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Friday, October 17, 2014

How to get more shaves from your razor blades

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You have to hand it to the men's grooming industry. Faced with shrinking razor blade market share because more men sport beards, it has had to come up with inventive ways to sell more of its products.
It continues to re-invent the razor, with more and more cutting edges. One of the most innovative developments has been the subscription razor blade service. For a flat fee a consumer receives a package of blades each week or month.
The selling point is that you'll never be caught one morning with a dull blade and no replacement. The downside is that you will buy more razor blades than you could ever use. That is, if you properly care for your razor.
The truth is that commercial razor blades – both cartridges and disposable razors – can last weeks or months with proper care. Though we haven't tested them all, we've gathered some methods from a variety of sources who swear by the results.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Are pills containing frozen POO the key to beating hospital superbug?

A deadly hospital superbug could be treated using capsules of frozen faeces from healthy people, a new study has found.

The gut infection Clostridium difficule (C. difficile) can be life-threatening, especially in the elderly.

But scientists in the US found introducing 'normal' gut bacteria from a healthy donor's excrement, rebalanced a C. difficile patient's system, curing their illness.

They successfully cured 18 of 20 patients who took part in the study at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston of their diarrhea, improving their condition.

A new study has found capsules of frozen facecal matter from healthy donors can cure C. difficile patients of their severe diarrhoea. Doctors in the US cured 18 of the 20 patients taking part in their research. (File picture)
A new study has found capsules of frozen facecal matter from healthy donors can cure C. difficile patients of their severe diarrhoea. Doctors in the US cured 18 of the 20 patients taking part in their research. (File picture)


In healthy people the bacteria C. difficile lies harmlessly in the gut.  But the feared infection is caused when antibiotics upset the balance of the intestines.  While natural bacteria that protect against infection are decimated by the drugs, C. difficile multiply.  The result is severe diarrhoea, which can cause fatal complications, including swelling of the bowel from a build-up of gas.

The new research builds on a UK study published in 2012 where 'stool transplants' were used to restore the balance of the gut in mice suffering C. difficile.

But the methods used were invasive and presented problems for human patients.
The researchers developed a method whereby they could freeze healthy stool samples, enclosing them in capsules for patients to swallow. 


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2792108/are-pills-containing-frozen-faeces-key-beating-hospital-superbug-stool-samples-healthy-donors-restores-balance-gut-bacteria.html#ixzz3G7mJYe5S
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Could symptoms of autism be improved by eating broccoli?

Suforaphane - which gives broccoli its bitter taste - could help treat autism, a study found
Suforaphane - which gives broccoli its bitter taste - could help treat autism, a study found
Broccoli could hold the key to treating autism, research suggests.The chemical that gives broccoli its distinctive bitter taste made teenagers and young men with autism calmer and more sociable, a study found.

‘Remarkable’ improvements were seen in as little as four weeks and by the end of the study, some of those given a capsule a day felt able to look the researchers in the eye and shake their hand.

The finding suggests it may be possible to create a pill that gets to the root of autism for the first time.Existing drugs simply control symptoms such as aggression, hyperactivity or sleep problems, but do not address the underlying cause of the condition.  

Researcher Dr Paul Talalay, a professor of pharmacology in the US who has spent the last 25 years researching nature’s medicine cabinet, said: ‘It was a small study but the effects were very, very large.

‘We believe that this may be preliminary evidence for the first treatment for autism that improves symptoms by apparently correcting some underlying cellular mechanisms.’
British experts described the research as ‘intriguing’ but said it is simply too early to say if broccoli is beneficial in autism.

