The 7 most common Medicare myths

Social Security is often anointed as the most important social program in the U.S. because of the income it provides retired workers each month. But you’d be making a mistake if you didn’t put Medicare, the program designed to provide medical care primarily to seniors aged 65 and up, in the same discussion.

According to an analysis conducted by the Urban Institute, the cumulative lifetime benefits for a median income 65-year-old are estimated to be higher from Medicare than Social Security by the year 2055. In other words, the importance of Medicare is growing, especially on account of the medical inflation rate handily outpacing both the national inflation rate and wage growth.

Despite Medicare’s being a critical program for seniors, there’s a lot about it that’s simply misunderstood. Unfortunately, if you misunderstand Medicare it could come back to haunt you in your pocketbook. Here are seven of the most common myths associated with Medicare.

1. Medicare is free

Arguably one of the biggest Medicare misconceptions is that since it’s a critically important social program, it’s free. In reality, though some aspects of the program may be offered “free,” retirees are expected cover certain expenses on their own.

For example, Part A, otherwise known as hospital insurance, has no premium attached if you’ve earned 40 work credits throughout your lifetime. However, Medicare Part B (outpatient services) has a standard premium of $121.80 in 2016. Part D, or prescription drug plans, also requires a monthly premium.

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A 5-question quiz to see if you are a jerk

Newswise — RIVERSIDE, California – Are you a jerk? How do you know? Jerk self-knowledge is hard to come by, says Eric Schwitzgebel, a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside.

Schwitzgebel posited a Theory of Jerks in Aeon Magazine in 2014 and has revisited the topic a few times in his blog, “The Splintered Mind.” He continued that exploration this month in Nautilus in an article titled “How to Tell If You’re a Jerk,” and today blogged a five-question quiz to help determine personal levels of what he refers to a “jerkitude.”

Schwitzgebel defines a jerk as “someone who culpably fails to appreciate the perspectives of others around him, treating them as tools to be manipulated or fools to be dealt with rather than as moral and epistemic peers. The jerk faces special obstacles to self-knowledge of his moral character, partly because of his disregard of the opinions of people who could give him useful critical feedback.”

“There are, presumably, genuine jerks in the world. And many of those jerks, presumably, have a pretty high moral opinion of themselves, or at least a moderate opinion of themselves,” he writes in the Nautilus essay. “They don’t think of themselves as jerks, because jerk self-knowledge is hard to come by.”

There is no official scientific designation that matches the full range of ordinary application of the term “jerk” to the guy who rudely cuts you off in line, the teacher who casually humiliates the students, and the co-worker who turns every staff meeting into a battle, he acknowledges.

“The scientifically recognized personality categories closest to ‘jerk’ are the ‘dark triad’ of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychpathic personality,” he explains. “Narcissists regard themselves as more important than the people around them, which jerks also implicitly or explicitly do. And yet narcissism is not quite jerkitude, since it also involves a desire to be the center of attention, a desire that jerks don’t always have. Machiavellian personalities tend to treat people as tools they can exploit for their own ends, which jerks also do. And yet this too is not quite jerkitude, since Machivellianism involves self-conscious cynicism, while jerks can often be ignorant of their self-serving tendencies. People with psychopathic personalities are selfish and callous, as is the jerk, but they also incline toward impulsive risk-taking, while jerks can be calculating and risk-averse.”

Schwitzgebel says there is likely no correlation between people’s self-opinion about their degree of jerkitude and their true degree of jerkitude.

Hence the quiz.

The Jerk Quiz

1. You’re waiting in a line at the pharmacy. What are you thinking?
(a) Did I forget anything on my shopping list?
(b) Should I get ibuprofen or acetaminophen? I never can keep them straight.
(c) Oh no, I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to bump you.
(d) These people are so damned incompetent! Why do I have to waste my time with these fools?

2. At the staff meeting, Peter says that your proposal probably won’t work. You think:
(a) Hm, good point but I bet I could fix that.
(b) Oh, Loretta is smiling at Peter again. I guess she agrees with him and not me, darn it. But I still think my proposal is probably better than his.
(c) Shoot, Peter’s right. I should have thought of that!
(d) Peter the big flaming ass. He’s playing for the raise. And all the other idiots here are just eating it up!

3. You see a thirty-year-old guy walking down the street with steampunk goggles, pink hair, dirty sneakers, and badly applied red lipstick. You think:
(a) Different strokes for different folks!
(b) Hey, is that a new donut shop on the corner?
(c) I wish I were that brave. I bet he knows how to have fun.
(d) Get a job already. And at least learn how to apply the frickin lipstick.

4. At a stop sign, a pedestrian is crossing slowly in front of your car. You think:
(a) Wow, this tune on my radio has a fun little beat!
(b) My boss will have my hide if I’m late again. Why did I hit snooze three times?
(c) She looks like she’s seen a few hard knocks. I bet she has a story or two to tell.
(d) Can’t this bozo walk any faster? What a lazy slob!

5. The server at the restaurant forgets that you ordered the hamburger with chili. There’s the burger on the table before you, with no chili. You think:
(a) Whatever. I’ll get the chili next time. Fewer calories anyway.
(b) Shoot, no chili. I really love chili on a burger! Argh, let’s get this fixed. I’m hungry!
(c) Wow, how crowded this place is. She looks totally slammed. I’ll try catch her to fix the order next time she swings by.
(d) You know, there’s a reason that people like her are stuck in loser jobs like this. If I was running this place I’d fire her so fast you’d hear the sonic boom two miles down the street.

How many times did you answer (d)?

0: Sorry, I don’t believe you.
1-2: Yeah, fair enough. Same with the rest of us.
3-4: Ouch. Is this really how you see things most of the time? I hope you’re just being too hard on yourself.
5: Yes, you are being too hard on yourself. Either that, or please step forward for the true-blue jerk gold medal!

(The quiz is for entertainment and illustration purposes only, Schwitzgebel says. “I don’t take it seriously as a diagnostic measure!”)

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What’s the Most Loving Thing You Can Do?

What’s the Most Loving Thing You Can Do?

By Leo Babauta

The question I’ve been asking myself lately, before I do anything, is a deceptively simple one: “What’s the most loving thing you can do in this situation?

Now, that might sound corny to some of you, might seem irrelevant to most of you. But give me one minute of your time to explain.

I’ve been experimenting for awhile with letting go. Not running when I have uncertainty, fear, discomfort. Not acting on my fears or frustrations. Not letting these things drive me, but sitting still with them instead, and facing them with courage.

That’s wonderful, but what if you actually need to act? You could sit still all day, but then you’d never help anyone, never create anything, never do anything.

So there’s a need to not act, to sit still … and there’s a need to act. How do we determine which is which?

By asking that question. “What’s the most loving thing you can do in this situation?”

When you’re about to take an action (including running away, going away from uncertainty to comfort, procrastinating, going to distractions or comfort food) … stop and sit still.

Turn inward and see if fear or stress is coming up, see if you’re feeling uncertainty and wanting to cope by getting control. See if you’re trying to comfort yourself, or to lash out, to close down.

In this case, the most loving thing you can do is nothing.

The most loving thing you can do, for yourself and others, is to sit still. Face the fear and uncertainty. Not act out wanting to control these emotions, wanting to comfort yourself.

But in other cases, you want to take action. Doing your work, for example, could be something that helps you or your team or the world. Taking care of someone, talking to them, being there for them, serving them … those can be very helpful things to do.

In these cases, acting to help yourself or someone else is the most loving thing you can do.

If I’m going to read with my kid, take a walk with my wife, clean the kitchen for my family, write a book for my readers … these are loving acts.

If I’m running to check email or social media because I want something easy to do instead of writing that book for my readers … the loving act is to sit still and face this discomfort, fear and uncertainty.

When I’m talking to someone out of frustration, the most loving thing I can do is to refrain from trying to criticize or control them or be defensive. Instead, I can face this frustration. When I calm myself down, I can talk to them in a loving way and try to help them, try to empathize with them, try to be there for them.

Each time I’m about to act, the best thing I can do is ask that question: What’s the most loving thing you can do in this situation? I might not always remember, but when I do, it is always a helpful question.

Note: If you’d like to dive into mindfulness, check out my Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness here.

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Four hours pass. I take trips to the bathroom to stand in the stall and let it all out. My boss calls me into her office and I rise, suck it in, and waddle to her. Yes, of course I’ll look at the brochure. Lunch time arrives. I cautiously eat some bread and peanut butter, then smell something rankish and panic. Did I just leak gas without knowing? No, someone is heating a cheesy burrito in the microwave.

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National survey finds many go undiagnosed, and disease and its effect on quality of life seen as misunderstood. New Health Union site looks to provide support and information Philadelphia, June 28, 2016 – A new national survey by Health Union … Continue reading

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Migraine, Tension Headaches and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Linked?

Newswise — MINNEAPOLIS – Migraine and tension-type headaches may share genetic links with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, … Continue reading

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Hay fever medicine reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome

Researchers from KU Leuven, Belgium, have identified the cause of abdominal pain in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). As a result, they were able to select a medicine that could reduce or end that pain. This medicine is already … Continue reading

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Very little evidence for cutting out certain carbs to ease irritable bowel: Value of FODMAP diet, developed in Australia to curb symptoms, questioned: BMJ

There is very little evidence to recommend avoiding certain types of dietary carbohydrate, known as the FODMAP diet, to ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS for short, concludes a review of the available data in Drug and … Continue reading

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Irritable bowel syndrome patients find pain treatments less effective

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered that the immune system is defective in people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, which is a major reason why sufferers have ongoing issues with pain. The research – the first of its kind in … Continue reading

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New form of irritable bowel syndrome found by UCLA researchers

UCLA researchers have described a new form of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) that occurs after an acute bout of diverticulitis, a finding that may help lead to better management of symptoms and relief for patients. The discovery of this new … Continue reading

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Vulvodynia related to irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia and interstitial cystitis

Millions of women suffer from unexplained vulvar pain so severe it can make intercourse, exercise and even sitting unbearable. New research now shows that women with this painful vaginal condition known as vulvodynia are two to three times more likely … Continue reading

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For irritable bowel disease, rifaximin is the safest targeted antibiotic treatment: Cedars-Sinai study

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 1, 2011) – Among the most commonly used treatments for irritable bowel syndrome – which affects as many as 20 percent of the United States population – a targeted antibiotic was shown to be the safest in … Continue reading

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Irritable bowel syndrome relieved by peppermint: Adelaide University study

University of Adelaide researchers have shown for the first time how peppermint helps to relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which affects up to 20% of the population. In a paper published this week in the international journal Pain, researchers from the … Continue reading

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Irritable bowel symptoms improve with exercise: new study

The study, which was conducted at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg and at Alingsås Hospital, included 102 IBS patients between the ages of 18 and 65. Half the group was randomly allocated to increase their physical activity and the other … Continue reading

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Mind-body therapies and bowel disorders

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although some health care providers may overlook alternative therapies when treating functional bowel disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, University of Florida faculty members have found evidence that hypnosis and cognitive behavioral therapy may benefit patients suffering … Continue reading

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New bowel cancer detection device

The Basque Centre for Research into Microtechnologies, CIC microGUNE, has developed a device, currently at a prototype stage, capable of rapidly diagnosing and monitoring cancer of the colon simply by analysing blood drops from the patient. Bowel cancer is the … Continue reading

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The significance of seaweed: Marine macroalgae removes large amounts of atmospheric carbon

Our understanding of the global carbon cycle has been reshaped by KAUST researchers who have helped to reveal a major role for the abundance of seaweed growing around the world’s coasts. Some years ago, Carlos Duarte, now director of the … Continue reading

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Seaweed industry gets a warning

A rising number of valuable uses being found for seaweed — from food and fertilizer to pharmaceuticals and industrial gels — is driving the rapid growth of an industry that could easily and needlessly drop into some of the same … Continue reading

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Altering meal frequency has little impact on body weight, plasma lipids, or glucoregulatory factors

Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2016 Oct;23(5):379-383. Meal frequency and timing: impact on metabolic disease risk. Varady KA1. Author information 1Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Abstract PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of … Continue reading

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Gut Bacteria Could Tip Balance in Developing Celiac Disease or Staying Healthy

Newswise — Hamilton, ON (August 24, 2016) — About 40 per cent of the population have a genetic disposition to celiac disease, but only about one per cent develop the autoimmune condition when exposed to gluten, and this could be … Continue reading

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Fecal Microbiota Transplantation and Its Usage in Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Clin Psychopharmacol Neurosci. 2016 Aug 31;14(3):231-7. doi: 10.9758/cpn.2016.14.3.231. Evrensel A1, Ceylan ME1. Author information 1Department of Psychiatry, Uskudar University, Istanbul, Turkey. Abstract Fecal microbiota transplantation has a 1700-year history. This forgotten treatment method has been put into use again during … Continue reading

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Gene related to Down syndrome and miscarriage identified

GENETICISTS have identified an enzyme which regulates the production of sperm and egg cells in human reproduction. The discovery furthers our understanding of a process which can often go wrong, resulting in miscarriage or infants born with Down’s Syndrome, Edwards’s … Continue reading

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New Guidelines for Nausea, Stomach Pain and Other Problems Help Physicians Better Diagnose, Treat Kids

Newswise — A child feels nauseated all the time, but no medical test can find what is wrong. Or a child vomits regularly, but there’s no illness or eating disorder to explain it. These, and other stomach and bowel-related problems … Continue reading

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Do anorexia, IBS and chronic fatigue share a common cause?

Irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome and anorexia nervosa may all have a common origin according to researchers. They speculate that all three disorders may be caused by antibodies to the body’s own nerve cells because of a mistake by … Continue reading

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Doctor, patient expectations differ on fitness and lifestyle tracking

With apps and activity trackers measuring every step people take, every morsel they eat, and each symptom or pain, patients commonly arrive at doctor’s offices armed with minutely detailed data they’ve been collecting about themselves. Yet health care providers lack … Continue reading

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Electronic Health Records Can Help Catch Undiagnosed Cases of Type 2 Diabetes

Newswise — In 2012, a group of UCLA researchers set out to mine thousands of electronic health records for a more accurate and less expensive way to identify people who have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. The researchers got much more … Continue reading

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Obesity, colorectal cancer linked

Newswise — (PHILADELPHIA) — Obesity has long been associated with increased risk of colorectal cancer, but the link has never been understood. Now, a research team led by investigators at Thomas Jefferson University has revealed the biological connection, and in … Continue reading

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Cause of gastrointestinal symptoms in Type 1 diabetes found, allowing for new treatment development

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 1, 2015) — Research published Oct. 1 provides a molecular basis for why 80 percent of patients with longstanding Type 1 diabetes have chronic gastrointestinal symptoms including gastroparesis (delayed emptying of food), irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal distension … Continue reading

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Does Physical Activity Lower the Risk of Bacterial Infections?

Newswise — The risk of viral infections is known to be affected by physical activity, but little information is available regarding the more serious infections caused by bacteria. In this study, the investigators examined the relationship between leisure-time physical activity and suspected bacterial infections during a one-year follow up. Suspected bacterial infections were determined based on prescriptions for antibiotics. Via the use of Denmark’s unique civil registration number (an identification number assigned to all citizens at birth), it was possible to link health survey information with information from nationwide registries. Results showed that compared with sedentary behavior, low leisure-time physical activity was associated with a 10 percent lower risk of any suspected bacterial infection. Further, low and moderate levels of leisure-time physical activity were associated with a 21 percent and 32 percent reduction of suspected cystitis (urinary tract bacterial infections), respectively – compared with individuals classified as sedentary. Suspected respiratory tract bacterial infections, however, were not associated with physical activity level. Click here to access the abstract.

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Rapid Diagnosis of Bacterial Infections Possible with New Device

Newswise — A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has developed a device with the potential of shortening the time required to rapidly diagnose pathogens responsible for health-care-associated infections from a couple of days to a matter of hours. … Continue reading

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Study Rules Out Spiders as Common Cause of Bacterial Infections in Humans

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Can spiders be carriers of human pathogens? Can they provoke an infection through a break in the skin? A team of scientists, led by an entomologist at the University of California, Riverside, has data-mined the history of … Continue reading

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New test sorts viral vs. bacterial infections

DURHAM, N.C. – A blood test developed by researchers at Duke Medicine showed more than 90-percent accuracy in distinguishing between viral and bacterial infections when tested in people with respiratory illnesses. The test, which detects a specific genetic “signature” that … Continue reading

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Cystic Fibrosis: Chronic antibiotic therapy linked to fewer nontuberculous mycobacterial infections

People with cystic fibrosis (CF) often take antibiotics, including the macrolide azithromycin, for long periods to help manage their condition. But some doctors feared that chronic macrolide use might predispose people with CF to nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infections. To examine … Continue reading

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Portable device provides rapid, accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis, other bacterial infections

A handheld diagnostic device that Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators first developed to diagnose cancer has been adapted to rapidly diagnose tuberculosis (TB) and other important infectious bacteria. Two papers appearing in the journals Nature Communications and Nature Nanotechnology describe … Continue reading

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Might there be an alternative to antibiotics for bacterial infections?

VIB researcher Mohamed Lamkanfi, connected to the Ghent University, discovered that mice that do not produce the receptor protein NLRP6, are better protected against bacterial infections and can easier remove bacteria from the body. Therapeutic drugs that neutralize NLRP6 could … Continue reading

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Hospitals are not reporting or preventing bacterial infections as well as they could: new study

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2012 Jan;33(1):20-8. Epub 2011 Nov 11. Frequent Hospital Readmissions for Clostridium difficile Infection and the Impact on Estimates of Hospital-Associated C. difficile Burden. Murphy CR, Avery TR, Dubberke ER, Huang SS. Source Division of Infectious Diseases … Continue reading

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Another rapid diagnostic test for bacterial infections

Bacterial infections really stink. And that could be the key to a fast diagnosis. Researchers have demonstrated a quick, simple method to identify infectious bacteria by smell using a low-cost array of printed pigments as a chemical sensor. Led by … Continue reading

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Serious bacterial infections in children linked to H1N1

The H1N1 influenza pandemic has led to a sharp increase in the number of children with a serious “secondary” bacterial infection called empyema in children. “Cases similar to those described here are likely to continue until the pandemic is over … Continue reading

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In children with fever, researchers can now distinguish bacterial from viral infections

In children with fever but no other symptoms of illness, it is difficult to know whether a child has a viral infection that will resolve on its own or a potentially serious bacterial infection that requires antibiotics. Now, researchers at … Continue reading

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Hidden tooth infections may predispose people to heart disease

According to a study carried out at the University of Helsinki, an infection of the root tip of a tooth increases the risk of coronary artery disease, even if the infection is symptomless. Hidden dental root tip infections are very … Continue reading

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The three-antibiotic combo that can kill MRSA staph infections: WUSTL

Newswise — Three antibiotics that, individually, are not effective against a drug-resistant staph infection can kill the deadly pathogen when combined as a trio, according to new research. The researchers, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have … Continue reading

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Contacts and eye infections

People who wear contact lenses often acquire unwelcome microbial guests along with the convenience afforded by this eyewear. In fact, a higher diversity of bacteria lives on the eye surface of lens wearers than that of the naked-eye crowd, according … Continue reading

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Why Contact Lens Wearers May Get More Eye Infections

Newswise — Using high-precision genetic tests to differentiate the thousands of bacteria that make up the human microbiome, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center suggest that they have found a possible — and potentially surprising — root cause of the … Continue reading

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High-Dose Vitamin D Not Effective for Repeat Reproductive Tract Infections

Newswise — Columbus, OH. Women with the reproductive infection bacterial vaginosis (BV) do not benefit from high-dose vitamin-D supplementation, according to new research. The findings add to a body of conflicting data about a possible link between vitamin D – … Continue reading

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Little kids’ middle ear infections: a new cause

Newswise — WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Sept. 5, 2014 – Middle ear infections, which affect more than 85 percent of children under the age of 3, can be triggered by a viral infection in the nose rather than solely by a … Continue reading

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The tattoo inks that cause infections, according to FDA

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) became aware of a problem after testing inks in home use tattoo kits marketed by White and Blue Lion, Inc. FDA has confirmed bacterial contamination in unopened bottles of the company’s inks. According … Continue reading

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Painkillers may aid those with urinary infections

Newswise — Women plagued by repeated urinary tract infections may be able to prevent the infections with help from over-the-counter painkillers, new research in mice shows. Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that inhibiting COX-2, … Continue reading

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Hospital-diagnosed maternal infections linked to increased autism risk

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Hospital-diagnosed maternal bacterial infections during pregnancy were associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders in children, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published Dec. 23 in the Journal of Autism and … Continue reading

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Antibacterial soaps not only don’t work, they may cause harm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a proposed rule to require manufacturers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to demonstrate that their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water … Continue reading

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Antibiotics for common infections in children should be limited: new CDC guidance

Every year as many as 10 million U.S. children risk side effects from antibiotic prescriptions that are unlikely to help their upper respiratory conditions. Many of these infections are caused by viruses, which are not helped by antibiotics. This overuse … Continue reading

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Aquarium-related skin infections often take a while to diagnose

DETROIT – A skin infection linked to exposure to contaminated water in home aquariums is frequently under-diagnosed, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study. Researchers say diagnosing and managing Mycobacterium marinum infection is difficult because skin lesions don’t appear for … Continue reading

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CDC underestimated antibiotic resistance among hospital-acquired infections

LOS ANGELES – (August 1, 2013) – The rise of antibiotic resistance among hospital-acquired infections is greater than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found in its 2008 analysis, according to an ahead-of-print article in the journal, Antimicrobial … Continue reading

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Circadian rhythms control body’s response to intestinal infections, UCI-led study finds

Irvine, Calif., May 31, 2013 — Circadian rhythms can boost the body’s ability to fight intestinal bacterial infections, UC Irvine researchers have found. This suggests that targeted treatments may be particularly effective for pathogens such as salmonella that prompt a … Continue reading

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Blood thinner Pradaxa may increase susceptibility to some viral infections

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina indicates that a newly approved blood thinner that blocks a key component of the human blood clotting system may increase the risk and severity of … Continue reading

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Supporting Employees to Stand Up, Sit Less and Move More

Newswise — If you work in an office or behind a desk, chances are that you spend most of your day sitting. With too much sitting now linked to poor health, it is important to understand how to reduce the time that we sit, and whether this change can be maintained in the long term. This study examined the impact of an intervention designed to reduce the amount of time workers spend sitting. The investigators found that the intervention substantially reduced the sitting time of office workers both during work hours and across the day. Importantly, these changes were still seen after 12 months. The key next step is to adapt this intervention for wide-scale use by workplaces. Click here to access the abstract.

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Will wearables replace gym memberships for corporate wellness?

Market intelligence firm Tractica says wearables might be the next craze for the enterprise and industry sectors, as more businesses start to launch corporate wellness programs and integrate wearables into everyday work. Sales in the sector are expected to skyrocket … Continue reading

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How to Design a Corporate Wellness Plan That Actually Works: Harvard Business Review

Lately, there’s been some debate about whether workplace health promotion programs, more commonly known as wellness programs, work. To us, it’s similar to asking whether reviews, training programs, employee assistance services, or other company initiatives are effective for both worker performance … Continue reading

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5 Ways To Engage Employees In Your Corporate Wellness Program

Corporate wellness programs are successful only if people are engaged. When large amounts of people commit to living a healthier life, the results can be amazing. Lower health care costs, increased productivity, and improved morale are just the tip of … Continue reading

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Corporate Wellness Programs Lose Money: Harvard Business Review

Evidence that wellness programs lose money has been accumulating. This evidence has come not just from critics such as ourselves, but even from members of the wellness industry. In total, the evidence is compelling enough that companies planning or currently running … Continue reading

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Biggest corporate wellness lawsuit ever

Honeywell is not the first employer to be sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission due to a wellness program, but it is the biggest. The EEOC filed its third suit Monday against the company, in part because employees can … Continue reading

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Corporate wellness entrepreneurs: Carrot and the stick is the wrong model

Just this summer the California Healthcare Foundation sponsored a contest to help physicians understand a patient’s life outside the four wall of the doctor’s office. It is clear that many big employers see that part of the healthcare system – … Continue reading

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An Overlooked Benefit of Corporate Wellness Programs

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — In a world where rising healthcare costs have become the norm, employers frequently rely on corporate wellness programs to help reduce the costs of healthcare claims. While the benefits of creating a … Continue reading

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Corporate wellness player Virgin HealthMiles adds two engineering VPs

