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Smoke Permeates Nonsmoking Hotel Rooms

Smoke Permeates Nonsmoking Hotel Rooms | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
Staying in a nonsmoking room in a hotel that allows smoking elsewhere does not prevent exposure to tobacco smoke, a new study reports.
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Driving with the dog not a good idea for seniors

Senior drivers who always take a pet in the car are at increased risk for being involved in a motor vehicle collision, said researchers.
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The Benefit of Exercise in Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: The Finalex Trial

The Benefit of Exercise in Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: The Finalex Trial | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
A landmark study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine demonstrates that a patient-centered exercise intervention administered by trained physical therapists can slow the physical deterioration of Alzheimer’s Disease.
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Was this intensive exercise intervention worthwhile? The answer is a resounding yes! The key results are as follows:

The exercise program slowed declines in physical function. Patients getting usual care declined an average of 14 points over 1 year on the functional independence measure. Patients getting home exercise declined 7 points and patients in the group exercise declined 10 points. (The difference between both exercise groups and usual care was statistically significant. The difference between the exercise groups was not significant) The exercise groups had far fewer falls. The group exercise subjects had 40% fewer falls, and the home exercise subjects fall rate was more than cut in half. This impact makes this study one of the most effective fall intervention programs ever devised Even when accounting for the cost of the intervention, the health costs in the exercise groups were not more expensive than the costs of usual care. The cost of this intensive intervention was compensated by lower rates of health service use in the exercise groups. This goes to show that the best things in life sometimes really are free.

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A Few Extra Pounds May Help You Live Longer

A Few Extra Pounds May Help You Live Longer | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
New research shows that having an overweight body mass index (BMI) may help you live longer and healthier.
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The research, which analyzed 97 studies in all, found that people with BMIs under 30 but above normal (the overweight range) had a 6 percent lower risk of dying from all causes than those who were normal weight, while those whose BMIs fell into the obese range were 18 percent more likely to die of any cause.

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Coffee may help prevent breast cancer returning, study finds

Drinking coffee could decrease the risk of breast cancer recurring in patients taking the widely used drug Tamoxifen, a study has found.
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More and more the benefits of coffee appear to outweigh risks.

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Ask Well: Getting in Shape in Middle Age

Ask Well: Getting in Shape in Middle Age | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
What’s a good exercise plan for a middle-aged person who is out of shape? The Phys Ed columnist Gretchen Reynolds responds to reader questions.
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Walk 30 minutes a day. It doesn't even have to be 30 continuous minutes. It can be broken up into smaller chunks.

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Infographic: The "risk" of "terrorism"

Infographic: The "risk" of "terrorism" | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
Rather puts a better perspective on the real risk of terrorism. Looks like we have more to fear from our own law than "terrorists." Since this is rather hard to see, been passed around the internet...
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Heart disease and cancer are still the top killers.

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Light Drinking in Pregnancy Seems Safe

Light Drinking in Pregnancy Seems Safe | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
Light drinking during pregnancy is not associated with development problems for children -- at least up to the age of 7, researchers reported.
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If anything, children of mothers who drank lightly had slightly better outcomes than kids whose moms did not drink at all during pregnancy, according to Yvonne Kelly, PhD, of University College London, and colleagues.

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Abs Are Made In The Kitchen

Abs Are Made In The Kitchen | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
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Another awesome scoop from @DrVeronicaEyeMD.  From the article:

 

Nutrition


• Carb Cycling- healthy carbs, like whole wheat and quinoa, can help you feel full and be a great source of energy. However, if your body doesn’t use carbs as energy, the storage of carbs in the body can contribute to covering your abs behind a curtain of fat. Use carbs to your advantage through carb cycling. On days you plan to workout, increase your carb consumption. Your body will use the carbs as energy during exercise. On days you don’t workout, reduce your consumption of carbs. For example, on days that I workout, my lunch may include a sandwich consisting of two slices of whole wheat bread, turkey, spinach, peppers and other healthy toppings. On days I don’t workout, I make a sandwich by cutting one slice of bread in half and adding turkey and the toppings previously mentioned.

