• Is lack of sleep making you sick and making you fat?

    Is lack of sleep making you sick and making you fat?

    Sleep is one of those thing that the more you chance it, the less likely you are to achieve it!! Which can be very stressful and many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known. But did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your physical health? One in three of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress, computers and taking work home often blamed.
    However, the cost of all those sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus.
    Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including;

    • Obesity
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Mental health issues
    • High blood pressure
    • Sex drive and fertility issues
    • Statistically speaking it shortens your life expectancy
      So it’s very clear that a solid night’s sleep is essential for a long and healthy life.

    So how much sleep do we need to keep healthy?

    Studies so that most of us need around eight hours of good-quality sleep a night to function properly – but some need more and some less. Personally i find i need a bit more with around 9-10 hr making me feel at my best. What matters is that you find out how much sleep you need and then try to achieve it. Again just like all you guys, I can understand that in the real world it might not always be possible, but do try your best!  As a general rule, if you wake up tired and spend the day longing for a chance to have a nap, it’s likely that you’re not getting enough sleep. A variety of factors can cause poor sleep, including health conditions such as sleep apnoea. But in most cases, it’s due to bad sleeping habits.

    So what happens if I don’t sleep?

    The most common signs of lack of sleep is fatigue, short temper (#triggered) and lack of focus that often follow a poor night’s sleep. Now remember guys the occasional night without sleep makes you feel tired and irritable the next day, but it won’t harm your health.
    However after several sleepless nights, the mental effects become more serious. Your brain will fog, making it difficult to concentrate, make decisions lead to confusion. You’ll start to feel down, which can lead to symptoms similar to that of clinical depression and may fall asleep during the day. Your risk of injury and accidents at home, work and on the road also increases.

    Driving while dealing with lack of sleep can be worse than drink driving!

    Okay guys, driving when tired is a very serious thing, studies have shown that it can be worse than drink driving, lack of sleep impairs cognitive ability. So please, if u don’t feel well enough to drive, take a cab or public transport!

    Here are seven ways in which a good night’s sleep can boost your health:

    1. Sleep boosts immunity
      If you seem to catch every cold and flu that’s going around, your bedtime could be to blame. Prolonged lack of sleep can disrupt your immune system, so you’re less able to fend off bugs. So sleep is the time the body needs to undergo a lot of its immunes functions, similar to when you pc runs diagnostic in safe mode!
    2. Sleep can slim you
      Sleeping less may mean you put on weight! Studies have shown that people who sleep less than seven hours a day tend to gain more weight and have a higher risk of becoming obese than those who get seven hours of slumber.
      It’s believed to be because sleep-deprived people have reduced levels of leptin (the chemical that makes you feel full) and increased levels of ghrelin (the hunger-stimulating hormone). These hormones are involved in the body signalling its full and when it’s hungry!
    3. Sleep boosts mental wellbeing
      Given that a single sleepless night can make you irritable and moody the following day, it’s not surprising that chronic sleep debt may lead to long-term mood disorders like depression and anxiety. When people with anxiety or depression were surveyed to calculate their sleeping habits, it turned out that most of them slept for less than six hours a night. So sleep is the time the brain needs to rest and undergo mental processing!
    4. Sleep prevents diabetes
      Studies have suggested that people who usually sleep less than five hours a night have an increased risk of having or developing diabetes.
      It seems that missing out on deep sleep may lead to type 2 diabetes by changing the way the body processes glucose – the high-energy carbohydrate that cells use for fuel. This combined with the disruption of leptin and ghrelin levels can cause overeating, causing weight gain.
    5. Sleep increases sex drive
      Men and women who don’t get enough quality sleep have lower libidos and less of an interest in sex, research shows.
      Men who suffer from sleep apnoea – a disorder in which breathing difficulties lead to interrupted sleep – also tend to have lower testosterone levels, which can lower libido. So to help your love life, by getting some nice sleep!
    6. Sleep wards off heart disease
      Long-standing sleep deprivation seems to be associated with increased heart rate, an increase in blood pressure and higher levels of certain chemicals linked with inflammation, which may put extra strain on your heart.
    7. Sleep increases fertility
      Difficulty conceiving a baby has been claimed as one of the effects of sleep deprivation, in both men and women. Apparently, regular sleep disruptions can cause trouble conceiving by reducing the secretion of reproductive hormones.

