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Healthy Lifestyle Adds Years to Life

(Science Daily) Live longer thanks to fruit, an active lifestyle, limited alcohol and no cigarettes. This is the conclusion of a study by public health physicians at the University of Zurich…
For the first time the consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle can be depicted in numbers. An individual who smokes, drinks a lot, is physically inactive and has an unhealthy diet has 2.5 fold higher mortality risk in epidemiological terms than an individual who looks after his health. Or to put it positively: "A healthy lifestyle can help you stay ten years' younger," comments the lead author Eva Martin-Diener…
"The effect of each individual factor on life expectancy is relatively high," states Eva Martin-Diener. But smoking seems to be the most harmful. Compared with a group of non-smokers, smokers have a 57 percent higher risk of dying prematurely. The impact of an unhealthy diet, not enough sport and alcohol abuse results in an elevated mortality risk of around 15 percent for each factor. "We were very surprised by the 2.5 fold higher risk when all four risk factors are combined," explains Brian Martin. Hence, the probability of a 75-year-old man with all risk factors surviving the next ten years is, for instance, 35 percent, without risk factors 67 percent -- for a woman 47 and 74 percent respectively.
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(Science Daily) Adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a young age from cancer and many other causes including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases, according to results of an analysis of data pooled from 20 large studies of people from three countries. "Given our findings, it appears that class III obesity is increasing and may soon emerge as a major cause of early death in this and other countries worldwide," said the senior author of the study.
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Traveling turns back the clock

(Lauren Kessler, Counterclockwise) The true anti-aging benefits of traveling are cognitive (both psychological and creative). Scientific research has demonstrated that travel can open up neurological pathways in our physical brains, benefitting – and, I would argue, counterclockwise-ing — our overall mental health in many ways.
We spend every day of our lives not only in a particular physical climate but also in a particular mental climate determined by our familiarity with our surroundings. Break the mental shackles caused by familiarity, and we open up a world of wider mental associations. We can’t operate on auto-pilot. We are suddenly, voraciously curious. We are a bit more daring. Our imagination takes flight as we attempt to make sense of, say, the Estonian language which seems to have more diacritical markings than it has vowels. Mental acuity, boldness, curiosity, hunger for experience, intellectual vitality, imagination — these are the markings of an energetic and youthful brain. These are the keys to an anti-aging attitude toward life. It’s not all about CoQ-10, Krunchy Kale and ab crunches. Not hardly.
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Set Goals And You Just May Live Longer

(Next Avenue) New research … suggests that having purpose in life can promote healthy aging and increase longevity.
While purposefulness has long been known to lower mortality, this is the first study that documents its benefits in younger, middle-aged and older persons.
The study also found that setting goals and good interpersonal relationships are key components to healthy aging and increased lifespan. "Our finding that a strong sense of purpose is associated with healthy aging among individuals at all points in adult life demonstrates the importance of psychological traits in the aging process," says the study's co-author Nicholas Turiano…
The goals people set can be about anything from establishing retirement objectives to planning to take courses and going back to school — as long as they matter to the person setting them. "They can be whatever individuals experience as purposeful,” Turiano says.
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Aging: Too Much Telomerase Can Be as Bad as Too Little

(Scientific American) One of the central mechanisms responsible for the aging of cells is the shortening of telomeres. Telomeres are repetitive DNA sequences at the ends of chromosomes which act as protective caps. Every time a cell divides, its chromosomes undergo a doubling process so that the two daughter cells receive equal amounts of DNA. During the DNA replication and the separation of the newly formed chromosomes, small chunks of DNA are trimmed off at the end of the chromosomes. By having protective telomere caps, the shortening process only affects the telomeres and not the essential gene-encoding parts of the chromosome…
A prospective study collected blood samples and measured the mean telomere length of white blood cells in 787 participants and followed them for 10 years to see who would develop cancer.  Telomere length was inversely correlated with likelihood of developing cancer and dying from cancer. The individuals in the shortest telomere group were three times more likely to develop cancer than the longest telomere group within the ten year observation period! A similar correlation between long telomeres and less disease also exists for cardiovascular disease.
Dr. [Elizabeth] Blackburn was quick to point out that these correlations do not necessarily mean that there is a direct cause and effect relationship. In fact, increasing telomerase levels ought to lengthen telomeres but in the case of cancer, too much telomerase can be just as bad as too little telomeres. Too much telomerase can help confer immortality onto cancer cells and actually increase the likelihood of cancer, whereas too little telomerase can also increase cancer by depleting the healthy regenerative potential of the body. To reduce the risk of cancer we need an ideal level of telomerase, with not a whole lot of room for error. This clarifies that “telomerase shots” are not the magical anti-aging potion that … humans have sought throughout history.
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More Information and Recent Research on Aging and Longevity

