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BY- Anna Dawson
Studies released in 2021 continue to show the benefits of CBD supplementation in dogs. Our four-legged friends provide us with some of the most rewarding experiences life has to offer. So when dogs fall ill or develop long-term health conditions, it makes sense that owners are willing to do anything they can to help.
Pet CBD oils and treats have grown in popularity over the past few years, as owners look for new methods of supporting their pets. Extracted from hemp plants, CBD is short for cannabidiol, a compound that creates a soothing, anti-inflammatory effect in dog’s bodies without making them high.
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While there are thousands of positive reviews of pet CBD products from owners online, CBD’s rapid growth has left regulating bodies struggling to keep up. Despite its widespread usage, pet CBD is not currently recognized as a treatment by official bodies such as the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).
For human use, where CBD has an even longer history, only a small number of products have been given the go-ahead for official, medical use – mostly as treatments for rare forms of epilepsy. But that doesn’t mean that no research has been conducted into the benefits and possible risks of CBD for dogs. In fact, there has been a mounting base of evidence for CBD use, with researchers from various institutions exploring whether CBD offers a new treatment avenue for common canine conditions such as anxiety, arthritis, and seizures.
A surge of new and interesting findings from scientists are now posing the question of whether CBD should become an official, prescribable canine treatment. In February this year, a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports found that CBD supplementation may reduce aggressive behavior towards humans in shelter dogs. Researchers looked at the effects of CBD on 24 dogs over 6 weeks, concluding that shelter dogs were less aggressive towards humans when given CBD, with no adverse effects.
Another recent study funded by American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation found some interesting results about CBD and cancer in dogs. Researchers tested the effects of CBD on in vitro canine cancer cells. They found that CBD significantly slowed the growth of canine cancer cells, pathing the way for future research on whether the cannabis extract may be a future paired treatment with traditional chemotherapy. These latest studies add to a growing list of scientific research on the benefits of CBD for dogs with two of the most common canine inflammatory conditions: arthritis and seizures.
Researchers writing in the journal Pain in spring 2020 tested the effects of CBD on dogs with joint pain and arthritis. They found that CBD was not only able to improve the mobility and wellbeing of dogs (as judged by vets and owners), they also recorded positive effects in dogs for over 10 days after CBD treatment was stopped. A similar study from summer 2020 found similar positive results when it tested the effects of CBD combined with other treatments on canine arthritis. Based on their findings, researchers recommended a longer-term study on the possibility of including oral CBD in a multimodal approach to treating canine osteoarthritis.
In terms of studying CBD’s effect on canine seizures, Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has been leading the way, running several clinical trials testing CBD on dogs with intractable idiopathic epilepsy. In these studies, researchers concluded that dogs taking CBD twice-daily over the 12-week study experienced a median reduction of 33% in seizure frequency. Despite all the positive results, however, it’s important to point out that science still has a long way to go before giving pet CBD the official greenlight. Mainstream drugs and prescribable supplements often have hundreds of large studies to back up their efficacy by the time they reach the drug store.
Part of the reason for this cautious approach is the need to check for potential side effects. Interestingly, the wide usage of pet CBD in the general public is already partially revealing the side effect of CBD products. While most dogs don’t experience any ill effects from taking a CBD product, nausea, diarrhea, and drowsiness have been observed by some owners. A small number of dogs using CBD in studies have also shown elevated liver enzyme activity. This raises the question of whether CBD may not be appropriate for dogs with pre-existing liver conditions.
Another reason that scientific agreement requires a large number of studies is that some results will differ from the norm. For example, in January 2021, a study published in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association looked at how CBD affected dogs suffering from osteoarthritis. After treatment was completed, the study found no difference between the condition of dogs treated with CBD versus the dogs in the control group. But while it may be several more years before research into CBD for dogs reaches a conclusion, it’s clear that the vast majority of current results are highly positive. Because of this, expect the studies to continue and CBD’s popularity among owners to further increase.
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By Siddhi Jain
The author who named the book after her twin sons -- Puhor and Niyor -- is a parent who has seen and heard the tales of ridicule and discrimination suffered by many in India and beyond. She says the book is an artistic illustration for kids that details how different families can live and coexist. Whether it's children with two dads or two moms, children with a single dad or single mom, and even multiracial family units, Borthakur's book teaches love, understanding, and compassion towards unconventional families.
Beyond race, gender, color, and ethnicity which have formed the bases for discrimination since the beginning of time, this book aims to bring to light a largely ignored issue. For so long, single parents have been treated like a taboo without any attempt to understand their situations; no one really cares how or why one's marriage ended but just wants to treat single parents as villains simply for choosing happiness and loving their children.
Homosexual parents, a relatively new family system, is another form that has suffered hate and discrimination for many years. Pritisha emphasizes the need to understand that diversity in people and family is what makes the world beautiful and colourful. 'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race, and even differences in background
'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race and even differences in background. | Photo by Ben Wicks on Unsplash
Written for a global audience, the book is targeted at kids between the ages of five and 10, the reason it is embellished with colourful images of families of different types is to appeal to children's sense of sight and drive home the message at the same time. Borthakur believes children are the best place to start because the ages between five and 10 are the most formative, where little ones pick up habits, beliefs and perceptions.
The Guwahati-born author says, "With this book, I'm not trying to take away the job of parents in forming habits, I simply want to do my part as a parent. It is important that we impart the right values in our kids in a bid to build a better, more inclusive and tolerant global society that is fair to everyone." The author's first attempt at a book was an Assamese poetry 'Anubhav', published in 2010.
