January 31, 2008

Cut the Risk of Cerebral Palsy in Premature Babies

The risk of cerebral palsy in premature babies can be cut by giving the mothers magnesium sulfate just before they give birth. The mineral compound is used already to treat pregnancy-related high blood pressure and to stop early labor. The mineral is cheap and not harmful.

Cerebral palsy is a serious condition and complication of premature babies. It is caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls movement. It would cause poor muscle control and coordination. It is not completely clear how magnesium sulfate words but it is assumed that it opens up the blood vessels in the infant’s brain. The mineral is also a sedative and can make the mothers and infants feel sleepy.

There also was a study that found that women that take folic acid for at least a year before they get pregnant could reduce their chances of premature birth by 50 to 70 percent. Taking folic acid is already recommended for women to prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord, such as spina bifada.

January 22, 2008

Study Says Social People Get Fat and Worriers Lose Weight

A new study from Japan finds that outgoing people are more at risk for being overweight and there is a link between weight, body mass index, and personality. The study is based on more than 30,000 people in northeastern Japan who were between the ages of 40 and 64. They were quizzed on their height and weight and given a personality test. The test concluded that outgoing men were 1.73 times more likely to be obese and outgoing women were 1.53 times more likely to be obese than people that were worriers.

Read More: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23092710-1702,00.html

Food Poisoning Causes Long-Term Health Problems

It is known that food poisoning, E. coli, and other food borne illnesses can cause serious health problems for months or years after the person survives through it. High blood pressure, kidney damage, and full kidney failure could happen even 10 or 20 years later in people who had a severe E. coli infection as a child. Arthritis could happen after suffer from Shigella. A mysterious paralysis could happen to people who had mild symptoms of campylobacter.

The late effects make up a small amount of the 76 million annual food poisonings in the U.S. Other illnesses could possibly be linked to food poisoning. Some people that had food poisoning earlier in their life have to get kidney transplants later in their life. Some people get scarred intestines that cause long term digestive problems. About 10 percent of people that have suffered E. coli develop a very severe problem called hemolytic uremic syndrome, where their kidneys and other organs would fail.

Some people who suffer from campylobacter, which is a diarrhea-causing infection that is spread by raw poultry, develop Guillain-Barre syndrome at least a month later. Their body would attack their nerves and cause paralysis that would require intensive care and a ventilator to breathe.

Some people develop reactive arthritis at least six months after they have salmonella. It would cause joint pain, eye inflammation, and possibly painful urination. It could also cause chronic arthritis.

January 19, 2008

Cold Medicines Bad for Toddlers and Babies

The government is recently stating that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines are not safe for toddlers and babies. In October, drug companies stopped selling dozens of nonprescription cold medicines that were targeted towards young children and babies. The Food and Drug Administration’s scientific advisers voted that the drugs don’t work in small children and shouldn’t be used on any children under the age of 6 years old.

The Food and Drug Administration hasn’t decided yet if OTC decongestants, antihistamines, and cough suppressants are okay for children older than 6 years old. The FDA is warning that serious and possibly life-threatening side effects can happen. The possibilities of serious side effects are small but they do happen to some children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 1,500 babies and toddlers had to go to the emergency room over a two-year period because of the drugs and medicines. The biggest risks come from giving a child an overdose of medicine.

If a toddler or baby is sick, it is best to give the child plenty of liquids, let the child get lots of rest, give the child saline drops if it has a stuffy nose, and use humidifiers while the child is sleeping.

Scientists Produce Human Embryo Clones

There are scientists in California that have made embryos that are clones of two different men. The embryos were made using ordinary skin cells. The next big thing they are waiting for is to make a human embryonic stem cell line from cloned human embryos. Scientists think that stem cells from cloned embryos could be used to study diseases, screen drugs, and make transplant materials to treat conditions, such as diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

The problems with cloning human embryos include, creating human lives in a laboratory purposely to destroy them to benefit and help other people, there are health risks involved in the process, and exploiting the women who are asked to provide eggs.

