This is why when I get my cake on Tuesday I don’t want a canddle

Tuesday Aug. 1 is my birthday. Let me be clear, I have no use for a candle.
According to a new study, when you blow out the candle you increase the the amount of bacteria on a cake by 1,400 percent. We can thank Researchers at Clemson University for this fact.
They scarfed pizza down – because pizza is cakes bff – and then they took time blowing out candles on an iced hunk of Styrofoam and then measuring bacterial contamination, according to the study published in the Journal of Food Research. Not all blowers added bacteria to the cake.
“Some people blow on the cake and they don’t transfer any bacteria. Whereas you have one or two people who really for whatever reason … transfer a lot of bacteria,” Professor Paul Dawson told The Atlantic .
The blowing increased the amount of bacteria on the frosting by an average of 15 times – although one person’s saliva increased the infestation by 120 times, he said.

(upi) – Natural stride is best stride for runners, experts say. – July 27, 2017

I am not a runner. Give me a barbell and a epic set of 45 pound plates and I am content. However, if you are a runner I have some good news for you.
Comfert is best. What I mean is that your prefered running stride is the best one for you. Many people would say “nosh**tbro.
The study by Iain Hunter, a USA Track and Field consultant, and US. Olympian Jared Ward, who are also both professors at Brigham Young University, measured the energy use of 33 runners using five different strides during a 20-minute run. The researchers found that the stride length runners naturally choose is the best stride for them.
The study, published in the July edition of the International Journal of Exercise Science, measured the strides of the 19 experienced and 14 inexperienced runners on a treadmill using a computer-based metronome to measure their energy output. Researchers found that both experienced and inexperienced runners were the most efficient when using their natural, preferred stride. Apparently running is a bit more complex than it seems.
Or maybe not. I’ll stick to jogging around the city chasing after busses.

this boy had his eye welded shut thanks to a flesh-eating bug

A boy in the United Kingdum had his eye wellded shut thanks to a cut. 4-year-old Rhys Jones fell over and hit his head in his garden. His mother – Keisha Pritchard – took him to the hospital. He had a little cut on his face over his eye. The medical staff thought nothing of it and did what they always do for little cuts. hours later the wound became infected.
Rhys soon began vomiting and his eye swelled so much he could not open it.
Keisha took her son back to the hospital and was dealt the news that he had the flesh-eating bug necrotising fasciitis.
necrotising fasciitis is an extremely rare but serious bacterial infection that affects the tissue beneath the skin – releasing toxins that damage tissue.
“It was horrific. Rhys was petrified while I tried to stay calm and told him doctors will make it all better.
“At the hospital we were taken to a ward while they tested Rhys blood for infection.
“His temperature was rocketing and he was in so much pain it was terrible to see him in such a state.
“He was placed in isolation and everyone who visited wore contamination suits. It was so frightening.
“The doctors told her if the infection hadn’t been stopped that day it would have been too late. She is lucky and so is he.

a villain’s look may bring about discrimination off the screen

A villain’s look may bring about discrimination according to a new study. It makes sense to me. Movie villains with scars and other abnormal looks are conveying a message that those who have those looks are evil. Is it fair? No. But that message is being sent implicitly.
Of the American Film Institute’s top 10 American film villains, most had skin conditions like scars, excessive hair loss, abnormal skin color and deep wrinkles, researchers found.
“It appears that skin conditions are used in films to drive home this dichotomy between good and evil and may facilitate a tendency toward discrimination targeted at those with skin disease,” said lead author Dr. Julie Amthor Croley, of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Using skin conditions like scars and wrinkles for movie villains dates back to the early days of filmmaking, Croley and her colleagues write in JAMA Dermatology.
This idea was born in the era of silent movies. We needed a way to understand who was the villain and who the hero. Reuters explains the study writing:
“For the new study, the researchers compared skin features of the American Film Institute’s top 10 film villains and heroes.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter from 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs had significant hair loss, for example. And under his iconic helmet, Darth Vader in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back had scars, deep wrinkles and dark circles around his eyes. The evil queen from 1938’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs also had several skin issues, including an enlarged red nose and wrinkles.

Meanwhile, only two of the top 10 film heroes had noticeable skin issues. Rocky Balboa from 1976’s Rocky had cuts and bruises from his battles. Similarly, Will Kane from 1952’s High Noon had some cuts on his face” (reuters, 2017.)
Croley said that while using flawed skin to indicate movie villains is likely ingrained from the silent movies, modern filmmakers may instinctively use those characteristics in their movies.
This bias has persisted to present day “and may foster a tendency toward prejudice in our society directed at those with skin disease,” Croley’s team wrote in their paper.
“What we hope to achieve from this study is an increased awareness among the general public, filmmakers and others,” said Croley to Reuters.

This is the ultimate healthy foods list you’ll ever need – if you have most of these things you are a health nut.

Information via the daily mail.
“The list was put together by healthy lifestyle website ‘ Healthy. Happy. Smart.

