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Neapolitan pizza making wins world heritage status

Neapolitan pizza

MNA Life Style Desk: The art of Neapolitan pizza making won world heritage status, joining a horse-riding game from Iran and Dutch wind mills on UNESCO’s culture list. UNESCO accepted the art of Neapolitan “pizzaiuolo” on the world body’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. “Congratulations #Italy!” it said in a tweet after a meeting in Jeju, South Korea where the decision was made. Italy had argued the practice of pizzaiuolo – from preparing and flipping the pizza dough to baking it in a wood-fired oven – was part of the country’s cultural and gastronomic tradition. Traditional Neapolitan ...

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Inadequate sleep may boost depression risk

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MNA Life Style Desk: Poor sleep may increase the risk of developing mood disorders, especially depression among teenagers. A study, led by Peter Franzen from the University of Pittsburgh in the US, showed that teenagers with sleep deprivation may indulge more in risk-taking behaviour and addictions. This is because chronic sleep deprivation reduces the proper functioning of putamen-an area of the brain that plays a role in goal-based movements and learning from rewards. Lack of proper sleep also leads to less activity in the brain’s reward system. Studies showed that sleep loss and poor-quality sleep also lead to accidents and ...

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Women more athletic than men

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MNA Life Style Desk: A new study has shown that women have a natural capacity to process oxygen more quickly than men during aerobic exercises, making them more athletic. The findings showed that the faster processing of oxygen enabled the cells of a woman’s body to undergo less strain especially during aerobic exercises-such as cardio, spinning, running, swimming, walking, hiking-which require oxygen to help produce energy. The study, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, compared the oxygen uptake and muscle oxygen extraction between healthy and active young men and women of similar age and weight during a ...

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Smartphone use may increase suicide risks

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MNA Life Style Desk: The more time teenagers spend on smartphones and other electronic screens, the more likely they are to feel depressed and attempt suicide, according to a new study. Screen time should be considered a modern-day risk factor for depression and suicide, said study co-author Thomas Joiner, Professor at Florida State University in the US. The study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, showed that those who focused more on non-screen activities like sports and exercise, talking to friends face to face and doing homework were more likely to be happy. According to the US Centers for ...

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Mouthwash may raise diabetes risk

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MNA Life Style Desk: Most of us are in the habit of using mouthwash at least once or twice daily, as a part of oral hygiene. But your routine may spike the sugar level in your blood. People who use mouthwash at least twice daily are at approximately 55 per cent higher risk of developing diabetes, when compared to less frequent users, found a new study. The study, published in the journal Nitric Oxide, stated that most mouthwash contain anti- bacterial ingredients, which could impact the production of oral microbes that may hamper the nitric oxide formation in the mouth. ...

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Rich life style of Mugabe kids & associates

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MNA Life Style Desk: People cheered in the streets on Tuesday as dictator Robert Mugabe was forced to resign. They’re angry at years of declining living conditions, with a GDP per capita lower than Afghanistan. But you wouldn’t know it from these photos, showing how the country’s elite are still finding plenty of wealth to go around, reports the Metro. Photos shared online, including by Mugabe’s sons, show a minority have been living the high life, pouring champagne on their Rolex just ’cause, wearing $14,000 alligator skin Giuseppe Zanotti trainers and travelling around in silver plated Rolls-Royces and private jets. ...

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Winter skin care tips for men

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MNA Life Style Desk: Avoid common skincare mistakes that most guys make by skipping foaming shave cream and saying no to one soap bar for everything. Winter presents a unique set of challenges for skin care. Cold, dry air and constantly running heaters leave your skin stripped of moisture. To avoid rough, scaly or itchy winter skin, take proper skin care of your face by following these five tips. Skin irritation Foaming shave cream is no good for your skin. It does a poor job of protecting your skin and lubricating your razor. The air bubbles that you call foam ...

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Taking little stress good for cells

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MNA Life Style Desk: According to a study, taking a little stress can be good for your cells as it boosts resilience, protects ageing cells as well as delays the risk of disease. The findings will help researchers better understand the molecular mechanisms that drive ageing and risk for age-associated degenerative diseases. ”Our findings offer us a strategy for looking at ageing in humans and how we might prevent or stabilise against cell decline as we age,” said Richard I. Morimoto, Professor at the Northwestern University. ”Our goal is not trying to find ways to make people live longer but ...