The cloning process works by injecting DNA from a person into an egg. The egg would grow into an embryo in about five days. Then, stem cells would be extracted from the embryo.

Scientists Developing Surgical Robot for Surgeries

There are scientists in London that are developing a surgical robot that could help surgeons do complex surgical procedures without having to cut into the patient’s skin. A team at the Imperial College has been given $4.5 million to build and test a surgical robot that is called the “i-Snake”.

The robot is made up of a long tube that has special motors, sensors, and imaging tools inside of it. It would be inserted through the patient’s mouth or other orifice and would eliminate the need for a keyhole surgery, where several cuts would be made. The i-Snake would cause less invasive treatments, surgeries would be faster, and recovery times would be quicker.

Read More: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7155635.stm

Green and Black Teas Could Prevent Skin Cancer

A study has shown that green and black teas could prevent skin cancer. Both of the teas have antioxidants that help to fight UV-induced damage. A survey done by epidemiologists from the Dartmouth Medical School surveyed 1,466 people with non melanoma skin cancer and 715 people in the same age group who didn’t have the disease about their tea drinking habits. The people who had been drinking tea the longest or drank at least two cups per day had the greatest protection against skin cancer.

Cities Encouraging Residents to Go Green

Some cities are starting to offer incentives to get people to go green by offering free hybrid car parking, cash rebates for installing solar panels, low-interest loans for energy-saving home renovations, and offering money to tear up desert lawns and replace them with drought-resistant landscaping.

The city of Parkland is giving cash rebates to its residents for being more environmentally friendly by offering residents that install low-flow toilets or shower heads a $150 check. They pay a person replacing an old air conditioner with an energy-efficient one $100. They are paying people who buy a hybrid car $200.

Some states are offering rebates and incentives through tax breaks, loans, and letting hybrid car users to use car pool lanes. The federal government is also offering tax incentives for purchasing many of the hybrid cars on the market and buying energy-saving products.

Next year, San Francisco will offer homeowners rebates of up to $5,000 for installing solar panels if they choose to use a local contractor. The city will cover up to 90 percent of the costs of making apartment buildings more energy-efficient and will pay residents $150 to replace old appliances they have in their household. In Arizona, many cities will pay residents to replace grass with artificial turf or plants that would use less water.

Visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency: http://www.dsireusa.org

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: http://www.aceee.org

Study Says Some People Could Smell Sounds and Colors

Researchers say that 1 out of 1,000 people have the ability to smell sounds and colors. They also say that all newborns have the ability to do this.

Read More: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/92698.php

Tips to Start Your Mornings Right

Tips to Start Your Mornings Right:

1. Get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Have a regular time that you go to sleep each night to help your body to go to sleep and wake up at a certain time. Don’t eat two or three hours before going to sleep so that it is easier to wind down and go to sleep.

2. Use your morning shower to stimulate and relax your muscles. Showers can also ease stress.

3. Eat breakfast. Eating breakfast each morning starts your metabolism so that you can have more energy during the day. It is best to eat foods that are high in fiber. It is good to eat fruits, whole grains, and low-fat proteins. Eating lean proteins can help keep blood sugar levels steady and keep you feeling full longer.

4. Exercise in the morning. Exercising increases metabolism, relieves muscle tension, and sends oxygenated blood to the brain. Exercising improves how the heart, lungs, and rest of the body work to make you feel better the rest of the day.

Possible Tattoo Health Risks

There are health risks to getting tattoos. The health risks include getting Hepatitis B or C, HIV, or AIDS from unsanitary equipment. You can protect yourself from Hepatitis B by getting a vaccination. There are no vaccinations against Hepatitis C or HIV. Drinking alcohol before getting a tattoo can cause excessive bleeding. You can’t donate blood within the first year because the Red Cross doesn’t accept blood from someone who has gotten a tattoo within the first year of getting a tattoo.

Fight World Hunger For Free Online

Free Rice is a website that fights world hunger by asking you vocabulary questions. For each question that you get correct the site donates 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. The rice is paid for by advertisers and other supporters. The more questions you answer the more is donated to poor and hungry people.

Visit This Link: http://www.freerice.com/

Caffeinated Creams Cause Slimmer Thighs

A study was done that showed that putting caffeine-infused cream on your thighs could make them slimmer. The study was done on 99 women who used a cream with more than 7 percent of caffeine twice a day for 30 days. After 30 days, over 80 percent of the women had decreased the circumference of their upper and lower thighs. About 68 percent of the women had a reduction in their hip measurements.

Read More: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,315803,00.html

New Blood Test Spots Alzheimer’s, Breast Caner, and Parkinson’s Disease Before You Get Sick

A Texas Biotech company says that it has developed a blood test that can detect Alzhemer’s, breast cancer, and Parkinson’s disease before a person gets sick.

Read More: http://www.popsci.com/popsci/science/871ab15144e56110vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html

Study Says CT Scans Raise Cancer Risks

A recent study claims that in a few decades, about 2 percent of all people with cancer in the United States might come from radiation from CT scans, which are used to diagnose medical problems. They say that children are more susceptible to the radiation given off by CT scanners and more likely to develop cancer from it. The risk of cancer from a single CT scan is small but it increases with each scan that is done in a person’s lifetime. MRI scans are a safer option that doesn’t expose people to radiation.

Hospital Fined After Operating on Wrong Side of Body Again

A Rhode Island hospital was fined $50,000 and reprimanded by the state Department of Health Monday after their third situation this year of a doctor performing brain surgery on the wrong side of a patient’s head. The most recent situation happened on Friday when the chief resident started brain surgery on the wrong side of the head of an 82 year old patient. The patient is okay, but back in August, a patient died a few weeks after a doctor performed brain surgery on the wrong side of the head. After that the hospital received an independent review of its neurosurgery practices and it has to have better verification from doctors of its surgery plans. The hospital says that it is currently working with the Department of Health to reduce the risk of medical errors. They also say they are re-evaluating their training policies and providing more oversight by giving the nursing staff the power to make sure that the procedures are properly followed.

Along with the fine, the state has ordered the hospital to make a neurosurgery checklist that has information about the location of the surgery and the patient’s medical history. They also have to make a plan to train the staff of the new checklist.

Natural Cold Cures

A study says that knowing and keeping track of your BMI could help fight off colon cancer. The National Cancer Institute studied the health history of more than 200,000 women and found that 50 to 71 year old women who were a little overweight increased their chances of getting cancer by 29% as compared to lean women. Being moderately overweight increased risks by 31% and being obese increased risks by 49%. Fat cells produce and release hormones that could cause cancer cell growth.

Knowing Your BMI Could Decrease Cancer Risk

A study says that knowing and keeping track of your BMI could help fight off colon cancer. The National Cancer Institute studied the health history of more than 200,000 women and found that 50 to 71 year old women who were a little overweight increased their chances of getting cancer by 29% as compared to lean women. Being moderately overweight increased risks by 31% and being obese increased risks by 49%. Fat cells produce and release hormones that could cause cancer cell growth.

Stress Weakens Teeth

In Brazil, 14 tests were done that showed that stressed-out people have a higher risk of periodontal disease. Also, increased levels of the stress hormone, called cortisol, might have a negative effect on the immune system and allow bacteria to invade the gums. You can lower stress levels by exercising and sleeping more.

Pollution Can Shut Down the Immune System

A study has show that air pollution can cause heart problems and shut down the immune system. This is caused due to pollutants in the ozone that can affect the lungs and the rest of the body and make it easier for the entry of bacteria and viruses. The pollution also causes the immune system to overreact and kill its own cells that it needs to fight bacteria and illnesses.

Pollution Can Shut Down the Immune System

A study has show that air pollution can cause heart problems and shut down the immune system. This is caused due to pollutants in the ozone that can affect the lungs and the rest of the body and make it easier for the entry of bacteria and viruses. The pollution also causes the immune system to overreact and kill its own cells that it needs to fight bacteria and illnesses.

