August 2014


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How to get all the mood-boosting benefits of an awesome getaway—minus the huge price tag

Need a happiness boost? Get out of town! No, seriously. The further you are from home, the happier your tweets tend to be, according to a new study from the University of Vermont.

To read the full article The Random Thing That Boosts Your Happiness, click here.

vitDkirk110x170.jpgWomen who had sufficient amounts of vitamin D were 32 percent less likely to develop fibroids than women with insufficient vitamin D, according to a study from researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

To read the full article Vitamin D May Reduce Risk of Uterine Fibroids, click here.

stomach-pain170x136.jpgWomen who have been abused and who experience strong mood changes in tandem with their menstrual cycle also feel pain more acutely than other women, according to new research.

To read the full article Some Women Feel More Pain, click here.

chocolate-DM146x170.jpgCraving chocolate, but not sure if you should indulge? The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says it’s OK to give into temptation every once in a while even if you are diabetic. Consider these healthier ways to satisfy your taste for this treat without sabotaging your blood sugar control.

To read the full article Chocolate and Diabetes, click here.

marinol170x160.jpgA pill form of marijuana may work just as well to relieve pain as the smoked form, but with fewer side effects, new research suggests.

In the study, people who either smoked marijuana or took the drug dronabinol — a pill that contains the active ingredient of marijuana — were able to hold their hands in a bath of ice water (showing that they could tolerate the pain of the cold temperature) for longer than participants who took a placebo.

To read the full article Marijuana Pill May Be Better for Pain, click here.

dental170x160Too Poor for Dental Care Robs Wife of Husband's Kiss

Val Crosby has been unable to kiss her husband for a year. A degenerative disease has rotted her teeth down to the gums, and they cannot afford dental care in their isolated pocket of Tennessee.

To read the full story Too Poor for Dental Care Robs Wife of Husband's Kiss, click here.

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Walking May Be Just As Effective As Running For Bringing Heart Benefits


If you're a runner, a new study suggests you may be able to slow down and still gain the same health benefits.

A study of almost 50,000 Americans finds brisk walking can be just as effective at reducing heart health risks like high blood pressure and cholesterol as going on a full-speed run.

To read the full story Walking May Be Just As Effective As Running For Bringing Heart Benefits, click here.

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Lead Poisoning Rates Rise in U.S. After CDC Lowers Blood Cutoff

More than half a million U.S. children are now believed to have lead poisoning, roughly twice the previous high estimate, health officials reported Thursday.

The increase is the result of the government last year lowering the threshold for lead poisoning, so now more children are considered at risk.

To read the full story Lead Poisoning Rates Rise in U.S. After CDC Lowers Blood Cutoff, click

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Food as Medicine? What to Make of the Claims

Many Foods Are Pitched as Being Healing. It Might Be Best to Focus on Healthful Food, and Start with Real Food.

What's a healthful food and what's a healing food? Is there a difference? At least since the mid-19th century, when the Battle Creek Sanitarium opened its doors and people flocked there to follow John Harvey Kellogg's regime of whole grains, nuts and frequent enemas, many Americans have sought food as medicine.


To read the full story Food as Medicine? What to Make of the Claims, click here.

whole-graincereals130x170Whole Truth About Which Whole-Grain Foods Are Best

"Whole grain" has become a healthy eating buzz phrase, and food companies aren't shy about using it to entice us to buy products. Browse the bread, cereal or chip aisles of your favorite grocery store, and you'll see the upsell.


To read the full story Whole Truth About Which Whole-Grain Foods Are Best, click here.

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Attitude may play an important role in how exercise affects menopausal women, according to Penn State researchers, who identified two types of women - one experiences more hot flashes after physical activity, while the other experiences fewer.

To read the full article  Menopause, Hot Flashes, Exercise And Attitude, click here.

HealingWoman-170x170.jpgA national study shows that women are less likely than men to get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day, resulting in greater odds of developing metabolic syndrome - a risky and increasingly prevalent condition related to obesity.

