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Huma Qureshi Shares Pics Doing Back-Bending Yoga Asana

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], January 16 (ANI): Actor Huma Qureshi is making sure to take proper care of her health. Taking to Instagram, Huma shared her Sunday morning routine. She uploaded a few pictures of her doing a back-bending yoga asana on an open terrace. “Slow and steady ..One day at a time towards Me,” she captioned the post. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Huma S Qureshi (@iamhumaq) Huma’s workout pictures garnered several likes and comments. “Wow…can see the major difference because of your hardwork,” actor Sachin Shroff commented.“Great going,” cricketer Shikhar Dhawan commented. Meanwhile, on the work front, Huma will be seen in ‘Double XL’, which tackles the mental agony that results from being body-shamed. The film also stars Sonakshi Sinha. The both have faced body shaming in the past.

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Study: Long-Term Exposure To Air Pollution May Heighten COVID-19 Risk

Washington [US], January 15 (ANI): Long term exposure to ambient air pollution may heighten the risk of COVID-19 infection, suggests recent research. The findings were published in the journal ‘Occupational and Environmental Medicine’. The association was strongest for particulate matter, with an average annual raise of 1 ug/m3 linked to a 5 per cent increase in the infection rate. This equates to an extra 294 cases/100,000 people a year, according to the findings, which focus on the inhabitants of one Northern Italian city. While further research is needed to confirm cause and effect, the findings should reinforce efforts to cut air pollution, say the researchers. Northern Italy has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with Lombardy the worst affected region in terms of both cases and deaths. Several reasons have been suggested for this, including different testing strategies and demographics. But estimates from the…

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Scientists Discover Different Effects Of Morning, Evening Exercise

Copenhagen [Denmark], January 14 (ANI): Scientists still do not know why the timing of exercise produces different effects. To gain a better understanding, an international team of scientists recently carried out the most comprehensive study to date of exercise performed at different times of the day. The findings were recently published in the journal ‘Cell Metabolism’. Their research has shown how different health-promoting signalling molecules are produced by the body in an organ-specific manner following exercise depending on the time of day. These signals have a broad impact on health, influencing sleep, memory, exercise performance and metabolic homeostasis. “A better understanding of how exercise affects the body at different times of day might help us to maximise the benefits of exercise for people at risk of diseases, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes,” said Professor Juleen R. Zierath from Karolinska Institutet and the…

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Study Shines Light On The Genetic Pathways To Understand Obesity

London [UK], January 11 (ANI): A new study has helped to shine light on the genetic pathways underlying obesity which could help develop more personalised ways to help people maintain a healthy weight. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Metabolites’. The work is the largest study of its kind looking at genomics and levels of metabolites – the molecules produced when the body breaks down food. It reports 74 previously unknown genomic regions that influence how people’s bodies break down food into energy. The work was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre. The team behind the study were from the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, King’s College London and the NIHR BioResource. The study involved 8,809 people who had joined the NIHR BioResource. The BioResource is a bank…

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Study Finds Metric To Identify Young Children Most At Risk Of Obesity

Washington [US], January 11 (ANI): A new study has found an easy-to-interpret metric that could help identify young children most at risk of developing obesity. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Econometrics and Statistics’. The study, led by researchers at Penn State, used novel statistical methods to establish scoring criteria using data collected from young children. The research also demonstrates that robust results are attainable from studies that are orders-of-magnitude smaller than typical genetic studies when comprehensive data is collected over time and used in conjunction with powerful statistical tools. “About 18 per cent of children in the United States are obese, and 6 per cent are severely obese,” said Sarah Craig, assistant research professor of biology at Penn State. “If we can identify children most at risk, we might be able to prevent obesity from developing in the first…

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Study: COVID-19 Omicron Variant Neutralized By Booster Dose

