For Your Health

A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says moms-to-be who eat a high-fat, low-carb diet are more likely to have sons, while a low-fat, high-carb diet more often results in daughters. Scientists are still looking for the reason behind this.

Lead author of the study Dr Cheryl Rosenfeld of the University of Missouri stated... "In humans and mice, food restriction and a suboptimal diet during the period around conception and early pregnancy also lead to a surfeit of daughters, most probably due to selective loss of male fetuses, the most vulnerable sex in the womb."

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While you're considering your diet, pregnant women may also want to consider what they watch. Researchers from Nagasaki University in Japan discovered that unborn babies respond to their mother's mood while watching movies and become still if the film is sad, lively if it's happy. It's suspected that the rush of hormones triggered by an emotional film is transmitted to the fetus:

In a bizarre experiment, fetuses threw their arms around when their mothers watched a feel-good clip from "The Sound of Music," but became subdued during a sad scene from "The Champ."

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Curry isn't just for flavoring food anymore, it can benefit your skin. A study done by scientists at Procter and Gamble and presented at the American Academy of Dermatology has found that creams containing turmeric — the extract found in curry — may help fade facial lines, wrinkles and aging spots:

Aging is accompanied by the formation of particles known as free radicals, which can damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and cause cells to die off. Antioxidants can neutralize these free radicals, reducing some of their collateral damage, which includes fine lines, wrinkles, and dark age spots on the skin...

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