A JCU (James Cook University) researcher reports a new study that has disclosed evidence about eating fish could aid in preventing asthma. Andreas Lopata—Professor at JCU’s AITHM (Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine)—participated in the study which evaluated 642 people who worked at a fish processing company in South Africa. Almost 334 Million individuals globally have asthma and around a quarter of a million people pass away from it each year. Lopata stated, “Asthma occurrence has almost doubled in the last 30 Years and around half of the individuals having asthma do not receive any benefit from the medications available to cure it. So there is an impending interest in non-drug therapy options.”
Professor Lopata stated that the present theory is that the striking change in diet globally is behind the augment of the disease. He said, “There is a rising consumption of the n-6 PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acid) that is found in vegetable oils and a dropdown in eating of n-3 PUFA that is found in marine oils.” Professor Lopata stated the fishing village was picked for the study as it had a population with higher fish intake and low socioeconomic rank, so it will be possible that marine oils from seafood and fish would be the chief resource of n-3, rather than supplements. He said, “We discovered that some types of n-3 were considerably linked with a lowered risk of having asthma by up to 62%, whereas high n-6 consumption was linked with a surged menace by up to 67%.”
Recently, the JCU was in news for its study that stated that listening to slow music can aid in alleviating a fright of testing in numbers. Sedative music can lower the blood pressure and heart rate of people having anxiety about mathematics, says Samuel Gan of the A*STAR Bioinformatics Institute. Relaxing music is normally used to ease the jittery nerves of individuals going into surgery. The music is believed to synchronize the individual’s heartbeat to a slow tempo from 60–80 beats every minute.