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Menotti: Ronaldo never played in a team like Messi’s

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Argentina’s World Cup-winning coach Cesar Luis Menotti says Lionel Messi has benefited from playing in a superior team to Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Barcelona and Real Madrid stars are expected to be among the final three Ballon d’Or nominees once again this year, having shared the prize between them since as far back as 2008.

Ronaldo lifted the Champions League for the third time in his career in May, but has often seen his Madrid side overshadowed by Barca, who have won eight LaLiga titles and four European titles since Messi’s debut in 2004.

But Menotti, who guided Argentina to their first World Cup triumph in 1978, believes his compatriot has spent his career playing for a stronger side.

“Messi would not have been the same at Real Madrid,” he told Fox Sports. “He started at Barcelona with [Andres] Iniesta, Xavi, Ronaldinho. A team that Cristiano Ronaldo never had.

“Cristiano always worked like a hero. He’s a massive player, and maybe a great guy. But he works like a hero and he gets 50 goals.

“Messi has grown an enormous amount from the first day until now. He went from being a clinical striker to a more creative game, where he has another role.”

A dispute between Argentina and Barca has threatened to emerge due to the knee injury sustained by Messi in the 1-1 league draw with Atletico Madrid.

National team coach Edgardo Bauza appeared to question Barca’s commitment to safeguarding Messi’s fitness, although he later claimed his remarks had been taken out of context and said he was eager to avoid “a fight” with the club over the player.

Menotti agrees that care must be taken to prevent the 29-year-old becoming overzealous in his performances and risking further injury problems.

“There are good players, very good players, and then the magicians, who you have to leave to one side – like Messi, Pele and [Diego] Maradona,” he added.

“Messi is a player who wants to win everything, wherever he plays. What you have to do is be careful that he doesn’t overdo being the best every 10 minutes.”

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Newly high-tech weapon tested in North Korea

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has tested new ‘high-tech’ weapon in message to the US despite having an agreement with President Trump to denuclearized in the international summit, in June.



North Korea state media is yet to identify the kind of weapon that was launch.

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source report says, the picture the state media released showed Mr Kim surrounded by officials but no weapon was seen present.

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United State have reacted to the claim , adding that they are still hopeful with the promises made by president Trump and Chairman Kim will be fulfilled.

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Effects of Hot baths on inflammation, glucose metabolism

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According to new research, a hot bath could have effects that extend way beyond mental relaxation. According to the authors, regular hot baths might reduce inflammation and improve metabolism.

Over recent years, hot baths, saunas, and other so-called passive heating therapies have received growing attention from scientists.

Scientists now believe they offer some potential benefits, including improved vascular function and sleep.

Because hot baths are low cost and unlikely to cause significant side effects, understanding any benefits that a hot bath might have could be a quick win for medical science.



Recently, researchers set out to understand whether hot bath immersion could have an impact on metabolic disorders, such as diabetes.

 Almost 20 years ago, a paper concluded that hot water immersion of individuals with type 2 diabetes enhanced insulin sensitivity. However, it is still unclear how this might occur.

In the most recent study, the researchers dug a little deeper into the mechanisms at work. They theorized that the influence of a hot bath over glucose metabolism might revolve around the inflammatory response.

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Inflammation and insulin resistance

There is some evidence that chronic, low-level inflammation increases insulin resistance. In other words, inflammation reduces a cell’s ability to respond to insulin, potentially contributing to the development of diabetes.

Conversely, exercise has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity — meaning that the body has better control over glucose levels.

Although doctors often recommend exercise to reduce the risk of developing metabolic disorders, not everyone can exercise — perhaps due to health conditions or physical capacity. It is, therefore, essential to find alternative ways to improve insulin sensitivity for these people.

Exercise, as with other physical stressors, sparks a brief inflammatory response, followed by a more extended anti-inflammatory response. The researchers wanted to see if a different type of physical stressor — a hot bath — might have a similar effect on the immune system.

For this study, the researchers investigated the impact of a hot bath on overweight, mostly sedentary men. The findings were published recently in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

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Hot bath intervention

Each participant immersed themselves in a water bath set at 102°F (39°C) for 1 hour. Scientists took blood just before and after the bath, and then 2 hours later.

Also, the researchers charted the participants’ blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate every 15 minutes.

 Over the following 2 weeks, the participants had a further 10 hot water immersions.

The researchers found that a single hot water immersion caused a spike of interleukin — a marker of inflammation. Similarly, there was an increase in nitric oxide (NO) production.

The spike in NO is important because it causes blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure. NO also improves glucose intake into tissues, and scientists think it has anti-inflammatory properties.



As expected, the 2-week intervention saw a reduction in fasting blood sugar and inflammation. In the same way that exercise influences inflammation, the researchers saw an initial increase followed by a long-term decrease in inflammation.

The researchers also write that it “might have implications for improving metabolic health in populations unable to meet the current physical activity recommendations.”

It is important to note that the people who took part in the study did report some discomfort. This was either due to the length of time that they were required to stay in the bath or the high temperature. Future research might investigate whether shorter periods or lower temperatures might have similar benefits.

Of course, hot baths alone cannot treat metabolic disorders, but they may be a simple, cost-effective intervention that can run alongside other treatments.

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