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Study: College Athletes With Covid-19 Develop Myocarditis

According to a new study, a small but significant percentage of college athletes with COVID-19 develop myocarditis, a potentially dangerous inflammation of the heart muscle. The findings of the study were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Myocarditis, which typically occurs as a result of a bacterial or viral infection, can affect the heart’s rhythm and ability to pump and often leaves behind lasting damage in the form of scarring to the heart muscle. It has been linked to as many as 20 per cent of sudden deaths in young athletes. The COVID-19 pandemic raised concerns over an increased incidence of the condition in student-athletes. For the new study, clinicians at schools in the highly competitive Big Ten athletic conference collaborated to collect data on the frequency of myocarditis in student-athletes recovering from COVID-19 infection. Conference officials…

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Study: Housework Can Lead To Sharper Memory, Attention Span

According to a new study, older adults who do housework may have a sharper memory, attention span, better leg strength and greater protection against falls. The findings of the study were published in the open-access journal ‘BMJ Open’. The findings were independent of other regular recreational and workplace physical activities, and active commuting. Regular physical activity is good for maintaining optimal physical and mental health. And among older adults, it curbs the risks of long term conditions, falls, immobility, dependency and death. Yet global monitoring data indicate that in 2016, physical activity was well below recommended weekly levels and had budged little in a decade, with people in high-income countries more than twice as likely to be couch potatoes as those in low-income countries. Given that housework involves physical activity and is an indicator of the ability to live independently, the researchers wanted to…

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Study Finds Possibility How An Unborn Baby Can Contract Covid-19

According to a study led by UCL researchers with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the NIHR Great Ormond Street Biomedical Research Centre, it is only possible for an unborn baby to contract Covid-19 if their gut is exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The research was published in the ‘BJOG – An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Journal’. Although the study did not look specifically at mothers with Covid-19 and whether their infection was transmitted to an unborn baby, it found that certain fetal organs, such as the intestine, are more susceptible to infection than others. However, researchers said, that opportunities for the Covid-19 virus infecting the fetus are extremely limited, as the placenta acted as a highly effective and protective shield, and evidence suggested fetal infection, known as vertical transmission, is extremely uncommon. Researchers set out to understand how newborn babies…

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Study: Working Out Before Fasting Maximizes Health Benefits

As the holiday season is coming up, the last thing on anyone’s mind is fasting. However, fasting is now becoming a trend for weight loss and better metabolic health. This can be time-restricted eating, periodic fasting or the “monk” fast. A new study by Brigham Young University has found out that working out intensely before fasting can help maximize the health benefits of temporarily foregoing food. The research was published in the journal ‘Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise’. “We really wanted to see if we could change the metabolism during the fast through exercise, especially how quickly the body enters ketosis and makes ketones,” said BYU PhD student Landon Deru, who helped design the study for his thesis. Ketosis occurs when the body runs out of glucose — its first, preferred fuel — and begins breaking down stored fat for energy, producing…

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Covid-19 Infection Risk Rises After Second Dose Of Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

A new study has found a gradual increase in the risk of COVID-19 infection from 90 days after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Results confirm that protection wanes with time and suggest a third (booster) dose might be warranted. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘BMJ’. The study was carried out by the Research Institute of Leumit Health Services in Israel. Israel was one of the first countries to roll out a large scale covid-19 vaccination campaign in December 2020, but it has seen a resurgence of infections since June 2021. The findings confirm that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provided excellent protection in the initial weeks after vaccination, but suggest that protection wanes for some individuals with time. Across the world, large scale covid-19 vaccination campaigns are helping to control the spread of the virus, but even in…

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Study: Alcohol Is Associated With Heart Arrhythmia

According to research at UC San Francisco, it was found out that while the common heart condition is triggered by caffeine, sleep deprivation and sleeping on the left side, alcohol is the only one that was associated with heart arrhythmia (improper beating of the heart, whether irregular, too fast or too slow). The study has been published in the ‘JAMA Cardiology Journal’. The authors concluded that people might be able to reduce their risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) by avoiding certain triggers. Researchers were surprised to find that although most of the things that participants thought would be related to their AF were not, those in the intervention group still experienced less arrhythmia than the people in a comparison group that was not self-monitoring. “This suggests that those personalized assessments revealed actionable results,” said lead author Gregory Marcus, MD, professor of medicine in the…

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Study: As You Grow Old It Become Important To Stay Physically Active

Everyone knows that physical activity is very important to have a healthy body. It not only keeps your muscle and joints strong but also fights against certain diseases. However, as we age, we tend to lessen our physical activity and rest more, which, according to research, is wrong for our health. The findings of this study have been published in the ‘PNAS Journal’. A team of evolutionary biologists and biomedical researchers from Harvard were taking a run at it (sometimes literally). The work laid out evolutionary and biomedical evidence showing that humans, who evolved to live many decades after they stopped reproducing, also evolved to be relatively active in their later years. The researchers said that physical activity later in life shifted energy away from processes that compromised health and toward mechanisms in the body that extended it. They hypothesized that humans evolved to…

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Study: Certain Lifestyle Habits May Develop Metabolic Syndrome

A new study has found that certain lifestyle habits play a significant role in the possibility of developing metabolic syndrome. The study has been published in the ‘Preventive Medicine Journal’. The researchers from the University of Tsukuba have revealed that the level of risk that lifestyle factors confer for metabolic syndrome tends to be higher in non-obese than obese individuals in Japan. Metabolic syndrome is a complex of abdominal obesity, hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, and hypertension. People with metabolic syndrome are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and diabetes than people who do not have these traits. “It is known that non-obese individuals with some of these characteristics (hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, and hypertension) are also more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” said the lead author of the study Professor Fumi Takeda. “However, it is unclear what lifestyle factors put non-obese people at risk of developing…

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Research Finds How To Increase Your Life Span

While everyone wants to live a long and healthy life, it isn’t possible for everyone. However, recent research has highlighted the significance of the tumour suppressor protein PTEN that can increase your health span, when targeted to create therapies to promote a longer life span. This study was conducted under Professor Seung-Jae V. Lee from the Department of Biological Sciences. It was published in the ‘Nature Communications Journal’. Insulin and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) signalling (IIS) is one of the evolutionarily conserved ageing-modulatory pathways present in life forms ranging from tiny roundworms to humans. The proper reduction of IIS leads to longevity in animals but often causes defects in multiple health parameters including impaired motility, reproduction, and growth. The research team found that a specific amino acid change in the PTEN protein improves health status while retaining the longevity conferred by reduced IIS. They…

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Study: CVD Is The Leading Adverse Health Effect Among Smokers

Death from a heart attack or stroke may be the first cardiovascular disease (CVD) event in some people who smoke cigarettes and CVD is the leading adverse health effect among smokers, according to new research. The findings of the study were published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open-access journal of the American Heart Association. Decades of research links cigarette smoking to premature death caused by cardiovascular disease and other diseases such as lung cancer. According to the American Heart Association’s Heart and Stroke Statistical Update 2021, more than 480,000 US adults die each year from cigarette smoking. Despite increasing awareness about the health benefits of quitting smoking, more than 34 million adults in the United States still smoke cigarettes. “There is often more awareness and concern about cancer as a result of smoking than heart disease, so we wanted to…

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Study: Hypertension May Double Risk Of Developing Epilepsy

Hypertension may double an adult’s risk of developing epilepsy, according to a new study. The findings were published in the journal Epilepsia. In the study of 2,986 U.S. adults with an average age of 58 years, 55 new cases of epilepsy were identified during an average follow-up of 19 years. Hypertension, defined as the presence of elevated blood pressure or the use of antihypertensive medications, was linked to nearly two-fold higher risk of epilepsy. After excluding participants with normal blood pressure on antihypertensive medications, hypertension was linked to a 2.44-times higher risk of epilepsy. “Our study shows that hypertension, a common, modifiable, vascular risk factor, is an independent predictor of epilepsy in older age,” said co-lead author Maria Stefanidou, MD, MSc, of Boston University School of Medicine. “Even though epidemiological studies can only show association and not causation, this observation may help identify subgroups…

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Exercise Increases Body’s Own Cannabis-Type Substances Which Reduces Inflammation

Exercise increases the body’s own cannabis-like substances, which in turn helps reduce inflammation and could potentially help treat certain conditions such as arthritis, cancer and heart disease. In a new study, published in Gut Microbes, experts from the University of Nottingham found that exercise intervention in people with arthritis did not just reduce their pain, but also lowered the levels of inflammatory substances (called cytokines). It also increased levels of cannabis-like substances produced by their own bodies, called endocannabinoids. Interestingly, the way exercise resulted in these changes was by altering the gut microbes. Exercise is known to decrease chronic inflammation, which in turn causes many diseases including cancer, arthritis and heart disease, but little is known as to how it reduces inflammation. A group of scientists, led by Professor Ana Valdes from the School of Medicine at the University, tested 78 people with arthritis.…

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People On Antidepressants Are Less Likely To Die Of Covid-19

