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Researchers Reckon Short Shots of Sunshine Lower Bloodpressure

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Researchers Reckon Short Shots of Sunshine Lower Bloodpressure

Researchers Reckon Short Shots of Sunshine Lower Bloodpressure

It’s well known that sunshine is our major source of vitamin D, the lack of rays has been associated with forms of depression and osteoporosis. Too much is the main cause of skin cancer, it’s a tricky business this sunshine thing, even in Australia where we have a pretty steady flow of the stuff.

New research out of the UK suggests that short bursts of sunlight could help lower blood pressure. According to  British scientist, Professor Martin Feelisch from the University of Southampton,  sunlight triggers natural stores of nitric oxide in the skin that dilate the small blood vessels.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation, and high blood pressure is one of the main associated risk factors. Although Professor Feelisch admits the study was small, he’s confident the results would be replicated with a larger group :: Read the full article »»»»


Australia’s Hottest Year on Record

Posted: January 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Climate Change | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Australia’s Hottest Year on Record

2013 Hottest Year on Record

Australia has just sweltered through its hottest year on record, according to the nation’s Bureau of Meteorology. Average temperatures were 1.20 degrees Celsius above the long-term average of 21.8C, breaking the previous record set in 2005, the bureau says in its Annual Climate Statement.

The country recorded its hottest day on January 7 – a month which also saw the hottest week and hottest month since records began in 1910. A new record was set for the number of consecutive days the national average temperature exceeded 39C – seven days between January 2 and 8, 2013, almost doubling the previous record of four consecutive days in 1973 :: Read the full article »»»»