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Fitness Trackers May Help Older People Lose Weight

(LiveScience) Fitness trackers have become popular in recent years for people who want to track their activity and put numbers with their workout. A new study shows they may be effective in helping older people lose weight.
Researchers at Wake Forest University worked with 48 obese adults between ages  65 and 79 for 10 months — including five months of effort to lose weight, and five months of follow-up. The study participants were randomly assigned to either a group that was given information about dieting and aerobic exercise, or a group given the same information along with a fitness tracker, and guidance on how to use it.
At the end of the study, the people who had the fitness trackers weighed about 10 percent less than their baseline weight, while those without the trackers weighed only about 5 percent less, according to the study.
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The 'Fat But Fit' Fallacy

(Jeff Schweitzer, Ph.D.) [C]onsider the following realities:
• About 300,000 deaths per year are attributed to obesity; in spite of the deep flaws in BMI, we know that individuals with a body mass index (BMI) over 30 have a 50 percent to 100 percent increased risk of premature death from all causes compared to lean people with lower BMIs.
• High blood pressure is twice as common in obese adults compared to those with a healthy weight; obesity is associated with elevated blood fat (triglycerides) and decreased good cholesterol (HDL).
• A weight gain of only 11 to 18 pounds increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes; over 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.
• Obesity is associated with an increased risk of cancer of the uterus, colon, gall bladder, prostate, kidney, and postmenopausal breast cancer.
• Sleep apnea is more common in obese people. And some recent studies have indicated that a lack of sleep might impact hormone levels to a degree that could, indeed, cause weight gain…
• Every increase in weight of two pounds increases the risk of arthritis by 9 percent to 13 percent.
One final consideration on the idea of being fat but fit: Obesity affects quality of life through limited mobility, decreased physical endurance, and social, academic and job discrimination. While we know we should not judge a book by its cover, we all do. Yes, we should be comfortable with and love ourselves for who we are, and we need not look like a fashion model. But that truth is no excuse for carrying around excess weight, or deluding oneself into thinking that fat can be healthy.
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Residing in High Altitude Protects from Obesity

(Science Daily) Overweight U.S. service members are 41 percent less likely to transition to clinical obesity when stationed at military facilities located at high altitude, according to a new study…
"This is the strongest evidence to date that moving to high altitude provides long-term obesity protection," said Air Force Captain Jameson Voss, the study's lead author…
"Not only does this study confirm the results of earlier studies but it expands and strengthens previous results by evaluating and demonstrating this association in military members and is the first study to demonstrate this by observing individuals over time. It also offers evidence that overweight service members can stall or prevent the onset of obesity by residing in high altitude locations," added Dr. Leslie L. Clark, the paper's senior author…
The study also discovered differences in obesity incidence in different low altitude regions suggesting there are other geographic factors to explore aside from altitude.
Community: So, should we flatlanders be spending time in hypobaric chambers?
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Key Milestone for Brown Fat Research With Ground-Breaking MRI Scan

(Science Daily) The first MRI scan to show 'brown fat' in a living adult could prove to be an essential step towards a new wave of therapies to aid the fight against diabetes and obesity.
Researchers from Warwick Medical School and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust used a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) based method to identify and confirm the presence of brown adipose tissue in a living adult.
Brown fat has become a hot topic for scientists due its ability to use energy and burn calories, helping to keep weight in check. Understanding the brown fat tissue and how it can be used to such ends is of growing interest in the search to help people suffering from obesity or at a high risk of developing diabetes.
Dr Thomas Barber, from the Department of Metabolic and Vascular Health at Warwick Medical School, explained, "This is an exciting area of study that requires further research and discovery. The potential is there for us to develop safe and effective ways of activating this brown fat to promote weight loss and increase energy expenditure -- but we need more data to be able to get to that point."
"This particular proof of concept is key, as it allows us to pursue MRI techniques in future assessments and gather this required information."
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Weight Loss Tips