    So we know it’s important but how do you catch up on lost sleep?

    If you don’t get enough sleep, there’s only one way to compensate – that’s right, by getting more sleep. It won’t happen with a single early night. If you’ve had months of restricted sleep, you’ll have built up a significant sleep debt, so expect recovery to take several weeks. Starting on a weekend, try to add on an extra hour or two of sleep a night. The way to do this is to go to bed when you’re tired, and allow your body to wake you in the morning (no alarm clocks allowed!). Expect to sleep for upwards of 10 hours a night at first. After a while, the amount of time you sleep will gradually decrease to a normal level.

    Late night thinker?

    Like a lot of people i think A LOT! Especially when it comes time to sleep, so what i found can can really help is keeping a notebook near my bed, so i can write down anything that’s on my mind and save it for tomorrow, when i can tackle it fully refreshed!   

    Energy Drinks and caffeine

    Don’t rely on caffeine or energy drinks as a short-term pick-me-up. They may boost your energy and concentration temporarily, but can disrupt your sleep patterns even further in the long term.

    So hopefully this will help you get a nice night’s sleep and help you guys live a healthier life. So what do you guys think? How much sleep do you need? What helps you sleep? Post your interesting comments below and let’s have a discussion!   

  • Beating the Winter Blues!

    It’s winter time, and you know what that means! The weather has turned to shit, both cold and wet, your energy levels have taken a dive and you find yourself socialising and going out has stopped. What this can result in is the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which affects around 2 million people in the UK and more than 12 million people across northern Europe. It can affect people of any age, including children. Meaning you not alone dealing with this which i have have also dealt with personally.

    Key symptoms:

    • depression
    • sleep problems
    • lethargy
    • overeating
    • irritability
    • feeling down and unsociable

    Below are 10 tips that i used that were recommended to me by our NHS and how to incorporate them into your winter lifestyle and get you back to feeling like you.01_1ge-travel-012-_1110514k

    1. Keep active
      “Research has shown that a daily one-hour walk in the middle of the day could be as helpful as light treatment for coping with the winter blues”.

    As i have mentioned in the past, walking is a fantastic form of steady state cardio, but if u can’t go out due to weather try jumping on your indoor cycle, putting a bit of tv on and cycle away!

    1. Get outside
      “Go outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible, especially at midday and on brighter days. Inside your home, choose pale colours that reflect light from outside, and sit near windows whenever you can.”

    Now this i found is very effective when combined with your morning cardio, since the feel of fresh air and natural sunlight can give a mental recharge! Again if u can’t get you butt out due to weather then try working/spending time near the window so u can get some natural light!

    1. Keep warm
      “If your symptoms are so bad that you can’t live a normal life, see your GP for medical help. Being cold makes you more depressed. It’s also been shown that staying warm can reduce the winter blues by half.

    Keep warm with hot drinks and hot food. Wear warm clothes and shoes, and aim to keep your home between 18C and 21C (or 64F and 70F degrees).”

    Now keeping warm will help prevent you from getting into hibernation mode (sleep mode) and help you feel more energised, what i found is very helpful is enjoy hot cup of tea (without milk to keep the calories down) throughout the day and wearing socks (keep those feet warm) and a nice comfy jumper while at home.

    1. Eat healthily
      “A healthy diet will boost your mood, give you more energy and stop you putting on weight over winter. Balance your craving for carbohydrates, such as pasta and potatoes, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.”

    Now temptation would be to eat more and eat dirty, but i’m telling you from personal experience that eating junk food while dealing with SAD will only give you short term mood boost, then when you blood sugar drop you will need to eat another junk meal resulting in a bad cycle of eating, which will result in massive fat gains (i once gained over 10kg in a 2 week!) and mood swings.

    1. See the light
      “Some people find light therapy effective for seasonal depression. One way to get light therapy at home in winter is to sit in front of a light box for up to two hours a day.
      Light boxes give out very bright light at least 10 times stronger than ordinary home and office lighting.”

    Like i mentioned before i found that exposing myself (not that kind of exposing ;)) to natural sunlight help me feel more energized, so get out if you can, if not spend some time near a window and if there is no sunlight (it being winter) then studies have shown that a dawn simulator can help to.

