August 2014


meditationrelievingpain135x170.jpgIf you’ve been around meditation  for a while you know that it’s helpful with a lot of things. Emotional challenges, physical problems, and spiritual maladies are just some of the things that meditation can help provide both relief and insight into. The bigger question for most, however, is how does this alternative healing practice do it?

To read the full article Why Meditation May Be Effective In Relieving Pain, click here.

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Whether you are avoiding gluten to manage celiac disease or gluten intolerance, you may find your first attempt (or first 20 attempts) at gluten free baking to be a challenge. Not only does gluten free baking often require unusual ingredients, it’s also much more complicated than baking with gluten-containing grains (wheat, rye, & barley).

To read the full article Baking Without Gluten, click here.
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A gene that seems to make females happy, but not males, has been identified by researchers at the University of South Florida, Columbia University, and the New York State Psychiatry Institute.

To read the full article Gene That Makes Women Happy Identified, click here.
overactivebladder107x170.jpgSleep apnea in women has been linked to overactive bladder syndrome in a new study. The research, presented Monday (Sept. 3, 2012) at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Vienna, has provided new evidence suggesting a connection between the two conditions.

To read the full article Overactive Bladder Linked to Sleep Apnea in Women, click here.

For more indormation regarding overactive bladder and how it might affect you, checkl out htis a slide show,  Overactive Bladder Syndrome, click here .

thinkthin170x144.jpgAre you convinced that your normal-weight frame is…well, fat? By thinking so, you could be packing on the pounds.

New research published in the Journal of Obesity found that normal weight women who perceive themselves as fat are more likely to become fat. In the 10-year study of 1,196 normal-weight teenagers, nearly 6 in 10 women who perceived themselves as fat became overweight (measured by body mass index) within the decade, while only 3 in 10 of those with an accurate body image became overweight.

To read the full article Think Yourself Thin, click here.
muffins140x170.jpgTo snack or not to snack? That depends on the snack. Done the right way (calorie-controlled, nutrient-rich), snacking can keep cravings in check and up the nutritional quality of your diet. But all too often some of the most common snacks—even the ones that seem healthy—are filled with salt, sugar, excess calories, and even harmful chemicals

To read the full article The Worst Snacks For Your Body, click here.
er130x170.jpgHow Paul Ryan’s Plan Could Change Medicaid, Medicare and Everyone’s Access to 24/7 Care

The proposed changes to Medicaid and Medicare by Congressman, and Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Paul Ryan will undoubtedly change the landscape of 24/7 emergency care. U.S. emergency rooms, with 123.8 million visits per year, are a staple in many communities, especially inner city and rural areas.

To read the full article How Paul Ryan’s Plan Could Change Medicaid, Medicare and Everyone’s Access to 24/7 Care, click here.
bloodsugar130x170.jpgYou may be at risk for shrinkage in areas of your brain that have been linked to dementia even if your blood sugar is just on the high end of the normal range.

To read the full article Even High Normal Blood Sugar Levels May Induce Brain Shrinkage, click here.

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Email Stress Test: Experiment Unplugs Workers for 5 Days. Slave to your email? Wonder what would happen if you had to do without it? UC Irvine informatics professor Gloria Mark was curious — so she recently led a study that separated 13 people from their email for five days and recorded what happened when they unplugged.

To read the full article Email Stress Test: Experiment Unplugs Workers for 5 Days, click here.

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The notion that Ancel Keys was wrong -- profoundly wrong -- when he was among the first to advocate forcefully for low-fat eating to prevent heart disease is evolving into New Age gospel.

To read the full article Living (and Dying) on a Diet of Unintended Consequences, click here.

Brocolli-2-1A170x130.jpgEating more apples is linked to lower risk of distal colon cancer, brassicas like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are linked to lower risk of cancer in both the proximal and the distal colon

To read the full article Different Fruits And Vegetables Affect Cancer Risk In Different Parts Of Bowel, click here.

depressedyoungwoman120x170.jpgDepression tied to stroke risk: What explains link?

Depression significantly increases the risks of having a stroke, and dying from it, according to a new study published in the September 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

To read the full article Depression tied to stroke risk, click here.
vegetbablelifestyle130x170.jpgPlant-Rich Diets Tied to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Women with diets rich in vegetables, fruit and legumes may have a somewhat decreased risk of developing one type of breast cancer, a new study suggests.

