July 8, 2011

Beer, wine, salt and sweets, powerpoint and Marilyn Monro

400 trillion trillion pints of beer lost in space

Well, not beer exactly. But they did find alcohol: ethyl alcohol, to be precise, the active ingredient in all major alcoholic drinks...Three British scientists, Drs. Tom Millar, Geoffrey MacDonald and Rolf Habing, discovered this interstellar Everclear floating in a gas cloud in the contellation of Aquila (sign of the Eagle, the mascot of Anheuser-Busch! Hmmmmm).

Red wine: Exercise in a bottle

As strange as it sounds, a new research study published in the FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org), suggests that the "healthy" ingredient in red wine, resveratrol, may prevent the negative effects that
spaceflight and sedentary lifestyles have on people.

The report describes experiments in rats that simulated the weightlessness of spaceflight, during which the group fed resveratrol did not develop insulin resistance or a loss of bone mineral density, as did those who were not fed resveratrol.  A low gravity environment makes it nearly impossible for astronauts.

For the earthbound, barriers to physical activity are equally challenging, whether they be disease, injury, or a desk job. Resveratrol may not be a substitute for exercise, but it could slow deterioration until someone can get moving again."

Cutting back on salt 'does not make you healthier' (despite nanny state warnings) 

Eating less salt will not prevent heart attacks, strokes or early death, according to a major study.
Its findings contradict all recommendations by the Government and medical profession urging the public to reduce the amount of salt they consume.

Research involving nearly 6,500 people concluded that there was ‘no strong evidence’ that lowering levels in the diet reduced the risk of heart disease or premature death.
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The authors from Exeter University looked at seven published studies involving 6,489 people. Some had high blood pressure, others had normal blood pressure and they had all been put on salt-reduction diets.
But the authors found that there was no evidence that cutting down reduced deaths or heart disease in either group. And they found that patients with heart failure who cut back on salt were actually at higher risk of death – possibly because the change in diet is such a shock to the body.

Sweets are 'good for children and may stop them from getting fat in later life'

It is an astounding claim that flies in the face of decades of nutritional wisdom.  Eating sweets might actually stop your child from getting fat, researchers say.

According to their study, youngsters who regularly eat chocolate bars and other treats are significantly less likely to be overweight or obese than those who do not.
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Researchers at Louisiana State University in the U.S. monitored more than 11,000 children and young people between the ages of two and 18 from 1999 to 2004.The data showed that children who ate sweets were 22 per cent less likely to be overweight or obese than those who did not.  Among adolescents, even more – 26 per cent – were likely to weigh less than their counterparts who did not eat sweets.

Across all ages there were also lower levels of C-reactive protein in sweet-eating children. High levels of the protein are thought to raise the risk of heart problems and other chronic illnesses.

Explaining the survey results, the researchers said that children who were fed the right portions of sweets from an early age learned the vital skill of ‘food discipline’.

One political party in Switzerland wants to ban powerpoint.  "Finally do something" says the APP instead of wasting 2.1 billion Swiss Francs a year.

Marilyn Monroe was teeny tiny, smaller than a size 2  with a waist size of 22 and a bust of 34, no zaftig at all,  writes Virginia  Postrrel  who saw Marilyn's dresses, along with fifteen thousand people at the preview for the June 18 auction of Debbie Reynolds’s "extraordinary collection of Hollywood costumes, props and other memorabilia.

Seven pieces of good news nobody is reporting

A therapist and mother writes that the obsession with our kds' happiness may be dooming them to unhappiness, How to Land Your Kid in Therapy,

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