Here’s what you should be eating to have stronger teeth
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Here’s what you should be eating to have stronger teeth

Good oral health is essential to our everyday lives. Apart from brushing twice a day and flossing, what we eat plays a big role in keeping our teeth healthy. Australian dentist Dr Steven Lin, according to The Independent, has revealed which foods we should be consuming to do so. You may be surprised by the suggestions, with butter, salami and soft cheeses making the list. Writing on his website, Dr Lin explains that many people who brush and floss regularly still end up with regular dental cavities, whereas those who seem to take worse care never seem to have dental problems. “Teeth are living organs and require proper nutrition to regenerate and maintain healthy levels of enamel and dentin,” Dr Lin explains. “And without proper nutrition, your teeth will struggle to stay intact.” If you’re consuming enough vitamins and minerals, your teeth will naturally regenerate, staying strong and healthy. But if you’re not feeding your body with the right nutrients, the bacteria and acid in your mouth hinder this natural process, causing your teeth to break down faster than they can regenerate. “It’s not just sugar alone that causes cavities, it’s the lack of nutrients that strengthen teeth,” Dr Lin says. “Malnutrition has become prevalent with the modern Western diet.” So what should you be eating? Essentially it all comes down to four fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, K2, and E. Here are good sources of each: Vitamin A: Beef liver, fish, milk, and eggs. Vitamin D: Fatty fish, mushrooms and grass-fed dairy products (but sunshine is the best source). Vitamin K2: Soft cheeses, eggs, butter, liver and salami. Vitamin E: Spinach, broccoli and nuts. With a balanced, nutritious diet, you’ll keep your teeth in check, your body in shape and your skin glowing.
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Digestion Problems ? Your Dirty Mouth Could Be The Reason
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Digestion Problems ? Your Dirty Mouth Could Be The Reason

You may not think of your oral health when sitting on the toilet, but certain bacteria in the mouth could be to blame for your bowel problems. A team of researchers realized their patients with bowel disorders (either irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease) had a lot of oral bacteria in their poop.Thinking the stomach must also have more of the bacteria, they decided to test their theory in the lab. First, the team manipulated mice so they didn’t have any stomach bacteria, making a clean slate to test their hypothesis. Then, they injected saliva from patients with Crohn’s disease into the animals’ guts. They found that bacteria from the saliva actually triggered certain cells to create inflammation. They repeated the test in mice that had normal guts, and found that they were not affected by the bacteria. However, a third test introduced the bacteria after the creatures were given an antibiotic. This did result in inflammation. The team also tried out their theory with colitis. In mice bred to be susceptible to the condition, the oral bacteria triggered an inflammatory response. According to the news site, study authors say that people who have bowel diseases suffer from intestinal inflammation that creates a good home for oral bacteria. And once they take hold, this only makes the inflammation and gut problems worse. While the findings are preliminary, the team believes further studies on oral bacteria could help the medical community develop new medications, which will come as a huge relief to those who suffer from bowel disorders. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, they are a big strain for the health care industry and significantly dampen people’s happiness. An estimated 10 to 15 percent of the population are affected. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the most prevalent in people suffering with a bowel disorder. The Centers for Disease Control writes that these two conditions, both without any cures in sight, tack on a lot of medical costs. In 2008, patients spent $6.8 billion for treatment. Other costs, like time missed from work, added on another $5.5 billion. In a weekly report from April 2017, the governmental agency notes that the number of hospital trips for Crohn’s disease did increase from 2003 to 2013. Finding a solution isn’t simple as we still don’t know what causes the disease, making new advancements such as this one even more vital.
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Risk of postnatal depression would be less if deliveries happen in winter
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Risk of postnatal depression would be less if deliveries happen in winter

