Senior citizens, beware: Ageing can delay your perception of falls

Senior citizens, beware: Ageing can delay your perception of falls

Delay in perception of falls is part of getting older which thereby increases the risk of injury or death in seniors, says a recent study. The findings will help shape the development of wearable fall prevention technology and allow clinicians to more accurately identify at-risk individuals. “Falling threatens one’s survival,” said Michael Barnett-Cowan, a kinesiology professor at Waterloo and senior author on the study. “When the nervous system’s ability to detect a fall and compensate with protective reflexes diminishes, the risk of injury or death increases significantly. “Age and associated…

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Here’s why a high sugar diet of desserts and colas can be bad for your heart and liver

Here’s why a high sugar diet of desserts and colas can be bad for your heart and liver

It is a known fact that drinking too many soft drinks and eating a lot of sweets is unhealthy, but it may put even otherwise healthy people at increased risk of heart disease, warns new research. The study, published in the journal Clinical Science, showed that healthy men had increased levels of fat in their blood and fat stored in their livers after they consumed a high sugar diet. “Our findings provide new evidence that consuming high amounts of sugar can alter your fat metabolism in ways that could increase…

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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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Stress hormones can prevent disorders after a traumatic event

Stress hormones can prevent disorders after a traumatic event

In a recent study, a group of researchers have found that the Ppm1f (Protein phosphatase 1f) gene is altered when exposed to traumatic stress and is associated with posttraumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. People who have suffered from traffic accidents, war combat, terrorist attacks and exposure to other traumatic events have an increased likelihood of developing diseases. These diseases can be psychological and physical, such as heart problems and cancer. The current preventive treatments based on psychological support and drugs are effective in some cases. Unfortunately, these treatments do…

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Dear moms-to-be, take note: Breastfeeding can give premature babies a metabolic boost

Dear moms-to-be, take note: Breastfeeding can give premature babies a metabolic boost

Mother’s breast milk can help premature infants get a metabolic boost, says a new study. According to researchers, the breast milk of mothers with premature babies has different amounts of microRNA than that of mothers with babies born at term, which may help premature babies catch up in growth and development. Previous research said that breastfeeding can help boost immunity and brainpower in children, though if done extensively, it could lead to dental cavities. In a study, researchers compared the breast milk of mothers with babies born prematurely — between 28 and…

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Hate going to the gym? Just 25 min of yoga can boost energy levels and brain function

Hate going to the gym? Just 25 min of yoga can boost energy levels and brain function

Meditating and practising yoga have numerous health benefits. They can boost your body and mind, and even ‘reverse’ stress-causing DNA. A new study suggests that just 25 minutes of hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation every day can significantly improve brain function and energy levels. It can boost the brain’s executive functions, cognitive abilities linked to goal-directed behaviour and the ability to control knee-jerk emotional responses, habitual thinking patterns and actions. Researcher Peter Hall from the University Of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada said that hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation both focus the brain’s…

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How books, toys and learning activities at home can boost your child’s brain power

How books, toys and learning activities at home can boost your child’s brain power

Learning activities at home in the early years of a kid’s life make an important difference to their achievement in school, a recent study has found. The study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development suggested that children, whose parents provide them with learning materials like books and toys and engage them in learning activities and meaningful conversations in infancy and toddlerhood, are likely to develop early cognitive skills that can cascade into later academic success. The study followed a group of children from birth through 5th grade to…

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Thought e-cigarettes were safe? Beware, even one puff can affect your heart!

Thought e-cigarettes were safe? Beware, even one puff can affect your heart!

E-cigarretes have always been controversial. While past research has found that it increases risk of cigarette smoking in youth, studies have also shown that less cancer-causing toxins are found in users of e-cigarettes. Now, a new study has suggested that a single exposure to e-cigarette vapour may be enough to impair vascular function. Researchers from West Virginia University researchers studied artery diameter, the blood vessels’ ability to widen (vasodilation) and aortic stiffness in female mice after short- and long-term exposure to flavoured e-cig vapour. Aortic stiffness is an age-related complication in the…

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Age is just a number. Elderly people can exercise and socialise to stay fit and prevent weakness

Age is just a number. Elderly people can exercise and socialise to stay fit and prevent weakness

Age-related frailty may be a treatable and preventable health problem, just like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, according to a recent study. “Societies are not aware of frailty as an avoidable health problem and most people usually resign themselves to this condition,” said Jerzy Sacha from the University Hospital in Opole, Poland. “Fortunately, by opting for a proper lifestyle and adequate physical, mental, and social activities, one may prevent or delay the frailty state.” The research team reviewed over one hundred publications on recognising, treating, and preventing frailty, with the aim of…

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Have you been trying to lose weight? This simple diet tip can boost your progress

Have you been trying to lose weight? This simple diet tip can boost your progress

When trying to get in shape, changing your diet in small ways is crucial. Certain foods are extremely beneficial for you. So, if you among those who crave to order junk delicacies between 11am and 6pm time, you need to take a smart approach when it comes to snacking healthy. Munching all day, particularly on food with little nutrition, could result in eating too much and packing on extra kilos. A healthy snack between meals can also decrease your hunger and keep you from overeating at meal time. Nidhi Pant, co-founder of DesiVDesi…

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