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Eight oils that can heal your body
Using an adequate amount of the right kinds of fats and oils can play a pivotal role in slowing down the ageing of your body.
 
Good fats provide the body with fuel alongside the feeling of fullness. These can also stimulate fat burning.
 
Studies show the value of supplementing our diet with additional essential fats to prevent and treat a broad spectrum of diseases. 
 
Distinguishing good fats from bad fats can be tricky, so here are the top eight healthy fats and oils, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
 
* Coconut Oil: It has rightly earned the title of a 'superfood' and it is consumed in large amounts by some of the healthiest populations around the world. It is also brilliant for those looking to lose or maintain their weight. The fatty acids in coconut oil have been shown to speed up overall metabolism, helping people expend more energy compared with long-chain fats. 
 
It can also help with neurological disorders and can significantly benefit common skin issues. It also helps in reducing scars and marks on the body.
 
* Borage Oil: Borage seed oil has one of the highest amounts of linolenic acid and is widely used as an anti-inflammatory support for a number of conditions including eczema, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. It can be hard to track down, so try taking it in supplement format.
 
* Hemp Seed Oil: Hemp oil or hempseed oil is obtained by pressing hemp seeds. It is named to be nature's perfect food due to its balanced concentrations of Omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9. Studies have shown it can help support heart health and promote proper cardiovascular function. It has a beneficial effect on hair, skin and nails, with people who regularly use and consume hemp oil reporting thicker and shinier hair, softer skin and stronger nails.
 
* Flax Seed Oil: This oil contains the highest concentration of Omega 3 fatty acids and the right amount of consumption has been shown to improve cardiovascular health as well as exhibiting chemo-preventative effects against colon tumour developments.
 
* Pumpkin Seed Oil: A great one for both men and women, research has found that it can significantly help improve prostate health due to its richness in zinc, and also help women with menopause as it can decrease blood pressure, hot flushes, headaches and other menopausal symptoms.
 
* Avocado Oil: This is known for its skin-boosting effects. In addition to its nourishing, moisturising and protective fats, it also contains significant levels of antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, which help keep skin supple and smooth.
 
* Omega 3 Fish Oil: Arguably the best type of fat, the fats produced by oily fish contain the highest concentrations of Omega 3 fatty acids which is proven to make a positive difference to heart and brain health as well as improving the skeletal system. 
 
* Olive Oil: It is an integral part of the traditional 'Mediterranean Diet' which is associated with vitality, longevity and low incidence of chronic disease. Olive oil is prized for its health-promoting properties and is particularly helpful in promoting optimal cardiovascular function, maintaining good blood flow and bettering cognitive function.

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Common bacteria becoming antibiotic-resistant superbugs
Antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria frequently implicated in respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings could easily spread from one geographic region to another, shows a new study led by an Indian-origin scientist.
 
The study published online in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases showed that two genes that confer resistance against a particularly strong class of antibiotics can be shared easily among a family of bacteria.
 
"I do not think it is overstating the case to say that for certain types of infections, we may be looking at the start of the post-antibiotic era, a time when most of the antibiotics we rely on to treat bacterial infections are no longer effective," said senior author Gautam Dantas, associate professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
 
The researchers studied a family of bacteria called Enterobacteriaceae, which includes E. coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Enterobacter.
 
Drug-resistant germs in this family of bacteria recently infected several patients at two Los Angeles hospitals.
 
The infections have been linked to medical scopes believed to have been contaminated with bacteria that can resist carbapenems, potent antibiotics that are supposed to be used only in gravely ill patients or those infected by resistant bacteria.
 
Two genes are primarily responsible for carbapenem-resistant versions of these disease-causing bacteria.
 
One gene, KPC, was detected in New York in 2001 and quickly spread around most of the world, with the exception of India, Pakistan and other South Asian countries.
 
A second carbapenem resistance gene, NDM-1, was identified in 2006 in New Delhi, India.
 
Dantas and his collaborators were curious about why the two resistance genes seemed to be geographically exclusive.
 
For the study, they compared the genomes of carbapenem-resistant bacteria isolated in the United States with those of carbapenem-resistant bacteria isolated in Pakistan.
 
The researchers found that bacteria from the two regions were not genetically different.
 
The bacteria's high genetic similarity suggests that the antibiotic resistance genes could be shared easily between bacteria from the two geographic regions, they noted.

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Vadra land deals: BJP sees massive scam; Khemka feels 'vindicated'
A day after the CAG blamed Haryana's previous Congress government for showering favours on party chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, who made millions in controversial land deals, the BJP, which now rules the state, claimed a "massive scam" during the nearly 10-year tenure of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government.
 
Bureaucrat Ashok Khemka, who had questioned a land deal of Vadra, said the report "vindicated" his action but did not go deep enough, while the Congress defended the former Hooda government, saying all decisions were in accordance with the law. 
 
"The public was always convinced there was a massive scam in Haryana," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao said on Thursday.
 
"It just confirms the allegations that were being made... Vadra's company was extended undue favours and he made massive gains by misusing the authorities," Rao told IANS.
 
"The Congress government had bent all rules allowing them to make windfall gains. Action will be taken by the state government, the report (of CAG) has already been tabled," he said.
 
Senior IAS officer Khemka, who was embroiled in controversy over Vadra's land deals, on Thursday tweeted: "My action in VADRA-DLF land-licence deal vindicated in CAG report, but continue to suffer the stigma of chargesheet."
 
He, however, noted there were more issues to be probed yet. "Many issues untouched in the CAG report. Cycle of corruption involved the triad - business, politics and bureaucracy," he said in another tweet.
 
The Congress on Thursday dismissed the CAG rap, claiming its government performed "purely in accordance with the law" in the land deal.
 
Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a statement that the state's principal accountant general (PAG) neither indicted the Hooda government nor Vadra or his company for any violation of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975, or any rules or policy.
 
"There is no such finding of wrongdoing as is being sought to be alleged and projected unfairly and incorrectly," he said. 
 
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report, tabled in the Haryana assembly on the last day of the budget session which ended on Wednesday, blamed the Hooda government for showing undue favours to Vadra.
 
Vadra's company, Skylight Hospitality, sold a prime 3.5 acre plot in Manesar, Gurgaon, to DLF in 2008 for Rs.58 crore. The land had cost his company only around Rs.15 crore and was sold to DLF after obtaining change of land use (CLU) and other permissions from the Hooda government.
 
Vadra did not share the Rs.43 crore profits with the state town and country planning department, the CAG report said.
 
The report said the "possibility of extending undue benefit to particular applicant (Vadra's company) cannot be ruled out." It also questioned the "distinction" made by the Hooda government for Vadra's company in giving permissions.
 
Khemka had ordered the scrapping of the land deal then, saying that it was illegal and alleging that Vadra's land deals caused loss of crores of rupees to the state. He also ordered a probe.
 
Later, KJhemka was transferred and served a charge sheet for his actions by the Hooda government, which gave Vadra a "clean chit".
 
"Real culprits sit in judgment over me. My pain and suffering may help to detox and cleanse the body politic," tweeted Khemka, who is now the secretary and commissioner of Haryana's transport department, without naming anyone.
 
The CAG has indicated that the Hooda government had obliged Vadra with quick sanction of the permissions required. Some other companies being favoured also figured in the CAG report.
 
The controversy became a national issue with opposition parties alleging that the then Congress government was doing everything to help Vadra in his land deals in the National Capital Region and areas around Delhi.

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