 

• Replace soda with water- soda is a major contributor to concealing your six-pack abs and widening the circumference of your abdominal/waist area. Fill up on water. Drink at least 64 ounces of water per day. Consume 16 ounces just before dinner. This will trick your body into feeling full to avoid overeating.

 

• Load up on vegetables and fruit- this will assist in filling you up without consuming excess calories.

 

• Eat slowly- to assist with satiety and reduce your risk of overeating, slow down the pace at which you consume meals.

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Could YOU go the distance to burn off this lunch | Visual.ly

Could YOU go the distance to burn off this lunch | Visual.ly | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
In order to burn 1350 calories, you might need to run this far. 5 different tracks with different activities for your choice of staying healthy.
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Running the opposite direction of McDonalds would also serve the purpose of moving and staying well. I doubt after eating a Big Mac, fries and soda that one would have the proper energy to run anywhere.

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Sugar in Foods (A Sweet Trap) Infographic

Sugar in Foods (A Sweet Trap) Infographic | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
Find out how much high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sugar lurk in the foods you regularly consume by checking out this Mercola infographic.
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Yes, even fruit can have too much sugar in it. Be very conscious that sugars are lurking everywhere. For packaged food, read the labels. For fresh foods have some ideas what the relative amounts of sugar is.

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Vaccine-Autism Link Knocked Down Again

Vaccine-Autism Link Knocked Down Again | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
Increasing exposure to vaccine antigens in the first 2 years of life was not associated with the development of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), researchers found.
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Still no clear answer to the causes of the upsurge in autism but seems that time and again, the vaccine cause has gone unproven.

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The popularity of "Mommy Porn"

The popularity of "Mommy Porn" | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
Bill Geist reports how, thanks to the bestselling "50 Shades" trilogy, authors of erotic romance - like 76-year-old Desiree Holt - have found success where other writers haven't. Geist also visits a romance novel cover shoot, where he fits right in.
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I am considering a career switch. My mom told me to go get my education and be a doctor. Perhaps she should have presented me the option of Mommie Porn writer. A lot more fun and less stress and laibility.

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Flu in Pregnancy Is Linked to Bipolar Disorder

Flu in Pregnancy Is Linked to Bipolar Disorder | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
Flu infection during pregnancy may increase the risk for bipolar disorder in offspring, according to a new report.
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Food, skin allergies increasing in children

Food, skin allergies increasing in children | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a big government survey found
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Is Chris Christie too obese to run for president?

Is Chris Christie too obese to run for president? | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
Chris Christie ought to address his morbid obesity prior to entertaining thoughts of running for the Presidency in 2016.
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I like Christie. He gets the job done and is 'no nonsense'. I would vote for him. He has an issue that many in America have. I don't feel that his weight will affect how he governs, however, we do need to have a very fit VP behind him, just in case he succumbs to his size prematurely.

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In sex, happiness hinges on keeping up with the Joneses

In sex, happiness hinges on keeping up with the Joneses, a new study finds. Sex apparently is like income: People are generally happy when they keep pace with the Joneses and they're even happier if they get a bit more.
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Using national survey data and statistical analyses, Wadsworth found that people reported steadily higher levels of happiness as they reported steadily higher sexual frequency. But he also found that even after controlling for their own sexual frequency, people who believed they were having less sex than their peers were unhappier than those who believed they were having as much or more than their peers.

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Exercise may protect against future emotional stress, study shows

Moderate exercise may help people cope with anxiety and stress for an extended period of time post-workout, according to a study by kinesiology researchers.
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Smith found that exercise and quiet rest were equally effective at reducing anxiety levels initially. However, once they were emotionally stimulated (by being shown 90 photographs from the International Affective Picture System, a database of photographs used in emotion research) for ~20 minutes, the anxiety levels of those who had simply rested went back up to their initial levels, whereas those who had exercised maintained their reduced anxiety levels.

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Heart Rate as a Measure of Life Span

Heart Rate as a Measure of Life Span | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
A higher resting heart rate is an independent predictor of mortality, even in healthy people in good physical condition, a new study suggests.
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For those who have motivation to have exercise as part of their lifestyle here is your payoff. The lower resting heart rates of lifelong athletes gives you more years.

 

“If you have two healthy people,” said the lead author, Dr. Magnus Thorsten Jensen, a researcher at Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte, “exactly the same in physical fitness, age, blood pressure and so on, the person with the highest resting heart rate is more likely to have a shorter life span.”

