5111 Kali Era, Virodhi
Vikramarka Era, Virodhi
|Diet and Exercise
Soda Causes Obesity,
which Causes Cancer
A first-of-its-kind study released today definitively links soda consumption
and an obesity epidemic, which costs California taxpayers an estimated $41
billion annually. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research analyzed
the correlation between soft drink consumption and weight. It found
that adults who drink at least one soda or sugar-sweetened energy drink a
day are 27 percent more likely to be overweight or obese. For children, the
risk of obesity soars 60 percent with each daily serving of soda or sugary
beverage. The UCLA study included a county-by-county look at soda consumption
and the percentage of overweight adults.
It found that soda is consumed daily by a quarter of adults in Los Angeles
County, where 56 percent of those over age 18 are overweight or obese. Soft
drink consumption in neighboring Ventura County is roughly comparable, although
the number of overweight and obese adults tops 58 percent there. Statewide,
24 percent of adults drink at least one soda a day and 56 percent are overweight
Obesity could become the top cause of cancer in women within the next 10
years. Being fat could become the leading cause of cancer in women in Western
countries in the coming years, European researchers said. Their conclusion
is based on computer models of cancer data from Europe. Results were announced
at a conference in Germany. The researchers said excess weight causes about
8% of cancers in Europe. It has been linked to breast, colon and endometrial
cancer, among others. Researchers estimated there were about 70,000 fat-related
cancers in 2002. They said the number doubled by 2008. Experts said
that figure is poised to increase substantially as the obesity epidemic continues,
and as major causes of cancer, such as smoking and hormone replacement therapy
for menopausal women, drop dramatically. Scientists aren't sure why
being fat boosts your cancer risk, but suspect it is connected to hormones.
As people become fatter, they produce more hormones like estrogen that help
tumors grow. People with big bellies also have more acid in their stomachs,
which can lead to stomach, intestinal or esophageal cancer.
Cocoa for Headache
A new study presented at the International Headache Society's 14th International
Headache Congress hosted by the American Headache Society (AHS) in Philadelphia,
has provided the first evidence for the value of cocoa as a dietary supplement
in repressing inflammatory responses within the trigeminal ganglia which
are thought to play a role in migraine.
Running is considered to be hard on the body. Unlike walking, running is
a high-impact exercise. It's simply a matter of gravity: What goes up must
Walkers have one foot on the ground at all times, while joggers and runners
are entirely airborne for part of every stride. Each time a foot hits the
ground, it puts a stress equal to eight times the body's weight on a person's
feet, legs, hips and neck. In just one mile, a runner's legs will have to
absorb tons and tons of force from the impact.
Running actually causes relatively few physical problems. It's a testament
to the wonderful construction of the human body. The faster the pace, however,
the greater the impact and the greater the risk of injury. But that doesn't
mean that running will cause arthritis. In fact, new studies provide reassurance
that exercise, and particularly running, are safe for healthy joints. Exercise
may even help joints stay healthy.
Regular exercise has enormous health benefits. It reduces the risk of heart
attack, stroke and premature death, and many studies link physical activity
to protection against:
All it takes is 30 minutes of moderate exercise nearly every day to promote
- High blood pressure
- Osteoporosis and fractures
- Colon cancer, breast cancer and possibly prostate
Aspirin for Cancer
People with a genetic susceptibility to colon cancer could cut their chances
of developing the disease in half by taking a daily dose of aspirin, researchers
said. The finding might lead to other treatments by helping researchers
understand how aspirin combats colon cancer, one of the top three cancers
in rich countries. Though aspirin has been used widely for years to
treat minor aches and to alleviate fevers, it can irritate the stomach and
intestines and cause major bleeding. Scientists are still unsure exactly
how aspirin fights cancer. For years, experts thought aspirin slows an enzyme
called COX2 that has a role in tumor growth.
Smoking Ban Reduces Heart
Pushing smokers outside drives down hospitalizations for heart attacks by
about 17 percent in the first year and 36 percent after three years, according
to an analysis of 13 studies looking at heart-attack rates after indoor-smoking
bans. It also bolsters support for government-mandated elimination of smoking
in bars, restaurants and other public venues, according to the research in
the new issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
It's not the first time lifestyle issues have been tied to the battle against
global warming. Climate change experts have previously recommended that people
cut their meat intake to slow global warming by reducing the numbers of animals
using the world's resources.
Giving contraceptives to people in developing countries could help fight
climate change by slowing population growth. More than 200 million
women worldwide want contraceptives, but don't have access to them, according
to an editorial published in the British medical journal, Lancet. That results
in 76 million unintended pregnancies every year.
If those women had access to free condoms or other birth control methods,
that could slow rates of population growth, possibly easing the pressure
on the environment, the editors say. In countries with access to condoms
and other contraceptives, average family sizes tend to fall significantly
within a generation. Until recently, many U.S.-funded health programs did
not pay for or encourage condom use in poor countries, even to fight diseases
such as AIDS.
The world's population is projected to jump to 9 billion by 2050, with more
than 90 percent of that growth coming from developing countries.
The Lancet editorial cited a British report which says family planning is
five times cheaper than usual technologies used to fight climate change.
According to the report, each $7 spent on basic family planning would slash
global carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1 ton.
Experts believe that while normal population growth is unlikely to significantly
increase global warming that overpopulation in developing countries could
lead to increased demand for food and shelter, which could jeopardize the
environment as it struggles with global warming.
Early Sex Gene
A study, published in the American journal Child Development, found a genetic
theory to challenge "environmental" theories which previously explained why
children who live in homes without fathers have sex at a younger age than
others. While there's clearly no such thing as a 'father absence gene', there
are genetic contributions to traits in both mothers and fathers that increase
the likelihood of earlier sexual behavior in their children. These
include impulsivity, substance use and abuse, argumentativeness, and sensation
seeking. These traits get passed down from parents to children, resulting
in a situation known as 'passive gene-environment correlation,' because the
same genetic factors that influence when children first have intercourse
also affect the likelihood of their growing up in a home without a father.
The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Oregon, the University
of Virginia, the University of Chicago, the University of Indiana, Columbia
University and the University of Oklahoma.
Chocolate Ice Cream
1 cup sugar; 3 cups water; 3/4 cup pure cocoa powder; 1/4 tsp salt; 1 tsp
Heat the sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat without stirring, until
it begins to melt. Once it begins to melt, stir frequently until completely
melted and carmelized. Reduce heat to medium low and add the water
to create a carmel, still stirring frequently. Next, stir in the cocoa
powder and salt until completely smooth and dissolved. Remove from
heat and allow to cool. Add the vanilla, cover, and chill in the refrigerator
for about 2 hours. If you have an ice cream maker, process the mixture
in your ice cream maker according to the directions, then freeze until firm.
If you don't have an ice cream maker, pour the sorbet into a shallow container
and freeze, stirring every 30 minutes until desired consistency is reached,
about 2 hours. Makes about one quart (four servings) of low-calorie vegan
Grapefruit Granita Sorbet
Ingredients: 3 grapefruits, juiced;1/2 cup sugar; mint leaves, for garnish
Combine grapefruit juice and sugar and bring to a boil, stirring until the
sugar dissolves. Let it cool down and pour it into a flat pan with high sides.
Place in freezer. Once ice crystals start to form, take a fork and stir vigorously,
breaking the crystals up, and return to the fridge. Do this every half hour
for about four hours. Once the granite is totally frozen, fluff it
with a fork and give it another half hour in the freezer to solidify. Serve
with a mint leaf garnish. Makes 4 ½ cup servings.
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