Scientist Explain Reasons for Chocolate Cravings

A study has found there is a type of bacteria in the digestive system that craves chocolate. Everyone has microbes in their stomach but people who have chocolate cravings have different colonies of bacteria.

The study was done by finding 11 men who never ate chocolate and 11 men who ate chocolate everyday. All of the men wee healthy, not obese, and were fed the same foods for five days. The researchers examined the byproducts of their metabolism in their blood and urine and found that a dozen substances were different between the two groups. The amino acid glycine levels were higher in the men that ate chocolate. People who ate chocolate also had lower levels of bad cholesterol.

It is known that bacteria interact with what you eat and studies have shown that intestinal bacteria changes when people lose weight. Someday, some types of obesity will be able to be treated by changing the bacteria in the intestines and stomach.

The New Sleeptracker Watch that Helps You Sleep Better

A new kind of wristwatch is available that can help you sleep better. The Sleeptracker Pro works by recording your sleep levels using a small accelerometer that can detect movements and sort out good and bad nights of sleep so you can find patterns. The watch’s alarm can be set to wake you up during light sleep instead of waking up when you are sleeping deeply. You can download the data from the device to a computer and tag the reports with icons for the previous day’s happenings, such as eating dinner late, exercising, and drinking alcohol. You can find the device at sleeptracker.com for $179.00.

Germs Taken to Space Come Back Stronger and Deadlier

The germ Salmonella was put on a space shuttle and sent into space because scientists wanted to see how space travel has an affect on germs. Researchers found that 167 genes had changed in the salmonella that went into space. They say that the germs change genetically because they sensed that they were in new environment. When they fed mice the germs from space they were three times more likely to get sick and die than the mice that were fed germs that didn’t go into space.

Brain-Eating Amoeba Causes Deaths

It is reported that a brain-eating amoeba has been causing deaths and health scares. The amoeba gets into the body through the nasal cavity and destroys tissue as it moves toward the brain. You can get it by swimming in lakes, hot springs, and swimming pools. It lives in the bottom of the waters and lives off of algae and bacteria. People can get infected when they wade through the water and stir up the bottom of the water. It has infected and killed 23 people between 1995 and 2004. There have been several hundred cases worldwide since its discovery in 1960.

People that are infected complain about a stiff neck, headaches, and fevers. They soon show signs of brain damage and have hallucinations and changes in behavior. There is a very small chance of surviving and the infected die within two weeks.

Study Shows that Alcohol Increases Risk of Cancer

A recent study has show that alcohol can increase the chances of getting breast cancer in women. Studies have shown a link between drinking alcohol and breast cancer but they have yet to determine if certain types of alcohol is more dangerous than others.

The study analyzed the drinking habits of 70,033 women and asked them various questions during health exams between the years 1978 and 1985. By the year 2004, 2,829 of those women had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The study found that women who had one or two drinks a day increased their risk by 10 percent and women who had more than three drinks a day increased their risk by 30 percent.

Experts think that alcohol raises hormone levels in the blood to levels that could cause cancer. Doctors say that other factors, such as genetics, obesity, and age are more important factors that can raise the risk of breast cancer.

Study Says Video Games Cause Lower Grades

A recent study has show that video-game systems in dorms cause students to study less and have lower grade-point averages. A study done at the University of Western Ontario found that video-game systems in the dorms led to 40 minutes less time of studying and GPAs 0.241 points lower than average. The students participating in the study tracked their studying, sleeping, partying, working, gaming, and other activities. In the end they found that more studying equals higher grades.

Burger King Will Have Healthier Kid’s Menu

Burger King has decided to offer healthier items on their menu for children under age 12. They plan to sell flame-broiled Chicken Tenders and apples cut to look like thickly cut french fries. They also have set nutritional guidelines to follow when targeting children under 12 years old in advertising by only advertising Kids Meals that have less than 560 calories with less than 30 percent of the calories from fat and no more than 10 percent of the calories from added sugars.

