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An abundant compound found in red wine could lead to new treatments for depression and anxiety, according to researchers at the University of Buffalo. Scientists found that resveratrol, which is found in the skin of grapes, blocked an enzyme that causes depression and anxiety in trials on mice. The study’s author Dr. Ying Xu said resveratrol treatments could be an “effective alternative” to existing drugs. During the trials, resveratrol inhibited phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) and appeared to protect the mice from showing signs of anxiety or depression. Red wine contains resveratrol, but an average glass of wine only contains about 2mg of the compound. The equivalent dose given to the mice in the trial would translate to a human needing about 350 glasses of wine. Peanuts also contain resveratrol.

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STUDY SAYS

High estrogen levels link to autism

Exposure to high levels of estrogen hormones in the womb has been linked to the likelihood of developing autism, according to scientists. Scientists at the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge found that in women who had significantly elevated levels of estrogen of the collected amniotic samples of 100,000 pregnancies, 98 fetuses later developed autism.

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LIVING HEALHTY

Take a break to improve your posture

According to celebrity personal trainer Nadya Fairweather, a bent-arm stretch against a wall can help improve your posture after slouching in front of a computer at work. Standing sideways to a wall and starting with either arm, bend your arm up at a 90-degree angle with our palm flat at head height and your forearm and hand touching the wall. Using your own weight, open your chest until you feel a stretch in your shoulder. Hold stretch for 30 second to one minute. Face opposite direction to stretch other arm.

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NUMBER TO KNOW

8: According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, eight teens were hospitalized in July with seriously damaged lungs.

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