Archive for August, 2016

Eat Fruits, Vegetables To Feel Happy, Suggests Study

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Eating more fruit and vegetables can substantially increase people’s happiness levels later, a new study has claimed.

The study is one of the first major scientific attempts to explore psychological well-being beyond the traditional finding that fruit and vegetables can reduce risk of cancer and heart attacks, researchers said.

Happiness benefits were detected for each extra daily portion of fruit and vegetables up to 8 portions per day. Researchers found that people who changed from almost no fruit and veg to eight portions of fruit and veg a day would experience an increase in life satisfaction equivalent to moving from unemployment to employment. The well-being improvements occurred within 24 months, researchers said.

Scientists Outline Strategy For AIDS Cure

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

PARIS, FRANCE:  Calling the AIDS epidemic “the most important global health challenge in modern history,” more than 50 top scientists pressed their case on 12th July for a drive to stop the killer disease in its tracks.
Anchored by Nobel Medicine laureate Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, the group unveiled an aggressive research strategy for an outright cure — an objective once seen as unrealistic and out of reach.

“Not long ago, few considered the possibility that a cure for HIV infection could some day be possible,” said Barre-Sinoussi, who in 1983 helped identify the mysterious virus that causes AIDS.

Today, “the search for a cure has become a top priority in HIV research,” she said in a statement, hailing a “new optimism” among experts.

Boys At Higher Risk Of Life-Threatening Complications At Birth

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

MELBOURNE:  Baby boys are much more likely to experience potentially life threatening outcomes at birth than girls, a first of its kind population-based study in Australia has found.

Researchers studied data of more than 574,000 births in South Australia over a 30-year period (1981 to 2011), to confirm the presence of differences in birth outcomes based on the sex of the baby.

The team – involving the University of Adelaide in Australia and the University of Groningen in The Netherlands – evaluated the relationship between the babies’ sex and adverse outcomes, such as pre-term birth, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure disorders, and gestational diabetes mellitus.

Pregnancy Multivitamins ‘Unnecessary’ For Most

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Multivitamins and mineral supplements in pregnancy are an “unnecessary expense” with no proven benefits for most well-nourished women or their babies, said a review of science data.

Pregnant women are a soft target for products which promise to give their baby the best start in life “regardless of cost”, said the authors.

And while daily doses of a B vitamin called folic acid, and vitamin D to a lesser degree, are known to be beneficial, there is no evidence that cocktails stuffed full of other vitamins are protective.

Some may even be harmful, said the paper: high doses of vitamin A can harm a developing foetus.

5 Ways to Use Aloe Vera to Rejuvenate Your Skin and Hair

Monday, August 1st, 2016

1. Hair Rejuvenator

Aloe vera gel is an excellent hair rejuvenator and tonic. Take a leaf, cut it lengthwise into half and scoop out the clear gel from the inside. Blend this with 1egg and 2-3tsp olive oil, and massage into the scalp and hair. Cover with a hot towel for 10 minutes and shampoo after 40 minutes. If done twice a week, you will notice that your hair fall has reduced and your hair has started to look healthier and conditioned.
2. Nourishing Hair Mask

Aloe vera makes a wonderful hair nourishing food. You can add 2tsp of the gel to the following – 1 mashed avacado, 1 egg, 2tsp honey and 1tsp triphala. Mix all these ingredients well and use all over your scalp and hair. Cover with ashower cap and leave on for a minimum of one hour. This will soften and nourish the most damaged and driest of hair and promote a healthier hair growth.