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Kids’ physical fitness should focus on endurance and skill improvement

December 9, 2020

A child’s cardiorespiratory endurance – a measure of how well the body handles long periods of exercise – is a more important aspect of physical education (PE) than losing weight. A study by researchers at the University of Georgia, US, and the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, highlights how children who are more active during PE, […]

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Blood glucose better controlled with diabetes-friendly diet and meal replacements

November 19, 2020

Some diabetics grapple with proper management of blood glucose, especially keeping to a diabetes-specific diet, which might lead to the onset of complications such as blindness, kidney disease and heart disease. A survey by Abbott Nutrition Malaysia, part of global healthcare giant Abbott, found that 96% of its 158 respondents also experience “diabetes burnout,” essentially […]

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Active older adults have comparatively better physical and mental health

November 2, 2020

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), there are nearly 16.9 million cancer survivors in the US today; they are also part of a rapidly aging population. A recent study by the ACS has found that high physical activity and lower sitting time amongst these older cancer survivors and older adults, in general, bodes well […]

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Unexpected discovery of salivary glands deep inside the human head

October 27, 2020

A pair of previously unknown salivary glands has been discovered nestled deep in the back of the visible throat (nasopharynx). This new discovery may help prevent overlooked damage or complications from head and neck cancer radiotherapy. Some time ago, oral surgeon Matthijs Valstar and radiation oncologist Wouter Vogel noticed a pair of unexpected areas of […]

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In plain sight: how your nails can show signs of stress and disease

September 14, 2020

Stress can take a toll on person physically and psychologically, and may also lead to outward signs on the skin, hair and nails – some people develop the nervous habit of biting their nails or picking at them when stressed. Healthy nails should be featureless, band and ordinary; according to the American Academy of Dermatology […]

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New formulation better prevents biofilm formation on teeth, tooth decay

September 11, 2020

Some bacteria in the mouth help digest food or control other microbes’ bioactivity, while some stick to teeth and produce acids that corrode tooth enamel, leading to cavities. But fighting back with products to stop the formation of plaque, infections, and tooth decay may kill even the good types of oral bacteria. University of Illinois […]

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Yoga an effective alternate treatment for anxiety disorder

August 24, 2020

Generalised anxiety disorder currently affects an estimated 6.8 million Americans – it is characterised by chronic nervousness or worry, and many have sought to treat the condition without resorting to medications. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is considered the gold standard form of structured treatment for this disorder, but a new study at the Grossman School […]

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Inhibiting skeletal muscle enzyme could boost exercise performance, fat burning capacity

August 17, 2020

Most cells in the body prefer burning sugar as an energy source but can draw on other energy sources, including fats, as needed. Exercise leverages this type of function in cells. Experiments by Harvard Medical University (HMS), US, scientists have recently found that mice engineered to lack a certain enzyme showed significant increases in exercise […]

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Newly-found hair regrowth molecule could be faster treatment for baldness

August 3, 2020

There have been many leads looking into regrowing hair with the latest being the finding of a special molecule by North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers that appears to regulate hair regeneration. The molecule could be a new drug target for a shortcut treatment for baldness, which doesn’t involve growing and transplanting new cells in […]

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Academic performance of schoolchildren improves with regular physical activity

July 20, 2020

A recent study led by Japanese professors at the University of Tsukuba and Kobe University suggests that physical activity is linked to better cognitive ability in school-age children. “Previous studies looked at the issue (physical activity/cognition) too broadly – when we broke down the data, we were able to see that physical activity helps children […]

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