Dear runners, take note. Here’s how you can effectively prevent back pain

Dear runners, take note. Here’s how you can effectively prevent back pain

If you’re a runner who experiences back pain, here’s what you need to do. Researchers from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center examined what may cause chronic back pain in runners and the exercises to help prevent it. A study suggests that runners with weak deep core muscles are at higher risk of developing low back pain. And, unfortunately, most people’s deep core muscles aren’t nearly as strong as they should be. To examine the role of the superficial and deep core muscles, researchers used motion detection technology and…

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Dear senior citizens, bi-weekly exercise can improve thinking ability, memory

Dear senior citizens, bi-weekly exercise can improve thinking ability, memory

Exercising twice a week may improve thinking ability and memory in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), suggests a recent study. Researchers explained that people with MCI have milder symptoms like they struggle to complete complex tasks or have difficulty in understanding information they have read, whereas people with dementia have trouble with daily tasks, such as dressing, bathing and eating. Mild cognitive impairment is a medical condition that is common with ageing. While it is linked to problems with thinking ability and memory, it is not the same as…

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Dear parents, take note. Children who snore are likelier to grow up into obese adults

Dear parents, take note. Children who snore are likelier to grow up into obese adults

If your child snores, don’t ignore it. It could lead to some serious health trouble later in life. A team of researchers has shed some light on the vicious cycle of childhood obesity and snoring. Scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) looked at the relationships among maternal snoring, childhood snoring and children’s metabolic characteristics – including body mass index (BMI) and insulin resistance, which reflects future risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease – in approximately 1,100 children followed from gestation through early adolescence. Led by endocrinologist Christos…

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Dear ladies, exercise daily. Survey finds 60% urban Indian women at risk of diabetes

Dear ladies, exercise daily. Survey finds 60% urban Indian women at risk of diabetes

Over 60% of urban Indian women do not follow a regular exercise regime, which puts them at increased risk of diabetes, according to the results of a new survey. Released on the occasion of World Diabetes Day, the survey conducted by diabetes care company Novo Nordisk India also showed that 73% of urban women in the country are unaware of gestational diabetes and its related health risks for the next generation. For the survey, over 1,000 women, belonging to the age group of 18-65 years were interviewed to draw insights…

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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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