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Grapefruit before every meal is Slimming 2004-01-29

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Scientists say grapefruit can help slimmers shed kilograms as well as protect them against diabetes.

A 12 week pilot study in the USA found that the grapefruit diet worked wonders for 100 obese volunteers.

By simply adding grapefruit to their normal meals, they lost up to 4.5 kg.

The average weight loss was half a kilogram a month, without any other changes to diet being made.

Participants also had lower levels of insulin, which reduced their risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Emma Bunn, diabetes care advisor at the charity Diabetes UK, said:

'If grapefruit does significantly lower insulin levels this could be a potentially exciting discovery.

'We know weight loss reduces the body's resistance to insulin and therefore improves diabetes control, so weight management is important in prevention and treatment of diabetes. We will be following any further research in this area closely to establish if grapefruit could provide genuine benefits'.

Ken Fujioka, who led the research at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, California, USA, plans to conduct a larger study later this year [2004].

Details of the research were reported in Chemistry and Industry, the magazine of the chemical community.

A hundred obese patients whose average weight was 97.5 kg took part in the study. One group of volunteers ate half a grapefruit before each meal three times a day, while another drank a glass of grapefruit juice before every meal. A third did not include grapefruit in their meals.

After 12 weeks, those eating grapefruit had lost an average of 1.6 kg, and some shed as much as 4.5 kg. The participants drinking grapefruit juice lost an average of 1.5 kg. But those in the control group who consumed no grapefruit only lost an average of 0.2 kg. The researchers said the weight loss was probably linked to lowered levels of insulin, which was born out by measurements of glucose levels.

"Grapefruit diet 'can help slimmers lose weight'", Ananova 2004-01-28 We 17:48

Teenage Girls More Loutish Than Boys 2004-01-27

Posted by clype in Glasgow, Intolerance, Scotland.
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Teenage girls in Scotland have been outdoing boys when it comes to drugs, drinking, smoking and going out, a study of 15-year-olds has revealed.

Researchers also discovered an increase in hooliganism among young women.

Girls were apparently increasingly likely to loiter on the street corners while boys have become more inclined to stay at home.

Experts found boys were still more likely to play computer games than their female counterparts. 'Ladettes' — defined as young women who behave in a boisterously assertive or crude manner and engage in heavy drinking sessions — have become a more common part of modern society. (more…)

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004-01-26

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Best Motion Picture –Drama: 'The Lord of the Rings — The Return of the King'.

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture — Drama: Charlize Theron ('Monster').


Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture — Drama: Sean Penn ('Mystic River').


Best Motion Picture — Musical Or Comedy: 'Lost In Translation'.

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture — Musical Or Comedy: Diane Keaton ('Something's Gotta Give').


Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture — Musical Or Comedy: Bill Murray ('Lost In Translation').


Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture: Renée Zellweger ('Cold Mountain').


Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture: Tim Robbins ('Mystic River')


Best Director — Motion Picture: Peter Jackson ('The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King')


Best Screenplay — Motion Picture: Sofia Coppola ('Lost in Translation')


Best Original Score — Motion Picture: Howard Shore ('The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King').


Best Television Series — Drama: '24'.

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series — Drama: Frances Conroy ('Six Feet Under')


Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series — Drama: Anthony LaPaglia ('Without a Trace')


Best Television Series — Musical Or Comedy: 'The Office'.

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series — Musical Or Comedy: Sarah Jessica Parker ('Sex and the City').


Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series — Musical Or Comedy: Ricky Gervais ('The Office').


Vegetation Finds Landmines 2004-01-26

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Scientists in Denmark have developed a genetically modified [GM] plant that warns of landmines by changing colour from green to red.


Moses’s Parting of Red Sea Explained 2004-01-22

Posted by clype in Intolerance, Science.

A Russian mathematician says he’s come up with a logical explanation for Moses’s ‘parting of the waves’.

  • The scene where Moses parts the waves and leads the ‘Israelites’ across the Red Sea is one of the most well known stories in the ‘Bible’.

