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health and fitness Updated: Jun 23, 2012 23:43 IST
Hindustan Times

TV in kid's bedroom Not healthy
Are you one of those worried parents whose child spends most of his time behind the closed door of his room? Blame the television set in his bedroom.

University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers have found teens who have a bedroom television are less likely to engage in healthy activities. Heavy TV watchers also consumed more sweetened beverages and fast food, and read less than teens without TVs in their bedrooms.

The first step parents can take to help their teens decrease unhealthy behaviours is to keep, or remove, a TV from the bedroom of their child.

"Our findings suggest the importance of not having a television in a child's bedroom. When families upgrade their living room television, they may want to resist the temptation to put the older television set in their children's bedroom," said Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, principal researcher.

While applying creams' their sequence matters
From anti-aging serums to acne medications, many people apply various products to their skin. The sequence in which they apply skin care products influence how well it works, say dermatologists.

Medications should be applied directly after washing the face, as it ensures proper absorption by the skin. While applying around eyes, use your ring finger, as it is the weakest finger and will not pull too hard on the delicate under-eye skin. However, one shouldn't use too many products at the same time, as it may not only negate each other's benefit but can also irritate the skin.

Eat more than four meals a day to stay thinner
We all know that the key to preventing obesity is in keeping up healthy eating habits. But, a new study headed by Spain's Institute of Food Science and Technology and Nutrition (ICTAN) goes one step further and shows that certain healthy habits, like eating more than four scheduled meals a day or not eating too fast, are associated with lower body fat levels independently of exercise habits.

Furthermore, the researchers also observed that eating breakfast on a daily basis is especially beneficial in the case of young men who do not do any exercise regularly.

Poor glucose control can reduce cognitive function in older adults
Older diabetics should keep their sugar level well under control if they do not want their brain to go bonkers, according to a latest study. The study done by scientists from San Francisco's University and VA Medical Centre, diabetes mellitus and poor glucose control in older and well functioning adults were found to be linked with higher cognitive decline and reduced cognitive functions. After examining 3,069 elderly people with diabetes, the research concluded that poor glycemic control can led to improper brain functioning in older adults.

First Published: Jun 23, 2012 23:40 IST