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Symptoms for Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)

Hay fever is well known as seasonal allergic rhinitis. The symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes. The condition affects 20% of adults in the UK and seems to become more common in the children.

 

About Hay Fever

If you’re allergic to pollen from grasses, weeds or trees, moulds carried in the air, during the spring and summer it means that you’re prone to hay fever.

These plants and moulds produce allergens – substances that can cause an allergic reaction. When your body’s immune system reacts to an allergen, for example pollen, an allergic reaction happens, because it mistakes for a virus kind of invader. The result of your immune system overreacting to pollen allergens leads to hay fever, that are airborne during spring and summer and which are less harmful to most people. 

The tendency to develop hay fever (allergic rhinitis), food allergy and eczema which are related allergic conditions, seems to run in families. This is called atopy. This means antibodies are produced in response to allergens in allergic people, while it’s not in non-allergic people.

 

Symptoms of Hay Fever

One can have one or more of the following as a range of symptoms. These include

  • Sneezing
  • A blocked or runny nose (rhinitis)
  • Itchy nose, mouth, eyes, throat, skin, or any area
  • Headaches
  • Problems with smell
  • Tearing eyes
  • Sinus pressure and facial pain
  • Swollen, blue-colored skin under the eyes (allergic shiners)

Symptoms that sometime develop later include:

  • Stuffy nose (nasal congestion)
  • Coughing
  • Clogged ears and decreased sense of smell
  • Sore throat
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Puffiness under the eyes
  • Fatigue and irritability
  • Memory problems and slowed thinking
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Postnasal drip

Other common physical symptoms (part of Late-Phase Symptoms) include a decreased sense of smell or taste, plugged ears, sinus headache, postnasal drip or some combination.

 

symptoms_for_hay_fever An allergic reaction may produce the same symptoms in response to harmless substances like dust, dander or pollen, just as to harmful substances such as bacteria, viruses and toxins by producing symptoms like runny nose and congestion, post-nasal drip and sore-throat, and itchy ears and eyes. The sensitized immune system produces antibodies which cause chemicals called histamines to be released into the bloodstream, causing itching, swelling of affected tissues, mucus production, hives, rashes, and other symptoms. Symptoms vary in severity from person to person.

 

Diagram :  Symptoms for Hay Fever         Source

 

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If you’re a very good cook, you often slice, chop, soften and cube several kilograms of chopped vegetables in hand. You often end up with many spoils of onions, peppers, carrots, zucchini and leeks etc. You might be thinking of what to do with these spoils? These spoils can be made way for frittatas. These frittatas which are flat omelets, can be eaten hot or cold and pack well in a lunchbox, which are perfect destination for all types of vegetables.

Even if you’re not a egg eater, you should re-consider your taste and thinking. Saturated fat in the diet might be of danger, but how big, is a matter of dispute? The government’s new dietary guidelines also suggest that eating an egg a day does not affect blood cholesterol or cardiovascular health.

Healthier cage-free chicken produced yellow eggs are more flavorful, and your frittatas would be good using them.

Onion and Thyme Frittata

This type of flat omelet is used by agricultural workers for midmorning repast. The French named it as “harvest omelet”.

The ingredients and preparation can be found from this link here:

Recipes for Health: A Better Way to Serve Eggs

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Optimum Preparation

In Mediterranean countries they’re served at room temperatures which make them perfect go-ahead dishes. They can be kept in the refrigerator for a few days and make a terrific lunchbox food.

Nutritional Information

    • 191 calories;
    • 3 grams saturated fat;
    • 2 grams polyunsaturated fat;
    • 7 grams monounsaturated fat;
    • 248 milligrams cholesterol;
    • 9 grams carbohydrates;
    • 1 gram dietary fiber;
    • 101 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste);
    • 10 grams protein

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2012 Honda Civic Photos : Pictures from Official Site

As noted in an earlier review, the new 2012 Honda Civic will be available from this spring. The below are some of the 2012 Honda Civic pictures from the official Honda site.

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Source: http://automobiles.honda.com/future-cars/

Also, there are some 2012 Honda Civic spy shots of Si Coupe.

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Source : www.caranddriver.com

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2012 Honda Civic Car : Review of Specs

The new 2012 Honda Civic ranks 2 out of 33 affordable small cars. The ranking is based on usnews analysis of 83 published reviews and test drives of the Honda Civic. Coming to dealers this spring as  a 2012 model, Concept cars and spy photos couldn’t prepare caranddriver for the stunning euphemism of the ninth-generation Honda Civic. The company sold over 260,000 Civics in 2010, and the new models are guaranteed shopper favorites, despite the sedate looks.