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Virgin HealthMiles, Inc., the market leader in the rapidly growing corporate wellness category, today announced that it has added Steven Shi and Chiang Ying Yi to the company’s executive team. Shi has been named the company’s vice president … Continue reading

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Corporate wellness ROI study kicks off in the midwest

Newswise — AMES, Iowa – Controlling health care costs is crucial for Iowa manufacturers to remain competitive. But a big question for many companies is whether investing in an employee wellness program will cut costs and improve productivity. To help … Continue reading

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Uh-oh. Corporate wellness plans do not work: RAND study

(Reuters) – A long-awaited report on workplace wellness programs, which has still not been publicly released, delivers a blow to the increasingly popular efforts, Reuters has learned, casting doubt on a pillar of the Affordable Care Act and a favorite … Continue reading

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Drugstores may be the future operators of most corporate wellness clinics

CHICAGO, Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — United Airlines today announced the opening of the airline’s new employee health clinic at O’Hare International Airport. The clinic, managed by Walgreens, will serve a broad scope of employees’ health needs, such as urgent care … Continue reading

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US Corporate Wellness earns re-accreditation as a Comprehensive Wellness Provider

Washington, D.C., September 18th, 2012 – URAC announced that US Corporate Wellness is among a very select group of national providers to earn re-accreditation as a Comprehensive Wellness Provider. After having become one of the first in the country to … Continue reading

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Corporate wellness program snapshot: data, stats, charts, graphs

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Corporate wellness company GlobalFit expands senior staff

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GlobalFit, the leading provider of physical activity programs for American businesses, today formally announced six recent hires. These staffing additions have been made to address the increased demand in the company’s corporate wellness initiatives, specifically with large companies and … Continue reading

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Corporate wellness ROI book a blockbuster in the making

More corporate wellness posts “This is a must-read for anyone involved in developing policy or making purchase decisions on programs that try to improve health and save money.” —Bob Galvin, Chief Executive Officer, Equity Healthcare (Blackstone Group); co-founder, Leapfrog Group; … Continue reading

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Corporate wellness games that benefit all stakeholders

BELLEVUE, WA–(Marketwire – May 1, 2012) – Henry Albrecht, CEO of Limeade, Inc., suggests that incorporating gaming techniques into company wellness programs exponentially ups engagement, a key ingredient to wellness program success. Limeade is an enterprise wellness platform that builds … Continue reading

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Corporate wellness industry growth: new data

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–More employers continue to start wellness programs, and the majority of organizations with programs currently in place are looking to invest and expand, according to the 2011 Willis Health and Productivity Survey by Willis North America’s Human Capital … Continue reading

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Corporate wellness programs leaping forward: major new survey from Rush University Medical Center

(CHICAGO) – Organizations in the Chicago area report an increase of health-improvement and wellness programs according to a survey conducted in September 2011 by Aon Hewitt in partnership with Rush Health. The survey results will be released at the 9th … Continue reading

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Corporate wellness ROI strategy book due mid year

Thompson Publishing Group has announced an agreement with Brad Cooper, CEO of national wellness provider US Corporate Wellness to write their latest book titled Employee Wellness: Implementing a High ROI, High Impact Strategy. US Corporate Wellness is the premier Colorado-based … Continue reading

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How corporate wellness programs beat rising healthcare costs: new white paper

PHILADELPHIA, PA–(Marketwire – Feb 22, 2012) – As healthcare costs continue to strap employers’ cash reserves, Penn National Insurance (PNI) has maintained annual increases 75% below the national average for three years running. The role played by the corporate wellness … Continue reading

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Uh oh: corporate wellness programs didn’t show results in this study: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2012

HealthWorks: results of a multi-component group-randomized worksite environmental intervention trial for weight gain prevention Jennifer A Linde, Katherine E Nygaard, Richard F MacLehose, Nathan R Mitchell, Lisa J Harnack, Julie M Cousins, Daniel J Graham and Robert W Jeffery For … Continue reading

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Corporate wellness company HealthFitness has 100 job openings

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Corporate leadership at HealthFitness is serious about the business of employee health— so serious that treadmill workstations are at the heart of its new Minneapolis office, and a HealthFitness-managed fitness center is located just one … Continue reading

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Social health company HealthRally, which develops incentive programs for corporate wellness, gets funding

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HealthRally, a social health company developing a new crowdfunding platform for personal health motivation, announced that it raised more than $400,000 in seed funding and assembled an expert board of strategic advisors. “Games and badges are great, but … Continue reading

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Corporate wellness company wins technology award in NJ

NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J., Nov. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Switch2Health (S2H) was named Early-Stage Company of 2011 by the New Jersey Technology Council. Seth A. Tropper, president and CEO of S2H, accepted the award at the NJTC Awards Gala held at … Continue reading

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Corporate wellness success, ROI, is driven by incentives

Healthcare costs are escalating rapidly and globally, accounting for greater shares of the GDP of developed world nations—their threat to national economies exceeds any other single cost item. It is no wonder that individuals, families, employers, communities and governments are … Continue reading

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ACSM Says Yoga May Not Count Toward 30 Minutes of Daily Physical Activity, but May Have Other Benefits

Newswise — Hatha yoga is an increasingly popular form of physical activity and meditative practice in the U.S. It is important to understand the calorie cost and intensity of yoga in relation to the national physical activity guidelines, such as those recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Heart Association (AHA). These guidelines encourage 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days of the week. This study was a systematic review that evaluated published research investigations that have directly measured the calorie cost of yoga and calculated the metabolic intensity (METS) of individual yoga poses including a popular sequence called “sun salutations.” Based on ACSM/AHA classification, the intensity of holding most poses and of full yoga sessions ranged from light (less than 3 METS) to moderate-intensity (3-6 METS), with the majority classified as light-intensity. A few sequences/poses, including the sun salutations, met the criteria for moderate-intensity activity. The health benefits of yoga, however, should not be discounted. The regular practice of yoga may also increase strength, balance and flexibility, calm the mind and reduce stress. Click here to access the abstract.

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Yoga as therapy

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Aug;24:145-61. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.06.005. Epub 2016 Jun 16. Yoga research review. Field T1. Author information 1Touch Research Institute, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, United States; Fielding Graduate University, United States. Electronic address: tfield@med.miami.edu. Abstract … Continue reading

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International Day of Yoga is Today

On Dec. 11, 2014 a wildly popular resolution was introduced to the United Nations General Assembly. A record number of countries – 175 – were willing to co-sponsor, making it so popular, it was adopted without a vote. But the resolution was not … Continue reading

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Hatha Yoga practice decreases menopause symptoms and improves quality of life

Complement Ther Med. 2016 Jun;26:128-135. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.03.014. Epub 2016 Mar 22. Hatha Yoga practice decreases menopause symptoms and improves quality of life: A randomized controlled trial. Jorge MP1, Santaella DF2, Pontes IM3, Shiramizu VK4, Nascimento EB5, Cabral A6, Lemos TM7, … Continue reading

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Asthma symptoms may be relieved by yoga

(Reuters Health) – Yoga seems to provide small improvements in symptoms and quality of life in people with asthma, according to a new review. The practice of yoga includes breathing exercises, postures (called asanas), and meditation. Yoga has been proposed … Continue reading

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Yoga improves quality of life in patients with atrial fibrillation

Sophia Antipolis – 14 March 2016: Yoga improves quality of life in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, according to research published today in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.1 Heart rate and blood pressure also decreased in patients who did … Continue reading

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Adapted Yoga Feasible, Beneficial for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury

Newswise — A research team, led by an IU School of Health and Rehabilitation faculty member at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has determined that adapted yoga is both feasible and beneficial for adults with stroke or traumatic brain injury. Subjects … Continue reading

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Yoga is being recommended more for some patients with heart disease

Newswise — Yoga practitioners have been touting yoga’s psychological and physical benefits for more than 5,000 years. Increasingly, yoga is being recommended for some patients with heart disease. Valley Medical Group’s Center for Integrative Medicine, located in Ridgewood, NJ recently … Continue reading

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Certain Yoga Positions May Impact Eye Pressure in Glaucoma Patients

Newswise — NEW YORK, NY – January 07, 2015 – Glaucoma patients may experience increased eye pressure as the result of performing several different head-down positions while practicing yoga, according to a new study published by researchers at New York … Continue reading

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The impact of yoga on atrial fibrillation: A review of The Yoga My Heart Study.

J Arrhythm. 2015 Dec;31(6):337-8. doi: 10.1016/j.joa.2015.05.001. Epub 2015 Jun 6. The impact of yoga on atrial fibrillation: A review of The Yoga My Heart Study. Deutsch SB1, Krivitsky EL1. Author information 1University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, 1 … Continue reading

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6 Yoga Exercises You Won’t Be Embarrassed to Do at Your Desk

Many of us sit behind our desks and stare at computer screens for far too much of the day. Although concentrated work can be beneficial to our jobs, it can be taxing on our bodies. The following yoga exercises will … Continue reading

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Yoga may not reduce all-cause mortality

Complement Ther Med. 2015 Dec;23(6):757-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2015.08.004. Epub 2015 Aug 18. Yoga participation and all-cause mortality: National prospective cohort study. Loprinzi PD1. Author information 1Center for Behavioral Research, Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management, The University of Mississippi, … Continue reading

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Prostate cancer, yoga, and side effects: new info

PHILADELPHIA — Men with prostate cancer who are undergoing radiation therapy can benefit from yoga, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania reported at the Society of Integrative Oncology’s 12th International Conference. The new, first-of-its-kind … Continue reading

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Americans who practice yoga report better wellness, health behaviors

People who practiced yoga or took natural products (dietary supplements other than vitamins and minerals) were more likely to do so for wellness reasons than to treat a specific health condition, according to analysis of data from the 2012 National … Continue reading

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Hot. Yoga. Not.

Olga Khazan In the 10 years I’ve been doing yoga, I’ve been to hundreds of classes on three continents. I enjoyed stretching alongside C-list celebrities on conflict-free mats in Los Angeles as much as I liked standing on my head … Continue reading

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Yoga safety has been questioned. Here’s proof that it is safe.

Am J Epidemiol. 2015 Jun 26. pii: kwv071. [Epub ahead of print] The Safety of Yoga: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Cramer H, Ward L, Saper R, Fishbein D, Dobos G, Lauche R. Abstract As yoga … Continue reading

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How yoga became a global phenomenon

Millions around the world recognize the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day, but as of 2015, June 21 also represents another global celebration: the International Day of Yoga. Two billion people in nearly 200 countries, including the United States, … Continue reading

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Yoga “holds the answers to life’s greatest challenges”

From a rebellious young woman with a dangerous heroin habit to a globe-trotting fashion model to “First Lady of Yoga” (The New York Times), Colleen Saidman Yee tells the remarkable story of how she found herself through the healing power … Continue reading

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The Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West

When the woman who would become Indra Devi was born in Russia in 1899, yoga was virtually unknown outside of India. By the time of her death, in 2002, it was being practiced everywhere, from Brooklyn to Berlin to Ulaanbaatar. … Continue reading

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YOGA: Top 100 Yoga Poses with Pictures!: Yoga, Yoga for Beginners, Yoga Poses, Yoga for Weight Loss

Yoga is getting more and more popular nowadays. Many famous celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Charlize Theron all practice yoga to keep their bodies fit and good-looking. Contrary to the popular belief, yoga is not … Continue reading

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Yoga improves cardiovascular risk factors, including central obesity and blood pressure: Diabetol Metab Syndr.

