FDA approves the first “artificial pancreas”this week

Medtronics has finally got FDA approval for its first “artificial pancreas” this week.The device consists of a closed loop system that continuously measures a diabetic’s glucose levels and delivers the appropriate dose of basal insulin.It is indicated for people aged 14 or older with Type 1 diabetes and is intended to regulate insulin levels with “little to no input” from the patient.The system comprises an insulin pump that is strapped to the patient body, an infusion patch that delivers insulin via catheter from the pump and a sensor that measures glucose levels under the skin and can be worn for 7 days at a time. While the device regulates basal, or background, insulin, users must still manually request bolus insulin at mealtimes.

The system will hit the market in spring next year.



For more details, refer to the original research article on the following link:



Impact of processed and junk food on children IQ

The brain grows at its fastest rate during the first three years of life, thus the composition of the diet of children before age three is crucial to cognitive development.In fact a study published in the British Medical Journal has studied this relationship on a sample of 14,000 kids and followed them up from age 3 to age 9.

The researchers found that a predominantly processed food diet at the age of 3 was associated with a lower IQ at the age of 8.5, irrespective of whether the diet improved after that age.On the other hand, a healthy diet was associated with a higher IQ at the age of 8.5.

So next time you are thinking of taking your young ones to McDonalds,Dunkin donuts or Pizza hut, think again.


For more details , refer to the original research article on the following link:


Warning signs you might be dating a married man

Think you’ve found the perfect man but some things just aren’t adding up? Is he a bit of a mystery? Sarah Symonds is a former mistress and author of Having an Affair? A Handbook for the Other Woman. She gives her tips for recognizing the signs that a man you’re dating may be married:


  • You met in a bar. “If you are meeting for the first time in a bar, that doesn’t bode well. So many married men hang out in bars hoping to get lucky,” Sarah says.
  • He has an indentation or tan line on his ring finger. When you first meet him, look for an obvious sign of a wedding ring that was just removed.
  • He pays for dinners and drinks in cash. This could be because he doesn’t want a paper trail or credit card bust from his wife.
  • He has more than one cell phone and won’t give you both phone numbers. “One is for his wife, and one is for his secret life,” Sarah says. Also note if he always goes outside to take private calls when he’s with you.
  • He tends to call you while at the store, walking the dog, getting gas ” places he’s dashed out to in order to call. “These are places where he’s escaped the family home to go out and call you, his secret lover,” she says.
  • He doesn’t reply to your texts for hours and is not available to talk freely in the evenings. He may ask you not to call after certain times. “It’s because he’s at home with his family and can’t answer,” Sarah says.
  • He’s always busy on the weekends and doesn’t want to make plans for less than 10 days time. He can’t be spontaneous when he has a family to juggle.
  • He doesn’t introduce you to his friends.
  • He finds excuses for why he can’t invite you back to his place. “My main message to women out there who might fall for these things is to find a reason to go back to his place. If he won’t take you home, there’s a reason why,” Sarah says.

Courtesy of Dr Phil website http://www.drphil.com/advice/warning-signs-you-may-be-dating-a-married-man/

If you need a healthy drink, smoothies are better than fruit juices here is why

Blending used to create smoothies keeps the insoluble fiber contained in the fruits and vegetables in your drink.This kind of fiber has two health benefits; first, it slows down the release of fruit sugar from your drink into your blood stream which avoids high insulin peaks that would result in converting the fruit sugar into fat that is going to go and deposit on your belly and thighs, second it helps you maintain healthy digestive transit and bowel movement which will avoid you bloating and constipation.Fruit juices on the other hand has only soluble fiber and constitute a concentrated source of sugar.

Bottom line, in terms of health benefits if you have to chose between a whole fruit, a smoothie or a juice , the best choice would be the whole fruit in the first place then smoothie.

For more details on the pros and cons of fruit juices , take a look at this interview on BBC with british nutritionist Nicola Whitehead https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBv9Dmgd56Q


Children who watch too much TV while young are at higher risk of developing personality disorders in adolescence

Childhood is a particularly critical time in the development of areas of the brain involved in self-regulation of emotional intelligence i.e. the capacity of the child to control his temper, emotions and impulses which determines later on his ability to interact positively with both his peers and family.

A new study led by Dr.Linda Pagani, professor at the University of Montreal’s School of Psychoeducation, show that young children who watch too much television around toddlerhood age  were more likely to prefer solitude, experience peer victimization, and adopt aggressive and antisocial behaviour toward their peers at the end of the first year of middle school.

Social skills such as sharing, appreciation, and respect gained from others are rooted in early childhood. In toddlerhood, the number of waking hours in a day is limited. Thus, the more time children spend in front the TV, the less time they have for creative play, interactive activities, and other fundamental social interactions that builds their interpersonal skills. Active daily life at the preschool age can help develop essential social skills that will be useful later and ultimately play a key role in personal and economic success.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should watch no more than 1 to 2 hours of quality television programming each day.


For more details on the topic, please refer to the original research article on the following link:



20 min of yoga can improve your memory drastically

Researchers in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have run cognitive tests on two groups of participants;one group who has just finished a 20 min session of hatha yoga and another group who has just completed vigorous aerobic exercise for the same amount of time.The research showed that the yoga group had significantly improved  speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and take in, retain and use new information.

The conclusion off course is not to drop your aerobic workout but remember around the exam period of your teenage kids, it might be a good idea to alternate those long studying hours with a yoga session per day to optimize their memory function and retention not to mention that this will also relax them and help ease all the pressure and anxiety they feel before their tests.

For more details refer to the original research article on the following link: