Health

Dear senior citizens, take note. Consuming more protein may not benefit men much

Eating more protein may not benefit older men, a new research has found. According to a study conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, older men who consumed more protein than the recommended dietary allowance did not see increases in lean body mass, muscle performance, physical function or other well-being measures. Regardless of whether an adult is young or old, male ... Read More »

Ladies, get fit. Good health before pregnancy reduces gestational diabetes risk

Turns out, better fitness in before pregnancy, reduces the risk of gestational diabetes in women. According to a University of Iowa-led study, expectant mothers who were fitter before pregnancy, are at lower risk of developing gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes, a condition in which women develop diabetes during the last half of pregnancy, affects up to 14 percent of pregnant women ... Read More »

Taboo topic: Reducing stigma attached to Alzheimer’s is crucial for prevention

Reducing stigma attributed to Alzheimer’s disease is vital for prevention research, a new study suggests, adding that the stigma associated with the disease may be an obstacle for individuals to seek information about their risk of developing it. The survey focused on what beliefs, attitudes and expectations are most often associated with the disease. “We found that concerns about discrimination ... Read More »

Non-smokers, beware: Use of marijuana is linked to increase in cigarette smoking

If you only smoke marijuana, there are higher chances that you may end up smoking cigarettes too, a new study suggests. According to researchers, cannabis use is associated with an increased initiation of cigarette smoking among non-cigarette smokers. Previous studies have linked marijuana use in adolescence to bipolar symptoms in adulthood. While cigarette smoking has long been on the decline, marijuana ... Read More »

Do you skip meals to eat junk food? It’s making you overweight and undernourished

Giant corporates selling processed foods are not only raising undernutrition but also obesity in a country that is seen as the hub of stunted and undernourished children, say experts. They cited how biscuits, savoury snack packets and the likes, costing between one and five rupees, have replaced many meals for a large chunk of population across rural and urban India. ... Read More »

Stay calm and meditate. It will improve attention span in old age

If you wish to remain attentive and focused in your old age, regular meditation is the key, according to a study. The research evaluates the benefits that people gained after three months of full-time meditation training and whether these benefits are maintained seven years later. Lead author Anthony Zanesco, now at the University of Miami in the US, however, cautions ... Read More »

Delhiites, you are at higher risk of getting osteoporosis. Here’s why

A new study has found that people living in the city are at a high risk of suffering from brittle bones, which can cause fractures, even from simple acts like bending over or coughing. Nearly 60% of respondents in Delhi, including men and women, were found to be suffering from osteopenia and nine per cent already had osteoporosis. Osteopenia is ... Read More »

Arguing in front of your children can cause them anxiety, trust issues

Seemingly harmless, everyday conflicts can make youngsters incapable of interpreting emotions that are not extreme, which may affect their relationships in later life, according to researchers. Shy children are especially vulnerable. The research shows that the emotional processing of these children, too, can be affected — potentially making them over-vigilant, anxious and vulnerable to distorting human interactions that are neutral ... Read More »

New moms, take note. Breastfeeding can ward off childhood obesity

Turns out, warding off childhood obesity is as easy as feeding babies breast milk. According to a recent study from the Ewha Womans University College of Medicine in Seoul, breastfeeding may protect high birth weight infants from being overweight or obese as children. “High birth weight is associated with overweight or obesity during early childhood. Among high birth weight infants, ... Read More »

Sleep-deprived men are at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Here’s why

There’s a link between insufficient sleep and the development of insulin resistance, one of the factors that cause Type 2 diabetes. A team of US researchers has discovered a biological reason for this relationship, at least in men: an imbalance between their testosterone and cortisol hormones. “Our highly controlled sleep study showed that even one night of restricted sleep can cause ... Read More »