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School bans swim goggles!

A school in the United Kingdom has banned children from wearing goggles during swimming lessons — claiming they are hazardous.
Teachers and governors at Ysgol Bryn Coch junior school, in Mold, Wales, claimed they are a “hazard and can cause permanent eye injury”.
Parents described the ruling as “bonkers”.
Lifeguard trainer Tom Ingram said it could stop children developing their swimming. “In 10 years of training lifeguards and watching pools I have never known an injury from a pair of goggles”.
“In fact, it may be worse for kids not to wear goggles as it will stop them developing their stroke, make them strain their necks and leave their eyes exposed to the pool chemicals,” he said.
The advice has been issued by the British Association of Advisors and Lecturers in Physical Education.
Headteacher Lynne Williams insisted: “It has been recognised that goggles can pose a real risk to children and this has been accepted by the governors.”

Nanoparticle may help treat heart

Scientists in the US have developed a nanoparticle that may prove very helpful in treating cardiovascular disease.
Scientists and engineers at UC Santa Barbara say that the novel nanoparticle can attack plaque, a major cause of cardiovascular disease.
The researchers have revealed that the focus of their study was atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up on the walls of arteries and can cause heart attack and stroke.
“The purpose of our grant is to develop targeted nanoparticles that specifically detect atherosclerotic plaques. We now have at least one peptide, described in the paper, that is capable of directing nanoparticles to the plaques,” said Erkki Ruoslahti.

Varied effects of cigarette smoking

Cigarette smoking induced COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, does not progress in the same way in all smokers, a new study has found.
COPD, a disease that results in severe breathing difficulty, is the fourth leading killer worldwide, according to World Health Organisation (WHO).
However, the mechanisms responsible for some smokers developing COPD and others evading the disease have not been well understood.
Scientists say that an autoimmune mechanism, compounded by genetic predisposition in COPD, would explain the progression of the disease in some smokers and the evasion in others. COPD has a family connection and next of kin of patients with COPD have a much higher chance of developing the disease, a characteristic of autoimmune diseases.

A supplement that fills you up

If you’ve given up on your desire to fit into a size 6 dress, then here’s something that will bring back the spark in you: a food supplement that makes people feel full for up to half a day has been developed.
Scientists found that a simple mixture of olive oil and water can be altered to affect how they react in contact with stomach acids.
The researchers created two types of the mixture and added stabilisers already commonly used in the food industry. One is called Tween 60 and is widely used in cakes and pastries, the other is called Span 80. Although, they are chemically very similar, Tween keeps the oil and water stable in the stomach, while Span allows it to separate into a layer of water and a layer of oil.

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