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Expat fury as ‘increasing’ roaming phone charges risks expats being ‘disconnected’

ROAMING mobile charges in Europe were scrapped when the UK was part of the EU. However, most phone operators are reintroducing roaming charges as well as increasing phone bills. A British expat has told Express.co.uk how this post-Brexit change is massively affecting their life abroad.

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High blood pressure: Surprising sauces, condiments and flavourings increasing your reading

High blood pressure is also known as hypertension and is a major component in the risk of heart attacks or strokes. Millions of people around the world suffer with the condition with most being none the wiser as to the hidden dangers lurking in some of your favourite condiments, sauces or flavourings and how it can increase the risk of hypertension.

Parmesan cheese

When Parmesan cheese is used it’s rarely used sparingly, and because of that it easily adds a lot of unwanted calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium to one’s diet.

Parmesan cheese is high in salt with 1.7g per 100g.

It is also high in fat and should be avoided if concerned about your blood pressure reading.

Better options include feta or mozzarella.

Soy sauce

Soy sauce is high in sodium which is an essential nutrient that your body requires to function properly.

For one tablespoon of soy sauce, it contains roughly 902 mg of sodium.

This makes it high in salt, providing 38 percent of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI).

While soy sauce has a relatively high amount of protein and carbohydrates by volume, it’s not a significant source of those nutrients.

 In addition, the fermentation, ageing and pasteurisation processes result in a highly complex mix of more than 300 substances that contribute to the aroma, flavour and colour of soy sauce.

Blood Pressure UK states eating too much salt is the biggest cause of high blood pressure and an adult should eat no more than 6g of salt a day.

Most of the salt we eat every day is hidden’ which means it’s already in processed foods like bread, biscuits and breakfast cereals, and prepared ready meals or takeaways, and frozen pizzas are another surprising food people with high blood pressure should avoid.

According to the charity, this hidden salt accounts for around 75 percent of the salt we eat – only 25 percent comes from the salt we add while cooking or at the table.

Nutritionists at Healthline say, as a rule, tomato products are problematic for people with hypertension.

The site states: “Canned tomato sauces, pasta sauces, and tomato juices are all high in sodium. A 1/2 cup serving of classic marinara sauce can have more than 550mg of sodium. A cup of tomato juice comes in at 615mg.”

Author: Jessica Knibbs
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Diabetes type 2: Best breakfast ideas for increasing energy and lowering blood sugar

Type 2 diabetes originates from a dysfunction in the way the body processes the hormone insulin. One of the most important roles insulin performs in the body is regulating blood sugar – the main type of sugar a person gets from food. Not eating the right kind of food, particularly in the morning, can have dire effects on not only a person’s energy levels but also with their blood sugar levels.

Two common reasons for tiredness or have less energy are a direct result of having too high or too low blood sugar levels.

In both cases, the tiredness is the result of having an imbalance between one’s level of blood glucose and the amount or effectiveness of circulating insulin.

Many people with type 2 diabetes will describe themselves as feeling tired, lethargic or fatigued at times.

This is because tiredness is a major symptom of type 2 diabetes but also it comes down to the type of food consumed.

With breakfast meals being integral in providing a person with the right kind of energy to last the day, what are the best options?

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According to Medical News Today, the best breakfast ideas for type 2 diabetics include:

  • Smoothies
  • Oatmeal
  • Eggs
  • Healthy cereals
  • Yoghurt
  • Fruit

The key to choosing a nutritious breakfast that will keep one full and keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range can vary from person to person, notes the American Diabetes Association.

A diabetes-friendly breakfast is one that includes a combination of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats in the right proportions, which helps balance blood sugar.

A simple diabetes-friendly breakfast is a plate of eggs and avocado on whole-grain toast or a bowl of fruit and yoghurt.

For breakfast ideas which should be avoided to help keep energy levels up and blood sugars down, avoid sugary cereals, bagels with cream cheese or bacon.

Breakfast is important for people with diabetes, said Medical News Today.

The health site continued: “It enables a person to feel full and can help keep blood glucose levels stable.

“Insulin sensitivity is often higher in the morning than the evening, so an eating schedule that includes breakfast and minimises late-night eating is preferable.

“Many conventional breakfast foods are high in sugar, fat, and salt, but many tasty and varied alternatives provide healthful fibre and other nutrients.

“A person with a diagnosis of diabetes should work with their doctor or dietitian to create an effective diet plan that suits them.”

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Fatty liver disease: Dandruff could indicate your liver is failing increasing your risk

The liver is a reddish-brown, cone-shaped organ found in the upper right portion of your abdominal cavity. A healthy liver typically weighs around three pounds and is capable of holding approximately 13 percent of the body’s blood supply at different times. When the liver is failing, fatty liver disease may ensue which is a result of poor lifestyle choices including alcohol abuse. A sign your liver is deteriorating may include experiencing dandruff.

White, scaly plaques on your scalp otherwise referred to as dandruff could indicate liver problems.

