5 health risks of chronic constipation

It can be the cause of vicious health problems, including colon cancer.

Constipation is often treated as a trivial disturbance of one’s routine. It is dismissed as a life-style irritant that will pass, or must be endured or fixed by some quick remedy.

The fact is that a chronic case of constipation can be a red alert to other dangerous things happening within the body. It can be the cause of vicious health problems, including colon cancer.

Certainly constipation causes are life-style issues: food with little fibre; too little or too much hydration (the latter affecting the osmotic conditioning of the colon); late dinners and waking up late.

Other causes are irregular bowel habits, irregular sleep patterns, travel (many women are constipated when travelling); cramped living conditions and limited toilets as in hostels or paying guest accommodation; sudden shift in eating patterns (even a sudden increase in fibre can cause constipation).

Alternative therapists put another spin on constipation, suggesting it can come from suppressing emotions or discomforts from the past, or being unable to let go of past issues/problems.

Clearly, constipation is not as simple as it appears, says Shameem Akthar, yogacharya trained with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre.

Here she discuses five fallouts of constipation.

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Isis announces caliphate in ‘declaration of war’

The announcement of a formal Islamic state by insurgents in Syria and Iraq is a “declaration of war against the West and al Qaida”, an expert has warned. The Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (Isis) group has sought to solidify its leadership of worldwide jihad today by declaring that its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is the new caliph, or head of state.

Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, a spokesman for the group, called for those living in the area under the group’s control in both countries to swear allegiance to Baghdadi.

Around 500 British-linked citizens are already thought to have travelled to the Middle East to fight with the Sunni Muslim group against its Alawite and Shia sectarian foes amid fears that more will join them.

Professor Peter Neumann, from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, said the significance of today’s announcement should not be underestimated. “It’s a declaration of war – not only against the west and all the countries that are currently fighting Isis, but more importantly, against al-Qaida. Isis now see themselves as the legitimate leaders of the movement and they expect everyone to fall in line.

“For ideological jihadists, the caliphate is the ultimate aim, and Isis – in their eyes – have come closer to realising that vision than anyone else. On that basis, Isis leaders believe they deserve everyone’s allegiance.

“This could be the end of al-Qaida. It depends on how they respond. Unless they come out fighting, this could mark the end of Bin Laden’s vision and his legacy.”

Neumann said the declaration of a caliphate showed how confident Isis are after making spectacular gains in Iraq in recent weeks following a spectacular collapse by government forces. “They haven’t lost any of the momentum they gained when capturing Mosul,” he said. “On the contrary, they’ve held on to it, gained more territory, and have seen jihadists from other groups swear allegiance to them.

“They must think their dream of creating the caliphate is finally coming true, and it’s coming true faster and more dramatically than even they expected.”

Islamic extremists have long aspired to recreate the Islamic caliphate that ruled over the Middle East for hundreds of years.

Over the last two weeks there has been growing concern over the number of young British Muslims who have joined Isis. David Cameron claimed that they represent the “biggest threat to national security that exists today”.

Several youths who are believed to have travelled to the Middle East to fight have been identified, rocking Muslim families and communities in towns such as Cardiff, Aberdeen and Coventry.

The security services have made tracking British jihadists fighting in the region their top priority after a video emerged showing Britons filmed in Syria urging UK Muslims to join insurgents there and in Iraq.

New collar acts as pet health monitor

It looks like a regular collar but it’s not. It’s called Pet Pace and is really a health monitor that can read your pets vital signs.

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“We know the dog is eating or drinking, sitting, standing, lying on its right or left side, we know everything they do. If any condition is developing it will send an alert to the owner in real time, it also informs the veterinarian,” Veterinarian, Dr. Asaf Dagan said.

The pet pace collar was given a try on 18-month-old Lilly, a beagle mix who is playful, with lots of energy.

