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Boost “Healthy Aging” Odds Sevenfold

(Christopher Bergland, Psychology Today) [R]esearchers found that just 48 months (4 years) of sustained regular physical activity during each week had the power to boost the likelihood of healthy aging sevenfold compared with people who are consistently inactive…
“Healthy aging” is not only an absence of major disease and disability. The researchers define “healthy aging” as "having good mental health, the preservation of cognitive abilities, and the ability to maintain social connections and regular sociable activities."…
In general, most people who stick with an exercise program for at least 8-weeks tend to stick with it for eternity. Not because of superhuman willpower, but because they realize how good they feel after they exercise and that "Sweat=Bliss."…
The researchers noted that participants who became moderately physically active were also more than three times likely to be healthy agers, compared with those who had always been inactive. Just a few minutes of physical activity most days of the week can make a huge difference in your well-being.
Community: Well, I don’t know about bliss, but I do feel better when I’m exercising regularly.
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Better diet tied to higher quality of life in old age

(Reuters Health) Older adults who follow dietary guidelines tend to have a better quality of life and less trouble getting around and taking care of themselves, according to a new study…
"Adhering to national dietary guidelines which is typified by high intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish could be beneficial in maintaining a good quality of life and functional ability such as shopping, household duties, meal preparation, and taking their own medication," [said lead author Bamini Gopinath].
Her study included 1,305 men and women age 55 and over that were part of a large Australian study of common eye diseases and general health.
Community: And don’t go thinking you have to spend a huge amount of money to eat healthy: “How To Eat Healthy For Under $6 A Day.”
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What REALLY Kills Us Prematurely

(David Katz, M.D., Yale Prevention Research Center) [T]wo leading epidemiologists, Drs. William Foege and J. Michael McGinnis, looked into the factors that accounted for the chronic diseases and other insults that immediately preceded premature deaths. When they were done crunching numbers, they had a list of 10 factors that accounted for almost all of the premature deaths in our country every year…
There were two astounding things about McGinnis and Foege's list of 10 factors. First, we as individuals have substantial control over everything on the list, and virtually complete control over most of the entries. Second, just the first three factors on the list -- tobacco, diet, and physical activity -- accounted for fully 80 percent of the action…
We know this not just from McGinnis and Foege's seminal paper, but from a steady drumbeat of corroborating research spanning the two decades since…
And so it is we have the knowledge to eliminate fully 80 percent of all chronic disease and premature death. The contention isn't even controversial.
But knowledge, alas, isn't power unless it is put to use…
In Disease Proof, I share the full skill set I apply myself.
By taking matters into our own hands, we can lose weight and find health right now. We can reduce our personal risk of chronic disease, and that of the people we love, by that very same 80 percent. We can make our lives not just longer, but better.
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More Information and Recent Research on Aging and General Health

(Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.) "Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it." This quote by Joseph Campbell emphasizes that we must put effort into creating our own meaning from this existence. Here are some keys I have discovered that are necessary in this process.
(Los Angeles Times) The chemical attractant wafting from a female fruit fly shortened the lifespan of male flies when the femme fatale didn’t deliver on the signal’s promise, according to a new study… Last year, a UC San Francisco team showed that sexually jilted flies will resort to drinking alcohol (fruit flies like alcohol and will become addicted). That behavior was mediated through a brain chemical called neuropeptide F, which helps drive the brain’s reward circuitry and has an equivalent in human brains. The same brain chemical appears to play a prominent role in the current findings, according to the researchers.
(Reuters Health) A generally active life, even without regular exercise sessions, was tied to better heart health and greater longevity in a study of older Swedes.
(Science Daily) Social activity and health correlate in old age, but less is known about what explains this association. The results of a study carried out in the Gerontology Research Center showed that part of the association between social activity and mortality was mediated by mobility among older men and women. Of other potential mediators, having less depressive symptoms and better cognitive functioning are merely prerequisites for social activity.
(Fredric Neuman, M.D., Psychology Today) Some evidence for caloric restriction improving health and extending a normal life span. Relevance to dieting. How to measure successful dieting.
(Reuters Health) A music-based training program that challenges both the body and the mind may improve brain function and mood among seniors, suggests a new study from Switzerland.
(Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., Psychology Today) Research … has shown that humor and laughter is related to health, and can release physical and emotional tension, improve immune functioning, stimulate circulation, elevate mood, enhance cognitive functioning and, not surprisingly, increase friendliness.
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Grilled Tilapia and Parmesan Polenta
Discover the wonders of smoked paprika with this easy and economical fish dinner. Creamy polenta complements the full-flavored fish.
Turkey & Leek Shepherd's Pie
The mashed potato-covered shepherd's pie was originally created to use up the leftovers from a festive roast. This version blends peas, leeks and carrots with diced turkey, all in a creamy herb sauce. The dish is a perfect way to create a second meal with the holiday turkey but if you like, use leftover roast chicken, duck or goose.
Pork and Poblano Chili
This substantial, satisfying "verde" chili, made with lean boneless pork and fiber-rich cannellini beans, gets its zesty kick from a couple of different kinds of peppers. It's definitely a great make-ahead dish that tastes better 1 to 3 days after it's made, or you can freeze it for up to a month and pull it out on a night when your family needs a warming, hearty dinner. Heat on low in the microwave, stirring occasionally, until it is thawed. Then heat until very hot either in the microwave or a warm oven.
Mediterranean Foods Alliance:
Chicken & Egg Unfried Brown Rice
This recipe can be made with or without leftovers. It is a great way to use up ingredients without the monotony of eating the same meal again. 
Tilapia Wrap with Corn Salsa
Try this healthy take on burritos at the dinner table or on the go. You can make the tilapia just for the burritos or use leftover fish from another meal.
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The clarifying health benefits of pomegranate

(Chatelaine) Years ago pomegranates were considered exotic. Like Mandarin oranges they were precious imports brought over on ships for a once-a-year treat at Christmas. But in recent years, as you might have noticed, the pomegranate has been designated a “superfood” (foods with the highest nutritional values). And it truly is super with its high dietary fibre and folate, vitamin C and vitamin K. Since ancient times, the fabulous fleshy seeds were used for fertility, but it turns out they do so much more.
Five reasons the pomegranate is a superfood:
1.    You can reduce joint pain and inflammation with pomegranates…
2.    Pomegranates have been used to treat malaria…
3.    Pomegranates are anti-viral…
4.    Pomegranate plant flowers can be used to lower cholesterol…
5.    Pomegranates protect your cardiovascular system.
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Four easy ways to stop a cold or flu in its tracks

(Natasha Turner, N.D., Chatelaine) It may be too late for you to keep yourself from getting sick in the first place, but the good news is that there’s plenty you can do to shorten the duration of a cold or flu and alleviate the symptoms while you’re waiting to recover. Here are my top four tips for sending the sniffles packing.
1. Triple your vitamin D for three days
2. Top up your vitamin C
When it comes to stifling the symptoms of your cold, much like with vitamin D, you need vitamin C to boost your defences…
3. Put on wet socks and hit snooze
It may not sound appealing, but this natural remedy can stop a cold, flu, or fever in its tracks by stimulating the immune system and improving circulation…
4. Pump up your bacteria intake
Everyone can benefit from the use of probiotics for healthy digestion, regular bowel function and immunity. When your immune system is under attack, however, you need to increase the dosage.
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Don't blame those bad moods on the menopause

(Daily Mail) Women who suffer from mood swings while going through the menopause can no longer blame it on their hormones, according to a new study.
For decades it has been believed the change of life can cause the blues, with tens of millions of women around the world becoming snappy at this time. But the new American research found changes in the levels of the sex hormone oestrogen, which regulates a woman's periods, were not linked to bad temper.
The menopause is caused by a change in the balance of the body's sex hormones. In the lead up to it - perimenopause - oestrogen levels decrease, which causes the ovaries to stop producing an egg each month.
But the new research focusing on a post-menopausal group not using hormone therapy found hormone concentrations were not related to memory, thinking or mood.
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Simulating New Treatment for Retinal Degeneration

(Science Daily) For a few years now, optogenetics has been seen as a very promising therapy for progressive blindness, for example when it is a result of retinal degeneration. In order to further develop this therapeutic approach, [researchers] have developed a computer model that simulates optogenetic vision…
Retinitis Pigmentosa is a form of retinal degeneration in which the photoreceptors in the eye die off. In order to counteract the accompanying loss of light perception, light-sensitive proteins known as channelrhodopsins are introduced into the retina using an optogenetic procedure. Every cell that contains channelrhodopsins can be activated by exposure to light. After optogenetic treatment, neighboring cells can take over the lost functions of the photoreceptors. This procedure has already been successful in restoring vision in mice. Thus, in the last few years, the foundation has been laid for using optogenetics to treat blindness.
However, the method has its limits…
The researchers developed and used a computer model to investigate how to achieve these improvements.
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Biomedical Scientist Discovers Method to Increase Survival in Sepsis

(Science Daily) Sepsis, the body's response to severe infections, kills more people than breast cancer, prostate cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. On average, 30 percent of those diagnosed with sepsis die.
A new study conducted by Jamey Marth … reports a new method to increase survival in sepsis…
Building on earlier work in which Marth's team revealed the biological purpose of the Ashwell-Morell receptor (AMR) in the liver, the new discovery not only describes the AMR's protective mechanism, but also outlines a way to leverage it for therapeutic use.
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New wheelchair operates with tongue control

(USA Today) To drive his motorized wheelchair, Jason DiSanto must make a sucking sound or exhale quickly. His "sip-and-puff" chair responds to four commands he delivers with his breath.
But the commands aren't intuitive, and the straw that relays his orders needs regular cleaning and sits in front of his mouth…
DiSanto is much more enthusiastic about a wheelchair he's helping to develop at the Georgia Institute of Technology, which responds to commands from the user's tongue.
A headset interprets the movements of a magnet embedded in his tongue (like the tongue piercings some people get) and relays them to a program on his cellphone, which drives the wheelchair forward or back, right or left.
The tongue-directed wheelchair is easier to manipulate and allows for faster driving than the sip-and-puff version, according to a small study.
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Pills of the Future: Nanoparticles; Researchers Design Drug-Carrying Nanoparticles That Can Be Taken Orally

(Science Daily) Drugs delivered by nanoparticles hold promise for targeted treatment of many diseases, including cancer. However, the particles have to be injected into patients, which has limited their usefulness so far.
Now, researchers from MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have developed a new type of nanoparticle that can be delivered orally and absorbed through the digestive tract, allowing patients to simply take a pill instead of receiving injections.
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Government to keep ban on paying bone marrow donors

(Fox News) Could paying for bone marrow cells really boost the number of donors? The Obama administration is taking steps to block a federal court ruling that had opened a way to find out.
Buying or selling organs has long been illegal, punishable by five years in jail. The 1984 National Organ Transplantation Act that set the payment ban didn't just refer to solid organs - it included bone marrow transplants, too.
Thousands of people with leukemia and other blood diseases are saved each year by bone marrow transplants. Thousands more, particularly minorities, still have trouble finding a genetically compatible match even though millions of volunteers have registered as potential donors under the current altruistic system.
A few years ago, the libertarian Institute for Justice sued the government to challenge that system. It argued that more people with rare marrow types might register to donate - and not back out later if they're found to be a match - if they had a financial incentive such as a scholarship paid by a nonprofit group.
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Do Genetic Tests Need Doctors? FDA Defends Its Challenge to 23andMe

