Women Eating More Fish Might Save Their Hearing

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  • Women eating more fish might save their hearing: According to a new large-scale study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating more fish may reduce a woman’s risk for hearing loss. The new research conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that regular weekly consumption of at least two servings of fish and omega-3s could help prevent or delay hearing loss. As the study’s corresponding author, Dr. Sharon Curhan, of the hospital’s Division of Network Medicine explained: “Acquired hearing loss is a highly prevalent, and often disabling, chronic health condition. Although a decline in hearing is often considered an inevitable aspect of aging, the identification of several potentially modifiable risk factors has provided new insight into possibilities for prevention or delay of acquired hearing loss.”
  • Sole focus on physical activity could be ruining kids’ playtime: According to findings of a new study from the University of Montreal, children’s play has no goal and does not have to be active to be beneficial, while public health authorities promote mainly the physical activity benefits of active play. As Professor Katherine Frohlich of the university’s Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, who supervised the study further explained: “By focusing on the physical activity aspect of play, authorities put aside several aspects of play that are beneficial to young people’s emotional and social health. Play is a way to achieve various objectives, including the improvement of physical health and the development of cognitive and social aptitudes. Obviously, we must ensure children’s development and combat obesity. But to get there, must we distort play?” The researchers identified four dimensions of play particularly important to children: 1. play as an end in itself (children play for fun, not for exercise or for developing their mental and social skills); 2. play isn’t necessarily active (many children also enjoy more sedentary games); 3. children feel ambiguous about scheduled play activities (children have little time for free play); 4. and risk is considered a pleasurable component of their play. Prof. Frohlich added: “We hope that our findings will inform and improve the way authorities and indeed parents approach playtime.”
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