(UPI) According to a new study..., consumers perceive harder or more rough-textured foods to have fewer calories... [T]he paper suggests how a food feels inside our mouth influences how estimate caloric intake. Thus, eaters might be influenced to consume more of a food that feels harder or rougher.
(ABC News) In the past, only celebrities and the super wealthy could afford a personal trainer, private chef and inspirational guru. Now the rest of us can have diet coaches in our back pockets—literally. Otherwise known as health and fitness apps, these secret weapons are hot: There was a 19 percent increase in new apps in the last year alone, according to the mobile analytics platform Localytics. "Newer apps are far more engaging, motivating and user-friendly than the prior generation," notes Bonnie Spring, PhD, director of the Center for Behavior and Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Community: Click through for reviews of three apps.
(Andrew Weil, M.D.) Carbohydrates are an essential part of a balanced, healthful diet. Instead of simply shunning carbs in your efforts to maintain a healthy weight, learn to make the right choices. Start by avoiding the more-refined carbohydrates, which rapidly convert into blood sugar, causing corresponding rises and falls in insulin levels, which can lead to overeating, weight gain and insulin resistance… Instead, focus on healthy carbs such as those found in true whole grains.
(Sharecare.com) Start your day off high-protein breakfast and a slice of whole wheat bread and you can zap belly fat. In this video, Dr. Mehmet Oz explains how the the protein-and-fiber combo shifts your appetite into neutral.
(Huffington Post) 1. People with a healthy relationship to food eat mindfully… 2. They swear by everything -- yes, everything -- in moderation… 3. But they know the timing has to be right… 4. They eat when they're physically hungry… 5. And they stop eating when they're comfortably full… 6. They eat breakfast… 7. They don't keep problematic foods in the house… 8. They don't sit down with the whole bag… 9. They know the difference between a snack and a treat… 10. They give themselves permission to enjoy eating… 11. They don't "make up" for a meal… 12. They don't eat to see the scale shift… 13. They're not afraid of feeling hungry… 14. Their concerns for food don't interfere with daily life.
(Appetite for Health) In 1965, the average woman spent about 26 hours a week preparing and clearing meals, cleaning, and doing laundry.  By 2010, it was half that – about 13 hours a week.  As a result, the amount of energy expended in household activities dropped from 4663 calories per week (666 per day) to 2806 calories per week (400 per day). Over the years, these differences can add up.  In the 1960s the average woman weighed 143 pounds; by 2010, that number was up to 165.
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More Information and Recent Research on Obesity and Weight Loss

(University of Chicago Press Journals) Depending on our food cravings, the number of items served, and even the time of day, ordering a meal at a restaurant often requires a "narrowing down" decision making process. According to a new study…, restaurants that now provide "low-calorie" labels on their menus can inadvertently cause people to eliminate healthy foods right off the bat… "When a menu is calorie posted but not calorie organized, it is less likely that the caloric-content of the dishes will be used as an initial filter for eliminating large portions of the menu," the authors conclude. "For the consumer, this means you are more likely to consider ordering a low-calorie dish and also more likely to eat it too."
(James M. Greenblatt, M.D., Psychology Today) More research is needed to examine the precise mechanisms by which a serotonin deficiency can affect food, appetite, weight gain, and mood, and the causal nature of this overlap. However it is evident from the current body of scientific literature, that a holistic approach to investigating the interplay between an individual’s relationship to food and co-existing mood disorders is essential in order for successful recovery opportunities to exist. Treating one problem in isolation is not enough.
Community: There are natural ways to raise serotonin levels that don’t include overeating.
(Science Daily) Why can we get up for a piece of chocolate, but never because we fancy a carrot? Research has demonstrated part of the answer: triglycerides, fatty substances from food, may act in our brains directly on the reward circuit, the same circuit that is involved in drug addiction. These results show a strong link in mice between fluctuations in triglyceride concentration and brain reward development. Identifying the action of nutritional lipids on motivation and the search for pleasure in dietary intake will help us better understand the causes of some compulsive behaviors and obesity.
(Science Daily) Cigarette smoking among obese women appears to interfere with their ability to taste fats and sweets, a new study shows. Despite craving high-fat, sugary foods, these women were less likely than others to perceive these tastes, which may drive them to consume more calories. "Obese people often crave high-fat foods," she said. "Our findings suggest that having this intense craving but not perceiving fat and sweetness in food may lead these women to eat more. Since smoking and obesity are risk factors for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, the additional burden of craving more fats and sugars, while not fully tasting them, could be detrimental to health."
Community: I weighed 20 pounds less when I smoked, so if my taste buds were dulled, it apparently influenced me to eat less, not more.
(Appetite for Health) So what is the verdict on dieting for your blood type? Although [Peter J.] D’ Adamo claims he’s done extensive research to prove his theory, the link between blood type and dieting is not well supported and published human clinical trials to prove his theory are nonexistent. In fact, a recent study has found that there is no correlation between blood type and the foods one should eat.
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Shepherd's Pie
With ground sirloin, creamy mashed potatoes, and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, your family will never know this comforting shepherd's pie is low in calories.
Turkey & Tomato Panini
A creamy spread full of Parmesan and fresh basil cozies up to turkey and summer-ripe tomato slices for a savory hot sandwich that will quickly become a go-to mealtime solution.
Brown Bag Lunches
With spring in full swing, lunch becomes a delicious excuse to head outside, enjoy the fresh air, and maybe even make time for a quick stroll before heading back to work or class. The most satisfying (and healthy) midday meals are homemade, so do a little advance planning and brown bag a satisfying salad (like Turkey Salad with Pistachios and Grapes), a sandwich (such as our Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwiches), or a wrap (our Chipotle-Rubbed Steak Wraps will definitely have your colleagues experiencing lunch envy).
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Ways to eat healthier this Easter