Diabetol Metab Syndr. 2015 Apr 30;7:40. doi: 10.1186/s13098-015-0034-3. eCollection 2015. Effects of 1-year yoga on cardiovascular risk factors in middle-aged and older adults with metabolic syndrome: a randomized trial. Siu PM1, Yu AP1, Benzie IF1, Woo J2. Author information 1Department … Continue reading

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Yoga and Chronic Pain Have Opposite Effects on Brain Gray Matter: American Pain Society

Newswise — PALM SPRINGS, May 15, 2015 — Chronic pain is known to cause brain anatomy changes and impairments, but yoga can be an important tool for preventing or even reversing the effects of chronic pain on the brain, according … Continue reading

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The Effects of a Hatha Yoga Intervention on Facets of Distress Tolerance: New Study in Cogn Behav Ther

Cogn Behav Ther. 2015 May 8:1-13. [Epub ahead of print] The Effects of a Hatha Yoga Intervention on Facets of Distress Tolerance. Medina J1, Hopkins L, Powers M, Baird SO, Smits J. Author information 1a Department of Psychology , University … Continue reading

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Meditation and yoga’s mental health benefits documented in new Dutch study

Yoga practitioners know firsthand the physical and mental benefits the activity produces, as meditation is often embedded in yoga sessions. Now, yogis have got science to back their claims of well-being and focus, as new research shows more clearly how … Continue reading

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Yoga classes do not violate students’ religious rights, Californian court rules

Yoga taught in a public school is not a gateway to Hinduism and does not violate the religious rights of students or their parents, a California appeals court has ruled. An appeal court in San Diego upheld a lower court … Continue reading

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More children doing yoga, taking sleep supplements

(Reuters Health) – – A growing number of American children are bending into downward dog and other yoga poses, according to a new report on complementary health practices. The report analyzed National Health Interview Survey data on practices outside of … Continue reading

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Childhood Muscular Fitness and Adult Metabolic Syndrome

Newswise — About 20-25 percent of adults have the metabolic syndrome and have increased risk of developing both cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. In this longitudinal study, investigators examined associations between childhood muscular fitness (strength, endurance, and power) and metabolic syndrome – the latter assessed once they reached adulthood. The results suggest that higher levels of childhood muscular fitness might protect against developing metabolic syndrome in adult years. Further, this relationship was found to be independent of the childhood cardiorespiratory fitness levels. For example, those with the highest muscular fitness at ages 9-15 years, had an 80 percent lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome in adulthood – in comparison to those who had low muscular fitness levels during childhood. Supporting the current World Health Organization physical activity guidelines, these results highlight the importance of both muscular strengthening activities and aerobic exercise. Overall, the study supports that a combination of increased muscular fitness, increased cardiorespiratory fitness and decreased adiposity in childhood may reduce future risk metabolic syndrome. Click here to access the abstract.

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Metabolic Syndrome Components are Associated with Increased Prostate Cancer Risk

Med Sci Monit. 2015 Aug 14;21:2387-96. doi: 10.12659/MSM.893442. Metabolic Syndrome Components are Associated with Increased Prostate Cancer Risk. Zhang JQ1, Geng H2, Ma M3, Nan XY4, Sheng BW3. Author information 1Department of Nutrition, The First Affiliated Hospital of Medical School, … Continue reading

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Higher levels of serum lycopene are associated with reduced mortality in individuals with metabolic syndrome

Nutr Res. 2016 May;36(5):402-7. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2016.01.003. Epub 2016 Jan 9. Higher levels of serum lycopene are associated with reduced mortality in individuals with metabolic syndrome. Han GM1, Meza JL2, Soliman GA3, Islam KM1, Watanabe-Galloway S4. Author information 1Department of Epidemiology, … Continue reading

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Long naps, daytime sleepiness tied to greater risk of metabolic syndrome

Taking long naps or being excessively tired during the day is associated with a higher risk for developing metabolic syndrome, according to a study scheduled for presentation at the American College of Cardiology’s 65th Annual Scientific Session. Specifically, napping for … Continue reading

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Magnesium status and the metabolic syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Nutrition. 2016 Apr;32(4):409-17. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2015.09.014. Epub 2015 Oct 23. Magnesium status and the metabolic syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sarrafzadegan N1, Khosravi-Boroujeni H2, Lotfizadeh M3, Pourmogaddas A4, Salehi-Abargouei A5. Author information 1Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Center, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Isfahan … Continue reading

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Plant fiber may fuel obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome: Penn State researcher

An excess of bacteria in the gut can change the way the liver processes fat and could lead to the development of metabolic syndrome, according to health researchers. Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, … Continue reading

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Dairy inversely associated with metabolic syndrome

Diabet Med. 2015 Oct 3. doi: 10.1111/dme.12970. [Epub ahead of print] Dairy consumption and risk of metabolic syndrome: a meta-analysis. Kim Y1, Je Y1. Author information 1Department of Food and Nutrition, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea. Abstract AIMS: To … Continue reading

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Effect of laser acupuncture combined with a diet-exercise intervention on metabolic syndrome in post-menopausal women

J Adv Ress. 2015 Sep;6(5):757-63. doi: 10.1016/j.jare.2014.08.002. Epub 2014 Aug 19. Effect of laser acupuncture combined with a diet-exercise intervention on metabolic syndrome in post-menopausal women. El-Mekawy HS1, ElDeeb AM1, Ghareib HO2. Author information 1Department of Physical Therapy for Women’s … Continue reading

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Staggering metabolic syndrome numbers in US

Newswise — Nearly 35 percent of all U.S. adults and 50 percent of those 60 years of age or older were estimated to have the metabolic syndrome in 2011-2012, according to a study in the May 19 issue of JAMA. … Continue reading

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A Widely Used Food Additive Promotes Colitis, Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome

Newswise — ATLANTA—Emulsifiers, which are added to most processed foods to aid texture and extend shelf life, can alter the gut microbiota composition and localization to induce intestinal inflammation that promotes the development of inflammatory bowel disease and metabolic syndrome, … Continue reading

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Metabolic syndrome can be prevented by healthy gut microbiota

Newswise — ATLANTA—Promoting healthy gut microbiota, the bacteria that live in the intestine, can help treat or prevent metabolic syndrome, a combination of risk factors that increases a person’s risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke, according to researchers at … Continue reading

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Partly replacing meat products with soy products could help prevent metabolic syndrome

Partly Replacing Meat Protein with Soy Protein Alters Insulin Resistance and Blood Lipids in Postmenopausal Women with Abdominal Obesity 1,2 First published July 9, 2014, doi: 10.3945/jn.114.193706 J. Nutr. September 1, 2014 vol. 144 no. 9 1423-1429 Monique van Nielen, … Continue reading

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Instant noodles drive metabolic syndrome

Instant Noodle Intake and Dietary Patterns Are Associated with Distinct Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Korea1,2,3,4 First published June 25, 2014, doi: 10.3945/jn.113.188441 J. Nutr. June 25, 2014 jn.113.188441 Hyun Joon Shin5,10, Eunyoung Cho8,13, Hae-Jeung Lee11, Teresa T. Fung5,12, Eric Rimm5,6,8, … Continue reading

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Metabolic syndrome may be effectively treated with this drug

(SALT LAKE CITY)—University of Utah researchers have discovered that an enzyme involved in intracellular signaling plays a crucial role in developing metabolic syndrome, a finding that has a U of U spinoff company developing a drug to potentially treat the … Continue reading

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Metabolic syndrome has no explicit effect on bone fractures: BMC Endocrine Disorders

Association between metabolic syndrome and bone fractures: a meta-analysis of observational studies Kan Sun, Jianmin Liu, Nan Lu, Hanxiao Sun and Guang Ning BMC Endocrine Disorders 2014, 14:13 doi:10.1186/1472-6823-14-13 Published: 9 February 2014 Abstract (provisional) Background Emerging epidemiological evidence suggest … Continue reading

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Poor breakfast in youth linked to metabolic syndrome in adulthood

1256 breakfast cookbooks, ranked in order of user reviews It is often said that breakfast is important for our health and a study conducted by Umeå University, published in Public Health Nutrition supports this claim. The study revealed that adolescents … Continue reading

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Voluntary exercise and green tea enhance the expression of genes related to energy utilization and attenuate metabolic syndrome in high fat fed mice

Mol Nutr Food Res. 2013 Dec 27. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201300621. [Epub ahead of print] Voluntary exercise and green tea enhance the expression of genes related to energy utilization and attenuate metabolic syndrome in high fat fed mice. Sae-Tan S, Rogers CJ, … Continue reading

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Overweight, obese are risks for heart disease regardless of metabolic syndrome

Being overweight or obese are risk factors for myocardial infarction (heart attack) and ischemic heart disease (IHD) regardless of whether individuals also have the cluster of cardiovascular risk factors known as metabolic syndrome, which includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol … Continue reading

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Diabetes community does not agree on definition of metabolic syndrome

Impact of HbA1c criterion on the definition of glycemic component of the metabolic syndrome: the China health and nutrition survey 2009 Xingxing Sun, Tingting Du, Rui Huo, Xuefeng Yu and Lixian Xu BMC Public Health 2013, 13:1045 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-1045 Published: 5 … Continue reading

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Does post-traumatic stress disorder increase the risk of metabolic syndrome?

New Rochelle, NY, October 1, 2013—People suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) face a greater risk of cardiovascular disease and death. A new study involving a comprehensive review of the medical literature shows that PTSD also increases an individual’s risk … Continue reading

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Sixteen weeks of resistance training can decrease the risk of metabolic syndrome in healthy postmenopausal women: Clin Interv Aging

Clin Interv Aging. 2013;8:1221-8. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S44245. Epub 2013 Sep 16. Sixteen weeks of resistance training can decrease the risk of metabolic syndrome in healthy postmenopausal women. Conceição MS, Bonganha V, Vechin FC, de Barros Berton RP, Lixandrão ME, Nogueira FR, … Continue reading

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Correlation between metabolic syndrome and knee osteoarthritis

Correlation between metabolic syndrome and knee osteoarthritis: data from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES); Chang Dong Han, Ik Hwan Yang, Woo Suk Lee, Yoo Jung Park and Kwan Kyu Park; BMC Public Health 2013, 13:603 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-603; … Continue reading

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Naturopathic care helps reduce metabolic syndrome

Counselling and treatment with naturopathic care as well as enhanced usual care reduced the prevalence of metabolic syndrome, a risk factor for heart disease, by 17% over a year for participants in a randomized controlled trial published in CMAJ. Researchers … Continue reading

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Grape intake may protect against metabolic syndrome-related organ damage

ANN ARBOR, MI – Consuming grapes may help protect against organ damage associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome, according to research presented Monday at the Experimental Biology conference in Boston. Natural components found in grapes, known as polyphenols, are … Continue reading

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Monounsaturated fats reduce metabolic syndrome risk

Canola oil and high-oleic canola oils can lower abdominal fat when used in place of other selected oil blends, according to a team of American and Canadian researchers. The researchers also found that consuming certain vegetable oils may be a … Continue reading

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College kids who don’t drink milk could face metabolic syndrome: University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

URBANA – College-age kids who don’t consume at least three servings of dairy daily are three times more likely to develop metabolic syndrome than those who do, said a new University of Illinois study. The Home Creamery: Make Your Own … Continue reading

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Chronic sleep problems linked to disability later in life

(Reuters Health) – In adults of all ages, chronic sleep problems were linked with a greater risk of trouble with activities of daily living later in life, in a recent study.

Although disability rates have been falling, up to one in five seniors have at least one limitation in their ability to perform tasks, the researchers write in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

“Most people don’t get sufficient sleep – as a culture we tend to devalue sleep – and we tend to underestimate the potential impact of not getting adequate sleep,” lead author Elliot Friedman told Reuters Health by email.

Research has linked poor sleep to poor health, but little is known about how sleep affects daily functioning, said Friedman, a gerontologist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

For the new study, Friedman analyzed survey data collected in 1995-1996 and then again in 2004-2006 from 3,620 people between the ages of 24 and 75 at the outset.

Participants answered questions about any sleep issues they had in the past year and their ability to complete daily living tasks such as bathing, dressing, and walking one block. They also reported on their ability to complete more difficult ‘instrumental’ tasks such as bending over, vacuuming, carrying groceries, climbing stairs, walking a mile, or running.

