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The research by Satoru Eguchi suggests that a component in a layer of tissue surrounding grains of brown rice may work against angiotensin II. Angiotensin II is an endocrine protein and a known culprit in the development of high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. The findings are contained in a study conducted by Dr Eguchi and his colleague at the Temple lab, Akira Takaguri.
The subaleurone layer of Japanese rice, which is located between the white Centre of the grain and the brown fibrous outer layer, is rich in oligosaccharides and dietary fibres, making it particularly nutritious. However, when brown rice is polished to make white rice, the subaleurone layer is stripped away and the rice loses some of its nutrients. The subaleurone layer can be preserved in half-milled (Haigamai) rice or incompletely-milled (Kinmemai) rice. These types of rice are popular in Japan because many people there believe they are healthier than white rice.

‘Nude’ hospital gowns aid spot hard-to-see symptoms
Changing the colour of hospital gowns and bed sheets to match a patient’s skin colour could greatly enhance the ability of a doctor or nurse to detect cyanosis and other health-related skin colour changes, suggests a new study.
The study from Rensselaer Professor Mark Changizi suggests that perceived colour on skin crucially depends on the background colour.
“If a doctor sees a patient, and then sees the patient again later, the doctor will have little or no idea whether the patient’s skin has changed colour,” said Changizi. “Small shifts in skin colour can have tremendous medical implications, and we have proposed a few simple tools — skin-coloured gowns, sheets, and adhesive tabs — that could better arm physicians to make more accurate diagnoses.”
Human eyes evolved to see in colour largely for the purpose of detecting skin colour changes such as when other people blush, Changizi said. These emotive skin colour changes are extremely apparent because humans are hard-wired to notice them, and because the background skin colour remains unchanged. The contrast against the nearby ‘baseline’ skin colour is what makes blushes so noticeable, he said.
Human skin also changes colour as a result of hundreds of different medical conditions.

Energy drinks work as soon as they touch your tongue
Energy drinks starting their ‘kick work’ as soon as they touch your tongue, concludes a new study. Nicholas Gant, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and team had 16 participants tire out their biceps by flexing them for 11 minutes before rinsing their mouths with either a carbohydrate drink or a non-calorific, taste-matched one.
“One second after rinsing, the team applied transcranial magnetic stimulation to the participants’ scalps, which aided the detection of activity in the motor cortex, a brain area known to send signals to biceps.”
The team found that the volunteers who swilled with carbohydrates were able to flex with more force immediately afterwards, and had a 30 per cent stronger neural response compared with those given placebo.

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