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Dieters move away from calorie obsession

(CBS News) The calorie counting that has for decades defined dieting is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. That shift in focus is chipping away at the popularity of products like Diet Coke, Lean Cuisine and Special K, which became weight-watching staples primarily by stripping calories from people's favorite foods.
Part of the problem is that "low-calorie" foods tend to make dieters feel deprived. Now, people want to lose weight while still feeling satisfied. And they want to do it without foods they consider overly processed…
It's not that people don't care about calories anymore. Nutrition experts still say weight loss comes down to burning more calories than you eat.
But dieters are sick of foods that provide only fleeting satisfaction and seem to leave them hungrier. The new thinking is that eating foods with more protein or fat will make dieters less likely to binge later, even if they're higher in calories.
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Trying to lose weight? Willpower is more than saying 'I won't'

(Los Angeles Times) People with more self-control spend less time resisting desires. Instead, they use their willpower to arrange their lives so they can avoid temptation. Rather than stand in front of the cake and do everything they can to resist it, they don't approach the cake to begin with. They stock their pantry with whole grains and make sure their fridge is filled with fresh vegetables and lean proteins. They schedule exercise into their weekly calendar. Over time, these behaviors become habits.
[Health psychologist Kelly] McGonigal suggests ways that people can harness willpower to support healthful habits:
• Make choices when you're in the right frame of mind…
• Use social connections to form a larger pool of willpower…
• Start with baby steps — and celebrate each one…
• Make self-care a priority.
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Diet Book Review: Lose it Right

(Yoni Freedhoff, MD, University of Ottawa) Before I get to the review I have many disclosures. I've known James for years and have worked with him on many stories… James is a friend…
Despite my extreme familiarity with the subject matter, and despite having read truly dozens and dozens of diet books, I can honestly state that I have never had more fun reading one than I did reading Lose it Right [by James Fell and Margaret Yufera-Leitch. Please buy it from the link provided, not from Amazon—Caro].
Its subtitle does it justice, "A Brutally Honest, 3-Stage Program to Help You Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind" as that's really what it's all about. No bullsh*t, just straight shooting laced with James' humour and Margaret's evidence base. Their 3 stages are straightforward. The first is the background they feel will help to inspire your lifestyle changes. The second are the preparations you'll need to enact those changes. The third are the whats and the hows of the changes they're aiming you at…
Ultimately Lose it Right is a doable healthy living business plan (James is an MBA grad) that lays out not only what changes you have to make to open your healthful living business, but also the return you can expect on your investment, as well as the blueprints for how to enact change, and it's a plan I can honestly endorse.
You can also read James on his blog Six Pack Abs, and Margaret on hers Psychology and Appetite.
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Slow metabolism hindering weight loss? Genetic 'switch' may be answer

(Fox News) Many who struggle with their weight will often blame a “slow” metabolism – meaning their bodies do not burn calories as quickly or as efficiently as others’.
For those who do suffer this condition, investigators from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) say they have found a genetic “switch” that can accelerate a person’s basal metabolic rate – leading to a dramatic reduction in the risk for obesity and diabetes.
Their research … involves turning off a gene that encodes a protein called nicotinamide N-methyltransferase (NNMT), which is found in the fat cells and the liver…
In order to lower the expression of the NNMT gene, the researchers used antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) technology, which allowed them to interfere with the expression of the gene only in the fat cells and the liver. ASOs are short molecular strings of DNA, which can be designed to prevent the synthesis of specific proteins…
[Lead researcher Dr. Barbara] Kahn is hopeful that this new technique could be used to treat obesity, especially since ASOs have already been approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of conditions with other genetic causes – such as elevated cholesterol and hyperlipidemia. This means that clinical trials to test ASOs for anti-obesity therapy could move forward relatively quickly.
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More Weight Loss Tips

