Music for academic success of kids

We all knew music was good for us, now here’s proof. Music training, even if started as late as high school, may help improve a teenager’s brain responses to sound and sharpen hearing and language skills, suggests a new Northwestern University study. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), indicates that music instruction helps enhance skills that are critical for academic success. … Continue reading Music for academic success of kids

Are you making the most of your 1 to 400 trillion chance in life?

From serious difficulty in digesting any kind of reading to now having a book at my side at all times, it was no surprise I walked into every bookstore on my never-ending journey back from New York to India. A particular book caught my eye at JFK airport, however not being the genre I was looking for or even inclined towards, I casually ignored it … Continue reading Are you making the most of your 1 to 400 trillion chance in life?

Smoking gives your kids heart disease

It’s not the chic thing to do any more. It’s more about being insensitive parents. If you smoke in front of your kids, the passive smoking can affect them way into adulthood and give them clogged arteries, as per a new research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. Researchers tracked childhood exposure to parental smoking from 1980 and 1983. They collected carotid ultrasound data in adulthood in 2001 … Continue reading Smoking gives your kids heart disease

Lonely? It could shorten your life span

Whether you’re lonely (alone even in a crowd), isolated (because you may be a hazard to others) or like being alone, all three have an effect on longevity, as per a research done by Brigham Young University. And the threat is almost as much as that of obesity. The study analysed data from a variety of health studies. Altogether, the sample included more than 3 million … Continue reading Lonely? It could shorten your life span

Are you a brother? Then you’re more selfless!

This is a true favourite for all little sisters who have already experienced it: As per Bringham Young University, siblings uniquely promote sympathy and altruism in each other. Normally, it has been reported that relationships are more important to girls rather than boys, but as per this study, if you have a sibling, as a boy, that makes you care more for relationships. The BYU researchers followed … Continue reading Are you a brother? Then you’re more selfless!

Drink to become attractive!

Everybody loves the researchers at the University of Bristol. And that’s because they have proven via a study that one glass of red wine makes you more attractive than no alcohol. The bad news? The effect wears off if you consume more. The volunteers were presented with images depicting an individual photographed while sober and after consuming either the equivalent of 250ml of wine or … Continue reading Drink to become attractive!

Anti-psychotic drugs not good for Alzheimer’s

When someone has Alzheimer’s or dementia, doctors prescribe calming drugs to control behaviour. Now, a study proves that non-drug approaches should be the first choice for treating dementia patients’ common symptoms such as irritability, agitation, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, aggression, apathy and delusions, say the researchers in a paper just published by the British Medical Journal. The focus then, should be on training  the caregivers … Continue reading Anti-psychotic drugs not good for Alzheimer’s

Getting divorced? Pay attention to your kids’ diet

We all know that stress causes binge eating. And now, the emotional turmoils of divorce have been proven to push kids to guzzle down sweetened drinks. Children of recently separated or divorced families are likelier to drink sugar-sweetened beverages than kids whose parents are married, putting them at higher risk for obesity later in life, according to a new study by the San Francisco State University. … Continue reading Getting divorced? Pay attention to your kids’ diet