Nov 082012

(PhysOrg) A study conducted by scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK), in collaboration with scientists in Ethiopia, reports that climate change alone could lead to the extinction of wild Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica) well before the end of this century. Wild Arabica is considered important for the sustainability of the coffee industry due to its considerable genetic diversity.

The Arabicas grown in the world’s coffee plantations are from very limited genetic stock and are unlikely to have the flexibility required to cope with climate change and other threats, such as pests and diseases. In Ethiopia, the largest producer of coffee in Africa, climate change will also have a negative influence on coffee production.

The climate sensitivity of Arabica is confirmed, supporting the widely reported assumption that climate change will have a damaging impact on commercial coffee production worldwide.

via Arabica coffee could be extinct in the wild within 70 years, study suggests.

 November 8, 2012  Posted by at 5:14 am Comments Off
May 062011

A study has found that drinking coffee, have sex, or even blowing your nose, could temporarily raise your risk of rupturing a brain aneurysm and suffering a stroke.

It was found that coffee consumption contributed 10.6 per cent, vigorous physical exercise 7.9 per cent, nose blowing 5.4 per cent, sexual intercourse 4.3 per cent, straining to defecate 3.6 per cent, cola consumption 3.5 per cent, being startled 2.7 per cent, and being angry 1.3 per cent.

“All of the triggers induce a sudden and short increase in blood pressure, which seems a possible common cause for aneurysmal rupture,” Monique H.M. Vlak, M.D., lead author of the study and a neurologist at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands, said.

via Sex, coffee increase stroke risk – The Times of India.

 May 6, 2011  Posted by at 9:20 am Comments Off
Jan 102011

(Rumor Miller) According to a study to be published later this month in the Journal of the American Doctor, coffee drinkers make more money. The study which followed 7500 individuals across the country. Lead researcher and Harvard educated biochemist Kim Ming Ho started seeing a trend before the data was fully tabulated: “From the beginning it was obvious that income level and coffee intake were highly correlated,”

For example the average Wall St banker, earning between $400k and $800k drinks about 5.5 cups of coffee a day. Compare that to the listless auto mechanic earning a meager $34k and drinking just .5 cups a day. Ho notes that highly paid blue collar workers like police officers and fire fighters that work overtime also tend to drink more coffee and make more money.

via Science: More Coffee=More Money | RumorMiller.

 January 10, 2011  Posted by at 11:08 am Comments Off
May 192010

(ScienceDaily) Although caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive drug worldwide, its potential beneficial effect for maintenance of proper brain functioning has only recently begun to be adequately appreciated. Substantial evidence from epidemiological studies and fundamental research in animal models suggests that caffeine may be protective against the cognitive decline seen in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease AD.

A special supplement to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, “Therapeutic Opportunities for Caffeine in Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases,” sheds new light on this topic and presents key findings.

Read the rest: Caffeine may slow Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, restore cognitive function, according to new evidence.

 May 19, 2010  Posted by at 11:29 am Comments Off