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health and fitness Updated: Feb 23, 2013 21:44 IST

Milk and sugary foods cause acne
If you wondered why those pimples weren’t going away despite your expensive anti-acne face wash, the milk and sugary food in your diet may be the cause. Foods like sugar, white rice, white bread and drinking milk aggravates acne.

Eating High GI foods causes a spike in hormone levels including insulin which instigates sebum production. Those who drank skimmed milk suffered with the worst breakouts, with a 44% increase in the likelihood of developing blemishes. The processed milk increases the levels of hormones in the drink.

Mum’s caffeine lowers baby’s weight
New research suggests that drinking caffeinated drinks during pregnancy raises the risk of having a low birth weight baby. Caffeine has long been linked to adverse effects in pregnant women, prompting many expectant mothers to give up coffee and tea. But for those who cannot do without their morning coffee, health officials offer conflicting guidelines on safe amounts during pregnancy.

The World Health Organisation recommends a limit of 300 milligrams of caffeine a day, equivalent to about three cups of regular brewed coffee, while the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends two cups, or 200 milligrams, a day
to ensure there is no risk to the unborn baby.

Web addicts’ withdrawal like coming off drugs
When heavy Internet users go offline, they undergo withdrawal symptoms similar to those experienced by drug users. Internet reported increased negative moods after they stopped surfing the net, suffering a “comedown” that researchers said was not unlike that experienced by people after using the drug ecstasy.

Internet addiction has been found to be detrimental to social relationships and jobs, with studies in the past associating it with long-standing depression, impulsive non-conformity, and even autism traits.

Depression plagues bullies and those bullied
Children who are bullied often carry the scars of their experience into adulthood and suffer from anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. While bullies themselves are at risk for psychological problems when they grow up, children who had been bullied and also bullied other kids were affected the most as adults, shows a study of more than 1,400 researchers in online edition of JAMA Psychiatry.

Those who were both bullies and victims of bullying had the highest levels of suicidal thoughts. Bullies were also at risk for antisocial personality disorder, which is defined as an ongoing pattern of “manipulating, exploiting or violating
the rights of others.”

Sitting down up heart disease, cancer risk
People who spend much of their day sitting down have increased risks of chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Research at Kansas State University in the US found people sitting for more than four hours a day — such as office workers and lorry drivers — were “significantly more likely” to have one of these four diseases.

The study involved more than 60,000 Australian men aged between 45 and 65. Those sitting for more than eight hours clearly had the highest risk, reported the study that underlined that people should get more physical activity and sit less.