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New Study Says The Bigger Your Belly, The Smaller Your Brain

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A new study has found a link between the breadth of your belly and the size and shape of your brain, as findings, published in the medical journal Neurology, showed that people who are too heavy, especially around their middle, have shrunken gray matter volume in their brain.

Gray matter contains most of your brain’s 100 billion nerve cells, while white matter is filled with nerve fibers that connect the brain regions.

The Scientists at the University College London and Loughborough University in the UK reached these conclusions by studying the UK Biobank, a vast stockpile of data on individuals’ genetics and health.

They looked at almost 9,652 people in the UK, with an average age of 55, accounting for all kinds of other factors that could potentially sway the results, such as age and how physically active they were.

Measuring the body mass index (BMI) and the waist-to-hip ratios of its participants, the research found that those with higher ratios of both criteria had the lowest brain volume.

In fact, the difference was substantial: people with high BMI and a high waist-to-hip ratio had an average gray matter brain volume of 786 cubic centimeters, while healthy weight people had an average of 798 cubic centimeters.

People in the middle, with a high BMI but without high waist-to-hip ratio, had an of 793 cubic centimeters. The white matter, however, did not appear to be affected by obesity.

“While our study found obesity, especially around the middle, was associated with lower gray matter brain volumes, it’s unclear if abnormalities in brain structure lead to obesity, or if obesity leads to these changes in the brain,” study author Dr Mark Hamer said in a statement.

“We also found links between obesity and shrinkage in specific regions of the brain. This will need further research but it may be possible that someday regularly measuring BMI and waist-to-hip ratio may help determine brain health.”

Meanwhile, the connection between reduced brain volume and abdominal fat could suggest that inflammation and vascular factors may be at work.

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Atiku Abubakar has joined the #10YearChallenge craze on social media as he shares his own photos on Twitter.

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Atiku AbubakarThe presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday, joined the viral#10yearchallenge.

Atiku shared a photo collage, supposedly showing how he looked ten years ago and how he looks now.

He shared the photo on his verified Twitter handle.

He captioned the photo collage,”My #10YearChallenge.#Smile”The 10-years challenge has been sweeping the cyberspace with a lot of social media users sharing old photos of themselves alongside new photos, to portray how the years have changed them.

Below is what Atiku posted:

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Buhari Sheds A Tear As He Campaigns In Kaduna, Overwhelmed By Crowd

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President Buhari’s campaign in Kaduna today was a very big success!!!

He was overwhelmed by crowd. Governor Nasir El-Rufai made sure the campaign was a big success.

Proud Fulani Nigerian lady and Buhari supporter, Zahra Zaraa Danejo

@tinkizee2 shared a very amazing video and reported how President Buhari cried in Kaduna due to the overwhelming love he got from the people of Kaduna.

She shared the video which was retweeted by Governor El-Rufai and wrote:

“PMB sheds a tear as he is overwhelmed by the love of the mammoth crowd.”

Others also shared incredible videos from President Buhari’s massive campaign in Kaduna.

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See more amazing graphic photos and reactions….

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Nigeria to experience total lunar eclipse on Monday – NASRDA

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The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) on Friday said Nigeria will join other countries of the world to experience total lunar eclipse on Monday.

The information was contained in a statement issued to NAN by Dr Felix Alle, the Head, Media and Public Communications of the agency in Abuja.

According to Alle, lunar eclipse is one in which the moon appears darkened as it passes into the earth’s shadow.

He stated that “lunar eclipse occurs only when the sun, earth and moon are exactly aligned with the earth between the two.

“There will be a lunar eclipse over Nigeria on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.

“The eclipse, expected to be total, will begin in the evening of Sunday and end on Monday.

“The eclipse will start across Nigeria in the early hours of Monday at approximately 3.36 a.m. to reach its maximum
at 6.12 a.m. and end at about 6.51 a.m.

“The total duration of the occurrence over Nigeria will be three hours and 15 minutes.”

The media head said that the lunar eclipse would by 4.33 a.m. become partial eclipse, where the moon would start getting red.

He added that “at exactly 5.41 a.m., a maximum eclipse of the moon which may be visible to human sight will be witnessed, while the moon eclipse is expected to end at 6.43 a.m.”

The communications officer stated that the eclipse was expected to take place across North, South America, Western Europe, North and West Africa and Asia.

He said that the year’s total lunar eclipse would be the last eclipse to be experienced until 2021.

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