Go Healthy For Good - July 2016
Nerida McKibben is the host of HopeChannel’s health and wellness show, Go Healthy For Good. To find out more, go to www.hop.ec/gohealthyforgood.
Nerida MckibbenMar 20, 2023, 12:48 AM
Waking early on weekdays and sleeping in on weekends appears to increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. American researchers asked 450 people to wear wristbands that recorded their sleep habits for a week. Those with the largest differences in their sleep schedules tended to have the worst cholesterol, insulin, waist size and body mass index. This fits with previous research linking obesity and impaired cardiovascular function with what scientists are calling “social jetlag.”
A recent study published in the journal, Pediatrics, measured brain activity in preschoolers as they listened to stories and found that the part of the brain that integrates sound and sight was activated during reading. The more they were read to, and the more books in their home, the greater their brain activation while listening to a story. Researchers say watching a video short-circuits this process, reducing the imagination needed to create visual imagery.
Low levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased risk of prostate, lung and breast cancers
Genetic variations in the enzyme ALDH may be one reason that pesticide exposure is linked to Parkinson’s disease. Californian researchers found that 11 of 26 pesticides they studied inhibited ALDH and that exposure to the same pesticides was associated with a two- to six-fold higher risk of Parkinson’s disease than non-exposure. The risk was increased even further for people carrying a genetic variant of ALDH.
Brain MRIs were performed on 106 boys who sought treatment for obsessive video gaming in South Korea. The scans were compared to MRIs of 80 boys without the disorder. The video gamers’ brains showed greater connectivity between several pairs of brain networks that could improve attention and help with recognising new information in the environment. However, these same aberrations are seen with schizophrenia, autism, poor impulse control and greater distractibility.
Jun 8, 2023
Comparing one of the wonders of nature to a marvel of human engineering.
Mothers throughout human history have fought hard to protect those they love. What can this “mother-love” teach us about God?
Jun 6, 2023
Though debate continues about vaping, its safety and efficacy as a quitting aid, we cannot wait for years, to see the full effects of passive vaping.
Jun 6, 2023
If I were to ask, “who are you?” what would you say? Perhaps you’d start with your name, your family of origin or your cultural identity. If pushed, maybe you’d identify with your religion (if you have one) or social group. Answering such a question is also heavily influenced by your family of origin and the community you grew up in. But one of the most important factors I’ve found in self-identity are the stories we tell about ourselves.