Do you associate pizzas with parties? Your weight may determine how you think of food

Do you associate pizzas with parties? Your weight may determine how you think of food

In a new research, researchers have found that people of normal weight tend to associate natural foods such as apples with their sensory characteristics. On the other hand, processed foods such as pizzas are generally associated with their function or the context in which they are eaten. Raffaella Rumiati, neuroscientist at the International School for Advanced Studies, said, “It can be considered an instance of ‘embodiment’ in which our brain interacts with our body.” With two behavioural and electroencephalographic experiments, the study demonstrated that people of normal weight tend to…

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Here’s how to have a happy, hassle-free pregnancy: Read the latest in research

Here’s how to have a happy, hassle-free pregnancy: Read the latest in research

There is a wealth of information on pregnancy. But not much is known about modern-day issues that many mothers face. For instance, will your usage of mobile phones affect your baby? Here’s what researchers have to say: * Use of antidepressants during pregnancy can affect your child’s mental health. Researchers from the National Centre for Register-based Research at Aarhus BSS showed an increased risk involved in using antidepressants. Previous research showed that use of antidepressants during pregnancy increases risk of autism in the child and leads to birth defects.  …

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Ultimate running guide for beginners: What to eat, how to start, distance and more

Ultimate running guide for beginners: What to eat, how to start, distance and more

For gym-phobes and those who hate exercising, running can make for a perfect way to stay fit and healthy. Research shows that running can benefit the spine and reduce back pain, keep your knees healthy and ensure complete mind-body well being. Here is a guide of everything you need to know about it: * Who can run? Running is for everyone irrespective of your age, size or background. Start slow and gradually you will observe that you are able to run for a longer span of time. Don’t push yourself too hard in the…

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Make the most of your holiday. Here’s how to use your vacation to relax and unwind

Make the most of your holiday. Here’s how to use your vacation to relax and unwind

As well as getting enough sleep, working out and eating well, there are many other ways to de-stress and bring some calm into your life, and vacations are the perfect time to practice some self-care. Here we round up how complementary methods such as essential oils, relaxing baths and natural surroundings, can all help you to fully switch off and unwind this summer. Get a massage A massage is a great way to take time out and do something for yourself, and can help boost relaxation, reduce stress, as well…

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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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Struggling With Pre-Menstrual Syndrome? Here’s How Ayurveda Can Help

Struggling With Pre-Menstrual Syndrome? Here’s How Ayurveda Can Help

Pre Menstrual Syndrome or PMS is group of symptoms suffered by women a week or so before their period. For many women, PMS is not a serious concern. Many don’t feel any significant change in their body either. But for some, days before their periods is a really rough phase. PMS can bring about various changes – physical, emotional or behavorial. The changes show one to two weeks before your period and phase out as you hit your period. The range of these symptoms include bloating, tender breasts, cramps, abdominal…

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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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Fast-track your summer body: how to shape up over the weekend

Fast-track your summer body: how to shape up over the weekend

I’m going to show you how to fast track your body to ‘the new gorgeous you’ in just one weekend, and it can be done almost entirely in the comfort of your own home. First of all, be prepared to follow all the instructions here. If you do, you’ll get results. Tips to start Get your food arrangements in order. This also means ditching alcohol for the weekend to get maximum results. Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water will rid your body of toxins. Use good supplements to enhance your food (check with your doctor if you…

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England’s obesity hotspots: how does your area compare?

England’s obesity hotspots: how does your area compare?

besity is an increasing concern in the UK, with the latest figures showing that a quarter of the English population are obese. Across England, some 64.8 per cent of people are of excess weight – comprised of 40.4 per cent of people who are overweight and a further 24.4 per cent who are obese. Between January 2013 and January 2016, the fattest areas in England were Rotherham, Doncaster and Halton, where three in four people were overweight or obese. In Rotherham – the area with the most people of excess weight in England – some…

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How green broccoli and cabbage may prevent cancer

How green broccoli and cabbage may prevent cancer

Fresh fruits and green vegetables are said to help prevent or treat cancer to a certain extent. Among them are broccoli or brassica vegetable contain strong cancer fighting agent. According to a study by a US university, consuming green broccoli or cabbage three to four times a day can lower the risk of cancers and other degenerative diseases. Scientists from the University of Illinois identified genes in broccoli that check the growth of phenolic compounds linked with reduced risk of several types of cancer, besides other illness. As the phenolic…

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