Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sex hormones put women at allergy risk

London, Dec 30 Female sex hormones called oestrogens can worsen allergic reactions in women, says a study.

Get rid of unwanted hair permanently with this raw papaya pack

Unwanted hair on the body can be quite unsightly and difficult to get rid of. While you can wax or shave it off, going through the process every month can be cumbersome and quite painful. So, to help you get rid of unwanted hair and keep it from growing back, here’s an easy natural remedy.

Yoga a potential therapy for cardiovascular disease: Study

London, Dec 30 A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials has concluded that the popular mind-body practice of yoga can be a potential therapy for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.

Breast reconstruction using own tissues yields better results

London, Dec 30 For women who have undergone mastectomy, breast reconstruction using the patient's own tissues - rather than implants - provides higher level of satisfaction, research has found.

Your birth year can influence obesity risk

New York, Dec 30 People born before 1942 are less likely to be affected by a variant to a gene linked to obesity risk than those who are born after 1942. The effect is stronger in those born in later years, finds a fascinating research.

Non-human sugar in red meat may promote cancer

Washington, Dec 30  A team lead by an Indian-origin researcher at the University of California, San Diego, has found that a non-human sugar present in red meat promotes inflammation and cancer progression in rodents.

Monday, December 29, 2014

6 Reasons You Should Be Eating Peanuts

6 Reasons You Should Be Eating Peanuts:

Can Lower Cholesterol and More
Even though peanuts are energy-dense (high in calories and fat) major studies show that peanuts and peanut butter can lower cholesterol, triglycerides without causing weight gain. 

Peanuts Help Control Blood Sugar
I was really excited about this study. The research shows that eating peanut butter or peanuts for breakfast can help control blood sugar levels throughout the day, even after eating a high carbohydrate lunch! That is a sign to add peanuts or peanut butter to your breakfast! 
Leaner Bodies
Peanuts and Peanut Butter Eaters have leaner bodies even though they consume more calories. Riddle me that! 
Good Fats
Peanuts can help you lose weight, and are packed with nutrition and good fat - this resource will help you find the right peanut or peanut butter.
Boosts Memory Power
Peanuts are brain food! According to this article, the Vitamin B3 found in peanuts offers many health benefits including improved brain functioning and boosted memory power.
Protective Nutrients
Cracking open a peanut shell reveals an edible package of naturally protective nutrients. Peanuts provide unique bioactive components that act as antioxidants and have been shown to be disease preventative. 

Simple Tips for Healthy Eyes.

Simple Tips for Healthy Eyes

Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. Follow these simple steps for maintaining healthy eyes well into your golden years.
Know your family’s eye health history. Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition since many are hereditary. This will help to determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.
Eat right to protect your sight. You’ve heard carrots are good for your eyes. But eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens is important for keeping your eyes healthy, too.i Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.
Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight, talk to your doctor.
Wear protective eyewear. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home. Protective eyewear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards specially designed to provide the correct protection for a certain activity. Most protective eyewear lenses are made of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other plastics. Many eye care providers sell protective eyewear, as do some sporting goods stores.
Quit smoking or never start. Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.ii,iii
Be cool and wear your shades. Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.
Give your eyes a rest. If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, you sometimes forget to blink and your eyes can get fatigued. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.
Clean your hands and your contact lenses properly. To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as appropriate.
Practice workplace eye safety. Employers are required to provide a safe work environment. When protective eyewear is required as a part of your job, make a habit of wearing the appropriate type at all times and encourage your coworkers to do the same.
src: www.nei.nih.gov

Are Ponytails and Topknots Damaging Your Hair? Know Here.

How often have you taken your hair out of a ponytail, only to cringe at just how much hair came out with it? And ask your hairstylist—we’ll bet you a bottle of nail polish that she’ll tell you to lay off the topknot. But is there any truth to the idea that wearing your hair up actually damages your locks? Or is this just another urban beauty legend? A quick call to celebrity hairstyling legend Howard McLaren resulted in great tips to prevent updo damage:
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