Dear parents, watch out for these 9 signs that indicate your kid needs an eye test

Dear parents, watch out for these 9 signs that indicate your kid needs an eye test

With the proliferation of screens in our lives – phone screen, tablets, Kindles, computers – television isn’t the only source of eye strain for kids and adults. But, unlike in case of adults, it is harder to gauge when children develop vision issues. “More often than not, vision problems go unnoticed until children begin school,” said associate professor of Ophthalmology Marcela Frazier, “Children grow up naturally adapting to vision issues, so when they get into school and start reading and learning, that is when parents and teachers begin to notice…

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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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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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Dear senior citizens, eat an avocado daily to strengthen eyes and improve memory

Dear senior citizens, eat an avocado daily to strengthen eyes and improve memory

Consuming one avocado daily may significantly improve the working memory and problem-solving skills in older adults, according to a study. In the study, 40 healthy adults aged 50 and over, who ate one fresh avocado a day for six months, experienced a 25% increase in lutein levels in their eyes and improved cognitive function. Lutein is a pigment commonly found in fruits and vegetables that accumulates in the blood, eye and brain and may act as an anti-inflammatory agent and an antioxidant. Researchers from Tufts University in the US monitored…

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Dear moms-to-be, don’t fear Zika virus. A new vaccine can protect your unborn child

Dear moms-to-be, don’t fear Zika virus. A new vaccine can protect your unborn child

The Zika virus has got a lot of people worried. Many efforts are being made by researchers tominimise the transmission and effects of the virus. Pregnant women need to be especially careful as their healths and habits affect the child. Now, researchers have found that immunising women with a Zika vaccine during pregnancy can protect the transmission of virus from mother to her baby in utero. Researchers from the University of Texas’s medical branch at Galveston in the US found that the Zika vaccine can protect unborn child against infection and birth…

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Dear parents, here’s what you can do to prevent peanut allergy in kids

Dear parents, here’s what you can do to prevent peanut allergy in kids

A panel of experts says you can prevent development of peanut allergy in your kids by introducing foods containing peanuts until five years of age. Clinical trial results showed that regular peanut consumption begun in infancy and continued until five years of age led to an 81 percent reduction in development of peanut allergy in infants deemed at high risk because they already had severe eczema, egg allergy or both. According to researchers, people living with peanut allergy and their caregivers must be vigilant about the foods they eat and…

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Dear Startups, It’s Time to Be the Best, Not Just the Biggest

Dear Startups, It’s Time to Be the Best, Not Just the Biggest

Launched in India in 2010, Ola has been one of the most successful companies here. It was the most funded startup in 2015, and it’s one of the few companies that has been able to compete with Uber. In September 2015, the company rolled out Ola Shuttle in Bengaluru and Gurgaon, essentially a private bus shuttle, with air-conditioned buses that offer Wi-Fi connectivity. They’ve expanded in scope, and now cover parts of Noida as well as part of a trial, but using them on a daily basis shows the gulf…

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