London, U.K : Parents need to closely monitor the TV time of their kids as research has bolstered the link between TV habits and obesity in kids.
“There was also a link between TV viewing and obesity and the likelihood of increases in BMI (body mass index) and the waist-to-height ratio,” said Steingerdur Olafsdottir from University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
The study explored how food is portrayed in TV programmes meant for children as well as the link between their TV viewing, dietary habits and weight status.
The study focused on the presence of food in the popular Swedish children’s TV show Bolibompa.
London,U.K. :You must have witnessed the mushrooming of gym and fitness centres in your neighbourhood in the recent past. This is just like the spread of fast food chains, a study reveals.
With successful gyms now spreading wings to different countries and promoting a typical body ideal, the fitness industry today resembles in many ways the fast food chains, said a study that explored the development of the modern fitness concept.
McDonaldisation of the gym culture is the theme of the article published in 'Sports, Education and Society'.
The study is partly based on interviews with personal trainers and group fitness instructors.
New York,U.S.: If you are longing for a quiet and relaxing meal with your kids, cut up their food as research has found that children are likely to become more rowdy when they need to bite the food with their front teeth.
When 6-10 year old children ate foods they had to bite with their front teeth, such as drumsticks, whole apples, or corn on the cob, they were rowdier than when these foods had been cut, said the study.
"They were twice as likely to disobey adults and twice as aggressive toward other kids," said Brian Wansink, a professor at Cornell University.
For the study, the researchers observed 12 elementary children for two days.
New York,U.S. : Frustrated with carrying wine or vodka bottles? Just sprinkle this powder over food, or mix it with plain water or juice and get a high!
The US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has approved the sale of powdered alcohol in tiny pouches.
Named Palcohol, it could be available as early as this fall.
“Palcohol is a great convenience for the person on the go. One package weighs about an ounce and is small enough to fit into any pocket,” said its Phoenix-based developer Mark Phillips on his website.
The firm proposes two formulas - V (made from vodka) and R (a rum-based powder).
London,U.K. : Those who doze off during the day to catch some 'missed' night sleep, beware!
According to an alarming research, middle-age and older adults who take daytime naps at office or home may be at increased risk of dying.
In particular, naps were linked with an increased risk of dying from respiratory diseases.
Those between ages 40 and 65 were nearly twice as likely to die during the study period if they napped for an hour or more, compared to those who did not nap, the researchers from University of Cambridge said.
“Excessive daytime napping might be a useful marker of underlying health risks, particularly re
New York,U.S. : Are you a long-time alcoholic and can not understand why you do not enjoy the same muscle strength you had before you started drinking? Turn to mitochondria for an answer.
Mitochondria - organelles that produce the energy needed for muscle, brain, and every other cell in the body - stop self repair in both long-time alcoholics and patients with mitochondrial disease resulting in muscle weakness, a study says.
This is because “alcohol can have a specific effect on one gene involved in mitochondrial fusion”, said lead author Gyorgy Hajnoczky from Pennsylvania-based Thomas Jefferson University.
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Los Angeles,US: Soaring temperatures make people lazy, so it's time to make some dietary changes to stay fit during summer. Experts suggest that adding selective fruits and vegetables to everyday diet can show up great results.
Laurence Beeken, food information executive at Weight Loss Resources, enlists some seasonal superfoods that can do wonders if taken religiously throughout spring and summer, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
* Strawberries: Strawberries are packed full of health benefits. Compared to other fruits such as apples and bananas, strawberries have more nutrients, and are known to burn stores fat (the anthocyanins stimulate the burning of
London, April 16 : In an alarming trend, children at nursery schools in Britain are not been able to play with building blocks properly but are smart at swiping the tablet or smart phone screen.
Teachers warn that children are being given tablets to use as a replacement for contact time with the parent.
“Teachers talk of students who come into their classrooms having spent most of the previous night playing computer games and their attention spans are so limited they might as well not be there,? Colin Kinney, a teacher from Northern Ireland, was quoted as saying in a Guardian report.
She addressed the association of teachers and lec
Washington, April 8 : Researchers have reporting first evidence that green tea extract enhances the cognitive functions, in particular the working memory.
In the new study, the researcher teams of Prof. Christoph Beglinger from the University Hospital of Basel and Prof. Stefan Borgwardt from the Psychiatric University Clinics found that green tea extract increases the brain's effective connectivity, meaning the causal influence that one brain area exerts over another.
This effect on connectivity also led to improvement in actual cognitive performance: Subjects tested significantly better for working memory tasks after the admission of green tea extr
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