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Sleep and depression linkages explored

Medication is an important part of treatment for many patients with major depressive disorder, but the transition to antidepressants isn’t always smooth. It can take six weeks for a person to respond to pharmacotherapy. And with remission rates at about … Continue reading

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Researchers Identify Characteristic Chemical Signature for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Newswise — Dauer is the German word for persistence or long-lived. It is a type of stasis in the development in some invertebrates that is prompted by harsh environmental conditions. The findings are published online in the August 29 issue … Continue reading

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Chronic Lower Back Pain Relief Via Body Mechanics: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Newswise — WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Oct. 6, 2014 – If you want to steer clear of lower back pain, remember this: Arch is good, flat is bad. Back pain is anything but rare; only headaches and colds are more common. … Continue reading

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For rheumatoid arthritis patients, exercise improves sleep quality, fatigue

J Rheumatol. 2014 Aug 15. pii: jrheum.131282. [Epub ahead of print] The Effect of Exercise on Sleep and Fatigue in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Randomized Controlled Study. Durcan L, Wilson F, Cunnane G. Author information From the Department of Rheumatology, St. … Continue reading

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Dietary amino acids relieve sleep problems after traumatic brain injury in animals

PHILADELPHIA — A new study suggests a potential dietary treatment – a cocktail of key amino acids that improved sleep disturbances caused by brain injuries in mice – for millions of people affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI)—a condition that … Continue reading

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Chronic pain may be eased by attitude change

Related: Personality Characteristics of Patients with Pain Newswise — Chronic pain sufferers who learn to dwell less on their ailments may sleep better and experience less day-to-day pain, according to results of research conducted on 214 people with chronic face … Continue reading

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Chronic pain and stress reduced by group wellness programs

DETROIT, Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — A group wellness program has been shown to significantly relieve pain and stress, and improve stress-related chronic illnesses, according to Henry Ford Hospital researchers. Henry Ford’s Center for Integrative Wellness conducted on-site group wellness … Continue reading

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Americans with Disability Act Amendments Q & A

The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) was enacted on September 25, 2008, and became effective on January 1, 2009. This law made a number of significant changes to the definition of “disability.” It also directed the U.S. Equal Employment … Continue reading

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Patients with moderate to severe TBI twice as likely to die from an unintentional injury

Research examining adults with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) who participated in rehabilitation showed that they were twice as likely to die from an unintentional injury that occurred following their TBI. This was in comparison to individuals in … Continue reading

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Should physiotherapy be the first point of contact in general practice?

Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2016 Sep;17(5):489-502. doi: 10.1017/S1463423616000189. Epub 2016 Jun 6. Physiotherapy as a first point of contact in general practice: a solution to a growing problem? Goodwin RW1, Hendrick PA2. Author information 1Musculoskeletal Clinics Team,Nottingham City Care,Nottingham,UK. … Continue reading

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Gene related to Down syndrome and miscarriage identified

GENETICISTS have identified an enzyme which regulates the production of sperm and egg cells in human reproduction. The discovery furthers our understanding of a process which can often go wrong, resulting in miscarriage or infants born with Down’s Syndrome, Edwards’s … Continue reading

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Women’s long work hours linked to alarming increases in cancer, heart disease: Ohio State University

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Women who put in long hours for the bulk of their careers may pay a steep price: life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease and cancer. Work weeks that averaged 60 hours or more over three decades appear to … Continue reading

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American Migraine Foundation Offers Tips for Parents on Helping Their Children Cope with Migraine

Newswise — Although we may think of migraine as a disease of adults, it can also affect children of all ages. Some studies show migraine affects 6% of children and up to 28% of adolescents ages 15-17. To assist parents … Continue reading

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Mothers of children with autism benefit from peer-led intervention

Peer-led interventions that target parental well-being can significantly reduce stress, depression and anxiety in mothers of children with disabilities, according to new findings released today in the journal Pediatrics. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from Vanderbilt University examined two treatment … Continue reading

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The most common major stressful event in Americans’ lives last year? Health.

  “…beautiful sounds of grandeur and serenity…” — Jeff Kingdon, review on Amazon, 1998Princeton, N.J. – A new NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) poll released today that examines the role of stress in Americans’ lives finds … Continue reading

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The little-known heart condition that affects mostly educated young women

BMJ Open 2014;4:e004127 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004127 Postural tachycardia syndrome is associated with significant symptoms and functional impairment predominantly affecting young women: a UK perspective Claire McDonald1, Sharon Koshi1, Lorna Busner2, Lesley Kavi2, Julia L Newton1 + Author Affiliations 1Institute for Ageing & … Continue reading

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Age, weight discrimination worse than race, sex discrimination and are linked to worse health in older adults

Perceived age and weight discrimination, more than perceived race and sex discrimination, are linked to worse health in older adults, according to new research from the Florida State University College of Medicine. The findings are part of a study measuring … Continue reading

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Sexuality, traumatic brain injury, and rehabilitation

Critical Review in NeuroRehabilitation Highlights Impact of TBI on Sexuality and Importance of Rehabilitation Strategies Each year more than three million Americans are living with traumatic brain injury (TBI), a condition that is associated with physical, cognitive, and emotional problems … Continue reading

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Type 2 diabetics’ reporting of pain, complications: new data

Almost half of adults with type 2 diabetes report acute and chronic pain, and close to one quarter report neuropathy, fatigue, depression, sleep disturbance and physical or emotional disability, according to a study of more than 13,000 adults conducted by … Continue reading

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Depression risk for stroke caregivers, a new study

Caregivers of stroke survivors are at risk for developing depression and complications from chronic stress, according to a study published by researchers at the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON) in the latest issue of Biological Research … Continue reading

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How to stay out of nursing homes

Tired? Scientists have discovered another possible benefit of a night of restful and uninterrupted sleep. According to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health fragmented or interrupted sleep could predict future placement … Continue reading

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Tinnitus, insomnia linked

Newswise — DETROIT – For the more than 36 million people plagued by tinnitus, insomnia can have a negative effect on the condition, worsening the functional and emotional toll of chronic ringing, buzzing, hissing or clicking in the head and … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia symptoms get worse if you’re overweight: Mayo Clinic

ROCHESTER, Minn. — People with fibromyalgia can have difficulty getting a definitive diagnosis and finding an effective treatment plan. For many patients, the condition involves a confounding array of symptoms, including chronic pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance and mood disorders. One … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s impact on family caregivers: new survey

KENSINGTON, Md., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — A new survey released by the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) and Forest Laboratories, Inc. reveals what family caregivers fear most: first, their loved one’s general health and physical decline, and second, the … Continue reading

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Women’s neck, shoulder pain linked to psychological status

An increased response to experimental muscle pain is related to psychological status in women with chronic non-traumatic neck-shoulder pain. Anna Sjors, Britt Larsson, Ann L Persson and Bjorn Gerdle BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011, 12:230doi:10.1186/1471-2474-12-230 Published: 12 October 2011 Abstract (provisional) … Continue reading

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Leading cause of older American deaths: falls

Every second of every day in the United States an older adult falls, making falls the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans.

In 2014 alone, older Americans experienced 29 million falls causing seven million injuries and costing an estimated $31 billion in annual Medicare costs, according to a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

The new numbers are being released in conjunction with the 9th Falls Prevention Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). The observance addresses the growing public health issue and promotes evidence-based prevention programs and strategies to reduce the more than 27,000 fall deaths in older adults each year.

“Older adult falls are increasing and, sadly, often herald the end of independence,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Healthcare providers can make fall prevention a routine part of care in their practice, and older adults can take steps to protect themselves.”

With more than 10,000 older Americans turning 65 each day, the number of fall-related injuries and deaths is expected to surge, resulting in cost increases unless preventive measures are taken.

STEADI helps healthcare providers make fall prevention routine

To reduce older adult falls, CDC created the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI) initiative to help healthcare providers make fall prevention routine. STEADI is based on clinical guidelines and provides information and resources for patients, caregivers, and all members of the healthcare team. STEADI includes:

  • Information on how to screen for falls
  • Online training for providers
  • Videos on how to conduct functional assessments
  • Informational brochures for providers, patients and caregivers

At CDC, we’re working with healthcare providers to help keep older adults safe from falls. It all starts with three steps that healthcare providers can easily integrate into routine office visits.

At each visit, healthcare providers should:

  1. Ask patients if they have fallen in the past year, feel unsteady, or worry about falling.
  2. Review medications and stop, switch, or reduce the dose of medications that could increase the risk of falls.
  3. Recommend vitamin D supplements.

“Falls threaten older Americans’ independence and safety and generate enormous economic and personal costs that affect everyone,” said Grant Baldwin, Ph.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. “Together, everyone can reduce the risk of falling and prevent fall injuries.”

Reduced muscle strength, increased inactivity, more severe chronic health conditions, and increased use of prescription medications are risk factors for falls among older Americans. Fall injury rates are almost seven times higher for older adults with poor health than for those with excellent health.

How older adults can reduce their risk of falling

Older adults also can take simple steps to prevent a fall:

  • Talk to your healthcare provider about falls and fall prevention. Tell your provider if you’ve had a recent fall. Although one out of four older Americans falls each year, less than half tell their doctor.
  • Talk to your provider or pharmacist about medications that may make you more likely to fall.
  • Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor once a year. Update eyeglasses as needed.
  • Participate in evidence-based programs (like Tai Chi) that can improve your balance and strengthen your legs. Contact your local Council on Aging for information about what is available in your community.
  • Make your home safer by getting rid of fall hazards.

For more information on the NCOA, see https://www.ncoa.org/.

For more information on CDC’s STEADI initiative, see https://www.cdc.gov/steadi.

For more information about Administration on Community Living falls prevention programs, see www.aoa.acl.gov/AoA_Programs/HPW/Falls_Prevention/index.aspx .

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“Fear of Falling Can Cause You to Fall.” Tips to Help Older Adults Prevent Falls

As the National Council on Aging designates Sept. 22 as National Falls Prevention Day, NYIT Associate Professor Veronica Southard says older adults should be mindful of the risks of falling, but not let their fears take over their lives. “Fear … Continue reading

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Macronutrients Intake and Incident Frailty in Older Adults

J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016 Oct;71(10):1329-34. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glw033. Epub 2016 Mar 4. Macronutrients Intake and Incident Frailty in Older Adults: A Prospective Cohort Study. Sandoval-Insausti H1, Pérez-Tasigchana RF2, López-García E2, García-Esquinas E2, Rodríguez-Artalejo F2, Guallar-Castillón P3. Author … Continue reading

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Falls in the elderly can be predicted, three weeks early in some cases, according to the University of Missouri

“We have developed a non-wearable sensor system that can measure walking patterns in the home, including gait speed and stride length,” said Marjorie Skubic, who is both director of the University centre for elderly care and a professor of electrical … Continue reading

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After a Fracture, It’s Time to Rethink Medications

Newswise — BOSTON – With half of all women and a quarter of all men over fifty expected to suffer a fracture in the years ahead, the number of such injuries exceeds the incidence of heart attack, stroke, and breast … Continue reading

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Elderly fall risk may be mitigated by explosive strength training

Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2008 Dec;18(6):773-82. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2007.00732.x. Epub 2008 Jan 30. Explosive heavy-resistance training in old and very old adults: changes in rapid muscle force, strength and power. Caserotti P1, Aagaard P, Larsen JB, Puggaard L. Author information … Continue reading

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Wrist fractures linked to poor balance in elderly patients

Elderly patients suffering a low energy wrist (distal radius) fracture are more likely to have difficulties with balance, placing them at risk for future injuries, according to a new study appearing in the July 20, 2016 issue of the Journal … Continue reading

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Physical Declines Begin Earlier Than Expected Among U.S. Adults

Newswise — DURHAM and KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Physical declines begin sooner in life than typically detected, often when people are still in their 50s, according to a Duke Health study that focused on a large group of U.S. adults across … Continue reading

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Occupational Therapy Study Finds Differences in Older Adults Who Fall Indoors Versus Outdoors

Falling can have serious consequences for older adults, including a loss of function and increased risk of institutionalization. According to a new study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, patient characteristics and outcomes differ for people … Continue reading

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To prevent falls, it may pay off to remodel the house

(Reuters Health) – Home renovations could be well worth the expense for older adults and people with a history of falls because they prevent injuries and might curb medical spending, a study in New Zealand suggests. The cost-benefit analysis found … Continue reading

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A how-to guide to prescribing exercise for chronic health conditions: Canadian Medical Association Journal

Exercise helps to alleviate the symptoms of many chronic health conditions such as knee osteoarthritis, low back pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, heart disease and more, yet it is often overlooked as a treatment. A review in CMAJ … Continue reading

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Tai chi reduces fall risk in older adults: American Geriatrics Society

Recently, researchers compared the effects of tai chi to leg strengthening exercises (a physical therapy called “lower extremity training,” or LET) in reducing falls. Falls are a leading cause of serious injuries in older adults and can lead to hospitalization, … Continue reading

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Does physical exercise improve obstacle negotiation in the elderly?

Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2016 Feb 11;64:138-145. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2016.02.008. [Epub ahead of print] Does physical exercise improve obstacle negotiation in the elderly? A systematic review. Guadagnin EC1, da Rocha ES2, Duysens J3, Carpes FP4. Author information 1Exercise Research Laboratory, Federal University … Continue reading

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Knee buckling treatment may help prevent falls in older adults

Symptoms of knee instability in older adults may indicate an increased risk of falling and of experiencing the various physical and psychological effects that can result from falling, according to a study published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal … Continue reading

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10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s: Kansas State U expert

Newswise — MANHATTAN, Kan. – More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Not only is Alzheimer’s disease the sixth leading cause of death in the country, but it also currently … Continue reading

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Fall risk and vitamin D: new study

JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Jan 4:1-10. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7148. [Epub ahead of print] Monthly High-Dose Vitamin D Treatment for the Prevention of Functional Decline: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Bischoff-Ferrari HA1, Dawson-Hughes B2, Orav EJ3, Staehelin HB4, Meyer OW1, Theiler R5, Dick … Continue reading

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Vitamin D associated with increased risk of falling: JAMA Internal Medicine

Higher monthly doses of vitamin D were associated with no benefit on low extremity function and with an increased risk of falls in patients 70 or older in a randomized clinical trial, according to an article published online by JAMA … Continue reading

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Can Slow Walking Speed in Elderly Signal Alzheimer’s Disease Hallmarks?

Newswise — MINNEAPOLIS – How fast elderly people walk may be related to the amount of amyloid they have built up in their brains, even if they don’t yet have symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in … Continue reading

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After routine cataract surgery, dizziness, but not fall risk, improves

Older people with visual impairment who undergo cataract surgery report less dizziness, but may be at the same risk of falls as before the surgery, according to a new study. You would have expected the fall rate to improve, said … Continue reading

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The Right Shoes for the Season: Preventing Winter Falls for Seniors

Newswise — TORONTO, November 25, 2015– Many parts of Canada saw their first snow fall and with it comes an increased risk of falls on snow and ice. The issue is most serious for those over the age of 65, … Continue reading

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Seniors, falls, and hospital readmissions

Newswise — DETROIT – A comprehensive care program that involves a team of specialists from multiple medical disciplines for treating injuries sustained from falls in older adults could help reduce hospital readmissions, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in … Continue reading

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Senior Centers That Are Actually Fun

In the U.S., senior care is not something many entrepreneurs are thinking creatively about. Not so in Japan: In the past year, 60 gambling-themed senior-daycare centers have opened up, giving some of the nation’s elderly not just basic shelter, but … Continue reading

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Exercise program in senior centers helps decrease participants’ pain and improve mobility

It may seem counterintuitive that exercise could help people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, but a new study finds that a low-impact exercise program is improving quality of life for many older adults with these conditions. The program, offered … Continue reading

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Muscle Loss Linked with Falls and Fractures in Elderly

Newswise — Older people with an age-related loss of muscle mass and strength may be at greater risk of falling and bone fractures, according to new research led by the University of Southampton. A study by an international team of … Continue reading

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Falls: tai chi vs. combined exercise prescription

J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2015 Oct 26. [Epub ahead of print] Tai Chi vs. combined exercise prescription: A comparison of their effects on factors related to falls. Yıldırım P1, Ofluoglu D2, Aydogan S3, Akyuz G4. Author information 1Department of Physical … Continue reading

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Physical Activity and Falls in Older Men: Do Mobility Limitations Make a Difference?

Newswise — Moderately vigorous physical activity (MVPA) is good for all older men, and according to new research conducted at University College London (UK), it also reduces the risk of falls in some over-70s. One third of men aged 70-90 … Continue reading

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See what a button battery can do to a child’s throat

A button battery can cause devastating harm to a child if it gets lodged in their throat. Medical correspondent Fergus Walsh demonstrates what can happen – by using a piece of ham.

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Button battery foreign bodies in children: hazards, management, and recommendations.

Biomed Res Int. 2013;2013:846091. doi: 10.1155/2013/846091. Epub 2013 Jul 11. Button battery foreign bodies in children: hazards, management, and recommendations. Thabet MH, Basha WM, Askar S. Source: Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, … Continue reading

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Holiday hazards such as button batteries hidden in toys, cards

COLUMBUS, OH–(Marketwire – Nov 18, 2011) – Seventy five percent of shoppers are expected to buy electronics this season, but before you buy even a single gift, a doctor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is urging you to pay close attention. … Continue reading

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Button battery swallowing by infants and elderly is the subject of a CPSC warning

Small, coin-sized batteries can be found in products in nearly every home in America. From the flashlight sitting on the table, to the remote control next to the TV, “button batteries” as they are commonly referred to, are in thousands … Continue reading

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HP Recalls Batteries for HP and Compaq Notebook Computers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Recall date: June 23, 2016 Recall number: 16-202 Previous Next Enlarge HP Notebook computer battery Download Share Recall Summary Name of product: HP lithium-ion batteries Hazard: The battery packs can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. Remedy: View Details Replace … Continue reading

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Energizer Bunny needs warning label

In today’s technology-driven world, batteries, especially button batteries, are everywhere. They power countless gadgets and electronic items that we use every day. While they may seem harmless, button batteries can be dangerous if swallowed by children. A new study conducted … Continue reading

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Curiosity leads us to seek out unpleasant, painful outcomes

Curiosity is a powerful motivator, leading us to make important discoveries and explore the unknown. But new research shows that our curiosity is sometimes so powerful that it leads us to choose potentially painful and unpleasant outcomes that have no … Continue reading

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Vitamin B Levels During Pregnancy Linked to Eczema Risk in Child

Newswise — Infants whose mothers had a higher level of a particular type of vitamin B during pregnancy have a lower risk of eczema at age 12 months, new Southampton research has shown.

The study from the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, is the first to link maternal serum levels of nicotinamide, a naturally occurring vitamin, and related metabolites to the risk of atopic eczema in the child.

The researchers believe the findings support the concept that eczema partly originates as a baby develops in the womb and could reveal ways of reducing the risk of the skin condition.

Dr Sarah El-Heis, the study’s lead researcher from the University of Southampton, comments: “Nicotinamide cream has been used in the treatment of eczema but the link between the mother’s levels of nicotinamide during pregnancy and the offspring’s risk of atopic eczema has not been previously studied. The findings point to potentially modifiable influences on this common and distressing condition.”

Nicotinamide is a form of vitamin B3. Its level is maintained through intake of foods such as fish, meat, chicken, mushrooms, nuts and coffee as well as tryptophan, an amino acid found in most proteins. Nicotinamide and related nutrients are important for the body’s immune responses and energy metabolism.

The research, published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy, assessed the amount of nicotinamide and related tryptophan metabolites during pregnancy in 497 women that took part in the Southampton Women’s Survey. The rates of eczema in their children at ages 6 and 12 months was studied.

Results showed that offspring of mothers with higher levels of nicotinamide had a 30 per cent lower chance of developing atopic eczema at 12 months. There was an even stronger association with higher levels of anthranilic acid, a tryptophan metabolite.

Nicotinamide can improve the overall structure, moisture and elasticity of skin and therefore could potentially alter the disease processes associated with eczema, the researchers say. The study showed a gradual association between higher maternal nicotinamide and anthranilic acid levels and a lower risk of atopic eczema, suggesting that the development of eczema is not simply prevented by the presence of these nutrients.

Professor Keith Godfrey, Director of the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre in Nutrition, added: “More research is needed to investigate this interesting association, but the findings are further evidence of the potential benefits of eating a healthy balanced diet during pregnancy.”

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Holiday binge eating season has begun; ends a month after last holiday; weight takes many months to lose

Around the world, weight gained from holiday feasting takes months to lose, a study found.

Christmas Day in particular is a holiday that appears to pack on the pounds: in a study of some 3,000 individuals in three countries, Americans showed an average 0.4% weight gain (P<0.001) from 10 days before Christmas to 10 days after; Germans gained 0.6% more weight (P<0.001); and the Japanese 0.5% (P=0.005).

U.S. participants packed on 0.7% more weight in total during the full Christmas-New Year holiday season, but the Germans had us beat with a 1.0% weight gain, according to Brian Wansink, PhD, of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. and colleagues.

The data came from a year-long study, published as a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine, in which people were given wireless scales and asked to weigh themselves regularly.

In each country, sharp spikes in weight gain were seen around their major food-forward holidays.

Thanksgiving, for example, was another holiday tied to weight gain in the U.S., with Americans putting on an additional 0.2% of their weight (P<0.001). Golden Week and Easter served up the same for the Japanese (0.3% gain, P<0.001) and Germans (0.2% gain, P<0.001), respectively.

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Detecting eating disorders in college students home for the holidays

DENVER, CO–(Marketwire – Dec 14, 2011) – As college freshmen across the U.S. return home for the holidays, thousands of parents will — for the first time — discover eating disorders that developed during their child’s first semester. Because the … Continue reading

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Altering meal frequency has little impact on body weight, plasma lipids, or glucoregulatory factors

Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2016 Oct;23(5):379-383. Meal frequency and timing: impact on metabolic disease risk. Varady KA1. Author information 1Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Abstract PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of … Continue reading

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To consistently eat differently, you must learn to think differently

Most diet programmes work at first. We lose a few pounds in a few weeks, but then life happens and the bad habits and the weight return. This is where diets fail us and why The Diet Trap Solution is … Continue reading

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10 college-roommate conflict tips

Newswise — This is the time of year when roommate tensions increase. After weeks of living together with a roommate, many for the first time, anxiety and stress over the living arrangement may overwhelm some students. As students return home … Continue reading

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… ’tis also the season to overindulge, then beat yourself up for overindulging

The holidays are supposed to be all about comfort and joy, but they’re more often about discomfort and self-disgust, at least for women. Not only ’tis the season to shop ’til you drop, ’tis also the season to overindulge, then … Continue reading

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Popeye was Right: There’s Energy in that Spinach

Newswise — Using a simple membrane extract from spinach leaves, researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a bio-photo-electro-chemical (BPEC) cell that produces electricity and hydrogen from water using sunlight. The raw material of the device is water, and its products are electric current, hydrogen and oxygen. The findings were published in the August 23 online issue of Nature Communications.

The unique combination of a man-made BPEC cell and plant membranes, which absorb sunlight and convert it into a flow of electrons highly efficiently, paves the way for the development of new technologies for the creation of clean fuels from renewable sources: water and solar energy.

The BPEC cell developed by the researchers is based on the naturally occurring process of photosynthesis in plants, in which light drives electrons that produce storable chemical energetic molecules, that are the fuels of all cells in the animal and plant worlds.

In order to utilize photosynthesis for producing electric current, the researchers added an iron-based compound to the solution. This compound mediates the transfer of electrons from the biological membranes to the electrical circuit, enabling the creation of an electric current in the cell.

The electrical current can also be channeled to form hydrogen gas through the addition of electric power from a small photovoltaic cell that absorbs the excess light. This makes possible the conversion of solar energy into chemical energy that is stored as hydrogen gas formed inside the BPEC cell. This energy can be converted when necessary into heat and electricity by burning the hydrogen, in the same way hydrocarbon fuels are used.

However, unlike the combustion of hydrocarbon fuels – which emit greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere and pollute the environment – the product of hydrogen combustion is clean water. Therefore, this is a closed cycle that begins with water and ends with water, allowing the conversion and storage of solar energy in hydrogen gas, which could be a clean and sustainable substitute for hydrocarbon fuel.

The study was conducted by doctoral students Roy I. Pinhassi, Dan Kallmann and Gadiel Saper, under the guidance of Prof. Noam Adir of the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, Prof. Gadi Schuster of the Faculty of Biology and Prof. Avner Rothschild of the Faculty of Material Science and Engineering.

“The study is unique in that it combines leading experts from three different faculties, namely three disciplines: biology, chemistry and materials engineering,” said Prof. Rothschild. “The combination of natural (leaves) and artificial (photovoltaic cell and electronic components), and the need to make these components communicate with each other, are complex engineering challenges that required us to join forces.”

The study was conducted at the Nancy and Stephen Grand Technion Energy Program (GTEP) and carried out at the Technion’s Hydrogen Lab, which was established under the auspices of the Adelis Foundation and GTEP. It was funded by the I-CORE (Israeli Centers of Research Excellence) program of the Council for Higher Education’s Planning and Budgeting Committee, the National Science Foundation (Grant No. 152/11), a special grant from the United States – Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF), and the German-Israeli Project Cooperation Program (DIP).

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is a major source of the innovation and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy, and a key to Israel’s renown as the world’s “Start-Up Nation.” Its three Nobel Prize winners exemplify academic excellence. Technion people, ideas and inventions make immeasurable contributions to the world including life-saving medicine, sustainable energy, computer science, water conservation and nanotechnology. The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute is a vital component of Cornell Tech, and a model for graduate applied science education that is expected to transform New York City’s economy.

