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Drinking this berry juice may lower blood pressure

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London, Long-term consumption of lingonberry juice lowers high blood pressure and improves the functions of blood vessels, reveals an experimental study.

At some point in their lives, many people develop elevated blood pressure, even hypertension and functional disturbances in blood vessels related to low-grade inflammation.

In addition to drug therapies, nutrition has a key role in the management of these disorders. Studies have shown that polyphenol-rich food reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Lingonberry, bilberry, cranberry and blackcurrant are excellent sources of polyphenols. Lingonberry juice is no substitute for medication, but it is a good dietary supplement,” said researcher Anne Kivimaki from University of Helsinki in Finland.

Both lingonberry and cranberry are part of the Vaccinium family of plants, just like bilberries blueberries and huckleberries.

In her doctoral thesis, Kivimaki investigated the cardiovascular effects of cold-pressed lingonberry juice, cranberry juice and blackcurrant juice as drinking fluid for 8-10 weeks on genetically hypertensive rats (SHR).

Diluted lingonberry juice significantly lowered high blood pressure while juice that contained more polyphenols improved impaired blood vessel function to the level of healthy vessels, the results showed.

The juice did not prevent the age-related elevation of blood pressure typical to the hypertensive animal strain. Lingonberry juice prevented the expression of genes associated with low-grade inflammation in the aorta. The effect of other berry juices was less marked, showed the findings.

Underlying the effect is probably the reduction of low-grade inflammation as well as mechanisms related to the renin-angiotensin system, a central regulator of blood pressure, and the availability of nitric oxide, a local endothelial vasodilating factor, said the study.

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2 BSF personnel found infected with coronavirus in Gurugram

Among them, Punia said that 144 cases are still active and admitted in different hospitals while reports of 200 cases are still awaited.

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Gurugram, May 27 : Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were found infected with coronavirus in Gurugram on Wednesday.

Gurugram civil surgeon Dr J.S. Punia confirmed the cases. The BSF personnel are deployed in a camp located in Bhondsi village. They were infected after contact with high risk patients. Earlier, 16 police personnel deployed in Gurugram were also admitted in different hospitals after they were found positive.

Apart from BSF personnel, 18 more cases were detected in the city including 8 in highly vulnerable Rajendra Park locality. Besides, 2 cases each were reported in Dundehera and Sarhaul villages and one case each in Khandsa, Acharyapuri, Ashok Vihar, Jyoti Park, Chakkarpur, and Sector 14.

The situation is alarming here with 53 cases appeared in just 2 days. Some of the places like Sarhaul, Dundehera, Rajendra Park, Khandsa, Hari Nagar are turning out to be hot spots the infection in the district which has 337 cases so far.

Among them, Punia said that 144 cases are still active and admitted in different hospitals while reports of 200 cases are still awaited.

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Only 40% UK adults sexually active during COVID-19 lockdown

However, this study showed that older adults were less likely than younger adults to engage in sexual activity.

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London, May 27 : Only four in 10 adults have had sex at least once a week during the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, according to a new study. For the findings, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the research team investigated the levels of sexual activity during social distancing and self-isolation.

“When starting this research we expected there to be a high level of sexual activity while social isolating at home, but interestingly we found a very low level,” said study researcher Dr Lee Smith from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in the UK.

According to the study, Only 39.9 per cent of the 868 British adults surveyed for the research had taken part in any form of sexual activity during the previous seven days. The study found that being younger, male, married and a consumer of alcohol was associated with greater sexual activity.

Previous research has shown an association between sexual activity and physical health, including helping to protect older adults against cardiovascular events. Frequent sexual activity has also been associated with various mental health benefits and improved cognitive function.

The findings of this new study suggest that the UK government’s public health messaging around COVID-19 self-isolation and social distancing could include promoting sexual activity as a way of maintaining physical and mental health. This low level of sexual activity could be explained by people currently feeling anxious and stressed owing to the pandemic and not being in the mood to engage in the act, the researcher said.

Moreover, those who are not married or cohabiting may not currently be able to meet up with their sexual partners and similarly, those who use online apps to facilitate casual sex will currently not be able to do this. “A lot of my previous research has shown that frequent and trouble-free sex life is important for higher levels of enjoyment of life and general mental health, and this is particularly true for older adults,” Smith said.

However, this study showed that older adults were less likely than younger adults to engage in sexual activity.

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Andhra’s corona tally now 2,787 with 68 new cases

In terms of mortality rate, Andhra Pradesh’s 1.86 per cent ranks 12th among the states of India.

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Amaravati, May 27 : Andhra Pradesh reported 68 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours till Wednesday morning, taking the state’s tally to 2,787.

With the discharge of 10 more patients, the total number of cured patients in Andhra Pradesh has increased to 1,913. The active cases are 816.

With one more death in East Godavari district, the state’s death toll touched 58 on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, Nellore district reported 9 cases and Chittoor district 1 case.

Continuing the trend of the past few days, a few new cases had travel histories to Koyambedu market in Chennai, while some cases were of foreign returnees.

There are a total 111 corona patients among returnees from abroad.

The corona tally among returnees from other states climbed to 219 from 153. The active cases fell to 75 from 117, as 38 more state returnees were discharged.

The state nodal officer said that 9,664 samples were tested during the past 24 hours as against 8,148 samples during the preceding cycle.

The state’s average in terms of tests conducted per million population stands at 6,224, below Delhi’s 9,158, and Jammu and Kashmir’s 10,442.

However, in terms of tests conducted, Andhra Pradesh with 3,32,378 tests conducted till date lags behind Rajasthan with 3,33,904 tests, Maharashtra with 3,90,170 tests, and Tamil Nadu’s 4,31,183.

Till date, 32,42,160 tests have been conducted across India as a whole.

In terms of mortality rate, Andhra Pradesh’s 1.86 per cent ranks 12th among the states of India.

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