SYDNEY: It is an old adage that music soothes our soules. Apart from calming us down, it has strong impact on our mind, particularly when we are in emotional and mental distress.
Previously, it has been learnt that people turn to music when they go through low and sad mood as well as depression.
Nevertheless, now academics are of the view that listening to cheerful music could potentially kick start your creative juices into flowing.
Also, happy melodies may help you to come up with more innovative solutions.
As to prove this, investigators from the University of Technology Sydney in Australia recruited some155 contributors.
They have been canvassed to fill up questionnaires and then academics divided them into troupes.
Then the groups listened to different sorts of music such as cool, happy, poignant, anxious…
While listening to music, they have been asked to perform a variety of cognitive tasks as to assess their divergent and convergent creative thinking.
Their findings suggested that those, who listened to happy music, came up with more divergent creative ideas as compared to others.
In point of fact, happy music can actually enhance flexibility in thinking, which in return, makes your creative juices flowing.
Their up shots have been detailed in the journal PLOS ONE.
Opioids killed nearly 4,000 in Canada last year: official
OTTAWA: The opioid crisis claimed nearly 4,000 lives in Canada last year, mainly from overdoses of the powerful painkiller fentanyl, the public health agency said Tuesday, warning of a worsening situation.
The death toll was 34 per cent higher than the previous year, with most of the fatal overdoses involving men aged 30 to 39 who obtained fentanyl illegally from narcotics traffickers on the street. Almost 90 per cent of the 3,987 deaths in 2017 were concentrated in just three provinces: Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. “Canada continues to experience a serious and growing opioid crisis,” the public health agency said in a report.
Fentanyl is considered 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin and 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said “high rates of opioid prescriptions” are also a “contributing factor in the crisis.” “As minister, I am calling on industry to act now and stop their marketing activities associated with these products in Canada,” she said. The health ministry explained that while prescription opioids “can help Canadians who need them to manage pain,” marketing the drugs can unduly influence doctors and lead to “over-prescription.”
Compulsive gaming triggers mental chaos
GENEVA: Kids of this generation tend to spend their time playing video games, leaving behind physical activities that we used to do in our childhood.
Parents too are occupied in their own professional stuff and hereby could not keep their children off from playing to such addicting games.
As a matter of fact, engaging in physical activities has almost vanished from our kids’ lives and they all end up being glued to their Smartphones, tabs and PCs.
As such, the World Health Organization (WHO) reckons this convention as a hazardous enslavement, resulting into triggering mental health disorders.
According to the connoisseurs, the cases with mental conditions are exceptional with only over three per cent affected gamers at the moment.
Harbouring on the subject, director of WHO’s department for mental health and substance abuse, Dr Shekhar Saxena noted that gaming chaos should be listed as a novel concern. Moreover, there is a call for treatment for innumerable vulnerable gamers forthwith.
Contrary to the latest disclosures, health and wellness experts went on to say that not every child, who plays games, is considered an addict.
Deliberating about this matter, Dr Joan Harvey maintained that the latest ramifications might wreak havoc among parents. However, there is a need to understand that if kids tend to play video games but at the same time they also indulge in other physical activities like cycling, football, cricket etc, it is ok to let them play for some time.
In point of fact, be it a physical activity or anything, too much of everything could prove to be lethal sooner or later.
Claiming that excessive gaming impacts its savvy such badly that they end up giving up their schools, resulting in collapsing families.
Therefore, this is high time that ombudsmen must look into this matter while taking instant measures so as to create awareness among those who remain oblivious to such harmful impacts.
Also, parents, no matter how busy they are, should give proper time to their family particularly kids for their better development. As only providing them money and other materialistic stuff is not ample for making them strong beings. (Aiman Inam)
Heart patients exercising lesser than needed
ISLAMABAD: People with existing heart problems or who are at the risk of developing them are ignoring medical advice and are not exercising enough. Scientists from the University of Adelaide looked at the exercise habits of 3000 people from the general population in South Australia and Southern Brazil.
New medical treatments have helped people to live longer despite these health problems, but this is causing an escalating burden on public health systems worldwide. “Previous research has tended to assess the benefits of exercise habits of patients with cardiovascular disease who follow an exercise plan developed by their doctor,” said the study’s author David A. Gonzalez-Chica, appears in the journal PLOS ONE.
“There is evidence that more than 70 percent of people who suffer from or who are at risk of developing a heart condition due to diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, do not follow a proper program of regular moderate or vigorous exercise, which is critical for avoiding further complications and even mortality. “The scale of this critical public health issue is, therefore, being under-reported,” said Gonzalez-Chica.
People with heart problems are living longer – especially in high – income countries such as Australia – but their long-term quality of life is being adversely affected because they are avoiding moderate or vigorous exercise. Current guidelines suggested that at least 150 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity a week is recommended.