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Study Challenges One-Size-Fits-All Weight Loss Assumptions

(Science Daily) Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have created a mathematical model -- and an accompanying online weight simulation tool -- of what happens when people of varying weights, diets and exercise habits try to change their weight. The findings challenge the commonly held belief that eating 3,500 fewer calories -- or burning them off exercising -- will always result in a pound of weight loss.
Instead, the researchers' computer simulations indicate that this assumption overestimates weight loss because it fails to account for how metabolism changes. The computer simulations show how these metabolic changes can significantly differ among people. 
Community: Those of us who have fought a weight problem all our lives have known for a long time that weight loss was harder for us than just a calories in vs. calories out calculation, but the scientists and nutritionists didn’t believe us.
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Obesity Continues to Balloon in U.S. and U.K.: Study

(HealthDay News) The number of obese people in the United States will increase from 99 million in 2008 to 164 million by 2030, and the number of obese people in the United Kingdom will increase from 15 million to 26 million, a new study predicts.
Obesity-related diseases and health care costs will soar as a result…
In the United States, the increasing rates of obesity would mean 7.8 million extra cases of diabetes, 6.8 million extra cases of coronary heart disease and stroke, and 539,000 extra cancer cases by 2030…
Losing just a little weight could offset those increases. The report noted that a 1 percent population-wide decrease in body-mass index (just 1.9 pounds for an average 198-pound adult) would prevent more than 2 million cases of diabetes, roughly 1.5 million cases of heart disease and stroke, and 73,000 to 127,000 cancer cases in the United States.
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Slim Down by Targeting the Hormone Uroguanylin

(Science Daily) The number of people who are obese and suffer one or more of its associated health problems (including type 2 diabetes) is escalating dramatically. Researchers are seeking to identify new targets for therapeutics that could limit appetite and thereby obesity. A team of researchers … has now uncovered one such potential target by studying the molecular control of appetite in mice.
In the study, [Scott] Waldman and colleagues found that nutrient intake by mice caused cells in their gut to secrete the precursor of the hormone uroguanylin (prouroguanylin) into the blood. This travelled around the blood and was converted to uroguanylin in a region of the brain known as the hypothalamus, which is well known to be involved in decreasing appetite. The active uroguanylin was then found to bind to proteins on nerve cells known as GUCY2C receptors, triggering a cascade of events that led to decreased food intake.
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Curb Hunger With Nutritious and Filling Foods

(SouthBeachDiet.com) The key to managing hunger and sticking with any healthy eating plan is to eat nutritious, filling foods. That’s why, on the South Beach Diet, we stress eating nutrient-dense, fiber-rich foods, such as vegetables (including beans and other legumes), fruits…, and whole grains, good fats, and lean protein.
It’s also why we tell you to avoid the highly processed (essentially fiberless) carbohydrates found in many baked goods, breads, snack foods, and other convenient favorites, which can have the opposite effect on satiety. High-fiber foods, good fats, and lean protein (as well as acidic foods) all help to slow the digestion of the sugars in carbs. When you include a variety of these foods in your diet, your body produces less insulin, and less insulin means fewer swings in blood-sugar levels. It is these swings that are the cause of cravings and hunger in the first place. Once your blood sugar is under control, you’ll find that your cravings and hunger greatly diminish and that you’ll feel more satisfied after a meal. Read more about curbing hunger with foods that are filling:
Fiber. The role that fiber plays in digestion is to slow the absorption of sugar. The greater the fiber content of a food, the greater its effect…
Fat. It’s not just fiber that moderates your digestive process; fat slows the speed at which your small intestine accesses the sugars you've eaten… Mono and polyunsaturated fats are the best kind of fats. Keep foods high in saturated fats to a minimum and cut out foods containing trans fats altogether (check the ingredients list carefully looking for hydrogentated or partially hydrogenated oils).
Protein. Because protein foods are digested slowly, they do not produce the spikes in blood sugar that stimulate hunger and overeating.,,
Acidic foods. Interestingly, acidic foods, such as lemon juice, lime juice, and vinegar, also slow the digestion of carbs and the rate at which your stomach empties. You can dress salads or vegetables with them and enjoy the additional benefit.
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Add This to Lunch to Beat Afternoon Munchies

