ISLAMABAD  – Drinking a glass of orange juice a day can keep your skin glowing and keep cold away, as orange juice is known to contain a high percentage of Vitamin C, which is helpful in boosting the immune system.

So, you will be less likely to catch various illnesses, such as cold or flu. Also, medical studies show that orange juice may help lower both cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Researchers said that do not mix sugar with orange juice.

Always remember that you do not need to drink lot of orange juice in order to get these healthy benefits. In fact, since orange juice is fairly high in calories, avoid drinking too much of the stuff. If you are drinking canned orange juice, then be sure to check the sugar content on the label when choosing orange juice if you really want to get the highest amount of health benefits from your orange juice and, ultimately, prevent weight gain (since high sugar levels can cause it).

It is often said that orange juice containing pulp tends to be healthier for the body, but it is an issue that is often debated.

If you have a stomach condition, remember that orange juice is very acidic and for that reason, it may cause a stomach upset. Due to its acidity, orange juice can also cause tooth damage , if left uncared for.

Reading, games may help aging brains stay sharp

Reading, writing and playing cards and board games may be more than just fun pastimes, they may also help aging brains stay healthy, researchers say.

These types of mental activities appear to help preserve structural integrity in the brains of older people, according to Konstantinos Arfanakis and colleagues from Rush University Medical Center and Illinois Institute of Technology, in Chicago, Healthday news.com Reported. The researchers used MRI to scan the brains of 152 people, average age 81,in order to assess the effects of mental activity on the brain’s white matter, which is composed of nerve fibers that transmit information throughout the brain.

There was a significant association between frequent mental activities and structural integrity in several areas of white matter in the brain, the investigators found.

The study was scheduled for presentation Sunday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, in Chicago.

“Reading the newspaper, writing letters, visiting a library, attending a play or playing games, such as chess or checkers, are all simple activities that can contribute to a healthier brain,” Arfanakis said in a society news release.

While this study found an association between mental activity in seniors and structural integrity of the brain’s white matter, it didn’t prove that one causes the other. The researchers want to continue following the patients in this study in order to determine if that is the case, Arfanakis said.

Food selection, cleanliness help improve oral teeth health: Specialist

Head of the department Prosthodontics, Hamdard University, Hamdard Collage of Medicine and Dentistry Dr Mehmood Hussain said on Sunday that food selection, regular check ups and cleanliness help improve oral teeth health. Teeth play an important part in everyone’s health and wellbeing. They affect how we look, speak, and chew and can influence how we feel about ourselves and enjoy life.

Baby teeth matter too - they are important for childhood development in terms of nutrition, speech, confidence, and wellbeing, as well as guiding the permanent teeth into position. He said overall awareness about dental health has been increased in Pakistan day by day.

He said in case a person lost his tooth he should contact the concerned doctor for prosthodontics immediately. He added in case of a tooth decay the tooth gets infected and it can be cured by filling the cavity by the dentist.

Replying to a question , Dr Mehmood said spots on the teeth can be due to use of chemicals and medicines and for that we take patient’s history. Replying another question , he said that the teeth smell can be removed by the scaling process adding gap in teeth and plaque on teeth can be removed by gum’s surgery .

He suggested tips for good oral health for all age groups such as 1. Brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste before bed, and in the morning; visiting the dentist or dental therapist regularly for check-ups; flossing, eating a healthy diet that is low in sugar, drinking water or milk and stopping smoking; reduce how often we have sugary food and drink; to give our children the best possible oral health start for life, brush baby teeth using a small smear of fluoride toothpaste once they come up through the gum.