Coin toss best way to make life decisions and stay happy

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Both the initial coin-flipper and the third parties received a follow-up survey after two-months and six-months.

People who use a coin toss to decide on an important change in life are more likely to follow through with that decision, are more satisfied with that decision, and report higher overall happiness after a six-month period, a fascinating study has revealed. Society teaches us that “quitters never win and winners never quit”. “But in reality, the data from my experiment suggests we would all be better off if we did more quitting,” said study author Steven Levitt from the University of Chicago in the US.

“A good rule of thumb in decision making is, whenever you cannot decide what you should do, choose the action that represents a change, rather than continuing the status quo,” Levitt added.

For the findings, published in the journal The Review of Economic Studies, the researchers asked people to make significant decisions, such as whether or not to move house, quitting your job or propose, and assign either an affirmative or a negative choice to heads or tails.

Levitt created a website (Freakonomics Experiments) where participants answered a series of questions.

Some examples were: Should I quit my job? Should I move? Should I propose? Should I adopt? Users were also invited to create their own questions, including Should I get a tattoo? Should I try online dating? Should I rent or buy?

One choice, either the affirmative or the negative, was then assigned to heads and the other assigned to tails. Prior to the coin flip, the participants were encouraged to identify the third party to verify their outcomes.

Both the initial coin-flipper and the third parties received a follow-up survey after two-months and six-months.

The two-month survey found that participants favoured the status quo, making a change less frequently than they predicted they would before the coin toss.

At the six-month survey, this bias toward the status quo was gone.

Furthermore, those who were instructed by the coin toss to switch their current position were more likely to actually make the change, reported that they were substantially happier, and said that they were more likely to make the same decision if they were to choose again.

This was true for virtually every question at both the two- and six-month surveys.

The researchers noted that these results are inconsistent with the conventional theory of choice. In such a theory, people who are on the margins should, on average, report equal happiness regardless of which decision they made.

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What happens after death, Ever imagined? Read now to know

After death, the cells are exhausted of their vitality source and the protein fibers become secured. This makes the muscles become inflexible and locks the joints. During these beginning times, the cadaveric biological system comprises generally of the microbes that live in and on the living human body.

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The great beyond (likewise alluded to as eternal life) is the conviction that the fundamental piece of a person’s character or the continuous flow proceeds after the death of the physical body. As indicated by different thoughts regarding the great beyond, the basic part of the person that lives on after death might be some incomplete component, or the whole soul or soul, of a person, which conveys with it and may give an individual personality or, on the opposite nirvana. Faith in an existence in the wake of death is as opposed to the confidence in insensibility in the afterlife.

In certain perspectives, this proceeded with presence regularly happens in an otherworldly domain, and in other mainstream sees, the individual might be renewed into this world and start the existence cycle over once more, likely with no memory of what they have done before. In this last view, such resurrections and deaths may happen again and again ceaselessly until the individual increases section to a profound domain or otherworld. Major perspectives on the afterlife get from religion, obscurity and mysticism.

Heaven and Hell

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Heaven is regularly depicted as a “higher spot”, the holiest spot, a heaven, as opposed to hellfire or the black market or the “low places”, and all around or restrictively available by natural creatures as indicated by different norms of eternality, goodness, devotion, confidence or different ethics or right convictions or essentially the desire of God. Some trust in the chance of a heaven on Earth in a world to come.

Hell, in numerous strict and folkloric customs, is a position of torment and discipline in the afterlife. Religions with a straight awesome history frequently portray hell as an interminable goal, while religions with a cyclic history regularly delineate a hell as a mediator period between manifestations. Commonly, these conventions find hell in another measurement or under the world’s surface and regularly incorporate doors to hell from the place that is known for the living. Other afterlife goals incorporate limbo and limbo.

Conventions that don’t imagine the afterlife as a position of discipline or prize just depict hell as a habitation of the dead, the grave, an impartial spot (for instance, shoel or Hades) situated under the outside of earth.

Why people should stop googling medical symptoms

Why people should stop googling medical symptoms
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Why people should stop googling medical symptoms

Many people turn to ‘Dr Google’ to self-diagnose their health symptoms and seek medical advice, but online symptom checkers are only accurate about a third of the time, warn researchers.

