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Here’s how spending time in nature benefits children
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Here’s how spending time in nature benefits children

Cambridge [UK], October 17 (ANI): According to a new study, children who spent maximum time in nature during lockdown are likely to have lower levels of emotional problems compared to those whose connection to nature stayed the same or decreased - regardless of their socio-economic status.The study, by researchers at the University of Cambridge and the University of Sussex, also found that children from affluent families tended to have increased their connection to nature during the pandemic more than their less affluent peers.Nearly two-thirds of parents reported a change in their child's connection to nature during the lockdown, while a third of children whose connection to nature decreased displayed increased problems of wellbeing - either through 'acting out' or by increased sadness or...
Researchers find why people remember stressful experiences better
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Researchers find why people remember stressful experiences better

Berlin [Germany], October 18 (ANI): Researchers have analysed the reasons why stressful experiences are usually remembered more easily than neutral experiences.When the brain stores memories of objects, it creates a characteristic pattern of activity for each of them. Stress changes such memory traces.The findings of the study were published in the journal 'Current Biology'.The research team, headed by Anne Bierbrauer, Professor Oliver Wolf and Professor Nikolai Axmacher from the RUB Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, put people in stressful situations during simulated job interviews and then recorded their memory of objects from these interviews.Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, they analysed brain activity while the participants saw the objects again. Memories of objects fro...
Illness related messages significant motivators for exercise: Study
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Illness related messages significant motivators for exercise: Study

Ottawa [Canada], October 19 (ANI): Fitness apps that emphasize illness- or death-related messaging are more likely to be effective in motivating participation than are social stigma, obesity, or financial cost messaging, according to a recent study led by researchers at the University of Waterloo.The study, 'The Relationship between Perceived Health Message Motivation and Social Cognitive Beliefs in Persuasive Health Communication', was published in the journal MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) and was authored by Oyibo, with Julita Vassileva, a Persuasive System Design professor at the University of Saskatchewan, assisting with the data collection.Previous studies, especially on smoking cessation and risky sexual behaviour, found that messages related to mortality coul...
Sunscreens that include zinc oxide can lose effectiveness, become toxic after two hours: Study
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Sunscreens that include zinc oxide can lose effectiveness, become toxic after two hours: Study

Washington [US], October 15 (ANI): Sunscreen that includes zinc oxide, a common ingredient, loses much of its effectiveness and becomes toxic after two hours of exposure to ultraviolet radiation, according to a collaboration that included Oregon State University scientists.Findings were published in the journal 'Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences'.The toxicity analysis involved zebrafish, which shares a remarkable similarity to humans at the molecular, genetic, and cellular levels, meaning many zebrafish studies are immediately relevant to people.The research team, which included College of Agriculture Sciences faculty Robyn Tanguay and Lisa Truong and graduate fellow Claudia Santillan, sought to answer important but largely neglected questions regarding the massive global sunscree...
Study reveals optimal blood pressure helps brains age slower
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Study reveals optimal blood pressure helps brains age slower

Washington [US], October 17 (ANI): A recent research by The Australian National University scientists found that optimal blood pressure helps our brains stay at least six months younger than our actual age.People with elevated blood pressure that falls within the normal recommended range are at risk of accelerated brain ageing, according to the recent research published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.The ANU study found participants with high blood pressure had older and therefore less healthy brains, increasing their risk of heart disease, stroke, and dementia.Participants with elevated blood pressure, but within the normal range, also had older-looking brains and were at risk of health problems."This thinking that one's brain becomes unhealthy because of high blood pressure later in ...
Reopening schools with in-person learning in United States during pandemic associated with increased COVID-19 case rates: Study
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Reopening schools with in-person learning in United States during pandemic associated with increased COVID-19 case rates: Study

Washington [US], October 13 (ANI): A study has found that reopening schools with in-person learning in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic is associated with increased case and death rates from the disease, particularly in counties that do not require staff to wear masks at school.Through a study published in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), Hiroyuki Kasahara and colleagues examined county-level panel data from the United States between April 1 and December 2, 2020, correlating weekly COVID-19 case and death rates with in-person school openings and mitigation measures in 14,703 school districts.The authors reported that increased visits to both K-12 schools and colleges, measured by SafeGraph foot traffic data, were associated with a subsequent...
Nostalgic Dussehra: Revisiting pre-COVID festivities
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Nostalgic Dussehra: Revisiting pre-COVID festivities

By Jigyasa Kakwani New Delhi [India], October 13 (ANI): Dussehra is right around the corner and every year, the festival brings along with it, joy and celebration -- eating lip-smacking street food in Ramlila melas, going for dandiya nights, dressing up children as little Ram and Seeta, and the list goes on. Even the nip in the air has a festive vibe to it.Alas, during Dussehra 2021 too, we are still ridden with the risks of COVID-19, and large gatherings cannot be organised the way they used to be pre-pandemic.Still, people carry profound memories of Dussehra in their hearts -- all that joy and celebration -- hoping to relive them once again.Sonakshi Naveen, who is currently pursuing her MBA, still remembers vividly how as a little girl she would eagerly wait for her father to come home i...
Warm milk makes you sleepy, study explains why
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Warm milk makes you sleepy, study explains why

Washington [US], October 14 (ANI): According to time-honoured advice, drinking a glass of warm milk at bedtime will encourage a good night's rest. Here's why.Milk's sleep-enhancing properties are commonly ascribed to tryptophan, but scientists have also discovered a mixture of milk peptides, called casein tryptic hydrolysate (CTH), that relieves stress and enhances sleep.Now, researchers reporting in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry have identified specific peptides in CTH that might someday be used in new, natural sleep remedies.According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of U.S. adults don't get enough sleep. Sedatives, such as benzodiazepines and zolpidem, are commonly prescribed for insomnia, but they can cause sid...
Ramlila 2021: How COVID-19 has affected costume industry
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Ramlila 2021: How COVID-19 has affected costume industry

By Divya MalhotraNew Delhi [India], October 13 (ANI): From the gigantic effigies to the thrilling Ferris wheel and the glint of heavy shimmery dresses of Sita and Rama, Ramlila in many ways emboldens the audience to celebrate Dussehra in the most spirited way.But, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought about several changes in the way events are being held these days and Ramlila, the dramatic folk re-enactment of the life of Lord Ram that is staged for 10 days and concludes on Dussehra, is not an exception.Among artists, organisers, material suppliers, and decorators, the ones who have been adversely affected are the costume distributors.Although the havoc of the pandemic has lowered down a bit- resulting in the government giving the go-ahead to celebrate the festivities, numerous restr...
One in three kids with food allergies are bullied: Study
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One in three kids with food allergies are bullied: Study

Washington [US], October 7 (ANI): A new study has attempted to determine the size and scope of bullying that kids with food allergies experience by offering them a multi-question assessment.The findings of the study were published in the 'Journal of Pediatric Psychology'.Living with a food allergy can greatly impact a child's everyday life -- from limiting participation in social activities to being treated differently by peers.When asked a simple "yes" or "no" question about food allergy-related bullying, 17 per cent of kids said they'd been bullied, teased or harassed about their food allergy.But when asked to reply to a multi-item list of victimisation behaviours, that number jumped to 31 per cent.Furthermore, Children's National Hospital researchers found that only 12 per cent of paren...