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Sun, 12/30/2012

New Year's Resolutions and medical sciences news highlights of 2012

So what is it with all this bohay about New Year's Resolutions? For giving up a bad habit or taking on a good one one does not need the change of year. One can do it anytime. Sure it is easier to do it on a certain date but wouldn't be ones birthday, the first day of spring or ones respective National's Day as good as New Year's Day?! The British Guardian wondered whether New Year's Resolutions can really change ones life and asked agony aunt Irma Kurtz and philosopher Jules Evans to debate the art of self-improvement for them. Both agreed that humans can change but that it is an extremely hard thing to do. What you need to achieve this is a strong motivation to avoid any deterioration of a medical, perhaps even fatal, condition. But the change of year is not the strong motivation you need. Even if you know that it is a good idea to take up running because you desperately need to be fitter and the Berlin Half Marathon is just three months away and if you take up training now you are able to run it in a very good time, the start of the new year will not be enough if you do not have another, more pressing motivation. But Irma Kurtz gave another tip for the hesistant: not to be too general with the resolutions. Be precise, take small steps you are sure too achieve. Build on them, that makes things easier because you can actually see that you are able to achieve your goals – and the final goal as well.

That is exactly that what Deborah Enos, columnist with the website MyHealthNewsDaily proposes. She writes: “I've found that the best way to stick to a resolution is to keep it simple. Whenever I make lofty goals for myself, I always end up disappointed. Why set yourself up for failure?” And she offers five steps which can help to achieve those goals.

Nevertheless, sometimes one gets unexpected help to change. reported that regular consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables reduces the craving for smoking. Sometimes it can be just that easy: just decide to stop smoking, stuff your kitchen with veggies and fresh fruit and you are almost there. Alcohol, red meat and caffeine, on the other hand, are associated with a greater dependence on nicotine and increased craving.

But when the year ends it is not only time to look forward (also this is the most important part because whether one holds up ones new year's resolutions or not, it means to think about how to shape ones future life) but to look back as well.

The BBC made a list of some of the medical sciences news highlights of 2012. Some of them we have already posted on our facebook page, but is it not fascinating to read again about some of the most interesting news like the study that revealed that breast cancer is not one, but 10 separate diseases - each with a different cause, a different life expectancy and needing a different treatment? Or that it was possible to make paralyzed dogs and rats walk again, breed mice out of mice skin cells or using a virus to rebuild the heart's own pacemaker by adding genes to force heart muscle cells to change into those able to control the heart's beat.

A more fun review of the year was published on The author listed twelve scientific discoveries every individual with a healthy common sense would have figured out by himself in no time. But as science is, unless proven it is not valid.

Have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year and if you ever need medical help the hospitals, doctors and staff of PGD International will be there for you.