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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

FashionLifestyle

GLAM SPOT

A common desire of every woman is to look gorgeous and attractive daily through a preferred sense of style. Gladly, makeover does the magic by complimenting that unique fashion choice via the enhancement of one’s beauty for fresh and natural look.

In offering confidence-boosting beauty tips, The Vortex special correspondent, Blessing Aseminaso, features Miss. Anita Foy, the CEO of Glitz’n’Foy makeup artistry, in this edition. Anita is a graduate of the University of Port Harcourt. She hails from Asaba, Nigeria and has been a professional beauty artist since 2015.

Makeup Tips For Beginners

·               Start with a clean skin:

Wipe away any impurities from your face using clean wipes or a gentle toner

·               Apply A light moisturizer:

This is to keep your skin from getting too oily or dry during the day.

·               Always start with a face primer

·               Conceal Dark circle and Blemishes:

To achieve this, use a concealer with a shade or two shades lighter than your skin tone.

·               Apply foundation evenly using a brush and a sponge to blend.

·               For flawless blending, clean a brush before moving onto a new product or area on your face. This way, you won’t pack on more product than necessary.

·               Sweep a soft eye shadow colour across the lid, line your lash line using eyeliner and apply mascara.

·               Use eye premier before applying eyeliner and eye shadow to prevent them from fading or smudging.

·               For a long lasting colour, use a lip liner to create a shape and define your lips before applying lipstick.

·               Finally, to avoid cake-face makeup, use finishing spray to give your face an even natural look. Not only does this help your makeup stay on longer, but it also gives your face a nice, dewy glow.

PERFECT EYE BROW TIPS

Beautifully shaped brows immediately up your makeup game. The following are thus necessary to achieve a perfect brow.

·               Do not take out all your brows with the aim of recreating it, but a little.

·               Do not use pencils darker than your skin tone

·               Fill your eyebrows (preferably with either a brow powder or brow pencil) following your natural hairline direction.

PERFECT MAKEUP KITS

Purchase makeup kits that match your skin tone. Concealers, Foundation, Powder, etc should only be a shade or two shades lighter than your skin tone, to avoid looking hideous.

LOOK DURING THE DAY

The atmosphere tends to alter our looks during the day, so it’s wise to play-down on makeups during such period. Avoid bold look or use of excessive colours during the day, to prevent exaggeration by light.

BOLD LOOK DURING THE NIGHT

Glamorous look at night makes you gorgeous, so be bold on your makeover.

USEFUL TIPS

·               A little use of quality cosmetics can enhance your beauty. Avoid excessive makeups because it makes your mistakes obvious.

·               Makeovers only plays down on skin problems but does not fix it. Proper care of your skin is necessary.

·               The best makeup tip ever is sleep. Always create time to get enough rest.

LASTLY,

·               Makeup is fun and easy to wear. All it takes is a little bit of practice and some bit of daring to try something new.

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Health

Dogara Wants Health Sector Overhauled

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has decried the high rate of foreign medical trips by Nigerians, calling for a total overhaul of the health sector to allow efficiency.

Speaking at a public hearing organised by the House Committee on Health on two bills at the National Assembly in Abuja  , Dogara stated that the attendant brain drain in the health sector was becoming worrisome while calling for a quick intervention to guarantee efficient and effective delivery.

The two bills under consideration were a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Health Records Officers (Registration, etc) Act, CAP. H2 of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Re-Enact the Health Information Practitioners Council of Nigeria for effective and efficient Health Information Management, to Regulate the Training, Practice and Management of Health Information System in Nigeria; and a Bill for an Act to Amend the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria Act, CAP 1.112, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, to Provide for the Role of the Chemist, the Regulation of Practicing Fees by Members of the Institute; and for Other Related Matters.

Dogara said, “The ultimate aim of these legislations is to ensure that we have a more efficient service delivery in the health sector. There is a compelling need for us to overhaul our health sector in view of the continuous public outcry against our defective health care delivery.

“The high number of Nigerians who go on foreign medical trips and the brain drain that we witness among our professionals in the sector, are indications that our health sector requires a serious surgical operation.”

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Health

WHO Links Nigeria With Fresh Measles Outbreak

World Health Organisation has listed Nigeria as one of the nine African countries where measles outbreaks have resurfaced.