The new study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, analysed 36 international mobile and web-based symptom checkers and found they produced the correct diagnosis as the first result just 36 per cent of the time, and within the top three results 52 per cent of the time.

The research also found that the advice provided on when and where to seek health care was accurate 49 per cent of the time.

“While it may be tempting to use these tools to find out what may be causing your symptoms, most of the time they are unreliable at best and can be dangerous at worst,” said study lead author Michella Hill from Edith Cowan University from Australia.

Online symptom checkers ask users to list their symptoms before presenting possible diagnoses.

According to the researchers, online symptom checkers may be providing a false sense of security.

“We’ve all been guilty of being ‘cyberchondriacs’ and googling at the first sign of a niggle or headache,” she said.

But the reality is these websites and apps should be viewed very cautiously as they do not look at the whole picture – they don’t know your medical history or other symptoms, they said.

“For people who lack health knowledge, they may think the advice they’re given is accurate or that their condition is not serious when it may be,” Hill said.

The researchers found the advice for seeking medical attention for emergency and urgent care cases was appropriate around 60 per cent of the time, but for non-emergencies that dropped to 30 to 40 per cent.

According to Hill, online symptom checkers can have a place in the modern health system.

“These sites are not a replacement for going to the doctor, but they can be useful in providing more information once you do have an official diagnosis,” she said.

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Binge drinking can lead to drunkorexia in young women

Binge drinking can lead to drunkorexia in young women
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Binge drinking can lead to drunkorexia in young women

Whether it is Mojito or a simple glass of fizz, if you find yourself bingeing on more than a few, you could be putting your physical and mental health at risk because binge drinking can contribute to drunkorexia, say researchers in a study that involved young women.

Drunkorexia is a damaging and dangerous behaviour where disordered patterns of eating are used to offset negative effects of consuming excess alcohol, such as gaining weight.

After examining the drinking patterns of 479 female Australian university students aged 18-24 years, researchers found that a staggering 82.7 per cent of students surveyed had engaged in drunkorexic behaviours over the past three months.

And, more than 28 per cent were regularly and purposely skipping meals, consuming low-calorie or sugar-free alcoholic beverages, purging or exercising after drinking to help reduce ingested calories from alcohol, at least 25 per cent of the time.

“Due to their age and stage of development, young adults are more likely to engage in risk-taking behaviours, which can include drinking excess alcohol,” said study researcher Alycia Powell-Jones from the University of South Australia.

Excess alcohol consumption combined with restrictive and disordered eating patterns is extremely dangerous and can dramatically increase the risk of developing serious physical and psychological consequences.

The study, published in the journal Australian Psychologist, was undertaken in two stages. The first measured the prevalence of self-reported, compensative and restrictive activities in relation to their alcohol consumption.

The second stage identified participants’ Early Maladaptive Schemes (EMS) – or thought patterns – finding that that the subset of schemas most predictive of Drunkorexia were ‘insufficient self-control’, ’emotional deprivation’ and ‘social isolation’.

The researchers said identifying the early maladaptive schemas linked to drunkorexia is key to understanding the harmful condition.

These are deeply held and pervasive themes regarding oneself and one’s relationship with others that can develop in childhood and then can influence all areas of life, often in dysfunctional ways. Early maladaptive schemas can also be influenced by cultural and social norms.

The findings showed that drunkorexic behaviour appears to be motivated by two key social norms for young adults – consuming alcohol and thinness.

“This study has provided preliminary insight into better understanding why young female adults make these decisions to engage in drunkorexic behaviours,” Powell-Jones said.

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Youtube VS Tiktok the viral roast by Carry Minati Original Video

The guy being viral on social media recently, called Carry Minati… is on our blog today let’s dig deeper and know who is Carry Minati and where does he come from?

Ajey Nagar, better known as Carry Minati, is an Indian YouTuber and streamer from Faridabad, India. He is known for his comedic skits and reactions to various online topics on his channel CarryMinati.

Life of Ajey Nagar

Nagar was born on 12 June 1999 in Faridabad, a city near India’s national capital New Delhi, where he is based. He attended school till 2016, when he dropped out to pursue his YouTube career; he decided to skip his Class-XIIBoard examination after feeling unconfident about the economics examination, and later completed it through long-distance learning.