(RealAge.com) You won't need willpower to fend off afternoon snack attacks if you add this hearty legume to your midday meal: chickpeas.
Whether your lunch includes a sandwich made with creamy hummus or a hearty Greek salad topped with garbanzos -- adding about half a cup of chickpeas to your daily diet can cut cravings for salty, sugary, and fatty snacks, according to research.
That's exactly what happened in a recent study where adults made chickpeas a part of their normal diet for 4 weeks… The researchers think the naturally occurring drop in snacking was most likely due to the high-fiber content in chickpeas. (Related: Improve your snacking habits. Stock your kitchen with these 10 healthy 100-calorie snack foods.)…
[T]he folks in the study also reported an improvement in their bathroom habits -- more frequent and easier bowel movements…
And here are a bunch of other reasons to love chickpeas:
They can help you manage your memory. Here's how hummus can sharpen a dull memory.
Community: I eat hummus on a stick of celery almost every day, along with my Healthy Margarita. I prefer the Israeli kind, rather than the Greek.
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Pork Tenderloin with Olive-Mustard Tapenade
A little bit of this tapenade adds a lot of flavor. This quick entrée is great served with couscous and a tossed Greek salad with feta cheese.
South Indian Shrimp Kebabs with Cilantro Sauce
Cilantro, lemon zest, chiles, paprika, ginger, garlic, cumin and fenugreek make up the South Asian-inspired marinade for grilled shrimp-and-cantaloupe kebabs. A yogurt sauce spiked with plenty of herbs and spices is delightful for dipping.
Jamie Oliver:
Salmon Fish Cakes
Not only do homemade fish cakes taste miles better than store-bought ones, but if you make your own you know exactly what goes into them: the cheap factory-made ones can often be filled with things you’d rather not eat.
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What's Healthier: White or Brown Rice?

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) Wheat remains one of the primary staple grains in the United States, and the glycemic load of processed wheat is a likely contributor to America's obesity epidemic. Rice-based diets have been used historically to address a number of medical conditions, and have gained some popularity as a means to help lose weight.
The health benefits of unpolished, brown rice outweigh those of white rice, as its whole grain provides more fiber, iron, B vitamins and other nutrients. (There are 1.5 grams of fiber per half cup of brown rice - almost three times the fiber in the same amount of white rice.)
Community: However, brown rice takes much longer to cook and never gets really soft. I also don’t like the taste. And brown rice can elevate blood sugar levels. So we compromise by using parboiled rice, which retains some of the healthy nutrients without the bran-like taste.
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Omega-3s Reduce Stroke Severity, Study Suggests

(Science Daily) A diet rich in omega-3s reduces the severity of brain damage after a stroke, according to a study conducted by Université Laval researchers. The team … showed that the extent of brain damage following a stroke was reduced by 25% in mice that consumed DHA type omega-3s daily…
"This is the first convincing demonstration of the powerful anti-inflammatory effect of DHA in the brain," underscored Frédéric Calon…
Professor Calon believes that this anti-inflammatory effect is likely transferable to humans. "Since DHA is readily available, inexpensive, and reduces the risk of a number of health problems without causing significant side effects, the risk-benefit ratio tends to favor the regular consumption of fish or DHA [supplements]," he concluded.
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The Sweetener Your Pancreas Hates

(RealAge.com) Make your pancreas happy. Say no to presweetened beverages that contain fructose.
Fructose is found in abundance in sweetened sodas, teas, and fruit cocktails. And it gives your pancreas the chills, because a recent lab study found that fructose may help pancreatic cancer cells grow and divide…
Other research has suggested that dietary fructose may also boost the actual risk of developing pancreatic cancer in addition to feeding it once it's developed… (Related: Check out three sweet-tasting ways to help you eat less sugar.)…
Consider unsweetened teas and plain water your body's best beverage friends, along with whole, unprocessed foods. This green, bumpy vegetable may help protect against pancreatic cancer, too.
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Many Health-Care Workers Have Turned to Alternative Medicine

(HealthDay News) Three out of every four U.S. health-care workers use some form of complementary or alternative medicine or practice to help stay healthy, a new report shows.
What's more, doctors, nurses and their assistants, health technicians, and healthcare administrators were actually more likely than the general public to use any number of wide-ranging alternative medicine options, including massage, yoga, acupuncture, Pilates or herbal medicines…
[Said study co-author Lori Knutson,] "[C]learly this means that even our health-care workers are recognizing the need for alternative options in the search for ways to improve our health and lives."
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Stents to unclog arteries tied to bleeding events