(Consumer Reports) Like Thanksgiving and Christmas, Easter gives us the chance to celebrate with friends and  family—usually around a big meal topped off with a chocolate bunny. You can lighten up your Easter dinner without sacrificing flavor and boost your nutrition if you make some smart picks.
Leg of lamb vs. spiral ham
Winner: Leg of lamb…
Green beans vs. asparagus
Winner: Asparagus…
Rice pilaf vs. roasted red potatoes
Winner: Roasted red potatoes…
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans vs. Peeps Marshmallow Chicks
Winner: Jelly Belly Jelly Beans…
Lindt Gold Milk Chocolate Bunny vs. Lindt Gold White Chocolate Bunny
Winner: Milk Chocolate.
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10 Great Greens for You

(SouthBeachDiet.com) Research shows that consuming dark leafy greens can promote good health by fighting the inflammation caused by free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules that can damage cells), lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and reducing your risk of heart disease. In addition, dark greens in the Cruciferae family (a.k.a. cruciferous vegetables) — such as beet greens, bok choy, collard greens, kale, and Swiss chard to name just a few — have been found to help protect against macular degeneration and possibly help reduce age-related memory loss.
For better health, make a point to include these 10 dark green powerhouses in your diet:
1.    Arugula
2.    Beet greens
3.    Bok choy
4.    Collard greens
5.    Kale
6.    Mustard greens
7.    Romaine and red-leaf lettuce
8.    Spinach
9.    Swiss chard
10.  Turnip greens
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5 White Vegetables You Should Eat More Of (And Why)

(Huffington Post) We're often told to "eat a rainbow" and we aim for the guideline that says the more color a food has, the better it is. However, color is just one indicator of nutrient content. Produce that wears white could be just as valuable…
Along with the other members of the cruciferous family, like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, cauliflower contains sulfur compounds that are associated with fighting cancer, strengthening bone tissue and maintaining healthy blood vessels.
Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, with barely any sodium, and yet they carry a wealth of selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin D. Mushrooms are also hearty and filling so they can help you control your weight without compromising taste…
Aside from tasting great, garlic has been touted as being able to help hair grow, cause acne to disappear and keep colds and flu at bay…
The anti-inflammatory chemical in onions, called quercetin, can help ease discomfort from arthritis, and quercetin's beneficial properties have been associated with a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and a stronger immune system.
On an equal weight basis, the white potato provides as much fiber as and more potassium than other commonly consumed vegetables or fruit. 
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Dairy-Free Ways To Get More Calcium

(Huffington Post) Here's a list of foods and beverages filled with calcium (no cows required)…
1.    White Beans…
2.    Canned Salmon…
3.    Sardines…
4.    Dried Figs…
5.    Bok Choy…
6.    Blackstrap Molasses…
7.    Kale…
8.    Black-Eyed Peas…
9.    Almonds…
10.  Oranges…
11.  Turnip Greens…
12.  Sesame Seeds…
13.  Seaweed
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On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