(Daniel J. Schultz, Public Health Nutritionist) We need to disprove the myths that are still perpetuated by companies, which state that sedentary lifestyles are the main cause of our weight issues. We need to realize that what we put on our plates, or in our bowls and cups, has the greatest impact on our weight management.
(Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.) Eating can take on many different forms, depending on how much attention is paid and where that attention is placed. Through the practice of mindful eating, we strive to avoid these types of autopilot mealtime scenarios by reserving a time to focus only on our food.
(Nathaniel Lambert, Ph.D., Psychology Today) We are now going to engage in what Anthony Robbins calls the “Dickens Pattern.” Essentially, you will receive visits from three ghosts that will hopefully instill within you pain for being overweight in your past, present, and future. Then we will discuss a positive vision for the future that could be yours when you eliminate the extra pounds that you have been carrying around. It worked for Ebeneezer Scrooge and it can work for you.
(Nathaniel Lambert, Ph.D., Psychology Today) All diet companies have an agenda—they want to sell not only their books but also their dieting products. Most of these diets claim that theirs is the one true method for losing weight and that their diet plan can be sustained for life. I personally think that this is a hoax. I realize that there are people out there that can make certain diet plans work for life, but for the majority of people, this is not true…  I argue that switching up your diet plan can be crucial not only for motivation, but also to keep your body guessing, which will help you to continue losing fat.
(Dr. David L. Katz, Yale Prevention Research Center) I contend again that no one thing is the thing wrong with modern diets. No one foodnutrient, or ingredient is our nemesis or panacea. There is much we don’t know, but we are very far from clueless about the basic care and feeding of Homo sapiens. We absolutely do know the basic theme of eating for both optimal health and weight control; we absolutely cannot say which exact variant on that theme is decisively best. We can fortify the argument for a mostly-plant based diet further if we factor in considerations of water consumption, the treatment of other species, and conservation- as we really must. People lacking an arable planet will find it hard to eat well no matter what their appetites, and we are driving ourselves ominously in that direction.
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More Information and Recent Research on Obesity and Weight Loss

(San Francisco Chronicle) Scientists at the Stanford Prevention Research Center are studying 600 people's weight-loss successes and failures to determine whether certain physical and psychological traits - from genetics to depression - might predict which foods individuals should eliminate to shed pounds. If their hypothesis turns out to be correct, people would be able to take a battery of simple tests to conclude which diet - either low-fat or low-carbohydrate - would give them the best results.
(Consumer Reports) Add a bee pollen supplement to the long list of supposedly "natural" products that are adulterated with prescription drugs. The Food and Drug Administration said earlier this week that a Chinese weight loss supplement, Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen, contained sibutramine, which has been linked to heart problems, and phenolphthalein, which is potentially carcinogenic. Both of those drugs were removed from the market years ago.
(Huffington Post) Residents of Boulder, Colo., continue to be the least obese in the nation, according to a new Gallup-Healthways report. The obesity rate in Boulder is 12.4 percent -- much lower than the U.S. metro area with the highest obesity rate, which is the Huntington-Ashland area in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio, with an obesity rate of 39.5 percent… The national obesity rate in 2013 was 27.1 percent, with the rate increasing in many metro areas over the years.
(The Atlantic) Strangely, people who work in healthcare tend to be less healthy than others.
(LiveScience) Women with a certain genetic marker may be at increased risk for breast cancer, especially if they are overweight or obese, a new study suggests.
(MedPage Today) Health insurance plans for federal employees will now cover medications for obesity, according to a letter from a federal regulator.
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Recipes

MyRecipes.com:
Filet Mignon with Port and Mustard Sauce
Port wine and Dijon mustard team up for a sweet-and-sharp sauce to top this 15-minute steak.
EatingWell:
Skillet Tuna Noodle Casserole
Known as Tuna-Pea Wiggle to some, this family-friendly tuna noodle casserole tends to be made with canned soup and whole milk, which means high fat and sodium. We remedy this by making our own creamy mushroom sauce with nonfat milk thickened with a bit of flour. Look for whole-wheat egg noodles—they have more fiber than regular egg noodles (but this dish will work well and taste great with either).
The Supermarket Guru:
Steal This Recipe® Spicy Mexican Shrimp & Avocado Cocktail
'Stolen with permission' from Chef Roberto Santibañez of Fonda Restaurant in New York, this delicious concoction will only take you 10 minutes to prepare - and then you will be transported to your very own Mexican fiesta!
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Food News

