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Here’s some health news that should go down a treat:
Eat Some Eggs
Your favourite breakfast food may provide an unexpected benefit: a boost in brain power. The more eggs people ate, the better their performance on tests of cognitive functioning, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found. For every additional half an egg people ate per day, they performed 1.9 seconds faster on a brain test of executive functioning, and scored 1.2 words better on a test of verbal fluency.
Watch Some Birds
Take a look out your window: The more birds you can see, the lower your levels of depression, anxiety, and stress are likely to be, researchers from the University of Exeter discovered. Proximity to trees, shrubs, and other types of nature was also linked to better mental wellbeing, too.
Diet to Ditch Diabetes?
An extreme diet that includes cyclic fasting may reverse diabetes, researchers from the University of Southern California discovered. When diabetic mice were placed on a fasting diet for four days a week, their beta cells in their pancreases began producing insulin again. This led to a greater stabilisation of blood sugar and a reduction in insulin resistance. More research on people is needed, but researchers hope that one day diabetics may be able to be treated by a fasting-mimicking diet for a few days each month.
Clean Those Sinks
Here’s another hospital risk: antibiotic-resistant bacteria lurking in the sinks. Researchers determined that antibiotic-resistant bacteria colonise in the drainpipes, then slowly grow to the sink strainers at a rate of about one inch per day. From there, they can splatter around the sink and even surrounding counters, where they can be picked up by susceptible patients, the study in Applied and Environmental Microbiology found.
Exercising when you’re an adult can help your brain beat the ravages of stroke later, research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference found. Mice that started exercising in middle age—the human equivalent of about 40—had just as many collateral vessels in their brains when they reached the human equivalent of age 70 as much younger mice did. So when they suffered strokes, they sustained much less brain damage (roughly as much as the young mice did when they had a stroke.)