To read the full article Women Who Lack Exercise At Greater Risk Of Developing Metabolic Syndrome, click here.
stressincontinence170x140.jpgA type of exercise called pelvic floor muscle training is effective for treating adult women with urinary incontinence (the involuntary loss of urine) without risk of side effects, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

To read the full article Pelvic Muscle Training Effective in Treating Urinary Incontinence for Women, click here.

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Fact or Fiction? Common Exercise Myths BUSTED

New client consultations always remind me of the common misconceptions about exercise that continue to be perpetuated.

To read the full article Fact or Fiction? Common Exercise Myths BUSTED, click here.

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Would you like to have some simple, easy-to-learn (and free!) techniques at your fingertips to relieve stress?

To read the full article Is Stress a Choice?, click here.

MetabolicSyndromeMan52x170.jpg"Guy walks into a doctor's office . . . " That's not the start of a joke—that is the joke. Men don't go to doctors unless they're in serious pain or really spooked about something.

To read the full article 7 Instant Health Checks to Save Your Life, click here.
metformin120x170.jpgDiabetes drug metformin may double as cancer-fighting medicine. Metformin  is a workhorse drug for people with diabetes. It helps patients control their blood sugar and makes them more sensitive to insulin. But soon, metformin  may take on a new role fighting cancer.

To read the full Article Diabetes Drug Metformin May Double as Cancer-fighting Medicine, click here.
foot130x170.jpgYour feet can carry you far, approximately 5,117 steps each day, as one study shows. Kickstarting a life of better health doesn't require you to be a marathon runner, according to Dr. Weil.

To read the full article 5 Steps For Better Foot Health, click here.
60minutessugar170x100.jpgIf you are what you eat, then what does it mean that the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar a year? Sanjay Gupta reports on new research showing that beyond weight gain, sugar can take a serious toll on your health, worsening conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer. Some physicians go so far as to call sugar a toxin.

To read the full article Is Sugar Toxic?, click here.
60minutessugar170x100.jpgNew studies are supporting claims that sugar is poisoning us Sanjay Gupta reports on "60 Minutes." Also, nutritionist and registered dietician Cynthia Sass speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about the war on sugar.

To read the full article War on Sugar: Is it Toxic?, click here.
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(CBS News) The amount of sugar consumed by Americans today is unprecedented, and is contributing to heart disease and high blood pressure, a dietitian said on "CBS This Morning."

To read the full article Americans' Consumption of Sugar "Unprecedented", click here.
strawberrys-100x140.jpgFrozen Strawberries, Key To Throat Cancer Prevention

In a country where there is the highest incidence of throat, or esophageal cancer, Chinese researchers have found that simple strawberries may be an affordable and commonly found prevention tool to stave off this deadly disease.

To read the full article Frozen Strawberries, Key To Throat Cancer Prevention, click here.
propecia140x100.jpgHair-growth drug tied to male sexual problems

Propecia can cause persistent sexual dysfunction well after consumers stop the medication. Your plans for a new thick head of hair to restore your confidence and sexual allure just might backfire.

To read the full article Hair-growth drug tied to male sexual problems, click here.

meditation-pain190x140.jpgBrain Imaging Shows Impact of Brief Mindfulness Meditation Training. Even very brief instruction in meditation appears to help people cope with pain, and a newly published brain imaging study may explain why.

To read the full article Meditation May Reduce Pain, click here.
workaholic100x140.jpgHeart disease hits workaholics hard: Are you at risk?

If you're reading this at work, go home. That's the advice from new research showing that working long hours can dramatically increase your risk for heart attack.

To read the full article Heart disease hits workaholics hard: Are you at risk?, click here.
bladder-cancer190x140.jpgA new study suggests using over-the-counter Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory medications can reduce your risk of bladder cancer by more then 40%. Also, a few other helpful tips to prevent bladder and other cancers.

To read the full article Preventing Bladder Cancer, click here.
saltsugar130x100.jpgSugar and Salt Are Becoming Your Enemies

We do love our chips, our cookies, and every restaurant table is set with a salt shaker and several forms of sugar, but the truth is that the use of both sugar and salt is constantly being discouraged by new research.

To read the full article Sugar and Salt Are Becoming Your Enemies, click here.


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Is Organic Food Marketing Hype?
Six experts, including a farmer and a food critic, square off.


