Health & Wellness


Study: Tuesday at 11:45 is most stressful time of the week for British workers

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According to a survey, 11:45 on Tuesday is the most stressful time of the week
Tuesday morning at 11:45am is the most stressful time of the working week, according to a survey.

Researchers found that nearly half of British workers identified mid-morning on their second working day of the week as the moment when they were most under pressure.

Most workers coast through Monday getting their brain in gear and catching up with gossip from the weekend through social networking sites.

But on Tuesday reality sets in and staff spend the first part of the day going through emails they ignored on Monday before planning the week ahead.

And 11.45am is the point when everything comes to a head.


Bacon sandwich really does cure a hangover

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The reaction between amino acids in the bacon and reducing sugars in the fat is what provides the bacon sandwich with its appeal
A bacon sandwich really does cure a hangover - by boosting the level of amines which clear the head, scientists have found. Researchers claim food also speeds up the metabolism helping the body get rid of the booze more quickly.

Elin Roberts, of Newcastle University's Centre for Life said: "Food doesn't soak up the alcohol but it does increase your metabolism helping you deal with the after-effects of over indulgence. So food will often help you feel better.

"Bread is high in carbohydrates and bacon is full of protein, which breaks down into amino acids. Your body needs these amino acids, so eating them will make you feel good."

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More shocking results: New research replicates Milgram's findings

Nearly 50 years after the controversial Milgram experiments, social psychologist Jerry M. Burger, PhD, has found that people are still just as willing to administer what they believe are painful electric shocks to others when urged on by an authority figure.

Burger, a professor at Santa Clara University, replicated one of the famous obedience experiments of the late Stanley Milgram, PhD, and found that compliance rates in the replication were only slightly lower than those found by Milgram. And, like Milgram, he found no difference in the rates of obedience between men and women.

"People learning about Milgram's work often wonder whether results would be any different today," Burger says. "Many point to the lessons of the Holocaust and argue that there is greater societal awareness of the dangers of blind obedience. But what I found is the same situational factors that affected obedience in Milgram's experiments still operate today."


Study points to calorie-burning fat

Washington, D.C. -- Calorie-burning fat may seem like science fiction, but a study released found that adults have small blobs of metabolism-regulating brown fat previously believed to exist only in babies and children.

This "good" fat, researchers said, unlike white fat that makes up most body fat, is active in burning calories and using energy.


Dentists Still Using Plastic Sealants, Despite BPA Toxicity

In spite of rising concern over the endocrine-disrupting effects of bisphenol-A (BPA), the chemical is still used in dental sealants that are strongly recommended by the American Dental Association.

BPA is used in a wide variety of industrial applications, including in the making of compact discs, polycarbonate plastic water and baby bottles, and the resins that line cans of food. The chemical is known to mimic the effects of the hormone estrogen, however, and has been linked to developmental, neurological and reproductive defects and increased risk of cancer. Although the FDA and EPA have yet to regulate it as a toxic substance, the National Toxicology Program concluded in a recent research review that there is indeed cause for concern over BPA's effects, particularly in children.

The issue with dental sealants -- syrupy substances applied to the cracks in teeth, hardened and then buffed smooth as a barrier to the bacteria that cause tooth the same as with plastic water bottles or the linings of cans: Under certain conditions, especially high temperatures, BPA is known to leach out of plastics and resins. Scientists believe that exposure to BPA from such sources is the reason that the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) has detected the chemical in the urine of 93 percent of all people tested.


Study: Young Jews More Spiritual, Yet More Divided?

In a seeming departure from centuries-old traditions of American Jewish skepticism, interest in spirituality is markedly on the rise among Jewish young adults, according to a study released this month.

The study's authors note the trend with cautious optimism, suggesting that heightened spiritual interest might provide a "route to Jewish engagement" and "broaden Judaism's appeal" among some disaffiliated young Jews. Spirituality might also "serve as a common religious language" to ease tensions within the Jewish community, the study says, particularly between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews.

But a close reading of the study's findings suggests the opposite, possibly pointing toward a future increase in polarization and hostility among Jews. Worth noting in particular are the two groups of younger Jews that show the strongest interest in spirituality. They are the two fastest-growing Jewish demographic subgroups: Orthodox Jews, and Jews with at least one non-Jewish parent or spouse - that is, converts, intermarried Jews and children of intermarriage.


Put Down the Knife! 11 Reasons Not to Circumcise

Oh, I've heard many reasons why we should circumcise a baby boy. Some of the popular ones are:

I want him to look like me.
He'll be a freak in the locker room.
You have to. Boys who aren't circumcised are dirty.

Jennifer's recent post, WTF? Baby Boys' Circumcised Foreskins Used for Wrinkle Treatment made me laugh out loud. Mostly it was her shock at up cycling foreskins.

As I commented on that blog, I'd already known they "reused" foreskins. My sister had been involved with a skin grafting on a foot that used those circumcised scraps. If feet and penises combined for life aren't your idea of fun, perhaps you've already hopped on the no-circumcise bandwagon.


Debunking the 'Ethnic Angle' to Mass Murders like Binghampton and Virginia Tech

Enough about Asia's "shame-based" culture, it is the gun culture in America that is most conspicuous.

Whenever a minority commits a heinous crime, it seems to beckon us in the media to search beyond an individual motive for a cultural one. We saw it in the case of Cho Sung-hui of Virginia tech, and now, in the latest case involving Jiverly Linh Phat Wong -- (or Voong). He blocked the back exit of a civic community center in Binghamton, N.Y., where immigrants had gathered to learn English and shot 13 people to death before killing himself.

It is a habit of "finding the ethnic angle" that is endemic in the work of American journalists in an age of cultural diversity, and in order to sound credible, we often ask so-called experts to give their insights.

Jack Levin, director of the Brudnick Center on Violence at Northeastern University and an expert on mass murderers, offered his take. "He was going to take his life, but first he was going to get even," Levin said the day after the Binghamton incident. "He was going to get sweet revenge against the other immigrants who had looked down upon him, among whom he had lost face. To him, that was an extremely important thing."


Broccoli sprouts cut gastric cancer risk

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Broccoli sprouts protect the stomach against a bacterial infection which causes conditions such as gastritis, ulcers and stomach cancer.

According to a study published in Cancer Prevention Research, eating 2 1/2 ounces of three-day-old broccoli sprouts every day for at least two months reduces the levels of H. pylori infection but does not prevent it.

H. pylori levels are reported to return to pre-treatment levels eight weeks after the individual stops eating the sprouts.


Study: Born Leaders More Likely Than Followers to Have Children

Born leaders may be more likely to have children than people who prefer to be led, a study suggests.

Researchers found that among Finnish adults in a long- term health study, those who'd scored high on a "leadership" scale as teenagers were more likely than low scorers to have a child by the age of 39.

In contrast, several other aspects of the "type A" personality - aggressiveness, eagerness and a strong sense of responsibility - were unrelated to fertility.

The findings suggest that something about leadership traits, specifically, affects a person's likelihood of having children, the researchers report in the Journal of Personality.