Washington [US], January 10 (ANI): The new COVID-19 Omicron variant is more transmissible than the Delta variant. However, its biological characteristics are still relatively unknown. The study about this variant has been published in the ‘Nature Journal’. In South Africa, the Omicron variant replaced the other viruses within a few weeks and led to a sharp increase in the number of cases diagnosed. Analyses in various countries indicate that the doubling time for cases is approximately 2 to 4 days. Omicron has been detected in dozens of countries, including France, and became dominant by the end of 2021. In a new study supported by the European Union’s Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA), scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the Vaccine Research Institute, in collaboration with KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium), Orleans Regional Hospital, Hopital Europeen Georges Pompidou (AP-HP) and Inserm, studied the sensitivity…

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Study: Smoking During Pregnancy Linked To Smaller Babies In Future

Researchers have found that smoking at the start of pregnancy may link to having a smaller baby in future pregnancies. The study has been published in ‘PLOS One Journal’. The findings showed that women who smoked at the start of their first pregnancy were more likely to have a baby born smaller than expected in their second pregnancy compared to non-smokers. This was even the case where they reported quitting by the start of their second pregnancy. The biological relationship between smoking during pregnancy and a baby’s birth weight from the same pregnancy is well established. However, until now there has been limited evidence on the impact of maternal smoking on following pregnancies. In this study, the researchers found that for women who did not smoke at the start of either pregnancy, there was no extra risk of a small for gestational age (SGA)…

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Study: School Closures Led To Better Sleep, Quality Of Life For Teenagers

The home-schooling phase had a positive effect on the health and well-being of many teenagers along with its negative effects, according to a study by the University of Zurich. The research has been published in the ‘JAMA Network Open Journal’. “The students got about 75 minutes more sleep per day during the lockdown. At the same time, their health-related quality of life improved significantly and their consumption of alcohol and caffeine went down,” said the study’s co-leader Oskar Jenni, UZH professor of developmental pediatrics. Because they no longer had to travel to school, they were able to get up later. The researchers conducted an online survey with 3,664 high school students in the Canton of Zurich during the lockdown, asking about their sleep patterns and quality of life. They then compared the answers with a survey from 2017 with 5,308 young participants. The results…

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When teens do not sleep enough, this might happen..

Utah [US]:A new study has found that 73 per cent of high school students are getting less than the recommended 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. The research has been published in the ‘SLEEP Journal’.Prior research had linked lack of sleep to increased risk for poor mental health, poor academic performance, and behavioural problems. But new research from BYU conducted at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre said insufficient sleep also increases the risk of weight gain and other cardiometabolic diseases among teenagers because teens have worse dietary habits when they sleep less. “Shortened sleep increases the risk for teens to eat more carbs and added sugars and drink more sugar-sweetened beverages than when they are getting a healthy amount of sleep,” said Dr Kara Duraccio, BYU clinical and developmental psychology professor and lead author of the study. This research analysed the sleeping…

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Study finds intense meditation may boost immunity

Florida [US] ;According to a study conducted by the University of Florida, eight days of intense meditation causes robust activation of the immune system. The study has been published in the ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal’.The findings are believed to be the first comprehensive genomic study of how meditation affects the biological processes directly involved in disease development. At the heart of the research is Inner Engineering practices, which are meditation and yoga programs that emphasize inner well-being. While the positive effects of meditation are well documented, far less is known about its molecular and genetic effects, said Vijayendran Chandran, PhD, an assistant professor of paediatrics and neuroscience in the UF College of Medicine. Chandran’s interest in the molecular roots of Inner Engineering actually started with some prodding by his wife — and a dose of healthy scepticism. Just try it…

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Study: Covid-19 Vaccine Does Not Increase Risk Of Preterm Birth

Pregnant people who contract COVID-19 have an increased risk of disease severity and death, yet only 31 per cent of pregnant people in the United States had received vaccines as of September 2021. One barrier to vaccine acceptance is the concern that vaccination might disrupt pregnancy. The findings were reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A Yale co-led study, which looked at more than 40,000 pregnant individuals, adds new evidence supporting the safety of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy. The study found COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy was not associated with preterm birth or small-for-gestational-age (SGA) when comparing vaccinated with unvaccinated pregnant people. The trimester when the vaccination was received and the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses received were also not associated with increased risk of preterm birth or SGA, the researchers found. Preterm birth (in which babies are delivered earlier than…

