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'Lumpectomy' for Localized Prostate Cancer

(Science Daily) NYU Langone Medical Center has begun a clinical trial offering vascular-targeted photodynamic therapy to patients with localized prostate cancer. This novel, minimally invasive procedure uses a light-activated drug to deliver light energy waves by way of laser fibers in order to destroy prostate cancer cells…

"This minimally invasive technique for localized prostate cancer offers the potential to destroy the cancer without making any incision or causing any potentially devastating sexual, urinary or reproductive side-effects," said Samir S. Taneja, MD… "This procedure only treats the cancerous part of the prostate gland, similar to how a lumpectomy might be done for breast cancer.

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Fitness Myths You Need to Forget

(Reader’s Digest) To be fit you need to stop letting myths like these hold you back.

1. Walking is not as effective as running.
Sure, you'll burn about twice as many calories running for 30 minutes than walking for 30 minutes. But if a runner and a walker cover the same distance, they burn about the same number of calories…

2. Exercise increases hunger
[R]esearch shows that exercise has no effect on a person's food needs, with the exception of endurance athletes who exercise for two hours a day or more. In fact, research shows that exercise often suppresses hunger during and after the workout.

3. It doesn't matter where your calories come from
Calories are not created equal. First, some foods (in particular, proteins) take more energy to chew, digest, metabolize, and store than others. Others (such as fats and carbohydrates) require fewer calories to digest and store.

Second, different food types have different effects on your blood sugar. Refined carbohydrates (think white bread, cookies, and fruit drinks) raise blood sugar levels dramatically, which encourages fat storage, weight gain, and hunger. Fibrous foods like apples, as well as proteins, raise blood sugar less, making them friendlier to your waistline.

Finally, foods that contain a lot of water, such as vegetables and soup, tend to fill the belly on fewer calories, so you'll stop eating them way before you stop eating more calorie-dense foods.

4. Diet alone is enough for sustained weight loss
You'll lose weight in the short term by slashing calories, but experts say exercise is what keeps pounds off for good.

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Plant Compound Resveratrol Shown to Suppresses Inflammation, Free Radicals in Humans

(Science Daily) Resveratrol, a popular plant extract shown to prolong life in yeast and lower animals due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, appears also to suppress inflammation in humans, based on results from the first prospective human trial of the extract conducted by University at Buffalo endocrinologists…

Resveratrol … is found in the skin of red grapes and red wine. It also is … sold as a nutritional supplement.

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White Button Mushrooms Enhance Immune System Activity

(Science Daily) Mushrooms are among the many foods thought to play an important role in keeping the immune system healthy. Now, Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-funded scientists have conducted an animal-model and cell-culture study showing that white button mushrooms enhanced the activity of critical cells in the body's immune system…

The results suggest that white button mushrooms may promote immune function by increasing production of antiviral and other proteins that are released by cells while seeking to protect and repair tissue.

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Are You Getting Enough Vitamins?

(SouthBeachDiet.com) Why are vitamins such an essential part of your diet? They have been shown to aid in the prevention of heart disease, osteoporosis, macular degeneration, cancer, and a variety of other illnesses. Since your body isn’t able to make most vitamins on its own (vitamins A, D, and K are exceptions), it’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Here’s a primer on some of the most important vitamins you should be eating:

Vitamin A
Vitamin A is necessary for normal eyesight, and it helps form bones and teeth, stimulate white blood cells, and regulate cell growth and division…

Vitamin B (B6, B12, and folate)
B vitamins have been shown to aid in the prevention of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other diseases…

Vitamin C
This important vitamin helps proper functioning of the immune system and plays a role in the production of collagen, the connective tissue that stabilizes bone, muscle, and other tissues…

Vitamin D
Essential for building healthy bones, vitamin D may also strengthen the immune system and help prevent heart disease and some cancers…

Vitamin E
Vitamin E's main function is as an antioxidant, helping to protect tissues against free radicals, the unstable oxygen molecules that cause damage to cells. Vitamin E may help protect against cardiovascular disease, although studies are inconclusive; it may reduce the blood’s ability to clot, thus decreasing the risk of heart attacks. Vitamin E may also lower the risk of some types of cancer as well as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes, although the evidence is preliminary for these conditions…

Vitamin K
This vitamin is crucial for blood clotting and also plays a role in making a protein that is essential for bone formation.

