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February is Psychology Month in Canada, so it is a good time to answer some often asked questions about this discipline. Many wonder about the difference between psychologists and psychiatrists. Psychiatrists are medical doctors, and, as such, are able to prescribe medications. Psychologists have graduate degrees in Psychology, and have been chartered by the provincial association. This means they have had to undergo a lengthy process of practice supervision, like an internship, and have had to pass the Chartering Exams. These exams cover every area of psychology, and are standardized throughout Canada and the U.S.

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Many women assume that skipping meals is a good strategy for controlling body weight. After all the logic goes, if you cut out a meal, you will cut out calories. Two new studies from scientists at the University of Nottingham in England shed light on this issue. In this research lean women and overweight women were asked to follow either a regular meal schedule for 14-days or an irregular meal pattern for 14-days (including skipping breakfast). After the first two-week period, the women were then asked to follow other meal pattern. This is called a crossover design in research and is a strong scientific design.

10 Tips for Healthy and Permanent Weight Loss
Your weight reflects your total calorie consumption, how much you exercise, and your metabolic rate, but the composition of the food you eat is also important. Here are some tips. Reduce carbs. We have found that it's almost impossible to lose weight and keep it off without eating substantially fewer carbohydrates, particularly those with a high glycemic load (GL). As we discussed in "Carbohydrates and the Glycemic Load," consumption of high-GL carbohydrates leads to a desire for more carbohydrates. Eating a low-carbohydrate, low-GL diet will help you control your appetite and decrease cravings.

14 WFIE, The Tri-State's News Leader: A Breakthrough In Weight Loss
Web Producer: Jason Bailey Keeping those middle-aged pounds off may be easier with the help of four newly discovered aides to dieting. New research shows some common supplements can keep that weight from building up as we get older. Trying to have a healthy diet can be an arduous process, and knowing what foods are good for your individual diet, can be even tougher. Dawn Jones tries to keep mind and body in harmony by disposing of her unhealthy anxiety using vitamin-B supplements. Jones says, "I've noticed definite changes in my stress levels. My stress levels are way lower than they used to be.

299 - Walks and Naps for Power Breaks
People who follow the typical sleep-wake cycle (Sleep in the night and wake up in the morning), are biologically prone to feel energy gaps around mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Thus, employees who work during the typical 9 to 5 shift, experience not one but two energy gaps at work. They are also likely to experience additional energy gaps and the need for pick-me-ups depending on their physical and emotional health, diet, and the work environment.

442 - Techniques for Treating Eating Disorders Part II
Small changes can produce big results. Likewise, a small step can offer big help for weight management. A survey conducted by Nutricise, an online weight loss program, suggests that people tend to overeat at the same time of the day. More than one third of the survey participants "snacked" with rich snacks such as the candies, cookies and doughnuts during prime time television, adding up to 300 to 500 calories per snack. Perhaps, you do it too. See, you don't have to go through a high-tech weight loss program, give up everything you love to eat or live the life of a herbivorous hermit.

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ADD alternatives
When Charles Ryder was finally diagnosed with adult attention-deficit disorder at age 25, his doctor immediately started him on the medication Strattera. For the first time since childhood, Ryder's focus partially improved. But Ryder didn't feel like himself when he took the drug. He also hated putting a chemical into his body, especially one that now comes with federal warnings about increased suicide risk in younger populations.

Alpha Male: Ideal Images
Alpha Males: Ideal Images BACKGROUND: Being a man these days seems an awful lot like being a woman. For men, more than ever, looks count. In Vogue and Men's Health alike, modern-day, male models sell everything from protein powder to Armani cologne. They've got washboard abs, tan skin, and a bulging chest. One body image study found 45 percent of men reported being dissatisfied with their physiques. Women were only slightly less satisfied at 55 percent. As men become more body-conscious, and as advertisers become more shameless about objectifying the male physique, men are acquiring more problems formerly associated with women.

Alpha Male: The Food Factor
Alpha Male: The Food Factor BACKGROUND: Eating disorders are a broad spectrum of disorders where patients have issues with their body image. The two most common forms of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by a cycle of bingeing and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: HOW NATURAL THERAPIES FIT INTO TRADITIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS

As the green movement continues to sweep the nation—consumers are snapping up everything from hybrid cars to all-natural cleaning products—there is an increasing market for non-traditional medical treatments.  More and more Americans are seeking alternatives to conventional medicine to help prevent and treat various conditions.  This customer demand, along with the emergence of scientific evidence that supports the effectiveness of alternative medicine, has fuelled a shift in how many health insurance companies provide coverage for these services.  Progress has been slow, but is certainly leaps and bounds from where it was just a few years ago.
Alternative medicine is an approach to health that encompasses factors like herbal remedies, ancient cultural healing methods, and non-invasive or natural treatments.  The most common alternative therapies covered by health plans are chiropractic care, massage, and acupuncture.  Naturopathic medicine—treatments that include things like nutrition and diet, use of herbs, and holistic healing—is also covered by some plans.  Some health plans even cover things like guided meditation, homeopathic treatments, herbal supplements, and mind-body stress management.
Although traditional health insurers are broadening their coverage for natural or alternative therapies, there is still quite a wide gap between coverage for these types of treatments and more conventional medical intervention.  In health plans that offer coverage for alternative medicine, insureds usually incur some out of pocket expense for treatment—though usually at a much lower cost than if they had to pay without medical coverage at all—or are limited in the number of sessions insurance will cover.  If you are interested in exploring alternative or natural therapies, check with your health insurance carrier to see if they provide coverage and what the terms of such coverage are.
When you contact your insurance company, you should ask the following questions to ensure you have as much information as possible before making a decision:
-Is pre-approval, authorization, or a referral from my primary care physician required for alternative care? -What kinds of treatments are covered? -Will I incur any out of pocket expenses like co-pays, coinsurance, or charges for additional services or products like supplements, tests and supplies? -Do I have to choose a natural healthcare provider from a network? -What are the limits of coverage?  Are there caps on per-visit dollar amounts or number of visits?  Are certain medical conditions excluded from coverage?
If your health plan offers limited or non-existent coverage for alternative medical treatments, you may be able to increase or add this coverage by exploring options in your existing policy.  For example, some plans allow customers to use alternative therapies if they agree to pay a higher deductible.  There are also policy amendments, called riders, that some health insurance plans offer to customers that provide extra coverage for things like homeopathic remedies.  You may also be able to work with a provider in your insurance company’s network to arrange for non-traditional treatments.
It may take some investigative work, but if you desire alternative, natural or non-traditional medical therapies, there are options for this kind of coverage from many health insurance plans.  

Alternative Mental Health News #56
"Action Alert" in Issue 55 regarding the Codex Alimentarius (see definitions below) initiative to reclassify nutritional supplements as drugs, severely limiting their distribution. One reader objected to our statement that the U.S. would be required to adhere to Codex standards, pointing to language in the Codex documents stating that participation is voluntary. Another reader, Dr. Rima E. Laibow (rlalex@optonline.net), responds as follows: "Currently, Codex Alimentarius is a voluntary set of standards.

Alzheimer's Overview
Alzheimer's disease is like a cat burglar. It slips into a person's life without making a sound, and soon treasured possessions start disappearing: memory, personality, independence. For many years, even the top medical detectives in the country were baffled by such robbery. Doctors knew that Alzheimer's filled a person's brain with tangled strings of protein and sticky clumps of plaque, but nobody had a clue where this clutter came from. Worse, nobody knew how to help the victims. In the bad old days -- which weren't that long ago -- people with Alzheimer's were often locked away in asylums and controlled with heavy sedatives.

Among Fruits, Cranberries Are Richest in Potent Group of Antioxidants
As you're enjoying your turkey dinner this holiday weekend, you might want to scoop on an extra serving of cranberry sauce. That's because according to a new study of 20 common fruits, cranberries have the highest level of phenols, a type of disease-fighting antioxidant. The findings appear in the current issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Previous studies had demonstrated the link between eating fuits and vegetables and a reduced risk of coronary artery disease.

An Apple a Day
An apple a day could keep memory loss at bay, researchers claim. A study found that eating two to four apples daily can guard against cell damage in the brain, which leads to forgetfulness in old age. Previous research has suggested that the fruit can protect those who are prone to developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Now, scientists say apples can keep people mentally sharp because they contain high levels of antioxidants. Dr. Thomas B Shea, of the University of Massachusetts, said: "There is something in apples and apple juice that protects brain cells in normal aging.

Aromatherapy Careers Q&A
What is Aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is the inhalation and bodily application of essential oils from aromatic plants to relax, balance, rejuvenate, restore or enhance body, mind and spirit. Pure essential oils are extracted from many parts of the plant including the flower, leaf, resin, bark, root, twig, seed, berry, rind and rhizome. A basic principle of Aromatherapy is to strengthen the self-healing processes by indirect stimulation of the immune system. The depth of use of essential oils is quite wide, ranging from deep and penetrating therapeutic uses to the extreme subtlety of a unique fragrance.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Cookie Monster curbs cookie habit
Cookie Monster, the biscuit-eating puppet on US children's show Sesame Street, will cut down on his favourite food as part of an anti-obesity drive. The blue-furred muppet who used to sing "C is for Cookie" will now tell viewers that "A Cookie is a Sometimes Food". Each episode of the show's new series will begin with a "health tip" about healthy foods and physical activity. A Sesame Street representative said the popular character would be "broadening his eating habits" in future.

Better Health with Flax - A Flaxseed Muffin a Day Keeps Cancer at Bay - Barleans's Educational Literature
For men and women, flaxseed can help normalize blood lipids and reduce risk of heart disease, not to mention colon cancer risk. Since it is a rich fiber source, it helps with detoxification and to normalize bowel movements. Flax also helps improve moods, attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder. It is essential for normal visual development in the fetus and young children and should be part of every pregnant woman's diet. In every way, cold-milled, ground flaxseed is good for your health and that of your family and loved ones. It is a wonderful whole food.

Better Sex - How weightloss can increase libido at MedicineNet.com
Reviewed by Charlotte Grayson, MD From Sex in the City to Desperate Housewives, there's one media message that's louder and clearer than ever: Looking, feeling, acting, and just being sexy is the order of the day. But cultural messages also continue to tell us that no one bigger than a size 6 should be singing the siren song of sexuality. Much like oil and water, being overweight and sexy just don't mix. For those already struggling with weight and image issues, that powerful message can easily throw a wet blanket on even the most active libido.

Bgay.com Wellness & Health - Gay Health Information, Advice, Dear Max and Special Reports
Everyday Well-being What you do every day is the most important factor for staying healthy and feeling well. Stay active for at least 30 minutes every day. Eat healthy foods for meals and snacks, and don't forget to drink plenty of water.

Brain exercise is key to healthy mind
That’s the best advice doctors can yet offer to ward off Alzheimer’s disease. There’s no guarantee. But more and more research shows that some fairly simple steps can truly lower your risk of the deadly dementia. Also, if Alzheimer’s strikes anyway, people who have followed this advice tend to do better – their brains withstand the attack longer before symptoms become obvious. The goal: build up what’s called a "cognitive reserve." "Cognitive reserve is not something you’re born with," Dr. Yaakov Stern of Columbia University told a meeting of Alzheimer’s researchers Monday.

