, can be found in asparagus, cucumbers, olives, green beans, bear, rice, and oats.

You wouldn’t leave products like hairspray in your hair overnight, so don’t leave products on your eyes either. You should always remove makeup before bed and then rejuvenate your skin with moisturizer. Take care of your eyelashes and they will remain full and beautiful and do their job, which is to protect your eyes from debris and sweat, for a lifetime.

Selena Gomez received kidney transplant from TV actor Francia Raisa

Selena Gomez recently received a kidney transplant from television actor Francia Raisa due to her struggle with lupus, the actor and singer revealed on Thursday.

Gomez disclosed in an Instagram post confirmed by her publicist that she has been out of the spotlight this summer because she was recovering from the procedure. The 25-year-old calls the transplant “what I needed to do for my overall health”.

The post didn’t reveal Gomez’s current condition or say where or when the procedure took place. Gomez’s publicist declined to release more information. Gomez wrote “there aren’t words to describe” how she can thank Raisa, who she says gave “the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney.”

“I am incredibly blessed,” she added.

Anna Wintour and Selena Gomez attend a show during New York Fashion Week on 12 September 2017.
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Anna Wintour and Selena Gomez attend a show during New York Fashion Week on 12 September 2017. Photograph: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Coach
The Instagram post includes a picture of Gomez and Raisa holding hands while lying side-by-side in hospital beds and another photo of a scar on Gomez’s abdomen. The 29-year-old Raisa is best known for her role on the ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Raisa’s publicist didn’t immediately return a request for comment Thursday.

Gomez revealed her lupus diagnosis in 2015 and took a break from her career last year to deal with anxiety, panic attacks and depression stemming from her battle with the disease.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease, where the body mistakenly attacks its own tissues, sometimes including the kidneys. One healthy kidney is all the body needs, so a single kidney transplant can resolve the problem, said Dr David Klassen, chief medical officer for the United Network for Organ Sharing, which runs the nation’s transplant system.

“Lupus tends to be a disease of younger women, and younger people tend to do better with transplants than older patients, so the expectation is she would do quite well,” he said of Gomez.

Lupus also tends not to come back after the operation – “the drugs that prevent kidney rejection are also very good for treating lupus, the underlying disease,” Klassen said.

The causes of lupus are unknown. Symptoms can include bloody or foamy urine, unexplained weight gain, high blood pressure or swelling in the legs, ankles or around the eyes.

Only about 3% of kidney transplants are for lupus most are due to diabetes or chronic damage from high blood pressure.

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There were about 19,000 kidney transplants in the US last year.

Gomez, whose hits include Good for You, Same Old Love and Come & Get It, has been in the spotlight since she was a child. She appeared on Barney and Friends before breaking through as a teen star on the Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place. She has a massive following on social media. Her 126 million followers on Instagram are the most on the platform.

She is due to star in a Woody Allen movie next year.

Gomez, who has been dating the singer The Weeknd for several months, also has had success behind the scenes as the executive producer of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, the controversial young adult series that became a summer sensation this year.

10 Beauty Mistakes That Age You

Getting a younger, healthier look is a reasonable goal and one that many men and women share. Unfortunately, many people engage in practices that have the opposite effect. If you want to look more youthful and vibrant, avoid the following ten beauty mistakes.

1. Thick Makeup
When it comes to most makeup, less is usually more. This is especially true when applying foundation. Thick makeup will actually settle into fine lines and, through some optical effects, enhance them. Foundation is intended to even out color, not fill in lines and wrinkles. It isn’t even intended to cover every millimeter of your skin, but to be used only in problem areas.

When applying foundation, choose one that is sheer and that diffuses light. Never pick a matte, velvet, or flat finish. Apply the foundation sparingly to areas where you would like to even out the color. When you are done, press a moistened (not wet) makeup sponge into areas where there are wrinkles to remove excess powder. Remember to moisturize every time you take your makeup off.

