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Eat less to live more, finds study

Health News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 07:13

New Delhi [India] Feb 14. : Finally the answer to the question 'How to live a long life?' has been found. At least, that's what it seems from a recent research.

There's a multi-billion-dollar industry devoted to products that fight signs of aging, but moisturizers only go skin deep. Aging occurs deeper, at a cellular level, and scientists have found that eating less can slow this cellular process.

Recent research published in Molecular and Cellular Proteomics offers one glimpse into how cutting calories impacts aging inside a cell. The researchers found that when ribosomes, the cell's protein makers, slow down, the aging process slows too. The decreased speed lowers production but gives ribosomes extra time to repair themselves.

"The ribosome is a very complex machine, sort of like your car, and it periodically needs maintenance to replace the parts that wear out the fastest," said Brigham Young University biochemistry professor and senior author John Price. "When tires wear out, you don't throw the whole car away and buy new ones. It's cheaper to replace the tires."

So what causes ribosome production to slow down in the first place? At least for mice: reduced calorie consumption.

Price and his fellow researchers observed two groups of mice. One group had unlimited access to food while the other was restricted to consume 35 percent fewer calories, though still receiving all the necessary nutrients for survival.

"When you restrict calorie consumption, there's almost a linear increase in lifespan," Price said. "We inferred that the restriction caused real biochemical changes that slowed down the rate of aging."

Price's team isn't the first to make the connection between cut calories and lifespan, but they were the first to show that general protein synthesis slows down and to recognize the ribosome's role in facilitating those youth-extending biochemical changes.

"The calorie-restricted mice are more energetic and suffered fewer diseases," Price said. "And it's not just that they're living longer, but because they're better at maintaining their bodies, they're younger for longer as well."

Ribosomes, like cars, are expensive and important, they use 10-20 percent of the cell's total energy to build all the proteins necessary for the cell to operate. Because of this, it's impractical to destroy an entire ribosome when it starts to malfunction. But repairing individual parts of the ribosome on a regular basis enables ribosomes to continue producing high-quality proteins for longer than they would otherwise. This top-quality production in turn keeps cells and the entire body functioning well.

Despite this study's observed connection between consuming fewer calories and improved lifespan, Price assured that people shouldn't start counting calories and expect to stay forever young. Calorie restriction has not been tested in humans as an anti-aging strategy, and the essential message is understanding the importance of taking care of our bodies.

"Food isn't just material to be burned -- it's a signal that tells our body and cells how to respond," Price said. "We're getting down to the mechanisms of aging, which may help us make more educated decisions about what we eat."(ANI)

Region: IndiaGeneral: Health

Mediterranean diet with olive oil enhances HDL function: study

UAE News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 05:31

A new research has suggests that a Mediterranean-style diet supplemented with virgin olive oil or mixed nuts helps a lot in enhancing the function of HDL cholesterol, which is informally called "good cholesterol".

HDL stands for high-density lipoproteins that are one of the five key groups of lipoproteins in the body. Lipoproteins can be described as complex particles composed of various proteins that transport all fat molecules around the body inside the water outside cells.

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‘Verizon Unlimited’ to offer unlimited data, talking & texting

UAE News - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 08:19

Marking growing competition in the wireless space, telecommunications giant Verizon Inc. on Sunday announced an unlimited LTE data plan called "Verizon Unlimited," which will take effect on Feb. 13, 2017.

Verizon Unlimited will start at $80 per month for a single/individual line with unlimited data, talking and texting. Users will have to agree to AutoPay and paper-free billing. For families, the new unlimited plan is available for $45 per line for a total of four lines ($180 in total).

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Are you smarter than your sibling? Read in to find out

Health News - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 06:34

Edinburgh [UK], Feb. 13 : If you are an elder sibling, you may already assume that first-born children are smarter than younger siblings. But new research out of the University of Edinburgh asks what many families have long pondered - and it turns out that the answer is more complicated than you might think.

The research by the University of Edinburgh has found that first-born children have superior thinking skills in comparison to their younger siblings.