(Science Daily) The decreased production of growth hormone is caused by a physiological process known as somatopause, which practically affects the entire body, since it’s involved in body composition, metabolism, bone mineral density and cardiovascular function, researchers report. it is from the fourth decade of life that levels of growth hormone secreted naturally by the body begin to decline, which may manifest in signs of aging, such as narrowing of the spine and lack of dynamism.
(Science Daily) Taking food away from C. elegans triggers a state of arrested development: while the organism continues to wriggle about, foraging for food, its cells and organs are suspended in an ageless, quiescent state. When food becomes plentiful again, the worm develops as planned, but can live twice as long as normal.
(Singularity Hub) [USC gerontologist Valter] Longo has found that fasting lowered levels of IGF-1, a growth-factor hormone linked to aging, tumor progression and cancer risk. It also reduced the enzyme PKA, which has been linked in other research to the regulation of adult stem cell caches. The shutdown of PKA sends the signal for stem cells to proliferate, according to Longo. “The body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting…” he said.
(Medical News Today) Shortness of sleep speeds up the aging of the brain in older people, say researchers from Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore.
(Wall Street Journal) Researchers are looking at promising treatments including inhibiting a naturally occurring protein called myostatin that curbs muscle growth. Pharmaceutical companies already have drugs in the pipeline that act by blocking myostatin or blocking the sites where it is detected in the body, potentially rebuilding muscle. For now, however, the best medicine available to maintain muscle mass and strength is less complicated and costly—namely, exercise and a healthy diet.
(Sharecare.com) Eating turnip greens, kale, chard and mustard greens may help you live longer. In this video, Dr. Mehmet Oz explains what nutrients in dark, green leafy veggies help you fight the aging process
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Recipes

MyRecipes.com:
Spicy Asian Noodles with Chicken
Bring the flavor of your favorite takeout to the dinner table in just 30 minutes. Add a snow pea sauté to complete the meal.
EatingWell:
Quick Shepherd’s Pie
In this simple shepherd’s pie recipe, we call for flavorful lean ground lamb, which isn’t always easy to find. You can use lean ground beef or turkey instead.
Cooking Light:
Invigorating Summer Drinks
Find refreshing and healthy drinks and cocktails that help keep you cool on a warm summer day.
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Food News