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Study: New Treatment Leads To Much Less Overeating

 The current advice and treatment given to patients with obesity mostly involves eating less and healthier food and exercising more. In some of the most severe cases, patients undergo obesity surgery. “We see a strong need for interdisciplinary treatment that considers the psychological aspects of morbid obesity much more than is happening now,” says Trine Tetlie Eik-Nes. “The treatment we’ve been using is based on teaching patients to make them aware of the reasons for their overeating, followed by exercises and group discussions.” Eik-Nes is an associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science and has led the project. The findings were published in the journal Frontiers in Endocrinology. Patients who wanted help Overeating is defined as repeated episodes where a person eats far more than normal. The 42 adults who participated in the study…

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Study: Exercise Alleviate Symptoms Of Anxiety

According to a recent study, moderate and strenuous exercise alleviate symptoms of anxiety, even when the disorder is chronic. The research has been published in the ‘Journal of Affective Disorders’. The study was 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 per cent were women. Through drawing of lots, participants were assigned to group exercise sessions, either moderate or strenuous, for 12 weeks. The results showed 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 level of moderate…

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Study Finds Brain Reveals The Risk For Developing Obesity

A study has found that obesity risk factors of family background are associated with changes in brain function. The research has been published in the ‘International Journal of Obesity’. Obesity is a globally increasing health problem, and new interventions to prevent and treat obesity are needed. Obesity is linked to changes in brain insulin sensitivity and neurotransmitter function. These changes may explain increased appetite and overeating. “However, thus far it has not been determined whether these changes are visible in the brain already before a person develops obesity, and if these changes would increase the risk for future obesity,” said Doctoral Candidate Tatu Kantonen from the Department of Clinical Medicine of the University of Turku. Kantonen’s study investigated changes in the brain in pre-obesity by studying the insulin, opioid, and cannabinoid function through PET imaging. The participants of the study consisted of 41 young…

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Study: Rye Better Than Refined Wheat For Weight Loss

According to new research by Chalmers University of Technology, eating whole grain rye products instead of refined wheat alternatives can offer worthwhile health benefits. The study has been published in the ‘Clinical Nutrition Journal’. It is the largest study yet designed to evaluate the effects of particular types of grains on body weight and body fat, as well as the first study to focus specifically on rye. The study included 242 overweight men and women between the ages of 30 and 70 who were randomly assigned carefully adjusted daily amounts of refined wheat or whole-grain rye products with the same energy value. All participants also received the same general advice on healthy eating from a dietitian. The participants were examined at the start of the study, halfway through, and at twelve weeks, when the study ended. “The results were clear – the participants who…

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Study: Immune Memory Becomes Less Durable Post Severe COVID

 Infection-fighting B cells retain better memory of the coronavirus spike protein in patients who recover from less-severe cases of COVID-19 than in those recovering from severe COVID-19, according to scientists from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The study has been published in the ‘PLOS ONE Journal’. Evelien Bunnik, PhD, corresponding author of the paper said that the results hint of subtle differences in the quality of immune response based on COVID-19 severity. Dr. Bunnik is an assistant professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at the health science center, also referred to as UT Health San Antonio. The study focused on memory B cells that reacted against the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. Blood samples were analyzed one month after symptom onset and five months post-onset. After one month, a significant proportion of spike-specific B cells were active. However, samples from…

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Study: 10 Minutes Of Moderate-Intensity Running Can Boost Brain Processing

A team of researchers from the University of Tsukuba have found that only ten minutes of moderate-intensity running can help the part of the brain that plays an important role in controlling mood and executive functions. The study has been published in the ‘Scientific Reports Journal’. There’s clear evidence that physical activity has many benefits, such as the ability to improve mood, but in previous studies, cycling was often the form of exercise studied. Running, however, has always played an important role in the well-being of humans. The unique form and efficiency of human running, which includes the ability to sustain this form of exertion (i.e., by jogging as opposed to sprinting), and the evolutionary success of humans are closely linked. Despite this fact, researchers had not yet looked closely at the effects of running on brain regions that control mood and executive functions.…

