Sunday, 11 February 2007

Marital conflict no influence in bad behavior of children

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Are kids that affected when their parents openly argue and get made at each other in front of the household? Well, a new U.S. study says that fighting among parents doesn't cause children's behavioral problems which can be manifested in ways like skipping school, bullying and lying.

Although the witnessing of parental disputes is by no means a healthy thing for kids to witness, parents who quarrel constantly may pass on genes for disruptive behavior to their children -- so indirectly there could be results that are not good here.

The end res ults of the study states that behavioral genes influenced how often the behavioral problems developed in children whose parents argued with their spouses.

Stroke victims get a helping hand, from a robot

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Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, are using robot hands to rehabilitate stroke victims and help them regain movement in their arms and hands. The technique involves strapping a patient's hand to a robot hand, which then measures how well the patient can do certain movements and helps them along when needed. At the end of 3 weeks of treatment, all 13 people tested had improved their ability to grasp and release objects.

The therapy is still in the beginning stages, and unfortunately it won't be able to help all stroke victims depending on their level of motor movement loss. And also, just because a person can grasp and release better doesn't necessarily mean they can do all the things they used to do everyday. But it's definitely a start.

Experimental psoriasis drug shows great results

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Sufferers of the skin disease psoriasis are always looking for things to help treat their skin -- as some treatments works well for some and not well for others.

The condition of psoriasis is not only embarrassing but it's a royal pain in the you-know-what for almost all. There is hope on occasion, though -- and this past week a new monoclonal antibody drug produced dramatic improvements in psoriasis patients.

Will this be the savior for all psoriasis sufferers? Who knows -- but initial improvements lasted up to six months afte r just one injection of the new drug.

Think about becoming slim, and you may become slim

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Is there really such a thing as mind over matter? Well, some in the dieting field think that way, as new research says that simply believing you are exercising can help you become thinner.

Talk about a windfall for those that want to lose weight without any physical effort like dieting or exercising, yes?

The researchers said that those who do physically demanding jobs and are aware of the potential health benefits of their work lose more weight that those who do the same jobs but do not realise the positive side-effects.

This is very interesting, really. If you're in a position to be walking, lifting or bending in a daily environment, start thinking about how good the exercise you're getting is -- and see what happens on the weight scale.


Is food more addictive than heroine?

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According to Dr. Sam Sugar addiction can be defined as "repetitive behavior beyond your control that leads to adverse consequences." That's especially interesting because according to a recently published report, compulsive eating and drug addiction are similiar in terms of brain activity. So, it's possible to be addicted to food?

Yeah, that seems to be the case. Did you know it takes more time to detoxify somebody from coffee than it does heroine? And unfortunately for food addicts, they face so many social eating situations it's very difficult to notice it as an addiction, and then having temptation and advertisements everywhere makes it obviously very difficult to control. And to top it all off, our society has made it almost the norm to overeat and have unhealthy food relationships. Makes you wonder.

And I just can't resist: Dr. Sugar? That's too funny.

Should you go organic? Tips to help you decide

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As organic foods become more mainstream, you may be wondering if its time for you to switch. Or you may worry (as I sometimes do) that you're doing a disservice to your family because you can't afford to switch. It's true that organic foods are usually significantly more expensive than conventionally grown food and not everyone has access to them. So how do you decide whether to go organic or not? This article helps to shed some light on the issue.< /a>

So what does organic really mean?
It means that the food is grown with no pesticides and on land that has been pesticide free for at least three years. It means that irradiation is not used to preserve the food and that no chemical fertilizers or sewage sludge were applied to feed the crops. Organic farmers often use compost or manure instead. Current regulations allow for a 5% tolerance of pesticides, so some organic crops may contain minute amounts.

The pros of eating organic food are that you're limiting your exposure to pesticides and that your food dollars are going to support organic farming methods. Organic farmers use methods that promotes the health of the plots they tend and never use practices that damage the earth. Some communities believe organic foods are more nutritious, but there have been n o conclusive studies to that effect. The cons of choosing organic are the price. Because organic farming is more labor intensive, the prices are usually higher.

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Breast feeding helps vision

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As much as they may try, the makers of baby formula just can't simulate the real thing completely. In a new study coming out of London, data shows that babies who were breast fed have much better stereoscopic vision than babies raised on formula. The scientists think it's due to higher DHA levels in breast milk than formula, but interestingly the children who had DHA-fortified formula didn't do any better on the eye exams than those who took regular formula.

There's some kind of magic in breast milk, the kind only a mother can make.

Mental differences seperate genuis and madness

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Are there really small differences in genuises that could have made them all madmen? That debate has raged on for centuries, and the latest version of that debate refutes the belief that there's a fine line between genius and madness.

For example, painter Van Gogh and author Jack Kerouac were both hailed as geniuses -- but both men displayed self-destructive behaviour. This topsy-turvy situation has been notived in recent times as well, which has pushed the debate back into the limelight. Now, scientists have discovered a gene which is linked to both intelligence and one of the most common forms of madness -- schizophrenia.

If you've seen "A Beutiful Mind" in recent years, you'll recall that Nobel pr ize-winning mathematician John Nash also had a life-long struggle with schizophrenia.

China looks harder at fake -- and dangerous -- drugs

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Do you trust prescription drugs that are not FDA-approved or are from outside the country here in the U.S.? Many customers opt for Canadian drugs due to high prices for legit drugs here in the U.S.

But, the U.S. is not the only country with drug problems in terms of fake or counterfeit drugs these days. China will step up its battle against fake and dangerous drugs as a result of a pharmaceutical scandal involving a former senior safety official.

Fake or bad drugs have killed dozens in China in recent years and raised questions about safety. In one of just many arrests recently, Shanghai poli ce arrested 10 people last May 2006 during a raid which netted more than $46,470 of fake Tamiflu.