Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Studies says "Easy to break bones of binge drinking people"

That's what medical researchers in Chicago are saying. They have discovered that binge drinking could decrease bone mass and strength, since alcohol affects bone health genes.

The next time you decide to get drunk on a weekend, make sure you know what you're getting yourself into. Along with obesity, kidney and liver damage, nausea, hangover and headaches, you can now add bone loss to the list of collateral damage that binge drinking can cause.

Studies in recent years have demonstrated that binge drinking can decrease bone mass and bone strength, increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Now, a Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine study has found that alcohol disturbs genes necessary for maintaining healthy bones. Researchers have found that binge drinking affects the amounts of RNA (protein making templates, associated with bone health genes). This means alcohol disturbs genes necessary for maintaining healthy bones, and can result in bone loss. You are binge drinking if you are a woman, and have four drinks in two hours, or a man who has at least five drinks in two hours.

Considerable facts about binge driking

  • Alcohol-induced bone loss weakens the bones. As a result, it exposes alcoholics to a greater frequency of fractures from falls.

  • When your bones are weak, you can crack a rib even by sneezing or coughing.
  • It also affects the muscles overlining the bones. As a result, the bones will not function effectively.
  • In extreme cases, the vertebral bones can get crushed and a person could become shorter.
  • Binge drinking or excessive alcohol intake also leads to a condition called Avascular Necrosis, where alcohol blocks the blood supply to certain bones and joints, killing bone cells. The person will complain of aches and pains in the shoulder, hips, and joints, and will find it difficult to walk and carry out routine work. The only cure for such a condition is surgery, which turns out to be very expensive.

So, you should give up alcohol? R u ready to do so?


No is the answer ! , Then here is the solution to balance
between fitness and pleasure

Monday, December 22, 2008

Violent behaviour Vs children

We live in a violent world, and newspapers and TV carry grim reminders of this fact. Today, with so many bomb blasts happening all over world, there is no way in which people can avoid being exposed to violence.

What the experts say

Two studies have been released recently that look at violent behaviour and children. The first research, which brings together three studies one from the US and two from Japan deals with violent games. It examines the content of games, how often they are played and aggressive behaviour later in a school year. The US and Japan were chosen because, while games are prevalent in both places, crimes are not so common in Japan a fact that has often been highlighted by people who want to show that violent games don't lead to violence.

The study in the US covered 364 children, aged 9 to 12, while the Japanese study involved 1,200 Japanese youths, aged 12 to 18, and was managed by lead author Craig A Anderson, a psychology professor at Iowa State University and director of its Center for the Study of Violence.

The other study involved Web sites and was conducted by Dr Michele L Ybarra of Internet Solutions for Kids in Santa Ana, California. In this study, the researchers examined the relationship between media violence and violent behaviour. Here, violent behaviour is defined as shooting or stabbing someone, robbing someone, or committing aggravated assault or sexual assault.

The survey involved 1,588 young people, aged 10 to 15. The average age was 13 and 48 per cent were girls.

This survey found that people who frequented sites that depicted people fighting or killing were five times more likely than their peers who didn't visit violent websites to engage in seriously violent behaviour.

Growing phenomenon

While such studies are disturbing, they are not new. In fact, in 2006, a team of researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia conducted a study of 39 game players and monitored their brain activity. Specifically, researchers looked at a type of brain activity called the P300 response, which reflects the emotional impact of an image.

This study too, predictably, found that violent games promoted violent behaviour. Additionally, in 2000, at a Congressional Public Health Summit, the American Academy of Paediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Psychological Association, issued an unprecedented 'Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children'.

The question is this รข€” should we call for a ban on violent games and violent web sites? This is a hard question to answer. While people tend to malign modern entities like web sites and video games, the problem existed even before the web became popular. In fact, in 1972, the US Surgeon General issued a special report on the public health effects of media violence, concentrating specifically on TV.

Additionally, we also have to answer one simple question are violent games creating violent kids, or are violent kids showing a preference for violent games? The jury is still out on this one.

>>Studies show that violent games lead to violent kids
>>Is the Internet to blame?
>>Should violent games be banned?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Are you ready to give up something for your love?

