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Can Hands-On Prayer Help Heal?

(HealthDay News) The experiences of [24] Mozambicans, part of a study…, suggest to the researchers that "proximal intercessory prayer (PIP)" -- in which the healer is in close proximity to the patient, often touching or hugging him or her -- may be a useful complement to Western medical practice.

In this study, the degree of improvement seen in people with vision and hearing impairments was more than that seen previously in hypnosis and suggestion studies, the team noted.

And while they don't discount that much of the results may stem from a placebo effect, benefits did seem to occur in some individuals…

Although these authors did not look at the why's of healing prayer, a number of hypotheses are circulating as to how it could be beneficial.

"Placebo effects are certainly the best known of these kinds of mind-body interactions that take place," [study lead author Candy Gunther] Brown said. The effects could also be attributable to subjects being more motivated simply because they are being studied.

One physician believes prayer may have some as-yet-unexplained power to heal.

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Community: As I keep saying, the placebo effect is very powerful, and, like the shamans and medicine men of yore, we should learn how to use it to aid in healing.

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Research Breakthrough on the Question of Life Expectancy

(Science Daily) Why do we grow old and what can we do to stop it? This is the question asked by many, but it appears that we are now closer to an answer thanks to new research…

"As we unravel this complexity, we draw closer to the day in which we might use the genetic information encoded in the mitochondria to assist in the development of therapies that slow the onset of ageing in humans," Dr [Damian] Dowling said.

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Could Lifestyle Changes Cut Dementia Rates?

(HealthDay News) It may be possible to lower the incidence of dementia by reducing rates of diabetes and depression, boosting education, and increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a new study…

The findings suggest that public health initiatives to combat dementia should focus on prompt treatment of depressive symptoms, early screening for glucose intolerance and insulin resistance (early states of diabetes development), and encouraging literacy for people of all ages, the researchers said.

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'Locally Grown' May Mean Healthier, But Not Always

(HealthDay News) "Most of what the locally grown movement is about is not eating processed foods from large companies, but rather eating more natural, unprocessed, wholesome foods," [said Dawn Jackson Blatner]. "A local apple may or may not be any better than an apple grown farther away, but it is most definitely better than an apple-flavored product you get from a package."

That said, dietitians also generally believe that an apple shipped in from far away won't be as nutritious once it reaches a consumer's hand as a locally grown apple would be…

So people who buy locally grown produce will probably get a little more nutrition as a result -- but only if they eat the produce soon after it's purchased…

Another bonus from buying locally grown produce involves taste.

"Many people, because locally grown food is picked in season, find it tastes better," Blatner said. "My patients enjoy healthier foods more because they taste better. It leads to people eating better overall."

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Love Your Colon with This Spicy Little Number

(RealAge.com) It's found in spicy chili, bold sauces, and many south-of-the-border goodies. It's also the stuff that gives hot peppers their heat and makes your eyes water just a tad. And your colon really loves it.

We're talking about capsaicin…

In a recent lab study, capsaicin sparked a complex set of mechanisms in colon cancer cells that had been exposed to the fiery compound for 24 hours. An enzyme thought to kill off cancer cells increased, as did death-inducing changes in the maverick cancer cells' mitochondria and DNA. More research is needed -- including research in human subjects -- to determine if dietary capsaicin could have similar beneficial effects against colon cancer. But animal research on pancreatic cancer and diet already suggests that dietary capsaicin may be up to the challenge.

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MyRecipes.com

Baked Chicken Tortillas
Serve this veggie-packed baked chicken tortilla to your family for a quick weeknight dinner. It cooks up in just 15 minutes. Add cheese at the end of baking so it has time to melt.

Pepper Jack, Chicken, and Peach Quesadillas
Give average chicken quesadillas new life with sweet peaches and spicy cheese. For the kids, try fontina or Monterey Jack instead.

Grilled Chicken Menus

Speedy Thai Suppers

Eat Healthy for Less: 10 Tips

Easy Kebab Recipes
Mix your favorite meats and fresh produce on skewers for your next cookout. These flavorful kebab recipes are sure to impress guests.

Grilled Pastrami-Style Salmon
The classic seasonings associated with beef pastrami taste fantastic on this grilled salmon.

5 to Try: Roll-Em-Up Wraps

Superfood: Zucchini

Get Grilling Tonight

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Foot Doctors Can Help Diabetics Avoid Amputation: Study

(HealthDay News) Being treated by a podiatrist helps diabetes patients reduce their risk of amputation, research shows.

Podiatrists, also called podiatric physicians, are medical specialists of the foot, ankle and lower leg…

The study of nearly 29,000 diabetes patients, aged 18 to 64, found that those who had had at least one visit with a podiatrist prior to receiving a foot ulcer diagnosis had a lower risk of amputation and hospitalization (nearly 15 percent and 17 percent, respectively).

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Statins, Painkillers May Upset PSA Test Results

(HealthDay News) Some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States may skew results of prostate cancer screening tests, possibly causing errors in diagnoses, a new study finds.

A prostate cancer diagnosis is typically based on an elevated PSA (prostate-specific antigen)level, but new research shows that common drugs, including cholesterol-lowering statins and certain painkillers, may lower PSA levels…

But for now, men shouldn't worry unduly that their health is being compromised, said [an] expert.

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Deep Brain Stimulation Shows Promise for Patients With Alzheimer's

(Science Daily) In a world first, Dr. Andres M. Lozano and his team at Toronto Western Hospital has shown using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) on patients with early signs of Alzheimer's disease is safe and may help improve memory…

"While the study was not looking for efficacy, the results suggest that of the six patients, three may have done better than if the Alzheimer's disease was allowed to run its course," commented Lozano. "We showed that not only is this a safe procedure, but that the evidence is there to warrant a bigger trial. Any amount of time that extends quality of life and quality years to someone with Alzheimer's may be a benefit."

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Newly Discovered Mechanism Controls Levels and Efficacy of a Marijuana-Like Substance in the Brain

(Science Daily) A newly discovered molecular mechanism helps control the amount and effectiveness of a substance that mimics an active ingredient in marijuana, but that is produced by the body's own nerve cells…

Because cannabinoid signaling systems are common throughout the body and affect a variety of functions, therapies aimed at these systems might be more wide-ranging than simply a better substitute for medicinal marijuana. [Dr. Nephi] Stella is especially interest in the potential for helping people with conditions for which even symptomatic treatment is limited or non-existent, such as multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, Huntington's disease and other autoimmune or neurological disorders.

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Community: Oops, we’re going to have to make our bodies illegal!

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More Clues To Fibromyalgia Pain

(HealthDay News) Fibromyalgia patients have more "connectivity" between brain networks and regions of the brain involved in pain processing, which may help explain why sufferers feel pain even when there is no obvious cause, a new study suggests…

For years, fibromyalgia has been a highly misunderstood syndrome, with some doctors doubting it even existed, and others attributing the pain to depression or other psychological issues.

That began to change early this decade, when brain scans showed pain-processing abnormalities in fibromyalgia patients, [Dr. Philip] Mease said.

"That first neuroimaging study really demonstrated fibromyalgia patients were different than normal individuals, and at a neurobiological level, were truly experiencing more pain at lower intensities," Mease said.

The new research moves understanding of the condition a step further, by exploring what's happening in the brain during a resting state.

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A Little Adversity Bodes Well for Those With Chronic Back Pain, Study Suggests

(Science Daily) A new study … reveals that, for people with chronic back pain, having a little adversity in your life can be protective and beneficial…

"This study of 396 adults with chronic back pain (CBP) found that those with some lifetime adversity reported less physical impairment, disability and heavy utilization of health care than those who had experienced either no adversity or a high level of adversity," [the study's author Mark Seery, PhD,] explains.

"The data suggest that adversity-exposure also may protect against psychiatric disturbances that occur with CBP," Seery says, "and additional analyses found no alternative explanations of our findings."

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Plain cells turned into beating heart cells: study

(Reuters) Two studies published on Thursday show new ways to fix damaged hearts, one by turning structural heart cells into beating cells and another by restoring a primordial ability to regenerate lost tissue.

The two approaches need more work before they can be tried in humans, but they represent big steps forward in the new field of regenerative medicine.

And they show it may be possible to repair broken organs in the patient's body, instead of resorting to transplants or artificial devices.

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Newts' Ability to Regenerate Tissue Replicated in Mouse Cells

(Science Daily) Tissue regeneration a la salamanders and newts seems like it should be the stuff of science fiction. But it happens routinely. Why can't we mammals just re-grow a limb or churn out a few new heart muscle cells as needed?...

[S]cientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have taken a big step toward being able to confer this regenerative capacity on mammalian muscle cells; they accomplished this feat in experiments with laboratory mice in which they blocked the expression of just two tumor-suppressing proteins. The finding may move us closer to future regenerative therapies in humans -- surprisingly, by sending us shimmying back down the evolutionary tree.

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The Path to Obesity Becomes Clearer

(Science Daily) Why is it that two people can consume the same high fat, high-calorie Western diet and one becomes obese and prone to diabetes while the other maintains a slim frame? This question has long baffled scientists, but a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers provides a simple explanation: weight is set before birth in the developing brain…

Diet-induced obesity has become one of the most critical medical problems in the United States… Since genetics alone cannot explain the surge of obesity in society, investigators have been trying to determine the primary underpinnings of the vulnerability to develop obesity on a Western diet.

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Community: So if obesity is due to genetics AND diet, then diet is the variable that can change more easily. If you burn your hand on a hot stove, you jerk it away. If a Western diet is making you sick, you can start eating what will keep you well. Besides, there’s evidence that foods can change how some genes function. So we can blame our genes, but we can’t escape our own responsibility.

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How to Overcome Weight-Loss Frustrations

(SouthBeachDiet.com) As you [change your eating habits,] you will accomplish more than just achieving your weight-loss goals — you’ll also be improving your health and renewing your confidence. That said, there will be times when you’ll feel frustrated, especially when those pesky pounds won’t budge. But this doesn’t mean your eating plan isn’t working for you. Developing healthy habits, like making good food choices and exercising regularly, takes time — that’s why slow and steady weight loss works for the long haul. If you feel like you’ve been following the Meal Plans and the scale isn’t moving, here are a few steps to help you get past this temporary bump in the road:

Re-evaluate your Meal Plans… Maybe you need to cut back on the number of servings of whole grains and fruits you’re getting or work them in more slowly. A great idea is to keep a food diary diligently for one week and then re-evaluate your food choices…

Think slow and steady. Everyone has a different body chemistry, so it’s only natural that some people may lose weight at a slower rate than others. A slower metabolism or a medical condition can affect how much weight you lose and how quickly. Also, the fewer pounds you have to lose, the slower they may come off…

Focus on other measures of success. Maybe it’s the way your clothes fit or maybe you’re suddenly able to walk up a flight of stairs without losing your breath. Take a look at the positive changes that don’t involve the scale. Sure, your weight is important, but taking a break from thinking of weight loss in terms of numbers may be just what you need to continue your success.

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Foods for Women

(Cooking Light) It's important for both sexes to eat an array of healthy foods. But if you're a woman, science shows these seven foods could offer that extra edge.

Tomatoes
[O]bservational studies suggest lycopene-rich foods like tomatoes may play a role in warding off breast and cervical cancers… [And] Boston researchers conclude lycopene or other phytochemicals eaten as oil-based tomato products may protect against cardiovascular disease…

Flaxseed
A Mayo Clinic study finds 40 grams of crushed flaxseed can cut down on hot flashes, and several reports suggest flax can lower "bad" or LDL cholesterol and triglycerides… The brown or gold seeds may even play a role in fighting breast cancer…

Kale
Researchers find that women who eat diets rich in vitamin K are at lower risk of hip fracture. Seems the body requires vitamin K to activate bone proteins needed to ward off osteoporosis, the crippling bone disease that strikes women four times more often than men…

Salmon
[S]tudies find the oils in fatty fish like salmon can help you beat the … blues… [And omega 3 fats are the building] blocks for the brain and nervous system, omega 3 fats are also critical for the developing fetus. In your forties and beyond? Keep in mind that heart disease is still the number one killer of women. And once estrogen levels begin to plummet, eating fatty fish can help keep the ticker healthy…

Cranberry Juice
[W]hen it comes to treating women's urinary tract infections, cranberry juice is a recommended strategy. Not because it's acidic or has a lot of vitamin C. Instead, antioxidants called proanthocyanins are the real medicinal heroes…

Greek Yogurt
Thick and creamy, Greek yogurt offers double the protein of most yogurts and far less sugar. The lower carb levels (7 grams versus 25 grams in fruited yogurt) help keep blood sugar on an even keel. But protein may be the real advantage since many women have no clue, or rarely think about, how much protein they eat…

Walnuts
Noshing on a handful of walnuts may fight both breast cancer and osteoporosis.

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Community: If you don’t like kale, there are other good sources of vitamin K.

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Recipes

Cooking Light:

Top-Rated Salmon Dishes
Get a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids from these salmon recipes that earned top marks from readers.

Grilled Chicken with Fresh Grape Glaze
Grapes are probably the last thing you'd think of to put on grilled chicken, but combined with soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and rosemary, they really work well here. Their natural sugars caramelize during cooking, giving the finished dish the charred crust that makes grilled food great.

Mango Rice Salad with Grilled Shrimp
Asian influences are rather uncommon at the summer table, but with curry-marinated shrimp, coconut-tinged rice, crunchy vegetables, and distinctively flavored mango, this dish will change that, and fast.

MyRecipes.com:

Mongolian Beef
Serve this slightly spicy dish over wide rice noodles to catch all the garlic- and ginger-laced sauce.

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

20-Minute Pork Tenderloin

EatingWell:

South Pacific Shrimp
Vibrant Southeast Asian seasonings are a natural with shrimp.

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Brain's reward system helps drive placebo effect

(Reuters Health) Want to maximize the placebo effect? A good way to do this, according to a new study, is to tell someone they have a decent chance of getting the real treatment instead of a fake pill, but keep them guessing.

In the study, Parkinson's disease patients given a placebo after being told they had a 75 percent chance of receiving an active drug produced significant amounts of dopamine, a chemical key to the brain's reward system that is scarce in the brains of patients with this disease.

But no dopamine response occurred in patients given placebo after being told they had a 25 percent, 50 percent, or 100 percent chance of getting real treatment.

The findings show that expectations directly regulate the power of the placebo effect by kicking the brain's reward system into gear, probably not just in Parkinson's patients but in a number of different illnesses, such as chronic pain and depression, according to Dr. A. Jon Stoessl.

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Community: The placebo effect is extremely powerful, and the more we know about it, the better.

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Genetic Clue to Chronic Pain Could Lead to New Treatments for the Condition

(Science Daily) Chronic pain is a serious medical problem, afflicting approximately 20% of adults. Some individuals are more susceptible than others, and the basis for this remains largely unknown.

In a report…, researchers have identified a gene associated with susceptibility to chronic pain in humans, signaling a significant step toward better understanding and treating the condition.

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Recession Causing Cancer Patients to Quit Life-Extending Drugs

(HealthDay News) In 2009 and 2010, as the economic collapse shuddered across the globe, oncologists in California noticed a troubling trend: Three patients who had had serious tumors under control for as long as eight years reappeared in the clinic with massive cancer regrowth which, in one case, required emergency surgery…

Gleevec costs patients close to $5,000 per month. That's out of the reach of most Americans without health insurance, and it can make Gleevec tough to afford even when insurance is available.

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New Imaging Technique Could Help Physicians Ease the Aftermath of Breast Cancer

(Science Daily) A substantial number of breast cancer survivors suffer from lymphedema in the aftermath of their cancer surgeries. In lymphedema, fluids accumulate in the arms, potentially causing disfiguring and debilitating swelling that can impact quality of life.

Treatments vary, but they generally consist of using manual and pneumatic therapies to "push" or stimulate the body to remove excess fluid and reduce tissue swelling. Finding out whether a treatment is working can take months. That's because the current method of assessing progress is to measure the circumference or volume of a limb and check for changes in swelling -- and a size change big enough to be measured takes time.

During this time, the condition might improve -- or it might worsen.

[A] research team has developed what promises to be a more sensitive and more immediate way to monitor the effectiveness of a treatment. Their new near-infrared fluorescence imaging technique examines the root cause of lymphedema: blockages or damages in the lymphatic system that prevent fluid from circulating through the body and cause it to pool in the limbs.

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Revascularization in Elderly Seniors May Help Survival Rates After Heart Attack

(Science Daily) Revascularization procedures in very elderly patients after heart attacks may be responsible for improved survival rates after one year, found a study…

The use of invasive procedures such as revascularization in the ageing population is increasing, although there is little data on the impact of these trends…

"We found that the rate of one-year mortality after a heart attack decreased from 48.4% in 1996 to 30% at the end of the study in 2006," says Maude PagĂ©, first author of the study…

In a related commentary, Dr. Mark Katlic … writes that … "There is great physiologic variability in the older group and the published results of surgery in the elderly do not support prejudice based on age."

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Poorest People at Highest Heart Disease Risk: U.S. Data

(HealthDay News) Socioeconomic status plays a more important role than race or ethnicity in cardiovascular disease risk disparities in the United States, a new study has found…

The finding could result from lifestyle differences. For example, poor people tend to exercise less and are more likely to be obese and to smoke, the study authors noted.

"Most ethnic differences in cardiovascular risk are really due to socioeconomic differences between the races in the U.S. -- except for one outstanding exception. Foreign-born Mexican Americans, as opposed to Mexican Americans born here, are healthier than everyone else, and this may have less to do with ethnicity or genes than with migration patterns," lead researcher Dr. Arun Karlamangla … said in a UCLA news release.

"Only the healthy are able to migrate here, and the unhealthy go back for their care," he explained.

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Fast Forensic Test Can Match Suspects' DNA With Crime Samples in Four Hours

(Science Daily) A newly developed test could make checking DNA from people arrested for crimes with DNA samples from crime scenes stored in forensic databases almost as easy as matching fingerprints. With the test, police could check on whether a person's DNA matches that found at past crime scenes while suspects are still being processed and before a decision on whether to release them on bail.

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Community: Part of my daily walk is in a park that has wide concrete walkways. The kids in the neighborhood do chalk drawings on the sidewalks, and I often see body outlines. We used to play cowboys and Indians or cops and robbers, but today’s kids play CSI.

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Exercise and Caloric Restriction Fight Nerve Synapse Aging in Mice

(Science Daily) Harvard University researchers have uncovered a mechanism through which caloric restriction and exercise delay some of the debilitating effects of aging by rejuvenating connections between nerves and the muscles that they control…

The new work showed that mice on a restricted-calorie diet largely avoid that age-related deterioration of their neuromuscular junctions, while those on a one-month exercise regimen when already elderly partially reverse the damage.

"With calorie restriction, we saw reversal of all aspects of the synapse disassembly. With exercise, we saw a reversal of most, but not all," [a researcher] says.

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Number of Obese Adults Keeps Rising, CDC Says

(HealthDay News) America's waistline continues to widen.

As of 2009, almost 3 in every 10 adults (26.7 percent) is now statistically obese, up from 25.6 percent in 2007, according to a new government report released Tuesday…

[A]nnual medical costs linked to obesity have soared to $147 billion in 2008, the researchers say. The care of an obese American now costs $1,429 more per year than that of a normal-weight person, the CDC team estimated…

According to this new report, obesity is hitting some segments of the population harder than others. Blacks have the highest rate of adult obesity at 36.8 percent overall, and 41.9 percent of black women are now obese, the survey found.

Among Hispanics, the obesity rate is 30.7 percent, and among whites 25.2 percent, according to the report.

Education may also play a role: Almost a third (32.9 percent) of people without a high school diploma are now obese, the report found.

And location seems to be a factor, too. In the South, 28.4 percent of adults are obese, while in the Midwest the rate is 28.2 percent. In the Northeast the rate is 24.3 percent, and for the West it's 24.4 percent.

Some states seem to be faring worse than others. While just under 19 percent of adults in Colorado are obese, that number jumps to 34.4 percent for adults from Mississippi. Only Colorado and the District of Columbia had obesity rates of less than 20 percent.

Initiatives needed to fight the obesity epidemic, according to [CDC director Dr. Thomas R.] Frieden, include:

· Increase in physical activity.

· Increased breast-feeding of infants.

· Eating more fruits and vegetables.

· Cutting TV and computer time.

· Reducing intake of high-calorie foods, particularly sugary drinks.

"Obesity is a societal problem, and it will take a societal response," Frieden said…

"We know we have an obesity problem in the U.S. The question that frustrates health professionals is what to do about it," [Samantha Heller, a dietitian, nutritionist and exercise physiologist] said.

Health education remains a critical element of behavioral change. Making healthy foods available and affordable, creating green spaces for outdoor recreation and community programs to support people in need of health and nutrition counseling are also key pieces of the puzzle, Heller said.

"But it is a challenge to find the funding for programs like these. In this economy, people are tightening their money belts and cannot afford to shell out cash for what they perceive to be expensive nutrition or health counseling. Unfortunately as we tighten the money belt, we are adding notches to the belts around our waists," Heller said.

It's not that people are contented with being overweight, she added.

"In my experience people want to feel good and get healthy but do not know where to go to get help," Heller said.

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Community: We have no choice, friends, but to conquer this epidemic.

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Weight Gain Eroding Americans' Quality of Life

(HealthDay News) As Americans' average weight keeps rising, their quality of life is falling, according to new research.

The nationwide study found that the number of healthy days per year that Americans lose due to obesity has more than doubled over the past two decades, from about 7.5 in 1993 to 17 in 2008…

While the findings support a general trend, some groups were more seriously affected. Obesity has caused black women to lose the greatest amount of time spent in good health (more than 24 fewer such days per year). That number is 31 percent higher than for black men, who lost the second highest amount of healthy time due to being obese, and 50 percent higher than that of whites.

Most of women's healthy days lost to obesity were due to illness, while most of the men's loss was due to early death, the study found.

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Study: Could gut germs underlie Western obesity?

(Reuters) Germs living in the gut may cause higher rates of allergies, chronic stomach upsets and even obesity among children living in rich industrialized countries, researchers reported on Monday.

They compared intestinal bacteria between European Union children and young villagers in remote Burkina Faso, and found enough differences to help explain disparities in chronic disease and obesity.

The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may support the development of probiotic products to help restore the ancient balance and keep humans leaner and healthier, the researchers said.

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Chili Peppers May Come With Blood Pressure Benefits

(Science Daily) For those with high blood pressure, chili peppers might be just what the doctor ordered, according to a study reported in the August issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication. While the active ingredient that gives the peppers their heat -- a compound known as capsaicin -- might set your mouth on fire, it also leads blood vessels to relax, the research in hypertensive rats shows.

"We found that long-term dietary consumption of capsaicin, one of the most abundant components in chili peppers, could reduce blood pressure in genetically hypertensive rats," said Zhiming Zhu.

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The Anti-Wrinkle Diet

(Reader’s Digest) Sun exposure, smoking, genetics, aging, skimping on produce and "good" fats, eating a diet high in saturated fat and refined carbohydrates, and other factors all conspire to erode collagen and elastin, the fibers that keep skin smooth, flexible, and firm.

When dermatologists checked the skin and diets of 453 people from Australia, Greece, and Sweden, they found that while a healthy diet can't erase damage done by years of unprotected sunbathing or smoking, it can help. Here's what to eat and what to avoid.

Have More of These
Olive oil
Fish
Low-fat milk
Water and tea
Fruit and vegetables
Eggs
Nuts and nut butters Beans

And Less of These
Butter
Red meat
Cakes and pastries
Soft drinks
Full-fat milk
Margarine
Potatoes

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Community: My change in diet plus other things I’m doing for my skin are undoing a lot of the damage from years of neglect. My skin is getting younger.

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Recipes

EatingWell:

Goat Cheese Grits with Fresh Corn
Take grits upscale by adding fresh corn, goat cheese and chives.

Simple Ways to Cook 20 Vegetables
Foolproof ways to cook summer's best produce.

MyRecipes.com:

Creamy Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese
Creamy macaroni and cheese is a recipe for comfort, while mustard, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce add some zip. Try making the dish with any short pasta, such as fusilli, farfalle, or cavatappi, or experiment with different cheeses.

How Can I Tell When Fish Is Cooked?

Mouthwatering Barbecue Sauces

5 Roll-Em-Up Wraps

Community: I like to put grated onion in my macaroni and cheese.

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Vitamin B May Not Guard Against Second Stroke, Heart Attack

(HealthDay News) Stroke patients who take vitamin B supplements to lower their homocysteine levels may not be protected from second strokes or heart attacks, a new study finds.

Earlier studies found an association between homocysteine, an amino acid, in the blood, and an increased risk for stroke and heart attack. Vitamin B supplements lower homocysteine levels, but whether this really has an effect on stroke and heart attack risk has been unclear, the Australian researchers noted.