The company is making a Kids Meal that will have the flame-broiled Tenders, organic unsweetened applesauce, and low-fat milk. The meal would have 305 calories and 8.5 grams of fat. They are also in the process of developing the BK Fresh Apple Fries, which are red apples that are cut to look like french fries and are served in the same containers as fries. They are not fried and are served without the skin and cold. They will only have 35 calories. Burger King will use U.S. grown apples that are cut and packaged in a clean and sterile environment. They will wash the apples with a pre-wash that contains lemon to prevent them from turning brown.

All of the changes and improvements are an effort to offer healthier options and make people more aware and cautious about what they eat and feed their children at fast-food restaurants. It will only be successful if the food tastes good and is filling. It may bring positive and healthy changes.

Moldy Homes Can Cause Depression

A new health study links damp, moldy homes to depression. To conduct the study the World Health Organization went to thousands of homes and asked residents a series of questions. They asked if they had depressive symptoms, such as decreased appetite, low self-esteem, and sleeping problems. They visually checked each household and looked for spots on walls and ceilings that indicated mold. The study concluded that a how healthy and clean a home is can affect a person’s health and well being.

Why You Should Buy Organic Foods

Organic fruits are products that are free of synthetic pesticides, artificial fertilizers, irradiation, and biotechnology. They are more nutritional because plants produce more vitamins and antioxidants when grown without using pesticides and fertilizers. Organic farmers usually conserve energy and help to protect the environment by growing their foods organic. Not using fertilizers and pesticides reduce pollution of groundwater. Organic agriculture reduces the greenhouse effect and global warming. Organic meat comes from animals that were raised without being fed antibiotics or growth hormones.

When you are shopping for organic foods you should look for the USDA seal. On meat and dairy products, this seal tells you that you are buying antibiotic and hormone-free products.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

If you have a fruit fly problem there are ways to get rid of them. You should find and get rid of their breeding sites. The flies enter homes on the damaged areas of over ripe fruits and vegetables, so get rid of food that is starting to rot. Clean other areas where the flies could be breeding, such as beneath the garbage disposal, in the bottom of the trash can, or in unwashed cans and bottles.

You can make a fruit fly trap by placing a funnel in a jar and pouring in a few tablespoons of cider vinegar. The flies will fly in but they won't find their way out.

You should cut off all of the damaged areas on fruits and vegetables as s soon as you get home and put what you can in the refrigerator because fruit flies can't survive in cold temperatures. Any fruits that can't be refrigerated should be placed in a loosely covered bowl.

Cell Phones Cause Cancer

Cell Phones are microwave transmitters that oscillate at millions to billions of cycles per second. Those frequencies can cause cancer and other diseases by interfering with cellular DNA and its repair mechanisms. The cellular microwaves and radiation even cause rapid cell aging and makes cancerous cells grow more rapidly and aggressively. It is a good tip not to point your cellular antenna towards any exposed part of the body but radiation also comes through the keypad and mouthpiece and affects the brain, ear, and eye tissues. Belt clips allows radiation to affect the liver and kidney.

Left Handed Women Have Shorter Life Span

A study shows that women who are left-handed have a shorter life span due to cancer and cerebrovascular disease. The study showed that the women had a 40 percent higher risk of dying from any cause, a 70 percent greater risk of dying from cancer, and a 30 percent greater risk of dying from diseases from the circulatory system.

Medicare Won’t Pay for Hospital Errors

It is reported that in a policy change, the Bush administration officials say that from now on Medicare will no longer pay the extra costs of treating preventable errors, injuries, and infections that happen in hospitals. That includes bedsores, pressure ulcers, injuries caused by falls, and infections resulting from the prolonged use of catheters in blood vessels or the bladder. They also plan not to pay for things like leaving a sponge or other object in a patient during surgery and giving a patient incompatible blood or blood products. Private insurers are thinking about making the same changes. It suppose to force hospitals to be more careful about the care of their patients and save millions of dollars.

Sweet Snacks Help Stress

It is reported that eating sugary foods when you are stressed can help you relax. Glucocorticoid is released during times of physical or mental stress. Too much glucocorticoid production can cause obesity and a decreased immune response. Research has found that when sweet snacks or drinks were consumed, lower levels of glucocorticoid were produced, and stress levels were lowered. When you are feeling stressed or pressure, a snack in moderation could help you relax.

