A healthy diet—one with abundant quantities of produce and whole grains, and moderate amounts of “good” fats and lean protein—can help prevent and control chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. But certain foods can have a more immediate benefit and may help tame common health problems such as headaches and insomnia. So the next time you experience one of the conditions below, consider heading to your kitchen before you open your medicine cabinet.
Kids are showing reading gains in dual-language classrooms. There may be underlying brain advantages at work.
Young children being raised bilingual have to follow social cues to figure out which language to use with which person and in what setting. As a result, says Sorace, bilingual children as young as age 3 have demonstrated a head start on tests of perspective-taking and theory of mind — both of which are fundamental social and emotional skills.
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Family gatherings over the holidays are a chance to relax and share, but they can also be an important opportunity to start conversations about caregiving. Older adults in the family may need more help than they used to, but talking with them about serious topics like safe driving, personal care and finances can be difficult.
Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have. Be thankful for what you have every day, and make a bad day into a great day! Give it a try.
Once you start practicing being grateful and thankful for things, people, and events in your life, you will notice that you start to attract more positive things, people, and events in your life. Words can change attitudes. Thoughts can and do create your reality.
Every day I wake up and give thanks for being alive, for being able to see the sun rise, for being so fortunate to be living in the greatest country in the world, for having love in my life and knowing that I have someone that loves me back.
The only people with whom we should try to get even with are those who have helped us through times of trouble and difficulties in our lives.
Social media is an increasingly common presence in healthcare, among providers and consumers alike. For healthcare providers, social media can be an extremely effective marketing tool, acting as a direct line of communication between current and prospective patients. Social media sites, forums and blogs also act as a valuable platform for healthcare professionals to share …
If nothing seems to work for your queasy tummy or achy knee, listen up: We asked some of the nation's top holistic experts how they and their loved ones feel better naturally—and the advice is just so wise and doable.
We've all heard about natural remedies, not approved by the FDA, which have been around for centuries. In many cases, there hasn't been enough scientific research done to prove the claims. That may be changing. One spice currently being studied for its preventative qualities is a key ingredient found in Indian food.
By day, Dr. Ajay Goel is a scientist, trying to unlock genetic codes to prevent cancer. By night, he's passionate about cooking Indian food, specifically curcumin, the anti-inflammatory medicine that is found in turmeric, the yellow spice used in most Indian food.
"Colon cancer incidents is ten to 15 times lower in India compared to U.S. Lung cancer about seven to eight fold lower in India compared to U.S. Breast cancer five to ten times lower, in India compared to US," said Dr. Goel.
Goel and his family enjoy traditional Indian cooking. Three meals a day, spiced with turmeric. There's now a volume of scientific evidence showing that curcumin is a safe, and powerful anti-inflammatory.
"What we were missing at that time, we didn't have the science behind it, we just knew that somebody took this and felt better," said Dr. Goel.
In a recent study, Goel examined a combination of extracts from turmeric and frankincense, and looked at the impact on colon cancer. In animal tests, the extracts impacted tumor growth by the second day.
JaNeene Jones took ibuprofen for a bad back. After seeing an integrative medicine physician, she started on curcumin capsules daily to reduce inflammation.
"So I tried it and it worked. There was nothing else I changed. No other variables whatsoever," Jones said.
"It's a passion for me and I feel privileged in a sense that I can see the science and I can see the anecdotal evidence, and I can see the limitations. I can see the positive things," said Dr. Goel.
Like possible cancer prevention someday on a plate.
A previous study by Professor Goel found that taking curcumin while undergoing chemotherapy increased the effectiveness of the treatment. If you are shopping for supplements and want the full benefit of curcumin, buy curcumin capsules, not turmeric. Remember turmeric is the spice, curcumin is the medicine.
If you would like more information, check out the medical breakthroughs on the web at www.ivanhoe.com.
In a few decades, cryogenically frozen people could be resurrected either in their own bodies or those of humanoid robots, or even have their minds uploaded onto a computer, a scientist from a Russian cryogenic company told RT.
The year wasn't an hour old in 2015 when the Florida Atlantic University student's parents returned from a New Year's Eve party to find their son had overdosed on heroin.
Gregory Gartside, 35, of Boca Raton was the first of 216 people to die from a heroin-related overdose in Palm Beach County in 2015.
Roughly once every other day last year, heroin, fentanyl and illicite morphine claimed the life of a man, woman or teenager in Palm Beach County, more than all fatal traffic crashes and almost double the number of homicides.
Young mothers who doted on their children lost their lives to the needle; so did young men from wealthy families, Iraq war veterans, lawyers and former drug counselors.
Parents discovered their dead children. A 10-year-old boy found his dead father. An 8-year-old found his dead mother.
People died alone in cars, or in the locked bedrooms of sober homes where they had sought sobriety.
Mostly, though, they died quietly in their home, in their bed, a door or two away from family or friends.
Nationwide, the heroin body count rivals the number of young Americans who died at the height of the Vietnam War.
But the killer of this generation has not prompted marches in the street demanding change. No one is packing city hall pushing for expanded treatment. The faces of the dead are not on the nightly news.
They remain invisible, victims of addiction's stigma as well as the disease, rarely mentioned by name and almost never seen.
Overwhelmingly white, overwhelmingly young and overwhelmingly middle class, many traveled from other states to get treatment in Palm Beach County, long recognized as one of the major recovery destinations of the world.
For some, it would be the first effort at recovery. For others, it was the latest bid for help in a years-long struggle.
They died all the same.
Addiction is a poorly understood brain disease. People cannot argue, love or threaten someone out of an addiction, any more than they can argue, love or threaten someone out of diabetes.
As with other chronic diseases, it is a disease with an element of choice. Type 2 diabetics fall ill if they eat the wrong food or fail to exercise. They must choose to control their blood sugar.
Similarly, heroin addicts must first choose to seek sobriety if they hope to live.
Yet the drug rewires the brain in such a way that it becomes increasingly difficult for a user to act in his or her self-interest. Relapse is common — just as with smoking — and appears to be more likely with powerful opiates such as heroin, among the most addictive substances known to man.
But a heroin relapse is especially cruel: People who got clean are at much greater risk of dying if they go back to the drug, because their bodies are no longer able to tolerate the dose they used to take.
The toll is staggering.
In Florida in 2010, a person with heroin poisoning showed up at a hospital emergency room about every two days.
In late 2015, it was one every 90 minutes.
That is only heroin.
Once in the body, heroin converts to morphine almost immediately. In Palm Beach County, the medical examiner says most morphine overdoses reflect heroin use.
Further, the Mexican drug cartels dominating heroin sales in the United States are mixing another narcotic, fentanyl, into heroin. At the street level, dealers can order fentanyl online from China and mix it themselves. Some don't bother mixing. They add any powdery, non-narcotic substance and pass it off as heroin.
I’ve been working at the hospital for a few years now, and most of the staff have seen the benefits of music therapy enough that they’re sending appropriate referrals. I still get the occasional, “Are you coming to entertain us?” in the elevator while wearing my guitar, but I tend to laugh that off now. It takes a lot of education to create support for a ‘new’ (see: early 1900s) healthcare field. I understand the caution around alternative treatments, but music therapy in particular is an integrative field. It doesn’t replace traditional medicine, and music therapists co-treat. If we add music to a PT session, we don’t get in the way, and if we facilitate a music therapy-only session, we work on the same goals so that generalization of skills takes place.
Integrative medicine improves the hospital experience for patients, often getting them home sooner and with less medication- thereby saving money. With music therapy, we can address physical goals (e.g. crossing midline), cognitive goals (e.g. speech), emotional goals (e.g. self-esteem) and social goals (e.g. communicating with staff).
We can’t all be J.K. Rowling or Stephenie Meyer, but if you’re working on a book, it’s nice to know what helps with success.
First, don’t get too long-winded: Surprisingly, the average length of a best-selling book is 375 pages. (Lord of the Rings is definitely an outlier here.)
As far as setting goes, most bestselling books are set in the U.S., with lawyers or detectives as main characters. Romance is, by far, the most lucrative genre. Romance books bring in $1.4 billion a year, with crime books in second place. Interestingly enough, people finish romance novels but often ditch religious books.
While the U.S. leads for its publishing industry, Germany, France, China, Japan and the UK also have large markets for authors. If you’re publishing an e-book, Amazon might be the best bet –– the company controls more than half of the e-book market. Authors also get to keep 70 percent of what they make on Amazon....
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“Integrative medicine” acknowledges the benefits of healing traditions such as aromatherapy, massage therapy, yoga and more. (Fotolia)So, there’s that daily Facebook newsfeed and its bombardment of provocative promises about the curative powers of everything from pet ownership to meditation.Meanwhile, five minutes spent tuned in to what Dr. Oz is talking about is sure to add another superfood, spice or yoga stretch to your ever-expanding arsenal of nutraceuticals and hoping-they’re-healthy habits.It’s easy to see why most of us get confused about what we ought to be eating, taking or doing to optimize our health — and to know when or if to bring our family doctors in on the conversation.HELP YOURSELFAccording to studies from the National Institutes of Health, a third of Americans seek help for their health outside of their doctor’s office, although most do so as a complement to conventional care — not as a replacement for it.And the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reports that 18 percent of Americans use herbal supplements, more than double that of the next-most-popular complementary medicines — chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation (8.5 percent) and yoga (8.4 percent).
