3 Eczema Treatment Options

About 3.5% of the world’s population suffers from some form of the skin condition known as eczema. Eczema is a general term that describes skin inflammations categorized as different dermatitis’s. Living with this skin condition can be itchy, uncomfortable and expensive. Below are some steps you can take that will help to alleviate the symptoms associated with this disease. Read more

5 Psoriasis Diet Tips

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that affects roughly, 7.5 million Americans and is characterized by dry, itchy patches or plaques on the skin where skin cells have built up. While there is no known cause or cure for the disease, there have been several factors or triggers linked to outbreaks or worsening of flares.

Many people have reported certain foods as both triggering and alleviating to their psoriasis symptoms. Several diets including: raw food, gluten free, anti-inflammatory, low fat and dairy free diets have been implemented within the psoriasis community with have reported varied results. Let’s take a look at some of these diets and foods below:

Gluten Free Diet 

Over the last decade or so, you may have noticed a trending diet known as, going gluten free. This isn’t some fad way of eating for most. People that eliminate gluten from their diets are typically gluten intolerant and are suffering from celiac disease. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

While there is no definitive research from the medical community supporting that going gluten free will help psoriasis, there has been several reported cases of it doing so. It may benefit you to try going gluten free for a few months and document what, if any changes you have noticed with your flare-ups and symptoms.

Eliminating Dairy 

High-fat dairy products have been attributed as contributing to inflammation, so it would make sense that by cutting high inflammatory foods from your diet, it may help to reduce psoriasis symptoms. Psoriasis is after all, a disease of inflammation. If eliminating dairy completely is not something you are committed to doing, try replacing high fat dairy products such as whole milk with lower fat alternatives. Feast on lower fat cheeses and yogurts packed with probiotics and live cultures.

Fatty Red Meats 

There has not been a link determined between consuming fatty, red meats and psoriasis. However, overindulgence in red meats has been linked to cardiovascular (heart) disease and patient’s who suffer from psoriasis are at a higher risk of developing heart conditions. Limit your red meat intake and replace them with leaner cuts, chicken breast and fish.

Fatty Fishes 

Fatty fishes are packed with omega-3 acids that have been reported to reduce inflammation. Fatty fishes include: albacore tuna, mackerel, lake trout, herring and salmon and should be consumed at least twice a week. If you are not a seafood person, talk to your doctor about substituting an omega-3 fish oil supplement in place of fatty fish dietary recommendations.

Raw Food Diet

The idea behind the raw food diet is that is packed with raw fruits and vegetables. It would make sense that this diet would help alleviate psoriasis symptoms because many fruits and veggies contain a skin healthy vitamin, otherwise known as vitamin A. Good choices for vitamin A consumption are: cantaloupe,  watermelon, tomatoes, mango and carrots.

Leafy greens are another skin and heart friendly food with this diet. Leafy greens tend to be packed with iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. They also have vitamins C,E, K and B. A diet filled with leafy greens is essential for heart healthy options and again makes this a diet beneficial to psoriasis sufferers.

While there is no definitive diet for psoriasis patients to follow to ensure complete treatment and prevention, these food choices and dietary restrictions are worth implementing to see if you are one of many, who claim to have experienced improvement of their condition by adhering to them.

Taking animal sculpture to the extreme: bad dog!

One of the joys of contemporary art is its ability to push the boundaries until they almost, but not quite, topple over. Such gentle agitating may not be intentional, but regardless, it creates a (hopefully neutral and safe) space for dialogue; a place where various opinions on the value, or taste, of a piece of art can be discussed safely.

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Art as political statement

Californian artist Richard Jackson, well known for his offbeat humour, definitely filled the brief with his 2013 piece titled ‘Bad Dog.’ This huge, (24+ x 33 foot), temporary sculpture featured a vastly oversized Labrador puppy, with its leg cocked against a wall of the Orange County Museum of Art.

As an added twist, the pup periodically ‘peed’ yellow paint against the building’s wall in a move said to represent resistance to the traditional elitist ownership of art, while also justifying the reasoning behind the title awarded to the piece.

What ‘Bad Dog’ could do for the art world

There’s little doubt that pieces like this attract attention, often creating an audience of art appreciation novices who can connect for the first time through the humour and down to earth approach Jackson has provided. The sculpture also introduces a rarely seen relationship between art and technology. Not only were the 50+ fiberglass pieces digitally cut out, a pump inside the dog produces the yellow paint which masquerades as urine. Jackson has a fondness for combining mechanics and his exhibition items, with several others featuring in the exhibition inside.

