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Breakfast makes you more active if you are obese

Access to hearing aids can help ward off dementia and using e-cigarettes during pregnancy can harm the childstudies and research tips for a healthier you

Eating breakfast makes obese people more active

Taking breakfast regularly can make obese people more active than before, a British study suggests. Researchers at the University of Bath enlisted people in the age group of 21 to 60 years and assigned one group to breakfast and the other to fasting. People in the breakfast group had to eat food equivalent of 700 kcal by 11am. The fasting group were only allowed water until noon. Though eating breakfast did not help the obese individuals lose weight, it did increase their physical activity in the morning and led to a significant reduction in the amount of food consumed later in the day. The study was published in the journal, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Read more here.

Using hearing aid can prevent dementia

Treating hearing loss can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia as hearing loss is one of the key contributors to dementia, a US study suggests. The study points out that people who have hearing loss often have to exert a bit more to listen to conversations properly. This stresses parts of their brain and gradually weakens memory. Researcher Frank Lin form John Hopkins University, who led the study, showed scans where people with hearing loss had more diminished grey matter. This shows that the brain had lost grey matter in areas that controlled memory and language. Read more here.

Using e-cigarettes during pregnancy can affect child’s brain

E-cigarette is considered a safer alternative to real cigarettes, but its vapours can still harm an unborn child’s brain and affect their ability to learn and remember, a British study warns. The researchers used mice to study the effects of pre- and post-natal exposure to e-cigarette vapours and aerosols with and without nicotine. It was found that both nicotine and non-nicotine products produced changes that were not good. The study points out that its not just nicotine that harms. E-cigarettes contain many of the same toxins as traditional smoke, including acrolein, acid aldehyde and formaldehyde, and they are equally harmful. Read more here.

Better growth monitoring can help spot childhood diseases

Monitoring growth in a child regularly can help people identify many childhood diseases, a study suggests. Researchers studied 69 previous studies, which compared the performance of growth charts from the World Health Organization (WHO) to other growth charts and looked at seven different algorithms for defining abnormal growth that have been proposed in the past 20 years. They also explored which conditions might be spotted by monitoring growth charts and how abnormal development should be defined. Researchers feel comparing a child’s height and weight with other children in their age and then search for medical reasons seems simple but can play an important role in identifying early childhood diseases. The study was published in the journal Lancet, Diabetes and Endocrinology. Read more here.

Compiled by Abhijit Ahaskar

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