(Huffington Post) Consuming a diet rich in fish, produce, olive oil and whole grains could decrease two markers of inflammation, according to a new study. The research … shows an association between following a Mediterranean diet and having lower levels of platelets and white blood cells. High platelet levels are associated with vascular disease and cancer, while high white blood cell levels are associated with ischemic vascular disease.
(UPI) Tomatidine, a compound found in green tomatoes, not only boosts muscle growth and strength, it protects against muscle wasting caused by illness, injury, aging.
(Consumer Reports) In mid-March … a study …  reported that cutting back on saturated fat has little effect on our risk of having a heart attack… Well, not so fast. About a week after the study was released … the researchers announced that their findings contained important errors, though they insisted that their original conclusions were still valid… Our medical experts see several problems with the study. “It is a flawed study,” Marvin M. Lipman, M.D. chief medical adviser for Consumer Reports, said. “And a flawed study should not supplant a well-substantiated theory of the mechanism of coronary atherosclerosis. To take one finding and throw out many other studies isn’t warranted.”
(Andrew Weil, M.D.) [O]live oil has multiple health benefits: • It has the highest percentage of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat of any edible oil. • Quality brands contain abundant antioxidants - substances that have been shown to provide cardiovascular and anti-cancer effects. • If you're watching your weight, adding extra olive oil to your diet can help you feel full longer. • Regular consumption of olive oil may help increase concentrations of a bone protective protein known as osteocalcin.
(The Salt, NPR) Is banning sugar from your home to chronicle the effects on your family a gimmick veiled in a health halo? Actually, there's a lot to learn from a memoir of obsessive label-reading and weird baking.
(Consumer Reports) Drug stores are undeniably convenient. With more than 15,000 stores between them, it sometimes seems as if there’s a Walgreens or CVS on nearly every street corner in America… So it’s no surprise that many are adding refrigerated and fresh foods, and a broader assortment of packaged goods, to their lineups. It’s a smart business move because most consumers purchase groceries and household supplies far more frequently than they fill a prescription or pick up a bottle of shampoo. And the more people shop, the more they spend. It’s retailing 101. But are you paying a premium for convenience?
(NPR) Our colleagues over at Harvest Public Media report that in Chicago, entrepreneur John Edel is "working hard to show skeptics that garbage itself can fuel vertical farming." With a grant from the state of Illinois, Edel is "installing a giant anaerobic digester that will convert truckloads of food waste into biogas, burned onsite to keep the lights on," HPM reports. Edel's baby is The Plant, a 93,500-square-foot former meatpacking facility in Chicago's downtrodden Back of the Yards neighborhood. He's helped transform it into an energy self-sufficient food production operation that will house food nonprofits, for-profits and educational enterprises.
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The Latest from The People’s Pharmacy

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FBI conducting a probe into Herbalife: sources

(Reuters) The FBI is probing Herbalife Ltd, the nutrition and weight loss company that hedge fund manager William Ackman has called a pyramid scheme, sources familiar with the investigation said on Friday…
Former Herbalife distributors reached by Reuters said they had been contacted by agents who were interested in finding out more about the multilevel marketing company's business practices, including how it recruits new members into its distribution scheme.
FBI agents are also reviewing Herbalife documents obtained from former distributors, two other sources familiar with the matter said…
The company has steadfastly denied running a pyramid scheme, where distributors earn more money for recruiting new members into the scheme than they do by selling products to consumers.
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US EPA defends enforcement plan to focus on biggest polluters

(Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plan to focus on cracking down on just the largest polluters will deliver "lasting returns" to the American public, its top enforcement official said on Thursday.
Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA's office of enforcement, wrote in a blog post that the agency remained committed to punishing polluters that violate U.S. rules but needed to prioritize because of budgetary and staffing constraints.
"Focusing on large, high impact cases requires significant investment and long-term commitment. But this is the right way to invest our resources to achieve tangible and lasting returns to the public," Giles wrote.
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NWF: Barataria Bay still struggling 4 years after BP oil spill