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Study: Women After Breast Augmentation Can Return To Exercise In A Week

A new study has found that women who undergo breast augmentation can return to exercise in a week and there will be no risks or complications. The research has been published in the ‘American Society of Plastic Surgeons Journal’. The findings questioned the recommendation made by some plastic surgeons to avoid exercise for several weeks after breast augmentation, according to the study by Filipe V. Basile, MD, and Thais S. Oliveira, MD, plastic surgeons in private practice in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. They wrote, “These findings are in line with a broader tendency recently seen in other surgical fields in which early exercise was shown to be safe without increasing complication rates.” Plastic surgeons have differing opinions as to how long patients should wait to resume exercise after breast augmentation, with recommendations ranging from a few weeks to a few months after surgery. “This recommendation…

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Study: Exercise At High-Altitude Could Increase Low Blood Sugar Risk In People With Diabetes

People with diabetes may need to monitor their blood sugar more closely when doing high-altitude activities such as hiking or skiing, according to a recent study. The findings were published in the Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Doctors often recommend exercise for people with diabetes as it has many benefits. It can improve heart health, insulin sensitivity, and quality of life. However, exercise can also cause hypoglycemia (dangerously low blood sugar) in people with diabetes during and after a workout. If a person’s blood sugar drops really low, quick action is needed as they can have seizures, become unconscious or die. “These findings suggest that exercise performed shortly after exposure to high altitude may increase the risk of exercise-mediated hypoglycemia,” said Cory Dugan, A.F.H.E.A., B.Sc. (Hons), of the University of Western Australia in Crawley, Australia. “We ask that future guidelines consider these…

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Study: Moving More Often Linked To Long-Term Weight Loss In Older Adults

A study has found that focusing less on structured exercise, and more on building frequent periods of enjoyable movements into the day, will more likely contribute to long-term weight loss. The research has been published in the ‘Obesity Journal’. This study is the first to demonstrate that a behavioural intervention focused on moving often throughout the day produces similar short-term weight loss and better long-term weight maintenance relative to a high volume of aerobic treadmill walking. “This research is relevant for clinicians and other healthcare providers interested in supporting long-term weight loss among older adults, and for older adults who are personally interested in weight loss and avoiding weight gain,” said Jason Fanning, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Fanning is the corresponding author of the study. Males and females from Forsyth…

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Study Suggest Vaccines, Previous Infection Might Offer Stronger Than Basic Protection Against Omicron

The findings of a recent study suggest that people previously infected with COVID and those vaccinated will have some ‘stronger than basic’ defence against the Omicron strain of coronavirus. The research has been published in the ‘Emerging Microbes & Infection Journal’. However, the test tube (or ‘in-vitro’, scientifically) samples of Omicron examined in this new research did not show that it “exceeds” all other variants in its potential capability to evade the protection gained from previous infection or vaccination. The findings also suggested that although a third-dose enhancement strategy can “significantly boost immunity,” the protection from Omicron “may be compromised” — but more research is needed to better understand this. Reporting on this very early study, lead author Youchun Wang, Senior Research Fellow from the National Institutes for Food and Drug Control in China, said that their results supported recent findings in South Africa…

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Study Finds People With HIV Are At Higher Risk Of Developing Heart Failure

A recent study investigated heart failure risk in people with HIV and how that risk varies by age, gender, race, and ethnicity. A new study found that people with HIV are at higher risk of developing heart failure than people without HIV. The research, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, is one of the largest studies to investigate heart failure risk in people with HIV and how that risk varies by age, gender, race, and ethnicity. “Cardiovascular disease has been an important concern for people with HIV for many, many years,” said the study’s senior author Michael J. Silverberg, PhD, MPH, a research scientist and HIV epidemiologist at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research. “Most of the research in this area has focused on the risk of stroke and heart attacks. With this study, we now see the cardiovascular impacts for people with HIV extend…

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Study: Older Adults By Indulging In Varied Activities Can Reduce Risk Of Dementia