It breaks down foods by category, such as beans and pulses, dairy, and protein. By far the biggest category on the list is fruits and vegetables” (2017.)
If you can buy organic do it according to the website. They broke the list down but I am lazy. 1. Artichoke.
2. Avocado.
3. Organic carrots.
4. Blueberries.
5. Sweetcorn.
6. Dried fruit.
7. Fresh herbs.
8. Organic kiwi fruit.
9. Mango.
10. Nectarines.
11. Organic onions.
12. Papaya.
13. Organic peppers.
14. Organic strawberries.
15. Organic sweet potatoes.
16. Organic apples.
17. Organic broccoli.
18. Blackberries.
19. Organic celery.
20. Organic dates.
21. Aubergine.
22. Grapefruit.
23. Organic greens (curly kale.
24. Melon.
25. Organic mushrooms.
26. Peas.
27. Organic pears.
28. Squash (eg butternut squash.)
29. Organic tomatoes.
30. Asparagus.
31. Organic bananas.
32. Organic cauliflower.
33. Cherries.
34. Organic cucumber.
35. Organic grapes.
36. Organic garlic.
37. Organic lemons or limes.
38. Organic green beans.
39. Organic oranges.
40. Peaches.
41. Organic potatoes.
42. Organic raspberries.
43. Pineapple
44. Almond oil.
45. Flaxseed oil.
46. Sesame oil.
47. Walnut oil.
48. Organic peanut butter.
49. Almonds.
50. Chia seeds.
51. Macadamia nuts.
52. Pumpkin seeds.
53. Sunflower seeds.
54. Water chestnuts.
55. Avocado oil.
56. Olives.
57. Safflower oil.
58. Almond butter.
59. Sunflower seed butter.
60. Brazil nuts.
61. Linseed.
62. Unsalted peanuts.
63. Pine nuts.
64. Sesame seeds.
65. Coconut oil.
66. Olive oil.
67. Sunflower oil.
68. Cashew butter.
69. Tahini.
70. Cashews.
71. Hazelnuts.
72. Pecans.
73. Pistachios.
74. Walnuts.
75. Agave nectar.
76. maple syrup.
77. honey.
78. No added sugar ketchup.
79. Lime (for lime juice.
80. Coffee.
81. No added sugar mustard.
82. Vinegars Balsamic.
83. Tamari.
84. Coconut sugar.
85. Lemon (for lemon juice.
86. Green tea.
87. Organic whole milk.
88. Block of parmesan cheese.
89. Greek style yoghurt.
90. Cottage cheese.
91. Unsweetened soy milk.
92. Unsweetened almond milk.
93. Unsweetened rice milk.
94. Unsweetened coconut milk.
95. Organic whole chicken.
96. Free range eggs.
97. Wild caught salmon fillets.
98. Organic beef (organic rump steak.
99. Pork (pork loin steaks.
100. Venison (venison steaks.
101. Organic tofu.
102. Black beans.
103. Pinto beans.
104. Brown rice.
105. Basmati rice.
106. Barley.
107. Edamame beans.
108. Millet.
109. Oats.
110. Cannellini beans.
111. Adzuki beans.
112. Wild rice.
113. Jasmine rice.
114. Black eyed beans.
115. Lentils (red split lentils.
116. Whole wheat cous cous.
117. Red kidney beans.
118. Butter beans.
119. Red rice.
120. Quinoa.
121. Chickpeas.
122. Split peas.
123. Tempeh.
124. Multigrain and rye bloomer.
125. Quinoa pasta.
126. Wholemeal flour.
127. Buckwheat flour.
128. Multigrain tortillas.
129. Brown rice pasta.
130. Coconut flour.
131. Gram flour.
132. Corn tortilla.
133. Whole wheat pasta.
134. Almond flour.
135. Oat flour.

Ruhr University in Germany may have answered a question – why are we either left or right handed?

Have you ever wondered why someone is either left or right handed? No? Neither have I. Thankfully some people at Ruhr University in BOCHUM, Germany, wonder such things.
Research in the past floated a theory that your left or right hand preference may have come from the brain. The BOCHUM study thinks that it may come from the spinal cord in utero instead.
Per the UPI: The hand preference develops in utero at about eight weeks gestation and is visible in the fetus on ultrasound at around the 13th week of pregnancy. Arm and hand movements come from the motor cortex in the brain, which sends a corresponding signal to the spinal cord translating it into motion. However, the motor cortex is not connected to the spinal cord initially in human development. The connection between motor cortex and the spinal cord comes later, after precursors of handedness are apparent in utero (2017.)
Researchers analyzed gene expression in the spinal cord between eight and 12 weeks of pregnancy and found significant right-left differences in the eighth week in the parts of the spinal cord that control arm and leg movement. Researchers also traced the cause of asymmetric gene activity and found epigenetic factors that lead to enzymes bonding methyl groups to the DNA, which affects or minimizes the reading of genes. Results showed this occurs in a different way in the left and right spinal cord showing a difference in the activity of genes on both sides.