Smoking ‘rots’ brain, says King’s College study

first_img Share 10 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Smoking ‘rots’ brain, says King’s College study by: – November 26, 2012 Does smoking affect the health of the mind as well as the body?Smoking “rots” the brain by damaging memory, learning and reasoning, according to researchers at King’s College London.A study of 8,800 people over 50 showed high blood pressure and being overweight also seemed to affect the brain, but to a lesser extent.Scientists involved said people needed to be aware that lifestyles could damage the mind as well as the body.Their study was published in the journal Age and Ageing.Researchers at King’s were investigating links between the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke and the state of the brain.Data about the health and lifestyle of a group of over-50s was collected and brain tests, such as making participants learn new words or name as many animals as they could in a minute, were also performed. They were all tested again after four and then eight years. DeclineThe results showed that the overall risk of a heart attack or stroke was “significantly associated with cognitive decline” with those at the highest risk showing the greatest decline.It also said there was a “consistent association” between smoking and lower scores in the tests. One of the researchers, Dr Alex Dregan, said: “Cognitive decline becomes more common with ageing and for an increasing number of people interferes with daily functioning and well-being. “We have identified a number of risk factors which could be associated with accelerated cognitive decline, all of which, could be modifiable.”He added: “We need to make people aware of the need to do some lifestyle changes because of the risk of cognitive decline.”The researchers do not know how such a decline could affect people going about their daily life. They are also unsure whether the early drop in brain function could lead to conditions such as dementia.Heart and brainDr Simon Ridley, from Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Research has repeatedly linked smoking and high blood pressure to a greater risk of cognitive decline and dementia, and this study adds further weight to that evidence. “Cognitive decline as we age can develop into dementia, and unravelling the factors that are linked to this decline could be crucial for finding ways to prevent the condition. “These results underline the importance of looking after your cardiovascular health from mid-life.”The Alzheimer’s Society said: “We all know smoking, a high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and a high BMI [Body Mass Index] is bad for our heart. This research adds to the huge amount of evidence that also suggests they can be bad for our head too.“One in three people over 65 will develop dementia but there are things people can do to reduce their risk. “Eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, getting your blood pressure and cholesterol checked and not smoking can all make a difference.”BBC Newslast_img read more

Indiana FOP endorses Frye

first_imgGreensburg, In. — State Rep. Randy Frye has been endorsed by the Indiana State Federation of Police for re-election to House Dist. 67.“Seldom do we find a candidate of your caliber who has the leadership and integrity to carry out the duties as State Representative, District 67, for the great state of Indiana,” William R. Owensby, president, and Mike Anderson, PAC chairman, Indiana State Federation of Police, said in a letter to Frye. “Your support and commitment to Indiana Law Enforcement has not gone unnoticed.”Frye is chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee and is a member of the Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee and the Roads and Transportation Committee.  A retired firefighter and business owner, Frye represents House Dist. 67, which includes parts or all of Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties.last_img read more

Alpena Medilodge throws parade for patients

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.– Medilodge of Alpena hosted a small parade Saturday to help relieve the loneliness of its patients.Escorted by fire engines and police cars, the loved ones of Medilodge patients turned the parking lot into parade grounds.Some Medilodge patients have been seeing family members through the window while speaking with them over the phone. Saturday’s event offered a more fun spin on familial relations in the pandemic. Many turned their cars into makeshift parade floats.This parade doesn’t mean that feelings of loneliness have gone away, however. When asked about how she felt about not seeing her brother, participant Maryann Rouleau had this to say.“Very hard. Very heartbreaking. Depressing. Angry. The anger’s there now because it’s been too long.”Richard Karsen, a patient at Medilodge, said he has similar feelings.“I miss them. I wish I could be with them and get to talk to them and hug them, but, uh… how does it feel? It feels… lonesome.”So long as COVID–19 remains a threat to elderly populations, events like these may be the best we can do to help ease that loneliness.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Bowling alley in financial pinchNext Road work begins todaylast_img read more

Begovic to receive a Medal for the English Champion?

first_imgBosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) football national team player Asmir Begovic will receive a medal for the English champion, Chelsea confirmed.The club will receive a total of 40 medals, and the club can, in the event of a surplus, distribute it to the coaches and team members.To recall, Begovic did not enter for the competition for medals because he did not play at least five matches in the season.Begovic has only played two matches in the Premiership this season, however, he will still get a medal.Younger players Nathan Ake, Kenedy and Ola Aina, who also did not play enugh number of matches, will receive the remaining medals.(Source: klix)last_img read more

