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Poor sleep ups risk of memory loss in elderly

Poor sleep ups risk of memory loss in elderly

Unmet sleep needs of the elderly elevate their risk of memory loss and a wide range of mental and physical disorders, says a study. The researchers, however, warned that the pills designed to help us doze off are a poor substitute for the natural sleep cycles that the brain needs in order to function well.

Eating Marmite may be good for your brain

Eating Marmite may be good for your brain

Consuming Marmite — a tangy British spread — daily may be good for the brain, as it has been found to increase a chemical messenger associated with healthy brain function, a study has showed. In the study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, participants consuming a teaspoon of Marmite every day for a month, showed

Bad air may lower 'good' cholesterol, raise heart disease risk

Bad air may lower ‘good’ cholesterol, raise heart disease risk

Exposure to higher levels of air pollution may increase cardiovascular disease risk by lowering levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), commonly known as “good” cholesterol, says a study. Higher exposure to black carbon, a marker of traffic-related pollution, is significantly associated with a lower “good” cholesterol level, showed the findings published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis,

Insomnia may increase risk of heart attack, stroke

Insomnia may increase risk of heart attack, stroke

Individuals who find it hard to fall asleep must wake up to the health problems that poor sleep poses. Researchers have found that suffering from insomnia may put people at increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Women with insomnia symptoms may have a slightly higher risk of cardiovascular and stroke events than men, according

Indulge in peanuts, peanut butter for good health

Indulge in peanuts, peanut butter for good health

Don’t overlook or underrate the power of peanuts as a nutty super food, say experts. Nutritionist and weight management consultant Kavita Devgan, author of “Don’t Diet! 50 Habits of Thin People”, says ‘good’ fats are essential for good health. Devgan said: “Nut butters, particularly peanut butter, is a source of unsaturated fats, which are proven

Eating legumes may reduce your risk of diabetes

Eating legumes may reduce your risk of diabetes

A higher consumption of legumes — such as lentils, chickpeas, beans and peas — has the potential to lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 35 per cent, researchers say. Legumes are a food group rich in B vitamins, contain different beneficial minerals — like calcium, potassium and magnesium. The findings showed that

Bid adieu to puffy face

Bid adieu to puffy face

If you notice your face bloating, then avoid caffeine and alcohol, apply a cold towel on the face and get eight hours of sleep, suggest experts. Geeta Fazalbhoy, Dermatologist and Managing Director and Founder Member – Skin & You Clinic, and Vandana Punjabi, Consultant Dermatologist, Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital, have a few useful tips: *

Smoking pot raises risk of stroke, heart failure

Smoking pot raises risk of stroke, heart failure

Marijuana use may lead to 26 per cent increase in the risk of stroke and a 10 per cent increase in the risk of developing heart failure, an Indian-origin researcher has found. “Like all other drugs, whether they’re prescribed or not prescribed, we want to know the effects and side effects of this drug,” said

Fish eyes may help find cure for blindness

Fish eyes may help find cure for blindness

Scientists have discovered a chemical in the zebra fish brain that helps reveal how it regrows its retina, a finding that can potentially cure blindness in humans. The findings showed that the levels of GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid), a neurotransmitter, best known for its role of calming nervous activity — drop when the unique self-repair

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