To read the full article Plant-Rich Diets Tied to Lower Breast Cancer Risk, click here.
womanexercisebycycle140x170.jpg15 minutes of fitness a day can add 3 years to your life
Even a little bit of physical activity helps, study confirms and doing just 15 minutes of moderate exercise a day may add three years to your life, a large study in Taiwan has found.

To read the full article 15 minutes of fitness a day can add 3 years to your life, click here.
oldpills124-170.jpgOlder pills often safer but many think new is better, 4 in 10 wrongly believe the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves only 'extremely effective' drugs, survey finds. 

Many consumers mistakenly believe new prescription drugs are always safer than those with long track records, and that only extremely effective drugs without major side effects win government approval, according to a new study.

To read the full article Older pills often safer but many think new is better, click here.
asthma-child170x120.jpgLow-Fat Yogurt Consumption Tied to Asthma and Hay Fever Risk in Kids, Says Study

A new study suggests a link between women's eating low-fat yogurt during pregnancy to an increased risk that their children will develop asthma and hay fever.

To read the full article Low-Fat Yogurt Consumption Tied to Asthma and Hay Fever Risk in Kids, Says Study, click here.
heartdxwoman170x134.jpgDr. Esselstyn Jr. didn't become a doctor to change the way America eats. He was a general surgeon. But researching cancer, he stumbled on a fact that changed his career: Certain cultures around the world do not suffer from heart disease, the No. 1 killer in the Western world.

To read the full article The 'heart attack proof' diet?, click here.
supermon114x170.jpgStudy finds that working moms are less depressed than stay-at-home counterparts. Working moms are less likely to show symptoms of depression than stay-at-home moms, a new study finds.

To read the full article Trying to Be 'Supermom' Can Raise Risk for Depression, click here.
ovarianCa134x170.jpgUsing a new approach to developing biomarkers for the very early detection of ovarian cancer, researchers at Rush University Medical Center have identified a molecule in the bloodstream of infertile women that could one day be used to screen for those at high risk for the disease — or even those with early-stage ovarian cancer.

To read the full article Antibody May Detect Ovarian Cancer, click here.
glutenfree170x170.jpgSpeculation on increase in digestive disorder centers on improvements in sanitation and hygiene. Complaints of celiac disease are on the rise in the United States, with more and more people growing ill from exposure to products containing gluten.

To read the full article Celiac Disease on the Rise in U.S., click here.
Yoga125x170.jpgWhat if you made ecstasy part of your daily spiritual practice? How would that change the richness and the quality of your life?

To read the full article Sexual Healing With Yoga, click here.
depressed-woman127x170.jpgAdult females with clinical depression are 29% more likely to suffer a stroke than other women of the same age without depression, according to an article published in the journal Stroke.

To read the full article Depression Raises Female Risk Of Stroke By 29%, click here.
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Women With Sexual Dysfunction Respond Well To Placebo Therapy

Women with sexual dysfunction - low sexual arousal and/or sexual desire - appear to experience clinically significant symptom changes when given a placebo, according to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

To read the full article Women With Sexual Dysfunction Respond Well To Placebo Therapy, click here.


Cellphone130x100.jpgCell Phone Pictures May be the Next Medical Diagnostic Tool
Study Looking at Impact of Cell Phone Pictures on Diagnosis of Wounds


Dr. Neal Sikka, an emergency room physician at George Washington University Medical Center, recalls an eye-opening incident that happened while he was away at a medical conference.

To read the full article Cell Phone Pictures May be the Next Medical Diagnostic Tool, click here.

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Not Just Robotripping: 5 Risky Things Kids Do
Telltale Signs of Deadly Behaviors May Help Parents Keep Their Kids Safe


Parents' worries never stop. But sometimes, Mom and Dad need reminders that seemingly innocuous items -- cough syrup  bottles, cans of computer keyboard cleaners, even incense made from herbs and spices, can provide clues that their children are toying with danger.

To read the full article Not Just Robotripping: 5 Risky Things Kids Do, click here.


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Health reform begins: What changes mean to you
Many features, such as no more lifetime insurance caps, kick in by Sept. 23


By Sept. 23, the six month anniversary of the enactment of the health overhaul, many of the law’s provisions will be in effect.

To read the full article Health reform begins: What changes mean to you, click here.


parenting130x100.jpgHow to Make Parenting with Your Ex Work
Child and Adolescent Psychologist Dr. Jennifer Hartstein Shares Three Cardinal Rules for Getting Over Yourself For Your Kids


With almost half of all first marriages ending in divorce, millions of children are impacted each year by their parents' separation.