(Businessweek) Alberto Gutierrez doesn’t want to look like the bad guy who’s getting between you and your DNA. That’s not why he sent a warning letter to 23andMe, telling the company to immediately stop marketing its $99 genetic test to the masses. “We don’t have an issue with people getting their own DNA data,” says Gutierrez, who heads the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “We just have concerns with how it’s being interpreted.”…
“If you scare somebody into believing they’re high risk, they could take actions that hurt their health,” says Gutierrez. Not only is the data on some genetic links inconclusive, he adds, it’s well-chronicled that patients can push their doctors into authorizing unnecessary procedures. “Doctors do a lot of double mastectomies because of fear.”…
“People have every right to get their data,” he says. “We want to make sure they can trust what they’re being told about it, too.”
Community: Well, if doctors are going to go ahead and give in to the patients’ fears, as in the double mastectomies, what’s the point in requiring the results to be delivered by the doctor?
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Stopping 23andMe Will Only Delay the Revolution Medicine Needs

(Gholson Lyon, Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory) Genetic testing is a powerful tool. Two years ago, with the help of my colleagues, it was this tool that helped us identify a new disease. The disease, called Ogden Syndrome, caused the death of a four-month old child named Max. But the rules and regulations for genetic testing in the US, laid down in the CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments), meant I could not share the results of the family’s genetic tests with them.
Since that time, I have advocated performing all genetic testing involving humans such that results can be returned to research participants. This I believe should extend beyond research, and some private companies, like 23andMe, are helping to do just that…
[H]owever, as I had feared, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered 23andMe to stop marketing their service…
Somehow the US and UK governments find it acceptable to store massive amounts of data about their own citizens and that of the rest of the world. They are happy spending billions on such mass surveillance. But if the same people want to spend their own money to advance genomic medicine and possibly improve their own health in the process, they want to stop them…
We need to collect billions of data points for analysis by computers. The only company in major contention to do this soon is 23andMe. With FDA’s latest attempt to stop 23andMe, all it is really doing is delaying, or worse stopping, the revolution that today’s medicine desperately needs.
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Increasing Number of Insured Patients Not Tied to Higher ICU Usage in Massachusetts

(Science Daily) A multi-institution study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that increasing the number of insured patients is not associated with higher intensive care unit (ICU) usage in Massachusetts.
Because ICU care is expensive, concerns have been raised that increasing the number of insured patients would inevitably lead to significantly higher health care costs as more of these newly insured patients would be admitted to ICUs.
The Penn-led study, published November 25 in Critical Care Medicine, found that while Massachusetts health insurance reform resulted in a significant reduction in the number of critically ill patients without health insurance (from 9.3 percent to 5.1 percent), there was no concomitant increase in ICU utilization as measured by ICU admissions per capita or ICU admissions per hospitalization.
The findings have potential implications for the nation as a whole since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- "health care reform" or "Obamacare" -- expands access to health insurance through several provisions modeled after the health insurance reform enacted by Massachusetts in July 2006.
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Jeb Bush: Obama’s Decision To Move Vatican Embassy Is All About Obamacare Retaliation

(ThinkProgress) Jeb Bush became the latest Republican to accuse President Obama of attacking Catholics by relocating the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican. In a tweet sent out on Wednesday, the former Florida governor questioned if Obama closed down the Embassy as “retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare”…
Ironically, the process of moving the embassy from its current location to the compound at the U.S. Embassy to Italy began under Jeb’s brother, President George W. Bush, whose administration purchased the buildings. The new location is actually a tenth of a mile closer to the Vatican and the move will come with no reduction in staff or activities.
And as for Catholic organizations — many support the law and its requirement to provide birth control as part of a comprehensive health benefit package. For instance, the Catholic Hospital Association (CHA), a trade group of Catholic hospitals, endorsed health care reform and in July of this year announced that it is also satisfied with the administration’s contraception rule. Generally, a majority of U.S. Catholics say they believe religiously affiliated groups should comply with the mandate.
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More Affordable Care Act News

