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Using Facebook may help young adults quit smoking

Using Facebook may help young adults quit smoking

LOS ANGELES: A Facebook based intervention may help young adults kick the butt more effectively than other online quit-smoking programmes, according to a study. The study, published in the journal Addiction, is the first to test the effectiveness of a smoking intervention delivered entirely on Facebook and to also use biochemically-verified abstinence from smoking.Researchers at

Exercise your legs for healthy brain

Exercise your legs for healthy brain

LONDON: Exercising your legs is necessary for a healthy brain and nervous system, said a new study that showed that neurological health depends on signals sent by leg muscles to the brain and vice versa. The results gave doctors new clues as to why patients with motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal muscular atrophy and other neurological

Drinking too much water may cause brain swelling

Drinking too much water may cause brain swelling

TORONTO: Drinking too much water can cause excess fluid accumulation, leading to dangerously low sodium levels in the blood or hyponatremia – a lifethreatening condition that can result in brain swelling, scientists warn. A team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RIMUHC) in Canada uncovered a key piece to the puzzle of

Walking, cycling to work may lower heart disease, stroke risk

Walking, cycling to work may lower heart disease, stroke risk

London: People who walk or cycle to work have a significantly lower risk of death due to heart disease or stroke, compared to those who commute by car, a study has found. Physical activity, including less vigorous forms such as walking and cycling, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, but despite this well-known benefit, levels

Reading books to kids gives their brain a boost

Reading books to kids gives their brain a boost

NEW YORK: Parents, please take some time out from your busy schedule to read books to your kids and also engage them in the process. Researchers have found that engaging with children while reading books to them gives their brain a cognitive boost. An important point to note is that while reading to children has many benefits,

Late night meals can increase weight, cholesterol levels

Late night meals can increase weight, cholesterol levels

NEW YORK: Eating late at night could cause several health problems including weight gain and increase in insulin and cholesterol levels, show the initial results of an ongoing study. The findings suggest that eating the last meal of the day before 7 p.m. could help you stay in better health. “We know from our sleep loss

Toothpaste ingredients may combat severe lung disease

Toothpaste ingredients may combat severe lung disease

WASHINGTON: A common antibacterial substance found in toothpaste may combat life-threatening diseases such as cystic fibrosis, when combined with an already approved drug, a study has found. Researchers at Michigan State University in the US have found that when triclosan, a substance that reduces or prevents bacteria from growing, is combined with antibiotic tobramycin, it

Eating fruits, vegetables secret to looking good for skin

Eating fruits, vegetables secret to looking good for skin

SYDNEY: Eating enough fruit and vegetables could be the secret to looking good and having attractive skin, according to a study released on Friday by Australian researchers. The researchers at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, investigated how young Australians viewed faces in terms of attractiveness, by being able to adjust settings to create

Drinking coffee may boost productivity at meetings

Drinking coffee may boost productivity at meetings

LOS ANGELES:Drinking coffee during meetings can lead to a more focussed group discussion, boost involvement and leave members feeling better about everyone’s participation, according to scientists including those of Indian origin. Decades of coffee research have explored its effects on the individual, but the study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, is the first on the

Extracurricular activities may do more harm than good

Extracurricular activities may do more harm than good

LONDON: Parents take note: Overloading your child with too many extracurricular activities can do more harm than good, potentially affecting the children’s development and well-being, a new study suggests. The study published in the journal “Sport, Education and Society” found that the majority of children 88 per cent took part in organised activities four to five

Blurred vision may indicate retinal disease

Blurred vision may indicate retinal disease

NEW DELHI: People experiencing blurred vision or decreased colour sensitivity need to get their eyes checked as these seemingly minor problems may actually indicate retinal diseases that account for a significant share of the vision loss burden in the world, experts have warned.Retinal diseases often get under diagnosed as people feel no pain when symptoms

Meditation, yoga can sharpen your mind

Meditation, Yoga can sharpen your mind

LONDON: Confirming what yogis have claimed for long, new research has found that meditation and breath-focused practices, such as pranayama, can work like fertiliser for the brain, strengthening our ability to focus on tasks. ‘Our research finds that there is evidence to support the view that there is a strong connection between breath-centred practices and a steadiness of

Lonely teenagers more likely to sleep poorly

Lonely teenagers more likely to sleep poorly

LONDON: Is your teenaged daughter or son having trouble falling asleep or sleeping less? It may be because of the feeling of loneliness, researchers say. Loneliness is defined by researchers as a feeling of distress that people experience when they perceive their social relationships to be inadequate.The findings showed that the young adults, who are

Suffering from osteoarthritis? Have fish oil, spinach

Suffering from osteoarthritis? Have fish oil, spinach

LONDON: Consuming one gram of fish oil every day and including spinach in the diet could help reduce the pain of patients with osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis that generally affects the hands, hips and knees. In the study published in the journal Rheumatology, the researchers examined the link between diet and the effective self-management

How not to impress a woman

Useful tip: Guys, end every sentence you speak to a woman with, “But I could be wrong”. This saves time. Example: “Good morning! But I could be wrong!” That thought was inspired by a news item I just read. A man robbed a bank and then threw some of the money over singer Taylor Swift’s fence “to

Living in green spaces may cut down stress in kids

Living in green spaces may cut down stress in kids

NEW YORK: Want your child to remain stress free? If yes, try relocating to a better neighbourhood as a new study has found less stress hormone in children with access to green spaces, clean air, and quality grocery stores. The findings, published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, showed that the average cortisol level a biological

Walking may help women to conceive

Walking may help women to conceive

NEW YORK: If you have a history of pregnancy loss, do not lose hope as a new study suggests that physical activity such as walking may improve the chances of conceiving among women who are overweight or obese. The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, suggested that women reporting more than four hours a week

Sitting in cars for long hours may lead to blood clots

Sitting in cars for long hours may lead to blood clots

TOKYO: A new study suggests that being confined in a car or airplane for long hours may increase the risk of developing a condition called venous thromboem bolisms (VTE), a blood clot that forms most often in the deep veins of the leg, groin or arm. In order to assess the impact of remaining seated in cars

Western diets may improve fat digestion, absorption

Western diets may improve fat digestion, absorption

WASHINGTON:Western diets, high in fat and simple sugar, may promote the growth of bacteria in the small intestine that increase fat digestion and absorption, a study claims. The study, published in the journal Cell Host and Microbe, determined if microbes were required for digestion and absorption of fats. The researchers from the Midwestern University in

Early curiosity can boost maths, reading skills in young kids

Early curiosity can boost maths, reading skills in young kids

NEW YORK: Let your child be curious for learning new things as it may help him or her to grasp basic math and improve reading skills from an early age, a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher suggests. Curiosity in young children was defined as a trait for the joy of discovery, and the