    1. Take up a new hobby
      “Keeping your mind active with a new interest seems to ward off symptoms of SAD, says Pavlovich. “It could be anything, such as playing bridge, singing, knitting, joining a gym, keeping a journal, or writing a blog. The important thing is that you have something to look forward to and concentrate on,”

    Ok guys, i know what you thinking, “i can just play lots of video games!” i thought the same thing to, and yes gaming can be socially thing but can also lead you to becoming quite isolating as it did with me, which made my SAD worse not better, so i tapered back my gaming and returned to training at the gym which was a massive help in dealing with my SAD since it got me out the house, keep me active and surround me with people.

    1. See your friends and family
      “It’s been shown that socialising is good for your mental health and helps ward off the winter blues. Make an effort to keep in touch with people you care about and accept any invitations you get to social events, even if you only go for a little while.”

    Now like a lot of people when winter hits, i become a bit of a hermit, spending most my time alone. Now when it comes to SAD this is not a good thing and lead to my SAD getting alot worse. This was the most challenging since my closest friends and my time tables were always different (them being family people) and the weather being crap maybe it harder to get motivated to leave the house, but this can really help with SAD since having a friend or family to talk to can help you feel not alone and be fun!   

    1. Talk it through
      “Talking treatments such as counselling, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help you cope with symptoms. See your GP for information on what’s available.”

    Now if shit has hit the fan and you feeling super low and your mental health is taking a hit then seeking professional may be needed. First of, there nothing wrong with seeking help to help dealing with SAD, I have done so in the past and it has helped me massively since when talking to a professional there are topics you can talk about that you might not be able to speak about with friends and family.    

    1. Join a support group
      “Think about joining a support group. Sharing your experience with others who know what it’s like to have SAD is very therapeutic and can make your symptoms more bearable.”

    Now joining a support group can help build your confidence back up, since you can get help and give help to real people who have gone through the same experience and being humans we always do better as part of a group.

    1. Seek help
      “If your symptoms are so bad that you can’t live a normal life, see your GP for medical help.”

    Again guys don’t be ashamed of getting help, this was my biggest hurdle, since i felt like i would waste my Gp time and thought i should “just get over it”! But after seeking help i was able to bounce back thanks to the help my GP got me. So guy, use your Gp’s that’s what they’re there for!  

    Extra helpful tips!

    1. Keep clean and groomed

    Personal hygiene is a very important to overall health and well-being, yes i been there! When you go days without showering and letting my beard and hair grow, and ending up looking like a hobo! But keeping yourself clean, shaving, trimming your body hair and nails can make you feel refreshed and feeling human.

    1. Keep your work-space and living environment Tidy

    Just like with you personal hygiene, living/working in a messy/dirty environment can make your SAD worse and leave you feeling like shit. Again i speak from personal experience here, after clean my living area up i felt much better and more on focus!

    So hopeful these tips will help you deal with SAD and the Winter blues just like they helped me, is there anything i missed? What helped you deal with Sad, leave your interesting comments below and lets have a discussions

  • Is It Harder to Lose Weight When You Have a Cold or the Flu?

    You may consider the scale your friend after dealing with a cold or flu. Between your loss of appetite and fever, you may notice that you’ve lost a few pounds after your week of being sick. However, you may have a hard time keeping the weight off when you start to feel better. Consult your doctor to discuss your illness and diet.

    Sickness and Weight Loss

    Although the duration of your cold or flu may vary, it usually lasts a week or less. If you’ve lost a noticeable amount of weight during that time, it’s more than likely you haven’t lost much, if any, unwanted fat. FamilyDoctor.org says if you lose more than 2 pounds in a week, you’re losing more water and muscle than fat.

    Eating and Drinking When You’re Sick

    You may not feel like eating when you’re sick, but it’s important to try to eat, or at least drink, for nutrition and hydration. Good choices include clear juices, sport drinks, broth and water.

    Soup, such as chicken noodle soup, makes a good choice when you’re sick because the fluids and sodium help you stay hydrated, while the chicken provides protein. If you’re feeling nauseous, try to nibble on crackers, toast or plain pasta or rice.

    Eating During Recovery

    One sign you’re feeling better is the return of your appetite. However, after eating poorly for a few days, you may be ravenous, which may make it hard for you to control your eating to keep the weight off. While it might be difficult to prevent some of those pounds from returning, filling your diet with low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods during your recovery phase may help limit some of the weight gain and help reduce your risk of gaining more weight than you started with.