Broccoli, Cancer Protection - Depending On Your Genes, You May Need To Eat More Than Other People, Or Consume 'super Broccoli'
"Our studies suggest that this may be because if you lack the gene you cannot retain any sulforaphane inside your body, it is all excreted within a few hours. However, if you consume larger portions of broccoli, or broccoli with higher levels of sulforaphane, such as the 'super broccoli', you may be able to retain as much sulforaphane in your body as those who have the gene. Eating larger portions may have additional benefits since broccoli is also a rich source of other vitamins and minerals". Broccoli is the main source of natural compound sulforaphane.

BYU NewsNet - BYU dining extends EAT campaign
BYU Dining Services will extend their campaign to promote student's healthy lifestyle choices beyond March, when it kicked off as part of National Nutrition Month. Its slogan to EAT has three components: Eat, Act and Think. "We're trying to encourage people to eat nutritiously, act wisely as far as being involved in physical activities and to think differently about eating and activity level," said Dean Wright, director of Dining Services. Wright said he finds BYU students are improving in their healthy eating choices, and hopes the campaign will support them even more.

BYU NewsNet - Tips on how to stay fit after fitting in dinner
Related Story: Turkey: From eggs to leftovers Roasted, fried, stuffed with breadcrumbs or smothered in cranberry sauce, the turkey is one of the central elements of Thanksgiving for many Americans. It's that time of year again - time for people to gather with friends and family, turn on a football game, put away the bathroom scale and pig out. Yes, it's Thanksgiving time. A study conducted by the American Council on Exercise found that the average American gains seven pounds during the holiday season - from Thanksgiving until New Year's Day.

Caffeinated Cola May Make Kids Hyperactive
"As little as three-fourths of a can of caffeinated soda makes kids act out," says researcher Alan R. Hirsch, MD, neurological director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. "First-graders manifested behavioral problems when presented with caffeinated cola, suggesting that consumption of this should be minimized," concludes the study. Reporting at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, Hirsch says he studied 20 first-graders, half of whom were offered caffeinated cola and half of whom got caffeine-free cola.

Calcium and Osteoporosis
Organic calcium is found within the body in the matrix, spongy living core of the bones. Animal dairy products contain inorganic calcium. Which is not recognized, nor utilized by the body. Dr. Stanley Kaplan, MD has found that organic calcium losses were elevated markedly in individuals for 3-4 hours after a meal rich in calcium from dairy and high in protein. Independent medical studies, those not funded by the Dairy Council, have concluded that excessive calcium found in the body (in the blood stream ) will not be recognized. Instead, this inorganic calcium from animal sources are removed from the blood and collected in the kidneys.

Calorie Control Council | Top Summer Food Myths
Myth. You risk “cross contaminating” the raw veggies with bacteria from the uncooked meat. Rinsing with plain water won’t properly clean your board or knife. It’s best to use a separate cutting board and knife for raw meats and other foods that don’t get cooked. Or, wash the board and knife in between tasks with lots of hot, soapy water. Also, never put cooked foods back on the same plate that held raw meats, poultry or fish. Q. After eating, we should wait an hour or more before going swimming – myth or fact? A. Myth. This is one of those old wives tales that has really stuck around.

Ceche.org News Story
While most Americans are aware that eating vegetables and fruit is important to a healthy diet, current trends are alarming: Vegetable and fruit consumption is declining; obesity is on the rise; and many consumers are replacing vegetables and fruit with high-calorie foods. In fact, just one in five Americans meets the USDA recommendation for consuming at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, according to the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH), a non-profit organization that promotes fruit and vegetable consumption.

certain weight control behaviors may precipitate obesity among adolescent girls. A parent's weight may also play a role
WASHINGTON — The prevalence of adolescent obesity has doubled over the last 30 years and can lead to serious medical problems, like high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer. According to a new study, certain weight-control behaviors may actually contribute more to weight problems than other behaviors. Furthermore, parents who are overweight may also contribute to their adolescent’s future weight problem. These findings are reported on in the April issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Changing your Lifestyle
Imagine you had a heart attack and bypass surgery. Your doctor says, "Better change your lifestyle or you're dead." Would you change? According to Dr. Edward Miller, dean of Johns Hopkins Medical School and CEO of the John Hopkins Medical Center, only 10% do. It's tough to change, even when your life is at stake. So, how in the world can you expect yourself to start looking for a job, to get your co-worker to be more motivated, or your spouse to be kinder to you? The cover story of the May issue of Fast Company, synthesizing the latest research, offers help: 1. The time to change is now.

Child Obesity - Peel Public Health
You know more about food and nutrition than your child. You decide what food comes into the home and what to serve for meals, taking into account nutrition, family preferences and budget. Have regularly scheduled meals and snack times - Children and adults need regular and enjoyable meals and snacks. When family members eat well and get full at regular intervals, they’re able to do other things in-between without being bothered by hunger. Offer water between meals and snacks if they are thirsty. Influence the eating environment – Do your best to make meal and snack time pleasant.

Child Obesity - Peel Public Health
What your preschooler is able to do: Able to use a fork and spoon, but will still use fingers to eat or to push food onto spoon Learning to pour milk or juice from a small container Gradually learning social skills for eating, like serving themselves from a bowl of food, passing food, refusing food politely, and taking part in conversation Things to know about feeding Preschoolers: Preschoolers want to learn and get better at everything, including eating. They’re more willing to try new foods than they were as toddlers, but it can still take awhile before they learn to like them.

Child Obesity - Peel Public Health
Texture – foods should be soft enough to chew and moist enough to swallow Safety - cut up foods that could cause choking; serve hot foods at a safe temperature Things to know about feeding Toddlers: Toddlers are in a period of slower growth. Their appetite is unpredictable – some days they eat a lot, some days they eat very little. Toddlers are working at becoming a person separate from their parents. They say “no” frequently, struggle to be in control and test their limits. Toddlers have strong food likes and dislikes, which can change from day to day. Toddlers do not like new foods.

Children with Heart Defects Found to Benefit from Exercise
[Note to reporters: Children and parents are available to talk about their experience.] A small but compelling pilot study indicates that many children with serious congenital heart disease, who are typically urged to restrict their activity, can improve their cardiovascular function and exercise capacity through a cardiac rehabilitation program. Fifteen of 16 children participating in a 12-week rehabilitation program at Children's Hospital Boston showed significant gains in heart function, researchers report in the December Pediatrics. Congenital heart defects affect about 8 in 1000 newborns.

Children's Psychotherapy Project
When psychologist Toni Vaughn Heineman, DMH, first told a social services administrator in San Francisco her plan to offer mental health services to foster children free of charge, the administrator asked her if she was serious. "You want to commit to free therapy for a child for an indefinite period?" the social worker asked. For Heineman, the remarkable answer was "yes." In 1993, Heineman recruited 13 other therapists in California's Bay Area to form the Children's Psychotherapy Project: Each volunteer agreed to do free weekly therapy for a child in the foster system for as many months, or years, as were needed.

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Men's Journal is edited for active men with an interest in travel, fitness and adventure. It provides practical, informative articles on how to spend quality leisure time. These men want to see what life has to offer. Men's Journal contains interesting articles about travel or adventure in each issue along with a feature article on varying topics from contributing writers. There are always good features on health and fitness tips. Also, the magazine highlights sports gear, fashion and gadgets.

Coffee Limits Blood Flow To Heart Muscle During Exercise
In healthy volunteers, the equivalent of two cups of coffee reduced the body's ability to boost blood flow to the heart muscle in response to exercise, and the effect was stronger when the participants were in a chamber simulating high altitude, according to a new study in the Jan. 17, 2006, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "Whenever we do a physical exercise, myocardial blood flow has to increase in order to match the increased need of oxygen. We found that caffeine may adversely affect this mechanism. It partly blunts the needed increase in flow," said Philipp A. Kaufmann, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Common Eating Problems and How to Cope With Them
-She needs to eat for proper growth -Respect your child's ability to know if she is hungry. A skipped meal won't hurt a healthy child. Remove food after a reasonable amount of time. Give her positive attention throughout the day. 'Food jags': Only wants one food for a period of time -I've found a yummy new food -I must make sure she eats a balanced diet otherwise he may not grow well -He's just trying to manipulate me -Food jags are common with kids. Don't make a big deal about them, they eventually go away. You can let her enjoy her favourite food at one mealtime but not serve it at other meals.

Conquering the mountain
Perkins grew up around Lake Tahoe, Calif., acquiring a love for the outdoors that led to annual backpacking trips with friends. Her zeal for mountain trekking and climbing only increased after her transplant on Nov. 20, 1995. Any fears about stressing her new heart were overwhelmed by a desire to rebuild her strength. Some 3 years earlier, she had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy - a disease in which heart muscle becomes inflamed - which doctors blamed on a virus. For more than three years, she and her husband shuttled in and out of hospitals seeking a donor heart.

Continue reading "5 Tips to Dealing With Low Blood Sugar!"
Usually when we talk about Diabetes we focus on high blood sugar, and keeping it down, but what often gets overlooked in discussion are the pain in the neck low blood sugars, or hypoglycemia if you want to be technical. If you've been a diabetic for a while then you know that you can usually feel the symptoms of low blood sugar pretty quickly. However, let me emphasize usually because it's not always the case for everyone. And I can't be perfectly sure about this, but it seems like the tighter the control is, the less you feel the affects of low blood sugar.

Cost Control Measures Limit Patient and Physician Choice in Psychotropic Medications
Waltham, MA - A new Brandeis University study published online in Clinical Therapeutics suggests that private health plans increasingly rely on escalating copayments to manage drug costs, as opposed to administrative controls. This makes treatment more expensive in many cases for patients, and may affect adherence to treatment, said lead author Dominic Hodgkin, associate professor at the Institute for Behavioral Health, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Debunking the Science Behind ADHD as a "Brain Disorder"
A recent study by Seattle psychiatrist Arif Khan (Khan et al., 2002) indicated a large overlap in effect between placebo and antidepressants in the original FDA trials of these drugs. Leuchter and fellow UCLA researchers (Leuchter et al., 2002) found that these placebo effects result in detectable changes in brain function. Similar studies have not been undertaken with ADD/ADHD subjects nor are individuals who may have already experienced temporary or permanent brain changes as a result of stimulant treatment typically excluded or controlled for in ADD/ADHD research (Leo & Cohen, 2002).

Destination health
Some Americans escaping to the tropics this winter will return home with sunburn, diarrhea, fevers, fractures or venereal disease - souvenirs that can spoil any excursion. Traveling to regions including western Europe, Japan, Australia and Canada pose risks, too, particularly on unfamiliar roadways. But it's the Amazon adventure traveler or business professional bound for Southeast Asia who'll need to take extra precautions. Doctors predict that in such less-developed countries, a third to two-thirds of visitors will contract some mild illness, usually a cold or traveler's diarrhea.

Do You Know How To Take Care of Your Bones?
You've heard it before - but taking care of your bones is critical; and while we all know the bone strengthening benefits from consuming lots of dairy products, and fruits and vegetables, there is a lot more you should know. Diets that are significantly high in protein (like many low-carb diets) can lead to loss of calcium in the body's system. It was shown in a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that vegetable protein helps to retain more calcium in the bones than animal protein.