The research, from the respected MassGen Hospital for Children and Johns Hopkins University, both in Boston, comes amid concern about rising rates of autism.
More than one in 100 British children has autism or a related condition such as Asperger's Syndrome - a 10-fold increase on 30 years ago.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2791237/could-symptoms-autism-improved-eating-broccoli-chemical-gives-veg-bitter-taste-helps-autistic-teens-calmer-sociable.html#ixzz3G4KdaWvh
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Routine Tests Can Identify Risk of Gestational Diabetes Years Before Pregnancy



Up to seven years before she becomes pregnant, a woman's risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy can be identified based on routinely assessed measures of blood sugar and body weight, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the online issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, studied 580 ethnically diverse women who took part in a multiphasic health checkup at Kaiser Permanente Northern California between 1984 and 1996. The researchers looked at women who had a subsequent pregnancy and compared those who developed gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) during pregnancy to women who did not have GDM.
The study found that the risk of GDM increased directly with the number of adverse risk factors present before pregnancy that are commonly associated with diabetes and heart disease: high blood sugar, hypertension, and being overweight. In addition, the authors found that adverse levels of blood sugar and body weight were associated with a 4.6-fold increased risk of GDM, compared to women with normal levels. Read more...

Friday, October 10, 2014

The doctor will spy on your now: Hospitals and insurance companies are using credit card data to monitor how patients eat, whether they belong to a gym and when they smoke

Doctors, hospitals and insurance companies have begun spying on patients using credit card data and other private details. 

Sneak a pack of cigarettes, let your gym membership lapse or start eating unhealthy foods and you could get a scolding phone call from your doctor or insurance provider.

The companies that are using the new tracking programs say the data allow doctors to make sure their patients stay healthy in between visits. The information also helps them to spot bad habits between they become harmful. 

Privacy advocates and many patients aren't impressed. They say the new technology is invasive and hurts the doctor-patient relationship.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2671059/The-doctor-spy-Hospitals-insurance-companies-using-credit-card-data-monitor-patients-eat-belong-gym-smoke.html#ixzz3FkVYIutf
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Low-calorie sweeteners found in diet drinks RAISE the risk of obesity and diabetes by affecting how the body processes sugar

Low-calorie artificial sweeteners found in diet drinks actually 'raise the risk of diabetes and obesity'
Low-calorie artificial sweeteners found in diet drinks actually 'raise the risk of diabetes and obesity'
Millions rely on them to help them stay thin. But low-calorie artificial sweeteners actually raise the risk of obesity, researchers fear.
The popular sugar alternatives found in diet drinks and in sachets in cafes and restaurants may also increase the odds of diabetes.

The sweeteners under the microscope are saccharin, which is found in Sweet’N Low, sucralose, which is found in Splenda, and aspartame, which is found in many diet drinks.

The Israeli researchers that ‘today’s massive, unsupervised consumption’ of artificial sweeteners needs to be reassessed.

The warning at a time when growing concern about the damage done by sugar is likely to mean more people are switching to artificial alternatives.

British experts urged caution, saying that much of the work was done in mice. But they also said that water is the healthiest drink.
The researchers, from the Weizmann Institute of Science, first showed that all three sweeteners made it more difficult for mice to process sugar.

This is known as glucose intolerance and is important because it raises risk of developing diabetes and obesity.

In a study of almost 400 people, the researchers linked artificial sweetener with being fatter and glucose intolerance.

And, worryingly, volunteers who didn’t normally eat or drink artificially-sweetened foods began to become glucose intolerant after just four days of consumption.

The numbers affected were small – just four out of seven men and women in the trial – but the research overall was judged significant enough to be published in Nature one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals.

Other experiments suggested the sweeteners do the damage by altering type of bacteria in the gut.

While this might seem odd, some of the bugs that live naturally in our digestive system are very good at breaking down food.

If they thrive on artificial sweeteners, this could lead to more energy being extracted from food and more fat being stored – raising the odds of obesity. 


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2759723/Low-calorie-artificial-sweeteners-RAISE-risk-obesity.html#ixzz3FkUNUXRs
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Common diabetes drug metformin could cause thyroid and heart problems, experts warn

A drug widely prescribed to those with diabetes could cause thyroid, heart and a host of other health problems, a study has warned.

Metformin is commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes. It lowers blood sugar levels by reducing glucose production in the liver.  

