Travelling to Japan ? Keep chicken away from your diet
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Travelling to Japan ? Keep chicken away from your diet

Confirmation of the outbreak, which was reported earlier in the week, marked the country’s first cases of bird flu in poultry this winter.
Chickens at a farm in the area of Sanuki city in Kagawa had been confirmed testing positive for a highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Japan’s western Kagawa prefecture has begun a cull of 91,000 chickens after the discovery of a highly contagious form of bird flu on a farm, the local government said. The confirmation of the outbreak, which was reported earlier in the week, marked the country’s first cases of bird flu in poultry this winter. The local government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said late Thursday that chickens at a farm in the area of Sanuki city in Kagawa had been confirmed testing positive for a highly pathogenic avian influenza. Japan’s last outbreak of bird flu occurred in March. Between November 2016 and March 2017, a total of 1.67 million chickens were culled due to the H5N6 strain of bird flu, according to the ministry.
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Lack of sun light could cause weight gain during winter
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Lack of sun light could cause weight gain during winter

Are you struggling to maintain that New Year's resolution to lose weight? A new University of Alberta study says the sun may be to blame for your extra winter pounds. The research, led by pharmacology professor Peter Light, shows the fat cells just beneath our skin shrink when exposed to sun rays — meaning the cells release some of the fat and hold less of it. "The blue wavelengths of light … actually penetrate the skin and can activate the fat cells so that they lose some of the fat," Light said. Like many of science's greatest discoveries, this potential breakthrough was discovered by accident — Light and his team were trying to engineer the fat cells to make insulin to help treat Type 1 diabetes. In their process, they found the cells were responsive to light. Light said he's finally living up to his last name. Other studies have shown the blue wavelengths of light have other effects on our bodies. The light is emitted from cellphones, laptops and other LED monitors and has been shown to suppress melatonin and increase alertness. Light said the pathways stimulated in the eyes from staring at screens are the same pathways they're seeing in the fat cells. He said his new findings could help make sense of the winter weight gain many people experience in a northern climate like Edmonton. With some sun exposure confirmed to help generate vitamin D in the body, Light said this discovery be another benefit. "It may help regulate your body weight and a lack of it may actually lead to extra storage of [fat] in the winter." But he said his findings suggest that current technology — like tanning beds or blue light lamps, for example — haven't shown the same effects as sunlight. "We think that that great big nuclear reactor in the sky, the sun, is what's required," Light said. "We need really intense light to actually penetrate the skin." Only one to five per cent of blue light penetrates the skin, Light said, and the sun is able to do that with limited exposure. But before you start spending exorbitant amounts of time in the sun and calling it a weight-loss routine, Light said it's still early and the study published is just a new avenue for them to explore. "The study we just published, actually, was more of an observation of the effect," Light said. "Now, we need to know what the underlying mechanism is."
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All Foodies Head to Maharashtra Farms During The Winter Season ! This Is Why
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All Foodies Head to Maharashtra Farms During The Winter Season ! This Is Why

The farming community in Maharashtra excitedly looks forward to the winter season, not only because this is the time when the crops are harvested, but also because this is when they can enjoy a delicacy called hurda—the tender and sweet seeds of jowar freshly plucked off the plant. Hurda is high in fibre and provides them with much-needed nutrition. What started as a recreational snack slowly gained popularity and today, farms all over the state conduct and celebrate Hurda parties! A Hurda party is a party like no other. Farms in Pune, Solapur, Baramati and several other districts in Maharashtra, welcome guests, and the focus of the party is this simple snack that farmers love dearly. The drinks on offer are buttermilk or sugarcane juice! Jowar grains are cleaned by hand and then roasted on a small heap of dry cow dung. It requires skill to roast jowar in a way that it retains moisture and does not become too dry. All this hard work results in a delicious heap of Hurda! Hurda is usually served with yoghurt, garlic or groundnut chutney, and sometimes, along with ‘kharda’ an extremely spicy pickle made of green chillies.
It can also be enjoyed with jaggery. The newfound fascination for Hurda parties has prompted various recipes with this ingredient as a base. If you happen to visit a party, you might be offered Hurda chaat or fritters, Bhakri (flatbread), and Pithla (a curry made from gram flour). Occasionally, corn, eggplant, and onion are roasted along with Hurda. Loksatta estimates that around 300-400 people travel to villages every weekend during the winter season to relish this delicacy. Hurda parties typically begin in the afternoon and can continue until midnight.
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Do You Have The ‘Obesity Genes’ ? You Would Benefit The Most From Healthy Eating !
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Do You Have The ‘Obesity Genes’ ? You Would Benefit The Most From Healthy Eating !