Docs warn about toddler diets
Doctors warn about toddlers' diets DALLAS (AP) - As toddlers begin eating "grown-up" food, they may also develop grown-up eating habits — like too much junk food and too few vegetables, warn doctors who want parents to change their ways. Within the childhood obesity outbreak is an increasing number of overweight 2-year-olds, according to pediatrics experts. In an effort to address the problem, the American Heart Association is offering this advice to parents: Children 2 and older should eat mostly fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat and non-fat dairy products, beans, fish and lean meat.

Don't go hungry >
Make sure you don't go hungry. There are plenty of low-calorie snacks such as fruit, so there is no need to feel constantly hungry when you are dieting. Set healthy targets. Aim for at least five fruit and vegetable portions each day. This will not only ensure you feel full; it will ensure you are feeding your body with a good balance of nutrients and vitamins. Keep the fridge well-stocked. When there is an absence of healthy food in the house, it is easy to reach for the cookie jar. Ensure there are always healthy alternatives for when the rumbles start. See a diet as something positive.

Double Sunrise: GeneralHealth
Researchers are discovering some interesting facts about what makes us fall asleep, what happens when we sleep, and what interrupts a good night's sleep. And it's a good thing because trouble sleeping is a very common health complaint of not only young women but of all groups. Learning about sleep can help you enhance the quality of your rest, which in turn will increase your resistance to health problems and help you feel better too. Why is sleep so important? Sleep has long been known to affect our mental and physical health.

Eat wisely to reduce breast cancer risk - Nutrition Notes - MSNBC.com
The recent results from the Women's Intervention Nutrition Study renew hope for breast cancer survivors. The women who followed a low-fat diet in this study reduced their risk of a recurrence during the next five years by 24 percent. Although it is important to know how much less fat these women ate and how they cut back, less fat may be only a part of the reason for their lower cancer risk. This important study tracked two groups of women aged 48 to 79 for five years who had received treatment for early breast cancers.

Effects of cocoa on blood pressure
A study of elderly Dutch men indicates that eating or drinking cocoa is associated with lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of death, according to an article in the February 27 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Cocoa has been linked to cardiovascular health benefits since at least the 18th century, but researchers are just beginning to collect scientific evidence for these claims, according to background information in the article.

Enhancing Mental Health: Caring for Your Psychological Well-Being

The mental and emotional health of an individual plays an important role in a person’s success, whether in his personal life or professional career. People who are healthy, both mentally and physically, lead a fruitful and productive existence with other people in their community. They are able to face whatever challenges are hurled their way, build relationships, and contribute constructively to the group they are affiliated with. These mentally healthy people consider the problems they face as part of their day-to-day living and as a means to improve one’s character.
 
However, not all of us give much importance to our mental and emotional health. In fact, most of us take our emotional well-being for granted, only recognizing its importance when problems begin to arise and reach the point of deep depression. To prevent this, it is wise for individuals to make sure that they have health plans in place that cover not only physical health insurance, but also to support their mental and emotional needs.
 
In order to care for our psychological well-being, we should take the time to build and exercise on the areas where we need improvement. As with maintaining our physical health, we should also invest our energy in developing our mental health to make it stronger and increase its immunity from an emotional breakdown.
 
Being mentally and emotionally healthy, however, does not mean that a person will never encounter rough times and emotionally draining experiences. The true test in having a good and stable psychological well-being is the ability to face all the disappointments, loss, anger, and many other kinds of emotions, but still have the resiliency of being able to bounce back and learn from the experience.

Exercise No Threat to a Woman's Heart
By Amanda GardnerHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Just in case the message wasn't clear already, exercise helps -- and rarely hurts -- your heart. A new study has found that sudden cardiac death during exertion is extremely uncommon in women, and perhaps even more uncommon in women who exercise regularly. And in the same vein, a second study showed that women who are heavier and who exercise less are more likely to have warning signs implicated in the development of cardiovascular disease.

Experts tell dieters to get vitamins from healthy foods, not pills
Dieting takes willpower and motivation, but many dieters still try to take the path of least resistance when it comes to getting vitamins by popping vitamin pills rather than eating the nutrient-rich foods they are derived from, and the Bradenton Herald reports that nutrition experts say a healthy diet is the way to go because pills are never as effective, and can even be potentially harmful. To learn more on this topic, be sure to also read the related article, Vitamins are deadly! .and other nonsense you will hear in the mainstream press. See more articles like this one at www.NutritionalSupplementsReport.

Eye on Europe
There aren't any, according to Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don't Get Fat, which has dominated The New York Times best-seller list since its release last December. Thanks to their healthy attitude and practices regarding food -- sauteeing it down to smaller portions, cooking with the highest-quality ingredients, and savoring each mouthful -- the French stay lean and serene (see BW Online, 4/25/05, "Fat Times for a French Woman"). LE BIG MAC Pas exactement. True, today France has one of the lowest obesity levels in Europe: 12% of the population, vs. 23% for Britain. (Some 31% of the population in the U.S. is considered obese.

Fibre diet 'doesn't prevent cancer'
EATING lots of fibre may do little to protect against colon cancer, the latest analysis of evidence has found. While people who eat the most fibre - in the form of cereals, vegetables and fruit - are slightly less likely to get colon cancer, the association is weak and disappears altogether when other factors are taken into account, according to an international team in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The research undermines one of the greatest of dietary shibboleths, first enunciated by the British physician Denis Burkitt in the 1960s.

First Human Tests Of Antidepressant Bupropion As Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment Hold Promise
Appearing Nov. 23 as an advance online publication of the peer-reviewed journal Neuropsychopharmacology, the study finds bupropion blunts the methamphetamine "high" and reduces cravings prompted by visual cues such as ambient drug use. The research team hypothesizes that bupropion reduces the effects of methamphetamine by preventing the drug from entering brain cells, where methamphetamine can produce release of neurotransmitters that cause feelings of euphoria. The study is the first to examine the effectiveness of bupropion for treating methamphetamine addiction in humans.

Five Steps to Safer Health Care
Patient safety is one of the Nation's most pressing health care challenges. A 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as 44,000 to 98,000 people die in U.S. hospitals each year as the result of lapses in patient safety. This fact sheet tells what you can do to get safer health care. It was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association. Select for PDF version (360 KB). PDF Help. Select for Public Service Announcement. 1. Ask questions if you have doubts or concerns.

Flab runs up tab, study indicates
Overweight, obese and inactive Californians cost $21.7 billion annually in medical care, workers' compensation and lost productivity, according to a study commissioned by the California Department of Health Services. Employers are absorbing the majority of the costs for Californians' bad habits, according to the study, released yesterday. The study is the first to link the state's waistline and financial bottom line.

Forget Carbs: Just Eat Less to Shed Pounds
Beth Kunkel, a professor of food science and human nutrition at Clemson University and president of the South Carolina Dietetic Association, said that while there is debate among dietitians about its validity, it would be a mistake to reject the concept altogether. Kunkel was not involved in the University of South Carolina study. "To just reject it out of hand and quit working on it would be a mistake," Kunkel said. "I just think we're five to 10 years away from really understanding it from a research viewpoint." Previous studies have shown conflicting results.

French Women's Svelte Secret
Au contraire! I found much of her thinking about food, eating, and life close to my own. Her philosophy is also consistent with that of sane, rational foodies as well as the food police who criticize American eating trends with far less grace than Guiliano brings to the table. Guiliano is CEO of the champagne house Clicquot Inc. Far from anti-American, she's simply pro-French when it comes to shopping for food, cooking, and eating. Lest anyone dismiss a book written by a person moving in such elite circles, allow me to pluck out the clearest, sanest points, with a little commentary of my own. 1.

Fresh From The Garden: Healthy food doesn't have to be dull
By ANN LOVEJOY SPECIAL TO THE POST-INTELLIGENCER I read cookbooks the way some folks read mysteries; I stroll through them slowly, savoring fresh ideas and considering suggested combinations. I rarely actually cook anything from cookbooks, yet they often spark new ideas to try. One cookbook I have actually used is "The New American Plate Cookbook: Recipes for a Healthy Weight and a Healthy Life" (University of California Press, 306 pages, $24.95).

Green Tea Consumption Reduces All-Cause and Heart-Disease-Related Mortality
A new study from Japan has shown that consuming green tea is associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease as well as from all-cause mortality. The Ohsaki National Health Insurance Cohort Study included 40,530 Japanese ages 40 to 79 and was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers followed subjects up to 11 years to determine all-cause mortality and up to seven years to determine cause-specific mortality. Green tea consumption was measured from questionnaires that also tracked other habits including diet, alcohol and tobacco use, weight and physical activity.

Gym Overstated
Working out may change your life for the better, but it won't necessarily spur a change in your eating habits. The widely held belief that gym devotees eat less fat is unfounded, according to a new study. The research also suggests that women may have to work harder to lose weight than do men. The researchers assigned 74 sedentary and overweight men and women to either a control group or an exercise group in which subjects walked on a treadmill for 45 minutes a day, five days a week. Both groups ate whatever they pleased. Their diet was measured throughout the 16-month trial.

Health, Wellness and Aging with Disability
The Health Resource Center for Women with Disabilities provides accessible, comprehensive health services for women with disabilities throughout the Midwest and beyond. Through a creative partnership between the community of women with disabilities and rehabilitation service providers, they work to enhance the availability, accessibility and excellence of medical and psychosocial support for all women with disabilities nationwide.

Healthier Choices for School Snacks.
The District's proposed wellness policies are definitely causing some controversy. Some students say the plan that is supposed to improve students' health will actually weaken their overall educational experience. The Wichita School District is targeting student health, and its sparking anger amongst students. The Board of Education is looking at wellness guidelines drawn up by a panel of health experts, administrators, and students. But some students say the plan was devised without adequate student input. East High Senior Omar Samarah says,"When we can't get what tastes good we find it elsewhere. It's the sad truth!

