Moms-to-be, if you have asthma, you are at risk of giving birth to underweight babies

Moms-to-be, if you have asthma, you are at risk of giving birth to underweight babies

Asthma is a chronic disease affecting some 235 million people around the world. According to a recent study, asthma increases the risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery as the patients suffer more often from preeclampsia (PE) and run a higher risk of giving birth to underweight babies. These and other complications during pregnancy and delivery cannot be explained by hereditary or environmental factors, says study. Asthma is a common disease caused by chronic inflammation in the lungs with symptoms of coughing and breathlessness. Using data from the Swedish birth, prescribed drug and…

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Are you postmenopausal? Just 30 min of exercise can greatly benefit you

Are you postmenopausal? Just 30 min of exercise can greatly benefit you

Women who are regularly active during menopause can significantly reduce their weight and BMI. However, it’s ideal to continue exercising even after menopause. Just 30 minutes of high intensity resistance and impact training – jumping jacks, push-ups and squats – twice a week may improve functional performance and bone density in postmenopausal women with low bone mass, reveals a recent study. Exercise is known to be beneficial to bone health but there is reluctance to use high intensity programs in older women with low bone mass because of the risk of fracture or other…

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Natural Healing: 7 Everyday Foods That Are Also Effective Antiseptics

Natural Healing: 7 Everyday Foods That Are Also Effective Antiseptics

Changing seasons may be a natural process, but it also results in various illnesses, as people suffer from common cold, flu, fever, skin infections and allergies. This is mostly because at this time our body’s immunity is weak as it tries to adapt itself to the changing climate. So to stay protected, a good habit would be to resort to natural ingredients that have long been touted as effective remedies for boosting immunity, fighting infections and being antiseptic in nature. Natural antiseptics can help by providing immediate aid against infections. The truth is that…

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Is your teen girl acting out? One in four teenagers are at increased risk of depression

Is your teen girl acting out? One in four teenagers are at increased risk of depression

A team of Briton researchers has recently found that one in four adolescent girls, especially poor, are at an increased risk of depression. The researchers from the University of Liverpool and University College London found that a quarter of girls (24%) and one in 10 boys (9%) are depressed at age 14. Lead author Dr Praveetha Patalay said that in the recent years there has been a growing policy focus on children’s mental health. However, there has been a lack of nationally representative estimates of mental health problems for this…

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Are Bananas Good for Gaining Weight or Losing Weight?

Are Bananas Good for Gaining Weight or Losing Weight?

Whether or not you like them, bananas are great. They are full of nutrients like fiber, potassium, good carbohydrates, Vitamin C and many more important vitamins and minerals. They are a breakfast staple in almost every household as it gives you instant energy to kick-start your day. You may have often been advised to eat bananas to gain weight but you may have also heard that bananas are great for weight loss. Confused? Does eating bananas help you gain or lose weight? We have all the answers you’re seeking right here. Yes, it is…

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Dear women, here are 6 tests you must regularly undergo after turning 30

Dear women, here are 6 tests you must regularly undergo after turning 30

Age is just a number. When it comes to energy and enterprise, you are as young or old as you chose to be. But it is essential to look after your health and be prepared for the physical changes that accompany ageing. As you grow past 30, you may not feel or look very different from the way you did a few years ago, but your body is changing slowly. Bone loss begins in the 30s and can lead to bone-thinning later in life. Muscles start losing their ‘tone,’ affecting…

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Feeling hassled and unable to cope? Here are 5 apps that will relieve stress

Feeling hassled and unable to cope? Here are 5 apps that will relieve stress

There has been a lot written about the ill effects of stress. It is inescapable and it can damage your body. Over a period of time, it can increase risk of cardiovascular disease, can lead to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in your child, and can even be infectious. ) Just Rain: As anyone who has slept soundly to the sound of rainfall will tell you, it is one of the most soothing experiences. But since it can’t rain through the year, the app Just Rain allows you to simulate its noise and visuals….

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7 breakfast mistakes that are making you fat

7 breakfast mistakes that are making you fat

How many times have you heard that breakfast is the most important meal of your day? While you might be aware that skipping breakfast could lead to weight gain, small mistakes you make every morning while preparing your breakfast could also prove to be counter productive for your weight loss regimen. If you’re trying to lose weight within a certain time span, avoid these seven breakfast mistakes. 1. You have flavoured yogurt One of the latest weight loss fads in India are a wide range of expensive, imported yogurt brands that are…

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Kids, are you overworked at school? Here’s how you can cope with the stress

Kids, are you overworked at school? Here’s how you can cope with the stress

Between homework, schoolwork, exams and test anxiety, post-school activities and bullying, kids can be super stressed out, but now, a team of researchers has outlined which coping strategies work best. The study’s lead author Bruce Compas said that learning effective ways to manage stress is especially important for children. “Chronic stress is bad for adults, but it is particularly troublesome for children, because among many other effects, it can cause long-term problems with complex thinking and memory skills, attention, learning and behaviour,” Compas said. For the purposes of the study,…

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Coconut oil: are the health benefits a big fat lie?

Coconut oil: are the health benefits a big fat lie?

Is coconut oil ‘the little black dress of wellbeing’? Photograph: Alamy It wasn’t that long ago that the closest most Britons got to a coconut was at the fairground or on the inside of a Bounty bar. Yet in the past three years, this hard, hairy drupe (that’s the official term) of the coconut palm tree has emerged as the latest “superfood” extolled by celebrities and health food shops for its nutritional, healing and mind-enhancing powers. Aisles of health food shops are packed with bags of flour, snacks, milk, sugar…

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