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Computer Aided Psychological Therapy

(HealthDay News) Texting, webcams and instant chat might seem like innovations best suited to passing along teenage gossip, but medical researchers are discovering their usefulness in helping people with psychological disorders…
"You gain a lot more convenience," said Dr. Gregory Simon, a psychiatrist and senior investigator with Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. "They don't have to come down to your office, and you don't have to play telephone tag with patients."
Simon led a team of researchers who found that people with depression responded well to follow-up treatment conducted via a chat messaging system on a health-care website. The study built upon prior research that proved the effectiveness of follow-up treatment by telephone.
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Allergies Bugging You?

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) If you suffer from hay fever, allergies, itching or hives, but don't want the drowsiness or other side effects of many over-the counter antihistamines, consider quercetin. A bioflavonoid from buckwheat and citrus fruits, quercetin may help to alleviate the symptoms commonly associated with allergies
 Look for quercetin products that come as coated tablets (500 mg) rather than in powdered form, and follow package directions. Children should take half the adult dose. And be patient - for allergies you will need to take quercitin regularly for six to eight weeks before realizing its full benefits.
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Get Rid of Standing Water to Protect From Mosquitoes

(HealthDay News) Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes that can spread serious diseases such as the West Nile virus. Yet many urban families don't take simple steps such as dumping out standing water to reduce their risks, researchers say…
"High general knowledge of mosquitoes and concern about mosquito biting were not sufficient to encourage residents to dump standing water, and even in yards where residents did empty containers, there were still many mosquito breeding sites," Zara Dowling, of the University of Maryland, said in a news release.
The researchers concluded that urban residents need more education and motivation to control larval mosquitoes.
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Ease Low Back Pain with This Step

(RealAge.com) There might be a simple approach for treating low back pain, but you'll need a spotter. It's backward walking.
In a small study of college athletes, the participants who engaged in backward walking for several weeks experienced a significant reduction in their lower back pain…
Researchers think that backward walking may baby the back because it requires that the toe contact the ground first, rather than the heel -- which may have beneficial effects on pelvis alignment and help alleviate the disc pressure associated with low back pain. But don't just hop on a treadmill and wing it. The study participants practiced for several weeks before the 3-week study intervention. And they were supervised. Plus, they were athletes -- so assume balance was one of their strong suits. If you have any balance issues at all -- or are at risk for falling or breaking a bone -- it's probably not for you. But here are some other ways to get relief.
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Best Belly-Fat Buster

(RealAge.com) You might think that dietary fat goes straight to your middle, but research suggests that too many empty carbs is really the first thing to do your belly in.
In a study, healthy overweight men and women went on two consecutive 8-week diet interventions… [T]he group on the reduced-carb diet -- which, incidentally, also focused on quality, low-glycemic-index carbs -- lost 11 percent more deep belly fat compared with the group on the low-fat diet. Plus, the low-carb group lost more fat mass overall. (Related: Try these quick and simple low-carb recipes.)
Shrinking the amount of belly fat you have is always a good idea for your health, because too much visceral -- or intra-abdominal -- fat increases your risk of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. But it's not always clear how to target that pesky problem area. In addition to cutting out empty carbs like white rice, white bread, and white pasta, consider these strategies as well:
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Pan-Seared Scallops with Tomatoes and Pesto
Entertain on the fly with a quick-cooking and delicious scallop dinner.
Thai-Style Melon & Beef Salad
We give this Thai-style beef salad a sweet twist by adding thin matchsticks of melon to the mix. Firm orange- or pale green-fleshed melon is equally good. The saltiness of the fish sauce helps to balance the sweetness of the melon.
Jamie Oliver:
Chicken Fajitas
A grill pan gives the nice, charred effect you want with fajitas, but you can also use a large frying pan or wok. If you use a grill pan, keep the ingredients moving around so that nothing burns or sticks to the bottom.
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Chest pain severity not a heart attack indicator

(Reuters Health) A high degree of pain does not make it any more likely that someone coming into the emergency room with chest pains is having a heart attack, researchers found in a study of more than 3,000 patients…
Conversely, "If chest pain isn't severe, that doesn't mean it's not a heart attack," said Dr. Anna Marie Chang, an author of the study…
Classic heart attack symptoms do include chest pain or pressure, but other hallmarks are shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and faintness.
Moreover, the pain of a heart attack doesn't always settle in the chest area…
"Unexplained chest discomfort should be taken seriously, regardless of the intensity of pain," [said Dr. Rajiv Gulati, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, who was not involved in the study]. "Early evaluation can save lives."
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ER crowding may not slow heart attack care

