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Social isolation behavior in ants is similar to that of humans

Social isolation behavior in ants is similar to that of humans

Ants live their entire lives as members of the same colony and are dependent on their colony mates The findings of a recent study by researchers at Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz have revealed alterations to the social and hygienic behavior of ants that had been isolated from their group. They react to social isolation in a similar way as do humans and other social mammals.The research team was particularly surprised by the fact that immune and stress genes were downregulated in the brains of the isolated ants. “This makes the immune system less efficient, a phenomenon that is also apparent in socially isolating humans — notably at present during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Professor Susanne Foitzik, who headed up the study at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). The study on a species of ant native to Germany has recently been published in Molecular Ecology.Humans and other social mammals experience isolation from their group as stressful,…
Divij Bajaj Enters 30 Under 30 Club

Divij Bajaj Enters 30 Under 30 Club

New Delhi headquartered lifestyle dietary supplement brand, Power Gummies has knocked out all the odds in the nutraceutical industry with the progress made with their existence mere in just three years of inception under the thorough leadership of Divij Bajaj, CEO and Founder, standing true to his belief of becoming a man of value always supersedes a man of success.
Poor quality carbohydrates diet linked to heart attacks

Poor quality carbohydrates diet linked to heart attacks

The higher risks of a diet high in poor quality carbohydrates called a high glycemic diet A global study focused on people living in five continents found that a diet high in poor quality carbohydrates leads to a higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death.The findings of the study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The higher risks of a diet high in poor quality carbohydrates, called a high glycemic diet, were similar to whether people had previous cardiovascular disease or not.A total of 137,851 people aged 35 to 70 years old were followed for a median of 9.5 years through the Population Urban and Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study run by the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences. The research team used food questionnaires to measure the long-term dietary intake of participants and estimate the glycemic index (the ranking of food based on their effect…
Study reveals that not all ‘good’ cholesterol is healthy

Study reveals that not all ‘good’ cholesterol is healthy

The good cholesterol particles are more effective in transferring cholesterol to the liver so that it can be eliminated A study led by a team of researchers has now demonstrated that not all good cholesterol is healthy.The study led by the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) was published in the journal Metabolism, Clinical and Experimental. Although drugs that lower bad cholesterol reduces cardiovascular risk, those that raise good cholesterol have not proven effective in reducing the risk of heart disease. This paradox has called into question the relationship between good cholesterol and cardiovascular risk, and researchers are now studying the characteristics of good cholesterol particles.HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein cholesterol) or good cholesterol is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease as it transports cholesterol deposited in the arteries to the liver to be eliminated. This contrasts with the so-called bad cholesterol, LDL (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol), which causes cholesterol to accumulate in the…
The study suggests changes in writing style provide clues to group identity

The study suggests changes in writing style provide clues to group identity

Small changes to people’s writing style can reveal which social group they “belong to” at a given moment, new research showed Groups are central to human identity, and most people are part of multiple groups based on shared interests or characteristics – ranging from local clubs to national identity. When one of these group memberships becomes relevant in a particular situation, behaviour tends to follow the norms of this group so that people behave “appropriately”.The new study – by the University of Exeter, Imperial College London, University College London, and Lancaster University – demonstrated that group normative behaviour is reflected in a person’s writing style.It also showed that assessing writing style can reveal – with an accuracy of about 70 per cent – which of two groups affected a person while they were writing a particular piece of text. To demonstrate their method, researchers studied how people who are parents and feminists change their writing…
Happy childhood? No guarantee for good mental health!

Happy childhood? No guarantee for good mental health!

Both positive and negative childhood experiences were found to manifest as anxiety or other mental health disorders into adulthood While it’s widely known that a difficult childhood could increase the likelihood of mental illness, a new suggested that a happy and secure childhood does not always protect a child from developing a mental illness later in life.The findings of the study were published in the journal titled ‘Current Psychology’. Conducted in partnership with the University of Canberra, the study examined how early childhood experiences relate to different developmental pathways, and how these might be associated with poor mental health. Given that both positive and negative childhood experiences were found to manifest as anxiety or other mental health disorders into adulthood, researchers believed that it is our ability to adapt – or rather not adapt – to unexpected scenarios that might be influencing mental health.In Australia, almost 50 per cent of the population will experience mental…
Madhuri Dixit exudes elegance in ‘shades of black’

Madhuri Dixit exudes elegance in ‘shades of black’

