TRY IT, DITCH IT, SWITCH IT

We di­gest the health news of the week and de­liver a quick pre­scrip­tion

Daily Mail - - Good Health -

TRY IT:

Walk­ing bare­foot. It can help pre­vent foot and an­kle in­juries, say re­searchers at Ithaca Col­lege in the U.S. Tiny mus­cles in the foot take in in­for­ma­tion about the en­vi­ron­ment, which is fed back to the brain to help adapt move­ment. They found that wear­ing shoes can dampen these sig­nals.

DITCH IT:

Dec­o­rat­ing ba­bies’ cots with cud­dly blan­kets and bumpers. A study in the Jour­nal of Pe­di­atrics looked at re­ports of ac­ci­dents from these items and showed there had been a rise in deaths in the past seven years. Clut­ter in cribs may cover ba­bies’ faces while they are asleep.

SWITCH IT:

In­stead of try­ing to re­mem­ber things by rote, go for a run. Mice that ran on wheels not only de­vel­oped twice the num­ber of new brain cells, but also showed in­creased abil­ity to dis­tin­guish be­tween new and fa­mil­iar ob­jects, re­veals the jour­nal Brain Plas­tic­ity. Ex­er­cise im­proves brain func­tion.

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