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Fat Taste, Senior Sex, and Sleep Disorders

Old Dog! (Via PollsBoutique.)

Today's roundup of breaking health and fitness research....  

  • The British Medical Journal reports (via Time.com) that men remain sexually interested and active more or less until death. Sadly, this is less true for girls. "More than one-third of men ages 75 to 85 said they had sex in the past 12 months, compared with just 17% of women in that age group." Conclusions: Viagra works, and younger women are very forgiving.
  • Australian researchers have proved, once again, that fat is a taste. The data suggests humans have the ability to taste  sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and "umami," otherwise known as the "abitlity to detect protein."Furthermore, different human have different sensitivities to "umami." Highly sensitive fat tasters, it turns out, tend to eat less fat, and so are less, um, fat. (Via SlashFood.) 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help insomnia. This according to a very geeky study published on ScienceDirect. CBT essentially mixes "talk therapy," with actual instructions around physical behavior. So, troubled sleepers treated with CBT both analyze their sleep-related issues, but then they also pay close attention to exactly how and when they go to bed — right down to the details of lighting, pajamas, and late night snacks. Even if you're not an insomniac, perhaps worth paying attention.

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