(WWL) The BP oil spill is neither gone, nor forgotten along coastal Louisiana.
Four years ago, an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Plaquemines Parish, dumped more than 200 million gallons of thick crude into the Gulf of Mexico.
Fishermen at the Myrtle Grove Marina south of New Orleans say despite a massive clean-up effort, Barataria Bay is still hurting.
Dave Muth from the National Wildlife Federation … says a recent report by the NWF indicates 14 species of creatures are in distress as a result of the BP spill.
"We have reports now on blue fin tuna, we have reports on dolphin, some reports on sea turtles on cocahoe minnows," said Muth. "You dump 200 million gallons of oil into an ecosystem and there are long term effects."
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Men with prostate cancer 'falsely' told it is not aggressive

(The Telegraph) Up to half of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are being given “false hope” by tests that are underestimating the severity of their disease, according to the authors of a new study.
The research by Cambridge University found that 50 per cent of men who were reassured that their disease was slow-growing and confined to the prostate in fact turned out to have more dangerous tumours.
In addition, in one third of cases, the biopsies used to establish the severity of disease did not even detect that it had spread beyond the prostate, the major study found…
The new findings, published in the British Journal Of Cancer, call into question the ability of experts to grade and stage prostate cancers on the basis of biopsy samples.
They also cast doubt on the “active surveillance” strategy of simply monitoring men with slow-growing prostate cancer, who often receive no treatment until tests show that their condition has worsened.
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Growing New Body Parts

(Science Daily) Scientists report first ever successful nose reconstruction surgery using cartilage grown in the laboratory. Cartilage cells were extracted from the patient's nasal septum, multiplied and expanded onto a collagen membrane. The so-called engineered cartilage was then shaped according to the defect and implanted.
(Science Daily) Scientists reported the first human recipients of laboratory-grown vaginal organs. They have described long-term success in four teenage girls who received vaginal organs that were engineered with their own cells.
(Science Daily) Researchers are investigating whether bone grown from the body's own stem cells can replace traditional types of bone grafting. The process, which has been successful in previous lab experiments, uses biodegradable polymer scaffolding material and bone morphogenetic protein, or BMP, which was inserted into the abdomen of mice to attract stem cells that in turn produced bone. BMPs are proteins known to promote bone growth.
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Big Pharma News

(MedPage Today) Doctors haven’t disengaged from drug companies in the months since the tracking of financial relationships between them started, several pharmaceutical executives … said.
(FDA Law Blog) Earlier this week, Zogenix filed a Complaint and a Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging that the Commonwealth’s ban on ZOHYDRO ER is unconstitutional because the ban violates the Supremacy Clause, the dormant Commerce Clause, and the federal Contracts Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
(Boston Globe) A federal judge said Tuesday that she will probably strike down Governor Deval Patrick’s emergency ban on the sale of Zohydro, a controversial painkiller that has been approved by federal regulators but that critics say is highly addictive. US District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel gave state lawyers until Monday to further research their defense of the governor’s ban, but she indicated that she would grant a preliminary court injunction on behalf of the drug’s maker that would allow Zohydro’s sale in Massachusetts. “I think, frankly, the governor is out of line on this,” an irritated Zobel said from the bench.
(Reuters) The leading U.S. pharmaceutical industry trade group on Thursday defended the cost of Gilead Sciences Inc's new hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi, saying such treatments offer a priceless breakthrough for patients with the liver-destroying virus.
(Reuters) A combination of two anti-viral drugs developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co cured 90 percent of previously untreated hepatitis C patients and 82 percent of those who failed to respond to prior therapy, according to results from a late stage study presented on Thursday.
(Reuters) A two-drug combination being tested by Merck & Co to treat hepatitis C cured 98 percent of previously untreated patients without cirrhosis in a midstage clinical trial, providing the latest evidence that the U.S. drugmaker will be highly competitive in the fast evolving field.
(Reuters) Doctors at a key medical conference welcomed the prospect of more new drugs to treat the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, while agreeing that Gilead Sciences Inc continues to lead the effort.
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Doctors' Billing System Stays Stuck In the ’70s For Now

