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sunDaylight Saving Time can affect your Health

There have been many studies over the years about the health effects of daylight saving time. Daylight Saving Time arrives again this year on March 9, 2009.

The Daylight saving time transitions into and out of DST can disturb your sleeping patterns, and make you more restless at night.

There is a spike in heart attacks during the first week of daylight saving time, according to a study published last year. The loss of an hour’s sleep may make people more susceptible to an attack, some experts believe. When daylight saving time ends in the fall, heart attacks briefly become less frequent than usual.

People are safer drivers during daylight hours, and researchers have found that DST reduces car crashes and pedestrian strikes.

So, Be careful and be safe!

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Well here it is December, Christmas 2008 right around the corner and a New Year 2009 about to arrive. It’s that time of the year again, time to make your new year resolution.

Lets review some of the classic New Year Resolutions to get an idea for this year:
(1) get out of debt – Wow, we all could use that one in these difficult times.

(2) lose weight and get in shape – I don’t know about you but I had a little too much to eat this Thanksgiving. This is a good one.

(3) spend more time with the family – this is a good one for all you workaholics.

(4) help others – this is definitely the most commendable resolution. You can better the lives of other people by doing some volunteer work.

There are many more good ideas for New Years Resolutions – 2009
Are you planning any resolutions for 2009 out there in cyberland ?

Three groups of scientists recently tested some unusual methods of improving your mental performance – memory. They swear that these tricks work. You judge for yourself !

Chew Gum
A study at the University of Northumbria in England showed that gum-chewers scored 40 % higher on memory tests. The results lead the researchers to conclude that chewing gum increases your heart rate and thus oxygen and glucose flow to the brain. Running up a flight of stairs could get your heart cranking also, but it’s easier to pop a Wrigley’s stick during an exam. Try the scientific brain training program by Lumosity. It’s fun and it improves memory and attention. Get started for free.

Have a Sugary Drink
People who drank lemonade sweetened with sugar recalled almost twice as many woods from a passage read aloud to them as did a group using saccharin. Researchers believe that learning quickly depletes the brain of its glucose reserves, so the more difficult the task, the greater the effect of sugar. A pre-test soda (not diet) or a piece of hard candy may pay you dividends. But avoid chocolate because the fat in it will negate the sugar’s alerting effect.

Put Tofu on your Salad
Isoflavones in soy foods stimulate estrogen receptors in your hippocampus (the part of the brain that stores memories). A researcher at the Centre for Neuroscience at King’s College in London showed that older women gained memory power within 12 weeks after adding soy to their diet.
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