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This Simple Realization Linked To 80% Depression Recovery

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This Simple Realization Linked To 80% Depression Recovery

Source: Psyblog

Six months later, 80% had recovered from depression, researchers found.

This Simple Realization Linked To 80% Depression RecoveryRumination — thinking about the causes and consequences of depressing events — is common in depression.

However, simply realizing that you don’t have to ruminate can be liberating, new research suggests.

When people learned to reduce how much they ruminated, 80% had recovered after six months (including 10 weeks of therapy).

Professor Roger Hagen, who led the research, said:

“Anxiety and depression give rise to difficult and painful negative thoughts.”

Many patients have thoughts of mistakes, past failures or other negative thoughts.

Metacognitive therapy addresses thinking processes.

One of the problems in depression is that people “think too much”, which MCT [metacognitive therapy] refers to as ‘depressive rumination’.

Rather than ruminating so much on negative thoughts, MCT helps patients to reduce negative thought processes and get them under control.”

Taking control of your thoughts is an important part of modern cognitive therapies.

 

Professor Hagen said:

Instead of reacting by repeatedly ruminating and thinking ‘how do I feel now?’ you can try to encounter your thoughts with what we call ‘detached mindfulness.’

You can see your thoughts as just thoughts, and not as a reflection of reality.

Most people think that when they think a thought, it must be true.

For example, if I think that I’m stupid, this means I must be stupid.

People strongly believe that their thoughts reflect reality.

 

Many patients who took part in the study were pleasantly surprised, said Professor Hagen:

The patients come in thinking they’re going to talk about all the problems they have and get to the bottom of it, but instead we try to find out how their mind and thinking processes work.

You can’t control what you think, but you can control how you respond to what you think.

 

 


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Give Yourself the Gift of Time: Unsubscribe

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Give Yourself the Gift of Time: Unsubscribe

Source: The Download (AARP)

Originally Posted on 12/04/2014

by Steve Mencher

Do you return to work from holidays and vacations to find dozens or hundreds of emails? I do, but I’m doing something about it: I’m unsubscribing from any email I don’t actually want or need.

 I figure once I’m done, I’ll have about 10 minutes a day back — about an hour a week for self-improvement or daydreaming.

A few years ago, I was ready to give up on email altogether. Spammers made it nearly impossible to find the messages that you actually wanted to read. But now, filters on most accounts catch more than 90 percent of the actual junk. The other stuff is my own fault if I don’t winnow it down.

My new rule: For sources that regularly send messages I don’t read, I’m hunting for the “Unsubscribe” link and clicking it. Here are some categories I’m ditching.

  • Events — music, theater, movies — where I bought tickets once or twice, needed to give my email address to get confirmation, and stayed on a list.
  • Stores that delivered a product to me and I volunteered my email address as security or gave my email address for a discount.
  • Companies that sold me a product that asked me to register an email address for “updates” (always sales pitches).
  • Daily news of one sort or another, especially about people connected to me on social media.
  • Services that seemed cool at the time — like a daily story and photo.
  • Head-scratchers — Why do I get news and updates about television in India?

To Unsubscribe Or Not?

In the old days, it was a little dicey to “unsubscribe” from an email list, especially if it came from a group you didn’t know. You were rightly suspicious that confirming your identity would simply keep the communication going.

But it’s mostly different these days. Nearly all the mail I want to ditch is from someone I know and has a fairly obvious “unsubscribe” text link, usually at the bottom. Some confirm that you’re unsubscribed immediately. Some of those links are branded “SafeUnsubscribe,” which you can generally have confidence in.

Other Sites Put You Through Various Inconveniences

  • making you confirm your email address.
  • asking if you’re sure you want to unsubscribe.
  • giving you a number of confusing options so that you stay on some of their lists.

But mostly, it’s pretty easy. I’m already planning what I’m going to do with my extra hour each week. What about you?


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Which High-Protein Diet Lowers Risk of Death?

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Which High-Protein Diet Lowers Risk of Death?

Source: Everyday Health

 

Which High-Protein Diet Lowers Risk of Death?

A number of years ago, a colleague of mine tried a high-protein diet for weight loss because he’d met someone special in another state on an online dating site — only he’d posted pictures of himself when he was 30 to 40 pounds lighter.

Unfortunately, a regular meal schedule is a luxury few doctors get. Most physicians eat on the run when there’s an opening in their schedule, which often leads to weight gain from poor food choices.

