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According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, cards and gifts were a simple way to support people with mental illness. The experts came to the conclusion after a poll of 131 mental health patients was carried out.

The study showed over half did not receive any gifts or cards when they were ill. This compared to just a third who did not get presents the last time they were physically ill.
More than eight out of 10 of the people surveyed said receiving a ‘get well soon’ card would help their recovery.

The college is launching two of its own gift cards with the greeting: “Thinking of you at this time. Hope things improve soon.”
Dr Peter Byrne said: “In psychiatric units, there is barely a card or any other reminder that the outside world cares.”
“People often don’t know what to do or say when a friend or relative is ill with a mental health problem — so they end up doing nothing.”

It’s simple to boost your body image
Doing just a little exercise — not actually getting fit — can make you feel better about yourself, concludes a new study.
According to the University of Florida study, people who don’t achieve workout milestones such as losing fat, gaining strength or boosting cardiovascular fitness feel just as good about their bodies as their more athletic counterparts.
Researcher Heather Hausenblas, says: “You would think that if you become more fit that you would experience greater improvements in terms of body image, but that’s not what we found”.
“It may be that the requirements to receive the psychological benefits of exercise, including those relating to body image, differ substantially from the physical benefits,” she added.

Diet affects your sleep patterns
A nutritionally balanced high glycaemic index (GI)meal, one that rapidly releases glucose into the bloodstream, can significantly increase the presence of tryptophan — an amino acid known to induce sleepiness, according to sleep scientists at the University of Sydney.
The study by PhD student Christopher Herrera and his colleagues concludes that the type of food you eat can dramatically affect the presence or absence of important sleep-inducing hormones.
To reach the conclusion, Herrera’s team fed their subjects one of three meals: a completely carbohydrate high-GI meal, a mixed carbohydrate and protein high-GI meal, or a mixed low-GI meal.
After four hours they measured the levels of glucose, insulin and amino acids present and compared the results across the three varieties of meal.

Jet lag cure a step closer
Jet lag may soon be history thanks to scientists who have discovered the exact brain cell that sends us to sleep or keeps us awake.
The finding by University of Michigan mathematicians and their British colleagues overturns a long-held theory about our internal clock.
Understanding how the human biological clock works is an essential step toward correcting sleep problems like insomnia and jet lag. New insights about the body’s central pacemaker might also, someday, advance efforts to treat diseases influenced by the internal clock, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and mood disorders, said Daniel Forger.

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