Set to be published under the label of Author's Channel, the book is like an adventure; a journey into uncharted territories, untouched subjects and matters long ignored. In her words. "The book takes a critical stand in defense of people in society who have had to undergo severe emotional torture for no cause of theirs. It is a terrible conception to think such people any less of a human just for being different," says publisher Aruna Naidu. By September 30, this title, priced at Rs 299, will be available online and in offline bookstores. (IANS/ MBI)
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If you feel that clean and well-groomed hands are just an essential prerequisite for women, you might like to think twice. Men should equally pay attention to their hands because our hand houses 1,500 bacteria living on each square centimeter of its skin. You can easily assume what havoc it can create in our body because in India we have the culture of eating with our hands and spaces beneath nails can become breeding heaven for germs. Moreover, clean and maintained hands boost confidence in their daily life activities. Therefore, it's important to keep your hands clean irrespective of your gender by washing or sanitizing at regular intervals. And, to keep them groomed, you don't have to visit a salon.
Rajesh U Pandya, Managing Director, KAI India, gives easy and completely doable tips to follow at home:
* Refrain from harsh soaps: You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. Your soap can have a moisturizing element in it like aloe vera or shea butter. Ensure that you're washing your hands with normal water as hot water can make your hand's skin dry and scaly.
You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. | Photo by Aurélia Dubois on Unsplash
* Clip your nails regularly: Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. After cutting your nails at a comfortable length also file them using a nail filer. Never share your nail care clipper as the germs can get transferred to your loved ones. Also, don't forget to use grime remover to remove hidden germs in corners and beneath nails. Also, you may like to file your nails to have a smooth finish.
* Good quality Nail Clipper: Do not use a rusted or chromium coated nail clipper as it might be harmful to skin and might cause dangerous bacterial infections.
* Stop the habit of nail chewing: Sometimes anxiety or extreme boredom can lead to chewing of nails. This habit only makes your nails uneven and ugly. Sometimes, our unclean nail folds give rise to viral, bacterial or fungal infections, which in turn can make us sick if we chew our nails.
Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. | Pixabay
* Exfoliate your hands: Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. You can buy a scrub or make one at home using brown sugar and olive oil. After scrubbing, you need to massage your hands with moisturizer.
Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. | Wikipedia
* Don't use your nails as tools: Always keep in mind that your nails are like jewels. Never use them to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters, or scraping off labels. This results in unnecessary breakage of nails, making your hands look dirty.
Never use your nails to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters or scraping off labels. | Photo by Sammy Williams on Unsplash
* Be aware of nail or cuticle inflammation or redness: If there are any signs of infection, disinfect the skin as soon as possible with an anti-bacterial or anti-fungal ointment.
(Article originally written by N.Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Nails, groom, hand, exfoliate, chew, nail clipper, bite, cuticle
Bitcoin has become an essential crypto asset in modern portfolios and investment funds. The confidence generated in this cryptocurrency will depend a lot on the diversification that companies make in their balance sheets in Bitcoin and the increase of institutional investors that allocate a percentage of their funds in this crypto. American fund manager Cathie Wood makes some interesting predictions, both in the rise that the Bitcoin price will experience in the next 5 years, suggesting these institutional investors allocate 5% of their funds; this will help leverage the Bitcoin market.
Bitcoin will grow by a tenfold
Bitcoin is projected to grow by 10 times its current value in five years, i.e., it could reach $500,000. Of course, this will require companies to invest in cryptocurrencies. This makes it necessary to increase the weight of Bitcoin on balance sheets through investments. One of the investment gurus who supports this prediction is Catherine Wood. Contrarily, Ray Dalio, despite being clear that relying on cash is not a good strategy, views Bitcoin with suspicion, although he calls for its investment. This behavior is due to the actions of governments against the cryptocurrency market.
If something is undoubted is the vertiginous increase that cryptocurrencies have had in general, they have risen more than 60% so far this year. So, even when some governments are trying to regulate cryptocurrencies, they will fail. This attempt to regulate will end up triggering even more cryptos, especially Bitcoin, which is the oldest and most solid of that market.
Bitcoin, is the oldest and most solid of the market. | Photo by Executium on Unsplash
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The current Bitcoin price means is time to buy:
The current price of bitcoin invites you to buy, and perhaps it would be foolhardy not to. In either case, bitcoin will always represent money. Maybe some external factors generate some misgivings, but if you refuse to invest in cryptocurrencies, you are basically denying the near future, it would be as if you didn't have a cell phone or internet.
In India, more and more people are becoming convinced of the benefits of holding some Bitcoin. This can be clearly seen in the rapid increase in the number of new accounts at crypto exchanges such as WazirX and CoinDCX.
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Bitcoin, despite its fluctuations, represents an excellent financial strategy. The support users give is significant. The same cannot be said of the FIAT currencies, which have lost value and support, showing how fragile they are, being subjected to a constant devaluation. As long as confidence in cryptos grows, the foundations will continue to be laid to maintain their rise and to be able to continue making transactions. We know this by previous experience, as has happened with Ether, thanks mainly to the growing activity of Defi and NFT, i.e. decentralized finance and non-fungible tokens.
Remember that when you invest in Bitcoin, you can do it by buying or trading. When you want to make these transactions do it in a secure Exchange, study your finances to invest, manage the risk, and learn to manage your portfolio efficiently.