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Archive for August, 2009

Your handwriting can reveal whether you’re lying or not

A new study showed handwriting can reveal whether a subject is lying or not. Researchers have discovered a way in analyzing hand writing characteristics with the help of a computer program.

The program looked at actions that are difficult to consciously control, such as duration the pen is on the paper versus the air, width and height of each writing stroke, and pressure implemented on the writing surface. They found that those actions could be different when the person is lying or not. Researchers say that handwriting tool has the potential to replace or work together with verbal based lie detection technologies such as the polygraph.

Research in this area is not something new. In fact Graphology is the study and analysis of handwriting especially in relation to human psychology. It is used to evaluate the subject’s personality, but has been controversial for more than a century.

Check out the interesting video below by Dr. Rhonda Low:

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Mediterranean diet can help people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes

Mediterranean diet has been found to drastically reduce the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. In fact, a study published in May 2008 in the online edition of The British Medical Journal showed that people who adhered to Mediterranean diet had an 83% reduction in their risk of developing diabetes, while those who moderately followed the diet had their risk reduced by 59%. But now, a new research found that it can help those who are newly diagnosed as well.

The study split over 200 overweight people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes into two diets. One with low fat and the other one with Mediterranean diet, and the findings were quite remarkable. After four years, only 44% of those who followed the Mediterranean diet needed medications, compared to 70% who followed a low fat diet.

More about this and the Mediterranean diet below with Monica Matys:

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Lebanese kibbeh enters the 2009 Guinness Book

On Saturday August 29th, the Lebanese village of Ehden entered the Guinness World Book of Records for cooking the world’s largest plate of Kibbeh, which is a traditional dish for which Ehden is famous. Kibbeh is a Levantine Arab/Assyrian dish made of burghul and chopped meat.

Twenty five women participated in cooking the Kibbe plate, which had an area of 20 square meters and weighed 233 kilograms. They used 120 kilos of mince, 80 litres of olive oil, 80 kilos of cracked wheat, five kilos of salt and a mere kilo of pepper. The event was attended by the Guinness records’ regional representative, Talal Omar, who presented the certificate to Rima Franjieh, the head of the Maydan Institute which organized the festival.

Lebanese Kibbeh in Guinness Book - Joseph Barrak

Lebanese Kibbeh in Guinness Book - Joseph Barrak

Some people may be genetically programmed to need less sleep

The common belief nowadays is that eight hours of sleep at night is the optimal level for most people, but other knowledge literature such as the Vedas claim that it depends on the type of body, which could result in more or less than eight hours. But now, a new research suggests that some people may be genetically programmed to need less sleep, and as a result are able to get by only six hours of sleep.

More about this in the video below by Rhonda Low from CTV:

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Marijuana smoke could be more harmful than tobacco

While many people believe smoking marijuana is less harmful than smoking tobacco, a new Canadian study proves otherwise. In their tests, Health Canada researchers found that marijuana causes significantly more damage to cells than tobacco smoke. However, tobacco smoke caused damage to chromosomes while marijuana did not. Another research showed that marijuana may amplify the effect of tobacco smoke.

More about this in the video below by Rhonda Low from CTV:

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Positive thinking can help patients with whiplash injuries recover much faster

The idea of positive thinking might not be new to you, and they even did a documentary about it (The Secret), but it seems that it does work. Researchers in Alberta looked at a group of 6,000 adults traffic related whiplash injuries and found that those who had positive outlooks towards their recovery actually recovered three times faster than those who did not. They also found that 42% of those who had positive thinking returned faster to work.

You can watch the video below from CTV for more information:

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