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Epidemiologist Michael Abramson of Monash University and colleagues tried to detect a consistent relationship between mobile phone use and brain power.
Researchers found that 94 per cent of kids studied were using a mobile phone and 77 per cent owned their own device.
Considering the amount of radiation transmitted when texting is 0.03 per cent that transmitted during voice calls, radiation could not be held responsible for brain effects.
The Mobile Radiofrequency Phone Exposed Users’ Study (MoRPhEUS) also found that predictive texting maybe training kids to act fast, but not with much accuracy.
Abramson said: “We suspect that using mobile phones a lot, particularly things like predictive texts for SMS is training kids to be fast but inaccurate.”
He added: “We don’t think that the mobile phones are frying their brains.”
David Mercer, University of Wollongong, said it was yet to be determined if radiofrequency effects cause health risks.

Self control may help curb childhood obesity
Forbidding certain foods may not be the best way to curb childhood obesity, for a new study has revealed that child’s inhibitory control, behaviour similar to self-control, could be more important than these restrictions.
Stephanie Anzman and Dr Leann Birch, Pennsylvania State University, studied 197 non-Hispanic white girls aged 5.
They found that girls with lower self-control had higher BMIs and gained more weight than those girls who demonstrated better self-regulation.
Girls with lower self-control were almost twice as likely to be overweight by the age of 15.
Moreover, the combination of high parental restriction and low self-control put girls at the highest risk for weight gain among the group studied.
“Parental attempts to help children with lower self-control by restricting their access to favourite snack foods can make the forbidden foods more attractive, thereby exacerbating the problem,” said Anzman.

Powerful new asthma treatment in the offing
A research team, including an Indian origin boffin, has made a new discovery that may lead to a powerful new treatment for asthma.
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that a single enzyme is apparently critical to most allergen-provoked asthma attacks — and that activity of the enzyme, known as aldose reductase, can be significantly reduced by compounds that have already undergone clinical trials as treatments for complications of diabetes.

“Oral administration of aldose reductase inhibitors works effectively in experimental animals. If these drugs work as well in humans as they do in animals you could administer them either orally or in a single puff from an inhaler and get long-lasting results,” said UTMB professor Satish Srivastava, senior author of a study.
Srivastava and his colleagues focused on aldose reductase inhibition as a possible asthma therapy after establishing an essential role for the enzyme in other diseases also characterised by inflammation.
Srivastava said: “We found that if you block aldose reductase, you block the inflammation. Now, asthma, a chronic disease of inflammation is augmented by reactive oxygen species. So we thought, why not find out if aldose reductase inhibition also has an effect on asthma?”

2 cans of fizzy drink a day can cause liver damage
Drinking as little as two cans of fizzy drink a day can cause severe long-term liver damage, warns new study.
The research, which raises health concerns associated with non-alcoholic drinks like carbonated drinks and fruit juice, claims that sugar-laden drinks have been found to cause a condition normally the result of chronic alcohol abuse.
Experts said that the liver cannot process the huge sugar hit the drinks contain.
The study found that people who drank a daily litre of fizzy drinks or fresh fruit juices were five times more likely to develop fatty liver disease.
In severe cases fatty liver disease can even lead to victims needing a transplant.
In the study, which was conducted by Israeli scientists at the Ziv Liver unit in Haifa, it was found that drinking as little as a couple of cans of pop a day, like cola or lemonade, raised the risk of liver damage as well as potentially causing diabetes and heart damage.
The ingredient in fizzy drinks and juices that causes the damage is a fruit sugar called fructose, which is highly absorbable in the liver.

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