Here's how to keep joints healthy and strong this winter

With a drop in mercury, there is a whole set of health issues which suddenly pop up from nowhere. The problem of joint pains is one of them.

During winters, joints become painful, extremely inflexible, and creaky, making it difficult to move. People with orthopaedic problems like arthritic knees, issues in shoulders and hip joint struggle the most.

What Causes Joint Pains in Winters?

Due to the cold temperature, the pain threshold of the body decreases as the nerve endings become sensitive, exceeding the pain tremendously.


Unconditional love of pets helps manage mental health problems

The unconditional love and support of pet provides an immediate source of calm and therapeutic benefits for owners with long-term mental health conditions, says a new study.

The findings were published in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry.

Researchers from the University of Manchester suggested that pets should be considered as main source of support in the management of long-term mental health problems.


Do yoga daily to prevent prehypertension

Practicing yoga for one hour daily can reduce blood pressure in people with prehypertension, says a new study conducted by Indian researchers.

The study was presented at the 68th Annual Conference of the Cardiological Society of India (CSI) in Kochi, India.

"Patients with prehypertension (slightly elevated blood pressure) are likely to develop hypertension (high blood pressure) unless they improve their lifestyle," said lead author Dr Ashutosh Angrish, a cardiologist at Sir Gangaram Hospital in Delhi, India.


Inhale through nose to enhance memory: Study

A recent study reveals that inhaling through nose heightens memory and response to fearful stimuli, whereas the effects disappear while mouth breathing.

The study was published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

According to Northwestern Medicine, the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall.

They found that individuals were able to identify a fearful face more quickly, if they encountered the face when breathing in compared to breathing out.


Read e-book to your kids to increase their vocabulary: Study

Do you encourage your children in reading and writing? A study reveals that four-year-old kids with average and low vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an e-book to them than relying solely on the e-book's voiceover.

The study has been published in the journal Early Education and Development.

Researchers from University of Toronto divided the four-year-old kids into two groups -- one group with children of higher than average vocabulary level and one group with average and lower English vocabulary.


SC to hear plea seeking release of cured patients languishing in mental hospitals

New Delhi [India], Dec. 6 : The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear the plea filed by advocate Gaurav Bansal seeking the release of underprivileged people still languishing in mental hospitals despite being cured.

Bansal, who filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in his personal capacity, stated that underprivileged people are still languishing in mental hospitals despite being cured of their ailments, and there was no policy in place to ensure their well-being after release.


Consuming handful of nuts everyday can keep major ailments away

A recent analysis of all current studies on nut consumption and disease risk has revealed that people who eat at least 20g of nuts a day have a lower risk of heart ailment, cancer and other diseases.

The study, published in BMC Medicine journal, found that 20g a day - equivalent to a handful - can cut people's risk of coronary heart disease by nearly 30 percent, their risk of cancer by 15 percent and their risk of premature death by 22 percent.


Got kidney stones? Alpha-blockers may be effective

To help people get rid of large kidney stones, US Researchers have promoted a non-surgical way by suggesting off-label use of drugs called alpha blockers that can facilitate stone passage.

The study was published online in the British Medical Journal.

Physicians are eager to find non-surgical ways to help the two-thirds of kidney stone patients who need more than just extra hydration to pass their stones.


Cataract ups risk of depression in older adults

Washington D. C. [USA], Dec. 3 : Older adults, especially women, with cataract are more likely to have symptoms of depression, says a new study.

The study was published in the Optometry and Vision Science journal.

According to researchers from Soochow University in China, the link between cataract and depression is independent of other factors and appears strongest among older adults with lower education.


Is saturated fat good for health?

Washington D. C [US], Dec. 3 : A recent diet intervention study (FATFUNC) raises questions regarding the validity of a diet hypothesis that has dominated for more than half a century: that dietary fat and particularly saturated fat is unhealthy for most people.

The study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found strikingly similar health effects of diets based on either lowly processed carbohydrates or fats.