    Eating for Immune Health

    While you can’t fight off every cold or flu bug, making the right food choices may help keep your immune system healthy and strong, which may improve your body’s fight against these bugs. Immune-boosting foods include fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

    Eating more of these filling, low-calorie foods may also make it easier for you to get to and maintain a healthy weight, which is also good for immune health.

  • How genes impact our appetites

    How much can we control our own weight?

    A faulty gene affecting our brain’s circuits can impact on appetite making us feel hungry when we shouldn’t be, researchers have found.

    Professor Sadaf Farooqi, Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow and Professor of Metabolism and Medicine at the University of Cambridge, has looked at the impact genes have on the regulation of our appetite and body weight.


    How Do Genes Control Weight?

    Our body weight is determined by the amount of energy or calories that we eat and the number of calories we burn up doing whatever we do in our everyday lives. Rather like these scales, if we eat more calories than we burn, we tip the balance the wrong way and put on weight.

    In today’s world, we all have easy access to high fat and high calorie foods and many of us have a reduced need for physical exertion during our working and home lives. This can lead over a period of time to a gain in weight. So is it simply about eating too much food and taking too little exercise? And why do some people put on weight more easily than others?

    We know that not everyone in the same environment will put on weight, so there must be something else involved? There is a lot of evidence to show that genes play a major role in determining our weight in the same way as they control the colour of our hair and eyes. We also know that weight problems can run in families.

    Here in Cambridge, we have gone on to discover that sometimes being overweight from a very young age can be due to a faulty gene. This faulty gene may cause someone to always feel hungry, especially as a child. It may also affect the way calories are used up from the food we eat and cause excess calories to be stored as fat


    Learn About Genes

    I’m sure you have heard people say “it’s in your genes” as this is often how we explain the many different characteristics which make each and everyone one of us unique.

    In fact, we all inherit two copies of every gene, one from our mother and one from our father.  This means that members of the same family tend to be similar, as they are likely to have fewer differences in their genes.


    How do genes work?

    Our bodies are made up of many tiny units called cells each containing a complete copy of a person’s genes. We all have many thousands of genes and they contain the “genetic instructions” that we inherit from our parents. These “instructions” make us have blonde or dark hair, blue or brown eyes and even determine our body shape. They also control the way every cell in our body develops and grows and what it will do in our body, so they are very important!

     

    Genes are made from a “chemical” called “DNA” (deoxyribonucleic acid) and are arranged in a specific sequence along very long thread-like structures of DNA called chromosomes, rather like a string of beads.

    We all have approximately 30 to 40,000 genes stretched out along our DNA. Scientists have discovered what some of these genes do and how changes in these genes can cause particular disorders or diseases. There are however many genes which we still don’t know much about.

    The genetic information in the DNA of our genes is in the form of a code and this is known as the “genetic code”.


    How does the genetic code work?

    It is all rather complicated. You need to think of the DNA being made of 2 strands of a mix of 4 different chemicals called “bases” which face each other and connect as pairs rather like the rungs of a ladder.

    We use the first letter of each chemical as our code, so there is: Adenine, Thiamine, Cytosine and Guanine (ATCG). These 4 letters we will call “the DNA alphabet” and in the same way that letters of the alphabet combine to form words and sentences that mean something when we read them, the order of these chemicals are the “letters” which spell out the genetic code and the instructions to our bodies.

    A single gene may be many thousands of letters long rather like the MC4R gene shown here.

     


    What do these letters mean?

    This is where it gets even more complicated. To be able to understand the code it needs to be read as “3 letter words” called “codons” and each set of 3 letters correspond to another chemical called an “amino acid”.

    There are 20 different amino acids that can be made from the different word combinations and our bodies use them to make proteins, often referred to as the “building blocks” of our body. Many different proteins can be made such as keratin in our hair or haemoglobin in our blood to carry the oxygen that we breathe-in to all parts of our body.

    So, genes are pieces of DNA that give instructions using chemically coded “messages” that can make proteins for our bodies to use. There may be hundreds, or even thousands, of three letter words in each gene message and sometimes things can go wrong.


    What happens when there are changes in the genetic code?

    If a single letter (base) in the sequence is out of place, a “spelling mistake” can occur. This can result in different “messages” that our bodies can’t understand, or a protein that doesn’t work properly or at all.

