For Your Health: Spread Cheer, Not Germs

A spoonful of sugar may sweeten your mood, a study in the journal Aggressive Behavior says that boosting glucose levels in the body can help control aggression and prevent loss of temper:

Researchers believe the effect is caused by glucose, a simple sugar found in the bloodstream that provides energy for the brain.

Study co-author Professor Brad Bushman from Ohio State University said: "Avoiding aggressive impulses takes self control, and self control takes a lot of energy. Glucose provides that energy in the brain."

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Everyone hopes to spread cheer, but not germs this holiday season. Experts suggest giving air kisses and carrying hand-sanitizer to help prevent the flu when spending time with friends and loved ones:

Don't use your fingers when eating food at parties. Use serving spoons or forks. As a party host, make sure there are plenty of serving utensils.

Cough or sneeze into your sleeve in order to avoid spreading germs to people around you.

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Reports are growing of kids smoking, snorting and eating nutmeg to get high. Poison centers warn the effects are unhealthy and can be extremely dangerous. So parents may want to keep a close eye on the spice when holiday cooking:

Experts say it takes a tablespoon or more to experience any effect and takes about 15 to 20 minutes for those effects to kick in.

The Georgia Poison Center said the effects are unhealthy and extremely dangerous. These effects include; nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, convulsions, palpitations, dizziness, dehydration, dry mouth, body pain, insomnia and constipation.

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