Still Wanna Eat Fast Food? Here’s Another Reason to Leave It Alone

This should be the final straw in terms of people beginning to stop eating fast food in droves across this country. If high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity is not enough then this bit of information will not stop you from your Big Mac, but I will post it for the few that will take heed and stop eating the junk in fast food restaurants.

via Fit Perez

Perfluoroalkyls are a hazardous class of stable, synthetic chemicals.

University of Toronto researchers have found that toxicperfluoroalkyls can be found on the surface of many fast food wrappers and subsequently are leaking into your food. Perfluoroalkyls are used to coat the wrapper to keep grease from leaking out of the product, but it has been found coating people’s blood after being ingested.

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Study takes step toward erasing bad memories

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LONDON (Reuters) – A widely available blood pressure pill could one day help people erase bad memories, perhaps treating some anxiety disorders and phobias, according to a Dutch study published on Sunday.

The generic beta-blocker propranolol significantly weakened people’s fearful memories of spiders among a group of healthy volunteers who took it, said Merel Kindt, a psychologist at the University of Amsterdam, who led the study.

“We could show that the fear response went away, which suggests the memory was weakened,” Kindt said in a telephone interview.

The findings published in the journal Nature Neuroscience are important because the drug may offer another way to help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems related to bad memories.

Traditionally, therapists seek to teach people with such disorders strategies to build new associations and block bad memories. The problem, Kindt said, is the memories remain and people often relapse.

Animal studies have shown that fear memories can change when recalled, a process known as reconsolidation. At this stage they are also vulnerable to beta-blockers like propranolol, which target neurons in the brain, the researchers said. Continue reading

Can Music Heal the Brain? Scientist and Choir Say Yes

Jamming to Brain Waves?

NEW YORK (AP) — Noted neurologist Oliver Sacks has found common ground with the pastor of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church: Both men believe in the healing power of music.

Sacks, the best-selling author of “Awakenings” and “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” shared the church stage Saturday with the famed gospel choir as part of the inaugural World Science Festival, a five-day celebration of science taking place in New York this week.

“It should be an exciting and unusual event,” Sacks said in an interview this week. “I will talk about the therapeutic and beneficent power of music as a physician, and then their wonderful choir will perform. … And the audience will make what they can of it.”
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