WHAT'S THE BUZZ

Smacked children have lower IQ

Researchers at New Hampshire University have carried out the study and found that children who are smacked by their parents are less intelligent than their classmates. What’s more shocking is that the study has also found a link between how often children are punished and their IQ.

And, according to the researchers, children who are regularly smacked can suffer symptoms more closely associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, including becoming more fearful and easily startled.

For their study, the researchers analysed more than 1,500 children split into two groups, the first aged between two and four and the second aged between five and nine.
 
Heart disease still a top killer  

 Cardiovascular disease (CVD) still remains number one killer worldwide, even though heart disease mortality has reduced in the last 30 years. 

 European Union experts say that there still exist striking disparities between countries not only in terms of CVD incidence, but also with regard to national prevention policies.
The message, coinciding with World Heart Day on Sept 27, is aimed at informing people worldwide that 80 per cent of premature deaths due to heart disease and stroke can be avoided.
 
Lack of Vitamin D may cause high BP  
 
Vitamin D deficiency in younger women is associated with increased risk of high blood pressure in mid-life, claims a new study. The research has been reported at the American Heart Association's 63rd High Blood Pressure Research Conference.

 To reach the conclusion, researchers examined women enrolled in the Michigan Bone Health and Metabolism Study and analysed data from 559 Caucasian women living in Tecumseh, Mich. 

Researchers took blood pressure readings annually throughout the study. They measured vitamin D blood levels once in 1993, and then compared their systolic blood pressure measurements taken in 2007.

 Premenopausal women who had vitamin D deficiency in 1993 had three times the risk of developing systolic hypertension 15 years later compared to those who had normal levels of vitamin D, researchers said.

Cervical cancer may go in 50 yrs
 
 A cervical cancer screening expert believes that this disease can be eradicated within the next 50 years by implementing across the world national screening programmes based on detection of the human papilloma virus (HPV), together with vaccination programmes against the virus.

 Addressing to Prof Jack Cuzick while the current HPV vaccines protect against two cancer-causing strains of the HPV virus, soon there would be vaccines available that protect against nine types.

 He said that combining vaccination with HPV screening, which is much more sensitive than the currently used Pap smear test, could eventually cause the cancer to disappear icessfully.

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