Sleep and Your Heart, Food and Your Health, and the Five-a-Day Sanity Plan

Turning Your Clock Back Sunday May Help Your Heart (PhysOrg)

Turning your clock back on Sunday may be good for your heart. Swedish researchers looked at 20 years of records and discovered that the number of heart attacks dipped on the Monday after clocks were set back an hour, possibly because people got an extra hour of sleep.

But moving clocks forward in the spring appeared to have the opposite effect. There were more heart attacks during the week after the start of daylight saving time, particularly on the first three days of the week.

“Sleep – through a variety of mechanisms – affects our cardiovascular health,” said Dr. Lori Mosca, director of preventive cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, who was not involved in the research. The findings show that “sleep not only impacts how we feel, but it may also affect whether we develop heart disease or not.”

 

How Breastfeeding Transfers Immunity to Babies (Science Daily)

The study highlights an amazing change that takes place in a mother’s body when she begins producing breast milk. For years before her pregnancy, cells that produce antibodies against intestinal infections travel around her circulatory system as if it were a highway and regularly take an “off-ramp” to her intestine. There they stand ready to defend against infections such as cholera or rotavirus. But once she begins lactating, some of these same antibody-producing cells suddenly begin taking a different “off-ramp,” so to speak, that leads to the mammary glands. That way, when her baby nurses, the antibodies go straight to his intestine and offer protection while he builds up his own immunity.

 

A Rise in Kidney Stones Is Seen in US Children (NY Times)

To the great surprise of parents, kidney stones, once considered a disorder of middle age, are now showing up in children as young as 5 or 6…..The increase in the United States is attributed to a host of factors, including a food additive that is both legal and ubiquitous: salt.

 

Western Diet Causes More than Heart Attack (Foodconsumer)

Western diet has been linked to many chronic diseases.

People eating Western diet were at an 18 percent increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome than those who did not, according to a study in a study of nearly 10,000 people published in the journal Circulation.

Western diet was defined in the study as one high in refined grains, red and processed meat, fried food, eggs and soda and low in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and fish.

 

Do Five Simple Things a Day to Stay Sane, Say Scientists (Times)

A “five-a-day” programme of social and personal activities can improve mental wellbeing, much as eating fruit and vegetables enhances physical health, according to Foresight, the government think-tank. Its Mental Capital and Wellbeing report, which was compiled by more than 400 scientists, proposes a campaign modelled on the nutrition initiative, to encourage behaviour that will make people feel better about themselves.

People should try to connect with others, to be active, to take notice of their surroundings, to keep learning and to give to their neighbours and communities, the document says.


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