(Reuters Health) An overcrowded ER does not seem to delay patients in getting an emergency procedure to stop a heart attack in progress -- at least at one U.S. hospital, a new study finds…
Experts say that when a patient needs emergency angioplasty, it should happen within 90 minutes of their arrival at the hospital.
In this study, patients waited an average of 65 minutes. And the level of ER crowding did not appear to affect that wait time.
On average, the ER was filled to 127 percent of its capacity, but across the study period conditions ranged from 28 percent full to 214 percent…
"When an ultra-critical patient arrives requiring treatment and intervention, that is carefully measured...resources to care for the patient are brought in from not just the emergency department alone, but from throughout the hospital," [Dr. Erik B.] Kulstad explained.
The flip side to that, he noted, is that it may draw staff and resources away from other patients' care.
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Lasers Stimulate Stem Cells and Reduce Heart Scarring After Heart Attack, Study Suggests

(Science Daily) After a heart attack or stroke, heart scarring can lead to dangerously paper-thin heart walls and a decreased ability to pump blood through the body. Although the heart is unable to completely heal itself, a new treatment developed at Tel Aviv University uses laser-treated bone marrow stem cells to help restore heart function and health.
Combining the therapeutic benefits of low-level lasers -- a process called "shining" -- and bone marrow stem cells, Prof. Uri Oron … has developed an effective, non-invasive procedure that significantly reduces heart scarring after an ischemic event, in which the heart is injured by a lack of blood supply. When the laser is applied to these cells a few hours after a heart attack, scarring can be reduced by up to 80 percent.
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How Estrogen Could Help Protect Women from Cardiovascular Disease

(Science Daily) The sex hormone estrogen could help protect women from cardiovascular disease by keeping the body's immune system in check, new research … has revealed.
The study has shown that the female sex hormone works on white blood cells to stop them from sticking to the insides of blood vessels, a process which can lead to dangerous blockages.
The results could help explain why cardiovascular disease rates tend to be higher in men and why they soar in women after the menopause.
Community: Unfortunately, however, estrogen is a factor in many breast cancers.
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Hysterectomy, ovary removal up stroke risk

(UPI) Young women who have a hysterectomy and removal of ovaries in the same operation have an increased risk of stroke and heart disease, German researchers say…
Factors influencing the hysterectomy rate included not just the patient's concomitant illnesses, but also social status and health insurance class and the sex of the gynecologist, the researchers found.
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Flatworms Provide New Insight Into Organ Regeneration

(Science Daily) Our bodies are perfectly capable of renewing billions of cells every day but fail miserably when it comes to replacing damaged organs such as kidneys. Using the flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea -- famous for its capacity to regrow complete animals from minuscule flecks of tissue -- as an eloquent example, researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research demonstrated how our distant evolutionary cousins regenerate their excretory systems from scratch.
In the process, the Stowers team … not only established flatworms as a valuable model system to study tissue maintenance and organ regeneration but also provided new clues about the evolutionary origin of mammalian kidneys.
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Genetically Engineered Spider Silk for Gene Therapy

(Science Daily) Genetically engineered spider silk could help overcome a major barrier to the use of gene therapy in everyday medicine, according to a new study that reported development and successful initial laboratory tests of such a material…
 The lack of good gene delivery systems is a main reason why there are no FDA-approved gene therapies, despite almost 1,500 clinical trials since 1989. The new study focused on one promising prospect, silk proteins, which are biocompatible and have been used in everyday medicine and medical research for decades…
The results suggest that the genetically-engineered spider-silk proteins represent "a versatile and useful new platform polymer for nonviral gene delivery," the article notes.
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Many overestimate cost of home care

