Most women gain weight as they age and there seems to be nothing they can really do about it. It is frustrating and nothing really works against the phenomenon. In a new study, researchers have discovered that it may not be a woman's fault that she gains weight as she ages. Scientists say that after menopause, the activity of a particular enzyme known as Aldh1a1 involved in fat production increases, causing the storage of fat around the internal organs, known as visceral fat. This has strong links with type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
For many years, quite a number of people make the same New Year resolution every year - to lose weight and exercise more often. While some of them do start exercising or following a strict regime, it doesn't really last for long. But why exactly do our resolutions to lose weight stay? "The first reason is a lot of these resolutions tend to be unrealistic," says Arya Sharma, a professor with the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and chair of obesity research and management at the University of Alberta.
We have tried a hundred times to quit smoking, or cut down on sugar, or turn into a vegan or build up six packs. But even though we start with a bang, somewhere half way, we feel the determination diminishing and slowly vanishing away. Once a person is reaching the end, it is easier to push oneself to finish the task faster. But when a person is right in the middle of achieving something is when it is the most difficult to motivate oneself, since the beginning and the end both seem to be really far away.
We are all aware that exercise is important for us not only for the sake of good looks, but also to maintain a healthy life. But then, not many people find the time to follow a structured and strict regime of exercising. However, researchers say that it is not necessary for a person to follow a structured pattern of exercising or to give away a chunk of time everyday to physical activity. If one has a lifestyle that includes active engagement in physical activity for less than 10 minutes multiple times a day, they can benefit in the same way as they would from more structured exercise.
Most of us do not remember precisely when we started speaking and we obviously do not remember why we chose to start speaking when we did. When exactly a child would start speaking can certainly not be predicted, but experts say that since speech and language are acquired, there always is a learning process involved. While at times there may be medical reasons for a child to pick up language skills a little later, sometimes children may set their own schedules.
The big New Year party is right round the corner and if you are an expectant mother, you have a much bigger reason to celebrate than anyone else. While your mother or a concerned aunt must be telling you not to step out of the house, there's really no reason to lock yourself at home and feel depressed, if only you can just follow a few dos and don'ts of partying. Go out, party and enjoy the bash. But remember that even a little carelessness can land you in trouble. Here are a few tips from the website boldsky.com for the safety of you and your baby on this New Year's Eve.
New Year's Eve happens to be the one of the deadliest days for pedestrians due to the excessive alcohol consumption that takes place and the accidents that follow on the streets. According to a report by the journal Injury Prevention, New Year's day is more deadly for pedestrians than any other day of the year. Statistics reveal that between 1986 and 2002, 410 pedestrians were killed on New Year's Day. Fifty-eight percent of those killed had high blood-alcohol concentrations (BAC).
Of all the things that a new year promises to be, it is also a great opportunity to improve one's lifestyle choices and to have a healthier attitude towards life. A New Year resolution that promises to be a life-changing one is to quit smoking.
The most wonderful thing on a winter morning is the warm embrace of a blanket and a lazy day spent mostly sleeping. But don't let the comfort of your cozy bed keep you from continuing your daily health exercise routine. Stay active and keep that body moving, no matter what the temperature outside.
A new study has tied poor reading skills in school-going girls to them getting pregnant in their teens. A study conducted by researchers from Philadelphia suggests that seventh grade girls who had trouble reading are more likely to get pregnant in high school than others whose reading skills are average or above average. The results of the study remained the same even after researchers took into consideration the race and economic status.
While many children are peaceful eaters, others are very fussy with food and parents may have a tough time just ensuring they eat proper meals. Hence, it is not uncommon for parents to bribe their children with some treats. However, the problem arises when these bribes turn into a habit and the children get hooked on to chocolates and sweets. According to experts, about 60 percent toddlers are hooked on chocolate and sweets and it is none other than their parents who are to be blamed.
A new report suggests that while some boys are actually clumsy, others are victims of abuse. A health minister was quoted as saying by The Telegraph that doctors will decide whether "clumsy" children who tend to fall and injure themselves have been abused by their family. Dan Poulter, the health minister, said that boys who fell down often while playing could be clumsy, but there are also some who are abused/attacked or neglected by their family.
Holidays and the festive season could be stressful for parents, as there are so many varieties of food and sweets all around, and it is difficult to monitor children's diet and keep them away from allergens. However, it may come as a relief for parents to know that in a new study conducted at National Jewish Health in Denver, doctors are working towards an approach to treating food allergies. In their study, children are exposed to the foods that usually make them sick, Medical Xpress reports.
A new research suggests that our ability to imitate facial expressions depends on learning that occurs through visual feedback. It is already well known that imitating another person's postures and expressions is an important social lubricant. When you are able to imitate another person's expressions, it means you can empathize with that person. However, how exactly do we imitate others when we can't see our own facial expressions and we can't feel the facial expressions of others? Researchers Richard Cook of City University London, Alan Johnston of University College London, and Cecilia Heyes of the University of Oxford in their study, examined the possible mechanisms which help us imitate.
It is the festive season and the big party of New Year night is right round the corner. We all know there is going to be drinking and a lot of fun, and obviously none of us want to wake up with a heavy hangover on the very first day of the fresh New Year. So what is the best way of preventing a bad hangover? Researchers say tucking into a few asparagus shoots before a big night out may help.