Weight loss mouth spray shows potential
Easy solutions for weight loss have sprouted up over the years with mixed response, and the latest trick may surprise you. A group of researchers have developed a mouth spray that may help people feel full and lead to weight loss.
According to research published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers from the University of Florida have produced a mouth spray that includes the chemical peptide YY, a gut hormone produced after eating that make one feel full. The researchers claim that using the spray a half an hour before eating will make one eat less and feel fuller faster.
While other weight-loss oral sprays are currently available for consumers, the researchers say this one is different because it is backed by science. However, more research would need to be performed on humans, as these initial trials were conducted on mice, to prove the effectiveness of the spray.
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Sourced from: medicalnewstoday.com, Potential weight-loss mouth spray for fuller feeling
Study links concussions and Alzheimer's
The effects of concussions have been a hot topic the past few years, particularly regarding sports injuries. Now, a new study correlates concussions with Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting concussions may trigger a buildup of plaque in the brain that may lead to an increase in developing the condition.
The study, performed by researchers from Mayo Clinic and published in Neurology, scanned the brains of 589 participants in Minnestoa over the age of 70. Of those participants, 448 showed no memory problems and 141 exhibited mild memory and thinking impairment.
Participants gave their concussion history to the researchers: 17 percent of those with no memory issues reported having a brain injury, whereas 18 percent of those with memory problems reported experiencing a concussion or head trauma.
Researchers found that people with memory problems who had a previous concussion or head trauma showed amyloid plaque levels that were on average 18 percent higher than participants who reported no previous head trauma.
On the other hand, no differences were found among individuals in the group with intact memory, even if they had a history of concussion.
The researchers noted that while the study may link concussions to Alzheimer’s, this possible relationship is complicated and requires further research.
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Sourced from: medicalnewstoday.com, Study links concussion with Alzheimer’s disease brain pathology
Mid-life job stress linked to later health problems
Stress is known to directly affect a person’s well-being. But stress at one point in a person’s life may have an impact on them later. A new study in Age and Ageing shows that mid-life job stress may cause more hospital stays later in life.
Researchers from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland analyzed the health of more than 5,000 middle-aged Finish workers. These workers took a survey regarding work stress in 1981. The results of this survey were then compared to hospital records over the following 28 years.
The results show people with high stress at work tended to have longer days in the hospital, particularly for physical stress. What is physical stress? The researchers considered physical strain to be sweating, shortness of breath, and muscle strain. They classified mental stress as tight deadlines, having little control, and high demands.
For every 1,000 men with lower physical stress, they spent only eight days in the hospital per year, compared to 13 days for men with high physical stress from their job. The increase of hospital stays from physical job stress was true for both men and women. However, for mental job stress, the increase in hospital stays was only true for men.
The researchers did note that they can’t prove a person’s job was the direct or only cause for increased hospital stays and health issues.
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Sourced from: reuters.com, Mid-life job stress linked to later health problems
10 reasons to strength train
All too often the benefits of strength training are overlooked. Women, in particular, fall into a cardio rut and forget to work on sculpting muscles. Here are reasons to add strength training to your fitness regimen.