As terrified as you might be of a possible cancer diagnosis from your doctor, a new study warns that you still need to keep your appointment.
Why? Patients who blow off appointments for cancer symptoms are 12% more likely to die within a year of diagnosis, British researchers report.
Those most likely to skip appointments are men under 30 or over 85, people living in poor areas, and those with gastrointestinal symptoms, the study found.
For the study, the researchers collected data on more than 100,000 patients who had been referred by about 100 different general doctors in the north of England.
Most patients (95%), kept their appointment, but 5% did not. Although only 1 in 18 of the patients who skipped their appointment was diagnosed with cancer, these patients fared significantly worse.
Among the patients with cancer who missed their appointment, 35% had advanced disease, compared with 19% of those with cancer who kept their appointment, which most likely accounted for the worse outcomes, the researchers found.
“Non-attendance at urgent referral appointments for suspected cancer involves a minority of patients, but happens in somewhat predictable groups,” said researcher Dr. Peter Knapp, from the department of health sciences at the University of York and Hull York Medical School.
“Our research suggests that more could be done to identify individuals at risk of non-attendance and offer extra support,” he said in a university news release.
LADIES!!! How To Win Your Boyfriend/Fiance Parents Heart Easily While Meeting Them For The First Time
It’s always exciting when your guy asks you to meet his parents. Most times, it’s an indication that the relationship has a great future, except the guy’s intentions, aren’t real. But let me tell you this – meeting his parents for the first time is sometimes complicated.
Many relationships have ended because ladies create the wrong impression when meeting their guy’s family. Even though you aren’t marrying your boyfriend’s parents, they still have an input in the relationship, especially if you are dating a daddy or mummy’s, boy.
Your boyfriend already knows your personality. He knows your strength and weakness; he accepted you for who you are. There’s nothing terrible in blending with the situation in his parent’s house to create a good impression. After all, if you are in Rome, you behave like a Roman.
Like I mentioned earlier, meeting his parents could be an indication that the relationship is leading to marriage. But it could also lead to the end of the relationship if his parents don’t like you.
In this article, you will learn some tips that will guide you when meeting his parents for the first time.
How To Create Good Impression When Meeting His Parents For The First Time
My lecturer in school once told me a story of how clumsiness made a lady (Carolina) lost a suitable suitor(Jordan). They were both passionately in love. No one thought they could live without each other.
But everything changed when the suitor (Jordan) decided to introduce Carolina to his parents. Just like every other lady, Carolina, was excited because she knew that her dream of being with Jordan forever was getting closer.
When Carolina got to her suitor’s parents’ house, she was very free. Interestingly, she decided to help Jordan’s mom in the kitchen. During the process, she mistakenly broke a million dollars antique tea set.
Jordan’s mom didn’t find this funny as she immediately told Jordan that Carolina is too clumsy. He tried to defend her, but his mother already had a wrong impression of her.
When they return from the visit, things were a little bit awkward between them. Meanwhile, Jordan’s parents were still pressurizing him to end his relationship with Carolina.
After a while, he yielded to pressure, and that was how the relationship ended.
I wouldn’t want you reading this article right now, to experience what Carolina went through. For this reason, I want you to pay close attention to the tips discussed here.
Below are some of the things to take note of when meeting his parents for the first time.
#1. Try Not To Bring Your Phone To The Dining Table
When you are meeting his parents for the first time, you must be as courteous as possible. It doesn’t look cool to be sending messages or pressing your phone while dining with your boyfriend’s parents, especially if you are meeting them for the first time.
You may be doing this innocently. But it will send a wrong impression about you to the boy’s parents.
It’s better not to bring your phone at all. Some ladies even make the mistake of hiding their phone under the table and pretend to be listening.
#2. Be Moderate In Your Display Of Affection
This is an area many ladies flop when meeting his parents for the first time. There’s nothing wrong with showing affection to your man before his parents. But be moderate about it. Try to respect them as well.
You can do the kissing and other romance gesture when alone. But when you are with his parents, try to be moderate about it. Seriously, it will create a terrible impression about you.
Don’t forget that meeting his parents for the first time is like an interview. And you need to be modest before them. Let me remind you, this isn’t pretense, but it’s a way of respecting your man’s parents’ personality.
#3. Don’t Try To Control The Conversation
Ladies don’t act as if you know if all when meeting his parents. I didn’t mean you should be boring. But listen more and talk less. It makes them value you, not the other way around.
