Asian pears could ward off hangovers

Heading out for a booze-fuelled night out? Drink pear juice to avoid a hangover! Drinking Asian pear juice before consuming alcohol can prevent hangover symptoms, scientists have found. Researchers at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) led by Professor Manny Noakes found that drinking the juice of Asian pear, also known as Korean pear, can prevent hangovers as well as lower blood alcohol levels. Researchers measured hangover severity in study subjects using a 14-item hangover symptom scale. They found that those given 220 ml of Asian pear juice reported reduced overall hangover symptoms compared to those in the placebo group, with the most pronounced improvement reported in the area of “trouble concentrating." The hangover was only avoided if the pear juice was consumed before the alcohol, Gizmag reported. While the study involved pear juice, the researchers believe consuming whole pears would produce similar effects. PTI

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Marriage can lead to dramatic reduction in heavy drinking in young adults

Research on alcohol-use disorders consistently shows problem drinking decreases as we age. Also called, “maturing out," these changes generally begin during young adulthood and are partially caused by the roles we take on as we become adults. Now, researchers collaborating between the University of Missouri and Arizona State University have found evidence that marriage can cause dramatic drinking reductions even among people with severe drinking problems. Scientists believe findings could help improve clinical efforts to help these people, inform public health policy changes and lead to more targeted interventions for young adult problem drinkers.

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Photo selection study reveals we don’t look like what we think we do

Be careful when choosing your next passport photo or profile image as a new study suggests we are so poor at picking a good picture of our face, that strangers make better selections than us. This is one of the findings of a study by Dr David White and colleagues from the UNSW Australia published in the British Journal of Psychology. Dr White said: “In face-to-face encounters with unfamiliar people, it is often necessary to verify that we are who we claim to be. For example, we are asked to prove our identity when processing financial transactions and crossing borders. In these, and many other commonplace situations, photo-ID is the most common method for identity verification. However, despite the clear importance of this visual task, previous research has shown that we are quite poor when match photos of unfamiliar faces." British Psychological Society

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Study links cell phone separation with high anxiety

Cell phone users who are separated from their devices experience serious psychological and physiological effects, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Missouri. The study, published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, was designed to better understand the impact of cell phone usage and what occurs when people are unable to answer their ringing phones.

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Compiled by Pooja Chaturvedi

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