Successful Weight Loss Tips

Weight loss can be difficult, so I’m going to give you some tips, confirmed by researchers, to help the weight loss process:

  1. Eat a varied, colourful, nutritionally dense foods – this will reduce the excess intake of saturated fats, thus reducing the risk of diseases such as coronary heart disease
  2. Keep a food and weight diary to keep track of how much weight is being lost – this can act as a reminder to keep eating healthy, and also act as a motivator by tracking your success
  3. Engage in regular physical activity, even if it means doing things like using the stairs instead of the lift, or walk instead of using a car
  4. Eliminate liquid calories as these calories can very easily add up – stick to liquids such as water, tea and coffee
  5. Control your portion sizes as this can help a person to moderate food intake
  6. Eat mindfully and consider whether what you are eating is the right healthy option for you
  7. Try not to eat just because you’re bored, or because you have nothing better to do- try to distract yourself by doing something more beneficial, like going for a walk or meeting with friends
  8. Plan your food for the week beforehand so you are less likely to stray off track and keep junk food in your kitchen
  9. Talk to friends and family to get some motivation and keep on your goal – joining exercise clubs or gaining an exercise partner can be very beneficial
  10. Finally, try and stay positive – weight loss is a gradual and challenging process, it till take time to see results but having a positive mindset can help overcome the barriers and successfully lose weight

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Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/303409.php?sr

https://www.hindustantimes.com/fitness/5-healthy-diet-mistakes-that-hamper-weight-loss/story-kMrDfd4wD6Xegq33RidQTM.html

Study confirms people can learn while sleeping

Recent research from researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland has shown that humans can actually learn new information during periods of slow-wave sleep.

Sleep has been shown to stabilise and consolidate memories, as well as embed them in the acquired knowledge store in the brain. Through the use of electroencephalograms, brainwave activity of 41 male and female volunteers was recorded whilst they had a daytime nap.During the nap, the volunteers were made to listen to pairs of words, for example “house” and “tofer”, or “cork” and aryl”.

When the words were repeated at an active phase of slow-wave sleep, the association between the two words was remembered during wakefulness. In addition, the brain areas that are active during wakeful learning were also still working during sleep, so areas such as the hippocampus and language areas.

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Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324370.php

https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/17140-study-finds-sleeping-in-on-weekends-may-help-you-live-longer

An Amazing Case of Self-Surgery (pt 3)

M. Clever Maldigny was a military surgeon who underwent 5 operations by the age of 27 in order to remove his kidney stones. However, all of the operations caused long-lasting complications, so he decided to remove his sixth stone by himself.

He opened himself up using a mirror and the scars from the previous procedure – the self-surgery ended up being successful and, as said by his friends, “was as tranquil and cheerful as if he had never been a sufferer”.

A few years later, he had a seventh stone appear, however he didn’t take this one out himself. He rather opted for a minimally invasive surgery where the stone was crushed using a small hole.

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Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324061.php

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/154193.php

An Amazing Case of Self-Surgery (pt 2)

This story is very impressive because the surgery wasn’t done by a medical professional, but by someone with no medical training.

In March 200 in an isolated Mexican village, a woman was carrying her ninth child. Previous to this pregnancy, she had lost a child in labour so she was determined not to lose another child.

When she was in labour for her 9th child, she was worried she was going to lose her child again due to many hours of the labour being very unproductive. So, she decided she was going to perform a C-section herself.

In order to do the surgery, she drank 3 strong alcoholic drinks to act as a kind of anaesthetic, used a kitchen knife to open up her abdomen and release the baby. She then asked for a local nurse who repositioned the woman’s intestines and sewed up the wound.

8 hours later, she reached her local hospital and recovered after 10 days, however she did need highly extensive treatment.

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Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324061.php

http://sciencenordic.com/c-sections-can-cause-complications-surgery-later-life

An Amazing Case of Self-Surgery (pt 1)

Today, i’m going to tell you about a Leonid Rogozov, a medical professional (surgeon) who was also a member of the 6th Soviet Antarctic expedition.

In 1960 several weeks into the expedition, he found that he started to suffer from some of the most common signs of appendicitis: he began to suffer from very bad nausea, weakness and extreme pain in the lower right abdomen. They were at the point of their expedition where returning to civilisation would leave it too late, so the only option Leonid had was to treat and operate on himself.

He wrote on his expedition:

“Still no obvious symptoms that perforation is imminent, but an oppressive feeling of foreboding hangs over me…This is it…I have to think through the only possible way out: to operate on myself…It’s almost impossible…but I can’t just fold my arms and give up.”

In order to perform the surgery, he asked three of his colleagues to help him. One of them held the mirror and adjusted the lamp, another gave him the surgical equipment, and the last person was present just incase one of the others fainted or became nauseous – they were also taught how to revive Leonid incase using adrenaline in case he became unconsciousness.

The ‘surgery’ was done at 2a.m on May 1 1961 and although Leonid needed to take regular breaks due to becoming too weak, his self-surgery was successful and after two weeks, he fully recovered and was back to full health.

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Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324061.php

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-ice-loss-has-tripled-over-past-decade-180969373/

 

Why Do Breasts Hurt Before a Period

Today I am going to be explaining why some women can get sore breasts before a period.