(The Supermarket Guru) Shopping for summer fruits can be overwhelming, Here are five of SupermarketGuru’s favorites. And yes, avocado is a fruit!
(Huffington Post) So what's the big deal if you're consuming seafood out of season? It will have been frozen at some point, which can harm the quality and maybe even lower the nutrition benefits. Read on for [Jeff] Ludwin's advice about why fresh is best -- and how to ensure you're getting the catch of the day.
(Appetite for Health) Here’s the ‘skinny’ on how to avoid summers top diet sabateurs… Limit frozen treats to no more than a couple times a week; skip the fat-free choices and limit your serving to 1 cup… [L]imit liquid calories to no more than 200 per day… To keep your BBQ healthy, use our best grilling guide for some great ideas for starters, main dishes and desserts.
(Andrew Weil, M.D.) Summer is an ideal time to try fresh, seasonal herbs in your meals. Take advantage of these three classics and their unique flavors to liven up any dish! 1. Basil:… In India, basil is used to fight colds and other infections and is applied topically for minor cuts and scrapes… 2. Cilantro: A natural source of fiber [and traditionally] used in India as an anti-inflammatory agent… 3. Peppermint:… [It can] help soothe an upset stomach, as well as open nasal passages blocked due to cold or allergies.
(Venture Beat) GE has revealed that it has developed a prototype device that can measure the number of calories in food… The prototype uses microwaves to measure calories, but food must be in a blended form to be accurately measured. Researchers claim they are working on a second device that will analyze calories in solid foods and send it to users’ smartphones.
(FastCompany) Mediumwave has about the same diameter as a large plate, and two wheels allow you to slide the pod around the counter with ease. Rather than a mess of digital buttons you barely use (preset popcorn buttons), there's just a dial to adjust the power level, and a timer that you push to start cooking.
(Reuters) The world's largest chicken breeder has discovered that a key breed of rooster has a genetic issue that is reducing its fertility, adding to problems constraining U.S. poultry production and raising prices at a time when beef and pork prices are already at record highs.
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Health News for Older Women

(The North American Menopause Society) Now women have yet one more incentive to lose weight as a new study has shown evidence that behavioral weight loss can help manage menopausal hot flashes.
(Mayo Clinic) Vaginal dryness is very common in women who are approaching menopause, as well as those who have gone through menopause. Over-the-counter products can be helpful. But when they are not, prescription medications are often a useful alternative.
(ABC News Radio) New research found that a popular painkiller may cause damage to the hearts of older women who use it regularly… Ibuprofen, researchers say, was not linked to increased cardiovascular risk.
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Testosterone News

(Science Daily) Elderly men with low levels of testosterone or other sex hormones have twice the likelihood of having declining physical function over two years’ time compared with their peers who have the highest hormone levels, a new study finds. "This study suggests that low testosterone in older men could lead to a decline in muscle strength, which might explain their increased risk of functional disability," one researcher said.
(Science Daily) Testosterone replacement therapy may help older men who have limited mobility and low testosterone improve their aerobic capacity and lessen its decline with age, new research finds. Aerobic fitness declines as people grow older. In previous research, the authors showed that testosterone therapy might improve endurance capacity in aging men, but the effects of testosterone on aerobic performance in mobility limited older men have not been evaluated.
Community: And yet, see below.
(LiveScience)  [M]en at any age can have low testosterone. In this disorder, properly called hypogonadism, the body doesn't produce enough of the hormone, resulting in loss of body hair, low sperm count and a reduced sex drive. For men with the condition, a hit of testosterone may give two of the most sought-after benefits, strength and increased muscle mass, along with energy, said Thomas Storer, a professor of endocrinology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Some men even report increases in their overall quality of life. But studies have also suggested risks of using testosterone products.
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Better Visualizing of Fitness-App Data Helps Discover Trends, Reach Goals

(Science Daily) More people are opting to use their phones as "life-logging" devices, but is the data they collect actually useful? Massive amounts of information showing your life patterns over a week, month or year are going untapped because these applications don't have a way to interpret the data over the long term.
University of Washington researchers have developed visual tools to help self-trackers understand their daily activity patterns over a longer period and in more detail than current life-logging programs can offer. Their study found that people generally had an easier time meeting personal fitness and activity goals when they could see their data presented in a broader, more visual way.
"Personal activity tracking is getting more robust and there are more applications to choose from, but people often don't get any value from their data, because you can't see it displayed over time or in a larger context," said James Fogarty, a UW associate professor of computer science and engineering.
"We think visualizations like these are the future of how people will look back at their own data to find meaningful or actionable information."
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"Body on a Chip" Hints That Nanoparticles Could Damage Organs

