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Watch Out: Popping Balloons Could Be As High Powered As a Shotgun

One of the fondest childhood memories for most of us would be bursting balloons towards the end of a birthday party. Something about the act brought immense joy as we would pull down the strings, place the balloons on the floor and jump on them. As grownups, we now of course have a different perception. We finally know how annoying a habit it is, plus all that deafening noise! As much fun as it may be, popping balloons could have some setbacks too. According to a study done by University…

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Depression May be as Risky as Obesity and Cholesterol for Your Heart

350 million people are affected by depression worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation. A new study found recently that depression may be as risky as obesity and cholesterol for your heart. “Our study shows that the risk of a fatal cardiovascular disease due to depression is almost as great as that due to elevated cholesterol levels or obesity,” said Karl-Heinz Ladwig, professor at Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany. Depression accounted for nearly 15 per cent of the cardiovascular deaths. “That is comparable to the other risk factors,…

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Weekend Exercise May be As Good As Daily Workouts: Study

People who exercise mainly on the weekends may reap significant health and survival benefits, on par with people who work out more regularly, researchers said Monday. Currently, experts recommend 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise. But no consensus has been reached on just how often a person needs to exercise, and whether activities should be done daily or condensed into shorter periods. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine showed that people who pack all of…

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Ducks Gassed in Thousands as France Fights Bird Flu Virus

Workers wearing masks and protective clothes gassed thousands of ducks in southwest France on Friday, in a massive cull that was ordered in an attempt to prevent a spread of the H5N8 bird flu virus. At one farm in the village of Latrille, in the heartland of duck and geese rearing country, 8,000 ducks were taken by hand and put in coloured metal containers where carbon dioxide was piped in to kill them, normally within seconds. In scenes reminiscent of apocalypse-themed movies, workers clad in head-to-toe protective suits, face-visors and…

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Smoking of Hookahs to be Monitored as Part of Anti-Tobacco Move: WHO FCTC

Aiming to curb consumption of tobacco among the youth at an early stage, the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has urged its 180 member nations to monitor waterpipe (Indian hookah) tobacco use through a national surveillance system to cover all age groups. Strengthening the policies against tobacco consumption, the FCTC is also discussing banning the use of flavourings in waterpipe tobacco products. The FCTC — the world’s highest convention against anti-tobacco policies — is brainstorming and focusing on inclusion of awareness against waterpipe use in…

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Cranberries Squashed as Folk Remedy for Urinary Infections

Another folk remedy bites the dust. Cranberry capsules didn’t prevent or cure urinary infections in nursing home residents in a study challenging persistent unproven claims to the contrary. The research adds to decades of conflicting evidence on whether cranberries in any form can prevent extremely common bacterial infections, especially in women. Many studies suggesting a benefit were based on weak science, but that hasn’t stopped marketers and even some health care providers from recommending cranberry juice or capsules as an inexpensive way to avoid these uncomfortable and potentially risky infections….

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