(Reuters) The U.S. government said it would take down the website at the center of President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms for an extended 11-hour period overnight on Friday as technology experts push to complete upgrades by a Nov. 30 deadline.
(McClatchy) After two months of relentless criticism about the troubled rollout of the new federal health care law, Saturday marks the day when President Barack Obama pledged that the flawed website, HealthCare.gov, would be fixed.
(Reuters) President Barack Obama's popularity has taken a beating over the botched October 1 launch of Obamacare, but in a television interview set to air on Friday, Obama said he believes Americans eventually will appreciate his signature healthcare reform. Reflecting on his poll numbers in an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters, Obama said: "I've gone up and down pretty much consistently throughout.
"But the good thing about when you're down is that usually you got nowhere to go but up," Obama added, according to excerpts released by ABC.
(McClatchy) In Oregon, a state envied for its high tech, sign-ups under the new federal health-care law have been anything but. About 400 newly hired workers in Salem are processing paper applications by the thousands for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. They review each 19-page application, calculate eligibility for tax subsidies, and then mail back a packet of each consumer's options - which the customers must mail back to complete their enrollments.
Meanwhile, at the headquarters of Cover Oregon, the agency set up by the state to run its transition under the Affordable Care Act, dozens of software engineers have fanned out at long tables on the first floor, trying to untangle the technical problems that have made Oregon the only state with a health insurance exchange that has yet to go online.
(Kaiser Health News) Latino lawmakers and health leaders in California are sounding alarms about the state insurance marketplace’s tactics for enrolling Spanish speakers and are urging changes after the recent announcement that fewer than 1,000 had signed up in the health law’s first month. “This is completely unacceptable,” said state Sen. Norma Torres, a Democrat who represents parts of San Bernardino and eastern Los Angeles counties. “Obviously, their plan for reaching this demographic is not working. They should re-evaluate and come up with a new strategy.”
(Los Angeles Times) Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is overseeing a promising rollout of the healthcare law. Defying bitter GOP opposition, he says it's medicine the state needs.
(McClatchy) County Democratic leaders in North Carolina have been watching weeks of Republican attacks on Sen. Kay Hagan over the Affordable Care Act. From the state’s cities to its low-wage rural counties, they say they don’t think the issue will crush their party’s chances to defend Hagan’s U.S. Senate seat next November… Republicans have made the health care law their top attack on Hagan as they try to unseat her in next year’s race.
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Turkey - so nutritious, it should be enjoyed all year

(UPI) Most cuts of turkey provide valuable amounts of protein, but skinned turkey breast provides the most protein per serving -- 34 grams in 4 ounces -- more than two-thirds of the daily recommended amount of protein; 4 ounces of turkey leg provides 31 grams of protein, and 4 ounces of turkey thigh provides 21 grams of protein, reports the website of World's Healthiest Foods.
However, in addition to protein, turkey is also rich in other nutrients. It contains all B vitamins including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folate, biotin and choline. It provides more than a third of the daily recommended amount of vitamin B3 -- Niacin -- and vitamin B6.
Turkey also provides 50 percent of the mineral selenium and provides 5 percent to 15 percent of the daily recommended amounts of zinc, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and iron.
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U.S. adults eating less healthy this year than last year

(UPI) U.S. adults are striving for five fruit and vegetables a day fewer times this year than last year, a Gallup Poll indicates.
Americans' eating habits deteriorated in 2013, as fewer adults reported eating healthy all day in every month so far this year compared with the same months in 2012, Gallup said.
Healthy eating in June, July, August and September declined by at least 3 percentage points compared with the same months in 2012. In most months this year, healthy eating was at its lowest in Gallup trends since 2008.
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Five Tips for Getting Back on Track the Day After Overeating