(The Salt, NPR) Some garden varieties naturally have a short germinate-to-harvest cycle. Then there are the hybrids developed at universities and seed companies. They take two plants with great traits (like early arrival or cold tolerance) and forge an even hardier offspring.
For guidance on the world of speedy plot-to-table vegetables, we turned to Ryan Schmitt, a horticulturist and garden blogger in Longmont, Colo., and Weston Miller, a community and urban horticulturist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.
"Start with microgreens," suggests Schmitt. These are the tiny leaves less than 14 days old that some scientists believe pack a more nutritious punch than more mature greens. Pea shoots, sunflowers and beet greens are popular options. Sow seeds — which can be regular seeds, or designated microgreen seeds — in a sunny outdoor spot when the soil temperature is in the 50- to 65-degree range, or do it indoors in a tray with potting soil.
Sprouts should appear in three to six days. After a few more days, trim the microgreens with a scissors and consume. To give the plants "a little extra boost" after that first harvest, Miller adds a water soluble fertilizer, like fish emulsion. Then you should get two or three cuttings before the greens become too bitter or fibrous.
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5 Common Myths About Caffeine, Busted

(Huffington Post) Myth 1: Caffeine is dehydrating.
Yes, caffeine has a mild diuretic effect, but you're also typically consuming caffeine in the form of coffee or tea. The water in those caffeinated beverages more than makes up for the dehydrating effects of the caffeine itself…
Myth 2: Decaf won't give you a jolt.
Consumer Reports tested 36 cups of decaf coffee in 2007 and discovered some contained around 20 milligrams of caffeine -- significantly less than a regular cup of Joe, but not nothing
Myth 3: Caffeine can sober you up
mice "sobered up" with caffeine were more alert than without it -- but they still had more difficulty navigating a maze than mice that were actually sober…
Myth 4: Caffeine is only bad for you.
Obviously there are risks, especially with higher doses of caffeine, but it packs some perks, too. For example, caffeine seems to lessen risk and symptoms of Parkinson's disease, it can boost your workout and it may ward off Alzheimer's onset.
Myth 5. Caffeine will help you lose weight.
The stimulant is an active ingredient in many over-the-counter weight-loss products, and caffeine does seem to slightly increase metabolism, according to a 2010 report published in the International Journal of Obesity. However, the effects are not likely to add up to "significant or permanent weight loss," Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. writes for the Mayo Clinic. 
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Why Wal-Mart Buying Into Sustainability Matters

(David Brodwin, U.S. News & World Report) It is helpful when large, publicly-traded companies jump into sustainable products and services – as long as it’s not pure greenwashing, which unfortunately it is, in some cases. Rightly or wrongly, publicly held companies are viewed differently; the public assumes that they only do something if it makes money for investors. Their entry proves the legitimacy and importance of sustainability as a concept and as a market force. It says in effect, “This is real. This is here to stay. This makes business sense as well as environmental and social sense.” It’s the triple bottom line at work.
The legitimizing effect of big business entering sustainability markets has the power to transform the economy in a good way, even if the companies involved are not good corporate citizens in other respects. Their entry says to legislators “this stuff works” and that builds political will to enact more enlightened policies. It says to competitors “there’s money here” and that brings more investment capital to help sustainable business grow. It says to the media “this is real,” and so the media write serious stories about sustainability going mainstream rather than just human interest stories about mavericks bucking the trend.
When assessing corporate conduct we must praise what is positive while calling for a halt to what is destructive.
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Supreme Court denies Teva stay in Copaxone patent fight

(Reuters) U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied a request by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to stay a lower-court ruling in a patent case that favored the developers of generic versions of Teva's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug.
The decision could help pave the way for generic competitors of Teva's Copaxone drug to go on the market as soon as next month.
Teva had sought to prevent the lower-court ruling from going into effect while the Supreme Court considers its appeal in the patent fight.
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Lack of insurance tied to more emergency surgery: study

(Reuters Health) The type of insurance people have is tied to their risk of needing emergency aorta surgery, according to a new study. Insurance, or lack thereof, is also linked to how well those people fare after surgery.
Compared to people with private insurance, people without insurance were more likely to need emergency surgery on their aorta, the largest artery that supplies blood to every part of the body. They were also more likely to die or have complications after surgery.
"It would appear that if you don't have insurance - and assuming you're not getting preventive healthcare . . . then you are probably at a higher risk of having an aortic catastrophe and, if you have one, you're more likely to die or have a complication," Dr. G. Chad Hughes told Reuters Health.
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Illinois Medicaid paid about $12 million to 2900 deceased, audit finds

