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Physically active children have better brain as adults

Children who are more active and play outdoor are more likely to grow into more intelligent and healthy adults, an American study suggests. Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder believe exercising early in life alters gut microbes in such a way that it promotes healthy brain function and body metabolism in later life. These microbes show up within human intestines shortly after birth and play an important role in the development or decline of the immune system and neural functions. Researchers feel further studies are needed to find out how these microbes influence brain function in a long-lasting way. The study was published in the journal Immunology and Cell Biology.

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Some wines have more alcohol than what we are told

Some wines contain more alcohol than the amount mentioned on the bottle, claims a study. Researchers from the University of California tested samples from 100,000 bottles of wine from different parts of the world and found that the alcohol content in almost 60% of them was 0.42% more than what was printed on the label. The discrepancy was found to be highest in Chilean, Spanish reds and American white wines. Researchers feel even an error of 0.4% is significant and enough to land drunk drivers in trouble. They believe this is being deliberately done by manufacturers to meet the growing demand for wines with more intense and riper flavours.The study was published in the Journal of Wine Economics.

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Diabetes increases risk of dementia

People with type-2 diabetes are more likely to have dementia, claims an Australian research. The risk of vascular dementia, which is rare, is higher in diabetic women than men. Researchers from Curtin University, Perth, examined 14 previous studies which covered over 2 million people, including 100,000 dementia patients. Their findings show that people with type-2 diabetes are 60% more likely to have dementia compared to people without diabetes. Women patients are two times more likely than men to develop some form of dementia. The study was published in the journal Diabetes Care.

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Vitamin D3 is good for multiple sclerosis patients

High dose of Vitamin D3 can help people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, claim physicians from Johns Hopkins University. Vitamin D3 can help regulate the body’s hyperactive immune response. The researchers enlisted 40 people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and gave them 10,400 IU (international units) or 800 IU of vitamin D3 supplements every day for six months. Blood tests were carried out at the start of the study and again after three and six months to measure the amount of vitamin D in the blood and how it affected the patients’ immune system. Patients who received more Vitamin D3 dose experienced reduction in T-cells, also known as T-lymphocytes compared to those who were given a lower dose. Multiple sclerosis is a condition where the nerves’ ability to carry messages is disrupted and T-cells are closely linked to it. The study was published in the journal Neurology.

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Compiled by Abhijit Ahaskar

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