Eating fish every week boosts kids’ IQ, says study

Jan 4, 2018 0

Children who eat fish at least once a week are more likely to sleep better and have higher IQ, a study has found. For the research, a cohort of 541 9-to 11-year-olds, 54 per cent boys and 46 per cent girls, completed a questionnaire about how often they consumed fish in the past month, with options ranging from “never” to “at least once per week.” The participants also took an IQ test which examined verbal and non-verbal skills such as vocabulary and coding. Their parents then answered questions about sleep quality using the standardised Children Sleep Habits Questionnaire, which included topics such as sleep duration and frequency of night waking or daytime sleepiness. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in the US controlled for demographic information, including parental education, occupation and marital status and number of children in the home. Analysing these data points, they found that children who reported eating fish weekly scored 4.8 points higher on the IQ exams than those who said they “seldom” or “never” consumed... ...

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Drinking hot tea daily reduces risk of developing glaucoma by 74%: Study

Jan 4, 2018 0

People who drink hot tea daily may be less likely than others to develop glaucoma symptoms, US researchers say. Compared to coffee, soft drink, and iced tea drinkers, study participants who consumed a cup or more of hot caffeinated tea daily had 74 percent lower odds of having glaucoma, the study authors report in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. “Glaucoma can lead to blindness, and it would be great if it could be prevented because there is no cure,” said lead author Dr. Anne Coleman of the University of California, Los Angeles. “The best way to prevent it is to get your eyes checked,” Coleman told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. “But we are also interested in lifestyle habits and what we can do to make a difference.” Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, affecting an estimated 58 million people. That includes more than three million Americans, only half of whom are aware they have the disease, according to the... ...

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Eat blueberries while treating cervical cancer: Study

Dec 30, 2017 0

Suffering from cervical cancer? Along with your radiation therapy, start eating blueberries. New research shows consuming blueberry extract while on treatment may have a positive outcome. “Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays and other particles such as gamma rays to destroy cancer cells,” said lead author of the study Yujiang Fang, professor at University of Missouri School of Medicine. “For some cancers, such as late-stage cervical cancer, radiation is a good treatment option. However, collateral damage to healthy cells always occurs. “Based on previous research, we studied blueberry extract to verify if it could be used as a radiosensitiser,” Fang added. Radiosensitisers are non-toxic chemicals that make cancer cells more responsive to radiation therapy. An earlier study had showed that resveratrol — a compound in red grapes — could be used as a radiosensitiser for treating prostate cancer. Blueberries also contain resveratrol. For the study, published in the journal Pathology and Oncology Magazine, researchers used human cervical cancer cell lines to mimic clinical treatment. The cell lines were divided into four... ...

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Calcium, vitamin D supplements not harmful for older people

Dec 28, 2017 0

After a study by researchers in China claimed that supplements containing calcium, vitamin D or both may not protect older adults against bone fractures, doctors in India have said that these supplements are not harmful for people at risk of osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle. “There is no harm in giving calcium and vitamin D supplements to women after menopause who may be at increased risk of osteoporosis,” Pradeep Sharma, Head of Orthopaedics at BLK Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi told IANS in a telephonic conversation. The study, by researchers in China and published in the journal JAMA, involved data from more than 50,000 adults who were over 50 years of age.  They were participants in 33 randomised clinical trials comparing supplement use — calcium, vitamin D or both — with placebo or no treatment and new fractures. Jia-Guo Zhao of Tianjin Hospital in China, and co-authors did a meta-analysis of the studies. A meta-analysis combines the results of multiple studies identified in... ...

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 Eating tomatoes, apples may restore lung damage in smokers

Dec 22, 2017 0

A diet high in tomatoes and fruits, especially apples, can help restore lung damage caused by smoking, a study suggests. The study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US found that the natural decline in lung function over a 10-year period was slower among former smokers with a diet high in tomatoes and fruits. The researchers found that adults who on average ate more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruit a day had a slower decline in lung function compared to those who ate less than one tomato or less than one portion of fruit a day, respectively. The researchers inquired about other dietary sources such as dishes and processed foods containing fruits and vegetables (eg tomato sauce) but the protective effect was only observed in fresh fruit and vegetables. ...

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  Office tea-Those teabags are more germ-infested than a toilet seat-says study 

Dec 12, 2017 0

Do you think the toilets at your workplace are dirty? Think again. The teabags at your office are way dirtier and germ-infested. You heard that right! Scientists have discovered that office teabags can carry as many as 17 times more germs than a toilet seat. As per the researchers, the average bacterial reading of an office teabag was 3,785, in comparison to only 220 for a toilet seat. The study, conducted by Initial Washroom Hygiene, analysed the bacterial readings of kitchen utensils and appliances. According to a report in the Independent, other pieces of kitchen equipment also stacked up highly in their findings, with bacterial readings averaging at 2,483 on kettle handles, 1,746 on the rim of a used mug and 1,592 on a fridge door handle. While we do ensure that our hands are washed after we use the washroom, we need to perhaps start doing the same after going to the office kitchen as well. ...

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Antioxidant-rich foods may reduce Type 2 diabetes risk- study

Nov 12, 2017 0

A new study suggests that people who consume antioxidant rich foods may reduce Type 2 diabetes risk is people. The study confirmed that fruits, vegetables, dark chocolates, walnuts, prunes, blueberries, strawberries or hazelnuts and other hot beverages like coffee and tea suffice to the high antioxidants level required for the diabetes control. Also, moderate consumption of alcohol at times adds on to curbing the risk. “This link persists after taking into account all the other principal diabetes risk factors: smoking, education level, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, family history of diabetes and, above all, BMI (Body Mass Index), the most important factor,” clarifies Francesca Romana Mancini, lead author of the study and researcher at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research in France. The researchers studied over 64,223 women for a period of 15 years. All the participants were free from diabetes risk at the time of inclusion in the study.  The researchers prepared a database calculating the ‘total dietary antioxidant capacity’ of each participant based on their responses over... ...

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Drinking two sodas a week enough to up heart disease, diabetes risk

Nov 4, 2017 0

Just two cans of soda every week is sufficient enough to increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension and diabetes, a new research has warned. According to a report, consuming 12-ounce can of soda raises blood pressure. The study further noted that a small of amount on a weekly basis can increase risk of metabolic syndrome. Previous studies have associated such drinks with obesity and other health issues, but the growing consumption of these drinks, especially among the youth, has triggered concerns. For the study, data from 36 studies on people who consumed five or more sugary beverages a week and risk factors of the soda were analysed by researchers. A 17% decrease in insulin sensitivity was found in those who drank sugary drinks for 10 weeks. Researchers also found a link between the soda, hypertension and heart disease. “The increased prevalence of cardiometabolic disorders is strongly linked to greater urbanization and the adoption of detrimental lifestyle choices that include sedentary behaviour, smoking and poor dietary preferences,” study author... ...

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