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The Bony Benefits of Prunes.

 

6 Prunes a Day!

 

The substantial benefits of eating 6 Prunes per day for Bone Building has been concluded by a recent Clinical Study led by Researcher Dr Shirin Hooshmand !

 

The Study ran a six month trial with 48 women in their late 60’s/early 70’s with diagnosed Osteopenia.

16 participants ate 50 grams, (approx 6 prunes) per day, 16 others ate 100 grams (approx 9-10 prunes) daily and the remaining 16 formed the Control group that ate dried apples.

The Bone mineral density in the Hip, Lumbar spine and Forearm were measured of all the participants.

Other factors like Vit D status, Calcium intake, Exercise, Diet which affect Bone Health were also taken into consideration.

In the Apple eating Control group the BMD remain unchanged or decreased.

In the other 2 groups the Spine density increased while the Forearm and Hip BMD remained the same.

The difference in BMD increase was not significant in these 2 groups.

However in both groups (not Control), a specific marker of Bone resorption called TRAP-5b was found to be significantly lower at 3 months and 6 months of the Study, indicating that eating either amount had long lasting positive impact on bone turnover.

It was thus concluded that 50 grams (6 prunes) was adequate for most women to get such Bone benefits.

 

So to get this magical number of 6 in your daily diet, aim to eat 2 prunes after each meal!

 

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A Medical Marvel!

 

A 25 year old  Robotics Engineer Diwakar Vaish has collaborated with A Neuro scientist Dr Deepak Agrawal at the famous AIIMS, (All India Institute Of Medical Science) Delhi to develop the smallest and most inexpensive Pocket Ventilator !

 

The Ventilator is 450 times smaller than a conventional Ventilator, looks like a Mobile phone and can be slipped into a pocket.

 

It does not require Oxygen cylinder/s to function as it runs on atmospheric air and operates both on power and battery with an almost nil operational cost.

It is controlled by an Android app which adjusts the air supply to match the normal breathing pattern of the patient.

An earlier portable Ventilator also pushes in air but does so at a fixed frequency not necessarily matching the person’s breathing pattern leading to a non-optimum oxygen saturation.

 

An FDA approved disposable ventilator is also available but has a shelf life of only about 4 weeks !

Currently India faces a huge shortage of Ventilator beds for critically ill patients as well as interrupted power supply for the functioning of Ventilators.

This  marvellous venture will provide an affordable option for families to buy portable Ventilators to use at home, as well as the ability to be used in remote areas where power supply is greatly reduced.

 

The expected cost after the Clinical trails and approvals is set to be only 15,000 to 20,000 Indian Rupees…

A huge applause to them both for developing this highly beneficial and needed Medical Marvel !

 

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Do Smartphones Cause ADHD like Symptoms?

Do Smartphones Cause ADHD like Symptoms?

Is Digital Information overload altering the Wiring and Circuitry of our Brains and Body?

 

Research at the University of Virginia shows that when students kept their mobile phones on Ring/Vibrate mode with alerts on, they reported symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity, akin to ADHD, than when they kept their phones on Silent mode.

The Univ of Virginia study led by research scientist Kostadin Kushlev, assigned 221 students for a period of one week with their mobile phones within easy reach and maximal phone interruptions by keeping their phone alerts on and another week with mobile phones away, minimal phone interruptions by keeping the alerts off.

At the end of each week, the participants completed questionnaires assessing inattention and hyperactivity. The results showed that participants experienced significantly higher levels of inattention and hyperactivity when the phone alerts were turned on.

 

“We found the first experimental evidence that smartphone interruptions can cause greater inattention and hyperactivity — symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — even in people drawn from a nonclinical population,” – University of Virginia research scientist Kostadin Kushlev.

 

The study concluded that people not diagnosed with ADHD, experienced some of the disorder’s symptoms including distraction, fidgeting, restlessness, losing focus etc.

 

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