Economists at the University of Edinburgh, Analysis Group and the University of Sydney examined survey data collected by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

And the researchers found that first-borns scored higher than siblings in IQ tests as early as age one.

The study, published in the Journal of Human Resources, observed nearly 5,000 children from pre-birth to age 14, with children assessed every two years.

What's more, the research found that all children got the same degree of emotional support.

Lead on the research, Dr Ana Nuevo-Chiquero, said the results could explain differences in achievement observed in education and employment down the line.

Dr Nuevo-Chiquero, of Edinburgh University's school of economics, said "Our results suggest that broad shifts in parental behaviour are a plausible explanation for the observed birth order differences in education and labour market outcomes."

Typically, so say past studies, first-born kids are usually more successful and ambitious.

One conducted by the University of Essex found that the eldest child is 16 percent more likely to pursue higher education.

But they're also more likely to be short-sighted, so it's swings and roundabouts, right? (ANI)

Region: United KingdomGeneral: Health

Want shiny, happy hair, practice hair yoga, says expert Jawed Habib

Health News - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 05:18

New Delhi [India], Feb.12 : A happy person makes for happy, long, luscious, shiny and lustrous hair. So says famous hair specialist Jawed Habib.

He also maintains that the meditative practice of yoga can also contribute to pretty, thick and feminine hair.

"All one needs to do is practice hair yoga by following a healthy and balanced diet, having your meals on time, drinking milk, consuming lots of water and spending some time with oneself. Most importantly, smile for healthy, lustrous hair," says Habib.

"We all think good shampoos, conditioners and expensive salon treatments can make our hair healthy and beautiful, but we actually are completely unaware of reality. Good products and treatments are definitely important for hair. Hair care is beyond products and treatments. Understanding hair and its needs make things less complicated. Water is important for hair health. But not just drinking some 1-2 liters a day is all you need. Water for hair means drinking it well and rinsing it well," he adds.

Habib says drinking plenty of water helps to hydrate your hair and what is applied to the hair must also be well rinsed with cool water.

"Either don't apply any hair care product or make sure you have enough water to wash it off. If you understand the water rule for hair, half of your hair problems are solved. It's simple - drink it well, rinse with it well," he said.

"Young people think conditioner daily or an occasional spa treatments is enough.. No! Hair needs natural conditioning daily. Preconditioning is the answer-apply oil for five minutes daily before a wash. Use basic oils and not blends. Wash hair with normal hair shampoo, no other shampoo is required. Cut hair regularly, which means about 8-10 weeks. No chemical experiments at home and healthy lifestyle," he adds.

On the issue of trends in hair care, Habib said, "Always remember trends are temporary, but your hair is permanent. So, be wise. Work on balanced cuts. A hair cut is the foundation of a good look. Don't keep the length too long, long hair is not easy to look stylish. Get colour, Honey Blonde, Hazelnut and Khaki blondes are good options to get instant spark to the hair. Always go to professionals for hair styling, they know your hair more than you."

He further states that the scalp needs to be cleaned just the way your face is, and adds that a clean scalp prevents both dandruff and greying. In case you need to use an anti-dandruff shampoo, use it just once a week.

"I believe hair grooming is a science. A hair dresser is both your doctor and your designer. He will know exactly what to do with your hair, according to your personality, skin tone and hair texture."

He also said that oil does nothing but bring down the density of hair to manageable proportions. This , he said, can also be done by hair re-bonding and use of serums.

Short, shoulder-length hair can make any woman look beautiful. The shorter her hair is, the younger she looks. A hair-dresser can read and feel hair and a hair cut that originates from his or her mind and not eyes, makes the perfect cut, said Habib. (ANI)

Region: IndiaGeneral: Health

Exercise everyday to keep office frustration at bay!

Health News - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 04:15

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 12 : This happens to us all. Office frustrations are mostly never confined to just the work-place. To prevent them from spilling over into the house, scientists suggest taking a brisk walk or a long swim.

A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology tracked participants' sleep patterns and daytime physical movements found employees who recorded an average of more than 10,900 steps each day were less likely to perpetuate abuse at home than those recording fewer than 7,000.