Popularly referred to as ‘CarryMinati’, or just ‘Carry’, Ajey Nagar is known for his distinctive and energetic Hindi-language commentary. He is mainly involved in creating diss songs, satirical parodies and comedy, apart from live gaming.

Nagar started posting videos on YouTube since he was 10 years old. Initially, he posted videos where he performed mimicry of Sunny Deol and played video gamesCarryMinati is his original YouTube channel, which has been active since 2014. In 2014, the channel’s name was AddictedA1 and Nagar used to upload recorded video game footage along with his reactions on the game. The channel was not very successful. In 2015, the Channel’s name became CarryDeol, on which Nagar uploaded footage of playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive while mimicking Sunny Deol. Subsequently, he changed the name of the channel to CarryMinati when he started ‘roasting people’. In early 2017, Nagar started another YouTube channel called CarryIsLive, where he live-streams himself playing video games.

Nagar is assisted by Deepak Char, who is his business manager. Along with his team, Nagar uses a part of his Faridabad house as a studio for producing content. As of May 2020, Nagar has earned the Silver, Gold and The Diamond YouTube play buttons.

Blow the Man Down movie review: Bridgette Savage Cole, Danielle Trudy establish themselves as major new talents

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Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Trudy’s Blow the Man Down begins with a spirited rendition of the seaman’s chant of the same name (some of you may have heard Woody Guthrie’s version of it) — we see a group of seasoned greybeards belting it out even as we look around Easter Cove, Maine; the tiny port town where our story is set.

 Blow the Man Down movie review: Bridgette Savage Cole, Danielle Trudy establish themselves as major new talents

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Now, one might question exactly how singing a song about a gale knocking you down at sea is supposed to be good luck for sailors — it is actually in the same vein as theatre actors saying ‘break a leg’ to each other before going onstage. It is quiet courage with just the right amount of fatalism; like the Faceless Men saying ‘Valar morghulis’ (all men must die) on Game of Thrones. It sets the tone for Blow the Man Down, a delectable small-town noir that starts off as Fargo Lite before establishing its unique voice, and delivering a stunning finale marked by poetic justice.

Mary Beth Connolly (Morgan Saylor) and her older sister Priscilla have an argument at their mother’s funeral (Priscilla withheld the extent of their financial troubles from Mary Beth), following which Mary storms off, and ends up hitching a ride with a stranger named Gorski (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). Mary notices blood in the trunk of his car, and before you know it, things escalate — fearing for her life, Mary grabs a harpoon off the nearby docks, and impales her attacker. This triggers a sequence of events that will test the sister’s relationship, as well as the complex network of loyalties and motivations among the residents of the town, and its keepers; three proverbial little old ladies, Susie Gallagher (June Squibb), Gail Maguire (Annette O’Toole), and Doreen Burke (Marceline Hugot). 

Todd Banhazi’s cinematography deserves a lot of credit for the effectiveness of Blow the Man Down. Right from the first shot, where a man chases a woman in the snow in the distance, the camerawork is sharp, decisive, and underlines the ‘low-key noir’ sensibilities of the film beautifully. A school of fishes in a net, being transferred into a barrel, the murder-via-harpoon, the sister’s awkward attempts to get rid of Gorski’s body — these are all very different kinds of scenes involving different challenges as a cinematographer, and Banhazi aces every last one of them.      

Squibb, who you might remember as Kate Grant from Nebraska (or indeed, Sheldon Cooper’s impossibly cherubic grandmother ‘Meemaw’ from The Big Bang Theory) does a brilliant job too. She is perfectly cast as the mild-mannered matriarch with a secret. Everything about her is low-key and yet, Squibb manages to imbue her scenes with an inscrutable charisma. Saylor and Lowe are also competent as the Connolly sisters.  

The most memorable performance, however, belongs to Margo Martindale (most recently seen reprising her role as a fictionalised version of herself on the concluding season of BoJack Horseman). She plays Enid, the quietly menacing owner of the local brothel, named Oceanview. This establishment seems to have everybody’s blessings, including the local police, but everything is not what it seems, of course.

