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If you are a Woman with a Good Sense of Smell, you may have a thriving Social Life!

For the study, the team analysed 3,005 adults in US between the ages of 57 and 85, and included odour identification test scores as well as information about participants' social lives

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March 24, 2017: If you are a woman with a good sense of smell, you may have a thriving social life, as well as have improved overall mental and physical health, a study has showed.

The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, showed that the decline in this olfactory function — sense of smell — in elderly women may affect their social life and lead to fewer social connections.

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 “Our findings confirm that the sense of smell is a key aspect of overall health in the ageing population,” said Johan Lundstrom, neuroscientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center — a US based non-profit scientific institute.

“We know that social interactions are closely linked to health status, so older women who have a poor sense of smell may want to focus on maintaining a vital social life to help improve their overall mental and physical health,” added Sanne Boesveldt, Assistant Professor at Wageningen University & Research in Netherlands.

Interestingly, the same association between olfactory function and social life was not found in older men.

“This intriguing sex difference could suggest that smell training, which has been shown to improve a reduced sense of smell in both men and women, may have an additional beneficial function in older women by helping to restore both the sense of smell and, by extension, social well-being,” Lundstrom said.

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For the study, the team analysed 3,005 adults in US between the ages of 57 and 85, and included odour identification test scores as well as information about participants’ social lives.

However, its not yet clear exactly how the link between the sense of smell and social life is connected or if the same relationship also exists in younger women, the researchers said.

Another study, appearing in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study, showed that poor smell was linked with an increased risk of dying. (IANS)

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Lack of Social Communication Skills may cause Increase in Health Problems

How can lack of Social communication skills affect your mental health?

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Lack of Social Communication Skills may cause Increase in Health Problems
Lack of Social Communication Skills may cause Increase in Health Problems. Pixabay
  • Are you left out by your friends due to improper communicative techniques? Beware, as it may take a toll on your health. New research reveals that people with poor social skills may be at a greater risk of developing mental as well as physical health problems.

Importance of Social Communication Skills in avoiding Mental Health Problems

Social skills refer to the communication skills that allow people to interact effectively and appropriately with others. They are mostly learned over time, originating in the family and continuing throughout life.

The use of technology, like texting, is probably one of the biggest impediments to developing social skills among young people nowadays, the researchers said.

“We have known for a long time that social skills are associated with mental health problems like depression and anxiety,” said Chrin Segrin, a professor at the University of Arizona.

“But it was not known definitively that social skills were also predictive of poorer physical health. Two variables — loneliness and stress — appear to be the glue that bind poor social skills to health. People with poor social communication skills have high levels of stress and loneliness in their lives,” Segrin added.

The researchers studied over 775 people, aged between 18 to 91 years, and were provided a questionnaire addressing their social communication skills, stress, loneliness, and mental and physical health.

The results found that the participants who had deficits in those skills reported more stress, loneliness, and poorer mental and physical health.

The study, published in the journal Health Communication, mentioned that while the negative effects of stress on the body have been known for a long time, loneliness is a more recently recognized health risk factor. It is as serious a risk as smoking, obesity or eating a high-fat diet with lack of exercise.(IANS)

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Delhi Woman Shot Dead In front of Husband, 2 Year Old Son

Her husband told police he had borrowed money from someone and alleged the lender was behind the killing as he was unable to pay the amount back.

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A woman was murdered in the early hours of the morning as the family traveled from Kashmere Gate to their home in Rohini in Delhi. Pixabay

New Delhi, October 25, 2017 : A 30-year-old woman was shot dead in the early hours of Wednesday in front of her husband and two-year-old son, police said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Milind Mahadeo Dumbere told IANS the woman, Priya Mehra, was travelling in a car along with her husband and son when she was shot at around 4.30 a.m. in Shalimar Bagh in north-west Delhi.

Her husband told police he had borrowed money from someone and alleged the lender was behind the killing as he was unable to pay the amount back.

He had borrowed Rs 5 lakh in a high interest rate and as the debt grew into Rs 40 lakh, he was finding it difficult to pay back.

“There were four assailants in a car, according to the deceased’s husband, and she was shot at twice,” the police officer said.

Dumbere said no one has been arrested yet and the body has been sent to Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital (BJRM) Hospital for autopsy.

The family was on the way to their house in Rohini from Kashmere Gate, when the woman was murdered. (IANS)

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Here’s how the Science links Yoga to Happiness!

There is science behind the fact that Yoga makes the individual happier

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Yoga poses heighten self-esteem of the individual. Wikimedia
  • In a recent study carried out by Professor of Psychology at University of London, Agnieszka Golec de Zavala, participants participated in two different postures
  • While some did Yoga poses, others did power poses (for two minutes) while researchers studied the psychological effects
  • Feelings of heightened self-esteem and energy was seen in those who did the Yoga postures 

July 21, 2017: Recently, a study was carried out led by Agnieszka Golec de Zavala, professor of psychology at University of London to understand how science can link yoga to happiness. Participants did Yoga poses and power poses for two minutes while the researchers studied their psychological effects.

It was observed that individuals who tried the yoga poses had heightened self-esteem, more energy and over all happiness.

There are different theories as to why this may be true. One of the theory is that the tenth cranial nerve, which is longest nerve in the automatic nervous system responsible for unconcious functions of the body and emotional regulations is somehow linked to Yoga’s psychological effects.

The asanas of Yoga combined with regulated breathing and mind meditation is a healthy lifestyle both mentally and physically. Today, Yoga is popular in most countries of the western societies.

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Many studies have established a clear relation between Yoga and the state of happiness. Yoga helps relieve chronic pain. It is also helpful in regulating diabetes, asthma, lymphoma and artery disease. Mental health problems such as depression and disorders can also be successfully managed through Yoga.

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A healthy lifestyle can be achieved if Yoga is incorporated into the daily life of the individual. Yoga helps distract the mind through negativity and chaos. Fatigue can be reduced through Yoga as well.

Yoga is also a great way to heighten self-esteem. There have been few studies by science to demonstrate how a posture has an impact on the psychological state of the individual.

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The participants who did Yoga poses felt much higher self-esteem than those individuals who did the power poses. They had more energy and empowered attitude about themselves.

The power poses may come across as a more dominant posture, but it was the Yoga poses that helped brain form an empowered image of the self.

The vagus nerve is important in this whole process. It connects the body to the brain. It is a central organ in the automatic nervous system. It regulates breathing, digestion and heart rate.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: Saksham2394