"Research shows employees who are mistreated at work are likely to engage in similar behaviors at home," said University of Central Florida's College of Business management professor Shannon Taylor, who teamed up with researchers from Illinois and Wisconsin for the study. "If they've been belittled or insulted by a supervisor, they tend to vent their frustration on members of their household. Our study shows that happens because they're too tired to regulate their behavior."

The study concludes sleep and exercise are intervention points that can be leveraged to prevent the spread of harmful behavior. Study participants included 118 MBA students with full-time jobs who took a survey and then wore activity monitors for a week. A follow-up survey was then sent to the participants' cohabitants.

Taylor said the study found that burning an additional 587 calories can reduce the harmful effects of mistreatment and help prevent it from carrying into the home. For the average American man, these gains can be achieved with an hour of swimming or a brisk 90-minute walk.

"The findings are particularly compelling given recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Heart Association to walk between 8,000 and 10,000 steps per day," Taylor said. "I also think the study gives us a new perspective on the importance of getting an adequate amount of sleep and exercise. It's not just good for you, it's good for your spouse, too."

Taylor is an associate professor and Ph.D. program coordinator in the management department at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. His research examines rude, abusive, and unethical behaviors of employees and leaders. His work has appeared in journals in business and applied psychology and has been featured by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox News and NPR. He also serves as research director at Knowtro Inc. (ANI)

Region: WashingtonGeneral: Health

Popular Bargains Website Bargain Spot Announces New Zealand Portal

New Zealand News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 19:46

Australian shopping discounts and bargain hunting website is bringing its services to customers in New Zealand. Launched in 2015, Bargain Spot has received amazing response in Australia and the company is ready to start its operations in New Zealand. Bargain Spot founder Justin Gray informed that he himself is a bargain hunter and his company will launch a dedicated version for New Zealand by March this year.

In Australia, the website has more than 120 partners. Bargain Spot offers customers with the best rebates they can get at these major retailers. Bargain Spot has setup an intelligent software that checks over two million products and finds the most discounted products with its partner retailers.

Gray informed that Bargain Spot offers more options to customers. People can setup alerts whenever their desired discount for a particular product is offered by a retailer.

Customers are always searching for bargains. Coupon websites have strong client base that searches for discounts but Bargain Spot works differently.

In an interview with Stuff NZ, Gray informed, “We were sort of looking at expanding out from just Australia, and New Zealand just seems like a good next step. It doesn't seem like there's anyone in the market doing what we're doing.”

Region: New ZealandAustraliaBusiness: Retail SectorGeneral: Featured

Sex of the baby may play important role in would-be mother's immunity

Health News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 09:22

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 11 : A study reveals would-be mothers, carrying female fetuses may exhibit a heightened inflammatory response that can contribute to sickness-related symptoms, such as achiness and fatigue.

According to researchers, women, over the years, have claimed that body of a mother, carrying male and female baby, react differently.

The study, published in journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, shows the sex of a baby is associated with pregnant women's immune responses.

Inflammation is a critical part of the immune response involved in wound healing and responses to viruses, bacteria and chronic illnesses and excessive inflammation is stressful to the body and can contribute to sickness-related symptoms, such as achiness and fatigue.

Researchers from the Ohio State University's wexner medical center in the US followed 80 pregnant women across the course of their pregnancy and examined whether women exhibited different levels of immune markers called cytokines based on fetal sex.

The analyses were conducted on levels of cytokines in the blood and levels produced by a sample of immune cells that were exposed to bacteria in the lab.

"While women didn't exhibit differences in blood cytokine levels based on fetal sex, we did find that the immune cells of women carrying female fetuses produced more pro-inflammatory cytokines when exposed to bacteria," said principal investigator of the study Amanda Mitchell.

"This means that women carrying female fetuses exhibited a heightened inflammatory response when their immune system was challenged, compared to women carrying male fetuses," Mitchell explained.

Adding, "This research helps women and their obstetricians recognise that fetal sex is one factor that may impact how a woman's body responds to everyday immune challenges and can lead to further research into how differences in immune function may affect how a women responds to different viruses, infections or chronic health conditions (such as asthma)."