Handy Motor Found in Virus

first_imgYour job today is to stuff a delicate chain into a barrel without breaking it and make it wrap neatly inside.  A tiny virus does this with helping hands, reported Purdue University.  A research team uncovered the mechanism of a “powerful molecular motor” that crams the viral DNA tightly into the capsid with the help of five moving parts.    These are not real hands, of course; the captioned artist rendering whimsically shows five gp17 protein structures drawn to look like hands.  These structures are protein subdomains embedded in the ring-shaped motor mechanism.  The capsid, or viral container, acts like a hard plastic shell, protecting the DNA inside (see 05/07/2004).  Two rings on the opening hold the motor in place.  The gp17 subdomains take turns grasping the DNA and shoving it in.  Another analogy is that they work like pistons operating in sequence.  Using ATP energy pellets, they take advantage of electrostatic forces to gently but firmly transfer the DNA strand into the interior, where it coils in an orderly fashion.  The mechanism generates 20 times the force used by myosin, the motor in muscle.  The article claims that proportional to its size, the motor is twice as powerful as an automotive engine.    The virus they studied is a bacteriophage – a virus that infects and destroys bacteria.  The cutaway diagram of the capsid shows the DNA wound neatly into a fabric-like pattern.  The researchers hope some day not only to understand viruses better, but to use their tricks for nanotechnology.  Someday man-made motors like these could deliver medicines to patients or power nano-sized machines.  First, though, they need to do basic research on how the viral motor works.  “This particular motor is very fast and powerful,” they said.  See also the 03/20/2007 and 10/18/2001 entries for earlier research on capsid motors.Even viruses, which are not even alive by the definition of being able to reproduce independently, show incredible design.  They are too well designed to be accidents.  Why do so many viruses cause disease and death?  Actually, only a small fraction are harmful; most cause no harm and some are beneficial.    Some creationists speculate that they all had a beneficial function originally: keeping bacteria in check or delivering genetic instructions to animals encountering a new environment.  After the Fall, they either were allowed to mutate into machines gone wild, turning on their customers, or were recast as agents of judgment on a world sentenced to death and hardship.  Can they prove this?  No; but what is the alternative for evolutionists?  First, they have to believe in miracles – that super-efficient, compact, powerful motors like this just appeared, arose or emerged (favorite Darwinian miracle-words) from nowhere.  Second, they have to deny that anything is evil or out of order.  In Darwin’s world, whatever is, is right.  A logical consequence is that it is vain to seek cures for disease.  So what if millions of humans die in a pandemic?  It just shows that viruses are more fit.    If miracles and apathy don’t motivate you to swallow the evolutionary line, then look at the mechanism from a design perspective and figure out what it’s there for.  Basic research can reveal the mechanism.  Philosophy and theology can elucidate its purpose.  Engineering can look for applications.  Who needs Darwin, the guy who sits around telling miracle stories?    The Purdue team obviously didn’t act like “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”  They had no need of that hypothesis.  The E-word failed to materialize in the press release or any of the writeups on other sites.  “Viruses, start your engines!” EurekAlert began its version.  “Researchers find what drives one of nature’s powerful, nanoscale motors.”    If design is what you observe, then design will lead to the right explanation, which may lie outside the capabilities of science.(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Guiao focused on winning, not securing top draft pick

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Clutch Fonacier shoots NLEX past San Miguel NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX continued its dream run in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, this time stunning San Miguel with a 103-100 thriller on Sunday.That victory gave the Road Warriors their sixth win in eight games, enough to assure themselves a seat in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ However, as morale boosting as the stretch is, NLEX’s wins may come at a cost in the form of their potential top pick in the upcoming 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.For coach Yeng Guiao, though, he could care less on where his team falls in the annual rookie selection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We’re no longer thinking about it. That will take care of itself,” said the veteran mentor.After finishing at the cellar in the first two conferences, the Road Warriors were poised to claim the number one pick in this year’s draft.center_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments But the recent string of wins put the squad in the upper half of the standings, and if the current order stands, Kia may very well secure the top selection with Blackwater getting the inside track for the second overall pick.Guiao, though, isn’t losing sleep on those draft picks. He said his focus remains on the present as he expressed elation with how the Road Warriors have been playing in the season-ending conference.“I like it very much,” he said. “Even our loss against Blackwater, they needed to shoot 17 three-pointers just to beat us by one point. That’s a great consolation for us.”As for the draft, Guiao is confident that regardless of where NLEX ends up this conference, his team can still nab at least a top three selection.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Oppose the procedure not its spirit Mamata

first_imgKolkata: A day after the Centre scrapped Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee broke her silence and called the whole procedure followed by the government as “undemocratic”.While leaving for Chennai, Banerjee, at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport said that the Bill was passed by the Centre in an “undemocratic” manner and her party would not support the Narendra Modi government for what it has done. She also maintained that the people of Kashmir were not consulted before the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 was passed in the Rajya Sabha. However, she also clarified that she was not talking about the merit of the Bill. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”I don’t agree with the procedural method the Centre has adopted. It was not done in a democratic way. I am not talking about the merit of the Bill. I am only talking about the method. Our party has taken a strong decision and we would not support this Bill. We cannot vote for this Bill either as it would go on record. Voting for the Bill will appear to be as if we have directly or indirectly accepted the Bill. What happened in the Rajya Sabha on Monday is not praiseworthy as it was not right constitutionally, legally or technically,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Chief Minister also pointed out that the Centre should have taken the consent of the people of Jammu and Kashmir before bringing in the resolution.There should have been an all-party meeting discussing all the aspects and the people of the state must have been taken into confidence. The Kashmiri people will consider themselves isolated following the passing of this Bill. “As a citizen of the country, I have been watching what is going on. We are all patriotic people and love our country. We firmly believe that Kashmiri people are our brothers and sisters. If a permanent solution is to be found, the Centre should have discussed the matter with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that there are some procedural lacks. We were willing to attend an all-party meeting if the Centre would have held it.” Expressing concern over the arrest of the Kashmiri leaders, the Chief Minister said: “I don’t have any information about senior leader Farooq Abdullah. We have seen in the media that Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah have been arrested. Mehbooba and Omar are political personalities. They are not terrorists. They should have been released in the interest of the democratic institution and for the interest of the people as well. Yesterday (Monday) we have seen curfew-like situation in Srinagar and other areas. We must restore peace. We want peaceful negotiation and a peaceful solution. There should not be any political commotion.” Giving a strong message to the people of Kashmir, Banerjee said: “In any case related to our motherland, we are together. Let the message be passed to every corner of the country that we love our motherland. The message will build confidence among the people. We have to consider that we are all citizens of the country. I would like to remind the Centre that Kashmiri people should not feel isolated. They should feel that they are very much with the country.” Banerjee on Tuesday left for Chennai to attend a meeting to commemorate the first death anniversary of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on Wednesday.last_img read more