(UPI) Some consumers may be deterred from using non-medical home care, or even from considering it, because they think it is too expensive, a U.S. survey indicates…
Those who don't receive home care estimated an average cost of $24.67 an hour for companionship care -- basic assistance with things such as cooking, light housekeeping, conversation, while it costs $26.84 for personal care, including bathing.
However, the actual average per-hour home care cost paid by the 70 percent in the survey who got care was $17.10 per hour, said Roger Baumgart, chief executive officer of Home Instead Senior Care, an international caregiving company.
"One of our goals is to enable seniors to remain in their homes, where studies show they are happier and receive more care," Baumgart says in a statement. "More seniors could utilize professional care to stay in their homes if they knew how modest the cost really is."
The national average cost for one year in a nursing home was $70,000 a year, a MetLife market survey of nursing home and home care costs in 2004 found.
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Insurance Premiums Vary Widely From State to State

(HealthDay News) Monthly premiums for individual health insurance average $215 a person in the United States, but vary widely from state to state, a new report says.
In 2010, the average per-person premium ranged from about $136 a month in Alabama to more than $400 a month in Massachusetts and Vermont, according to an analysis from the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation…
Some of the state-to-state variability in premiums is due to the fact that some states have already instituted reforms that enable people with pre-existing health conditions to buy coverage, while other states permit insurers to deny coverage to people with expensive illnesses.
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Feds Outline Rules for States' Insurance Exchanges

(HealthDay News) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Treasury Department today awarded $185 million to 13 states and the District of Columbia to speed up creation of Affordable Insurance Exchanges -- a cornerstone of President Obama's health care reform -- across the country.
The agencies also proposed three rules for administering the plan, which will include tax relief to give families and small businesses "the same kind of insurance choices as members of Congress," the HHS said in a news release Friday…
Treasury and HHS said the three proposed rules for administering the plan call for:
·         Easy Access to Coverage for Consumers and Small Businesses: Tax credits and cost-sharing reductions should simplify consumers' enrollment in high-quality health plans. Small employers who take advantage of the Small Business Health Options Program will receive tax credits, enabling them to offer their employees a choice of health plans.
·         Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit: Tax credits for single people and families will help millions of middle-class Americans gain access to health insurance coverage.
·         Medicaid Eligibility: To reduce the administrative burden on states and make enrollment "seamless" for those who qualify, eligibility will be coordinated with Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.
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Analysis: Tech world vies for piece of insurance exchanges

(Reuters) The U.S. government effort to set up state-run health insurance exchanges may be falling behind schedule, but technology firms are lining up for the lucrative contracts to build the network's infrastructure…
A comprehensive exchange would require a website where people could compare plans, securely submit applications and pay for them. The exchange would link to federal databases, for example checking for eligibility for federal subsidies.
Some exchanges could also plug into federal tax databases and, if income fluctuates, simplify the process of switching between private insurance plans and Medicaid, the state insurance program for the poor.
There is also a need to create and run local systems for people who choose to visit an exchange location as well as to run customer service call centers.
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Appeals court rules against Obama healthcare law

(Reuters) President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law suffered a setback on Friday when an appeals court ruled that it was unconstitutional to require all Americans to buy insurance or face a penalty.
The U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, ruled 2 to 1 that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but it unanimously reversed a lower court decision that threw out the entire law…
Obama has championed the individual mandate as a major accomplishment of his presidency and as a way to try to slow the soaring costs of healthcare while expanding coverage to the more than 30 million Americans without it.
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Physical Activity Critical to Arthritis Sufferers' Health

(Science Daily) Being physically active is one of best ways people with arthritis can improve their health, but a new study from Northwestern University … shows that more than half of women and 40 percent of men with arthritis are virtually couch potatoes…
Physical activity can help people with arthritis better control and lower pain and improve general function. Some studies indicate exercise may delay or even prevent disability in people with arthritis, [lead author Dorothy] Dunlop said.
The federal guidelines recommend that adults with arthritis participate in 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity, low-impact activity. That amounts to an average of slightly more than 20 minutes per day. Previous studies estimated that a quarter of people with arthritis met those guidelines.
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Pumping Iron Helps Smokers Quit Without Weight Gain: Study

(HealthDay News) Would-be ex-smokers may want to try weight lifting to help them kick the habit for good, a new study suggests.
The researchers found that three months of pumping iron seemed to help curb cigarette cravings and withdrawal symptoms, while lessening the weight gain that sometimes accompanies quitting.
Overall, men and women who completed the resistance training program were twice as likely to kick the habit as smokers who didn't lift weights.
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How to Get Flat Abs

