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Right ‘doses’ of yoga can reduce depression, anxiety

If applied in right “doses”, yoga and breathing exercises can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety in both short and long terms, reveal new research. Published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, the study from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) provided evidence that yoga can be a helpful complementary treatment for clinical depression or major depressive disorder. To reach ...

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Tonga closes schools as measles epidemic spreads

All government primary schools and kindergartens in Tonga have been shut in an effort to limit the spread of measles sweeping through the South Pacific, the government announced Thursday. With the number of confirmed and suspected measles infections in the Pacific kingdom nearing 200, Education Minister Siaosi Sovaleni said schools would be closed until at least November 25. “Children who ...

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How meditation can help you to become less error prone

Researchers have found that meditation could help you to become less error prone. According to the health experts here, meditation also helps in rejuvenating the mind, mental well-being, better concentration power along with improved memory. Practically stress and unwanted tension are some of the major reasons of short term forgetfulness and unfocused behaviour, the experts added. Manish Gupta, senior consultant ...

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Genetics affect the way one tastes food

A specific gene makes certain compounds taste bitter, which may make it harder for some people to add heart-healthy vegetables to their diet, according to a new study. “Your genetics affect the way you taste, and taste is an important factor in food choice,” said study author Jennifer L. Smith from University of Kentucky. According to the researchers, everyone inherits ...

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Maintaining exercise frequency in older adults can prevent heart disease

As people age, they tend to lower the physical activity but they should work out more in order to prevent heart disease and stroke. In a study published in the European Heart Journal, researchers found that people who did less moderate as they got older had about 27 per cent increased risk of heart and blood vessel problems, while those ...

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Brain implants used to fight drug addiction in US

Patients with severe opioid addiction are being given brain implants to help reduce their cravings, in the first trial of its kind in the US. Gerod Buckhalter, 33, who has struggled with substance abuse for more than a decade with many relapses and overdoses, has already had the surgery. Lead doctor Ali Rezai described the device as a “pacemaker for ...

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Chinese company in vaccine scandal declared bankrupt

A Chinese maker of rabies vaccine that was fined 9.1 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) in a quality scandal that set off a crackdown on the industry said Friday it has been declared bankrupt. Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd., which lost its production licenses last year, said in a statement that a court issued the ruling after concluding the company was ...

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Less sleep may negatively affect women’s bone health

Getting too little sleep is linked with a higher risk of having low bone mineral density (BMD) and developing osteoporosis, researchers have warned. Osteoporosis is a disease in which bone weakening increases the risk of a broken bone. “Our study suggests that sleep may negatively impact bone health, adding to the list of the negative health impacts of poor sleep,” ...

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Deep sleep can calm anxious brain

Researchers have found that the type of sleep most apt to calm and reset the anxious brain is deep sleep, also known as non-rapid eye movement (NREM) slow-wave sleep, a state in which neural oscillations become highly synchronised, and heart rates and blood pressure drops. A sleepless night can trigger up to a 30 per cent rise in anxiety levels, ...

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Running helps lower chance of death: Aussie study

No matter how busy you are, running, even for as little as once a week or less, will make you live longer regardless of your sex, according to Australian research published on Tuesday. The research showed that even running once a week for 50 minutes or less, at speeds below 8 km an hour appeared to have significant health and ...

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