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High volume in video games and attention

Kids who play high volume video games are likely to face difficulty in staying attentive, says a new study.

Iowa State University study has found that high volume action video game players, who play around 40 hours per week, actually had more difficulty keeping focused on tasks requiring longer, more proactive attention.

“Our thinking right now is the sort of real world effect that you might be seeing is that these are individuals who would really have difficulty trying to maintain their attention independently over time,” said Rob West.

“So if they’re engaged in some activity that doesn’t really capture their attention — like
maybe a classroom lecture, or studying in a quiet space — they’re going to have difficulty maintaining attention on their own,” West added.

Lead researcher Kira Bailey analysed the data from 51 Iowa State undergraduate men aged 18 to 33, who were nearly evenly divided between those who reported playing less than a couple of hours of video games per week, and those who played video games an average of 43 hours per week.

Cherry juice after exercise is good

A glass of unsweetened cherry juice can work like common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, used by millions to treat pain and inflammation after exercise, say experts.

Oregon Health and Science University researchers found that runners who drank the juice before training for a long-distance relay had 23 per cent less muscle pain than those on an artificial fruit drink.

After analyses, boffins discovered that the juice of tart cherries contains flavonoids, naturally occurring antioxidants with anti-inflammatory powers.
Dr Kerry Kuehl said: “Drinking tart cherry juice may help people avoid negative side
effects of these drugs.”


Traffic pollution affects foetus

High levels of traffic pollution may increase the risk of miscarriage, claims a new research.
The study, which included 400 women having IVF treatment in Brazil, found that those who became pregnant in winter, when pollution levels are particularly high, were twice as likely to miscarry in the first eight weeks as those who conceived at other times of the year.

Paulo Marcelo Perin, University of São Paulo, said that females exposed to levels of PM10s only slightly above the recommended safe limit (50 micrograms per cubic metre) had a greater chance of losing a baby.

“Our previous studies have shown higher implantation failure rates when women are exposed to pollution. Our latest study found that air pollution significantly decreased the cell population.”

“When you have a decrease in cell mass you compromise embryo viability. Because diesel is a major component of air pollution we can assume most of the effect is from diesel,” he added.

Health benefits of using thongs

Researchers from Australia are flip-flopping on the issue that the cheap and cheerful thongs could be better for children than closed-in shoes.

Alex Chard, a researcher at the university, says with his study he’ll challenge the “broad public misconceptions of the health effects of wearing thongs”.

Chard and his research team are seeking volunteers aged between seven and 13 for a comparison of children’s foot motion while they are barefoot and while they are wearing thongs or traditional school shoes.

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