12 Fascinating Facts About Health

Mar 30, 2012 1 Comment by

Health facts makes all the difference………

  • Napping Necessity

If you put your alarm on snooze several times before venturing from under the covers and your brain feels rather delayed whenever you sleepy individuals may accuse you of laziness. Don’t listen to them; your extended slumber cycle may be essential to your proper functioning. How many hours of shut-eye you need to perform at your peak is highly personalised and depends on a multitude of factors like age, gender, season and internal rhythms. And now scientists are validating indulgent long lie-ins by saying that a variant in a particular gene may predispose some people to needing more sleep than others. So, obey your individual sleep demands – and invest in earplugs and an eye mask if your partner’s sleeping pattern differs from your own.

  • A Dose Of Your Doctor’s Medicine

If your doctor has a penchant for a tipple or two, he or she may be more tolerant of your (perhaps slightly higher than desirable) drinking habits, finds a study carried out on Swedish doctors by the University of Gothenburg. Another controversial discovery is that women receive more stringent recommendations than men, even when their alcohol consumption is identical: whereas heavy drinking women are often advised to stop drinking completely, men tend to only be warned to drink less. It was found that women are more likely to be referred for treatment for alcohol dependence that men, especially by male doctors. The researchers put this unequal instruction down to the reasoning that, because binge drinking is so commonplace among men, it has assumed the status of being an accepted (and even expected) male social activity.

  • Fight Like With Like

The Thought of one unguarded mouthful potentially leading to death is overwhelmingly frightening, so when your child is diagnosed with a food allergy, you will want to do everything in your power to protect him or her from the offending food. But, new research has found that the defence against the immune system’s abnormal response to certain food proteins may actually involve eating the feared allergy-inducing food. Following a desensitisation process (building up a tolerance to the food by introducing tiny doses of it to the diet, gradually increasing the quantity as resistance improves) has proven to have the potential to successfully rid children of their allergies. This process is often accompanied by medication to prevent allergies. This process is often accompanied by medication to prevent allergic symptoms and should only be carried out under the supervision of a doctor.

  • Mounting danger With Every Sip

If rationing yourself to a solitary drink while acting as designated driver makes you feel somewhat deprived, then you’ll be dispirited to read the latest findings about the drinking and driving relationship. It turns out that even one drink is too much, as every drop of alcohol affects your central nervous system, decreasing your competency. Even though the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in SA is 0,05gram per 100ml, researchers from the University of California assert that having a BAC of only 0,01gram per 100 ml (approximately one large glug of wine or beer) increases the chance of having a severe accident and possible injury. The reason for alcoholaided accidents are clear: when buzzed, reaction time, coordination and judgement are significantly impaired. Inebriated drivers are also inclined to speed and skip using a safety belt, increasing the severity of accidents. Since science says that the more you drank, the more likely you are to have an accident, and even a taste of alcohol makes a difference, make yours a non-alcoholic “mocktail” for a safe journey home.

  • A Little Birdy Told Me

The University of Surrey, supported by the National Trust and Surrey Wildlife Trust, is set to embark on a three-year exploration into the well-being effects of birdsong. The cheerful chirping is thought to improve mood, creativity and behaviour by connecting you to nature and positive memories. But don’t invest in a soothing recording of their signing – create a bird sanctuary in your garden and enjoy their performance live. If your garden is appealing to bird life with plenty of foliage, food and water, and perhaps even a pretty bird bath, the flocks should descend. Once you have a thriving nature reserve on your doorstep, your interaction with these beautiful feathered critters will become frequent and it’s possible that you’ll encounter a stranded or hurt bird. Though your nurturing instinct may kick in when you see how small and venerable it is, remember that it’s a wild creature and it’s best to let nature do the┬ánurturing. If the bird is sick, hurt, or if you think that it’s been abandoned, contact a rehabilitation centre to assist you.

  • Will Nocturnal Nibbling Make You Podgy?

Do you believe that, as the clock strikes 8pm, you shouldn’t eat anything? Well, scientists now give you a guiltless pass to snack after dark – as long as you haven’t already exceeded your calorie allowance for the day. the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney diseases explains that the factor that leads to weight gain is eating excess calories, and that this will happen no matter what time they’re eaten. Reasons why night-time nourishment may be stored are that it tends to be unhealthy, calorie-laden variety (when we’re exhausted, we’re more tempted to grab convenient junk food instead of labouring over preparing a wholesome meal), and it’s often eaten in a mindless manner (you may overeat in font of the TV because you’re not monitoring how much you put into your mouth). But don’t get too comfortable with the prospect of eternal midnight munching just yet; a separate study challenges this verdict, proposing that you should rather get your calorie in earlier if you have aspiration to be slender. The study claims that because your body runs according to natural internal rhythms, disrupting these rhythms (eating at unusual times, for example) may have negative consequences for your girth. To avoid stockpiling calories as fat, the study suggests timing meals to coincide with the most active part of your day.

