Exercise may help prevent vision loss: Study

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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 of blood vessels in the eyes of lab mice by …

Exercise increases benefits of breast milk for babies: Study

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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, but in this study, we wanted to begin to answer …

Playtime with dad improves children’s self-control

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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 past 40 years to understand more about how fathers play …

Synchronous steps during dance cement social bond too

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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 music provides a unique context for social bonding. The findings, …

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

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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 become more precarious, anxious and accelerated. “Rather than a combination …

New Facebook app to let you predict about world events

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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. The app is currently in an invite-only beta version. “We …

Decoded: Why women keep their blood pressure down

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New York – Now you know why your wife keeps her blood pressure down even when you keep on sulking during a quarrel at home. According to an interesting research, females have an innate ability to increase levels of anti-inflammatory T cells to keep their blood pressure down. Called Tregs, the cells are known to help protect us from an …

YouTube unveils tools to make video ads more shoppable

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San Francisco – Google has introduced new direct response tools on YouTube that make video more shoppable, use automation to drive conversions, and help advertisers better understand attribution. With YouTube, marketers have the flexibility to shift budgets and invest in driving the results that matter most. “As businesses begin to reopen, they have an opportunity to use video to drive …

Risk of adult diabetes seen in kids as young as 8: Study

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New York – Researchers have found that people who develop type 2 diabetes as an adult may show early signs of susceptibility at an early age of eight, decades before it is likely to be diagnosed. For the study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, the research team looked at the effects of a genetic risk score for developing type …

Ultra-thin film turns smartwatch into health monitoring system

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New York – Researchers have developed a thin adhesive film that could upgrade a consumer smartwatch into a powerful health-monitoring system. The system looks for chemical indicators found in sweat to give a real-time snapshot of what’s happening inside the body. According to the study, published in the journal of Science Advances, the researchers engineered a disposable, double-sided film that …