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Excess use of mobile leads to hunchback

Doctors have warned that excessive use of mobiles for texting, e-mailing, choosing a song on the iPod could lead to a hunchback, as it requires constantly looking down.
“If you are constantly looking down, you develop a forward curvature that rounds the whole spine,”Kirsten Lord, managing director of the Edinburgh Physiotherapy Centre and a chartered physiotherapist as saying.

It has long been recognised that over reliance on computers is affecting body postures.“Sitting in front of a computer screen also tightens up the middle of the back, which means less flexibility and more danger of strain. Moreover, as the ribs also attach to the spine, stiffness in this area makes it harder to take deep breaths,” Kirsten added.

Another potential danger to the posture comes from looking down at a laptop for long hours. It is worse if it is used without a stand while slouched on the sofa.

Pomegranate juice cutsoff stress, boosts energy

A study has found that pomegranate juice, which lowers heart rates, can help beat office stress, and also make one feel more positive towards one’s work. Scientists studied a group of volunteers who drank 500ml of the juice every day for two weeks.

At the beginning and end of the study their pulse rate was measured and they filled in a questionnaire describing their mood and feelings about their job. The research, funded by the Pomegranate juice company, showed almost all of the workers reported being more enthusiastic, inspired, proud and active. They were less likely to describe their feelings as distressed, nervous, guilty and ashamed compared with the beginning of the fortnight and most had lower pulse rates.

“On the basis of these findings there is a justified argument for busy workers to drink pomegranate juice to help alleviate chronic stress and maintain good health,” said lead researcher Dr Emad Al-Dujaili, of Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

“There is growing evidence that pomegranate juice delivers wide-ranging health benefits that merit further research.

“It is very rare indeed for an all-natural juice to offer the range of health benefits that we are seeing in pomegranate juice,” the researcher added.

Obesity ups death risk of women with breast cancer

A new study has found that women with a healthy body weight before and after diagnosis of breast cancer are more likely to survive the disease long term. In particular, overweight or obese women with a history of estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, but not those with estrogen receptor-negative cancer, had a higher risk of dying of their disease, said the study's lead author, Christina Dieli-Conwright.

“This relationship between dying and being obese or overweight may depend on whether the type of breast cancer is hormonally dependent,” said Dieli-Conwright, assistant research professor at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif.
Women who are obese or overweight tend to have higher levels of circulating estrogen, which likely explains the difference, said Dieli-Conwright.

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