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Hitting the fridge and going to town is one of the well known effects of taking cannabis. But up until now scientists have been unable to explain the relationship; how does the active ingredient of cannabis (tetrahydrocannabinol or THC) cause such a surge in appetite?
But a new study by researchers at the University of Bordeaux has found that THC binds to cannabinol receptors in the brain dramatically increasing the sense of taste and smell which in turn stimulates the appetite. Although the … More
It has been widely accepted that doing brain teasers like sudoku or crosswords can protect against the onset of degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. However there is now a growing amount of evidence that physical exercise is just as important. In a new study by the University of Pittsburgh, on subjects aged between 60 to 80 years, it has been discovered that two crucial parts of the brain (the Hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex) can be regenerated through … More
In a survey by Imperial College London parents were found to be just a little blind to the state of their children’s health. 77% of parents of overweight children refuse to accept that their child is fat. Even among those who do accept it, only 41% of them think that they are putting their child’s health at risk.
Concern grew over the past 2 weeks for the state of Britain’s health and the obesity crisis with the publication of a report showing that in some English towns nearly 75% of the population is overweight. The fattest county was named as Cumbria with 68% of residents being overweight or obese. Next on the list was Linconshire closely followed by North Yorkshire and Staffordshire. All of these three showed a whopping 67% of inhabitants as being overweight.
Most of the fattest … More
As a healthy eater you are of course trying not to eat too much refined sugar. This means that you’re carefully reading the label to make sure that any sugars have not been snuck in. But what should you be looking for?
Sugar comes in many guises. Usually sugars are labelled as part of a food’s carbohydrate content. So the label will say “carbohydrate 20g of which sugars 16g”. This shows us that sugar is a carbohydrate, but unfortunately it is … More
Every year, many of us decide to go dry for the month of January, not drinking alcohol to make up for the debauchery of the festive season. Some reports are sceptical about the benefits of this one month “fad”, so a ten of staff at the New Scientist magazine decided to go dry and study the results properly.
On October the 5th of last year, 14 members of the magazine’s staff (all of whom regarded themselves as “normal” drinkers) were given … More
Many runners or even novices just focus on running and building a high milage when training for a marathon. Added milage may be good for building endurance, but it may also lead to imbalance and injuries. The high impact in running puts large stresses on the joints and connective tissue. If the muscles cannot take this load then injuries will happen.
Simultaneously running starts to break down muscle tissue over time. So keeping and even increasing muscle while doing your training … More
Although most of start our new year’s resolutions with the best of intentions, the statistics show that within just one week we will have failed.
There are steps we can all take, however, to ensure that we actually succeed this year!
Set a shorter term goal. Instead of thinking “I will never…” try to set a more achievable time limit of three weeks or 21 days. This is much more do-able and breaks down the “forever” part of your resolution into smaller, … More
So another year has gone by and leaves us to reflect on 2013 fitness tips. This past year science and research fine-tuned and expanded what we know about physical activity and how it effects our brains, heart, joints and even our DNA before we have been born. We learned that our lifespans can be greatly increased with exercise, particularly if we go reasonably hard and fast.
This year we were both encouraged – fitness can happen in 7 minutes a day … More
Those smokers who quit, even in later life, may be able to repair their cardiovascular health in as little as 8 years, a new study has shown. Studies in the past have shown that it takes longer; it was previously thought that 15 years was needed to reduce the ex-smoker’s chances of death from cardiovascular disease to become the same as a non-smokers.
But a new study that tested candidates who were 65 years or older and who had smoked fewer … More