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Vibrate Your Whole Body Instead of Exercising!

Whole-body vibration might be as beneficial as regular exercise, suggests a new study published in the journal Endocrinology. Regular exercise is replaceable. At least when it comes to the benefits it generates on bone and muscle. And, in mice. The alternative is a less rigorous form of exercise called whole-body vibration (WBV), which requires the

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Itching Is Contagious Like Yawning! Blame the Brain!

Seeing someone scratch makes you feel itchy because it is a contagious social behaviour to which the brain is hardwired! The new findings are documented in a paper published in the journal Science. When you see someone scratch himself, do you suddenly feel itchy too? Itching is actually a highly socially contagious behaviour, just like

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Caffeine Protects From Alzheimer’s By Boosting Brain Enzyme

Caffeine and 23 other compounds protect against harmful proteins associated with dementia, by boosting the activity of an enzyme in the brain, says a new study published in Scientific Reports. A group of 24 compounds, including caffeine, have been found to boost a brain enzyme that is thought to provide protection against dementia. These results

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Head Injuries Change Hundreds of Genes Related to Mental Diseases

Head injuries can alter hundreds of genes that are associated with a high risk for certain neurological and psychiatric conditions. Scientists are hopeful that these genes can be fixed through those that control them, the master genes. The new findings are published in EBioMedicine. Discovered for the first time, these “master genes” are thought to control

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Sleeping Bacteria Found in Huge Cave Crystals in Mexico Suggest Life Might Exist Beyond Our Planet

Unknown bacteria have lived in enormous cave crystals in Mexico for 50,000 years under harsh conditions, says a new study. This discovery suggests that life beyond our planet—where the environment would be similarly extreme—might exist. The findings were presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Boston. A group of bacteria

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5-Day Fasting Diet Lowers Risks of Heart Disease, Cancer, & Diabetes

A 5-day fasting diet can safely reduce the risk of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and several other health conditions, says a study published in Science Translational Medicine. A group of 100 adults enlisted their participation for the study: they were divided into two groups, one having to adhere to a special, low-calorie diet that

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Father’s Diet Affects Son’s Sperm’s Performance

A father’s diet can boost his son’s sperm’s ability to outcompete a rival sperm following mating, says a new study published in Biology Letters. Do males only transmit genetic material to their offspring, as goes the common belief that they don’t contribute anything else, or is there any other effect that they pass on? Biologists

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Live Longer By Eating Less?

How do I stay young for longer? Or, another way to put it: how do I slow ageing? A new study, published in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, says the answer lies in eating less. Eating less might be the secret to a long life—as simple as that. The new research explains how cutting calories

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Baby’s Sex Affects Pregnant Mother’s Symptoms

The sex of a baby is associated with differences in morning sickness, and other symptoms pregnant women generally face. This would be the effects on the expecting mother’s immune system, suggests a new study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. Women worldwide have reported differences in their reactions to pregnancy based on whether

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Consuming Whole Grains Linked With Loss of Calories & Increased Metabolism

Eating whole grains increases calorie loss, says a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Consuming whole grains in the place of refined grains increases calorie loss through a combination of lesser retention of calories during digestion, and accelerated metabolism. The health benefits of including whole grains in the diet are not

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Children Spending Too Much Time Indoors May Develop Myopia

Spending too much time indoors might be the cause of myopia in children, says a new study published in the journal Current Biology. Myopia affects over a billion people from all over the world, and its incidence is on the rise. Researchers are, therefore, putting in more and more efforts to understand the causes to

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Harmful Gut Bacteria Cause Hypertension

Bacteria living in the intestines might be causing hypertension, suggests a new study published in the journal Physiological Genomics. Our alimentary canal (the gut) contains innumerable species of bacteria, collectively called the gut microbiota. Normally, the latter assists us in the process of digestion. But, are they always harmless? Some of these microorganisms, more specifically

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