(Kaiser Health News) For doctors, hospitals and insurance companies, all the complexities of medicine get boiled down into a system of codes.
These codes are used to track and pay for every procedure – like an 813.02 for mending a broken forearm, or an 800.09 for treating a concussion. But this coding system is now four decades old, and it doesn't meet the needs of the medical system today. It was scheduled to be upgraded this October, but Congress delayed it last week. JaeLynn Williams, for one, is seriously bummed out.
"It's kind of like looking forward to Christmas, and it doesn't come," she says.
Williams and her company, 3M Health Information Systems, are helping about 5,000 hospitals upgrade from the old coding system, called ICD-9, to the new one, ICD-10. It's a $100 million project for 3M Health. Williams says the upgrade is critical because it will give doctors, hospitals, researchers and insurance companies better data - which will allow them to zero in on the best, most cost-effective treatments.
Community: Some of the new codes may be a bit too detailed.
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Affordable Care Act News

(Reuters) More than 7.5 million people are expected to sign up for private health coverage this year under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, the top U.S. health official said on Thursday.
(Reuters) U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after overseeing the botched rollout of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, a White House official said on Thursday… Obama has chosen Sylvia Mathews Burwell, his budget director, to replace Sebelius, the White House said.
(Politico) Capitol Hill Republicans have long bludgeoned Sebelius for her role overseeing the failed rollout of Obamacare’s enrollment website, HealthCare.gov. Their response to her exit started coming in immediately. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said she had an “impossible” job — defending Obamacare. “I thank Secretary Sebelius for her service. She had an impossible task: nobody can make Obamacare work,” he quickly tweeted. ...“It’s about time,” tweeted Rep. Tim Huelskamp, who hails from Sebelius’s home state of Kansas.
(Politico) Democrats will be hoping Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s resignation — kept tightly under wraps since the one-on-one meeting in early March when she gave Obama the news — will finally force the president closer to the offensive, aggressive position on Obamacare that they’d been begging for.
(Bloomberg) The first challenge Sylvia Mathews Burwell may face as the nation’s top health official could come from the insurance industry.
(ThinkProgress) How Sebelius made Obamacare implementation possible in red states.
(Shots, NPR) More funding for in-person guidance could help ease confusion, say consumer groups. Beefing up education about each plan's relative costs would help, as would shifting open enrollment to tax-time.
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Medicare News

(Wall Street Journal) The doctor who was paid the most by Medicare in 2012 is a high-profile south Florida ophthalmologist who has been fighting with the federal government for years over allegations of overbilling. Salomon Melgen, whose practice was searched twice last year by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, got $20,827,340.74 from the Medicare program in 2012. With four offices and 30 employees, Dr. Melgen draws almost 70% of his patients from the program, according to court documents, and often performs injections of medications to treat macular degeneration, a condition that can cause blindness.
(Philadelphia Inquirer) It doesn't take many customers to build an ambulance business, according to Medicare payment data released Wednesday by federal regulators. For example, Red Cross Ambulance, which is based in Huntingdon Valley and operates two ambulances, state data show, collected $395,601 from Medicare for a dozen patients in 2012.That amounted to an annual average of nearly $33,000 per patient.
(Becker's Hospital Review) Not all of the top 10 physicians are keeping millions. "A clear trend emerges from the data and from interviews with these physicians: The high cost of drugs is a huge driver of the robust Medicare payouts," according to the Washington Post. A little more than half of the Medicare payments to the 10 physicians, or $61.9 million, went toward drugs and "other costs." Several physicians said their charges actually represent those of an entire practice, company or department.
(Editorial, Los Angeles Times) The news that a small percentage of the country's physicians collected billions of dollars from Medicare in a single year may or may not be a testament to individual greed; some of the top recipients are under investigation for allegedly bilking the system, while others work long hours delivering costly care. But it is a powerful reminder that the program needs to stop rewarding doctors for the quantity of care they deliver rather than the quality. Happily, there's a bipartisan plan to do just that; unhappily, lawmakers haven't been able to agree on how to cover its cost. If Congress needed any further incentive to settle its differences, the fact that 1,000 doctors raked in $3 billion from Medicare should provide it.
(Editorial, Chicago Tribune) For the first time, Americans can see what individual doctors charged, and what Medicare paid, for thousands of services and procedures. That means doctors who bill Medicare for performing more procedures than reasonably could be accomplished in a day face greater odds that they'll be questioned. The same goes for doctors who overtreat patients by ordering extraordinary numbers of tests, or who treat a suspiciously high number of patients who are diagnosed with extremely rare conditions.
(MedPage Today) Organized medicine expressed concerns Wednesday about the possible consequences of releasing Medicare pay data for individual providers.
(MedPage Today) Whereas most physicians and some physician organizations have responded negatively to public release of their Medicare reimbursement data, several professional societies sided cautiously in favor of transparency.
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Physical Activity Improves Cognitive Function