(Parade Magazine) 7-MINUTE SOLUTION
Rachel Buschert of Equinox Gym in New York has created an exclusive routine for PARADE readers. Allow one minute for each of the following exercises.
MINUTE 1: Plank…
MINUTES 2-3: Side Plank…
MINUTE 4: Crunch…
MINUTE 5: Bicycle…
MINUTE 6: Superman…
MINUTE 7: Stretch
Read more, including descriptions of the moves and positions.
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Personal Feedback May Aid Fitness Progress

(HealthDay News) Using personal digital assistants (PDAs) to give daily feedback to adults about their fitness progress helps them stick with an exercise program, a new study says…
Adults who received the PDA messages were most likely to stick with their exercise program, and adherence was associated with high physical activity levels and weight loss…
"Offering real-time feedback not only allows a person to make adjustments to the exercise program as needed but also holds people accountable to staying on track," lead author Dr. Molly Conroy said in a journal news release. "The feedback message tells the participant that 'someone' is paying attention, and this could provide powerful, positive reinforcement for exercising and achieving his or her goals."
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Eating Protein Throughout the Day Preserves Muscle and Physical Function

(Science Daily) Dieting postmenopausal women who want to avoid losing muscle as they lose fat should pay attention to a new University of Illinois study. Adding protein throughout the day not only holds hunger pangs at bay so that dieters lose more weight, it keeps body composition -- the amount of fat relative to muscle -- in better proportion.
"A higher-protein weight-loss diet is more protective of muscle," said Ellen Evans…
"We believe it's important to eat protein in the morning and through the day so those amino acids are always available. Unfortunately, American women tend not to eat much protein, especially when they're trying to cut calories. But it's easy to add protein powder into a smoothie or eat a high-protein snack and incorporate a healthier diet into a busy lifestyle," she said…
And, even though weight loss in these older women had a negative effect on strength, their reduced weight helped with other aspects of physical function, she said.
"We hypothesize that more vigorous exercise -- in particular, resistance training -- would preserve even more muscle," she said.
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Summer Corn and White Bean Soup
This quick, fiber-packed soup is a terrific way to use fresh corn. Add a slight kick with a sprinkle of Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno peppers just before serving.
Tilapia & Summer Vegetable Packets
Wrapping vegetables and fish in a foil packet for grilling or baking is a foolproof way to get moist, tender results. Tilapia and summer vegetables pair with olives and capers for a Mediterranean flair.
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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Turkey Sickens More People

(HealthDay News) Some 107 people in 31 states have now been infected with an outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg found in some ground turkey made by Cargill Inc., the latest report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.
That's up from last week's 76 cases in 26 states. Still, only one death from the outbreak, which began in March, has been reported. The outbreak caused the Minneapolis-based Cargill, the third largest producer of turkey products in the United States, to recall 36 million pounds of possibly contaminated ground turkey -- one of the largest meat recalls in history…
Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning typically arise within eight to 72 hours and can include fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Chills, headache, nausea and vomiting can also occur and symptoms can last up to a week.
The CDC adds that people should check their homes for recalled ground turkey and not eat it.
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Less Salt, Less Strokes, Says New Research

(Science Daily) Speaking ahead of a United Nations High Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases, Professor Francesco Cappuccio from Warwick Medical School argues that lowering dietary salt intake has the potential to save millions of lives globally by substantially reducing levels of heart disease and strokes.
New research … shows that in the UK, a reduction of 3 grams of salt intake per day would prevent up to 8,000 stroke deaths and up to 12,000 coronary heart disease deaths per year in the UK.
A similar reduction in the USA would result in up to 120,000 fewer cases of coronary heart disease, up to 66,000 strokes and up to 99,000 heart attacks annually. It would also save up to $24 billion annually in health care costs.
Community: But at least one study has shown that the problem may be low potassium levels rather than with high salt levels.
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Fading Ability to Taste Iron Raises Health Concerns for People Over Age 50

(Science Daily) People lose the ability to detect the taste of iron in drinking water with advancing age, raising concern that older people may be at risk for an unhealthy over-exposure to iron, Virginia Tech engineers are reporting,,,
[The researchers] point out that the perception of a metallic flavor in water can help people limit exposure to metals such as iron, which occurs naturally in water or from corrosion of iron water-supply pipes. People need less iron after age 50…
Studies also suggest that older people who consume too much iron -- especially in dietary supplements and iron-rich foods -- may be at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease and other age-related conditions.
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Preventing Poison Ivy

