Mothers who have a healthy lifestyle can lower obesity risk in kids

A mother’s example could be instrumental in a child maintaining a healthy weight, suggests new research published in The BMJ

Mothers who have a healthy lifestyle can lower obesity risk in kids“Living a healthy lifestyle can not only help adults to improve their health and reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases, but also can exert health benefits to their offspring,”said Dr Qi Sun from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston. Mothers have a powerful influence over their children’s lifestyle choices, but it’s […]

TV in children’s room increases risk of obesity

Girls who had TVs in their bedrooms at the age of seven were 30 per cent more likely to be overweight when they were 11, compared to children who did not have TVs in their bedrooms. For boys, the risk was increased by about 20 per cent

TV in children’s room increases risk of obesityChildren who have TVs in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight than those who do not, a study by University College London scientists suggests. For girls in particular, they found the longer spent watching TV, the more likely children were to put on weight. Researchers say there is now an urgent need to […]

#WorldMentalHealthDay: Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood

When someone is diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety, first line treatments usually include psychological therapies and medication. What’s not always discussed are the changeable lifestyle factors that influence our mental health

#WorldMentalHealthDay: Five lifestyle changes to enhance your moodEven those who don’t have a mental health condition may still be looking for ways to further improve their mood, reduce stress, and manage their day-to-day mental health. It can be empowering to make positive life changes. While time restrictions and financial limitations may affect some people’s ability to make such changes, we all have […]

World Mental Health Day: Eight celebrities who are raising awareness about it

On World Mental Health Day, we bring to you looks at eight celebrities with various conditions who have raised awareness

World Mental Health Day: Eight celebrities who are raising awareness about itFrom Stephen Fry and Glen Close to Prince Harry and Lady Gaga, more and more famous people are breaking down the stigma. Zayn Malik Former One Direction star Zayn Malik has been open about his anxiety since he talked about panic attacks which caused him to cancel performances in his 2016 autobiography. He said “anxiety […]

Unstable relationships can have a detrimental effect on mental health

The weakening of a relationship is often caused due to higher rates of abuse, poorer communication and lower levels of commitment. Well, more than anything else, it clearly imposes a great risk to your mental health

Unstable relationships can have a detrimental effect on mental healthFrom Ross and Rachel to Carrie and Mr. Big, many of us can’t help but root for the will-they-won’t-they type of romances. But new findings suggest being part of on-again, off-again relationships can have a toxic impact on your mental health. The study titled “Coming out and getting back in: relationship cycling and distress in […]

Being aware of foetal movement doesn’t prevent stillbirths, reveals study

Encouraging pregnant women to be aware of reduced foetal movement and to report it promptly to their doctors does not reduce stillbirth risk, new findings show

Being aware of foetal movement doesn’t prevent stillbirths, reveals study“We cannot rely on reduced foetal movement awareness as a strategy to reduce stillbirth,” said Dr Jane E. Norman of Queen’s Medical Research Institute in Edinburgh, the study’s first author. Stillbirth prevention programs often advise pregnant women to beware of reduced foetal movement, despite the lack of evidence that such monitoring reduces stillbirth risk. Norman’s […]

Treating sleep apnoea may improve stroke outcomes, finds study

Treating a common sleep disorder immediately after a stroke or mini-stroke may improve patients’ neurological symptoms and daily functioning, a small study suggests

Treating sleep apnoea may improve stroke outcomes, finds studyObstructive sleep apnoea, which causes their airway to close, briefly halting breathing, for a few seconds multiple times during sleep. The condition has been linked with increased risk for heart attack, hypertension, sudden death, stroke and faster progression of cardiovascular disease. Sleep apnoea sufferers can use CPAP machines to keep their airway open during sleep. […]

Type-2 diabetes signs detectable years before diagnosis, reveal researchers

The findings suggest interventions to stop the disease in its tracks should begin far earlier in life

Type-2 diabetes signs detectable years before diagnosis, reveal researchersThe warning signs of type-2 diabetes may be detectable 20 years before the disease is diagnosed, researchers say. Elevated fasting blood sugar levels and insulin resistance were seen in people years before they developed pre-diabetes, often a pre-cursor to type-2, a study found. Another study found type-1 diabetes may be misdiagnosed after the age of […]

DNA of people with depression, trauma is biologically older than healthy individuals

DNA from people who suffer from major depression is biologically older than that of healthy people by on average 8 months, suggesting that they are biologically older than their corresponding calendar age

DNA of people with depression, trauma is biologically older than healthy individualsThis effect was greater in people who have had childhood trauma, such as violence, neglect or sexual abuse, who show a biological age around a year older than their actual age. This work is presented at the ECNP conference in Barcelona. There is increasing evidence that serious depression and trauma is associated with shorter life-spans. […]

What is Tokophobia? Here’s all you need to know about it

Tokophobia is a pathological fear of pregnancy and can lead to avoidance of childbirth. It can be classified as primary or secondary. Primary is morbid fear of childbirth in a woman, who has no previous experience of pregnancy

What is Tokophobia? Here’s all you need to know about itChildbirth can clearly be a scary prospect. For women who have not given birth before, it is the great unknown. Research into women’s concerns and fears suggests that women may be anxious about the risk of injuries or complications, pain, their ability to give birth, losing control, and interactions with health professionals. Even women who […]