The new 2012 Honda Civic hybrid will come equipped with a 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine and for the initial time will utilize lithium-ion batteries. The new hybrid is expected to return at least 45 mpg highway, while the HF variant should exceed the 40 mpg plus mark that keeps getting boasted amongst the Civic’s contention like the Hyundai Elantra and Cruze ECO.

It was also declared that the Civic Si will drop the old 2.0 litre screamer and now will use the more traceable 2.4 liter 200 hp/170-lb. feet of torque 4-cylinder from the Acura TSX.

Civic and Civic HF Sedan and Coupe Specifications

  • 140 horsepower, 1.8-liter i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed automatic transmission
  • EPA-estimated Civic HF highway fuel economy: 41 mpg
  • EPA-estimated Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe highway fuel economy: 39 mpg

Civic Hybrid Specifications

  • 110 horsepower, 1.5-liter i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder engine (combined gasoline + electric)
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • EPA-estimated Civic Hybrid city/highway combined fuel economy: 45 mpg

Civic Si Specifications

  • 2.4 liter 200 horsepower /170 lb-ft i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • EPA-estimated Civic Si highway fuel economy: 31 mpg

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2012 Honda Civic Car

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2012 Honda Civic Sedan

Both the new Civic HF and the 2012 Civic Hybrid are predicted to have “aerodynamic components for improved efficiency”, according to Honda. Honda also plans a 3rd green Civic, the GX natural-gas vehicle (NGV) model. The 2012 Honda Civic will come up with a 1.8-liter 4, unlike other makers (specifically Chevrolet) who use direct injection and turbocharging to deliver the same performance from smaller engines: just 1.4 liters in the 2011 Chevy Cruze.

Specifications for different Honda Civic 2011 cars can be seen below:

  1. Civic Coupe
  2. Civic GX NGV
  3. Civic Hybrid Sedan
  4. Civic Sedan
  5. Civic Si Coupe
  6. Civic Si Sedan

 

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Ford Fiesta 2011 Specifications: A review

According to the rankings and reviews of usnews, the 2011 Ford Fiesta ranks 1 out 33 affordable small cars. The ranking is based on the analysis of 25 published reviews and test drives of the Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta gets high marks from almost every reviewer because it offers: a fun driving experience and a comfortable, upscale cabin. The Fiesta’s features are rarely seen among Small/Subcompact Cars, from available heated seats to Ford’s SYNC to an airbag for the driver’s knees. The thing that seals the deal is the Fiesta’s hybrid-like fuel economy. Ford says it should get 30 miles/gallon in the city and 40 miles/gallon on the highway.

2011 Ford Fiesta comes in an array of colors. They range from Tuxedo Black and Oxford White to the quirky Lime Squeeze, Yellow Blaze and Red Candy. The Fiesta is available as a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback. Four trims are available: the base S, SE, SEL and SES. The base Fiesta S starts at $13, 320, while the SES trim starts at $17, 120.

 

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The Ford Fiesta 2011 specs can be seen at the official Ford page – here

According the usnews, the benchmarks for the car are as follows:

  • Fiesta Performance – 9.4 (Excellent)
  • Fiesta Exterior – 8.4 (Very Good)
  • Fiesta Interior – 8.9 (Very Good)
  • Fiesta Safety – 9.6 (Excellent)
  • Fiesta Reliability – NA.

Fun, with fuel efficiency:

Fiesta’s flowing graven hood covers a 1.6-litre DOHC I-4 engine with 120 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and 112 ft.-lb. of torque at 5,000 rpm. Spirited performance and fuel efficiency are signature attributes, with Fiesta delivering projected best-in-class highway fuel economy of up to 40 mpg.
Fiesta’s advanced 1.6-litre engine features Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) allowing it to be downsized for fuel economy while continuously optimizing camshaft phasing for throttle response, performance and flexibility.

Strength, safety, quality and quiet

More than 50 % of Fiesta’s welded body structure is made from high-strength steel, with ultra-strong boron steel used in several critical areas. This rigid body shell contributes to Fiesta’s confident road-holding, best-in-class occupant safety and quiet composure. Standard equipment includes seven air bags, among them a segment-exclusive knee bag for the driver. Ventilated front disc brakes are standard. But rear brakes are the traditional drum variety. Electronic stability and traction control are standard.

