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Men and younger adults less active in lockdown: Study

London – Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the researchers have found that men and younger adults have been less physically active during the Covid-19 lockdown. For the findings, published in the journal BMJ Open Sport, the research team included data from 911 UK adults who took part in an online survey …

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Realists enjoy more long-term happiness than optimists: Study

London – Positive thinking has long been extolled as the route to happiness, but it might be time to ditch the self-help books after a new study shows that realists enjoy a greater sense of long-term wellbeing than optimists. Researchers from the University of Bath and London School of Economics …

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Teenagers who stay up late at greater asthma risk

Toronto – Dear parents, if your teenage child is not going to bed early and is hooked to screen late in night, read this carefully. Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that teenagers who prefer to stay up late and wake later in the morning are more likely to …

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Harmful microbes found on sewer pipe walls: Study

New York – Researchers have found that the microbe-laden “biofilms” that cling to sewer walls often contain harmful, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and can withstand standard treatment to disinfect sewers. The study, published in the journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, also revealed that cleaning with bleach can reduce the density …

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Exercise may help prevent vision loss: Study

New York – Exercise can slow down or prevent the development of macular degeneration and may also help reduce other common causes of vision loss, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, say researchers. The study, published in the Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, found that exercise reduced the harmful overgrowth …

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Exercise increases benefits of breast milk for babies: Study

New York – Even moderate exercise during pregnancy increases a compound in breast milk that reduces a baby’s lifelong risks of serious health issues such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease, say researchers. “We’ve done studies in the past that have shown that maternal exercise improves the health of offspring, …

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Playtime with dad improves children’s self-control

London – Children whose fathers make time to play with them from a very young age may find it easier to control their behaviour and emotions as they grow up, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin. The study, published in the journal Developmental Review, pulled together fragmentary evidence from the …

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Synchronous steps during dance cement social bond too

London – Dancing in a group in these social distancing times can help increase social bonding between individuals but keeping a reasonable physical distance to avoid Covid-19 would also be a better idea. A new study conducted at Center for Music in the Brain at Aarhus University, Denmark, found that …

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How families can ‘dance’ their way to survive Covid-19 tremors

London – To survive the Covid-19 pandemic, families the world over are trying to strike balance between daily routines and other more emotionally-laden and inspirational activities that go well beyond their daily schedules in order to counter massive disruption to their everyday life, say researchers. For many families, life has …

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New Facebook app to let you predict about world events

San Francisco – Facebook has announced to soon launch Forecast, an iOS app that will create a community around predictions related to world events including the Covid-19 pandemic. Members of the community can pose questions about the future, make predictions, and discuss and distill their knowledge into a single forecast. …

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