    Individual letters or one or more whole words can be missing or even extra to what is required. In fact, even a whole gene can be missing!

    As DNA passes from one generation to another through our genes, changes can happen to the code and these changes are known as “mutations”.


    What is a mutation?

    A mutation or faulty gene is a permanent change in a gene which may cause a problem with the development and functioning of many different parts of our body. Not all mutations cause problems.

    A mutation can occur in several ways. Some faulty genes are inherited from our parents and may run in the family. Others can occur spontaneously and are called “de novo” mutations and may explain why a child can have a particular condition or disease even if there is no history of anyone else having the disease in the family.

    The DNA code can also be changed by errors in the chromosomes.


    What Genes Have We Found?

    The first gene we found was the leptin gene in 1997. Children with a problem in the leptin gene put on weight very quickly and at a very early age.

    The children are always hungry, never feel full and will seek out and ask for food even after they have just eaten. The reason for this continual drive to eat is because the children are lacking the hormone leptin which sends messages to the brain to tell us to stop eating because we are full.  For these children, it has been possible to treat them with daily injections of the hormone leptin. The children are now normal weight, and it has also reversed a number of other problems that can be caused by the lack of leptin.

    Leptin deficiency is very rare. We have now identified 11 other genes that can cause severe weight gain and we expect to find more with the new technologies that are now available to us.

    We would, however, like to tell you a little bit about one of these genes called Melanocortin-4-Receptor (MC4R) because it is the commonest cause of severe weight problems in children. Many families with MC4R gene problems have very kindly come to Cambridge to help us with our studies and with their help we have learnt a lot about this gene. We know that the MC4R gene is involved in the same pathway in the brain as leptin, so children often feel hungry all the time. Children (and adults) are often very tall, and tests of body composition show an increase in bone and muscle mass compared to patients without this gene problem. We have also found that patients with an MC4R problem do not burn up the calories from food efficiently.   One of the most important findings was that the MC4R gene is also involved in controlling blood pressure, something that will often be high in people that are overweight. We found that many of our MC4R patients had relatively normal blood pressures and we are looking into what this means for the heart.

    For many of the gene problems that we have identified, including MC4R, there is no obvious treatment available immediately. In fact, finding the gene is the first step to understanding why someone is gaining weight and therefore finding the right treatment.

    So do you guys think? how do you feel like genetics play a role in our appetite and obesity? Leave you interesting comments below and lets have a discussion.

  • TV Anime ‘Boku Hero no Academia’ Gets Third Season

    A third season for TV anime Boku Hero no Academia has been announced at the end of the final episode of the second season. More info will be revealed at a later date.

    The manga is written and illustrated by Kouhei Horikoshi and has been serialised in the magazine since July 2014. The series currently has 15 compiled manga volumes in print, with the 16th volume to be shipped on November 2. VIZ Media has licensed the manga in English and has published nine compiled volumes, with the latest released on August 1. The manga has inspired two TV anime adaptations by studio Bones. The first season comprised of 13 episodes and aired in Spring 2016, followed by a 25-episode second season that aired from April 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017.

    Source: http://heroaca.com/

    Season 3 Trailer

    So what do you guys think? Did you enjoy season 2 like i did? Are you pumped for season 3?  Leave you interesting comments below and lets have a chat 😀

  • Madhouse Isn’t Doing One Punch Man Season 2

    When hit anime One Punch Man comes back for its second season, the studio that handled it the first time around won’t be returning.

    Madhouse did season one, which debuted in 2015. That studio has an impressive resume, animating some of the most iconic modern anime, such as Perfect Blue, Death Note, and Paprika.

    Season two, however, will be animated by J.C. Staff. Also, season one’s original director Shingo Natsume won’t be returning, and Chikara Sakurai will instead be taking the helm.

    Below is an interview with Natsume that was uploaded this past summer in which he talks about One Punch Man.

    One Punch Man season 2 is currently in production, but it doesn’t yet have a broadcast date.

    Source: https://kotaku.com

  • Fit to FaT to Fit

    Hey guys its Danny from from Smart & Fit, as you guys know i’m a personal fitness trainer, and i spent most my life as an obese person. I have now spent several years as a fit person (abs, muscle and all).

