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3 Incredible Breakthroughs for Back Pain Relief

(Reader’s Digest) These recent medical discoveries should help to offer back pain relief to sufferers everywhere.
New study: Walking targets a sore core.
Walking may ease chronic low-back pain just as well as physical therapy, new research shows…
New study: Antibiotics relieve chronic disk pain.
Bacterial infections might cause low-back pain in nearly half of patients with slipped disks…
New gadget: Perfect your posture.
The LUMOback may prevent or reduce back pain by teaching you the proper way to sit and stand.
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Alternative Treatments for Headache Relief

(Sharecare.com) You don't always have to head for a medicine bottle when your head is pounding. Try these alternative remedies to prevent or stop a headache:…
Try the nicer needle. Acupuncture is as effective as pain drugs for treating migraines and reducing their frequency and severity. How? It may increase levels of beta-endorphin, a natural painkilling substance in your body.
Just use pressure. If you're needle-phobic, acupressure may be a good way for you to dim headache pain. Simply rub the two points on either side of your vertebrae at the nape of your neck (right below the ridges at the base of your skull). Also try massaging the webbed area on the top of your left hand, between your thumb and forefinger. [See also Sharecare’s Self-Help for Headaches for more pressure techniques.]
Get between the sheets. But not for shut-eye. Women with migraines who abandoned the "not now, I’ve got a headache" phrase got better pain relief from sex than from their usual migraine remedy. And it worked repeatedly. We’ll bet it will work for men, too. Orgasm is associated with the release of a vasodilating gas called nitric oxide.
Take some ginger. It inhibits inflammation in blood vessels, so take it when your headache first comes on.
Tame the shoulds. Change irrational beliefs -- those are ideas typically prefaced with words such as should, ought, must, or have to -- that lead to stress and head pain. Replace them with ideas that use words such as wish, want, like, and desire.
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A Diet That Helps Soothe Osteoarthritis

(Sharecare.com) [Q]uite a bit of promising research has shown that certain foods and nutrients may help ease osteoarthritis symptoms. More study is needed to confirm the results, but since most of the foods studied to date are good for you anyway, incorporating some of them into your diet could be a great way to support your current treatment program. And in the end, you may boost your overall health as well.
So think about your joints the next time you visit the grocery store. Here are five foods you may want to add to your cart -- and two you may want to take out:
5 Foods Your Joints May Love
·         Strawberries…
·         Olive oil…
·         Salmon…
·         Green tea…
·         Leafy greens…
Give These Foods the Brush Off…
·         Corn oil…
·         White bread [and other high glycemic foods]
Community: And there’s this, also from Sharecare: “Joint Health Benefits of Garlic and Onions.”
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Secrets to Drug-Free Pain Relief

(Sharecare.com) Matthew McCarty, M.D., treats pain. Not run-of-the-mill aches and soreness, but serious pain—the kind that disrupts lives by making it difficult or impossible to work, sleep, or sustain healthy relationships. Many of the people who end up in his office at Balcones Pain Consultants in Austin, Texas, have spent months or even years trying to manage their chronic pain with medication—and therein lies the problem, according to Dr. McCarty.
Many painkillers are quite potent—and potentially addictive. Dr. McCarty believes they have a role, but mostly as a last resort. He favors a multi-disciplinary approach to managing pain, which includes physical therapy and treatments such as spinal cord stimulation, in which a doctor delivers a mild electrical pulse to the spine. “That causes pain signals to the brain to be dampened,” reports Dr. McCarty, who says the treatment works well for many conditions that produce pain.
In addition, there’s a great deal patients can do for themselves, he says. Yoga, meditation and Pilates can help overcome pain-induced physical limitations and dial down stress and anxiety. Losing weight is critical, too. Dr. McCarty estimates that seven out of 10 men and women he treats are overweight. Dropping just 10 pounds can help reduce chronic neck and back pain, he says.
It’s when patients begin to regain mobility and a degree of control over their symptoms that Dr. McCarty prescribes his surprising secret weapon against chronic pain: volunteer work…
No one is sure why volunteering provides pain relief, but Dr. McCarty believes that connecting with others in need helps to shift a person’s focus away from his or her own complaints. Volunteer work also helps to prevent a sense of isolation, which can cause anxiety and intensify pain symptoms. “Pain is one of those conditions that drives us away from others,” Dr. McCarty says. “I think patients who volunteer get back as much as they give.”
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More Information and Recent Research on Pain and Pain Relief

