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Oldies should opt for one-hour nap following lunch: study

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AIMAN INAM

NEW YORK: For years, scientists considered sleep following lunch as bad for health. However, a novel study from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia here has contradicted that.  

Taking a nap for an hour after lunch could assist oldies to protect their memoirs, advances their capability to think visibly and to take decisions, the study claimed.

It has been scientifically proven that sleep plays a pivotal role in facilitating grown-ups to uphold their psychological function. Besides, it is believed to be necessary for aging people.

For carrying out the research, which was conducted under the guidance of author Junxin Li, the panel of academics here has analyzed approx 3,000 Chinese adults with an average age of 65 and above.

They have examined the impact of afternoon nap on their mental health. 

Their findings demonstrated that those who took an hour-long nap after consuming lunch had been reported with better health state as compare to those who did not take any nap.

As a matter of fact, people, who take no naps at all (including those who take shorter or longer naps), are four to six times more prone to have mental disability. 

On the contrary, health and wellness experts here have urged people taking seven hours sleep on a daily basis so as to keep themselves fit as a fiddle!

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Affordable way to prevent stunting: An egg a day makes young people grow taller!

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KARACHI: Whether soft or hard-boiled, fried or whisked into an omelette, eggs appear to give infants a boost.

According to a report published in Pediatrics (journal published by American Academy of Pediatrics), egg could be an affordable answer to the menace of stunting (that leaves children too short for their age). 

Researchers hold that first two years of life are critical for growth and development and stunting is largely irreversible.

They further point out that poor nutrition is a major cause of stunting, along with childhood infections and illnesses.

According to WHO 155 million children under the age of five are stunted. Most live in low-and middle-income countries and health experts have been looking at ways to tackle the issue.

ONE EGG A DAY: 

Half of the 160 youngsters who took part in a random trial were fed an egg a day for six months – the others were monitored for comparison. Families were visited every week to ensure the plan’s regularity and to check for any allergies or side effects.

Stunting was reduced in the treatment group by the end of the study. Occurrence was 47% less than in the non-egg group, even though egg-fed infants were considered short for their age at the start.

Some of the children in the control group did eat eggs, but nowhere near as many as the treatment group.

The lead researcher said: “We were surprised by just how effective this intervention proved to be, and what’s great is the affordability for populations vulnerable to hidden hunger or nutritional deficiency.”

It was noted that eggs were great food for young children with small stomachs: “Eggs contain a combination of nutrients, which we think is important.”

A lead nutritionist at the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, said: “In a way, it is surprising that more research has not been conducted using egg in this situation – although in some cultures, parents do not necessarily find egg to be an acceptable early food due to allergy concerns.

Lead researcher advised that eggs should always be well-cooked to avoid any potential infection risk.   Eggs are a good nutritious complementary food that can be introduced as part of a varied diet once the mother decides to start complementary feeding, never before four months.”

WHO recommends mothers worldwide to:

* Exclusively breastfeed infants for the child’s first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health.

* After the first six months, infants should be given nutritious complementary foods and continue breastfeeding up to the age of two years or beyond.

British Nutrition Foundation maintains:

* While eggs are a nutritious food to include, it’s very essential for young children to have a variety of foods in a diet. Necessary to get all the vitamins and minerals needed, but also to become familiar with a wide range of tastes and textures.

* A range of protein-rich foods should be provided when feeding young children, which can include eggs but can also feature beans, pulses, fish, especially oily fish, meat and dairy products.

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Anti-Polio vaccination campaign begins today in Pakistan!

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ISLAMABAD: An anti-polio vaccination campaign began today in different parts of the country.
The campaign is scheduled to be run in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir for three days, while in Rawalpindi and Karachi it will continue for six  days.
Around 2.3 million children up to age five years will be administered anti-polio drops in 188 union councils of Karachi during the campaign.
In Fata and KPK, over 6.7 million children will be vaccinated. In Rawalpindi, 811,000 children would be administered polio drops and 2.4 will be vaccinated in Baluchistan.
Similarly, the government planned to vaccinated 1.75 million children.

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Avoid depression to live longer!

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TORONTO: People who suffer from depression may not live as long as persons who don’t experience this mental health disarray, a Canadian study suggests.

Researchers went through six decades of mental health and mortality data on 3,410 adults during three time periods: 1952 to 1967, 1968 to 1990 and 1991 to 2011.

It transpired that depression was related to the risk of early death in every decade of the study for men and (starting in the 1990s for) women.

The connection between shorter lifespan and depression emerge strongest in the years following a depressive episode, leading the researchers to conclude that at least part of the risk might be minimized by effectively treating the mental illness.

Depression has long been associated to different kinds of health problems. It may lead to physiological changes in the body and  develop unhealthy habits like a poor diet, inactivity, smoking and excessive drinking.

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