For Your Health

A study done by the Harvard School of Public Health has found that switching to brown rice from white may lower your risk of developing diabetes by as much as 16 percent:

Wholegrain rice raises the body's blood sugar levels far less dramatically than white rice, which is little more than starch, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Their study, believed to be the first of its kind, found that replacing 50g (1.8 oz), or a third of a serving, of white rice per day with brown rice would cut the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 16 percent.

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Botox users beware! The injections that temporarily paralyze muscles, may temporarily paralyze emotions too. Researchers from Barnard College have found that facial expressions provide sensory feedback to the brain, influencing feelings:

"In a bigger picture sense, the work fits with common beliefs, such as 'fake it till you make it,'" study co-author Joshua Davis, a psychology professor at Barnard College, said in a school news release.

"With the advent of Botox, it is now possible to work with people who have a temporary, reversible paralysis in muscles that are involved in facial expressions. The muscle paralysis allows us to isolate the effects of facial expression and the subsequent sensory feedback to the brain that would follow from other factors, such as intentions relating to one's expressions, and motor commands to make an expression."

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Why do even the slimmest of women sometimes believe they look fat? According to scientists at the University of London, the body image a person projects in their brain is distorted and can be up to two thirds wider than it is in reality:

The researchers conducted the study by asking participants to place the palm of their left hand down under a board and then to judge the locations of 10 "landmarks" such as their knuckles and fingertips.

Their estimates were then used to create a "map" of the brain's image of the hand, which was compared with its actual size and shape.

The distance between the index finger and the thumb was estimated to be on average 69 per cent larger than the actual size of the participants' hands.

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