Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Eating chocolate is good for brain

Eating chocolate is good for brain

This is a great news for chocolate  lovers: a recent study (1) shows that it would be good for the brain. In the mid 1970s, the psychologist Elias Merrill began tracking the cognitive abilities of just over 1,000 people in the state of New York. The initial objective: to study the link between blood pressure and cognitive performance. And this is what they have done for decades.

But 40 years later, they had the idea to focus on the participants' food and then incorporated into the study a questionnaire on eating habits. The responses revealed something interesting: a positive association between chocolate consumption and cognitive performance.

"We found that people who ate chocolate at least once a week tended to have better cognitive performance," says Merrill Elias, "is significant and it affects a number of areas." For example, eating chocolate is associated with a better visuospatial memory, a better working memory or a better abstract reasoning.

Specifically, chocolate lovers will better would remember a phone number, the content of a shopping list or be able to do several things at once. Why chocolate he improves cognitive skills?

We can not say for sure, but it would be through the flavanols contained in cocoa, a sub-family of flavonoids, which are antioxidants. These have a positive effect on the brain. Other psychoactive compounds known to stimulate the brain, such as methylxanthines, are present in chocolate and could cause those results (2). According to Merrill Elias, research will not stop there. For example she will have to look separately the consumption of dark chocolate and milk chocolate.

(1) Georgina E. Crichton, Merrill F. Elias, Ala'a Alkerwi, Chocolate intake is associated with better cognitive function: The Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study, doi: 10.1016 / j.appet.2016.02.010

(2) Elizabeth A. Gaffan, Peter J. Rogers, Hendrik J. Smit, Methylxanthines are the psycho-pharmacologically active constituents of chocolate, November 2004, Volume 176,  Issue 3, pp 412-419

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Kanye West harvests a million dollars in two days

Kanye West harvests a million dollars in two days

The ephemeral clothing store Kanye West in New York recorded a record profit in a weekend. What bail out and fill a little deficit. That should please his banker. History to revive its business, Kanye West had installed a pop-up store called Pablo (which takes its name from his latest album The life of Pablo) in the SoHo neighborhood of New York. The chain opened its doors Friday, March 18 and closed the following Sunday. Fans could find a collection of street wear clothing consists of jackets, shirts, hoodies, caps and beanies. All these items were offered for a price ranging from 35-400 dollars.

Upon opening the customers came in number perhaps out of curiosity, but not that. It is clear that they have been too many to get the blue card. Good news for the husband of Kim Kardashian: his small shop would generate a million dollars in profits in just two days.

"They called me crazy and pointed, but no other brand would be able to sell a million of clothes two days in a single point of sale!!! "boasted Kanye on his twitter account. Remarks illustrated by a photo of the impressive tail formed by clients to access the store.

This should help to fill the rapper debt of $53 million and allow him to leave tranquil Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's boss has also never answered his call for help .

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Israel takes seriously the cannabis therapeutic

Israel takes seriously the cannabis therapeutic
An employee weighs cannabis plants in the grounds of BOL (Breath of Life, the breath of life) Pharma near Kfar Pines Israel, March 9, 2016 (AFP/Jack Guez)
For some, this installation protected by a moat, a wall, barbed wire, cameras and armed men would think of an Israeli military base. If it does emanated this light pungent smell of marijuana. Here, on the outskirts of a quiet village in the north of Israel, to grow out of sight 50.000 plants from 230 different varieties in the second largest country in the medical cannabis farm. 

"For cannabis as we are in the promised land, with a good climate, 300 days of sunshine a year, a humidity perfectly suited" sums Gedo Tamir, CEO of BOL Pharma, a pharmaceutical company authorized by the Ministry of Health to grow and distribute medical cannabis. In Israel, the recreational use of cannabis is illegal. But the state allows and encourages for 10 years the therapeutic cannabis. In 2015, doctors prescribed medical cannabis to about 25,000 cancer patients? Epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder or degenerative diseases, not to care their evil, but to alleviate the symptoms. 