 A new study of health records from 87 health care centres across the United States found that people taking a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) were less likely to die of COVID-19. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘JAMA Network Open’. The results add to a body of evidence indicating that SSRIs may have beneficial effects against the worst symptoms of COVID-19, although large randomised clinical trials are needed to prove this. “We can’t tell if the drugs are causing these effects, but the statistical analysis is showing significant association. There’s power in the numbers,” said Marina Sirota, PhD, associate professor of paediatrics and a member of the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute (BCHSI) at UC San Francisco. The UCSF-Stanford research team analysed electronic health records from the Cerner Real World COVID-19 de-identified database, which had…

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New Study About Naturally Acquired Immunity May Improve Malaria Vaccines

Scientists all over the globe are working to understand malaria parasite infections to fight them. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have come to a significant closer step, as they have found an important difference between naturally acquired immunity and immunity following vaccination. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Nature Communications’. “The antibodies which the body produces when you have been infected with malaria look different from those produced by the body when you have been vaccinated. And that probably means that our immune system has a more efficient response when we have been naturally infected than when we are vaccinated against malaria,” said Lars Hviid, Professor at the Department of Immunology and Microbiology. The immune system can trigger various mechanisms in order to defend the body. The usual defence against infections with parasites, viruses and bacteria consists of so-called…

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Study Finds Link Between Exercise & Mental Health

A recent research has found that people who exercised more during the initial lockdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic experienced less anxiety and depression than those who didn’t exercise. It also showed that people who spent more time outdoors typically experienced lower levels of anxiety and depression than those who stayed inside. The findings were published in the journal Preventive Medicine. More than 20,000 people participated in the survey-based study from 6 regions served by Kaiser Permanente across the United States, which included Hawaii, Colorado, Georgia, and the mid-Atlantic states, as well as Southern and Northern California. “What these study findings tell us is that even during an active pandemic or other public health crisis, people should be encouraged to be physically active to help maintain their physical and mental health,” said the study’s lead author Deborah Rohm Young, PhD, the director of the…

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Stop over-exercising! Your body will thank you.

KSHVID NEWS DESK Stop over-exercising! Your body will thank you. If you’re a person who loves going to the gym and working out with the motivation of “no pain, no gain”, you need to read this. Just like overdoing anything is terrible for you, the same applies to working out. In this article, we’ll go through over-exercising and how it is harmful to you, your body, and your health. Furthermore, we’ll explore its adverse effects and the safest level to exercise. What is over-exercising? You must have heard the “no pain, no gain” and “push your physical limits”, Yes? We know. Those may sound motivating and words of encouragement to push your physical limits for better health, body, and fitness, but over-exercising does the opposite. Ideally speaking, exercise is supposed to help you keep your body fit and healthy. Moreover, it allows you to…

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Study Finds Bedtime Is Associated With Heart Health

According to a study led by an international team of researchers, going to sleep between 10:00 and 11:00 pm is associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease compared to earlier or later bedtimes. The study was published in the European Heart Journal – Digital Health, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “The body has a 24-hour internal clock, called circadian rhythm, that helps regulate physical and mental functioning, while we cannot conclude causation from our study, the results suggest that early or late bedtimes may be more likely to disrupt the body clock, with adverse consequences for cardiovascular health,” said study author Dr David Plans of the University of Exeter, UK. While numerous analyses have investigated the link between sleep duration and cardiovascular disease, the relationship between sleep timing and heart disease is underexplored. This study examined the association…

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Study: Exercise Linked To Better Mental Health

A recent Kaiser Permanente research has shown that people who exercised more during the initial lockdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic experienced less anxiety and depression than those who didn’t exercise. It also showed that people who spent more time outdoors typically experienced lower levels of anxiety and depression than those who stayed inside. The findings were published in the journal Preventive Medicine. More than 20,000 people participated in the survey-based study from 6 regions served by Kaiser Permanente across the United States, which included Hawaii, Colorado, Georgia, and the mid-Atlantic states, as well as Southern and Northern California. “What these study findings tell us is that even during an active pandemic or other public health crisis, people should be encouraged to be physically active to help maintain their physical and mental health,” said the study’s lead author Deborah Rohm Young, PhD, the director…

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Orgasmic Meditation is Unique

Washington [US] : In a first-ever study, orgasmic meditation, a unique spiritual practice that uses stimulation of a woman’s clitoris as its focus, has been found to produce a distinctive pattern of brain function, according to a recent study.The story was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. The study found significant changes in brain function in areas associated with sexual stimulation and also more traditional meditation practices – thus representing a true hybrid in terms of its effects. The brain changes were also correlated with alterations in the autonomic nervous system that regulates basic body functions and is implicated in both intense meditation effects as well as sexual stimulation.In addition, patients reported profound spiritual experiences including intense feelings of oneness, unity and connectedness. The study was conducted by the Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, as well as the Departments of Obstetrics…

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Study: Immune System Early Responder Can Combat Covid-19

 A simple RNA molecule jumpstarts the immune system’s ‘first responders’ to viral infection and can even eradicate the SARS-CoV-2 virus in mice with chronic cases of COVID-19, a new Yale School of Medicine study found. The molecule, known as SLR14, is a simple, easy to manufacture, loop of RNA that can trigger the production of interferons, a group of proteins produced by immune cells that are key to the body’s innate, or initial, response to infection. Multiple studies have shown that COVID-19 patients who produce high levels of interferons have far better outcomes than those for whom interferon levels are low during the early days of infection. Treated mice also responded well to numerous variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, including the Delta variant, currently the predominant strain of the virus in the United States, according to the new report published on…

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Study: Anxiety Can Be Effectively Treated With Exercise

Both moderate and strenuous exercise alleviate symptoms of anxiety, even when the disorder is chronic, a study led by researchers at the University of Gothenburg shows. The study, now published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, is based on 286 patients with anxiety syndrome, recruited from primary care services in Gothenburg and the northern part of Halland County. Half of the patients had lived with anxiety for at least ten years. Their average age was 39 years, and 70 percent were women. Through drawing of lots, participants were assigned to group exercise sessions, either moderate or strenuous, for 12 weeks. The results show that their anxiety symptoms were significantly alleviated even when the anxiety was a chronic condition, compared with a control group who received advice on physical activity according to public health recommendations. Most individuals in the treatment groups went from a baseline…

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Study: Discrimination Increases Risk For Mental Health Issues In Young Adults

 A new UCLA study has found that young adults who have experienced discrimination have a higher risk for both short and long-term behavioural and mental health problems. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Pediatrics’. Researchers examined a decade’s worth of health data on 1,834 Americans who were between 18 and 28 years old when the study began. They found that the effects of discrimination may be cumulative — that the greater number of incidents of discrimination someone experiences, the more their risk for mental and behavioural problems increases. The study also suggested that the effects of discrimination in young adults are connected with disparities in care for mental health concerns and institutional discrimination in health care overall, including inequities in diagnoses, treatment and health outcomes. Previous studies have linked discrimination — whether due to racism, sexism, ageism, physical appearance or…

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Ranveer Singh Shares A Glimpse Of His Workout Session

Actor Ranveer Singh wants everyone to drive away their Monday blues by kick-starting the day with a workout session. Taking to Instagram, Ranveer posted a picture of him flaunting his bulky biceps while training at a gym. “Shut up and #grind #mondaymotivation,” he captioned the post. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) Ranveer’s glimpse of Monday motivation has left netizens inspired.“Woah. This is real Monday motivation,” a user commented.“Amazing. Will sure head to gym today,” another one wrote. Meanwhile, on the work front, Ranveer is waiting for the release of his most-awaited film ’83’, which is scheduled to hit the big screen this Christmas. The movie revolves around India’s historical 1983 Cricket World Cup win. It stars Ranveer in the role of the legendary cricketer Kapil Dev.

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Study: Respiratory Disorders Among Obese Can Be Detected Early By CPET

A new study has found that cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) can be used for the early detection of respiratory disorders in overweight and obese individuals. This is the main finding of a study by Brazilian researchers who set out to assess the influence of obesity on the physiological responses obtained in CPET. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘PLOS ONE’. Most of the authors are researchers in the Department of Human Movement Sciences at the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP) in Santos. The study was supported by FAPESP. Three physicians affiliated with the Angiocorpore Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine in Santos also participated. CPET combines a conventional ergometric test with analysis of expelled air to obtain measurements of pulmonary oxygen uptake (VO2), carbon dioxide production (VCO2), respiratory rate, and pulmonary ventilation. It determines the level of aerobic conditioning and is…

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Important Insights: How To Tackle Depression In Youth

Students who participated in universal school-based depression screening were twice as likely to begin treatment compared to their peers who did not receive this screening, according to a new study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers. The researchers published their findings in JAMA Network Open. Dr Deepa Sekhar, associate professor of paediatrics, who served as principal investigator, said the study provides important insights on how to tackle depression in youth. The next step will be to look for ways to break down barriers so that school districts interested in implementing depression screening can effectively do so. “Our study is publishing at a time when more adolescents are reporting symptoms of depression,” said Sekhar, a paediatrician at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital and executive director of Penn State PRO Wellness. Sekhar said, “From 2008 to 2018, the numbers increased by over 70% from 8.3…

