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Breast milk may help prevent heart disease in premature babies

  Early use of breast milk could play a ‘vital role’ in preventing heart disease in prematurely born infants, according to research by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the Rotunda Hospital. One of the long-term health complications that young adults who were born prematurely may have is unique heart characteristics. These […]

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Eating chicken instead of red meat can help lower breast cancer risk

Red meat refers to the flesh obtained from cows, pigs and lambs, that is, beef, pork and lamb/mutton respectively. These contain more of the muscle protein called myoglobin which carries oxygen to the muscle tissue, similar to haemoglobin in the blood. The presence of myoglobin contributes to the red colour. Processed red meats also contain […]

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Post-workout ice baths may weaken muscles, reveals study

Post-workout ice-baths are a common practice among athletes (many swear by it), but what are the physiological effects of taking an ice bath? Taking a post-workout plunge in an ice water bath is a common practice among many athletes. Known as cold water immersion or cryotherapy, it is used to recover faster and reduce muscle […]

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Here why lifting weights can be beneficial for healthy ageing

Here why lifting weights can be beneficial for healthy ageing

  Weight training by older people may build not only strength and muscle mass but also motivation and confidence, potentially spurring them to continue exercising, according to an interesting new study of the emotional impacts of lifting weights. The findings intimate that people worried that they might be too old or inept to start resistance […]

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Adequate intake of milk in different life stages helps prevent chronic diseases

For example, there is a positive link between moderate intake of milk during pregnancy and birth weight, length and bone mineral content during childhood. In addition, daily intake of milk and dairy products among elderly people may reduce the risk of frailty and sarcopenia. These are just some of the conclusions of a systematic review […]

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Men who delay fatherhood put health of partners, unborn children at risk

The study, which reviewed 40 years of research on the effect of parental age on fertility, pregnancy and the health of children, was published in the journal Maturitas. “While it is widely accepted that physiological changes that occur in women after 35 can affect conception, pregnancy and the health of the child, most men do […]

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Snoring causes damage and prevents healing in the upper airway tract, reveals study

These findings are reported by researchers at Umeå University, Sweden. Their on-going research focuses on the processes behind vibratory damage and healing of the upper airway tract. The data generated will help identify people at high risk of developing sleep apnoea and to find novel treatment strategies. “Besides the disturbing effects, constant snoring can be […]

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Peppermint oil helps people with non-cardiac chest pain and difficulty swallowing

If you go see a doctor about these symptoms, and there is no evidence of a cardiac cause of the chest pain, you could be diagnosed as having some sort of disorder of the esophagus. Peppermint can help with the difficulty swallowing and non-cardiac chest pain experienced by some patients with disorders of the esophagus, […]

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Exercise activates brain circuits associated with memory in older adults

This includes the hippocampus, which shrinks with age and is the brain region attacked first in Alzheimer’s disease “While it has been shown that regular exercise can increase the volume of the hippocampus, our study provides new information that acute exercise has the ability to impact this important brain region,” said Dr J. Carson Smith, […]

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Any kind of exercise can help benefit brain health in older adults, says study

Researchers from School of Kinesiology and Graduate Program in Neuroscience have demonstrated that bouts of aerobic exercise, as brief as 10 minutes, enhances cognitive function of older adults. They also found that these benefits could be realised by those previously encouraged not to exercise. The study, which included 17 older adults with an average age […]

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