August 2014


incontinence170x170.jpgFor Young Women, Incontinence Can Happen Regardless of Pregnancy

Urinary incontinence may be just as common in younger women who have never been pregnant as it is in women who have had children, according to a new Australian study.

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fiber130x170.jpgThe Best Kind of Fiber for Weight Loss

Chowing down on fiber-enriched foods such as yogurt, soy milk, and breakfast bars might seem like an easy way to hit your nutritional goals, but it may not help you lose weight.

To read the full article The Best Kind of Fiber for Weight Loss, click here.
period-pennies170x150.jpgBleeding Money: Could PMS Leave You Penniless?

Do you blame your reoccurring shopping sprees on your weakness for shoes? Well, according to a recent study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, your penchant for pumps may have more to do with biology than psychology.

To read the full article Bleeding Money: Could PMS Leave You Penniless?, click here.
papsmear150x170.jpgOb-Gyns Recommend Annual Well-Woman Visit
But other medical experts question value of yearly pelvic examinations

Women should have a well-woman appointment with their doctor every year, typically including pelvic and breast exams as well as any recommended screening, according to a group of U.S. Ob-Gyns.

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happypiggy170x170.jpgThe Secret to Happiness (Hint: It’s Not Money)

Science has found the key to happiness—and it’s not a big, fat paycheck. Instead, making a good, respectable name for yourself leads to the most satisfaction, according to a new study in Psychological Science.

To read the full article The Secret to Happiness (Hint: It’s Not Money), click here.
marriedcouple170x170.jpg6 Scientific Tips for a Successful Marriage

How to find wedded bliss: While scientists have yet to concoct a love potion, their research is providing some helpful tips for a successful marriage.

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blood test130x170.jpgScreenings controversial but may prevent 17,000 advanced cases each year

Screening for prostate cancer using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is controversial, but stopping this screening could result in many more cases of advanced disease, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed information from the time before and after PSA testing became widespread, and found that screening using the PSA test prevents an estimated 17,000 cases of advanced prostate cancer in the United States each year.

To read the full article New Study Fuels Debate on Prostate Cancer Tests, click here.
propecia105x170.jpgDrugs such as  finasteride (Propecia) and dutasteride (Avodart) may produce significant side effects in some people, including loss of libido, erectile dysfunction (ED), ejaculatory dysfunction and potential depression, according to a recent study.

To read the full article Drugs for Hair Loss and Enlarged Prostate May Cause Loss of Libido, Ed in Men, click here.
tstosterone150x170.jpgDiabetes and low testosterone go hand-in-hand: One in three diabetic men have low testosterone. But one potential cause of diabetes is low testosterone. So which came first, testosterone deficiency or diabetes?

To read the full article Does Low Testosterone = Diabetes?, click here
lies165x170.jpgA Notre Dame researcher is hoping this tongue-in-cheek advice will someday take hold, based on results of a "science of honesty" study she completed that showed tangible mental and physical health benefits among those who significantly reduced their everyday lies.

To read the full article For Good Health, Be Sure to Eat Fruits and Vegetables, Exercise Regularly and Lie as Seldom as Possible, click here.
Womanfuneral130x170.jpgA new study of mitochondrial DNA in fruit flies offers a number of clues that might explain why females tend to outlive males across much of the animal kingdom, including humans.

To read the full article Genetic Clue Discovered For Why
CFLBulbs150x170.jpgCFL Bulbs may be dangerous to you and to your skin. This Health Day video suggests that you consider UV leaks as a risk and use CFL bulbs with care.

To read the full article Light Bulb Warning, click here.
weightloss130x100.jpg10 Reasons Women Can't Lose Weight

A slide show listing 10 reasons women have problems losing weight.

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An Antagonistic Personality Might Increase Your Risk For Cardiovascular Disease


People with antagonistic or disagreeable personalities have thicker arterial walls that may make them more prone to heart attacks and strokes, researchers said.

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Regular Beer Raises Psoriasis Risk in Women
Researchers say women who drink regular beer are more likely to have the skin condition.


Women who drink five or more regular beers a week are at a higher risk for developing psoriasis, researchers said.