Though healthy eating is good for everyone, those who have genes that put them at high risk for obesity might benefit the most. A new study suggests that even those who carry an inherited predisposition to pack on excess pounds are not destined to become obese. In fact, researchers say it can be avoided over time by adopting a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and unencumbered by salt, sugar, alcohol and red meat. The finding stems from a new analysis of diet, lifestyle and medical data on about 14,000 men and women that had been collected for two earlier studies. "We found that eating healthy foods -- high intake of vegetable, fruits, whole grain, long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, and low intakes of trans fat, fried foods and sugary drinks -- lowers the risk of obesity and promotes weight loss for all populations," said study author Dr. Lu Qi. "Interestingly, the protective effects appear to be more evident among those at higher genetic risk," he said. Qi serves as director of the Obesity Research Center at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, in New Orleans. Qi and his colleagues stressed that obesity risk is driven by a complex brew of genetic and environmental factors. Also, although DNA analyses can easily spot genetic variations linked to obesity, the genetic propensity for gaining weight is itself a complex calculation. Still, he said, the population can be divided into groups with low, intermediate and high risk, each representing about a third of the population. Data for the analysis was drawn from two long-running studies of health care professionals -- one involving mostly women and one mostly men. Nearly all participants were white. The data included information on dietary routines and changes to the participants' body mass index (BMI), a measure often used to categorize weight. Exercise habits were not assessed. Qi's team compared the participants' eating habits with three different diets: the Alternate Healthy Eating Index 2010 (AHEI-2010), the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH) and the Alternate Mediterranean Diet (AMED). Though they differ in some ways, the three diets are all considered to be healthy eating plans. The researchers also assigned a genetic risk score for obesity to each participant. To do that, they considered 77 genetic variations that have been linked to BMI status. People whose eating habits over two decades aligned most closely with either the DASH or AHEI-2010 diets experienced a drop in overall body weight and BMI, the study found. The strongest association was among those who had the greatest genetic risk for obesity. The researchers cautioned that it's premature to comment on cause and effect. And though Qi said he's previously reported on how exercise can protect against obesity, the latest analysis did not take that factor into consideration. Dr. Nathalie Farpour-Lambert, president-elect of the European Association for the Study of Obesity, described the findings as "encouraging." In an editorial published with the study, she noted that the findings "help to dispel misconceptions that a genetic predisposition will inhibit successful weight management." She also argued that the observations should "reinforce the critical urgency of [promoting] comprehensive policies that prioritize healthy food environments and systems, with an emphasis on people at greatest risk." "Genetic predisposition," Farpour-Lambert said, "is no barrier to successful weight management, and no excuse for weak health and policy responses."
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Woman Dies Due To Vibrio Bacteria
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Woman Dies Due To Vibrio Bacteria

A Texas woman developed a fatal infection with flesh-eating bacteria after eating raw oysters, according to news reports. The woman, Jeanette LeBlanc, went crabbing with her friends and family on the coast of Louisiana in September. During the trip, LeBlanc and her friend Karen Bowers shucked and ate about two dozen raw oysters, Bowers told CBS. But shortly afterward, LeBlanc experienced breathing problems and had a rash on her legs, which looked like an allergic reaction, Bowers said. But LeBlanc's condition continued to worsen, and doctors said she was infected with a type of "flesh-eating" bacteria called Vibrio. The Vibrio bacteria naturally live in coastal waters and are particularly abundant between May and October, when the water is warmer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People can become infected with Vibrio by eating raw or undercooked shellfish, which include oysters, the CDC said. People can also become infected if they have open wounds on their skin that are exposed to brackish or salt water. Vibrio bacteria cause about 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths each year in the United States, according to the CDC. Most people who contract Vibrio from raw oysters experience only diarrhea and vomiting, and those with these milder cases typically recover in about three days, according to the CDC. But in some people, more serious illness can occur, resulting in bloodstream infections and severe blistering skin lesions, the CDC says. About 1 in 4 people with these serious infections dies from the illness. LeBlanc was exposed to both raw oysters and brackish water. (Whether it was raw oysters or brackish water that led to LeBlanc's infection has not been reported.) She battled the illness for 21 days but was not able to recover. She died on Oct. 15, 2017. Now, LeBlanc's partner, Vicki Bergquist, and Bowers want to raise awareness about Vibrio infections. "If we had known that the risk was so high, I think she would've stopped eating oysters," Bergquist said.
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Change your meal timings to lose weight !
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Change your meal timings to lose weight !