According to a new study by Simon Fraser University, older adults who indulge in a variety of different activities are able to reduce their risk of developing dementia. The research has been published in the ‘Aging-US Journal’. The team found that engaging in a combination of hobbies, such as light exercise and connecting with loved ones, can reduce memory decline in adults between the ages of 65 and 89 more than any individual activity. Their findings showed that the effects of engaging in a combination of activities increased with age and was more impactful than historical factors such as education level or baseline memory. The study examined data from the National Institute on Aging’s Health and Retirement Study and included 3,210 participants aged 65 to 89. Study participants were asked how often they engaged in 33 activities from ‘never’ to ‘at least once a…

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Study: Firefighters, Police & Health Staff Could Benefit From Regular Health Check-Ups

A new study has found that firefighters, police and health staff could benefit from regular health check-ups and monitoring to avoid heart events at work that might harm themselves or others. The research has been published in the ‘European Society of Cardiology Journal’. The study summed up existing knowledge on screening, surveillance and risk management in hazardous jobs – defined as those where the cardiovascular disease has the potential to impact the safety of the employee and/or others and the employer has a duty to manage these risks. In addition to emergency workers, hazardous occupations included bus and lorry drivers, pilots, aircrew and astronauts. But the research highlighted that “the lack of consensus or contemporary evidence typically results in decisions being made based on expert opinion. This can result in a lack of consistency in clinical decision-making which is increasingly being challenged, both by…

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Study: Obesity Could Affect Badly On Children’s Cardiovascular Systems

According to a new study by the University of Georgia, obesity could affect badly on children’s cardiovascular systems both now and down the line. The research has been published in the ‘Pediatric Obesity Journal’. The study measured abdominal visceral fat levels and arterial stiffness in more than 600 children, adolescents and young adults. Visceral fat is the fat found in the abdomen that infiltrates vital organs. Arterial stiffness forces the cardiovascular system to work harder to pump blood throughout the body. The researchers found significantly higher levels of visceral fat and arterial stiffness in the overweight youth, suggesting that abdominal fat likely contributed to cardiovascular problems in kids. “The stiffer the artery, the faster blood is going to move through those blood vessels, and that can be detrimental and overstress our system,” said Joseph Kindler, corresponding author of the study and an assistant professor…

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Study: Stress Can Drive Women To Excessive Drinking

A new study has found that stress alone can drive women to excessive drinking. Men who experienced the same stress only drank to excess when they had already started consuming alcohol. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Psychology of Addictive Behaviors’. Though rates of alcohol misuse are higher in men than women, women are catching up. Women also have a greater risk than men of developing alcohol-related problems. Participants consumed alcoholic beverages in a simulated bar while experiencing stressful and non-stressful situations. Stress led women, but not men, to drink more than intended, a finding that demonstrates the importance of studying sex differences in alcohol consumption. “Some people can intend to have one or two alcoholic beverages and stop drinking, but other people just keep going. This impaired control over drinking is one of the earliest indicators of alcohol use…

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Study: Implementing Superhero Behaviour Can Lead To Healthy Ageing

A new study has analysed superhero behaviour and discovered that implementing that can lead to positive health outcomes. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘BMJ’. To do this, researchers in Australia reviewed 24 Marvel movies released between 2008 (Iron Man) and 2021 (Black Widow), with concentrated periods of study during the lockdown in 2020 and 2021. They assumed that (with the exception of Thor, who has lived for several millennia), superheroes will age and that their individual ageing trajectories will be modifiable by personal traits in much the same way as anyone else’s. First, they examined positive behaviours and health assets and found that the superheroes regularly engage in physical activity and exercise, both associated with healthy ageing, and they exhibit a high degree of social cohesion and connectedness, both associated with a reduced risk of dementia. The superheroes also…

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Study: Sense Of ‘Future Guilt’ Helps Athletes To Fight Against Doping