Slaying in shades of black, Madhuri Dixit was seen exuding elegance in a Manish Malhotra traditional embroidered suit with heavy lace detailing on it. The ‘Dhak-Dhak’ girl of Bollywood, Madhuri Dixit Nene treated her fans with drop-dead gorgeous pictures of herself from a recent photoshoot on Thursday. Slaying in shades of black, the 53-year-old was seen exuding elegance in a Manish Malhotra traditional embroidered suit with heavy lace detailing on it. The ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ star shared a series of pictures featuring herself where she can be seen sitting on a sofa while posing for the lens. In the pictures, Madhuri is seen effortlessly carrying the beautiful black straight suit with matching high heel stilettos. To complete the look, she accessorised her outfit with beautiful Indian jhumkas and bangles. Skipping neckpiece, she complemented the look with a messy low bun hairstyle and minimal makeup look. With the post in which Madhuri is seen flaunting…
Basant Panchami 2021: Significance, history of the festival

Basant Panchami 2021: Significance, history of the festival

Basant Panchami marks the day to worship the deity of knowledge, music, and arts in Hindus, the lesser-known fact is that this day has significance in Sikh and Muslim religions too. Basant Panchami, also known as ‘Vasant Panchami’, marks the arrival of the spring season in India. The day will be celebrated on February 16 this year. While, this occasion marks the day to worship the deity of knowledge, music, and arts in Hindus, the lesser-known fact is that this day has significance in Sikh and Muslim religions too. ANI spoke to the head priests and spiritual leaders to find about the significance of the special day and how it is celebrated across India.Mahant Vikas Sharma, head priest of Hanuman Mandir, Connaught Place told ANI, “When Brahmadev created this universe, it was beautiful but silent. After Lord Narayana requested Brahmadev to bestow the universe with its voice, he sprinkled water from his kamandal and henceforth…
Here’s how Basant Panchami is celebrated across India

Here’s how Basant Panchami is celebrated across India

Basant Panchami is held on the fifth day (Panchami) of the Magha maas (month), and also celebrated as Saraswati Puja in some parts of India. Basant Panchami, the festival which marks the arrival of the spring season in India, would be celebrated on February 16, this year. Held on the fifth day (Panchami) of the Magha maas (month), Basant Panchami is also celebrated as Saraswati Puja in some parts of the country. Festivals in India are all about harmony and togetherness, in fact, the fun of the occasion is simply incomplete without good food and happiness. As per the Hindu Mythology, Lord Brahma is believed to have created the universe on this day. Apart from that, the reason for the celebration of Saraswati Puja in some parts of the country is because it was believed that on this day Goddess Durga gave birth to Goddess Saraswati. The significance of the occasion is huge in Hindu…
92 pc Indian singles looking for love in matrimony

92 pc Indian singles looking for love in matrimony

92 pc Indian singles looking for love in matrimony: BharatMatrimony Valentine’s Day Survey In a recently concluded survey of 5,628 members of BharatMatrimony, a whopping 92 per cent of singles ready to marry said that they’re actually looking for the “love of their life” on BharatMatrimony, not just a life partner.The survey was conducted on the occasion of this Valentine’s Day in relation to marriage and attitudes of young marriageable Indians when it comes to this occasion and its role in marital life. Interestingly, 86 per cent of participants said that after marriage they’d continue to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their spouse. Talking about why celebrating love is important to them, 52 per cent women and 43 per cent men opined that celebrating the day “helps strengthen marital bonds” while 26 per cent women and 37 per cent men said that it was a “special day to express love.” Among those who said they may…
Valentine’s Day 2021: Home-based Skincare Tips To Give You A Glow Up On Special Date Night

Valentine’s Day 2021: Home-based Skincare Tips To Give You A Glow Up On Special Date Night

Akshit Goel, founder of skincare brand TNW-The Natural Wash, shared some easy skincare hacks so that you can flaunt the most glowing and clear skin on the Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s day is just around the corner and on this occasion, couples usually take time out from their busy schedules to spend some precious moments with each other. Valentine’s Day has become a significant cultural and commercial celebration of romance and love in many parts of the world. While many lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts, a lot of others go on romantic dinner dates to celebrate the day of love. And who doesn’t want to look their fashionable best on special dinner dates? That one candlelight dinner might be about picking the right dress, but one will look stunning only if the dress is complemented with glowing and pampered skin. Girls and women spend hours decking themselves up to get the right look…
Vegan diet promotes weight loss, keeps cholesterol in control

Vegan diet promotes weight loss, keeps cholesterol in control

The study found that a low-fat vegan diet has better outcomes for weight, body composition, insulin sensitivity, and cholesterol levels, compared with a Mediterranean diet. Looking for a diet that is more beneficial for weight loss and keeps your cholesterol in control? Try a vegan diet! According to a new study, a vegan diet (Plant-Based Diet) is more effective for weight loss than a Mediterranean diet. The findings of the study were published in the ‘Journal of the American College of Nutrition’. The study found that a low-fat vegan diet has better outcomes for weight, body composition, insulin sensitivity, and cholesterol levels, compared with a Mediterranean diet. The study randomly assigned participants, who were overweight and had no history of diabetes, to a vegan diet or a Mediterranean diet in a 1:1 ratio. For 16 weeks, half of the participants started with a low-fat vegan diet that eliminated animal products and focused on fruits, vegetables,…
Basant Panchami: 5 lip-smacking dishes to gorge on this Basant Panchami!