Obesity Virus

It is reported that when human stem cells are exposed to a common virus they turn into fat cells. The cells didn't just change, but they stored fat too. It proves that some cases of obesity could be caused more than just a big appetite and not enough physical activity.

For several years, researchers looked for a link between obesity and the adenovirus-36. They found that a higher percentage of fat people were infected with the virus than non fat people. When they exposed animals to the virus, the animals fattened up. The found a gene in the virus that caused animal to get obese. The also took fat tissue from people who had liposuction and removed adult stem cells from the tissue and exposed the cells to the virus in the lab. More than half of the stem cells turned into fat cells.

If there is a vial cause to obesity, a vaccine could be created within the next 5 to 10 years to prevent the virus from making some people fat.

The Benefits of Water and Longevity

Water is one of the most important natural elements on earth. There are a lot of reasons that we need water for our basic survival and water has a lot of benefits that keep us healthy. Here are some of the benefits.

The human body is made up of between 55 to 75 percent of water and almost every cell in your body needs water to function properly. Lean people have more water in their bodies because muscle holds more water than fat. Your body is in constant need of replenishing itself. When you breathe you lose two to four cups of water. When your feet sweat you lose a cup of water. When the rest of your body sweats you lose two cups of water.

You have to lose 10 percent of your body weight in water to be considered dehydrated but just 2 percent can affect you physically and cause tiredness and lack of energy. Dehydration can cause problems in blood circulation because when you are dehydrated the blood is thicker and your body would have to work harder to circulate.

Getting enough water can lessen the chance of kidney stones, keep joints lubricated, prevent and lessen the effects of colds and flu, and help prevent constipation. It detoxifies the liver and kidneys. It also keeps the digestive system in order and flushes out the waste from your body. You shouldn’t have much sugar in your diet because it slows down the rate that fluid is absorbed into your body. Studies have shown that people who drank at least 5 glasses of water per day had a 41 percent less chance for a heart attack.

Water is very good for your skin because it acts as a purifier and removes toxins and waste from your body. Drinking water also helps to moisturize the skin and give it a fresh and healthy glow.

Water can aid in weight loss because it acts as a natural appetite suppressant. When you drink enough water it is easier for you body to burn and get rid of fat cells. When you don’t get enough water it is a lot harder to lose weight.

Water has a lot of benefits that are crucial to life and survival. It is recommended to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water per day. Drinking water can help you to live a long and healthy life.

Some Baby Bibs Contain Lead

It is reported that some vinyl baby bibs sold at Toys “R” Us are contaminated with lead. The vinyl bibs which have illustrations of baseball bats, soccer balls, and Winnie the Pooh characters, are sold inexpensively for less than $5 under store brand labels. It is reported that testing found they had lead as high as three times as the level allowed in paint.

Migraines Raise Stroke Risk

It is reported that women whose migraine headaches produce visual symptoms, called auras, are almost seven times more likely to have a stroke compared to women without a history of migraines. Eight percent of stoke cases had onset of migraines with auras. Women who smoke and use oral contraceptives have seven times the risk of stroke than women who just had the migraines and aura.

The most common stoke associated with migraines is ischemic stroke. A person has ischemic stoke when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain.

A woman with migraines can lower her risk of stroke by not smoking and finding alternatives to the use of estrogen-containing contraceptives.

Anti-aging Vitamins

Are you interested in spending the rest of your life looking and feeling young and healthy? Aging is the result of the body’s cells dying faster than new cells being created. Most of the consequences we suffer from aging come from lifestyle choices more than from the natural aging process.

It is important to take vitamins for overall healthy but they also play a major part when it comes to slowing down the aging process. As we age, our bodies don’t process nutrients as well, so you have to increase your nutrient intake. You should take a multivitamin daily to get important nutritional protection against free radicals and help eliminate toxins.

Vitamin D helps to prevent osteoporosis and B Vitamins help to prevent heart disease and memory loss.

