Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Premature babies grow into happier adults

Cheesh! This is pretty dumb. They look at just one event in an individual's life and think that tells them everything. But what is important is ALL the treatment that the individual receives. And when parents nearly lose a child, they are usually going to be more appreciative of it. So premmie babies get more solicitous treatment throughout their lives and feel the love of their parents more clearly and strongly. And it is THAT which makes them less prone to depression

Babies placed in incubators when they are born are up to three times less likely to develop depression as adults. The results came as a shock to researchers, who expected to find infants separated from their mothers at birth would be more at risk of mental health problems later in life. In mammals, separation at birth has always been considered a major source of stress that causes behavioural problems well into adulthood.

The study, by a team including researchers from King's College, London, set out to explore whether the same was true in babies. They studied 1,200 children. The results, published in Psychiatric Research, showed incubator babies were two to three times less likely to be depressed as adults. Researchers said it may be due to the incubator affecting brain cell development, or that sick babies tend to be cared for closely.


Apples reduce the risks of taking aspirin

There could be something in this. Aspirin is a willow-bark extract so that it might interact with other tree products is reasonable enough

Apples could hold the secret to protecting the stomach against damage from aspirin. Research shows the fruit contains chemicals which seem to reduce the risk of the painkiller causing ulcers and bleeding. The findings, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, are so far confined to experiments on rats.

Aspirin is often described as a wonder drug - but there have long been concerns about the risk of potentially fatal gastric bleeding among patients regularly taking large doses. Scientists at the University of Naples fed apple extract to rats before they were given a dose of aspirin. The results showed a 50 per cent drop in lesions - the early stages of a stomach ulcer - after rats were fed the extract.


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