Organic produce, and meat and dairy products, are a tiny—although growing—fraction of what Americans spend on food, on the order of 3 percent.

To read the full article Is Organic Food Marketing Hype?, click here.
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Fat Kids, Cruel World
Why the first lady's fight to end childhood obesity does damage to the children it's trying to help.


I didn't write, "I am 9 (almost ten) and I love unicorns," although that was true. Nor did I write, "I am 9 (almost ten) and I live in Florida with my dad and my dog Priscilla, who is all black with a big poofy tail," although that was likewise accurate.

To read the full article Fat Kids, Cruel World, click here.

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Predicting Kids' Success ... with Marshmallows
Studies Show Kids Who Can Force Themselves to Wait for Greater Rewards Tend to go on to Better Academic and Personal Lives


Testing footage shows children desperately trying to resist temptation. Their dilemma? Ring the bell, and get one marshmallow now. Or, wait, and get two marshmallows later.

To read the full article Fat Kids, Cruel World, click here.

lowsexdrive130x100.jpgMore Young Women, 18-30, Report Low Libido
Sexperts Say Women are Stressed; Birth Control and Antidepressants Are Also to Blame

Iris, a young woman from North Carolina, can't understand why she has no sexual desire -- she is only 30 and in love.

To read the full article More Young Women, 18-30, Report Low Libido, click here.


sexually-transmitted-diseases130x100.jpgSexually Transmitted Disease: The Next Superbug?

A sexually transmitted infection may be on its way to becoming untreatable after showing growing resistance to multiple antibiotic drugs.

To read the full article Sexually Transmitted Disease: The Next Superbug?, click here.

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When Divorce Isn’t the Only Choice
A Montana writer's husband said he was leaving, but she saw another way out.


Her husband's words hit Laura Munson "like a sucker punch." And yet, she says, she was able to duck. After two decades together, he came to her on a summer day and told her: "I don't love you anymore.

To read the full article When Divorce Isn’t the Only Choice , click here.

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1 in 4 will need health decisions made for them
Those who have living wills usually get treatment they wanted, study finds


A significant number of the elderly — more than one in four — will eventually need someone to make end-of-life decisions about their medical care, a new study suggests.

To read the full article 1 in 4 will need health decisions made for them, click here.

suicide130x100.jpgHow To Prevent Young Suicides

This academic year, a cluster of six suicides at Cornell University shocked the nation. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 24. Dr. Jon LaPook reports.

To read the full article How To Prevent Young Suicides, click here.

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Magnet Mayhem: Modifying Morality with Magnets?
Electromagnet Gives Moral Compass a Jolt, Study Finds


An electromagnetic jolt to your brain can temporarily impair your sense of morality.
The FDA has approved a brain stimulator for those suffering from depression.

To read the full article Magnet Mayhem: Modifying Morality with Magnets?, click here.


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Diabetes? Some beat it, but are they cured?


JoAnne Zoller Wagner's diagnosis as prediabetic wasn't enough to compel her to change her habits and lose 30 pounds.

To read the full article Diabetes? Some beat it, but are they cured?, click here.


Active ImagePsoriasis link to health problems

Women with psoriasis have an increased risk of developing diabetes and high blood pressure, a study suggests.

To read the full article Psoriasis link to health problems, click here.
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What Are Friends for? A Longer Life

In the quest for better health, many people turn to doctors, self-help books or herbal supplements. But they overlook a powerful weapon that could help them fight illness and depression, speed recovery, slow aging and prolong life: their friends.

To read the full article What Are Friends for? A Longer Life, click here.

Active ImageMusic for the Heart

The sweet sound of music may benefit heart patients who undergo treatment for their disease.

To read the full article Music for the Heart, click here.

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Dieters’ best intentions hijacked by their brains
Yummy snacks trigger vicious cycle of cravings, former FDA chief warns


Not apples or carrots. The scientist who once led the government's attack on addictive cigarettes can't wander through part of San Francisco without craving a local shop's chocolate-covered pretzels. Stop at one cookie? Rarely.