The mineral selenium helps to protect the body from cancers, including skin cancer. It also helps with tissue elasticity and slows down the aging and hardening of tissues that are associated with oxidation. The mineral can be found in whole grain cereals, seafood, garlic, and eggs.

Vitamin E is an important antioxidant because it helps to delay the aging process and protects cell membranes and prevents damages to enzymes. It also helps to inactivate free radicals to make them less likely to cause damage. Putting the vitamin on your skin can reduce damage caused by sun exposure and limit the production of cancer-causing cells. It also reduces wrinkles and improves the texture of the skin. It can be found in sunflower oil, grains, oats, nuts, and dairy products.

Vitamin C helps to slow down the aging process and helps to repair free radicals and keeps them from becoming cancerous.

Vitamin K helps to reduce many degenerative diseases.

Lutien helps to keep your eyes healthy and helps to reduce Age-related Macular Degeneration. It can be found in leafy vegetables, such as spinach, collard greens, and kale.

Alli is the Newest Weight Loss Pill

Alli is the newest and latest weight-loss pill. It was created by the pharmaceutical company called GlaxoSmithKline and is the only government approved over-the-counter weight-loss product on the market. It is a milder version of the prescription drug Xenical and works by reducing the absorption of fat. When it is used with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise, users can lose up to 50 percent more weight than with just dieting alone.

Side effects are low, especially with a diet of no more than 30 percent fat.

How to Pick and Store Fruit

Have you ever been in a grocery store and was a little confused on what to look for when selecting the perfect fruit? I’ll tell you some things to look for.

When it comes to bananas you should pick ones that are yellow and have no brown spotting. They can be a little bit green as long as they are not completely green. Do not put bananas in the refrigerator because it makes them rot and darken quicker. You should lay them on their side on a counter. Laying a banana on its back can bruise it and laying it on its side helps it to ripen better.

When it comes to cantaloupe the best time to buy them is between June and August. When picking one you should make sure that it is free of dents and bruises. Minor dents and bruises will not spoil the fruit inside. To check if it’s ripe, gently press your thumb on its stem at the end of the fruit to see if it is soft. You should also sniff it to see if it smells sweet.

When it comes to peaches the best time to buy them is between August and September. To check its ripeness, you should look for golden undertones with a slight reddish color. Sniff the fruit to see if it smells sweet. If it doesn’t have a sweet odor it has been picked too early. It should also be firm and not hard. Do not store peaches in the refrigerator or they will become mushy instead of ripe. You should place them in a paper bag for a day or two so that they ripen correctly.

Strawberries are good to buy any time of the summer. You should check to make sure they are firm, have a vibrant color, and free of bruises. You should also sniff them to see if they smell fresh. Make sure you rinse them thoroughly and store them in an airtight drawer in the refrigerator to keep them fresh longer.

When buying a watermelon you should look for one with a dark green outer shell and that is slightly yellow or lighter green stripes. A watermelon that is too ripe will be sugary and hollow. Make sure it doesn’t have cracks, bruises, or soft spots. Storing a watermelon whole without cutting it makes it last longer.

To check the ripeness of a fruit if helps to flick the fruit with your finger on its side. You should be listening for a ping sound and not a thud sound. A fruit tastes best when you eat it within a few days of buying it.

The Powers of Green Tea

Studies show that drinking green tea is good for you. It can help with weight loss and fighting cancer. The EGCG that it contains stimulates metabolism and has cancer fighting properties. Green tea also contains theanine, which is a natural relaxant.

Doctors Create Schizophrenic Mice

It is reported that scientists have created the world’s first schizophrenic mice so that they could have a better understanding of the illness and be able to develop treatments. The mice were created by modifying their DNA to mimic a mutant gene first found in a Scottish family with a high incidence of schizophrenia. The egg cells of mice were genetically changed by injecting a gene associated with schizophrenia into their DNA. The eggs were fertilized and grown into baby mice using surrogate mothers.

The mice’s brains were found to have features similar to humans with schizophrenia, such as depression and hyperactivity.