My colleague’s interstate romance grew through correspondences, and he agreed to travel to the woman’s hometown for a meeting. The only trouble was that he wanted to lose weight quickly.

Like many others, he started a high-protein, low carbohydrate diet; his consisted almost entirely of animal proteins, along with a few strawberries. More than 80 percent of his diet came from animal proteins.

I’m happy to report that he lost the desired weight, and the online romance ended in marriage.

 

Should You Try a High-Protein Diet?

Many people use high-protein diets such as Weight Watchers or the South Beach Diet, among others, to quickly lose weight. And once they reach a certain weight goal, many will transition to a more balanced diet.

But some people stay on a diet long term to maintain their weight loss. And weight loss through diet certainly has significant benefits, including lowering your risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, and sleep apnea.

Numerous high-protein diets are available: When I searched for new books on the topic, the online bookstore yielded more than 100 options.

Most people I ask about a high-protein diet think of eating more meat and eggs. But protein is abundant in many other food sources.

Animal products high in protein include most forms of meat, eggs, seafood, dairy, cheeses, and whey protein.

Plant products high in protein include beans and legumes, such as lentils, chickpeas, soybeans, and black-eyed peas — also known as pulses. Other plants that contain protein include some vegetables (broccoli and spinach, for example), most nuts (like almonds, cashews, pistachios, and many nut butters), and seeds like chia, sunflower, poppy, quinoa, and many more.

 

Why Food Sources Matter in a High-Protein Diet

Given these facts about protein, here are two questions you may want to ask yourself before you embark on a high-protein diet:

  • Is the high-protein diet a healthy long-term option?
  • Should you switch from animal-based proteins to plant-based proteins in your diet?

A study published in October 2016 in JAMA Internal Medicine shed some light on these questions as they related to long-term risk of death from heart disease and cancer.

The study included 131,342 participants, of whom 85,013 were women; the average age was 49. These people were evaluated every two years with regard to their lifestyle and diet, and they were followed for more than 20 years.

Researchers compared people in groups based on the percent of protein in their daily diets:

  • Animal protein (less than 10 percent, 12 to 15 percent, or greater than 18 percent)
  • Plant protein (less than 3 percent, 4 to 5 percent, or more than 6 percent)

The study participants were not assigned to a particular diet, but instead reported on what they chose to eat. This study’s findings reflected broad dietary patterns and various protein sources:

  • For each 10 percent increase of dietary animal protein, participants had an 8 percent increase in risk for heart disease-related death.
  • For each 3 percent increase in dietary plant protein, participants had a 12 percent decrease in heart disease-related death.

The people who reported high levels of animal protein consumption and were most at risk for death from heart disease were also overweight, more sedentary, consumed alcohol, or smoked.

 

The Health Advantages of Plant-Based Proteins

If plant proteins are healthier, what happens when you substitute plant protein for animal protein in your diet?

Researchers found that for every 3 percent substitution of plant proteins in place of animal protein, there was a 34 percent reduction in mortality (risk of death) from heart disease. These benefits were seen in both active and inactive people. The best animal protein source to swap for a healthier plant protein source, according to this study, was processed red meat.

And for every 3 percent substitution of plant protein in place of animal protein, cancer-related death in study participants dropped by 17 percent. In this analysis, the best animal protein sources to swap for plant proteins were, again, processed red meat products — but also eggs.

 

High-Protein Diets Preserve Muscle Mass

A second, smaller study published in October 2016 in Cell Reports highlights the need to consider transitioning to a well-rounded diet once you’ve achieved your desired weight loss goal.

A healthy diet is primarily derived from fruits, nuts, vegetables, and very few processed foods. In this study of postmenopausal women who had developed prediabetes, researchers looked at the influence of a high-protein diet on glucose (sugar) levels.

Approximately 60 women with prediabetes participated and were assigned to a low-calorie, rapid weight loss diet or a high-protein weight loss diet. Both diets resulted in a loss of 8 to 10 percent of body weight.

But women who followed a high-protein diet preserved much more lean muscle mass. Essentially, most of their weight loss was loss of fatty tissue. One caveat: Their high-protein diet did very little to improve their muscles’ natural sugar intake, so some of the prediabetes condition persisted.