A recent review of clinical evidence published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings by National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers suggests that complementary health techniques have a legitimate place in a physician’s pain relief toolkit—welcome news as health care professionals and agencies grapple with the crisis of opioid abuse.
Social media plays an ever growing role in the modern healthcare setting. Whether used as a means of obtaining health information, sharing ideas, or developing professional relationships, social media offers many potential benefits for health professionals and consumers alike. Below are three examples of how social media is positively impacting health care.
1. Professional sounding board
Social media allows health professionals to share and obtain knowledge and experiences with other – often more experienced – professionals. Dedicated online communities, groups and forums, such asallnurses.com,physicianassistantforum.comanddoctorslounge.comare just three examples of community sites which encourage user participation via active forum threads, and seek to provide solutions to problems through advice-led articles and blogs. When it comes to discussing more private matters, closed Facebook or LinkedIn groups provide a less public platform for debate.
Social media is a great way for healthcare professionals to build networks and gain knowledge, which only goes to benefit the wider health system.
2. Health education
There is a growing number of people turning to online channels to obtain medical advice and information. In fact, arecent studyfound that 72% of internet users have searched for health information online, 59% of whom were specifically looking to diagnose a health condition, either for themselves or someone else.
Social media acts as a valuable platform for educating the public about various health risks, promoting ways to help prevent illnesses, and even broadcasting critical information in the event of a disease outbreak or medical crisis.
In similar vein, social media can support the education of students;numerous studieshave found that the use of social media to support and enhance learning has positive long-term effects on students.
For the benefit of both medical professionals and the wider public, it is increasingly important that accurate and up to date medical information is available online. Social media plays an important role in delivering such information in an accessible and digestible format.
3. Reputation and relationship management
Whether we like it or not, our online reputation is a catalyst for how we are perceived and remembered more widely. For healthcare organizations and professionals, this can present both problems and opportunities.
By implementing a social media strategy, healthcare organizations and professionals are able to manage their reputation, and are better placed to respond to any negativity, should it come their way. By sharing useful, insightful and original content and ideas, organizations and professionals can demonstrate their authority on a subject and set themselves apart from the competition, which will attract more attention for all the right reasons.
Whilst the use of social media can positively impact clinical workflows and outcomes in a number of ways, it is not without its risks. A key concern for most organizations and individuals within the industry stems from the requirement to adhere to HIPAA legislation and rules surrounding patient privacy and confidentiality. Organizations who wish to use social media in any capacity need to ensure that sufficient social media policies are implemented, and that employees are trained to comply to these regulations. For more information, refer to our guide,Advice for staying HIPAA compliant when using social media.
In content marketing, we want to create value. The magic happens when we start to publish pieces of content that do more than simply propagate our sales. In the end, it is about generating loyal fans who come back to what we create.These fans are a great source of inspiration for more content and they will also help to spread the word.
YouTube does a lot to help video creators to create better content. One of these efforts is the ’10 fundamentals of a creative strategy.’ Below you’ll find these fundamentals made actionable and see that they are enriched by a new one. These rules apply not only to content marketing on Google’s video platform, but they also help to optimize your efforts in video content marketing strategy....
Omega-3 fatty acids combat cardiovascular disease through a host of interrelated mechanisms, including the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines, elevation of beneficial HDL, and reduction of triglycerides and VLDL. The ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids in blood and cell membranes strongly influences cardiovascular risk factors. What’s more, new research reveals that having low levels of a little known omega-7 fatty acid called palmitoleic acid has been associated with increased risk of diabetes, decreased insulin sensitivity and arterial plaque formation.
Until recently there was no good way of determining how much omega-3 and omega-7 your body was absorbing. But now, an at-home test kit called the Omega Check™ allows for convenient determination of your status and your risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease.
If your Omega Check™ report indicates that your levels of omega-3 are low, or that your levels of omega 6 and saturated fatty acids are high — don’t worry! You are in the same boat as many North Americans. This is easily changed with diet and supplementation, in as little as four weeks. And the test can be repeated as required to track your progress as you use supplements and make lifestyle changes to minimize your risk.
You CAN change your risk of heart disease. The Omega Check™ is the first step!
The Omega Check™ test comes conveniently packaged as a kit. It requires a “finger stick” whole blood sample to be collected in the privacy of your home and shipped directly to the laboratory in a pre-paid envelope. All necessary components for the “finger-stick” are included in the kit with a complete set of instructions for easy collection.
Fasting is not required. Results take 4 weeks from the time the laboratory receives your sample.
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