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health and fitness Updated: Feb 05, 2012 01:19 IST
Hindustan Times

Smoking tied to higher psoriasis risk

Smokers are at twice the risk of developing the chronic skin condition psoriasis than non-smoker, showed a large Harvard Medical School that followed nearly 186,000 men and women for 12 to 20 years. Experts believe it is caused by an smoking-effected immune system attack on the body’s own cells. The findings, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, disclosed that smoking came before the skin condition.

Massage is the way after exercise

Most athletes can testify to the pain-relieving and recovery-promoting effects of massage. Now there’s a scientific basis for that. A genetic analysis of muscle biopsies taken from young men after they had exercised to exhaustion on a stationary bicycle showed that massage dampened inflammation in the muscle cells. The pain reduction associated with massage involved the same mechanism as that targeted by conventional anti-inflammatory pain-relieving drugs, reports Science Translational Medicine.

Facebook not for those with low self-esteem

People with low self-esteem on Facebook tend to make themselves less likeable, a new study has revealed. The study, which is to be published in Psychological Science, says low self-esteem people behave counterproductively, bombarding their friends with negative tidbits about their lives.

The researchers asked students for their last 10 updates, and people with low self-esteem were more negative in their response. So, while people with low self-esteem may feel safe making personal disclosures on Facebook, they are not be helping themselves.

First Published: Feb 05, 2012 01:18 IST