(Reuters Health) A fresh look at medical records finds a newer technique used to remove blockages in the arteries that supply blood to the brain is tied to a greater chance of bleeding within the head than an older surgical procedure.
Researchers found hemorrhaging in the brain was roughly six times as likely in patients who underwent carotid artery stenting, which inserts a tube into the artery to clear the passage, as in patients who had an endarterectomy, a surgical procedure that scrapes the plaque from the artery…
"It's not that we think stenting is not safe," said Dr. Robert McDonald, who led the study, "but there might be something here we need to investigate further -- why there's this increased risk."
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Doctors misuse scans in prostate cancer: study

(Reuters Health) Too many men with low- or medium-risk prostate cancer get CTs and bone scans that aren't recommended for them, suggests a new study.
The scans are intended to tell doctors if cancer has spread beyond the prostate in men with high-risk cancer.
Doing them in other cases is a concern because CTs expose patients to small amounts of radiation -- which itself is linked to future cancer risks -- and the scans cost the healthcare system extra money, but have little potential benefit.
The research also suggests that not enough men with high-risk cancer get the scans, which means some of them may get treatment for local (confined to the prostate) cancer that's unlikely to help if the cancer has spread.
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Could New Drug Cure Nearly Any Viral Infection?

(Science Daily) Most bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics such as penicillin, discovered decades ago. However, such drugs are useless against viral infections, including influenza, the common cold, and deadly hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola.
Now, in a development that could transform how viral infections are treated, a team of researchers at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory has designed a drug that can identify cells that have been infected by any type of virus, then kill those cells to terminate the infection…
[T]he researchers tested their drug against 15 viruses, and found it was effective against all of them -- including rhinoviruses that cause the common cold, H1N1 influenza, a stomach virus, a polio virus, dengue fever and several other types of hemorrhagic fever…
[Researcher Todd] Rider says he hopes to license the technology for trials in larger animals and for eventual human clinical trials.
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T-Cell Discovery Holds Promise for Organ Transplant and Immunodeficiency Treatment

(Science Daily) University of British Columbia researchers have solved a long-standing mystery surrounding the activation of T-cells, white blood cells that find and kill viruses and bacteria but also participate in the rejection of transplanted organs.
By identifying the mechanism that leads T-cells to spring into action and proliferate, the research … provides a new target for future or existing drugs that could bolster the immune systems of people with HIV or cancer, according to lead researcher Wilfred Jefferies… Such drugs could also be used for the opposite effect -- to stop the rejection of transplanted organs, or inhibit the immune system from attacking normal tissues, as happens in auto-immune disease such as arthritis or diabetes.
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Protein Linked to Parkinson's Disease May Regulate Fat Metabolism

(Science Daily) National Institutes of Health researchers have found that Parkin, an important protein linked with some cases of early-onset Parkinson's disease, regulates how cells in our bodies take up and process dietary fats…
Parkin mutations are present in as many as 37 percent of early-onset Parkinson's cases. However, laboratory mice with defective Parkin do not display obvious signs of the disease.
This preliminary study … suggests defective Parkin may indirectly contribute to the development of some early-onset Parkinson's by changing the amount and types of fat in people's bodies.
"This discovery shows that the clues to understand Parkinson's disease may not necessarily be in the brain," said study leader Michael Sack, M.D.
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Major Brain Similarities Found in Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia

(Science Daily) Researchers … have conducted a study which has found striking brain similarities in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
The research has also pinpointed for the first time that a process which controls how information is transmitted from neuron to neuron in the brain is altered in both conditions and may potentially contribute to the developments of improved treatments in the future.
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Quitting Even Tougher When Smokers Battle Other Addictions

(HealthDay News) Four out of every 10 smokers is also burdened with alcohol or drug addictions, or mental health disorders, and getting them to quit cigarettes can be a big challenge.
But a new study finds that these patients are five times more likely to give up smoking if they receive smoking-cessation counseling from their primary care doctors…
"[I]n the context of everything these physicians are trying to do in a day, smoking cessation may fall by the wayside," [[Dr. Michael Ong said]. "It's also been thought that with this patient population, doctors should only take on one thing at a time, for example treating an opiate addiction and opting to deal with the smoking cessation later. But at the end of the day, we showed that smoking cessation counseling is effective in this patient population and should definitely be pursued."
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Life Expectancy Success Story