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Study Finds Potential Strategy For Fighting Obesity

Scientists have identified a method of safely mimicking weight-loss benefits of a plant compound that holds critical answers to developing therapies for obesity. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘JCI Insight’. UT Southwestern scientists may have identified a method of safely mimicking the weight-loss benefits of a plant compound that — despite its harmful side effects — hold critical answers to developing therapies for obesity. Celastrol, derived from the root extracts of a white-flowered plant in China, has drawn increased attention in recent years after studies showed it can both prevent and reverse obesity in mice. However, because celastrol can cause reactions such as high blood pressure and lethargy in mice, researchers have sought to understand how the compound works and use that knowledge to develop safe weight-loss treatments for people. UT Southwestern may have solved part of the puzzle…

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Poor Sleep Quality Affecting Students’ Mental Health Especially Women

The findings of new research have shown that more than two thirds (approx. 65.5 per cent) of students are experiencing poor sleep quality and this is linked to mental health problems. The research was published in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Human Biology. The findings, based on more than 1,000 (1,113) men and women attending university full-time, also show those reporting depressive symptoms were almost four times as likely to suffer from inadequate sleep habits. Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) was a problem among over half (55 per cent) of the students, they were almost twice as likely to have depression or experience moderate to high-stress levels. In addition, the study highlights a gender divide, with poor quality sleep and EDS more prevalent among females. The authors warn stressors, such as course demands, make college students vulnerable to sleep disorders which in turn affect academic…

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Study: Glycogen Is Linked To Heat Generation In Fat Cells

Researchers in a recent study describe how energy expenditure and heat production are regulated in obesity through a previously unknown cellular pathway. The new study was published in the journal Nature. Humans carry around with them, often abundantly so, at least two kinds of fat tissue: white and brown. White fat cells are essentially inert containers for energy stored in the form of a single large, oily droplet. Brown fat cells are more complex, containing multiple, smaller droplets intermixed with dark-coloured mitochondria — cellular organelles that give them their colour and are the ‘engines’ that convert the lipid droplets into heat and energy. Some people also have “beige” fat cells, brown-like cells residing within white fat that can be activated to burn energy. In recent years, there has been much effort to find ways to increase brown or beige fat cell activity, to induce…

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Research Finds How Immune System Gets Altered By Covid-19

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich researchers say that COVID-19 reduces the numbers and functional competence of certain types of immune cells in the blood. This could affect responses to secondary infections. The findings were published in the journal PLOS Pathogens. The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus causes moderate to severe disease in 3-10 per cent of those infected. In such cases, the immune system overreacts to the virus, triggering an aberrant innate immune response that is characterized by systemic inflammation, intravascular blood clotting and damage to the cardiovascular system. A team led by immunology professor Anne Krug at LMU’s Biomedical Center (BMC), which included many researchers based at the BMC and the LMU Medical Center, has carried out a comprehensive study of this phenomenon and uncovered hitherto unknown effects of the virus on the immune system. In the journal PLOS Pathogens, they report that, following infection with…

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Researchers Identify Potential New Treatment For Covid-19

Researchers during a recent study identified a potential new treatment that suppresses the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. In order to multiply, all viruses, including coronaviruses, infect cells and reprogramme them to produce novel viruses. The study ‘Targeting the pentose phosphate pathway for SARS-CoV-2 therapy’ has been published by the scientific journal Metabolite. The research revealed that cells infected with SARS-CoV-2 can only produce novel coronaviruses when their metabolic pentose phosphate pathway is activated.When applying the drug benfooxythiamine, an inhibitor of this pathway, SARS-CoV-2 replication was suppressed and infected cells did not produce coronaviruses. The research from the University of Kent’s School of Biosciences and the Institute of Medical Virology at Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, found the drug also increased the antiviral activity of ‘2-deoxy-D-glucose’; a drug which modifies the host cell’s metabolism to reduce virus multiplication. This shows that pentose…

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Americans Do Less Physical Activity A Day Than 200 Years Ago: Study

A new research has estimated that the average American does about 30 minutes less physical activity a day than an American 200 years ago. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Current Biology’. That’s the conclusion reached by researchers from the lab of evolutionary biologist Daniel E Lieberman after using data on falling body temperature in the US and changing metabolic rates to measure declining levels of physical activity in the US since the industrial revolution. The scientists found that since 1820, resting metabolic rate (or the total number of calories burned when the body is completely at rest) has declined by about six per cent for Americans, which translates to about 27 minutes per day of less moderate to vigorous physical activity than 200 years ago. The reason, the authors say, is largely because of technology. “Instead of walking to…

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Study: Lack Of Sleep Affects Your Walk

A new study, by researchers at MIT and the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, reports that walking and specifically, how well we can control our stride, or gait, can indeed be affected by lack of sleep. In experiments with student volunteers, the team found that overall, the fewer sleep students got, the less control they had when walking during a treadmill test. For students who pulled an all-nighter before the test, this gait control plummeted even further. The findings were published in the journal. Interestingly, for those who didn’t stay up all night before the test, but who generally had less-than-ideal sleep during the week, those who slept in on weekends performed better than those who didn’t. “Scientifically, it wasn’t clear that almost automatic activities like walking would be influenced by lack of sleep,” says Hermano Krebs, a principal research scientist in MIT’s…

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Study: Long Covid Can Negatively Impact Physical, Cognitive Function, Quality Of Life

According to a new Mount Sinai study, patients experiencing post-acute COVID syndrome (PACS, also known as “long COVID”) may have symptoms for at least 12 months after initial COVID-19 infection, significantly and negatively impacting their cognition, ability to work, participation in physical activity, interaction with others, and overall quality of life. The findings of the study were published in the ‘American Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine’. The study is one of the first to measure the actual impairment and impact of PACS on patients and detail factors that may exacerbate their symptoms. This work will help guide lawmakers and national and international health agencies to develop strategies and policies to support these patients during their lengthy recovery. “With millions of Americans at risk of developing PACS by the end of the pandemic, a second, longer-term public health emergency has emerged. It is imperative…

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Study Finds Key Protein Linked To Appetite, Obesity

A protein has been identified by researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) that plays a key role in how the brain regulates appetite and metabolism. Loss of the protein, XRN1, from the forebrain, resulted in obese mice with an insatiable appetite. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘iScience’. Obesity is a growing public health concern, with over 650 million adults worldwide designated as obese. The condition has been linked to many disorders, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. “Fundamentally, obesity is caused by an imbalance between food intake and energy expenditure,” said Dr Akiko Yanagiya, a researcher in the Cell Signal Unit at OIST, headed by Professor Tadashi Yamamoto. “But we still understand very little about how appetite or metabolism is regulated by communication between the brain and parts of the body,…

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Study: Anxiety Impacts Ability To Perceive Changes In Our Breathing

A University of Otago researcher has found that people with higher levels of anxiety have altered perceptions of their breathing, which can lead to even more anxiety. Lead author Dr Olivia Harrison, now a Rutherford Discovery Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, says anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health conditions, with even more people suffering in the current pandemic. For the paper, published in Neuron, the researchers looked at how the symptoms of anxiety that end up in our body, such as a racing heart, sweaty palms, fast breathing, can feed back and possibly start a negative spiral of emotions, creating even more anxiety. The study, conducted by Dr Harrison while at the University of Zurich, involved thirty healthy people with low anxiety and thirty people with moderate levels of anxiety. Participants completed a questionnaire and two breathing tasks, with…

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Study: Newborns Who Sleep Longer Less Likely To Be Overweight In Infancy

Researchers have long suggested that getting enough sleep at night is important to staying healthy. However, only a few studies have highlighted the necessity of sufficient sleep during the first months of life. New research from investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and collaborators suggests that newborns who sleep longer and wake up less throughout the night are less likely to be overweight in infancy. Their results are published in Sleep. “While an association between insufficient sleep and weight gain is well-established in adults and older children, this link has not been previously recognized in infants,” said study co-author Susan Redline, MD, MPH, senior physician in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at the Brigham. “In this study, we found that not only shorter nighttime sleep, but more sleep awakenings, were associated with a higher likelihood of infants becoming overweight…

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Study: Fasting Required To See Full Benefits Of Calorie Restriction

Over the last few decades, scientists have discovered that long-term calorie restriction provides a wealth of benefits in animals: lower weight, better blood sugar control, even longer lifespans. Researchers have largely assumed that reduced food intake drove these benefits by reprogramming metabolism. But a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers finds that reduced calorie intake alone is not enough; fasting is essential for mice to derive full benefit. The team published their findings in the journal Nature Metabolism. The new findings lend support to preliminary evidence that fasting can boost health in people, as trends like intermittent fasting continue to hold sway. These human and animal studies have added to the growing picture of how health is controlled by when and what we eat, not just how much. The research further emphasizes the complexity of nutrition and metabolism and provides guidance to…

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Illness Related Messages Significant Motivators For Exercise: Study