(Kaiser Health News) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that up to 5 percent of Americans age 65 and older living in community settings have major depression, which can result in acute psychological anguish, disability, suicide and early death. Rates for seniors who are hospitalized or living in nursing homes are much higher, 25 to 40 percent… A growing body of research suggests that older adults with depression have an almost two-fold greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease…
The most significant barrier to preventive care addressing mental health concerns is a lack of Medicare coverage… That may change under the national health care overhaul as new models of care, such as accountable care organizations, receive financial incentives to guard the health of their patients, including older adults on Medicare.
(Science Daily) Physicians and patients who are wary of addiction to pain medication and opioids may soon have a healthier and more natural alternative. A Duke University study revealed that a derivative of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a main ingredient of over-the-counter fish oil supplements, can sooth and prevent neuropathic pain caused by injuries to the sensory system.
(Sharecare.com) There might be a simple approach for treating lower-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.
(Consumer Reports) If you have arthritis pain and have suffered a heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, stroke, or ulcer, or are at risk for them, you should choose your pain reliever carefully, according to our new Best Buy Drugs report… Our review of the pain relievers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, found that all of them are equally effective but that some may be safer than others.
(Science Daily) Efforts to develop a safer form of acetaminophen -- the pain and fever-reducer that is one of the most widely used drugs -- have led to discovery of substances that may have less potentially toxic effects on the liver… [Researchers] describe the design and testing of two compounds that have a similar architecture to acetaminophen, but aren't toxic to liver cells grown in the laboratory.
(Science Daily) For treating the estimated 100 million Americans with chronic pain -- a population larger than those with heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined -- research … shows that primary care physicians overwhelmingly prefer to prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS), in accordance with published clinical practice guidelines.
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Washington Post:
LABOR DAY GRILLING: Recipe for grilled ratatouille salad
Real ratatouille, the classic Nicoise dish, is neither grilled, nor a salad. It is a stewed vegetable dish consisting of eggplant, tomato, pepper, zucchini, onion and herbs.
Skillet Chicken Souvlaki
Prepare a family-friendly Mediterranean-style dish that's sure to please even the pickiest eater. The quick-cooking chicken and simple homemade yogurt sauce make this a perfect dish for a busy weeknight. Serve with a simple side salad.
Beets & Greens Salad with Cannellini Beans
Sometimes beets in the market have beautiful, unblemished, tender greens attached. When that happens, blanch the greens and toss with beans and vinaigrette, using some of the beets to garnish the salad, as in this recipe. Use the leftover cooked beets for other dishes. If you buy beet greens on their own, you can make the salad just with them. Either way is delicious.
Los Angeles Times:
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Higher Intake of Fruits and Vegetables May Reduce the Risk of Bladder Cancer in Women

(Science Daily)  University of Hawaii Cancer Center Researcher Song-Yi Park, PhD, along with her colleagues, recently discovered that a greater consumption of fruits and vegetables may lower the risk of invasive bladder cancer in women…
After adjusting for variables related to cancer risk (age, etc.) the researchers found that women who consumed the most fruits and vegetables had the lowest bladder cancer risk. For instance, women consuming the most yellow-orange vegetables were 52% less likely to have bladder cancer than women consuming the least yellow-orange vegetables. The data also suggested that women with the highest intake of vitamins A, C, and E had the lowest risk of bladder cancer. No associations between fruit and vegetable intake and invasive bladder cancer were found in men.
"Our study supports the fruit and vegetable recommendation for cancer prevention," said Park.
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10 Tips for Saving Money on a Plant-Based Diet

(U.S. News & World Report) Save money and eat healthier … with tips from the experts…
Save money at the store:
Buy in bulk…
Ask for a discount…
Stick to whole food sources…
Be mindful of food labels…
Shop at wholesale warehouses…
Then head to a farmers market…
Continue saving money at home:
Plan, plan, plan…
Use fresh foods first…
Stock your pantry…
Cook in big batches.
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9 Kitchen Staples That Make Any Dish Healthier