(Michal Ann Strahilevitz, Ph.D., Psychology Today) 1) Don't Skip Breakfast!
Many people think that skipping breakfast the day after overeating is a good way to “rebalance.” However, they are wrong. Skipping breakfast is actually counterproductive…
2) Increase your fresh water consumption and, particularly in the morning, go for unsweetened green, black or white tea.
Why? The caffeine in the tea will boost your energy and possibly bump up your metabolism. Avoid strong tea, which can dehydrate…
3) It goes without saying, avoid junk food and general overeating the day after a huge over-the-top meal.
Eat three normal meals. Stay away from sweetened and salty foods, fried foods, white flour and other low fiber carbohydrates. Go heavy on fresh and steamed vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein…
4) Whether you shop or not, make sure to get exercise the day after a big meal. Music can help!
This is helpful for both physical and psychological reasons. You want to feel better. You also want to rev your metabolism and get your energy back. Don’t do more than your body feels comfortable with…
5) Forgive yourself!
Most Americans overeat on Thanksgiving. If you were on a diet that you just went off, forgiving yourself will actually help you avoid turning a bad day into a bad week.
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Plan on eating holiday leftovers? Follow these food safety tips.

(NIH Senior Health) If you find yourself eating leftovers during the holidays, take steps to make sure the food you eat is safe. Follow these tips for safe food storage and see how to properly reheat food after it’s been refrigerated.
To learn more about food safety, watch “What Is Foodborne Illness”?
The information on Eating Safely was provided by NIHSeniorHealth and developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH.
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Recipe Remix

(Mediterranean Foods Alliance) Today is the one day of the year when we actually look forward to eating leftovers. Turkey and cranberry piled on yesterday's dinner rolls makes the perfect lunch. But after today the luster of the leftovers starts to wear off and the refrigerator full of Thanksgiving tidbits starts to feel intimidating.
This week we are here with some ideas for using up the leftovers whenever you find stockpiled food in the fridge.
Use the freezer. The easiest way to repurpose leftovers--especially casseroles, soups, and stews--is to pack them into single-serving (or single-meal) sized containers and pop them in the freezer for another day. Two weeks from now that soup or lasagna won't feel like leftovers. It will just be a quick and convenient meal on a busy day. Pull the food out of the freezer in the morning before leaving for school or work and let it defrost in the refrigerator during the day. Warm it in the oven or microwave when you get home and dinner is ready! Remember to use containers designed for freezer use and to remove all of the air (or as much as possible) from the container before freezing to prevent freezer burn. Leftovers will maintain their quality in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.  
Change up the protein. Did you eat chicken or tofu with that rice or pasta last night? Try using up your vegetable or grain leftovers with seafood tonight. Our friends at the National Fisheries Institute suggest: 
·         Add canned salmon or tuna and a little Greek yogurt to left over mac and cheese.
·         Spread leftover spaghetti sauce on a pizza crust, top with crab meat, vegetables of your choice, and a little bit of cheese.
·         Perk up leftover vegetable soup with some shrimp.
Wrap it up. Leftover fish, chicken, beans, vegetables, and grains make fantastic fillings for wraps and burritos. Keep whole grain tortillas on hand and wrap up leftovers with other ingredients like lettuce, tomato, hummus, guacamole, salsa, or mustard for an easy lunch or dinner.
Hash it out. Hash makes a great meal at any time of the day. It works easily for breakfast or brunch, and is also savory and hearty enough to be a satisfying dinner. Heat a skillet over medium heat with some olive or canola oil. Add a chopped onion and a minced garlic clove along with chopped leftover vegetables. If you don't have any starchy vegetables in your leftovers, you can add up to a can of drained and rinsed beans like chickpeas or white beans. Season with fresh or dried herbs and spices of your choosing (smoked paprika is an Oldways staff favorite). Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes. Add a generous splash of vegetable or chicken stock for moisture. Crack one egg per person on top of the hash, season with salt and pepper to taste, and cover the pan with a lid. Cook covered for another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove the cover, and check the eggs to see how firm they are. If they are not cooked through, cover the skillet again and allow the eggs to cook until the whites are firm and the yolk is to your liking, up to another 5 minutes or so.
Simmer some soup. Leftover vegetables make a great base for pureed soups. Toss leftover vegetables into a stock pot or large sauce pan with some olive oil, chopped onion, and minced garlic and sauté until the onions are soft and the other vegetables are warmed through. Cover the vegetables with chicken or vegetable stock and bring to a simmer. Puree the soup in a blender or food processor in small batches and return to the pot (or use an immersion blender in the pot). Stir and warm until the soup is evenly heated. Season with fresh or dried herbs, spices, salt, and pepper to taste. A dollop of Greek yogurt can make a great garnish to provide extra creaminess. Make the soup even heartier by adding some beans, silken tofu, or a scoop of nut butter to the vegetables before pureeing.
Whether you are already back to work, getting a jump on your holiday shopping, or have the luxury of a relaxing long weekend, there are plenty of options for creating new meals from yesterday's leftovers.
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Cooking Light:
Appetite for Health:
Five Waist-Friendly Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers
For many of us, Thanksgiving often lasts longer than one day—and it’s not uncommon for leftovers to supply a few days worth of meals.  While it’s perfectly fine to splurge on that once-a-year delicious Thanksgiving feast, the temptation of leftovers might sabotage your plan to get back on track.  To avoid the post-Thanksgiving bloat, try these five low-calorie leftover ideas:
1. Slim Down With Salad…
2. Pile Pumpkin on Something Other Than Pie…
3. Concoct a Turkey Terrific…
4. A Sweet Treat Using Potatoes!...
5. Cranberry-Goat Cheese Sliders
Turkey and Potato Soup with Bacon
Filled with two types of meat and baking potatoes, this hearty soup will warm up your family on a cold night. For a complete meal, serve with an arugula salad.
Crispy Turkey Tostadas
Shredded leftover turkey tops homemade tostadas in this Tex-Mex favorite. Making your own tostada shells from fresh corn tortillas is easier than you might think—crisp them up in the oven while you prepare the toppings. Choose either regular petite diced tomatoes or those with added jalapeños, depending on your inclination for spicy food. Serve with black beans, rice and extra salsa or hot sauce on the side.
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Journal withdraws controversial French Monsanto GM study

