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Women Spend Over Six Hours Per Week on Looks

Teenagers spend as high as 7.7 hours per week on their looks

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It’s a known fact that women dedicate good number of hours on their appearance. Now, a study reveals they spend around 6.4 hours per week on their looks.

The research, conducted by The Today Show and AOL, found that men spend only 4.5 hours on their appearance per week, while a female’s average is 6.4 hours, reports dailymail.co.uk.

Teenagers spend as high as 7.7 hours per week on their looks.

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The survey, which polled 2,000 adults and 200 teenagers, also discovered that 60 percent of adult women have negative thoughts about themselves at least once a week, compared to 36 percent of men.

Also Read: Men Have Different Idea of Women’s Beauty

It was also found that female participants’ main concern was the stomach, with 69 percent calling it their “bodily obsession”. Other women polled said that they were most self-conscious about their skin (40 percent), thighs (39 percent), hair (32 percent), cellulite (29 percent), and their buttocks (29 percent).

As many as 52 percent men worry about their stomachs, followed by thinning hair (24 percent), and then skin issues (23 percent). (Bollywood Country)

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Epidurals Can be Cut Into Half, with the Help of a New Labour Pain Relieving Drug

It did not cause any negative effects for the mother or baby.

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Labour pain relieving drug may cut need for epidural: Lancet
Labour pain relieving drug may cut need for epidural: Lancet. Flickr

Prescribing women a new drug called remifentanil to help manage their labour pain may halve the need for an epidural than the traditional pethidine, claims a study.

The study, published in the Lancet, suggested that using remifentanil instead of pethidine could reduce the need for epidurals, instrumental deliveries and consequent morbidity for large numbers of women worldwide.

Epidurals — injections of pain relief drugs around the spinal cord — provide effective pain relief but increase the risk of needing instrumental delivery (forceps or vacuum) during birth.

It can also increase the risk of trauma and long-lasting problems for the mother, such as incontinence and sexual dysfunction.

“Our findings challenge the routine use of pethidine for pain relief during labour,” said lead author Matthew Wilson, from Britain’s University of Sheffield.

"Remifentanil reduced the need for an epidural by half and there were no lasting problems for the mothers and babies
“Remifentanil reduced the need for an epidural by half and there were no lasting problems for the mothers and babies. Pixabay

“Remifentanil reduced the need for an epidural by half and there were no lasting problems for the mothers and babies in our trial, although the effect of remifentanil on maternal oxygen levels needs to be clarified in further studies,” he added.

Remifentanil is rarely offered routinely in labour and its use restricted to women who cannot receive an epidural for medical reasons (such as blood clotting disorders).

Conversely, pethidine has been in widespread use since the 1950s, even after long been known not helpful to all women.

The study included 400 women aged over 16 years old who were giving birth after 37 weeks.

Only half as many women in the remifentanil group went on to have an epidural (19 per cent) than in the pethidine group (41 per cent).

Remifentanil instead of pethidine could reduce the need for epidurals. Flickr
Remifentanil instead of pethidine could reduce the need for epidurals. Flickr

These women rated their pain as less severe and also had less likely to need forceps and vacuum during labour than women given pethidine (15 per cent vs 26 per cent).

Also Read: Obesity During Pregnancy May up Kid’s Risk of Epilepsy

However, remifentanil was associated with twice as many mothers having low oxygen levels than pethidine (14 per cent vs 5 per cent)

But, despite this increase it did not cause any negative effects for the mother or baby, but more research in larger groups will be needed to confirm this, the researchers said.(IANS)