Getting a dog may save your life, especially if you’re single

Getting a dog may save your life, especially if you’re single

Dog owners, there is some good news for you! A recent study shows that dog owners have a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or other causes. A team of Swedish scientists used national registries of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health. The goal was to determine whether dog owners had a different risk of cardiovascular disease and death than non-dog owners. PhD student at the Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life…

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Iron deficiency: Signs you’re not getting enough of this important mineral

Iron deficiency: Signs you’re not getting enough of this important mineral

Iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world. Yet in the UK, 45% of people say they don’t know enough about an irondeficiency or how to know if they are deficient. In fact, 40% say they don’t know what their own iron levels are. Here, the experts at Active Iron provide a roundup of seven signs you may have an iron deficiency plus four lifestyle choices that can rob you of iron – and some of them may surprise you! 1. You’re exhausted Iron is essential…

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Say no to painkillers: Ibuprofen stops your muscles from getting bigger, says study

Say no to painkillers: Ibuprofen stops your muscles from getting bigger, says study

Gym lovers, take note. If you want to bulk up and get in shape, stay away from painkillers. According to a new study, regularly taking Ibuprofen can slow down muscle growth. Swedish researchers found the drugs, which are one of the most widely consumed in the world, interfere with the healing process of muscles, which stops them from getting bigger following a work-out. Dr Tommy Lundberg, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, was behind the “extremely interesting” findings. The team then measured certain variables, including muscle growth, strength and anti-inflammatory…

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College festivals are getting bigger and better. Here’s a sneak peek

College festivals are getting bigger and better. Here’s a sneak peek

When Pooja Dewolkar applied for a fellowship programme with a reputed national bank in 2014, this is what she wrote on her application: “I was the chairperson of Malhar in 2013, the annual inter-collegiate festival of St Xavier’s College”. It worked in her favour. Her experience at helming a prestigious college-level event led assessors to believe she possessed qualities such as leadership and damage control. Malhar, Dewolkar says, helped her learn to think on her feet and deal with problems on the go. Akhil Dhoot, 23, was a BTech student…

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Having Trouble Getting Good Sleep? Regular Exercise Can Help

Having Trouble Getting Good Sleep? Regular Exercise Can Help

Sleep is essential for the proper functioning of our body. It is not without reason that health experts advice not to take lightly the basic rule of seven to eight hours of sleep daily. Improper sleep leads to a stressed mind, which then not only impacts your work but also puts you at risk of heart disease, anxiety, insomnia, depression, etc. In the desperate need for sleep, most people resort to sleeping pills, which come with consequences in the long run. But the truth is that there are numerous healthier…

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13 negative side effects of not getting enough protein

13 negative side effects of not getting enough protein

HERE’S THE HARD truth: Most of us don’t get enough protein. Alternatively, some guys think “the more protein, the better,” and over-consume it when they do sit down to eat, chomping down a 30g protein bar and washing it down with a protein shake that’s got upwards of 50g, says Jordan Mazur, M.S., R.D., director of sports nutrition at the University of California, Berkeley. To put it bluntly: Both are bad. Everyone has a protein intake ceiling. It varies with your height and weight, but most people can absorb at most 30-42g per meal….

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Getting kids to eat veggies when there’s no time for family meals

Getting kids to eat veggies when there’s no time for family meals

Eating meals as a family is a proven way to get kids to follow healthier diets, but there are other tricks parents can try when there’s no way to get everyone around the same table, a recent study suggests. In homes where family meals were rare, children ate more fruits and vegetables when these items were readily available and they routinely saw parents consume them too, the survey of about 2,500 teens in Minnesota found. “Interestingly, we found that in the absence of regular family meals these other parenting practices…

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Message on dangers of smoking not getting through: Cardiologist

Message on dangers of smoking not getting through: Cardiologist

The message about the dangers of smoking and its correlation with heart attacks is not getting through to the public strongly enough, a leading cardiologist has warned and added that younger smokers are at the greatest risk. While the government can resort to punitive methods or declare substances as illicit, the best strategy is to improve our health education, recommends Dr (Col) Anil Dhall, Director of Cardiovascular Sciences at Venkateshwar Hospital here. Awareness of the risks of smoking is undoubtedly an important public health message, because it potentially allows targeted…

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Message on Dangers of Smoking Not Getting Through: Cardiologist

Message on Dangers of Smoking Not Getting Through: Cardiologist

The message about the dangers of smoking and its correlation with heart attacks is not getting through to the public strongly enough, a leading cardiologist has warned and added that younger smokers are at the greatest risk.While the government can resort to punitive methods or declare substances as illicit, the best strategy is to improve our health education, recommends Dr (Col) Anil Dhall, Director of Cardiovascular Sciences at Venkateshwar Hospital here. Awareness of the risks of smoking is undoubtedly an important public health message, because it potentially allows targeted intervention…

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Not Getting Enough Out of Running Races? Walk

Not Getting Enough Out of Running Races? Walk

Meghan Kita has been running for 14 years, ever since joining her high school track team. She’s got 17 marathons under her belt and a gig as a senior editor at Runner’s World magazine. So it was kind of a big deal last month when Kita decided to try something she’d never wanted to do at a race before. She walked. It’s not that she has anything against people who take it slow, Kita is quick to point out. It’s that for her, personally, walking had always felt like giving…

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