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.
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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.
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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
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.
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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.
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