(Science Daily) Life expectancy is increasing all the time due to better quality of life and better health care. Despite this, increases in life expectancy can be patchy, with some sources reporting that the gap in life expectancy between rich and poor is getting bigger as time goes on. However, a new report … finds that the life expectancy for people living in deprived areas in Campinas, Brazil, is catching up, rising at three times the rate of people living in more affluent areas…
Prof [Marilisa B.A.] Barros, who led this research, said that, "…During these five years of our study there has been an expansion in available health care and a decrease in violent deaths, both of which have more impact in the more deprived areas, and together may explain the improvements we found."
While some more developed countries are finding widening gaps in life expectancy, this example from Brazil may point the way towards parity in life expectancy between the sexes, and between the poor and disadvantaged, and the rich and comfortable.
Community: The same is true in the U.S. As we saw earlier this month, “Increase in Public Health Spending Results in Healthier People.”
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Most U.S. women satisfied with life quality, sex

(UPI) Most U.S. women self-report quality of life, successful aging and sexual satisfaction well into their 80s, researchers found…
"Contrary to our earlier hypothesis, sexual satisfaction was not significantly associated with age," [co-lead author Wesley K.] Thompson said in a statement. "Although the levels of sexual activity and functioning did vary significantly, depending on the woman's age, their perceived quality of life, successful aging and sexual satisfaction remained positive."
Community: The last episode of the Discovery Channel’s series Curiosity,Why Is Sex Fun?” was mostly about the female sexual response. The most interesting thing, to me, was what a great part the brain plays in the process.
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Young Brains Lack the Wisdom of Their Elders, Clinical Study Shows

(Science Daily) The brains of older people are not slower but rather wiser than young brains, which allows older adults to achieve an equivalent level of performance, according research …
"The older brain has experience and knows that nothing is gained by jumping the gun. It was already known that aging is not necessarily associated with a significant loss in cognitive function. When it comes to certain tasks, the brains of older adults can achieve very close to the same performance as those of younger ones," explained Dr. [Oury] Monchi.
"We now have neurobiological evidence showing that with age comes wisdom and that as the brain gets older, it learns to better allocate its resources. Overall, our study shows that Aesop's fable about the tortoise and the hare was on the money: being able to run fast does not always win the race -- you have to know how to best use your abilities. This adage is a defining characteristic of aging."
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Making Mistakes While Learning Has Memory Benefits for Older Brains

(Science Daily) Canadian researchers have found the first evidence that older brains get more benefit than younger brains from learning information the hard way -- via trial-and-error learning…
The finding will surprise professional educators and cognitive rehabilitation clinicians as it challenges a large body of published science which has shown that making mistakes while learning information hurts memory performance for older adults, and that passive "errorless" learning (where the correct answer is provided) is better suited to older brains…
In [two] studies, participants remembered the learning context of the target words better if they had been learned through trial-and-error, relative to the errorless condition. This was especially true for the older adults whose performance benefited approximately 2.5 times more relative to their younger peers.
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Sophisticated Scan May Spot Seeds of Alzheimer's Risk

(HealthDay News) Using an advanced MRI scan, researchers believe they have found changes in the chemistry of the brains of people with no cognitive problems that signal who is at future risk for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
And although there is no good treatment or cure for the disease, experts say finding ways to identify those at risk is essential when treatments and possibly a cure become available.
Community: There’s no cure yet, but scientists do believe that certain things may prevent or delay its development. Some of them are listed here.
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Natural Alzheimer's-Fighting Compound Created Inexpensively in Lab

(Science Daily) Scientists at Yale University have developed the first practical method to create a compound called huperzine A in the lab. The compound, which occurs naturally in a species of moss found in China, is an enzyme inhibitor that has been used to treat Alzheimer's disease in China since the late 1990s and is sold in the U.S. as a dietary supplement to help maintain memory…
Until now, researchers have only been able to derive small amounts of the compound directly from the Huperzia serrata plant, or had to resort to lengthy and cumbersome methods to synthesize it in the lab.
Now researchers at Yale have developed a practical and cost-effective method to synthesize huperzine A in the lab…
"Being able to synthesize large amounts of huperzine A in the lab is crucial because the plant itself, which has been used in Chinese folk medicine for centuries, takes decades to grow and is nearing extinction due to overharvesting," said Seth Herzon, the Yale chemist who led the research.
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Calcified Plaque in Arteries May Be Tied to Stroke, Dementia Risk