HEALTHY LIVING AND HEALTH INSURANCE: A CONTROVERSIAL CONNECTION

As health-care costs continue to rise and more Americans than ever are going without individual health insurance, health-care reformers and politicians alike are seeking new ways to address consumer trepidation.  A controversial new proposal aims to link rates for medical insurance to lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise and smoking.
According to a recent study conducted by the University of California, the average yearly cost of treating people for health issues related to smoking is about $72 billion.  A survey from the Centers for Disease Control found that another $75 billion is spent caring for people with medical conditions arising from obesity.  The cost of treating and managing these conditions contributes significantly to an overall increase in health insurance premiums for all insured people.  Some experts even suggest that poor lifestyle choices raise prices so much that they are a causative factor in making medical insurance unattainable for more than 50 million Americans.
Supporters of this plan suggest that people who make good decisions about their health, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding alcohol and drugs, and refraining from smoking, should benefit financially in the form of lower health insurance premiums.  They feel that people who are responsible and proactive about their health should not have to bear the burden of other peoples’ poor decisions.  Proponents often point to existing insurance discounts for preventative or safety measures, auto insurers give premium breaks to owners of vehicles with alarm systems, airbags, or theft recovery devices; homeowners can get insurance discounts if their residences are equipped with burglar alarms, smoke detectors, or sprinkler systems.  It has also been suggested that rewarding good lifestyle choices would not only encourage more people to take better care of their health, but would also increase competition in the insurance industry. This would have the added benefit of forcing health insurance companies to be more innovative in the benefits they offer consumers without compromising the quality of their coverage. 
Surprisingly, many health care insurers advocate these initiatives and cite numerous studies that seem to suggest that poor lifestyle choices decrease a person’s overall health, require more medical intervention and therefore increase the cost of health care for all Americans.  In fact, several health insurers have traditionally backed higher taxes on everything from cigarettes to junk food.
On the other side of the argument, controversy arises from the opposition who feel that the government does not have the right to interfere in individual choice.  They believe people should be able to live their lives as they see fit and should not be punished for their lifestyle preferences.  Furthermore, detractors worry that these types of incentives would create prejudice against certain groups, such as smokers or the obese.  Furthermore, opponents fear that those who struggle with addiction would not only be unfairly categorized, but would also find it more difficult to obtain treatment if they needed it.
Though a highly controversial proposal, rewarding healthy behavior is one example of how consumers are willing to at least explore different possibilities in an effort to make the cost of health insurance more affordable to the millions of Americans currently living without medical coverage.
 

Healthy-america.org News Story
10/27/2004 An ambitious effort to change the attitudes and eating habits of children is taking the cause of good nutrition right to the source: the school cafeteria. A $450,000 project, notable for its size and scope, will offer weekly rewards to about 30,000 Buffalo pupils who eat fruits and vegetables at lunch. The plan, called "Be a Power Eater: The Good Food for Great Kids Program," is designed to improve student health, provide valuable research data and serve as a national model in the growing effort to fight childhood obesity.

Healthy-america.org News Story
The obesity rate for adolescents has tripled in the past 20 years. And more and more of these kids are hitting extreme ends of the scale, stretching to levels of severe obesity, morbid obesity and super-obesity unimaginable in generations past. Nearly one in three children and teens is overweight today. One in six is obese. Unless something changes soon, today's kids face daunting rates of diabetes, heart disease and pulmonary problems. Don't be surprised, experts say. Children are growing up in a culture that encourages packing on the pounds. They are eating more calorie-stuffed convenience foods than ever, in ever larger portions.

Healthy-america.org News Story
September 27, 2004 Damion Proctor says daily 50-minute physical education classes at Jackson's Peeples Middle School help him focus. "Sometimes I feel sleepy in the morning. It wakes me up," said Damion, 12, a seventh-grader. Although he may not realize it, P.E. may be helping him not only live a healthier lifestyle but also do better in his academic subjects. Momentum is building in Mississippi and across the country to ensure students are physically fit as well as excelling in academics.

Healthy-america.org News Story
09/22/04 REEDLEY, Calif. - Required exercise at 7 a.m. sharp. No personal televisions or computers. A cafeteria bereft of potato chips and candy bars but full of good-for-you vegetables. Mal Mahedy's new school has tons of rules that other teens would find intolerable. But Mal, 16, embraces the lengthy list of do's and don'ts. She hopes it will finally help her overcome the one problem she says has plagued her since she was 10- her weight. The 5-foot-8, 285-pound teenager started her junior year this September at the Academy of the Sierras, a new yearlong therapeutic boarding school for overweight adolescents.

Healthy-america.org News Story
Deep-fried gets deep-sixed at Manchester's schools this year MANCHESTER - Fried foods and soda are out at Manchester schools this year. High-fat breakfast and lunch items are off the cafeteria menu across the city, while bottled water and juices are taking the place of soda and other carbonated beverages in vending machines. "Say goodbye to the Frialator," food services director Mark Burkush said last week. Cafeterias won't serve anything that's been cooked in fat, whether it's a potato chip, a doughnut, an onion ring or a piece of chicken or fish. "We're purchasing foods that can be prepared by baking.

help Americans make better food
"MyPyramid" was revealed by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, who referred consumers to a Web site that kept crashing, further frustrating skeptics who had criticized its designers' close ties to the food industry from the very beginning. Design experts and dietitians decried the pyramid's ambiguity, and pretty much everyone cursed the Web site that seemed as technologically advanced as the Internet was in 1992, when the first pyramid was revealed. "This is more confusing than before," said Madelyn Fernstrom, associate professor and director of the UPMC Weight Management Center.

Helping War Vets' Mental Health
OLYMPIA, Wash. (Ivanhoe Broadcast News) -- Many soldiers leave the battlefield with more than physical wounds. Fighting a war can take its toll on their mental health as well. Now a new government program may be able to help soldiers in Iraq. We hear about the trauma of the war in Iraq everyday but some troops face trauma beyond the headlines. Researchers say a condition known as posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is common among veterans. John Lee, Deputy Director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, says, "The services have recognized that soldiers need a time of decompression after they return home.

Herbs that heal
Herbs that heal 1. Evening Primrose Oil The evening primrose plant opens in the evening, and emits a precious healing oil. This oil contains essential gamma linolenic acids that promote healing and anti-inflammatory actions within the body and skin. Gamma Linolenic acids also help to naturally promote weight loss. Evening primrose oil can be taken internally or applied externally for beautiful skin results. This healing oil decreases skin inflammation, stress hormone production, sebum production, and acne formation.

High-protein diet complements exercise when trying to lose weight, research shows
High-protein diet complements exercise when trying to lose weight, research shows According to Web MD, a recent University of Illinois study shows that eating a diet consisting of foods high in protein can enhance exercise's ability to help people lose fat, without losing muscle in the process. If you enjoy this article, you may also be interested in an article entitled 'Governor of Illinois operates program to re-import prescription drugs from Canada.' See more articles like this one at www.Newstarget.com Original news summary: (http://my.webmd.com/content/article/110/109800.

How Much Exercise Sparks Weight Loss?
Oct. 18, 2005 -- How much exercise does it take to lose extra weight? Provided you're not consuming too many calories, any amount of exercise may help. About five hours of weekly exercise may bring the biggest weight loss for obese adults who are also watching their intake of fat and calories. So say researchers including John Jakicic, PhD. Jakicic leads the University of Pittsburgh's health and physical activity department. Jakicic and colleagues studied nearly 200 obese women for two years. Their results were presented in Vancouver, Canada, at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity's annual scientific meeting.

How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage your Weight
Fruits and vegetables are part of a well-balanced and healthy eating plan. There are many different ways to lose or maintain a healthy weight. Using more fruits and vegetables along with whole grains and lean meats, nuts, and beans is a safe and healthy one. Helping control your weight is not the only benefit of eating more fruits and vegetables. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health.

Hunger Program serves up 'Just Eating' curriculum
LOUISVILLE — The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) , in collaboration with two other organizations, has developed a seven-week curriculum for congregations exploring the relationship between the way we eat and the way we live. Just Eating? Practicing Our Faith at the Table aims to bring into dialogue daily eating habits, the Christian faith and the “needs of the broader world” through readings, action steps and healthy eating tips. “Never before has the Presbyterian Church produced a full curriculum on eating,” said Andrew Kang Bartlett, a PHP staffer who oversaw the project’s completion.

In a "Mood"?
Parents often speak to me about their adolescent as "being moody". What would cause these "moods"? Perhaps they are caused by hormonal changes and influences. Perhaps they are due to the many new challenges and pressures as you approach adulthood. When you're "in a mood" you may feel irritable or feel like you want to be alone. No matter what the cause, or how it feels, there are some basics that will help you take care of yourself. When you take care of yourself, it may not take your "mood" away, but you will find, for example, that you don't verbally snap at your little brother as fast, and you'll smile a little quicker than before.

Ins and Outs of Mental Health Insurance
Today, mental health insurance comes in all shapes and sizes. The information provided on this page will help you find and maintain coverage. Though policies vary, the following information should show you what to look for in a typical health plan. In a typical mental health plan, how many visits are covered? Patients are usually covered for 20 to 30 sessions a year, and are expected to pay 20 percent to 50 percent of the bill. Depending on where you live and your therapist's credentials, a session can cost anywhere from $75 to $175.

Inside the Calcium Conundrum
CINCINNATI, OH and BRIDGEWATER, N.J., June 13, 2005 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new survey commissioned by The Alliance for Better Bone Health and conducted by Harris Interactive(R), 83 percent of U.S. women aged 50 years and older who used a bisphosphonate (a prescription medication for osteoporosis) believe that taking a calcium supplement is very important in addition to calcium intake from dairy or food. However, data from a second survey conducted by Information Resources Inc. (IRI) showed that 73 percent of women who filled a bisphosphonate prescription purchased less than the equivalent of one calcium tablet per day.

Is it shyness or social phobia?
Have you ever become so nervous before a social event that you've opted to skip it? If so, you are not alone. In a given year, close to 5.3 million Americans suffer from social phobia, an anxiety disorder characterized by intense fear of public humiliation or peer disapproval. Most people look forward to socializing at birthday parties, holiday gatherings, and weddings. For others, these seemingly harmless occasions can result in a tremendous amount of anxiety. They may experience blushing, sweating, a racing heartbeat, difficulty talking, or nausea and vomiting.

Is the Food Pyramid Obsolete?
All Things Considered, November 21, 2002 A landmark study published today calls into question the U.S. government's official dietary guidelines, enshrined in the food pyramid. For a decade, the government has advised Americans to stay away from fat and eat a diet based largely on carbohydrates. But as NPR's Richard Knox reports, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows the pyramid and other official guidelines are most likely obsolete. The Food Guide Pyramid is an American icon. At the base are breads, cereal and pasta -- up to 11 servings a day. Veggies and fruits are next, with two-to-five servings.

Is your mind changing? Scientists think so
In two papers published today in the journal Science, Dr. Lahn and his colleagues report that the specific gene mutations they have found appear to have swept across certain areas of the globe so quickly that they are practically the norm. With prevalence rates higher than 70 per cent in Europe, for example, the researchers argue that chance alone cannot explain the changes, which first sprung up at the same time that modern humans developed culture and language. "The rise is so rapid, I was literally flabbergasted," Dr. Lahn said.

Kids need breakfast
Kids need breakfast One of the most importantschool supplies your child has maybe a spoon. That's the news froma new survey that gave a "reportcard" on American children'sbreakfast habits and how they relate to school performance. Thestudy suggests that something assimple as eating cereal in the morning can help a child have a betterschool day. Educators witness the fall-outevery day and confirm studiesthat show that children who eatbreakfast daily score higher onachievement tests and have lowerabsenteeism rates than childrenwho skip breakfast.

Leading a Healthy Eating Lifestyle

The food that we eat greatly affects our energy level, mood, the way we think, and how we relate to other people. Carefully choosing the right kinds of food may prove to be a challenge because of the wide variety of great tasting meals that surround us. More often, we eat more than what our bodies can actually burn. We consume excessive amounts of sugar, calories and fat, daily, which may lead to obesity and other health illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular ailments.
 
Healthy eating does not mean being unrealistically strict about what we should eat. There is no need to deprive ourselves of the food that we love. We have to remember that food nourishes our bodies and energizes us. Maintaining a balanced diet means consuming the right proportions of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, fibers, vitamins and minerals. The food serving size will depend on your age, gender and level of physical activities. Increasing water intake is also a vital part of a healthy diet because it helps clean our systems of harmful toxins and waste products.
 
Choosing a healthy eating lifestyle also means widening our food choices by trying food that we don’t normally eat, including vegetables, fruits and whole grains. You can still enjoy the food that you love as long as you consume them in moderation. A nutritious diet and an active lifestyle will help reduce the risk of serious diseases such as cancer. It is also best to have a regular annual exam through your preferred Health Maintenance Organization to ensure that you are on the right track.
 

Learn more about the mini-Maze procedure
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Introduces New Atrial Fibrillation Procedure Innovation Offers Patients Better Recovery Without Open Heart Surgery Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), nationally renowned for the excellence of its cardiac programs, now offers a minimally invasive surgery to treat atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart beat that can leave the patient out of breath, weak and at increased risk of stroke. Called minimally invasive microwave ablation, the new surgery provides an alternative for patients who would otherwise face major cardiac surgery or a lifetime of medication.

leucine may eliminate sarcopenia
X-Message-Number: 27422 Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2005 11:07:07 -0800 (PST) From: Doug Skrecky <> Subject: leucine may eliminate sarcopenia [Any high protein diet contains plenty of leucine.] Feeling Old? Supplement Diet With Leucine Prevents Muscle Loss Linked To Aging Muscle in adults is constantly being built and broken down. As young adults we keep the two processes in balance, but when we age breakdown starts to win. However, adding the amino acid leucine to the diet of old individuals can set things straight again.

LORD OF THE RINGS
Laura says: "The only beauty to be found in THE TWO TOWERS is in the faces of the women who love Aragorn, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and the Rohan King's niece Eowyn (Miranda Otto), and the majestic New Zealand landscape. The only humor comes from Gimli, whose eagerness for battle is well met a multitude of times. This second installment of the trilogy is altogether darker, grayer, grimmer and bloodier than the first. "Unlike, say THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, this bridging film cannot stand on its own, but it does propel the action forward towards the ultimate showdown with Dark Lord Sauron.

Losing it his own way - GW Hatchet - Campus News
Media Credit: Erin Shea/assistant photo editor Chemistry professor Jean Claude Zenklusen lost 70 pounds in a year by eating fruit and vegetables and avoiding American eating habits. A crowd of anxious students gathers at the front of a lecture hall, eager to pester their professor for more credit on a recent test. "Tell him I am on the pissed side of pissed," the professor declares in a thick accent that both demands attention and piques curiosity. Another student steps up, also disappointed with a low test score. The professor tells him frankly that the question was basic and asks if he understands the answer now.

Low vitamin D levels common in apparently healthy girls
View news archives Low vitamin D levels common in apparently healthy girls Thursday 10th of August 2006 Dr Zulf Mughal and colleagues at Saint Mary's Hospital for Women & Children in Manchester investigated the prevalence of hypovitaminosis D among 51 healthy adolescent girls attending a multiethnic inner city school. The group of girls was made up of 14 white and 37 non-white girls aged 14-16 years old. Levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) in the girls' blood were determined, as was dietary vitamin D intake, muscle function parameters, duration of daily sunlight exposure and percentage of body surface area exposed.

Mediterranean diet good for the heart - Heart Health - MSNBC.com
NEW YORK - Eating a Mediterranean-style diet for three months can reduce the risk of heart disease by 15 percent, a new study shows. The heart-healthy effects of the Mediterranean diet -- rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish and olive oil and light on red meat -- are well documented, Dr. Denis Lairon of the Faculty of Medicine Timone in Marseille, France and colleagues note in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. But just one other study has looked at what happens when healthy people are actually put on a Mediterranean-style diet.

Mental Stress May Be Another Culprit In Raising Cholesterol Levels In Healthy Adults, According to Study
Washington–There is good evidence to show that stress can increase a person's heart rate, lower the immune system's ability to fight colds and increase certain inflammatory markers but can stress also raise a person's cholesterol? It appears so for some people, according to a new study that examines how reactions to stress over a period of time can raise a person's lipid levels. This finding is reported in the November issue of Health Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association (APA). In a sample of 199 healthy middle-aged men and women, researchers Andrew Steptoe, D.Sc., and Lena Brydon, Ph.D.

More than 50 percent of Mexican women have body-mass indexes of 25 or more, an indicator of being overweight, says Hector Bourges...
Urban Latin Americans are experiencing a health crisis based on new eating habits that include fewer traditional foods and less physically active lifestyles, researchers said last Friday. From Pasadena to Mexico City, obesity is epidemic, diabetes rates are skyrocketing, and heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death among U.S. Hispanics, according to a conference of U.S. and Mexican experts. People in Latin nations are switching from calcium-rich corn tortillas to refined-flour tortillas, from whole grains to white flour and rice. Their activity level has also plummeted, especially in the United States.

Myths About Weight Loss
Myth # 1: Everyone who loses weight will eventually regain it. This myth comes from the experiences of very small studies of people who enter university-sponsored weight loss programs. Often these programs are used as a last resort for those with serious weight problems. The incidence of physical and psychological problems in this group of people is much higher than average and long-term health issues complicate their ability to maintain their weight reduction. Community-based weight loss programs, on the other hand, do show long-term successes.

New Food Pyramid Website Excellent Tool for Senior Citizens
April 19, 2005 - On the same day one government agency releases statistics showing a surprising number of deaths among the underweight elderly, another released the new food pyramid that emphasizes the need for a more individualized approach to improving diet and lifestyle. The new food pyramid, called MyPyramid, incorporates recommendations from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Read more. The new food pyramid, announced last month and called MyPyramid, incorporates recommendations from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which was released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S.

New Study Suggests Being 'Choosy' About Carbohydrates and Other Foods May Be More Important Than Counting Calories
Most people who are trying to lose weight start by counting calories -- even weighing and measuring out precise portions. But a new study suggests you might be more successful if you focus on changing the types of foods you eat. Researchers at Chicago-based Radiant Research found that overweight and obese adults who focused on choosing the "right" type of carbohydrates (high-fiber, whole-grain, low-glycemic) lost more weight and body fat compared to dieters who adopted a low-fat, portion-controlled plan.

newsalert: Heavy kids getting grown-up diseases
Sunday, February 05, 2006 Heavy kids getting grown-up diseases The Indianapolis Star reports:The psychological impact of childhood obesity also can be serious. Obese kids frequently suffer from severe depression, low self-esteem, anxiety and other debilitating mental health problems. One online site, Blubberbusters.com, averages 100,000 hits a month, mostly from people ages 9 to 20 who post messages about how painful it is being overweight. The site's founder, Dr. Robert Pretlow, said 30,000 kids have posted messages in the past five years, and there have been 70,000 replies.

newsalert: Is Soy Bad For You?
Sunday, August 13, 2006 Is Soy Bad For You? The San Francisco Chronicle reports:It lurks in your cupboards, your cereal, bread, pasta and chips. It's in your refrigerator, in your cheese, condiments, yogurt, sausages, ice cream. It's in those M&M's by the desk, probably in the latte you're drinking right now. It's soy, and it's now in almost every single processed food we buy at supermarkets and health food stores. As America's favorite "health food," it promises to make us skinny and lower our cholesterol, prevent cancer and reduce menopausal symptoms, put us in a better mood, give us energy.

Northwest Indiana News: nwitimes.com
Lunch Garlic & Bean Puree on Pitas* Fresh vegetable strips Fresh plum Skim milk Snack Fresh cantaloupe Dinner Sweet Spiced Salmon* Herbed green beans Brown rice Skim milk Snack Fresh orange Mechanics first, then resistance Before you add heavy resistance to an exercise, make sure that you are using the proper mechanics. Improper form will decrease the efficiency of the exercise and can increase the risk of injury. When you are sure you are using proper mechanics you can safely add weight to the exercise. Try adding a moderate amount of resistance first, to insure that there are no unforeseen problems with the motion.

Not just breakfast,
The fibre in cereal and healthier foods that normally accompany cereal, such as milk and orange juice, may account for the lower body mass index among cereal eaters, Mr. Barton said. The results were gleaned from a larger NIH survey of 2,379 girls in California, Ohio and Maryland who were tracked between the ages of nine and 19. Results of the study appear in the September issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Nearly one in three adolescent girls in the United States is overweight, according to the association.

NU IANR News: Don't Get Sick This Holiday Season - Follow Food Safety Precautions (Dec-08-05)
LINCOLN, Neb. - That holiday spread, festive salad or party dip is great to eat, but not after it has been sitting out at room temperature for more than two hours, a University of Nebraska food safety specialist said. Many Nebraskans think foods left out all day are safe to eat, but those foods likely contain unsafe levels of dangerous microorganisms that can make people sick. They should be thrown away, said Julie Albrecht, UNL food safety specialist. "Many people think leaving food sit out at room temperature is not a problem, or that they have been doing it for years and have never gotten sick," Albrecht said.

Nutrition report claims diabetes and heart disease could be drastically reduced with lifestyle improvements
Highlight: Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the Harvard School of Public Health's department of nutrition, presented a report called "Diet and Optimal Health: A Progress Report," which claims that 80 percent of coronary heart disease and 90 percent of type 2 diabetes could be prevented by improving diet and exercise habits. Original source: http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/health/feeds/hscout/2005/11/12/hscout529099.html Summary: Better lifestyle habits -- think less junk food, more fish and more exercise -- can help prevent 80 percent of coronary heart disease and 90 percent of type 2 diabetes.

Nutrition Strategies for a Healthy Immune System
There is nothing worse than getting sick when you are in the final phases of your Ironman training. I know first hand as I am still recovering from a week-long bout of this seasons "new and improved" flu. As a health care professional I know there are increased risks associated with heavy training during the winter months, but I was counting on my good nutritional habits to protect me. As (bad) luck would have it, I had a chink in my immune armor, which temporarily brought my Ironman comeback to a screeching halt!

Nutrition.gov Website Provides Information on Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Obesity Prevention
Nutrition.gov Website Provides Reliable Information on Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Obesity Prevention By Len Carey December 22, 2004 WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2004--Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman today announced the launch of a new nutrition website designed to help people find answers to nutrition- and food-related questions. The site, http://www.nutrition.gov, is a comprehensive source of information on nutrition and dietary guidance from multiple government agencies.

Omega-3 can fight heart disease
Health claims on food are proliferating, and one that’s particularly popular is using omega-3 fatty acids to improve cardiovascular health, in addition to other health benefits. Here’s the lowdown on this healthy fat. Are omega-3s necessary in our diets? “You can probably live without eating any omega-3s, but you may not function as well,” says Debra Palmer Keenan, Ph.D., a nutrition professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Additionally, omega-3s are found in breast milk and have been shown to be important in brain and eye development, explains Jay Whelan, Ph.D.

Omega-3 fatty acids can help those with artery-related problems
Highlight: The Economic Times of India urges readers to get as much 0mega-3 fatty acid as they can, to promote healthy arteries. Original source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1293507.cms Summary: Gruelling assignments, narrow deadlines, long working hours coupled with puffs of smoke, pints of alcohol, pizzas, and pastas.Have you had the time to think that somewhere inside, your blood pressure persistently sores and arteries continue to clog, leading to severe heart complications?

On Pace: On your marks for Tucson Challenge | www.azstarnet.com
It's easy to fall off the health wagon. All it takes is a busy schedule and a few bad days, and you find yourself on the side of the road with a 64-ounce Coke and a bag of potato chips. A health and fitness program like the Tucson Challenge can help you pick yourself up and get back on the health wagon. Presented by the city, with a lot of help from experts at the University of Arizona, the Tucson Challenge is designed to help people learn healthy eating and exercise habits with the support of a social network. The advice, granted, is not exactly groundbreaking.

Other Diseases...
When you utilize nutrition and the other factors of a healthy lifestyle as your first line of defense against disease, you learn that the finest health care is excellent self-care and doctors have very little role to play in your staying healthy. This is not alternative medicine. Rather, it is founded on respect for the innate ability of our human organism to resist disease when the optimal environment for healing is established. When you learn how to live and eat exceptionally healthfully, you avoid the unnecessary interventions of both alternative and conventional medicine.

Overcoming Depression
Identifying Depression Depression, like most mental illness runs the continuum of severity. It can be mild or major. It can last from weeks to months. It can involve anxiety symptoms as well. Depression is primarily characterized by sadness and/or loss of pleasure in nearly all activities. Additionally, there may be symptoms such as changes in appetite, sleep patterns, and psychomotor activity (changes in both mental and physical responsiveness and/or activity). A depressed person may struggle with feelings of low self worth, recurrent thoughts of dying, as well as difficulty concentrating or making decisions.

Parkinson's Disease
*Tremors that intensify when you are stressed or fatigued, but disappear during sleep or concentrated effort *Fatigue and muscle cramps in the legs, neck or trunk *Muscle stiffness or rigidity slowly begins to impede your movement and your body movements slow down *As the disease progresses,you may start to shuffle and have less control over your posture and body movement.

picky eater
Some children are naturally fussy about their eating. They don’t like to try new foods. Their appetites change from day to day and they have their own favourite foods and not-so-favourite foods. This is ‘normal’ eating for young children. However, some children are very fussy about food and they are considered ‘picky eaters’. This Web site will help you get through this stage and help you both enjoy mealtimes. What is ‘picky eating’?

Postpartum Disorder
Postpartum dysregulation of the thyroid gland has been considered as another possible cause of depression. This condition is also linked to fatigue. The thyroid gland regulates several hormones and drops production dramatically after birth. It returns to normal functioning in three sequential stages. The first stage, which can last from 3 to 6 months, is hyperthyroidism where the thyroid goes into overdrive and results in anxiety and insomnia. The second phase is hypothyroidism where production is slowed. During this phase a woman experience lethargy and weight gain. The final stage in recovery is when output reaches prepregnant levels.

Power of suggestion may help dieters avoid specific foods
UCI psychologist shows memory manipulation may lessen appeal of certain unhealthy treats Irvine, Calif.--Most dieters know that the mind is a powerful force in the battle of the bulge; but a new study led by psychologist Elizabeth Loftus shows that the malleable nature of human memory might be used to help people avoid certain fattening foods. In the first study to show false memories have potential to curb appetites for fattening treats, Loftus' research team found that people can be led to believe they got sick as children from a specific food such as strawberry ice cream.

Prevent Osteoporosis
As a teenager, I was pretty good at losing weight, whittling my 5-foot-5-inch frame down to 104 pounds. And although I was never diagnosed with an eating disorder, I stopped getting my period for about four years. Now . I weigh 138 and haven't dieted in over a decade. I drink milk and eat yogurt, and my periods have been like clockwork since college. So I was stunned to hear from osteoporosis experts that when I hit menopause, I could be at high risk for this silent, bone-weakening disease. "Your overall health habits, especially in your teen years, can affect your bones for the rest of your life," says Michelle Warren, M.D.

Preventing Overweight Kids - MOMSense
1. Buy and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. This means shopping more often in order to buy and use fresh produce, but the extra effort is well worth your family's health. Fruits and vegetables make up the second layer of the food pyramid, yet these are the least eaten of all the food groups for many kids. 2. Avoid soft drinks and other sugary drinks. Snacking on soda or sugary juice is a hefty addition to the recommended daily caloric intake. The average soda has 160 calories and 40 grams of sugar - and zero nutrition. These beverages actually do harm because of the sugar and caffeine involved.

Psychology Today: Addiction - A Whole New View
Our addiction theories and policies are woefully outdated. Researchshows that there are no demon drugs. Nor are addicts innately defective. Nature has supplies us all with the ability to become hooked--and we all engage in addictive behaviors to some degree. Millions of Americans are apparently "hooked," not only on heroin, morphine, amphetamines, tranquilizers, and cocaine, but also nicotine, caffeine, sugar, steroids, work, theft, gambling, exercise, and even love and sex. The War on Drugs alone is older than the century.

Psychology Today: Brawn for the Brain
Students cramming for exams and others seeking a boost in short-term mental acuity might benefit from an energy supplement favored by weight lifters. Creatine is an amino acid found in muscle cells. Because it plays a role in providing bursts of strength, creatine might also boost brainpower for quick thinking, speculated an Australian research team led by researcher Caroline Rae at the University of Sydney. In a recent study, Rae gave 45 vegetarians five grams of creatine per day or a placebo, then compared their before-and-after scores on memory and intelligence tests.

Psychology Today: Crisis on the Campus
Today they are the newest front line in the war against mental illness, struggling to manage swarms of students with serious depression and anxiety disorders. And generally facing a growing demand for their services in a world of shrinking resources. The middle of the night may find a SWAT team of counselors calming down a dorm wing after having crisis-managed an acute manic episode or yet another incident of self-mutilation.

Psychology Today: Shutting Off the Night
The most specific treatment for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is exposure to artificial light of sufficient intensity and character to shut off the body's nightly production of melatonin. For most people, the arrival of morning suffices to accomplish the task; but for others a light boost is needed because as the seasons change, the lessening hours of daylight fail to do the job on their own. Light therapy is at least as effective for SAD as drug therapy is for major depression. Upwards of 65% of patients experience marked relief of symptoms, and most do so within days of starting treatment.

Psychology Today: Trapped in the Web
More and more people are discovering the joys of the Internet. But once they arrive, some find it nearly impossible to sign off. Here's what you can do to prevent on-line excursions from taking over your life. Frustration with the sluggish speed of a browser is the about the most serious psychological pitfall that most of us face when surfing the World Wide Web. But for as many as five million Americans, experts say, the Internet has become a destructive force, its remarkable benefits overshadowed by its potential to disrupt the lives of those who can't resist the lure of round-the-clock social opportunities, entertainment, and information.

Rapid City Journal: Quit-smoking hot line a hit
Quit-smoking hot line a hit PIERRE (AP) - Thirty-five percent of those who get phone-line counseling to quit smoking will be smoke-free a year later, according to follow-up statistics for the South Dakota QuitLine. A coalition of anti-tobacco groups fears, however, that unless the state continues to increase funding for the QuitLine, the success rates will fall, and calls will go unanswered. South Dakota QuitLine is a state-sponsored, toll-free, 24-hour telephone referral service for people who want to stop using tobacco. The program began in January 2002 through a Health Department contract with the American Cancer Society.

Reaching Out with Yoga
Big and Beautiful is a special yoga class for overweight people taught two days a week at Centered City Yoga in Salt Lake City. Ann Gambrino says her stomach and legs have regained the strength she once had. With its pretzel poses and rubber-band bends, yoga didn't really seem like a natural pastime for full-figured KK Baker. After all, she doesn't have the svelte body often seen slinking into the yoga studio. But a friend called and pressured her to try it. "He said, 'If I have to put a gun to your head, you're going to this class,' " recalled Baker. Six months later, the Salt Lake City mother of two is a devotee.

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CardsDirect Releases Expanded 2007 Line of All Occasion Business Greeting Cards Businesses say 'Happy Birthday'! More companies than ever are turning to CardsDirect as their preferred source for ordering custom greeting cards. In this day and age, with so much of our communications going electronic and often unnoticed, what better way to show appreciation and recognition than sending a personalized Happy Birthday, Thank You, or Happy Anniversary card to customers, business partners and employees, says Michael Swart, Vice President of Marketing.

Reflexology - The Healing Art of Reflexology
We cannot determine the exact relationship between the ancient art as practiced by the early Egyptians and Reflexology as we know it today. Different forms of working the feet to effect health have been used all over the ancient world. Dr. Riley maintained that this form of healing spread from Egypt via the Roman Empire. The Zone Theory was the precursor to modern Reflexology which began with Dr. William H. Fitzgerald, M.D. whom Dr. Edwin Bowers, M.D., encouraged to publish the many articles he had written on the subject of Zone Analgesia.

Research finds excessive dining out exposes kids to greater risks for heart problems
Highlight: At the meeting of the American Heart Association in Dallas, researchers reported findings from a study of 600 schoolchildren that suggests children who frequently eat out have greater heart risk factors than those who regularly eat at home. Original source: http://go.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=healthNews&storyID=10272892&src=rss/healthNews Summary: Children who eat out frequently have higher blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart risk factors than children fed home-cooked meals more often, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.

Research shows benefits of apple juice on neurotransmitter affecting memory
For those who think that apple juice is a kid's drink, think again. Apples and apple juice may be among the best foods that baby boomers and senior citizens could add to their diet, according to new research that demonstrates how apple products can help boost brain function similar to medication. Animal research from the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) indicates that apple juice consumption may actually increase the production in the brain of the essential neurotransmitter acetylcholine, resulting in improved memory.

Risks and hazards
cigarettes being overweight having high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. (Need stroke stats?) Large numbers of people are vulnerable to stroke. Researchers in New York State found major blockages in carotid arteries -- the brain's major blood source -- among 18 percent of people screened at health fairs and malls. The study measured blood movement with ultrasound equipment. Adnan Qureshi, of the department of neurosurgery at Syracuse University-New York Medical Center at Buffalo, says questions about risk factors showed that people older than 65 were 4.

Ritalin-Aspartame-Chromo Damage - Killing Kids For $
What they should know about the aspartame connection: 1. Before the approval of aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal/Spoonful, E951, Canderel) there was no epidemic of Ritalin use or epidemic of learning disorders and behavioral problems. Renowned neuroscientist, Dr. John Olney, predicted what would happen to the brains of our children if aspartame was approved, especially in combination with MSG. He founded the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity when he did studies on aspartic acid, (40% of aspartame) and found it caused lesions in the brains of mice.

Ronald McDonald Slims Down
(CBS) Ronald McDonald has undergone a makeover. And an advertising critic says it highlights an industry going through "schizophrenic" times. The famous fast-food giant has a lean, buff body in a new advertising campaign pushing healthier food choices and exercise for kids. Barbara Lippert, advertising critic of Adweek magazine, tells The Early Show co-anchor Hannah Storm fast food companies "are the new tobacco." "They're coming under increasing scrutiny by government groups, by consumer groups. Childhood obesity is a huge problem. So the skeptics could say, 'Well, this is window dressing so they can still advertise.