Small Diet Changes, Big Health Benefits

If you get your protein from animal sources like meat, eggs, and dairy, the first study is great news. When you make small changes to your diet and swap out some of the animal products for plant protein, you may get a tremendous benefit in lowering your risk of death from heart disease and cancer. These health dividends were observed when people substituted plants for animal products in just 3 percent of the diet. Few other things you can do will pay off so well.

If you keep a diary of your daily diet over a week, you should be able to find a few animal protein sources to eliminate; in particular, it’s helpful to substitute plant-based proteins for processed red meats.

You may not be considering a diet change to prepare for the love of your life like my colleague, but when you look at the evidence, it seems most of us could use more plant protein in our diets.

 

 


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Health & Wellness Tips For New Moms

Health & Wellness Tips For New Moms

Posted by: Roma “Rojoans” Joans - May 19, 2017

 

As a new mom, you’ve got a lot to consider, both for yourself and for your new little one. Extensive research has shown that pregnancy can have a dramatic impact on your immune system, body chemistry, and overall health. Now, more than ever, it’s essential to focus on the best ways for incorporating sustainable health and wellness into your daily life, ideally as effortlessly as possible. Fortunately, with everything from accessible nutritional resources to natural herbal supplements to easy-to-use workout apps, maintaining your wellbeing as a new mom has never been easier. Here are a few key tips to help get you started.

Go Natural

You want the best for your baby, and you deserve the best for yourself as well. Take a little bit of time to assess the foods you ingest, as well as the products you use. The growing popularity of natural and organic products in recent years has led to an outstanding increase in availability. Still, if you don’t live down the street from a Whole Foods, ordering products online offers a fantastic alternative. Supplement your diet with pure herbal supplements that are all natural and non-GMO verified, and seek out natural alternatives to everyday household products.

Take Time for Yourself

Now that you’re answering to “Mommy,” it’s more important than ever before to maintain a healthy sense of self. Enlist the help of your partner, a relative, or a trusted caregiver, and set aside some alone time. Claim this time just for yourself: for naps, for meditation, for exercise, or for a soothing bath. Remember that to provide the most nurturing care for your child, it’s essential that you also care for yourself as an individual.

Let Yourself Off the Hook

Aiming for perfection is a noble goal. But, when you’re a new mom, it simply might not be realistic. Instead of stressing over keeping a perfectly clean house or tracking minute scheduling details, hone in on what matters most (the health of you and your family, maintaining peace of mind, time well spent, etc.), and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Set Goals for Yourself

It might be a minute or two before you can get that bikini body back, but the key to lasting success isn’t massive overwhelming goals; it’s small, sustainable ones. Opting to take a short walk around the neighborhood rather than watch a movie, heading to the park instead of working on the computer from home, or cooking a healthy but easy meal instead of ordering in are simple adjustments that can make a big difference over time.

Above all, remember to enjoy this remarkable phase of life, and to take care of the most important thing in your baby’s life: you.

Author Bio: Roma “Rojoans” Joans is a lifelong health enthusiast, personal wellness consultant, and frequent columnist in a number of health and lifestyle publications. A Northern California native, she enjoys skiing, surfing, and yoga, and she isn’t opposed to a scoop of ice cream after a workout.


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Newly Diagnosed with COPD: How Will I Cope?

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Newly Diagnosed with COPD: How Will I Cope?

Source: COPD Foundation Blog

Newly Diagnosed with COPD: How Will I Cope?As I was browsing the internet, I came across a blog posted on CNN. A woman who was recently diagnosed asked what COPD was, and what could she expect.

Their response:

“Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a disease that truly negatively affects quality of life. Patients with COPD are prone to asthma-like wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing that can occur in episodes caused by chronic inflammation. They’re also prone to viral and bacterial infections.

It is the fourth most common cause of death in the United States, killing an estimated 120,000 people each year. While COPD is most noted for episodes of shortness of breath and wheezing, the disease is typically slowly progressive and persistent. Medical treatment can be successful in relieving symptoms and reducing the severity of exacerbations.

Treatment is with inhaled bronchodilators, steroids to reduce inflammation and other oral medications.”


Despite COPD actually being the THIRD leading cause of death in the U.S., this description is correct. But what’s missing from it is describing what it’s like emotionally about your COPD diagnosis.