Every day many couples are breaking their relationship for simple reasons, For example British rocker Jamie Hince broke up with supermodel girlfriend Kate Moss, because he was sick of her partying.

Kate saw sense, and has resolved to give up drinking and partying in a bid to win her man back. Kate has proved that compromises are a big part of any relationship. If you are open-minded and willing to make a change, you could strengthen your relationship.

According to researchers, if a relationship is going well, there is a far greater likelihood that an individual will be more satisfied with life and productive at work. It is not be possible to change overnight. A couple should try and accept each other the way they are. If you quit being stubborn, the relationship grows stronger. Some individuals change because they prioritise their relationship above all else.

Non-negotiable differences

If answers to these are unknown or flexible, they are non-negotiable factors in a relationship.

Children: Do you want them, and how many? Who will raise the children, and will they be raised with a religious affiliation?

Finances: Who will be the breadwinner? What will the money be spent on? Who will control the finances?

In-laws: Will the in-laws live with you? Will they help raise the kids? How often will you visit them? To what extent are you willing to take advice from them?

Spirituality/ Religion: Are you actively observing a religion? Do you need me to convert to your religion? What religious values will you instill in the kids, and will you be willing to raise the kids with mixed beliefs?

Points to follow to build strong relationship

Don't be selfish: If a change won't make much difference to your life, make it.

Don't judge: When you blame your partner, and ignore your flaws, the gap widens.

Ask for forgiveness: If you are at fault, don't be ashamed to say sorry.

Look for compromise: Talking it out and arriving at a solution will solve many problems.

Resolve to be respectful: If you respect your partner's opinion, he/she will return the favour.

Accept your differences: It's unrealistic to think you will be alike, ever.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Human brain can imagine and complete the words before they are uttered


Researchers have proven how the human brain thinks automatically in considering different possible meaning to the words before we've even heard the final sound of the word. Previous theories have proposed that listeners can only keep pace with the rapid pace of spoken language — up to five syllables per second — by anticipating a small subset of all words known by the listener, much like Google search anticipates words and phrases as you type.

The study was a team effort among former Rochester graduate student Kathleen Pirog Revill, now a postdoctoral researcher at Georgia Tech. "The best tool we have for brain imaging of this sort is functional MRI, but an MRI takes a few seconds to capture an image, so people thought it just couldn't be done,” a professor said.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Why we can’t resist snacks

Dutch researchers say that it all happens because there is a substantial inconsistency between healthful snack choice intentions and actual behaviour.

Pascalle Weijzen, a researcher in the Division of Human Nutrition in Netherlands, brought this fact to light by conducting a study in which participants were asked about their intentions in choosing among four snacks — an apple, a banana, a candy bar and a molasses waffle.

He said that about half the participants said they would choose the apple or banana — a ‘healthy’ snack. However, when the researchers presented the participants with the actual snacks a week later, 27 per cent of them switched to candy bar. Over 90 per cent of them stuck with the unhealthy snack. The researchers concluded that intentions are not always tightly linked to people’s actual behaviours.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Women's who have habbit to drink more in unsafe sexual practices

The researchers found that drinking womens, who consume alcohal more than their stable capacity at one time, are likely to indulge in unsafe sexual practices, such as having sex with multiple partners, having sex with unknown partners and anal sex. “Binge drinking results in a decreased ability to make clear decisions,” said Geetanjali Chander, assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Initially, some individuals may drink with the expectation of decreasing inhibitions, and they expect alcohol to alleviate their symptoms. Regardless of why they choose to drink, many people do not perceive the potential risk or harm that may result from binge drinking,” she added. During the study, researchers approached 795 STD-clinic patients being evaluated or treated for STDs.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Why flies are too tough to swat


A team in the US has found that the fly’s ability to dodge being hit is due to its fast-acting brain and an ability to plan ahead. In fact, it can work out where a threat is coming from and prepare an escape route. “It is best to aim a bit forward to the fly's starting position, to anticipate where it’s going to jump when it first sees your swatter,” lead researcher Dr Michael Dickinson was quoted by the Current Biology journal.

The researchers found that when the flies see an object hurtling towards them, they are able to plan and carry out an emergency take-off in just under 200 milliseconds — or a fifth of a second.



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