(Reuters) The publisher of a controversial and much-criticized study suggesting genetically modified corn caused tumors in rats has withdrawn the paper after a yearlong investigation found it did not meet scientific standards.
Reed Elsevier's Food and Chemical Toxicology journal, which published the study by the French researcher Gilles-Eric Seralini in September 2012, said on Thursday the retraction was because the study's small sample size meant no definitive conclusions could be reached.
"This retraction comes after a thorough and time-consuming analysis of the published article and the data it reports, along with an investigation into the peer-review behind the article," the journal said in statement.
At the time of its original publication, hundreds of scientists across the world questioned Seralini's research, which said rats fed Monsanto's GM corn suffered tumors and multiple organ failure.
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Cholesterol 'fuels' breast cancer

(BBC News) A by-product of cholesterol can fuel the deadly growth and spread of breast cancer, according to a group of scientists. It raises the prospect that taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins could prevent cancer.
The work … helps explain why obesity is a major risk factor for the disease…
The researchers say their findings raise the prospect that lowering cholesterol can lower the risk of breast cancer developing.
Statins are already taken by millions of people to cut the risk of heart disease. However, studies have already suggested statins can cut the risk of breast cancer.
A healthier diet is another way to cut levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream.
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Older women still getting Pap smears despite guidelines

(Reuter Health) Women who've had a hysterectomy, and most women over 65, don't need regular swabs for signs of cervical cancer - but lots of them are getting the test anyway, say U.S. researchers…
Women over 65 who have had recent regular Paps with normal results, and those who have had total hysterectomies and no longer have a cervix no longer need to have the screening test, according to the [United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)].
"There is very little benefit to continue screening women over 65 who are low risk and have no history of abnormal Pap tests, cancer, or precancerous lesions," Deanna Kepka said. "The procedure is not dangerous but is an unnecessary use of resources."
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New York City May Ban Vaping Because It Looks Like Smoking

