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Environmental Protection Stressed For Healthy Society

  KABUL - On the eve of International Mother Earth Day, a meeting was held to mark the day in which the participants stressed on keeping the land and environment protected and fertile, asking authorities to adopt measures to curb the negative impact of human activity on the land. Addressing a meeting to mark the day, Ghulam Nabi Farahi, deputy minister of information and culture,  on Tuesday said most ...

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Writing exercise can combat stress

Stressed workers could improve their problem-solving skills by taking a few minutes at the start of the day to write a note about something important to them, a study suggests. Writing a short essay about the importance of friends and family, for example, can counteract the damaging effects of chronic stress on our ability to complete tasks, researchers found. Highly stressed people performed almost 50 per ...

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Optimum Performance: Eating too much red meat could put you in danger zone

Red meat consumers take note: according to a recent study published in the Archive of Internal Medicine, "eating red meat is associated with a sharply increased risk of death from cancer and heart disease." Featured recently in The New York Times, this study was comprised of 121,342 men and women who were evaluated via questionnaire from 1980 through 2006. During this period 23,926 people from the group in ...

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Food is now the ultimate class signifier

"When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose." I hate to argue with Bob Dylan, but I am afraid there are many ways to chip away at human dignity. Even that of those who have nothing. At the end of last year, many celebrated a fantastic 12 months for Britain, with the Olympics showcasing the best of what we could be, but I called 2012 the year of the food bank. We are the seventh richest nation in the worl ...

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Television link to behaviour problems in young children

Young children who watch television for three or more hours per day are more likely to steal and get into fights, according to a new study. The fifteen per cent of five-year-olds who spend at least three hours in front of the television each day are at a slightly higher risk of anti-social behaviour by the age of seven, Glasgow University researchers found. In contrast there was no noticeable impact of comp ...

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Sleeping n Your ack ‘IIncreases Risk f Stillbirth’

Pregnant women who sleep on their back are at greater risk of having a stillbirth, a new study suggests. Mothers-to-be who sleep in this position are five times more likely to have a baby with a low birth weight, and for some women this results in the tragedy of a stillbirth, researchers said. More than a quarter of cases might be avoided simply by ensuring that women change their sleeping position, researc ...

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Health Benefits of Hiking

Countless studies and research have consistently shown that regular exercise not only improves our overall health and fitness, but lengthens and improves the quality of our lives. Regular physical activity substantially reduces the risk of dying of coronary heart disease, and decreases the risk for colon cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It also helps to control weight; contributes to healthy bones ...

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New anti-polio drive begins in east

JALALABAD - A fresh anti-polio vaccination campaign, targeting 860,000 children below five years, began in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, an official  said. Under the immunisation drive, the first in 2013, children in eastern Kunar, Nuristan, Laghman and Nangarhar provinces would be administered polio drops, Nangarhar public health director Dr. Baz Mohammad Sherzad told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said no posit ...

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Picking Addiction Help

“Treatment is not a prerequisite to surviving addiction.” This bold statement opens the treatment chapter in a helpful new book, “Now What? An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery,” by William Cope Moyers, a man who nonetheless needed “four intense treatment experiences over five years” before he broke free of alcohol and drugs. As the son of Judith and Bill Moyers, successful parents who watched helpl ...

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Family sugar remedy tested for healing people’s wounds

A nurse is researching whether an old family remedy using sugar to heal wounds does actually work. Moses Murandu, from Zimbabwe, grew up watching his father use granulated sugar to treat wounds. Sugar is thought to draw water away from wounds and prevent bacteria from multiplying. Early results from a trial on 35 hospital patients in Birmingham are encouraging, but more research is needed. One of the patien ...

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For Better Hydration, Drink Coconut Water

THE FACTS Not long ago, few athletes had heard of coconut water, but sales have skyrocketed, largely because of its reputation as a healthy and natural source of electrolytes. Pure coconut water contains many electrolytes, like sodium, the critical one lost during sweating. But many commercial varieties have less sodium than is found in juice straight from a coconut or in traditional sports drinks. An 8.5 o ...

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Drink Eight Glasses of Water a Day to Protect the Kidneys

THE FACTS The old saw about drinking eight glasses of water a day for overall health is widely considered a myth. But research over the years has suggested that drinking extra water helps the kidneys clear sodium, urea and toxins from the body. And in the past year, two large studies found a lower risk of long-term kidney problems among people who drink more water and other fluids daily. In a report publish ...

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Scientists Trick Iron-Eating Bacteria into Breathing Electrons

Scientists have developed a way to grow iron-oxidizing bacteria using electricity instead of iron, an advance that will allow them to better study the organisms and could one day be used to turn electricity into fuel. The study will be published on January 29 in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The method, called electrochemical cultivation, supplies these bact ...

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Microbes Linked to Colic in Babies

No one knows what causes colic, the intense pain and stomach cramping that commonly begins in otherwise healthy infants at about a month and disappears a few months later. But now researchers have found a possible explanation: the kinds of microbes that inhabit babies’ intestines. Researchers at Radboud University and Wageningen University in the Netherlands collected nine stool samples from each of 12 coli ...

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Constant Stress Makes You Sick

THE FACTS Chronic stress and illness are intertwined. It is well known that psychological stress raises the risk of heart disease, cold and flu, and even allergies. But how does one lead to the other? New research suggests that the hormone cortisol plays a critical role. Released in greater amounts in times of stress, this hormone provides the body with a burst of energy. It also helps suppress the body’s i ...

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Really? The Claim: Listening to Music Can Relieve Pain

THE FACTS Can the right sonata soothe the pain of a medical operation? A growing number of doctors have been using music in clinical settings, believing that it might have analgesic effects on patients — or at least take their minds off an otherwise painful procedure. Scientists only now are seeking to determine whether the notion is more romance than reality. In the most recent study, published in December ...

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Plan to Become an Ex-Smoker for Good

Few smokers would claim that it's easy to quit. The addiction to nicotine is strong and repeatedly reinforced by circumstances that prompt smokers to light up. Yet the millions who have successfully quit are proof that a smoke-free life is achievable, even by those who have been regular, even heavy, smokers for decades. Today, 19 percent of American adults smoke, down from more than 42 percent half a centur ...

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