While maternal inflammation can affect outcomes related to the fetus, like timing of birth, but more research is necessary to understand how fetal sex is associated with maternal inflammation. It's possible the sex hormones or other hormones in the placenta affect maternal inflammation levels, Mitchell said. (ANI)

Region: WashingtonGeneral: Health

Ford bets $1bn on autonomous car start-up

UAE News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 08:56

In a bid to win the high-stakes talent war in the budding self-driving car industry, auto giant Ford has decided to bet $1 billion through a majority investment in a start-up company called Argo AI.

Announcing the deal, the American auto giant said that a group of company employees along with its virtual driver system (autonomous vehicles) will join forces with the talent and expertise of Argo AI's founders and their strong experience in robotics.

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Firefighters dose fire in TeAtatu South suburb of Auckland

New Zealand News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 04:25

The fire service in Auckland said that firemen dosed a fire on McLeod Road in the suburb of TeAtatu South in Auckland.

The fire started at around 2.45pm on Wednesday and was brought under control around 4.30pm. The fire started at a collection of industrial units in TeAtatu South and rising smoke could be seen from around West Auckland. Even as the flames were brought under control in less than two hours, around 20 local households were advised by the authorities to stay indoors while the fire was dosed off completely.

A health protection officer was at the scene at around 7 pm and the firefighters were being decontaminated, according to Fire Service shift manager Jaron Phillips. Even as the fire is dosed off, the firefighters were likely to stay overnight at the scene. Pieces of asbestos were found in the roof of the 100m long building, according to the environmental health protection officer.

The industrial units belonged to a clothing company, a shelving company and a manufacturer of beams. Tom Wolfenden, the director and owner of one of the companies, Konstruct, said that they heard loud noises for few minutes and 10 staff on-site got out of the building immediately.

Waitemata assistant area commander John Booth said that no one is believed to have been injured in the fire.

General: GeneralRegion: New Zealand

Experts call for review of manslaughter law in New Zealand

New Zealand News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 04:22

Legal experts in New Zealand have urged the authorities to review the country's manslaughter law after widespread outrage over recent cases involving killers pleading guilty to manslaughter andnot murder. They said that the country's criminal prosecution system require reforms urgently.

Michael TeKouarehuKereopa, who earlier faced the chances of a murder trial, pleaded guilty to manslaughter of Kapiti baby Gracie-May McSorley. Kereopa had fatally injured McSorleywith a backhand blow. The case comes after Taupo's three year old MokoRangitoheriri's caregivers were found to have been beating for weeks and later convicted of his manslaughter.

Justice Minister Amy Adams had asked for a report into manslaughter law following the widespread criticism over Taupo's case. Tania Shailer, who is 26 years old and David Haerewa, who is 43 years old, were entrusted by Moko's parents to take his care. They both pleaded guilty to Moko's manslaughter in May after the young boy suffered weeks of abuse, including being kicked, slapped and stomped on. He died of his injuries on August 10, 2015.

Experts said that under the current system, a murder charge scares defendant off fighting and entice them into an agreement with the prosecution to plead guilty to a lesser charge. They called for reforms to the legal system.

General: LawRegion: New Zealand

Twitter Invests in Global Online Audio Distribution Platform SoundCloud

New Zealand News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 04:20

Reportedly Twitter has invested in Germany based SoundCloud, which is a global online audio distribution platform and allows the users to record, share, upload, and promote originally-created, sounds. News of Twitter's investment in the audio streaming company comes after two years of a failed buyout effort which would have joined the audio treasury of SoundCloud to the social media platform of Twitter.
For Twitter as well as SoundCloud, times have been difficult. Slow growth of Twitter and SoundCloud's requirement for cash to stay afloat makes the deal sensible for both.

SoundCloud have been putting in efforts to make its monthly $9.99 subscription services more interesting by signing new licensing deals with music labels.

In the competitive market, SounClud has provided many budding artists a platform for self-promotion. However, the popularity somewhat did not get enough success to turn it into cash.
In the mean time Twitter, though not shining too bright on Wall Street has been spending cash via its venture capital arm.