We put together our favorite pantry standbys -- foods that not only nourish, they elevate your dishes…
Cannellini Beans
Thanks to high protein, soluble fiber, iron and protein, beans are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet…
Chia Seeds
These seeds, which are actually in the mint family, are full of nutrients like dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium...
[C]raving a protein and omega-3 fatty acid boost? Tuna's a good option, but can be high in mercury… Anchovies and sardines … can have a strong, fishy taste. Kippers combine the best of both worlds: they're mild tasting and also lower in mercury.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
We all know that olive oil is good for us, thanks to monounsaturated fats that help regulate insulin levels and even lower cholesterol. But olive oil also has a protective effect against cancer and inflammation because of its richness in polyphenols…
Coffee has been linked to improving cardiovascular health, reducing cancer risk and even fighting off Alzheimer's disease (OK, in mice). ..
Quinoa is wonderful, but Teff is quicker. The small seed -- from a species of grass called Lovegrass! -- has more calcium than any other whole grain (or seed)…
Truthfully, any nut is a good bet, though almonds have the distinction of lasting the longest on a shelf without going rancid. They have more calcium and fiber than other nuts…
As Greatist recently reported, seaweed may be the healthiest food you aren't eating.
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4 Foods That Are Good Sources of Resveratrol

(LiveScience) If you want to get more [of the antioxidant flavonoid] resveratrol, consume it in your diet. This way, you'll get more than just one isolated nutritional component, and you'll also get fiber that will tell you when it's time to stop eating.
Here are four foods that are good sources of resveratrol:
Red Grapes…
Peanut Butter…
Dark Chocolate...
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Prescription drugs take deadly toll on roads

(Chicago Tribune) Experts say millions get behind the wheel every day under the influence of powerful medications that, while perfectly legal, can have dangerous consequences on the road.
Narcotic painkillers such as codeine and oxycodone can cause fatigue and mental clouding, while sedatives can slow reflexes. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study named a range of other drugs, from antidepressants to beta blockers to allergy pills, as "potentially driver-impairing medications."
That puts many patients in a difficult dilemma. They're allowed to drive with these meds in their systems, but there's no easy way to know the dosage or drug interactions that could make driving unsafe. If they're pulled over or involved in a crash, a doctor's order may not save them from being charged with DUI.
"If we think that a medication or combination (of drugs) is affecting your ability to drive safely, it's immaterial whether you've been prescribed them," said Michael Ori, who prosecutes traffic offenses.
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Older Transport Workers More Likely to Die in On the Job

(Bloomberg) Employees age 55 or older who drive as part of their jobs are more likely to be killed in accidents than younger colleagues because of declining cognition and greater susceptibility to injury, according to a U.S. report.
Employees who drive for work aged 55 to 64 were about 50 percent more likely to die in an accident, and those 65 and older were three times as likely to die, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a study today. Highway accidents are the leading cause of workplace deaths in the U.S.
The problem is likely to worsen as more Americans work deeper into their twilight years. People 55 years or older are projected to comprise 25 percent of the U.S. workforce in 2020, more than double the 12 percent share in 1990. The CDC said transportation companies can adapt by considering less nighttime driving, better-planned routes and refresher driver training.
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Kids protecting grandparents

(HHS HealthBeat) Vaccination that protects children against pneumonia also seems to give spillover protection to their grandparents. Researcher Marie Griffin of Vanderbilt University saw this in data from 1997 to 2009 in a national database of hospitalizations.
The vaccine was meant to prevent blood and ear infections from pneumococcus bacteria. But pneumonia also results from pneumococcus infection.
Griffin notes that older people, who have weaker immune systems, can be infected by children who carry the bacteria but are healthy:
“This vaccine not only decreased pneumonia in children, it also decreased pneumonia hospitalizations in older adults.”…
Learn more at healthfinder.gov.
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Experimental drug apparently beats brain-eating amoeba in Florida

