Health

Why don't more new mommies take maternity leaves?

Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 23 : Despite two decades of economic growth, a study shows that number of would-be mothers taking maternity leave has remained stagnant.

According to the study, more than half of maternity leaves taken by American mothers are unpaid, a figure that has proved slow to change.

The findings, published in the American Journal of Public Health, suggest that women who took maternity leave were economically better off than the typical mother -- as described in the data -- and were more likely to be married, white and more educated.

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Share good news: a must for military couples

Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 22 : Support for your partner is the base of any strong healthy relationship; and it's yet more essential for the defense personnel, who face different challenges on daily basis.

New research, focused on service member couples in Oregon, confirms supportive, responsive partners provide a buffer to loneliness and sleep deficits among military couples.

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Beware! Exposure to insecticides may put you at higher risk of diabetes: Study

Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 20 : A new study warns that exposure to synthetic chemicals, commonly found in insecticides and garden products, may disrupt human circadian rhythms and can put you at higher risk for diabetes and sleeping patterns.

Researchers from the University at Buffalo in the US found that these insecticides bind to the receptors that govern our biological clocks and adversely affect melatonin receptor signaling, creating a higher risk for metabolic diseases such as diabetes.

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9 to 9 job? Here are best lifestyles to keep in mind

New Delhi [India], Jan. 19 : Making tiny changes in our day-to-day functions will go a long way in maintaining the mental and physical wellbeing, especially if we work for more than 12 hours a day.

Dr. Gowri Kulkarni has put forward a few tips that the doctor has suggested to stay healthy to have a successful career:

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Dear men, work-related stress may cause cancer

Washingtington.D.C. [USA], Jan. 18 : Dear men, beware! Prolonged exposure to work-related stress may increase likelihood of cancer.

The findings indicate that the link was observed in men, who had been exposed to 15 to 30 years of work-related stress and in some cases, more than 30 years.

According to the study published in journal of Preventive Medicine, prolonged exposure of men to work-related stress has been linked to an increased likelihood of lung, colon, rectal and stomach cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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Addicted to smoking? Blame James Bond for it

London [UK], Jan. 18 : After getting you addicted to vodka Martinis, James Bond could now be blamed for turning you into a smoker!

Cigarettes feature in all but one of the 24 movies filmed to date, new research has discovered.

And despite kicking the habit in 2002 - before Daniel Craig took over - he continues to be exposed to second-hand smoke from his sexual partners, experts say.

However, the typically brief encounters would have helped to cut his risk of lung cancer, scientists claim.

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Don't consider your child as 'overweight'! It might lead to more weight gain

Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 14 : Do you see your child as 'overweight'? May be that is the reason for his/her gaining more weight over the period of time.

A study says that children whose parents considered them to be 'overweight,' tended to gain more weight over the following decade, compared with children, whose parents thought they were a 'normal' weight.

This has been deduced from an analysis of data from two nationally representative studies, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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Undergo tobacco counseling, and cut down on smoking

Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 14 : Cutting down on smoking can now be a bit easier for you!

A study, published in Annals of Family Medicine, says that tobacco counseling for youth or adults can reduce the prevalence of smoking cigarettes during adult years.

The researchers conducted a microsimulation analysis to estimate the health impact and cost-effectiveness of tobacco counseling of youth and adults in a U.S. birth cohort of 4,000,000.

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Beware! Burgers, chips at lunch may cause food comas

London [England], Jan. 13 : Next time, think twice before you eat that burger or chips during lunch, as a new study reveals that eating a meal particularly high in protein and salt can make us feel more fatigued and causes us to fall into a 'food coma'.

According to researchers, if you have had a particularly huge meal, then you may even fall into a food coma - postprandial somnolence- where all you want to do is lie down and have a snooze.

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Attention parents! Superhero culture may up aggression in your kids

Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 12 : Is your kid fascinated with superheroes? Does he love to dress up like a Spiderman thinking that he will go around pretending to spin webs?

Dear parents, a new study warns that kids, who frequently engage with superhero culture, are more likely to be physically and relationally aggressive.

The research appears in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

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