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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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Beat diabetes by shedding 10-15kgs of weight: study!

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LONDON: Since dieting loses fat allowing pancreas work properly again, losing weight enormously helps contain diabetes.

The concentration of body fat around pancreas causes stress to beta cells (that controls blood sugar levels) in the organ. 

When they stop producing enough of the hormone insulin, blood sugar levels augments out of control.

Glasgow University Professor Mike Lean speaking about a new study said: “We now have clear evidence that weight loss of 10-15kgs is enough to turn this disease around. One in 11 adults worldwide has diabetes, and most of them have type 2.

“Uncontrolled sugar levels cause damage throughout the body, leading to organ failure, blindness and limb amputations”.

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Chemical-free home remedies for toothache!

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Baking Soda

         Use mouthwash made of warm water mixed with

two tablespoon of baking soda.

 Black Pepper

Use black pepper mixed with salt on your toothache.

Clove

Put a couple of cloves on your toothache till the pain goes away.

Cucumber

Put sliced pieces of cucumber on sore area.

Garlic

Mash garlic and place the mixture in your mouth. 

Ice Cube

Put an ice cube in clean cloth and place on your cheek having toothache.

Mint Leaves

Chew mint leaves and put it over toothache.

Onion

Put a slice of onion on toothache.

Potato

Put a slice of potato on toothache.

Teabag

Put a warm teabag in your mouth (don’t tear it).

 

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Air pollution increases risk of low birth weight in babies!

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LONDON: According to a new study air pollution significantly increases the risk of low birth-weight in babies, leading to lifelong harm to health.

Research carried out here holds that generally, two billion children – 90% of all children around the Globe – are exposed to air pollution above WHO guidelines.

Study held that there were no possible ways for women in cities to avoid harmful exposure to air pollution during pregnancy.

They called for crucial action from governments to cut pollution from vehicles, industries, and other sources.

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