    To help me remember what challenges the average person goes through to get to fit i’ll be undertake the an extreme weight-loss experiment: by forcing myself to gain weight, that’s right. I’ll be putting on 10 KG of pure fat and not exercising at all so that i can once again understand the struggles of my clients and the average person.During the weight gain process, i will document the radical effects of watching my healthy body deteriorate. Everything from my mental stability and physical energy to my personal relationships will be challenged. After four weeks of gaining weight under medical supervision, i’ll show you guys how to lose all the fat and get back to fit again!


    So let’s get this so on the road!!

    #fit2fat2fit
    #smartandfit
    #smartandfitclub
    #transformation

    Week 8

    Just finished week 7 training,  and we are down 1 kg of fat!! Finally broke though that fat loss plateau!! The changes we made work 🙂 So lets keep it going!!

    Week 7

    Just finished week 6 training,  and it seems like the body is still in a  fat loss plateau!! Ok lets not panic, remember it just means that the body has adapted to the demand placed on it.  Meaning its time to makes a few new changes to  shock the body back into growth and access the fat stores. Don’t give up !! we can do it 🙂

    Week 6

    Just finished week 5 training,  and we have hit a fat loss plateau!! Ok guys  lets not panic, all it means is that the body has adapted to the demand placed on it.  Meaning its time to makes a few changes to  shock the body back into growth and access the fat stores.

    Don’t give up !! we can do it 🙂

    Week 5

    Just finished week 4 training,  and we are down 1.7 kg of fat, thats a massive fat loss!! meaning the changes worked, but will the body adapt next week to compensate for this fat loss! well shall find out soon!

    Week 4

    Just finished week 3 training,  and we are down 0.7 kg of fat, so the fat loss has slowed down a bit. its time to make some changes! 🙂

    Week 3

    Just finished 2 week of Training! Just weighed in, and I’m down 1.2kg!!  Excellent!!! lets keep this momentum going and  beat week 3!

    Week 2

    Just finished 1 week of Training! Weigh went well, I’m down 3.6kg!! A Great start and already feeling the difference! so happy to be training again!

    Week 1 Start

    OK its time to begin our transformation. So we went from Fit to Fat, putting on 10 kg of Fat with out any exercise, so we gain a better understanding what alot of people go though, when life throws us a curve ball. SO IT’S TIME TO TRANSFORMATION!

    Now its time to transform, so lets get this show on the road!!!

  • Breakthrough Device Heals Organs with a Single Touch

    Tissue Nanotransfection

    Device instantly delivers new DNA or RNA into living skin cells to change their function

    Device instantly delivers new DNA or RNA into living skin cells to change their function

    (COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Researchers have developed a device that can switch cell function to rescue failing body functions with a single touch. The technology, known as Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), injects genetic code into skin cells, turning those skin cells into other types of cells required for treating diseased conditions.

       “It takes just a fraction of a second. You simply touch the chip to the wounded area, then remove it,” said Chandan Sen, PhD, director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “At that point, the cell reprogramming begins.”

       In a series of lab tests, researchers applied the chip to the injured legs of mice that vascular scans showed had little to no blood flow. “We reprogrammed their skin cells to become vascular cells,” Sen said. “Within a week we began noticing the transformation.”

       By the second week, active blood vessels had formed, and by the third week, the legs of the mice were saved—with no other form of treatment.

       “It extends the concept known as gene therapy, and it has been around for quite some time,” said study collaborator James Lee, PhD, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Ohio State. “The difference with our technology is how we deliver the DNA into the cells.”

       The chip, loaded with specific genetic code or certain proteins, is placed on the skin, and a small electrical current creates channels in the tissue. The DNA or RNA is injected into those channels where it takes root and begins to reprogram the cells.

       In a new study published in Nature Nanotechnology, first author Daniel Gallego-Perez of Ohio State demonstrated that the technique worked with up to 98 percent efficiently.

       “What’s even more exciting is that it not only works on the skin, but on any type of tissue,” Sen said. In fact, researchers were able to grow brain cells on the skin surface of a mouse, harvest them, then inject them into the mouse’s injured brain. Just a few weeks after having a stroke, brain function in the mouse was restored, and it was healed.

       Because the technique uses a patient’s own cells and does not rely on medication, researchers expect it to be approved for human trials within a year.

