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Giving the Brain a Treat

Giving the Brain a Treat At this present time, the causes of dementia, which is the term given to a range of mental diseases, are not known. Dementia can involve a decline in memory, problems with speech, thinking ability and emotional problems. There are also no known cures. There is evidence, however, of ways of reducing the risk of dementia developing or getting worse. An international study in the Lancet medical journal claimed that it is possible to prevent one…

Hypothesis and Theory

Hypothesis and Theory What is the difference between a hypothesis and a theory? That’s today’s question.In everyday parlance we say a theory is a suggestion, a speculation or view which explains an event or situation. In the field of science, a theory is something much more specific.A hypothesis is a suggestion as to how an event might be explained. Whereas once it is proved and verified with scientific analysis and evidence it becomes a theory. For example, it is suggested…

Losing Weight and Not Strength

Losing Weight and Not Strength - When it comes to dieting and losing weight, one problem people often come across is that they take on a new eating and exercise regime but find their weight doesn’t change or can even increase. This can be disheartening but in fact can be a good thing.With the change in the eating habits and the exercise, someone will lose fat but build up muscle. Muscle is 15% more dense than fat so will be…

Farmed Salmon or Wild?

Farmed Fish or Free? For tens of millions of years, perhaps for hundreds of millions of years, salmon have been swimming the oceans and returning to remote rivers to breed. Now they are kept in crowded cages in lakes or on the edge of the shore. If they were furry animals which could squeak and cry in pain, this would not be allowed, but as it’s only fish, who cares? Apart from the intolerable living conditions, the food they are…

Going Nutty

Going Nutty - What is a nut? Scientifically and botanically the definition of a nut is quite specific. It will be a fruit with a hard shell containing a seed. The shell, which does not open, will be inedible while the seed is usually edible. Brazils, walnuts, almonds, chestnuts and pistachio are botanically classed as seeds. A peanut is not regarded as a nut but as a legume, like peas and beans. In everyday usage, however, they are all nuts.…

Cold? How can you be cold?

Cold? How can you be cold? Have you ever come across this conversation? A woman says 'I'm very cold here'. The man says, 'It's not cold, how can you be cold?' A perfectly reasonable statement from one side and a complete lack of sympathy from the other. Well, women do tend to feel the cold more than men. Firstly, women usually have less muscle mass than men and this generates less heat. On average, men have about 30% more body…

Feed a Cold ??

Hello One and All, With winter here, colds, flu and other infections will abound. I suppose everyone has heard the maxim "Feed a cold; starve a fever". This is interpreted to mean: "If you have a cold keep eating lots – if the illness is more serious, with a fever, then eat less". If we have a cold, we tend to be extra well-fed by mothers and others, who are all following this slogan. In fact, this short slogan, "Feed…

Looking out of the window

Looking Out of the Window - Hello, Detailed studies of office working patterns and efficient productivity show how the best balance is 52 minutes of work then 17 minutes of rest. The break needs to be light-hearted for best effect, such as by watching a fun video or of kittens. A mid-day nap can leave people more attentive, more alert and better at solving problems. Vacant daydreaming can lead to more creativity. If the mind is aimlessly wandering around, it…

Become Wonder Woman

Become Wonder Woman or Wonder Man This can work for men as well Exercise needs to be for the brain and mind as well as the body. The mind and body are integrated - improve one and you improve the other. How are you feeling? Good or not so good? For someone who is lacking in confidence, this article can help. If you are feeling insecure or are lacking in assertiveness, you can trick the mind that you are full…

Long Live Bacteria

Long Live Bacteria - Hello, She's getting weird again. The human intestines contain between one and two kilograms of microbes, which are bacteria referred to as gut microbiomes. There are hundreds of different species of these bacteria and they are essential to our health. Latest research estimates there are around 38 trillion bacteria in the body, mainly in the gut, which is more than the number of regular human cells. These microbes have many functions. They protect from some infections;…