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Take a vitamin C daily .. It helps to keep you away from colds ... :D
 

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May 31, 2008

Risky Business

Think you’ve got a tough job? Here’s scientific proof you might be dreaming.

The Canadian Province of Quebec did a study of the major occupational groups at risk for mental health problems, reports the Canadian Journal of Public Health. And somewhat unsurprisingly, the occupations with the lowest levels of decision-making freedom on the job had the highest elements of risk.

The highest-risk jobs were in road transportation. That is, taxi drivers and bus drivers. Following them were jobs in textile, leather and fur manufacturing. Then came housekeeping, maintenance workers and painters.

At lowest risk, (according to the study) were data processors, editors and university professors.
 

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June 1, 2008

Eye Injuries

Remember those old pictures of pirates wearing eye patches?

Chances are they may not have needed the patches after all -- not if they were wearing the patches to treat corneal abrasions.

Physicians at the State University of New York reviewed the results of studies about treating corneal abrasions, and concluded that the practice of using eye patches not only doesn't help, it may make things worse.

As reported in the Journal of Family Practice, eye patches don't improve the rate of healing or relieve pain. Instead, patches may increase pain, and by removing binocular vision, they take away depth perception.
 

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June 2, 2008

Hot off the press


Next time you see a recipe that calls for a preheated oven, forget it.

Food that is cooked in a non-preheated oven tastes just as good, and is just as nutritious as food cooked in a preheated oven, reports the Journal of the American Dietary Association.

Since the extra cooking time is less than the time spent preheating, you'll save energy.
 

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June 3, 2008

Happiness Is...

What would make you happy in your golden years? Lots of money? Friends? A good book and a place to warm your toes?

According to the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, you'll probably be happy if you can just chew.

In a survey of 1,544 Japanese people over age 65, those who felt their chewing ability was good, also felt they had good quality of life, good health and were able to understand conversations easily.

Those who had chewing problems felt they had a poor quality of life, poor health and couldn't follow conversations.
 

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June 4, 2008

Musical Mayhem

Get enough people together in one place, and there's likely to be some call for emergency medical treatment. Music concerts are no exception.

Here's what the journal, Academic Emergency Medicine discovered:
Type of concert with the lowest likelihood of medical emergency: Rhythm and Blues
Type of concert with the highest likelihood of medical emergency: Gospel
Type of concert with the highest single day record for medical emergency: Grunge Rock
Type of concert with the highest likelihood of audience members having heart problems: Classical
Actual (percentage) chance of requiring medical aid at any type of concert: 0.0000321684
 

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June 5, 2008

Premature Birth

Premature delivery is the leading cause of disability and death for babies. But there’s a simple test to forestall any disaster.

A cervical ultrasound can detect early changes in the dilation of the cervix -- the narrow, lower portion of the uterus. The cervix does not normally widen until contractions begin at the end of pregnancy, when the baby is ready to be born.

If the ultrasound test reveals early shortening of the cervix, doctors are able to take steps to prevent premature delivery. For one thing, they can try to delay an early delivery by putting a stitch in the cervix for extra support.
 

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June 6, 2008

Mind Over Matter

Imagine you've been dieting diligently. You get on the scale, and it says you've lost five pounds more than you thought. Then you go to a buffet. Do you continue watching your diet, or do you celebrate and eat as much as you like?

Now try the reverse. You've been good, but the scale says you've gained five pounds. Same buffet: Do you diet, or give up and eat your fill?

The department of psychology at the University of Toronto was actually mean enough to play this mind game with a group of diligent dieters.

As reported in The Journal of Abnormal Psychology, the people who were told they had lost an additional five pounds maintained their self-restraint at the buffet. But those who thought they'd gained five pounds "reported lower self-esteem, less positive moods, and more negative moods." Led to the buffet, they ate as if dieting just didn't matter anymore.
 

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June 7, 2008

Sing Out Loud

Ever wondered why all great singers don't sound alike? It's because different singing styles cause different degrees of muscle tension in the larynx, the voice box.

According to the journal Otolarygology and Head and Neck Surgery, the Center for Voice Disorders of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., graded the laryngeal muscle tension of different types of singing on a scale of 0 to 100.

Here are some of the results:
Chorale singers are the most relaxed, with a score of 41.
Opera singers scored 57.
Jazz singers are tighter, with a score of 65.
Country and western singers scored high at 86.
But the highest levels of muscle tension goes to gospel singers, who rated a score of 94.
 

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June 8, 2008

If the Shoe Fits ..

Have you seen ads for shoe inserts that promise to relieve foot pain? Do you feel like trying a pair?

Maybe you'd better read the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association before you fork over your money.

Podiatrists at the Orthopedic Surgery Service at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington, did a survey of soldiers in basic training who were using many different types of inserts. They were compared to soldiers who wore their boots as issued.

The results? Thirty-eight percent of the soldiers using the inserts complained of leg and foot pain. Among those who didn't use inserts, only 29 percent reported foot and leg pain.
 

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June 9, 2008

Hairy Stories

Did you know that a human hair, the fastest-growing tissue in the body, could support the weight of 2.8 ounces?

That means a person weighing 176 pounds could hang from a cord made of 1,000 human hairs. Or, if all the hairs on an average man's scalp were made into a rope, it would support the combined weight of 100 of his friends.

The Doubleday and Co. book, Amazing Facts About Your Body, also offers these fascinating facts:

· The average blonde has 150,000 hairs on her scalp.
· A brunette usually has about 100,000.
· A redhead has only about 90,000.
 

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Pound for Pound

Money can't buy happiness, but according to The Lancet, money goes a long way to buying mental health.

