Parents, Take Note: Your Smartphone Obsession May Harm Your Kids

It’s true that smartphones have made our lives easier. We are much more connected with each other these day but such convenience has come at the cost of our health. In today’s digital world, we are constantly plugged to our smartphones, tablets, laptops or other devices and find ourselves to have less time for real human conversations. A lot of health experts believe that digital devices, especially smartphones that are used the most throughout the day, can play havoc with our brain and even ruin our sleep. A new study, published…

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The Best Health Tech 2017: Gadgets That Make You Fit And Healthy (Updated)

The ubiquity of fitness-tracking technology in recent years has meant people are generally becoming more conscious about their health. Increasing mainstream availability of sensors on wearables such as smartwatches – that are able to give us better feedback about what’s happening in our bodies – means more of us are discovering insights into our health and looking at how we can improve it. But with so many health-improving gizmos on the market, it’s not easy separating those that are truly beneficial from those that are nothing more than a gimmick. With that,…

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Kids from Economically Weak Backgrounds May Hit Puberty Early. Here’s Why

Puberty refers to a time and age in life when a girl or boy becomes sexually mature and they may also undergo other physical and hormonal changes. The first sign of puberty in girls is usually breast development and in young boys is when their voice deepens and facial hair appears. In general, the process usually occurs between the age of 10 to 14 in girls and 12 to 16 in boys but a new study has discovered that kids who belong to weak economic backgrounds may experience puberty much…

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HIV programs, mental health: 8 ways Trump’s new budget might affect public health

W ASHINGTON —  When Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates sat down with President Trump and his aides a couple of months ago, he tried to convince the new president that public health funding was not something that could be sacrificed. “It’s an education process,” he said. Those pleas seem to have fallen on deaf ears. The budget outline released by the White House Tuesday contains sharp cuts to everything — from a $76 million reduction in global health funding that includes HIV programming to grass-roots community health grants. And while it’s not clear what cuts will…

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Sleep deprivation can affect your heart

Sleep deprivation can affect your heart (Thinkstock) The cliched, over-used adages about sleeping early might not be something that most people take seriously, but cardiologists and sleep experts swear by them. Doctors say that losing quality and quantity sleep is detrimental to our health. Senior interventional cardiologist, Dr Nilesh Gautam, says, “Sleep disorders cause an increase in blood pressure, heart rate and thyroid hormones, which is indicative of a stress response. This leads to increase heart attack and heart failures.” Experts reiterate that people who sleep less than seven hours…

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This Computer Game Can Help Your Kids Eat Healthy

Kids can be picky eaters and getting them to like healthy foods can be quite a challenging task. But a new computer game, developed by a group of researchers from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom can help solve your problem.This simple seven-minute brain boosting computer can actually help your kids choose healthier foods over junk eats like candies and other sweets. The game is very easy to understand and play. It involves reacting to images of healthy food by pressing a button, and doing nothing when unhealthy foods…

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Do Not Let Your Blood Pressure Go Unchecked, It May Lead to Stroke

One of the biggest challenges in curbing the increasing rate of high blood pressure cases is the inability to spot its occurrence and not taking enough preventive measure to keep the condition at bay. In most cases, hypertension is the product of a sedentary lifestyle coupled with unhealthy eating habits, poor sleep pattern, alcohol or tobacco abuse and high levels of stress and anxiety. Some symptoms for early detection include headache, chest discomfort, palpitations, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, nosebleeds and feeling numb or weak. Eating a well-balanced diet, sleeping…

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Sports Drinks Versus Water: Which One Should You Pick While You Exercise?

There is a lot more to endurance running than one might imagine. One of the main concerns being that of dehydration, and maintaining a certain level of energy while running. If you’re a runner, you will be able to imagine the utter disappointment of getting tired and having to give up on your run. It is of utmost importance to have a good amount of fluids before, during and after the run for optimal performance, and that is a fact that all the runners are well acquainted with. The question…

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GOP health care working group runs into early obstacles

(CNN)Republican senators are grappling this week with how they can find consensus between their moderate and conservative factions on health care while still managing to get the 50 votes they need to gut the Affordable Care Act. It’s tough math and although it is early in the process, so far the GOP’s health care working group — a collection of 13 GOP senators — has already encountered some of the same hurdles that hindered the House’s efforts, which struggled for weeks to collect enough votes to pass. After last week’s…

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11 warning signs of increased blood sugar levels

Signs of increased blood sugar levels   With lifestyle diseases becoming rampant in India and the country being called the diabetes capital of the world, even young people are experiencing a spike in their blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels occur when the glucose levels in your blood become elevated. This happens when your body’s insulin levels drop and it doesn’t have sufficient insulin to process the glucose. You may already know how crummy low blood sugar levels can make you, but what about the other side of the…

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