Just 10 minutes of vigorous exercise may help boost kids’ cardiometabolic health

 A study found that replacing light-intensity physical activity with brief periods of vigorous exercise may provide significant cardiometabolic benefits in young people with relatively large waist measurements and elevated levels of insulin in their blood

Just 10 minutes of vigorous exercise may help boost kids’ cardiometabolic healthAs little as 10 minutes a day of high-intensity physical activity could help some children reduce their risk of developing heart problems and metabolic diseases such as diabetes, according to an international study led by a researcher at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The investigators found that replacing light-intensity physical activity with brief periods of […]

Optimal brain function depends on electrical ‘switch’ in brain’s capillary network

New research has uncovered that capillaries have the capacity to both sense brain activity and generate an electrical vasodilatory signal to evoke blood flow and direct nutrients to nourish hard-working neurons

Optimal brain function depends on electrical ‘switch’ in brain’s capillary networkAll it takes is the flip of a protein “switch” within the tiny wire-like capillaries of the brain to increase the blood flow that ensures optimal brain function. New research has uncovered that capillaries have the capacity to both sense brain activity and generate an electrical vasodilatory signal to evoke blood flow and direct nutrients […]

Boy’s lemonade stand raises funds for grandpa’s cancer battle

Reyes’ grandfather, 52-year-old Richard Sanchez, was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in December and recently underwent surgery to remove a 9-inch tumour. The procedure has left the self-employed construction worker unemployed with mounting bills

Boy’s lemonade stand raises funds for grandpa’s cancer battleA 9-year-old boy won’t be spending his spring break playing video games or sleeping in late, as he’s determined to sell enough lemonade to help his ailing grandfather pay his medical bills. Angel Reyes, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, hatched the plan over Christmas with his mom, 11 Alive reported. “I wanted to make money […]

‘Eraser challenge’ social media game can get your child hospitalised

It’s spreading via social media. It’s a “dare” where kids use erasers to rub away the skin on their arms, often while reciting the alphabet or other phrases. Players compare the resulting injuries, and the most injured player is the “winner”

‘Eraser challenge’ social media game can get your child hospitalisedIt’s spreading via social media: A “dare” where kids use erasers to rub away the skin on their arms, often while reciting the alphabet or other phrases. Players compare the resulting injuries, and the most injured player is the “winner.” The so-called “eraser challenge” has been circulating for about a year — but it’s no […]

Understanding our epigenetic clock

The preliminary finding may explain why some individuals die young—even when they follow a nutritious diet, exercise regularly, drink in moderation and don’t smoke

Understanding our epigenetic clockWhy do some people lead a perfectly healthy lifestyle yet still die young? A new international study suggests that the answer lies in our DNA. The findings are published in the journal Aging. Scientists have long searched to identify biomarkers for biological age, according to study co-author Douglas Kiel, HMS professor of medicine at Beth […]

Spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis endangers global control efforts

TB is a bacterial infection normally treated with a combination of antibiotics. But extensive overuse of antibiotics worldwide has led to a rise in drug-resistant "superbug" strains. Bacteria can acquire many drug resistance traits over time, making several types of antibiotics ineffective

Spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis endangers global control effortsRising rates of superbug tuberculosis (TB) are threatening to derail decades of progress against the contagious disease, experts said on Thursday, and new drugs powerful enough to treat them are few and far between. TB kills more people each year than any other infectious disease, including HIV and AIDS. In 2015 alone, it is estimated […]

Contrary to popular belief, fish oil supplements during pregnancy don’t improve baby’s intelligence

The findings do not suggest that the DHA supplements caused benefit or harm for child development

Contrary to popular belief, fish oil supplements during pregnancy don’t improve baby’s intelligencePregnant women who take omega-3 supplements in the belief it will give their babies a brain boost might want to reconsider, says a new study, which found no cognitive edge among children whose mothers took the supplements. Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is one of three omega-3 fatty acids thought to support growth of a baby’s […]

Smartphone device tests male fertility with 98% accuracy

According to a study, the new technology – consisting of an external accessory in which sperm samples are inserted and an app that analyses them – could make testing as straightforward as a home pregnancy test, the scientists say

Smartphone device tests male fertility with 98% accuracyA new smartphone attachment can evaluate a man’s semen and determine his level of fertility with up to 98% accuracy, a new study has showed. The new technology — consisting of an external accessory in which sperm samples are inserted and an app that analyses them — could make testing as straightforward as a home […]

Hot chocolate serving ‘has more salt than packet of crisps’

A mug of hot chocolate can have more salt than a packet of ready salted crisps, a campaign group says

Hot chocolate serving ‘has more salt than packet of crisps’Consensus Action on Salt and Health found salt targets were exceeded in all but one category of packaged food. Galaxy Ultimate Marshmallow Hot Chocolate powder had just over 0.6g of salt per 25g serving – or 2.5g per 100g – more than the 0.15g per 100g target. Mars Chocolate said the drink was an “indulgent […]

Born with disability, Egyptian boy gains hope with soda bottle prosthetic

Ziad Mohammed was born with a medical condition that robbed him of his arms and legs. The simple, resourceful reuse of an old soda bottle has changed young Ziad’s outlook. His father wants his son to be happy and he made the prosthetic out of a soda bottle

Born with disability, Egyptian boy gains hope with soda bottle prostheticZiad Mohammed’s parents didn’t know until he was born about the medical condition that had already robbed him of his arms and legs. In his 11 years, Ziad has adapted impressively to his circumstances. Using the short stumps he does have, he’s learned to get around his family’s home, and even to feed himself. But […]