School recognized for healthy-eating project
SOUTH BRUNSWICK - These kids ate their vegetables. Students and staff at Brunswick Acres Elementary School have been awarded the John W. Alexander Outstanding Project Award for their Healthy Active Living and Learning program. The award, sponsored by the Association for Children of New Jersey, included a $300 cash award to be used for funding future healthy-eating and safety programs within the school. Brunswick Acres Principal Joe Anzek said the program began as an idea by school nurse Pat Taylor, physical education teachers Theresa Cone and Barbara McWilliams, along with school guidance counselor Jackie Turner nearly one year ago.

Science of Food
Do we eat to live, or live, in part, to dig into that second helping of banana cream pie? Since the 1930s, nutritionists have believed in "the wisdom of the body," the idea that we are programmed to eat precisely what we need to keep our bodies supplied with the right balance of nutrients and energy. By that rationale, hungers for specific foods are just behavioral consequences of metabolic requirements. You crave steak because you need protein, scarf up sardines for the salt, and pig out on potatoes because they are energy-dense. It's simple: We like food because it keeps us alive.

Scientific American: Antioxidant-Heavy Diet Provides Protection during Stroke, Study Suggests
Antioxidant-Heavy Diet Provides Protection during Stroke, Study Suggests Antioxidant vitamins from fruits and vegetables have exhibited cholesterol-fighting properties and beneficial effects for heart function. Now a new study suggests that they could provide protection from a stroke by limiting the amount of inflicted brain damage. Paula C. Bickford of the University of South Florida College of Medicine and her colleagues worked with four groups of rats that followed different diets over the course of four weeks.

SciFri 7.22.05: Curb your carbs?
The low-fat diet craze brought us a panoply of low-fat foods. Now, the various low-carb diets have spawned a similar response in the food industry. If you want to lose weight, are carbohydrates really the problem? Food experts say no--the problem with weight control is how many calories you consume. So cut the sugary drinks or refined-starchy snacks, but don't neglect the "good" carbs. Sugars, starches, and fiber are carbohydrates. Common dietary sugars include simple sugars like glucose and fructose and double sugars like lactose, or milk sugar (glucose plus galactose), and sucrose, or table sugar (glucose plus fructose).

Secret of the Mediterranean diet may be phenolic compounds
Highlight: A new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that the recently-discovered benefits of phenols, compounds found in olive oil, may explain the cardiovascular benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Original source: http://www.news-medical.net/?

Secrets of eternal youth identified
A scientist has identified seven factors everyone should concentrate on to help keep their mind sharp in later life. Ian Robertson, a neuroscientist from Trinity College, Dublin, said the decline in mental capacity with age can be counteracted by exercise, diet, lifestyle and intellectual outlook. "There is strong evidence that the degree to which you maintain your mental faculty depends on a number of simple environmental and behavioural factors," he said.

Secrets to flattening your stomach
Do you want a flat stomach? I don't know a person who doesn't! People spend millions, if not billions of dollars, each year in the quest for a flat stomach. Right now there are about 200 or more ab exercise devices out there. There's the ab do-it, the ab rock-it, the ab roller, the ab dolly, and so many more. You would think that with all of these amazing new products that most people would be walking around with that nice, lean mid-section they've always wanted. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Most, if not all of these products, will do little or nothing to flatten your stomach.

Separating troubles from illness
NEW YORK A college student becomes so compulsive about cleaning his dorm room that his grades begin to slip. An executive living in New York City has a mortal fear of snakes but lives in the city and rarely goes outside in case he might encounter one. A computer technician, deeply anxious around strangers, avoids social and company gatherings and is passed over for promotion. Are these people mentally ill? In a report released last week in the United States, researchers estimated that more than half of Americans would develop mental disorders in their lives, raising questions about where mental health ends and illness begins.

Shooting Down the Breakfast Club - Why you shouldn't wake your kids up to eat their Wheaties. By Amanda Schaffer
Not exactly. There is an alternate - and perhaps more compelling - explanation for why breakfast-eaters do relatively well in school while breakfast-skippers may have a tough time: The skippers are also the ones whose bodies rebel against early-morning activity. Their circadian clocks are telling them that it's still nighttime, or they're plain exhausted and need the extra zzz's. Taken together, the scientific literature on breakfast and sleep suggests that making sure kids get enough shut-eye will probably do more for them than dragging them out of bed to eat their Wheaties.

SLOW POISONING OF AMERICA [and CANADA]
I wondered if there could be an actual chemical causing the massive obesity epidemic, so did a friend of mine, John Erb. He was a research assistant at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and spent years working for the government. He made an amazing discovery while going through scientific journals for a book he was writing called The Slow Poisoning of America. In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies. No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so the scientists have to create them.

Smaller Screens, Bigger Brains
Three scientific studies published Monday found what parents already tell their kids: It's better to stare at the PC screen instead of the TV. The articles in "Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine" correlated the amount of television young children watched with test scores and achievement as grown-ups. In one study, Robert Hancox, Barry Milne and Richie Poulton, researchers at the Dunedin School of Medicine, studied 1,000 New Zealanders, most of whom were 26 years old. They found that the more time the research subjects had spent watching TV during childhood, the more likely they were not to have made it through college.

Some fast-food breakfasts can be happy meals
Your choices are slim at Wendy's, which doesn't offer a full breakfast menu. Your best bet is the Mandarin Orange Cup or the Fresh Fruit Cup for 80 calories each. The Fresh Fruit Bowl features cantaloupe, honeydew and pineapple along with red grapes and yogurt for 220 calories. If you order the low-fat strawberry yogurt as a side, it's a larger portion and has 200 calories. FIT TIP: If you do order the yogurt, watch out for toppings like granola — one serving (less than an ounce) packs 110 calories. Subway Subway has some decent breakfast options. Most of the breakfast sandwiches are in the 300-calorie range.

Study links California pollution to $521 million in health costs
LOS ANGELES – California could prevent 3.3 million school absences and 4,000 asthma-related hospital admissions each year by adopting stricter air quality standards currently under consideration by the state Air Resources Board, according to an analysis by an environmental advocacy group. High ozone levels currently cost $521 million a year in hospital admissions, emergency room visits and missed school days, according to estimates released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group, which analyzed three years of state air quality data. The pollution disproportionately affects children and asthma patients, the report said.

Teach Healthy Eating Habits
If you are unsure about how to select and prepare a variety of foods for your family, consult a physician or registered dietitian for nutrition counseling. You may also want to refer to the readings and organizations listed at the end of this fact sheet for more information on healthy eating. Carefully cut down on the amount of fat in your family's diet. Reducing fat is a good way to cut calories without depriving your child of nutrients. Simple ways to cut the fat in your family's diet include eating lowfat or nonfat dairy products, poultry without skin and lean meats, and lowfat or fat-free breads and cereals.

Teenage Girls With ADHD Act Out
May 24, 2005 (Atlanta) -- Teenage girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are much more likely to act out, suffer depression, and smoke than adolescents without the condition. A new study -- which may offer the best snapshot to date of teenage girls with ADHD -- portrays a group that is also plagued by anxiety, eating disorders, and alcohol and drug abuse. "As girls mature, there's a rise in mood and anxiety disorders, disruptive behaviors, and substance-abuse problems," says researcher Joseph Biederman, MD, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Ten Ways to Maintain Your Brain
The USDA's office for Women's Health and the Federal Citizen Information Center are making available a free Women's Health Information Kit. The materials are part of the "Take Time to Care" information series. This gold mine of information covers heart disease (the leading killer of women in the U.S.), mammography, Pap smears, menopause, depression, strokes and more. For a free copy, send your name and address to Women's Health Information Kit, Pueblo, CO 81009, or call toll free 888 878-3256, or order online at http://www.pueblo.gsa.

The Daily News Online
There's no guarantee. But more and more research shows that some fairly simple steps can truly lower your risk of the deadly dementia. Also, if Alzheimer's strikes anyway, people who have followed this advice tend to do better -- their brains withstand the attack longer before symptoms become obvious. The goal: build up what's called a "cognitive reserve." "Cognitive reserve is not something you're born with," Dr. Yaakov Stern of Columbia University told a meeting of Alzheimer's researchers Monday. "It's something that changes, and can be modified over time.

The Doctor-Patient Relationship is a Partnership
Sonia S. Anand, M.D., and her McMaster team analyzed data from a large trial that followed the progress of more than 12,000 men and women who had been treated for acute coronary syndromes (ACS). This set of heart conditions includes heart attack and angina (chest pain spasms caused by reduced oxygen to the heart). Status of each patient was assessed at the time they were discharged from the hospital, and again one month later. Further assessments occurred at three-month intervals for nine months.

The Emotional State of Teenagers

Every human being goes through a low phase at one point in their lives. Young individuals who are entering the stage of adolescence are likely to experience a difficult period because of their emotional state.
 
It is normal to feel melancholic or to experience a short fuse while going through this phase.  Going through an emotional high from time to time is also considered natural among teenagers. These feelings are usually caused by constant pressure triggered by various forms of activities and educational requirements.  And if these intense feelings continue to stay with the teenager or if the emotions become uncontrollable, it might lead to a case of teenage depression.
 
The good news is that a young person does not have to carry this burden alone. The teenager has to search for help and keep in mind that one can control his or her depression.
 
The most important thing is for the person to be aware that s/he is not alone during this stage of conflict. Teenage depression happens to a lot more teenagers than expected, and the solution to this issue can easily be accessed.
 
In spite of what an individual feels or believes in, it is a fact that many people are concerned about the well-being of a teenager. The young person just has to be brave enough to express his/her feelings and share his/her experiences because being vocal is the initial and most important step to get over depression.
 
Depression should not be blamed on oneself, but there are methods, such as maintaining one’s health, and health plans that can assist an individual in controlling his/her that would eventually make him/her feel better.
 


The healing power of sleep
The best medicine for the body is sleep. During the nightly process of sleep, healing chemicals are released in the body, and have restorative effects on all the organs. Deep sleep produces the most appearance altering benefits. Even the deep sleep from a nap has the same healing ability. Sleep has many benefits. It improves the texture and condition of the skin. It also helps to prevent the production of harmful stress chemicals. Sleep increases health and creativity. It strengthens the human body and mind. Sleep also boosts energy and brainpower.

The Montana Standard - Butte, Montana USA
By Lauran Neergaard of The Associated Press - 06/06/2005 WASHINGTON - Simple kid-friendly training in good nutrition got 8- to 10-year-olds to eat healthier for three years, although snacks, desserts and pizza still make up an astonishing third of the youngsters' diets, researchers reported last week. It's the biggest study ever to track the impact of childhood nutrition education, and it backs a major new government campaign that aims to keep preteens from getting fat by using some of the same tactics - through training programs and real-world tips directed at their parents.

The science behind starvation diets
New research shows that calorie-restriction diets - which cut calories by as much as 40 percent of your normal intake - may help you live a longer life. Earlier this month, one of the first human studies of calorie restriction showed that people on the strict diet had younger hearts than normal-weight people on a typical Western diet. While calorie restriction may not be practical or possible for everyone, there are still lessons to be learned. What is so surprising is that people who follow calorie-restriction diets in hopes of living longer are still eating a lot of food.