You may have felt stunned when you first learned of your diagnosis. If you had never heard of COPD before, the explanation you received may have seemed pretty mysterious and even frightening. Or maybe you felt relieved to finally know what was causing your symptoms. Some people respond to learning about their breathing problems by diving right in and learning everything they can about it. They feel like they are taking charge and exerting some control over their condition. Other people prefer to learn about lung disease more slowly. This gives them time to let the information sink in. It gives time to think about their questions. These are just two examples of the kinds of coping styles people commonly use when they learn about their medical condition.

Psychologists have identified a set of emotional responses to loss. Known as the “Grieving Process,” it includes five stages. As you adjust to the diagnosis of COPD and some loss of lung function, you are likely to have many of these emotions. However, you may not necessarily move in a step-wise fashion from stage 1 to stage 5. Sometimes people go backwards and forwards as they move through this process. There is no set time limit for completing any of these stages.

The Grieving Process Five Phases:

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

 

There are also different coping styles among people. Here are some of them.

  • Confrontive coping: Involves aggressive efforts to change the situation. It suggests some degree of risk-taking.
  • Distancing: A conscious effort to detach oneself and to minimize the importance of the situation.
  • Self-controlling: An effort to regulate one’s feelings and actions.
  • Seeking social support: An effort to seek real support such as financial assistance and emotional support.
  • Accepting responsibility: Acknowledges one’s own role in the problem along with trying to put things right.
  • Escape-avoidance: Involves wishful thinking and efforts to escape or avoid the problem.
  • Planful problem-solving: Involves purposeful problem-focused efforts to change the situation. Includes a logical approach to solving the problem.
  • Positive reappraisal: An effort to create positive meaning by focusing on personal growth. It may have a religious aspect.

 

What are some things you do to cope? What was it like for you when you were diagnosed? What advice would you give to newly diagnosed individuals with COPD?


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Fibromyalgia Dilemma: Tips on How to Sleep Better

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Fibromyalgia Dilemma: Tips on How to Sleep Better

Source: HealthResouce4u

Fibromyalgia Dilemma: Tips on How to Sleep BetterAs humans, we will instinctively avoid pain no matter how the reality presents it. But in the case of people with fibromyalgia, pain takes a different form, like a bad story told – and worse, it eventually snatches them of their lives. They just couldn’t “live” until they die.

Pain Problem

Unknown to many, fibromyalgia is a syndrome highly associated with body-wide pain including tenderness in joints and muscles. People affected by it also experience chronic extreme fatigue, to the point that they would just crawl up to their beds right after dinner.  It is more common in women aged 30-50 years old, although it can affect both sexes and people at any age. Adding insult to injury, this condition has no known cure, and many patients need to have an ample amount of supplementation of vitamins and minerals in order to battle with the syndrome.

Although pain is already a big problem among these patients, another massive issue that poses threat to their comfort is the problem they have with sleeping. Many people affected with the disease often have no way to go: for pain decreases the quality of sleep, and lack of sleep further increases pain. This is where the combination of sleep difficulty and pain takes its toll on people with fibromyalgia.

For people with fibromyalgia are more likely to experience sleeping difficulty (and thus increasing their pain), it is vital to note some points on how they can improve their night’s rest. An adequate sleep during the night could help manage the widespread pain that they feel during the morning. Go over these tips find out how to make pain management could be highly improved by a good night’s rest.

Don’t Stay Excessively Long Hours In Bed

Many people with fibromyalgia may be tempted to go back to sleep after waking up, for the fatigue that they feel is actually worse in the morning. But they shouldn’t, because extremely long sleeps often result to fragment and shallow rest at night time. It is enough to get adequate sleep that is just sufficient to feel refreshed for the day. Oversleeping will definitely aggravate one’s condition since it’ll be difficult for you to sleep at night. It is strongly advised not to take afternoon naps, since the effect is the same.

Avoid Antagonistic Foods And Activities

It is already a general knowledge that one should get rid of caffeine just before going to sleep, but also alcohol should not be considered as a downer even. Both of the substances disturb your sleep. It’s never good to sleep hungry as well, since your tummy might just wake you up. Take a light snack of carbohydrates before resigning to help you with your sleep; it’s a natural reaction of our body to rest while digesting. However, eat light snacks instead of a heavy meal to avoid that bloated feeling. Of course, don’t take in stimulant beverages such as carbonated drinks. Stop sipping that coffee or tea late at night; coffee and tea contain caffeine that is a stimulant.