Basant Panchami: 5 lip-smacking dishes to gorge on this Basant Panchami!

Ex Radisson Chef Anil Dahiya had suggested a list of delicacies that one can savour on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami. As the occasion of Basant Panchami, which marks the onset of the spring season, is just around the corner, people are gearing up to seek blessings from Goddess Saraswati, who is considered as the deity of wisdom, intellect, and learning. Associated with yellow colour, the festival of Basant Panchami also marks the start of preparation for Holika and Holi, which occurs nearly 40 days later. But every festival is incomplete without some delicious dishes to gorge on, and if you are planning to prepare something lip-smacking this Basant Panchami then we have got you all covered! Ex Radisson Chef Anil Dahiya had suggested a list of delicacies that one can savour on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami: Sweet saffron rice: Ingredients:1. One cup long-grained basmati rice2. Six tbsp ghee3. Two tbsps almonds…
Valentine’s Day 2021: Unique Gift Ideas To Make Your Loved One Feel Extra Special!

Valentine’s Day 2021: Unique Gift Ideas To Make Your Loved One Feel Extra Special!

This Valentine’s Day, ditch the traditional gifts like flowers, chocolates, and jewellery, try something different to celebrate the day of love. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and couples are gearing up to celebrate the occasion with their loved ones. In order to make their significant other feel special, people usually go all out, finding unique and innovative ways to shower them with love. However, finding the perfect gift could be quite a task. While you can take them out for a dinner date or plan a small trip, something a little different from the routine celebrations could make a huge difference, making your loved one feel all the more special. Here is a list of new gifting trends ruling the minds of people this Valentine’s Day: One can definitely consider innovative tattoos, which is a trending idea nowadays. Tattoos have always remained in demand during Valentine’s week, however, this time they are not…
Study finds childhood diet has a lifelong impact

Study finds childhood diet has a lifelong impact

Eating too much fat and sugar in your diet as a child can alter your microbiome for life The study by UC Riverside researchers is one of the first to show a significant decrease in the total number and diversity of gut bacteria in mature mice fed an unhealthy diet as juveniles. “We studied mice, but the effect we observed is equivalent to kids having a Western diet, high in fat and sugar and their gut microbiome still being affected up to six years after puberty,” explained UCR evolutionary physiologist Theodore Garland.A paper describing the study has recently been published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.The microbiome refers to all the bacteria as well as fungi, parasites, and viruses that live on and inside a human or animal. Most of these microorganisms are found in the intestines, and most of them are helpful, stimulating the immune system, breaking down food, and helping synthesize key vitamins.In…
Mushrooms could make your meals more nutritious!

Mushrooms could make your meals more nutritious!

Mushrooms are one of the best dietary sources of sulfur-containing antioxidant amino acid ergothioneine and tripeptide glutathione Ergothioneine New research suggested that adding a mushroom serving to the diet could work wonders for the human body.According to the research, published in ‘Food Science and Nutrition’, adding a mushroom serving to the diet increased the intake of several micronutrients, including shortfall nutrients such as vitamin D, without any increase in calories, sodium, or fat. Dr Victor L. Fulgoni III and Dr Sanjiv Agarwal modelled the addition of mushrooms to National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2011-2016 dietary data looking at a composite of white, crimini, and portabella mushrooms at a 1:1:1 ratio; one scenario including UV-light exposed mushrooms, and one scenario including oyster mushrooms for both 9-18 years and 19+ years of age based on an 84g or half cup equivalent serving. Key findings include:1. Adding an 84g serving of mushrooms increased several shortfall nutrients…
Anupam Kher spends Monday morning with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

Anupam Kher spends Monday morning with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