    So what do you guys think? Is this something that can be transferred of to the human body or will it takes years before we able to utilise this technology for the masses? Leave you interesting comments below and lets have a discussion!

  • ‘Significant’ levels of Poo bacteria found in ice at McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King

    More poo in your drinks!

    • Ice samples from KFC, Burger King and McDonald’s shown to be contaminated
    • The ice was sampled at 10 branches of each of the chains – 30 outlets in total
    • Caused by staff not washing their hands thoroughly after going to the toilet

    FFS again  I hear you say! Yes that’s right, after BBC exposed our coffee gains for having Faecal bacteria, now they have examined the 3 most popular fast food restaurant.

    Would you like poo-ice with that? Or some shitty water with that cheat meal?

    We’re sorry to inform you all that the BBC’s Watchdog show has found traces of faecal matter in the ice of randomly-selected branches of KFC, Burger King and McDonald’s.

    The show’s investigators checked for coliforms in the drinking water and ice at three branches of McDonald’s, six samples from Burger King, and seven branches of KFC.

    There should be zero levels of the bacteria in drinking water.

    But – disgustingly – four of the samples of ice from Burger King and five from KFC were found to have ‘significant’ levels of coliforms.

    An expert described the revelation as ‘extremely worrying’. Remember that the acceptable levels are ZERO!!!!

    As you can imagine, each of the fast food giants involved were quick to respond to Watchdog’s findings.

    KFC shut down the ice machines in question in order to conduct its own inspection, and said it had ‘reinforced the importance of adhering to our strict procedures to all employees’.

    A spokesman said: ‘We are awaiting the results of independent testing of the ice that will confirm they are back up to the standards we expect.’

    ‘To reassure customers we have also inspected and cleaned the ice machines in all other restaurants across the UK.’

    Similarly, Burger King promised to emphasise standards and training procedures for employees.

    And McDonald’s said they would be ‘happy to work with relevant industry bodies on ensuring a standard for ice contamination’.

    So guys, what do you think? Not only are theses places making our population fatter with food containing “shit” load of empty calories from fat to sugars and now people have to worry about drink Poo bacteria in their iced drink! So much for that cheat meal!!

  • Killing Floor 2 just got a lot harder with this weekly challenge mode

    With last week’s ludicrous big-head mode still on our minds, the new Killing Floor 2 Weekly Outbreak is a little less lighthearted. You’ll fight an insane amount of Fleshpounds in the “Poundemonium” Outbreak, but they’re not all created equal.

    Via Tripwire: “The mode has two new zeds—a Quarter Pound which is a mini Fleshpound, which behaves differently than a regular Fleshpound. They have less health, are in much higher numbers, and move much faster than a regular Fleshpound. The other is a King Fleshpound, which is the ‘big daddy’ of all Fleshpounds. He has a new attack and is the boss for this mode. The chest beam attack is something he uses when he gets really pissed and the player is too far for his melee to hit his target. The beam attack does a lot of damage, the best way to dodge is to get behind cover or crouch, which will have the beam fly over your head.”

    Tripwire says to expect “a lot, and I mean a lot of both Quarter Pounds and regular Fleshpounds mixed with lower level supporting zeds,” with the King Fleshpound replacing KF2’s standard bosses. No problem, right?

    On top of that, Weekly Outbreaks have to be completed on ‘Suicidal’ difficulty, so good luck surviving wave after wave of KF2’s toughest zed. Complete the ‘Poundemonium’ challenge, and you’ll earn a unique cosmetic item called the Fleshpound Visor.

    This is one of several time-limited challenges running until August, as Tripwire creative director Bill Munk announced at the PC Gaming Show last month at E3.

    Here’s the rest of the schedule:

    July 18 – Up, Up and Decay – Try to make ninety-nine Zed balloons.

    Shooting Zeds in this outbreak will cause them to inflate like balloons, even to the point of floating away and popping!

    July 25 – Zed Time – All the Zed Time in the world.

    Ever think that life is passing you by? Not in this outbreak! You’ll be in Zed Time any time you’re near a Zed.

    August 1 – Beefcake – Bigger they are, harder you fall.

    In this outbreak, Zeds increase their health, size, and reach when they hit players or are affected by certain Zed abilities.

    August 8 – Boom – Zeds under pressure; may explode.

    Maybe it was something they ate? Bad gas? Whatever it was, Zeds explode when killed in this outbreak.