To read the full article How to Make Parenting with Your Ex Work, click here.

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Omega-Enhanced Margarines a Heart-Saver?
EPA-DHA Pumped Spreads Reconsidered


They taste like butter and offer a boost of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, but these omega-enhanced margarines may not actually help your heart, according to new research from the Netherlands.

To read the full article Omega-Enhanced Margarines a Heart-Saver? , click here.


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Marijuana Eases Chronic Pain, Researchers Say
New Study Confirms the Pain-Relieving Effects of Smoking Marijuana


Smoking marijuana modestly reduced pain and other symptoms of chronic neuropathic pain, results of a small trial showed.

To read the full article Marijuana Eases Chronic Pain, Researchers Say, click here.

devilchild130x100.jpgHow to Create a Spoiled Brat: 9 Parenting No-Nos

Kids need to know their parents love them. But some moms and dads think that the way to show love is to accept children's bad behavior.

To read the full article How to Create a Spoiled Brat: 9 Parenting No-Nos, click here.

dry-skin130x100.jpgMenopause and Dry Skin: The Hormone Connection
Dealing with dry, itchy skin at menopause? Find out why -- and get simple tips for smoother skin.


Menopause and Dry Skin: The Hormone Connection
Dealing with dry, itchy skin at menopause? Find out why -- and get simple tips for smoother skin.

To read the full article Menopause and Dry Skin: The Hormone Connection, click here.

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Women's behavior linked to ... ovulation?
Study: Hormone shift affects how females talk, walk and even dress to attract men


When a woman is ovulating, her behavior changes in a startling number of ways from the way she walks, talks and dresses to the men she flirts with, according to new research.

To read the full article Women's behavior linked to ... ovulation?, click here.

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After a Diagnosis, Someone to Help Point the Way

When Kathleen Henry’s uncle was told he had bladder cancer in May, she knew she needed help.

To read the full article After a Diagnosis, Someone to Help Point the Way, click here.

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Oral Hygiene may Prevent Cancer


Brushing and flossing brings more than pearly whites and fresh breath. New research reveals proper oral hygiene may prevent head and neck cancer.

To read the full article Oral Hygiene may Prevent Cancer, click here.

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Study: Shrinking Brain Not a Normal Part of Aging

The belief that healthy older brains are substantially smaller than healthy younger brains may stem from studies that failed to screen out people whose undetected, slowly developing brain disease was killing off cells in key areas, according to new research.

To read the full article Study: Shrinking Brain Not a Normal Part of Aging , click here.

Active ImageGooey nutrition bars fuel energy — and cavities
Athletes and on-the-go snackers hearing bad news from the dentist


“I was devastated,” says the 49-year-old mother of five from Allendale, N.J. “I had three huge cavities and I haven’t had a cavity since I was a kid.”

To read the full article Gooey nutrition bars fuel energy — and cavities, click here.

Active ImageOne Dose, Not Two, May Do for Swine Flu Vaccine
Single Dose Vaccine Would Mean More to Go Around, Researchers Say


Infectious disease experts expressed relief in light of new research released Thursday suggesting that one dose of a new vaccine against the H1N1 swine flu may be enough to grant immunity for most people against the pandemic strain.

To read the full article One Dose, Not Two, May Do for Swine Flu Vaccine, click here.

If you want healthier and stronger muscles, then you need more than a good workout program.

There is an important connection between muscle mass, strength and good health. Robert Wolfe, the Director of  Translational Research in Aging and Longevity Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville says, “As we age, we tend to lose muscle, especially if we are not using it. These losses eventually affect quality of life, our balance, strength and ability to recover from an illness or accident.”

In our society we tend to think  muscles of muscles as things that make us look good if they are big. We rarely thing of the hundreds of ways that our muscles are important to us. In fact they do many things to make our life work for us.  They help us move and they help us digest our food, our heart is also a muscle which not only keeps us alive by pumping blood and oxygen to our body but also pumps nutrients throughout our body. Nancy Rodriguez, a Registered Dietitian and Director of Sports Nutrition Programs at the University of Connecticut in Storrs says,  “Our heart, brain, skin and other organs are in a constant state of remodeling with tissue being built and broken down. Muscles offer a significant supply of amino acids to ensure these vital parts stay strong.” Without blood circulating to our organs our body would start breaking down and become unusable within hours. Healing could not occur, injures could not be repaired and we could not only not move but our heart would stop pumping, and we would stop breathing.