Mothers-to-be, please-take-note! Women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely to suffer from postpartum depression (PPD) than women who deliver babies in summer, suggests a recent study. The findings indicated that women delivering in winter and spring may be attributed to the seasonal enjoyment of indoor activities. Factors affecting the risk of postnatal depression, also known as postpartum depression (PPD), included the length of pregnancy, whether or not an epidural was given during delivery and body mass index. At least 10 % of women experience some degree of anxiety or depression after giving birth. Symptoms include sadness, restlessness, and lack of concentration. PPD typically arises from a combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustments to motherhood and fatigue, said US researchers. They also found that women, who delivered babies at a higher gestational age (further along in their pregnancy) were less likely to develop PPD and women who did not have anesthesia, such as an epidural, during delivery had an increased risk. The authors said women who did not have anesthesia may have been at an increased risk for PPD because the labor pain may have been traumatising to the women during delivery, or it’s possible those who declined anesthesia just happened to have intrinsic characteristics that made them more vulnerable to experiencing PPD. Caucasian women had a lower risk of PPD compared to women of other races. Additionally, increased body mass index (BMI) was also associated with an increased risk of PPD. The team analysed 20,169 women who delivered babies from June 2015 through August 2017. A total of 817 (4.1 %) women experienced PPD. “It is expected that the mother will do better and be less mentally stressed when delivering a mature, heathy baby,” Dr Zhou noted.
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Living next to a forest is good for you. Here is why
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Living next to a forest is good for you. Here is why

A new study now says that moving closer to secluded forests is good for the brain. German researchers are the first to uncover that living on the edge of a forest boosts brain power. According to researchers, living near an abundance of trees makes adults less stressed by strengthening an area of the brain that controls emotional processing. The amygdala, an area of grey matter vital for processing anxiety, was more robust in the people involved in the study. Scientists have long suggested living near forests is good for you, but the findings are the first to provide physical evidence. City dwellers are at greater risk of psychiatric illnesses such as depression, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia than those who reside in the country. A number of factors including, noise, pollution and the high number of people in the small space of a city can also contribute to chronic stress. Speaking about it, lead author of the study Dr Simone Kuhn of the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, said that studies of people in the countryside have already shown living close to nature is good for their mental health and wellbeing. They, therefore decided to examine city dwellers. Co-author Ulman Lindenberger, of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin went on to add that their  study investigated the connection between urban planning features and brain health for the first time.' The researchers, however, added that the findings published in Scientific Reports need to be confirmed with further studies.
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Eat healthy in adulthood; It can improve physical fitness in old age
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Eat healthy in adulthood; It can improve physical fitness in old age

A study looked at the long-term effect of a healthy diet during adulthood on physical function in older age and found it boosted physical fitness. The team, led by scientists at the University of Southampton, gathered data from 969 British men and women whose lifestyles have been monitored since they were born, in March 1946. The team collected information from the participants at ages 36, 43, 53, and 60-64, examining the participants’ diets at different ages in relation to three standard measures of physical function at age 60-64 – chair rise, timed up-and-go speeds, standing balance. The chair rise test measures the time taken to perform ten chair rises, rising from a sitting to a standing position and back down again; the timed up-and-go test looks at the time taken to rise from a chair, walk three metres at normal pace, turn around, return to the chair and sit down; and a standing balance test measures the time a person can stand on one leg with their eyes closed up to a maximum of 30 seconds. The results showed that those who ate more fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereals, and fewer highly processed foods, during their adult years performed better in the three tests of physical function. In addition, the team also found that those who had improved their diet by age 60-64, when compared to their diets at a younger age, had a faster chair rise speed and a longer standing balance time, suggesting that making diet improvements even in early older age could still be particularly important for physical performance. Lead author Sian Robinson, Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology at the University of Southampton, commented on the results saying, “Improving the quality of your diet can have a beneficial effect on health whatever your age. However, this study suggests that making good dietary choices throughout adulthood - by cutting down on highly processed foods and incorporating more fruit, vegetables and whole grains into your diet - can have a significant beneficial effect on strength and physical performance later in life, helping to ensure a much healthier old age.” Professor Cyrus Cooper, Director of the MRC LEU, added that, “The link between dietary patterns and frailty in older people will open the door to effective interventions against the age-related decline in musculoskeletal function which is such a growing cause of disability in ageing populations worldwide.”
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Close to 700 million people struggle with dyslexia; This could be the reason
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Close to 700 million people struggle with dyslexia; This could be the reason

