An apple a day keeps the doctor away — and leads to better sex
The researchers are quick to point out that while their results are “intriguing,” they should be taken with caution. The study’s small sample size makes it difficult to categorize too broadly, although the positive correlation between apples and better sex they found seems to speak for itself. Possible explanations for the link include the multiple antioxidants and other pharmacologically active substances (like phytoestrogens and polyphenols) present in apples, which have been associated with positive sexual effects before. The fruit shows similar sexual benefits as red wine and chocolate, but with other added health effects as well.
The Paper: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24518938
This chart proves nobody cares about third place in the World Cup
The World Cup ends this weekend, and watching could be bad for your health, maybe more so if you’re supporting Germany this Sunday. This chart shows heart attacks among Germans during their team’s games in the 2006 World Cup, which was held in Germany:
The spikes at 5 and 6 correspond, respectively, to:
• Germany beating Argentina, 1-1, in penalties in the quarter-final
• Germany losing to Italy, 2-0, in the semi-final
The only white jeans you need
White jeans rightfully hold a privileged place in the canon of summer fashion classics. Sunnier than blue jeans and chinos and more versatile than a sundress, a pair of white jeans makes a crisp substitute for all of the above—and one that can be worn well into autumn. Consider your go-to combination of blue jeans with a tee, blazer, button-down, or sweater. Then, swap in a white pair. Voila.
Are you planning to fly from a UK airport?
A dead phone may stop you entering the US – here’s how to keep it alive on the move.
Smartphones and tablets eat power when trying to communicate – whether through GPS or mobile broadband (3G/4G). Putting these devices into flight mode long before you set off makes a considerable difference. Avoiding Facebook, email and other social media may seem challenging, but for the duration of your journey this may not be such a bad thing.
Laptops have similar issues with power and communication – you should disable your wifi if you aren’t able to go online anyway. But the greatest consumer of power on all laptops is actually the screen. Reduce its brightness if you want to preserve your battery.
If Germany wins today Microsoft will have perfectly predicted the World Cup’s knockout round
“It’s been a fun computer science experience here and we think a lot about where we can take it. We hope it’s fun for people to see more than just search results, to see more information that they can follow.”
The most accurate predictor of the knockout stages, Microsoft’s predictions, have been perfect for every match of the final stage of the World Cup. Generated using a mathematical model, the predictions have been delivered in its Bing search engine results and through its Cortana virtual assistant on Windows phones.
Microsoft predicted an Argentina-Germany final. And has been predicting a German victory today.
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Study of Organic Crops Finds Fewer Pesticides and More Antioxidants
“If you buy organic fruits and vegetables, you can be sure you have, on average, a higher amount of antioxidants at the same calorie level.”
“We are not making health claims based on this study, because we can’t,” Dr. Leifert said. The study, he said, is insufficient “to say organic food is definitely healthier for you, and it doesn’t tell you anything about how much of a health impact switching to organic food could have.”
Adding fuel to the debates over the merits of organic food, a comprehensive review of earlier studies found substantially higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides in organic fruits, vegetables and grains compared with conventionally grown produce.
The Paper: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24968103
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
For children with epilepsy whose condition is resistant to medication, a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet may help bring their seizures under control.
The concept of using food to help treat disease is not new. Ancient Greek texts contain references to dietary therapies for epilepsy, stemming from the observation that starvation stops seizures. Centuries later, in the 1920s and 1930s, doctors commonly prescribed the ketogenic diet for epilepsy in children. During fasting, and in people with diabetes, the liver metabolizes fatty acids into ketone bodies called β-hydroxybutyrate, acetoacetic acid and acetone that are used as an energy source when glucose levels are low. No one knows exactly why, but some evidence suggests that ketone bodies might protect against seizures.
Scientists Urge Study of Environmental Factors That May Speed Aging
Why do our bodies age at different rates? Why can some people run marathons at the age of 70, while others are forced to use a walker?
Genes are only part of the answer. A trio of scientists from the University of North Carolina argue in a new paper that more work needs to be done on "gerontogens"—factors, including substances in the environment, that can accelerate the aging process.
Possible gerontogens include arsenic in groundwater, benzene in industrial emissions, ultraviolet radiation in sunlight, and the cocktail of 4,000 toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke. Activities may also be included, like ingesting excessive calories, or suffering psychological stress.
Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital.
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