Power steering conserves fuel

For confidence-inspiring on-road dynamics, Fiesta features Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS), which reduces complexity while saving weight and fuel. This advanced system is speed-sensitive – providing optimized assist based on speed, cornering forces and acceleration or deceleration.

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Working against Nature: Overcoming Maya!

The word “Maya” generally used in the Hindu scriptures or literature, has a very different meaning compared to the literary meaning many people understand. In general, it is misunderstood to denote illusion, or delusion, or some such kind of thing. But the concept of Maya is one of the pillars of Vedanta and is therefore very much necessary to understand it correctly. The word Maya in the oldest sense is understood to be something like magic.

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What is Maya?

We all know that, one day we’re gong to die. Death is the end of everything. It is the end of beauty, life, wealth, power, virtue etc. Saints die, sinners die, kings die and beggars too. Though everything dies at the end, we still cling to life. We cannot give it up. And this is Maya.

The mother cares for the child with great care; all her life and soul, is in that child. The child grows up into a man, perhaps into a wealthy man and a brute, kicks and beats her everyday. But still, the mother clings to the child thinking that something got hold of her nerves, which she cannot escape from; she covers it up with the idea of love. But, she cannot shake of the bondage she is in. And this is Maya.

In reality, everyone is after the treasure of gold, thinking, one day it’ll be his. Every man knows his chance is one in twenty millions, but everyone struggles for it. And this is Maya.

“Everyday people die, but men still think they’ll never die.” And this is Maya.

Animals live upon plants, men upon animals, strong upon the weak. This is going on everywhere and this is Maya. The descendants of the human beings are happy today, but why must be there suffering now? There is no solution. This is Maya.

Thus we find that Maya is not a theory, but simply a statement of facts as they exist. The very basis of our being is contradiction and we have to move through these contradictions. For eg. wherever there is good, there must also be evil and vice versa.

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What is Our Nature?

We work with patience. What for? Why should we work? The modern agnostics know there is no solution to this problem and so we should be satisfied and enjoy life. What do you mean by life? Is it mere senses? But no one agrees to that and life means something more than that. Our feeling, thoughts and aspirations is all part of our parcel of life and is not the struggle towards the great ideal, towards perfection, which we call life? The doubtful person takes this life minus ideal components, which he says cannot be reached and therefore we must give up our search for perfection. This is what is called Maya, this nature, this universe.

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Therefore, the Maya is everywhere. Yet we’ve to work through it. The man who says that he’ll work when everything has become good then he’ll enjoy bliss, is like saying “I’ll cross the river when all the water has run into the ocean”. The way with Maya, is not with it, but against it. For example, Nature tells us to live in forests, but man says he’ll fight with nature and builds a house. The whole history of humanity is a continuous fight against laws of nature and man gains in the end. Coming to the internal world, it is the fight between the animal man and the spiritual man. The idea of a Personal God, is not the end of these Vedantic ideas, but only a beginning. He comes to know, that he, who was standing outside all this time, is he himself and is in reality, the Ruler of Maya himself.

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Why are we created like this?

It is a wonder when we think of the result of God’s creation! Why should we human beings develop into a perfect creature with working hands, heart, skin, mind etc. But sooner we get a doubt, when we think of Darwin’s theory, that we are not created directly, but by trial and error. We all know that our creation started, with our ancestors being apes and slowly developed into the present state. God could have directly created human beings perfectly, just like the present selves with good hands, mind and body. But he chose to start the creation, as to our present understanding, with single-cell organisms and slowly develop into more mature forms. Or, is this theory wrong? Are we created directly from the hands of god? Christianity says, human beings are created from Adam and Eve. Other religions have their own say, regarding creation;

Anyhow, however may be the creation, we are existing with a good body, mind and soul. That is the truth! Why should we develop a heart which pumps and circulates blood, so that we can remain normal? Why should we be beautiful with two ears, two eyes, nose, tongue, mouth etc. We could have been created with 5 noses,  11 ears, and 10 legs.. But HE chose to create or we developed into this way only? Why? There is no answer! Just we have to be awestruck with his genius creation or our development. Did god just create us and man himself slowly developed into the present being, or is it all the creation of the MASTERMIND? Not sure!

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Let us all hope, that the genius of god continues in the same way as it happened till now. I agree when one says, there are diseases, handicapped persons, etc which are also the same creation or development of god. That is a minute thing to think about, when we think of the huge number of healthy persons he created or developed. May be that’s also part of trial and error of God’s creation!  So just once in a while of your life, just think about God’s in-genuine creation and his creative abilities!

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