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Love it or Hate it- Marmite May Affect the Functioning of Brain

28 Apr 17

Marmite is the brand name for a product sold worldwide as a food spread. Its origin comes from Britain as well as New Zealand. The Unilever owned product is made from yeast extract and is known to be very popular bread spread across the globe.

Now, scientists at the University of New York have discovered a potential link between brain activity and consumption of Marmite. The reports reveal that there is an apparent increase of a chemical messenger associated with functioning of the brain.

By measuring electrical activity using electroencephalography (EEG), participants consuming one teaspoon of marmite every day for a month were compared to a control group who consumed peanut butter for the same time. The results showed substantial reduction of around 30% in their brain’s response to visual stimuli.

This may be due to the presence of vitamin B12 which supposedly increases levels of a specific neurotransmitter called GABA. 

It took around 8 weeks to observe the recorded changes in functioning of the brain. This suggests that dietary intakes can potentially have long term effects on brain function.

Content: www.sciencedaily.com


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A Balance Amount of Folic Acid to Lower the Risk of Autism

20 Sep 17

Autism is a disorder that refers to a range of conditions, combined with various neurological and physical disabilities. It creates problem in repetitive behaviour, speech, understanding and nonverbal communication of the child.  A research has proven that the children whose mothers had taken 800 or more micrograms of folic acid, has comparatively lower risk of developing Autism. It is also important that mother should be away of pesticides and polluted area to avoid the disease in child. Mothers who took folic acid and were not exposed to pesticides during pregnancy then there had been lesser chance of developing Autism in the child. It is found by a research that being exposed to pesticides and having a lower level of folic acid at the time of conception of foetus invites autism in child. Folic acid helps in recreation of body cells that is essential to fight with autism. It also helps in DNA formation and repair. Autistic children always face trouble in performing their regular activities and communicating with others unlike normal children. This can be avoided by applying some regular precaution and by consuming a regular quantity of folic acid before and during pregnancy; however, it is not a 100% cure. High doses of folic acid helps improve brain function by overcoming the blockade and restoring normal foliate levels inside brain cells that minimizes the risk of autism.

 

By: Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.sciencedaily.com

 

Autism is a disorder that refers to a range of conditions, combined with various neurological and physical disabilities. It creates problem in repetitive behaviour, speech, understanding and nonverbal communication of the child.  A research has proven that the children whose mothers had taken 800 or more micrograms of folic acid, has comparatively lower risk of developing Autism. It is also important that mother should be away of pesticides and polluted area to avoid the disease in child. Mothers who took folic acid and were not exposed to pesticides during pregnancy then there had been lesser chance of developing Autism in the child. It is found by a research that being exposed to pesticides and having a lower level of folic acid at the time of conception of foetus invites autism in child. Folic acid helps in recreation of body cells that is essential to fight with autism. It also helps in DNA formation and repair. Autistic children always face trouble in performing their regular activities and communicating with others unlike normal children. This can be avoided by applying some regular precaution and by consuming a regular quantity of folic acid before and during pregnancy; however, it is not a 100% cure. High doses of folic acid helps improve brain function by overcoming the blockade and restoring normal foliate levels inside brain cells that minimizes the risk of autism.

 

By: Anita Aishvarya

Content: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170908205535.htm

 

 

 


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Delhi’s Forgotten Historical Gems

19 Sep 17

Delhi has given shelter to everyone and it’s a place full of historical monuments. These places remind us the stories of ancient times and early India. It’s often called a best destination for tourist.

However, there are many places which are ignored by tourists and residents. There is a treasure trove of monuments out there, waiting to be explored. There are various other structures and monuments and Adham Khan’s Tomb, Mehrauli Village is one of those. This tomb is built by Akbar in 1561 for his foster-brother Adham Khan, son of Maham Anga, who Akbar ordered killed by repeatedly throwing down the walls of the Agra Fort.

As per the history, this tomb is considered unique because of its octagonal shape. Most of the tombs of 3rd century BC are hexagonal. Many people believe that Akbar wanted to build a tomb for Adham in respect for his mother Maham Anga, while making it matchless in the sense that this was a tomb of a traitor.

Content: wikipedia.org

By: Priyanka Negi


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An Eye on Earth- Search of Hidden Worlds

18 Sep 17

A group of scientists from Queen's University Belfast and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany have come out with a new discovery that find out that how an alien observer can able to detect our Earth using our own techniques. They found that at least nine planets are well placed to observe movement of Earth. Solar missions like SuperWASP and Kepler have discovered thousands of stars other than sun in the solar galaxy and have named them “Exoplanets.”

The new concept is that, various planets in our Solar System could be seen while passing through their “transit zones” that is the area near their host star. Many other planets can also be seen depending upon the time and distance from the star. Smaller planets are more likely to be seen as larger planets block out more light while passing through their host stars. It is observed by the astronomers that three planets at most could be observed from anywhere outside of the Solar System, and that combinations of three planets are not possible.

Detecting a single planet is higher than two or three planets. It is estimated that there are tens of the worlds that are favourably located to detect the Earth and are capable of sustaining life. In future scientists may target these transit zones to search for exoplanets with favourable living conditions.

By: Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.sciencedaily.com


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Builder of Lutyens’ Delhi: Sir Sobha Singh

17 Sep 17

Sardar Bahadur Sir Sobha Singh was the father of well-known Indian writer Khushwant Singh. He was a civil contractor and leading builder of Lutyens’ Delhi and real estate owner of Delhi. He was born in a small village lura Hadalji in Khushab, Shahpur District which was a part of British India (now in Pakistan).

He was born in 1890. Sobha Singh joined his father’s business of civil construction after attending school for few years in Amritsar. The 22 year old Sobha Singh shifted his base to Delhi as building contractors when Hardinge, the Viceroy of India, announced the plan to shift to British Indian capital city. After the shifting, building contracts were given out and Sobha Singh became the senior-grade contractor. After the Coronation Durbar, plans for new city were made immediately.

King and Queen laid the foundation stones. Sir Sobha was the sole builder for the South Block and War Memorial Arch (now India Gate). He has also worked on some parts of Rashtrapati Bhavan and Vijay Chowk.

By: Bhavna Sharma

Content: en.wikipedia.org


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Brain Stimulation; a Boon for Children with Learning Difficulties

16 Sep 17

Maths is something that most of the children find challenging and thus it’s become essential to help those with difficulties to learn better. The learning capacity of children depends upon the different educational and cultural backgrounds, and the developmental conditions. Now-a-days a technique called deep brain stimulation (DBS) is being offered for children with primary dystonia, a type of movement disorder in which wrong brain signals cause involuntary muscle contractions in mind. It’s a famous technique for the treatment of many movement disorders in adults.

However, it is warned that there may be complications due to DBS in children. This method is suggested to improve the performance of children with mathematical learning difficulties. Experiment was done on some children and was found effective in improving learning skills; however, it is also warned that it is not full-proof technology because research is still going on in this regard.

This technique may have some psychological side effects on children depending upon the difference in age group. It may have an adverse effect on the typical abilities of children of different culture. Brain stimulation is more effective in adults than in children. But still it has so many advantages in the way of improving in learning and numerical training of kids. But it’s advisable to apply it with due care.

Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.sciencedaily.com


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