A part of the brain’s ability to shield itself from the destructive damage caused by a stroke has been recently explained by researchers.
It has been known for more than 85 years that some brain cells could withstand being starved of oxygen. Scientists, writing in the journal Nature Medicine, have shown how these cells switch into survival mode.
Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.
By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.
Now this facility is to become a world center for studying the structure of viruses and bacteria that cause serious disease.
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Obesity can lower vitamin D levels in the body, a study suggests. A report in the journal PLOS Medicine, analyzed genetic data from 21 studies – a total of 42,000 people and found every 10% rise in body mass index (BMI) – used as an indicator of body fat – led to a 4% drop of available vitamin D in the body.
As vitamin D is stored in fatty tissue, the authors suggest the larger storage capacity in obese people may prevent it from circulating in the bloodstream.
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Living in a sunnier climate may reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to US researchers. Their study of more than 200,000 women, published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, suggested a link between sunlight and the risk of developing the disease.
They speculated that vitamin D, which is produced in sunlight, may protect the body.
Be grateful for what you have. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have. This simple change in attitude can do wonders for your mental state, and expressing gratitude regularly has been linked to better health, well-being and progress toward your goals. A simple way to get started is to jot down 10 things you love about your life every day.
Do something kind for someone. Studies show that doing five good deeds a day can make you happier, and volunteering has been linked to a heightened sense of well-being. If you need some motivation, watch someone else do something kind. Just witnessing the act has been found to boost your mood and make you more likely to do nice things as well.
Communicate positively. When you speak or write, always phrase things in a positive way. For example, instead of saying to your spouse, “You’d better not be late for dinner,” try, “I’m really looking forward to having dinner with you at 7:00.”
Turn adversity into opportunity. A failure or a hard time is only a bad thing if you let it be. Realize that successful people fail, and have likely failed many times to get where they are. So when you do fail, embrace it. Turn the failure into a positive by figuring out what went wrong, then applying what you learned to your next endeavor.
Think only positive thoughts about yourself, your life and your value for others. If negative thoughts enter your mind, allow yourself to feel good. Focus on the positive actions and desired outcomes instead of listening to demoralizing, demeaning self-talk or negative chatter.
Laugh easily and smile often. Engage in experiences that enable you to do this! It’s proven to help you stay positive.
Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Practice daily affirmations after you wake up, before bed or anytime during the day. This can help you focus your thoughts only on the bright side. When you feel stressed out, affirmations can also help you to relax. Meditations and music can calm your mind, soothe your emotions and create a state of deep relaxation in your body.
Live in the present. Dwelling in the past (either good or bad times), worrying about the future or even waiting until tomorrow to “get your life together” causes you unnecessary stress and hardship. Let go of what you cannot control or change. Focus instead on the present moment and what’s happening here and now that you can affect in positive ways. You’ll find doing so creates a newfound sense of peace and well-being.
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