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Fasting two days a week could prevent your brain shrinking with age, suggests new research

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...the ability of calorie restriction to reduce inflammation. Tests showed that levels of inflammation markers had dropped by 90%.” “As levels came down, their breathing became much easier,” says Prof. Mark Mattson. However, Prof. MarK Mattson cautions that patients have to stick to the diet, as symptoms began to return two weeks after giving it up. Not everyone will find fasting intermittently is s...

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...extends lifespan and protects the brain and cardiovascular system against age-related disease,” said Mark Mattson, head of the laboratory of neurosciences at the NIA and professor of neuroscience at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. “We have found that dietary energy restriction, particularly when administered in intermittent bouts of major caloric restriction, such as alternative day fasting,...

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Practicing Muslims across the world are observing Ramadan

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...to observe Ramadan during the long Finnish days. There is another option which reduces the number of fasting hours – mark its duration by the rising and setting of the sun in countries far to the south of Finland. Dr. Abdul Mannan – a local Imam and president of the Islam Society of Northern Finland – says there are two schools of thought. “The Egyptian scholars say that if...

Scientific data seems to show that as well as helping to shift pounds, alternate-day dieting can help us live longer and reduce the risk of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s

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...alternate day diet could end up over-indulging on “feast” days, and actually put on weight. However, Dr. Krista Varady of the University of Illinois in Chicago, one of the scientists involved in research into intermittent fasting, insists that this doesn’t happen. “Our studies show that people end up losing weight because they can’t fully make up for the lack of food on the fast day on the feed da...

Pope Francis has called on all people of faith, regardless of religious sect or affiliations, to observe September 7, as a global day of prayer and fasting for Syria

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Pope Francis has called on all people of faith, regardless of religious sect or affiliations, to observe Saturday, September 7, as a global day of prayer and fasting for Syria. The pontiff condemned the use of chemical weapons as a means to settle any domestic or international conflict. On September 7, staring 7 PM until midnight at St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis asked each and every relig...

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A recent study published in the Journal of Obesity suggests that high intensity intermittent exercise may have greater potential to reduce visceral fat than steady-state exercise (jogging, cycling). The scientists from the School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Australia, have developed “LifeSprints”, a fast-paced exercise program that includes the use of cycling, boxing...

Syrian government forces have renewed their attack on the city of Homs, one of the focal points of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad

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Syrian government forces have renewed their attack on the city of Homs, one of the focal points of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Video published on the internet purportedly from Homs showed intermittent shelling and black smoke. UN mediator Kofi Annan is concerned civilians have been trapped in Homs and al-Haffa, a town in Latakia province also said to be under attack. The US sa...

Pakistani women banned from shopping alone

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...1; the cleric, Maulana Mirzaqeem, was quoted as telling AFP news agency. “Those who will visit markets without male relatives will be handed over to police. “They spread vulgarity and spoil men’s fasting in Ramadan.” The clerics have requested police help enforce their ban and called on shopkeepers not to serve unaccompanied women. One told Reuters news agency he feared the...

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Timothy Grimmer, the 10-year-old boy who was shot by his mother during a standoff at a Texas welfare office on Monday has died – 24 hours after his sister, Ramie Marie Grimmer lost her life. According to Laredo police spokesman Joe Baeza, Timothy Grimmer died Thursday at a San Antonio hospital. Timothy Grimer’ sister, Ramie, 12, died of her wounds the day before. The children’s mother, Rach...

David Henneberry, 66, is the man credited for ending a nightmarish manhunt for the most wanted man in America

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Donations toward a new boat for Watertown hero David Henneberry – the man who came face-to-face with Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding inside his vessel – are already pouring in from around the country. David Henneberry, 66, is the man credited for ending a nightmarish manhunt for the most wanted man in America. The after effect was a sacrifice, however was countless hol...

The Twitter.com site was unreachable for almost an hour, and continued to suffer intermittent faults thereafter

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Parts of Twitter became inaccessible today, in the eve of Olympic Games opening, before thousands of fans are expected to start tweeting. The Twitter.com site was unreachable for almost an hour, and continued to suffer intermittent faults thereafter. The service was still accessible via its mobile site and other applications. In a message to users, the company said: “Howdy folks, looks like...

Laredo police spokesman said Ramie Marie Grimmer died yesterday at a San Antonio hospital

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12-year-old Ramie Marie Grimmer, who was shot by her mother during a standoff at a Texas welfare office, has died yesterday. According to a Laredo police spokesman said Ramie Marie Grimmer died yesterday at a San Antonio hospital. Her 10-year-old brother is still in a critical condition. Rachelle Grimmer, 38, the mother of children was found dead on Monday inside the office in Laredo. Rachelle Gr...