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Community: Vitamin D is also a mood booster.

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The Health Benefits of Carbs

(EatingWell) There's a common misconception that “carbohydrates make you fat.” They don’t. Sure, if eaten in unnecessarily large quantities they could contribute to weight gain, but, then again, so could too much of any food. In fact—carbohydrates are a healthy addition to your diet. Here are 6 reasons to keep carbs in your diet...

Reason 1: Carbs can help boost your mood.
Researchers suspect that carbs promote the production of serotonin, a feel-good brain chemical...

Reason 2: Carbs can help prevent weight gain—and even promote weight loss.
Researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah followed the eating habits of middle-aged women for nearly two years and found that those who increased their fiber intake generally lost weight…

Reason 3: Carbs are good for your heart.
Research suggests that increasing your soluble-fiber intake (a type of fiber found in carb-rich foods like oatmeal and beans) by 5 to 10 grams each day could result in a 5 percent drop in “bad” LDL cholesterol. Similarly, people who eat more whole grains (think brown rice, bulgur, quinoa) also tend to have lower LDL cholesterol and higher “good” HDL cholesterol…

Reason 4: Carbs will help you trim your waistline.
Swapping refined grains for whole grains may help reduce total body fat and belly fat, according to new research...

Reason 5: Carbs will keep your memory sharp
[Women] told to completely eliminate carbohydrates from their diets … did worse on tests of working memory (i.e., why did I walk into this room?) and visuospatial memory (remembering locations on a map) than their counterparts who followed a “low-calorie” diet, based on American Dietetic Association guidelines, in a study from Tufts University...

Reason 6: Carbs will help you blast fat.
Eating a breakfast made with “slow-release” carbohydrates, such as oatmeal or bran cereal, 3 hours before exercise may help burn more fat, according to a recent study.

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Jamie Oliver:

frozen fruit smoothies
Smoothies are not only deliciously tasty but they're also perfect to have for breakfast, as they're full of goodness. Adding quick cook oats and nuts to them is great, because it helps slow down the absorption of the sugar from the fruit into your bloodstream, which gives you more energy for longer.

Quick and easy flavored water
It only takes a second to turn a plain jug of water into something much more exciting


Shrimp and Grits Casserole
A few spoonfuls of cream cheese give the casserole a velvety texture. Garnish with a sprig of fresh parsley, if you like.

Cool Dishes for Hot Days
Beat the heat with main dishes, sides, and desserts that are meant to be enjoyed chilled.

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Healthy Breakfast Ideas

(Reader’s Digest) People who eat breakfast are significantly less likely to be obese and have diabetes than those who don’t. The most important tip is to have breakfast every day. Without exception. This one action alone can make a huge, positive difference to your health. But a doughnut or chocolate muffin won’t do. Try one of these 6 healthy breakfast ideas to give you the fuel you need to take on your day.

1. A bowl of high-fiber, multi-grain cereal, with strawberries and low-fat milk on top.

2. A cereal bar, an apple and a glass of cold milk.

3. A bowl of fat-free yogurt with fresh blueberries mixed in, and a slice of whole-wheat toast with a fruit spread.

4. A mini whole-wheat bagel, spread lightly with cream cheese and jam, and a peach with a bowl of yogurt. Want other bagel topping options? Try one heaped teaspoon of peanut or almond butter, a mashed banana, or one tablespoon of cottage cheese topped with a thin slice of smoked salmon. topped with a couple of tablespoons of mashed fresh raspberries or blueberries.

5. A scrambled egg, a whole-wheat roll, fresh-fruit salad and a cup of low-fat milk.

6. A bowl of muesli or oatmeal with chopped banana or dried fruit. Try our recipe for Blueberry Cranberry Crunch

A Unique Take on Cereal

Have a bowl of sweetened brown rice. Brown rice is full of energy-providing B vitamins, as well as being a great source of filling fiber. Cook the rice the night before, then, in the morning, put it in a bowl with a spoonful of honey, a handful of raisins, a cut-up apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a unique yet delicious treat. Don’t like rice? Try other cooked grains instead, such as barley, oats, buckwheat, quinoa or millet.


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How to Prevent Stress Eating

(SouthBeachDiet.com) Many people respond to stress by turning to their favorite comfort foods, oftentimes making unhealthy food choices… Learn what your food triggers are ahead of time so you’ll be prepared before stress eating kicks in. Here are four easy ways to stop stress eating in its tracks:

1. Stick with [a] healthy eating plan

2. Don’t use food as a go-to activity… Keep the daily crossword puzzle nearby, knock off some chores, get lost in a new novel, or distract yourself by calling or e-mailing your friends or family.

3. Stock your kitchen. Make sure you've got a supply of crunchy vegetables… Feel the urge to dip? Try hummus. Or enjoy your veggies with some spreadable low-fat cheese. Also, stock your cupboards and desk drawers with nonperishable … foods like nuts … and high-fiber, whole-grain crackers and cereals, or dried apricots…

4. Work out. Exercise is not only a great way to stay fit and manage your weight, it's also a good way to keep your mind off food during stressful times. If going to the gym isn't your thing, take a brisk walk around the neighborhood.


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Online decision aid for battered women

(UPI) U.S. researchers say they have developed a Web-based program for women experiencing intimate partner violence to develop individualized safety plans…

"The decision aid provides anonymity and guidance to women who aren't comfortable talking about their situations," [nursing assistant professor Tina] Bloom says in a statement. "It helps women think through their decisions, make more informed decisions and decrease decisional conflict -- that sort of feeling like they don't know what to do, what their options are or where to look for help."

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H1N1 Protection in Coming Season's Flu Vaccines: FDA

(HealthDay News) The flu vaccines approved for the 2010-11 season protect against three strains of influenza, including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic swine flu strain, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday…

"The best way to protect yourself and your family against influenza is to get vaccinated every year," Dr. Karen Midthun, acting director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. "The availability of a new seasonal influenza vaccine each year is an important tool in the prevention of influenza-related illness and death."

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More Women to Get Health Insurance Under Affordable Care Act

(HealthDay News) The new Affordable Care Act is likely to help 30 million women obtain better health insurance or coverage if they don't already have any, a new report shows.

Under the new provisions, which are already taking effect, 15 million uninsured women will gain access to health coverage and 14.5 million underinsured women will get better coverage, the report found.

The report, prepared by the Commonwealth Fund, is the first in a series dealing with health reform that will be released over the next several months.

Women tend to be disproportionately pounded by the health-care system as it currently stands, according to the report.

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Community: I predict that many people will find it cheaper to pay the fine than to buy insurance. Having a public option would have been the way to keep insurance prices down, but Obama made a backroom deal with the insurance companies, while pretending he was in favor of a public insurance option. There’s going to be a lot of unhappiness when people find out the real effect of this bill. Americans will be forced to contribute to the profits of the insurance companies.

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Two-thirds of women report sex problems

(UPI) About two-thirds of women who sought medical care at a urology clinic reported they suffered from sexual dysfunction, U.S. researchers said…

"We found that 63 percent of the women suffered from female sexual dysfunction and that there were significant links between female sexual dysfunction and age, menopausal status and use of selective antidepressants," [Dr. Debra] Fromer said in a statement.

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Community: Yet there are few treatments for women, while treatments for male sexual dysfunction abound.

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10 tips to boost your metabolism

(USA Today) [Y]ou can make your metabolism faster, experts say, despite genetics and gender. These are the 10 simple secrets to boosting it big-time.

1. Exercise more often.
Working out is the No. 1 way to keep your furnace cranking…

2. Kick up your cardio.
Aerobic intervals will help you maximize your burn, doubling the number of calories you torch during a workout, studies show. ..

3. Put some muscle behind it…
Add five pounds of muscle to your body and you can zap as many as 600 calories an hour during your workout …

4. Don't skip meals.
"Simply chewing, digesting and absorbing food kicks your metabolism into gear," says Jim White, a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

5. Fill up on smart foods.
Start by serving yourself protein at every sitting, says Dr. Darwin Deen, medical professor … and a co-author of
Nutrition for Life. Not only does your body need it to help build lean muscle mass, but protein also takes more calories to digest…

While you're at it, eat more foods that slowly release the sugar you need for sustained energy, like high-fiber fruits and veggies and whole-grain breads and pastas. Munch a food high in fiber three hours before your workout and you'll also burn extra fat, a study at the University of Nottingham in England found.

Sipping java can also help. "Caffeine stimulates the production of adrenaline, which speeds up the metabolism," White says…

6. Eat breakfast.
It will switch your metabolism from idle to high speed…

7. Get off your butt.
Sitting too much — at the computer at work, at home in front of the TV — slows your metabolism, even if you're exercising regularly. An easy fix is to stretch, stroll and fidget throughout the day. That's what scientists call NEAT, or non-exercise activity thermogenesis, and it can boost your burn and help you drop weight, says Dr. James Levine, professor of medicine … and author of
Move a Little, Lose a Lot

8. Go to bed earlier.
Deprive yourself of sleep and your body starts to respond as if it were under siege. "When you get two hours less shut-eye than you normally do, your system becomes stressed and produces about 50% more cortisol," [says Shawn Talbott, an exercise physiologist, a nutritional biochemist and the executive producer of
Killer at Large, a documentary about the U.S. obesity epidemic]. "That in turn triggers your appetite."

At the same time, lack of zzz's throws the body's hunger hormones leptin and ghrelin out of whack, making you more likely to overeat…

9. Schedule a nighttime workout.
Do a 20- to 30-minute moderate-intensity cardio routine before you hit the hay to keep your metabolism humming all night, [says John Porcari, a
Fitness advisory board member and director of the clinical exercise physiology program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse]… So take the dog for an evening walk or go for a bike ride with your family after dinner. And don't worry that the activity will keep you awake: As long as you exercise at least two and a half hours before lights out, you should be able to drift off with no problem, [says Michael Breus, author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor's 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health].

10. Check your meds.
Some of the most dramatic metabolic dips occur when women start taking birth control pills and widely prescribed antidepressants known as serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. "These drugs commonly slow the metabolism because they affect the functioning of the thyroid gland, which regulates how our bodies use energy," says Dr. Kent Holtorf, a thyroidologist.

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Is Beer Good for Your Bones?

(RealAge.com) For years, we have been hearing that wine is good for the heart. Now, new research suggests there may be a body benefit for beer lovers, too.
Turns out beer has a secret. It's a good dietary source of silicon, a chemical that's important for bone health and development…
Silicon stimulates collagen production -- an important protein that makes bones strong and joint cartilage flexible. And research suggests that people with higher intakes of silicon tend to have better bone-mineral density. Most people get between 20 and 50 milligrams of silicon per day from their diets. And although beer has a more bioavailable form, it's also found in certain foods, like bananas. Here are some more smart food choices for your bones:
Community: There are a number of ways to maintain bone density without medication.
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Calcium Supplements Linked to Boost in Heart Attack Risk

(HealthDay News) Although millions of people take calcium supplements to boost bone health and ward off osteoporosis, New Zealand researchers say the supplements have little effect on bone strength and contribute to a small increase in the risk for heart attack among older people.

Rather than relying on calcium supplements, the researchers suggest that people get their required calcium, if possible, from foods.

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Community: I don’t know, friends, I’m going to wait until there’s further research on this.

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Eat These "Top 3" Antioxidant-Rich Veggies

(RealAge.com) Anyone who's been to the Saturday farmers market knows there are lots of veggies out there to choose from. But do you know what ones are richest in antioxidants?

A recent study of close to 30 different types of veggies put these three at the top of the list: broccoli, beets, and bell peppers (the red kind)…

The recent tests measuring total antioxidant content of the veggies revealed that they were particularly high in phenols -- that category of disease-fighting plant compounds that does everything from bolstering artery function to inhibiting the kind of cell damage that might lead to cancer or Alzheimer's. Broccoli and bell peppers are also a top source of antioxidant vitamin C. And beets are full of blood-pressure-friendly potassium.

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Superfood: Salmon
Because it contains omega-3 fatty acids, you can protect your heart by eating salmon just twice a week.

Smoked Salmon-Cardamom Spread

Chipotle Salmon Burgers

Almond-Crusted Salmon

Superfood: Spinach
Add a serving of leafy spinach to help protect against heart disease, arthritis, and osteoporosis.

Spinach-and-Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Feta-Stuffed Focaccia

Seasoned Spinach

Superfood: Zucchini
Color your plate with heart-healthy zucchini.

Zucchini, Olive, and Cheese Quesadillas

Zucchini Oven Chips

Zucchini Casserole with Red Pepper Aioli


Making the Most of Summer's Herbs
Fantastic flavor enhancers for healthy summer dishes, herbs can be used in everything from soups and salads to vinegars and teas. From mild and savory to spicy and zesty, herbs boost the flavor of your meals without adding fat. Here are some tips for maximizing the bountiful herbs of summer:

The Progressive Review:

Vertical Farming Gets Serious

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Obese patients lose weight on new Orexigen drug

(Reuters) Overweight volunteers who took Orexigen's experimental drug Contrave, designed to reduce cravings, lost about 13 pounds (6 kg) over a year, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday.