Fitness apps that emphasize illness- or death-related messaging are more likely to be effective in motivating participation than are social stigma, obesity, or financial cost messaging, according to a recent study led by researchers at the University of Waterloo. The study, ‘The Relationship between Perceived Health Message Motivation and Social Cognitive Beliefs in Persuasive Health Communication’, was published in the journal MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) and was authored by Oyibo, with Julita Vassileva, a Persuasive System Design professor at the University of Saskatchewan, assisting with the data collection. Previous studies, especially on smoking cessation and risky sexual behaviour, found that messages related to mortality could be a barrier to acknowledging health risks, but the study found this is the opposite for fitness apps. The study asked 669 research participants to indicate how persuasive these five types of messages were in terms of motivating…

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Shilpa Shetty Stuns Fans With Undercut Haircut In Latest Workout Video

Actor Shilpa Shetty is the queen of fashion and style and continues to prove so with her trendy new haircut. Taking to her Instagram handle on Monday, the ‘Dhadkan’ star posted a workout video which she began by tying her hair in a ponytail, flaunting her new undercut buzz haircut. Another element of the diva’s sporty avatar that caught the viewers’ attention was her workout wear featuring the word ‘PINK’ in bold, capital letters. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shilpa Shetty Kundra (@theshilpashetty) Once she finished tying her hair, Shilpa winked at the camera and began her high-intensity workout.She chose Diljit Dosanjh’s popular number ‘Lover’ as the background song. “You can’t live each day without taking risks and without getting out of your comfort zone: be it going for an Undercut buzz cut (which took a lot of gumption, won’t…

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Study Examines Neurons, Hormones Associated With Overeating

Stuber Lab researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2019 had discovered that certain cells light up in obese mice and prevent signals that indicate satiety, or feeling full. Now a new study has taken a deeper dive into what role these cells play. A study published in the journal Neuron reports on the function of glutamatergic neurons in mice. These cells are located in the lateral hypothalamic area of the brain, a hub that regulates motivated behaviours, including feeding. The researchers found that these neurons communicate to two different brain regions: the lateral habenula, a key brain region in the pathophysiology of depression, and the ventral tegmental area, best known for the major role it plays in motivation, reward, and addiction. “We found these cells are not a monolithic group, and that different flavours of these cells do different things,”…

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Hrithik Roshan Grooves To ‘Jimmy Jimmy Aaja’ At Gym

Actor Hrithik Roshan sure knows how to make his workout sessions interesting. On Saturday night, he took to Instagram and made everyone smile by giving all a glimpse of impromptu jig to Bollywood’s old songs including Amitabh Bachchan-starrer ‘Janu Meri Jaan’ from the movie ‘ Shaan’ and Mithun Chakraborty’s hit track ‘Jimmy Jimmy Aaja’ at a gym. “When bollywood hero suddenly hears 80’s music in gym. #braindead #totalloss,” he captioned the post. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hrithik Roshan (@hrithikroshan) The first video clip showed Hrithik prancing around the gym, as someone off-camera likened it to Garba. In the other clips, we can see him dancing to the 80s’ tracks. From members of Indian film industry to fans, are all praised Hrithik after seeing his videos.Actor Varun Dhawan commented, “love this.”Actor Deepika Padukone called him a “clown.”“Mast,” actor Dino Morea…

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Five Hours Of Physical Activity Per Week May Prevent Some Cancers: Study

New research has found that more than 46,000 cancer cases annually in the United States could be prevented if Americans met the five hours per week of moderate-intensity recommended physical activity guidelines. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise’. The data has shown that three per cent of all cancer cases in adults in the US aged 30 years and older during 2013 to 2016 were attributable to physical inactivity and the proportion was higher in women (average annual attributable cases 32,089) compared to men (14,277). For both men and women, states with the highest proportion of cancers attributable to physical inactivity were in the South, such as Kentucky, West Virginia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi, whereas the lowest proportions were found in the Mountain region and northern states, such as Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Washington,…

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Study Reveals Highly Processed Food Affects Memory

A new study has found that four weeks on a diet of highly processed food leads to a strong inflammatory response in the brains of ageing rats that was accompanied by behavioural signs of memory loss. Researchers also found that supplementing the processed diet with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA prevented memory problems and reduced the inflammatory effects almost entirely in older rats. The research has been published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. Neuroinflammation and cognitive problems were not detected in young adult rats that ate the processed diet. The study diet mimicked ready-to-eat human foods that are often packaged for long shelf lives, such as potato chips and other snacks, frozen entrees like pasta dishes and pizzas, and deli meats containing preservatives. Highly processed diets are also associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes, suggesting older consumers might want to scale…

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Study: Years Of Exposure To Air Pollution, Road Traffic Noise Might Increase Heart Failure Risk

The findings of a new study suggests that exposure to air pollution and road traffic noise over the course of many years may be associated with an increased risk of developing heart failure. The correlation appears to be even greater in people who are former smokers or have high blood pressure. These findings of the research were published in the ‘Journal of the American Heart Association’, an open-access journal of the American Heart Association. “We found that long-term exposure to specific air pollutants and road traffic noise increased the risk of incident heart failure, especially for former smokers or people with hypertension, so preventive and educational measures are necessary,” said Youn-Hee Lim, PhD, lead author of the study and assistant professor in the section of environmental health within the department of public health at the University of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark. “To minimize the…

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Research: Intermittent Fasting Works For Weight loss, Health Changes

According to a new study review led by University of Illinois Chicago researchers, intermittent fasting can produce clinically significant weight loss as well as improve metabolic health in individuals with obesity. The findings of the study were published in the journal Annual Review of Nutrition. “We noted that intermittent fasting is not better than regular dieting; both produce the same amount of weight loss and similar changes in blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation,” said Krista Varady, professor of nutrition at the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences and author of “Cardiometabolic Benefits of Intermittent Fasting.” According to the analysis published in the Annual Review of Nutrition, all forms of fasting reviewed produced mild to moderate weight loss, 1-8 per cent from baseline weight, which represents results that are similar to that of more traditional, calorie-restrictive diets. Intermittent fasting regimens may also benefit health by…

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Researchers Take Steps Toward More Effective Fitness Trackers, More Physical Activity

As the popularity of fitness trackers has increased, so have the opportunities to use such devices to not only track fitness goals but also increase the motivation to meet those goals. Researchers in the College of Engineering and the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State have teamed up to use control systems engineering tools to tailor motivational messages sent to individual device users. The results of their study were published in Health Psychology. “One of the really exciting advances of the last 15 years has been the advent of wearable and portable consumer technology that can be used to help promote physical activity,” said David Conroy, professor of kinesiology and human development and family studies, and co-principal investigator on the paper. David added, “You can get real-time feedback from these devices and monitor your goals, and you can even push people…

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Outdoor Nature-Based Activities Might Improve Mental Health In Adults: Study

Outdoor nature-based activities can be effective for improving mental health in adults, including those with pre-existing mental health problems, a new study has found. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘SSM – Population Health’. The research, led by the University of York, showed that taking part in outdoor, nature-based activities led to improved mood, less anxiety, and positive emotions. The study found that activities lasting for 20 to 90 minutes, sustained over the course of 8 to 12 weeks, have the most positive outcomes for improving mood and reducing anxiety. Gardening and exercise were among the activities associated with mental health benefits. Engaging in conservation activities was also reported to make people feel better, as did ‘forest bathing’ (stopping in a forest to take in the atmosphere). Nature-based interventions (NBIs) support people to engage with nature in a structured way…

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Study Finds Pros, Cons Of Common Weight-Loss Surgeries

A research team, led by the University of Michigan Health, has found that of the most common weight-loss surgeries, sleeve gastrectomy is safer than gastric bypass. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘JAMA Surgery’. Five years after each procedure, patients who’d undergone a sleeve gastrectomy, which involves removing part of the stomach, had a lower risk of death and complications than those who had chosen to have their stomachs divided into pouches through gastric bypass surgery. However, gastric bypass was superior in one area: Sleeve gastrectomy patients were more likely to need follow-up surgery, which could indicate that gastric bypass is more effective long-term, even though it carries more risks. “It’s really important for patients to understand the risk of significant issues like death, complications, and hospitalisation after these two procedures because that helps inform the decision about which type…

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Milind Soman, Ankita Konwar Shares Glimpse of Their Robust Yoga session

India’s favourite fitness couple Ankita Konwar and Milind Soman were seen making us amp up our romance game as they exercised on the beach together. Always seen pushing fans towards a healthier lifestyle and encouraging them to embrace Yoga, the duo’s sultry workout session at the beach left us motivated to roll out our Yoga mats already. Taking to his social media handle, Milind shared a video in collaboration with Gujarat Tourism which gave fans a glimpse of his robust exercise session with Ankita. While Milind donned only a pair of black shorts, Ankita’s athleisure look included a pink tank top teamed with a pair of black shorts and accessorised with a smart watch. Bending on all fours on the beach with sea waves crashing behind him, Milind nailed an effortless Shirshasana or Yoga’s headstand while Ankita performed a few warm up exercises before nailing Malasana or Yoga’s Garland Pose,…

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Study: 11% Of The Global Population Experience Meal Related Abdominal Pain