(CNN) Tests done on 12-year-old Zachary Reyna show no signs of activity from the brain-eating parasite he contracted earlier this month, according to his father. Doctors had given Zachary the same experimental anti-amoeba drug used to treat 12-year-old Kali Hardig recently in Arkansas. The Arkansas girl is only the third person in the last 50 years to survive this deadly parasite.
Extensive damage has been done to Zachary's brain, his father wrote Wednesday on a Facebook page dedicated to the Little League baseball player. Right now the family is looking for signs that his brain is still active…
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it will make the experimental drug that helped fight Zachary's amoeba available to physicians who consult it. The drug was originally created for breast cancer treatment, but has since been found effective against free-living amoeba infections.
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New Device Cuts Time to ID Bacterial Infections

(LiveScience) A new device can rapidly identify nearly 200 different types of bacteria and yeast known to cause disease in people.
The device, called VITEK MS, is able to identify which particular species of bacteria or yeast is causing an infection in a patient much more quickly than traditional methods that hospital laboratories use, the researchers said.
"We have the name of the pathogen to the physician at least 24 to 48 hours sooner than we would have in the past," study researcher Christine Ginocchio, senior medical director and chief of Infectious Disease Diagnostics at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, told LiveScience.
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North Carolina Just Made It A Lot Easier To Figure Out If Your Hospital Is Ripping You Off

(ThinkProgress) North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has signed a bill that will require the state’s hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers to publicly disclose how much they charge — and how much insurers pay them — for 140 common medical procedures. The information will be posted to the Tar Heel State’s Department of Health and Human Services website and provide consumers a way of knowing which hospitals are giving them the most bang for their buck.
Rampant price opacity is one of the biggest problems contributing to America’s broken health care system. Unlike pretty much any other commodity, Americans can’t just look up the cost of a surgery, test, or other medical procedures because most of that information isn’t in the public database. Consequently, patients are often left with a hefty, non-itemized bill at the end of a hospital visit with minimal knowledge of why they’re being charged what they are.
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OOPS: Obamacare Opponent Is Very Impressed With The Law He Hates So Much

(ThinkProgress) The Huffington Post’s Jason Cherkis reports on a remarkable encounter between Reina Diaz-Dempsey, a Kentucky public health worker signing people up for insurance coverage under health care reform, and a middle-aged man who approached her booth at the State Fair.
After Diaz-Dempsey explained that he will either qualify for tax credits to buy insurance through Kynect (the state’s new insurance marketplace) or an expanded Medicaid pool in October, the man seemed pleased and mused, “This beats Obamacare, I hope.”
Kynect is actually one of the statewide insurance marketplaces at the heart of Obamacare, and the Medicaid expansion is another provision that stems from the health reform law. But Diaz-Dempsey doesn’t tell the man that — figuring the connection to Obamacare might actually dissuade him from pursuing coverage in a state with terrible public health demographics, where one in every five adults is uninsured. The anecdote is striking for its irony. But it underscores the reality that while some Americans — including many who will benefit immensely from the law — remain opposed to the abstract specter of “Obamacare,” they actually do support its core provisions.
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More Affordable Care Act News

(Kaiser Health News) Health insurance agents, feeling threatened by the Affordable Care Act, will welcome research from the University of Minnesota that supports their longstanding argument that agents and brokers make insurance shopping easier and cheaper. A new paper by economist Pinar Karaca-Mandic and colleagues finds that small employers were more likely to offer medical coverage in markets with many brokers competing for business and offering health plans. “We also find that increased agent/broker competition is associated with lower premiums,” they wrote.
(Reuters) As the clock ticks down to the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, hundreds of businesses, unions and advocacy groups are still pushing to win concessions on the far-reaching law. Restaurants want to increase the number of hours that define a full-time worker. Unionized electrical workers are seeking to change the treatment of health plans offered by multiple employers. Medical device companies hope to end a tax against them even though they are already paying that tax.
(Reuters) Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives are working to prevent their ranks from fracturing over the strategy of threatening a government shutdown to gut President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. About a third of the Republican caucus sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Thursday, urging them to oppose any annual spending bills that include funding for the health law known as "Obamacare."
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Exercise helps insomnia, but not right away, study says

(USA Today) Most people with insomnia have probably heard this advice: exercise more and you will sleep better.
The advice is excellent, but it should come with a caveat, say researchers behind a new study. It turns out that exercising today probably won't help insomniacs sleep better tonight – though it will help a lot in the long run.
The small study … documents a phenomenon that "frustrates patients," and discourages many from keeping up their exercise routines, says lead author Kelly Glazer Baron, a clinical psychologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
"They come to us and say, 'I exercised until I was exhausted, but I still couldn't sleep,' " she says.
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Yoga Enhances Sleep Quality in Cancer Survivors

(MedPage Today) Cancer survivors with sleep issues who participated in a yoga program reported better sleep quality and less reliance on sleep medications, researchers found.
In a randomized trial, survivors who attended 75-minute, low-intensity yoga sessions twice a week for a month decreased sleep medication use by 21% compared with patients in a standard care arm, who actually increased their use of such medications by 5% per week, reported Karen Mustian, PhD, MPH, … and colleagues.
Although both groups showed notable improvements in global sleep quality…, the yoga group demonstrated significant improvements in sleep latency, sleep duration, sleep efficiency, sleep disturbances, subjective sleep quality, and daytime dysfunction during the intervention period, they wrote
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Sleeping natural

(HHS HealthBeat) Early to bed, early to rise? More likely the opposite in our electrified world. But one small study indicates a way to reset our internal clocks to natural – camping.
At the University of Colorado Boulder, researchers took eight healthy young adults backcountry camping for a week in the Rockies, where they had no light at night other than a campfire. Before camping, they typically slept around 8 hours, starting after midnight:
Researcher Ken Wright: “They obtained the same amount of sleep while camping, although it was timed a little more than an hour earlier – so bedtimes were earlier and wake times were earlier.”
If you can’t go camping, Wright suggests more morning sun and less evening electric light might also reset your body clock…
Learn more at healthfinder.gov.
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16 Foods That Help You Sleep

(Reader’s Digest) Many foods contain naturally occurring substances that bring on sleep; here are some of the best choices to help you settle down for a quality rest.
Cheese and crackers…
Cherry Juice…
Chamomile Tea…
Passionfruit Tea…
Shrimp and Lobster…
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More Information and Recent Research on Sleep

