Is it safe to eat snow? Here’s what research has to say

Is it safe to eat snow? Here’s what research has to say

How safe is it to eat snow? A Romanian university has published the results of just such a study. The 2017 experiment showed it was safe to eat snow that was a half-day old, and safer to eat it in the colder months. But by two days old, the snow is not safe to eat, said Istvan Mathe, a professor at the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania. Scientists collected snow from a park and from a roundabout in Miercurea Ciuc, central Romania, in January and February, and placed it in…

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This year, here’s how you can make your New Year’s fitness resolution and stick to it

This year, here’s how you can make your New Year’s fitness resolution and stick to it

It’s no surprise that many of us pick staying fit as a New Year’s resolution. Here are some simple tips by Arushi Verma, co-founder, FITPASS that will help you stay motivated. Be specific – Getting healthy and fit is a vague goal. So, in the coming year, be specific if you want to lose weight/ inches or you want to gain weight depending on your BMI or you want to bulk up i.e., strengthen your muscles and core. Measurable – Sometimes, adding a number is all you need to achieve your goal…

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Is Eating Water Better Than Drinking It? Here’s How To Include Edible H20 In Your Diet

Is Eating Water Better Than Drinking It? Here’s How To Include Edible H20 In Your Diet

Reams have been written about the significance of drinking water. Regular water intake is essential to our health as our body does not really have a fixed reservoir of water and keeps losing it in the form of urine and sweat. Adequate water supply also helps maintain smooth functioning of some of the most essential bodily processes like maintaining the electrolyte balance, preventing constipation, supplying oxygen and essential nutrients to the body as well as to the brain, facilitating digestionand flushing waste and toxins out of the body. Dehydration or lack of water will…

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Forgetting things but unaware of it? You may be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

Forgetting things but unaware of it? You may be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

Canadian researchers have found that although memory loss is an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, it is those who are unaware of the problem that are more likely to go on to develop the condition. Carried out by researchers at Ontario’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the new study is believed to be the largest of its kind on illness awareness, looking at data on 1,062 people. Earlier research said that menopause could trigger Alzheimer’s, but a diet rich in antioxidants could help. Participants were aged 55 to 90,…

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Do you drink tap water? Beware, it may contain harmful plastic particles

Do you drink tap water? Beware, it may contain harmful plastic particles

While the health risks are unknown, the researchers pointed to previous findings that plastic particles can absorb, and release, potentially harmful chemicals and bacteria. For the survey, 159 tap water samples were analysed of which 83% were found to contain plastic particles, researchers from the University of Minnesota and the State University of New York wrote in a report titled Invisibles: The plastic inside us. While much research has focused on plastic pollution of lakes, rivers, the ocean, beaches, even the air we breathe, less attention has been paid to its…

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JKBOSE 12th biannual Kashmir result 2017 declared, check it here

JKBOSE 12th biannual Kashmir result 2017 declared, check it here

Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) has declared the results of Class 12th biannual 2017 (Kashmir Div) examination on its official website. Steps to check the results: 1) Go to the official website of JKBOSE 2) Click on any one of the links for ‘Class 12th Bi-Annual 2017 ( Kashmir Div )’ given as Location 1 or Location 2. 3) Key in your roll number or name and click on submit 4) The result will be displayed on the screen 5) Take a print-out   Candidates may have to wait and try again…

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Facing a creative block? Listen to happy music to overcome it

Facing a creative block? Listen to happy music to overcome it

Turns out, enhancing divergent creativity is as easy as listening to happy music. Listening to happy music may help generate more innovative solutions compared to listening to silence, according to a study by Simone Ritter from Radboud University, The Netherlands and Sam Ferguson from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Earlier research had suggested that a pint of beer could help as well. Creativity is an important quality in our complex, fast-changing world, as it allows us to generate innovative solutions for a wide range of problems and come up with…

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Do you often take antibiotics? Beware, it may affect your immune system

Do you often take antibiotics? Beware, it may affect your immune system

Researchers at the University of Virginia’s school of medicine in Charlottesville, US have found that antibiotic use made neutrophils less effective in fighting infections and weakened the intestinal barrier against invading bugs. Researcher Koji Watanabe said that neutrophils play an important role as a first-line ‘innate immune response’ when foreign pathogens invade. “We found that antibiotic disruption of the natural microbes in the gut prevented this from happening properly, leaving the gut susceptible to severe infection,” Watanabe added. The team used lab mice to determine how the decrease in natural intestinal flora…

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Why Is It So Difficult to Quit Caffeine? Understanding Caffeine Withdrawal

Why Is It So Difficult to Quit Caffeine? Understanding Caffeine Withdrawal

Caffeine’s is a serious addiction. Ever reasoned why some people have a harder time quitting it? It was only few years back when the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders considered caffeine intoxication and withdrawal as a diagnosis for mental disorders implying that people under caffeine intoxication or withdrawal may experience symptoms similar to signs of other mental disorders. While further research is warranted to establish the connection in its entirety, caffeine withdrawal is very much a thing of reality. “One reason why caffeine is so…

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Sleep on it: Indulge in weekend lie-ins to stay healthy

Sleep on it: Indulge in weekend lie-ins to stay healthy

Catching up on lost sleep over weekends may help people keep their weight down, according to a study. Not getting enough sleep can disrupt hormones and metabolism and is known to increase the risk of obesity , researchers wrote in the journal `Sleep’. “Short sleep, usually causing sleep debt, is common and inevitable in many cases, and is a risk factor for obesity, hypertension, coronary heart disease, as well as mortality ,” lead author Chang-Ho Yun of the Seoul National University Budang Hospital said. Sleeping in may be better than…

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