Get Active, But Not Too Much

Sure exercise could promote sleep in the evening, but it should not be done at least three hours prior to your scheduled rest. The stimulation that exercise can bring you might make it difficult for you to fall asleep. If you are still having difficulty sleeping, though you have exercised for the day, try the next tip.

Relaxation Is The Key

Deep breathing exercises, massage, aromatherapy, and a cool, quiet environment are undeniably a potentiator of a quality sleep at night. A gentle massage, especially, can help you calm your muscles right before bedtime, and thus, giving way to a better quality sleep. Aromatherapy works a lot since it does not only soothe your nerves, but it also sets the mood into a deep, relaxing feeling. You can alleviate the pain by guided imagery; imagine yourself in a relaxing setting, or you could have your partner help you imagine a relaxing scenery. Meditation works best if you can still handle the pain brought about by your condition.

It is important for patients with fibromyalgia to support their joints, and not cushion those. That is a too soft bed does really no advantage over some joint pains these people may feel. Clinicians now recommend that the best mattress for patients with fibromyalgia is a memory mattress, as these follow the contour of your body, exerting lesser pressure in your muscles and especially on your joints. However, memory foam mattress does sleep hot on the surface, that is why other doctors recommend a gel foam for a mattress which actually sinks into the foam and absorbs the heat. Some of the best mattresses in the market can cost a lot, but there are some which cost less than those in the mainstream but still give you the relief that you need.

We cannot just deny the fact that fibromyalgia has indeed been a major dilemma for those who are afflicted with it. If you have fibromyalgia, there are lots of websites offering free help and guidance for your condition. If you know a loved one with this condition, all you can give to him or her is patience, tender love, and care. During pain attacks, be the person he or she could hang onto and help him or her relax by breathing in and out. We may not be able to comprehend the pain that they are going through, but we can help them make it through the everyday struggles because of the support we give.

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The Tricky Thing About Asthma

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The Tricky Thing About Asthma

Source: Harvard Health Blog

POSTED MARCH 06, 2017, 9:35 AM

Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributing Editor

The Tricky Thing About AsthmaIn mid-January, health headlines announced that nearly one-third of adults diagnosed with asthma don’t actually have this respiratory condition at all. This announcement appeared everywhere from Fox News Health to the Chicago Tribune.

As a primary care doc, a medical writer, and an asthma sufferer, I was very skeptical of these dramatic announcements, and with good reason. An editorial that accompanied this study provides important perspective that suggests the news headlines were exaggerated and misleading.

Taking A Closer Look At The Study

Let’s talk about the study, which is a good one, and has merit. Canadian researchers recruited 615 random people who had been given a diagnosis of asthma, and performed formal testing to see if they still had it. And in fact, 33% of those tested did not meet criteria for the diagnosis of asthma at the time of testing. The lead author of this study is then quoted as suggesting that doctors diagnosed these patients with asthma without doing the necessary tests.

Okay, as a physician who diagnoses and treats asthma (and its many variants), a medical writer and researcher who dissects these articles, and someone who is currently experiencing an awful asthma flare (or exacerbation), I take major issue with these headlines and the lead author’s press statements.

Looking A Little Deeper

The data tells the story. Of the one-third of patients who tested negative for asthma in the study, 24 (or 12% of them) actually did have appropriate testing (that confirmed asthma) when they were first diagnosed. What’s more, 22 of the participants who tested negative for asthma at the time of the study, tested positive months later (again using appropriate testing).

What this really tells us is that asthma has many forms and, like many chronic disease, symptoms may come and go. This is consistent with what I know from professional — and personal — experience.

The study authors themselves recognize at the start of the study how tricky asthma can be, pointing out that there are many types of asthma that can look a little different, and have different triggers. They go on to say (as mentioned in the editorial) that symptoms of asthma can relapse (come back) and remit (go away).

Let’s Get Real About Asthma

When I see a patient with wheezing and/or coughing spasms, and especially whose symptoms improve after a breathing (nebulizer or neb) treatment in the office, I will tell them that they at the very least have reactive airways syndrome. This is not exactly asthma. It just means that something triggered them to wheeze — maybe an allergic reaction, or a virus. They may never wheeze again. But in my office, right then, because they are wheezing at that moment, they will probably benefit from an inhaler. If an inhaler has been helpful in the past or the neb provided immediate relief, I’m not going to say, oh wait, we need to have formal testing first, before we treat you. Nope.

