Archive for February 18th, 2013

Parkinson’s disease can also affect patient’s vision

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Parkinson’s disease may not be only responsible for the condition’s distinctive movement problems but may also affect vision, a new study has revealed.

Parkinson’s, the second most common form of neurodegenerative disease, principally affects people aged over 60.

Its most common symptom is tremor and slowness of movement (bradykinesia), but some people with Parkinson’s also experience changes in vision.

Now for the first time, researchers in the University of York’s Department of Biology have established a link between a mutation which triggers Parkinson’s and problems with vision in an animal model.

Scientists at York studied the impact of the most common Parkinson’s-related mutation on nerve cells in the visual system of the fruit fly, Drosophila.


Fast food affects liver same way as hepatitis

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Regular consumption of fast food items like fried chicken and onion rings are particularly bad for your liver, a study has found.

These fried foods have many surprising complications and dangers for the people that consume them, researchers have said.

“The amount of fat and saturated fats creates a condition called fatty liver,” CBS News quoted Dr. Drew Ordon of ‘The Doctors’ and author of the book, ‘Better in 7’ as saying.

What’s interesting about the new information is that even after just a month of consistently eating fatty foods from fast food restaurants, there are significant changes in your liver.

The fried foods do not just impact your cholesterol and waist line.

Ordon describes that the changes in the liver enzymes as being surprisingly similar to the damage that is seen by hepatitis, which can ultimately lead to liver failure.


Eating kiwis can make your skin glow

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Eating at least three portions of fruit and vegetables daily – including carrots, cabbages and kiwi fruit – gives your skin a “healthy” radiance akin to a tan after just a few weeks, a new study has revealed.

Psychologists from the University of St Andrews analysed the impact fruit and vegetable consumption had on perception of skin colour.

Pictures were taken of men and women to analyse their skin tone before and after the test period.

Researchers found that increased fruit and vegetable consumption led to a deepening of natural red and yellow skin colouration, the Daily Mail reported.

They calculated that 2.9 portions of fruit and veggies a day over a six-week period are enough to make people look more healthy, while 3.3 portions will boost attractiveness.


Healing backache through yoga

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Do you find your hand often reaching out for your upper back? Unconsciously wanting to soothe it and ease a slight, pulsating pain? You could be in the middle of a kitchen chore or bending over a colleague’s desk at work and are suddenly aware of a slight ache spreading over your lower back?

You might not have a chronic backache. Yet these once-in-a-blue-moon signs could be enough wake-up calls for us to sit up straight and invest 5 minutes every day to strengthen our back muscles by practicing simple yoga postures. Don’t wait until you get a backache. Start now and invest a few minutes daily – the returns are high – a healthy back is yours for keeps.

7 yoga postures to wave goodbye to backache

Our back has three movements: stretching upwards, twisting, and moving forward and backward. Regular practice of the yoga poses listed below ensures that muscles which support these movements are strengthened.
You can practice some of these yoga postures anytime, anywhere! Even if you miss them on the yoga mat in the morning, you can still take out 5 minutes during the day at work or when your back hints that it needs them.


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