So, in a nutshell, the reason for sore beats before a period is due to a reduction of the sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone cause lymph nodes to swell.

It has also been found that there could potentially be a link between breast pain and the hormone prolactin – this hormone actually stimulated great milk production after women and if it is present in the body before this time (this can sometimes happen) it can cause changes in the breasts.

Some of the specific symptoms females suffer from regarding there breasts before their period include:

  • pain in one breast
  • pain in both breasts
  • pain radiating into the underarms
  • a sharp pain, or dull
  • swelling
  • intense pain in the nipple area

Other research has found that breast pain could also be due to these factors:

  • clogged milk duct in the breast
  • mastitis – a breast infection that can develop during breastfeeding
  • having large, heavy breasts
  • having previously undergone breast surgery
  • breast injury
  • water retention
  • using certain hormone therapy medications or medications like digitalis, diuretics etc.
  • having fibrocystic breast tissue – makes the breasts dense and lump – this is more painful around menstruation
  • in extreme cases, breast pain can indicate breast cancer

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Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.healthline.com/health/breast-premenstrual-tenderness-and-swelling

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323998.php

Difference Between Male and Female Brains

Today I am going to attempt to provide a simple explanation of the difference between a male and female brain…

  • Navigation – men depend more on context-dependent memory, but female depends more on spatial perception, motor control, attention, and episodic memory.
  • the part of the brain that detects a threat has better power to evaluate in women than in men
  • women have a stronger neural response to unambiguous visual threat signals
  • microglia (cells that belong to the brain’s immune system) are more active in women, so they are more exposed to chronic pain than men
  • women are more susceptible to mood disorders like depression and anxiety, and anorexia nervosa due to a more heightened activation of the prefrontal cortex
  • males are more likely to have¬†autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, specific language impairment, Tourette syndrome, and dyslexia

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Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319592.php?sr

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-relationships/201402/brain-differences-between-genders

Can Immune Cells Affect Sexual behaviour?

A new studies has attempted to look into the topic of whether the presence of mast cells (a type of immune cell) can influence whether a person will act more ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’

As time goes on, we are finding out more and more that immune responses are either responsible for or contribute to many essential bodily functions and answer many questions. Therefore, a group of researchers (lead researcher = Kathryn Lenz) decided to look more into the effect of mast cells on sexual behaviour and found that in rats, all females had active mast cells and males had silenced mast cells. The researchers decided on the conclusion that the sex hormone oestrogen can activate mast cells in the brain which can in turn influence sexual behaviour.

As said by Lenz herself:

“These mast cells in the brain appear crucial for life-long brain development, even though there are relatively few of them, and this should really open our eyes to the potential role of different immune cells in the human brain.There’s so much we don’t know, and we need to pay attention to all the cells in the brain and how they talk to each other…”

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Rohini

Sources used:

http://www.gluegrant.org/immunecells.htm

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322791.php

Weight Loss through Small Implantable Device?

New research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has found that weight loss can be boosted by the implantation of a small device.

Obviously, obesity is a growing concern that is affecting millions of people worldwide, and it is now common knowledge that weight gain is caused by people consuming more calories than the body needs to use. Because of this, scientists are trying to find ways into essentially tricking the brain into consuming less food.

The small implantable device (less than 1 centimetre wide) was made by the researchers to send small electrical pulses through the vagus nerve – this transmits messages between the brain and stomach. This is able to convince the brain that the stomach is full, thus reducing the feeling of hunger and suppressing appetite.

The device was tested on rats and it was found that they could achieve 38% weight loss in as short as 15 days – this is more than any other electrical approach to stimulate weight loss has ever been able to achieve.

And whats more, the device has not posed any safety issues thus far: the implant stayed in its correct position and didn’t cause any signs of infection or disfunction. For a new device that is not only fully reversible, it is much less invasive than weight loss surgery and doesn’t even use wiring or battery – it pulses based on the natural movement of the stomach which is just enhancing the normal response of the body in order to control food intake.

Of course a lot more trials and testing is required before this device can be used in humans, but it is without doubt that this device has shown a lot of promise as a means of tackling the problem of obesity.

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Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324026.php

https://danifoxhypnosis.com/product/weight-loss-women/

One Workout is Enough to Increase Metabolism

New research from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on mice has shown that even a single workout can cause a reduced appetite, lower blood sugar levels, and better metabolism. And whats more, this effect can last up to 2 days after that initial workout.

This discovery has given researchers hope that there is a new way to control blood sugar levels through very minimal exercise – this can help us to achieve much higher health benefits.

This research has been furthered by neuroscientist Dr Kevin Williams who found that this phenomenon was taking place due to POMC neutrons which have a natural association to faster metabolism and reduced appetite. The reason this phenomenon works was described by Dr Williams as “It doesn’t take much exercise to alter the activity of these neurons,” It has also been found that¬†neuronal effects lasted longer if the training period was longer.

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Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323909.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_country=GB&utm_hcp=no&utm_campaign=MNT%20Weekly%20%28non-HCP%20non-US%29%20-%20OLD%20STYLE%202018-12-12&utm_term=MNT%20Weekly%20News%20%28non-HCP%20non-US%29

https://www.self.com/story/5-must-know-tips-to-slay-your-workouts