Active and healthy muscles significantly reduce our risk of developing diabetes and osteoporosis, and the more muscle mass we have, the more calories your body can burn.

In order to keep our muscles strong and healthy we need to eat the right kind of foods. We need to eat foods that not only support our muscles in being healthy but also promote them in being healthy. In the next paragraphs we will five groups of foods that are well known for their ability to promote healthier and stronger muscles.

Fish

In this group we are specifically looking for fish that are rich in omega-3 fats, this group includes salmon, tuna, halibut, rainbow trout, and canned sardines. These specific fish are also lean and contain all of the essential amino acids our body needs to make muscles and provide the building materials for creating and repairing other tissues.

Muscles are built based on the amount of protein (amino acids) we consume. Americans typically get more than enough protein to feed their muscles, yet many older adults may not. It has been estimated that one in every three people over the age of 60 lose a significant amount of muscle, this is partly because they don’t get enough protein to prevent the breakdown of their muscle tissues and partly because they stop using their muscles. These two factors can significantly affect their ability to function, to walk, maintain balance, to bend and lift and hence they stiffen up and become sedimentary often ending up having to use a cane to walk, or end in a wheelchair or bed ridden. According to a number of studies the omega-3 fats found in fish may help slow the breakdown of muscle mass in older people. It’s generally recommended that eating at least 2-3 meals of fish high in omega-3 fats per week will help protect muscle degeneration as well as protect your heart.

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a terrific source of potassium and antioxidants both of which are helpful, even essential for building muscle mass.

“Anyone who is exercising and working their muscles will be creating free radicals,” says Tara Gidus, a sports dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. “Antioxidants can help disarm free radicals and help repair muscle tissue as it breaks down and rebuilds.”

Potassium-rich foods such as sweet potatoes can also help counteract the effects of eating too many acid-producing foods, such as meats, dairy products, and highly-processed items and this is essential as acid-producing foods can speed up the loss of muscle mass.

There are a number of other foods which are high in potassium and antioxidants and can help prevent loss of  muscle mass, these include most lettuces and peppers, also kiwi, melon and oranges. Ideally, you should eat 5-9 servings of vegetables and produce a day with at least3 servings of potassium-rich foods each day.

Low-fat yogurt

Low-fat yogurt is an excellent source of protein, potassium, calcium and vitamin D. All of these nutrients can work together to keep your muscles functioning properly.

Studies suggest that Vitamin D binds to receptors in muscle which then promote growth and strength. Too little vitamin D is linked with muscle weakness.

It can help to select a yogurt brands that are fortified with vitamin D. These can give you as much as  twenty-five percent of your daily requirement of vitamin D in just one serving. If you eat 6-8 ounces of fortified yogurt as day it will help keep your muscles healthy and working more effectively.

Quinoa

Quinoa (keen-wah) is an ancient grain from South America. It is full of good carbohydrates, your body’s preferred source of energy, as well as high-quality protein, potassium and iron.

Carbs are critical to help you pack on muscle. Too few carbs means the proteins in your body will be used for energy, instead of creating new tissue.

While eating protein-rich foods is important for gaining muscle, don’t load up at the expense of wholesome carbohydrates. Quinoa contain all the essential amino acids your body needs for building muscle proteins and other tissues.

Quinoa is also a good source of potassium and contains several minerals including iron, which, is necessary for helping you stay strong.

By enjoying a half-cup of quinoa for breakfast with dried fruits and nuts stirred in, as a side dish mixed with beans and other vegetables, or by adding the mild, light flavor of quinoa to soups, casseroles or salads, you will be doing your self a great favor. Quinoa may also be found in some ready-to-eat cereals and prepared breads, but avoid processed flour products even if they have some quinoa added as processed flours are generally devoid of nutrients and usually high unnecessary calories.

Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are loaded with magnesium, manganese, iron and copper.

These minerals work together to build muscle and other essential organ tissues. They are often needed as part of enzymes that streamline bodily functions and support communication between cells. They help maximize muscle mass. Magnesium helps build protein for muscle function. It also helps relax muscles after they’ve contracted. Manganese is needed to form protein and is a component of several enzymes that act as antioxidants which help repair damaged muscle tissue. Iron is good for building endurance.

One ounce of pumpkin seeds (a small handful) contains nearly half the manganese you need in a day.