American Technion Society (ATS) donors provide critical support for the Technion—more than $2 billion since its inception in 1940. Based in New York City, the ATS and its network of supporters across the U.S. provide funds for scholarships, fellowships, faculty recruitment and chairs, research, buildings, laboratories, classrooms and dormitories, and more.

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Popeye was right! Spinach’s fitness benefits updated in new study

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Spinach extract curbs appetite, sugar cravings: Lund University research

Green leafy vegetables: more articles Thylakoid, a compound hidden away in spinach and other green leaves, slows down food digestion and therefore makes us feel fuller, according to research at Lund University in Sweden. A spinach extract high in thylakoids … Continue reading

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Fresh market spinach: new growing strategies

SALINAS, CA–Throughout California’s fertile central coast region, fresh spinach is a high-production, high-value crop. Spinach can be finicky, requiring sufficient nitrogen fertilizer and irrigation to ensure ideal growth, and to meet industry quality standards such as its defining deep green … Continue reading

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E. coli in spinach reduced with new technique

University of Illinois scientists have found a way to boost current industry capabilities when it comes to reducing the number of E. coli0157:H7 cells that may live undetected on spinach leaves. “By combining continuous ultrasound treatment with chlorine washing, we … Continue reading

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Spinach recall, Fresh Express, 18 states

Fresh Express Incorporated is conducting a voluntary, precautionary recall of a limited quantity of Fresh Express Spinach with a Use-by Date of November 7 and Product Code of S299B25 due to a possible health risk from Salmonella. No illnesses or … Continue reading

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Spinach recall, Kroger’s, 15 states, Listeria

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Why spinach makes us strong: the science

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Organic baby spinach recall for Salmonella

Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of Organic Baby Spinach with the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella following a random test conducted on a finished package of spinach by USDA. Salmonella is an organism which can … Continue reading

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Spinach recall for E. coli

December 23, 2011 – Avon Heights Mushrooms, in full cooperation with the FDA is recalling certain packages of fresh packaged spinach. The brands include Krisp Pak 1 Ooz bags, Better Brand 10oz.bags, and Avon Heights 4-2.51b bags. The implicated packages … Continue reading

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New spinach recall for Salmonella

Church Brothers, LLC is voluntarily recalling 560 bags of clipped spinach as a precautionary measure after one bag tested positive for Salmonella during a random USDA Microbiological Data Program sampling. The recalled product was processed on October 6, 2011 and … Continue reading

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Publix spinach dip recall because of Listeria

Publix Recalls Spinach Dip Due To Possible Health Risk FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 26, 2011 – Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for spinach dip because it may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. The problem was discovered … Continue reading

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Organic spinach recall in California, Arizona, Nevada for Listeria monocytogenes

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Inc., is voluntarily recalling fresh Organic Baby Spinach with the Enjoy by date of Aug 01 sold under the f&e™ label. The recall notification is being issued out of an abundance of caution based on … Continue reading

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Vitamin K intake and all-cause and cause specific mortality

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Pomegranate juice could have favorable effects on oxidative stress in patients with type 2 diabetes

Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2016 Sep 16:1-7. [Epub ahead of print] Effects of pomegranate juice consumption on oxidative stress in patients with type 2 diabetes: a single-blind, randomized clinical trial. Sohrab G1, Ebrahimof S2, Sotoudeh G3, Neyestani TR4, Angoorani … Continue reading

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Eating Your Greens Could Enhance Sport Performance

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Eating Yogurt Is Not Enough: Rebalancing The Ecosystem Of ‘The Microbes Within Us’

Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes, says someday we might be able to improve our health by taking probiotics, but “we are still in the very early stages of working out how to do this.” More The Mind-Gut Connection: … Continue reading

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Veggie Juice That Illuminates the Gut

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What do our cravings say about our health?

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CRF Frozen Foods Expands Voluntary Recall to Include All Frozen Vegetable and Fruit Products Due To Possible Health Risk

PASCO, Wash. – As a precaution, CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is expanding its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables. We are performing this voluntary recall in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) … Continue reading

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New Blood Thinners Reduce Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Risk Without Frequent Monitoring

Newswise — MAYWOOD, IL – A new generation of blood thinners can reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, without requiring frequent monitoring and dietary restrictions. But special attention must be given to the patient’s age, kidney … Continue reading

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The Elements of a Healthy Diet, and How to Change

By Leo Babauta One of the best things I ever did to change my life (along with exercise, mindfulness, simplicity and focus) is to teach myself to eat a healthy diet. But one of the things that confused me early … Continue reading

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Moderate Alcohol Use Linked to Heart Chamber Damage, Atrial Fibrillation in New Study

Enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or a nightcap before bed, but don’t count on their heart benefits.

A new study by UC San Francisco researchers found that even moderate alcohol consumption may change the structure of the heart in ways that increase the risk of atrial fibrillation.

“There’s growing evidence that moderate alcohol intake may be a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disturbance in the world, but the mechanism by which alcohol may lead to atrial fibrillation is unknown,” said Gregory Marcus, MD, endowed professor of atrial fibrillation research at UCSF and senior author of the study published Sept. 14, 2016, in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Possible Pathway Between Alcohol and Atrial Fibrillation

Marcus and colleagues looked at damage to the left atrium of the heart as a possible pathway between alcohol and atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a known risk factor for stroke. The irregular pumping of blood can lead to blood clots, which may travel to the brain and cause stroke.

The researchers evaluated data from more than 5,000 adults collected over several years in the Framingham Heart Study, including echocardiograms, medical history and self-reported alcohol intake. The study participants, mostly white and in their 40s to 60s, reported on average just over one drink per day. The overall rate of atrial fibrillation in the group was 8.4 cases per 1,000 people per year – meaning over a 10-year period, eight out of 100 people were likely to develop atrial fibrillation.

Every additional drink per day was associated with a 5 percent increase in the yearly risk. Every additional drink per day also was associated with a statistically significant 0.16 millimeter enlargement of the left atrium, highlighting a possible site of physical damage caused by drinking.

Complex Relationship Between Alcohol and Heart Health

The new findings shed light on the complex relationship between alcohol and heart health – one that likely precludes blanket advice on drinking habits, said Marcus.

Research has shown that moderate drinking can reduce the risk of heart attack while increasing the risk of atrial fibrillation. Marcus’s team captured this conundrum in a study published earlier this year looking at hospital admissions in dry and wet counties of Texas. They found that patients in counties permitting alcohol sales were more likely to have atrial fibrillation but less likely to have heart attacks and congestive heart failure.

Alcohol’s abilities to protect and harm the heart likely operate through different mechanisms and vary from person to person, said Marcus. The work in his group seeks to decipher these mechanisms, which will inform therapies for heart conditions and may ultimately enable physicians to give personalized advice to patients.

“I’m constantly trying to remind people that there are various forms of heart disease and not all are related to heart attack,” said Marcus, who is also a practicing cardiologist. “Atrial fibrillation is growing in importance as our success in preventing heart attack grows.”

He added that one pattern, revealed by UCSF’s Health eHeart Study, is clear – people who believe alcohol is good for the heart tend to drink more.

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Atrial fibrillation, irregular heartbeat linked to wider range of serious conditions than previously thought

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High Levels of Intense Exercise May Be Unhealthy for the Heart

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Excess Weight May Shrink the Brain’s White Matter

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The Dangers of Snake-Oil Treatments for Autism

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Autism is not a mental illness or disease It’s been included in the diagnostic manual that some clinicians use: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. So if you think it’s a mental illness, that’s understandable. But it’s not. … Continue reading

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Autism diagnosis taking too long, experts say

Medical experts in Newcastle, UK, say that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are still being diagnosed later than they should be, meaning they are not getting access to specialist services early enough. Their comments come as they publish a … Continue reading

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“Fear of Falling Can Cause You to Fall.” Tips to Help Older Adults Prevent Falls

As the National Council on Aging designates Sept. 22 as National Falls Prevention Day, NYIT Associate Professor Veronica Southard says older adults should be mindful of the risks of falling, but not let their fears take over their lives.

“Fear of falling causes people to fall,” says Southard, a physical therapist at NYIT School of Health Professions. “It’s a cycle: you’re afraid of falling so you’re afraid to move; you’re afraid to move and you get weak; you get weak and you’re more likely to fall.”

Instead, says Southard, the best thing older adults (anyone over 50) can do is evaluate their risks and make changes to address them.

“Look at your home and think about removing scatter rugs, installing a grab bar in the shower, upgrading your lighting, and keeping things in your kitchen at levels that are convenient to you,” she says.

According to Southard, falls affect one in three people over the age of 65. The cost of injuries associated with falls is about $12 billion annually. And falls are a leading cause of death in older adults.

But Southard says that if people are afraid of falling, they need to address that issue. They can discuss the issue with their health care providers, especially if they are concerned about a problem with balance, strength, or vision. The answers may lie in physical therapy or addressing an area where a person lacks confidence in his or her abilities.

“Vigilance, not fear, is the best thing – being smarter or cautious when you need to be, such as when it’s icy outside. But when fear starts to limit your activity and takes over, it’s detrimental,” she says. “Thinking about preventing falls and taking action to prevent them should be part of your overall health plan. For successful and independent aging you need to stay strong, keep moving and keep up your activity levels.”

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Elder falls NOT prevented by exercise: J Am Geriatr Soc

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Why Are So Many Of Us Sunday Night Insomniacs?

Monday morning comes too fast, especially if you suffer from a sleep-draining affliction that creeps in the night before. Sunday night insomnia (or “Sunday-somnia” as some have called it) deprives us of sleep when we arguably need it the most – while we’re … Continue reading

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Falls: tai chi vs. combined exercise prescription

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Parkinson’s fall prevention: new study

A study carried out by the Primary Care Research Group at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and NIHR PenCLAHRC, has analysed the results of an exercise programme to prevent … Continue reading

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One Single Biopsy Not Sufficient to Guide Treatment Decisions in Prostate Cancer

Newswise — CLEVELAND, OH, AND BUFFALO, N.Y. — While the majority of prostate cancers are slow growing and not fatal, some are aggressive and lethal. Genomic fingerprinting can help predict a tumor’s aggressiveness and tailor treatment plans; however, in the majority of cases involving multiple prostate tumors, only the largest tumor is typically fingerprinted – resulting in more aggressive tumors potentially going undetected.

Writing in the journal European Urology, a research team led by Hannelore Heemers, Ph.D., of Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute Department of Cancer Biology, and James Mohler, M.D., chair of the Department of Urology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, has demonstrated that when genomic fingerprinting is performed on only a single tumor sample, a smaller but more aggressive tumor could potentially be missed.

The finding underscores the importance of new evidence that prostate tumors can be genetically different within an individual patient, which carries important implications for patients and oncologists.

For the study, “Intratumoral and Intertumoral Genomic Heterogeneity of Multifocal Localized Prostate Cancer Impacts Molecular Classifications and Genomic Prognosticators,” the team used next-generation sequencing techniques to genotype prostate tumors from four men who underwent radical prostatectomy at Roswell Park. They also examined public data from the Cancer Genome Atlas to confirm their findings.

“We examined the molecular composition of heterogeneous cancerous tumors in a patient’s prostate. We found a lot of genetic differences among these tumors, and concluded that information from a single cancer biopsy is not sufficient to guide treatment decisions,” said Dr. Heemers. “Precise treatment is more complicated and the findings demonstrate a weakness in current genetic fingerprinting in prostate cancer.”

“High risk prostate cancers differ genetically among patients, among the different tumors within an individual patient and even within different sections of a single tumor,” said Dr. Mohler. “Clinicians need to be careful about using the information from a gene-based test, because the analysis may not have been performed on the most aggressive portion of a man’s prostate cancer.”

In “Disrupting the Status Quo in Prostate Cancer Diagnosis,” an editorial published in the same journal, Alastair David Lamb, MB.ChB., Ph.D., of Cambridge University Hospitals, and co-authors write: “Several aspects of this study are impressive. [The authors] addressed an important clinical and molecular question: What effect does tumor heterogeneity have on decision making in prostate cancer, specifically, with respect to molecular taxonomies of the disease?”

The study authors note that the use of genomic analysis to personalize treatment plans is in its infancy and that many more large studies will be required to develop next-generation prognostic tools that can be relied on to guide treatment selection and planning for men with prostate cancer.