When researchers from the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff did a study of neurosis in the United Kingdom, here's what they found:
People with no cars had a 40 percent greater likelihood of being neurotic than people with two or more cars.
People who rented their homes were 30 percent more likely to be neurotic than people who owned their own homes.
The researchers estimated that 10 percent of the neurosis problem in the United Kingdom could be attributed to people who rent their homes and don't own cars.
 

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June 11, 2008

Snap, Crackle and Stop

You're mulling two nutritionally similar breakfasts: One is higher in fat, but the calories, vitamins and minerals are the same in both.

According to the British Journal of Nutrition, it really does matter where the calories come from.
Researchers from the pathology department at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, UK, compared the effects of the two nutritionally similar breakfasts on a group of volunteers. The only real difference between the meals was that one contained about 6 grams of fat and the other contained 28 grams. Total calories, however, were about the same.

While most results were similar, the high fat meal led to higher serum glucose -- and more insulin release. And that leads to a greater waist-to-hip ratio. A greater waist-to-hip ratio leads to an increased risk of blood clots, which can cause heart attacks and strokes.
 

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June 12, 2008

Flea Facts :eek:


When the weather turns warm, everybody comes out to play. And that includes most of the world's 1,350 varieties of fleas, which prefer temperatures of 80 to 85 degrees, and humidity of 75 percent to 85 percent.

By the time you've read this, a host of the little critters could be reading this over your shoulder. The familiar cat flea, which is found on both cats and dogs, has a vertically flattened body (for easy travel between hairs), 1/16th to 1/8th-inch long, with three sets of legs. Its spring-like hind legs can propel it 7 feet up or 13 feet forward. With the same capability, a human could jump 250 feet up or 450 forward, according The New York Times
 

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June 13, 2008

Scrambled Eggs
In your supermarket, there are eggs in those old-fashioned cardboard containers, and there are eggs in Styrofoam. Does it make a difference which ones you buy?

According to the journal Poultry Science, go with the cardboard. The packaging may not change the way the eggs taste or change their cholesterol levels, but it does make a difference in getting them home without cracking.

The department of food science at Clemson University in South Carolina compared the two types of packaging. The cardboard had a 4.6 percent breakage rate, while the plastic had a breakage rate of 12.6 percent.

And in case you wondered why you have to lift up every egg in the carton to check for breakage, it's because 55 percent of the cracks are at the egg's bottom. You would miss that if you just opened the carton top and looked in.
 

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Scrambled Eggs
In your supermarket, there are eggs in those old-fashioned cardboard containers, and there are eggs in Styrofoam. Does it make a difference which ones you buy?

According to the journal Poultry Science, go with the cardboard. The packaging may not change the way the eggs taste or change their cholesterol levels, but it does make a difference in getting them home without cracking.

The department of food science at Clemson University in South Carolina compared the two types of packaging. The cardboard had a 4.6 percent breakage rate, while the plastic had a breakage rate of 12.6 percent.

And in case you wondered why you have to lift up every egg in the carton to check for breakage, it's because 55 percent of the cracks are at the egg's bottom. You would miss that if you just opened the carton top and looked in.

We RESOLVED that problem differently here in the colocolo household ...

For just a few cents more...buy BROWN EGGS ... Never, ever a crack in them ... plus...somehow..they taste much better than the regular white shell ones ....
 

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June 14, 2008

Pace Yourself ...

The cardiac pacemaker is a wonderful device that enables people's hearts, which have lost the ability to maintain rhythm on their own, to keep a steady beat. According to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 26,425 new or replacement pacemakers were inserted in 1997. Your chances of needing a pacemaker depend on your age:
For every 100,000 people between the ages of 65 and 74 years, 227 will need a pacemaker this year.
586 of every 100,000 people between 75-84 years of age will need a pacemaker.
Between 75 and 84 years, 875 of every 100,000 people will have a pacemaker installed each year.
But once you get past age 94, the likelihood of needing a pacemaker drops to 541 per 100,000 people.
 

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June 15, 2008

Chemical Reaction :scared:

If you're planning to refinish your kitchen cabinets, you might want to check the long-range weather forecasts, and plan the job for a time when you can leave the windows open.

You'll need to leave the windows open for three months at a time, if you're planning to use a conversion varnish. They look good, and they're water and stain resistant -- but they do have their drawbacks.

According to the Journal of the Air Waste Management Association, conversion varnishes release significant levels of formaldehyde, which can be harmful for 115 days after they've been applied.

And don't let the label on the can fool you. Because these varnishes cure by chemical reaction, the amount of formaldehyde released is greater than the amount in the original formula.
 

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June 16, 2008

Fabric Facts

When you spray with insecticides, the labels always warn you not to get the liquid on your skin. But they don't mention that your clothes can make a difference in the absorption factor.

Here's proof: The chemistry department at Texas Southern University bought just about every brand of insecticide in the hardware store, and checked to see how the solutions penetrated different types of ordinary fabrics. The researchers tested cotton twill, wool, cotton-polyester, cotton thermal underwear, rayon and acrylic.

The results, as reported in the journal Chemosphere, were that all the fabrics were good at blocking the insecticides -- except acrylic and rayon.
 

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June 17, 2008

No More Seconds

Weight problems are not just genetic, according to the department of pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Pediatricians reported in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics that children who eat too much and too quickly are responding to signals from their mothers. When they videotaped 77 children, there was a clear association between how fast and how much the child ate, and the comments and signs they were getting from their mothers.

After all, remarks like "finish everything on your plate," and actions such as serving seconds without being asked, don't always instill the healthiest choice.
 
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