(Chatelaine) From making you anxious to causing fights with your spouse. Find out how not sleeping enough hurts you in more ways than one.
(Amie M. Gordon, M.A., Psychology Today) Both correlational and experimental … evidence suggest that when people are sleep deprived, they feel more irritable, angry and hostile. Sleep loss is also associated with feeling more depressed. In addition, sleep deprivation seems to be associated with greater emotional reactivity --people who suffer from sleep loss are especially likely to react negatively when something doesn’t go well for them.
(Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., Psychology Today) It’s not clear why worry decreases with age as a factor in sleep loss, but researchers speculate that the drop may have to do, in part, with life changes that often accompany the shift from middle age to old age. Many of the pressures of middle age can change and diminish in ensuing years, as people retire from jobs, see their children grown and become independent, and as they themselves achieve a sense of financial stability.
(Medical News Today) Spouses who have a close relationship share many things - material and non-material, highs and lows. And when one spouse experiences chronic pain, it can have a ripple effect for the other spouse, affecting sleep and even increasing risks for health problems, say researchers.
(Science Daily) In a new study…, researchers have identified how a fundamental biological process called protein synthesis is controlled within the body's circadian clock -- the internal mechanism that controls one's daily rhythms. Their findings may help shed light on future treatments for disorders triggered by circadian clock dysfunction, including jet lag, shift work disorders, and chronic conditions like depression and Parkinson's disease.
(Dr. Jordan Pritikin, otolaryngologist) Below are seven tips to prevent snoring: - Change your sleeping position… - Avoid alcohol… - Lose weight… - Open your nasal passages… - Change your pillows… - Be well rested… - Stop grinding [your teeth].
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Oldways.org - Sephardic Rosh Hashanah Recipes:
Kufte de Prassa (Leek & Beef Patties)
Somewhere between a meatball and patty is a kufte. Prassa are leeks, one of the Simanim--symbolic foods--for Rosh Hashanah.
Sephardic Challah
Typically braided in long loaves, challah is shaped into round loaves for the Rosh Hashanah celebration to symbolize the cycles the of the year.  
Spicy Pumpkin Soup
The Hebrew word for "gourd" is similar to the Hebrew words for "to tear" and "to proclaim," so the Rosh Hashanah blessing asks that bad decrees be torn up and the merits of those at the table be proclaimed.
Gingered Carrot & Medjool Date Salad
Dates are common on holiday tables throughout the Mediterranean in many different traditions. They symbolize the desire for peace on Rosh Hashanah.
Black-Eyed Peas & Walnut Wraps
The words for "bean" and "increase" sound similar in Hebrew, so the Rosh Hashanah blessing on black-eyed peas requests an increase in merits in the coming year.
Coconut Curried Pork, Snow Pea, and Mango Stir-Fry
Adding tropical ingredients like chopped mango and coconut milk make this 15-minute stir-fry special. Red curry powder is a blend of coriander, cumin, chiles, and cardamom. Use it to give this quick stir-fry a hint of Thai flavor.
Grilled Chicken Thighs with Cucumber-Mint Salad
The cumin-and-coriander rub in this grilled chicken thigh recipe pairs deliciously with a minty cucumber salad. Chicken thighs can vary widely in size. Ask your butcher to hand-select 4 large thighs for this recipe. If you can only find small chicken thighs, cook 2 per person and reduce the grill time slightly.
6 Healthy Asian-Inspired Dishes
From garlic and ginger to scallions, snow peas, and sprouts, cooking with popular Asian ingredients yields healthy, delicious salads, appetizers, and main courses. You'll be happy to know that you can enjoy dishes like crunchy chicken salad with wonton crisps, grilled chicken with savory plum sauce, and flavorful pork rolls while following the South Beach Diet. Deliciously seasoned with slightly exotic ingredients like fresh ginger, low-sodium soy sauce, and sesame oil, and featuring popular Asian vegetables like Japanese eggplant, these colorful, flavorful dishes will get rave reviews from your family.
Andrew Weil, M.D.:
Hot & Sour Greens
Some greens … have strong tastes that take getting used to; beet greens and chard, for example, contain oxalic acid, which imparts a sharp flavor… On the other hand, kale is generally mild and good-tasting, as long as it is prepared properly. Bok choy, or Chinese cabbage, has a mild spiciness that adds great flavor to many dishes. Many cultures add vinegar to complement the flavor of greens, and this Asian-flavored dish is no exception.
Food as Medicine
It's an unfortunate misconception that citrus fruits are the best sources of vitamin C. This vital nutrient is abundant in vegetables, especially greens. One cup of cooked chard, for example, provides 52 percent of the Daily Value for vitamin C.
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Reviving An Heirloom Corn That Packs More Flavor And Nutrition

(The Salt, NPR) [Farmer Jack Algiere] showed me one of the golden-hued cobs still growing on the stalk. "It will turn a golden orange when it's dry," Algiere said.
The vibrancy of this yellowish-orange pigment is indicative of high concentrations of beneficial phytonutrients called carotenoids, which make this corn appealing for its nutritional value. And it's also fairly high in protein.
So why did farmers stop growing this corn? For everything that New England Eight Row Flint corn has going for it in terms of flavor, its big downside is that it doesn't produce many cobs. It's a low-yield corn.
"That's why farmers moved to higher-yield [varieties]," explains Algiere. "They can get more corn per acre at lower quality." Farmers produce for bulk because they're paid by the bushel, not by the color or the flavor.
So varieties such as New England Eight Row Flint corn may produce great taste, but they're not really commercially viable unless you convince more people to pay for taste over volume.
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Hooray for a Naturally Nutritious Food Coloring Agent

(The Supermarket Guru) Starting September 13th, spirulina can be used in place of artificial FD&C Blue #1 ('brilliant blue'). While several natural blue and green colors are approved in other countries, US manufacturers have had more limited options.
So what exactly is spirulina? Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that provides easily digestible minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes and more. In fact, spirulina is a great source of protein, and it's packed with iron, chlorophyll, and antioxidants. The Aztecs even consumed spirulina as a food source in the 16th century, and more recently spirulina was found to be a source of nutrition in the tribes living along the alkaline lakes of Chad and Niger.
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Ever Wanted to Know What's Really in Hotdogs?

