Sunday, 31 December 2006

Women with PMS demonstrate better memory skills

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There's always a silver lining, right? Women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome rarely have anything good to say about it, but now it appears that there may be a benefit to having the disorder -- better memory and increased awareness. Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas recently did a study involving women at different points in their menstrual cycle. Some of the women suffered from premenstrual syndrome and others did not.

What they found is that women who suffered from the syndrome had better recall and recognition skills during parts of their cycle than women who did not have PMS. The women who score d better on the tests showed an increased sensitivity to their environment, something that is key to memory performance. Researchers believe this finding may be due to fluctuating hormones or increased levels of serotonin. Interesting!

Home remedies for a hangover

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So tonight is one of the biggest party nights of the year: people who are normally in bed by 9pm will be staying up until the stroke of midnight, and those who are usually up late will be staying up even later. Many people will have at least a little alcohol, even if it's just a celebratory glass of champagne, and some will let it get a little crazy and have a little more than just that midnight drink -- and they'll be paying the price tomorrow with a nasty hangover.

The most effective treatments if you do end up with a hangover? Sleeping, drinking lots of water, and (I'm not kidding!) exercising. And, according to doctors, the number one WORST thing you can do in an attempt to heal a hangover is to drink more alcohol.

It never hurts to be prepared, so this article on home remedies for a hangover might be worth a closer read. That way if you, or a friend who crashes at your place, is miserable tomorrow morning you'll be prepared to make the best of it.