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Life and Universe

Strawberries stave off heart attack
PTI
London, January 16, 2013
First Published: 00:36 IST(16/1/2013)
Last Updated: 00:38 IST(16/1/2013)

Eating strawberries and blueberries all year round can cut the risk of heart attack by up to a third in women, a new study has claimed.

Experts believe the benefits come from the high content of flavonoids in berry fruits, which appear to combat blocked arteries, the Daily Mail reported.

Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds found in plants, as well as tea and red wine, which can protect against a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, some cancers and dementia.

The findings are from an ongoing study of nurses which involves only women, but may also apply to men, researchers said. The study involved 93,600 participants in the Nurses’ Health Study II, a major US investigation of women’s health.

Women who ate the most strawberries and blueberries — at least three times a week — were at 32% lower risk than those consuming the berries once a month or less.

Mein Kampf copy signed by Hitler to be auctioned
London: A copy of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography Mein Kampf — believed to be the last one signed by the Nazi dictator — is expected to fetch £5,000 at an auction.
The copy is believed to be the last one the dictator put his name to before he committed suicide in April 1945.

He gave it to an unidentified senior member of his staff in what is said to be a last defiant gesture in the hope his Nazi ideology would continue after his death, the Daily Mail reported.

Experts say that his signature at the time was rushed and resembled little more than a squiggle, a reflection of his scrambled state of mind at the time.   - PTI

FB may lower your self-control
New York: Facebook and other social networks may promote your self-esteem but they can also lower your self-control both on and offline, US researchers say.
The study demonstrates that users who are focused on close friends tend to experience an increase in self-esteem while browsing their social networks, but afterwards these users display less self-control.

Greater social network use among this category of users with strong ties to their friends is also associated with individuals having higher body-mass indexes and higher levels of credit-card debt, according to the study.

“We have demonstrated that using today’s most popular social network, Facebook, may have a detrimental affect on people’s self-control,” researchers said.  - PTI


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