To read the full article Regular Beer Raises Psoriasis Risk in Women, click here.


ADHD130x100.jpgADHD Misdiagnoses Identified by New Study
There Are No Blood Tests or Other Neurological Markers for ADHD


Many children who are disruptive in school classrooms are misdiagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, when all they really are ... are young, according to a new study.

To read the full article ADHD Misdiagnoses Identified by New Study, click here.

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Stressful Social Situations May Be Physically Harmful in Some
If immune system reacts with inflammation, repeated stress can lead to chronic disease, study finds.


Stress caused by social situations, such as giving a speech or going to a job interview, can affect some people's immune system in ways that harm their health, researchers have found.

To read the full article Stressful Social Situations May Be Physically Harmful in Some, click here.
 

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Picky Eaters: When Waffles and Fries Are All You Eat
New Study To Determine Why Picky Eaters Won't Eat More Food


Bob Krause hates Thanksgiving, and not because of that all forced family time. Krause, 63, calls himself a picky eater -- one who won't eat anything that's served at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, or any other dinner, for that matter.

To read the full article Picky Eaters: When Waffles and Fries Are All You Eat, click here.

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Osteoporosis Meds Have No Link to Cancer

Taking to many meds? Are you concerned they may lead to other forms of illness?

To read the full article Osteoporosis Meds Have No Link to Cancer, click here.

TunaFish130x100.jpgTen Essential Mercury Facts

Confused by mercury hype? Fear not. Mercury science continues to confirm that fish is a health food. But a host of moneyed activist groups defy reason by dishonestly complaining that "mercury in fish" is today's version of "lead in paint."

To read the full article Ten Essential Mercury Facts, click here.

brain130x100.jpgMenstrual Cramps Also a Pain in the Brain

While not every woman experiences cramping during her menstrual cycle, those that do know it is a very real pain,

To read the full article Menstrual Cramps Also a Pain in the Brain, click here.

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Stress May Affect Chances of Getting Pregnant
Study Shows Women With High Levels of Stress-Related Hormone Less Likely to Conceive


There is now scientific evidence to back up the widely held belief that stress can interfere with fertility.

To read the full article Stress May Affect Chances of Getting Pregnant, click here.

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Getting defensive is good for men — but not women
Study shows such behavior makes men feel less stressed; women have opposite reaction

You might think that defensiveness — which psychologists describe as avoiding, denying, or repressing information one perceives as threatening — would not be a good thing, and maybe even causes you stress.

To read the full article Getting defensive is good for men — but not women , click here.

low-carb-diet130x100.jpgOver Time, Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet on "Good" Cholesterol and Works Just as Well to Lose Weight

Over the long term, a low-carb diet works just as well as a low-fat diet at taking off the pounds - and it might be better for your heart, new research suggests.

To read the full article Low-Carb Diet Beats Low-Fat , click here.
healthyfood130x100.jpgBoosting 5 Vital Nutrients Kids Need
Easy tips to help your kids get more of 5 essential nutrients often missing from their diets.

Certain essential nutrients have gone missing from our kids' diets.

To read the full article Boosting 5 Vital Nutrients Kids Need, click here.


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In the era of Google, medical advice is more confusing than ever. Here's a guide to what you really need to know, and when.

It's a cliché that we're living in the too much Information Age, and if you Google anything related to health, it's plain to see why.

To read the full article Healthy at Any Age, click here.


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How to spot a spoiled child, and what to do about it.


Every parent has probably heard it at one time or another: "You're going to spoil that child!"

To read the full article Is Your Child Spoiled? , click here.


white130x100.jpgHow to avoid the most common of cancers: Skin cancer

Stephanie White is a skin cancer expert. At 41, she's had all three types of the condition: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

To read the full story How to avoid the most common of cancers: Skin cancer , click here.


Active ImageFathers' depression 'harms young'

Children whose fathers have mental health disorders are likely to have psychiatric or behavioural disorders themselves, researchers warn.