Mr.Naum Wolzinger, from St.Petersburg, said it was to do with the changing of the tide; he says there is a reef 6m or 7m under the water that runs from one bank of the Gulf of Suez to the other at the spot where the ‘Exodus’ occurred.

He said depending on the movement of the tides — and if there was a strong wind — it was possible to cross the Red Sea keeping your feet almost dry.

Then, with a drop in the wind though and the water would flood back over the reef in large waves, explaining why they would have come crashing down on the Egyptians when they entered the seabed.

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Supplements To Beat ‘Alzheimer’s’ 2004-01-21

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Scientists say taking vitamin-E and vitamin-C supplements together may help to ward off 'Alzheimer's disease'.

The anti-oxidant vitamins are thought to protect the brain against damage caused by destructive by-products of metabolism.

Researchers studied 4 740 people aged 65 and over, noting how many already had or went on to develop 'Alzheimer's'.

Information about their supplement use was also recorded.

The scientists found that the risk of developing 'Alzheimer's' was reduced when participants combined separate supplements of vitamin-E and vitamin-C. Prevalence of the disease was cut by about 78 per cent and incidence by about 64 per cent when compared with rates for those not taking the combination.

Using either vitamin-E or vitamin-C on its own, or combining vitamin-C and a multivitamin pill, appeared to have no effect.

But the scientists said there may be some protection offered by combining vitamin-E with the lower doses of vitamin-C found in multivitamin supplements.

Study leader Dr.Peter Zandi, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, USA, said:

'These results are extremely exciting; our study suggests that the regular use of vitamin-E in nutritional supplement doses, especially in combination with vitamin-C, may reduce the risk of developing "Alzheimer's disease"'.

"Vitamin supplements 'may protect against Alzheimer's'" Ananova 2004-01-20 Tu 07:12

War with India: Call Centres 2004-01-17

Posted by clype in Money, Scotland.
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The UK call centre industry has received a much-needed boost after a leading operator chose Scotland over India for a 2.8 million GBP expansion.

RHL, the contact centre business owned by entrepreneur and Rangers F.C. honorary chairman David Murray, will create 450 jobs through the move.

Half of those posts will come at a new operation in Clydebank while the rest will be generated from improving two existing centres in Glasgow.

The company, which has clients including BSkyB, ScottishPower and the Student Loans Company, said its decision to expand in Scotland came after a review of potential sites around the world, including several in India. Mr.Murray said:

'It is clear to me that where there is an opportunity to create a truly world class business in Scotland, such as RHL, we should do everything in our power to ensure we deliver it.

'In turn, the country and its people benefit through the jobs and related social improvements that such businesses create'.

Several UK companies, including BT and Axa, have set up call centres in India, at lower cost.

The Scottish jobs industry was dealt a blow earlier this week when Abbey National announced plans to close an Edinburgh office and transfer around 900 posts to Glasgow.

"Scotland beats India to new call centre", Ananova 2004-01-16 Fr 11:15

Singapore No1 Executioner 2004-01-15

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Singapore has the world's highest per capita execution rate, according to a report by 'Amnesty International'. The report said the Asian city-state, which has a population of four million, had hanged more than 400 prisoners in the last 13 years.

UN tribute to Robert Burns 2004-01-14

Posted by clype in Humanities, Intolerance, Scotland.
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United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has hailed the 'enduring resonance' of Robert Burns, as he paid tribute to Scotland's most famous bard.

Addressing an audience in New York [USA], Mr.Annan said his work continued to have an international influence more than 300 years after his death.

The Secretary General praised the poet as he delivered the inaugural Robert Burns Memorial Lecture entitled, "State of the World, Brotherhood of Man". (more…)

Indian Mob Destroys Ancient Manuscripts 2004-01-07

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An Indian mob has destroyed 30 000 ancient manuscripts and rioted in retaliation for Oxford University Press publishing a book about a Hindu king.

The incident was sparked by an allegedly objectionable observations by author and teacher James Laine in a book on the parentage of Maratha warrior king Shivaji. (more…)