According to a new study, people with dyslexia may not have a dominant eye, which may cause the "mirror effect that disrupts their ability to read", a report said. Close to 700 million people struggle with dyslexia across the globe. For the study, 60 participants' (only half were dyslexic) eyes were examined. Non-dyslexic people had spots that revealed one eye was dominant over the other. While the spots in each eye found in  dyslexics indicated that no eye was dominant. Not having an eye that is dominant can create confusion in the brain by creating "mirror images". This makes it difficult to read and learn. "The lack of asymmetry might be the biological and anatomical basis of reading and spelling disabilities," study authors are quoted as saying. Previous research suggests that the medical condition may be inherited genetically, or may have developed at birth.
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TN health minister : Nilavembu is a proven medicine and promises action against ‘rumours’
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TN health minister : Nilavembu is a proven medicine and promises action against ‘rumours’

A day after there were reports stating that nilavembu kudineer, a concoction used to treat dengue, could reduce fertility, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Vijayabhaskar denied these rumours and said that action will be taken against those who spread rumours on social media. Addressing the media after visiting Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Trichy, Vijayabhaskar said, “Nilavembu is a proven medicine, we have tested it in King Institute in Guindy, it increased the platelets and immunity, it is proven. Action will be taken against people who spread rumours on social media.” He wants social media to help government in crisis. “Social media must help the government in crisis management, I have already asked people to spread good information. When people were given MR vaccines, there were a lot of rumours on social media. In spite of that we vaccinated 1.7crore people.” He also promised that dengue will be controlled in the state in the next 15 days. Earlier, actor Kamal Haasan had tweeted saying that his fans should not distribute the Siddha medicine till proper research is conducted into nilavembu kudineer. "It's not that the research should be done by allopathics. The traditionalists should also have done it. It is traditional for medicines to have side effects," he wrote on Twitter. The Tamil Nadu government has been promoting nilavembu kudineer to treat dengue for the last few years. According to the Ayush Ministry, nilavembu kudineer is an Antipyretic (used to prevent or reduce fever), Analgesic (pain-relieving) and can be used to treat dengue.  However, a report had stated that according to studies the nilavembu kudineer could reduce fertility. Past studies have shown that andrographis paniculata - the core herb used in the concotion - caused the sperm count in rats to decrease. Moreover, The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre also carried out research on the plant and warns against taking it if one is on chemotherapy drugs and or is taking blood pressure reducing drugs. It also has many side effects like headache, fatigue, hypersensitivity, lymphadenopathy, pain in the lymph nodes, nausea, diarrhoea, and acute kidney injury, as stated by The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre.
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Complaint filed against Kamal Hassan
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Complaint filed against Kamal Hassan

A complaint has been filed with the Chennai police against actor Kamal Hassan for his alleged "false" comment about Nilavembu Kudineer, a herbal mixture to cure dengue. Nilavembu Kudineer, also called Nilavembu Kashayam, is Siddha Medicine recommended for prevention and management of all types of viral infections/fevers. It acts as immunostimulant and immunomodulator, which boosts immunity and modulates defense response in the body, which helps to protect from infections and their complications. It also plays a protective role in dengue fever and chikungunya. Hassan recently took to his Twitter handle, informing fans not to distribute the Siddha medicine until a proper research is conducted."It`s not that the research should be done by allopathic.The traditionalists should also have done it. It is traditional for medicines to have side effects," he posted. Disagreeing to Hassan comment, Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar backed the use of the neem drink to fight against dengue.
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Study says teen girls are more likely to self-harm compared with boys
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Study says teen girls are more likely to self-harm compared with boys

