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The research conducted using mouse model showed that in less than 10 days of eating a high-fat diet, rats had a decreased ability to exercise and experienced significant short-term memory loss.

“Western diets are typically high in fat and are associated with long-term complications, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart failure, yet the short-term consequences of such diets have been given relatively little attention,” said Andrew Murray, University of Cambridge.

“We hope that the findings of our study will help people to think seriously about reducing the fat content of their daily food intake to the immediate benefit of their general health, well-being, and alertness,” he added.

20pc of Brit teens suffer headaches
A new UK study has revealed that one in five young teenagers suffers headache at least once a week.
A team of researchers in Exeter, led by Dr David Kernick, questioned 1,000 12-15 year olds and found that 10 per cent had more than two headaches a week. The study revealed that these children lead a poorer quality life than children with chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes or asthma.
According to the ‘British Journal of General Practice’, the researchers also discovered that headaches affected 20 per cent of the students in their ability to function at home or at school on more than 12 days in a three-month period.

Eggs help lower neural tube defects
Mums-to-be have been advised to eat large amount of eggs, for a new study has revealed that an essential nutrient found in eggs may help lower risk of neural tube defects.

Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine have found that higher levels of total blood choline are associated with a 2.5-fold reduction in risk for neural tube birth defects (NTDs).

NTDs are birth defects of the brain and spinal cord, and the two most common NTDs are spina bifida and anencephaly.

During the study, the researchers examined blood samples from more than 1,80,000 pregnant women and found 80 cases of NTDs and analysed the specimens for markers including choline, folate, homocysteine, methionine and betaine among others.

They found a 2.5-fold reduction in risk for NTDs with the highest blood choline levels.
The investigators note that the cause of NTDs is very complex and that supplementation of the food supply with folic acid, though effective, is only part of the solution.

A nice cup of tea soothes away stress
A new study has confirmed what millions of brew-lovers have long believed - a nice cup of tea helps us calm down during stressful times.

The study’s researchers commissioned by insurer Direct Line asked 42 volunteers, and found that the drink makes people feel ‘looked-after’ and ‘at home’.

But that’s not it: Even the tea-making ritual provides a ‘chillout moment’ that significantly reduces anxiety levels after stressful experiences.

In the study, scientists carried out a maths test and afterwards half the group was given a glass of water and half got a cup of English breakfast tea.

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