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Your grandmother was right: Mosquitoes remember human smells, but also swats

Your grandmother’s insistence that you receive more bug bites because you are ‘sweeter’ may not be that far-fetched as a study claims that mosquitoes can rapidly learn and remember the smells of hosts. Researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the US said dopamine is a key mediator of this process. Mosquitoes use this information and incorporate it with other stimuli to develop preferences for a particular vertebrate host species, and, within that population, certain individuals, they said. However, the study also proved that even if an individual…

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Heard of the 7 Days Challenge? Not ‘Eat, pray, love’ but ‘Eat, move, live’

Want to eat healthier? Or move around town in a more sustainable manner? Or just lead your daily life in a smarter way? You need to try the 7 Days Challenge. The Swedish Embassy here, in association with the TERI School of Advanced Studies, has organised the Challenge targeting youth from classes 9 to 12 in schools and graduate and post-graduate students in colleges across the national capital from January 17 to 23. The Challenge is basically a call to action for the participants to practise sustainable lifestyles and consists…

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Forgetting things but unaware of it? You may be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

Canadian researchers have found that although memory loss is an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, it is those who are unaware of the problem that are more likely to go on to develop the condition. Carried out by researchers at Ontario’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the new study is believed to be the largest of its kind on illness awareness, looking at data on 1,062 people. Earlier research said that menopause could trigger Alzheimer’s, but a diet rich in antioxidants could help. Participants were aged 55 to 90,…

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Want to exercise but can’t find the time? Here’s how to make it a part of your routine

Most of us know how important getting enough exercise is, but with the fast pace of modern life, everyday responsibilities can sometimes get in the way. For those struggling to find the time to fit in a workout Dr Irvin Sulapas, assistant professor of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, has some expert advice. “I always tell my patients any time you can get up and move is the best time to work out. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the morning, middle of the day or…

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Technology is killing jobs at Pick n Pay – but that’s not the whole story

Retailer Pick n Pay said in business and trading statement on Monday that it has removed a chunk of its roles and functions due to improvements in technology, among other things. “Through its work to improve the efficiency and productivity of its workforce, the group identified opportunities earlier this year to remove around 10% of its roles and functions across its Pick n Pay head office, regional structure, store operations and supply chain. “These roles and functions were no longer required due to improvements in organisation, planning and technology,” the…

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This Artichoke Benedict Recipe Makes Brunch Anything But Basic

Eggs benedict is a true brunch gem, what with its runny poached egg yolk soaking into a perfectly toasted English Muffin, all hiding underneath a buttery hollandaise. Unfortunately, as much as we love the dish, most of the time it’s so heavy that you end up feeling lethargic the rest of the day. (In fact, it’s one of these 12 brunch orders worse than a steak dinner.) That’s where this artichoke benedict recipe comes in. It’s from the Jillian Michaels App, and is a healthier — but just as delicious — version of the…

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