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New prostate-cancer-recurrence test

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Prostate cancer’s epigenetic causes: new research

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Chemo makes prostate cancer treatment more difficult?

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Colon and rectal tumors constitute a single type of cancer, says study

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Prostate cancer: newly discovered subtype accounts for 15 percent of all instances

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Personalized cancer treatments even closer with new DNA sequencing techniques

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University of Utah Researcher: Trump University Lawsuits Lay Groundwork for Potential Impeachment of Donald Trump

Newswise — (Sept. 20, 2016) —As the presidential race continues to heat up, a new legal analysis released today by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law professor Christopher L. Peterson outlines why there is a legally sufficient case to impeach Republican nominee Donald Trump under the U.S. Constitution on charges related to fraud and racketeering for prior conduct if he is elected in November.

In an analysis titled “Trump University and Presidential Impeachment,” Peterson explores Trump’s actions as the leader of Trump University, a for-profit business founded in 2005 where students spent upwards of $30,000 to learn real estate development skills. Trump University advertised curriculum and instructors chosen by Trump, promising students a high-caliber and selective experience. In fact, according to Peterson, Trump University was an unaccredited and unlicensed series of get-rich-quick seminars provided by traveling salesmen. The school closed in 2010 and lawsuits—including one filed by the state of New York alleging Trump tricked students out of $40 million—are ongoing. (Two class action cases in California are also pending). Peterson asserts that Trump’s pending consumer protection lawsuits for fraud and racketeering will cast a shadow over his presidency if he wins the election and possibly be legally permissible grounds for impeachment should he be elected to the White House.

Peterson explains that under the U.S. Constitution, presidents can be impeached for bribery, treason or other high crimes and misdemeanors. He argues that fraud and racketeering—both of which are alleged as civil claims against Trump in the pending lawsuits—may qualify as impeachable high crimes or misdemeanors under the U.S. Constitution.

“In the United States, it is illegal for businesses to use false statements to convince consumers to purchase their services,” explains Peterson. “The evidence indicates that Trump University used a systemic pattern of fraudulent representations to trick thousands of families into investing in a program that can be argued was a sham.”

“Fraud and racketeering are serious crimes that legally rise to the level of impeachable acts,” Peterson adds.

Among points raised in Peterson’s analysis:

·Fraud and racketeering are serious crimes. Both fraud and racketeering are considered felonies under state and federal law. First-degree fraud is punishable by up to four years in prison in Trump’s home state of New York. Racketeering is punishable by up to 20 years in prison under federal law.
·Civil cases can legally inform Congress on whether impeachment is justified. The U.S. Constitution has never required criminal conviction prior to impeachment proceedings.
·Impeachment for pre-incumbency conduct is legally permissible under the U.S. Constitution. Nothing in the Constitution’s text requires impeachable conduct to have occurred while the president is in office. The framers rejected alternative formulations of impeachable offenses that included limitations to incumbent activity.

Peterson’s analysis is among the first from a legal scholar offering an objective and professional analysis of these issues. Unlike other political issues currently subject to debate, the legal claims of fraud and racketeering in the Trump University cases have survived early judicial scrutiny and are likely to proceed to trial. Peterson’s research focuses on the Trump University cases —and not on the background of other presidential candidates — because the legal issues facing Trump align with his academic expertise.

A recognized authority on consumer protection cases, Peterson has frequently testified in Congressional hearings and has presented his research to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and at the White House in both Democratic and Republican administrations.

Peterson’s books include the Thompson/West casebook Consumer Law: Cases and Materials and Taming the Sharks: Towards a Cure for the High Cost Credit Market which won the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers’ outstanding book of the year prize. He is a consumer fellow of the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee. He is a recipient of the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators’ Consumer Advocate of the Year award and the Department of Defense’s Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence–both bestowed in recognition of his role in promoting an Act of Congress and subsequent implementing regulations that protect military service members from predatory lending practices.

Peterson is currently the John J. Flynn Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law where he teaches contracts, commercial law, and consumer protection courses. From 2012 to 2016, he served as a special advisor in the Office of the Director at the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in the Office of Legal Policy for Personnel and Readiness in the United States Department of Defense, and as Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Enforcement.

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Sitting for long periods of time is the cause of 4% of deaths worldwide

Spain falls within the average range with 3.7% of deaths due to this ‘chair effect’

Sitting for long periods of time is the cause of 4% of deaths worldwide

The next time you wrap up your work day and realise you’ve been sitting in front of the computer for almost eight straight hours, maybe you won’t feel so proud of yourself. A new study, conducted in 54 countries around the world, declares that 3.8% of all deaths are due to the fact that society spends more than three hours a day sitting down.

Each year people go into September with a number of resolutions. Exercising and not spending so much time on the couch tend to be some of these good intentions. 31% of the worldwide population does not meet the current recommendations for physical activity according to several studies published in 2012 by the journal ‘Lancet’.

In addition, a lack of exercise is associated with major noncommunicable diseases and with deaths of any cause –inactivity is the culprit behind 6% to 9% of total worldwide deaths–.

Today’s lifestyle has an impact on these numbers. In fact, various studies over the last decade have demonstrated how the excessive amount of time we spend sitting down may increase the risk of death, regardless of whether or not we exercise.

A new study, published in the ‘American Journal of Preventive Medicine’ and in which San Jorge University in Zaragoza (Spain) participated, now estimates the proportion of deaths attributable to that ‘chair effect’ in the population of 54 countries, using data from 2002 to 2011.

“It is important to minimise sedentary behaviour in order to prevent premature deaths around the world,” Leandro Rezende, lead author of the study and a researcher at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), tells SINC. He also highlights that “cutting down on the amount of time we sit could increase life expectancy by 0.20 years in the countries analysed.”

The results reveal that over 60% of people worldwide spend more than three hours a day sitting down –the average in adults is 4.7 hours/day–, and this is the culprit behind 3.8% of deaths (approximately 433,000 deaths/year).

Among the territories studied, there were more deaths in the regions of the Western Pacific, followed by European countries, the Eastern Mediterranean, America and Southeast Asia.
The highest rates were found in Lebanon (11.6%), the Netherlands (7.6%) and Denmark (6.9%), while the lowest rates were in Mexico (0.6%), Myanmar (1.3%) and Bhutan (1.6%). Spain falls within the average range with 3.7% of deaths due to this ‘chair effect’.

More movement, fewer deaths

The authors calculate that reducing the amount of time we sit by about two hours (i.e., 50%) would mean a 2.3% decrease in mortality (three times less), although it is not possible to confirm whether this is a causal relationship.

Even a more modest reduction in sitting time, by 10% or half an hour per day, could have an immediate impact on all causes of mortality (0.6%) in the countries evaluated.

In the words of the experts, measures aimed at addressing the determining factors behind this sedentary conduct would be necessary. “Some examples of this approach were recently highlighted by the World Health Organization,” adds Rezende.

“For example, a strategic health communication campaign was developed to promote physical activity among women in Tonga (Oceania), while a bicycle-sharing system was developed in Iran in addition to a sustainable transport system in Germany,” he concludes.

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Sitting time not associated with poorer diets in US adults

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How much sitting and standing should be done at work: Br J Sports Med

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Breaking up prolonged sitting reduces resting blood pressure in overweight/obese adult: Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis.

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Cribs Are for Sleeping, Car Seats Are for Traveling: Danger in Using Sitting and Carrying Devices for Sleeping Infants

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Older people can learn to spend less time sitting down: Group Health Research Institute

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“The practice of stability ball sitting should be viewed skeptically:” Am J Health Promot.

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Occupational Sitting Among Women Linked to Obesity

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Sleep is key to curing chronic pain

> Link between chronic pain and lack of sleep identified

> People with pain who believe they won’t be able to sleep are more likely to suffer from insomnia, thus causing worse pain.

> Pioneering study could lead to specific cognitive therapy to cure insomnia and treat chronic pain.

‘I won’t be able to cope with my pain if I don’t sleep well’ – research from the University of Warwick reveals that the way chronic pain patients think about pain and sleep leads to insomnia and poor management of pain.

Researchers from the Sleep and Pain Lab in the Department of Psychology have demonstrated that conditions like back pain, fibromyalgia, and arthritis are directly linked with negative thoughts about insomnia and pain, and this can be effectively managed by cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT).

Esther Afolalu and colleagues have formulated a pioneering scale to measure beliefs about sleep and pain in long-term pain patients, alongside their quality of sleep – the first of its type to combine both pain and sleep and explore the vicious cycle between sleep and pain problems.

The scale was tested on four groups of patients suffering from long-term pain and bad sleeping patterns, with the result showing that people who believe they won’t be able to sleep as a result of their pain are more likely to suffer from insomnia, thus causing worse pain.

The results show that the scale was vital in predicting patients’ level of insomnia and pain difficulties. With better sleep, pain problems are significantly reduced, especially after receiving a short course of CBT for both pain and insomnia.

The study has provided therapists the means with which to identify and monitor rigid thoughts about sleep and pain that are sleep-interfering, allowing the application of the proven effective CBT for insomnia in people with chronic pain.

Esther Afolalu explains: “Current psychological treatments for chronic pain have mostly focused on pain management and a lesser emphasis on sleep but there is a recent interest in developing therapies to tackle both pain and sleep problems simultaneously. This scale provides a useful clinical tool to assess and monitor treatment progress during these therapies.”

Dr. Nicole Tang, the study senior author, comments: “Thoughts can have a direct and/or indirect impact on our emotion, behaviour and even physiology. The way how we think about sleep and its interaction with pain can influence the way how we cope with pain and manage sleeplessness. Based on clinical experience, whilst some of these beliefs are healthy and useful, others are rigid and misinformed. The new scale, PBAS, is developed to help us pick up those beliefs that have a potential role in worsening the insomnia and pain experience.”

‘Development of the Pain-Related Beliefs and Attitudes about Sleep (PBAS) Scale for the Assessment and Treatment of Insomnia Comorbid with Chronic Pain’ is published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

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Does chronic pain affect a spouse’s sleep?

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Nondrug approaches effective for treatment of common pain conditions

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Researchers Identify Characteristic Chemical Signature for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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5 Tips for Pain Management with Opioids

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Chronic Insomnia Sufferers May Find Relief with Half of Standard Sleeping Pill Dosing Regimen

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6 Reasons for Headaches in School-Age Children and How Parents Can Help Relieve the Pain

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Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain

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Childhood maltreatment linked to sleep problems among adults: new study in the journal Sleep Medicine

TORONTO, ON – Adults who experienced multiple incidents of childhood maltreatment were more than two times as likely to have trouble sleeping than their counterparts who were not maltreated during childhood, according to a new study from researchers at the … Continue reading

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Brain Activity Can Predict Increased Fat Intake Following Sleep Deprivation

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Is a Legitimate Disease That Needs Proper Diagnosis and Treatment, Says IOM; Report Identifies Five Symptoms to Diagnose Disease

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Early menopause, chronic fatigue syndrome linked in new CDC study

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Pre-sleep drinking disrupts sleep and may cumulatively diminish daytime wellbeing and neurocognitive functions

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Insomnia Can Predict the Appearance of Back Pain in Adults

Newswise — Having trouble sleeping? Then you are nearly one-and-a-half times more likely to eventually suffer from back pain, according to a new study conducted by the University of Haifa. “After controlling for a range of variables, including socioeconomic status … Continue reading

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Chronic Lower Back Pain Relief Via Body Mechanics: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

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Why vets warn people against buying ‘flat-faced’ dogs

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Pugs, bulldogs, French bulldogs and shih-tzus have become sought-after in the UK, despite wide-ranging health problems.

Their appeal is attributed to having “squashed” faces and wrinkled noses.

The British Veterinary Association said the surge in popularity of these dogs had “increased animal suffering”.

Sean Wensley, president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), said: “Prospective owners need to consider that these dogs can suffer from a range of health problems, from eye ulcers to severe breathing difficulties.

“We strongly encourage people to choose a healthier breed or a crossbreed instead.”

‘He scratches his bulging eyes’

The warning has been echoed by the PDSA, the Royal Veterinary College, the RSPCA and the Kennel Club.

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Now after 28 years of brainstorming and 11 years of research and development, Nike is releasing its fully functioning, self-tying shoes at select stores throughout the United States on Nov. 28. The HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes employ what Nike calls “adaptive fit” technology in order to adjust to the individual wearer’s feet and aside from flashy LED lights they have a relatively simple design.

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