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Binge Watching Is a Risky Activity That Can Lead to Blood Clots, Says Observational Study

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Photo by  cottonbro  from  Pexels Research conducted at the University of Bristol  in the U.K., suggests that watching TV for four hours or more can increase the risk of blood clots. For prolonged viewers, the chances are 35% more as compared to those who watch TV for 2.5 hours or less.  “Our study findings also suggest that being physically active does not eliminate the increased risk of blood clots associated with prolonged TV watching,” said Dr. Setor Kunutsor , lead author of the study. “If you are going to binge on TV you need to take breaks. You can stand and stretch every 30 minutes or use a stationary bike. And avoid combining television with unhealthy snacking,” he added. The study assessed the connection between watching TV and Venous Thromboembolism (VTE), a condition in which blood clots form in the deep veins of the leg. Complications occur when some part of the clot travels through the blood in the lungs causing pulmonary embolism. In the current study, researchers collec

Genetic Mutation helps Amish live longer, healthier!

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Genetic mutations are usually associated with bad news. A mutation in BRCA genes could put you at risk of breast or ovarian cancer or give you a blood disorder like thalassemia or haemophilia. From cystic fibrosis to phenylketonuria, colour blindness to polycystic kidney, there is a long list ( some rare, some not so rare ) of diseases caused by mutations.  Although, Marvel Comics has done a lot on its part to promote the good that can come out of harboring a rare mutation, the benefits are yet to reach the common man. A commonly cited example for good mutation is the resistance to malaria that is conferred by the Sickle Cell mutation, but it does come with the risk of getting two copies of the mutation and being affected by sickled red blood cells. There are a few other mutations that seem to help people lower their risk for heart diseases, get stronger bones or improve their under water vision .   But, a recently published paper in Science Advances  puts light on

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