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Breatharian Couple surviving on ‘Universe’s energy’ instead of food

Breatharian Couple surviving on ‘Universe’s energy’ instead of food

A ‘Breatharian’ couple has reportedly been successfully surviving on ‘the universe’s energy’ instead of food for the last nine years.

Camila Castello, 34, and Akahi Ricardo, 36, who live between Ecuador and California, claim that they fail to remember what it feels like to be hungry.

Castello claims that she ate just five times all through her first pregnancy, and her blood tests during all the three trimesters were faultless and she delivered a healthy, baby boy.

American Heart Association terms Coconut Oil as unhealthy as butter or beef fats

American Heart Association terms Coconut Oil as unhealthy as butter or beef fats

Advising against the use of coconut oil, the American Heart Association (AHA) has cautioned that it is as unhealthy as butter and beef dripping.

The Dietary Fats & Cardiovascular Disease advisory of the AHA made a review of existing data on saturated fat, which revealed that use of coconut oil increase level of LDL or "bad" cholesterol in the blood.

The researchers found that use of coconut oil increased "bad" cholesterol in participants in 7 out of 7 controlled trials.

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Lead detected in 20% of baby food samples

Lead detected in 20% of baby food samples

A newly-published report from the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has revealed that nearly 20 per cent of baby food samples tested over a decade had detectable levels of lead.

The EDF evaluated data gathered by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) from 2003 to 2013. Of the total 2,164 baby food samples, 86 per cent of sweet potatoes samples, 89 per cent of grape juice samples, and 47 per cent of teething biscuits samples had lead.

None of the food samples exceeded the FDA’s allowable levels of lead but pediatricians say there is no safe level of it.

New drug offers skin tan without Sun’s damaging UV radiation

New drug offers skin tan without Sun’s damaging UV radiation

A team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital claimed to have developed a drug that mimics sunlight to make the skin tan without the sun’s highly damaging UV radiation involved.

The newly developed drug tricks the skin into creating the brown form of the melanin pigment in repeated tests conducted on skin samples and mice. It is being expected that it will work also on redheads, who usually just burn in the sun.

Study links daily use of aspirin to higher risk of bleeding in elderly

Study links daily use of aspirin to higher risk of bleeding in elderly

Long-term daily use of aspirin is dangerous for elderly patients as it increases the risk of disabling or fatal bleeding, according to a new research.

Researches observed the cases of more than 3,000 patients and found that people over the age of 75 who take aspirin daily face a notably higher risk of disabling and possibly fatal bleeding

Fever during pregnancy increases autism risk among kids: Study

Fever during pregnancy increases autism risk among kids: Study

A new study has suggested that when a pregnant woman suffers from any type of fever during pregnancy, the child has higher odds of developing an autism spectrum disorder.

A team of researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health also found in the study that pregnant women who suffer fever particularly in the second trimester are more likely to have a baby with autism.

Study finds difference in height of Children consuming cow’s milk or milk substitutes

Study finds difference in height of Children consuming cow’s milk or milk substitutes

Consumption of non-cow’s milk or plant-based substitutes for milk has been linked to lower height in a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The study team reported that children consumption cow’s milk regularly, had better measurement of height. The study team compared height for children at early age and found that children consuming cow’s milk were 0.2 centimeters taller than average for each daily cup of milk, at age of three years.

Lack of Sleep can cause brain to start 'eating' itself: Research

Lack of Sleep can cause brain to start 'eating' itself: Research

Everyone knows that lack of sleep can have a major impact on well-being but a new research has discovered that lack of sleep on a regular basis can cause brain to start 'eating' itself. The stunning discovery was made by research team at the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy. The research team added that lack of sleep can result in brain cells eating up some brain synapses. Astrocytes are cells in our brain that have the task of cleaning out worn-out cells and other unwanted matter. The study team noticed that astrocytes were more active after lack of sleep.

Babies younger than One year shouldn’t be given fruit juice: AAP

Babies younger than One year shouldn’t be given fruit juice: AAP

Fresh fruit juice can be a healthy part of a well-balanced diet but babies younger than 1 year old shouldn’t be given any fruit juice, according to a recommendation from a new study.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) previously recommended that kids younger than 6 months old shouldn’t be given any fruit juice. Now, it has expanded that recommendation to all kids younger than one year.

According to the researchers, fruit juices don’t offer any nutritional benefits for young kids. Instead, juices load young kids with more-than-required sugar and calories.

‘Kissing bug’ disease more lethal than previously thought

‘Kissing bug’ disease more lethal than previously thought

A new study has warned that the so-called Kissing Bugs, the insects that spread Chagas disease, are far more dangerous than previously estimated.

Kissing Bugs bite humans close around their lips and faces as they sleep, and then defecate into the wound with their feces, allowing the wound to harbor an infectious parasite, dubbed Trypanasoma cruzi.

The dangerous parasite then enters the victim’s bloodstream, causing Chagas disease that is also called trypanosomiasis.

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