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Common Sleep Myths That Might Be Harming Your Health

Common Sleep Myths That Might Be Harming Your Health

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People holding sleep myths- like five hours of sleep is sufficient for them, snoring has no harm or drinking helps you to fall asleep- are at a significant health threat, reveals a new study. The findings were published in the Journal 'Sleep Health'. "Sleep is a vital part of life that affects our productivity, mood, and general health and well-being. Dispelling myths about sleep promotes healthier sleep habits which, in turn, promote overall better health," says study lead investigator, Rebecca Robbins. Researchers reviewed more than 8000 websites to identify 20 most common assumptions about sleep. They ranked them based on whether each could be dispelled as a myth or supported by scientific evidence, and on the harm that the myth could cause. Among the top myth researchers were abl...
Did you know? Car pollution caused asthma in 350,000 Indian kids

Did you know? Car pollution caused asthma in 350,000 Indian kids

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New York: Traffic pollution caused asthma among 350,000 children in India, the second largest after China, in 2015, finds a Lancet study that analysed 194 countries. The study, published in the Lancet Planetary Health, found that the largest number of cases (760,000) of traffic pollution-related asthma were in China. It could be because China has the second largest population of children and the third highest concentration of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which is an indicator of traffic pollution. India had the next largest number of cases (350,000) due to its large population of children, said researchers from the George Washington University in the US. The US (240,000), Indonesia (160,000) and Brazil (140,000) had the next largest burdens. "Our findings suggest millions of new cases of p...
World Health Day myths busted: How to live fit and well

World Health Day myths busted: How to live fit and well

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Akhilesh Bagaria and Vaibhav Bhandari, founders of Faacto,  the gene-based health and fitness application, busts five popular myths on the occasion of World Health Day. White Rice Makes You Fat The type of rice we consume is completely irrelevant when it comes to weight loss. The reaction of the body to a food item comes down to a wide range of factors including the Clock Gene, a gene that determines at what time of the day the body is capable of being at its best and worst. A morning person will digest carbs faster in the morning but gain weight at night for the same quantity, and vice versa for a night person. Intense Cardio Is the Key to Weight loss Regular cardio surely helps in burning calories, but the extent of weight loss is determined by the genetic makeup of an individual
7 benefits of having Thandai in summers

7 benefits of having Thandai in summers

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Are you also looking for acidity and bloating free summers? If yes, then this piece of information is definitely for you. Recently, celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar took to her Instagram and talked about the magical benefits of Thandai. While people generally associate Thandai with Holi, this sweet drink is no less than a health drink. According to Rujuta, the clever use of almonds, khus-khus, pepper, cardamom, saffron and saunf makes for a really powerful energiser. It can uplift the mood and allows you to ride smoothly over rough times. It is rich in antioxidants, and also restores your hormones to a state of balance. Most importantly, it is a great digestive aid that restores the mucus lining and gut-friendly bacteria. If all this is not enough, scroll to know more about the bene...
Eating more than 10 grams of nuts a day improves thinking, prevents dementia: Study

Eating more than 10 grams of nuts a day improves thinking, prevents dementia: Study

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Eating more than 10 grams of nuts a day may improve thinking, reasoning and memory, and keep age-related mental disorders at bay, a study has found. The study by researchers from the University of South Australia was conducted on 4,822 Chinese adults aged over 55 years. The study is the first to report an association between cognition and nut intake in older Chinese adults, providing important insights into increasing mental health issues, including dementia, faced by an ageing population. "Population ageing is one of the most substantial challenges of the twenty-first century. Not only are people living longer, but as they age, they require additional health support which is placing unprecedented pressure on aged-care and health services," said Ming Li, lead researcher at ...
Piping hot tea, coffee may up oesophageal cancer risk: Study

Piping hot tea, coffee may up oesophageal cancer risk: Study

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Drinking piping hot tea or coffee can significantly increase the risk of developing oesophageal cancer, a study claims. Previous studies have revealed a link between hot tea drinking and risk of oesophageal cancer, but until now, no study has examined this association using prospectively and objectively measured tea drinking temperature. The study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, achieved this by following 50,045 individuals aged 40 to 75 years for a median of 10 years. “Many people enjoy drinking tea, coffee, or other hot beverages. However, according to our report, drinking very hot tea can increase the risk of esophageal cancer, and it is therefore advisable to wait until hot beverages cool down before drinking,” said lead author Farhad Islami, of the American Cance
This app connects patients to doctors almost instantly

This app connects patients to doctors almost instantly

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Imagine you are stuck in traffic and you have a doctor’s appointment. You have either missed it and are going to have to reschedule or just see another doctor. It is these kind of bumps that mfine aims to conquer, through their app, with a back-end system that runs on Artificial Intelligence. Front-end functions The app has tie-ups with about 375 doctors, 80 hospitals, across 20 specialisations, with on-ground services in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, and Delhi. You log in and put in the symptoms. This will lead you to the doctors’ listing page, where you can opt for a particular specialist, if you like. This choice may depend on experience, testimonials, and place of operation (in case you need offline help). The idea is to put you in touch with a doctor in a minute. If