WHO in a statement signed   by Collins Boakye-Agyemang, its spokesman for Africa, listed other countries to include Chad, Cameroon, DR Congo, Liberia, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali and Uganda.

The world health body said the global measles crisis is an urgent wake-up call to the need for countries to ensure that all children – no matter where they live – receive life-saving vaccines.

It said African countries have experienced a resurgence of measles outbreaks in the last 12 months, adding that Madagascar, in particular, has had a large measles outbreak affecting more than 122,000 cases in the months between October 2018 and April 2019.

 Measles is a highly contagious disease that accounts for 13 per cent of all vaccine-preventable deaths in children younger than 5 years in Africa, infecting nine in ten people who are not vaccinated.

According to the WHO/UNICEF coverage estimates as of 2017, only 16 countries in the World Health Organization’s African Region had achieved 90 per cent or more immunisation coverage of the first dose of measles vaccine (MCV1).

Across the region, MCV1 coverage has stagnated, at 70-73 per cent since 2009.

At the launch of the ninth African Vaccination Week on Wednesday in São Tomé and Príncipe, immunisation partners stressed the importance of countries remaining vigilant in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases.

 The theme for this year’s African Vaccination Week is: ‘Protected Together: Vaccines Work!’, emphasising the power of vaccines in saving lives and keeping everyone healthy, from infants to elders.

The African Vaccination Week, from 22 to 28 April, also celebrates the vaccination heroes who help expand the coverage of immunization services across the African region – from parents and community leaders to health workers and innovators.

“We need to work together to improve immunization delivery so that all children are protected from preventable diseases. Recent disease outbreaks on the continent remind us of the urgency of this goal,” the statement quoted Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, as saying.

“Outbreaks of measles in Madagascar and Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo underscore the need for increased investments in immunization as a fundamental part of strengthening primary health care systems,” she said.

WHO said vaccines are one of the most effective and cost-effective public health interventions available. Yet, one in five children in Africa still does not have access to all the necessary and basic vaccines a child should receive.

The body said every year, more than 30 million children younger than 5 years in Africa fall sick due to vaccine-preventable diseases. Of them, more than half a million die – representing 56 per cent of the global deaths related to vaccine-preventable diseases.

It pointed out that, in Africa, vaccine-preventable diseases also impose an economic burden of US$ 13 billion every year – funding that could be used to fuel economies and drive development.

In 2017, African Heads of State endorsed the Addis Declaration on Immunisation at the African Union Summit, committing to reach all children with life-saving vaccines.

While political will for immunisation across the region is high, WHO said African Vaccination Week 2019 is a reminder for countries to renew their commitments and redouble efforts to achieve universal access to vaccines.

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Lifestyle

Nigeria, 85th Happiest In The World

Nigeria is ranked 85 out of 156 countries and second in sub-Saharan Africa as the world marks the International Day of Happiness, Nigeria’s ranking is an improvement from its 91 position ranking in 2018.

This is according to the annual Global Happiness Policy Report produced by the Global Happiness Council, which was released on Wednesday.

It was edited by John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard, Jeffrey D. Sachs, et al.

The world’s least happy country is South Sudan followed by Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Yemen, Malawi, Syria, Botswana and Haiti.

The report ranks countries on six key variables that support wellbeing: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.

This is the seventh World Happiness Report; the first was released in April 2012 in support of a UN High level meeting on “Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm”.

The report presented the available global data on national happiness and reviewed related evidence from the emerging science of happiness. It showed that the quality of people’s lives can be coherently, reliably, and validly assessed by a variety of subjective wellbeing measures, collectively referred to then and in subsequent reports as “happiness.”

This year, the focus was on happiness and community: how happiness has been changing over the past dozen years, and how information technology, governance and social norms influence communities.

The report showed that the annual data for Finland have continued their modest, but steady upward trend since 2014. So that dropping 2015 and adding 2018 boosts the average score, thereby putting Finland significantly ahead of other countries in the top 10.

Denmark and Norway have also increased their average scores. The United States came in the 19th place, dropping one spot since last year and a total of five spots since 2017.

On the whole, Helliwell said: “What stands out about the happiest and most well connected societies is their resilience and ability to deal with bad things.

Nigeria is ranked 85 out of 156 countries and second in sub-Saharan Africa as the world marks the International Day of Happiness, Nigeria’s ranking is an improvement from its 91 position ranking in 2018.