2. Shimmery Eye Shadow and Heavy Concealer
The eyes are one of the first places you will start to show wrinkles and other signs of aging, so they deserve special attention when it comes to avoiding makeup mistakes. Anything that can settle into the fine lines around your eyes or that emphasizes those fine lines will increase the appearance of wrinkles and make you look older.

The eyelids are the place to go for a matte powder, while a shiny finish is best for below the eyes. The area under the eye requires only a thin application of sheer concealer over the darkest shadow areas. Don’t try to cover up the entire area under your eyes. This will only serve to draw attention to fine lines. Many experts recommend using a brush-on highlighter pen with illuminating particles. As an extra tip, avoid bronzer near your eyes. It can actually enhance darkness.

3. Face Powder
Powder is used to reduce shine, but should only be used on the prominent areas of the face. These areas include the nose and chin because the skin is taught and wrinkle free in these locations. These areas almost never include the cheek bones (there are exceptions for very prominent cheek bones.) Powder in any other area of the face will exaggerate wrinkles (powder is a matte product, so refer back to tip 1).

4. Dark Lip Color
Avoid dark lip colors and instead choose light pink, beige, or a color closer to your actual lip color. Dark shades create shadow effects when they collect in the creases along your lips, particularly your upper lips, that enhance the appearance of lines and wrinkles. A light coat of a clear gloss can help to diffuse light, obscuring lines and making your lips look fuller and more supple.

5. Lipstick from the Tube
Never apply lipstick from the tube like is done in every commercial and in every movie. The better way is to use your finger or a lip brush to keep the application light and to have greater control. You want more pigment toward the center of your mouth, so start your application there and blend that color out toward the edges of your lips.

6. Over-tweezing Eyebrows
Pencil-thin eyebrows are a terrible idea. Tweezing is fine, but the area tweezed should be moderate and restricted only to shaping the brows to mimic the shape of the eye. Full brows are in style, so there is no reason to reduce size drastically. Remember that tweezing prevents brows from growing back, so the effect is permanent (even though it takes repeated applications.) That means you need to take extra care in this area.

7. Making Eyebrows too Dark
Brow hair color fades just the same as the hair on your head, so using the same color eyebrow pencil at 50 that you used at 20 is a bad idea. You want your brow pen to blend with your existing brow, not stand out against it. The best rule of thumb is to choose a color that is one or two shades lighter than your natural brow color.

8. Avoid Black Eyeliner
There are three rules to using eyeliner. First, choose a less dramatic color like brown instead of black. Brown will look more natural and will help ease the transition between skin and a dark mascara. The second rule to eyeliner is to never apply it in hard lines. Go for a diffuse, soft, blended color. Smudging the edge of the line farthest from the lashes with a Q-tip will help create a natural look. Finally, never apply liner to the lower lid. This will only serve to emphasize wrinkles and make the eye look smaller.

9. Mascara on Lower Lashes
Mascara applied to the lower lashes can actually enhance the appearance of crow’s feet. The same is true of thick or matted mascara. A dark color applied only to the upper lashes will emphasize the whites of your eyes and make you look more refreshed. Just leave the lower lashes alone.

10. Blush Strokes
Blush can either make your skin look taut and youthful or it can draw attention to sags. Which of these effects blush has comes down to where it is applied and the strokes used. Avoid putting blush on the fleshy parts of the cheeks. Apply it at the highest point of your cheekbone or, alternatively, find the fleshy part and apply the blush just above it. You want to brush from the center of your face out, but don’t start too close to the nose. Always lift upward with each stroke, using a brush large enough to cover your whole cheekbone. Avoid dark colors as well. Go for natural skin tones or more neutral rose colors. Remember not to use a flat or matte finish.

To maintain a healthy, radiant, youthful look, follow the tips above. When you doubt, however, follow the general rules of youthful beauty. First, play with light and shadow. You want to lighten darker areas around your eyes and you want to reduce glare and soften light on the brightest areas. Second, remember that powders, particularly matte powders, will emphasize lines and wrinkles. Less is more with powders, so use sparingly. Follow these rules of thumb and the ten tips above to achieve a youthful, sophisticated look.