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Low carb could be 'most effective' diet for obese kids
Even though all diets are effective in managing weight but a reduced glycemic load diet - one that accounts for how many carbs are in the food and how much each gram of carbohydrate raises blood glucose levels - may be most promising, according to a new study. ANI

Heavy rucksacks storing up irreversible back problems in school-kids
Many teenage students regularly carry rucksacks for school which top 10 to 15 per cent of their body weight and risk back pain and other related disorders, a new study has revealed. ANI

One-hour daily brisk walk can halve genetic influence towards obesity
Watching too much TV can worsen your genetic tendency towards obesity, but walking briskly for an hour a day can help you cut the effect by half, say researchers. ANI

Biomarker for accurately predicting Chikugunya risk identified
Doctors can now quickly and accurately identify patients at risk of Chikungunya, facilitating a more targetted treatment and clinical care at the onset of the disease, according to a new study. ANI

Women 'really' struggle with menopause 'brain fog'
The difficulties, which a number of women approaching menopause refer to as memory slips, are real, a new study has claimed. ANI

Watching movie stars light up may drive kids to smoke
Younger adolescents exposed to movies that depict smoking are at greater risk of smoking than older adolescents, according to a new study. ANI

Meditation may help boost brain power
Researchers have revealed yet another benefit of meditation for the brain. ANI

'Wonderpill' that can keep skin cancer patients alive for longer on sale
A skin cancer drug dubbed "wonderpill" dramatically increases the time patients with the most aggressive form of the disease can live. ANI

Less sleep may lead to weight gain
People who don't get enough sleep may also eat too much and thus be more likely to become obese, a new study reveals. ANI

Advising women to breastfeed for 6 months may be 'unhelpful' and too idealistic
Many governments around the world endorse the World Health Organization recommendations to breastfeed exclusively for six months, as it is known to confer considerable health benefits for mother and baby. ANI

Parent's weight loss can influence obese child to follow suit
The best way in which parents can help their obese children lose weight is to change their weight themselves, say researchers. ANI

Developing nations' female sex workers 14 times likelier to have HIV
Female sex workers in low- and middle-income countries are nearly 14 times more likely to be infected by HIV compared to the rest of country's population, according to an analysis by Johns Hopkins researchers. ANI

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