(Christopher Bergland, Psychology Today) Every day, a new study is published heralding the benefits of physical fitness… Hopefully, the new findings that physical activity can improve cognitive function th[r]oughout a lifespan will motivate you to exercise more—regardless of your age.
This week, two studies were released showing that physical activity done today can benefit cognitive function for decades down the road. Countless other studies have shown that regular physical activity and fine-tuned motor skills benefit cognitive function beginning in infancy and continuing through every stage of our lives…
Neuroscientists have known for decades that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is released during aerobic exercise and stimulates neurogenesis (the growth of new neurons). I write about this extensively in the The Athlete’s Way. [Please do not buy the book from Amazon.] In recent months, scientists have honed in on an “exercise hormone” called Irisin that is also linked to improved health and cognitive function.
Community: And have a cup of green tea after your workout: “Green tea may boost our working memory.”
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Does a junk food diet make you lazy?

(University of California, Los Angeles) A new UCLA psychology study provides evidence that being overweight makes people tired and sedentary—not the other way around.
Life scientists led by UCLA's Aaron Blaisdell placed 32 female rats on one of two diets for six months. The first, a standard rat's diet, consisted of relatively unprocessed foods like ground corn and fish meal. The ingredients in the second were highly processed, of lower quality and included substantially more sugar—a proxy for a junk food diet.
After just three months, the researchers observed a significant difference in the amount of weight the rats had gained, with the 16 on the junk food diet having become noticeably fatter.
"One diet led to obesity, the other didn't," said Blaisdell, a professor of psychology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science and a member of UCLA's Brain Research Institute.
The experiments the researchers performed, Blaisdell said, also suggest that fatigue may result from a junk food diet.
Community: Junk food definitely makes me feel sluggish, and I feel better when I eat healthy. But I still crave the bad stuff.
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Health Benefits of 'Green Exercise' Shown in New Study

(Science Daily) Children who are exposed to scenes of nature while exercising are more likely to experience health-enhancing effects after activity, according to a Coventry University study…
The researchers found that after the 'green exercise' the children's post-activity blood pressure was significantly lower than it was without the simulated forest environment, indicating that the nature scenes promoted positive health effects…
Lower blood pressure is normally associated with a lower risk of developing health problems, whereas high blood pressure -- also known as hypertension -- is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Community: You don’t have to be a child to benefit from green exercise, and now that spring has finally sprung, it’s time to get outdoor. But be safe: “3 safety tips for outdoor exercise.”
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Boston Doctors Can Now Prescribe Bike-Share Membership To Patients

(Fast Company) One of the biggest hurdles new public bike-share programs face is the problem of social inclusion. For a large part, the programs, which have popped up in cities from New York to Austin in recent years, aren't gaining major traction with low-income communities.
Boston, however, has taken an aggressive approach to making sure that everyone, regardless of income status, has an opportunity to ride--and is aware that they can…
[D]octors at the Boston Medical Center can now prescribe $5 bike memberships to their low-income patients. Once they print out the Prescribe-A-Bike prescription, the patients can either call the city to register, or walk across the street to the Boston University transportation office and sign up right there. A free helmet and key fob arrive a few days later in the patients' mail.
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No Excuses Workouts

DoctorOz.com videos:
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More Information and Recent Research on Exercise and Fitness

