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How to prevent tooth decay

Tooth decay is the destruction of tooth structure and can affect both the enamel (the outer coating of the tooth) and the dentin layer of the tooth.

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How to prepare milkshake

A milkshake is one of the most refreshing and satisfying treats, they are so yummy and great all year round. When making a milkshake getting the right ratio of ice cream to milk and then adding flavoring ingredients are important. One of the common mistakes people make with homemade milkshakes is using too much milk. You only need a splash of milk, never add ice to a milkshake. The last thing you want to do is dilute the rich creaminess of the milk and ice cream combo with frozen water. Save the ice for smoothies.

Vanilla ice cream is like the blank canvas. The flavoring comes from the chocolate syrup or the fresh strawberries or crumbled up cookies or whatever. If you use chocolate ice cream, the result will be too sweet. The same goes for using strawberry ice cream. Stick with vanilla ice cream as your base.

Add three generous scoops of ice cream to the blender, along with a quarter cup of whole milk, add a quarter cup of chocolate syrup and add a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Blend until smooth and serve in a frosty glass. You can top the milkshake with whipped cream, sprinkles, a cherry, or whatever suits your fancy. Or just enjoy it plain.

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How to think positively: Change your walk

By Elisa Criado

Most self-help advice on how to alter destructive thought patterns focuses on the thoughts themselves, encouraging people to reflect on their attitudes and replace them with more constructive alternatives.  However, new research published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry shows that there may be an additional way to gain control over your mind: by walking like a happy person.

“It is not surprising that our mood, the way we feel, affects how we walk, but we want to see whether the way we move also affects how we feel,” explained Nikolaus Troje, professor at Queen’s University in Canada and co-author of the paper.

In order to address this question, Dr Troje and his colleagues set out to establish whether encouraging people to walk in a depressed or a happy manner would affect their memory of emotionally loaded words. The way we retain emotionally charged information is affected by our mood, with those suffering from depression remembering negative material far more easily than positive messages, especially when the information is about them.

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Men and body odour......Spritz up your personality! (III)

You are having a closed door meeting with the airconditon on and you and your team  of executives enjoying a good business deal and sipping good hot coffee/tea/chocolate drinks. Suddenly someone walks in and the whole aroma in the board room turns unbearable? Boommmm! How do you feel? You might even feel like throwing up huh? You might want to excuse yourself in the middle of the meeting and step out for some fresh air and swear never to enter that room till the person that walks in with such bad body ordour leaves? Worse for you if that person happens to be the main guy to seal up the business deal so he is not going nowhere till the end of the meeting.  Hahhaaaaaa!! So can you imagine the hell you will be passing through all the time he is there? Probably you people will decide to switch off the aircondition. Will that really stop the ordour? Now you will make that individual to sweat more and smell more.Shhhhhoooott!!! What an unbearable condition ...if you ask me! 

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Genetic testing: Best to know or not to know?

Suppose, for a moment, that both your mother and grandfather had died of an inevitably fatal neurological disease, and someone offered you a test to see if you were likely to get it, too. If the test showed up positive, you'd live knowing that one day you'd probably die of it, too, possibly as young as your forties. Would you go ahead? Or would you rather not know?

It's a dilemma facing Emma East, a 24-year-old mother of three young children.

And as presymptomatic genetic testing becomes possible for more and more conditions, it's the kind of dilemma that growing numbers of others will also face.

It didn't surprise Emma's mother, nor Emma, when in February 2009 she was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), from which she died nine months later. The disease had already killed Emma's grandfather.

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