Snacking on almonds is the best way to compensate for skipping breakfast, study of students reveals

Snacking on almonds may compensate for skipping breakfast, new research suggests, according to Daily Mail.

Students who miss out on the most important meal of the day have better blood-sugar levels if they choose to snack on the nuts mid-morning, a study found.

Lead author Dr Rudy Ortiz, from the University of California, Merced, said: 'This study, the first among a university student population, shows that for those who skip breakfast, almonds are a good snack choice.'  

Previous research suggests almonds contain healthy fats, protein, vitamin E and magnesium.

Consuming milk at breakfast lowers blood glucose throughout the day

A change in breakfast routine may provide benefits for the management of type 2 diabetes. H. Douglas Goff, PhD, and the team of scientists, examined the effects of consuming high-protein milk at breakfast on blood glucose levels and satiety after breakfast and after a second meal. Milk consumed with breakfast cereal reduced postprandial blood glucose concentration compared with water, and high dairy protein concentration reduced postprandial blood glucose concentration compared with normal dairy protein concentration. The high-protein treatment also reduced appetite after the second meal compared with the low-protein equivalent, according to Science Daily.

New approach to treating chronic itch

Two receptors in the spinal cord and the right experimental drug: Researchers at the University of Zurich have discovered a new approach that suppresses itch. In a series of experiments in mice and dogs they successfully alleviated different forms of acute as well as chronic itch. For the latter, current treatment options are very limited, according to Science Daily.

Everybody knows the unpleasant itching sensation after being bitten by a mosquito. Luckily, this kind of itch can be relieved by a number of drugs that are available on the market. These drugs, however, are largely ineffective when it comes to the unrelenting and debilitating urge to scratch experienced by patients suffering from skin, kidney or liver diseases. This chronic condition, which affects about 10 percent of the population, is currently treated with antidepressants or immune suppressants. Originally developed to treat other diseases, these drugs often fail to provide the desired relief or come with severe side effects.

Footballer heart death risk 'underestimated'

The risk of footballers dying because their heart stops beating is higher than experts thought, a study suggests.

There have been high-profile deaths, including that of Marc-Vivien Foe while playing for Cameroon aged 28. Former England defender Ugo Ehiogu, who was a Spurs coach, died last year aged 44, according to BBC.

The study, in the New England Journal of Medicine, comes from two decades of data on 11,168 youth players in the UK.

Doctors said there was a duty to protect players.

Salt is NOT as bad as previously thought

Even double the daily limit won't increase your heart attack risk, study claims

For most people the amount of salt they eat is not harmful, a controversial new study has found.

Health guidelines say any more than 0.75 teaspoons a day increases your risk of a heart attack.