Those who got the drug said they felt less desire for sweet or starchy foods; felt fuller and had fewer cravings, the researchers said.

Their study, published in the Lancet medical journal, also suggested that feared side-effects from the drug were mild and went away over time.

But one expert said more studies are needed before regulators can assume the drug is safe.

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Community: I lost 12 pounds in a year just by following Paul McKenna’s “I Can Make You Thin” advice. And it was very safe—no side effects at all.

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Protein in urine can forecast kidney disease

(Reuters) Doctors may be able to watch for kidney injury and protect patients by looking for protein in urine, researchers reported on Thursday.

Patients with the highest levels of protein, or albuminuria, had an almost five-fold increase in the risk of developing acute kidney injury, the researchers reported…

The finding could lead to better ways to treat and prevent kidney disease.

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Menopause Treatment Could Harm Kids, Pets, FDA Warns

(HealthDay News) Evamist, a drug used to reduce menopause-related hot flashes in women, may harm children and pets who have skin contact with the drug, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

The product, which is sprayed on the skin between the elbow and wrist and on the inside of the forearm, contains an estrogen hormone called estradiol…

Women who use Evamist should prevent children from touching the area of the arm where the product is sprayed. If a child does touch this area, wash the child's skin with soap and water as soon as possible, the FDA advised.

Do not let pets lick or touch the area where Evamist is applied. Small pets may be especially sensitive to the estrogen in the product.

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Breast Cancer's DNA Yields More Secrets

(HealthDay News) The genetic makeup of breast cancer tumors may be a better predictor of how well a woman will fare than a tumor's size and appearance, which has been the traditional way of looking at cancers, new research suggests…

These findings join a host of recent scientific discoveries that suggest that the key to thwarting breast cancer may lie in the tumor's DNA.

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Psychologists Develop Two Potent New Predictors of Suicide Risk

(Science Daily) Two powerful new tests developed by psychologists at Harvard University show great promise in predicting patients' risk of attempting suicide.

The work may help clinicians overcome their reliance on self-reporting by at-risk individuals, information that often proves misleading when suicidal patients wish to hide their intentions. Both new tests are easily administered within minutes on a computer, giving quick insight into how patients are thinking about suicide, as well as their propensity to attempt suicide in the near future.

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Doctors, Patients Rarely on Same Page

(HealthDay News) Doctors and patients are often out of sync with each other when it comes to what patients believe about their illnesses, including to what extent the patient is to blame and what's the best way to manage the problem, new research shows.

The underlying cause of the disconnect is a lack of communication, researchers said. Patients who were "active participants" in their care -- by asking questions, voicing opinions and sharing concerns -- were better understood by their doctors, according to the study.

"When patients speak up, stating their preferences, their beliefs and their concerns or worries, doctors get firsthand information about what patients think," said study author Richard Street Jr., a professor of communication.

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Reform of Primary Care Could Reduce Diagnostic Errors

(Science Daily) Errors in diagnosis place a heavy financial burden on an already costly health care system and can be devastating for affected patients. Strengthening certain aspects of a new and evolving model of comprehensive and coordinated primary care could potentially address this highly relevant, but underemphasized safety concern, said health researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Stony Brook University Medical Center…

A unique model of primary care, called the patient-centered medical home, that emphasizes comprehensive and coordinated primary care could potentially reduce diagnostic errors if certain key elements of safety are also addressed, [Dr. Hardeep] Singh said.

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Swimmers at Sub-Tropical Beaches Show Increased Risk of Illness, Study Suggests

(Science Daily) A yearlong beach study led by a team of University of Miami researchers suggests that swimmers at sub-tropical beaches face an increased risk of illness. The multi-disciplinary team examined the risk of illness that beachgoers face when exposed to recreational marine water at sub-tropical beaches with no known source of pollution or contamination…

Among the top tips from the scientists for a healthy visit to the beach this summer are:

o Avoiding getting beach water in your mouth, or swallowing seawater.

o Practicing good beach hygiene by not swimming when ill with flu-like symptoms, diarrhea or open wounds.

o Showering before entering the ocean and immediately after leaving the water.

o Washing your hands with soap before eating.

o Taking small children to the restroom frequently, while on a public beach.