According to a new study, imagining ‘future guilt’ through psychological intervention could prove a powerful weapon for athletes in the fight against doping. The research has been published in the ‘Psychology of Sport and Exercise Journal’. Researchers discovered that making elite athletes picture how guilty they might feel about using banned performance-enhancing drugs produced a more powerful initial reaction than initiatives educating sportspeople about the health risks of doping. Working with 208 athletes across the UK and Greece, the researchers carried out two six-month trials — one a psychological intervention focussing on emotions and personal choice, the other an education programme highlighting the risks and health consequences of doping. Using real athlete stories and testimonies on video, they made participants aware of emotions experienced by sportspeople who had doped, contrasting those feelings with emotions experienced by successful athletes who competed clean. Participants discussed the…

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Study: Regular Exercise Lowers Risk Of Pneumonia, Death

According to new research, people who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing pneumonia as well as dying from it. The study has been published in the ‘GeroScience Journal’. The benefits of regular exercise are well-known and can reduce the risk, length or severity of infectious diseases. Previous research had suggested that regular exercise might be associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia, but the studies have had mixed findings with some reporting evidence of a relationship and others no evidence. The researchers carried out a pooled analysis of all published studies to re-evaluate the relationship between regular exercise and the risk of developing pneumonia. The questions the study aimed to answer included:- 1. Is there an association between regular physical activity and future risk of pneumonia?2. If there is an association, what is the strength and nature of the association?3. If there…

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Study: Daily Yoghurt Consumption Could Help People Manage High Blood Pressure

According to a study by the University of South Australia, daily consumption of yoghurt could help people manage high blood pressure. The research has been published in the ‘International Dairy Journal’. Conducted in partnership with the University of Maine, the study examined the associations between yoghurt intake, blood pressure and cardiovascular risk factors, finding that yoghurt is associated with lower blood pressure for those with hypertension. Globally, more than a billion people suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure), putting them at greater risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) such as heart attack and stroke. CVDs are the leading cause of death worldwide – in the United States, one person dies from CVD every 36 seconds; in Australia, it’s every 12 minutes. UniSA researcher Dr Alexandra Wade said that this study provided new evidence that connected yoghurt with positive blood pressure outcomes for hypertensive people. “High…

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Alaya F Gives Update About Her Health & Fitness: ‘Got Very Unfit’

Actor Alaya F feels she has got “very unfit” over the last few months. On Wednesday, Alaya took to her Instagram account and gave a brief update about her health and fitness. “Got very unfit over the last few months, I was so caught up in my work commitments that I stopped taking care of my body and lost a lot of my strength.. things that used to be so easy to do now feel so hard.. which can be so demotivating. But I’m slowly and steadily taking back control and inching towards a healthier, fitter, stronger me again,” she wrote. Alongside the note, Alaya posted a video of her doing work out. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ALAYA F (@alayaf) Reacting to the clip, her ‘Freddy’ co-star Kartik Aaryan quipped, “Ye unfit hai?” Alaya, who made her Bollywood debut…

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Study: Vitamin D Deficiency Affect Your Cardio Health

Lack of Vitamin D, which you can easily receive from sunshine, can not only affect your bones but also your cardio health, according to a study by the University of South Australia. The research has been published in the ‘European Heart Journal’. In the first study of its kind, researchers from the UniSA’s Australian Centre for Precision Health at SAHMRI have identified genetic evidence for a role of vitamin D deficiency in causing cardiovascular disease. The study showed that people with vitamin D deficiency are more likely to suffer from heart disease and higher blood pressure than those with normal levels of vitamin D. For participants with the lowest concentrations the risk of heart disease was more than double that seen for those with sufficient concentrations. Globally, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death worldwide, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives per…

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Researchers Develop Chewing Gum That Can Reduce SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

A team of researchers has developed a chewing gum that is laced with a plant-grown protein serving as a “trap” for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and could reduce its transmission. The study has been published in the ‘Molecular Therapy Journal’. The work, led by Henry Daniell at Penn’s School of Dental Medicine and performed in collaboration with scientists at the Perelman School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as at The Wistar Institute and Fraunhofer USA, could lead to a low-cost tool in the arsenal against the COVID-19 pandemic. “SARS-CoV-2 replicates in the salivary glands, and we know that when someone who is infected sneezes, coughs or speaks some of that virus can be expelled and reach others,” said Daniell. “This gum offers an opportunity to neutralize the virus in the saliva, giving us a simple way to possibly cut down on…