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Active ImageHow to avoid the most common of cancers: Skin cancer

Stephanie White is a skin cancer expert. At 41, she's had all three types of the condition: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

To read the full story How to avoid the most common of cancers: Skin cancer , click here.
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H1N1
Swine Wide Spread
Flu -CDC: 'Virtually All the U.S. Has This Virus Circulating


Even though the new H1N1 swine flu is circulating in virtually all the U.S., CDC officials say there's encouraging news.

To read the full story H1N1 Swine Flu: No State Is Immune , click here.
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Epstein-Barr Virus Linked to MS
Study Shows Common Virus May Help Trigger Multiple


Infection with Epstein-Barr virus appears to raise the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), Boston researchers report.

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'How Sex Works'
Why We Look, Smell, Taste, Feel, and Act the Way We Do


Have you ever wondered exactly what attracted you to your partner? Or why you act the way you do around the opposite sex?

To read the full story 'How Sex Works' , click here.
Active ImageUse it or lose it: Yes, it's true

Urology clinics have a saying: "Erections make erections." In other words, sex is not unlike sports. If you want to be a good tennis player, play lots of tennis; if you want to be a good lover, make lots of love.

To read the full article Use it or lose it: Yes, it's true, click here.


Active ImageMedical marijuana: What does science say?

Depending on whom you ask, marijuana is a dangerous drug that should be kept illegal alongside heroin and PCP, or it's a miracle herb with a trove of medical benefits that the government is seeking to deny the public -- or something in between: a plant with medical uses and drawbacks, worth exploring.

To read the full article Medical marijuana: What does science say?, click here.

 

Active ImageTrace amounts of bisphenol A won't harm adults or infants, review finds

Despite ongoing safety concerns from parents, consumer groups and politicians, a chemical used in baby bottles, canned food and other items is not dangerous, federal regulators said Friday.

To read the full article FDA: Chemical found in plastic bottles is safe, click here.

Active ImageHow to banish dullness, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles

Think birthdays are all that shout your age to the world? Unfortunately, your skin can make you look older than you are.

To read the full article Keep your skin looking forever young, click here.


Here is another recent article on the same subject preserving your skin. What you need to know to save your skin, clcik here.


Active ImageProper Exercise And Diet Are Among Key Factors In Stroke Prevention

A new study shows that five healthy lifestyle factors help cut the risk of the most common type of stroke by 80%.

The study, reported in the journal Circulation, tracked 43,685 men and 71,243 women. The average age at the start of the study was 54 for men and 50 for women.

To read the full article 5 Lifestyle Habits That Cut Stroke Risk, click here.

Active ImageHey Big Spender, It Isn't You - And It's Not The Bargain Maven Or Penny Pincher, Either

Your shopping style may be a window on your happiness -- and what you spend on may matter more than how much you shell out.

It turns out that the happiest shoppers aren't those who bag the biggest bargains, or those who spend whatever it takes to get the best items out there, or people whose wallets are gathering dust while they pinch their pennies.

To read the full article Which Shoppers Are Happiest?, click here.


Active ImageStudies: 4 Commonly Used Moisturizing Creams Promote Tumors In UV-Exposed Mice

Our commonly used moisturizers promoted skin cancers in mouse studies.

Mice are not men. But the unexpected finding suggests that these -- and perhaps other products -- may not be as safe as they're thought to be.

To read the full article Moisturizers Linked To Skin Cancer?, click here.

Active ImageStudy Shows Older Runners Have Fewer Disabilities Than Non-Runners

Regular running slows the effects of aging, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine that tracked 500 older runners for more than 20 years.

To read the full story Running Slows the Effects of Aging, click here.

Active ImageInvestigators have begun two large studies of stretching, asking about its effectiveness in much the way scientists might ask about a new drug or medical device. They’re actively recruiting thousands of volunteers to participate, in the United States and elsewhere, and randomly assigning participants to use the method, or not. That is the only way, researchers say, to detect the subtle effects that most treatments and exercise interventions might be expected to evoke.

To read the full story Is Stretching All It’s Cracked Up to Be?, click here.

Active ImageTuna and Bean Salad

They lurk in every pantry: cans of beans bought long ago for a forgotten meal, now dusty and unloved on a back shelf.

To read the full story Recipes for Health, click here.

