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Grandmas help girls live longer

Granddaughters who live with their paternal grandmothers are likely to live longer, says a new UK study. However, in case of grandsons, the presence of a gran is not a good idea.
According to the research from Cambridge University, the survival rate of a granddaughter living in the same house as her paternal grandmother is higher than if she were just living with her immediate family.
To reach the conclusion, Molly Fox of Cambridge University and her colleagues analysed the birth and death records of seven populations in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa who had lived in different periods going back to the 17th century.
In the study, they looked at infant mortality in the first three years of life and found that it differed depending on whether paternal or maternal grandmothers were present in a grandchild’s early life.
“The presence of a paternal grandmother in all seven of the populations had a harmful effect on grandsons because her presence was linked with an increase in mortality,” Molly said.

Veggies protect against diabetes

Mums-to-be who eat vegetables every day seem to have children who are less likely to develop Type 1 diabetes, claims a new study.
The study from the Sahlgrenska Academy was performed in collaboration with Linköping University, which is conducting a population study called ABIS (All Babies in Southeast Sweden).
“This is the first study to show a link between vegetable intake during pregnancy and the risk of the child subsequently developing Type 1 diabetes, but more studies of various kinds will be needed before we can say anything definitive,” says researcher Hilde Brekke.

Cook breakfast automatically!

It’s straight from a science fiction movie — a gadget which prepares breakfast automatically, including an omelette, toast, freshly squeezed orange juice and even a cup of hot coffee.
Yes, scientists, led by design teacher 26-year-old Yuri Suzuki who worked at the Royal College of Art in London, have come up with the 15-metre-long fully automated breakfast machine for those who are too lazy to cook their own meals.
The device cooks up omelettes from scratch before toasting bread, which it can butter and add jam to — depending on taste. And of course the early morning pick-me up of coffee is also available at no extra effort as well as fresh orange juice.
In fact, the gadget was made in Platform 21 exhibition centre in Amsterdam and the project saw scores of helpers and other designers contribute.

Leg pain, marker for heart disease

Researchers at the University of Alberta have found that the nagging pain in the legs while walking is a strong marker for heart disease and stroke.
Hence, they’re urging people over the age of 40 to get a simple test for peripheral artery disease (PAD).
“PAD is a serious heart disease. It’s a strong marker for heart disease and stroke,” said Ross Tsuyuki.
The diagnostic test consists of measuring blood pressure in the leg as well as in the arm, then comparing the two. If blood pressure in the leg is 90 per cent or less than in the arm, a person likely has PAD.
PAD is caused by narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the legs, and it’s usually a strong indication that similar problems are occurring in the arteries of the heart and brain.

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