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High risk factors in street food

Street food

MNA Life Style Desk: Street food trading solves major social and economic problems in developing countries through the provision of ready-made meals at relatively inexpensive prices and employment for teeming rural and urban populace along its value chain. However, due to informal nature of the enterprise, the activities of the practitioners are not regulated. This gives ample room for unwholesome practices. The results are the risks such activities pose to the health and safety of practitioners along the value chain. Mouthwatering street foods like Fuchka, Bhelpuri, Jhaalmuri and different types of pickles contain a high level of germs, reveals a ...

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Keep your skin soft and glowing this winter

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MNA Life Style Desk: Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Your skin needs more than just pampering to keep it healthy and glowing. Moisturizing for soothing Moisturising is not just essential for very dry and flaky skin, but regular skin type must indulge in this routine too. If you are not for chemical-laden products, then you could go for any of the natural moisturizers— ...

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Depression lifts risk of early death in women

early death

MNA Life Style Desk: Due to the pressure caused by changing societal roles and multiple responsibilities, depression has significantly increased the risk of early death in women, a study has found. The findings showed that the risk of death associated with depression appeared strongest in the years following a depressive episode. In the study, the lifespan for young adults with depression at age 25 was markedly shorter over the 60-year period-the lifespan shortened ranging from 10 to 12 fewer years of life, then four to seven years and later seven to 18 fewer years of life, reported news agency. For ...

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Staying in shape may make you live longer

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MNA Life Style Desk: A healthy long life is what most aspire for and this could be possible by reducing excess fat and staying slim and shape, according to a new study. While several unhealthy habits and bad lifestyle impacts life expectancy adversely, certain healthy lifestyle may increase life span of a person. “Our study has estimated the causal effect of lifestyle choices. We found that, on average, smoking a pack a day reduces lifespan by seven years, whilst losing one kilogram of weight will increase your lifespan by two months,” Peter Joshi, researcher at the University of Edinburgh in ...

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Indians on social media during holiday

social media

MNA Life Style Desk: Indians top ahead of Thailand and Mexico when it comes to using social media while holidayingsocial media, says a survey conducted by Expedia. Indians love to be connected all the time, however, it also means that they do not disconnect from work much. Indians are globally most anxious on not being able to access WiFi or internet to check work e-mail (59 per cent). In fact they lead in showing a preference for an airline that offers in-flight WiFi (33 per cent). Hence, 14 per cent Indians are always working on a vacation, #1 globally, followed ...

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How to deliver shocking news

shocking news

MNA Life Style Desk: Nobody wants to receive shocking news, but when they must they prefer receiving it straight, without much buffer, suggests new research. So when it comes to delivering bad news, one should speak direct and not beat around the bush – as most people prefer directness and candour when they must hear something unpleasant. “If we’re negating physical facts, then there’s no buffer required or desired,” said Alan Manning, professor at Brigham Young University in the US. For example, “if your house is on fire, you just want to know that and get out. Or if you ...

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Simple stretching for lower back pain

lower back pain

MNA Life Style Desk: Stretching for lower back pain is a very common practice. Most people do it straight in the morning, right after waking up and are often implementing a far too rigorous stretching routine. Always stretch warmed up Remember, you’re damaging your muscles when you’re stretching. Make sure your muscles are warmed up so they’re able to deal with stress better. Simply go walking in fast pace for 10 minutes before you start to stretch. Don’t stretch every day Remember that stretching puts stress on your muscles and joints. In the beginning your body needs time to adapt ...

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Taking nuts staves off obesity risk

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MNA Life Style Desk: A study showed that people who ate nuts not only had less weight gain than their nut-abstaining peers, but they also enjoyed a five per cent lower risk of becoming overweight or obese. Many people have historically assumed that nut an energy-dense, high-fat food are not a good choice for individuals who want to lose weight. Further, the researchers found that nuts are rich source of energy, good fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Nus is also associated with a variety of health benefits, including healthy ageing and memory function, especially in older adults. Nut has ...

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Keep eyes on your children’s online activities

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MNA Life Style Desk: As with the real world, the Internet has its seamy side — and it’s all too easy for children to stray into online. Children learn through exploration and natural curiosity, and it is part of our job as parents to encourage that. However, as our children grow up, develop and discover new experiences, we have to take more and different steps to ensure their safety, especially on online activities. Here are some tips to keep eyes on your children’s internet activities. Step into their cyber world Parents have to get involved. Just as they know every ...

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Good lifestyle helps to reduce asthma

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MNA Life Style Desk: Daily intake of a healthy diet rich in protein, fruit and vegetables combined with proper exercise could help reduce asthma and improve quality of life in people with the condition, according to a recent research. Asthma is a common and long-term condition affecting around one in ten people in the western world. The majority of patients rely on daily medicine to control symptoms such as wheezing, chest pain and shortness of breath and many are wary of exercise, fearing that it could induce symptoms. “There is increasing evidence that asthma patients who are obese can benefit ...