(Scientific American) A microfluidic device that recreates interactions between the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and the liver to give a more realistic assessment of nanoparticle toxicity has detected liver tissue injury at lower nanoparticle concentrations than expected following experiments with liver tissue only.
Many studies look at the beneficial medical effects of nanoparticles, however, Mandy Esch explains that her work in Michael Shuler’s lab at Cornell University is checking for adverse effects…
The study saw that single nanoparticles and smaller nanoparticle aggregates were able to cross the GI barrier and reach the liver cells. The increased zeta potentials of these nanoparticles suggest that crossing the barrier may raise their toxic potential. However, larger nanoparticles, which interact with cell membranes and aggregate into clusters, were stopped much more effectively by the GI tract barrier.
The gastrointestinal tract is an important barrier preventing ingested substances crossing into systemic circulation.
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The Lyme Disease Testing Loophole

(New England Center for Investigative Reporting) An estimated 3.4 million tests for Lyme disease are conducted in the U.S. each year, but a new report says not all tests are valid.
The author of that report, Beth Daley of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, … said that this applies to many tests, including Lyme disease tests. She said there is an exemption to the rules that if it is a certain type of diagnostic test, it does not need to be proved to the FDA that it works.
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HypeWatch: Another Dementia Blood Test Oversold

(MedPage Today) Another study of a potential blood test to predict dementia onset, another round of exaggeration...
[R]esearchers at the British firm Proteome Sciences and several other commercial and academic labs said they had found a set of proteins that distinguished patients with Alzheimer's disease from those with mild or no cognitive impairment.
Furthermore, a panel of 10 of these proteins could distinguish patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) at baseline who developed clinical dementia during some 3 years of follow-up from MCI patients whose cognition remained stable, with relatively good sensitivity and specificity...
But, as with the earlier study, the value of a positive result was far lower than these figures might suggest...
[The study found] 26 false positive results against nine correctly positive. That's useless in a clinical setting. In fact, it's worse than useless, since the false-negative results will expose patients to unnecessary clinic visits and treatments, and generate anxiety for them and their families.
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Rapid Price Increases for Some Generic Drugs Catch Users by Surprise

(New York Times) In recent years, generics have curbed the rise of drug prices, saving the American health care system billions of dollars. After the patents for Lipitor, the cholesterol drug, and Ambien, the sleeping pill, expired in the last few years, for example, generics entered the market and prices plummeted.
But increasingly, experts say, the costs of some generic drugs are going the other way. The prices paid by pharmacies for some generic versions of Fiorinal with codeine (for migraines) and Synthroid (a thyroid medicine) as well as the generic steroid prednisolone have all more than doubled since last year, EvaluatePharma found. In January, the National Community Pharmacists Association called for a congressional hearing on generic drug prices, complaining that those for many essential medicines grew as much as “600, 1,000 percent or more” in recent years. The price jumps especially affected smaller pharmacies, which do not have the clout of big chains to bargain for discounts.
Digoxin provides a telling case study. There was no drug shortage, according to the Food and Drug Administration, that might explain the increase. There was no new patent or new formulation. Digoxin is not hard to make. What had changed most were the financial rewards of selling an ancient, lifesaving drug and company strategies intended to reap the benefits.
Community: Bloodsuckers!
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New opioid standards to tackle widespread, serious abuse in Canada

(The Globe and Mail) In a bid to curb Canada’s widespread prescription-drug abuse problem, Ottawa is moving to force the makers of all opioids – not just the well-known painkiller oxycodone – to render their products resistant to crushing, snorting or injecting for a quick high.
Health Canada recently published a notice of intent to regulate that mentions only slow-release oxycodone by name, but Health Minister Rona Ambrose said in an interview with The Globe and Mail that she hopes to set tamper-resistance standards for all opioids, a change that would make Canada’s anti-abuse regime one of the strictest in the world…
Opioid addiction has become a major public-health crisis in the last 15 years, with Canadians consuming more of the morphine-like drugs per capita than the citizens of any country except the United States.
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Surgery News

