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Dear parents, take note. Children who snore are likelier to grow up into obese adults

If your child snores, don’t ignore it. It could lead to some serious health trouble later in life. A team of researchers has shed some light on the vicious cycle of childhood obesity and snoring. Scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) looked at the relationships among maternal snoring, childhood snoring and children’s metabolic characteristics – including body mass index (BMI) and insulin resistance, which reflects future risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease – in approximately 1,100 children followed from gestation through early adolescence. Led by endocrinologist Christos…

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Dear ladies, exercise daily. Survey finds 60% urban Indian women at risk of diabetes

Over 60% of urban Indian women do not follow a regular exercise regime, which puts them at increased risk of diabetes, according to the results of a new survey. Released on the occasion of World Diabetes Day, the survey conducted by diabetes care company Novo Nordisk India also showed that 73% of urban women in the country are unaware of gestational diabetes and its related health risks for the next generation. For the survey, over 1,000 women, belonging to the age group of 18-65 years were interviewed to draw insights…

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Dear moms-to-be, avoid use of these cosmetic products and creams during pregnancy

If you are an expectant mother in the first trimester, avoid use of cosmetics, cleaning agents and medicines to protect the foetal brain development from chemicals that can trigger autism in your baby, say experts. Archana Dhawan Bajaj, gynecologist and obstetrician at Nurture IVF Centre, and Taruna Dua, consultant and gynecologist at Aakash Healthcare, have listed ingredients and products that should be avoided: * Make-up products like lipstick, lip gloss, lip balms, eyeliners, mascaras, deodorants, foundation, nail polish, body oil, talcum powder, hair removal products and hair dyes can cause a…

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Dear women, here’s the most effortless method of keeping UTIs at bay

Doctors say that one in five women suffer from UTI at least once in their lifetime. Now, American researchers may have found a simple way to prevent urinary tract infections — drinking an additional three pints (or 1.42 liters) of water a day could help keep the infections at bay in women who are prone to them. Led by Thomas M Hooton, MD, clinical director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Miami School of Medicine, the study looked at 140 healthy premenopausal women who had at least three UTIs in…

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Dear parents, watch out for these 9 signs that indicate your kid needs an eye test

With the proliferation of screens in our lives – phone screen, tablets, Kindles, computers – television isn’t the only source of eye strain for kids and adults. But, unlike in case of adults, it is harder to gauge when children develop vision issues. “More often than not, vision problems go unnoticed until children begin school,” said associate professor of Ophthalmology Marcela Frazier, “Children grow up naturally adapting to vision issues, so when they get into school and start reading and learning, that is when parents and teachers begin to notice…

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Dear yoga lovers, beware! Chemicals in yoga mats may affect your fertility

Several surprising products may have an impact on your chances to be a parent, recent research has shown. If you are planning to undergo fertility treatment, you might want to avoid products like yoga mats. Products with flame retardant chemicals can disrupt in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), the study has claimed. The findings showed that women with higher urinary concentrations of a common type of flame retardant known as organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) – used in polyurethane foam in many products, including upholstered furniture, baby products and gym mats – had reduced likelihood of clinical…

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