Breastfeeding for 6 months cuts diabetes risk in half

Breastfeeding for 6 months cuts diabetes risk in half

Women who breastfeed their babies for six months or more may be able to cut their risk of developing diabetes in the future by nearly half, according to a study Tuesday.

The findings from a three-decade US study of more than 1,200 white and African-American women were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine.

We found a very strong association between breastfeeding duration and lower risk of developing diabetes, even after accounting for all possible confounding risk factors," said lead author Erica Gunderson, senior research scientist with Kaiser Permanente.

The study showed that women who breastfed for six months or more across had a 47 percent reduction in their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, when compared to those who did not breastfeed at all.

For women who breastfed for six months or less, there was a 25 percent reduction in diabetes risk.

Researchers suggested that breastfeeding may unleash protective effects via hormones that act in the pancreas, controlling blood insulin levels and blood sugar.

The incidence of diabetes decreased in a graded manner as breastfeeding duration increased, regardless of race, gestational diabetes, lifestyle behaviors, body size, and other metabolic risk factors measured before pregnancy, implying the possibility that the underlying mechanism may be biological," Gunderson said.

Previous research has shown that breastfeeding has other long-term benefits for mothers, including a lower a risk of breast and ovarian cancer.


China Trade Improving In Favour of India

China Trade Improving In Favour of India

While appreciating the remarkable turnaround by Indian exports during November 2017, Anil Khaitan, President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that India has seen a major breakthrough in its exports to China during last few months whereas the surge in imports for Chinese products in Indian market is on deceleration.

India's exports to


Airbnb now lets users pay less up front for bookings

Airbnb now lets users pay less up front for bookings

Airbnb has today announced a new feature that will help users manage their payments on the platform. The feature, aptly albeit unimaginatively named Pay Less Up Front, lets users pay for a part of their trip upon booking and the rest near the time of check-in.

Before now, Airbnb users had to pay 100 percent of their booking up front. For weekend


AIADMK's loss is Rajini's gain: Poll

The AIADMK's tally in Tamil Nadu's assembly would plummet by half if the state went to elections today, around a year after party stalwart J Jayalalithaa's demise, according to an India Today-Karvy Insights opinion poll.

The ruling AIADMK, the poll showed, would get no more than 68 of the 234 assembly seats as compared to the 135 it won in the 2016 assembly elections under Amma's leadership.

If state elections were held today, the DMK and its allies -- the Congress and the IUML -- would together secure 130 constituencies, with a vote share of 34 percent, the survey suggested. In 2016, the DMK won 88 seats on its own.

In what could be an impressive debut of superstar Rajinikanth in politics, the 67-year-old actor is expected to bag 33 seats for his party, according to the poll.

Around 65 percent of the surveyed voters feel Jayalalithaa's passing has plunged Tamil Nadu into a political vaccum.

A majority of respondents also see significant deterioration in the quality of governance after her death in December 2016. More than half feared that AIADMK could eventually disintegrate.

The AIADMK, the poll showed, was faced with a momentous challenge of retaining its voter base. One out of its every three supporters in the 2016 elections has decided not to vote for the AIADMK this time around, the survey found.

Around 60 percent of this block of dissatisfied voters turned towards Rajinikanth and another 26 percent towards the DMK, the poll data revealed.

The DMK also appeared to be witnessing some shift in its voter-base -- but not as much as the AIADMK -- in favour of the superstar.

Rajinikanth, the poll showed, had 16 percent of the total vote share to his credit even as the actor had yet to formally name his party.

However, a majority of respondents expressed concern that Rajinikanth's non-Tamilian origins might work against him in Tamil Nadu politics, which he would need to counter.

Also, more than half of the respondents weren't convinced about his ability to fill Tamil Nadu's "political vacuum" and that probably explains why DMK voter-base might have grown.

Half of the respondents the poll interviewed in Tamil Nadu rated MK Stalin as the most preferred chief minister if the elections were to happen today.

Rajinikanth has emerged as the second most-preferred choice for the top job in the state though with a substantial gap between him and the DMK leader.