(Jacob Sullum, Forbes) The New York City Council is considering a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in bars, restaurant, and other “public places”—not because there is any evidence that the devices pose a hazard but because they look too much like regular cigarettes. Councilman James Gennaro, a sponsor of the proposed ban, tells The New York Times, ”We see these cigarettes are really starting to proliferate, and it’s unacceptable.” Why is it unacceptable? According to the Times, “Mr. Gennaro said children who could not differentiate between regular and electronic smoking were getting the message that smoking is socially acceptable.”
So it is not the product that bothers Gennaro as much as the message it supposedly sends. Presumably he would have the same complaint if people started wearing T-shirts proclaiming that “Smoking Is Cool,” although banning those would be constitutionally problematic…
[T]he main selling point of e-cigarettes is that they eliminate tobacco, its combustion products, and the health hazards associated with them. Although the Times says vaping in public remains legal thanks to “a loophole” in New York’s smoking ban, the truth is that vaping remains legal precisely because vaping is not smoking. By seeking to equate the two, control freaks like Gennaro may achieve the opposite of their avowed aim, increasing rather than reducing smoking-related illness. As Craig Weiss, president of the e-cigarette company NJoy, tells the Times, “If you make it just as inconvenient to use an electronic cigarette as a tobacco cigarette, people are just going to keep smoking their Marlboros.”
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Dutch sound alarm about possible risks of e-cigarettes

(Reuters) The Dutch Health Ministry sounded an early warning on Thursday about the possible health risks of electronic cigarettes, announcing plans to clamp down on labeling ahead of European regulations.
The move followed an analysis of existing scientific research by the National Institute for Public Health, the leading Dutch government health advisory body.
The institute said it was concerned about a lack of evidence on the possible health effects of e-cigarettes, and said that as a precaution, they should not be used by pregnant women or in the vicinity of children.
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Fracking requires chemicals and water, raising unresolved claims about pollution

(McClatchy) Fracking, the controversial drilling technique that is driving America’s energy boom, has been around for decades. But it was only in the last decade that the process of blasting underground rocks with water and chemicals was refined enough to deliver a long sought oil and gas bounty and stir a furious debate over its health and environmental consequences…
Between 3 million and 6 million gallons of chemical-spiked water is injected down the well to the rock formation at enormous pressure, thousands of pounds per square inch…
The exact makeup of the chemical cocktail depends on the driller and the well. It’s often protected as a trade secret. The list often includes hydrochloric acid, used at the start of the fracking process to dissolve debris.
Other common chemicals include ethylene glycol (used in antifreeze) to help stabilize the mixture, glutaraldehyde to kill bacteria in the pipe, potassium chloride to reduce friction so the water goes faster and dimethylformamide to fight corrosion.
Some polluted water rises back to the surface, at times with low levels of radiation. It can be stored in a pit or tanks, and there are increasing efforts to recycle and reuse it. The waste is often trucked to disposal wells and injected thousands of feet underground.
Kevin Hurst, a former assistant director for energy research and development in the Obama White House, said there needs to be more research about the health and environmental impacts of the shale boom. There is a widespread perception of the risks, but a lack of information on how likely those risks are and the consequences, said Hurst, who chaired a recent working group taking a look at what’s scientifically known about fracking for the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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Thanksgiving Relief for Research Chimpanzees: "Free" At Last

(Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., Psychology Today) President Obama [has] signed a bill "removing a cap on spending for federally owned chimpanzees in sanctuaries." His doing so "allows the National Institutes of Health to spend money to support the chimps in retirement that would have been used to support them in research labs."
Bravo! These chimpanzees have suffered far too much and for far too long and deserve their "freedom" and now there is hope that millions of other animals will also be spared being used and abused in research. Just as the Great Ape Project (of which I am a member; see also) began with a (narrow) focus on these magnificent animals, I've always favored a "Great Ape/Animal Project" to resist speciesism and unbounded and needless animal abuse. 
We must never give up working for other animals nor abandon our hope and dreams. What a wonderful way to celebrate Thanksgiving. And, what an inspirational and much-needed message of hope. Thank you Mr. President.
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