Have you been trying to lose some weight for quite some time now? Tried different diets and different workouts yet no significant results? Changing your meal timings may help suggests a new study. Yes you heard us, weight loss is apparently a lot more than just your diet and workout schedule. According to a latest study, tweaking your eating schedule like having an early dinner or even skipping it - can help reduce hunger pangs and promote fat burning. "Eating only during a much smaller window of time than people are typically used to may help with weight loss," said Courtney Peterson, an associate professor at University of Alabama at Birmingham in the US. "We found that eating between 8 am and 2 pm followed by an 18-hour daily fast kept appetite levels more even throughout the day, in comparison to eating between 8 am and 8 pm, which is what the average American does," said Peterson. A new diet called the Time Restricted Eating or Time Restricted Feeding allows you to lose weight, without starving. What's more? You can eat anything you like and want to. But does it really help? Or is it just one of the many fad diets that are doing the rounds. The study is the first human test of early time- restricted feeding (eTRF). The findings revealed that this meal-timing strategy reduced swings in hunger and altered fat and carbohydrate burning patterns, which may help with losing weight.With eTRF, people eat their last meal by the mid- afternoon and do not eat again until breakfast the next morning. Eating a very early dinner, or even skipping dinner, could help you shed a pound or two said the researchers. However, further studies need to take place to confirm that theory. Previous animal studies have indicated that eTRF helped rodents burn more fat. The buman body has an internal clock of its own. The metabolic rate of the body is said to be deeply linked with this biological clock. Researchers say that many aspects of metabolism are at their optimal functioning in the morning. Eating in alignment with the body's circadian clock by eating earlier in the day may positively influence health and also help lose weight. For the study, researchers followed 11 men and women with excess weight over four days of eating between 8 am and 2 pm, and four days of eating between 8 am and 8 pm.They were then tested for the impact of eTRF on calories burned, fat burned and appetite. Participants tried both eating schedules, ate the same number of calories both times and completed all testing under supervision. Researchers found that, although eTRF did not affect how many total calories participants burned, it reduced daily hunger swings and increased fat burning during several hours at night.The diet was also enhance their metabolic flexibility, which is the body's ability to switch between burning carbs and burning fats. The findings could be a major intervention in the field of diet and nutrition, however it is still in the nascent stage. A larger, more comprehensive study will need to take place to find if the diet is sustainable in the long run, the researchers noted.
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Officials Say Romaine Lettuce could be the reason for E. Coli Deaths
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Officials Say Romaine Lettuce could be the reason for E. Coli Deaths

At least two people were killed and dozens sickened by E. coli outbreaks in Canada and the United States that the authorities in Canada have linked to romaine lettuce.

Health officials in the United States are not yet ready to blame the American outbreak to the leafy green. Still, they say, the Canadian finding has proved helpful and both outbreaks appear to have been caused by related strains of the bacteria, suggesting the possibility of a shared source.

“They’ve done a really thorough job there, and I think that gave us a really good clue to start with,” Dr. Matthew Wise, who oversees investigations into such outbreaks for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a telephone interview on Friday.

In all, at least 58 people in both countries have been sickened, and two — one in California and one in Canada — have died. In the United States, the C.D.C. has so far linked at least 17 reports of illness in 13 states to the outbreak.

The Public Health Agency of Canada said in a statement last week that it was investigating 41 cases of illnesses linked to E. coli from November and December.

Most of those patients reported eating romaine lettuce before they became ill, the agency said, adding, “Individuals reported eating romaine lettuce at home, as well as in prepared salads purchased at grocery stores, restaurants and fast food chains.”

American officials have not yet issued recommendations to avoid any particular product because they are still collecting information on the outbreak. Consumer Reports, the nonprofit advocacy organization, said it was urging shoppers to avoid the lettuce as a precaution.

“Even though we can’t say with 100 percent certainty that romaine lettuce is the cause of the E. coli outbreak in the U.S., a greater degree of caution is appropriate given that lettuce is almost always consumed raw,” James Rogers, the director of Food Safety and Research, said in a post on the group’s website.

The widespread nature of the American outbreak suggests that the cause was not limited to a restaurant or particular area, Dr. Wise said.

“When we see this pattern of illnesses, we certainly would default to thinking that this was a commercially distributed product that was contaminated,” he said.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include fever, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and, less commonly, a syndrome that can lead to kidney failure. In such outbreaks, young and older people and those with weakened immune systems are most likely to have the most severe symptoms.

E. coli, short for Escherichia coli, live in human and animal intestines and can contaminate fruits and vegetables when they come in contact with feces from infected animals, according to the Public Health Agency.

That contamination can happen at any point along the journey from farm to table. Most E. coli strains are harmless to humans.

