3 tips that may be helpful in maintaining a healthy weight:

  1. Try to avoid wandering down aisles that contain foods that may tempt you in your desire to eat healthy.
  2. Begin a shopping list by looking inside your fridge at the items you made use of, eliminate buying items that were allowed to spoil.
  3. Try using the store pickup option. It can relieve you of temptation. You will be able to order beforehand only the items you may need.

Styrofoam Eating Larvae…

The Darkling Beetle, which is in the form of a 2-inch worm, is capable of eating and digesting Styrofoam. Although their diet mainly consists of wheat bran, they have managed to gain weight and not expire after the consumption of this inorganic substance. If scientists can understand what is behind this ability, it could aid in solving the problem of what to do with the excess Styrofoam being produced. When given antibiotics the larvae were unable to consume more of the substance. This led scientists to believe that the antibiotics were destroying a particular microbe in their digestive system that was responsible for digesting Styrofoam. Studies in Australia with the mealworm found similar results. These worms were able to consume the Styrofoam packing peanuts without it doing any harm to their system.

https://www.intelligentliving.co/styrofoam-eating-mealworms-absorb-toxic-additive/https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/beetle-larvae-can-survive-on-polystyrene-alone-67251

Living with Parkinson’s Disease…

Parkinson’s disease affects about 1 million Americans. Doctors describe it as a neurodegenerative disease in which the brain neurons begin to die. However, advances are making progress in slowing down the progression of the disease. High Intensity Cardio exercise can slow the progression of the disease. Clinical trials in 2018 showed treadmill workouts 3 times a week along with strength and balance training slowed the rigidity caused by Parkinson’s. Personalized genetic testing has made it possible for physicians to target specific genes with medication. Microbial bacteria are also being considered since many patients have been found to have an overabundance of H. Pylori in the gut which can also be attributed to self-medication with over-the-counter probiotics. Biomarker detection is being studied as to the possible signs and markers of developing the disease. Although it is uncurable, these measures give hope that a patient’s life will not be totally devastated by the disease.

 

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaneurology/article-abstract/2664948

Detachable tails aid in Lizard’s survival…

It is not unusual for some to sacrifice a body part when under attack. Spiders will lose a leg. Crabs will give up a claw, and some rodents are known to shed skin in order to survive. Why is it so easy for a lizard to lose its tail when threatened and yet it remains so strongly attached when under normal conditions? The bones and muscles in the tail are so important for movement and balance and yet can be separated so easily. The vertebrae which extend down the tail is constructed in a way that it has weak areas known as fracture planes. When threatened the muscles along these planes will pull apart and release the tail. There is no blood loss during this process. Since an average lizard will live for four years and it takes 4 months to grow a new tail, it is estimated that they can perform this feat at least 12 times. Unfortunately, we have not yet evolved to mimic this process.