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Cellphone emission weakens bones

Are you wearing the cell phone on the waist belt? If yes, think twice. In a new research, health researchers have warned that wearing a cell phone on one’s belt could lead to decreased bone density in the area of the pelvis that is commonly used for bone grafts.

The research report on the health effects of electro-magnetic emissions from cell phone, carried out by Tolga Atay and colleagues of Suleyman Demirel University of Turkey gives way to a new discovery of bone weakening effect by use of cell phones. However, the researchers said that the findings were preliminary, according to GNA.

Even though findings have not been conclusive, the World Health Organisation and individual scientists have called for precaution in the use of cell phones. “It would be better to keep mobile phones as far as possible from our body during our daily lives.”

Pear-shaped women at risk of blood clot

People who suffer from chronic pain can greatly improve their condition just by looking at the area where the pain is occurring, reveals an Anglo-Italian study. For the study, thirty healthy subjects were invited to look at either their own hand, the experimenter’s hand, or an object, while their hand was subjected to laser-induced pain.

The results showed that when the sufferer could see their own hand, they felt less pain than if they were looking at the experimenter's hand or a neutral object.  The researchers found that there were subjective (self-report) and objective (brain potential) measures of the person's pain sensation.

They also found that the result was the same whether the subjects were looking at their actual hand or a mirror image-the latter using a technique previously used to reduce phantom limb pain in amputees.

High fructose diet may lead to high BP

Higher intake of diet rich in fructose might increase your chances of developing hypertension, say researchers. During the study, lead researcher Diana Jalal, from University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center examined 4,528 adults 18 years of age or older with no prior history of hypertension.

The researchers calculated the fructose intake through fruit juices, soft drinks, bakery products, and candy.  After analyses, boffins found that people who ate or drank more than 74 grams per day of fructose or 2.5 sugary soft drinks per day were at an increased risk of developing hypertension.

A diet of more than 74 grams per day of fructose led to a 28pct, 36pct, and 87pct higher risk for blood pressure levels of 135/85, 140/90, and 160/100 mmHg, respectively.

Fibre-rich diet helps stay healthy

Australian researchers suggest that consuming a diet rich in fibre helps in maintaining healthier immune systems. The indigestible part of all plant-based foods pushes its way through most of the digestive tract unchanged, acting as a kind of internal broom. When it arrives in the colon, bacteria convert it to energy and compounds known as ‘short chain fatty acids’. These are already known to alleviate the symptoms of colitis, an inflammatory gut condition.

Kendle Maslowski along with Professor Charles Mackay from the Garvan Institute  have revealed that GPR43, a molecule expressed by immune cells and previously shown to bind short chain fatty acids, functions as an anti-inflammatory receptor.

“The notion that diet might have profound effects on immune responses or inflammatory diseases has never been taken that seriously,” Nature magazine quoted Mackay as saying.

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