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Friday, 19 April 2013 10:35

backacheBackache is one of the most common daily health complain, ranging from mild to severe that can keep you bedridden.

Here are some self- help tips that will help to prevent back pain.

1.     Men, avoid sitting on your wallet. Take your wallet out of your back pocket when you sit as this can alter your posture and could be a reason for chronic backache.


2.     Use caution while lifting objects, improper movement or suddenly lifting can strain or sprain the ligaments or muscles of back.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:18

(HealthDay)—Longer breastfeeding duration is associated with increased odds of iron deficiency in healthy children, according to a study published online April 15 in Pediatrics.

Jonathon L. Maguire, M.D., from St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional study involving 1,647 healthy children, aged 1 to 6 years (median age, 36 months) to examine the correlation between total breastfeeding duration and serum ferritin, iron deficiency, and iron deficiency anemia.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 21:36

beetrutjuiceBeetroot juice 'helps lower blood pressure', drinking a glass a day can reduce it by 7%, say researchers, reports daily mail.

In a study researchers found that about eight ounces that is approximately one cup of beet root juice a day may help hypertensive people to reduce their readings by about 7 %.

Presence of high amount of nitrate in beetroot is responsible for its anti hypertensive effects. Eating high nitrate foods accelerates a chain of chemical reactions in the blood, that ultimately increases oxygen supply in areas of the body that lacks it, explains researchers.

Monday, 15 April 2013 21:35

mobileYour smartphone could be a key tool to losing weight according to scientists at the University of Leeds.

Their study is the first to evaluate a smartphone app as the sole method for monitoring weight loss, with researchers creating My Meal Mate to trial against similar products for monitoring food intake, an online food diary and the traditional paper version. 

The My Meal Mate app allows users to monitor their food intake and exercise, set a weight loss target and sends a weekly update on progress via text message. The smartphone app was used on average every other day in the trial, whilst the average use of the website and paper diary was about once a week. As a result, over the 6 months of the study those using the app lost on average 4.6kg (10lbs), compared with the 2.9kg (6.5lbs) and 1.3kg (3lbs) lost by the paper-based and online diary users, respectively.

Monday, 15 April 2013 12:00

musicListening to music while you sleep could improve your memory, according to a new study.

Do you like to sleep in quite surroundings or prefer to have calming music? well, having habit of listening to certain type of music can help you to improve your memory power too..

In a study, the German scientist discovered that  playing sounds synchronised to the rhythm of the slow brain oscillations of people who are asleep enhances these oscillations which boosts their memory and improves the quality of their sleep.

It has long been known that slow oscillations in brain activity, which occur during so-called slow-wave sleep, are critical for retaining memories.

Friday, 12 April 2013 16:48

Either physical therapy or arthroscopic surgery can relieve pain and improve mobility in patients with a torn meniscus and arthritis in the knee, according to researchers from Washington University School of Medicinein St. Louis and six other centers. 

Their findings appear online in The New England Journal of Medicine.

“Patients can get better with physical therapy or surgery,” said Rick W. Wright, MD, a sports medicine specialist and one of the leaders of the study at Washington University.

Friday, 12 April 2013 10:06

fruitjuiceParents are harming their children’s dental health by allowing them to drink too much fruit juice, say dentists, reports daily mail.

The British Dental Association urged parents to limit the amount of so-called healthy juices and smoothies they give their children.

Unsweetened fruit juice does count of one portion of the recommended five-a-day, but experts say crushing the fruit releases sugars that damage the teeth more than eating fruit whole.

As a result, children should drink no more than a 150ml serving.

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 21:00

HeroPracticing a little Zen before class can lead to better grades, according to a new experimental study by George Mason University professor Robert Youmans and University of Illinois doctoral student Jared Ramsburg.

The pair of researchers conducted three classroom experiments at a California university to see if meditation might help students focus better and retain information.

A random selection of students followed basic meditation instructions before a lecture, and the students who meditated before the lecture scored better on a quiz that followed than students who did not meditate. In one experiment, the meditation even predicted which students passed and which students failed the quiz.

Sunday, 07 April 2013 13:17

Optimistic people less likely to suffer a stroke

We all like to feel needed. But new research suggests having a sense of purpose is good for our health, too, reports daily mail. 

In a study of 7,000 people, those with the strongest sense of direction in life were over 70 per cent less likely to suffer a stroke.

The researchers accounted for other aggravating factors such as blood pressure and alcohol use and believe the effect comes through regulating the immune system.

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:37

blueberries organicPerceptions of taste, calories and value can be significantly altered when a food is labelled 'organic'- suggest the Scientists at New York’s Cornell University, reports Daily mail.

The researchers also found that Cookies and yogurt were estimated to have significantly fewer calories when labelled 'organic' and people were willing to pay up to 23.4 per cent more for them

When the food label suggest “organic” its seen and perceive as healthier and tastier – and millions of shoppers willingly pay more to enjoy it.

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