Saturday, 9 March 2019

Why it is good to have an afternoon nap

Workers taking an afternoon nap - good for their hearts and bodies

Having a daytime nap is as good as medical interventions at cutting blood pressure, researchers have found.

Snoozing for an hour at midday resulted in blood pressure levels dropping by an average five points - a similar effect to taking drugs or cutting salt from the diet.

Experts said this could lead to a major reduction in heart attack risk.


Alzheimer's-like symptoms reversed in mice thanks to special diet of green tea and carrots that restored working memory

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A diet with compounds found in green tea and carrots reversed Alzheimer's-like symptoms in new experiments, a new study suggests.

Researchers say that mice genetically programmed to develop the disease had memory and visual-spatial skills restored and could find their way out of a maze just as well as healthy mice.

The team, from the University of Southern California, note that it's possible the discoveries made in the rodents may not be able to be replicated in humans.

However, they add that the findings could lead to plant-based supplements being used in combination with drugs to prevent or slow down dementia symptoms.


A daily brisk walk doubles 70-year-olds' chances of living past 80, study finds

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A daily walk or bike ride could double a 70-year-old's chances of living past 80, a new study finds.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, tested the fitness level of senor citizens by having them work on a treadmill as hard as they could.

Following up years later, they found that those who were the most physically active were twice as likely to be alive at least 10 years than those who with the lowest level.

This was regardless of whether or not the participants had any heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking.


Do NOT carry heavy baby car seats, new mothers are told because their weight can cause serious injuries

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The Professional Network of Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) told the BBC new mothers are 'very vulnerable' to injury.

The POGP's Amanda Savage said: 'You're carrying a heavy weight off to one side far away from your body often with your hand turned backwards or forwards and that's not a comfortable or ergonomic way to carry something.'

Women should instead leave the seat in the car, or have someone else carry it, and carry their baby separately in a sling or in their arms, the experts said.


Priority train cabins for seniors, families, persons with disabilities to be piloted

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Designated priority cabins for "vulnerable" commuters will be piloted on one of the rail lines, announced Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Baey Yam Keng on Thursday (Mar 7).

These priority cabins are meant for seniors, persons with disabilities and families with young children, he said in his Committee of Supply speech.

“Other commuters are encouraged to give way to them in these cabins, which will be located near the station lifts where possible,” said Mr Baey.

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