Carol Vorderman health: ‘I was ill, properly ill’ Countdown star’s lung disease battle

The former Countdown star was prescribed high-strength antibiotics and  given an inhaler to help her cope with the symptoms.

Carol, who appeared on the ITV show in 2016, revealed at the time: “There’s a coughing virus going around, you will have heard it. Mine got worse and worse and worse then on Saturday I had sharp chest pains so I asked to see Bob [the show’s medic].”

She continued to The Sun: “It was like breathing through bubbles. Once I got the chest pains, I thought I need something. He immediately put me on really strong antibiotics, electrolytes and glucose tablets.

“It took me two days to get over it. And by day three I felt much better. I was ill, properly ill.”

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Hair loss treatment: Mineral which keeps oil glands working properly for hair growth

In a study published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, the use of zinc in helping with zinc deficiency-related alopecia was investigated.

The study noted: “Zinc is crucial for maintaining human body homeostasis and is one of the major components of hormones, signal molecules, and enzymes.

“In order to test whether oral zinc administration can successfully improve zinc deficiency-related alopecia, we treated five patients with zinc deficiency-related telogen effluvium with oral zinc administration.

“In all patients, hair loss was cured or improved.

“The administration of zinc for zinc deficiency-related alopecia may recover appropriate activities of metalloenzymes, hedgehog signalling, and immunomodulation, all of which are required for normal control of hair growth cycle.” 

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How to brush your teeth – properly

Brushing your teeth is something you are taught how to do from a young age. You squirt a bit of toothpaste on your brush, wet the brush, and get to work on those gnashers. What if we told you there’s more to it than that? Express.co.uk spoke to Lucie Marchelot Shukla, the Co-Founder of Instant Dentist, to find out how to brush your teeth PROPERLY.

How to brush your teeth – properly

Brushing your teeth wards off gum disease and keeps your breath fresh, but that’s not all

Lucie said: “Brushing your teeth everyday allows you to clean away the thin layer of bacteria that forms over your teeth called plaque, it also contributes to stimulating the gums and removing bacteria accumulated on your tongue.

“Untreated inflamed gums and oral disease has been linked to increased health risks beyond the mouth like alzheimers, diabetes and heart disease.

“On top of being painful causing toothache and abscesses dental disease can also become expensive to treat and in some cases the damage caused is irreversible.”

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What toothbrush should you use?

There are a whole range of high-tech toothbrushes these days, but which brush is the best?

The most important things to consider are cleanliness and effectiveness.

Lucie said: “The professional recommendation is to change your manual brush or brush head if you use a powered one every 3 months.

“If you don’t, the cleaning effectiveness drops rapidly as the bristles wear down and soften.

“The increased bacterial accumulation and contamination of the head can spread gum disease causing bacteria around the mouth and cause dental health conditions to persist.”

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Electric or manual?

Electric toothbrushes can be pricey, but they are much better for your mouth and teeth.

Lucie said: “Manual toothbrushes may be effective and ideal during certain stages of post treatment maintenance or during a regime that targets your gums or other dental needs.

“Electric toothbrushes provide a much more thorough clean, and sonic toothbrushes have been proven to remove even more plaque.

“This is due to the rapid oscillations of the brush which help loosen firmly attached plaque and drive the toothpaste foam in between the teeth.

“Our dentist recommendation to the majority of their patients is to invest in one to maintain optimal oral health.”

You also need to look at bristle hardness

Lucie said: “Firmer brushes can be helpful for those with thicker gum biotypes that have very inflamed gums.

“Softer brushes can be helpful for those with thinner gum biotypes (so more prone to recession) that also have sensitive teeth.”

Pick which brush suits you, and if you don’t know then consult your dentist.

Don’t forget to choose the right toothpaste for your needs– toothpaste isn’t one size fits all.

Lucie said: “Do you have sensitive teeth? Are you worried about your enamel? Whatever your dental situation, there’s a toothpaste out there for you.

“It can be hard to decide on the right one, and often it’s easiest to grab whatever is on offer.

“By doing a little research or discussing it with your dentist, you can soon narrow your selection down to a few options that will probably suit your needs better than picking a random one.

“By choosing a toothpaste that is focused on the clinical areas you need to take care of, you can help improve sensitive teeth, restore whiteness and keep your smile healthier for longer.”



Cleaning: How to properly clean and sanitise your reusable face mask

Cleaning has never been more important than in the past few months. With new policies being introduced whereby the public must adhere to guidelines and wear a face mask or covering in certain situations, a cleaning expert has shared their best tips on how to clean a reusable face mask to make sure it stays hygienic and germ free.

Laundry expert Deyan Dimitrov, CEO of Laundryheap has shared his top tips on cleaning a reusable face mask with the Express.co.uk.

If you’re venturing out into public, whether it’s to the supermarket, work or on public transport, then you’ll need to wear a face mask.

There’s been a surge in fashion retailers offering reusable fabric face masks, and people are even making their own cloth face masks at home from socks or bandanas.

As you’ll be wearing your mask out and about, it’s important that your face mask is clean every time you wear it to avoid contamination.

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“You should do this every time you wear it, just to keep safe. It’s fine to throw it in with other similar colours, so don’t worry about washing it on its own.”

It should also be washed on a hot wash to get rid of germs.

Deyan explains that it is a wise idea to have more than one mask so while one is in the wash, you can have another one at hand.

You can also hand wash it

Deyan says: “If you don’t have the time for a machine wash in the evening, then you can easily handwash your mask. Fill up a clean basin with hot water and some detergent and begin to scrub the mask.

“Have the water as hot as you can and be sure to scrub the mask well for 5 minutes. Then rinse the mask with cold water and leave to dry completely.”

The water needs to be as hot as it can possibly be to ensure the germs and bacteria have all disappeared.

Some may suggest that washing it in the washing machine is the best option.

Store it properly when you’re not using it

The expert says: “If you take your mask off for whatever reason, make sure to store it properly until you get home to wash it. Leaving your mask loosely in your handbag could transfer germs to other items in your handbag and vice versa.

“Keep a small disposable bag inside your bag or pocket that you can keep the mask in until it’s time to wash it. If you take your mask off, don’t put it back on until after you’ve washed it.”

Make sure to dispose of the bag after using it as this could risk more germs being transferred.

Have more than two masks

Deyan says: “Having two face masks means that you will always have one spare when the other’s in the wash, so it’s worth investing in a two-pack. Many fashion retailers now sell non-surgical masks so you can easily pick some up.”

Reusable face masks are not only better for the environment but are also more economical as you won’t have to keep buying a new one.

Face coverings are now mandatory on public transport and you should also try to take the face covering off while on public transport to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.