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Math Anxiety causes Brain to feel Physical Pain

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the University of Chicago found that anxiety experienced doing math can cause a person to feel physical pain. The researchers found that the brain areas that register a threat of bodily harm, and in some instances physical pain, are activated when people are stressed over math problems.

Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago, said that the brain response of a person suffering from math anxiety is similar to someone feeling physical pain. Sian said that the pain could be similar to a burning sensation experienced on a stove.

Increased Risk for Overweight Children if Mom Smoked during Pregnancy

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(Best Syndication News) - Risk factors for children becoming overweight were assessed in a new study. The researchers found that children born to women who smoked during pregnancy had a higher risk of becoming overweight. In addition, children that were at a higher birth weight and had rapid weight gain during the first year of life were also at an increased risk for becoming overweight during childhood.

The study results were published in the online edition of the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Resveratrol Supplements did not benefit Healthy Women

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(Best Syndication News) - A study on healthy middle-aged women found no benefit gained by taking resveratrol supplements, a compound found in red wine. The study was reported in the October 25 online edition of Cell Metabolism.

Previous research had suggested that resveratrol in red wine could help reduce heart disease risk and increase lifespan. People have been taking resveratrol in hopes of better health. The U.S. resveratrol supplement business has grown into a $30 million a year industry. People take supplements because they would have to drink large amounts of red wine to gain the benefit – at least that was the conventional wisdom. Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis wanted to see if taking resveratrol supplements was beneficial to otherwise healthy women.

Menopausal Hot Flashes reduced with Hypnosis

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that women could reduce the number of menopausal hot flashes by up to 74 percent with hypnosis. The controlled, randomized study results were published in the online edition of the journal Menopause.

The researchers from the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory at Baylor University, Waco, TX; the school of Nursing at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN; and the College of Education at the University of Texas, Austin, worked together on this study. They randomly assigned postmenopausal women either to hypnosis or the control groups.

Eating Legumes helps reduce heart disease risk and control blood sugar

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(Best Syndication News) - According to a new study, eating one cup of legumes in conjunction with a diet full of low-glycemic foods on a daily basis helped to control blood sugar levels and reduce the risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) in people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The randomized controlled trial study results were reported in the Online First by Archives of Internal Medicine publication.

The study involved 121 patients who have type-2 diabetes. They were randomly assigned to either a low-glycemic index diet based around legumes, or they were assigned to follow a low-glycemic index diet with the emphasis around eating whole-wheat foods. The legume group was asked to eat a minimum of one cup of legumes daily, such as dried beans, lentils, or chickpeas.

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