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Cats And The Cradle

If you’re pregnant, you’ve probably heard that you and your unborn child may be at risk from toxoplasmosis. It’s caused by a parasite that cats carry, and symptoms can be flulike. Severe cases can damage an unborn child’s brain and eyes. While you’re more likely to contact toxoplasmosis from raw meat than from a cat, says Elizabeth Stone, dean of the Ontario Veterinary College, you should still play it safe.

Faecal exams for your pets are a good start but not conclusive. Clean litter daily. Let someone else do it. If you must do it yourself, wear a mask and gloves.

House cats are less likely to get toxoplasmosis, so consider keeping your cat indoors. Infected strays may have been in your flower beds. Wear gloves when gardening.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Health

 

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ACNE Not Just for Teens

Acne is often considered just a teenage problem, but because spots can be a response to the sex hormone testosterone, they may appear at puberty, before a period, while on the pill or pregnant, or during menopause.

Spots occur when oil pores get blocked by dead skin, allowing skin bacteria to colonise the pores, causing inflammation and red spots. You can help prevent this by keeping your hair away from your face and eating good diet.

Treat acne with a pH-balanced soap free cleanser and a spot treatment. These can dry skin out so use an oil-free moisturiser. If acne persist, see your GP, who may prescribe hormone treatments for women or other medication.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2012 in Health

 

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