Exercise is good for your brain, as long as you don’t skip too many workouts: study

Exercise is good for your brain, as long as you don’t skip too many workouts: study

A new study finds that taking time off from working out can put an end to exercise’s benefits on the brain.  (AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi) Think it’s OK to take a week off from working out? Think again … if you even can. A study published last month in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience finds the benefits of exercise on the brain can fade after just 10 days. Previous studies have shown that exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which can create new neurons, increase volume in important places, and possibly…

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‘Muscle memory’ may not really exist

‘Muscle memory’ may not really exist

A new study suggests that muscle memory may not really exist. The study found that genes activated in response to exercise — shown on the right in color blocks (before on top, after on bottom) — did not differ when som  (Malene Lindholm and Carl Johan Sundberg, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden) Muscle tissue does not have a “memory” of past exercise training, new research suggests. Muscles that have trained hard in the past and those that have not trained show similar changes in the genes that they turn on or…

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Moderate drinking may not affect women’s fertility

Moderate drinking may not affect women’s fertility

 (iStock) Although current U.S. guidelines encourage women to stop drinking while trying to get pregnant, a new Danish study suggests giving up alcohol may not be necessary for improving the chances of conceiving. Women in the study who drank up to 14 drinks per week were just as likely as those who didn’t drink at all to get pregnant in the first month of trying. “We tell women not to eat seafood, or consume too much caffeine when trying to conceive,” Dr. Christina Porucznik of the University of Utah in…

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Bike lanes are a sound public health investment

Bike lanes are a sound public health investment

A woman rides a bicycle along a designated bike lane on Queens Boulevard in the borough of Queens in New York, U.S., May 5, 2016.  (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton) Every $1,300 New York City invested in building bike lanes in 2015 provided benefits equivalent to one additional year of life at full health over the lifetime of all city residents, according to a new economic assessment. That’s a better return on investment than some direct health treatments, like dialysis, which costs $129,000 for one quality-adjusted life year, or QALY, said coauthor Dr….

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Sushant Singh Rajput’s Workout Regime: Time to Pull Up!

Sushant Singh Rajput’s Workout Regime: Time to Pull Up!

Besides his good looks and sculpted physique, it is his great potential that puts Sushant Singh Rajput in the league of ace Bollywood actors in today’s time. His latest movie – M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story – is one of the most awaited movies of 2016, and with its nationwide release today, it is expected to be a huge box office success. While Sushant became a popular household name with his characterisation of Manav Deshmukh in the hit TV series Pavitra Rishta, his Bollywood fame could definitely be credited to…

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Crunches Exercises: 5 Exciting Variations for Rock-Solid Abs

Crunches Exercises: 5 Exciting Variations for Rock-Solid Abs

The other day I was thinking about why gyms are known as ‘fitness centers’ and not ‘slimming’ or ‘weight loss’ hubs. If you are aiming to lose weight, the goal should not be the achievement of a certain number in terms of kilograms or pounds. The battle is not in shedding but in maintaining yourself after all the hard work. The truth is that weight loss is temporary, you can always gain it back. One therefore needs to seek a more permanent approach towards fitness. Instead of thriving for a…

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Child Fitness Gap Linked to Income Inequality

Child Fitness Gap Linked to Income Inequality

In a comparison of fitness levels among children in 50 countries, the nations with the biggest internal income disparities tended to have the least fit youth. African and northern European nations, as well as Japan, had the highest scores on cardio-respiratory fitness among kids aged 9 to 17, while Mexico was last among the 50 and the United States fourth from the bottom. When looking for social, economic and health factors that went along with high or low fitness levels, researchers found that the greater a country’s internal income inequality,…

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Scrub Typhus Claims 24 Lives In Himachal

Scrub Typhus Claims 24 Lives In Himachal

Twenty-four patients suffering from scrub typhus, a disease caused by the bite of an infected mite found in areas with heavy scrub vegetation, have died in Himachal Pradesh, an official said on Friday. “The total number of scrub typhus deaths is 24 and 825 patients have tested positive till September 28,” a government spokesperson told IANS. He said directions have been issued to all medical officers in the state to treat the scrub typhus patients free of cost. Many patients from across the state were referred to the Indira Gandhi…

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Fathers’ Smoking May Up Asthma-Risk In Kids

Fathers’ Smoking May Up Asthma-Risk In Kids

Men who indulge in smoking since their adolescence may put their future children at more than three times higher risk of an early-onset of asthma, a finding suggests. In the study, the researchers included more than 24,000 children and showed that both a father’s early smoking debut and a father’s longer smoking duration before conception increased non-allergic early-onset asthma in kids. “The greatest increased risk for their children having asthma was found for fathers having their smoking debut before age 15. Interestingly, time of quitting before conception was not independently…

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Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Increase Risk Of Atrial Fibrillation

Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Increase Risk Of Atrial Fibrillation

Moderate alcohol consumption may change the structure of the heart in ways that increases the risk of atrial fibrillation leading to a stroke, a study suggests. Atrial fibrillation is a known risk factor for stroke and the irregular pumping of blood can lead to clots, which may travel to the brain and cause a stroke. “There is growing evidence that moderate alcohol intake may be a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disturbance in the world, but the mechanism by which alcohol may lead to atrial…

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