Let me tell you something from personal experience. I still remember the first day my elder brother introduced a lady to my parents. All of us outrightly disliked her.
Do you know why? It’s because she was always interrupting my mom in the family conversation. She was basically answering all the questions for my big bro and controlling the conversation.
At times, when mom tried to tell a funny story about my bro as a little boy, the lady will interrupt. Trust me. This particular act pissed my mom off. She gave the impression that she knew my bro more than every other person.
It took my elder bro a while to be able to convince mom that Judith was a good girl. Imagine if my bro didn’t try to defend her before my mom, it could have been the end of the relationship.
#4. Put Your Good Home Training To Practice
Some ladies don’t have manners. And they unconsciously display their mannerlessness when meeting their boyfriend’s parents for the first time. Sorry, I don’t want to sound insulting, but this is the reality.
My friend told me how his girlfriend messed up when meeting his parents for the first time. According to my friend (paul) story, he invited his new girlfriend home to meet his parents.
Out of excitement, his mother prepared a delicious meal for her and bought her gifts. After the family meal, my friend’s mother got up to clear the table; his girlfriend didn’t assist. She was busy playing games on her cell phone.
It didn’t end there. When she unwrapped the gift my friend’s mom bought for her, she left the wrapping paper on the floor and walked out of the room.
She expected paul’s mom to clean the mess. This was very rude and disrespectful. After she left, paul ended the relationship immediately.
I know ladies may have a different opinion about this. But it’s absolutely wrong to watch your guy’s mother clearing the table after a meal. Even if you ask you to leave them, insist.
#5. Try Not To Overstay Your Welcome
I always tell people that it’s good to leave the stage when the ovation is loud. Same applies when meeting your guy’s parents for the first time.
When you are with your guy’s parents always behave like a guest. Don’t be faster than your shadow and try to respect everybody’s opinion. In fact, if you don’t like their tradition, keep it to yourself.
By the time you start making your guy’s parent uncomfortable, you are overstaying your welcome. Try not to let that happen. Remain calm and try to spend only a few hours with them. Look for an excellent excuse to leave. Trust me, your guy’s parent will value you more when you seem scarce.
#6. Don’t Bring Any Issue You have With Your Guy
Don’t allow your misunderstanding with your guy ruin your time with his parents. Whatever issue you have with him, don’t bring it along with you. I’m sure you wouldn’t want his parents to have the impression that you are weird.
If you know you are really angry with your man, it’s better not to visit his parents at all. Otherwise, your mood may affect the entire atmosphere.
No matter, don’t let it shows that you are angry with your guy. Imagine what his parents will think when you are ignoring and rude to him… They may not know what happened, but they will have the impression that you are rude.
#7. Don’t Drink Too Much Alcohol (If possible Don’t Drink At all)
It’s never a good idea to be drunk when meeting his parents for the first time. You will definitely mess things up.
I lady once told me her embarrassing experience when she met her guy’s parents. It was a New Year’s Eve, and she took too much alcohol before coming to see them.
According to her, she was already drunk when she got there. So, she started dancing uncontrollably and saying irrelevant things.
She eventually fell asleep after a while. When she woke up, her boyfriend told her what had happened the previous night. She was so embarrassed and left without saying goodbye.
#8. Stay Away From Controversial Topics
There are some sensitive topics you must never discuss when meeting your guy’s parents. Any topic that has to do with religion and politics stay away from them. They could start things off on a wrong footing for you.
Even if his parents’ political ideologies and religious belief differ from yours, try to respect it. For instance, if his parents are atheist, don’t try to urge them to accept Jesus Christ as their savior. It may make the entire conversation awkward.
Similarly, don’t discuss politics with them. I still remember how the girl I introduced to my parents was interrogating them about their political beliefs. She even went as far as convincing them to vote for a particular candidate. After she left, my father said that the lady was so disrespectful.
#9. Don’t Lie To Impress Anybody.
Never fake what you are not. An iota of dishonesty will immediately raise a red flag on you. Be sincere in all your conversation. Don’t try to impress anybody with lies.
There’s nothing terrible with telling the truth. If there is anything you don’t know, say it, nobody will flog you.
#10. Always Respect The Family Rules
If you hope to become part of a family, learn to respect their rules. Disrespecting family rules will make your man’s parents question your characters.