Martindale’s ability to infuse even innocuous statements with a simmering, righteous disdain is remarkable. Even the subtle way she uses her cane makes it feel like more of a superhero/supervillain’s accessory than a crutch. Without her, Blow the Man Down would have been remembered as a fun, eccentric cousin to Fargo et al. With her, it will be rightly remembered as a classic of the genre. 

In the recent past, many filmmakers have created characters like Enid, with uneven results — the idea is to have a visibly ‘strong woman’ heading a traditionally patriarchal institution (a recent, if somewhat misguided example from Bollywood is the Mardaani cop film franchise, starring Rani Mukerji). These characters can go two ways — they either subvert the familiar male hegemonic pattern that comes with their office, or they end up becoming the kind of hegemonic power they started off fighting. And Enid actually occupies both of these roles, and everything in between; it takes some serious acting on Martindale’s part to convey all of this in what is, at the end of the day, a supporting act in an already compact film (at just under 90 minutes). The second of her two scenes with Susie and Co is a miniature masterpiece by itself. 

At the end of the movie, we see the sailor’s songs again, this time being hummed by Susie and her fellow matriarchs. It is a subtle show of strength by the women who run Easter Cove, as if to say, “Don’t worry, we’ve got this.” It is an immensely warm, likeable moment, one that will stay with you for a long time.

Blow the Man Down establishes Bridgette Savage Cole and Danielle Trudy as major new talents, miners of the macabre, and it will be fascinating to see what they do next.

Blow the Man Down is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Rating: ****

Updated Date: May 16, 2020 14:29:17 IST

ICC shares childhood pictures of cricketers, ask fans to identify them on occasion of International Day of Families

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has shared a collage of nine photographs of cricketers from their childhood and asked sports lovers to identify them. The tweet has been posted commemorating the International Day of Families 2020.

“On the occasion of #InternationalFamilyDay, we bring you a fun game! Can you guess these nine cricketers from their childhood photos?” ICC wrote.

If the ICC was looking for active participation from the fans, it certainly hit the bull’s eye. Within a few hours of the post being shared on Twitter, it was flooded with comments. So far, around 1,500 people have liked the post already.

Several people participated in the guessing game and wrote their answers in the comment section. Most of them wrote that the first picture is David Warner while the second one is that of Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

Others in the collage were identified as Joe Root, Yuvraj Singh, Denny White, Hardik Panya, Krunal Pandya, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shane Warne and Michael Clarke.

International Day of Families is celebrated every year on 15 May. The day proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 1993 aims at promoting awareness of issues relating to families and to increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting them.

The theme for International Day of Families 2020 is Families in Development: Copenhagen & Beijing + 25.

Updated Date: May 15, 2020 17:46:05 IST

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Coronavirus Outbreak: BWF unlikely to introduce synthetic shuttles next year due to COVID-19 pandemic

New Delhi: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is unlikely to go ahead with its plans of introducing synthetic shuttlecocks next year in international tournaments in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In January this year, the world body had approved the use of synthetic feather shuttlecocks at sanctioned international tournaments of all levels from 2021.

 Coronavirus Outbreak: BWF unlikely to introduce synthetic shuttles next year due to COVID-19 pandemic

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The shuttlecocks currently in use are usually made of goose or duck feathers.

However, Vikram Dhar, country head Yonex Sunrise (India), feels the introduction is set to be delayed by another year due to the coronavirus outbreak which has forced a suspension of all badminton tournaments, hitting the industry hard.

“That will take time, it might take a year more,” Dhar told PTI when asked if he sees the synthetic shuttle being introduced in 2021.

The first synthetic shuttlecock, which is made of plastic instead of actual feathers, approved by BWF was developed with the technological cooperation of Yonex. The company also handled the testing of various prototypes during the development phase of the project.

Talking about the challenges ahead, he said: “There will not be many events or activities in next few months. Many academies and camps are not functioning properly now. So, the overall industry will take a hit. It is a wait and watch situation for everyone.

“We have to see how the market will behave, how competitive sports resume again.”

India’s chief national coach Pullela Gopichand also feels it won’t be feasible to introduce the synthetic shuttle next year but he supports the new technology.

“I think maybe for the next Olympics I don’t know how feasible it would be to introduce it since we hardly have any time but I think we have to get synthetic shuttles in the long term,” Gopichand said.