Anupam Kher took to Twitter to appreciate the minister’s “selfless services” and shared a video reel featuring his early morning moments with Dr Harsh Vardhan. Veteran actor Anupam Kher spent his Monday morning with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and expressed happiness for feasting on a ‘delicious breakfast’. Anupam Kher took to Twitter to appreciate the minister’s “selfless services” and shared a video reel featuring his early morning moments with Dr Harsh Vardhan. The video sees Kher and the Union Health Minister having a conversation at the lawmaker’s residence and enjoying a stroll in his garden. The video reel also features the veteran actor, the health minister, and his wife seated and having a conversation. Sharing the video reel on Twitter, the ‘Saaransh’ actor thanked the BJP MP and his wife for the “most delicious breakfast.” It was so wonderful to spend my morning with @drharshvardhan ji & his generous wife #NutanJi. Apart from the…
Dogs learn new words after hearing them only four times

Dogs learn new words after hearing them only four times

A new study discovered that talented dogs can learn new words after hearing them only four times Preliminary evidence shows that though most dogs do not learn words (i.e. names of objects) unless very extensively trained, a few individuals have shown some exceptional abilities by learning new words after hearing them only four times. The Family Dog Project research team at the Department of Ethology, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest is investigating these exceptionally talented dogs who seem to learn words in the absence of any formal training, but simply by being exposed to playing with their owners in the typical way owners do, in a human family.A new study, published in the journal ‘Scientific Reports’, has provided surprising results about how quickly gifted dogs can learn new words. Two gifted dogs, a Border Collie named Whisky, from Norway, already famous for her spontaneous categorization skills, and a Yorkshire terrier named Vicky Nina, from Brazil, participated…
Twenty reasons why I should consult to a mind coach?

Twenty reasons why I should consult to a mind coach?

Mental training has proved to be a hugely beneficial asset to many successful and aspiring people. How is this useful?  Radhika Kawlra Singh has created a thorough impact on the minds of the country’s top-ranked men and women from versatile fields over two decades of practice as an Olympic mind coach. With the trilogy of ‘YOU’ books, she equips you with the means to empower the self. We asked her to help us understand mind training. Have you ever felt sure about something, and later realized that you were wrong? Or, persevered a dream, put in tonnes of hard work, and the job fell through? Have you been in a situation in which you don’t have the skill to deal with your emotions? Been misunderstood and found no way to remedy the misperception about you?  How is it possible to know how to accurately deal with 60,000 thoughts that we have within one waking cycle of time?…
How the brain paralyses you while you sleep ??

How the brain paralyses you while you sleep ??

When the researchers blocked the input to neurons, the mice began moving during their sleep, just like someone with REM sleep behaviour disorder A team of researchers has found neurons in the brain that link, narcolepsy, cataplexy, and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behaviour disorder disorders. This discovery could provide a target for treatments.REM sleep correlates when we dream. Our eyes move back and forth, but our bodies remain still. This near-paralysis of muscles while dreaming is called REM-atonia and is lacking in people with REM sleep behaviour disorder. Instead of being still during REM sleep, muscles move around, often going as far as to stand up and jump, yell, or punch. Sakurai and his team set out to find the neurons in the brain that normally prevent this type of behaviour during REM sleep. Working with mice, the team identified a specific group of neurons as likely candidates. These cells were located in an…
Dating apps don’t destroy love

Dating apps don’t destroy love

Swiss study suggests dating apps don’t destroy love Contrary to earlier concerns, a novel has shown that people who met their partners on dating applications have often stronger long-term relationship goals and that these new ways of meeting people encourage socio-educational and geographical mixing.Mobile apps have revolutionised the way people meet in Switzerland and elsewhere in recent years. The findings of a recent study indicate that app-formed couples have stronger cohabitation intentions than couples who meet in a non-digital environment. Unlike traditional dating sites, these apps do not feature detailed user profiles but are largely based on rating photos using a swipe review system. As dating apps escalated in popularity, so has criticism about them encouraging casual dating only, threatening the existence of long-term commitment, and possibly damaging the quality of intimacy. There is no scientific evidence, however, to validate these claims. A study by the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, provides a wealth of…
Casual smoking can lead to nicotine addiction

Casual smoking can lead to nicotine addiction

According to diagnostic criteria, even those who consider themselves to be casual smokers might be addicted to cigarettes According to findings published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers at Penn State College of Medicine and Duke University found that many light smokers — those who smoke one to four cigarettes per day or fewer — meet the criteria for nicotine addiction and should therefore be considered for treatment. “In the past, some considered that only patients who smoke around 10 cigarettes per day or more were addicted, and I still hear that sometimes,” said Jonathan Foulds, professor of public health sciences and psychiatry and behavioural health, Penn State. “But this study demonstrates that many lighter smokers, even those who do not smoke every day, can be addicted to cigarettes. It also suggests that we need to be more precise when we ask about cigarette smoking frequency.”According to Jason Oliver, assistant professor of psychiatry…
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