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Fast food affects liver same way as hepatitis

Regular consumption of fast food items like fried chicken and onion rings are particularly bad for your liver, a study has found.
These fried foods have many surprising complications and dangers for the people that consume them, researchers have said.

“The amount of fat and saturated fats creates a condition called fatty liver,” CBS News quoted Drew Ordon of ‘The Doctors’ and author of the book, ‘Better in 7’ as saying.

What’s interesting about the new information is that even after just a month of consistently eating fatty foods from fast food restaurants, there are significant changes in your liver.

The fried foods do not just impact your cholesterol and waist line.

Ordon describes that the changes in the liver enzymes as being surprisingly similar to the damage that is seen by hepatitis, which can ultimately lead to liver failure. They found that french fries, in particular, are one of the most dangerous foods, because of all the added ingredients to the potato. “We know that they are adding salt, and cooking it in fat, but they’re also putting sugar on them too. Why sugar? Because it helps get them golden crispy,” Ordon said.

Evolution to be blamed for bad backs and tooth aches

Evolution may have put humans at the top of the food chain but it also landed us with bad backs, dropped arches and impacted wisdom teeth, scientists have claimed.

While the process of natural selection allowed humans to become much more advanced than other primates, it is also to blame for many of the maladies we suffer from today.

For all our success as a species, the problems we still experience as a result of our evolution demonstrates that humans are in fact “not very well designed”, researchers explained.

Our development of large and complex brains, for example, resulted in a narrowing of our mouths which in turn caused the pain of impacted wisdom teeth.

Similarly, when our ancestors began walking on two feet six or seven million years ago, they prompted skeletal changes which today result in bad backs.Our spines were originally arch-shaped, but standing upright turned the backbone into a weight-bearing pillar, causing the development of the “S” shaped curves which help us balance and walk but also cause lower back pain.

Studies suggest that conditions like flat footedness and high ankle sprains, which are often attributed to our modern, inactive lifestyle, were in fact plaguing our ancestors as many of 3.5 million years ago, the Telegraph reported.

Fearful kids can’t separate fantasy from reality

Children who experience nighttime fears have a hard time distinguishing fantasy from reality, a new study has found. A majority of children experience some form of nighttime fears, be it the fear of nighttime separation, fear of the dark or scary dreams, researchers said.

While most kids tend to outgrow these fears as they age, some children develop severe nighttime phobias. Researchers found that kids who suffer these severe jitters at night have a harder time distinguishing fantasy from reality, the LiveScience reported.

The study involved 80 children aged 4 to 6 who experienced severe nighttime fears (50 boys and 30 girls) compared with 32 normal children without such fears (18 boys and 14 girls).

Researchers interviewed the children and their parents individually to gauge the kids’ level of fear. In the children’s interviews, they read the kids a brief picture-book story that set the mood for kids to talk about their fears.

The parents were asked about the content of their children’s nighttime fears as well as how often and severe those fears were.

The kids were given the “Koala Fear Questionnaire,” in which they had to rate their fear of scary pictures on a scale of Koala bears depicting different levels of fear. Parents were given another questionnaire asking them to rate their children’s fear levels.

The kids were also shown images of real or mythical beings and situations and asked to decide whether the subjects were imaginary or could occur in real life.

The kids also were asked to distinguish between real and fantasy situations, such as “burglars breaking into the house,” or “a monster frightening a child in the dark.”

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