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Cholesterol-lowering drugs help average-risk people too

A major international study Saturday suggested that healthy people may reduce their risk of developing heart problems before they start by taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins. The findings came from three trials, which included more than 12,000 people in 21 countries, and were released at the American College of Cardiology conference in Chicago. Until now, statins have mainly been ...

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Healthy diet, exercise may benefit obese adults with diabetes

Healthy diet and routine physical exercise can help older overweight and obese adults gain benefits, reveals a study, adding it can improve glucose control, body composition, physical function and bone quality. Diet and exercise, known to benefit patients with type 2 diabetes, are controversial treatments for older adults due to concerns over frailty and age-related loss of muscle mass. “Type ...

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Active neighbourhood can make you healthier

People living nearby markets, public transport stops and public parks do more physical activity in their neighbourhood and take up 90 minutes more exercise per week, a study has found. According to researchers, creating healthier cities is an important part of the public health response to the global disease burden of physical inactivity. The four neighbourhood features, which were most ...

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Vegetarian Indians more vulnerable to colon cancer

A vegetarian diet has led to a gene mutation that may make Indians more susceptible to inflammation, and by association, increased risk of heart disease and colon cancer, says a study. Researchers from Cornell University analysed frequencies of the mutation in 234 primarily vegetarian Indians and 311 US individuals. They found the gene variant associated with a vegetarian diet in ...

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Women, born multi-taskers

She is a wife, a mother, an actress and also a filmmaker — and her multiple roles never give a dull moment to Divya Khosla Kumar, who feels women are born multi-taskers and no matter how ambitious a lady becomes, her family and home tops the priority list. Asked how she juggles between her professional and personal life and if ...

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Anxiety leads to bad decisions

Researchers have discovered why it is important to stay calm before taking any big decision in life. Anxiety disrupts brain activity that supports decision-making, says a study. Anxiety disengages a region of the brain called the prefrontal cortex (PFC), which is critical for flexible decision making, the findings showed. By monitoring the activity of neurons in the PFC while anxious ...

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Bouncing back after rough patch may take time

Bouncing back when someone goes through a rough period in life — say a divorce or losing a job, people can struggle considerably and take much longer time to recover back to previous levels of functioning, says a new study. The new research finds that natural resilience may not be as common as once thought and that when confronted with ...

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Calcium can ensure good night’s sleep

Calcium has been known long as good for our bones, but it might also be the key to a good night’s sleep, says a new study, unveiling a new theory how sleep works. The study showed that sleep depends on the activity of calcium inside neurons. Moreover, it was also revealed that a mechanism regulated by calcium ions is indeed ...

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High expectations from spouse can lead to divorce

Do you have high expectations from your spouse? Chill and slow down as looking to fulfil your wishes through her can lead to unnecessary conflict and even divorce, say researchers. For less strong marriages such as those involving higher levels of indirect hostility or more severe problems, looking for high expectations further erode the relationship, they warned, adding that high ...

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Keep an eye on your kid’s calorie-intake

Most children overeat when served large portions of calorie-dense popular foods-but manipulating calorie-content and portion size of children aged three to five can substantially reduce their overall caloric consumption, a study has found. Researchers found that caregivers can lower the calorie density (CD) of children’s meals by choosing palatable lower-CD products like grilled chicken pieces and reduced-sugar applesauce. “With acceptable ...

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