Archive for February 19th, 2013

Relationship anxieties may lower immunity and increase risk of illness

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Anxieties and concerns and about one’s close relationships could prove to be a chronic stressor that can compromise immunity, a new study has found.

In the study, researchers asked married couples to complete questionnaires about their relationships and collected saliva and blood samples to test participants’ levels of a key stress-related hormone and numbers of certain immune cells.

The research focused on attachment anxiety. Those who are on the high end of the attachment anxiety spectrum are excessively concerned about being rejected, have a tendency to constantly seek reassurance that they are loved, and are more likely to interpret ambiguous events in a relationship as negative.

Married partners who were more anxiously attached produced higher levels of cortisol, a steroid hormone that is released in response to stress, and had fewer T cells – important components of the immune system’s defense against infection – than did participants who were less anxiously attached.

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Long hours in office ‘biggest excuse for not exercising’

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The stress of long working hours at the office and bringing up a family were the main reasons given by majority of people for missing out on exercise, a survey has found.

Staying fit and active every day can dramatically reduce the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and dementia, but 94 per cent of those questioned did not deem physical fitness as being of prime importance in their lives, according to the survey.

One in 10 said they had not done any real physical exercise in more than a decade, more than a fifth said the last time they were really physically active was at school, college or university and only a quarter said they had been really physically active in the past week, it said.

The survey of 2,000 people found that long hours in the office were the reason 41 per cent gave for not finding time to exercise while childcare was blamed by 33 per cent, the Daily Express reported.

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Mental health just as important as physical health

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

People know the importance of keeping healthy and the benefits of exercise, healthy diet, and active lifestyle.

But Professor Barbara Sahakian, best known for her expertise on cognitive enhancers, has asked people to prioritise mental health in the same way as physical health.

“As a society, we take our mental health for granted. But just like our bodies, it is important to keep our brains fit,” said Prof Sahakian.

In any given year, one in every four adults suffers from a mental disorder. As a result, in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability, with depression and anxiety accounting for a significant percentage of the disorders.

“Just as joggers check their pulse rate, we should encourage individuals to regularly keep an eye on the state of their mental health. Often people wait too long to seek help, making their condition more difficult to treat. We need to educate the public about what to look for and make them aware of the importance of early detection and intervention,” added Sahakian.

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Dr.Nina Madnani: Spinach is important for good skin

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Dr Nina Madnani is a senior renowned consultant Dermatologist, Venereologist, Leprologist, and Cosmetologist of Mumbai.

She is an expert at managing vulvar disease (problems on the female genitals), and is the only fellow of The International Society for Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (FISSVD).Her expertise lies in managing acne, baldness and other alopecias in both men and women.

She is now the Head of Department, P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and M.R.C., a tertiary care hospital in Mumbai.

Dr Nina Madnani answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

Mam i have dandruff and due to this my hairs continuously fall tell me what i can do.

Make sure your dandruff is well controlled with regular washing with an anti dandruff shampoo. Take some multi vitamins for 3 months and if the hairfall still persists you can consult a Dermatologist to rule out other causes of hairfall.

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