Eating leafy greens is good for your brain health, says research

Among many other foods, the researchers recorded the number of servings of lettuce, spinach, kale and collard greens. At least twice over the course of the study they administered cognitive tests covering memory, spatial ability and perceptual speed

Eating leafy greens is good for your brain health, says researchResearchers studied 960 men and women ages 58 to 99 who completed food frequency questionnaires and had two or more cognitive assessments over an average of almost five years of follow-up. Those who ate the most leafy vegetables — one to two servings a day — scored the equivalent of 11 years younger on tests […]

Do you know why AB blood type is so rare?

On the surface of the red blood cells are proteins with attached carbohydrates, essentially markers that identify the blood cells as our own. These microscopic markers, known as antigens, are commonly grouped in eight basic blood types: A, B, AB, and O, each of which can be either “positive” or “negative”

Do you know why AB blood type is so rare?You’ve probably donated blood at least once in your life so. If you found out you’re type AB, you’re pretty unique, in fact, you have the rarest blood type of all. So why are so few people categorized as AB? “We inherit our blood groups on genes,” Dr Leslie Silberstein, a spokesperson for the American […]

What is psoriatic arthritis? Its causes, triggers and risk factors

Psoriatic arthritis can affect any joint, but is most common in the joints of the fingers, toes, lower back, wrists, knees, or ankles. Both psoriasis and PsA cause episodes where the symptoms worsen, also known as flares. Most of the time, the symptoms will lessen between flares

What is psoriatic arthritis? Its causes, triggers and risk factorsAccording to the American College of Rheumatology, around 15 percent of people with psoriasis will develop a type of inflammatory arthritis, known as psoriatic arthritis (PsA). It’s possible, however, for someone without the skin changes of psoriasis to develop PsA, especially if someone else in their family has the disease. Causes The symptoms of psoriasis […]

Did you know, colour of food helps our brain decide what not to eat?

Our visual system is evolved to easily identify nutritious food. Redder an unprocessed food is, the more likely it is to be nutritious, while green foods tend to be low in calories

Did you know, colour of food helps our brain decide what not to eat?Red means “Green light, go for it!” Green means: “hmm, better not!” Like an upside down traffic light in our brain, color helps us decide whether or not to eat something. This, according to a study at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste and recently published in the journal Scientific Reports stating […]

75 million people across the globe carry a rare gene which causes heart failure

The gene for a protein called Titin that could trigger heart failure if the organ comes under stress, such as during pregnancy, a viral infection, or with high blood pressure

75 million people across the globe carry a rare gene which causes heart failureIn their paper, the authors explain that the gene variants commonly cause dilated cardiomyopathy, an inherited heart condition that leads to heart failure and affects around 1 in 250 people worldwide. It is also known that around 1 per cent of the general population carry the variants, “where they may be silent,” note the authors. […]

Your privacy and personal data at stake with fitness trackers, apps

Researchers say there are currently more than 160,000 medical and health apps; an estimated 485 million wearable devices are projected to be released a year by 2018

Your privacy and personal data at stake with fitness trackers, appsMany people remain unaware of where data is going and how it is then used At the touch of an app, Emma tracks her diabetes. She enters food, exercise, weight and blood sugar levels, and then sets up medication reminders. Suzanne uses the latest wearable device to track her running route and distances walked. As […]

Explained: Why more heart-related deaths happen during holidays

It’s possible, though, that heart-related deaths during the holiday season might spike due to seasonal stress, changes in diet and alcohol consumption or lower staffing at hospitals

Explained: Why more heart-related deaths happen during holidaysDeaths from heart-related causes tend to spike around the holidays, and the cold weather may not really be to blame, a recent study suggests. To rule out the potential influence of freezing temperatures, researchers examined data on more than 738,000 deaths from 1988 to 2013 in New Zealand, where Christmas comes during the summer. Overall, […]

Exercise best way to keep mind sharp for those over 50

Whilst every 10 minutes of exercise provides some benefit, doing 150 minutes a week cuts the chances of depression and dementia by a third, and boosts mental health at any age

Exercise best way to keep mind sharp for those over 50While regular exercising helps children, young adults and adults to remain physically fit, doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp for those who are above 50 years, finds a new research. Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles on […]

Titanium oxide, used as a food additive may harm your intestine

The oxide is also used in some chocolate to give it a smooth texture; in donuts to provide colour; and in skimmed milks for a brighter, more opaque appearance which makes the milk more palatable

Titanium oxide, used as a food additive may harm your intestineA common food additive found in chewing gums, chocolates and breads may significantly reduce the ability of small intestine cells to absorb nutrients and block pathogens, a new study has warned. “Titanium oxide is a common food additive and people have been eating a lot of it for a long time,” said Gretchen Mahler, a […]

Simple ways to treat pain at home

Pain can strike anytime; you need to do something about it. We have listed simple ways on how you can manage it efficiently, but do see a physician if it does not subside

Simple ways to treat pain at homePain from injury, accident, or illness can happen to anyone at any time. You can do a number of things at home to feel better. But go to a doctor if it suddenly gets worse or changes — especially if there’s tingling, numbness, or burning — or if nothing you try makes you feel better. […]