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Family & Health

Is multimedia dulling your brain?

Whether it’s for work or leisure switching between the vast number of media platforms in today’s communication saturated world may be dulling your brain, according to a new research review.
In modern society, it’s perhaps more difficult to escape multimedia ‘noise’ than it has ever been. Moving adverts adorn public transport, social media occupies people’s spare time and smartphone notifications can invade almost every waking moment of our lives.
 
 

Unsafe food costs $110B annually: World Bank

Foodborne diseases cost around $110 billion in productivity lose and medical expenses annually, the World Bank announced on late Tuesday.
 
"The total productivity loss associated with foodborne disease in low and middle-income countries is estimated to cost $95.2 billion per year, and the annual cost of treating foodborne illnesses is estimated at $15 billion," according to the World Bank's report.
 
 

UK researchers link consumption of junk memes to teen obesity & other ‘unhealthy’ habits

Hopping on the “blame the memes” bandwagon, UK researchers have sent a letter to Parliament warning that kids are learning poor health habits from the memes they share on social media.
 
 

Deep Fried Food Consumption Increases Risk Of Heart Disease: Study

People who eat a lot of fried foods may have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, according to a large, long-term study.
 
An Pan of the National University of Singapore's Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, the researchers examined data from more than 100,000 men and women over about 25 years.
 
 

Half of Turkish people suffer sleeping disorder: Expert

Fifty percent of the Turkish population suffer from sleeping disorders, according to a Turkish professor. 
 
“Half of our population suffers from sleeping disorders,” Fuat Ozgen, the head of Ankara-based Turkish Sleep Medicine Society, told Anadolu Agency on the sidelines of the 19th National Sleep Medicine Congress held in Istanbul.
 
 

Should everyone be taking vitamin D?

As the days get shorter in the Northern hemisphere, concerns tend to arise about the lack of sunlight – and possible vitamin D deficiency. For many, a go-to fix is to take supplements.
 
The supplement, after all, has been touted as a near-miracle. Both vitamin D2 and D3 supplements are available over-the-counter without a prescription and have been linked to improving immunity, tiredness and muscle weakness, bone pain, and depression. They’ve also been said to help stave off cancer and the consequences of ageing.
 

Youngsters seeking anxiety help on the rise, say experts

Youngsters and adolescents today are facing mental pressures and are struggling with anxiety. On World Mental Health Day today themed 'Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World,' experts said that many children are facing mood disturbances, including depression.
 
Dr Ramadan AlBlooshi, CEO, Dubai Healthcare City Authority - Regulatory, said: "World Mental Health Day is a timely reminder to raise awareness and initiate conversations to improve mental wellbeing in the communities we serve."
 
 

Hugs could buffer against life sapping conflict stress – study

A simple hug may be all one needs to protect against physically draining stress levels often present after a blazing argument or individual conflict, a new study into interpersonal touch has found.
Hugs are typically associated with affection and a general fuzzy feeling of friendliness.
 
 

Chronic illnesses: UN stands up to stop 41 million avoidable deaths per year

“Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic Lyme disease, depression” – just some of the illnesses outlined by World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, who drove home the danger by asking delegates to stand up, when they heard the name of an illness that had killed someone they loved: One by one, every single person in the room, got to their feet.
 
 

Around 50% UAE residents ignorant of high blood pressure risks

A nation-wide survey has shown that awareness of high blood pressure (HBP) in the UAE is a key concern, with close to half of the respondents not perceiving the condition as potentially fatal or being 'unaware of its symptoms.'
 
Of these, Emiratis topped at 62 per cent as well as those in the age group of 18-24 years (58 per cent), according to results from a survey conducted by Cigna and YouGov.
 
 
 

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