Here’s how it works:

  • You put the collar on your pets neck, it reads their signs
  • It sends that information to the base unit, which attaches to the Internet
  • That information compares your pet data against norms and it’s breed
  • There you can see Lilly’s temperature, pulse rate, respiration and even calories

If there is a problem with your pet, it automatically sends an alert to your phone.

“Pets hide their symptoms. By the time we know something is wrong the disease is already in an advanced stage,” Dagan said.

According to Dagan, roughly 30 percent of our pets suffer from what could be a serious medical condition, without the owners ever being aware of it.

John Kidd isn’t quite sold on it for his dog Ellie.

“I spend a lot of on my vet for my animals and if I ever have an emergency of any kind and dog’s acting funny, I can take them right in,” Kidd said. “I don’t really understand it completely. Maybe if I did I would change my mind.”

But Lilly’s mom saw the benefits after going for a run on a hot Saturday afternoon.

“When we got home, we were hot, she was hot, she plopped down and I though, ‘Oh no, we might have done too much.’ I hopped online, looked at her statistics and her body temperature was normal, and I felt at ease.”

In most cases, Dagan says time is of the essence.

“Sometimes even half an hour or hour early detection can mean the difference in saving their lives,” Dagan said.

Keep in mind the collar does not diagnose, nor does it replace, seeing your veterinarian, but it is sophisticated enough to give you a heads up that something is wrong with your pet.

Nicole says knowing Lilly is healthy is peace of mind.

“You honestly don’t know until you take her to the vet every year,” Nicole said.

The collar costs a one-time fee of $150 and $15 monthly monitoring fee.

Tracey Edmonds and Charissa Thompson Named Co-Hosts of 'Extra' Alongside Host Mario Lopez

“Extra” is having a very good week, and it’s just getting better.

Tracey Edmonds and Charissa Thompson Named Co-Hosts of 'Extra' Alongside Host Mario Lopez

The second longest-running entertainment news magazine in syndication just won the first ever Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment News Program, and now the show has announced that two new co-hosts are joining host Mario Lopez for Season 21.

Tracey Edmonds and Charissa Thompson have signed multi-year deals to join “Extra” as co-hosts alongside Lopez, who has been with the program since 2007. 

Edmonds is an award-winning producer and CEO of the production company Edmonds Entertainment, whose latest project is the hit series “Deion’s Family Playbook” on OWN. Thompson is currently the co-host of “FOX Sports Live” on FOX Sports 1. 

The new co-hosts will debut on “Extra” when its 21st season premieres on Sept. 8.

Edmonds said, “I am thrilled to join ‘Extra’ and am so excited about being a part of such a dynamic and progressive entertainment show. I look forward to working with Mario, Charissa, Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey and her whole team. ‘Extra’ already set the bar high, but I look forward to contributing new ideas and exploring new horizons on the show as I enter the next chapter of my career.”

Thompson added, “Working for ‘Extra’ has always been a dream job for me. I met with Lisa G a few years ago and she didn’t hire me — actually, I’m not sure if she remembered me. I made it a goal of mine to work hard and get back in front of her to knock her socks off, and I guess I made a better second impression. Now everything has come full circle. I am so excited to be joining ‘Extra’ and can’t wait to get started with Mario and Tracey and the whole team.” 

The announcement was made today by Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, Senior Executive Producer of “Extra.” Gregorisch-Dempsey said, “Tracey Edmonds is one of the most accomplished television forces in Hollywood. She is already a star with A-list relationships. Charissa Thompson is one of the quickest, sharpest and best interviewers on sports TV and was born to juggle the demands of fast-paced television. From the moment I put Tracey and Charissa on stage with Mario, their chemistry was off the charts. They are generous with each other, they complement Mario, and together they will be an unstoppable team that will take ‘Extra’ into the future.”

