Monday, 29 December 2014

Easy and a novel cure for baldness

Are you worry about hair fall. If yes this not surprise, hair fall or baldness create a demotivating factor and people start thinking inferear but there are some easy and readly available natural way to reduce the hair fall or stop hair fall.
A new way to trigger hair growth using human skin is offering fresh hope of a cure for baldness, scientists say.
A group from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) found that cells from the immune system called macrophages - those in charge of devouring invading pathogens - are also responsible for activating skin stem cells and induce hair growth.
The regenerative ability of stem cells allows skin replenishment during a lifetime. But different factors can reduce their regenerative properties or promote their uncontrolled growth.
When things go wrong, this can lead to ageing and disease, including skin carcinomas.
The discovery that macrophages activate skin stem cells may also have further implications beyond the possibility to develop therapeutic approaches for hair loss, but may also be relevant for cancer research.
"We have discovered that macrophages, cells whose main function is traditionally attributed to fight infections and wound repair, are also involved in the activation of hair follicle stem cells in non inflamed skin," said Mirna Perez-Moreno from the Epithelial Cell Biology Group of the BBVA Foundation-CNIO Cancer Cell Biology Programme.
This work emerged more than four years ago when the mice Perez-Moreno had been working with received anti-inflammatory drugs, a treatment that also reactivated hair growth. 

Perez-Moreno's lab then experimented with the different types of cells involved in the body's defence system.
After years of investigation, they discovered that when stem cells are dormant, a fraction of macrophages die, due to a process known as apoptosis.
This stimulated the secretion of factors from dying and living macrophages, which in turn activated stem cells, and that is when hair began to grow again.
Macrophages secrete a number of factors including a class of proteins called Wnt.
Researchers demonstrated the participation of macrophage-derived Wnts by artificially reproducing the natural process by treating macrophages with a Wnt inhibitor drug encapsulated in liposomes. As expected, when they used this drug, the activation of hair growth was delayed.
The discovery "may facilitate the development of novel treatment strategies" for hair growth in humans, researchers said.
The possibility of attacking one type of cell to affect another might have broader applications that go beyond "just" growing hair.
"Our study underlines the importance of macrophages as modulators in skin regenerative processes, going beyond their primary function as phagocytes [immune system cells]," researchers said.
The study was published in the journal PLOS Biology.


Sunday, 28 December 2014

From this year UN has announced  Jun 21 every year as Yoga Day and due to this recognisation the demand of know about yoga has increased many fold. Those who knowing yoga but not seriously followed has started following and those who not knowing has started searching yoga books and videos.
 The idea of getting all sweaty in a gym or heading out on a muddy cycle ride to get your heart racing doesn't appeal to everyone. And if that's the case for you, you're in luck, because new research has found that the gentle practice of yoga is as good for your heart as heading out on your bike.
An analysis of a number of studies into the impact of the ancient Eastern art concluded it has numerous health benefits. These include weight loss, lowering bad cholesterol and cutting blood pressure. The results were found to be on a par with people who carried out regular conventional exercise such as cycling or going for long walks.
While researchers aren't clear exactly why the peaceful exercise achieves similar results to more intense activities, they think it could be the combination of stretching the muscles and stress relief. The discovery is important because it suggests that those who are too old or unwell to do conventional exercise could practice yoga to keep their heart healthy.
"Yoga may provide the same benefits in risk factor reduction as traditional physical activity such as cycling or brisk walking," said researcher Myriam Hunink, from Erasmus University in the Netherlands and Harvard University in the US. "This finding is significant as individuals who cannot or prefer not to perform traditional aerobic exercise may still achieve similar benefits in cardiovascular disease risk reduction."
She added that yoga may improve quality of life more than other forms of exercise, by easing stress and anxiety.
Coronary heart disease is currently Britain’s biggest killer, with more than 70,000 deaths a year caused by heart attacks and other cardiac problems. Smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, being overweight and not exercising are some of the main risk factors.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

List of 15 activities that will help you knock off those extra calories

We are programmed to believe that losing weight is a Herculean task, which involves grueling exercise schedules, crash diets and drastic lifestyle changes. 
But the truth is far from it. Yes, you need exercise to feel and be your best and healthy eating should be a part of your daily life, but weight loss isn't just about a one hour fitness routine or some simple diet tips. It's about how you live each day, what you do, and how you do it. So if you're fresh out of ideas and want some extra help to burn 500 more calories every day, you've come to the right place! Here's a list of 15 activities that will help you knock off those extra calories stacking up on the weighing scale.

2 hours of bowling burns 500 caloriesAccording to one can burn 105-285 calories in 30 minutes of bowling, depending on your weight.

