Breastfeeding Mothers Have 10 Per Cent Lower Risk of Heart Attack

Breast milk is said to contain a number of benefits for the baby’s health. It contains a variety of nutrients essential for the newborn’s well-being, and also includes antibodies which cannot be medically engineered. However, there are also several advantages for the breastfeeding mother. Breastfeeding may reduce a mother’s heart attack and stroke risk later in life, according to new research. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association

showed that women who breastfed their babies had about a 10 percent lower risk of developing heart disease or stroke later in life. The study analysed data from 289,573 Chinese women participating in the China Kadoorie Biobank study who provided detailed information about their reproductive history and other lifestyle factors.

Breastfeeding helps the mother burn extra calories faster, thereby facilitating a quicker loss of post-pregnancy weight. “The health benefits to the mother from breastfeeding may be explained by a faster ‘reset’ of the mother’s metabolism after pregnancy,” explained Sanne Peters, a research fellow at University of Oxford. Breastfeeding

is the easiest and the most natural way to shed the kilos and drop the unnecessary weight for newbie mothers. It is considered a much better way, rather than resorting to other measures such as extreme dieting or vigorous exercise.


Peters further elaborates, “Pregnancy changes a woman’s metabolism dramatically as she stores fat to provide the energy necessary for her baby’s growth. Breastfeeding could eliminate the stored fat faster and more completely.”

This study comes after previous research indicated that mothers get short-term health benefits from breastfeeding such as weight loss and lower cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels after pregnancy.

“The findings should encourage more widespread breastfeeding for the benefit of the mother as well as the child,” said Zhengming Chen, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Oxford.

Ambedkar University cutoffs are 100% for students from outside Delhi, lower for locals

New Delhi Ambedkar University, Delhi, announced its first cutoff list for undergraduate admission on Wednesday, keeping its cutoff for students from outside Delhi at 100% for history, psychology and sociology.

The cutoff for Delhi students is relatively lower than last year.

For admission to BA Honours with a Major in Economics, applicants from Delhi having humanities stream would require 88.75%, for science stream it is 92.75% and for commerce stream it is 93.75%.

For outside Delhi students, the cutoff ranges from 92.25% to 97.25%.

As it is a state university, 85% seats at Ambedkar are reserved for Delhi students at the AUD. The university releases separate cutoffs for Delhi and non-Delhi students. It also releases different cutoffs for different streams.

The admissions are happening at the Kashmere Gate and Karampura campus. There are 445 seats for UG courses at the university with 245 seats at the Kashmere Gate campus and 200 seats at Karampura campus.



Sensex, Nifty End Lower Tracking Weak Global Markets

The NSE Nifty and Sensex ended lower on Friday tracking weaker global markets on worries the European Central Bank is moving closer to unwinding its massive monetary stimulus.

Concerns that the ECB and the U.S. Federal Reserve are moving to remove some of their stimulus measures have hit sentiment, with MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan down 0.6 percent on Friday.

But broader losses in the benchmark indices were capped as heavyweights like Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank and Lupin Ltd witnessed buying interest.

“There is a mild worry about the global interest rate trajectory while Indian pharma stocks are trying to make a comeback after recent consolidation,” said Deepak Jasani, Head, Retail Research, at HDFC Securities.

The Sensex ended 9 points or 0.02 per cent lower at 31,361 and the broader Nifty declined 0.09 per cent or 9 points to settle at 9,665.

Financials and private banks weighed on the indexes.

Financials and private banks weighed on the indexes with Housing Development Finance Corp Ltd and ICICI Bank Ltd falling over a per cent each.

Among gainers, Lupin Ltd, India’s third-largest drug maker, surged as much as 4.7 percent, to post its first weekly gains in five on value-buying. Reliance Industries, Aurobindo Pharma, Dr Reddy’s Labs, Bharti Airtel and Tech Mahindra were also among the gainers.

The broader markets ended on a mixed note with BSE mid-cap index declining 0.03 percent and small-cap index advancing 0.26 per cent.
The overall market breadth was neutral as 1,391 shares ended higher while 1,285 closed lower on the BSE.