Fat gene affects energy expenditure at the cellular level: Study

FatRecent study showed the role played by FTO gene in making a person fat or lean. Research team led by Dr Ulrich Ruther, from the University of Dusseldorf in Germany used animal models to determine how this gene influences weight gain.

Researchers found that this gene affects energy expenditure at the cellular level. Study showed that mice without the FTO gene remained very lean because they spontaneously burn off enormous amounts of energy.

Unhealthy lifestyle doubles stroke risk

Unhealthy lifestyle doubles stroke riskRecent study revealed that an unhealthy lifestyle doubles the risk of stroke. University of East Anglia researchers analyzed data collected from 20,000 Men and women aged 40 to 79 with no known history of stroke. The study subjects were followed for 11 years.

Study subjects filled detailed health and lifestyle questionnaire and underwent a thorough health examination. Researchers gave one point for each of these habits- for not smoking, for drinking just one to 14 units of alcohol a week, for consuming five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, for being physically active.

Why present-day advanced robots get stuck in the sand

Washington, February 10: The Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the U. S. Army Research Laboratory are funding a research into why present-day advanced mobile robots have difficulty traversing granular surfaces-like sand, dirt, rubble or slippery piles of leaves-despite being able to explore complex terrains across the globe, and even on Mars.

The researchers attached with the study have thus far suggested that robots attempting to move across sandy terrain should move their legs more slowly, especially if the sand is loosely packed.

Teens actually think less about future than adults

Teens actually think less about future than adultsWashington, February 7: A new study has confirmed the popular stereotype that teenagers are short-sighted, and, consequently, prone to poor judgement and risky decision-making when it comes to issues like taking drugs and having sex.

Published in the journal Child Development, the study shows that children aged 16 and younger actually think less about the future than adults.

However, the study also suggests that the reasons may have less to do with impulsivity, and more to do with a desire to do something exciting.

Fast food can give your child asthma despite breastfeeding

child asthmaRecent research has shown that junk food increases the risk of asthma in children who tend to have lower risk of asthma due to breastfeeding. Earlier researches have shown that breastfeeding for more than three months lowers the risk of asthma.

Research team led by Anita Kozyrskyj, research chair in the department of pediatrics at the University of Alberta's faculty of medicine and dentistry analyzed data collected from 246 children, aged eight to 10, diagnosed with asthma, and 477 children without asthma.

Take more potassium to reduce blood pressure and risk of heart disease

blood pressureRecent research revealed the importance of potassium intake in reducing blood pressure and risk of heart disease. Study also revealed that sodium-to-potassium in subjects' urine is a better indictor of cardiovascular disease than sodium or potassium alone.

Lead researcher, Dr. Paul Whelton, president and CEO of Loyola University Health System, said: "There isn't as much focus on potassium, but potassium seems to be effective in lowering blood pressure and the combination of a higher intake of potassium and lower consumption of sodium seems to be more effective than either on its own in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease."