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Glycemic index, glycemic load, and common psychological disorders

Glycemic index, glycemic load, and common psychological disorders 1 First published November 25, 2015, doi: 10.3945/​ajcn.114.105445 Am J Clin Nutr ajcn105445 Fahimeh Haghighatdoost2,3, Leila Azadbakht2,3,6,*, Ammar Hassanzadeh Keshteli7, Christine Feinle-Bisset8, Hamed Daghaghzadeh4, Hamid Afshar4, Awat Feizi5, Ahmad Esmaillzadeh2, and Peyman … Continue reading

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Some dog breeds more likely to develop cancer, certain diseases

KMSP – When it comes to health problems, turns out dogs are a lot like people. Just like some families are more likely to develop certain diseases, so are some breeds of dog. Cancer in man’s best friend is on … Continue reading

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Gratitude Can Transform Your Life. Here’s How.

There are moments in life when gratitude sneaks up on us. You step out of the freezing winter cold and into a warm cafe. Your phone buzzes, and you see a text from your daughter saying her plane has landed … Continue reading

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Fewer Heart Attacks With Mind–Body Medicine

Mind–body medicine (MBM) is a holistic approach that has the potential to ward off more heart attacks than conventional prevention programs. That is the conclusion reached by Holger Cramer and colleagues in a systematic review and meta-analysis presented in the … Continue reading

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Your New Idea Is Worthless Unless You Know How to Sell It

The talk in your organization focuses relentlessly on generating innovative, disruptive ideas. So why is it that when you throw out a creative idea at a team meeting, you get the death stare instead of a gold star? You perturb … Continue reading

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‘Dinner’s ready!’ Communal dining is a quintessential human experience

Between us and our ancestors, who tore apart their half-raw, half-burnt meat with their teeth, or the women of Mesopotamia who ground flour to bake bread, food traditions have piled up and up. Food is no longer a matter of … Continue reading

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6 ways mountain bikers can avoid winter training pain

When the nights draw in, the rain falls hard and the temperatures plummet, getting those winter miles in on the mountain bike can be the furthest thing from your mind – especially when life is super busy. When the nights … Continue reading

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Is Double-Dipping a Food Safety Problem or Just a Nasty Habit? Scientific American Weighs In

What do you do when you are left with half a chip in your hand after dipping? Admit it, you’ve wondered whether it’s OK to double dip the chip. Maybe you’re the sort who dips their chip only once. Maybe … 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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5 Ways You Can Help the Hungry on Thanksgiving

For many families in the U.S., Thanksgiving means striking up the stove, cooking a turkey for hours on end, and setting the table for a day’s worth of plentiful feasting. But for one in seven Americans who struggle to put … Continue reading

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8 Ways to Trim Fat From Your 4500-Calorie Thanksgiving Day

As many people may know from the Calorie Control Council, the average American could consume as much as 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving day. That’s the equivalent to seven Burger King Whoopers, 15 Dairy Queen hot fudge … Continue reading

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Miscarriages: Progesterone Supplements Do Not Improve Outcomes for Women with Recurrent Events

Newswise — New research from the University of Birmingham has shown that progesterone supplements in the first trimester of pregnancy do not improve outcomes in women with a history of unexplained recurrent miscarriages. The findings, published today in The New … Continue reading

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8 Ways to Activate Your Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve is the 10th cranial nerve, which happens to be the longest cranial nerve in the body. Also known as “the wanderer,” the vagus nerve has been called the nervous system’s “superhighway” since it is a major communicator … Continue reading

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Yogurt associated with lower BMI, body weight, body fat, waist circumference: journal

International Journal of Obesity advance online publication 3 November 2015; doi: 10.1038/ijo.2015.202 Is consuming yoghurt associated with weight management outcomes? Results from a systematic review J Eales1, I Lenoir-Wijnkoop2, S King1, H Wood1, F J Kok3, R Shamir4, A Prentice5, … Continue reading

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Mental health risk for new dads: almost as high as women’s

Researchers have found anxiety around the arrival of a new baby is just as common as postnatal depression, and the risks for men are nearly as high as for women. Mental health researcher Dr Liana Leach reviewed 43 separate studies … Continue reading

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Food odors activate impulse area of the brain in obese children

CHICAGO – The area of the brain associated with impulsivity and the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder is activated in obese children when introduced to food smells, according to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the … Continue reading

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Volcano in 1982 sparked major global climate shift

Planet Earth experienced a global climate shift in the late 1980s on an unprecedented scale, fuelled by anthropogenic warming and a volcanic eruption, according to new research published this week. Scientists say that a major step change, or ‘regime shift’, … Continue reading

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Who is Lucy the Australopithecus: Why do we call her ‘Lucy’?

When Lucy the Australopithecus was unearthed in Ethiopia in 1974, she seemed to fill a gap in the human family tree. The 3.2-million-year-old hominid had both ape and human characteristics. Lucy, of the species Australopithecus afarensis, likely walked upright like … Continue reading

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Biologists induce flatworms to grow heads and brains of other species

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (November 24, 2015)–Biologists at Tufts University have succeeded in inducing one species of flatworm to grow heads and brains characteristic of another species of flatworm without altering genomic sequence. The work reveals physiological circuits as a new kind … Continue reading

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Recall of Costco rotisserie chicken salad: E . Coli: 7 states

UPDATE: Two have been hospitalized with kidney failure Multistate Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, … Continue reading

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Cataract Surgery Lessens Patients’ Dizziness

Older people with visual impairment can report feeling dizzy and falling. A new study found that after routine cataract surgery, the improved vision led to patients experiencing significantly less dizziness, although they did not experience fewer falls. “Dizziness is caused … Continue reading

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Daily Pill Prevents HIV

CDC’s latest Vital Signs report finds a continuing need to raise awareness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – a daily pill that can prevent HIV infection – among those who are at substantial risk for HIV infection. According to the report, … Continue reading

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Why you should not rinse your turkey

Newswise — The instructions for many Thanksgiving turkey recipes say to “rinse turkey thoroughly.” However according to Christine Bruhn, PhD, CFS, food science professor from UC-Davis and Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) member, this is a huge food safety problem. … Continue reading

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L-Trypophan in Turkey does NOT make you sleepy. Gluttony does.

Loyola dietitian shares the facts about Thanksgiving dinner drowsiness Newswise — MAYWOOD, Ill – “Food coma” is a term that comes to mind for many when it comes to celebrating Thanksgiving. But with mindful eating, the harvest holiday doesn’t have … Continue reading

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The dark side of creativity

Few psychological traits are as desirable as creativity — the ability to come up with ideas that are both novel and useful. Yet it is also true that creativity has been associated with a wide range of counterproductive, rarely discussed … Continue reading

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Most Drinking Water Contaminants in Ultrasonic Humidifier Aerosols are Inhalable

New Rochelle, NY, November 24, 2015—A new study of five drinking water samples of different quality shows that ultrasonic humidifiers aerosolize and emit dissolved contaminants that can be inhaled, including minerals and metals. For an ultrasonic humidifier, 90% of the … Continue reading

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Passive smoking is associated with earlier delivery and lower birth weight

It has been known for more than 50 years that a mother who smokes whilst pregnant is more likely to give birth to her baby prematurely. But what if a mother doesn’t smoke but lives with someone who does? New … Continue reading

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Insulin pill in development at UCSB could render needles obsolete

An insulin pill being developed by researchers at UC Santa Barbara may in the near future give another blood sugar management option to those who suffer from diabetes. The novel drug delivery technology may also apply to a wide spectrum … Continue reading

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8 Ways to Improve Sleep by Enhancing Your Dreams

How many times have you been lost in an amazing dream only to be startled awake by your alarm clock? Don’t you wish that you could have dreams like that every night? We all have had something like this happen … Continue reading

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Cooking with chloraminated water and salt could create toxic molecules

Amsterdam, November 24, 2015 – Cooking with chloraminated water could put potentially harmful toxins in your food, according to a new study published in Water Research. The study reveals several molecules that are almost completely new to researchers, created by … Continue reading

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Low back pain reimbursements at risk

Newswise — MIAMI, FL: Thousands of patients with low-back pain could be left without access to potentially helpful treatments as a result of a recent study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that is likely to influence … Continue reading

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The most efficient way of walking

Researchers at the University of Barcelona have developed a mathematical model that describes an important problem concerning human walking: minimum energy expenditure. In the early 20th century, experiments proved that minimum oxygen consumption do not occur in level walking, but … Continue reading

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Millions of women severely undernourished in low- and middle-income countries

More than 18 million women in low- and middle-income countries around the world are severely undernourished, according to the first global estimate published online today in JAMA. These women tend to be the poorest and least educated members of society … Continue reading

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People Who Rely on Their Intuition Are, at Times, Less Likely to Cheat

COLUMBIA, Mo. – In psychological studies, intuition, or “gut instinct,” is defined as the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. Now, a University of Missouri graduate student has determined that individuals who are prone to … Continue reading

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Focal Epileptic Seizures Linked to Abnormalities in Three Main Brain Regions

A new study that used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and computation pattern analysis to identify differences in regional brain activity between subjects with focal epilepsy and healthy individuals highlighted three common areas of abnormality. Seizures in people with focal … Continue reading

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7 things that definitely don’t mean love

If we go by the thousands of movies made, books written, and songs recorded about love, we’re forced to think that there is nothing on this planet as great as love. But, realistically, what is love? And how do you … Continue reading

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6 Natural Ways To Boost Your Mood, According To Science

When it comes to a negative mood, each of us has our own outlet to release our emotions. Although some ways of relieving sadness are healthier than others, there are certain easy, natural ways to boost your mood that have … Continue reading

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Longevity, loneliness: linked

Loneliness is more than a feeling: For older adults, perceived social isolation is a major health risk that can increase the risk of premature death by 14 percent. Researchers have long known the dangers of loneliness, but the cellular mechanisms … Continue reading

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Docs, and patients, should remember to use generics

(Reuters Health) – Prescribing generic medicines instead of brand name drugs whenever possible cuts costs, improves patient adherence and improves health outcomes, according to a new recommendation from the American College of Physicians. “Generic medications are cheaper and patients are … Continue reading

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7 ways to keep emotions in check at work

Have you ever sobbed in the restroom of your office or faked a smile when you were about to burst in tears? Instead of feeling self-pity or exploding in anger, keep your emotions in check before they take a toll … Continue reading

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Diabetic wound healing accelerated with new compound

University of Notre Dame researchers have discovered a compound that accelerates diabetic wound healing, which may open the door to new treatment strategies. Non-healing chronic wounds are a major complication of diabetes, which result in more than 70,000 lower-limb amputations … Continue reading

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How Weight-Loss Surgery Reduces Sugar Cravings

Newswise — Weight loss surgery curbs the sweet tooth by acting on the brain’s reward system, according to a study published November 19 in Cell Metabolism. The researchers found that gastrointestinal bypass surgery, which is used to treat morbid obesity … Continue reading

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How and How Not to Choose a Doctor

Choosing a medical doctor (or physician or surgeon or medic as they say in the United Kingdom) can be challenging. While a lot of information sources seem to be out there, much of it could steer you in the wrong … Continue reading

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7 things to consider when pondering travel insurance

Reader Margo Kasdan of Seal Beach recently asked On the Spot whether travel insurance advertising was a giant scare tactic to get people to buy insurance. The answer is yes, of course it is. But don’t tune out the message … Continue reading

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10 ways you are self-sabotaging your health

Can’t seem to get any traction on your desire to get into that wellness lifestyle? Whether you realize it or not, you may be what’s getting in your way by unknowingly engaging in self-sabotaging behaviors. Here are 10 ways you … Continue reading

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Children who take ADHD medicines have trouble sleeping, new study shows

Lincoln, Neb., November 23rd, 2015 — UNL researchers have conducted a meta-analysis study that shows ADHD medications can cause children to develop sleep problems. Psychology doctoral student and lead author Katie Kidwell (right), doctoral student Alyssa Lundahl and Professor Tim … Continue reading

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The Largest Age Group in Opioid Treatment Programs Will Surprise You

Newswise — Recent years have seen a change in drug use patterns, especially for older adults, with an increase in their admission to substance abuse treatment and increased injection drug use among those over the age of 50. Yet, there … Continue reading

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Fired for being pregnant

An email from an African American mother of three: I was never was a true fighter for justice until I became a victim of plunder. This all started back in 2008, during the housing collapse and the start of the … Continue reading

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Higher resting heart rate linked to increased risk of death from all causes

A higher resting heart rate is associated with an increased risk of death from all causes in the general population, even in people without the usual risk factors for heart disease, according to new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical … Continue reading

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Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Research Gets $2.5M from USDA

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded $2 million in grants to support research on nutrition education and obesity prevention for disadvantaged children and families at the University … Continue reading

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