(The Spokesman Review) The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo.
The memo dated Friday, which was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, says the state auditor compared clients enrolled in the Medicaid database last June with state death records dating back to 1970. Auditors identified overpayments for services to roughly 2,900 people after the date of their deaths.
The heads of the departments of Healthcare and Family Services and Human Services, the two state agencies involved with Medicaid payments, outline steps to fix the problem in the memo to their senior staffs.
The memo states that more than $7 million has been recovered and the rest is expected to be recouped by year’s end.
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Affordable Care Act News

(Kaiser Health News) KHN’s consumer columnist says details about reporting insurance status have yet to be released by the government but will be part of federal tax returns next year.
(David Catanese, U.S. News & World Report) Democrats entrenched in the nation’s most competitive Senate races know they are facing a formidable headwind when it comes to defending Obamacare. In hopes of neutralizing that liability, they’re dusting off a trusted old playbook to respond to the avalanche of attacks: trumpeting the GOP threat to Medicare.
(Government Technology) Pressed by Republican House members, directors of troubled state insurance exchanges said Thursday that they could fix continuing Obamacare glitches with grant money they have already received and would not ask for federal bailouts.
(Wall Street Journal) Six months after the Maryland Health Connection crashed immediately upon launching, the state appears ready to scrap its existing website and build a new one using technology from Connecticut’s exchange.
Community: It’s just beyond me, as an IT professional, why so many entities spent so many hundreds of millions of dollars building (or trying to) the same damn software.
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Ambient Music Eases Pain

(Scientific American) Forget stickers and popsicles—hospitals may soon begin handing their patients MP3 players to speed their recovery. A study at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge determined that ambient music therapy had a positive effect on postoperative patients' recovery by improving pain management and decreasing the negative effects of environmental noise.
In this study, patients who had undergone surgery for cancer all received standard nursing care. Half of them also got a preprogrammed MP3 player with ambient music—songs without words, played at less than 60 decibels—and were encouraged by nurses to listen for at least half an hour after they took their twice-daily medication. Before treatment, all the patients had similar levels of anxiety, pain and irritation at the amount of environmental noise. Three days later patients who listened to the ambient music said they were able to better manage their pain and were less annoyed by hospital noise, whereas patients without music experienced no change, according to the study…
Most of us already turn to music to help with emotional pain; these findings suggest we might want to try listening as a salve for physical pain, too.
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Visualizing a safe place reduces procedural pain

(European Society of Cardiology) Visualising a safe place reduces operative pain, according to research… Nurses guided patients into a trance and found it helped patients cope with pain and anxiety during ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF).
Marianne Wetendorff Nørgaard, lead author and a clinical nurse specialist at Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark, said: "We ask patients to describe a comfortable safe place they want to be during the procedure. People have chosen a summer house, the beach, or the woods. During the procedure the nurse asks the patient to focus on their safe place and how it looks, smells and sounds."
She added: "When the patient expresses pain, the nurse helps the patient visualise an alternative scenario to the invasive procedure. For example, if the patient says 'my chest is burning', the nurse may say 'imagine that it's a cold day and there is ice on your chest'. Patients tell us that being in this trance like state with safe images makes the procedure a pleasant experience and it feels shorter."
Mrs Nørgaard continued: "Visualisation has the potential to reduce pain and anxiety in numerous procedures. Many patients could even avoid having general anaesthesia, which carries risks."
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New promise for migraine sufferers

(Los Angeles Times) Though migraine disorder affects 36 million Americans each year and is listed by the World Health Organization as the third most common disorder on the planet, it isn't well represented in medical school curricula. It also receives relatively little research funding, with the National Institutes of Health dedicating only $18 million to migraine research, out of a budget of more than $21 billion. Most medications prescribed for migraine headaches were developed for other conditions, such as high blood pressure and epilepsy, and were serendipitously discovered to treat migraine. And most of them seem to follow the general rule of working for about half the patients half the time.
At the same time, new treatments are on the horizon.
Drug development…
Supplements and herbs…
Magnetic stimulation
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Magnetic Stimulation May Relieve Mental Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

(Healthline) A form of brain-stimulation therapy called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) may help relieve some of the non-pain symptoms of fibromyalgia, including emotional distress, and improve overall quality of life for patients living with the disease, according to a new study…
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that causes long-term pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, and tendons throughout the body, as well as severe fatigue. People with fibromyalgia may also experience a number of other symptoms, including sleep disturbances, irritable bowel syndrome, restless leg syndrome, numbness or tingling in the arms and legs, and depression, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMSD)…
In a press release, study author Dr. Eric Guedj said, “rTMS is a way to alter the excitability of the brain. A treatment such as this may provide a safe and noninvasive complement to pain pills in some people.”
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More Information and Recent Research on Pain and Pain Relief