In Chinese medicine, the most common cause of dandruff is “liver blood deficiency”, said acupuncturist Angela Hicks.

She added: “Blood, amongst other things, moistens the body, so ‘blood deficiency’ doesn’t mean you are anaemic but that your blood isn’t moistening your scalp sufficiently (the blood deficiency also causes psoriasis).”

Other health conditions which cause dandruff as a symptom include:

  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Psoriasis
  • EFA Need
  • Liver Congestion
  • Vitamin B6 deficiency

In most cases, fatty liver disease doesn’t cause any serious problems or prevent your liver from functioning normally, said the Cleveland Clinic.

The health site continued: “But for seven percent to 30 percent of people with the condition, fatty liver disease gets worse over time.”

It progresses through three stages:

Your liver becomes inflamed (swollen), which damages its tissue. This stage is called steatohepatitis.

Scar tissue forms where your liver is damaged. This process is called fibrosis.

Extensive scar tissue replaces healthy tissue. At this point, you have cirrhosis of the liver.


Fatty liver develops when your body produces too much fat or doesn’t metabolise fat efficiently enough.

The excess fat is stored in liver cells, where it accumulates and causes fatty liver disease.

This build-up of fat can be caused by a variety of things.

For example, drinking too much alcohol can cause alcoholic fatty liver disease. This is the first stage of alcohol-related liver disease.

In people who don’t drink a lot of alcohol, the cause of fatty liver disease is less clear.

Am I at risk?

Experts don’t know exactly why some people accumulate fat in the liver while others do not.

“Similarly, there is limited understanding of why some fatty livers develop inflammation that progresses to cirrhosis,” explains the Mayo Clinic.

NAFLD has been linked to a range of chronic disease markers, however.

These include:

Overweight or obesity

Insulin resistance, in which your cells don’t take up sugar in response to the hormone insulin

High blood sugar (hyperglycaemia), indicating prediabetes or type 2 diabetes

High levels of fats, particularly triglycerides, in the blood.

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The threat for heavy rain and flooding is increasing

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Scattered downpours and thunderstorms will return on Thursday and could lead to isolated street flooding.

An even higher chance for heavy rain and flooding starts on Friday, and extends into at least Saturday. Rainfall totals during the next 7 days will range between 4 to 8 inches for most areas with isolated spots getting over 10.

How much rain has your part of town received so far? Harris County provides rainfall totals across the city with a map from the Flood Warning System.

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On what day is heavy rain and street flooding the biggest threat?
At this time, Saturday appears to be the wettest day. These will be slow moving storms with high rain rates so watch out for significant street flooding.

It sure has been raining a lot, hasn’t it?
Yes it has! We saw over 11 inches of rain in May at IAH. That accounts for more than half our rainfall total on the year.

Will the rain chances continue into next week?
Yes. There’s now a 60% chance for rain in the forecast Monday through Wednesday. We should finally dry out late next week.

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'Work to do': Area won't get to Stage 2 in April, transmission may be increasing in Travis County

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The hope of making it down to Stage 2 of COVID-19 risk levels by mid-April is dwindling, and now it appears the area could reach that stage after the first week of May, health officials said Friday.

While data shows the spread of COVID-19 infection is trending downward, it’s doing so at a slower pace than previously modeled by the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Public Health Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said.

Escott reiterated what he said on Tuesday when he updated local leaders at the joint session with the Austin City Council and Travis County Commissioners Court. He said he’ll keep an eye on data points like the rolling average of new hospitalizations and active cases, both of which have hit a bit of a plateau lately[2]. The current rolling average of new hospitalizations is 20, a small uptick from what it was April 1 at 16 but firmly inside Stage 3 risk levels.

“We’ve got more work to do,” Escott said. “We’re seeing plateauing of projections, and as of today, enter to Stage 2 is off the projections through the first week of May. We need to make everyone has access to vaccines.”

The models by UT, Escott said, show there’s an increasing chance transmission is on the upswing as evidenced by the plateaus. That means people in the area need to keep wearing a mask, social distance and practice good hygiene.

APH will open up vaccine appointments to all adults 18 and older on Monday, and while Escott said that’s a great thing, some people question whether the APH website can handle another surge of people try to sign up for appointments that fill quickly.

“We monitor how quickly the appointments are filled, we’ve done that the entire time,” APH Director Stephanie Hayden-Howard said. “We’ve had conversations with providers across Travis County, and also in neighboring counties, and they’re receiving vaccines. With that knowledge, we decided to make that change.”

Escott added that it’s important that frontline workers, like restaurant and bar workers along with construction workers, have access to a vaccine.

“Those individuals are at highest risk to transmit disease and to be exposed because of the nature of their work,” he said. “We need to make sure we get to those workers more efficiently.”

When will kids be able to get a vaccine?

APH Assistant Director Cassandra DeLeon said, like everyone, APH is watching the clinical trials that vaccine manufacturers are currently doing on use for children, and the agency will be a provider for the vaccines once they become approved.