The skinny on diet programs
(KRT) A variety of commercial diet plans can help people shed unwanted pounds, but Weight Watchers is most successful in helping consumers stick to healthy ways, according to a new study. Among six diet plans rated in Consumer Reports' June edition, Slim-Fast and two stages of the Atkins diet produced the most weight loss after six months. Slim Fast and the vegetarian Ornish diet delivered the best weight loss after a year. But Weight Watchers came in first when combined with other factors such as nutritional value and dropout rates, Consumer Reports' Senior Editor Nancy Metcalf said.

The Times Record - Fort Smith, Arkansas
What's not hard is washing down a chocolate chip cookie with a big glass of milk. What's not hard is ordering biscuits with scrambled eggs and bacon and, oh, well, a little gravy on the side. What's not hard is throwing an extra dollop of butter and sour cream on a baked potato. Referring to the federal government's new dietary guidelines, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said, basically, what's the big deal? Want to look and feel better? he asked. "You lower your calorie intake, you lower your fats, your carbs. You eat more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains and you exercise," Thompson said.

The Twentieth Century, 1950-1999--The Battle is Joined
1957: Effect of maternal smoking during pregnancy on children's birth weight studied. (Simpson WJ. A preliminary report on cigarette smoking and the incidence of prematurity. Am J Obstet Gynecol 1957;73:808-815) 1957: PEOPLE: DR. EVARTS GRAHAM dies of lung cancer. He wrote to DR. ALTON OCHSNER 2 weeks before his death, "Because of your long friendship, you will be interested in knowing that they found that I have cancer in both my lungs. As you know I stopped smoking several years ago but after having smoked much as I did for years, too much damage had been done." 1957: BUSINESS: Philip Morris Inc. acquires Milprint and Nicolet Paper Co.

Therapy Changes Brains of Women With Bulimia
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- New research suggests sessions with a therapist can change the brain chemistry of women with the eating disorder bulimia nervosa. Investigators from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore found patients who underwent 12 sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy for the condition showed differences in their opioid systems. The opioid system is responsible for increasing positive emotions, curtailing painful sensations, and promoting a sense of reward.

There is no evidence of a "well-coordinated or well-disseminated approach to providing behavioral health care to [military] service members...
U.S. employers expect to see their employee health care costs to increase by 8 percent this year and next, a survey conducted by the National Business Group on Health and Watson Wyatt, a benefit firm, indicates. Although the number is lower than the 13 percent increase employers experienced in 2003, "8 percent would be a frightening number for other corporate expenses, like payroll," a Watson Wyatt representative said. Although the proportion of health care costs paid for by employees will remain relatively stable, they should expect to pay more than in the past, according to the organizations.

Thinning Hair
And for the millions (it's probably in the billions) of men who experience thinning hair, this can be a very emotionally disconcerting event. In fact, it can be outright traumatic for some! So just what is thinning hair? Actually, the term itself is a misnomer. The hair itself is not thinning, or becoming thinner. What's really happening is too much hair is in the resting or non-growth state. Typically, 10% of hair follicles don't grow, and will "shed". This is perfectly normal. Yet when more than 10% of the hair sheds, the appearance is that the hair is thinning; and hence, the term "thinning hair".

Tips on Reducing Medical Expenses

There is a growing concern in the public regarding the rising costs of health care. Experts offer no easy answers, but can only give straightforward explanations.  Experts say that this situation occurs because insurance companies are working around highly-regulated and fixed operating margins.
 
In addition, an increase in the premium payments for health plans are the expenses passed to the insurance company by hospitals, doctors and other medical expenses. Other factors, such as the use of new medical technologies, inflation, and social problems, affect the rising cost of health care in the United States. 
 
There are many ways through which people can reduce their medical expenses. One way to reduce medical expenses is to look for an alternative health-care provider that offers inexpensive services. Some health plans provide discounts to patients when consulting a “preferred” doctor.
 
Another way is to make sure that one’s health plan covers most, if not all, areas of medical care. Look for insurance companies that offer comprehensive yet inexpensive health-care programs. In addition, it would be better to have a higher deductible with low premium plans.
 
Some insurance companies offer discounts to those who pay their premiums yearly. This greatly reduces the costs one has to take care of every month. Moreover, it would be helpful to review the policies of one’s health plan and check for any changes or improvements. This would also help in deciding whether the current plan is still suited to one’s current needs and preferences.
 
There is no easy way to reduce health care costs. However, proper planning and healthy living can prevent these additional costs. 

Tomato Juice Keeps Emphysema From Developing In New Model; Lycopene Cited
US FDA last year allowed some tomato products to carry highly-qualified labeling claims linking tomato products with reduced incidence of prostate cancer. Research team studies mechanisms of nutrients in human disease and lifestyle. Feeding tomato juice to mice kept them from developing emphysema after cigarette smoke exposure that was long enough to induce emphysema in a control group, Japanese researchers report in February issue of the American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology.

Unneeded cure spreads a deadly killer
Many doctors and patients in Russia and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and parts of China and India believe that infusions of fresh blood can fortify a healthy body and remedy diseases that are not blood related, Western doctors with extensive experience in the region say. While pervasive corruption encourages many unnecessary transfusions, patients also frequently demand transfusions, which they associate with modern health care.

Updated Guidelines for Preventing Strokes
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- New guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) outline who can benefit most from carotid endarterectomy -- the most common surgery to prevent future strokes. The procedure removes plaque and fatty deposits from blocking the carotid arteries, the main suppliers of blood to the brain. Strong evidence recommends the surgery for patients with severe (70 percent to 99 percent) blockage in their carotid artery. The new guidelines suggest carotid endarterectomy is effective for patients with severe blockage and recent symptoms of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Vegan Nutrition in Pregnancy and Childhood
The ideal food for a vegan baby's first year of life is breast milk. Benefits to the breastfed baby include enhancement of the immune system, protection against infection, and reduced risk of allergies. Benefits to the mom include reduced risk of premenopausal breast cancer, release of stress-relieving hormones, and convenience. Breastfeeding may also help you lose weight, though you should not restrict calories when trying to establish milk supply. There may be other benefits we are not aware of yet. Vitamin D The most reliable way to get vitamin D is from fortified foods or supplements.

Vitamin E supplementation shows no overall benefit for major cardiovascular events or cancer
Vitamin E supplementation shows no overall benefit for major cardiovascular events or cancer In an article in the July 6 JAMA, I-Min Lee, M.B.B.S., Sc.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, and colleagues analyzed data from the vitamin E component of the Women's Health Study, which tested whether vitamin E supplementation decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer among healthy women.

Walking is the Best Exercise
by Marilyn Pokorney Running, jogging, weight lifting, calisthenics. These are all good for keeping in shape but walking is still the most simple, and effective, of all exercises to lose weight and stay in shape and maintain good health. Approximately 67 million Americans of all ages walk for exercise regularly. Walking can be done with friends or alone. And it can be performed outside or inside. Walking helps the metabolic system to control weight, regulate blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. A brisk walk burns up to 100 calories per mile. Walking is an aerobic exercise meaning that it uses oxygen.

WAVY.COM - Mental Illness Can Cause Deadly Outcomes
The wife of the man killed by an Air Marshall in Miami Tuesday says Rigoberto Alpizar was bipolar. Witnesses say just after boarding the plane in Miami Alpizar bolted from his seat and ran off the plane. Undercover Air Marshals started after him. Alpizar said he had a bomb, but after he was killed no bomb was found. The Virginia Department of Mental Health says between 100,000 and 200,000 Virginians suffer from bipolar. But the mental illness is too often unrecognized or misdiagnosed. People who are bipolar or manic depressive feel extreme highs and lows.

WAVY.COM - Study Says Slow, Not Brisk, Walking May Be Best Prescription For Obese
(AP) - Restaurant consultant John Imbergamo drives to work but he takes time for a daily walk, either through Washington Park near his Denver home or from his office to clients downtown. "I end up walking a lot. It's easier than getting in my car and driving, especially downtown," said the 6-foot-1 Imbergamo, who at 280 pounds says walking is his main form of exercise. "Hopefully walking helps me keep my weight where it is.

Weekend heart attack patients slightly more likely to die
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Heart attack patients have a slightly higher risk of death if they go to the hospital on the weekend, when they are more likely to miss or wait longer for crucial treatments, one of the largest studies of the issue finds. Although the increased risk of death is small, roughly 5 percent higher in the month after an attack occurs, it can mean potentially thousands more deaths in the United States annually. The study indicated that weekend patients waited longer for angioplasty and other procedures, likely because of reduced staffing.

Weight Loss
Weight Losing weight is a complicated topic and learning how to lose weight can be a very frustrating task. This website was created to help people learn about living a healthy lifestyle and benefiting from the joys of feeling healthy. We hope you find a weight loss solution that works for you. So many times, people want a quick fix to a complicated problem. If your body is over weight or you are unhappy with your physical or emotional well-being, . Nutrition, diet, food, advise, nutritional guide Nutritional Advice What's the Best Nutrition Advice? It's following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Women's Health Initiative
The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) is a major research study of women and their health. It will help decide how diet, hormone therapy, and calcium and vitamin D might prevent heart disease, cancer, and bone fractures. It will also help identify any risks for these diseases. This is the first such study to examine the health of a very large number of women over a long period of time. About 160,000 women of various racial and ethnic backgrounds from 40 communities across the United States will take part in the study.

Women's reproductive health affected by domestic violence
A conference on Australian Women's Health concluding today in Melbourne has been told that women who are in a relationship with a violent partner are more likely both to become pregnant and to suffer a pregnancy loss like miscarriage, termination or stillbirth. Research shows that 5 per cent of young women are in chronic and damaging relationships and that many more are at risk of abuse, as Toni Hassan reports.

Women's Top 5 Health Concerns
To help women boost health, WebMD examined five medical conditions that are of great concern to them: heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, depression, and autoimmune diseases. We looked at the risk factors for each disease and asked the experts what women could do to prevent such ailments. In order to make full use of this information, Saralyn Mark, MD, encourages women to take charge of their health. She says women need to work in partnership with their doctors by finding out their family medical history, educating themselves on health issues, and paying attention to their bodies.

WOODTV.com & WOOD TV8 - Grand Rapids news and weather - Folic acid may help your memory
(June 23, 2005, 8:07 p.m.) There is a new reason to include folic acid in your diet. It could help protect your memory. A new study found healthy people who took 800 micrograms of folic acid for three years performed better on memory tests than those who did not take the supplement. The scores on memory tests were comparable to people who were five-and-a-half years younger, and almost two years younger on cognitive speed tests. Now researchers want to know if folic acid can help reduce dementia for people at risk for Alzheimer's disease.

WOWT | Reshaping The Pyramid
The government has flipped the 13-year-old food pyramid on its side, added a staircase for exercise and offered a dozen different models, all aimed at helping Americans trim their waistlines. Dubbed "MyPyramid," the new graphic interprets the food groups as rainbow-colored bands running vertically from the tip to the base: Orange for grains, green for vegetables, red for fruits, a yellow sliver for oils, blue for milk products and purple for meats and beans. Preferred foods such as grains, vegetables and milk products have wider bands. To emphasize exercise, the image depicts a figure climbing steps to the top.