Vitamin D protects against severe asthma attacks

Story Source: Materials provided by Queen Mary University of London. Taking oral vitamin D supplements in addition to standard asthma medication could halve the risk of asthma attacks requiring hospital attendance, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Asthma affects more than 300 million people worldwide and is estimated to cause almost 400,000 deaths annually. Asthma deaths arise primarily during episodes of acute worsening of symptoms, known as attacks or ‘exacerbations’, which are commonly triggered by viral upper respiratory infections. Vitamin D is thought to protect…

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A need for bananas? Dietary potassium regulates calcification of arteries

Low dietary potassium leads to calcified arteries and aortic stiffness, while increased dietary potassium alleviates that in a mouse model, suggesting dietary potassium may protect against heart disease and death from heart disease in humans Story Source: Materials  provided by University of Alabama at Birmingham. Bananas and avocados foods that are rich in potassium may help protect against pathogenic vascular calcification, also known as hardening of the arteries. University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have shown, for the first time, that reduced dietary potassium promotes elevated aortic stiffness in a…

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How Skipping breakfast is associated with hardening of the arteries

Eating breakfast may be good for your heart, research shows. Credit: © wavebreak3 / Fotolia   Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis, or the hardening and narrowing of arteries due to a build-up of plaque, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.   Eating a healthy breakfast has been shown to promote greater heart health, including healthier weight and cholesterol. While previous studies have linked skipping breakfast to coronary heart disease risk, this is the first study to evaluate the…

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How Low consumption of vitamin K by adolescents is associated with unhealthy enlargement of the heart’s major pumping chamber

 Scientists have found another reason for children to eat their green leafy vegetables. Credit: Phil Jones, Senior Photographer, Augusta University A study of 766 otherwise healthy adolescents showed that those who consumed the least vitamin K1 found in spinach, cabbage, iceberg lettuce and olive oil were at 3.3 times greater risk for an unhealthy enlargement of the major pumping chamber of their heart, according to the study published in The Journal of Nutrition. Vitamin K1, or phylloquinone, is the predominant form of vitamin K in the U.S. diet. “Those who…

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Study reveals that “Eating nuts can reduce weight gain”

Five-year study examined diet, weight of 373,000 Europeans across 10 countries                                    Assorted nuts (stock image).  Credit: © bit24 / Fotolia A study recently published in the online version of the European Journal of Nutrition has found that people who include nuts in their diet are more likely to reduce weight gain and lower the risk of overweight and obesity. The findings came to light after researchers at Loma Linda University School of Public Health and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) evaluated diet and lifestyle data from…

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Why take too much sugar? Even ‘Healthy People’ are at risk of developing Heart Disease

There are newfound cardiovascular risks associated with a high sugar diet, even in otherwise healthy people. Credit: © WavebreakmediaMicro / Fotolia  Story Source: Materials provided by University of Surrey. Healthy people who consume high levels of sugar are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. A ground-breaking study from the University of Surrey found that a subject group of otherwise healthy men had increased levels of fat in their blood and fat stored in their livers after they had consumed a high sugar diet. The study, which has been…

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Layers Mash Feed Formula

Feed formulas are usually given based on the needs of your birds so before a feed formula is recommended, it must meet the needs of your birds. It is also very important that you consult an expert for proper guidance. However, an example of a Layers Mash feed formula is given below: Raw Materials Quantity Required Maize 500kg Soya 130kg GNC 100kg Wheat Offals 195kg Bone Meal 20kg Oyster Shell 80kg Methionine 1kg Lysine 1kg Salt 3kg Vitamin 3kg N/B: Seasons can also affect/alter the formulation therefore always carry an…

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Growers Mash Feed Formula

Feed formulas are usually given based on the needs of your birds so before a feed formula is recommended, it must meet the needs of your birds. It is also very important that you consult an expert for proper guidance. However, an example of a Growers Mash feed formula is given below: Raw Materials Quantity Required Maize 400kg Soya 90kg GNC 80kg Wheat Offals 362kg Bone Meal 20kg Oyster Shell 40kg Methionine 1kg Lysine 1kg Salt 3kg Vitamin 3kg N/B: Seasons can also affect/alter the formulation therefore always carry an…

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Chicks Mash Feed Formula

Feed formulas are usually given based on the needs of your birds so before a feed formula is recommended, it must meet the needs of your birds. It is also very important that you consult an expert for proper guidance. However, an example of a Chicks Mash feed formula is given below: Raw Materials Quantity Required Maize 500kg Soya 100kg GNC 100kg Wheat Offals 245kg Bone Meal 10kg Oyster Shell 10kg Methionine 1kg Lysine 1kg Salt 2.5kg Vitamin 3kg N/B: Seasons can also affect/alter the formulation therefore always carry an…

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Already Bagged Feeds Vs Feed Formulation: Which is Cheaper? Find out

Most of the time, feeds prepared by oneself are usually costlier because it is likely to be richer. However, how rich your feed will be is usually determined by the quality of your feed formulation and the faithfulness of your feed-mill as some feed-mills are known for quality. There are many feed-mills around. The most important thing you should look for in a feed-mill is their reliability, faithfulness and efficiency. However, it is better you consult an expert or an already existing farmer around you to put you through. See…

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How to source for Feeds for your Birds

There are basically three ways of sourcing for feeds for your birds which include: Already bagged feeds (Finished Feeds) which can be purchased from feed mills or you can take a good feed formula to a feed mill for the feed to be prepared for you. Also concentrates can be purchased from good sources to which you can add other recommended ingredients and then serve your birds. With regards to which of the three feed sources is recommended for your birds. Well it depends on many factors which include the…

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To breed or not to breed? Migratory female butterflies face a monsoonal dilemma

                This is an image of a Euploea sylvester. Credit: Dr. Krushnamegh Kunte, NCBS-TIFR   What do CPUs, stockbrokers, and butterflies have in common? They are good at investing their resources in the right place at the right time so as to maximize their returns! Trade-offs are a way of life for butterflies and other small insects that must budget their energy between numerous morphological features and activities during their short lifespans. Time, food, and space are always at a premium, and optimizing resource use is particularly important for…

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