Friday, 2 November 2018

Controversial additive MSG improves the memory of patients, claim scientists

It is a popular treat on a Friday night for many after a tough week at work because of its unhealthy qualities.

But a Chinese takeaway could actually have a medical benefit - and not just satisfy your taste buds, if new research is to be believed.

Scientists now believe dishes such as chicken chow mein and sweet and sour pork can help patients tackle dementia if cooked with MSG.

In a report of their findings, the scientists said: 'It seems MSG may activate the hippocampus and improve memory.' They are unable to explain why but  it could be because it improves the absorption of zinc, which could, in turn, repair damaged brain cells.

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Babies born to older fathers 'tend to have more medical issues'

Men who start families later in life should be aware of the potential health risks to their children, according to US doctors who found that babies born to older fathers tend to have more medical issues than those born to younger men.

Researchers at Stanford University in California studied health records linked to all live births in the state between 2007 and 2016, amounting to more than 40 million babies. The records showed that children born to men aged 45 and over had a 14% greater risk of premature birth, low birth weight and being admitted to neonatal intensive care compared with babies born to younger fathers.

Infants born to men aged 45 and over also scored lower on the Apgar newborn health test, and were 18% more likely to have seizures compared with infants born to fathers aged 25 to 34 years, according to the study in the British Medical Journal. For women, the risk of gestational diabetes was greater when they had children with older men.


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