Ladies, take note: Eating broccoli and cabbage can protect you from heart disease

Ladies, take note: Eating broccoli and cabbage can protect you from heart disease

Eating cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and sprouts three or more times per day can prevent hardening of neck arteries in elderly women and also decrease the risk of heart diseases, a study has found. Researchers observed a 0.05 millimetre lower carotid artery wall thickness between high and low intakes of total vegetables. “That is likely significant, because a 0.1 millimetre decrease in carotid wall thickness is associated with a 10% to 18% decrease in risk of stroke and heart attack,” said lead author Lauren Blekkenhorst, from the University…

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Dear parents, take note. Pre-schoolers with ADHD symptoms may have reduced brain size

Dear parents, take note. Pre-schoolers with ADHD symptoms may have reduced brain size

Pre-schoolers with symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may have reduced brain volumes in regions essential for behavioural control, says a new study. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed form of psychopathology during the pre-school years, and during early childhood it is associated with significant long-term health. The study represents the first comprehensive examination of cortical brain volume in pre-school children with ADHD and provides an indication that anomalous brain structure is evident in the early stages of development. According to the researchers, the findings can help in determining new ways…

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Dear parents, take note. Bariatric surgery may halve heart disease risk in obese teens

Dear parents, take note. Bariatric surgery may halve heart disease risk in obese teens

Bariatric surgery can cut in half the risk of premature heart disease and stroke in teenagers with severe obesity, a study has found. The study, based on a prediction model, showed that prior to bariatric surgery the overall risk of a severely obese teen having a fatal or non-fatal heart attack, stroke, heart failure or other heart disease event over a 30-year period was 8 per cent on average. One year after surgery, the risk of a heart disease event would be cut in half — to 4 per cent…

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Moms-to-be, take care of your health. Your immune system may influence baby’s brain

Moms-to-be, take care of your health. Your immune system may influence baby’s brain

The state of a woman’s immune system during pregnancy may shape the connectivity of her child’s brain, suggests a study, emphasising the influence of maternal health on a child’s susceptibility to psychiatric disorders later in life. The findings showed that short and long-term brain functioning can be influenced by immune system activity during the third trimester of gestation. Infections, stress, illness, or allergies are commonly known to trigger immune responses. When the body’s immune system detects one of these factors, two proteins namely IL-6 and CRP are released as part…

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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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