Teenage girls are more likely to self-harm than boys, a new study suggests. The research shows that there has been a sharp rise in self-harm reported in general practices for girls aged between 13-16 years from 2011 to 2014, compared with boys of the same age. In socially deprived areas, referrals to mental health specialist services were fewer, although self-harm rates were higher. Self-harm in children and adolescents is a major public health problem in many countries. It is the strongest risk factor for subsequent suicide, with suicide being the second most common cause of death before reaching the age of 25 worldwide. Lead author of the study, Dr Cathy Morgan at The University of Manchester, and the team set out to investigate trends in self-harm amongst children and teenagers, referral rates to specialist mental health services, and mortality rates amongst children and teenagers following self-harm. Unlike most previous studies, the researchers examined self-harm recorded in general practice rather than hospital settings. They analysed data for 16,912 patients aged between 10-19 years from 674 general practices, who harmed themselves during 2001 to 2014 to estimate rates of self-harm. Children and teenagers who self-harmed were nine times more likely to die unnaturally than unaffected young people with an especially marked increased risk of suicide and acute alcohol/drug poisoning death. "This emphasises the opportunity for earlier intervention in primary care to reduce suicide risk," said Morgan. The findings suggested that the high self-harm rate may be due to common mental health problems in females at this age, as well as biological factors such as puberty and onset of sexual activity. There is some evidence indicating that common mental health disorders are becoming more common within this age group. "Perhaps a reflection that today's early adolescents are living in more stressful times", said the author. "Exposure to digital media and its potential impact on children and adolescents' mental health is the centre of continued media debate. Of course such technologies can be helpful and facilitate access to care but there is also a suggestion that extreme 'connectedness' could have detrimental effects", she continued. However, the researchers outline some limitations in the study. Whilst they have used one of the largest primary healthcare datasets, like any routinely collected data there may be problems in identifying all cases, and a potential lack of detail, for example in recording method of self-harm. Nevertheless, they conclude that "this marked apparent increase prompts the urgent need to identify the causes of this phenomenon." These risks "emphasise the urgent need for integrated care involving families, schools and healthcare provision to enhance safety among these distressed young people in the short term, and to help secure their future mental health and wellbeing."
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As per study, alcohol may improve your foreign language skills
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As per study, alcohol may improve your foreign language skills

Everyone knows that alcohol impairs cognitive and motor functions.
It can also impair 'executive functions,' which include the ability to remember, pay attention, and inhibit inappropriate behaviours, are particularly sensitive to the acute effects of alcohol. But according to a new research, alcohol might impair the ability to speak a second language. On the other hand, alcohol increases self-confidence and reduces social anxiety, both of which might be expected to improve language ability when interacting with another person. The researchers tested the effects of a low dose of alcohol on participants' self-rated and observer-rated ability to converse in Dutch. Participants were 50 native German speakers who were studying at a Dutch University (Maastricht) and had recently learned to speak, read and write in Dutch. Participants were randomized to consume either a low dose of alcohol or a control beverage that contained no alcohol, before they chatted with an experimenter in Dutch for a few minutes. The exact dose of alcohol varied depending on participants' body weight, but it was equivalent to just under a pint (460ml) of 5 percent beer, for a 70kg male. The chat was audio-recorded and participants' foreign language skills were subsequently rated by two native Dutch speakers who did not know if the participant had consumed alcohol or not (observer-ratings). Participants also rated their own Dutch language skills during the conversation (self-ratings). The researchers found that participants who had consumed alcohol had significantly better observer-ratings for their Dutch language, specifically better pronunciation, compared to those who had not consumed alcohol. "Our study shows that acute alcohol consumption may have beneficial effects on the pronunciation of a foreign language in people who recently learned that language. This provides some support for the lay belief (among bilingual speakers) that a low dose of alcohol can improve their ability to speak a second language," said Dr Inge Kersbergen, from the University of Liverpool's Institute of Psychology, Health and Society. Dr Fritz Renner who was one of the researchers who conducted the study at Maastricht University, shared, "It is important to point out that participants in this study consumed a low dose of alcohol. Higher levels of alcohol consumption might not have beneficial effects on the pronunciation of a foreign language."  
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