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Monday, 27 May 2013 22:13

mother-babyThe UWS School of Medicine researchers also found the longer a woman breastfed, the lower her odds of developing high blood pressure before the age of 64.

The published study is featured as the Editor's Choice in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology(opens in new window) , an international peer-reviewed scientific journal.

The researchers investigated the relationship between breastfeeding history and the prevalence of high blood pressure in 74,785 Australian women who were aged 45 years and over.

Friday, 24 May 2013 10:34

Open-plan offices may be the modern way, but new research suggests that they are not the best way.

People who work in these environments are more likely to get sick, are less productive and take more days off, reports daily mail.

Research published in the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health revealed that people who work in open plan offices take 62 per cent more sick days than those who work in their own, enclosed space.

Thursday, 23 May 2013 08:12

Taking a calcium supplement of up to 1,000 mg per day can help women live longer, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism(JCEM). 

Calcium, an essential nutrient for bone health, is commonly found in dairy products as well as vitamins. Although calcium is an essential nutrient for bone health, past studies have linked calcium supplements to heart disease risk. Researchers analyzing data from the large-scale Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) sought to clarify this issue and found moderate doses of calcium supplements had a beneficial effect in women. 

Thursday, 23 May 2013 08:04

Study Suggests Omega-3 Fatty Acids Increase Levels of Hormone Tied to Insulin Sensitivity

Widely-used fish oil supplements modestly increase amounts of a hormone that is associated with lower risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to a study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

Fish oil supplements, also called omega 3 fatty acid capsules, raise levels of adiponectin in the bloodstream. Adiponectin is an important hormone that has beneficial effects on metabolic processes like glucose regulation and the modulation of inflammation. In long-term human studies, higher levels of adiponectin are associated with lower risks of type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:40

Recent research has suggested that facial attractiveness indicates immune responsiveness in men

dharmendraWhat has cold or immunity had to do with beauty? this can be  the normal reaction from all of us. However,  the  recent research conducted at Finland suggest that  Being attractive is linked to a having strong immune system, but this is limited to male only, it’s not apply to female! reports daily mail.

Scientists vaccinated 52 young Latvian women against hepatitis B and measured the amount of antibodies produced. They also checked cortisol levels, which indicate stress.

The scientists, led by Markus Rantala, of the University of Turku, Finland, then photographed the women, who had an average age of 20, and asked 18 heterosexual male undergraduates to rate their attractiveness.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 14:41

childasthma_hVitamin D could help asthma patients breathe more easily, claim British researchers.

Scientists at King’s College London have discovered vitamin D has the potential to significantly cut the symptoms of sufferers. They say it may one day be prescribed as a treatment alongside conventional steroids, but reducing the need for medication.

A new study found the ‘sunshine’ vitamin resulted in lower levels of a natural chemical in the body that aggravates symptoms in asthma patients and cuts the effectiveness of steroids. Severe asthma is currently treated with steroid tablets which can have harmful side effects. 

Saturday, 18 May 2013 13:44

man-angry-at-computer-on-phone-in-officeA stressful job can alter the way body handles fat - leading to raised cholesterol and deadly heart disease.

Spanish researchers have found that stressful situations affect how the body metabolises fat - ultimately ending up with there being too much 'bad' cholesterol.

Experts have been saying for years that emotional stress is linked to the risk of suffering cardiovascular disease as a result of unhealthy habits such as smoking, an unsuitable diet or leading a sedentary lifestyle, among other factors.

Friday, 17 May 2013 22:10

Most people associate work with negative effects on family life, but new research from The Australian National University (ANU) has turned this view on its head, showing that the positives of jobs flow through too.

With both National Families Week and the Federal Budget this week, this finding is a timely reminder of the impact policy decisions about jobs, work and work conditions can have on Australian families.

Thursday, 16 May 2013 09:07

Hero(HealthDay)—People who follow the ancient practice of yoga may be getting an added health boost, with a new study suggesting it can fight high blood pressure—also known as hypertension.

"This study confirms many people's feelings that exercise may be useful in the control of hypertension," said Dr. Howard Weintraub, a cardiologist and associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.Weintraub was not connected to the new study.

Based on the new findings, "yoga would be a useful adjunct in the lowering of blood pressure in certain populations," he said.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 22:34

Women’s handbags are contaminated with more bacteria than the average toilet, a new study has revealed, reports daily mail.

Tests showed that one in five handbag handles is home to sufficient bacteria to pose a risk to human health.

The research also revealed that the dirtiest item in the average handbag is hand cream – bottles of hand cream were found to carry more bacteria than the average toilet seat.  Lipstick and mascara packets were found to be little better.

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