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Hiking & camping can reset your body clock: researchers say

Hiking & camping can reset your body clock: researchers say

A new study conducted by a team of UC Boulder researchers has suggested that hiking and camping for a couple of days can reset a person’s circadian clock and help him/her get more sleep.

The circadian clock is the body’s internal clock that tells a person when it is time to go to bed and when to wake up. This clock is measured by the amount of melatonin that circulates in the blood of a person at any given time.

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Hawaii tops list of Happiest States for the Sixth Time

Hawaii tops list of happiest states for the 6th time

Hawaii once again topped the list of happiest states in the United States, while West Virginia lingered at the bottom, according to Gallup-Healthways’ annual survey of well-being.

The Gallup-Healthways’ annual survey of well-being for the year of 2016 placed Hawaii at the top with a score of 65.2 out of 100. It is the sixth time that Hawaii has grabbed the top place in the poll, a feat that no other state of the nation has accomplished.

Fourth Obamacare open-enrollment period ends

Fourth Obamacare open-enrollment period ends

Amid uncertainty over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is commonly known as Obamacare, the fourth open-enrollment period closed at midnight Tuesday.

It is still uncertain how much the Trump administration’s actions to undercut the law had affected the number of people signing up for health insurance plans under ACA; but it is certain that fewer people purchased new plans.

Study suggests timing and frequency of meals for healthy weight

Study suggests timing and frequency of meals

A new study conducted by a team of experts from different committees of the American Heart Association has suggested that even timing of eating and how frequently you eat also play a role in maintaining healthy weight and heart.

Led by Associate Prof. Marie-Pierre St-Onge of Columbia University, the researcher suggested that paying attention to how often you eat, and at what time of the day you eat, can play a crucial role in lowering risk of stroke and heart attacks.

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Fat-shaming can boost risk of heart attacks: study

Fat-shaming can boost risk of heart attacks: study

Fat-shaming, in which obese or overweight people are labeled as unattractive, incompetent and lazy and are blamed for their condition, may make them more likely to have a heart attack, a new research warned.

It has long been believed that fat-shaming helps by prompting overweight people to decrease their weight, but a new study by a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania has warned that it could actually increase the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

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Fat Shaming Leads to Negative Impact on Health: Pennsylvania University Study

Fat Shaming Leads to Negative Impact on Health: Pennsylvania University Study

Fat shaming is quite popular and many people feel that shaming someone for extra weight will motivate them to shed those extra kilos. However, a study conducted by Pennsylvania University researchers has found that fat shaming can have a negative impact and it can even raise the risk of heart attack among people who suffer fat shaming over time. The study team found that many people are pushed towards comfort eating due to fat shaming. Many parents press their children with the aim to motivate them but it can have a negative impact in many cases.

University of Florida Scientists Working on Improving Taste of Tomatoes

University of Florida Scientists Working on Improving Taste of Tomatoes

With modification of varieties over decades, tomatoes have lost their original taste, smell and flavor. Many people complain about missing the real flavor and taste among tomatoes usually sold in grocery stores and big chains. Most of the tomato varieties commercially grown miss on taste. While scientists have been working on improving trait like shelf life, firmness and disease resistance, the missed out on the unique flavor of earlier varieties of tomato. University of Florida scientists have identified chemical compounds that offer tomato its distinctive sweet, earthy, slightly grassy.

LSD study claims to reveal what makes music meaningful

LSD study claims to reveal what makes music meaningful

A new research from Switzerland claims to have explained what makes things we experience, including music, meaningful.

In the small study, a team of researchers asked individuals to take the drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and then they were able to determine how the participants’ brains ascribed meaning to certain factors, like songs, in their surroundings.

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FDA issues warning after finding inconsistent levels of belladonna in teething products

FDA issues warning after finding inconsistent levels of belladonna in teething products

After finding inconsistent amounts of a toxic substance called belladonna in certain homeopathic teething tablets, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recommend parents and caregivers not give these tablets to babies.

Homeopathic teething tablets containing belladonna are widely given to babies when they are growing their first teeth as these tablets provide temporary relief. These products have been around in the nation since the early 1900s.

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France Bans Unlimited Soda Refills in Obesity Fight

France Bans Unlimited Soda Refills in Obesity Fight

France has banned unlimited soda refills at restaurants to deal with rising obesity among French residents. As obesity levels across Europe and other parts of the world are rising, medical experts and government agencies are searching for ways to deal with obesity epidemic. The French order has specified that it will be illegal to sell unlimited soft drinks at fixed price at restaurants. As per World Health Organization guidelines, sugary drink consumption is a major cause of obesity among youngsters.

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