- If you are 72 kgs than you burn 219 calories in one hour

- If you are 91 kgs than you burn 273 calories in one hour

- If you are 109 kgs than you burn 327 calories in one hour
Talking to your loved ones on the phone in the office basement? No, don't stop, just start walking up and down the stairs while you continue your act of care. This wil not only burn calories but tone your glutes, as well!

Body weight influences caloric usage during 5 minutes of stair climbing. 30 min at a pace of 8 min per mile burns 500 calories. How many calories you burn depends on your body weight. The more you weigh the harder your body has to work and so the more calories you burn.

Clean, mop and dust your house for 2 hours and burn 500 calories for sure!

It depends on your current weight, how long you work, how hard you work and what activities you do. The type of activity you're doing makes a difference.If a person weighing 45kgs spends 15 minutes mopping, he/she will burn 77 calories. Washing dishes for 15 minutes would burn 38 calories. Scrubbing the floors would burn 65 calories.

And if this doesn't sound interesting, you can just turn on your favorite playlist and dance with your broom too! That can boost the number of calories burnt by another 15%!

Don't just stop there. If you're on the phone, walk around while you talk. You'll burn more calories standing than sitting. Stand while talking on the phone. Better yet, try a standing desk — or improvise with a high table or counter. Eat lunch standing up.

If you can't get away from your desk, try standing to make a phone call or read a report. Even shutting your office door to squeeze in 5 minutes of pushups or jumping jacks can burn another 50 calories.

Six hours of kissing burns 500 calories!

Foreplay burns fewer calories. A person weighing 70 kgs would burn 25 calories in 15 minutes of foreplay. Stretch foreplay out to burn more calories. The same person would burn 216 calories in 45 minutes of foreplay.

Oral sex: 100 calories. know best way to make oral sex

Woman on top, 10 minutes: 300 calories for women, 130 calories for men.

Sex standing up: Up to 600 calories for both people.

What's the use of just watching Kareena shaking her booty on popular Bollywood tracks? Go join a Zumba class yourself and burn 500 calories! Provided you give your full effort throughout the class!

Dancing gives your body a complete workout. Rumba is good for stretching; it increases your flexibility and builds muscle strength. Most dance forms concentrate on your core muscles, especially the back. A fast dance form like jive works on your legs, as well as your arms. A person weighing 70 kgs would need to do fast ballroom dancing for approximately one hour and 25 minutes to burn 500 calories, according to Nutristrategy. I hate exercise but dance

Two hours and ten minutes of standing and playing a guitar burns 500 calories. And who knows you may turn out to be the next rockstar! A healthy Rockstar!!

Skip rope! You'll have burned a whopping 502 calories after skipping for just 51 minutes; you can break it up into two-minute segments during commercial breaks of your favorite shows.

Punish a punching bag for 70 minutes to burn 500 calories.

Think of someone who annoys you and swing away. Not only will this help burn those extra calories, it will also de-stress you quite effectively!

Brisk walking at a pace of 4 MPH for 90 minutes will burn 500 calories. When at work take just 20 minutes during lunch to briskly walk around outside while running errands or catching up on your phone calls; you'll not only burn 81 calories with each 10 minute task, but you'll also benefit from the fresh air.

Running at 6 MPH for 42 minutes will burn 500 calories. Wake up an hour earlier than you normally would, wear your running shoes and get started.

As quoted by, the Ladies Home Journal website reveals that a woman weighing 58 kgs burns 531 calories running for one hour at a pace of 11 minutes per mile. Blast extra calories by adding speed intervals or jogging over hills.

Go play with your kids. 90 minutes of moderate play time with your tiny tots does the trick, plus, they'll love it and you will sweat out those 500 calories too!

Leisurely swimming works best on a summer day; 65 minutes of it burns 500 calories! Depends on how fast you are swimming, what stroke, and how much you weigh, it is a broad range from about 450 to 950 calories per hour. learn swimming

So get the swimming costume out of the closet and take a plunge!

Cycle away those extra calories. You will find this pedal power great fun. Suitable for everyone, any age or level of fitness, cycling helps weight loss as it burns calories, improves health and gets you out and about.

Depending on your weight and exertion level, cycling will help you lose weight by burning off between 75-670 extra calories in each half-hour session. Someone who weighs 110 kgs burns 500 calories over the course of an hour of biking at a semi-leisurely pace.

How about aerobics? Get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. However, to effectively lose or maintain weight, some people may need up to 300 minutes a week of moderate physical activity. You can also do a combination of moderate and vigorous activities. Each session of activity should be at least 10 minutes in duration. High-impact aerobics burns 511 calories every day! learn aerobic step by step 

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know Healthy habits in 60 secs

 If you think good health takes time to build, follow healthy habits that you can acquire in less than 60 second
From buckling your seat belt and washing your hands, getting healthier may take less time than you think. Both, the positive and negative choices you make every day factor in. Here are eight good habits that will help you achieve optimum health.

