Good Stuff To Know December 2016

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12-week exercise program significantly improved testosterone levels in overweight, obese men * * * Exercise during pregnancy may reduce markers of aging in offspring * * * Eating dinner early, or skipping it, may be effective in fighting body fat * * * Cannabis abuse possible cause of psychosis * * * Regular intake of sugary beverages, but not diet soda, is associated with prediabetes * * * Tropical bed bug reappears after 60-year absence * * * Probiotics improve cognition in Alzheimer’s patients * * * E-cigarettes may harm teens’ lung health * * * Elderly discovered with superior memory and Alzheimer’s pathology * * * Popular heartburn medication may increase ischemic stroke risk * * * Vitamin D reduces respiratory infections * * * Precut salad may encourage growth of Salmonella * * * Sexism may be harmful to men’s mental health * * * New Ecuador – Bolivia trade agreement could put the cocaine back into cola * * * Teenagers drink a bathtub of sugary drinks a year * * * Should parents lie to children about Santa?

good stuff to know this month12-week exercise program significantly improved testosterone levels in overweight, obese men

Twelve weeks of aerobic exercise significantly boosted testosterone levels in overweight and obese men, according to researchers. Increased levels were highest among men who exercised vigorously, report investigators.

Exercise during pregnancy may reduce markers of aging in offspring

Exercise during pregnancy may be as effective in protecting the next generation from age-related health risks as efforts made during the offspring’s own adulthood. Researchers think that short-term lifestyle changes during pregnancy may have a long-lasting effect on future generations.

Eating dinner early, or skipping it, may be effective in fighting body fat

The first human test of early time-restricted feeding found that this meal-timing strategy strategy reduced swings in hunger and altered fat and carb burning patterns, which may help with losing weight. In early time-restricted feeding (eTRF), people eat their last meal by the mid-afternoon and don’t eat again until breakfast the next morning.

Cannabis abuse possible cause of psychosis

The risk of developing psychosis is more than tripled for those who abuse cannabis, according to results from a new twin study.

Regular intake of sugary beverages, but not diet soda, is associated with prediabetes

Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, but not diet soda, is associated with increased risk of prediabetes and increased insulin resistance, an epidemiological analysis of data from 1,685 adult Americans finds.

Tropical bed bug reappears after 60-year absence

Biologically, tropical bed bugs mirror common bed bugs in that they feed on human blood. So they’re likely to cause similar health problems if you get a severe infestation: fear, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, and itchy, blistery reactions on some people.

Probiotics improve cognition in Alzheimer’s patients

For the first time, scientists have shown that probiotics — beneficial live bacteria and yeasts taken as dietary supplements — can improve cognitive function in humans. In a new clinical trial, scientists show that a daily dose of probiotic Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium bacteria taken over a period of just 12 weeks is enough to yield a moderate but significant improvement in the score of elderly Alzheimer’s patients on the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scale, a standard measure of cognitive impairment.

E-cigarettes may harm teens’ lung health

E-cigarette use among teenagers is growing dramatically, and public health experts are concerned that these devices may be a gateway to smoking. Now, new research indicates that even if these young e-cigarette users do not become tobacco smokers, e-cigarettes may harm their health.

Elderly discovered with superior memory and Alzheimer’s pathology

New research on the brains of individuals 90 years and older who had superior memories until their deaths revealed widespread and dense Alzheimer’s plaques and tangles in some cases, considered full-blown Alzheimer’s pathology.

Popular heartburn medication may increase ischemic stroke risk

A popular group of antacids known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, (Prilosec, Prevacid) used to reduce stomach acid and treat heartburn may increase the risk of ischemic stroke, according to preliminary research.

Vitamin D reduces respiratory infections

Vitamin D, scientists have discovered, reduces respiratory infections, a potentially life-saving discovery in older patients at high risk for these illnesses.

Precut salad may encourage growth of Salmonella

Small amounts of damage to salad leaves in bagged salads encourage the presence of Salmonella enterica, new research has found. Juices released from damaged leaves also enhance the pathogen’s ability to attach to the salad’s plastic container.

Sexism may be harmful to men’s mental health

Men who see themselves as playboys or as having power over women are more likely to have psychological problems than men who conform less to traditionally masculine norms, according to research.

New Ecuador – Bolivia trade agreement could put the cocaine back into cola

After more than a century’s absence, the extract from coca leaves may be returning to soft drinks.An agreement signed between Ecuador and Bolivia means that products, including soft drinks, cosmetics, and food products, may be manufactured in Ecuador using by-products of Bolivian coca leaves.

Teenagers drink a bathtub of sugary drinks a year

Teenagers, aged between 11 and 18, drink almost a bathtub full of sugary drinks on average a year, according to new calculations.

Should parents lie to children about Santa?

Shops are bursting with toys, mince pies are on the menu and radios are blasting out Christmas tunes – so it’s time for another festive favorite: lying to children. Millions of parents convince their kids Santa is real – but this lie may be damaging, according to experts. They also suggest parents may not be motivated by purely creating magic for their children, but by a desire to return to the joy of childhood themselves.

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