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The love-love relationship between animals and art

There’s little doubt that using an animal in any form of artwork is going to rack up several dozen bonus points from the get-go. Nations of animal lovers can’t get enough of them, whether through the appreciation of paintings, artwork, models and the like, or by commissioning a piece featuring their own treasured pet. Wildlife bronze sculptures created by artists such as are also consistently popular, as gifts or home décor pieces.

Bad Dog may have only been a temporary guest at the art museum, but there’s little doubt that his presence will be remembered for a very long time. As for the yellow paint – it is not known if that left a permanent reminder that even good dogs can be bad sometimes!

Key web design terms and definitions

There are many terms used widely within website design, but they aren’t always common knowledge amongst those outside the design industry. To help ensure projects run that little bit smoother, here is a selection of key design terms and their definitions.

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Describing the action of colour fading, gradients can be used to place images seamlessly within the overall landscape of a design, add visual interest, draw attention to particular areas, and serve as an important tool for ensuring pages have enough space to present key pieces of information.

Negative space

If your website was packed full of images and copy it would look visually confusing and be difficult to navigate. Negative space refers to a design’s empty spaces and ensures that each element is visible within an overall design that isn’t distracting or overwhelming. Many professional teams specialising in web design in Peterborough will say that successful use of negative space is integral to every great website.

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Header tags

Used to establish a hierarchy within paragraphs of text, an H1 tag will be applied to a title, with subsequent H2, H3, H4 tags signifying subtitles. This useful piece of code allows developers and SEO experts to easily see which pieces of content are the most important. This crossover between design and SEO makes it important to choose a team with a comprehensive set of skills, such as those that can be seen here


A call-to-action is a common term used to refer to a prompt urging your audience to download an ebook, follow your business on social media, sign up to your newsletter, or some other measurable action. This econsultancy article highlights some of the most effective and useful examples of CTAs.


Your website’s navigation menu is a hub that will typically run along the top or down the side of your design, and is where users will go to access important pages. Containing links to pages that will tell your audience who you are, what you specialise in and how to contact you, ensuring your navigation works seamlessly and accurately directs your audience to information they’re looking for is vital.


These files successfully utilise compression without compromising on the overall quality of the image. Typically used for photographs, JPEGs load much faster than other file types ensuring that a website runs smoothly and efficiently.

Gong Show revived by US TV

In an age where TV talent shows like American Idol, The Voice, and The X-Factor are devoured by audiences constantly hungry for more, it’s no surprise that the American network ABC are happy to deliver just that.

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The twist is that they aren’t planning some shiny new show with fancy side effects and huge expectations – instead the new kid on the block is actually a revival of the long time favourite, the Gong Show.


Hold on for a second surprise – the producers wanted to hire a comedian to host it, and chose the very British Mike Myers, perhaps best remembered for his role as Austin Powers in the saucy Bond-spoof movies set in the 1960s.

In typical comedic approach, the host will only ever be introduced as or referred to as Tommy Maitland. So Myers will host the show under this assumed name, playing a character created especially for this role. Confused yet? Perhaps you need to read the very extensive and impressively comprehensive fake bio which Maitland has had created for him, which, ironically, includes a stint spent working the comedy circuits.

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Back to basics

It’s not clear right now exactly what format the new version of the show will adopt, but it seems unlikely that the key features that made the Gong Show so special would be abandoned. The very fact that those putting themselves into the public eye will range from the uber talented to the painfully bad is exactly what makes the public love these shows so much – Quite frankly, we enjoy watching the people who are completely talentless as much as those who are born to be stars!

All the right ingredients

So there will be a random mix of contestants, a panel of celebrity judges, and the chance of those sharing a talent being ‘gonged’ off at any point. Overall it is the perfect mix for twenty-first century TV. Perhaps future plans to offer the show to the UK will be proposed, opening the door for budding talent from karaoke evenings, stage schools or circuits such as with a chance at fame!

Quite what the US audience will make of this is unknown, but here’s hoping the unusual combination of a British comedian (pretending to be someone else), iconic celebs and quirky contestants takes off.

Why ‘modern retro’ is the latest web design trend

Many trends are cyclical, whether in the worlds of fashion or web design. And at the moment many people may have noticed a rise in the number of sites which embrace archaic aesthetic touches to great effect.