“I know it is a problem at the moment but we need to go away from natural feather because we had in the past experienced H1N1. It will help the game overall, whenever it happens.”

The idea of moving away from traditional feather shuttlecocks has also led to some concerns among players and coaches, who are raising questions on the quality of the synthetic shuttles.

Gopichand said: “It will be a problem for players to adjust initially. It will change the game in some way which we are not sure of, whether it is an advantage or disadvantage for our country, we don’t know.

“But with all the problems also, I am for synthetic shuttles because natural feather is not a long term solution especially with the pricing, kind of regulations, so at some point of time, we have to accept it.

“It is basically a technology so one or two years down the line, it will behave better and we will produce better shuttles.”

World Championships bronze-medallist B Sai Praneeth believes it will give an advantage to attacking players.

“I don’t think they will introduce it next year now with the Olympics being postponed due to the coronavirus. They might start it from 2022,” he said.

“The quality of the sport will go down. You can’t control it, you can’t play a lot of strokes with the synthetic shuttle. It will give an advantage to attacking players. It will be tough to control. It will take a lot of practice to get used to it.”

India’s men’s doubles player Chirag Shetty feels synthetic shuttle is inevitable but it should be introduced gradually in the international circuit.

“The process needs to be gradual so that players get used to it. If it is suddenly introduced in bigger events then it will affect the game.

“It can help attacking players because it might be difficult to control. Attacking players will rush to the net and wait for the lift to score points.”

Updated Date: May 15, 2020 16:30:05 IST

Hockey veteran Ashok Diwan returns to India after being stranded in the United States due to COVID-19 pandemic

India’s World Cup-winning hockey goalkeeper Ashok Diwan, who was stuck in the United States due to the travel ban imposed for containing the spread of coronavirus pandemic, returned to the country on Friday.

 Hockey veteran Ashok Diwan returns to India after being stranded in the United States due to COVID-19 pandemic

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His deteriorating health adding to the trauma, the 65-year-old Diwan had made a distress call to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra last month, requesting him to take his plea to the higher authorities.

The Sports Ministry had forwarded his request to the Ministry of External Affairs.

“I returned to Delhi this morning and right now I am undergoing the 14-day mandatory quarantine period at a hotel in Dwarka. Healthwise I had a few tough days and it feels great to return to my own country,” Diwan told PTI.

The spike in COVID-19 pandemic cases across the globe has forced the countries to enforce lockdown in their territories.

“During this time of distress, senior players, colleagues, hockey lovers and friends kept me motivated. I am now doing okay health-wise and improving,” Diwan said.

The 1975 World Cup-winning former player thanked Batra, Spots Minister Kiren Rijiju and the Indian mission in the US for their help and co-operation during the difficult times.

“I am indebted to Mr Batra, Hon’ble Sports Minister, the External Affairs Minister Indian Ambassador in US Taranjit Sandhu and Indian embassy officials and the media for all the help and support,” Diwan said.

“The love and support I got from my countrymen kept me going in the foreign land.”

Diwan, a member of the 1976 Olympic team, travelled to Sacramento in December 12 last year to spend time with his son, who works there.

He was scheduled to head back to India on April 20 but could not due to the travel restrictions.

Updated Date: May 15, 2020 16:15:29 IST

Boxer Amit Panghal requests Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to revamp selection criteria for National Sports Awards

Repeatedly denied the Arjuna award for an “inadvertent” dope offence back in 2012, Asian Games gold-winning boxer Amit Panghal on Friday requested Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to revamp the selection criteria for the national sports awards, calling the current process “discriminatory”.

 Boxer Amit Panghal requests Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to revamp selection criteria for National Sports Awards

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In a letter to the Minister, Panghal, who became India’s first male boxer to win a world championship silver last year, said that athletes should not have to plead their case for an award by nominating themselves.

“The current process is that a sportsperson has to send application and then sports committee selects on the basis of these applications. Award selection is also based on the discriminative decision of sports committee members who hold no accountability,” he said in the letter.

Panghal has been nominated twice for the Arjuna award but has not been considered because of the past dope violation, which took place when he underwent treatment for chickenpox in 2012.