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) If you enjoy camping out in the summer, you should be aware of poison ivy. Along with poison oak and sumac, this non-flowering plant can cause severe allergic reactions, resulting in an intensely itchy, red rash with bumps or blisters. Once you make contact with poison ivy, try the following to minimize symptoms:
1.    Avoid touching other parts of your body. This is especially important immediately after exposure, since the irritating oils can be transferred to other areas.
2.    Rinse affected areas with plenty of cold water immediately after exposure to flush out oils, or wash with rubbing alcohol.
3.    Use an over-the-counter product known as Tecnu lotion, which works well to remove oils up to 24 hours after contact.
4.    If the itching has begun to develop, run hot water - as hot as you can stand - on the affected areas. The itching will briefly become intense, but then will stop for several hours, as the nerves that convey the sensory information to the brain become overloaded and quit. Repeat the hot water treatment as necessary - but be cautious.
5.    Relieve itching with calamine lotion and aloe vera gel.
6.    Try witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) to treat poison ivy blisters. Available in liquid distillation, it can be found at any drug store and can be safely used by both adults and children.
Keep in mind that serious cases of poison ivy require medical supervision and prescription treatment - contact your physician if you run a fever of 101 degrees or higher, if blisters ooze pus, or if the rash is widespread or near sensitive areas such as eyes, mouth or genitals.
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Women May Face Greater Heart Risk From Smoking Than Men

(HealthDay News) Women who smoke have a 25 percent higher risk of developing heart disease than male smokers do, according to a huge, new study.
Although the reason for the higher risk isn't known, researchers suspect there are biological differences in how women's bodies react to damaging cigarette smoke.
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No Proof Fibrate Drugs Reduce Heart Risk in Diabetes Patients on Statins, Experts Say

(Science Daily) Type 2 diabetes patients, who face higher risk of cardiovascular disease, often take a combination of medications designed to lower their LDL or "bad" cholesterol and triglyceride levels while raising their HDL or "good" cholesterol because doctors long have thought that taken together, the drugs offer protection from heart attacks and improve survival.
But … a trio of doctors who served on a recent Food and Drug Administration panel that evaluated the drugs' effectiveness says the commonly prescribed medications have not been proven successful at preventing heart attacks in Type 2 diabetes patients with elevated cholesterol.
The drugs, called fibrates, seek to lower blood triglyceride levels and raise the amount of HDL cholesterol.
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Experimental Drug May Help Ease Chronic Constipation

(HealthDay News) An experimental drug called linaclotide can help reduce the symptoms of chronic constipation, according to new research funded by the drug maker…
"People who received the drug had improvement in symptoms, and the treatment was generally well-tolerated," said the study's lead author, Dr. Anthony J. Lembo.
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'Superdrug' Against Range of Viruses Shows Promise in Animal Trials

(HealthDay News) A potentially groundbreaking drug appears effective against a wide range of viral infections, including the common cold, flu, stomach viruses, polio and dengue fever -- at least in mice…
The new drug is called DRACO (from the more unwieldy "double-stranded RNA activated caspase oligomerizers"). According to [lead researcher Todd] Rider, it "has the potential to safely treat or prevent a broad spectrum of viral infections."
Still, a long road awaits before humans might benefit, if ever. Clinical trials remain years away and any drug available to patients might not materialize for a decade, Rider said.
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Excess Body Fat in Elderly Decreases Life Expectancy

(Science Daily) While some past studies have shown that persons carrying a few extra pounds in their 70s live longer than their thinner counterparts, a new study that measured subjects' weight at multiple points over a longer period of time reveals the opposite.
Research … showed that men over 75 with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 22.3 had a 3.7-year shorter life expectancy, and women over 75 with a BMI greater than 27.4 had a 2.1-year shorter life expectancy…
"We had a unique opportunity to do 29 years of follow-up with a cohort that was also followed for mortality outcomes," Dr. [Pramil N.] Singh said. "Across this long period of time, we had multiple measures of body weight, which provided a more accurate assessment."
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Medical Tattoo Tracks Body Functions

