Archive for February 12th, 2013

Do cellphones really cause brain cancer?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

With more than 7 billion cellphones in use around the world these days, the question that lingers in our heads is how harmful are the radiofrequency emissions to our health.

So-called observational studies, which have looked at large populations in Europe, the United States and New Zealand have not established a definitive link between cellphones and brain cancer.

The studies have relied on survey data, which is weak science, asking people to remember back to how often they used cellphones.

Keep in mind the amount of brain cancer in the world hasn’t increased despite the dramatic increase in cellphone use. And today’s cellphones and smartphones emit much less radiation than those a decade ago, when most of these studies were conducted, Fox News reported.


Holidays make us the happiest

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Spending money on holidays can make us happier than buying material goods, say psychologists.

Splashing out on experiences leads to memories we can share for a long time, while possessions such as clothing, gadgets or jewellery are unlikely to “prompt storytelling” in the same way, a study found.

Experiments by psychologists at Cornell University in New York State found that people scored higher satisfaction from experiences because they were more likely to share them with others.

Researchers believe “reliving” the experience helps us feel more connected to others and enhances our happiness, the Daily Express reported.

Lead author Amit Kumar told the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in New Orleans that a famous line from the 1942 film Casablanca could help explain the results – “A once-cherished Walkman is now obsolete, but, as Humphrey Bogart once told Ingrid Bergman, ‘We’ll always have Paris’.


Egg, nuts and fish may help ward off dementia

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Eating a diet packed with oily fish, eggs, nuts and wholegrains could delay or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new research.

Writing in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers stated that the foods contain vitamin D3 and omega-3, which can boost the immune system’s ability to clear the toxic and deadly plaques, which destroy the brain of Alzheimer’s sufferers.

They have identified genes and signalling networks regulated by the two nutrients that may control inflammation and improve plaque dispersal, the Daily Express reported.

Previous studies at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California pinpointed mechanisms involved in helping vitamin D3 clear amyloid-beta, the abnormal protein in the plaque.

The new study confirmed the vitamin D3 findings and highlights the role of omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).


How your relationship status could affect your health

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Strong partnerships can help us avoid illness, adopt healthier habits, and even live longer, while on the other hand, troubled relationships tend to breed stress and weaken immunity, a study has found.

“So many factors affect our health, whether it’s the behaviors we exhibit toward each other or the habits that we pass on to each other,” Foc News quoted psychologist Maryann Troiani, co-author of Spontaneous Optimism as saying.

So whether you’re dating casually, shacking up, or already married, keep in mind the key ways your romantic bond may influence your mind and body.

Try watching your weight, as it’s a common belief that couples “let themselves go” after pairing off, and there may be something to it.

According to a 2012 review, people tend to gain weight as they settle into marriage and lose weight when a marriage ends.


Ayurveda Q&A: Carrot and cucumber juice reduces acne

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.

This week’s answers:

Dear Sir
Does the medicine of Ayurveda cures PCOS problem ?
Felina Mary S

Hi Mary,

yes, Ayurveda recommends a holistic approach with Ayurveda medicines and therapies, Personalized Yoga and diet for complete cure. In my experience PCOD is very much connected with Vitamin D deficiency. Please check your Vitamin D levels before taking any medical treatment. Most of the times below 30 years correcting the Vitamin D levels heals the condition completely. Ayurveda recommends a 28 day detoxification therapies with Yoga and diet. This not only helps to shell out the extra weight gained and also brings back the feeling of well- being. Skin and hair changes, psychological changes, Physical changes etc are well addressed with the PCOD. I have conducted many clinical studies about PCOD, the data is available in my web site Drink 3 liters of water, walk for 45 minutes, avoid Non veg, salty, spicy foods and drinks. Curry leaves, cilantro leaves and Drum stick leaves – all equal amounts boil in water and take it as a soup as a good home remedy for PCOD.


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