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So called ‘modern retro’ may only reference styles which first came into existence 20 or 30 years ago, but the rapid rate of cultural change spurred on by the internet means that something can become ‘vintage’ far quicker than in the past.

The basics

There is no single defining feature of modern retro web design, rather it is made up of a number of loosely associated elements which are ultimately intended to instil a sense of nostalgia in visitors, especially if they remember the styles from the first time around.

Anything from the early 1970s to the late 1990s is fair game, with classic video games consoles and arcade machines being a particularly common touchstone for this style. Indirect references to popular franchises, whether in the form of evocative images or even stylised interface elements, can be seen in many instances.

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The tropes

So what are some of the things to look out for when seeking out modern retro sites and what tropes should you harness if you want to jump on the bandwagon?

Firstly, pixel art is a sure fire sign that a site is combining the retro with the contemporary. Flat design is also an important aspect of this movement and has even made its mark on entire operating systems, such as the last few years of Apple’s iOS.

Designs which use geometric shapes, sharp lines and isometric interfaces are also in vogue at the moment, which has the potential to improve page load speed, especially on mobile devices which are now most commonly used for browsing –

Getting a grip on the world of modern retro web design might be tricky if you are not an expert. Luckily you can get assistance from agencies like, which provides web design in North Wales, to overcome any complications.

Be aware that trends like this will not stick around forever, but if you want to see the biggest impact then it is sensible to strike while the iron is hot and change your site design regularly to ensure that visitors are willing to come back for more.

Tips for a Safe Road Trip over the Holidays

The holidays are always a great time to bond with family and friends. With the numerous free days that will be available, it is no surprise why many choose to spend the holidays out of town. Through this, they can reunite with friends and family they may have not seen over the year.

If you are considering going on a road trip to an out of town destination for the holidays, the best way you can do this is to prepare your vehicle beforehand. This way, you won’t have any problems when you are driving—especially if you are driving across the country. With so many other travelers sharing the road with you, it is a good idea that you prepare for the trip as thoroughly as possible.

Even though the most ideal way to travel is to ride a plane, it may not be the most ideal option for a lot of people. Especially if you are planning to travel to that new destination frequently, you will need to be aware of how you can prepare for your trip. No matter how far or near your distance is, being prepared can do you a lot of good.

Here are some tips to remember when you’re driving to another city over the holidays:

Tip #1: Get your car checked.

If you already have an auto repair shop that you rely on, make sure that you have your car thoroughly checked by them. The reason why you need to work with a shop that you trust is so you can be assured that they will take care of your car. At the same time, you can get their input on how you should maintain your car. This will help you know if you need to make any repairs before you get started on your road trip.

Tip #2: Make sure you have enough gas.

Obviously, you need to make sure that you have enough money for gas for your entire trip. This means that before you get started on your road trip, you should gas up and get ready for the trip. Who knows, the next gasoline station could be miles after your destination.

Tip #3: Plan your route in advance.

Before you get started on your road trip, remember to plan your route in advance. It will also help if you check current weather conditions and traffic reports so you know what to expect during your road trip. Even if you have a GPS system installed on your vehicle, make it a point to bring a paper map. This will help you in case you get stuck in the middle of nowhere.

Tip #4: Take note of speed limits.

When you’re driving in a new place, make sure you observe the rules regarding speed limits and other types of information. Remember to drive defensively and don’t let aggressive drivers bug you. With this, you can ensure that you won’t encounter any trouble with them during your trip. 

Tip #5: Prepare for emergencies.

On a road trip, you’ll never know what will happen until it does. This is why you should always be prepared beforehand. Make sure you have flashlight, gloves, extra tires and other important items in your trunk so you can help yourself when you are on the road. By being prepared, you can make emergencies less troublesome for you and your passengers.

Tip #6: Secure your home.

When you leave, make sure that you have secured your home properly. Avoid posting on social media that you will be going away. This way, you won’t invite unwanted guests into your empty home. By preparing your home, you won’t have any worries that people will try to break into your home during your trip.  

Tip #7: Get a good night’s sleep.

Before you depart, make sure that you get a good night’s sleep. With this, you can make your trip more enjoyable and safe. At the same time, you should also schedule breaks and avoid tiring yourself out while you’re driving. When you feel tired, accept the reality and just pull over in a safe area. By doing this, you get to avoid encountering any accidents.