“Extra” is broadcast from Universal Studios Hollywood, in front of the iconic globe. “Extra” is the only show in the genre to bring the electricity of a live audience to its coverage of breaking entertainment news, celebrity interviews and pop culture, allowing millions of viewers to be part of an “entertainment event.” Every day, A-list names in film, television, music and sports come to “Extra” to break news and interact with their fans. 

15 Ways Traveling Can Change a Personâs Life

Who in their right mind wouldn’t want to travel? Just about anyone, when given the resources and the opportunity to travel, would grab at the chance to do so. Traveling is that one “want” in life that always turns out to be an awesome experience. For every place you get to visit, you learn something new, which you don’t necessarily get to learn in class. Traveling is transformative and there is no denying this.

Scroll through the gallery to find out how it can change your life.

David Muir to replace Diane Sawyer in ‘World News’ anchor chair

In a series of major changes at ABC News, Diane Sawyer will be stepping down from her role as anchor of “World News” after nearly five years on the job and will be succeeded by David Muir, the network announced Wednesday.

In addition, George Stephanopoulos, co-host of the top-rated “Good Morning America” and host of the network’s Sunday public affairs program “This Week,” has been appointed to the newly created position of chief anchor for ABC News. The new lineup will begin after Labor Day.

Daytime proved too challenging for Katie Couric

According to a note sent by ABC News President James Goldston to staff Wednesday, Sawyer, 68, will continue to report for the network “for many years to come” but will shift to focus on “original reporting, big ideas and interviews for all platforms.”

Muir and Stephanopoulos had both been considered likely candidates to succeed Sawyer, whenever she decided to step down from “World News.” The division of labor represents a somewhat unprecedented arrangement — one that acknowledges Stephanopoulos’ leadership position within the news division and his pivotal role in the network’s lucrative morning show, but one that also could be seen as undercutting Muir’s status as “World News” anchor.

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On Wednesday, some media observers suggested that the moves mark the further diminishment of the once-vaunted role of the evening news anchor.

“It seems to me the message ABC is sending its viewers by having Muir be junior to Stephanopoulos is that if you want serious news, don’t look to the evening news,” said TV news analyst Andrew Tyndall.

Kentucky native Sawyer joined ABC News in 1989 and succeeded Charles Gibson at “World News” in 2009, after an extended period of turnover that began with the illness and death of long-time anchor Peter Jennings in 2005. Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas were installed as co-anchors in December of that year, a short-lived arrangement that abruptly ended when Woodruff was injured during a reporting trip to Iraq in January 2006.

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Gibson became sole anchor in May 2006 but stepped down just three years later. By then, Sawyer had been co-anchor at “Good Morning America” for 10 years and was one of the network’s best-known news personalities.

For a short time before Katie Couric’s much-hyped stint at “CBS Evening News” concluded in 2011, two out of the big three network news anchors were women, but Muir’s ascension will mark a return to the status quo of solo white male anchors at the legacy broadcasters. (María Elena Salinas remains a co-anchor with Jorge Ramos at Univision.)

Under Sawyer, the broadcast, which is No. 2 in the ratings overall with a season-to-date average of 8.1 million viewers, has nearly caught up to ratings leader “NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams,” narrowing the overall gap to under a million viewers. It also easily outperforms “CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley.”

In recent months, Sawyer has also edged out Williams in the all-important 25- to 54-year-old demographic, winning May sweeps for the first time in seven years by a margin of 106,000 viewers in the age group.

But Sawyer has also been criticized for a perceived shift toward softer news and so-called infotainment — what Tyndall has decried as the “Disneyfication” of “World News.”

“ABC has radically cut back on the amount of hard news and increased its coverage of weather, human interest, celebrities, social media, show business and sports,” Tyndall said, though he noted that the change really did not take place until several years into Sawyer’s reign at the broadcast network.

Despite her ratings successes, Sawyer began to express interest in a new role to Disney/ABC Television Group’s co-president, Ben Sherwood (then president of ABC News), late last year, according to Goldston.