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Study: Daytime Meals May Reduce Health Problems Associated With Night Shift Work

According to a small clinical trial by the National Institutes of Health, eating only during the daytime might prevent higher glucose levels for night shift workers. The study has been published in the ‘Science Advances Journal’. The findings, the study authors said, could lead to novel behavioural interventions aimed at improving the health of shift workers — grocery stockers, hotel workers, truck drivers, first responders, and others — who past studies showed may be at an increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. The new study, which the researchers noted is the first to demonstrate the beneficial effect of this type of meal timing intervention in humans was funded primarily by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of NIH. “This is a rigorous and highly controlled laboratory study that demonstrates a potential intervention for the adverse metabolic effects associated with…

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Study: Whole Fat Milk Is As Good As Low-Fat For Kids

 A recent study by a team of researchers from the Edith Cowan University asserted that whole fat milk is as good as low-fat milk for kids. The study has been published in the ‘American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’. It suggested the current public health advice recommending children over the age of two consume low-fat dairy products may need to be revised. ECU’s Associate Professor Therese O’Sullivan led the investigation into the consumption of full-fat dairy products in children as part of the Milky Way study. Over a three-month period, 49 healthy children aged four to six were randomly allocated to receive either whole-fat or low-fat dairy products in place of their normal dairy intake. Dairy products were home delivered every fortnight in plain packaging at no cost to the participants, to ensure purchase price wasn’t a factor. Neither group knew whether they were consuming…

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Physical Activity Associated With Risk Reductions Of Non-Communicable Diseases & Mortality: Study

Moderate to vigorous physical activity is associated with risk reductions of non-communicable diseases and mortality, according to a recent study. A study published in the journal PLOS Medicine by Thijs Eijsvogels at Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands and colleagues suggest that while risk reduction for healthy individuals plateaus at higher levels of physical activity, those with cardiovascular disease have no upper limit of physical activity beyond which there is no further benefit. How cardiovascular health status affects the association between physical activity and health outcomes is not well understood. To investigate, researchers used prospectively gathered data from the Lifelines Cohort Study; a population-based cohort of 167,729 individuals living in the Northern Netherlands. They compared the association between physical activity and major adverse cardiovascular events as well as all-cause mortality across healthy individuals, individuals with elevated levels of cardiovascular risk factors, and individuals with…

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Prunes Intake Can Help Control Appetite & Reduce Caloric Consumption

With the holiday season in its full swing, new research by the University of Liverpool has found that the intake of prunes can help control appetite and reduce overall caloric consumption. The study was published in the ‘Nutrition Bulletin Journal’. “These studies demonstrate that dried fruit can both produce satiety and be incorporated into the diet during weight management,” said Professor Jason C G Halford, University of Leeds and President of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), who was part of the research team. The study was conducted in two phases. In the first phase, researchers compared satiety, appetite, and caloric intake among participants who consumed a snack of either prunes, raisins, or jelly-bean-like candy, all comparable in calories. Researchers found that those who ate prunes consumed the fewest calories overall at subsequent meals. The prune snackers also reported reduced hunger…

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Video-Based Exercise, Weight Loss Programs Improves Quality Of Life

A new study has found that video-based exercise and weight loss programs with online educational support improved pain and function in people with knee osteoarthritis and overweight or obesity. The findings of the study have been published in the journal ‘Annals of Internal Medicine’. Osteoarthritis affects more than 32.5 million adults in the United States and is a major public health problem around the world. Knee osteoarthritis is commonly associated with overweight and obesity, which aggravate pain and disability, accelerate osteoarthritis progression, and increase the likelihood of requiring costly knee surgery. Scalable knee osteoarthritis programs are needed to deliver recommended education, exercise, and weight-loss interventions. Researchers from the University of Melbourne recruited 416 people with persistent knee pain to participate in the Better Knee, Better Me trial. Patients were randomly assigned to one of two 6-month telehealth-delivered programs, one with and one without dietary…

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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…