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4/19/04

HealthWise at 5 From 4.19

  • Chocolate Cravings

If you think those high protein, low carb diets are made for men and are harder for women to follow, you're on to something. At least that's what researchers at the University of Florida are finding. They say women face a chemical disadvantage on those diet plans. Women actually crave sweets and carbs more than men. Their theory is the serotonin released from cocoa and high-carb foods may interact with estrogen and create a soothing or euphoric effect.

"If you don't satisfy the craving you're still going to have the cravings and eventually it leads to increased consumption or increased intake of calories. So overall, giving into your craving is healthier than trying to fight it because most people are usually not that successful," says Dr. Jodi Star.

Dr. Star adds that instead of swearing off chocolate on those high protein plans, a small chocolate treat could instead help offset mood disorders and depression. A little chocolate indulgence now and then may make it easier in the long run to give up other higher calorie foods

  • Musical Skin

A report in the British Journal BMC Dermatology tells that prolonged contact with some instruments may trigger certain unpleasant skin conditions. This was discovered after reviewing a number of medical studies involving musicians. Among the musical ailments: they found string players who were allergic to the rosin used to coat a bow, flute players who reacted to the nickel in their instruments and allergies to the cane reeds used in clarinets and saxophones.

There were also skin troubles linked to the way a musician holds the instrument. Cases of fiddler's neck were common among violin players, a condition where the skin on the side of the neck becomes tough from contact with the violin. But this doesn't mean stop the music. The study says most of the skin problems were solved with a change in position or a slight alteration to the instrument.

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