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TV viewing may be hazardous to health

(UPI) Watching too many medical dramas and too much medical news on television may reduce one's satisfaction in life, U.S. researchers say…

Previous research has shown TV viewing can cause people to be less satisfied with their lives because it makes them more materialistic -- overestimating the value of other people's possessions compared to their own, [Yinjiao] Ye says. The current findings suggest the perception that getting sick and not being able to do much about it can be added as a second cause of life dissatisfaction, Ye says.

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Community: It’s not the doctor shows that bother me, I never think I’m going to get those diseases. And it’s not just the medical information on TV news that can cause dissatisfaction. TV news has little but doom, scares, and extreme behavior.

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Women feel sexy with Victoria's Secret bag

(UPI) Some women say carrying a Victoria's Secret bag makes them feel sexier and more feminine, U.S. researchers suggest…

"These people carried the bag for an hour and as a result felt more glamorous, more sexy and more feminine. They didn't even use or wear any of the products," [marketing Professor Deborah Redder] John told the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune…

The study, … found women who believe their personality can't be improved through their efforts perceived themselves as more attractive when they carried the Victoria's Secret bag. Conversely, women who said their personalities can be improved did not appear to be affected by which bag they carried.

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Garlic Oil Shows Protective Effect Against Heart Disease in Diabetes

(Science Daily) Garlic has "significant" potential for preventing cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease that is a leading cause of death in people with diabetes, scientists have concluded in a new study. Their report, which also explains why people with diabetes are at high risk for diabetic cardiomyopathy…

Wei-Wen Kuo and colleagues note that people with diabetes have at least twice the risk of death from heart disease as others, with heart disease accounting for 80 percent of all diabetes-related deaths. They are especially vulnerable to a form of heart disease termed diabetic cardiomyopathy, which inflames and weakens the heart's muscle tissue…

Animals given garlic oil experienced beneficial changes associated with protection against heart damage. The changes appeared to be associated with the potent antioxidant properties of garlic oil, the scientists say, adding that they identified more than 20 substances in garlic oil that may contribute to the effect.

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Moderate Alcohol Use Helps Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death: Study

(HealthDay News) In yet another study, a moderate intake of alcohol has been shown to be healthy for the heart.

The current research found that when women consumed between one-half to one drink a day, their risk of sudden cardiac death dropped by 36 percent.

However, when women doubled their intake and had more than two drinks per day, they upped their risk of sudden cardiac death by about 15 percent…

One drink is about 15 grams of alcohol, according to [study author Stephanie ] Chiuve. And, one drink translates to 12 ounces of beer, four ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor.

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Community: But is it the alcohol, or it’s relaxing effect, that provides the benefit?

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Coffee, tea linked to lower risk of brain tumor

(Reuters Health) Coffee and tea lovers may have a decreased likelihood of developing the most common form of malignant brain tumor in adults, a new study suggests.

The findings, from a study of more than 500,000 European adults, add to evidence from a recent U.S. study linking higher coffee and tea intake to a lower risk of gliomas, a group of brain tumors that makes up about 80 percent of malignant brain cancers in adults.

It does not, however, prove that the beverages themselves confer the protection.

"This is all very preliminary," said lead researcher Dominique Michaud, of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and Imperial College London. "This study shouldn't be the reason that anyone changes their coffee or tea intake."

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Cheese: The Newest Health Food?

(RealAge.com) A new German study suggests cheese is actually a cancer fighter. But before you pick up that slicer, you need to learn how to harness this superpower the right way so you don't clog your arteries.

Turns out that cheese is a rich source of menaquinones, a type of vitamin K that switches on genes in the body that knock out cancer cells. And when German researchers tracked the health and diets of over 24,000 people for up to 10 years, they found that those who ate the most cheese reduced their risk for fatal cancers by 28 percent -- presumably because they got the most menaquinones. But here's the major caveat: The biggest cheese-eaters in the study didn't go overboard. They got just 29 grams a day, the equivalent of about an ounce of cheese or one deli slice. (Get the lowdown on vitamin K.)…

Egg yolks and chicken are also good sources. And get plenty of leafy greens. There's new evidence that most of us need more of the bone-friendly form of K found in spinach, romaine lettuce, kale, collards, and more.

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Community: I wake up really early in the morning (and go to bed early, to make sure I get enough sleep), so I have a one-ounce part-skim mozzarella cheese stick with my coffee. It keeps me from getting too hungry before eating breakfast. I didn’t know it was also providing this other benefit!

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Recipes

Jamie Oliver:

tailgating recipes

Jamie's make-ahead game plan: You can make the green chili, guacamole and marinate your chicken legs the night before the big game. You can also make up the quesadillas ready for grilling and pack them away in a cool box with the rest of your food. On the day you can then re-heat the chili and grill the quesadillas and chicken – if you’re having tortillas with the chili you can pop these on the grill as well to get them nice and hot.

barbecued thai chicken legs (usa imperial version)
A delicious chicken dish, marinated with Thai flavors and crisped up on the barbecue

green chili (usa imperial version)
This green chile is so delicious, simple to make and a total pleasure to eat. In England, we’re sort of brainwashed into thinking of chile as just being chile con carne, but this is completely differe...

quesadillas with guacamole (usa imperial version)
A quesadilla is basically a Mexican-style stuffed pancake, like a toasted sandwich, made with two tortillas sandwiched together with a cheese-based filling. They are warmed through and served with gua...

EatingWell:

Our Top Fall Recipes
Ten outstanding main dishes, sides and desserts to celebrate the flavors of the season.

5-Ingredient Dinners
With just a few kitchen staples, you'll have dinner in minutes.

Easy Slow-Cooker Meals
Healthy meals that practically cook themselves.

MyRecipes.com:

Rosemary Pork Tenderloin
Pair tender pork slices with boiled red potatoes and a fragrant white wine sauce, flavored with rosemary and cranberry chutney.

Apple and Corn Bread-Stuffed Pork Loin

Fennel-Crusted Pork with Roasted Artichokes

7 Ways With Rotisserie Chicken

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Severe Food Allergies Turned Off in Mice

(Science Daily) Johns Hopkins scientists have discovered a way to turn off the immune system's allergic reaction to certain food proteins in mice, a discovery that could have implications for the millions of people who suffer severe reactions to foods, such as peanuts and milk.

The findings … provide hope that the body could [under close medical supervision] be trained to tolerate food allergies that lead to roughly 300,000 emergency room visits and 100 to 200 deaths each year.

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Gene Disorder Linked to ADHD

(HealthDay News) Many who suffer from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appear to have a genetic abnormality that may predispose them to the condition, British researchers report…

"ADHD is a complex disorder, and we have known for quite some time that it has a strong genetic composition," said lead researcher Nigel William…

"This is directly supported by our results, which provide direct evidence that ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder," he said.

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Brain Chemical Finding Could Open Door to New Schizophrenia Drugs

(Science Daily) New research has linked psychosis with an abnormal relationship between two signalling chemicals in the brain. The findings, published in tomorrow's edition of the journal Biological Psychiatry, suggest a new approach to preventing psychotic symptoms, which could lead to better drugs for schizophrenia…

The new pilot research, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), provides evidence that high levels of dopamine in people with psychotic symptoms occur as a consequence of changes in another brain chemical, glutamate. Glutamate-releasing cells in a brain region called the hippocampus connect to the striatum and influence the activity of dopamine-releasing cells. Drugs that interfere with glutamate signals in the brain might therefore be able to prevent psychotic symptoms in people with schizophrenia.

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Increases in 5-, 10-Year Survival at Every Stage of Breast Cancer

(Science Daily) Advances in screening for disease detection, better surgical techniques available to more women, and an increased number of therapies that reduce the risk of relapse in patients with both locally advanced and early stage disease, have collectively contributed to dramatic improvements in breast cancer's survival rates, according to a review of 60 years of patient records at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The single institution study found increases in both five and 10-year survival at every stage of the disease in every decade studied…

"Now, we need to turn our attention to the refinement of breast cancer therapies, with a goal of further decreasing risk of recurrence and death for our high-risk early stage breast cancer patients, and maintaining the control of disease in those with metastatic disease," says [professor Aman Buzdar, M.D.].

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Source of Breast Drug Side Effect Identified; Pharmacogenomic Discovery Allows for Improved Cancer Therapy

(Science Daily) Mayo Clinic researchers and their international colleagues have discovered genetic variants that lead to severe arthritis for a subset of women when taking aromatase inhibitors to treat their breast cancer. This serious side effect is so painful that many women halt their lifesaving medication…

"Many women stop taking aromatase inhibitors due to the accompanying joint pain," says James Ingle, M.D., Mayo Clinic oncologist and senior author of the study… "Our findings open the door to finding ways to identify women who will develop these side effects and treat those who do, thus allowing more women to take this therapy and decrease their chances of breast cancer recurrence." Aromatase inhibitors are most often used as adjuvant therapy for postmenopausal women with early stage breast cancer…

In a scientific article … the research team show that a synthetic female sex hormone used in HRT and contraceptive pills can trigger RANKL in breast cells of mice. As a consequence, these mammary cells start to divide and multiply and fail to die when they should. Moreover, stem cells in the breast become able to renew themselves, ultimately resulting in breast cancer…

A monoclonal antibody, denosumab, that blocks RANKL has been recently approved in the US and the EU for the treatment of osteoporosis, and is currently under review for the treatment of bone metastases in patients with advanced cancer.

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How HRT and the Pill Can Lead to Breast Cancer: New Research Suggests Possible Treatment

(Science Daily) Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers, affecting up to one in eight women during their lives in Europe, the UK and USA. Large population studies such as the Women's Health Initiative and the Million Women Study have shown that synthetic sex hormones called progestins used in hormone replacement therapy, HRT, and in contraceptives can increase the risk of breast cancers.

Now medical researchers at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna have identified a key mechanism which allows these synthetic sex hormones to directly affect mammary cells.

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New Method for Generating Human Stem Cells Is Remarkably Efficient

(Science Daily) The ability to efficiently generate patient-specific stem cells from differentiated cells and then reliably direct them to form specialized cells (like neurons or muscle) has tremendous therapeutic potential for replacing diseased or damaged tissues. However, despite some successes, there have been significant limitations associated with existing methods used to generate human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).

Now, a study … presents a novel strategy for creating iPSCs that exhibits some significant advantages when compared with current iPSC technologies. The new method does not require risky genetic modification and holds great promise for making the reprogramming process more therapeutically relevant.

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9% of U.S. Adults Suffer From Depression: CDC

(HealthDay News) Rates of depression vary widely from state to state, ranging from a low of 4.8 percent in North Dakota to a high of 14.8 percent in Mississippi, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Overall, more people in the Southeast met the criteria for depression, compared with other parts of the nation, the researchers found…

The clustering of depression in the Southeast may be partly due to chronic health conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, stroke and sleep problems, which are also common in the area, [report co-author Lela McKnight-Eily] said.

"In addition, there could also be differences in socioeconomic status, the presence of other mental health conditions and also access to health care and treatment," McKnight-Eily said.

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Women's Study Finds Longevity Means Getting Just Enough Sleep

(Science Daily) A new study, derived from novel sleep research conducted by University of California, San Diego researchers 14 years earlier, suggests that the secret to a long life may come with just enough sleep. Less than five hours a night is probably not enough; eight hours is probably too much…

"The surprise was that when sleep was measured objectively, the best survival was observed among women who slept 5 to 6.5 hours," [psychiatry professor emeritus Daniel F. Kripke, MD] said. "Women who slept less than five hours a night or more than 6.5 hours were less likely to be alive at the 14-year follow-up."

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Fewer smoking = fewer with lung cancer

(UPI) California's tobacco control program has resulted in lung cancer rates about 25 percent lower than those in other states, researchers say.

John P. Pierce of the University of California … says California established the nation's first comprehensive Tobacco Control Program in 1989.

Since then, California's smoking rate is half that of the rest of the country -- 9.3 percent of Californians smoke, compared to 17.8 percent nationally.

"The consistency in the trends from cigarette sales and population surveys was reassuring" Pierce says in a statement. "What is really important is that the widening gap in smoking behavior between California and the rest of the nation is replicated in the lung cancer data 16 years later. There is no other behavior that affects a disease like this."

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Research Examines Vicious Cycle of Overeating and Obesity

(Science Daily) New research provides evidence of the vicious cycle created when an obese individual overeats to compensate for reduced pleasure from food…

Food intake is associated with dopamine release. The degree of pleasure derived from eating correlates with the amount of dopamine released. Evidence shows obese individuals have fewer dopamine (D2) receptors in the brain relative to lean individuals and suggests obese individuals overeat to compensate for this reward deficit.

People with fewer of the dopamine receptors need to take in more of a rewarding substance -- such as food or drugs -- to get an effect other people get with less.

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Community: Haven’t I been saying that eating can be addictive?

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Blueberries Question Answered

After yesterday’s post “Blueberries Help Fight Artery Hardening”, I wrote to the study author, asking him to clarify the sentence, “The [mice’s] blueberry-spiked diet contained 1 percent blueberry powder, the equivalent of about a half-cup of fresh blueberries.” I wondered if the half-cup was in relation to the bodies of the mice, or the bodies of humans. Dr. Wu says it applies to the bodies of humans, so eating ½ cup of blueberries every day could help us alleviate, or even prevent, hardening of the arteries.

Via email:

That ½ cup of blueberries is in relation to the body of an average human. We made this rough calculation based on the diet a mouse eat in one day and the total food an average human eat in one day. And generally speaking, ½ cup of blueberries is refer to one serving size for human. However, as you may know, serving size is not strict scientific term. Though most nutritionists/dietitians accepted that ½ cup blueberries is one serving size, I do know that some argue that 1 cup should be one serving size. That is why in the article, we avoided to use serving size, but rather directly use cup. I think that ½ cup of blueberries is reasonable amount for average consumers.

Hopefully my explanation is of help to you.

Sincerely,

Xianli Wu, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
USDA AR Children's Nutrition Center

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The Must-Have Fall Fruit

When you think of the fall season, what’s the one fruit that comes to mind? Apples, of course! This month, apples are in abundance, so take advantage of the bounty and try some of the approximately 7,500 varieties available worldwide… Apples provide respectable amounts of fiber and some vitamin C, as well as potassium. They are also a good source of quercetin, a flavonoid that may help protect against heart disease…

Here are a few delicious ways to enjoy apples:

Enjoy apples as a snack with 2 tablespoons of natural, no-sugar-added peanut butter.

Add thin apple slices to cheese or turkey sandwiches.

Create a red leaf, avocado, and apple salad with a Dijon vinaigrette.

Prepare a sweet apple glaze for meat or poultry.

Make your own applesauce using a variety of apples.

Bake apples for a healthy dessert.

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Community: Four days a week, I grate half an apple to put in my oatmeal, along with some cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and ginger sprinkled on top (benefits of these spices listed here). The other days, I put some berries on my oatmeal.

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Recipes

MyRecipes.com:

Antipasto Chicken Sandwich
Purchase roasted chicken breasts to save on preparation time. Ideal for a quick weeknight dinner or a picnic lunch, this warm, melty sandwich pairs well with sliced fruit or a bunch of grapes.

Lemon-Basil Antipasto

Tenderloin with Grilled Antipasto Vegetables

Simple Antipasto Platter

EatingWell:

Roasted Cod with Warm Tomato-Olive-Caper Tapenade
The Mediterranean flavors of a warm tomato tapenade will brighten all kinds of white fish as well as chicken. Make It a Meal: Orzo and sauteed spinach will round out this meal.

Salmon Roasted with Tomatoes & Olives

Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade

Vermicelli with Tomatoes, Olives & Capers (Vermicelli alla puttanesca)

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6 Ways to Save $2,997 a Year on Food

(EatingWell) Americans are eating out less, and more and more our food decisions are being driven by two things: budget and health. EatingWell marries these two trends in the new cookbook EatingWell on a Budget. It shows you how to make nutritious dinners that everyone in the family will love and get them on the table quickly without spending more than $3 a person. We cost out the ingredients, tell you how to get the most nutrition bang for your buck, and even show you where to splurge and where to save. The following tips and tricks will help you save money, while maintaining a healthy diet.