Leave your shoes at the door
Removing your shoes at the door prevents everything from dirt and stones to chemicals and potential allergens from entering your house. So, apart from being an age-old ritual, this activity could be a practical way to keep the house clean and free from outdoor pollutants.

Sneeze into your arm
When you don't have a tissue or a napkin handy to cover your mouth and nose, your best bet is to cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow, or upper arm. The point is to avoid using your hands, which can easily spread germs around. Covering your nose also prevents germ-laden droplets from launching into the air, where they can land on frequently touched surfaces and infect others.

Give your eyes a break
Many office goers and students spend several hours a day staring at computer screens, where a combination of glare, slumped posture and poor lighting can trigger a strain the eye and headaches. To protect your eyes from the daily screen time, build in frequent rest stops. Eye specialists recommend the "20-20-20 rule": For every 20 minutes you spend at the computer, glance away from the screen for at least 20 seconds by looking at an object located 20 feet away. Giving your eyes a breather allows them to focus on something else. It is also a good idea to stand up, put your hands in the air, and take a long stretch to promote blood flow in the body.

Apply sunscreen all year round
Applying sunscreen on a regular basis can protect skin not only from a tan, but also from the visible signs of aging, and can reduce the risk of skin cancer. So rain or sunshine, make sunscreen part of your daily morning routine.

Drink lots of water
Drinking eight glasses of water a day is a must, but we suggest avoid keeping count. Your body is composed of 60 per cent water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. Adequate hydration also keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don't get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration — and the result is constipation.

Microwave the kitchen sponge
The toilet seat may seem like the most germ-infested item in the home, but studies have shown that the kitchen sponge supersedes the list. A kitchen sponge's frequent use to clean dal or sabzi spills, as well as, its moist and porous texture, make it a breeding ground for foodborne bacteria, and mildew. To stop the spread of germs, make sure it is wet, then leave it in the microwave for 45 seconds every evening.

Count up to 20 when angry
If you are seething with anger, count up to 20 and take a slow, deep breath between each number. This simple technique can reduce your temper and cool your nerves. Counting distracts your mind, which gives you some time to distance your emotions from the situation that is ticking you off. If you are still angry, keep on counting and deep breathing until you feel calmer, and more in control. Taking slow, deep breaths helps to switch the nervous system from a sympathetic system response, to making you feel more relaxed.

Brush your tongue
Preventing tooth decay and gum disease requires daily brushing. However, cleaning your tongue is an important step to keep your mouth clean. Research shows that a periodontal disease is not only a threat to your oral health but its effects go well beyond the mouth. The back of the tongue is also a popular site for bacteria and germs that can give you bad breath. After you've brushed your teeth, brush the surface of your tongue from back to front. Doing this once a day removes plaque-causing bacteria and food particles trapped in the tongue, and freshens your breath.

Is reading e-books before bedtime adversely impact your sleep, overall health? Know more

Washington: Use of a light-emitting electronic device such as e-books in the hours before bedtime can adversely impact sleep, overall health, alertness and the circadian clock, a new study has found.
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) compared the biological effects of reading a light-emitting electronic device (LE-eBook) compared to a printed book.     
"We found the body's natural circadian rhythms were interrupted by the short-wavelength enriched light, otherwise known as blue light, from these electronic devices," said Anne-Marie Chang, corresponding author, and associate neuroscientist in BWH's Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders.
"Participants reading an LE-eBook took longer to fall asleep and had reduced evening sleepiness, reduced melatonin secretion, later timing of their circadian clock and reduced next-morning alertness than when reading a printed book," Chang said.
Previous research has shown that blue light suppresses melatonin, impacts the circadian clock and increases alertness, but little was known about the effects of this popular technology on sleep.
The use of light emitting devices immediately before bedtime is a concern because of the extremely powerful effect that light has on the body's natural sleep/wake pattern, and may thereby play a role in perpetuating sleep deficiency.During the two-week inpatient study, twelve participants read LE-e-Books on an iPad for four hours before bedtime each night for five consecutive nights. This was repeated with printed books.
The order was randomised with some reading the iPad first and others reading the printed book first. Participants reading on the iPad took longer to fall asleep, were less sleepy in the evening, and spent less time in REM sleep.
The iPad readers had reduced secretion of melatonin, a hormone which normally rises in the evening and plays a role in inducing sleepiness.Additionally, iPad readers had a delayed circadian rhythm, indicated by melatonin levels, of more than an hour. Participants who read from the iPad were less sleepy before bedtime, but sleepier and less alert the following morning after eight hours of sleep.
Although iPads were used in this study, BWH researchers also measured other eReaders, laptops, cell phones, LED monitors, and other electronic devices, all emitting blue light.
The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Why your child suffering from anxiety issues?