The process to pick this year’s national sports awardees has already started and the last date of filing nomination has been set at 3 June.

“Sports Ministry and Sports Authority of India (SAI) has all the data, they know who is deserving and who is not,” Panghal told PTI while speaking about his reasons for writing the letter.

“If not this year, then maybe next year, change has to come at some point,” he added.

After nominations, a panel selected by the sports ministry finalises the winners based on a points system in which the Olympic and world championship medals get maximum weightage.

“The Army is pushing my case this year and I hope the dope violation won’t come into the picture because that was an inadvertent intake at the youth level. I have been performing consistently, I do deserve to be considered,” said the subedar in the Indian Army.

Self-nomination or nomination by the national federations, sports boards and past awardees are the first step in the process.

“This process is not transparent and there are many examples where a deserving sportsperson has to go to courts to claim awards. This is very uncomfortable for sportspersons as well as for sports administration,” he said.

The 24-year-old Commonwealth Games silver-medallist is by far the most successful in Indian boxing right now but is unlikely to be considered even this year as the criteria does not allow for dope-tainted nominations.

“Most of the prestigious awards in the world have been given without asking for nominations as in true spirit, an award is a recognition of achievement of sportspersons.

“This (the current process) resembles an old system from the British era when achievers have to apply for an award. By making this award nomination-free, you will be making a solid change in sports system of India,” he said addressing Rijiju.

“It is a humble request to consider this change and I will be highly indebted to you,” he added.

Updated Date: May 15, 2020 15:46:15 IST

Lord Badrinath temple all set to open tomorrow morning with grand flower decorations

Lord Badrinath temple all set to open tomorrow morning with grand flower decorations
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Lord Badrinath temple all set to open tomorrow morning with grand flower decorations

Amid the coronavirus lockdwon, Uttarakhand’s Lord Badrianth temple is all set to open at  4.30 am on Friday with the holy sound of Ved mantras. The temple has been decoarted with flowers in a grand manner and several pictures have made it to the internet that are simply breathtaking. This will be the first time that a limited number of people will be present during the opening of the temple doors.

According to officials, only 27 people, including the head priest, will be allowed when the portals of the Badrinath Temple reopen on May 15. “Devotees will not be allowed entry into the temple during that time. The decision has been taken in view of the guidelines issued by the Centre amid Covid-19 pandemic,” Anil Chanyal, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Joshimath, had said in a statement earlier.

One of the most visited pilgrimage centres of India, Badrinath is one of the Char Dhams or the four main pilgrimage centres of the Hindus located in Garhwal hills.

The Badrinath Temple is along the banks of the Alaknanda River in Chamoli district at a height of over 10,000 feet.

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Aerobics at any age a super treat for your brain

Aerobics at any age a super treat for your brain
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Aerobics at any age a super treat for your brain

It’s never too late to lace up shoes and work up a sweat for brain health as older adults, even couch potatoes, may perform better on certain thinking and memory tests after just six months of aerobic exercise, says a new study.

Researchers found that after six months of exercise, participants improved by 5.7 per cent on tests of executive function, which includes mental flexibility and self-correction.

Verbal fluency, that tests how quickly you can retrieve information, increased by 2.4 per cent. This change in verbal fluency is what one can expect to see in someone five years younger.

“As we all find out eventually, we lose a bit mentally and physically as we age. But even if you start an exercise programme later in life, the benefit to your brain may be immense,” said study author Marc J Poulin from University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

Aerobic exercise gets blood moving through your body.

“As our study found, it may also get blood moving to your brain, particularly in areas responsible for verbal fluency and executive functions. Our finding may be important, especially for older adults at risk for Alzheimer’s and other dementias and brain disease,” Poulin said in a study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The study involved 206 adults who prior to starting the six-month exercise intervention worked out no more than four days per week at a moderate intensity for 30 minutes or less, or no more than two days per week a high intensity for 20 minutes or less per day.

They had an average age of 66 and no history of heart or memory problems.

Participants were given thinking and memory tests at the start of the study, as well as an ultrasound to measure blood flow in the brain.

“Our study showed that six months’ worth of vigorous exercise may pump blood to regions of the brain that specifically improve your verbal skills as well as memory and mental sharpness,” informed Poulin.