Muir, 40, who is the weekend anchor of “World News” and co-anchor of the newsmagazine “20/20,” will take over the weekday broadcast on Sept. 2. He will also continue to anchor “20/20” with Elizabeth Vargas. Though he has been with the network since 2003, beginning as anchor of the overnight program “World News Now,” Muir is not as well known as some of his predecessors were at the time of their appointment to the anchor chair.

In his newly created position, Stephanopoulos will be the lead anchor for live coverage of breaking news and other major events and will also continue at “This Week” and “Good Morning America.”

The 53-year-old got his start as a Democratic strategist before moving into journalism and is seen as adept at both serious news as well as the lighter fare that has become a “Good Morning America” hallmark.


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Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Remember Safety First During the Holidays

Dear Readers,

We know that sometimes this seems like the “party pooper” column.

We are always carrying on about human holidays and the potential dangers for pets – Christmas, Halloween, Easter – you name it. We grouse about it.

Well here we go again.

The Fourth of July is coming up, our quintessential American celebration and the official start to summer.

But remember this, pets don’t have calendars.

For them a human party is just one more opportunity to meet new people and beg for food.

While they are fiercely loyal to you, they don’t have a patriotic bone in their body.

So please, play it safe and try to make the holiday just another fun summer day for your pets.

Here are some tips suggested by our friends at the ASPCA Poison Control (a/k/a Super Duper Party Pooper) Center:

1. Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where your pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets.

2. Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals.  In particular, the misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.

3. Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach.

4. Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes and raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to pets.

5. Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it.

6. Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach.

7. Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

8. Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets. They are just plain stupid and terrifying. So please resist the urge to take them to Fourth of July festivities. Instead, keep your best friends safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.  And just to be on the safe side, make sure they have their identification on them at all times. You never know.

We hope that you have a terrific Fourth of July and that your pets have a really boring one!

Speaking of summer parties, the Oswego County Humane Society is holding its 15th Birthday Bash and Clambake on July 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Bayshore Grove, Bayshore Drive, Oswego.

Come join in the fun and celebrate with us.

All the clams you can eat, grilled foods, a huge buffet (with vegetarian selections, of course), free draft beer, cash bar, games, a $5,000 hole in one contest, a $500 lottery scratch-off board raffle, a fabulous silent auction, and live entertainment.

You can buy tickets, $50 per person, online at www.oswegohumane.org

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: (315) 207-1070.

Email: ochscontact@hotmail.com

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other!

Indulge with Lacoste’s End of Season Sale

Global French lifestyle brand Lacoste is announce its much-awaited end of season sale (EOSS) across the country beginning first week of July, 2014.

Grab the opportunity to own your Lacoste look at fantastic deals and get up to 50% off on merchandise. The active lifestyle consumer will be spoilt for choice with a range of apparels, shoes, bags, sunglasses, perfumes, watches and accessories.

Lacoste caters to men and women who possess an active life-style and desire comfortable, affordable yet qualitative, timeless products to accompany them in their daily lives. ‘Fashion Conscious’ but not fashion forward, Lacoste’s target segment appreciates tradition and the assurance of good taste the brand provides through its products. Lacoste products assist these individuals in expressing a life-style that is characterized by elegance, refinement, optimism, comfort and quality.

Upto 50% OFF, Lacoste is providing a distinct identity and a golden opportunity to change the complete wardrobe for those who value chic innovation and relaxed elegance, yet want to be affiliated with a brand. Lacoste takes immense pride in delighting their customers this End of Season Sale (EOSS) adhering to the overall brand promise and brand DNA.

The SS14 collection exhibits a wardrobe exuding confidence and comfort in outfits revolving around the brand’s icon – the polo shirt. The fit is relaxed yet always clearly defined, with soft, light fabrics, soothing colours- an amalgamation of attitude with quality; definitely something not to be missed.

So, gear up for the best deals and get ready to wear your Lacoste style!!