The use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes divides doctors around issues of addiction and behavioral problems such as aggression. Cannabis has the recognized virtues longtime revive appetite, reduce sleep disorders, and has anxiolytic and even anti-inflammatory, objected his prescribers. They point out that in the field of research on cannabis, everything remains to be cleared. This research advance faster in Israel than elsewhere. The authorities are more liberal and clinical tests on humans escape regulation, unlike other countries. 

More and more entrepreneurs, researchers and investors are therefore embarking this business, looking for a top grass: a drug purified, measurable and with the least effect hovering possible. Within the walls of BOL (breath of life, life breath) Pharma, greenhouse complex and laboratories on two hectares, each plant is pampered by software, which at a distance, 24 control/24 biochemical parameters. The medical cannabis cultivation requires special monitoring of certain active ingredients such as THC, psychotropic molecule which gives the impression of gliding and is not recommended for all patients, including children. 

"Under the aegis of the ministry, who always has a pioneering attitude on the subject, we forged our expertise in clinical trials and now we can share it with many companies in the United States or Europe, "says the boss of BOL Pharma. It evokes early results, among others, patients with Crohn's disease, characterized by chronic inflammation of bowel, diarrhea and recurrent abdominal pain. Israel has no right to export cannabis flowers, the product of his crops. He put the other hand on the export of agricultural expertise, and even medical technology to become a "Canna-Hub" world. Twenty local university teams have specialized in the field. The prestigious Hebrew University of Jerusalem has just opened its cannabis Research Center. 

Approximately 200 industry players gathered in early March in Tel Aviv for CannaTech, annual innovation fair in the. The material a little red eyes for some, despite the prohibition of consuming clearly announced, the costume entrepreneurs exhibited their products: vaporettes similar to electronic cigarettes but for the medical cannabis products against the pasty mouth, creams and ointments with cannabis. 

Several startups are sticking to derivatives, some gadgets. Others see greater. 
"Look at what has happened in two years, the rate at which the legalization of cannabis progresses. This opportunity, we will not miss it and saw that bring to the table early investors, we feel that it will be very big, "trumpeted Saul Kaye, head of the first incubator for Israeli start-ups involved in the cannabis industry. And in January, the US giant Philip Morris tobacco has invested $ 20 million in Israeli firm Syke specialized in medical cannabis inhalers, sort of wise water pipe cousin ("bang") of smoking grass. At the same time, the Israeli company Eybna announced that it has developed the first species cannabis guarantees without any illegal substance

Saturday, May 14, 2016

When Donald Trump got burn

When Donald Trump got burn

While the Republican primaries take a break and Democratic side Bernie Sanders just robbed Saturday three states to Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump made ​​about him. Mexico. Indeed, effigies of Donald Trump - hated by many Mexicans - was in flames parties in Saturday night in the streets of Mexico City and other Mexican cities on the occasion of ritual pyres Judas Week saint.

When Donald Trump got burn

When Donald Trump got burn

As every year on the occasion of Easter, Mexicans burn these dolls from papier representing the devil, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. According to a recent survey, 61% of Mexicans have a bad opinion of Donald Trump, who has promised that if he became president he would force Mexico to pay the construction of a wall along its border with the United States. In a popular area of central Mexico, 200 people gathered at dusk to witness the cremation of "Judas Trump" a smiling effigy of paper mache two meters high the favorite of the Republican nomination for the White House, wearing a blue suit and a red tie.

When Donald Trump got burn

When Donald Trump got burn

Felipe Linares, which manufactures for over 50 years Judas these paper mache with paper, flour and water, chose Donald Trump because of the hatred dedicate it to his aggressive statements targets Mexicans, accusing the Mexican migrants in the United States of being criminals and rapists. "We will burn Trump, because we do not like. He said bad Mexicans, "said AFP Felipe Linares, who first represented Judas in the guise of a politician in the United States. Trump effigies were also burned in other Mexican cities such as Monterrey (north) and Puebla (center).