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That’s the conclusion of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, a 10-year study from the School of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland. The findings appear online and in the February issue of the ‘American Journal of Preventive Medicine’.
“The weight gain appeared to start when they married, then worsened when they had their first child,” said lead author Wendy J Brown. “There was no effect on the rate of weight gain of having a second baby.”
From 1996 to 2006, researchers periodically surveyed a randomly selected group of 6,458 Australian women ages 18 to 23 at study’s start.
“Women with no partner and no baby averaged 11 pounds over 10 years. With a partner and no baby they gained about 15 pounds, and if they had a partner and a baby they gained 20 pounds,” Brown said.
“The so-called energy-balance variables like eating too much and moving too little had an effect, but the estimates of weight gain are adjusted for differences in these factors,” she said.

Eating pomegranate may help fight breast cancer
Eating pomegranates could reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to a new research.
Scientists behind the research say that the fruit contains naturally occurring chemical, known as a phytochemical, called Ellagic acid, which prevents cancer cells from developing.
Three-quarters of breast cancers are thought to be hormone dependent — fuelled by the hormone oestrogen.
The researchers say that pomegranates reduce the likelihood of getting hormone-dependent breast cancer.
“Phytochemicals suppress oestrogen production that prevents the proliferation of breast cancer cells and the growth of oestrogen-responsive tumours,” said principal investigator Shiuan Chen, director of the Division of Tumour Cell Biology and co-leader of the Breast Cancer Research Programme at City of Hope in Duarte, California.
According to Professor Gary Stoner from the Department of Internal Medicine at Ohio State University, the results are promising enough to warrant more experiments with pomegranate in animals and humans.
Until then, Stoner said people “might consider consuming more pomegranates to protect against cancer development in the breast and perhaps in other tissues and organs”.

A pat on the head helps remember daily meds
Need help remembering if you took your pills? Well, a pat on the head while taking a daily dose of medicine can help, says a new study.
Remembering to take daily medications can be a challenge for some older adults, but new research from Washington University in St Louis offers tips for strengthening those memories.
According to the study, doing something unusual, like knocking on wood or patting yourself on the head, while taking a daily dose of medicine may be an effective strategy to help seniors remember whether they've already taken their daily medications.
“In extended medication-taking situations, the habitual nature of the task may make it difficult for older adults to remember whether or not they took the medication on a particular day, especially if pill boxes are not used,” said Mark McDaniel, lead author of the study and a professor of psychology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University.

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