However, the poll shed light on what appears to be gloomy prospects for AIADMK politicians, who trailed Rajinikanth in the CM's index.

No clear picture emerged on the question as to who could qualify as the true inheritor of Jayalalithaa's legacy. According to the poll, O Panneerselvam has an edge over CM EK Palaniswami but without a firm consensus amongst respondents.

More than 30 percent of them felt no one from the existing faction-ridden AIADMK leadership -- including Panneerselvam, Palaniswami, TTV Dhinakaran -- could take forward Amma's legacy.

A majority of respondents -- 64 percent -- rated the performance of EK Palaniswami either as "poor" or as "very poor".

colleges, hospitals, industries and farmers.

In the survey, M Karunanidhi has been voted the best chief minister of Tamil Nadu so far, backed 29 percent of the respondents, followed by MGR and J Jayalalithaa with 25 percent and 21 percent of votes respectively.

A total of 4,758 interviews were conducted across 77 assembly constituencies in the state. Overall, 33 per cent of the total 234 assembly constituencies in the state were covered with representation from all 39 parliamentary constituencies.


Airbnb now lets users pay less up front for bookings

Airbnb now lets users pay less up front for bookings

Airbnb has today announced a new feature that will help users manage their payments on the platform. The feature, aptly albeit unimaginatively named Pay Less Up Front, lets users pay for a part of their trip upon booking and the rest near the time of check-in.

Before now, Airbnb users had to pay 100 percent of their booking up front. For weekend


Drunk droning now illegal in New Jersey

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a law on Monday making it illegal to fly an unmanned drone aircraft after too many drinks, a spokesman said on the Republican's last day in office.

The law prohibits flying a drone with a blood alcohol content of 0. 08 percent or higher, the same as for driving a vehicle, or while drugged. Violators face up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.

The measure, which passed the Democratic-controlled state legislature earlier this month, also bars flying a drone near a prison or in pursuit of wildlife.

The drone measure was among 109 bills that Christie signed into law on his last full day in office, spokesman Brian Murray said by email. Christie's successor, Democrat Phil Murphy, is to be sworn in on Tuesday.

At least 38 states are considering restrictions on drone flying this legislative year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The Consumer Technology Association has forecast that 3. 1 million drones were sold in the United States last year, up 28 percent from the year before.


Saudi Prince offers donation

Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said.

Prince Alwaleed, whose net worth has been estimated by Forbes magazine at $17 billion, is chairman and owner of international investment firm Kingdom Holding, and one of the country's most prominent businessmen.

He offered a certain figure but it doesn’t meet the figure required from him, and the attorney-general hasn’t approved it," the official said on condition of anonymity under government briefing rules.

A second source familiar with Prince Alwaleed's case told Reuters on Saturday that the price had offered to make a "donation" to the Saudi government, which would avoid any admission of wrongdoing, and to do so from assets of his own choosing. The government refused those terms, the source said.

Kingdom Holding's share price jumped as much as 9. 8 percent on Sunday in response to news of the negotiations, adding about $860 million to the company's capitalisation. The stock price was still 7 percent below its level just before Prince Alwaleed was detained.

Since early November Prince Alwaleed has been held, with dozens of other members of Saudi Arabia's political and business elite detained in the crackdown, in Riyadh's opulent Ritz Carlton hotel as authorities seek to reach settlements with the detainees.

Saudi officials say they aim to claw back some $100 billion of funds that rightfully belong to the state. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who launched the crackdown, has indicated he wants to close existing cases quickly and expects most suspects to cut a deal.

The allegations against Prince Alwaleed include money laundering, bribery and extorting officials, a Saudi official told Reuters soon after his detention. Neither he nor his company has commented publicly on the charges.

Kingdom Holding, which has said it is continuing to operate normally, did not respond to requests for comment when asked about any settlement talks.

Construction giant Saudi Binladin Group said on Saturday that some of its shareholders might transfer part of their holdings to the state in a settlement with authorities. Chairman Bakr Bin Laden and several family members were detained in the crackdown.

In late November, senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, was freed after reaching a settlement with authorities that involved paying more than $1 billion, according to a Saudi official.

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