Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The bizarre tell-tale signs that show your loved ones could have Parkinson's

Celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman, nicknamed Mr Loophole for his record at winning acquittals in motoring cases for high-profile clients, recalled the changes in his younger brother's behaviour.

1st sign: On one country walk together, his usually energetic younger brother, John, failed to keep up.

2nd sign: John used his fork really slowly. He also had this musky smell — not unpleasant, just unusual.

3rd sign: ‘John has always handled the finances for our mum, Pat, who is 87. But when he talked to me about the figures, he was hesitant, as if his brain was taking longer to process them — even though he has always had a sharp mind,’ explains Nick.

Although most people are aware of visible symptoms such as tremor, there might be as many as 40 lesser-known symptoms that range from muscle stiffness to depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping at night and memory problems.

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Scientists reveal eating ONLY within a 12-hour window helps keep the weight off

Avoiding a midnight snack and early breakfast may be the key to staying slim, new research suggests.

Mice on a high-fat diet gain less weight when they are only able to eat for half the day, an Australian study found.

Previous research suggests late-night snacking is fueling the obesity crisis, with humans only supposed to eat between 8am and 8pm, or even earlier.

Yet, the researchers argue eating within any 12-hour window, whether during the day or at night, helps regulate signals that control people's appetites.

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Do fathers who exercise have smarter babies?

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Exercise changes the brains and sperm of male animals in ways that later affect the brains and thinking skills of their offspring, according to a fascinating new study involving mice.

The findings indicate that some of the brain benefits of physical activity may be passed along to children, even if a father does not begin to exercise until adulthood.

We already have plenty of scientific evidence showing that exercise is good for our brains, whether we are mice or people. Among other effects, physical activity can strengthen the connections between neurons in the hippocampus, a crucial part of the brain involved in memory and learning. Stronger neuronal connections there generally mean sharper thinking.

Studies also indicate that exercise, like other aspects of lifestyle, can alter how genes work — whether and when they get turned on or off, for instance — and those changes can get passed on to children. This process is known as epigenetics.

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UN agency calls for all countries to rid foods of trans fat

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on all nations to rid foods of artificial trans fats in the next five years.

Officials think it can be done in five years because the work is well underway in many countries. Denmark did it 15 years ago, and since then the United States and more than 40 other higher-income countries have been working on getting the heart-clogging additives out of their food supplies.

The WHO is pushing middle- and lower-income countries to pick up the fight, said Dr. Francesco Branca, director of the WHO's Department of Nutrition for Health and Development.

Artificial trans fats are unhealthy substances that are created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to make it solid, like in the creation of margarine or shortening. Health experts say they can be replaced with canola oil or other products.