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Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Dengue fever

MNA Life Style Desk: Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. These viruses are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever. An estimated 390 million dengue infections occur worldwide each year, with about 96 million resulting in illness. Symptoms of Dengue Fever Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days, may include Sudden, high fever Severe headaches Pain behind the eyes Severe joint and muscle pain Fatigue Nausea Vomiting Skin rash, which appears two to ...

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Take protein thrice in a day

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MNA Life Style Desk: Eating protein equally in the three daily meals could lead to greater mass and muscle strength in the elderly, says a study. Many seniors consume the majority of their daily protein intake at lunch and dinner. The new study suggests that breakfast should also be protin rich. For the study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the research team examined both the amount of protin consumed and its distribution among people aged 67 and over. Chevalier and her team used the database from a study which included nearly 1,800 people who were followed for ...

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Health tips for this Eid-ul-Azha

Eid-ul

MNA Life Style Desk: It is a common tendency in Bangladesh to take huge amount of red meat, especially during Eid-ul-Azha or Qurbani. There is a general misconception that consumption of sacrificial animal meat is not harmful for health. But doctors find no evidence to back up such belief. As red meat contains high amount of cholesterol and saturated fat, we should take it in moderate quantity. Globally people are reducing intake of red meat. Consumption of excessive amount of red meat causes hyper tension or high blood pressure. It may cause hurt burn and may lead to cardiac arrest. ...

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Some signs of a real friend

real friend

MNA Life Style Desk: A real friend is our concert buddies. They’re the people that come over to trap a mouse that’s in the apartment. They’re the ones who see us through relationship blunders and changes at work. Research has also found that friends help us live longer. They’re present The greatest gift any friend could ever give is full attention and awareness — and true friends make their presence a priority. Support through adversity It’s one thing to have friends who provide support during times of success. But genuine friends are there through all of our peaks and valleys ...

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Some benefits of swimming

Swimming

MNA Life Style Desk: Swimming provides a full-body workout with minimal risk of injury, which makes it an excellent choice for cross-training. Here are some benefits of swimming- Reduce stress A study shows that swimmers are less prone to tension, depression, anger and confusion when they’ve been swimming. It means that novice and amateur swimmers can feel just as good as the pros, thanks to the release of feel-good hormone serotonin. Improve sleep People who undertake vigorous exercise such as swimming are around twice as likely to report on having a good night’s sleep, according to a poll by the ...

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Foods that fight inflammation

Inflammation

MNA Life Style Desk: Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response; without it, we can’t heal. But when it’s out of control—as in rheumatoid arthritis—it can damage the body. Plus, it’s thought to play a role in obesity, heart disease, and cancer. By addressing the inflammation with anti-inflammatory foods, not only can the symptoms of these diseases be alleviated, but we could even see them cured. Fatty Fish: Oily fish, like mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna have high omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation. Add fish to menus, boiled or steamed rather than fried, salted or dried. Nuts: Nuts ...

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Ideas to keep busy kids during holidays

Holidays

MNA Life Style Desk: Holidays can be a great time to bond with your children and maybe even let your own inner child come out to play. But it can also be a stressful time when kids can misbehave because of boredom. Here are some ideas to keep busy your kids on holidays. Make your own games Get a supply of colored cards, children’s scissors, glue and anything else you may want to make some fun games. Go on picnics You don’t have to go far to have a picnic — my children regularly ask for a picnic out the ...

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Parenting with Religious Inspiration and Intent

Religion

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Religion is not really a choice rather an elemental part of growing up in any South Asian family. Transmission of prayers and rituals occur impeccably through demonstrations of devout parents and elders. Explanations are rarely offered, and questions are addressed with little more than, “that’s just the way it is.” It is likely to spark thoughts about the connection between religion and child rearing for today’s South Asian parent. A generation or two ago, it was basically unheard of for parents to consider when or whether they should introduce their child to God, but now these questions ...

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Music controls movement of people: Study

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MNA Life Style Desk: Using musical cues to learn a physical task positively impacts parts of the brain that process sound and control movement, according to a new study. The findings, published in the journal Brain and Cognition, may have implications for future research into rehabilitation for patients who have lost some degree of movement control. “The study suggests that music makes a key difference. We have long known that music encourages people to move. This study provides the first experimental evidence that adding musical cues to learning new motor task can lead to changes in white matter structure in ...

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