Video games and wellness tools

A new study has shown that advanced interactive games are fast becoming health and wellness tools.
Researchers found that interactive game systems are especially helpful for people with chronic health conditions. And that playing the games help in increasing physical activity and can even improve the ability to care for oneself.
Nintendo’s Wii and its activities package called Wii Fit is the most sought after system.
The Wii combines a virtual environment and wireless motion-sensitive remote controllers that allow participants of different abilities to play games such as golf or bowling.
Wii also simulate daily living skills such as driving or cooking. While these systems are fun, researchers are taking them seriously.

Busy parents packing ‘unhealthy’ lunchboxes

A new British survey carried out on school children’s lunchboxes has shown that the snacks parents provide contain more than 12 teaspoons of unhealthy sugar.
The survey conducted by consumer group Which? showed that four of the food products and one drink popular among children contained surprising amounts of salt and sugar.
The findings proved that time-pressed parents find it difficult to tell which lunchbox fillers are the best to give their youngsters.
“Parents should be able to pick out healthy products for their kids’ lunchboxes, but what you see isn’t always what you get. Some products give the impression of being healthy but are full of salt and sugar,” said Martyn Hocking, editor of ‘Which?’ magazine.

Smoking ban leads to drop in heart attacks

Smoking ban has resulted in a 27 per cent decrease in heart attacks in the city of Starkville in United States, says a study.
Researchers, led by Robert McMillen and Dr Robert Collins, have also recommended a statewide public ban on smoking.
The study showed fewer heart attacks being treated at the Oktibbeha County Hospital.
The findings are part of a larger SSRC evaluation of Mississippi communities that passed smoking bans in recent years. McMillen said the data shows Starkville benefiting medically from the smoking ban.
“The emerging scientific consensus clearly demonstrates that communities like Starkville can reduce heart attacks simply by prohibiting smoking in indoor public places. Smoke-free laws are popular with the public and are free to implement,” said McMillen.

Man-made ponds behind arsenic in Bangla water

MIT researchers claim to have tracked down the origin of dissolved arsenic in Bangladesh’s drinking water.
The research team led by Rebecca Neumann and Khandakar Ashfaque have found that human alteration to the landscape, the construction of villages with ponds, and the adoption of irrigated agriculture are responsible for the current pattern of arsenic concentration underground.
In 2002, a study led by Charles Harvey, the Doherty Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT showed that microbial metabolism of organic carbon was mobilising the arsenic off the soils and sediments, and that crop irrigation was almost certainly playing a role in the process.

DH Newsletter Privacy Policy Get top news in your inbox daily