December 13, 2011

Don't Smoke; Be Happy

1 Smokers Who Quit Are Happier People

Smokers who quit are more satisfied with their lives than those who don’t, says research from the U of Wisconsin Schl of Medicine and Public Health. Study authors assessed overall quality of life among 1504 smokers enrolled in a smoking cessation trial. Quitters scored higher on measures of quality of life and positive emotions, one and three years after quitting. "... Smokers might believe that quitting will decrease life satisfaction or quality of life - because they believe it disrupts routines, interferes with relationships, leads to a loss of smoking-related pleasure, or because cessation deprives them of a coping strategy. Our findings suggest that, over the long-term, individuals will be happier and more satisfied with their lives if they stop smoking than if they do not."

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Lifting Weights May Help You Quit Smoking

Tags: Emotions, Quality of Life, Quitting Smoking, Smoking, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

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Butterless Christmas Looms

2 Dieters Ate All the Butter in Norway

A fad diet takes some blame for depleted stocks of butter in Norway. According to Reuters, the entire country's stockpile of butter is gone. Part of the blame for the deleted stockpile goes to a "low-carb" diet that stresses eating more fat. Sales of butter increased dramatically as the diet became popular, and now many Norwegians may face a Christmas without butter. Reuters reports that butter sales increased 20 percent in October and 30 percent in November. Even before the fad diet caught on, there was a limited supply of butter in Norway after a wet summer cut milk output. The top auction website in Norway is offering butter starting at around $13 for 8.28 pounds. That's about four times the normal price for the beloved fat.

More at Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Butter Shortage Norway, Butter Crisis Norway, Low Carb Fatty Diet, High Fat Buttery Diet

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Helps with Diagnosis

3 Blood Test Detects Early Stage Parkinson's

A new study published in FASEB Journal is reporting that researchers in the U.K. have developed a blood test can be used to determine if a person is at risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Individuals with the disease had their blood tested for the amount of phosphorylated alpha-synuclein present, as did healthy age-matched individuals. Phosphorylated alpha-synuclein has been shown to be linked to Parkinson’s disease which is characterized by involuntary movements and problems with emotions and behavior. The advantages of such a non-invasive test is that the disease could be diagnosed early while brain damage is occurring and other problems could be ruled out if doctors can look at the results of a blood test along with any symptoms that may be present.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Genetic Mutation Linked to Parkinson's Understood

Tags: Parkinson's Disease, Blood Test for Parkinson's, Phosphorylated Alpha Synuclein

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