Summary:

The prevention of  muscle degeneration and the ability to build and repair muscles requires the nutrients we have discussed above. But eating all of these foods and nutrients are not enough if you are a couch potato and do not use your muscles. It helps to exercise a minimum of 15 minutes three times a week or more and to use your muscles as often as is possible. Drinking plenty of water also helps. Doing all of these can slow down muscle wasting, and promote strengthening and enlivening of your muscles. This can keep you from requiring a cane for balance and weakness and ending up in a wheelchair or bed ridden.
Active ImageAngioplasty patients twice as likely to need another procedure, study finds

For heart patients with clogged arteries, the choice between bypass surgery or an angioplasty may come down to one question: How many procedures would you like to have?

To read the full article Bypass May Be Better than Stents Long-term, click here.


Active ImageThese common diseases are often overlooked by doctors

Your doctor has given you the lowdown on how to protect yourself against breast, colon, and lung cancer: Get yearly mammograms (check) and regular colonoscopies (check), and don't smoke (double check).

To read the full article Protect Against Dangers of 3 Quiet Cancers, click here.

Active ImageBut FDA says patients should not stop taking the cholesterol-lowering drug

U.S. government drug safety regulators said Thursday they are investigating whether the cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin can increase patients' risk of developing cancer.

To read the full article U.S. Probes Possible Vytorin Link to Cancer, click here.
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New Book Called "Why Men Die First" Explains How Men Can Close The Longevity Gap


Listen up, guys. It may be time to drop the bravado and consider these sobering statistics: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is three times higher among men who are clinically depressed. Male suicides outnumber female suicides in every age group.

To read the full article Why Men Die Sooner , click here.

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Dr. Mallika Marshall On What To Keep Around — Just In Case

What if someone in your family suddenly became ill in the middle of the night, and you can't find an open drugstore?

To read the full article Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves, click here.



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Advances in Incurable Cancer Treatment Make Life Worth Living


Jason Connelly has metastatic melanoma. Ellen Rigby has stage-four breast cancer. And Terry Barter has multiple myeloma. Not long ago each of these noncurable cancers would have meant a death sentence. But advances in treatment are not only keeping each patient alive, they are allowing the three to live full lives.

To read the full article Persons of the Week: Cancer Survivors, click here.


Active ImageExperts Tell Where Cold and Flu Viruses and Other Germs Lurk

Many surfaces and objects you come in contact with every day are covered in germs -- but then again, so are you.

"Ninety percent of you is composed of germ cells," said Philip Tierno, director of clinical microbiology and immunology at NYU and author of "The Secret Life of Germs."

To read the full article 10 Germy Surfaces You Touch Every Day, click here.

Active ImageFDA posts its first online list of drugs under investigation for safety problems

The government on Friday began posting a list of prescription drugs under investigation for potential safety problems in an effort to better inform doctors and patients.

To read the full article FDA Posts List of Potential Problem Drugs, click here.

Active ImageEating Disorder Stems From Too Much of a Good Thing

It's no surprise that a lot of Americans watch what they eat. Counting calories, nutrients and fat grams is practically a national pastime.

But what happens when people go over the line, and the pursuit of healthy eating actually becomes unhealthy?

To read the full article Orthorexia: Obsessing Over Health Food, click here.

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Passive Smoking and Breast Cancer in Never Smokers


Background Active smoking has little or no effect on women's risk of developing breast cancer, but it has been suggested that passive exposure to tobacco smoke may increase this risk among women who have never smoked.

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Red Meat Consumption during Adolescence among Premenopausal Women and Risk of Breast Cancer


Adolescence may be a period of increased susceptibility to breast cancer due to regular division of undifferentiated cells that occurs between puberty and first birth. Red meat consumption during early adult life has been associated with breast cancer, but intake during adolescence has not been examined prospectively. We aimed to assess the relationship between red meat intake during adolescence and premenopausal breast cancer.

Active ImageIncorporating Omega-3 in the Food Chain - Why, Where and How?

It has been recognized for decades that high fat intakes are not conducive to good health and, more recently, that the fatty acid profile of the diet (sometimes referred to as fat quality) is also important. Fat intake as a proportion of total food energy has declined over recent years in line with recommendations. Although there have been changes in the types of fats consumed and a fall in the total intake of saturated fats towards the recommended level, there is still room for improvement. The proportion of energy derived from saturated fats is still too high in most Western diets.