I’m Not a #MorningPerson. It’s in my #Genes

morningpeopleIf you’re like me, you’re not a morning person. As luck would have it, that’s a genetic variation we hold. No joke. Researchers at 23-andMe have shown that these genetic variations are commonly found in all people who are not morning people. It’s not just fruit flies anymore. This one translated. In fact, the same holds true for early risers as it does for those who burn the midnight oil. Try as I may, getting-up early in the morning is not my thing. My body just doesn’t like it. Now I can blame my genetic makeup.

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The Importance of #EyeContact

eyecontactWe’ve all been schooled on the importance of eye contact. Insofar as nonverbal cues, eye contact takes the prize. Our eyes convey so much without our mouths speaking a word. In fact, species can communicate by mere glances. Try it sometime. In fact, next time you visit a foreign country where English isn’t the primary language, see how far smiling takes you with the natives. Body language says so much!

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Don’t Blame the #Season Being #SAD

seasonsMost of us you dread winter, unless you’re an Olympic athlete for a winter event. But according to a new study the idea of sadness in the winter or what is believed to be‘seasonal affect disorder’, is a farce in  psychology circles. Let us be clear there is an absolute distinction between bummed by the cold and clinically depression. Yes, the sun gives us a little boost in fertility, eye health, and immune response but it’s by no means an anti-depressant. Getting outside in any season is good for your overall well-being. Fresh air is available year-round.

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#Bedbugs Resistant to Common #Insecticide

bedbugsThis isn’t good news. In fact, I know my older sister is losing her sheet because of this headline. Bed bugs have become resistant to the  commonly used insecticide, neonicotinoids. Researchers have pulled-out their 30-year old crop of bed bugs to compare their reaction when treated with neonicotinoids. Compared to the modern-day bed bug, last generation bit the dust. Nowadays, these guys are exhibiting some degree of resistance. Fear not. The researchers tell us that the most effective way to kill resistant bed bugs  is to spread diatomaceous earth around the perimeter of the bed bug area. It clings to the bed bugs as they walk through it, absorbs moisture, and dehydrates them to death. Not pretty but neither is a bed bug infestation. Otherwise you can always get a rubber mattress and force your freeloading guests to relocate.

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How Long Have #Eggs Been in Our #Diet?

eggsWe’ve eaten eggs in our diet for over 50,000 years. The longer answer delves into the history of how many birds have reached extinction because of our appetite for large bird eggs. The circumstantial evidence that led researchers to suspect humans for the expiration of such large bird species is because of burnt eggshell remains, found by scientists. For what it’s worth, an omelet is made with about three eggs. Eggs give us protein and cholesterol that is used by the body to create vitally important hormones. Cavemen knew what they were doing when eating eggs in the same way the new science has shown it’s healthy to eat more whole eggs. Cavemen didn’t have blood tests of HDLs, LDLs, cholesterol and other markers of health. No wonder eggs continue to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Is #Gun Violence an #Anger or #Mental Health Issue?

gunviolenceGun violence is one of the issues that needs to be addressed for the nation and nobody really knows where to start. Some people feel guns should be outlawed for civilian use. Other people contest that’s a direct violation of the second amendment, which entitles us the right to bear arms for our protection. A psychiatrist who’s written about mental health and gun violence points-out that it’s not about mental health as it is an ‘anger’ issue. Or we could address the issue like smoking. According to this story, common good needs to be the goal by changing public perception of guns. Are guns as deadly as cigarettes? Some people with a predisposition to become schizophrenic are more likely to have a schizophrenic break if they smoke. It’s a dopamine thing. Can guns trigger that same neurotransmitter effect? 

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What Do You Need to Know About #DogFlu?

dogfluHighly contagious strain of dog flu began in Chicago, last year. Now it’s spreading across the country and you need to be on-guard. The most alarming fact about the dog flu is that our four-legged friends cannot build immunity to it. Just like humans, older, younger, and dogs that are already living with a chronic condition are most susceptible to the virus. I hate being an alarmist so here are a few tips for keeping your dog safe: keep an eye out for runny nose, lethargy, coughing, lack of appetite, and nasal discharges. Look for symptoms of pneumonia in your dog like a dry cough. See a vet ASAP if you think something’s out of sorts.

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How’s Your #Memory? Better Than You #Think!

brain-storageResearchers have discovered that our brain can store more than ten times what we thought it could. This is good news. In computer terms, our short-term memory is like RAM. Our long-term memory is like the hard drive. How does the brain store memories anyway? That’s how it works! Our brains are far more sophisticated than we initially thought. In fact, what do you think inspired the creation of technological storage, anyway?

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New #Blood Test: #Virus or #Bacteria?

bloodtestIf you’ve ever had a cold that didn’t respond to antibiotics, it was probably a viral infection. Typically antibiotics will treat ailments that are caused by a bacteria. However, a virus is a horse of a different color. Viral infections are hard to treat because viruses live inside cells. They are in a safe-house, out of the bloodstream, which cannot be touched by medicines. Antibiotics do not work for viral infections. This blood test may be a game-changer because it’s more efficient than existing ones. Don’t be alarmed by the picture with this story. This test only requires a few drops of blood.

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Does #Pot Make You #Dumb?

potbrainThe science behind a study finds that pot leads to brain cell death,which correlates to lower IQ scores in teens. Previous studies on marijuana use show an increase in dopamine which can lead to schizophrenic behavior and anxiety. The pot advocates will tell you that some strains of weed mellow you, while other types heighten your awareness. Somebody with a PhD can be arguably dumb. A drop-out can be extraordinarily intelligent. Experience is the father of wisdom. According to this study, weed could dumb-down your experiences.

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