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Women suffer more when it’s cold

Women suffer more than men when it is cold. Mark Newton, University of Portsmouth, UK, said girls do feel the cold more than guys — but only because they are better at conserving heat.

“Women have a more evenly distributed fat layer and can pull all their blood back to their core organs,” said Newton. He added that women need a more efficient technique of protecting their core body temperature because they carry less overall fat and muscle mass than men.

This means less blood flows to women’s hands and feet. Newton says that as our extremities dictate how hot or cold we feel, if our hands and feet are chilly, so are we.

While women have a core temperature on average 0.4C higher than men, their hand temperature is 2.8C lower. People are also more sensitive to changes in temperature when they’re tired — and as the body temperature falls at night women reach their minimum temperature faster.

Yoga may help cure fibrolmyalgia

Two studies have suggested that individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia who practice yoga showed statistically significant improvements in disease activity.

The results of one study conducted in the UAE among 47 patients (26 yoga patients and 21 controls) demonstrated that patients who completed 12 sessions of Raj yoga which is one of the gentler styles of yoga, combining exercise and breathing techniques showed significant improvements in disease activity scores (DAS28) of p=0.021 and health assessment questionnaire’s. However there was no statistically significant improvement on the quality of life scale (QoL).

“Most patients with RA do not exercise regularly despite the fact that those who do report less pain and are therefore more physically active,” said Dr Humeira Badsha, founder of the Emirates Arthritis Foundation, Dubai.

Results of another study investigating the effects of yoga on the QoL of patients with fibromyalgia, demonstrated that QoL scores, after an eight session classical yoga programme were better than scores obtained before the programme along with a significant decrease in the anxiety levels of patients.

Omega 3 fatty acids help fight alcohol abuse

Omega 3 fatty acids may have a positive effect not only on the heart but also on alcohol abuse and psychiatric disorders.

In a multi-year study at the Indiana University School of Medicine, researchers revealed at a molecular level, there is a potential therapeutic benefit between them.

The study showed conclusive behavioural and molecular benefits for Omega 3 fatty acid given to mice models of bipolar disorder.

According to Alexander B Niculescu, associate professor of psychiatry and the lead author of the study, the fatty acid DHA, which is one of the main active ingredients in fish oil, “normalised their behaviour”.

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