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Eating sausages ups heart disease risk

Regularly tucking into sausages, bacon, ready meals and pies dramatically increases the chances of developing heart disease and cancer, a new study has warned.  People who live on processed meat increase their risk of dying by 44 per cent, the Daily Express reported.

 Experts said that three percent of early deaths could be prevented each year if people ate under 20 grams of processed meat a day – less than a single rasher of bacon. But there was good news for those who enjoy a steak or a Sunday roast. A small amount of red meat such as beef, pork or lamb could be beneficial as an important source of vitamins and nutrients.  The research by the University of Zurich, one of the largest studies of its kind, involved half a million men and women aged 35 to 70 with widely ranging diets from 10 European countries.

 They filled in questionnaires about the food they had eaten over the previous 12 months with meats grouped into red, white and processed. Red meat included pork, horse and goat as well as beef and lamb, while white meat included chicken, turkey, duck and rabbit.

 High consumption of processed meat was defined as 160 grams or more a day, the equivalent of around three sausages or six rashers of bacon.

 Over the follow-up period, around 13 years, 5,556 people died from heart and artery disease, 9,861 from cancer, and 1,068 from respiratory diseases.  The results suggest eating large amounts of processed meat leads to a 72 per cent increased risk of dying from heart disease, and an 11 percent increased risk of dying from cancer.

Soon, ‘airless’ tyres to make punctures history

Motorists will be relieved to hear that they will be spared from the cumbersome task of filling air into their tyres regularly, as off-road vehicle specialist Polaris plans to debut a consumer version of an “airless” Non-Pneumatic Tire (NPT) by early next year. Made from a proprietary plastic, the NPT replaces the conventional tire carcass with a flexible web.  “The tire works very similar to a bicycle wheel, where the load is carried in tension across the top of the wheel,” Fox News quoted Polaris spokesperson Jason Difuccia as saying.

 The bottom of the wheel is designed to give in to obstacles like rocks, curbs, and other terrain. That means - no punctures in the wilderness, and no need to carry a tire repair kit. Seeing it in operation is nothing short of astounding - the tire rolls over sharp rocks, poking tree branches, and harmful tree stumps without a problem.

Short bouts of exercise could improve self control

A new study has found that short bouts of exercise help improve higher brain functions, such as memory, concentration, planning, and decision-making. The result suggests that exercise might be a useful treatment for conditions characterised by impaired higher brain functions, such as attention hyperactivity deficit disorder (ADHD) and autism, and may help delay the ravages of dementia, according to researchers.

The researchers trawled medical research databases for studies looking at the impact of physical exercise on higher brain functions, such as memory, concentration, planning, and decision-making, in three groups: 6 to 12 year olds; 13 to 17 year olds; and 18 to 35 year olds.

 They found that short bouts of exercise did boost higher brain function in all three age groups. Only four studies looked at the impact of this type of exercise on working memory, but only in young adults, and the numbers were insufficient to draw conclusions on the impact.
 

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