According to a survey on over 50,000 people, around 11 per cent of the global population (13 per cent of women and 9 per cent of men) frequently experience abdominal pain when they eat meals. The research is being presented for the first time at UEG Week Virtual 2021. Pain associated with eating appears to be most common in young people aged 18 to 28, with 15 per cent affected, the research found. Those who experienced frequent abdominal meal-related pain were also more likely to suffer from bloating, a swollen tummy, feeling too full after eating or feeling full up too quickly, constipation and diarrhoea. The same group also had more severe psychological distress and somatic symptoms (that were not gastrointestinal). A total of 36 per cent of the people with frequent meal-related pain reported suffered from anxiety compared with 25 per cent in…

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Aerobic Exercise After Sport-Related Concussion Speeds Recovery In Adolescent Athletes

 According to a University at Buffalo study, adolescents can speed their recovery after a sport-related concussion and reduce their risk of experiencing protracted recovery if they engage in aerobic exercise within 10 days of getting injured. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health’. The randomised controlled trial conducted by researchers at UB’s Concussion Management Clinic reproduces and expands on the team’s 2019 study published in ‘JAMA Pediatrics’. The new study has shown for the first time that sub-symptom threshold aerobic exercise — meaning exercise that doesn’t exacerbate symptoms — when initiated within 10 days reduced a participant’s risk of persistent post-concussion symptoms by 48 per cent. “The study clearly demonstrates that strict physical rest until symptoms spontaneously resolve is no longer an acceptable way to treat sport-related concussion in adolescents,” said John J Leddy, MD,…

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Shahid Kapoor Shares Glimpse Of His Early Morning Workout

Actor Shahid Kapoor is inspiring us to drive away the Monday blues by hitting the gym and building some strength. Taking to Instagram Story, Shahid shared a glimpse of his early morning workout. In the image, we can see barbells and other gym equipment kept in a room.“Early morning deadlifts. The best,” he captioned the post. Not only Shahid but his wife Mira Rajput Kapoor is also a workout lover. She often shares her fitness regime with her Instagram followers. A few months ago, Mira, the mother of two children, surprised everyone with her flexibility. She had posted a video, in which she was seen doing yoga asanas like Chakrasana or the backbend pose, Halasana or plough pose and Padmasana or the lotus pose.

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Boys Who Participate In Sports Less Likely To Experience Emotional Distress: Study

According to a new study led by University of Montreal psycho educator Marie-Josee Harbec, boys who participate in sports in early childhood are less likely to experience depression and anxiety symptoms in middle childhood. The findings of the study were published in the ‘Journal of Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics’. The study also suggested that boys who experience less emotional distress in middle childhood are also more likely to be more physically active in early adolescence. In the study, “we wanted to clarify the long-term and reciprocal relationship in school-aged children between participation in sports and depressive and anxiety symptoms,” said Harbec, who did the work as a doctoral student supervised by UdeM psychoeducation professor Linda Pagani. “We also wanted to examine whether this relationship worked differently in boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 12,” said Harbec, who along with Pagani practices…

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Study Finds How Much Weight To Lose For Type 2 Diabetes Management

A new study has found that weight loss of 15 per cent or more should become a central focus of managing type 2 diabetes (T2D) since it has the potential to slow progress and even reverse many cases and reduce complications. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘The Lancet’. The proposed strategy was presented at this week’s Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), held online this year. “We propose that for most patients with type 2 diabetes without cardiovascular disease, the main treatment focus should be managing the key underlying abnormality and driver of the disease: obesity,” stated paper co-author Dr Ildiko Lingvay, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA. “Such an approach would have the added benefit of addressing not just high blood sugar, but other obesity-related complications, such as fatty…

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Nature Is The Key To Children’s Health: Study

According to a massive review of data from nearly 300 studies, the presence of greenspaces near homes and schools is strongly associated with improved physical activity and mental health outcomes in kids. Published online in the journal Pediatrics, the review conducted by Washington State University and University of Washington scientists highlights the important role that exposure to nature plays in children’s health. Importantly, some of the data examined the effects for kids from historically marginalized communities and showed that the benefits of nature exposure may be even more pronounced for them. “By looking at the full scope of existing quantitative evidence, we were able to see the importance of ready access to nature for both physical and mental health outcomes in childhood,” said Amber Fyfe-Johnson, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor with WSU’s Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health…

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Researchers Find Obesity Can Affect Hair Thinning, Loss

Researchers have found the reason behind why obesity can lead to hair thinning. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Nature’. They found that stem cells within hair follicles in mice given a high-fat diet behaved differently from those in mice with a standard diet. Inflammatory signals in the stem cells led to these differences, ultimately resulting in hair thinning and loss. These fascinating data shed light on the complicated link between obesity and organ dysfunction.It’s well known that obesity is linked to the development of numerous diseases in humans. Heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments are extremely common in obese individuals. However, it’s not fully clear how body organs specifically deteriorate and lose functionality from chronic obesity. In a recent study, a group of researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) used mouse model experiments to examine how a…

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World Heart Day: Balanced Lifestyle Reduces Heart Disease Risk In Young Professionals

World Heart Day, which falls on September 29, is celebrated annually to spread awareness about the importance of keeping the heart fit as it’s one of the most important organs that deliver oxygen and nutrients to cells and also removes waste products. Any sign of heart trouble should be taken seriously as it is linked to one’s longevity and survival. In wake of the current COVID pandemic, as people manoeuvre through this paradigm shift involving the new normal, it’s vital that people stay calm collectively and make a conscious effort to balance work and life. Hence, it’s important to eat right and come to terms with your health, lifestyle and take care of your heart. This World Heart Day, doctors at Fortis Healthcare have called for maintaining a balanced lifestyle, and in light of the pandemic, they urged the public, particularly the youth, to…

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Study: Involuntary Job Loss Affects BMI, Health Behaviours In Males

Involuntary job loss affects the Body Mass Index (BMI) of men and behaviours differentially across the life cycle, suggests the findings of a new study by the University of Kent. The research published in Economics and Human Biology highlights the prevalence of young people being overweight or obese, with higher alcohol consumption and reduced physical activity after losing jobs through business closures, re-organisations, bankruptcies, or privatisation. The findings also suggested increased prevalence and intensity of smoking in middle-aged men. Employment is one of the most critical determinants of health and health behaviours for adults worldwide. While data from Ukraine over a period of 10 years were analysed to conclude these findings, this research presents wide-ranging implications of involuntary job losses that have particular relevance following the Covid-19 pandemic. As the furlough scheme comes to an end in the UK at the end of September…

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Shilpa Shetty Seeks Monday Motivation From Her Kids To Stay Fit And Healthy

 Amid the ongoing porn racket controversy surrounding her husband and businessman Raj Kundra, actor Shilpa Shetty has been vocal on social media about practising yoga for mental peace. The actor has also shared this wisdom with her little children. Taking to her Instagram handle on Monday, the actor shared a super cute video in which her son Viaan can be seen teaching yoga to her daughter Samisha. “Kids are like wet clay. We must mould their approach towards a healthier lifestyle early. Inculcating the habit of enjoying a balanced diet, staying fit, and gaining control over the mind & soul is crucial. That’s exactly what I’ve tried to do with Viaan; and now, to see him take over the role and teaching his little follower, Samisha, makes me so proud,” she captioned. Shilpa further called the sight of her children bonding over exercise as…

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Study: Strength Training Can Burn Fat Too

A recent study by researchers of The University of New South Wales (UNSW) suggested that one can lose around 1.4 per cent of our entire body fat through strength training alone, which is similar to how much we might lose through cardio or aerobics. The study was published in the journal ‘Sports Medicine’. It is basic exercise knowledge that to gain muscles, you strength train, and to lose fat, you do cardio- right? Not necessarily, the researchers suggested. “A lot of people think that if you want to lose weight, you need to go out and run,” said the senior author of the study Dr Mandy Hagstrom, exercise physiologist and senior lecturer at UNSW Medicine and Health. “But our findings show that even when strength training is done on its own, it still causes a favourable loss of body fat without having to consciously…

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Arjun Kapoor Shares Video Detailing His Day At Bootcamp; Says ‘I’m Still Working Out’

Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor, who has been pushing his body to achieve the desired physique, revealed that he recently travelled outside Mumbai to do two intense bootcamps with his trainer Drew Neal. Arjun’s massive physical transformation will be evident from his new films like ‘Ek Villain 2’, ‘Kuttey’, among others. Arjun also shared a video detailing his day at the bootcamp in Alibaug and revealed the diet he is on. “Just a day in my life when I’m not out working but I’m still working out,” he captioned the post. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Arjun Kapoor (@arjunkapoor) “I’m in a good space right now trying to push my body as much as possible so that I can be the best version of myself. I’m a work in progress and I will always be one. I have no shame in…

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Study Finds Intermittent Fasting Can Help Manage Chronic Diseases

According to a new study, eating daily calories within a consistent window of 8-10 hours is a powerful strategy to prevent and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Endocrine Reviews’. Time-restricted eating is a type of intermittent fasting that limits your food intake to a certain number of hours each day. Intermittent fasting is one of the most popular diet trends, and people are using it to lose weight, improve their health and simplify their lifestyles. “People who are trying to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle should pay more attention to when they eat as well as what they eat. Time-restricted eating is an easy-to-follow and effective dietary strategy that requires less mental math than counting calories,” said Satchidananda Panda, PhD, of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in…

