Wine-drinking pregnant women

Though not to be construed as an invitation to start drinking, a study by Danish researchers on 100,000 mothers-to-be has found that women who had a glass of wine every week during their pregnancy had better adjusted kids than non-drinkers. Incidentally, women who took that weekly glass of wine were found to be better educated and made healthier lifestyle choices. Their choices affected the way their kids behaved. On the other hand, heavy drinking had dangerous consequences for foetuses.

For healthy ageing, a balanced diet

Cecilia Samieri from the Research Centre INSERM in Bordeaux, France has concluded on the basis of a study conducted on 10,670 women enrolled in Nurses' Health Study started in 1976, that despite the slowing down of metabolism with age, women can be healthy if they take a good diet during their 50s and 60s. She, along with researchers from Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, studied women with no major diseases and had them fill two questionnaires two years apart regarding how healthy their diet was. This was compared to how fit they were through 2000. It was found that 11 per cent aged in a healthy manner.

Compiled by Aditi Garg