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January, 2012

The Benefits of Indoor Climbing

By: :Climbat Amman


Indoor climbing is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after “new” the sport’s advantages wrap dynamic muscle strength, flexibility, balance,


coordination, and mental and physical focus together in one exciting bundle of climbing.

Indoor climbing certainly brings a fresh twist and alternative to the monotony of sports behind doors. With its artificial but flexible rocky paths, burst of color coded hand and foot holds, and secure body grip, it attracts people of all ages and sport levels who are seeking fitness in a safe, controlled environment.


The sport offers immense physiological and psychological benefits; considering that deep concentration is required for climbing, one tends to focus exclusively on the task at hand, thus automatically alienating the stress of daily tasks. On the physiological side, the arm, back, finger and core strength tend to develop fast. As climbers advance to more challenging routes, they see an improvement of the strength and endurance of calves, shoulders, agility, strength-to-weight ratio, and flexibility in hips and hamstrings.


Luckily, Jordan has its own state-of-the-art climbing center, :Climbat Amman, which has been gaining steady popularity since opening in late 2010. Offering a variety of training courses and programs to suit different groups of visitors in a heated venue, :Climbat Amman is the perfect destination for your upcoming

winter activities.


Check out some interesting clips on the :Climbat Amman YouTube channel:

Myths or Facts


Try to identify if the following health statements are myths or facts:


1) You should drink eight glasses of water a day: _ _ _ _ _ _ _


2) Radiation will give you cancer: _ _ _ _ _ _ _


3) Coffee is really bad for you: _ _ _ _ _ _ _


4) People use 10% of the brain: _ _ _ _ _ _ _


5) Food quickly picked up from the floor is unsafe to eat: _ _ _ _ _ _ _


6) It is recommended for people with heart disease to take Aspirin to prevent heart attacks: _ _ _ _ _ _ _


7) Ulcers are caused by stress or eating spicy food: _ _ _ _ _ _ _


8) All kinds of cholesterol are bad for you: _ _ _ _ _ _ _

National Glaucoma Awareness Month


January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease. Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing.


In this article we will provide you with an overview about glaucoma and its symptoms and ways to help raise awareness.


What is Glaucoma?


Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that mainly affect the middle-aged and the elderly; but it can also affect people of all ages. Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This nerve is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain. There is no cure for glaucoma - yet. However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. Early detection is vital to

stopping the progress of the disease.


Types of Glaucoma & Symptoms:


Open-angle glaucoma is painless and the vision field loss is progressive. The other form Closed-angle glaucoma is associated with sudden ocular pain, red eye, very high intraocular pressure, nausea, sudden and decreased vision. Here are two ways you can help raise awareness:


1) Refer people to

2) Connect with the glaucoma society on Facebook for the latest news, research and information.


Around 70 million people are afflicted with glaucoma and half of the cases are not aware that they have the disease!

Global Warming


Global warming is an environmental phenomenon characterized by a rapid increase in Earth’s average surface temperature. Based on scientific research, average surface temperatures could increase between 2°C and 6°C by the end of the 21 century. In this section, we will provide you with the causes and effects of global warming.



1) Greenhouse gases: defined as gases (E.g. chlorofluorocarbon, nitric oxide) in the atmosphere that absorb and emit radiation within the thermal infrared range. Burning fossil fuels have greatly intensified the natural greenhouse effect.

2) Particulates and soot: are impure carbon particles resulting from the incomplete combustion of fuels. They reduce global dimming, which exerts a cooling effect by increasing the reflection of incoming sunlight.

3) Solar variation: is the change in the amount of radiation emitted by the sun. Such variations in solar output are responsible for climate changes.



1) Natural systems: Rising sea levels and observed decreases in snow and ice extent are consistent with warming.

2) Ecological systems: in terrestrial ecosystems, the earlier timing of spring events, and poleward and upward shifts in plant and animal ranges, has been linked with high confidence to recent warming. Terrestrial ecosystems will also witness increased carbon dioxide levels and rise in temperatures.

3) Social systems: climate change will likely affect hundreds of millions of people through increased coastal flooding, reduction in water supplies, increased malnutrition and increased health impacts.


To take action and save the environment; please visit



Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder that makes it difficult to differentiate between real and unreal experiences, think logically, have normal emotional responses and behave normally in social situations. In this article we will look at Schizophrenia, its symptoms, causes and ways of treatment.


The symptoms of Schizophrenia fall into three broad categories: positive, negative and cognitive symptoms. Positive symptoms are psychotic behaviors not seen in healthy people, negative symptoms are associated with disruptions to normal emotions and behaviors, and cognitive are those related to actions,

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Possible causes:

- Genes and environment: Scientists have long known that Schizophrenia runs in families. It occurs in 10 percent of people who have a first-degree relative with the disorder.

- Different brain chemistry and structure: Scientists think that an imbalance in the chemical reactions of the brain involving the neurotransmitters dopamine and glutamate plays a role in Schizophrenia.


Contrary to beliefs, Schizophrenia is not split personality and affected patients do not have multiple personalities!







*Thought disorders

*Movement disorders

*Lack of pleasure in life

*Lack of ability in planning

*Lack of speech

*Inability to make

Decisions & understand

new information

*Short attention span

*Difficulty in using

information immediately

after learning it

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