This is according to the annual Global Happiness Policy Report produced by the Global Happiness Council, which was released on Wednesday.

It was edited by John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard, Jeffrey D. Sachs, et al.

The world’s least happy country is South Sudan followed by Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Yemen, Malawi, Syria, Botswana and Haiti.

The report ranks countries on six key variables that support wellbeing: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.

This is the seventh World Happiness Report; the first was released in April 2012 in support of a UN High level meeting on “Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm”.

The report presented the available global data on national happiness and reviewed related evidence from the emerging science of happiness. It showed that the quality of people’s lives can be coherently, reliably, and validly assessed by a variety of subjective wellbeing measures, collectively referred to then and in subsequent reports as “happiness.”

This year, the focus was on happiness and community: how happiness has been changing over the past dozen years, and how information technology, governance and social norms influence communities.

The report showed that the annual data for Finland have continued their modest, but steady upward trend since 2014. So that dropping 2015 and adding 2018 boosts the average score, thereby putting Finland significantly ahead of other countries in the top 10.

Denmark and Norway have also increased their average scores. The United States came in the 19th place, dropping one spot since last year and a total of five spots since 2017.

On the whole, Helliwell said: “What stands out about the happiest and most well connected societies is their resilience and ability to deal with bad things.

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HealthKaleidoscope

Why Your Body Will Itch – Study

Chinese researchers have found a group of neurons related to scratching in mice, which may help develop new drugs for chronic itching.

Itching can be triggered by a lot of causes including allergies, irritating chemicals, parasites, pregnancy and cancer treatments.

Itching is important for the survival of animals. Animals can get rid of harmful substances on their skin as itching leads to scratching. In some cases, the skin lesion caused by scratching can evoke strong immune responses.

But patients with chronic itching may get skin damage for compulsive scratching. Effective treatments are still lacking due to limited knowledge about the neural mechanism behind itching.

Previous studies show that the periaqueductal gray (PAG), a deep located brain region, serves as the primary control center for pain modulation. Researchers from Institute of Neuroscience with Chinese Academy of Sciences suspected that the PAG could also be involved in the itching process.

In the study published on the latest issue of U.S. journal Neuron, the Chinese researchers recorded neuron activities in the PAG region among lab mice induced to itch and scratch.

When mice were induced to scratch, the PAG neurons produced a neurotransmitter called glutamate and a neuropeptide called Tac1.

The researchers found that the induced itching scratching behavior decreased significantly when the PAG neurons producing Tac1 were removed. By contrast, stimulation of the Tac1-producing neurons triggered spontaneous scratching even when the mice were not induced to itch.

Sun Yangang, lead author of the research, said that he and his team planned to investigate which molecules in the Tac1-producing PAG neurons could be targeted by drugs in future studies.

“These studies will help us design new approaches or develop new drugs for the treatment of patients with chronic itching,” Sun said.

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HealthNews

FG To Disburse N56bn Basic Healthcare Fund To States

Family Planning Health Providers on Family Planning Long Lasting Reversible Contraceptive Service” in Minna on Tuesday, the fund was being supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Jibril explained that the money would be sent to the benefiting health care agencies “directly” to improve their facilities, engage more staff and also provide some basic infrastructure.

The commissioner expressed optimism that the release of the money will bring a new lease of life to the health sector in the country, adding that: “People will be able to access health care facilities with less stress and less amount.”

He decried the present situation where most people in the state had no access to health care facilities, saying to redress the situation, the state government had sponsored an executive bill that would bring about “a Peoples Health Insurance scheme” even as he added that the bill had passed the second reading in the House of Assembly.

He disclosed that the embargo placed on the employment of medical health personnel for more than 15 years had been lifted resulting in the engagement of no fewer than 500 secondary health workers by the present government.

In addition, the commissioner disclosed that the government had commenced the implementation of the special salary packages for all health workers and therefore urged the beneficiaries to be more alive to their responsibilities.

The Country Director of MARIE STOPES, Mr Effiom Nyong Effiom, in an address, said apart from the 225 providers trained, another 130 nurses from the three senatorial zones of the state were given special training on modern family planning methods.

Represented by the Regional Manager, North-central zone, Mrs Mary Okoli, said another set of master trainers were trained and given equipment to perform their assignments.

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