(Discover Magazine) “Americans consume billions of hotdogs per year resulting in more than a billion dollars in retail sales. Package labels typically list some type of meat as the primary ingredient…
“[T]he second listed ingredient was water … and another type of meat…
“The cost per hotdog ($0.12-$0.42) roughly correlated with meat content…
“A variety of tissues were observed besides skeletal muscle including bone…, collagen…, blood vessels…, plant material…, peripheral nerve…, adipose…, cartilage…, and skin… Glial fibrillary acidic protein immunostaining was not observed in any of the hotdogs. Lipid content on oil red O staining was graded as moderate in 3 hotdogs and marked in 5 hotdogs. Electron microscopy showed recognizable skeletal muscle with evidence of degenerative changes.
“In conclusion, hotdog ingredient labels are misleading; most brands are more than 50% water by weight. The amount of meat (skeletal muscle) in most brands comprised less than 10% of the cross-sectional surface area. More expensive brands generally had more meat. All hotdogs contained other tissue types (bone and cartilage) not related to skeletal muscle; brain tissue was not present.”
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The Latest from The People’s Pharmacy

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'Dead' man's recovery shows why prolonged CPR works

(NBC News) An Ohio man’s recovery several minutes after doctors declared him dead shows how murky the decision can be about when to stop resuscitation efforts. 
While Anthony Yahle, 37, may not have been dead for 45 minutes, as was widely reported, his remarkable bounce back without suffering brain damage or other ill effects stunned doctors at Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio…
“He was truly flatlined at the end of that code. He had no electrical motion, no respiration, and no heart beat, and no blood pressure,” says Jayne Testa, director of cardiovascular services at Kettering.
But five to seven minutes later, the team noticed a trace of electrical activity on his heart monitor and resumed their efforts to resuscitate him. Yahle is now home recovering, according to Testa…
[Michael Sayre, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and a spokesperson for the American Heart Association,] says more hospitals may want to follow Kettering’s lead and sustain resuscitation efforts for longer than the typical 20 to 25 minutes. A 2012 nationwide study of hospitals showed that “in the hospitals where they worked for longer, they got more people back, who ended up surviving and going home,” says Sayre.
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Don't Be Misled

(U.S. Food and Drug Administration) No, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has not been clinically proven to cure or be effective in the treatment of cancer, autism, or diabetes. But do a quick search on the Internet, and you'll see all kinds of claims for these and other diseases for which the device has not been cleared or approved by FDA.
HBOT involves breathing oxygen in a pressurized chamber. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared hyperbaric chambers for certain medical uses, such as treating decompression sickness suffered by divers.
HBOT has not, however, been proven to be the kind of universal treatment it has been touted to be on some Internet sites. FDA is concerned that some claims made by treatment centers using HBOT may give consumers a wrong impression that could ultimately endanger their health.
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Eli Lilly says 'deeply concerned' by bribery allegations in China

(Reuters) U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co said it was "deeply concerned" about allegations published in a Chinese newspaper that it spent more than 30 million yuan ($4.90 million) to bribe doctors in China to prescribe the firm's medicines instead of rival products.
A former senior manager for the company, identified by the pseudonym Wang Wei, told the 21st Century Business Herald that bribery and illegal payments at Eli Lilly's China operations were widespread, the paper reported on Thursday.
Eli Lilly is the third foreign drugmaker to face whistleblower accusations in the newspaper this month. The reports coincide with multiple Chinese investigations into the pharmaceutical sector, spanning alleged corruption to how drugs are priced.
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Six Florida hospitals agree to pay $26 million settlement

(UPI) A Florida healthcare system says it has agreed to pay $26 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it admitted patients who didn't need hospitalization.
Shands HealthCare, a private, non-profit healthcare system affiliated with the University of Florida and its Health Science Center campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville, allegedly billed Medicare and Medicaid for short overnight inpatient admissions rather than for less expensive outpatient or observation services, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported.
Terry Myers, hired by Shands as an independent consultant in 2006 and 2007 to audit the healthcare system's billing practices, told the Sentinel he uncovered "a severe lack of management oversight and a systemic failure to follow Medicare and Medicaid regulations."
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