cientists have not yet discovered how to make us immortal or regenerate lost limbs, but this year still yielded many breakthroughs in the field of health and wellness. Here are 8 of them:


Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine has reported that melittin, a powerful toxin found in bee venom, have the capacity to kill the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), as well as other tumor cells. (Read up on common AIDS myths here.)



The results of a 15-year-old study are in—according to a sports science expert from France, wearing a bra can weaken the muscles that hold up one’s breasts, resulting in more breast sagging.



A study in the United States revealed that patients who had early-stage Alzheimer’s had difficulty detecting the smell of peanut butter, compared to patients who had other kinds of dementia.



Ever wonder why most people have a hard time resisting fatty, sugary treats? A study conducted at Connecticut College showed that rats who were fed Oreo cookies and those that were injected with addictive drugs (like morphine and cocaine) exhibited the same kinds of behavior.



Before you reach for that packet of Splenda, think again—while you may be lessening or daily caloric intake, you are still affecting your blood sugar levels. An experiment conducted by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine showed that when study participants drank sucralose (Splenda), their insulin rose about 20 percent higher. And people who constantly secrete high levels of insulin are candidates for Type 2 diabetes.



Calling all eager daddies—don’t be in a rush to clamp baby’s umbilical ord just yet. A study conducted at the Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies at the University of Adelaide shows that infants whose cords were allowed to stop pulsing on their own before being cut had healthier blood and iron levels in their bodies.



You’re eating right and exercising regularly, yet you’re still gaining weight? The answer could be in your sleeping schedule. An experiment conducted by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania showed that people who slept less ended up eating more food.




Finally, some positive health news involving electronic games! New research conducted by scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre revealed that patients with lazy eye—a visual impairment where one eye cannot focus properly—can improve their condition simply by playing Tetris. This is because the puzzle game requires both eyes to work together, thus improving overall vision.

No word yet on the health benefits of Candy Crush, but at least you can read about the life lessons that it gives here.


What do you think of these newsbits? Do you know of any other health-related breakthroughs that were discovered in 2013? Share in the Comments Section.


Jaclyn Lutanco-Chua

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