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“Jaadu ki Jhappi”: Mother’s Hug can boost immunity in her baby, say Scientists

About 76 per cent physicians feel that a mother's hug can improve the baby's immunity.

A mother and her child.

New Delhi, April 11, 2017: Diaper company Huggies surveyed over 2,000 moms and 500 medical professionals in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata with the aim of unfolding the power of a hug between a mother and her baby.

It was found that a mother’s hug can boost immunity, stabilize heart rate and maintain body temperature of the baby, say doctors in a survey which shows that an embrace does more than simply putting a smile on your little one’s face.

About 76 per cent physicians feel that a mother’s hug can improve the baby’s immunity.
a hug is nothing less than a miracle tonic that can stabilise the baby’s heart rate, strengthen the immune system, increase oxygen levels, and even reduce crying and stress, the company said.

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A mother’s embrace initiates a cascade of hormones that can help in regulating the body temperature as well.

About 85 per cent of doctors, in fact, encourage moms to embrace their children more often, given the health benefits these have for infants, mentioned PTI.

The survey also showed that despite the scientific backing and compelling research that supports the power of hugs, 80 per cent of mothers were not aware that hugging had health benefits for their little ones.

Even so, hugging their loved ones is an integral part of their bonding process. In fact, 90 per cent of Indian mother’s express love for their children by embracing them, and 91 per cent believe that hugging them seven to eight times a day helps ease their baby’s anxiety to a large extent.

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The survey states that 91 per cent of Indian moms also recall the first hug shared, and about 95 per cent said that they found immense relief and comfort when hugging their baby immediately after delivery.

“While most parents believe the benefits of hugs are purely emotional, this survey throws light on the numerous other benefits that stem from a simple embrace,” said Prerna Kohli, a Mumbai-based clinical psychologist.

“Hugs help in the development and growth of babies in multiple ways. Apart from the feel-good factor hugs offer, they also assist in making the child more emotionally secure and helps them grow into confident toddlers,” Kohli said.

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Scientists identify 36 new genes implicated in cardiac disease

They found the transcription factor gene was directly connected to a whole network of proteins known to play a role in cardiac hypertrophy

Scientists discovered 36 new genes related to cardiac diseases. IANS
Scientists discovered 36 new genes related to cardiac diseases. IANS
  • Scientists discovered 36 new genes
  • These are the genes implicated in cardiac diseases
  • These genes play a casual but important role in the diseases of heart

Researchers have identified 36 new genes that plays a causal role in cardiac hypertrophy — abnormal thickening of the heart muscle — which can lead to heart failure.

These genes can cause heart failure. Pixabay
These genes can cause heart failure. Pixabay

“This is an exciting direction for personalised medicine, and also for identifying genes and therapeutic targets for complex diseases that involve many genes,” said co-author of the study Alain Karma, professor at the Northeastern University. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four deaths in the US each year are due to heart disease.

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“The framework described in the paper can also be used to predict whether individuals suffering from a particular disease will respond to a given drug treatment,” said lead author Marc Santolini, a postdoctoral research associate at Centre for Complex Network Research.

For the study, published in the journal npj Systems Biology, the researchers took an entirely different approach — using the Hybrid Mouse Diversity Panel, a collection of 100 genetically different strains of mice that can be used to analyse the genetic and environmental factors underlying complex traits.

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Within each strain, the mice are inbred, making them all identical twins on a genetic level. Researchers took two mice from the same strain and gave one of them a stressor drug that induces heart failure. They then compared the stressed mouse’s gene expression with its non-stressed twin.

Since the mice have the same genome, they were able to pinpoint individual genes that changed expression as a direct result of the heart stressor.

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Among the identified 36 such genes, many of these genes were previously unknown to be implicated in heart failure, the researcher said. They mentioned that one of them is known as a transcription factor, meaning it controls the expression of many other genes.

They confirmed the gene’s role by using molecular biology techniques to silence it and observe the resulting changes of expression.

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They found the transcription factor gene was directly connected to a whole network of proteins known to play a role in cardiac hypertrophy. IANS