(Science Daily) Partial knee replacement surgery is safer than total knee replacement, according to a new study. Up to half of knees that require replacement, usually because of severe osteoarthritis, can be treated with either partial or total replacements. With partial replacements, also known as unicompartmental replacements, only the damaged parts of the knee are replaced and the remaining surfaces and all the ligaments are preserved.
(Science Daily) Hospitals across the country vary substantially in their use of minimally invasive surgery, even when evidence shows that for most patients, minimally invasive surgery is superior to open surgery, a new study shows. The finding represents a major disparity in the surgical care delivered at various hospitals, the study’s authors say, and identifies an area of medicine ripe for improvement.
(Reuters Health) Patients may be more likely to have complications when a new surgical device is first being adopted, suggests a new study looking at prostate removal.
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Six Cases Where Big Data Can Reduce Healthcare Costs

(Science Daily) As the use of electronic health record becomes widespread across the United States, due in large to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the quantity of clinical data that will become available for research and analytic purposes will also dramatically increase. Additionally, experts in healthcare have become increasingly focused on clinical analytics that analyze large quantities of data for the purpose of gleaning insights that have the potential to improve the value of patient care -- a process that is known as big data.
In a new research study…, researchers highlight some of the clearest opportunities to reduce costs through the use of big data.
Specifically, researchers discuss the role of algorithms in reducing cost in the following categories: high-cost patients, readmissions, triage, decompensation (when a patient's condition worsens), adverse events, and treatment optimization for diseases affecting multiple organ systems.
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Health Insurance News

(Science Daily) Half of Texans who are eligible for premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and who looked for health plans in the ACA's Health Insurance Marketplace said cost was the main reason they didn't enroll in a plan. The report specifically looked at lower- to middle-income families in Texas who don't have access to health insurance through an employer and who earn too much to qualify for public programs. That group includes approximately 2 million uninsured Texans and is a key target population of the ACA.
(Reuters) An experiment changing how U.S. cancer doctors are compensated cut healthcare costs by a third, with no discernible decline in patient health, according to a three-year study by insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc and five medical oncology groups… UnitedHealth, the largest U.S. health insurer, gave participating doctors an upfront payment to cover a patient's full course of treatment, rather than reimburse them for each individual medical service such as chemotherapy… At the five oncology groups in the study, medical costs for 810 patients with lung, breast and colon cancer were $65 million, versus $98 million for similar patients whose doctors received standard payments. That represented a decline of three times what the study had targeted.
(Kaiser Health News) California insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross misled "millions of enrollees" about whether their doctors and hospitals were participating in its new "Obamacare" plans and failed to disclose that many policies wouldn't cover care outside its approved network, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday. As a result, many consumers are on the hook for thousands of dollars in medical bills and have been unable to see their longtime doctors, alleges the suit filed in Superior Court in Los Angeles by Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog. While declining to comment on the suit, Anthem has conceded that some doctors were inaccurately listed on its plans.
(CBS News) As early as this week, a three-judge panel from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to hand down a ruling on whether the federal government can give subsidies to Obamacare recipients in states with federally-run health care exchanges. If the appeals court rules in favor of the law's opponents, it could cripple the law.
(ThinkProgress) The attitude that women shouldn't be having sex can at least partly be traced back to the idea that women are supposed to be economically dependent on men.
(MSNBC) On Wednesday, congressional Democrats plan to introduce the “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act,” which according to a summary provided to msnbc, “ensures that employers cannot interfere in their employee’s decisions about contraception and other health services.” The bill states that all insurance plans – including those provided by for-profit corporations – must cover contraception, though it keeps the exemption for houses of worship and the “accommodation” for religious nonprofits.
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Less exercise, not more calories, causing expanding waistlines

(Elsevier Health Sciences) Sedentary lifestyle and not caloric intake may be to blame for increased obesity in the US, according to a new analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). A study … reveals that in the past 20 years there has been a sharp decrease in physical exercise and an increase in average body mass index (BMI), while caloric intake has remained steady. Investigators theorized that a nationwide drop in leisure-time physical activity, especially among young women, may be responsible for the upward trend in obesity rates.
By analyzing NHANES data from the last 20 years, researchers from Stanford University discovered that the number of US adult women who reported no physical activity jumped from 19.1% in 1994 to 51.7% in 2010. For men, the number increased from 11.4% in 1994 to 43.5% in 2010. During the period, average BMI has increased across the board, with the most dramatic rise found among young women ages 18-39.
"These changes have occurred in the context of substantial increases in the proportion of adults reporting no leisure-time physical activity, but in the absence of any significant population-level changes in average daily caloric intake," explains lead investigator Uri Ladabaum, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology), Stanford University School of Medicine. "At the population level, we found a significant association between the level of leisure-time physical activity, but not daily caloric intake, and the increases in both BMI and waist circumference."
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Sitting Too Much, Not Just Lack of Exercise, Is Detrimental to Cardiovascular Health

(Science Daily) Cardiologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center found that sedentary behaviors may lower cardiorespiratory fitness levels. New evidence suggests that two hours of sedentary behavior can be just as harmful as 20 minutes of exercise is beneficial.
The study … examined the association between fitness levels, daily exercise, and sedentary behavior, based on data from 2,223 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Sedentary behavior involves low levels of energy expenditure activities such as sitting, driving, watching television, and reading, among others. The findings suggest that sedentary behavior may be an important determinant of cardiorespiratory fitness, independent of exercise.
"Previous studies have reported that sedentary behavior was associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular outcomes; however, the mechanisms through which this occurs are not completely understood," said Dr. Jarett Berry, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Clinical Science and senior author of the study. "Our data suggest that sedentary behavior may increase risk through an impact on lower fitness levels, and that avoiding sedentary behavior throughout the day may represent an important companion strategy to improve fitness and health, outside of regular exercise activity."
Community: If you need help getting up off your butt, this app may help:
(Science Daily) More sedentary time, regardless of physical activity levels, is associated with greater risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease and mortality. However, a smartphone-based intervention can produce short-term reductions in sedentary behavior that may be effective in improving health.
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Exercise To Beat High Cholesterol

(Sharecare.com) Your doctor has probably coached you on the importance of a smart diet to manage your cholesterol. Physical activity is another important piece of the puzzle. One study found that daily exercise, combined with a high-fiber, low-fat diet, can help improve cholesterol levels in just three weeks.
Regular workouts enhance your cholesterol numbers in three ways:
Boost beneficial HDL cholesterol. Swimming, cycling, walking, or other types of aerobic exercise -- the kind that raises your heart rate -- elevates your HDL level.
Trim "bad" LDL cholesterol. Aerobic workouts also help keep harmful LDL cholesterol in check. For extra LDL-lowering benefits, add resistance training to your routine.
Knock down triglycerides. Are your triglyceride levels high, too? Moderate-intensity exercise can help bring them down.
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Smart Ways to Exercise in the Heat

(Sharecare.com) Long summer days give us plenty of time to exercise outside after work (or before work, for you early risers). And those summer bike rides, trail runs and laps in the pool are extra healthy: Research shows that outdoor workouts can reduce stress and boost mood better than indoor ones. But physical activity in summer heat also has some risks, including overheating and dehydration. So while you’re out there working up a sweat, remember these tips for staying safe.
Drink Early and Often…
Start Out Slow…
slather on the SPF…
Choose clothes that are breathable and designed specifically for the heat….
Keep an eye out for these signs: muscle twitching and tenderness in the abdomen, arms or legs; nausea; vomiting; weakness and fatigue.
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More Information and Recent Research on Exercise and Fitness