(HealthDay News) An invisible patch placed on the skin much like a temporary tattoo can pick up and transmit physiological signals such as heart rate, brain waves and muscle activity.
This new advance in "wearable electronics" might one day replace the bulky wires and electrodes that are routinely used to assess body functions…
The system also recognizes words and connects them with muscle movement, which allows the person to speak simple words such as "up," "down," "left" or "right" to direct a computer game.
"This foreshadows the use of technology in more advanced types of human-machine interface -- perhaps most compelling is control of prosthetics," [senior author John] Rogers said.
The same principles could also help people who are limited because of neurological disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to communicate.
The EES might also form the basis of a "smart" Band-Aid in the future, by using electrical stimulation to accelerate wound healing.
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Analysis: Medicaid cuts may limit care for new 2014 enrollees

(Reuters) Three years before Medicaid is due to cover millions of uninsured Americans, state funding cuts may be undermining how much care the government-run health insurance program for the poor will offer new enrollees…
The cuts would include reductions of up to 15 percent in reimbursement rates for doctors, hospitals and other care providers, higher co-pays for beneficiaries, including children, and the loss of optional benefits such as preventive care and dental and vision services.
Several states hope to restrict eligibility under enhanced Medicaid plans that offer services beyond the basic mandate.
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Health and defense lobby groups ready for super fight

(Reuters) With as much as $1.5 trillion in federal funds hanging in the balance, the mammoth healthcare and defense industries are scrambling to lobby a special congressional committee tasked with slashing the deficit -- but in markedly different ways…
The Pentagon is warning of Doomsday if the committee fails to act through a combination of spending reductions and revenue increases, triggering automatic cuts of about $600 billion each in defense and non-defense accounts.
Some health care groups, by contrast, might even prefer the committee to fail, reasoning that spending cutbacks are a fact of life and known reductions are preferable to unknown ones. They'll seek instead to ensure key interests are protected.
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Bad Economic News Taking Toll on Americans' Emotions

(HealthDay News) With headlines using words like "plummet" and "dive" to describe steep stock market declines this week, experts say many Americans' emotions are also in a downward spiral…
But the experts also agreed that there are things Americans can do to regain some sense of control and emotional equilibrium.
One would be to cut back on time spent tracking financial news. "I go straight to the sports section," [psychologist Alan] Hilfer said. "We need to focus on what we're able to do and what we're able to control."
And [psychiatry professor Alan] Greiner advised against doing anything rash, financially or otherwise. "If you've got a financial advisor or someone in the family who's good with money, talk to them [first] rather than do something suddenly," he said.
People can also be grateful for what they do still have, Manevitz pointed out.
"If you're working, be grateful that you have a job. Don't be looking at what you don't have. Take action, whatever that may be. Start to spend a little less and focus on the other valuable things in your life, your family and your health," he said.
And remember that there is always room for optimism.
"We do bounce back," added Hilfer. "What would be useful would be to recognize that when things like this happen, things are designed to stabilize again. . . What people will hopefully be able to do is look at history and get some sense of hopefulness about the future. Whether that's false hopefulness it's very hard to tell, but we do seem to have the capacity to bounce back."
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Can Bitter Feelings Make People Sick?

(Science Daily) Constant bitterness can make a person ill, according to Concordia University researchers who have examined the relationship between failure, bitterness and quality of life.
"Persistent bitterness may result in global feelings of anger and hostility that, when strong enough, could affect a person's physical health," says Carsten Wrosch…
"In order to deal with bitter emotions there may need to be something else required to enable a person to overcome the negative emotion -- that something is forgiveness," says Wrosch.
Community: But that doesn’t mean we should let others walk all over us. Refusing to stand up for ourselves causes its own negative feelings.
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The rich are different — and not in a good way, studies suggest