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Early Weight Loss Protects Fertility Of Obese Persons: Study

The reproductive function in obese boys can be improved through weight loss, which in turn could protect their fertility in adulthood, according to new research. The study presented at the 59th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting suggests that even after short-term weight loss, alterations in reproductive function could be partially reversed in young boys with obesity. This indicates that early management of obesity in childhood could help prevent future fertility problems in men. Childhood obesity can have some profound effects on future health in adulthood, including a greater risk of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Obesity has also been linked to fertility problems in both men and women. The commonest causes of fertility problems in men are usually sperm abnormalities or a low sperm count. Leydig cells in the testes become active in puberty to produce the main male hormone,…

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Study Finds Diet May Contribute To Cognitive Resilience In Elderly

A new study has found that older adults may benefit from a specific diet called the MIND diet, even when they develop protein deposits known as amyloid plaques and tangles. The findings of the study were published in the ‘Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease’. Ageing takes a toll on the body and on the mind. For example, the tissue of ageing human brains sometimes develops abnormal clumps of proteins that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. How can you protect your brain from these effects? Researchers at Rush University Medical Center have found that older adults may benefit from a specific diet called the MIND diet even when they develop these protein deposits, known as amyloid plaques and tangles. Plaques and tangles are a pathology found in the brain that builds up in between nerve cells and typically interfere with thinking and problem-solving skills. Developed…

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Overweight Children Following Healthy Diet Can Reduce Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Study

Statistically overweight children who follow a healthy eating pattern significantly improve their weight and reduce a variety of cardiovascular disease risks, suggests the findings of a Cleveland Clinic-led research team. The study, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Pediatrics, paired parents and children together throughout the trial. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity now affects 1 in 5 children and adolescents in the United States. Children who are obese are more likely to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Adult obesity is associated with an increased risk of several serious health conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. For one year, researchers studied changing cardiovascular disease risk markers associated with three healthy eating patterns in 96 children between the ages of 9 and 18 years old with a…

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Arjun Kapoor Speaks About Venturing Into Fitness Space

Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor, who battled obesity since childhood and has gone through a remarkable physical transformation, recently said that he will soon be venturing into the food and fitness space. The ‘2 States’ actor took to his Instagram handle and shared a short video montage in which he could be seen sweating it out at the gym. In the caption of the post, Arjun wrote, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint. #WorkInProgress.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Arjun Kapoor (@arjunkapoor) Talking about how fitness has changed his perspective, Arjun revealed, “People have been kind enough to notice my transformation. My fitness journey has not only changed the way I look at food, nutrition and fitness but it has also changed the way people look at me. The opportunities and offers coming to me have also changed.” He further spoke…

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For Obesity-Related High Blood Pressure, Meds, Surgery May Help

Weight-loss medications and surgical procedures show promise for reducing the long-term effects of high blood pressure (also called hypertension) in people who are overweight or have obesity. This finding was suggested by a new American Heart Association scientific statement published today in the Association’s journal Hypertension. A scientific statement is an expert analysis of current research and may inform future guidelines. “Weight loss achieved through dietary changes and increased physical activity are the cornerstones of treatment for high blood pressure that’s related to being overweight. However, these lifestyle behaviours are often not sustained over the long term. Subsequently, reductions in blood pressure aren’t maintained over time,” said Chair of the statement writing group Michael E. Hall, M.D., M.S., FAHA, associate division director for cardiovascular diseases at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He added, “The new scientific statement suggests medical and…

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Emmy Awards 2021: The Complete List Of Winners

Celebrating the best of TV, the annual Emmy Awards ceremony was held on Sunday night at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles, California, with ‘The Crown’, ‘Ted Lasso’ and ‘Mare of Easttown’ taking home a whopping 10 of the 12 acting awards. ‘Ted Lasso’ from Apple TV Plus and HBO’s ‘Mare of Easttown’ picked up the first awards at the 73rd Primetime Emmys. Each of them won supporting acting prizes for a comedy and limited series, respectively. The outstanding lead actor in a comedy award was picked by Jason Sudeikis for his turn as the titular sensitive soccer coach in ‘Ted Lasso’, while Kate Winslet won lead actress in a limited series or movie for her role as a detective sergeant in ‘Mare of Easttown’. Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ reigned over the night with seven honours, picking up the drama series trophy, as well as…

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Study Finds Primary Cause Of Current Obesity Epidemic

A new study has claimed that much of the blame for the current obesity epidemic lies on modern dietary patterns characterised by excessive consumption of foods with a high glycemic load: in particular, processed, rapidly digestible carbohydrates. These foods cause hormonal responses that fundamentally change our metabolism, driving fat storage, weight gain, and obesity. The findings of the study were published in ‘The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that obesity affects more than 40 per cent of American adults, placing them at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020 – 2025 further says that losing weight “requires adults to reduce the number of calories they get from foods and beverages and increase the amount expended through physical activity.” This…

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Consuming Fruit, Vegetables & Exercising Can Make You Happier: Study

A new study has found that fruit and vegetable consumption and exercise can increase levels of happiness. The findings of the study were published in the ‘Journal of Happiness Studies’. While the link between lifestyle and wellbeing has been previously documented and often used in public health campaigns to encourage healthier diets and exercise, new findings showed that there is also a positive causation from lifestyle to life satisfaction. This research is the first of its kind to unravel the causation of how happiness, the consumption of fruit and vegetables and exercising are related, rather than generalising a correlation. The researchers, Dr Adelina Gschwandtner (University of Kent’s School of Economics), Dr Sarah Jewell and Professor Uma Kambhampati (both from the University of Reading’s School of Economics), used an instrumental variable approach to filter out any effect from happiness to lifestyle. It showed that it…

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Arshad Warsi’s Transforms Body For His New Project

Actor Arshad Warsi has been working hard to bulk up for his role in a new project. On Friday, Arshad took to Instagram and shared a picture of him flaunting his bulging muscles.“Long way to go, but getting in shape for my next project,” he captioned the post. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Arshad Warsi (@arshad_warsi) Fans have gone gaga over Arshad’s physical transformation.“Hot,” a user commented.“Super body,” another one wrote. As Arshad did not disclose the name of the project, many social media users assumed that he is trying to get in shape for the second season of his hit show ‘Asur’. “Lgta h Sir is baar ASUR se direct hand to hand combat krenge #Amazing, an Instagram user commented.“Asur 2?” another user asked. Directed by Oni Sen, ‘Asur’ revolves around one’s battle against good and evil. It combined…

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Yoga To Keep Your Heart Healthy

Yoga improves the circulation of blood and oxygen in the body and brings down stress levels. Here are asanas, mudras and pranayama techniques for better heart health. Yoga, with its combination of poses, breathing exercises and meditation techniques has been attracting people of all age groups thanks to its many health benefits. The ancient practice has been gaining popularity not only as a fitness and wellness regime but also as an adjunct therapy in treating many health disorders from arthritis to heart disease. The scientific benefits of Yoga have been acknowledged by several health studies. Yoga improves the circulation of blood and oxygen in the body. It is also known to thin the blood which can decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke as they are often caused by blood clots, according to the International Journal of Yoga (IJOY). It also increases blood flow and…

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Researchers Find Standing Is Associated With Better Insulin Sensitivity

In a Finnish collaborative study of Turku PET Centre and UKK institute, the researchers noticed that standing is associated with better insulin sensitivity. Increasing the daily standing time may therefore help prevent chronic diseases. The findings of the study were published in the ‘Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport’. Insulin is a key hormone in energy metabolism and blood sugar regulation. Normal insulin function in the body may be disturbed by e.g. overweight, leading to decreased insulin sensitivity and increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Type 2 diabetes is one the most common lifestyle diseases worldwide, and its onset is usually preceded by impaired insulin sensitivity, i.e. insulin resistance. This refers to a state in which the body does not react to insulin normally, and the blood glucose levels rise. Lifestyle has a strong impact on insulin resistance and…

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Study Finds Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Controlled Through Diet

During a recent study, a research team found that people with Type 2 diabetes can effectively control it through diet and pharmacists are well-positioned to supervise the transition. The research from the University of British Columbia and England’s Teesside University, published in Nature Communications, was part of a 12-week study involving a specialized diet that was managed by local pharmacists. Study participants, all living with Type 2 diabetes, were given a meal plan of low calorie, low carbohydrate, higher protein foods and they checked in regularly with their pharmacist who could monitor their medications. “Type 2 diabetes can be treated, and sometimes reversed, with dietary interventions,” said study co-author Dr Jonathan Little. “However, we needed a strategy to help people implement these interventions while keeping an eye on their medication changes,” added Dr Jonathan. Pharmacists are generally more accessible than a family doctor, says…

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Study Finds How Many Steps Per Day We Need For Health Benefits

