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Regular intake of the EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can help people diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Photo: iStockphoto
Regular intake of the EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can help people diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Photo: iStockphoto

Depressed? Eating fish may help

Women live longer than men but the risk of disability is higher in them and ignoring dental aches can lead to infection in the neck and headstudies and research tips for a healthier you

Regular intake of fish can help in depression

Regular intake of the EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can help people diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD), a Dutch study suggests. Researchers from the University of Amsterdam examined 13 different studies involving 1,233 people and found the effect of MDD was the lowest in studies of patients who ate a lot of fish. Researchers say using the Omega 3 fatty acid supplements can help patients who use anti-depressants regularly. The study was published in the journal Translational Psychiatry. Read more here.

Birth control pill can curb knee injury

Women who take birth control pills are less likely to face serious knee injuries, a US study claims. Researchers from the University of Texas examined insurance claims of 23,428 young athletic women and found that women who were taking the birth control pill were less likely to need corrective surgery when they injured their knee than women of the same age with knee injuries who were not on the pill. The pills control and stabilize estrogen levels, which prevents weakening of anterior cruciate ligament weakness. This ligament connects the top and lower part of the knee. The study was published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Read more here.

Women outlive men but suffer long years of disability

Women live longer than men, but they are spending more of their old age with some form of disability, a US study claims. Researchers from the University of Michigan examined the health records of people aged 65 years and above who had registered in the Medicare health program for the elderly. Participants were questions on how often disabilities kept them from participating in daily activities. A follow-up study was also carried out to find out how long the participants lived. Researchers feel women are able to recover from health issues but due to limited physical activity their disability increases. The study was published in the American Journal of Public Health. Read more here.

Ignoring toothache can lead to infection in the neck

Untreated oral diseases can be fatal as they increase the risk of serious infection in the head and neck region, dentist Gautam Sharma, president of the Indian Dental Association, said at an event to commemorate World Oral Health Day on 20 March. He said most patients avoid going to a dentist until they suffer severe pain. Using home-made remedies is not a long-term solution as they subdue pain and stop the sufferer from receiving proper dental treatment. Read more here.

Stress during pregnancy can affect offspring’s weight

Women who are more stressed during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to babies with less than normal weight, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of California examined 142 pregnant women and found that women with the highest levels of cortisol—a hormone the body releases in response to stressful events—before conception were likely to have babies weighing below 2.5kg. The risk of infant mortality is higher in babies with low weight. The study was published in the journal Health Psychology. Read more here.

Compiled by Abhijit Ahaskar

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