Google launches internet-beaming balloons into near space

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...und. About 30 of the superpressure balloons are being launched from New Zealand from where they will drift around the world on a controlled path. Attached equipment will offer 3G-like speeds to 50 testers in the country. Access will be intermittent, but in time Google hopes to build a big enough fleet to offer reliable links to people living in remote areas. It says that balloons could one day be...

Wal-Mart erroneously priced a handful of computer monitors at a heavy discount online

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Wal-Mart erroneously priced a handful of computer monitors at a heavy discount online last week. Monitors ranging from a high-definition, 24-inch product by Viewsonic to a 20-inch version made by Hewlett-Packard were made available at the bargain price of $8.85. The suggested retail price of those two monitors are $199.99 and $185, respectively, although retailers often offer them at discounts....

A row between spam-fighting group Spamhaus and hosting firm Cyberbunker has sparked retaliation attacks affecting the wider internet

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Global internet has been slowed down in what security experts are describing as the biggest cyber-attack of its kind in history. A row between spam-fighting group Spamhaus and hosting firm Cyberbunker has sparked retaliation attacks affecting the wider internet. It is having an impact on popular services like Netflix – and experts worry it could escalate to affect banking and email systems....

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva is drawing increased attention after federal officials say Russian authorities intercepted her phone calls, including one in which she vaguely discussed jihad with her elder son, Tamerlan Tsarnaev

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Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of Boston bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, appeared  in photos of her as a younger woman wearing a low-cut blouse and having her hair teased like a 1980s rock star. After she arrived in the U.S. from Russia in 2002, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva went to beauty school and did facials at a suburban day spa. But in recent years, people noticed a change. The Boston bombers’...

Pope Francis has urged Christians and Muslims to work together to promote mutual respect

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In his Eid message, Pope Francis has urged Christians and Muslims to work together to promote mutual respect, particularly by educating new generations of believers. The pontiff greeted Muslims around the world during his Sunday blessing of pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square in Rome. Pope Francis has urged Christians and Muslims to work together to promote mutual respect Pope Francis s...

Authorities in Dubai are launching an initiative of offering gold in return for weight loss in an scheme to encourage healthier living

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Authorities in Dubai are launching an initiative of offering gold in return for weight loss in an scheme to encourage healthier living. Those interested can sign up from Friday for the initiative which lasts over the next 30 days and coincides with Ramadan, a month of fasting. For each kilogram lost, participants will receive a gram of gold, which is currently worth about $45. Those taking part &...

Jennie Garth is dating Jeremy Salken, drummer for the electronic band, Big Gigantic

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Jennie Garth is dating Jeremy Salken, drummer for the electronic band, Big Gigantic. Jeremy Salken, 31, may be a decade younger than Jennie Garth but the couple have been going strong since October according to People magazine. They spent New Year’s Eve together, and Jennie Garth, 40, wanted to shout it from the rooftop by sharing an intimate picture of the two of them with the caption: “It’s on…...

Brain scans show that skipping breakfast makes fatty, high calorie foods appear far more attractive later in the day

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...articipants lunch at the end of the study, people ate a fifth more calories if breakfast was missed. Dr. Tony Goldstone, from Imperial College London, said: “Through both the participants’ MRI results and observations of how much they ate at lunch, we found ample evidence that fasting made people hungrier, and increased the appeal of high calorie foods and the amount people ate. “...

Pope Benedict XVI has held his last Mass as Pope in St Peter's Basilica in Rome following the shocking announcement of his resignation

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...ashes in a service attended by cardinals, bishops, monks, friars and pilgrims. The season of Lent is marked by fasting and acts of penitence for past sins, with worshippers marking a cross on their foreheads with wood ash to symbolize human mortality. It is the most solemn season in the Church calendar that ends with Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Earlier in the day, Pope Benedict held his last but...

The periods of eating very little or nothing may be the key to controlling chemicals produced by the body linked to the development of disease and the ageing process

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...Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 and other growth factors keep our cells constantly active. It’s like driving with your foot on the accelerator pedal, which is fine when your body is shiny and new, but keep doing this all the time and it will break down. According to Professor Valter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute, one way to take the foot off the accelerator, and reduce IGF-1 levels dr...

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Google reveals its annual zeitgeist – the people, places and things that are clicking the most with UK internet users in 2011. Top of the most-searched celebrities is US reality star Kim Kardashian, whose profile was boosted further this year after marrying and then divorcing basketball player Kris Humphries in just three months. Next behind her was Victoria Beckham, who gave birth to her a...

McDonald’s is prepared to target a more pious crowd for the season of Lent with its latest innovation - Fish McBites

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McDonald’s is prepared to target a more pious crowd for the season of Lent with its latest innovation – Fish McBites. Fish McBites was first reported on Tuesday, a day before the start of the Christian season of fasting on Ash Wednesday. It was pictured at a McDonald’s branch near Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, which may strengthen the impression that it is aimed at the fai...