But, if symptoms continue and we are worried that this is more than a one-time or occasional thing, then we may want to pursue a formal, official diagnosis of asthma.

How Do You Know For Sure If It’s Asthma?

A diagnosis of asthma requires two things: a history of respiratory symptoms consistent with asthma (chest tightness, wheezing, coughing spasms, particularly nighttime cough), along with proof of “variable expiratory airflow obstruction.” What the heck is that?

Lung function tests can show whether inflammation and narrowing of the airways is impeding your ability to breathe out. A key piece of equipment for doing this is called a spirometer, and it’s not something that you will generally find in any primary care office (it is not the same as a peak flow meter you can buy at the drug store). We refer patients to a pulmonary function lab for this sort of testing. The person breathes into the spirometer while the machine measures total lung capacity, as well as various measures of exhalation speed. They may also receive inhaled medications that can help to make the diagnosis of asthma. Sometimes medications (bronchodilators like albuterol) may be used to see if they relieve symptoms (or a different medication called methacholine can be used to carefully provoke an asthma attack). If the albuterol helps or the methacholine triggers an asthma attack — diagnosis made.

For some patients, the formal testing may be too expensive. Or maybe they can’t get it scheduled in a timely manner. If their history is as clear as mine, it may make sense to simply give them the asthma diagnosis, so that things like a nebulizer machine can be covered by insurance. Even if formal testing confirms asthma, it can resolve on its own, and repeat testing may be negative later on. Was this a misdiagnosis? No, this was just asthma.

Asthma In Real Life

Me? I was in my doctor’s office today with wheezing. I had the flu last week (more on that in another post) which triggered a prolonged wheezing/coughing episode. My doctor saw that I was struggling to breathe, measured my oxygen levels, which were low, and heard wheezing when listening to my lungs. She also tested my peak flow, which improved with a nebulized albuterol treatment in her office. This all supports a diagnosis of asthma, but for now, I’m labeled as having reactive airways, because I haven’t had any formal evaluation with a pulmonologist and I have never had spirometry.

Yet…

Because this is now the, oh, fifth time I’ve had similar symptoms, my doctor feels we need to pursue the more formal diagnosis, and guess what? I’ve got a referral for my pulmonary function testing sometime in the future. Right now, however, I’m sick, and so she’s simply treating me.

Sources


Asthma may be misdiagnosed in many adults. Fox News Health, January 18, 2017.

1 in 3 adults diagnosed with asthma may not have it, study suggests. Chicago Tribune, January 18, 2017.

Hollingsworth, H., O’Connor, G. Asthma — Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? JAMA, January 17, 2017.

Aaron, S., Vandemheen, K., FitzGerald, J., et. al., Reevaluation of Diagnosis in Adults With Physician-Diagnosed Asthma. JAMA, January 17, 2017.

One-Third of Adults Diagnosed With Asthma Don’t Actually Have It, Study Finds. Science Alert, January 20, 2017.

Study finds 33 percent of adults recently diagnosed with asthma do not have it. Medical Xpress, January 17, 2017.

Study: 33 percent of adults are misdiagnosed with asthma. Infowars, January 18, 2017.

1 in 3 Adults Diagnosed With Asthma May Not Have It: Study. tucson.com, January 17, 2017.

Weinberger, S., Silvestri, R. Treatment of subacute and chronic cough in adults. UpToDate, March 29, 2016.

Fanta, C., An overview of asthma management. UpToDate, May 31, 2016.

McCormack, M., Office spirometry. UpToDate, June 6, 2016.

Gerald, L., Carr, T. Peak expiratory flow rate monitoring in asthma. UpToDate, December 22, 2016.


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Healthcare at The Tipping Point

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Healthcare at The Tipping Point

Source: FixIt: Healthcare at the Tipping Point

A powerful new documentary that reaches across the political and ideological divide to expand support for major healthcare reform.

The film was two years in the making, with more than forty voices advocating for reform, including: activists, health policy experts, economists, physicians, nurses, patients, business and labor leaders.

This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation's health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens.


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Alzheimer’s Linked To Too Much of This In Your Diet

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Alzheimer’s Linked To Too Much of This In Your Diet

Source: PsyBlog

Alzheimer’s Linked To Too Much of This In Your DietThe researchers studied samples of brain tissue from people with and without Alzheimer’s disease.

