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Nicotine, stress and exercise in your teens: Health Mantras

From the amount of nicotine in your e-cig to the importance of sexual well-being as your grow oldersix ways to get healthier, starting today

Flavoring, other additives increase cigarettes’ addictiveness

And you thought that it was just the nicotine in your cigarettes that is addictive! Ingredients that help enhance the appeal of “light" and “low-tar" cigarettes may contribute to the addictiveness of smoking, a study suggests. Researchers scoured more than 7 million tobacco industry documents to see how additives known as pyrazines were being used and found these ingredients were introduced after consumers in the 1960s rejected the first “low-tar" cigarettes as being flavorless. Pyrazines may also stimulate pleasant senses of smell, taste or vision, as mentioned in the report.

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For seniors, sexual activity is linked to higher quality of life

Ageing is one of the constant research areas for scientists for quite some time now. And while the effects of ageing are closely monitored, the sexual wellbeing in older adults gets somewhat lesser attention. Older adults who value sexual activity and engage in it have better social lives and psychological well-being, according to a small study conducted at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and published in the journal Age and Ageing.

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Being a perfectionist may stress you out!

Give that work-related anxiety a break. According to a study, perfectionists who constantly worry about making mistakes and letting others down may sabotage their success at work, and even develop health problems. Researchers, however, said that perfectionism is not all bad. One aspect of perfectionism called “perfectionistic strivings" involves the setting of high personal standards and working toward those goals in a pro-active manner. The dark side of perfectionism, called “perfectionistic concerns," can be more detrimental when people constantly worry about making mistakes, letting others down, or not measuring up to their own impossibly high standards.

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More research links sedentary time to diabetes

People who are inactive for hours on end each day may be more likely to develop diabetes than people who spend more time moving around, a study confirms. Researchers gave accelerometers to about 2,000 people to track their movements during waking hours for one week. Five years later, compared to people who were sedentary for less than six hours at the start of the study, those who had been inactive for at least 10 hours a day had almost four times higher odds of being diabetic.

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New model predicts amount of nicotine emitted from e-cigs

Electronic cigarettes have been hailed as the safer alternate for cigarettes. And now researchers have developed the first ever, evidence-based model that can predict with up to 90% accuracy the amount of nicotine emitted by an electronic cigarette. Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers have developed a mathematical model to determine how much nicotine was emitted from the devices as the device voltage and the nicotine liquid concentration were increased and the user puff duration was extended. The model predicted that higher voltage e-cigarette devices paired with high-concentration nicotine liquids could emit greater levels of the addictive substance than those of a traditional tobacco cigarette, depending on user puff duration.

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Exercise during teens reaps long-term benefits for women, study shows

Playing team sports and exercising during adolescence can have long-lasting benefits for women and may even reduce their risk of dying from cancer and other causes later in life. Researchers who analyzed how often women exercised while in their teens found that being active for just 1.3 hours a week had a positive impact as they got older.

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Compiled by Pooja Chaturvedi

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