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‘Touchscreen – toddlers’ sleep less, researchers say

Toddlers

Toddlers who spend time playing on smartphones and tablets seem to get slightly less sleep than those who do not, say researchers.

The study in Scientific Reports suggests every hour spent using a touchscreen each day was linked to 15 minutes less sleep.

However, those playing with touchscreens do develop their fine motor skills more quickly.

Experts said the study was “timely” but parents should not lose sleep over it.

There has been an explosion in touchscreens in the home, but understanding their impact on early childhood development has been lacking.

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Here’s How Much Water You Should Be Drinking

Drinking water

For such a simple habit, drinking water has caused us far more than its fair share of confusion. How much do you really need? And how can you make sure you’re getting enough? Well, not to burst your bubble, but you can start by forgetting that whole eight glasses thing.

A common myth, the rule about drinking eight glasses of water every day isn’t actually based on scientific evidence.

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Appendix may have important function

Appendix

It seems we all might have an apology to make, as new research has confirmed that the Appendix isn’t the useless waste of space that we all believed it to be.

In fact, far from being redundant, it may well have actually been silently helping keep our immune system in check all these years.

Can we get a refund on that appendectomy?

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Mesentery: New organ discovered inside human body

Mesentery

A new organ has been discovered hiding in plain sight inside the human body.Known as the mesentery, it was previously thought to be just a few fragmented structures in the digestive system.

But scientists have realized it is in fact one, continuous organ.

Although its function is still unclear, the discovery opens up “a whole new area of science,” according to J Calvin Coffey, a researcher at the University Hospital Limerick, who first discovered it.

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Obesity, weight loss in children may cause permanent bone loss

Childhood obesity
Teenagers who are obese as well as those who lose excessive weight may both be at risk of irreparable damage to their bones, a new study has found.
Obesity has been previously associated with the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, but the study found that it can also affect the bone structure in both childhood and adolescence.

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Scientists on the verge of developing cure for cold

Common Cold
It’s rare to get through the winter without developing a pesky cold at least once – some of us seem to have a permanent cold, and for others, a cold can be extremely dangerous.

However, colds could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a team of scientists who are on the verge of discovering a vaccine for the common cold.

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Test reveals why cancer is genetic

Cancer cell division in sarcoma.
Cancer cell division in sarcoma.

Researchers have used genetic testing to reveal why some families are affected by several different types of cancer. 

Scientists tested 1,162 patients with sarcoma, a rare cancer disproportionately affecting children and young adults, and found that more than half were born with at least one gene mutation that is known to increase the risk.

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One fifth of world’s population will be obese by 2025

obese

People around the world are putting on weight at such a fast rate that within 10 years one fifth of the world’s population will be obese, experts have warned.

New analysis of BMI trends found that from 1975 to 2014, the number of adults in the world classified as obese rose from 105 million to 641 million.

The average person had become 1.5kg (3.3 pounds) heavier with each passing decade.

If this trend continues, scientists predict 18% of men and 21% of women worldwide will be obese by the year 2025.

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Tea is so good for you that you can eat it too

Tea

People have been drinking tea for centuries. From ancient tea ceremonies to the best tea shops across the world today, there’s a reason that humans have enjoyed this beverage for so long. Have you ever thought, however, that eating tea leaves may be beneficial as well.

Tea is widely acknowledged as a healthy beverage, and we’re sure that you’ve gone to a non-sugary type of tea to boost your mood on more than one occasion.

As a child, if you had a sore throat, Doctor Mom would probably prescribe one of two things: gargling salt water or hot tea with honey. Incorporating a variety of tea into your daily beverage intake can not only soothe your throat, but it has also been found to aid in weight-loss.

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Regular yoga can help cancer survivors

yoga cancer

Regular yoga sessions can help cancer survivors sleep better and have a better quality of life, research suggests.

Those that did two 75 minute sessions a week for just four weeks were less tired and reported better social, physical and emotional well being.

Experts said classes should be offered as part of standard care of those recovering from cancer. They said no other help had shown better results in helping survivors to recover form the toll of cancer and related treatment.

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