But new research, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found the drug is linked to having an underactive thyroid.

The drug metformin - widely prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes - could cause heart disease and a host of other health problems, scientists have warned
The drug metformin - widely prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes - could cause heart disease and a host of other health problems, scientists have warned


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2765338/Diabetes-drug-metformin-cause-heart-disease-thyroid-problems-experts-warn.html#ixzz3FkU1IssE
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An apple a day could keep obesity away: Granny Smiths promote friendly bacteria helping us feel fuller for longer


An apple a day could keep obesity away: Granny Smiths promote friendly bacteria helping us feel fuller for longer


Granny Smith apples were found to contain high levels of a compound that promotes good bacteria in the gut, helping people feel fuller for longer 
Granny Smith apples were found to contain high levels of a compound that promotes good bacteria in the gut, helping people feel fuller for longer 
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, goes the saying.
But a new study has found more specifically, that a Granny Smith a day could be the key to preventing obesity.
The bright green, crisp variety helps people feel full, inhibiting the urge to eat.
They were found to promote friendly bacteria, which invokes the feeling of being full. 
The study, published in the journal Food Chemistry, revealed that the non digestible compounds in the fruit, which include fibre and polyphenols, do not get broken down by stomach acid.
When they reach the colon they are fermented by bacteria in the colon which helps friendly bacteria in the gut to grow. 
Scientists at Washington State University tested several different varieties of apple on mice, to see which caused the most growth of friendly bacteria.
Granny Smiths worked better than Golden Delicious, Gala, Braeburn and other popular varieties, they discovered. 
The variety, known for its slightly tart flavour, had a particularly high fibre content and compounds like polyphenols which do not break down when eaten, they reported. 
The team analysed mouse droppings after feeding the animals, some of which were obese, different types of fruit.
They discovered the balance of bacteria in the colon of obese people is often 'disturbed' in a way that can disrupt the metabolism and make people feel hungry.
It was revealed that the faeces of overweight mice that had eaten Granny Smith apples had changed and become similar to that of slim mice.
The discovery could lead to future treatments for weight problems.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2774895/An-apple-day-obesity-away-Granny-Smiths-prevent-diabetes-illnesses-linked-overweight.html#ixzz3FkTeJRJ9
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Think antioxidants will make you live longer? Think again:

We all want to stay as healthy and young-looking as possible, which is why millions of us dutifully take antioxidant supplements such as vitamins C, E and beta-carotene, as well as splashing out on costly antioxidant 'superfoods' such as blueberries.

For years we've swallowed the line from scientists that antioxidants could slow the rate at which our cells - and therefore our bodies - age.  

The theory is that antioxidants reduce the 'oxidising' damage caused by free radicals - corrosive molecules produced by our bodies as we process oxygen, and which we also breathe in from polluted air and smoking.

For years we've swallowed the line from scientists that antioxidants could slow the rate at which our cells
For years we've swallowed the line from scientists that antioxidants could slow the rate at which our cells


It is thought that when these free radicals attack proteins and lipids (fats in the cells), it breaks down the cell membrane and damages the DNA inside. This in turn may cause cancerous mutations, as well as making the cells age more rapidly. Free-radical damage to brain cells is also believed to cause the sort of drops in cognitive functioning associated with ageing.

In Britain, we spend £175 million a year on antioxidant supplements - but a new study suggests we might be wasting our money. Not only do free radicals not cause ageing, say researchers at McGill University in Canada, but taking antioxidant pills may actually make our bodies age faster- making them a short cut to an early grave. So what is going on?


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2639929/Think-antioxidants-make-live-longer-Think-We-spend-millions-researchers-say-supplements-make-bodies-age-FASTER.html#ixzz330mYymsQ
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Monday, May 12, 2014

The Health Revolution - Episode 1 - Dr Natasha Campbell - On GAPS Diet and Other Topics

As you will see and hear here, YOU HAVE BEEN LIED TO ABOUT: Fats, animals fats, vegetarianism, cholesterol and healthy eating......