To read the full article Dieters’ best intentions hijacked by their brains, click here.
Active ImageAre They Freshness Deadlines Or Guidelines? Expert's Answers May Surprise You
On average, a family of four throws out more than 120 pounds of food each month. But plenty of perishables have a shelf life long beyond their "sell-by" dates. So, just how strictly should you adhere to expiration dates?

To read the full article The Truth Behind "Sell-By" Dates On Foods, click here.
Heart-Health Foods

Over the years you have probably heard lots of input on which foods are good for your heart and which are not. A recent investigation has looked at the information from nearly 200 studies  involving millions of people. The results of this investigation produced a recently published article touting a much shorter list of foods you should be including in your diet. The list appears to much shorter than we would have imagined or has been previously suggested.

This new “short” list of heart-healthy foods contains no surprises highly recommended are vegetables, nuts and foods that would normally be considered part of the Mediterranean diet. These are the “good" heart foods. On the "bad" lis, once again are no significant surprises as we see high on this list starchy carbs like white bread and the trans fats found in many cookies and fried foods such as fried chicken and French fries.

There are however still some "questionable" foods such as meat (beef and pork particularly), and well as eggs and milk.

With few changes positive or negative and still many unanswered questions about a number of specific foods there is still confusion around what we should and should not eat.

The study did however, clearly demonstrate that smoking is neither good for the heart nor for your  lungs. Within this investigation multiple studies when certain food or specific diets showed a strong link with better heart health, they put these food or diet at the top of the list.

In the end this study reaffirmed the benefits of a Mediterranean diet, a diet which is rich in vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish and olive oil when compared to a Western diet, heavy on processed meats, red meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy.

Their conclusion was that we should look at eating differently if we are not already using a Mediterranean style diet. It was also suggested that what you chose to eat is really about the totality of your usual eating pattern, don’t worry if you eat a hot dog on opening day of baseball season, just eat healthy and heart-healthy foods the rest of the time.

The specific study referenced here was supported by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health.


For more information on the Mediterranean Diet and other Heart-Healthy Diets,
click here.

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Study: Marital Satisfaction Takes a Dive When Baby Arrives


The birth of children has an immediate negative impact on even blissfully happy couples, raising stress and reducing satisfaction levels of husbands and wives, new research says.

To read the full article Kids Can Make a Beautiful Marriage Ugly, click here.


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More Kids with Bad Teeth?

More and more children are being admitted to the hospital for tooth decay and other dental conditions, according to a new study.

To read the full article More Kids with Bad Teeth?, click here.


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Heart-Healthy Foods

Over the years you have probably heard lots of input on which foods are good for your heart and which are not. A recent investigation has looked at the information from nearly 200 studies  involving millions of people. The results of this investigation produced a recently published article touting a much shorter list of foods you should be including in your diet. The list appears to much shorter than we would have imagined or has been previously suggested.

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Feds Waking Up To Nightmare Of Bedbugs
EPA Hosts Summit To Address Nationwide Outbreak Of Tiny Reddish-Brown Insects

The federal government is waking up to what has become a growing nightmare in many parts of the country - a bed bug outbreak.

To read the full article Feds Waking Up To Nightmare Of Bedbugs, click here.

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CBS Evening News: Letting Blood Sugar Get Too Low May Damage The Brain


A study was released Tuesday that has important information for older diabetics, reports CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook. More than 23.5 million Americans have diabetes, and half of them are over 60. Researchers have discovered a link between that disease and dementia.


To read the full article Link Between Diabetes And Dementia, click here.


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Broccoli Sprouts Ward Off Stomach Cancer


People who carry the H. pylori bacteria in their guts are at higher risk for stomach cancer. Eating as little as 2.5 oz of broccoli a day can prevent stomach cancer.

To read the full article Broccoli Sprouts Ward Off Stomach Cancer, click here.

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Blood sugar can be anyone's problem
High-normal levels are often overlooked, but can harm your health


The average American consumes more than a pound of refined sugar a week. It sounds unbelievable until you realize that sugar goes by more than 50 names and is an ingredient in virtually all processed foods, from your morning doughnut to the ketchup on your burger.

To read the full article Blood sugar can be anyone's problem, click here.