(UPI) Twitter, a place where many migraine sufferers find consolation and sympathy, is also gold mine of information for health researchers.
(FierceDrugDelivery) California drugmaker Avanir Pharmaceuticals ($AVNR) touted the FDA's acceptance of its application for an inhaled migraine treatment after a pivotal trial. The inhaled, dry-powder sumatriptan treatment, which makes use of Avanir partner OptiNose's bidirectional nasal technology, is now set for a review date in November this year.
(Chatelaine) Spring clean your workout routine! Fitness pro Sue Hitzmann shares her simple moves to relieve three of the most common aches and pains.
(Sharecare.com) A sore hip makes everything more difficult—from sleeping to walking. But if you like garlic and onions, you may be able to keep hip osteoarthritis at bay. In this video, Dr. Oz explains how garlic and onions help joint health.
(National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) This month, the NCCAM Clinical Digest summarizes current scientific evidence about spinal manipulation, acupuncture, massage, and yoga, the complementary approaches most often used by people for chronic low back pain.
(Science Daily) Gout is on the rise among U.S. men and women, and this piercingly painful and most common form of inflammatory arthritis is turning out to be more complicated than had been thought. The standard way to check for gout is by drawing fluid or tissue from an affected joint and looking for uric acid crystals, a test known as a needle aspirate. That usually works, but not always: In a new study, X-rays known as dual-energy CT scans found gout in one-third of patients whose aspirates tested negative for the disease.
(Reuters Health) Whiplash injuries can be enduring and painful, but new research finds that counseling on how to manage the disorder - along with a list of optional exercises - reduces pain as effectively as an intensive physical therapy program.
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Orange-Glazed Salmon Fillets with Rosemary
Fresh rosemary and a little maple syrup infuse aromatic and faintly sweet flavor into this speedy seafood dish.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Aquavit Seasonings (Snapse Krydret Svine Mørbrad)
The seasonings traditionally used to make aquavit—a Northern European distilled spirit—vary with every recipe, but they usually include pork-friendly seasonings like caraway, cumin and fennel-so why not combine the two? This easy, pretty dish is great hot off the grill or made ahead and chilled.
The Supermarket Guru:
Steal This Recipe® Porcini Mushroom Gnocchi
Stolen 'con permesso' from Chef Raffaele Miele, of Gnocco restaurant, (located in what is described as the 'far East Village') the recipe for this homemade version of a restaurant favorite is deceptively simple. Homemade potato gnocchetti (tiny gnocchi) are topped with a rich and nutty porcini mushroom sauce, flavored with fresh garlic, parsley and a touch of cream. A hearty and delicious dish!
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Food News

(Reuters Health) For people recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, eating lots of olive oil, fish and whole grains slows progression of the disease more than restricting fat, according to a new analysis.
(LiveScience) Rates of some foodborne infections rose in the U.S. in 2013, according to a new report that calls for more work to reduce illnesses from eating contaminated food.
(Science Daily) A common genetic variant that affects one in three people appears to significantly increase the risk of colorectal cancer from the consumption of processed meat, according to a new study.
(ThinkProgress) General Mills has made it so that in simply liking one of the company's products on Facebook, customers give up their right to sue them for any reason.
(Discover Magazine) Castoff coffee seeds can be turned into bread, cakes and pasta.
(Discover Magazine) Before refrigeration, people put frogs in their milk to preserve it.
(Discover Magazine) Seeking sustainable agriculture for a growing global population.
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The Latest from The People’s Pharmacy

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Nothing to fear: Bleeding irregularities are common during menopause

(Tech Times) Women who experience heavy and extended menstrual bleeding as a result of entering menopause should not be concerned as it is a common occurrence, a study has found.
The findings at the University of Michigan should provide assurance to women worried about what is a normal symptom of menopause and what is not, the study's author says.
"For most women in their 30s, menstrual periods are highly predictable," UM epidemiology Professor Sioban Harlow says.
"[But] with the onset of the menopausal transition in their 40s, women's menstrual periods can change dramatically."
While most women consider menopause as the age when predictable monthly periods come to an end, it's normal to experience increase in the duration and amount of bleeding at different times as a women transitions through menopause.
Community: I bled like a stuck pig when I was going through menopause.
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