HEALTHY LIVING

  • Eat Your Vegetables

It’s recommended that we eat at least five servings of vegetables daily to take advantage of their wondrous health benefits – but some people just never grow out of the “I hate vegetables!” phase, and in this case, the thought of downing a large glass of veggie juice and getting it over with in one go is enticing. Although it’s better for your body than guzzling a fizzy, sugar-laden beverage, drinking your vegetables doesn’t give you quite the same nutritional punch that eating them does because from the moment fresh produce is cut, it starts to lose some of its vitamin and antioxidant potency. It’s advisable to drink your homemade juices as quickly after preparation as possible so that you can sip down maximum goodness. If you prefer your vegetables in liquid form, note that the juice definitely does have value – in fact, a recent study has confirmed that drinking two glasses of it daily can even lower the blood pressure of those who are pre-hypertensive – but ensure that you combine it with at least one serving of whole vegetables a day.

  • The Do I/Don’t I? Debate

If you found out that an hour of jogging is required to burn up that slice of cake, would you eat it? Food has been packaged with comprehensive labels detailing every single calorie and gram of fat for some time now, yet we’re fatter than ever, so it seems a different tactic is needed to get us to understand just how much energy our bodies need each day to maintain a healthy weight. After establishing that teenagers were less likely to grab a soda if they knew how much exercise they’d have to do to use up the energy in the fizzy drink, researchers are suggesting that exercise/energy conversions printed on junk food and drink containers, as well as fast food menu boards, may serve as a more direct and effective warning that displaying nutritional information.

  • Protein Biomarkers For Breast Cancer

It’s know that early detection of breast cancer saves lives. However, there are a number of breast cases where screening has produced false positive results – causing immense stress for the person who is misdiagnosed. New research has identified a number of proteins in the body that can assist in distinguishing whether or not a suspicious lump uncovered through breast screening is indeed breast cancer, as well as what type of breast cancer it is. Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory tested a variety of proteins in women who had either benign or invasive breast cancer. The results clearly showed that differentiate between true and false positive screen results for breast cancer. Biologist Richard Zangar says, “We were surprised to see we could distinguish between accurate and false results produced by cancer screens such as mammograms.” Excited about the possibilities of being able to improve on breast cancer diagnoses and also treatment, the research team is hoping to replicate the results with a larger study group.

  • More Than One Thing On The Brain

Romantic comedies may soon have to exploit another stereotype for humor; the sex-crazed male may be on its way out. that’s if the results of a recent study, exposing the inaccurate perception that men are ruled only by their insatiable libido, manages to work its way into the mainstream. The study, published in The Journal of Sex Research, contradicts the claim that men are one-track minded – it turns out that males may think about food and sleep just as much as they think about sex. And women seen to have more saucy thoughts than dated generalisations would lead us to believe. Misconceptions about gender and sexual roles have been attacked through popular television programmes with sexually liberate female leads, and the study’s giving these characters scientific backup. By debunking some of the myths about what goes on in the different genders’ minds, it hopes that the sex-obsessed male and demure, prudish female caricatures will be replaced. Understanding that factors other than gender (such as level of self-esteem and degree of comfort with sex) influence how often naughty thoughts enter daydreams and how desirable the act is to the individual may change sexual stereotypes.

  • Up The Activity To Be Top Of Class

If your children are after constellations of gold stars on their homework assignments, get them moving. An article published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine explains that physical activity not only keeps the body fit, but keeps the mind sharp, too. This step up in academic performance is thought to linked to the increase of blood flow to the brain, strengthened discipline and a lift in mood that exercise brings about. And parents shouldn’t just watch from the sideline; participating in the action has memory-boosting, depression-bashing benefits for all ages. Make your daily workout a family affair, involving even grandparents, as a further perk is that moderate to intense exercise has been proven to ward off brain disorder in older adults.

  • Knocking Out Growth

A complication is breast cancer is its predilection to spread into other areas of the body. Researchers believe they have uncovered a hormone-related protein, present at high levels in cancers, which may be involved in key stages of breast cancer initiation, progression and metastases (or spreading). McGill University’s Dr Richard Kremersays they’re hoping for a significant effect on the prevention of breast cancer recurrence, growth and development by using a strategy to decrease the production of this particular protein. Animal models were used and, by employing an approach of conditional knockout in implanted human breast tumors, researchers found that there was a reduction of 80-90% in tumor growth. This certainly bodes well for aggressive breast cancer, hopefully stopping it in its tracks.


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