Night shift diet can affect liver rhythms

body clockNight shift workers might are being advised to avoid foods high in iron which may disrupt the working of their livers.

Those on night shifts have higher rates of type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer because of the disruptions to their body’s circadian clock.

The circadian clock in the brain, regulates sleep and eating but other body tissues also have circadian clocks. Continue reading

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Jet lag contributes to obesity

airplaneJet lag can contribute to obesity by disturbing the body’s daily rhythm.

Like shift work, jet lag interferes with the body’s biological clock or circadian rhythms through the day-night cycle.

This in turn affects the composition of the body’s microbial community leading to obesity and metabolic problems. Continue reading

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Post surgery pain helped by Jazz and silence

Jazz

Jazz

Silence and jazz are both golden when it comes to helping patients recovering from surgery.

Patients undergoing elective hysterectomies who listened to jazz music during their recovery experienced significantly lower heart rates. Continue reading

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Boost kids brain power with exercise

7462882_sChildren who want to improve at school can benefit from just two hours of extra physical activity a week.

A study of 2,000 twelve year old has shown that increased physical activity stimulates learning and improves school performance.

The young Swedish students were given two hours of extra play and motion activities a week in collaboration with a local sports club. Continue reading

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Autism helped by cabbage and broccoli ingredient

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Foods like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, known for claims they can help prevent certain cancers, have now been linked to easing classic behavioural symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

A chemical derived from the vegetables called sulforaphane was given daily to a group of teenage boys and young men, aged between 13 and 27, with moderate to severe autism. Continue reading

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