According to a new study, walking at least 7,000 steps a day reduced middle-aged people’s risk of premature death from all causes by 50 per cent to 70 per cent, compared to that of other middle-aged people who took fewer daily steps. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘JAMA Network Open’. But walking more than 10,000 steps per day — or walking faster — did not further reduce the risk, noted lead author Amanda Paluch, a physical activity epidemiologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The findings highlight the evolving efforts to establish evidence-based guidelines for simple, accessible physical activity that benefits health and longevity, such as walking. The oft-advised 10,000 steps a day is not a scientifically established guideline but emerged as part of a decades-old marketing campaign for a Japanese pedometer, said Paluch, assistant professor of kinesiology in…

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Regular Exercise May Lower Risk Of Developing Anxiety

The findings of a recent study suggest that those who engage in regular exercise may lower their risk of developing anxiety by almost 60 per cent. The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry. A quick online search for ways to improve our mental health will often come up with a myriad of different results. However, one of the most common suggestions put forward as a step to achieving wellness – and preventing future issues – is doing some physical exercise, whether it be a walk or playing a team sport. Anxiety disorders – which typically develop early in a person’s life – are estimated to affect approximately 10 per cent of the world’s population and have been found to be twice as common in women compared to men. And while exercise is put forward as a promising strategy for the treatment…

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Study: Peanuts May Lower Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among People

According to a new study, Asian men and women living in Japan who ate peanuts (on average 4-5 peanuts/day) had a lower risk of having an ischemic stroke or a cardiovascular disease event compared to those who did not eat peanuts. The findings of the study were published in ‘Stroke’, a journal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association. While previous studies have linked peanut consumption with improved cardiovascular health among Americans, researchers in this study specifically examined the link between peanut consumption and the incidence of different types of stroke (ischemic and hemorrhagic) and cardiovascular disease events (such as stroke and ischemic heart disease) among Japanese men and women. “We showed for the first time a reduced risk for ischemic stroke incidence associated with higher peanut consumption in an Asian population,” said lead study author Satoyo Ikehara, PhD,…

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Walking Strategies For People With Parkinson’s Disease: Study

Various strategies can help people with Parkinson’s who have difficulty walking, but a new study finds that many people have never heard of or tried these strategies. The research is published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study also found that how well different compensation strategies worked depended on the context in which they were used, such as indoors versus outdoors, under time pressure or not. “We know people with Parkinson’s often spontaneously invent creative ‘detours’ to overcome their walking difficulties, in order to remain mobile and independent,” said study author Anouk Tosserams, MD, of the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He added, “For example, people walk to the rhythm of a metronome, by mimicking the gait of another person, or by counting in their head. We found that people are…

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Study Identifies Potential Target For Treating Systemic Inflammation In Obesity

A study led by researchers at the University of Chicago and Indiana University has determined that a protein called elF5A is necessary for driving inflammation in macrophage cells in obesity. Blocking DHPS, the enzyme that modifies and activates elF5A, led to reduced inflammation and improved glucose control in mice. The study was published in the journal Cell Metabolism. DHPS is a conserved protein, meaning that it is found in many different animal species from bacteria to humans. It has mostly been studied in yeast and other cultured cells. While the lab of Rhagu Mimira, MD, PhD, has studied DHPS for years, little was known about its role in inflammation or obesity. “When I joined the lab as a postdoc, I was interested to see if the DHS pathway could be a common thread promoting inflammation both in the pancreas, as Dr. Mirmira’s lab had…

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Young Adults At Highest Risk Of Weight Gain: Study

According to a new study young adults between the age of 18 to 24 are at the highest risk of becoming overweight or developing obesity in the next decade of their life compared to adults in any other age group, and obesity prevention policies should target this group. The study led by researchers at UCL (University College London), the University of Cambridge, and Berlin Institute of Health at Charite -Universitatsmedizin Berlin, published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, found that being a young adult is a more important risk factor for weight gain than sex, ethnicity, geographic region, or socioeconomic area characteristics. The risk of gaining weight is not only highest in the youngest adult age group, but it steadily decreases with age. The researchers looked at anonymised primary care health records from more than 2 million adults (with more than 9 million measurements…

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Arjun Kapoor Opens Up About Regaining Fitness Post Covid-19

 It has been a year since actor Arjun Kapoor had tested positive for COVID-19 and the actor marked this “one year anniversary” by opening up about his mental and physical struggle of regaining his fitness levels. The actor took to his Instagram handle on Monday and posted a detailed write-up of his tough journey after contracting the deadly virus. Along with the details, he also posted a picture in which he is seen working out. “One year anniversary! Aap soch rahe hoge kis cheez ka? Koi khushiyon wali anniversary nahin hai yeh, it’s one year since I tested positive for covid-19… and it pushed my fitness level back by months. I had just started getting into a routine with Drew on zoom sessions in lockdown and boom, I got covid. For someone like me – the struggle is continuous, every day counts, every training…

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Companion dogs might be key to solving dementia

In a recent study, scientists find that cognitive dysfunction in dogs models several key aspects of human dementia, underscoring the suitability and usefulness of companion dogs as an animal model for ageing studies. Budapest [Hungary] : The study was published in the journal GeroScience. According to the findings of the research, recently when researchers measured an Alzheimer’s disease-associated peptide (Ab42) in companion dog brains they found that higher abundance is associated with increased cognitive decline.Dementia is an umbrella term for loss of memory and ability to learn, deterioration in thinking, behaviour, and the ability to carry out daily tasks. The chance of getting dementia rises as one gets older: In general, 5-8 per cent of people over 60 are thought to have some degree of dementia.The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease, for which unfortunately no cure exists yet. One main limitation…

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UK Study Finds Weight Gain In Pandemic Increased Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Extra weight gained as people lived through the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple lockdowns means they are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new UK study said. Extra weight gained as people lived through the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple lockdowns means they are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new UK study reported on Saturday. The study, published in ‘The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology’, shows that people aged under 40 enrolling on the National Health Service (NHS) Diabetes Prevention Programme have seen the greatest differences in weight, and are an average of eight pounds heavier than those enrolling before. The NHS estimates that weight gain of one kg, or 2.2 pounds, can increase someone’s risk of diabetes by around 8 per cent. “The pandemic has changed every part of our lives and taken a toll on mind and body, with thousands of…

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Moderate-Vigorous Physical Activity Is Most Efficient At Improving Fitness: Study

In the largest study performed to date to understand the relationship between habitual physical activity and physical fitness, researchers have found that higher amount of time spent performing exercise (moderate-vigorous physical activity) and low-moderate level activity (steps) and less time spent sedentary, translated to greater physical fitness. The findings of the study were published in the ‘European Heart Journal’. “By establishing the relationship between different forms of habitual physical activity and detailed fitness measures, we hope that our study will provide important information that can ultimately be used to improve physical fitness and overall health across the life course,” explained corresponding author Matthew Nayor, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at BUSM. He and his team studied approximately 2,000 participants from the community-based Framingham Heart Study who underwent comprehensive cardiopulmonary exercise tests (CPET) for the “gold standard” measurement of physical fitness. Physical fitness measurements…

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Choosing Personal Exercise Goals, Then Pursue Them Immediately Is Key To Sustaining Change

A new study showed that giving patients at risk of heart disease a choice in their physical activity goal, then having them start right away, resulted in the most change. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘JAMA Cardiology’. When people set their own exercise goals — and then pursue them immediately — it’s more likely to result in lasting positive changes, according to the new study at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The results of this research are especially important because they were found among an underserved population that is at particularly high risk of having or developing heart conditions. “Most behaviour change programs involve goal-setting, but the best way to design that process is unknown,” said lead author Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, an associate professor of Medicine at Penn and vice president for Clinical…

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Older People With Abdominal Fat, Weak Muscles Can Lead To Loss Of Gait Speed

A new study has found that the dangerous combination of weak muscles and abdominal fat can lead to a significant loss of gait speed in older people. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Age and Ageing’. The study was conducted by researchers at the Federal University of Sao Carlos (UFSCar) in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in partnership with colleagues at University College London (UCL) in the UK. A slower gait is a natural outcome of the ageing process, but mobility problems can result if the walking speed falls sharply. Everyday activities such as crossing the street before the traffic lights change become increasingly difficult, and there may be a heightened risk of falling as well as a gradual loss of independence if the condition worsens. “Our comparative analysis showed loss of gait speed occurring mainly when abdominal fat…

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Milind Soman Stretches His ‘Mind, Body & Spirit’ By Doing A Headstand

Milind Soman shared a peaceful video of himself stretching his ‘mind, body and spirit’ by doing a headstand or Sirsasana as it rained in the background. He engaged his core muscles and impeccable strength to nail the pose. Sharing the video, Milind wrote, “Spent the weekend relaxing with @ankita_earthy and family. Importantly, found a few minutes every day for myself, to stretch mind, body and spirit. Nothing prettier or more refreshing than pattering rain on so many different greens of leaves and grass.” Watch the video: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) The video begins with Milind sharing a glimpse of the stunning backyard of the villa that he is staying at. One can see rain pattering on the green grass, and it is a gorgeous scene. Then, Milind walks into the camera and gets on the ground to do the headstand.…

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Yasmin Karachiwala’s ‘YK300’ Challenge Is Here: Check Video