SoundCloud said, "We can confirm that Twitter has made an investment in SoundCloud. Both companies facilitate and inspire contemporary culture to happen in real time while reaching millions of people around the world. This investment will enable SoundCloud to remain focused on building value for creators and listeners alike, and to continue the global rollout of many company initiatives such as our recently launched subscription service, SoundCloud Go."

Companies: TwitterBusiness: Technology SectorRegion: Germany

Vantage Airport Group Ltd could Attract more Deals for Overhauling U.S Airports

New Zealand News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 04:17

Vancouver based, Canadian developer, Vantage Airport Group Ltd., which has given a makeover to airports starting from Chile to New Zealand is also working towards overhauling the LaGuardia airport in New York. The $4 billion planned project could also invite new deals for the company in the United States.

With more and more airports in the U.S. ageing, there is requirement of seeking expertise from the private sector. The aging infrastructures need dollars to be spent for a more modernized look.

George Casey, chief executive officer of the company said, "We think LaGuardia is a good opportunity to move more private engagement into transactions in the U.S. We're now looking at opportunities in Boston, other New York airports, and Chicago."

The Airports Council International says that the airports in the United States need approximately $76 billion in investments by 2019 to make sure they remain competitive in the global scenario and satisfy the projected growth in number of passengers and amount of cargo.

Last year, the industry body said in a statement that traditional ways of funding airports via grants from government and passenger fees are not sufficient to satisfy the requirements.

Business: Aviation SectorBusiness NewsRegion: United States

Bed Bath & Beyond Acquires Online Furniture and Home Accessories Retailer One Kings Lane

New Zealand News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 04:14

In the highly competitive markets and changing preferences of customers, once highflying companies often find it difficult to hold on to their high valuations.

One Kings Lane Inc. is a good example of such a case. The on online furnishing retailer which was once valued almost $1 billion a couple of years back was bought by Bed Bath & Beyond Inc for a small part of that price.

On Tuesday, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. said it acquired the website without disclosing the amount and the terms of the transaction. The company said the purchase price was "not material."

According to Dow Jones VentureSource, One Kings Lane; the online decor business which operates a furniture and home accessories sales website raised about $225 million in venture capital with a market valuation of approximately $900 million in early 2014. Its value had spiked to greater than double from 2011's $440 million in three years.

One Kings Lane was founded in 2009 and gained popularity soon with its flash sales, where prices are slashed heavily for a limited time period. However, in 2014, soon after its $112 million fund raising, the company trimmed its workforce by fifteen percent and Doug Mack, its Chief executive left the company to join Fanatics, which is also e-commerce startup. Dinesh Lathi took up as the company's new CEO.

A spokeswoman from Bed Bath & Beyond said that the deal will help in boosting the furniture and home décor offerings of the company.

Companies: One Kings LaneBusiness: Business NewsRegion: San Francisco

The Meal Kit Craze is on; Martha & Marley Spoon Joins the Crowd to make Cooking Less Painful

New Zealand News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 04:10

Life is becoming busier than ever and the food companies are making food preparation easier by the day. With twenty or more companies offering meals meal-kit delivery or meals on demand, you can cook menus quickly when time is less. But all the start ups do not gain equal amount of popularity.

To stand out in the crowd and make cooking look less painful, Sequential Brands Group Inc., which last year, bought Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has struck a partnership deal Marley Spoon the popular meal kit company. Though the financial details were kept under cover but Marley Spoon will totally be rebranded now under the Martha Stewart name with its new identity as Martha & Marley Spoon.

The meals for two or four people offered by the company will now be based on own recipes of kitchen queen, Martha Stewart.

In a statement, Stewart said, "Families are busier than ever, and it is incredibly important that everyone has the ability to cook wholesome dinners that can maximize family time together every night of the week."

The meal-kits are priced between a range of $8.70 and $12 a meal. The recipes are said to require 40 minutes or less to be cooked by the customers. The recipe's ingredients are pre-portioned and they are directly delivered at the door steps of the customer.

Companies: Sequential Brands GroupBusiness: HealthCareBusiness NewsRegion: New York

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