Excess sugar in the diet could play an important role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, new research finds.

Too much glucose (sugar) in the diet damages a vital enzyme which helps fight the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr Omar Kassaar, the study’s first author, said:

“Excess sugar is well known to be bad for us when it comes to diabetes and obesity, but this potential link with Alzheimer’s disease is yet another reason that we should be controlling our sugar intake in our diets.”

The researchers studied samples of brain tissue from people with and without Alzheimer’s disease.

They found that sugar can damage an enzyme called MIF (macrophage migration inhibitory factor).

Professor Jean van den Elsen, a study co-author, explained:

“We’ve shown that this enzyme is already modified by glucose in the brains of individuals at the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

We are now investigating if we can detect similar changes in blood.

Normally MIF would be part of the immune response to the build-up of abnormal proteins in the brain, and we think that because sugar damage reduces some MIF functions and completely inhibits others that this could be a tipping point that allows Alzheimer’s to develop”.

MIF helps to fight the build up of abnormal proteins in the brain, which are characteristic of Alzheimer’s.

The reduction of MIF activity by glucose could eventually lead to a ‘tipping point’ in Alzheimer’s progression.

Dr Rob Williams, a study co-author, said:

“Knowing this will be vital to developing a chronology of how Alzheimer’s progresses and we hope will help us identify those at risk of Alzheimer’s and lead to new treatments or ways to prevent the disease”.

The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports (Kassaar et al., 2017).


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4 Ways Seniors Can Stay Young

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4 Ways Seniors Can Stay Young

Source: eldercareblog.com

Posted by Ron Burg

4 Ways Seniors Can Stay YoungRetaining youthful exuberance can be quite a steep task for many aging adults. Physical and mental exhaustion both contribute to seniors losing the vibrancy and effervescence that they used to put on display during their younger days. Just because the odds are stacked against them does not mean that aging adults have to resort to a sedentary lifestyle where they are confined to their beds, couches, and chairs, with little or no recreational activity and social interaction.

As long as a person has the determination and the enthusiasm to make life enjoyable, he or she can succeed in doing so regardless of the age and the health complications that come along with it. After all, it’s not how old you are, but rather how old you feel. As far as aging adults are concerned, here are 4 simple ways in which they can feel young again:

1) Eating Healthfully

If you are what you eat, then eating healthfully will allow seniors to stay far away from mental and physical disorders. With age, human beings are required to alter their diet in order to eliminate as much unhealthy food from the menu as possible. The ideal diet for an aging adult should consist of cooked fruits, vegetables, yogurt, nuts, and small portions of white meat protein or beans. Regular meals based on these foods will keep their bodies supplied with sufficient energy and allow them to gain the physical strength required to carry out their favorite indoor and outdoor activities. Eating healthfully also reduces the risk of anxiety disorders and untimely mood swings.

2) Socializing

One of the simplest and easiest ways of staying and feeling young is by socializing with people of similar ages and backgrounds. If seniors refrain from socializing and keep themselves bound within the four walls of their house, then they are simply asking for a bunch of mental and physical illnesses to infiltrate their bodies. The more they communicate and converse with people, the easier it will be for them to tackle the hardships of aging.

3) Exercising

The benefits of physical exercise cannot be stressed enough, especially in the case of seniors. Exercising keeps the body rejuvenated and the mind refreshed. It prevents seniors from being inflicted with a number of different diseases. Heavy workout sessions are not recommended for aging adults. Rather, light exercises such as brisk walking, slow dancing, and stretching (in the form of yoga, perhaps) can help them rise above the physical restraints and limitations that accompany old age.

4) Learning

One of the reasons why seniors feel old is because they lose the excitement and zeal that comes with learning something new and discovering something extraordinary. Since most seniors stay detached from the workplace and academic institutions, it becomes difficult for them to come across new sources of learning. Enrolling in a library or joining a book club can solve this problem. There is no end to learning, and the sooner seniors realize this, the faster they will develop the desire to engage in intriguing learning activities. Besides, joining a book club or a library offers a getaway from the monotony and boredom of retirement
life.

Some say that age is only a number. We like to think of age as a perception of who you are. As long as seniors believe that there is a lot more that they can take from life, and give back to it, they will continue to feel young in their hearts.

Ron Burg is a writer for Alreadyhomecare.com and he primarily writes about senior care and home care.


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