Moms-to-be, take note. European experts advise against epilepsy drug in pregnancy

Moms-to-be, take note. European experts advise against epilepsy drug in pregnancy

An expert committee of Europe’s medicines watchdog recommended Friday that a drug used to treat epilepsy and linked to malformations in children not be used in pregnancy. The compound, valproate, is also used for migraine and bipolar disorder, and doctors already advised against prescribing the medicine for pregnant women in France. France’s medicines regulator, known by the acronym ANSM, asked the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) to conduct a risk review. The EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) said in a statement Friday it was recommending that valproate not be…

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Why Meal Timings Are As Important As The Food You Take

Why Meal Timings Are As Important As The Food You Take

A balanced and nutritious diet in combination of exercise or light physical activity is surely the key to healthy life. But come to think of it, is that  all it takes to be perfectly healthy? Think again. There is a factor as important, that you may have been ruling out unknowingly. We’re talking about meal timings. Remember how in school you had a fixed lunch breakand each day the bell would ring at the same time? Turns out that this is the kind of discipline your body asks for, (in addition to good…

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Take these 6 easy fitness resolutions to make 2018 your healthiest year

Take these 6 easy fitness resolutions to make 2018 your healthiest year

A few basic lifestyle changes can bring a long-lasting desired difference for a healthier and happier you, suggest experts. Saumya Satakshi, Senior Wellness Consultant, Healthians, shared the following tips: * Eat a rainbow everyday: Opt for colours. Make sure you eat your greens, reds, whites, purples, and oranges because these coloured fruits and vegetables contain key chemicals. These help us to fight off diseases and strengthen the immune system and keep us in good shape. * Go vegetarian once a week: Going vegetarian for one day a week for dietary…

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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 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 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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Men, take note: Bariatric surgery may reduce your fertility rate

Men, take note: Bariatric surgery may reduce your fertility rate

Men undergoing bariatric surgery may be at increased risk of sperm aberrations and lower fertility rates despite improvements in weight, androgen levels and sexual quality of life. Researchers discussed the possible impact of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) on male reproductive capability. Previous research suggested that weight loss through bariatric surgery can help combat premature ageing. The team compared the long-term effects of weight loss following RYGB among a group of sexually active men attempting to conceive with a partner to the semen parameters and fertility of obese men who did not…

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Do you take health supplements? Beware of health risks and nutritional imbalances

Do you take health supplements? Beware of health risks and nutritional imbalances

Fitness today is a far more integral part of daily life than ever before. We all want toned bodies, firm muscles, right weight and an appealing appearance. For that we do extensive workouts. Working out burns up calories and we need supplements and protein powders to make up for the energy loss and to avoid exhaustion. A good supplement ensures that you get adequate essential nutrients. Sportspersons and athletes, especially, need supplements for stamina and post-workout recovery. There are a number of supplements in the market. But you need to read the label…

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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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Culture travellers, take note. These 7 upcoming museums should be on your bucket list

Culture travellers, take note. These 7 upcoming museums should be on your bucket list

Some of 2017’s biggest museums are opening their doors in the final months of the year. Here’s a look at seven major art and design venues being inaugurated around the world between September and December. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Opening: September 9 Founded in 1984 as the Santa Monica Museum of Art, ICA LA will reopen in a space designed by wHY in LA’s arts district. The inaugural exhibition “Martín Ramírez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation” explores the Mexican artist’s experiences as a migrant labourer during…

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