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Fizzy drinks, ready meals may be linked to increased risk of cancer: Study
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Fizzy drinks, ready meals may be linked to increased risk of cancer: Study

Higher consumption of ultra-processed foods such as fizzy drinks, mass-produced packaged bread, many ready meals and most breakfast cereals, may be linked to an increased risk of developing and dying from cancer, a new study has shown. London, Feb 1 : Higher consumption of ultra-processed foods such as fizzy drinks, mass-produced packaged bread, many ready meals and most breakfast cereals, may be linked to an increased risk of developing and dying from cancer, a new study has shown. According to the study by the UK-based Imperial School of Public Health, the researchers found that higher consumption of ultra-processed foods was associated with a greater risk of developing cancer overall, specifically with ovarian and brain cancers. It was also associated with an increased r...
Disturbed sleep during teens may increase risk of multiple sclerosis
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Disturbed sleep during teens may increase risk of multiple sclerosis

Having insufficient and disturbed sleep during the teenage years may increase the subsequent risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study has shown. New Delhi, Jan 24 : Having insufficient and disturbed sleep during the teenage years may increase the subsequent risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study has shown. According to the study published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, clocking up enough hours of restorative sleep while young may help to ward off the condition. The researchers note that MS is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors, including smoking, teenage weight (BMI), Epstein-Barr virus infection, sun exposure, and vitamin D. "Insufficient sleep and low sleep quality during adolescence seem to increase the risk of s...
Running may lead to exercise dependence rather than mental well-being
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Running may lead to exercise dependence rather than mental well-being

Recreational running provides numerous physical and mental health benefits -- but, some people can develop exercise dependence, a type of physical activity addiction that can lead to health issues, a new study has shown. London, Jan 25 : Recreational running provides numerous physical and mental health benefits -- but, some people can develop exercise dependence, a type of physical activity addiction that can lead to health issues, a new study has shown. According to the study published in Frontiers in Psychology, the signs of exercise dependence are common even in recreational runners. The researchers investigate the concept of escapism to help understand the relationship between running, well-being, and exercise dependence. "Escapism is an everyday phenomenon among hum...
Food additives associated with increased risk of diabetes: Study
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Food additives associated with increased risk of diabetes: Study

Food additives, which are added to food to maintain flavour or enhance taste, appearance, or other sensory properties, are associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study has shown. New Delhi, Jan 18 : Food additives, which are added to food to maintain flavour or enhance taste, appearance, or other sensory properties, are associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study has shown. According to the study published in the journal PLOS Medicine, nitrites and nitrates are chemical compounds used as food additives to increase shelf life, while researchers suggest a link between dietary exposure to nitrites and the risk of type 2 diabetes. To investigate the relationship between dietary exposure to nitrites/nitrates type 2 diabetes risk, resear...
Meditation alters gut microbes in Buddhist monks for better mental health
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Meditation alters gut microbes in Buddhist monks for better mental health

Gut microbes found in Buddhist monks have been linked to lower risks of anxiety, depression and even cardio-vascular disease, thus lowering the risk of mental ill-health as they grow older. New Delhi, Jan 17 : Gut microbes found in Buddhist monks have been linked to lower risks of anxiety, depression and even cardio-vascular disease, thus lowering the risk of mental ill-health as they grow older. A study, published in the open access journal General Psychiatry, found that regular deep meditation, practised for several years, may help to regulate the gut microbiome and potentially lower the risks of physical and mental ill-health. "Collectively, several bacteria enriched in the meditation group have been associated with the alleviation of mental illness, suggesting that medi...
Teens with optimistic, happy feelings may lead to better health in adulthood
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Teens with optimistic, happy feelings may lead to better health in adulthood

Teenagers with the feeling of optimism, happiness, self-esteem, belongingness and love, were more likely to reach their 20s and 30s in good cardiometabolic health compared to teens with fewer of these positive psychological assets, a new study has shown. San Francisco, Jan 11 : Teenagers with the feeling of optimism, happiness, self-esteem, belongingness and love, were more likely to reach their 20s and 30s in good cardiometabolic health compared to teens with fewer of these positive psychological assets, a new study has shown. According to the study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, fostering positive psychological assets in teenagers may help prevent cardiometabolic disease in adulthood and may also play a role in addressing health inequities. Th...
Coffee may cut severity of fatty liver disease in diabetics
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Coffee may cut severity of fatty liver disease in diabetics

Caffeine, polyphenols, and other natural products found in coffee may help reduce the severity of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) among overweight people with type 2 diabetes (T2D), a new study has shown. New Delhi, Jan 12 : Caffeine, polyphenols, and other natural products found in coffee may help reduce the severity of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) among overweight people with type 2 diabetes (T2D), a new study has shown. NAFLD is a collective term for liver disorders caused by a build-up of fat in the liver. These can lead to liver fibrosis, which can progress to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and liver cancer, according to a study by the Portugal-based University of Coimbra. The main cause of NAFLD is not excessive alcohol consumption, but rathe...
Can walking 6,000 steps a day improve heart health in the elderly?
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Can walking 6,000 steps a day improve heart health in the elderly?

Walking between 6,000 to 9,000 steps daily may significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in older adults, a new study has shown. San Francisco, Jan 6 : Walking between 6,000 to 9,000 steps daily may significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in older adults, a new study has shown. According to the study published in the journal Circulation, researchers found that individuals walking between 6,000 to 9,000 steps daily had a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes, by 40 per cent to 50 per cent. The study analysed data from over 20,000 people in the US and 42 other countries, in which the average age was 63.2 years, plus or minus 12.4 years, with 52 per cent being women, reports Medical News Today. ...
‘Physical activity must to reduce mental stress’
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‘Physical activity must to reduce mental stress’

People, especially those in the 20-50 years age group must resolve in the New Year to lead a stress-free life and do everything possible to remain active, say healthcare professionals. Hyderabad, Jan 1 : People, especially those in the 20-50 years age group must resolve in the New Year to lead a stress-free life and do everything possible to remain active, say healthcare professionals. Numerous studies over the past couple of decades have highlighted the fact that stressful living is a major concern among Indians. This problem is more visible in urban areas and among city dwellers, due to change in their lifestyles or due to fast-paced living. Some estimates indicate that at least 50 per cent of the adult population are under some form of stress due to personal or professio...
Exercise, mindfulness training don’t boost brain power in the elderly
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Exercise, mindfulness training don’t boost brain power in the elderly

As you may have witnessed thousands of senior people performing exercise and mindfulness training in the neighbourhood parks, community centres and at home in the morning, a large study that focused on whether exercise and mindfulness training could boost cognitive function in older adults has found no such improvement. New York, Dec 14 : As you may have witnessed thousands of senior people performing exercise and mindfulness training in the neighbourhood parks, community centres and at home in the morning, a large study that focused on whether exercise and mindfulness training could boost cognitive function in older adults has found no such improvement. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of California, San Diego, studied th...