Junk food or salad, ambient music influences your choice of food at restaurants

Junk food or salad, ambient music influences your choice of food at restaurants

Ambient music in restaurants can influence what food people choose, say scientists including one of Indian origin. They found that louder environments inspire diners to crave greasy cheeseburgers and fries instead of making healthier choices like salads. Volume is proven to directly impact heart rate and arousal. Softer music has a calming effect, making us more mindful of what we order, researchers said. This typically results in healthier choices, such as a salad. Louder environments increase stimulation and stress, making diners choose junk food like cheeseburgers and fries, according to…

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Should you breastfeed or give formula to your premature baby? Here’s what WHO recommends

Should you breastfeed or give formula to your premature baby? Here’s what WHO recommends

Babies, even those who are premature, underweight or sickly, should be exclusively breastfed, from the maternity ward and ideally for two years, UN agencies said on Wednesday. Hospitals and health facilities must support mothers in breastfeeding right after delivery and not promote use of infant formula unless there is a medical reason, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said. “This initiative is really about the first few days of life, it’s about what happens in our birthing facilities. ..It is a critical juncture to make sure…

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Is your child feeling bogged down by academic pressure or social anxiety? Yoga at school will help

Is your child feeling bogged down by academic pressure or social anxiety? Yoga at school will help

Yoga and mindfulness activities at school can help improve emotional health of children with anxiety, according to a study. Researchers at Tulane University worked with a public school in New Orleans to add mindfulness and yoga to the school’s existing empathy-based programming for students needing supplementary support. Third graders, who were screened for symptoms of anxiety at the beginning of the school year, were randomly assigned to two groups. A control group of 32 students received care as usual, which included counseling and other activities led by a school social…

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What does weight loss really depend on: Diet, genes or insulin levels?

What does weight loss really depend on: Diet, genes or insulin levels?

A precision nutrition approach to weight loss didn’t hold up in a study testing low fat versus low carb depending on dieters’ DNA profiles. Previous research has suggested that a person’s insulin levels or certain genes could interact with different types of diets to influence weight loss. Stanford University researchers examined this idea with 600 overweight adults who underwent genetic and insulin testing before being randomly assigned to reduce fat or carbohydrate intake. Gene analyses identified variations linked with how the body processes fats or carbohydrates, which the researchers thought…

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Airborne: No need for coughing or sneezing, flu may spread just by breathing

Airborne: No need for coughing or sneezing, flu may spread just by breathing

We may pass the flu to others just by breathing, according to a study which contradicts the popular belief that people can catch the influenza virus by exposure to droplets from an infected person’s coughs or sneezes. The study provides new evidence for the potential importance of airborne transmission because of the large quantities of infectious virus researchers found in the exhaled breath from people suffering from flu. “We found that flu cases contaminated the air around them with infectious virus just by breathing, without coughing or sneezing,” said Donald…

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Are Bananas Good for Gaining Weight or Losing Weight?

Are Bananas Good for Gaining Weight or Losing Weight?

Whether or not you like them, bananas are great. They are full of nutrients like fiber, potassium, good carbohydrates, Vitamin C and many more important vitamins and minerals. They are a breakfast staple in almost every household as it gives you instant energy to kick-start your day. You may have often been advised to eat bananas to gain weight but you may have also heard that bananas are great for weight loss. Confused? Does eating bananas help you gain or lose weight? We have all the answers you’re seeking right here. Yes, it is…

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Next education chief or not, Agnes Chan knows the system’s faults

Next education chief or not, Agnes Chan knows the system’s faults

Is she or isn’t she? Retired Canto-pop singer Agnes Chan Miling has been rumoured to be the next education minister. Then she told veteran journalist Man Cheuk-fei that she had never been approached for the top post. I have no idea if Chan – who has a PhD in education from Stanford University – would be suitable for the job. But after five years of Eddie Ng Hak-kim, anyone who has not been lobotomised would make a better education secretary. Singer Agnes Chan never received invitation to join new Hong…

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Want to roll around in snow or ski in summer? 4 places to visit in March, April

Want to roll around in snow or ski in summer? 4 places to visit in March, April

The Step into the Void glass skywalk overlooking the French Alps on top of a 3842-metre peak in Chamonix. The installation is made of three layers of glass and can withstand winds of up to 200kmph.(AFP) Not everyone’s definition of a winter getaway involves beach, sand or surf. For snow bunnies who love a good old-fashioned wintry wonderland getaway, Booking.com has compiled a list of the best last-minute destinations for rolling around in the snow, donning ski or skate, and sipping on a mug of marshmallow-topped hot chocolate in your…

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Stressed and Frustrated with Office Work? Go Take a Walk or Try Swimming

Stressed and Frustrated with Office Work? Go Take a Walk or Try Swimming

Everyone who has ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress. Stress isn’t always bad. Stress within your comfort zone can help you stay focused, energetic, and able to meet new challenges in the workplace. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation or alert to prevent accidents or costly mistakes at work. But in today’s hectic world, the workplace can often seem like an emotional roller coaster. Long hours, tight deadlines, and ever increasing demands can leave you feeling worried,…

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Early Periods at the Age of 13 or Younger May Put Girls at Risk of Stroke

Early Periods at the Age of 13 or Younger May Put Girls at Risk of Stroke

The onset of menstruation signals that a girl has hit her puberty. Of course, it is not an easy cycle – the whole process of menstruation, but every woman must go through it. While it makes a woman capable of giving birth to a child, on the other hand, it also brings along with it various hormonal changes which causes mood swings, abdominal pain, back ache, muscle pull, so on and so forth. There are various home remedies women can turn to for some relief, as well as resort to…

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