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Why Fad Diets Work Well for Some, but Not Others

(Science Daily) Ever notice some people seem to eat anything they want and never gain a pound, while others seem to gain weight just by looking at fattening foods? You may be seeing things correctly after all. According to research…, this may have a biological cause. Using fruit flies, researchers have found that genes interacting with diet, rather than diet alone, are the main cause of variation in metabolic traits, such as body weight. This helps explain why some diets work better for some people than others, and suggests that future diets should be tailored to an individual's genes rather than to physical appearance.

"There is no one-size-fits all solution to the diseases of obesity and type-2 diabetes," said Laura K. Reed, Ph.D.

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Community: Thanks, Dr. Reed, you’ve confirmed what I’ve long suspected.

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Weight Issues Move Up Need for Walkers, Canes, Other Devices

(Science Daily) Obese older adults are more likely to use walkers, canes and other mobility devices at a younger age…, according to new research from Purdue University.

"Baby Boomers are coming of age and obesity is an epidemic for this population as well," said Karis Pressler, a doctoral student in sociology and gerontology and the project's lead author. "This research shows that if obesity continues at this rate, we are going to see an increase in the use of assistive devices, which can be costly to individuals and the health-care system. Reliance on assistive devices can affect everyday life in multiple ways, from how you bathe, to how you dress, to how you move.

"If people don't want to be reliant on these devices in the future, they need to realize how obesity heightens one's risk of becoming disabled and affects how a person will compensate for that disability."

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Community: I’m going to fight as hard as I can to delay becoming disabled, and remain enabled, as long as possible.

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Tip of the Week: Comfort Food or Just Comfort?

(Shrink Yourself) When you use food as a source of comfort, you are actually denying yourself the comfort you really need and deserve. If you overeat because you are tired, overwhelmed, angry, scared or frustrated, then you are actually covering up the real "need" that you should be listening to. And you probably won't find lasting comfort until you pay attention to the desires of that whisper from within.

This week's tip is to focus on getting your real needs met. Is there something you need more than food? What can you do to address your discomfort, other than eat?

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Local food trend helps more folks eat fresh fruits, veggies

(USA Today) The "local" movement — buying and eating food produced locally rather than shipped from thousands of miles away — has been gaining steam with the steady growth of farmers markets and a phenomenon called community-supported agriculture.

CSA members purchase shares of a farmer's crop for the season. The government doesn't track the numbers, but Local Harvest, a nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets and other local food sources, estimates that tens of thousands of American families belong to CSAs, and supply trails demand. The number registered with Local Harvest alone indicates how quickly CSAs have multiplied over the past decade: The directory's listing has increased from 374 farms in 2000 to 3,660 today.

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Cooking Light:

13 No-Cook Meals
Our best fast and fresh healthy no-cook entrées for the hottest days in summer.

Prosciutto & Peach Salad
Thai Beef Rolls
Chicken & Guacamole Tostadas
White Bean & Chicken Salad

Food Court Survival Guide
Whether stuck in an airport or back-to-school shopping, sometimes you have to make do with less-than-ideal choices when facing lunchtime options. Next time you're navigating the food court, try one of these healthy fast food meals.

Recipe Makeover: Cheesy Enchiladas
We've made over this classic casserole by slashing calories, fat, and sodium so you can enjoy it more often.


Chicken Salad Wraps
Guaranteed crowd-pleasers, these wraps are perfect for leftover grilled chicken. The distinctive..

Quick Light Lunches
Make your mid-day meal a healthy one with these fast recipes.

Breakfasts That Fight Fat
Eat one of these meals before you work out to burn more fat.

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Implantable Sensor Measures Blood Sugar Levels

(HealthDay News) A new implantable blood sugar sensor might one day eliminate the need for the multiple daily finger sticks that people with diabetes must currently endure to check their blood sugar levels.

The new device was tested for more than a year in pigs, and it effectively monitored their blood sugar without the need for daily recalibration.

"This device would be implanted for a long term. It's surgically implanted, like a pacemaker," explained study author David Gough, a professor in the department of bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego.

Gough is also the founder of Glysens, a company that is manufacturing the new glucose monitor.

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