(HealthDay News) A build-up of calcified plaque in arteries in parts of the body outside the brain may be linked with brain changes that increase the risk of stroke and dementia, a new study finds.
Researchers used CT scans to check 885 people, average age 67, for calcification in four different blood vessel areas: the coronary arteries that provide blood to the heart; the aortic arch that delivers blood from the heart into general circulation; and the extracranial and intracranial carotid arteries that carry blood through the neck into the brain…
The researchers found that calcium build-up in each of the four arteries was associated with white matter lesions and small strokes in the brain.
Community: Healthy habits can minimize the amount of artery plaque, which can reduce the chance of heart problems, strokes, and dementia.
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Stir-Fried Chicken Salad
A light, weeknight dinner can be on the table in a flash thanks to quick-cooking chicken tenders.
Zucchini stuffed with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil make a fresh summer side dish. For the nicest presentation, use long, relatively skinny zucchini.
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Heat in Chili Peppers Can Ease Sinus Problems, Research Shows

(Science Daily) Hot chili peppers are known to make people "tear up," but a new study led by University of Cincinnati allergy researcher Jonathan Bernstein, MD, found that a nasal spray containing an ingredient derived from hot chili peppers (Capsicum annum) may help people "clear up" certain types of sinus inflammation…
Capsicum annum contains capsaicin, which is the main component of chili peppers and produces a hot sensation. Capsaicin is also the active ingredient in several topical medications used for temporary pain relief. It is approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is available over the counter.
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3 Natural Ways to Treat ED

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) Erectile dysfunction (ED), the inability to achieve or maintain erections sufficient for intercourse, often has a psychological component, and counseling is encouraged as a primary treatment strategy. However, ED can also be a symptom of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, both of which can impair blood supply to the penis. In addition to lifestyle measures such as checking your medications, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding alcohol and smoking, and managing stress levels, I recommend the following herbs to help address ED:
1.    Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba). This herb may improve arousal in both men and women, perhaps by increasing blood flow to the genitals. It should not be used by those on blood thinners such as Coumadin/Warfarin.
2.    Ashwaganda. Derived from the roots of a plant in the nightshade family called Withania somnifera, ashwaganda is reputed to be a mild aphrodisiac and has long been popular in India. Ashwaganda is generally safe - follow the dosage on the package, and give it six to eight weeks to have an effect.
3.    Standardized extract of Asian ginseng. Asian ginseng, or Panax ginseng, is a good general stimulant and sexual energizer. Asian ginseng is considered safe but can raise blood pressure and cause irritability and insomnia in some people. Follow the dosage on the package, and give it a six to eight-week trial to see what it can do.
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Research Shows How Some Folks Resist Getting Sick With the Flu

(HealthDay News) Your immune system response to a flu virus determines whether or not you will get sick, and that immune reaction can be observed through gene activity, according to a new study…
The gene activity, or expression, data revealed how the volunteers' immune systems reacted and organized a response to flu virus. Differences in gene expressions between those who got sick and those who remained healthy were measurable up to about 36 hours before peak flu symptoms developed.
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Thank Neanderthals for That Healthy Immune System, Scientists Say

(HealthDay News) Interbreeding between modern humans, Neanderthals and another close relative may have passed on genes that boost peoples' immune systems today, researchers report…
The last Neanderthals died about 30,000 years ago, but research has shown that some modern humans have as much as 4 percent Neanderthal DNA. People living today also have up to 6 percent of their DNA from Denisovans, a species which has only recently been identified.
The authors of this new study have found that this crossbreeding gave modern humans new variants of immune system genes called HLA class I genes. This DNA plays a crucial role in people's ability to identify and kill pathogens.
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'Bubble Boy' Kids Living Normally After Gene Therapy: Study

(HealthDay News) More than a dozen children with so-called "bubble boy" disease are alive and well, with functioning immune systems, nine years after undergoing gene therapy to correct their disorder, researchers report.
Most of the patients attend school with other children, something that probably would have been fatal without treatment…
With gene therapy, clinicians remove the patient's own bone marrow, isolate the stem cells, correct the gene and reinsert it into the patient, explained William J. Bowers.
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Using Math to Fight Cancer

(Science Daily) Researchers … have developed a mathematical model to understand and predict the progress of a tumor, from its early stages to metastasis, in hopes of creating highly personalized treatment strategies for patients who have cancer…
[Explains Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D.,] "Our model may be useful in designing treatment intervals and dosage schedules based on more accurate assessment of growth dynamics and the interdependence of tumor growth and blood vessel formation."
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Ovarian cysts may not lead to cancer: study

(Reuters Health) Finding ovarian cysts on an ultrasound scan isn't a cancer sentence for women who are middle-aged and older, a new UK screening study suggests.
Women with so-called "inclusion cysts" weren't at higher risk for ovarian cancer or, for that matter, breast or endometrial tumors, researchers found.
The results add to evidence challenging the long-held belief that such cysts, which are sacs filled with fluid or other soft tissue, would trigger cancer.
But it will take longer follow-up "to definitively confirm these findings," Dr. Usha Menon … and colleagues caution.
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Violence remains a top cause of U.S. death

(UPI) The estimated annual cost of U.S. medical care and productivity lost due to violence each year is estimated at more than $70 billion, researchers say…
Homicide and suicide remain among the 10 leading causes of death for people from birth to age 64, but violence also includes suicide, child abuse, playground fights, gang violence, sexual assault and domestic violence, [a special issue of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine] says.
"Clinicians play an integral role in preventing violence on both individual and community levels. By understanding and recognizing risks for violence in their patients, they can identify warning signs and make referrals to effective preventive services. They can add to the voice of the community in raising awareness of violence, and in implementing evidence-based strategies to prevent it," Dr. Linda Degutis, director of CDC's Injury Center, says.
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Scented Laundry Products Emit Hazardous Chemicals Through Dryer Vents

(Science Daily) The same University of Washington researcher who used chemical sleuthing to deduce what's in fragranced consumer products now has turned her attention to the scented air wafting from household laundry vents.
Findings … show that air vented from machines using the top-selling scented liquid laundry detergent and scented dryer sheet contains hazardous chemicals, including two that are classified as carcinogens.
"This is an interesting source of pollution because emissions from dryer vents are essentially unregulated and unmonitored," said lead author Anne Steinemann… "If they're coming out of a smokestack or tail pipe, they're regulated, but if they're coming out of a dryer vent, they're not."
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Experts find way to make mosquitoes dengue-free

(Reuters) Injecting a bacteria into mosquitoes can block them from transmitting the dengue virus and help control the spread of a disease that kills 20,000 annually in more than 100 countries, scientists said.
In two papers…, researchers in Australia showed how female mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacteria passed the bug easily to their offspring, making them all dengue-free.
They said such infected mosquitoes should be released into the wild, so that the spread of dengue to people may be reduced.
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COBRA's federal subsidy to end Sept. 1

(UPI) The federal subsidy for the unemployed to continue their health insurance from their former employer is set to end next week, a U.S. non-profit group says…
"COBRA without the subsidy is pretty expensive," Antoinette Kraus, project manager for the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, a coalition of 55 organizations that advocates for affordable quality healthcare, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I think people are just going to go without health insurance. There's not an interim solution for all these people who don't have health insurance."
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Three-Quarters of U.S. Jobless Can't Afford Health Care: Report

(HealthDay News) Nearly three-quarters of jobless Americans say they can't afford needed health care or prescription drugs, and about half say they're struggling with medical bills or medical debt, a new report reveals.
Sixty percent of working Americans rely on employer-based health insurance, so when 15 million working-age adults lost their jobs between 2008 and 2010, an estimated 9 million also lost their health insurance, according to the Commonwealth Fund report.
The authors of the report also concluded that when the major provisions of the Obama Administration's health care reform law are implemented in 2014, newly unemployed people will have many more health insurance choices.
But the current lack of options have led to a health and financial crisis for many Americans who lose their health insurance benefits along with their jobs.
Community: But how are the jobless going to be able to afford the insurance when the mandate kicks in?
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In Tough Times, Jobless Men Embrace Housework

