Back to School Fashion

As long as we’re focusing on the back to school adventure, we figured we’d offer some cute fashion tips. We all want to look great as the school year starts – whether we are dressing the kids or dressing ourselves. Here are some suggestions for back to school style that won’t break the bank.

What’s Making You Binge Eat?

burger-500054_960_720In a new study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, researchers looked at binge eating to see if it is actually a brain disorder – and they found that it is. The irrational desire to eat way beyond being satiated has long confused neurologists. But this study has identified neural circuits in the brain’s pleasure area that can actually inhibit binge-like eating in mice.

When normal people eat, the brain releases chemicals into the pleasure center like dopamines. When we’ve eaten enough, the brain them stops flooding the pleasure center. The theory here is that people who binge have a built up tolerance and a healthy amount of food doesn’t stimulate pleasure.

This team, led by Baylor’s Dr. Yong Xu, and conducted by the Baylor Colleget of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, analyzed lab mice which have been raised to binge eat. Of the 14 potential receptors that control the effects of serotonin in the body, Xu and his colleagues were able to identify one that might influence binging behavior. The serotonin 2C receptor could help to suppress binge eating.

There is already an FDA-approved drug that works as a serotonin 2C agonist and it is currently used for overweight and obese people. This could, perhaps, be repurposed to suppress binge eating in adults, according to Xu.

And The Top 10 Cities Around the World Are….

charleston-929080_960_720It’s always interesting to see what travel companies and publications have to say about cities around the world. Travel + Leisure recently put out their awards for the world’s top cities in their annual reader-chose World’s Best Awards. The list of top cities around the world probably won’t surprise many, but it is surprising that three Southern locations in America hit the top ten. The list of the top 10 cities around the world includes:

1. Charleston, South Carolina
2. Chiang Mai, Thailand
3. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
4. Florence, Italy
5. Luang Prabang, Laos
6. Kyoto, Japan
7. New Orleans, Louisiana
8. Barcelona, Spain
9. Savannah, Georgia
10. Cape Town, South Africa

The best European spots were Florence, Italy for the best city and and Ishcia, Italy for the best island. The Canadian top spots were Quebec City for the top city and Vancouver Island for the top island.

See the whole list here and plan your next adventure accordingly!