(Reader’s Digest) You'd be surprised what you can and can't do—give it a try and see how healthy you actually are.
(Jason Lillis , Ph.D., Psychology Today) Interested in being more active but can't find the motivation? I'll teach you how to use goals and values effectively to set a course for healthy change.
(Christopher Bergland, Psychology Today) Between April 29-30, 2004 I broke a Guinness World Record by running 153.76 miles on a treadmill in 24 hours. It almost killed me. I retired after that event and have spent the past decade looking for original ways to motivate people of all ages and abilities to be more physically active. What motivates you to work out regularly? If you avoid exercise, why do you avoid it?
(Reuters) Ballet-inspired group fitness classes have leapt beyond the traditional wall-mounted barre to include tools like bungee cords and swishy balls for a full-body workout, according to fitness experts. The classes, often paired with Pilates, aim to channel the inner ballerina, even in non-dancers.
(Huffington Post) Exercise is important in managing pain for people with chronic pain, and a new study shows that sleep could play an important role in keeping people with the condition active.
(Medical Daily) New research shows that physical activity cuts hospital readmission rates for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), indicating a possible prevention strategy against the potentially life-threatening lung condition that affects millions of Americans.
(Science Daily) The pathological atrophy of skeletal muscle is a serious biomedical problem for which no effective treatment is currently available. Those most affected populations are the elderly diagnosed with sarcopenia and patients with cancer, AIDS, and other infectious diseases that develop cachexia… A study … reveals a potential therapeutic target to tackle muscle wasting in these risk populations.
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Recipes

Cooking Light:
103 Budget-Friendly Recipes
Cooking on a budget? Don't skimp on nutrition! You'll feel good about feeding your family these creatively delectable recipes.
MyRecipes.com:
Hamburger Stroganoff
Serve a lightened version of this classic dish with a tossed green salad and sautéed red and green bell pepper strips for a satisfying family-friendly meal.
EatingWell:
Chicken Thighs with Green Olive, Cherry & Port Sauce
This sweet and salty sauce with dried cherries and port is wonderful over succulent chicken thighs. It's also great with lean pork or chicken breast. Substitute cranberry juice for the port if you prefer. Serve with farro tossed with chopped pistachios and fresh herbs and steamed green beans.
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Food News

(The Supermarket Guru) Thought you were a garlic connoisseur? Well, there are many things you might not know about garlic including the five types explained here...
(Fast Company) Maybe it’s not surprising that when a photo is tagged #FoodPorn on Instagram or Twitter, it’s more likely to be something a little guilt-inspiring, like a cronut or a stack of bacon, than, say, a turnip. A website called the Food Porn Index tracks the numbers: About 70% of #FoodPorn photos are junk food. That’s actually a slight improvement since the site first launched, which is part of the goal--the index was created by juice manufacturer Bolthouse Farms in an effort to remind Americans that vegetables can look just as sexy.
(Science Daily) A snack food ingredient called olestra has been found to speed up the removal of toxins in the body, according to a recent clinical trial. The trial demonstrated that olestra -- a zero-calorie fat substitute found in low-calorie snack foods such as Pringles -- could reduce the levels of serum polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in people who had been exposed to PCBs. High levels of PCBs in the body are associated with an increase in hypertension and diabetes.
(Los Angeles Times) A California Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday to mandate warning labels on sweetened drinks that contain at least 50 calories per cup. Which invites the question: Who reads drink labels?
(Reuters) The bill, dubbed the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act" was drafted by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo from Kansas, and is aimed at overriding bills in roughly two dozen states that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled as such. The bill specifically prohibits any mandatory labeling of foods developed using bioengineering.
Community: I thought Republicans were all about states’ rights. But not when states get between politicians and their donors, I guess!
(Science Daily) Restaurants in public housing developments serve fewer healthy meals. Roughly 75 percent of those entrées at restaurants near housing developments were unhealthy, containing too many calories and fats and not enough whole grains, fruits and vegetables. The reason for this large difference is that fast food restaurants outnumber table service restaurants in housing development neighborhoods. This imbalance can influence residents with financial constraints to spend their limited funds on unhealthy foods.
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