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Overpriced Popcorn at Cinemas? You Might Soon Be Able To Carry Your Own Food
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Overpriced Popcorn at Cinemas? You Might Soon Be Able To Carry Your Own Food

For every wide-eyed movie-goer who is glued to a seat, munching on popcorn, there are those who do not like the food being served in movie halls. While some cannot eat it due to medical reasons, there are many who do not want to pay the often triple-digit popcorn price. This is what probably what Mumbai resident Jainendra Baxi had in mind, when he, through his lawyer Mr Aditya Pratap, filed a PIL challenging the prohibition on carrying outside food in movie theatres and multiplexes. The PIL claimed there was no legal or statutory provision prohibiting one from carrying personal food articles or beverages into movie theatres. In response, the Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra Government to reply to Baxi’s PIL, within three weeks, and the logic behind prohibiting outside food in movie-halls, and whether it is lawful or not. “They cannot frisk people and take away all the food items,” said a division bench comprising of Justice RM Borde and Justice Rajesh Ketkar. “There you are not entering a sensitive area like an airport to pose a security threat,” the judges said, questioning the need to frisk patrons entering cinema halls. The bench pointed out that movie-goers should be frisked for dangerous items like guns and knives, and not have their personal food items snatched from them. Baxi’s lawyer, Advocate Pratap, pertinently pointed out that Maharashtra Cinemas (Regulation) Rules prohibit hawking and selling food inside theatres and auditoriums, yet halls openly flout this rule. In fact, they now have buttons on their seats, allowing people to summon waiters and place orders. The restrictions on bringing outside food to theatres mainly affect senior citizens and those who cannot eat, for medical reasons, “the junk food sold at the food stalls inside theatres,” the petition read. Advocate Pratap suggested that licences issued by the state to such theatres must have a mandatory clause directing them not to ban any outside food or water.
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Here is a happy news for fitness freaks !
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Here is a happy news for fitness freaks !

Fitness freaks who want to shed those extra kilos on their bellies, we have some happy news for you. According to the Independent, you can let go the sad bowl of cereal as experts have recommended that by consuming extra proteins in breakfast can help you lose weight. As per a research done by CSIRO, revolving your morning meal around whole foods such as lean meats, eggs and legumes could keep you fuller for long and increase fat loss when combined with regular exercise. Professor Manny Noakes, co-author of the reports, said, "If you find it difficult to control what you eat, a redistribution of protein toward breakfast may be the answer." The team has advised eating between 25 and 30 grams of protein in order to see the benefits. The study found that the average Australian increases their protein intake throughout the day, with fairly small amounts consumed at breakfast. They revealed that women typically eat just 11 grams of protein in the morning, compared to men who consume 15 grams. Adopting a higher protein and moderate carbohydrate breakfast routine could be the key in losing weight in a healthy and sustainable way, the researchers concluded. The report also found that low quality processed foods currently make up a third of the average Australian adult's protein intake, instead of whole protein sources such as dairy, legumes and fish, which the authors explained were favourable for sustaining fat loss.
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This is how alcohol increases cancer risk
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This is how alcohol increases cancer risk

Drinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the body which can lead to permanent genetic damage in the DNA of stem cells, increasing the risk of cancer developing, according to research published on Wednesday. Working with mice in a laboratory, British scientists used chromosome analysis and DNA sequencing to examine the genetic damage caused by acetaldehyde, a harmful chemical produced when the body processes alcohol. Their findings offered more detail about how alcohol increases the risk of developing 7 types of cancer, including common forms such as breast and bowel cancer. It also showed how the body seeks to defend against the damage alcohol can do. “Some cancers develop due to DNA damage in stem cells. While some damage occurs by chance, our findings suggest that drinking alcohol can increase the risk of this damage,” said Ketan Patel, a professor at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, who co-led the study. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies alcohol as a Group 1 carcinogen, citing “convincing evidence” it causes cancer in humans. A study published in 2011 found that alcohol is responsible for around 4 percent of all cancer in Britain - equating to around 12,800 cases a year. In Wednesday’s study, published in the journal Nature, Patel’s team gave diluted alcohol to mice and then analyzed the effect on the animals’ DNA. They found that acetaldehyde can break and damage DNA within blood stem cells, permanently altering the DNA sequences within these cells. This is important, Patel said, because when healthy stem cells become faulty, they can give rise to cancerous cells. The researchers also looked at how the body tries to protect itself against damage caused by alcohol. The first line of defense is a group of enzymes called aldehyde dehydrogenases or ALDHs, Patel explained. These break down the acetaldehyde into acetate, which cells can then use as a source of energy. In the study, when mice lacking a critical ALDH enzyme were given alcohol, their DNA suffered four times as damage compared with mice with a properly functioning version of the enzyme. Patel said cells also have a second line of defense in the form of a range of DNA repair systems which, most of the time, allow them to fix and reverse different types of DNA damage. But in some instances and in some people - particularly people from South East Asia - the repair systems fail to work, meaning their cells are unable to repair effectively. “It’s important to remember that alcohol clearance and DNA repair systems are not perfect, and alcohol can still cause cancer in different ways - even in people whose defense mechanisms are intact,” Patel said.
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