French Fries can make you aggressive

Think before consuming food which contains dietary trans-fatty acids like french fries, cakes and cookies. The new study claims that these food would give you irritation and make you aggressive.

Researchers at the University of California have shown in men and women of all ages that consumption of dietary trans-fatty acids (dTFAs) is linked to irritability and aggression. The study of nearly 1000 men and women provides the first evidence linking dTFAs with adverse behaviors that impacted others, ranging from impatience to overt aggression, the PLoS ONE journal reported.

Dietary Trans fatty acids are primarily products of hydrogenation (Dietary Hydrogenated fat/trans fatty acids have been reported to increase LDL cholesterol levels relative to oil in the natural state or cis fatty acids), which makes unsaturated oils solid at room temperature. They are present at high levels in margarines, shortenings and prepared foods. Adverse health effects of dTFAs have been identified in lipid levels, metabolic function, insulin resistance, oxidation, inflammation and cardiac health.

The researchers used baseline dietary information and behavioral assessment of 945 adult men and women to analyze the relationship between dTFAs and aggression or irritability Analyses were adjusted for sex, age, education, and use of alcohol or tobacco products.

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Red meat boosts early death risks by 20 percent

Regular consumption of red meat can boost your risk of dying young by up to 20 per cent.

The Harvard University experts have more evidence that eating red meat increases the risk of heart disease and cancer. However, it also counsels that substituting fish and poultry may lower early death risk.

Frank Hu, senior author of the study in the Archives of Internal Medicine stated that the study provide clear evidence that regular consumption of red meat, especially processed meat, contributes substantially to premature death. Their study on 37,698 men followed for 22 years and 83,644 women followed for 28 years revealed that those who ate a card-deck-sized serving of un-processed red meat each day on average saw a 13 percent higher risk of dying than those who did not eat red meat as frequently. The risk increased to 20 percent when the processed red meat like in hot dog or two sliced of bacon were consumed regularly.

However, substituting nuts for red meat lowered total mortality risk by 19 percent, while poultry and whole grains lowered the rick by 14 percent and fish by 7 percent. Processed red meat has been proved to contain ingredients such as saturated fat, sodium, nitrites and some carcinogens that are linked to many chronic ailments including heart diseases and cancer.

The authors are of the opinion that between 7 and 9 percent of all deaths in the study could be prevented if all the participants consumed fewer than 0.5 servings per day of total red meat.

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Global Warming will make us Shorter

That’s true; Global Warming could make humans shorter. The scientists have claimed to have found evidence that the Global Warming caused the World’s first horses to shrunk, some fifty million years ago. The research teams from Florida and Nebraska have found a link between the Earth heating up and the size of mammals, particularly horses when the world heated up last time.

The scientists used fossils to follow the evolution of horses from their earliest appearance 56 million years ago. As temperature went up their size went down, and vice versa, said Dr. Jonathan Bloch, curator, Florida Museum of Natural History.

Scientists say that the current warming could have the same effect on mammals and could make even humans smaller. “Horses started out small, about the size of the small dog like a miniature schnauzer. What’s surprising is that after they first appeared, they then became even smaller and then dramatically increased in size and that exactly corresponds to the global warming event, followed by cooling.

“It had been known that mammals were small during that time and that it was warm, but we hadn’t understood that temperature specifically was driving the evolution of body size,” Dr Bloch said.

The earliest known horse Sifruhippus appeared during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum period. Studying fossils, researchers traced the evolution of Sifrhippus from a 12-pound animal that shrank during a 130,000 years period to 8.5 pounds – the size of a small house cat – then increased to about 15 pounds during the next 45000 years.

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Yoga increases Love Hormone

Practicing Yoga helps you overcome many neurological disorders. The study conducted by Advanced Center for Yoga, NIMHANS, Bangalore has found that the practice of Yoga helps increase the level of “Love Hormone – oxytocin” by fourfold, improving the cognitive functions of Schizophrenic patients. The study was conducted for nearly three years by a team from the Department of Psychiatry of NIMHANS.

During the research, the simplest form of Yogasana and Pranayama was taught to the schizophrenic students and within months a considerable difference could be noticed. Hormone oxytocin, which improves social cognition among schizophrenic patients, had increased fourfold with the practice of yoga.”

The practice of Yoga also increased the brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF level, an anti-depressant and a marker for neuroplasticity. The patients were trained in simple asana’s for ten days and later twice a week for two more weeks. They were advised to practice yoga at home regularly for three months. The practice resulted in the increase in serum BNDF and significant improvement in the depression level.

Cubbon Park Bangalore

In the heart of the Bangalore city is a garden laid down by Sir John Meade during 1870. The Cubbon Park has been one of the major contributors to Bangalore’s ‘Garden City’ tag. The creation of Cubbon Park and the construction of Public Offices altered the cityscape of Bangalore radically. Today the park is the favorable picnic spot among the tourists and the locals. Lawns with vibrant flower beds, shady bowers and flowering trees, make this an ideal place for fitness freaks and the elderly to take their morning jogs or evening walks.


The Cubbon Park was built in 1870 by the then acting Commissioner of Mysore ‘Sir John Meade.’ The vast landscape was conceived by the then Chief Engineer of the State Major General Richard Sankey. The park was initially named Meade’s Park, in honor of John Meade and later renamed as Cubbon Park after the longest serving commissioner of the time, Sir Mark Cubbon.

The park was officially renamed in 1927 as ‘Sri Chamarajendra Park’ to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar’s rule in Mysore State but the name Cubbon Park has stuck.

The park has around 68 varieties and 96 species with about 6000 plants. Both ornamental and flowering trees, exotic and indigenous are found here. Grevillea Robusta (Silver Oak), having the distinction of being the first oaks introduced to Bangalore from Australia is still found in the park.

Many official and public buildings are located within and along its periphery. The High Court Buildings, Indira Priyadarshini Children’s Library, City Central Library, Government Museum, Art Gallery, Aquarium, YMCA, Yuvanika – the state youth centre, Century Club, Press Club, Bal Bhavan are located in the park.

Many roads run through the park connecting various places. The greenery is a welcome sight for traffic-sore eyes. The park is also famous also famous for the statues of Queen Victoria installed in 1906 and Kind Edward VII statue installed in 1919. There are statues of Mark Cubbon, K Sheshadri Iyer and of Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar also installed. The Cubbon Park is a famous tourist spot, a hangout and a green blanket to the administrative buildings of Bangalore.

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