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PROBIOTICS ARE GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN

Probiotics are not only good for your gut, but for brain also. Researchers from UCLA’s Geffen School of medicine have determined that consuming a milk fermented with probiotics changes the brain activity of women. The researchers divided 36 healthy women into three groups. One group was given a milk fermented with probiotics twice a day. more…

ECHINACEA WORKS ON COLD

A study led by Tapan Basu, a professor of nutrition at the University of Alberta, found that people who started taking Echinacea the first day they got a cold suffered 23 per cent fever symptoms than those on placebo. Echinacea is a flowering plant that grows wild in some parts of North America. Scientists have more…

AVOID THESE INGREDIENTS

1,4 – dioxane – found in Baby shampoos, liquid cleansers. A known animal carcinogen Parabens – found in make up, moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, shaving products. Parabens are potential endocrine disrupters Bisphenol A (BPA) – in hard-plastic bottles, food- and beverage-can linings. Exposure in utero to this chemical may lead to developmental and behavioral problems Phosphalates more…

RED MEAT INCREASES RISK OF PREMATURE DEATH

Eating red meat – any amount and any type – appears to significantly increase the risk of premature death, according to a long-range study that examined the eating habits and health of more than 110,000 adults for more than 20 years. For instance, adding just one 100-gram serving of unprocessed red meat to one’s daily more…

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JUST ONE HEALTHY HABIT CAN CUT CANCER RISK

The adoption of just one of five healthy lifestyle habits, such as not smoking or drinking, can lower the cancer risk in males by 14 per cent, according to the results of a long-term survey by the National Cancer Centre in Japan. The center surveyed about 80,000 men and women aged between 45 and 74, more…

HIGH VITAMIN D USE LINKED TO FEWER STRESS FRACTURES IN FEMALES

Girls and young women who took lots of vitamin D were half as likely to suffer a stress fracture as those who didn’t get much of the vitamin, according to a U.S. study that followed thousands girls. Stress fractures are small cracks in the bones that typically affect people who do a lot of high-impact more…

THE SCENT OF A WOMAN AND A MAN

In his original study Dr. Claus Wedekind, a researcher at the University of Bern, Switzerland recruited female volunteers to sniff men’s three-day-old T-shirts and rate them for attractiveness. He then analyzed the men’s and women’s DNA, looking in particular at the genes that build a part of the immune system known as the major histocompatibility more…

HOW OUR MEMORIES ENCODED

Some memories arrive like faded postcards from the past – powerful memories triggered by images, scents and snippets of songs. Scientists have long known that memories are formed in the hippocampus. But despite advances in the field, the process through which brain cells encrypt memories was still unclear. Now a team of Montreal scientists has more…

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B VITAMINS MAY SLOW THE ADVANCE OF ALZHEIMER’s

Elderly people could fend off Alzheimer’s disease by taking supplements of B vitamins as B vitamins were found to reduce the brain shrinkage associated with the disease by up to 90%, reports an Oxford University study. Vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid can lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid linked to shrinkage of the more…

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ANAEMIA TIED TO HIGHER RISK FOR DEMENTIA

Among people in their 70s, anaemia may flag and increased risk of developing dementia later in life. Researchers following more than 2,500 U.S. adults in their 70s for over a decade found that those who started out with anaemia, were 65 per cent more likely to develop dementia by the end of the study period. more…