YOUR INNER ALCOHOLIC
The cure for alcoholism could lie within the recesses of human DNA. The Telegraph reports on a study in which scientists say they have discovered a gene linked to excessive drinking. Researchers from five British universities conducted an experiment that gave lab mice a choice between water and alcohol. Those mice with the Gabrb1 gene would consume so much alcohol that within one hour they had trouble controlling their movements. Though people drink to excess for different reasons, the findings suggest some may be more genetically at risk for alcoholism than others. "If further research confirms that a similar mechanism is present in humans, it could help us to identify those most at risk of developing an addiction," said Professor Hugh Perry.
FEAST AND FAMINE
Doctors could soon be advising patients with Type 2 diabetes to skip breakfast and plan their days around a big lunch. As reported by Businessstandard.com, a study from Sweden's Linkoping University found that people with diabetes benefited more from consuming a single large meal than from eating several small meals through the day. Researchers tested three diet regimens – a low-fat diet, a low-carbohydrate diet and a Mediterranean diet. The low-fat and low-carb diets produced high glucose and triglyceride levels in patients, but the Mediterranean diet kept those levels on a healthy plane. "The Mediterranean diet, without breakfast and with a massive lunch with wine, did not induce higher blood glucose levels than the low-fat diet lunch despite such a large single meal," Dr. Hans Guldbrand said.
BABY COMES LAST
If you want to make a grown man cry, show him a picture of a beautiful woman or a sports car. The Daily Mail reports on a study from the Volvo car company that shows men's emotions are far more affected by the sight of an attractive woman or a new car than, say, a crying baby. Researchers employed brainwave analysis to measure the emotional responses of a large group of men and women. The women responded strongest when shown images of a crying infant, followed by an image of an attractive male and a car photo. Men responded most strongly to images of beautiful women, followed closely by the car photo. The baby came in third.
THOUGHT DU JOUR
This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.
Horace Walpole, British historian (1717-97)