March 26, 2011

Taking Laughter to Heart

1 Music and Laughter Can Lower Blood Pressure

Music and laughter can lower systolic blood pressure (the top number), suggest Japanese researchers. Findings from the small study were presented Friday at an American Heart Association meeting. CNN reports that the research participants took part in bimonthly group laughter or music sessions. After three months, the participants who attended the sessions had a reduction in their systolic blood pressure equal to an average of five to six points. The control group didn't experience a reduction in their blood pressure. During the laughter sessions, participants listened to Japanese storytelling similar to stand-up comedy and practiced laughter yoga, which is faking laughter until it feels natural. The music sessions included listening, singing and stretching to pop, classical or jazz.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Music Is Like Sex for the Brain

Tags: Music Based Therapy, Music for Stress Relief, Laughter Good for Hypertension, Music Lowers Blood Pressure, Lowering Systolic Blood Pressure, Laughter Yoga

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Synthetic Dyes Problem for ADHD

2 FDA Considers if Food Dyes Make Kids Hyper

The FDA will consider whether colorings common in food and drinks may cause children to become hyperactive. MSNBC reports that the Center for Science in the Public Interest has petitioned the government to ban certain food colorings, including blue, green, orange, red and yellow. The consumer group claims that synthetic dyes common in many food products like Gatorade, Cheetos and Doritos could trigger hyperactivity in kids. The primary concern is that the food dyes could exacerbate ADHD symptoms or other problems behaviors in susceptible children. An advisory committee will hear testimonies on Wednesday and Thursday, but it could take months or even years before the FDA takes any action on the issue.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Artificial Food Dyes, Reasons for Hyperactivity, Kids Hyperactive, Dangers Food Dyes, Do Dyes Cause Health Problems, Banning Food Dyes, Ban Food Colorings

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Visually Transmitted Itch

3 Itching May Be Contagious

It's possible that contagious itching may be visually transmitted just like contagious yawning. Researchers publishing in the British Journal of Dermatology report that people may feel an urge to scratch after seeing another person scratching. Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center believe that the mechanisms responsible for contagious itching may be similar to those involved with contagious yawning, reports WebMD. While this study was observational, researchers want to use MRI scans to study the brain during induced itching. Their goal with all this itchy research is to develop medications or relaxation techniques that may target specific brain areas to decrease severity of urges to itch. Next, researchers should study whether reading about itching makes you scratch.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Are You Allergic to Your Cellphone?

Tags: Reasons We Scratch, Itching Contagious Like Yawning, Contagious Itch, Contagious Yawning, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, British Journal of Dermatology

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May Also Decrease Belly Fat

4 Drug May Prevent Prediabetes from Progressing

The diabetes drug sitagliptin, brand name Januvia, may be effective in preventing prediabetes from progressing to full-blown Type 2 diabetes. Researchers from Case Western University say that the drug works by boosting levels of GLP-1 which increases insulin output while also decreasing glucagon output. Excessive levels of glucagon can contribute to Type 2 diabetes by causing the liver to flood the body with stored glucose. Sitagliptin was tested on mice and compared to another diabetes medication called glyburide. Both effectively lowered insulin levels but only Januvia reduced glucagon to normal levels. Januvia also lowered the proportion of body fat stored within the abdomen, but had no effect on total body fat or weight.

More at UPI | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Half of Americans Will Have Diabetes in Next Decade

Tags: Diabetes, Glucose, Glucose Levels, Prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Glucagon

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Low to Moderate Intensity

5 Training with Weights Safe for Pregnant Women

A University of Georgia study has found that a supervised, low-to-moderate intensity weight training program is safe and beneficial for pregnant women. A reason that physicians are reluctant to allow weight training for pregnant women is that they produce high amounts of a hormone called relaxin, which can make connective tissue more lax. In the trial, 32 women did a series of six exercises twice a week that targeted muscles that play an important role in back pain and function, but did not increase relaxin. Women were found to be able to increase strength during pregnancy with proper training to avoid problematic symptoms such as pelvic pain, headache, or dizziness. Interestingly, though, the weight lifting did not have any effect good or bad on blood pressure.

More at Red Orbit | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: The Dangers of Obesity During Pregnancy

Tags: Pregnancy, Pregnancy Safety, Strength Training, Weight Training

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Fatty Acids Good for Obese

6 Fatty Oils Lower Risk of Diseases in Obese Eskimos

Researchers have found that even though 70 percent of 330 Yup'ik Eskimos are obese, which correlates to the general U.S. population, they are not at a the same increased risk of developing diseases related to obesity such as diabetes and heart disease because they consume 20 times more omega-3 fats found in fish like salmon. The study showed that obese individuals with high levels of two omega-3 fats, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), in their blood had triglyceride and C-reactive protein concentrations similar to levels found in people of a normal weight. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes was half of the total prevalence in America. Researchers want to conduct further studies to learn about supplementation or diet can be made to prevent obesity-related diseases.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Omega-3 Enhanced Soybeans to Improve American Diet

Tags: DHA, Docosahexaenoic Acid, Eicosapentaenoic Acid, EPA, Heart Disease, Obesity, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Triglycerides, Type 2 Diabetes, Yup'ik Eskimos, C-Reactive Protein, CRP

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SKINNY HOS CRY FOUL

7 Fat Ho Burgers Creates Controversy in Texas

Residents of Waco, Texas, are crying foul over the city's newest restaurant, Fat Ho Burgers. Fat Ho Burgers was recently opened by Lakita Evans, who came up with the unique name for her restaurant while watching the movie "Phat Girlz." Fat Ho Burgers serves traditional burger-stand fare with a twist. A cheeseburger is known as a Supa Fly Ho with Cheese, a chicken sandwich is a Fat Chicken Ho. The restaurant has attracted plenty of curious customers and the ire of some of the town's Christians who own and operate the Gospel Café, a cafe/bookstore located down the street from Fat Ho Burgers. A Facebook group encouraging Evans to change the restaurant's name has been created, but I wouldn't wager a Supa Fly Ho with Cheese that it'll be successful.

More at New York Daily News | Posted 6 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Arizona Restaurant Serves Lion Meat Burgers

Tags: Fast Food, Hamburgers, Texas, Waco

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