Anxiety is not an adult headache. Here's how to deal with worries that plague your baby.
Looking back, you think childhood was free of care. Probe a little deeper into your memories and you realise that just like deadlines at work stress you out today, homework, exams and tiffs with friends threatened to end your world at 10.

It is not uncommon for young kids to experience anxiety, says New York-based psychologist and anxiety therapist Dr Tamar Chansky in her book, Freeing Your Child From Anxiety. Chansky, whose patients include adults and children (the youngest is three), says the first day of school can be both, exciting and daunting. "A child will quickly generate a series of catastrophic thoughts about everything that can go wrong. S/he can have a long list of 'what if' concerns," she says.
Inner turmoil, the mechanism of anxiety is universal. "Children however, have fewer experiences than adults since much of their world remains undiscovered. It is natural for this to create uncertainty and that's what feeds anxiety," she explains. But parents can help.

Things that go pop: Some amount of fear is normal, do don't panic each time your baby is 'afraid'. Teaching your kids ways to deal with it early on will aid their emotional well being as they mature. Kids often don't know how to understand or express what they feel. They might say; my tummy is telling me not to go, or my head is saying something bad will happen. When talking to children about the topic, Chansky suggests you personify the emotion. First step: Separate the 'worry' from the child. Reassuring them that everything is fine without adequate proof seldom works. Instead, teach the child to logically argue with worry. Remember, you and your child are on the same team, on the opposite side of the ring is worry. Ask them, 'What is 'worry' telling you?' 'What is the picture in your mind, what's the story that the scared part of your mind is telling you'? Once they start to recognise the voice of worry, you can work on proving how most of the fearful predictions are unfounded. Parents can distinguish "parts of the brain" by changing their tone of voice when discussing 'scary' thoughts and 'smart' thoughts.

Don't be dramatic: When teaching your kids to weigh their fears on a scale of real to imagined, make sure you act as a model. For example, if you are running late for a meeting and whine, "My whole day is ruined!" as you leave the door, remember your child will pick up on it.
Instead, talk yourself through it aloud so they know that they are not alone in feeling anxious. "Children may not give their parents the credit of being role models, but they pick up almost every behaviour. If you react to your anxiety in a controlled manner, you are in a better position to ask your son or daughter to do so," says Chansky.Emotions are standard everywhere, assures the psychologist. "Young parents who may have been affected by the job markets during the economic slowdown, for instance, tend to put undue pressure on children," she says. For example, getting an unsatisfactory grade in standard IV isn't going to affect their future job prospect. This pressure, along with lack of time to be by themselves because you have enrolled them in extra curriculum classes, can further wind your child up. "I suggest preparing their emotional health and balance as much as their CV," says Chansky.

Get professional helpIt is natural to be nervous about things that you are doing for the first time. Many fears come from the unknown. Questions like; what if I'm not good enough, what if I make a fool of myself, what if people don't like me, are likely to be put to rest after your worst case scenario doesn't come true. That means the second day at school, work or the playground will be less stressful.Unlike cases of adult patients who suffer from anxiety disorder, children don't use the learning from the experience to lessen anxious feelings. For example, the child worries that their teacher will be strict, it turns out she isn't. Instead of using this experience to feel better, they start to worry about assignments, and other kids. If their anxiety seems to be escalating instead of subsiding after your interventions, look for red flags like constant crying, trouble sleeping, clinging to parents and physical symptoms like rashes and stomach aches. In such cases, parents may need to seek professional counselling and take medical help is needed or for day to day care  read this book.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Is Multi-vit supplement improves pregnancy outcomes?

A multi-vitamin administered daily to pregnant women can help curb infant mortality in developing countries as it reduces the risk of premature births and increases infant birth weight, shows a trial carried out in rural Bangladesh. 

Premature birth is a leading cause of infant mortality in many parts of the world. 
The findings suggest that the supplement contains 15 essential micro nutrients is superior to the supplements available in many developing countries. 

"Our study shows that women in undernourished societies should be given a multiple micronutrient supplement during pregnancy," said study leader Keith West Jr, professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

"It increases birth size because the babies stay in the womb longer and when that happens they are born a little larger and better equipped to handle life outside the womb," West added. 

For this study, the researchers recruited roughly 45,000 pregnant women in rural Bangladesh beginning in December 2007, and assigned them to receive either a daily multi-vitamin or an iron-folic acid supplement. 

The babies born in the multi-vitamin group were 12 percent less likely to be born at a low birth weight (under 2.5 kg) and 11 percent less likely to be stillborn. 

On average, the infants born to mothers in the multi-vitamin group were born two to three days later than those in the iron-folic acid group, giving them more time to bulk up before birth, and were born an average of 55 grams larger. 

The findings were published in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association.