"B vitamins are safe, but they were not, statistically, significantly more effective than placebo in preventing major vascular events among stroke and TIA [transient ischemic attack] patients," said lead researcher Dr. Graeme J. Hankey… "B vitamins have not been proven to have a role in secondary stroke prevention."

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FDA: Stop using Miracle Mineral Solution

(UPI) Consumers are advised not to drink Internet-peddled Miracle Mineral Solution because it poses a significant health risk, U.S. government officials say.

The FDA has received several reports of health complaints linked to the liquid supplement, including severe nausea, vomiting and life-threatening low blood pressure from dehydration.

MMS, distributed on Internet sites and online auctions by several independent distributors, claims to treat multiple illnesses, including human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis, the H1N1 flu virus, the common cold, acne, cancer and other conditions.

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Memory-Boosting Drug May Help Cocaine Addicts Avoid Relapse

(Science Daily) A memory-boosting medication paired with behavioral therapy might help addicts stay clean, according to new animal research… The study suggests D-cycloserine, previously used in the lab to treat fear and anxiety disorders, could help an addict resist drugs even when confronted with drug-related cues outside of rehab…

The new results show that extinction therapy [total abstinence], in conjunction with D-cycloserine, could combat relapse due to cues, even in new environments.

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Disrupted Circadian Rhythm May Cause Triglycerides to Rise

(Science Daily) When the circadian rhythm gets thrown off, it could come with an unexpected side effect: high triglycerides. The discovery, based on studies in mice with a "broken clock," helps to explain the normal rise and fall in triglycerides, which happens at about the same time each day, according to researchers…

The findings … suggest that activities that disrupt the circadian rhythm -- staying up until 2:00 a.m. or traveling overseas -- might come with real consequences for lipid metabolism, [researchers said].

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Hormones may protect against aneurysms

(UPI) Estrogen hormone therapies may help protect women against brain aneurysms, U.S. researchers suggest…

The researchers find the mean age of women with aneurysm was 52 -- a time of life coinciding with a severe drop in estrogen levels. Moreover, they find the rate of oral contraceptive usage in women suffering aneurysm was 60 percent, compared to 77.6 percent in the control group.

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Foreign-trained docs as good as U.S. physicians: report

(Reuters) Nurse anesthetists can safely provide care without doctors supervising them, according to a report released on Tuesday.

And a second report found that physicians trained in other countries provide care just as good as U.S. doctors.

Both reports, published in the journal Health Affairs, suggest ways to help provide care to more Americans at potentially lower cost, just as healthcare reform promises to extend health coverage to millions who do not have it.

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Nutritional Labeling and Point-of-Purchase Signs Influence Healthy Food Choices

(Science Daily) Poor diet and physical inactivity leading to obesity are poised to overtake tobacco use as the leading cause of preventable death in the United States… Two studies… shed light on behaviors regarding food choices and good nutrition and report on how nutritional labeling and point-of-purchase signs are influencing healthy food choices…

"Food Label Use and Its Relation to Dietary Intake among U.S. Adults"… [showed significant] differences in mean nutrient intake of total calories, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, dietary fiber, and sugars were observed between food label users and non-users with label users reporting healthier nutrient consumption. The greatest differences observed were for total calories and fat and for use of specific nutrient information on the food label…

A pilot study of a Point-of-Purchase (POP) program was shown to influence the purchasing behaviors of a multi-ethnic college population shopping at an on-campus convenience store.

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How To Read a Food Label

(Reader’s Digest) If you learn what the information on food packaging means you’ll be better equipped to make healthy choices. You’ll find all this information and more on the food label:

Fat
Low fat: less than 3 percent fat (for example, 3g of fat/100g).
Reduced fat: must contain at least 25 per cent less fat than the standard equivalent product.

Sugar
Reduced sugar: must contain at least 25 per cent less sugar than the standard equivalent.
No added sugar: no additional sugars added as an ingredient. Remember that this doesn’t necessarily mean a food will have low sugar as it may contain ingredients (such as fruit) that have a naturally high sugar content.

Fiber
High fiber: has at least 6g of fiber per 100g serving.
Source of fiber: contains at least 3g of fiber per 100g serving.

Energy
Reduced calorie: must contain at least 25 percent fewer calories than the standard equivalent. Be aware that reduced calorie doesn’t necessarily mean the item in question is low in calories.

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