Archive for April, 2013

Want To Improve Memory? Make A Fist.

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Put up your dukes! Then tell yourself something you need to remember. Because, as a recent study by researchers at Montclair State University in New Jersey found, it helps improve memory.

Researchers studied 50 college-aged women, asking them 36 questions and giving them a pink ball to clench as the variable in the experiment. A group of participants clenched the ball for 45-seconds with their right hand while answering questions, then repeated the process with their left hand. Another group reversed hands in the process; one group used only one hand in the test, and a final group did not clench anything.

The results of the experiment showed that the group that started with the right hand, and activated the left side of their brain, which helps encode memory, performed the best on the test.

“The findings suggest that some simple body movements— by temporarily changing the way the brain functions— can improve memory,” said Lead Researcher Ruth Propper.

In fact, those that clenched their right performed almost 2x better than those that did not clench their fists at all, according to a report at And the results do have some precedent, as fist clenching has been linked to triggering certain emotions in people as well.

While more research, per usual, is needed to determine how and as to what extent fist clenching can help memory; we propose that at any age, clenching your fist while trying to remember couldn’t hurt. Give it a try and let us know if it helped in the comments below. We really love to hear from you here at Alliance Home Health Care.


Health News: One Soda A Day Raises Diabetes Risk

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

When it comes to sodas, be it diet or regular, we think a lot of us can claim ‘guilty’ on the charges of having at least one per day. And while previous research has suggested that large quantities of consumption, more than two per day, could have lasting negative health impacts, most of us thought “well, just one is alright.”

Not anymore, sadly. As a new study suggested that even one 12-ounce soda can raise the risk of type-2 diabetes by more than 22%. Researchers at the Imperial College of London, who conducted the study, compiled over fifteen years of scientific data and studied over 27,000 Europeans to come to their not-so-good conclusion. In other words, they did a pretty extensive study.

And what researchers and nutritionists have found, in terms of why soda causes diabetes, is that it’s not just the sugar that’s doing it to us, it’s a mixture of all that makes up soda.

“Aside from sugar, there are nine other potentially dangerous ingredients in soda, including carcinogenic artificial colors and phosphoric acid, which can contribute to everything from obesity to cancer to the depletion of micronutrients essential for strong bones,” noted Jayson Calton, co-author of Rich Food, Poor Food, a book that explains the hidden dangers in food and beverages.

But the good news is that there are alternatives for those of us into soda for the “kick.” I.E. the caffeine. Coffee, while having its side effects as well, has been linked to a number of positives for our health. In fact, recent studies have shown that coffee, opposite of soda, can actually LOWER your risk of type-2 diabetes and improve brain function. Which is pretty awesome for the coffee lovers out there.

At Alliance Home Health Care, we are always focused on bettering the lives of others and ourselves. While we realize soda is a tough habit to kick, and that the effects of coffee and soda are still being researched, it wouldn’t hurt to think about it. If switching to one cup of black coffee may not taste as good, but provide needed health benefits, then why not give it a shot for your health?