Active ImageExpert: Good Time To Take Step Back, Check Your Skin For Damage From Sun

It's the middle of summer, and perhaps you haven't been careful about avoiding the sun so far this season.

We all have to walk outside in the sunshine, some of us play sports outside, and others just lie in the sun at the beach.

To read the full story Mid-Summer Skin Cancer Alert, click here.

Active ImageBisphenol, Which Can Disrupt Hormonal System, Is Used In Plastic Bottles And Formula Cans

Responding to growing consumer anxiety, California lawmakers are considering enacting what could be the first statewide restrictions on a chemical found in plastic baby bottles and infant formula cans.

To read the full story Calif. Weighs Chemical Ban In Baby Items , click here.

Active ImageStudy Shows Lack of Energy Could Signal Health Problems Beyond Just Normal Aging Process

A study done by researchers at Columbia University urges physicians to take complaints of exhaustion among the elderly seriously.

There were 2,130 people in the study, which took place from 1989 to 1995. The average age was 74, and 20% of the participants were older than 80. The majority were women.


To read the full story Fatigue Among Elders Tied to Other Ills , click here.

Active ImageBrown Recluse Spider Makes Venomous Presence Known
Reports of Poisonous Spider Bite on the Rise, Experts Say


A 4-inch scar stretches across 6-year-old Barron Bowling's face, a road map to the venom that seeped through his cheek when he was bitten by a brown recluse spider last September.

To read the full story Brown Recluse Spider Makes Venomous Presence Known, click here.

Top 20 Antioxidant-Packed Foods

You are looking for ways to protect your heart and your body. You want to find a "natural" process that either requires that you do not ave to take medication or supplements those medications you are already using. Here are 20 foods which if eaten on a daily basis in some combination not only add new and healthy tastes to your life, but also protect your heart, and the rest of your body.

Antioxidant-Packed Foods

Food TAC*

1. Small Red Beans

13,727

2. Wild Blueberries

13,427

3. (Red) Kidney Beans

13,259

4. Pinto Beans

11,864

5. Cultivated Blueberries

9,019

6. Cranberries

8,983

7. Artichoke hearts

7,904

8. Blackberries

7,701

9. Dried Plums (Prunes)

7,291

10. Raspberries

6,058

11. Strawberries

5,938

12. Red Delicious/Granny Smith Apple

5,600

13. Pecans

5,095

14. Sweet Cherries

4,873

15. Black Plums

4,844

16. Russet Potato

4,649

17. Black Beans

4,181

18. Plums

4,118

19. Gala Apple

3,903

20. Walnuts

3,846

 Consider this your shopping list of healthy power foods, based on their total antioxidant capacity (TAC) per serving (1 piece fruit/potato,

25 Top Heart-Healthy Foods

We all know how important our heart is and of course we want to treat it well and protect it from injury. While the role of cholesterol remains a hotly debated topic there are a number of foods that have little or nothing to do with cholesterol, are heart healthy and just plain flat out taste good.

By adding these foods to your daily diet you are giving your heart a boost in both feeling and staying healthy and happy.

From asparagus to sweet potatoes to a taste robust Cabernet, even a luscious chocolate treat we feed our heart better and enjoy every bite (or sip) of the heart-healthy foods we eat. The following 25 tasty foods deliver a powerful dose of phytonutrients that can prevent heart disease and repair damage to heart cells. This is the core of preventing heart disease.

There many delicious fruits and vegetables, many colors, shapes, sizes, that are both good for you and for your heart. By adding them to your diet and looking for them when you eat out you can significantly reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

 Fresh fruits and vegetables offer a tasty and painless way to eat a heart-healthy diet. They can help wipe out dangerous free radicals in the bloodstream, protect your blood vessels, reduce the risk of hardening of your arteries and leave you asking for more.

In recent years nutritionist and physicians specializing in preventive medicine have more and more been encouraging their clients to eat a whole food, nutritionally dense food diet. The whole food, nutritionally dense food diet is one what is based around eating food that is vine ripened, fresh and chocked full of vitamin, minerals and other essential nutrients. Fresh fruits and vegetables in their natural form, as it comes from the ground, and less processed and refined foods.

