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First cold, then hot

Confused whether heat or chill is good for sore muscles' Here’s the answer from the Mayo Clinic Health Letter: to relieve pain associated with sprains and strains, it’s usually best to first apply a cold compress for about 20 minutes at a time every four to six hours over the first few days. One should start using hot compress only after pain and swelling have decreased after that. Chill reduces swelling and inflammation and relieves pain. Heat relaxes tightened and sore muscles and reduces pain. However, the study adds that heat is usually better than cold for chronic pain, such as that from arthritis.

Cannabis’ role

Cannabis-based drugs may treat inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and ulcerative colitis, a British study has found. A team from the University of Bath looked into gut samples from healthy people and IBD patients and discovered that the system that responds to cannabis in the brain is functioning in the lining of the gut. According to the study published in Gastroenterology, the lining can help identify drugs for critical bowel disorders.


Tanning addiction

A new fad is spreading in the West. Despite knowing that excessive exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun or a tanning booth increases the risk of skin cancer, people are not being able to resist the lure of that extra tan. Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have found that going for repetitive tanning may be a kind of addictive behaviour.

Eating mania

According to a study conducted by researchers from the Cornell University, if you binged for two weeks while on vacation and gained two kilos, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will eat less to shake off the extra weight. On the contrary, binge-eaters continue consuming as much as they do during the overeating period. “Eating behaviour does not normally respond to internal cues, such as physiological mechanisms involved in the regulation of body weight, but to external cues,” a Newswise report quotes David Levitsky, professor of nutritional sciences and of psychology at Cornell, as saying.

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