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Chicken may help cure osteoarthritis

A new study led by Indian-origin scientist has shown that a natural chicken derivative can offer an effective cure for osteoarthritis (OA). The natural treatment has been found more effective and longer-lasting than traditional chondroitin and glucosamine treatments.

Conventional medication includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, which can cause gastric injury.

The new study has shown that UC-II, a novel undenatured type II collagen derived from chicken sternum cartilage can decrease arthritis pain by 33 per cent, compared to 14 per cent in groups treated with conventional therapies.

“In addition, the UC-II continued to work even after the glucosamine-chondroitin results plateaued, making it more effective over time,” said Dr Manashi Bagchi, Interhealth Nutraceuticals, California, US.

The study conducted on arthritic dogs and horses showed that daily treatment with UC-II significantly alleviated arthritis symptom with no adverse effects.

Saffron-laced Indian cuisine can help fight eyesight loss

Saffron, the spice which is commonly used in Indian, Spanish and Italian cuisine, could hold the secret to preventing eye sight loss in old age, says a new study.

Through the study, researchers revealed that eating saffron on daily basis helped to make the delicate cells in the eye needed for vision more resilient against disease.

Animal studies further confirmed that a diet containing saffron can protect the eye from damage caused by bright sunlight and slow the progress of genetic diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa.

The researchers also found saffron had a beneficial effect in humans suffering from age-related macular degeneration, the most common form of blindness in old age.

The scientists are now conducting a clinical trial on human patients with age-related macular degeneration.

Excessive laptop use can affect men’s fertility

Excessive laptop use may impact men’s ability to become dads, says a new study.

“Laptops are becoming increasingly common among young men wired into to the latest technology,” said Suzanne Kavic, Loyola University Health System. “However, the heat generated from laptops can impact sperm production and development making it difficult to conceive down the road,” she added.

Suzanne recommends placing laptops on desktops to prevent damaging sperm and decreasing counts and motility. Other tips to protect male fertility include: avoiding hot tubs, using boxers over briefs, refraining from ejaculating too frequently, exercising moderately, avoiding exercise that can generate heat or trauma to the genital area, eating well, taking a daily multivitamin, getting eight hours of sleep per night and staying hydrated and limiting caffeine to no more than two cups per day. Other tips include: refraining from smoking, avoiding drugs and excessive alcohol use, minimising exposure to toxins, avoiding excessive weight gain or weight loss and practicing stress reduction techniques.

Breastfeeding enhances academic performance

A new study has found a link between breastfeeding and better academic performance.

According to researchers, nursing leads to better academic achievement in high school and an increased likelihood of attending college. The study looked at the academic achievement of siblings — one of whom was breastfed as an infant and one of whom was not — and discovered that an additional month of breastfeeding was associated with an increase in high school GPA of 0.019 points and an increase in the probability of college attendance of 0.014.

As per the study, more than one half of the estimated effect of being breastfed on high school grades and approximately one-fifth of the estimated effect on college attendance can be linked to improvements in cognitive ability and health.

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