(MSNBC.com) Psychologist and social scientist Dacher Keltner says the rich really are different, and not in a good way: Their life experience makes them less empathetic, less altruistic, and generally more selfish.
In fact, he says, the philosophical battle over economics, taxes, debt ceilings and defaults that are now roiling the stock market is partly rooted in an upper class "ideology of self-interest."…
Because the rich gloss over the ways family connections, money and education helped, they come to denigrate the role of government and vigorously oppose taxes to fund it…
According to Gallup, Americans earning more than $90,000 per year continued to increase their consumer spending in July while middle- and lower-income Americans remained stalled, even as the upper classes argue that they can’t pay any more taxes. Meanwhile, the gap between the wealthiest and the rest of us continues to grow wider, with over 80 percent of the nation’s financial wealth controlled by about 20 percent of the people.      
Unlike the rich, lower class people have to depend on others for survival, Keltner argued. So they learn “prosocial behaviors.” They read people better, empathize more with others, and they give more to those in need.
Community: So it’s really true that Republicans tend to be people who were born on third base but think they hit a triple.
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Churches pair faith with fat-fighting to curb obesity

(Reuters) Pastor Michael Minor stirred a bit of controversy at his northwest Mississippi church when he banned fried chicken from the fellowship hall.
But convinced that faith communities need to step up their efforts against obesity, Minor is now urging fellow African-American congregations nationwide to make the health of their members a priority.
"Our bodies are not our own. They're a gift from God," he said. "We should do a better job with our bodies."
Church leaders across the country agree. A pastor in San Antonio, Texas, last month kicked off a 100-day challenge that pairs faith with fat-fighting. A church in Tampa, Florida, hosted classes on healthier eating. Others have instituted "Salad Sundays," community gardens and exercise programs.
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Food Day, modeled on Earth Day

(UPI) Chefs, nutritionists and food activists are asking U.S. restaurants to buy more products locally or collect for food banks for Food Day in October.
Groups such as Chefs Collaborative, American Culinary Federation and the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture are encouraging local restaurants to seek out partnerships with area hunger and sustainable-agriculture groups Oct. 24.
"Food Day is a great opportunity for restaurants to show their commitment to locally produced artisan foods, to showcase a variety of whole grains and to reach out to an audience hungry for more sustainable ways to consume that are more in keeping with the health of our bodies and our environment," Ellen and Todd Gray, owners of Equinox Restaurant, Watershed and Todd Gray's Muse at the Corcoran, all in Washington, said in a statement.
Modeled on Earth Day, organizers hope Food Day will inspire Americans to hold thousands of events in schools, college campuses, houses of worship, restaurants, and even in private homes aimed at fixing America's diet and food system.
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Eating red meat, deli ups diabetes risk

(UPI) Eating red meat -- particularly processed meat such as hot dogs, bacon and deli meats -- increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, U.S. researchers say.
The study … also finds replacing red meat with healthier proteins, such as low-fat dairy, nuts, or whole grains, can significantly lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
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Antioxidant Spices, Like Turmeric and Cinnamon, Reduce Negative Effects of High-Fat Meal

(Science Daily) Eating a diet rich in spices, like turmeric and cinnamon, reduces the body's negative responses to eating high-fat meals, according to Penn State researchers.
"Normally, when you eat a high-fat meal, you end up with high levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in your blood," said Sheila West, associate professor of biobehavioral health, Penn State, who led the study. "If this happens too frequently, or if triglyceride levels are raised too much, your risk of heart disease is increased. We found that adding spices to a high-fat meal reduced triglyceride response by about 30 percent, compared to a similar meal with no spices added."
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Think Healthy, Eat Healthy

(Science Daily) You're trying to decide what to eat for dinner. Should it be the chicken and broccoli? The super-sized fast-food burger? Skip it entirely and just get some Rocky Road?
Making that choice, it turns out, is a complex neurological exercise. But, according to researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), it's one that can be influenced by a simple shifting of attention toward the healthy side of life. And that shift may provide strategies to help us all make healthier choices -- not just in terms of the foods we eat, but in other areas, like whether or not we pick up a cigarette…
[Said] Jonathan Malmaud…, an author on the … paper, "Focusing attention on the health aspects of foods changes value signals in the [brain] and improves dietary choice."
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Feta Chicken and Vegetables
Crumbled feta cheese and fresh vegetable strips bring the flavor of the Mediterranean to the table in no time with this quick all-in-one dish.
Grilled Chicken Ratatouille
We gave this classic Provençal dish a taste of summer by grilling the vegetables traditionally used in ratatouille (bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, tomato). Topped with grilled chicken, it makes an easy main course for summer entertaining. We like fresh marjoram and basil to complement the flavors, but any fresh herb will work. Serve with polenta and a glass of Pinot Noir.
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