Fitness and Pilates trainer Yasmin Karachiwala is here to remind you to hit the grind with an intense workout challenge that will help you burn, sweat and shred at the gym. Yasmin took to Instagram to share a seven-day fitness routine with her followers that involves several variations of the Squat. She posted the video with the caption, “Burn! Shred and Sweat cause, YK300Challenge is here. The most exciting and intense challenge. 7 days, 7 different exercises, 7 different body parts. YK300Challenge.” The workout routine includes seven variations of Squats that targets seven different parts of the body while helping you to ‘burn and shred’. Watch the video: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Yasmin Karachiwala | Fitness (@yasminkarachiwala) According to Yasmin’s post, the seven-day fitness routine involves five variations with twenty repetitions of each exercise. The exercises need to be performed with three up-cycles, and on the seventh day, one…

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Moderate-vigorous physical activity is most efficient at improving fitness

Washington [US]: In the largest study performed to date to understand the relationship between habitual physical activity and physical fitness, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that a higher amount of time spent performing exercise (moderate-vigorous physical activity) and low-moderate level activity (steps) and less time spent sedentary, translated to greater physical fitness. These findings appear online in the European Heart Journal.“By establishing the relationship between different forms of habitual physical activity and detailed fitness measures, we hope that our study will provide important information that can ultimately be used to improve physical fitness and overall health across the life course,” explained corresponding author Matthew Nayor, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at BUSM. He and his team studied approximately 2,000 participants from the community-based Framingham Heart Study who underwent comprehensive cardiopulmonary exercise tests (CPET) for the “gold standard” measurement…

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Study: Fructose Consumption Increases Rate Of Obesity

According to a recent study, eating fructose appears to alter cells in the digestive tract in a way that enables it to take in more nutrients. These changes could help to explain the well-known link between rising fructose consumption around the world and increased rates of obesity and certain cancers. The findings of the research were published in the journal ‘Nature’. The preclinical study, conducted by investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian, focused on the effect of a high-fructose diet on villi, the thin, hairlike structures that line the inside of the small intestine. Villi expand the surface area of the gut and help the body to absorb nutrients, including dietary fats, from food as it passes through the digestive tract. The study found that mice that were fed diets that included fructose had villi that were 25 per cent to 40…

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Tiger Shroff Shares Video Of His Intense Workout Routine

Actor Tiger Shroff who is admired for his fitness regime and muscular physique, on Saturday, treated fans to glimpses from his intense workout routine. Tiger took to his Instagram handle and shared a Reel in which he could be seen doing pull-ups, weight training and boxing. Tiger paired his vigorous workout video with the song ‘Earned It’ by The Weeknd, from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’.“Rise and grind,” he captioned the post. Fans flooded Tiger’s post with heart and fire emoticons. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tiger Shroff (@tigerjackieshroff) Meanwhile, on the work front, the actor will next be seen in ‘Heropanti 2’ with Tara Sutaria in the lead role. The movie is being directed by Ahmed Khan, who also directed Tiger’s last release, ‘Baaghi 3’. The film’s music will be composed by A R Rahman, with the lyrics penned by…

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Study Finds Link Between Heart Disease And Eating Saturated Fat

The findings of a new study performed on more than 100,000 individuals suggest that a potential link exists between eating saturated fat from meat and developing heart disease. The preliminary research was recently presented at ESC Congress 2021. Study author Dr Rebecca Kelly of the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, UK said, “The association seen between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease risk in observational studies has previously been unclear; our findings are important because they provide a possible explanation — that the relationship may vary depending on the food source.” She added, “We found that saturated fat from meat may be associated with a higher risk than other food sources – in part because those consuming large amounts of meat also had a higher body mass index (BMI) than low consumers.” Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death and disability…

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Physical Activity Among Children Can Be Improved By ‘Exergames’

A new research has shown that physical activity among children can be improved by well-designed and delivered online interventions such as ‘exergames’ and smartphone apps. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘ Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy’. According to the review study carried out at the University of Birmingham, children and young people reacted positively in PE lessons to the use of exergames, which deliver physical activity lessons via games or personalised activities. Changes included increases in physical activity levels, but also improved emotions, attitudes and motivations towards physical activity. The study is one of the first to examine not only the impact of online interventions on physical behaviours in non-clinical groups of young people but the effects of digital mediums on physical activity knowledge, social development and improving mental health. The evidence can be used to inform guidance for…

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Study Highlights Healthy Years Of Life After Heart Attack

According to the findings of a new study, adherence to lifestyle advice and medications could add seven healthy years of life after a heart attack. “Most heart attack patients remain at high risk of a second attack one year later,” said study author Dr. Tinka Van Trier of Amsterdam University Medical Centre, the Netherlands. “Our study suggests that improving both lifestyles and medication use could lower this risk, with a gain in many years of life without a cardiovascular event,” The study was presented at ESC Congress 2021. The INTERHEART study previously demonstrated that 80-90 per cent of the risk of a heart attack can be modified by managing factors such as smoking, unhealthy diet, abdominal obesity, inadequate physical activity, hypertension, diabetes and raised blood lipid levels.2 Such management consists of two main strategies: lifestyle change and medication. However, the RESPONSE studies showed that…

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Ankita Konwar Nails Split Stretching Exercises

Muscular imbalances, weakness, overuse or injury can render our hip flexors inflexible or make our hips tight and stiff which can hinder our ability to split or extend our legs to their full range of motion but Milind Soman’s wife Ankita Konwar sorted our fitness woes. All those who can’t slide into a split should take fitness inspiration from Ankita and try incorporating seated wide angle stretch or Yoga’s Parsva Upavistha Konasana, front body stretch and simple leg stretches to accomplish the masterful exercise move. Taking to her social media handle recently, the fitness enthusiast flaunted muscle flexibility with split stretch exercises as she returned home. Donning an easy breezy mauve mini dress, Ankita expressed her joy of finally being home by taking to her balcony and nailing three different split stretches. The first picture featured her nailing an effortless side stretch with her legs split into 90 degrees…

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Study Aims To Understand Muscle Fatigue In Older Adults

Older adults on a walk or hike, or just going about their daily routines, seem to experience greater fatigue than their younger counterparts. Such fatigue may ultimately affect their ability to participate in activities that are meaningful to them and help keep them healthy. A University of Massachusetts Amherst team of scientists in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences is focused on understanding how muscle fatigue and changes in gait affect the ability of people in their 70s and 80s to remain active. With a USD 1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Aging, biomechanical engineer Katherine Boyer will lead the study, which has started to recruit participants in Western Massachusetts. “We have worked for many years to understand how age impacts how you move and how physical activity levels or lifestyle factors may influence how…

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Stress Signal From Fat Cells Could Help Protect The Heart From Obesity’s Negative Consequences

A stress signal received by the heart from fat could help protect against cardiac damage induced by obesity, a new study led by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers suggests. The finding, published online in Cell Metabolism, could help explain the “obesity paradox,” a phenomenon in which obese individuals have better short- and medium-term cardiovascular disease prognoses compared with those who are lean, but with ultimately worse long-term outcomes. “The mechanism we have identified here could be one of many that protect the heart in obesity,” said study leader Philipp E. Scherer, Ph.D., Professor of Internal Medicine and Cell Biology at UTSW who has long studied fat metabolism. Study co-leader Clair Crewe, Ph.D., Assistant Instructor of Internal Medicine at UTSW, explained that the metabolic stress of obesity gradually makes fat tissue dysfunctional, causing its mitochondria – the cellular organelles that generate energy…

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Shilpa Shetty Shares Motivational Yoga Video

Amid the controversy of her husband’s arrest in the pornography case, actor Shilpa Shetty on Monday shared a motivational yoga video, encouraging her fans and followers to become their own warriors.After a long hiatus, Shilpa is back on social media and recently she shared a video with her millions of Instagram followers in which she can be seen performing multiple asanas. Sharing the video, the ‘Hungama 2’ actor wrote, “Be your own warrior; strong enough to effect and defend positive change in your life.” “Whether it’s a low or high point, I only turn to yoga. It’s the best remedy for me to stay positive, focused, and balanced. One of the most calming yet energising routines is that of the empowering ‘Virbhadrasana, Malasana, and the dynamic hip opening’ flow,” she further wrote. The Atharvaveda: Shanti Sukta or the chant for peace is playing in…

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Foods To Avoid At Bedtime For Better Health

If you are having these foods before sleeping, you may develop several health issues from sleep problems to chronic diseases. Many of us tend to have heavy meals at dinner time or unwind our day with tea or coffee, because that is the time when we are usually free of work worries. But when we are not mindful of what we are consuming at night, instead of having a relaxed and recuperative rest, we may have trouble falling asleep or interrupted sleep. If over a period of time, we do not fix our night time eating habits, we are at risk of developing certain chronic diseases like diabetes, blood pressure among other things, according to experts. Late meals, particularly play havoc with our overall health, increasing chances of obesity, heart diseases and stroke. According to Shruti Bharadwaj, Senior Clinical Dietician, Narayana Hrudalaya Multi Speciality Hospital Ahmedabad, here…

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