“At a time when these results would be expected to be decreasing due to normal aging, to have these types of increases is exciting,” the authors wrote.

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Healthy eating in childhood cuts heart disease risk later

Healthy eating in childhood cuts heart disease risk later
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Healthy eating in childhood cuts heart disease risk later

Dear parents, kindly take note. Researchers have found that healthy eating behaviours in childhood may reduce the risk of, overweight, obesity and cardiovascular disease later in life. Published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the study focused on providing evidence-based strategies for parents and caregivers to create a healthy food environment for young children that supports the development of positive eating behaviours and the maintenance of a healthy weight in childhood.

Allowing children to choose what and especially how much to eat within an environment composed of healthy options encourages children to develop and eventually take ownership of their decisions about food and may help them develop eating patterns linked to a healthy weight for a lifetime, according to the study authors.

“Parents and caregivers should consider building a positive food environment centred on healthy eating habits, rather than focusing on rigid rules about what and how a child should eat,” said study researcher Alexis C Wood from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, US.

The statement suggests that parents and caregivers should be positive role models by creating an environment that demonstrates and supports healthy food choices, rather than an environment focused on controlling children’s choices or highlighting body weight.

Parents and caregivers should encourage children to eat healthy foods by: providing consistent timing for meals, allowing children to select what foods they want to eat from a selection of healthy choices, serving healthy or new foods alongside foods children already enjoy.

Regularly eating new, healthy foods while eating with the child and demonstrating enjoyment of the food, paying attention to a child’s verbal or non-verbal hunger and fullness cues and avoiding pressuring children to eat more than they wish to eat.

The researchers noted that some parents and caregivers may find it challenging to allow children to make their own food decisions, especially if the children become reluctant to try new foods and/or become picky eaters.

These behaviours are common and considered normal in early childhood, ages 1 to 5 years, as children are learning about the tastes and textures of solid foods.

Imposing rigid, authoritarian rules around eating and using tactics such as rewards or punishments may feel like successful tactics in the short term.

In addition, the authoritarian approach has been linked to children being more likely to eat when they are not hungry and eating less healthy foods that are likely higher in calories, which increase the risk of overweight and obesity and/or conditions of disordered eating.

On the other hand, an indulgent approach, where a child is allowed to eat whatever they want whenever they want, does not provide enough boundaries for children to develop healthy eating habits.

“Children’s eating behaviours are influenced by a lot of people in their lives, so ideally, we want the whole family to demonstrate healthy eating habits,” said Wood.

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Wish your mother on Mother’s Day 2020 with these heart-warming quotes, greeting and photos.

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Mother’s Day is a celebration of relentless love, sacrifice and care that mothers have towards their children. As children grow up, a mother’s concern for them also multiplies. Her entire focus shifts to the well-being of her children or we can say, her life starts revolving around them. A quote by American author Mitch Albom perfectly sums up the epitome of care and love that mothers are. “When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth”. Beautiful! We can’t agree more! In most of the countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of May, while several others celebrate the occasion on different dates according to their beliefs. Though we agree that one day is not enough to honour mothers, we have to acknowledge that this single day makes us feel lucky and grateful to have our moms. It makes us realise all the sacrifices that our mothers have done, each and every day throughout their life, and that too selflessly.

In India, this year Mother’s Day is being celebrated on May 10. We know things are different this time due to lockdown. You won’t be able to buy anything for her. But that’s the least mothers care about. Your love and care is all that matter to her. Bake her a cake, prepare morning tea for her or breakfast if you can, draw a handmade card and thank her for tolerating all your tantrums and demands. If you are not with her, then do not forget to call and drop a sweet message expressing your gratitude and love.

Here are Mothers Day wishes, quotes and photos which you can send to your mom:

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Thanks for giving me the best things in life: Your love, your care, and your cooking. Happy Mother’s Day!

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To the best Mom in the world, Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for being my everything: my cook, counselor, driver, and cheerleader.

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Happy Mother’s Day Mom! I feel so blessed to have you as my Mom. Thanks for always believing in me and doing so much for me. I love you!

“The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father.” -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” -Victor Hugo

“Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” -George Eliot

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“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” -Cardinal Meymillod

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“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Mother’s Day 2020 Photos

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