1. Eat Vegetarian a Few Nights a Week

2. Minimize Waste

3. Plug in the Slow Cooker

4. Discover Great Ways to Use Canned Fish

5. Don’t Order a Pizza. Make One at Home

6. Pack a Lunch

More Budget-Friendly Recipes and Tips

$3 Diet Dinner

Quick Weeknight Dinners for $3 or Less

Cheap and Easy Chicken Recipes

Cheap and Easy Quick Dinner Recipes

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Key Nutrient Found to Prevent Cataracts in Salmon

(Science Daily) The role of a key nutrient which prevents cataracts in salmon has been revealed by eye specialists at the University of East Anglia.

Research … shows how the nutrient histidine, when added to the diet of farmed salmon, stops cataracts (clouding of the lens in the eye) from forming.

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Community: So does it work in humans? The article doesn’t say. I asked the study author, whose response is below:

Via email

I know of two studies in mammals (kittens and rats) which have shown that a dietary deficiency in histidine caused cataracts, although the mechanism is not known. The mechanism which we have discovered in salmon is unlikely to be the same as that in mammals, including humans, although, these studies do highlight the requirement for histidine for general lens health.

Best wishes,
Jeremy Rhodes

Dr Jeremy D Rhodes,
School of Biological Sciences,
University of East Anglia

According to vitamin-supplements.org, “Histidine can be obtained in a variety of foods, including beans, brewer's yeast, brown rice bran, caseinate, dairy products, eggs, fish, lactalbumin, legumes, meat, nuts, seafood, seeds, soy, whey, whole grains. Dairy, meat and poultry, and fish are good sources of histidine.”

So the basic Mediterranean diet that seems to be so good for us in other ways may help prevent cataracts, too.

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20-year breast cancer study to be launched

(UPI) U.S. researchers say they're embarking on a 20-year, multination study to learn more about the roles diet and nutrition play in breast cancer…

"The reality is that there are many unknowns about how nutrition relates to breast cancer prevention and recurrence," Connie Weaver, head of the Purdue Department of Foods and Nutrition, said.

"Up until now, the link between diet and risk of breast cancer has not been studied in populations that encompass the diversity of diet and breast cancer incidence observed around the world," she said.

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Most Men Unaware of Breast Cancer Risk in Males: Survey

(HealthDay News) Nearly 80 percent of men at higher risk for breast cancer aren't aware that males can develop the disease, a new study finds, and none of the men surveyed said their doctors had talked to them about breast cancer…

"Male breast cancer is uncommon and so has largely been ignored by the media, general population and health care community," Maureen Shawn Kennedy … said in the news release. "Still, nurses in all settings need to raise awareness about male breast cancer among men as well as women, especially those men at high risk for the disease."

According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, breast cancer in men accounts for less than 1 percent of breast cancer cases, and tends to strike men aged 60 to 70.

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Community: A male first cousin of mine had breast cancer when he was in his 40s.

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Surgery Offers Long-Term Survival for Early Stage Prostate Cancer Patients

(Science Daily) In the largest, most modern, single-institution study of its kind, Mayo Clinic urologists mined a long-term data registry for survival rates of patients who underwent radical prostatectomy for localized prostate cancer…

A radical prostatectomy is an operation to remove the prostate gland and some of the tissue around it. In this study, Mayo Clinic researchers discovered very high survival rates for the 10,332 men who had the procedure between 1987 and 2004…

Only 3 percent of patients died of prostate cancer.

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Floss to Prevent Neck Cancer

New research findings suggest that flossing -- and brushing -- daily could decrease your odds of developing neck cancer.

Flossing and brushing are so very good for you because they may help prevent oral diseases that somehow open the door to bad things like cancer. When researchers recently looked at a study sample of people with periodontitis -- a form of gum disease in which the bones that hold the roots of teeth in place start to break down -- they found that for each millimeter of supporting bone that was lost, head and neck cancer risk increased more than fourfold. (Did you know? Having healthy gums could equal a healthy heart, too.)

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NIH joins patent pool for AIDS drugs

(Reuters) The United States National Institutes of Health said on Thursday it will share intellectual property rights on some AIDS drugs in a patent pool designed to make treatments more widely available to the poor.

The NIH is the first research institution to join an HIV medicines patent pool launched by UNITAID, a health financing system funded by a tax on airline tickets which was co-founded by Brazil, Britain, Chile, France, and Norway in 2006…

The NIH holds multiple patents covering medicines and treatments related to HIV/AIDS. Thursday's agreement relates to a class of AIDS drugs known as protease inhibitors, primarily used to treat drug-resistant HIV infection.

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Community: We the people pay for a lot of the basic research that pharmaceutical companies use to develop drugs. I’ve long thought that we should own part of the patents on those drugs.

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Health reform to worsen doctor shortage: group

(Reuters) The U.S. healthcare reform law will worsen a shortage of physicians as millions of newly insured patients seek care, the Association of American Medical Colleges said on Thursday.

The group's Center for Workforce Studies released new estimates that showed shortages would be 50 percent worse in 2015 than forecast.

"While previous projections showed a baseline shortage of 39,600 doctors in 2015, current estimates bring that number closer to 63,000, with a worsening of shortages through 2025," the group said in a statement.

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Community: Time to get creative, then. There are a lot of things that nurse practitioners and other medical professionals can do to leverage doctors’ time—and cost us less, to boot.

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Dirty Hands, Dirty Mouths: Study Finds a Need to Clean the Body Part That Lies

(Science Daily) Apparently your mom had it right when she threatened to wash your mouth out with soap if you talked dirty. Lying really does create a desire to clean the "dirty" body part, according to a University of Michigan study.

"The references to 'dirty hands' or 'dirty mouths' in everyday language suggest that people think about abstract issues of moral purity in terms of more concrete experiences with physical purity," said [doctoral candidate] Spike W.S. Lee…

The findings of the study … support that connection.

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Strong Link Between Diabetes and Air Pollution Found in National U.S. Study

(Science Daily) A national epidemiologic study finds a strong, consistent correlation between adult diabetes and particulate air pollution that persists after adjustment for other risk factors like obesity and ethnicity, report researchers…

"We didn't have data on individual exposure, so we can't prove causality, and we can't know exactly the mechanism of these peoples' diabetes," acknowledges [co-lead investigator John Brownstein, PhD]. "But pollution came across as a significant predictor in all our models."

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Exercise may lessen fracture risk in women

(UPI) Researchers in Finland say exercise helps lessen the number of fractures in elderly women…

"Moderate lifelong physical activity decreased the overall risk of having any fractures during the total follow-up period," the study authors say in a statement. "Furthermore, mortality was significantly lower in the exercise group than in the control group during the extended follow-up period."

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Early Life Experience Modifies Gene Vital to Normal Brain Function

(Science Daily) Early life stress, such as an extreme lack of parental affection, has lasting effects on a gene important to normal brain processes and also tied to mental disorders, according to a new animal study…

These findings suggest that the early life environment can drive molecular changes that affect brain function and might determine a child's predisposition to mental illness.

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Diet When Young Affects Future Food Responses

(Science Daily) A high protein diet during development primes the body to react unhealthily to future food binges. A study on juvenile rats … suggests that lasting changes result from altering the composition of the first solid food that is consumed throughout growth into early adulthood…

[Researcher Raylene] Reimer said, "Overall, it appears that a long-term diet high in protein, when mismatched with a high energy challenge, has negative effects on body mass and hormones and genes involved in glucose and lipid metabolism. However, a fiber-enriched diet may provide some protection".

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Community: As with genetic predispositions, this news only means that those of us raised on high protein, high saturated fat, high sugar diets have to work harder to maintain our health, but it doesn’t mean we’re doomed.

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What to Eat for a Healthy Heart

(SouthBeachDiet.com) Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States — but steps can be taken to reverse this dangerous trend, starting with eating heart-healthy foods, exercising, and partnering with your doctor for early detection…

Here are Dr. [Arthur] Agatston’s basic guidelines for heart-healthy eating:

Eat good carbohydrates. Good carbs include high-fiber, nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.

Eat good fats. Choose good fats from extra-virgin olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, flaxseed oil, walnut oil, avocados, nuts, and fish. Omega-3 (fish oil) supplements are also fine.

Eat lean protein. The best sources include skinless white-meat poultry, fish and shellfish, lean cuts of meat, and soy-based options such as tofu, as well as legumes, eggs, low-fat dairy foods, nuts, and seeds.

If you follow these guidelines, you can put together delicious, satisfying, and healthy meals and snacks — and take the first step toward a healthier life.