(HealthDay News) From factory workers to bankers, some of the jobless men in what's been dubbed the "mancession" are redefining their masculinity by doing more housework as they support their working partners, a small study suggests…
"They totally took what we would consider women's work and made it men's work," said study co-author Kristen Myers …
Myers said that while the study authors understood their research wasn't representative of the entire United States, it was intriguing to learn that the men in their sample held no animosity toward their working partners, instead voicing gratitude that the women were employed and supporting them…
Still, many of the men expressed deep shame over having lost their jobs, and Myers said it was clear they struggled with losing the power and sense of self-worth that comes from employment. Rather than shunning housework in response to their job loss, however, some began doing more in hopes their domestic contribution would make up for their lost wages and the increased burden on their partners.
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Tight Communities Can Lower Violence Linked to Liquor Stores

(HealthDay News) Stability and social unity can reduce levels of violence in communities with a high number of stores that sell alcohol, a new study suggests.
Previous research has shown that rates of assaults increase along with the number of alcohol outlets in a community…
Better organized communities may see little to no effect on violence from having a large number of alcohol outlets, said the researchers at Indiana University Bloomington.
"Common values and stronger social cohesion found in more organized communities usually results in a greater ability to regulate the behavior of local retailers and those who patronize the local alcohol outlets," study author William Alex Pridemore, a professor in the department of criminal justice, said in a university news release.
"These communities are more likely to have greater social capital, effective informal surveillance, and even friends who work at city hall. They're more likely to get the attention of police or authorities who license liquor establishments," he noted.
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Obesity Costing States Billion in Yearly Medical Expenses

(HealthDay News) Obesity is costing states up to $15 billion each year, a new study suggests.
In nine states, obesity already accounts for 10 percent or more of the state's annual medical expenses, according to researchers…
The study pointed out that taxpayers are footing a large part of the bill, with the state's share of obesity expenditures funded by Medicare and Medicaid ranging between 25 percent in Virginia and a whopping 64 percent in Rhode Island.
"This study shows that the toll that obesity takes goes beyond impairing the health of individuals to imposing a major burden on the entire health care system," AHRQ Director Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy said in a news release. "Reducing the prevalence of obesity and its complications is an important priority for the nation and requires focused and constant attention."
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Moroccan Chicken with Fruit and Olive Topping
The pairing of dried fruit and olives is also characteristic of other North African cuisines, such as Tunisian and Algerian. Serve over Israeli couscous, a pearl-like pasta; sprinkle with chopped green onions.
Grilled Beef Tenderloin & Escarole
Lightly grilled escarole combined with tangy tomato vinaigrette makes an irresistible accompaniment to juicy beef tenderloin. Serve with grilled baguette.
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This is the most versatile of the pork cuts: lean and fast. These are the recipes that make it reliably weeknight delicious.
Community: Pork tenderloins are often on sale at really good prices. They’re tender and have a great taste but very little fat. We buy whole loins when they’re on sale, cut them up to two-person roast size, and freeze them.
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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) An estimated 70 percent of the U.S. population is deficient in vitamin D. Recent study of this essential micronutrient has demonstrated its central role in maintaining health. Insufficient levels of vitamin D have been linked to:
·         Suppressed immunity - our innate systems of defense may not function efficiently without adequate vitamin D, allowing increased susceptibility to infectious agents.
·         Increased risk of chronic disease - low levels of vitamin D have been associated with a higher than normal risk of heart disease and several kinds of cancer.
·         Heightened inflammation - vitamin D is a key cofactor in regulating inflammation throughout the body.
I recommend prudent daily sun exposure to support the natural production of vitamin D in our skin, as well as speaking to your doctor about checking vitamin D levels and supplementing if necessary.
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Meditation Eases Hot Flashes

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) It takes some training, but practicing mindfulness meditation does seem to help ease hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia in menopausal women, according to study results… After nearly two years of practice, the meditating women reported their symptoms bothered them about 15 percent less than they had at the outset, compared to a decrease of only 7 percent in the women who were on the waiting list…
Mindfulness is the technique of bringing all of our awareness to the here and now, to the sensations in our bodies and our breathing, for example, rather than letting much of it slip away in contemplation of the past and future or of other subjects that are not in the present. The assumption is that when we act with full awareness, our actions are more likely to achieve what we intend. These study results offer further evidence that mindfulness meditation can have a positive effect on health. Other than hormone replacement therapy, women have few options that they can count on to address menopausal symptoms. Mindfulness meditation is a risk-free method that is certainly worth trying.
Cool images can also ease hot flashes.
Community: You can train yourself in mindfulness meditation using an audio CD made by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., the founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
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