When these fresh vine ripened fruits and vegetables are combined with whole grains, beans and legumes, nuts, fatty fish, lean meats they bring into your body all of the nutrients your heart, muscles, brain and organs need to not only be healthy but to perform optimally and correctly. This basic diet offer all sorts of heart-protective phytonutrients and health creating essential nutrients.

In this article, a first in a series of healthy diet information we will look at a variety of the very best heart-healthy foods.

If you listen to the media and believe what they say then you might think that all your problems could be solved if you were to only eat the one "magic food" they were advertising at the moment. A heart-healthy diet is not only about oatmeal and omega-3 fats, to obtain real and lasting health you will need to look for ways to add a number of heart healthy foods, each containing different but important nutrients. Having an understanding that there are not just a one or two heart-healthy foods can add a great new dimension, to your heart-healthy lifestyle, a tasty variety of foods and dishes made with these foods.

The foods listed here are all top-performers in protecting your heart and your blood vessels. They can also provide a basis for many great menu ideas -- so that you can easily bring heart-healthy foods into your daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Serving them at home can teach your children how to eat healthy and looking for them at your favorite restaurant can create a bonus of great tasting foods that are also healthy for you.

 

Food

Important Ingredient

Comment

1. Salmon

Omega-3 fatty acids.

Grill salmon with a yummy rub or marinade. Save a chunk to chop for a pasta or salad later on. Consider wild caught salmon as the best possible choice.

2. Flaxseed (ground)

Omega-3 fatty acids; fiber, phytoestrogens.

Ground flaxseed hides easily in all sorts of foods -- yogurt parfaits, morning cereal, homemade muffins, or cookies. Not always easy to spot when dining out but in those heath conscious restaurants a good choice to order.

3. Oatmeal

Omega-3 fatty acids; magnesium; potassium; folate; niacin; calcium; soluble fiber.

Top hot oatmeal with fresh berries. Oatmeal-and-raisin cookies are a hearty treat. For breakfast, instead of bacon and eggs try a hot steaming bowel of oatmeal with whole wheat or rye toast.

4. Black or
    Kidney Beans
                    

B-complex vitamins; niacin; folate; magnesium; omega-3 fatty acids; calcium; soluble fiber.

Give soup or salad a nutrient boost -- stir in some beans. A staple in many ethnic restaurants beans are a nutritious way to protect your heart. Avoid refried beans if possible, and look for cooked bean dishes.

5. Almonds

Plant omega-3 fatty acids; vitamin E; magnesium; fiber; heart-favorable mono- and polyunsaturated fats; phytosterols.

Mix a few almonds (and berries) into low-fat yogurt, trail mix, or fruit salads. Almonds offer a tasty treat as part of amain dish such as Chinese chicken dishes made with almonds or a toping for your favorite desert.

6. Walnuts

Plant omega-3 fatty acids; vitamin E; magnesium; folate; fiber; heart-favorable mono- and polyunsaturated fats; phytosterols.

Walnuts add flavorful crunch to salads, pastas, cookies, muffins, even pancakes. Here too walnuts can be found as ingredients in salads, main dishes or deserts. Read te menu and ask.

7. Red wine

Catechins and reservatrol (flavonoids).

Toast your good health! A glass of red wine could improve "good" HDL cholesterol. Cooking with red wine is next best, if you are not a wine drinker.

8. Tuna

Omega-3 fatty acids; folate; niacin.

Here's a tasty lunch suggestion: baby salad greens, fresh fruit, canned water packed tuna. Keep "Salad Spritzer"

 

Active Image10 easy ways to trim costs on everything from physicals to surgeries

After a car accident left Michelle Katz, a Washington, DC, nursing student, with persistent back pain and numbness in 1998, she consulted a neurosurgeon, who told her she'd need an operation to repair her slipped disk. Katz, then 26, didn't have health insurance, so she did the only thing she could think of: She negotiated.

Katz offered to pay her surgeon and anesthesiologist a portion up front in exchange for a hefty discount and arranged a payment plan for the rest. When she got her hospital bill, she haggled with the billing department to drop some charges. All told, she ended up paying just half of the original $28,000 estimate.

To read the full story How to save thousands on your health care, click here.