For Your Health: Sweet Tea Can Ease Tension?

A one-a-day pill that could halt Alzheimer's and maybe even cure it is in development? Scientists at the National Institute of Mental Health say the drug stops brain cells from dying, boosts their numbers and sharpens memory:

"The drug, discovered by sheer luck according to researchers, stops brain cells from dying, boosting their numbers and sharpening memory. Given early enough, it could prevent sufferers from reaching the devastating final stages of the disease, in which they lose the ability to walk, talk and even swallow."

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Some sweet news for pregnant moms-to-be: A U.K. study shows a regular chocolate bar snack may reduce risk of developing pre-eclampsia, one of the most common causes of premature births:

"One of the most common causes of premature birth in the UK, pre-eclampsia affects 70,000 British women a year and claims the lives of up to 1,000 babies and ten mothers. It is characterized by high blood pressure and can cause convulsions, blood clots, liver damage and kidney failure.

"But after asking 2,500 women about their dietary habits during pregnancy, researchers from Yale University in the U.S. found that those who consumed higher rates of chocolaty snacks — including hot chocolate drinks — were less likely to develop the potentially fatal complication, the journal Annals of Epidemiology reports."

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Sugary beverages like sweetened tea may help ease tension at work and make employees less argumentative. Australian researchers say the sugar provides a burst of energy that allows the brain to control impulses in stressful situations:

"Social psychologists at the University of New South Wales and Queensland University gave some participants lemonade with sugar in it and others lemonade made with artificial sweetener.

"The subjects were asked to perform a series of challenging tension-producing tasks before giving a presentation and then were provoked or criticized during their speeches.

"Those who had consumed the sugary lemonade were less likely to get angry than those who drank the artificially sweetened drink, according to the study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. The authors concluded that those with real sugar in their systems performed better under pressure than those without it."

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