(Huffington Post) Here's what cyclists can teach the rest of us about leading a happier, healthier life. Cyclists are in really good shape… They have ample amounts of energy… They've got swagger… They take safety seriously… Cyclists know that self-sufficiency pays off… They live longer.
(Science Daily) Bicyclist safety significantly increases when there are more bikes on the road, according to a study examining collisions between bicycles and motorists. This finding could be attributed to a 'safety in numbers effect.' As bicycling increases in cities across the U.S. each year, the results could have national implications. "In fact, we are beginning to find that cities with a high level of bicycling are not just safer for cyclists but for all road users," one author said. "Improving the streets to better accommodate bicycles may enhance safety for everyone."
(Bloomberg) Where you live may affect your decisions and your health, say researchers who suggest designing cities to be better for walking could reduce diabetes.
(Reuters) Young soccer players may never reach the dazzling athleticism on display at the World Cup in Brazil, but fitness experts say the sport cultivates such a variety of skills that playing it can underpin a lifetime of activity… “Soccer is a sport that requires lot of different kinds of movements: running forward and back, cutting, changing direction, high-bursts and recovery capacity, that all enhance foundational skills,” said [Michael F. Bergeron, executive director of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute].
Community: Soccer can benefit older folks, as well.
(Medscape) For patients with fibromyalgia, treatment should be individualized and include nonpharmacologic approaches, which are often more effective than drugs, according to an expert in the field. "There is no magic drug against fibromyalgia and, in my opinion, there will never be. Psychotherapists don't work miracles, but psychotherapy can help and, in a few cases, turn people with fibromyalgia into nonpatients. Drugs may help, but patients don't like them," said investigator Winfried Häuser, MD, from Technische Universität München in Germany, who has published widely on fibromyalgia. "Aerobic exercise is the most effective weapon we have."
(Reuters Health) Going for regular brisk walks may improve symptoms among people with Parkinson’s disease and boost their quality of life, according to a preliminary study.
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Recipes

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Maple-Glazed Salmon
Put together a big batch of the spice rub, and keep it in an airtight container; use it to add flavor to meat and fish on weeknights. Serve with Tomato-Dill Couscous.
EatingWell:
Buttermilk-Brined Chicken Breast with Basil-Mint Sauce
This healthy buttermilk chicken breast recipe has all the flavor of buttermilk fried chicken without the frying. The herb sauce recipe brings together mint, basil and ground coriander—perfect for serving with the chicken, or make extra and toss with pasta.
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Homemade Ketchup
Making homemade ketchup doesn't cross many people's minds, but when you take a moment to look at the ingredients label on store-bought ketchup... maybe it's time to reconsider. Take a peek at our Homemade Ketchup recipe that is free of preservatives, corn syrup, questionable ingredients and excess cost! Even better? You can play with the recipe to make it better suited to your savory or sweet taste buds!
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Food News

(SouthBeachDiet.com) Tired of eating the same salad, day after day? Hit up your supermarket, food co-op, or the nearest farmers’ market for some fresh seasonal ingredients. Getting creative with toppings like olives, nuts, and seeds is also a great way to sneak extra nutrients into your salad bowl. Here are a few healthy alternatives to typical salad fixings that you can use to revamp the next one you make.
(Sharecare.com) Aim for what we docs recommend is the healthiest, heart-friendly blood pressure: 115/76. How? Reduce stress, eat smart, get plenty of physical activity, and enjoy these surprising, blood-pressure-lowering foods: Purple Potatoes… Raisins… Walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and cashew nuts… Protein… Dark chocolate.
(Scientific American) A poor diet can eat away at brain health. Now a study … helps elucidate why. It suggests that eating a lot of sugar or other carbohydrates can be hazardous to both brain structure and function.
(Katherine Brooking, MS, RD, Appetite for Health) A healthy diet is a must.  From my journal I’ve noticed that high sodium foods are a big trigger… nearly as much as alcohol and nitrate-containing foods.  So the less salt, the better.  If I stick with a low sodium, relatively unprocessed, and mostly plant based diet I seem to be ok.
(Quartz) [New research] explored the question of how your feeling of satiety affects how soon you eat the same food again. In other words, if you eat until you are completely sated, or perhaps over-full, are you likely to delay consuming that same food again? The answer is yes… “People have a tendency to overindulge in foods they enjoy, not realizing the effect. This is the argument for moderation, if we needed one,” says [Stanford’s Baba] Shiv, the Sanwa Bank, Limited, Professor of Marketing at Stanford Graduate School of Business. “You actually take more pleasure in it.”
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The Latest from The People’s Pharmacy

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How to Cope With an Overactive Bladder

