HindustanTimes Sat,27 Dec 2014

Here's why music is good for your kid...

A new study has revealed that musical training might help kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety. Music playing altered the motor areas of the brain, because the activity requires control and coordination of movement.

This intestinal protein helps reduce weight

A new study has revealed that the intestine immune system (a protein called MyD88) helps in controlling body weight and to reduce the diabetes type 2, linked to the obesity.

Now, kick the butt with plant extracts!

A plant extract commonly used in eastern Europe to help smokers kick the habit, appears to work much better than nicotine replacement patches and gums. Cytisine is an alkaloid extract from the golden rain tree and it works by blocking nicotine's access to the brain's pleasure receptors.

Finally, a novel cure for baldness!

A new way to trigger hair growth using human skin is offering fresh hope of a cure for baldness, scientists say. Cells from the immune system called macrophages - those in charge of devouring invading pathogens - are also responsible for activating skin stem cells and induce hair growth.

Here's why smartphones are bad for your brain

Frequent chatting with friends over touch-screen smartphones can actually be brain altering, says a new research. The results suggest that repetitive movements over the smooth touch-screen surface reshape sensory processing from the hand, with daily updates in the brain's representation of the fingertips.

E-readers can be harmful for your health

It would be a better idea to read paper books before sleeping as use of e-readers can adversely impact overall health, alertness and body clock that synchronises the daily rhythm of sleep, say researchers.

Age doesn't lessen ability to take financial decisions

Getting old does not spell doom when it comes to taking key financial decisions, says research. Using credit scores and cognitive ability tests, the researchers found evidence that crystallised intelligence, gained through experience and accumulated knowledge, is more important that fluid intelligence.

India slashes health budget by almost 20%

The government has ordered a cut of nearly 20% in its 2014-15 healthcare budget due to fiscal strains, putting at risk key disease control initiatives in a country whose public spending on health is already among the lowest in the world.

Fast food can lower your kid's cognitive abilities

Eating fast food affects not only your child's general health but could also slow down his/her brain, a new research suggests. The main reason behind it being the lack of iron in fast food that leads to a slowing in development of certain processes in the brain.

It's true! Laziness can leave your bones brittle

A new study has revealed that the shift to sedentary lifestyles over time has resulted in modern humans having more fragile bones. The most plausible explanation is that a lack of constant physical activity causes the bone in the head of the femur, the long bone in the thigh, to become thinner and lighter.

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