“Once it comes online for children, we will work to continue to ensure that those that are eligible will have access,” DeLeon said.

Escott said it’s “a mistake” for schools to start to remove protections, like masking. Janet Pichette, APH’s chief epidemiologist, said more clusters are happening in schools, and most of them are related to athletics.

Escott said schools need to “maintain vigilance” until a vaccine is available for kids.

“The risk for children is not going to go away,” he said. “The population of teenagers and children are almost completely unvaccinated. As community risk goes down, as adults are vaccinated and we start to relax things at some stage in terms of that population, we have to maintain the vigilance for our children.”

He said Israel had that scenario happen. That country has 60% of its adult population vaccinated, then it saw a surge in cases among young people. He said he doesn’t want that to happen here.

Escott said in the next month or two, the expectation is a vaccine should be approved for kids aged 12-16, which will fill the gap of middle and high school students. He hopes school districts have a plan to encourage student-athletes to get the vaccine and increase access to it to make it easier for them to get it. That’s the population in school-aged children who are spreading infection the most.

On Tuesday, Escott mentioned that school districts could start to plan for graduations at the end of May. He said the trends are there and that if masking, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings are continued, “things are looking pretty good,” he said.

“If we continue these protections and ride the trend down while we ramp up vaccinations, things could look very good for graduations at the end of May,” he said.

Big declines in length of hospital stays, deaths

Escott said there have been “significant improvements” on a couple of different fronts — one of them being a decrease in the length of hospital stays of 95% of COVID-19 patients. He said there’s a 40% reduction in length of stays across age groups, ranging from 25-26 days prior to March of this year to 15-16 days afterward.

He also said there has been a big reduction of deaths in COVID-19 patients. In patients aged 65 and older, there’s a 63% decrease in deaths prior to March and a 44% decrease in patients aged 50-64. Escott said vaccines, antibody therapy and other factors have helped contribute to the decreases.

“This is part of what we expected to see,” he said, “that those therapeutics and the significant introduction of vaccines in our community, that it was going to impact the severity, in particularly the mortality, associated with COVID-19.”

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Russia eyes quadrupling production of alexandrite & increasing its emeralds output by 20%

Production of emeralds in Russia is expected to grow by 20% in 2021, according to RT-Capital, a subsidiary of Russian state-controlled corporation Rostec, which operates the country’s only emerald placer mine.

The outlook comes after a 10% drop recorded last year, when output amounted to a modest 150 kilograms.The company is also planning to raise fourfold the output of alexandrite, the world’s rarest gem, chief executive Kirill Fedorov said, as cited by TASS.

“Last year was one of the most difficult for the Mariinsky mine,” Fedorov said, adding that the company saw an 80% drop in sales, while exports were completely halted.
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“In the second half of 2020, we saw a resurgence in demand for stones such as emerald and alexandrite. This year we plan to increase the production of emeralds by 30 kilograms,” he added.

The top manager also said that the company mined just a kilogram of alexandrite in 2020.

“This is the world’s rarest precious stone, with annual production of alexandrite across the world commonly reaching just 40 kilograms,” Fedorov said.

He added the world’s leading miner of alexandrite is Brazil, with the share of output of 93%, while Russia is ranked second with a share of four percent.
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“We are planning to mine four kilograms of alexandrite in 2021,” the CEO said.

According to Fedorov, prices for emeralds and alexandrite have increased by about six percent since the drastic crash during the Covid-29 pandemic. Prices for both have reportedly grown by up to 30% since 2018.

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Fatty liver disease: Alcoholic drinks to avoid which are increasing your risk of condition

When it comes to the worst culprits for alcoholic beverages and fatty liver disease, Hussain said: “Many people believe that beer is a milder drink due to its lower alcohol content in comparison to spirits.

“However, beer is very high in calories and people will often drink more than two pints in one sitting, meaning that their alcoholic and caloric intake is quite high.

“Opting for a lighter beer can make a difference to the calorie count, but that should not be an excuse to drink twice as much as you normally would.

“Pina coladas are the worst alcoholic drinks for your body.

“Containing rum, coconut cream and coconut milk, a pina colada can add up to more calories than a hamburger.

“The pineapple juice contained in a pina colada also adds to the sugar count.

Statins side effects: Drug use could increase blood sugars increasing risk of diabetes

In another study published in Cardiovascular Diabetology, the effects of statin use on fasting glucose in non-diabetic individuals was analysed alongside which statins affect a person’s fasting glucose the most.

The study noted: “More adherent and intensive use of statins was significantly associated with an increase in fasting glucose of non-diabetic individuals. In subgroup analysis of individual statins, use of atorvastatin, rosuvastatin, pitavastatin and simvastatin had significant association with increase in fasting glucose.

Pravastatin, lovastatin, and fluvastatin had non-significant trend toward an increased fasting glucose.

“Our findings suggest the medication class effect of statins inducing hyperglycemia.”