I still remembered when my cousin brought a girlfriend home. She disrespected the family rules, and my cousin parents didn’t find it funny.
Let me tell you what happened…
My cousin’s parents are old-fashioned. When his girlfriend visited, they asked my cousin to share my room with me while his girlfriend sleeps alone in my cousin’s apartment.
Do you know that my cousin’s girlfriend was still sneaking into my room to sleep with my brother at night? There are times when she will get my cousin into her room. When my cousin’s parents knew they were very disappointed.
#11. Dress Modestly
You are meeting his parents for the first time. You aren’t going to a party. Dress decently, don’t wear skimpy clothes that barely cover your body. Don’t forget that you are addressed the way you are dressed.
#12. Don’t Be Late
Showing up late is the easiest way to create a negative impression about yourself. Try to get to his parents’ place early. Once you agreed on a particular time, try to get to their home a few minutes before the time.
Like I mentioned earlier, meeting his parents for the first time is a new phase of your relationship. Try to make yourself presentable and create an excellent first impression.
Shisha Will Destroy You Faster Than Cigarette – Medical Expert Reveals
I understand the urge to belong is what makes 60% of those Shisha smokers to smoke it, same thing goes to cigarette. But do you know that Shisha is even worst than cigarettes?
No wonder FG took a proactive measure in June 2018 to ban Nigerians from smoking Shisha but yet, it didn’t stop anybody from inhaling it.
You must read this article to the end;
Scientists in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi have found that Shisha pipes posed more serious medical problems when compared to cigarettes. According to NAN, Ms Ayesha Mohammed, a chemistry lecturer at the University of Sharjah and the lead author of the study, said: “Traditional medwakh and Shisha pipes have no filters.
“So toxic metals can quickly enter the lungs, causing different diseases, such as lung and oral cancers, oral infections and cardiovascular diseases. “I will never recommend dokha (medwakh) and Shisha smoking because both don’t have filters, so trace elements can easily enter human body and cause harm compared to cigarettes and cause several cancers.”
Published in Oxford University Press’s Journal of Analytical Toxicology, the latest study looked at 13 medwakh tobacco products and three shisha products, analysing their properties to determine metal concentrations. The levels were then compared with cigarette tobacco to establish which was more likely to pose health risks.
Levels of nickel, a known carcinogen in medwakh and shisha were found to be particularly high compared to those in cigarettes, while iron levels were found to be roughly the same. The research was co-authored by Prof. Mohamed Al Hajjaj of the University of Sharjah; Abdus Khan of Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi; and Shabber Mohammed and Masrath Mohammed, both of Jazan University, Saudi Arabia.
Earlier this year, Ms Mohammed and several co-researchers released a study that reported much higher levels of nicotine and tar in medwakh than in cigarettes, while those in shisha levels were similar to those in cigarettes.
Dr Noordin Wadhvaniya, a respiratory medicine specialist at the Canadian Specialist Hospital in Dubai, said that people who smoke shisha would inhale 26 times the recommended limit of uranium.
“Contrary to the general belief, uranium that is inhaled will most likely damage your kidneys rather than your lungs. “However, it does damage the respiratory tract, creates respiratory irritation and accumulation of fluid in the lungs as well,” he said.
Wadhvaniya added that with one puff, shisha smokers inhaled the same amount of smoke as they got from a whole cigarette.
Question is, why do people keep smoking Shisha and even cigarettes? Share this to friends and families. They deserve to know.
Regular ‘Good’ S*x Can Lower Blood Pressure As Effective As Taking Medicine – Scientists Reveal
Regularly having good sex can lower blood pressure as effectively as some medicines, a study has found.
Volunteers’ readings had fallen by up to 13 percent the day after they made love, US scientists discovered.
Taking a water pill diuretic, a common treatment for high blood pressure achieves similar results, they said.
Georgia State University researchers reported:-
‘The more pleasurable the orgasm, the lower the readings on the day after intercourse.’
They believe sex works by boosting the ‘cuddle’ hormone oxytocin that can reduce stress.
The study published in the journal Sexual Medicine saw volunteers have sex while wearing a heart monitor.
They also rated orgasm intensity, rating it from 66 to 106, with an average of 87. Those involved had an average systolic blood pressure of 115mmHg at the start of the tests. After sex, it fell by up to 17mmHg.