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Blueberries Help Fight Artery Hardening

(Science Daily) Blueberries may help fight atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, according to results of a preliminary U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded study with laboratory mice. The research provides the first direct evidence that blueberries can help prevent harmful plaques or lesions, symptomatic of atherosclerosis, from increasing in size in arteries…

The study compared the size, or area, of atherosclerotic lesions in 30 young laboratory mice. Half of the animals were fed diets spiked with freeze-dried blueberry powder for 20 weeks; the diet of the other mice did not contain the berry powder…

The blueberry-spiked diet contained 1 percent blueberry powder, the equivalent of about a half-cup of fresh blueberries.

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Community: So is that the equivalent of ½ cup of blueberries in the body of a mouse, or ½ cup of blueberries in the body of a human? The article doesn’t clarify.

UPDATE: The researcher's answer to my question is here.

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Gene explains coffee's effects on Parkinson's: study

(Reuters) Researchers have found a gene that may explain why coffee may lower the risk of Parkinson's disease for some people, and that might explain why some experimental drugs do not appear to be working.

About a quarter of the population carries this version of the gene, and drug developers may be more successful if they test people for it, Haydeh Payami of the New York State Department of Health told the World Parkinson Congress in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Only people with this particular version of the gene are likely to be helped by an experimental class of drugs designed to mimic some of coffee's benefits, Payami told the meeting.

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Recipes

Cooking Light:

Ingredients for Quick Cooking

Boil-in-Bag Brown Rice - Quick Paella

Canola Mayonnaise - Custom Dips

Smoked Paprika - Smoked Paprika Pork Chops with Bell Pepper and Corn Relish

Fresh Pasta - Quick Crisp Ravioli with Roasted Tomato Sauce

Large Eggs - Quick Garden Omelet

Plain Greek-Style Yogurt - Greek-Style Pork Chops

Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) - Quick Pan-Fried Chicken Breasts

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Dinner Tonight: Soups and Stews
Fresh and fast, these bowls of comfort can be ready in no time.

5-Star Butternut Squash
Creamy soups, savory sides, and even a pizza—this fall favorite shines in these (mostly) vegetarian recipes.

MyRecipes.com:

Maple-Glazed Salmon
Put together a big batch of the spice rub, and keep it in an airtight container; use it to add flavor to meat and fish on weeknights. Serve with Tomato-Dill Couscous.

EatingWell:

Chicken Thighs with Pear & Leek Sauce
Here, we combine currant jelly—a tasty “secret” ingredient in rich sauces for game birds or poultry—with a medley of fall flavors, such as pears, walnuts and leeks, to make a quick pan sauce. Serve with quinoa and broccolini.

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New Blood Test for Colon Cancer Developed

(HealthDay News) Seeking to increase screenings for colorectal cancer, scientists say they have developed an inexpensive and effective method that uses less than one milliliter (mL) of a patient's blood.

In trials, the new approach -- referred to as a microRNA -- has successfully detected disease in patients already diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

Next, the research team will launch screening tests among a larger group of patients who show symptoms of the disease. These patients will also undergo colonoscopies, which will be used to confirm the new diagnostic tool's effectiveness…

"We envision that this type of miRNA profile, once developed and marketed as a screening kit, can be used to screen entire populations in order to facilitate a focused selection of individuals who should undergo colonoscopy," [study author Dr. Soren Jensby Nielsen said].

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Study demonstrates plunge in breast cancer deaths

(Reuters) Sixty years ago, a woman had just a 25 percent chance of living 10 years if she got a breast cancer diagnosis. Now the survival rate is more than 75 percent, U.S. doctors reported on Wednesday.

The study of women treated at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center demonstrates how improvements in treatment and screening have transformed the disease from a virtual death sentence, experts said.

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Mammograms Save Lives for Women in Their 40s, Study Says

(HealthDay News) Another study evaluating the value of mammograms for younger women finds that screening can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer for women in their 40s.

The study, done in Sweden, found that women who were screened cut their risk by 29 percent. That means screening 1,250 women five times over a 10-year period would save one life, study author Hakan Jonsson said…

The findings will no doubt do little to quell a controversy that has existed since the 1980s over the value of mammography screenings for women in their 40s.

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