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Humble Cuppa to the Rescue

Are you a tea or coffee person, or maybe like me your both. whichever is your preferred cuppa it appears tea and coffee are the best things since sliced bread. why, well the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition have found a link during a study involving 500,000 individuals between the humble cuppa and brain Cancer.

It would appear from their studies that having a cuppa every day makes you 34 percent less likely of developing a form of cancer known as glioma tumours. Glioma is named after cells from which they grow: these are astrocytes, ependymal cells, and oligodendrocytes. There is also a mixed glioma so called because it contains more than one of the cells mentioned, this type of tumour is known as oligo-astrocytoma.

A mixed glioma is common to the cerebrum which is the main part of our brain. Like other tumours that are malignant, it may spread to other parts of our brain.

The symptoms experienced from such a tumour mainly depend on which part of our nervous system is affected. This study talks about a brain glioma which can cause headaches, nausea and vomiting, seizures, and cranial nerve disorders as a result of increased intracranial pressure.

As a rule, high-grade gliomas almost always grow back even after complete surgical excision (removal by cutting).

I could look upon this piece of health News by burying my head in the sand and thinking to myself it only happens to other people, but thankfully my outlook on life is often down a road less traveled.

That bit about growing back says it all as far as I am concerned and if a cuppa helps in the fight to stop or delay cancer then I am all for the humble cuppa. At the end of the day we are all in god’s waiting room (so to speak). I would prefer to pass on because of old age. I have seen what cancer and some other deadly diseases do to the body.

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Brain Training and Dementia

Are you now at the age where you feel like putting your feet up, listening to the radio, doing the odd crossword, playing a board game or in these days of computer technology the odd brain training game.

These type of pastimes have always been seen as ways of keeping the old grey matter fit and well and slow the decline of our mental abilities meltdown.

Well, our cousins across the pond at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. have been researching the effects these type of games have on our mental abilities. It appears while these type of mental activity games slow the decline of thinking skills if dementia has already set in it actually accelerates the problem.

Robert Wilson, a professor of neurological sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. and his research team do agree in the addage “use it or lose it”. He is reported as saying, “We do think that a cognitively active lifestyle is protective up to some point”

Researchers evaluated 1,157 individuals aged 65 years and older The research was carried over a 12 year period. At the start of the exercise, none of the people studied had dementia and were asked on a one to one basis how many mentally enhancing activities they were engaged in. A score was given for each activity. The more often people engaged in stimulating activities the higher they scored.

Twelve years later researchers evaluated the information gathered. It was found that those who did not have dementia their mental decline had been greatly reduced by 52 percent for each point on the cognitive activity scale. While those who developed Alzheimers disease their mental decline had increased at a rate of 42 percent for each point on the cognitive activity scale.

At the end of the day with or without dementia we are all in gods waiting room (to coin a saying). Some of us go quietly, while others suffer greatly before passing on.