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DRINK MILK TO BOOST BRAIN POWER

No matter how old you are, drink at least a glass of milk everyday if you want to sharpen your mental skills, say researchers of University of Maine.

A new study has claimed that drinking a glass of milk daily not only boosts ones intake of much-needed nutrients, but it also positively impacts ones brain power and mental performance, the International Dairy Journal reported.

According to the researchers, certain nutrients in dairy products, such as magnesium could play a role to stave-off memory loss. In fact, they asked 972 men and women, all aged 23 to 98 years, to fill in detailed surveys on their diets, including how often they had dairy products, even if only having milk in their tea and coffee.

The subjects then completed a series of eight rigorous tests to check concentration, memory and learning abilities. The findings revealed that adults who consumed dairy products at least five or six times a week did far better in memory tests compared with those who rarely consumed dairy products.

FASTING MAY BE BEST WAY TO BEAT CANCER

Going without food for short periods may combat cancer and boost the effectiveness of treatments, an early animal study has claimed.

Researchers at University of Southern California found that fasting slowed the growth and spread of tumors and cured some cancers when it was combined with chemotherapy. Its hoped that the findings will lead to the development of more effective treatment plans and further research is now under way, they said.

In every case, combining fasting with chemotherapy made the cancer treatment more effective. But none of the mice survived if they were treated with chemotherapy alone.

The study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Twitter Reveals People Are Happiest in the Morning

The social media site reveals daily emotional rhythms are consistent across cultures "Happy hour" is not when you might expect it to be, according to a new analysis of about half a billion Twitter messages from around the globe. On average, people are chipper when they wake up and become grouchy as the day wears on. This pattern holds true on weekends, too, but is delayed by about two hours—a trend confirmed in tweets from the United Arab Emirates, where the workweek is Sunday through Thursday. The data suggest that sleep schedules strongly influence mood cycles.

The duo at Cornell University who carried out the research, published last September in Science, say that the rising popularity of online social media is allowing scientists to study human behavior in surprising new ways.

Fat people feel more pain: Study

Obesity is known to be causing a host of other illness. Now, a new study has found that people carrying extra kilos experience more pain than those with normal weight

  • The study of more than one million (10 Lakhs) people, published in the journal Obesity, found the heaviest individuals also reported highest rates of pain — about 254 per cent more than the normal weight people in some cases.
    "Our findings confirm and extend earlier studies about the link between obesity and pain," study author Arthur Stone of Stony Brook University said.

The participants were classified as normal weight if they have their Body Mass Index (BMI) below 25; overweight (25 to below 30); obese I (30 to below 35); obese II (35 to below 40); and obese III (40 and over). Results showed that, 36.8 per cent of participants were classified as low-to-normal weight, 38.3 per cent were overweight, and the rest 24.9 per cent were obese

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