(U.S. News & World Report) OAB is characterized as a syndrome that causes an abrupt and unstoppable need to urinate, and it is considered to be one of the top 10 chronic medical issues that affect women between ages 45 and 64…
Treatment generally involves a combination of therapies, which may include lifestyle and dietary modifications, drug therapy and behavior modifications. In 2013, the FDA approved Oxytrol For Women, a patch manufactured by MSD Consumer Care Inc. This product became the first nonprescription treatment for OAB. In May 2014, AZO Bladder Control with Go Less, a drug-free dietary supplement, became available to manage OAB symptoms.
In addition, several prescription medications can be used to treat OAB…
Behavioral therapy techniques that may be used for OAB include bladder retraining and pelvic floor therapy exercises. Dietary changes that may help decrease or alleviate OAB symptoms include eliminating or decreasing your intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, citrus juices, spicy or acidic foods and foods or drinks that contain artificial sweeteners. Because smoking and excess weight can worsen OAB symptoms, it can help to maintain a healthy weight and stop smoking.
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West Virginia CVS stores to cease selling cold medicines used in meth production

(UPI) In an effort curb the production of methamphetamine in West Virginia, CVS has agreed to stop selling several over-the-counter cold medicines at W.Va. stores.
Products containing pseudoephedrine, one of the main ingredient used in the production of meth, will no longer be sold at CVS stores in West Virginia. Other pharmacy chains are expected to follow suit. The ban will also stretch 15 miles past the West Virginia border in all directions...
The move by CVS comes after repeated pleas from U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, W.Va.-Dem., to help make meth production that much more difficult.
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Low doses of arsenic cause cancer in mice

(National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) Mice exposed to low doses of arsenic in drinking water, similar to what some people might consume, developed lung cancer, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found…
“This is the first study to show tumor development in animals exposed to very low levels of arsenic, levels similar to which humans might be exposed,” said Michael Waalkes, Ph.D., lead author on the paper and director of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Laboratory. “The results are unexpected and certainly give cause for concern.”…
In the study, more than half of the male offspring mice developed significant increases in benign and malignant lung tumors at the two lower doses (50 ppb and 500 ppb). Female offspring also developed benign tumors at the lower concentrations. Interestingly, the researchers did not find significant increases in lung tumors in either sex at the highest dose (5,000 ppb).
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Judge grants preliminary approval of deal in NFL concussion suit

(Reuters) A federal judge in Philadelphia on Monday granted preliminary approval to a settlement between the National Football League and thousands of former players who have brain damage and dementia as a result of concussions suffered on the field.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody comes two weeks after the NFL agreed to remove a $675 million ceiling it had placed on payments to former players who were part of a groundbreaking lawsuit over head injuries experienced during their time in the league.
Brody had denied an earlier settlement motion in January, saying the $760 million deal, which capped cash payments at $675 million, did not set aside enough money for the former players.
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San Francisco Is Likely To Approve Laura’s Law Mental Health Program

(Los Angeles Times) Family members of those who have suffered multiple mental health crises and refuse help or fail to stick with it are begging for a Laura's Law program — which could court-order the intractably ill into outpatient treatment. Police officers and firefighters who see the same people cycle through hospitalizations and jail want it too.
Then there are the mental health consumers who are well enough to speak of the trauma inflicted by coercive care. It doesn't work, they say. It drives people from treatment.
The debate has played out in board chambers of elected leaders since a law authorizing California counties to launch such programs took effect in 2003. And for 11 years, there have been almost no takers but for Nevada County, where the law's namesake, 19-year-old Laura Wilcox, was gunned down by a behavioral health client who had stopped complying with his treatment…
Under the program, court orders may be issued only for those who have been hospitalized or jailed because of mental illness twice in the last three years or who have been violent to themselves or others (or threatened such violence) in the last four. They must have been offered the chance to voluntarily follow a treatment plan and refused. Their condition must be "substantially deteriorating" and outpatient treatment deemed the least restrictive way to help.
Community: Sorry, but I have less sympathy for the opponents’ feelings than for the safety of the rest of us.
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