Tip #8: Relax and enjoy your holiday.

Driving cross-country on a holiday can be a stressful experience. Make sure you follow the tips above-mentioned so you can have a less stressful trip. Take time to relax and enjoy your holiday since this is the only time of the year you can reunite with your family.

Don’t allow petty frustrations to make decisions for you as these usually lead to poor decisions. Just make sure that you keep a calm head when you are traveling—especially if you are traveling with your family in tow. By doing this, you can ensure that you will get to your destination safely.

How To Organize Your Email

Isn’t it frustrating to get your inbox organized? Do not fret, because you’re not the one having that feeling. Everyone who has to deal with emails everyday think about how they could get to each email based on the level of importance and urgency. If you receive more than handful of emails each day, you will likely feel frustrated about the whole process of organizing it too. Sadly, some of these emails that you receive every day are important to you, while there are others that you don’t want to read at all. Read more

British Manufacturing Growth Experiences a New High

The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing is one of the most closely watched surveys for hints on how the economy is shaping up. In April, it exceeded the expectations of most economists and went up to 57.3. It was at 54.2 in March, and this rise represents the fastest pace of manufacturing growth for three years. Any score above 50 shows that the manufacturing sector is growing.

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Markit is one of the providers of the survey, and they commented that manufacturing saw a solid improvement in April. New orders came in at a faster rate than we’ve seen since January 2014. Most of the new business was from the UK domestic market, but there was a good increase in new export orders.

Reasons for the Improvement

There appear to be two reasons for the improvement in orders: an improved global economic climate and, of course, the fall in the value of the pound, which makes exports cheaper.

The PMI has several subcomponents, and all of these were positive. Not only did output, employment and new orders grow, but stocks of purchases grew at record pace for the survey. And suppliers increased their delivery times – a sign that they are busy and buyers are having to queue. For example, say an air conditioning firm requires a specialist part like a ductwork blast gate damper from – they might have to wait slightly longer to obtain one.

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Raw Materials Inflation Easing

The other effect of the fall in the pound is that imports, such as raw materials, become more expensive. However, this inflation has eased significantly since the new year.

Manufacturing is not the force it once was in the economy – it accounts for only 10% of the total – but the growth is still good news for the UK’s GDP figures, which were sluggish in the first quarter. The key question is whether the increase in growth will continue. It faces some challenges – in particular market volatility.

One of the underlying problems is that consumers simply don’t have much extra cash to spend, and the UK economy is very dependent on consumers buying goods and services. Because wage growth has been weak, consumer spending has also been weak, and this has meant that other growth spurts in the last year haven’t lasted very long.

Top Reasons to Integrate Your CRM System and Business Website

A customer relationship management (CRM) system is a vital component for any business, capturing essential information about your clients and their interactions with you. You can improve the efficiency and functioning of your CRM system by integrating it with your business website. Here are several convincing reasons why.

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Instant, Current Data

When you want to look up information about customers or clients, having up-to-date and accurate data to hand is vital. Failure to achieve this can make your business look unprofessional, and does not give you a clear picture of your existing state of affairs. Having a CRM system that is integrated with your website ensures customer information is instant, accurate and current.

Better Understanding of Customers

When your CRM system and website talk to each other, it makes it much easier to accurately profile your customers. By getting a better understanding of who purchases from you, what they purchase and when, you can fine-tune your marketing efforts and boost customer service and satisfaction levels.

Increase Conversions

When your CRM system is in sync with your website, you have accurate data at your fingertips, which means staff can work on turning potential leads into conversions quicker and easier. By understanding customers and new leads, and reacting to their needs promptly, you increase the prospect of conversions.

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To get the most from CRM system and website integration, consult design experts, such as Reading web design business

According to Entrepreneur, you should choose a popular CRM solution that will integrate with a wide range of business products.

More Efficient Use of Time

When your CRM system is separate from your website, any information that needs to be taken from one source to the other will need to be exported, or copied and pasted. This all takes time for staff to complete, which could be better utilised in other areas of your business. By integrating your systems, information is automatically transferred from one source to the other, saving your business time – and money.

Avoid Errors and Duplications

If you need to export or copy and paste customer data from your website to your CRM system, it is not just time wasting that is an issue. There is a chance that mistakes could occur when information is entered manually, or duplicate records could be inadvertently created.

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