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STFU Parents: How (Not) To Talk About The Boston Bombings On Facebook

STFU Parents: How (Not) To Talk About The Boston Bombings On Facebook | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
STFU Parents: I have uncomfortable feelings when I see people using tragedy, like the Boston Bombings, to get attention online.
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Most of us have spent the week concerned about people in the Boston area. Some others are so self-absorbed that they believe people actually care about their kid using the potty for the first time.  Interesting divide.

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Is Organic Better? Ask a Fruit Fly

Is Organic Better? Ask a Fruit Fly | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
A middle-school experiment using fruit flies and organic foods has won publication in a national scientific journal and spurred a debate about the relative benefits of organic eating.
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By nearly every measure, including fertility, stress resistance and longevity, flies that fed on organic bananas and potatoes fared better than those who dined on conventionally raised produce.

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Happiness In Your Sex Life Depends On This

Happiness In Your Sex Life Depends On This | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
Happy with your sex life? That may have a lot to do with what you know about everyone else's sex life, according to a new study.
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People feel happier about their sex life when they believe hey are having more sex than their peers.

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We worship at the feet of pain and pills

We worship at the feet of pain and pills | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
It seems that every day of my life is an endless discussion about narcotics in the emergency department.
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I am in the group of worshippers of pleasure and enjoyment through healthful food and exercise. Nothing gives me a high like finishing a workout and eating whole natural food. Yes I love Gummy Bears and Twizzlers too as a once in a while extra.

I also enjoy being completely sharp and lucid. I enjoy the sensations of the world in real time.

The side effect of pain pills are so horrible for me. Dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomitting. I wonder how others can take these drugs and become addicted. EVeryone's body is different. Bodies like mine? I can't tell if the decrease in pain is worth the horrible way the drugs make me feel. 

I do realize that there are many people out there with problems physically and spiritually and American culture has created this time where we feel the answer is in a pill or alcoholic beverage. And as a WEstern-trained physican I take some of that responsibility in that WEstern medicine does a poor job of moving people off of the pill and onto another modality. AS flippantly as we prescribe the pills, we doctors rarely have a "Stopping the Pills" plan other than 'Your prescription ran out and you should be over this by now"

 

So yes, the pill worship is a big big problem a la Rush Limbaugh and Michael Jackson but perhaps the root of the problem lies with those of us who started prescribing without providing real assistance for people to get over their pains both phsycial and emotional.

 

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The egg-citing, egg-credible egg | Visual.ly

The egg-citing, egg-credible egg | Visual.ly | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
Eggs are among the most versatile ingredients employed in both flavourful and easy food preparations. In essentially all kinds of global cuisine, the
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Although the so-called Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs have nothing to do with the true meaning of Easter, I wil take this opportunity to educate you on the high quality nutritional info of eggs for those who ascribe to eating animal products.

And NO, eating whole eggs does not raise your blood cholesterol. Even if your cholesterol did increase, yourrisk of heart disease does not because we now know the the link between heart disease and cholesterol is a myth. Heart  disease is directly associated with inflammation cause by the likes up substances like sugar.

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Le Folauga - The Journey

Le Folauga - The Journey | REAL World Wellness | Scoop.it
Adrift in the world with my pen for a paddle
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This is a thoughtful article about overzealous parents. Its easy for us to sit back and judge these parents but I recommend you look in the mirror at yourself directly and say "Have I ever done anything unscrupulous, immoral, shady to benefit my children over others?" It is way easy for us to criticize the moms on "Toddlers and Tierras" however considering the Law of Attraction, there is areason that you watch and criticize someone else.

Could it be you, Mom or you , Dad that these people respresent and thus you are scolding yourself without scolding yourself?

 

Parenting is one of the most difficult tasks and those who are the worse at it seem to have the most kids. The rest of us who are very circumspect stop when re realize that parenting really isn't all that fun 4 out of 7 days. 

 

But wait, the best is yet to come because as they grow up, our offspring begin to look at us differently and become like us and if your life becomes heaven its fun and games, but if somehow Johnny didn't get the 411 and you missed the marked or he just messed up because some kids are like that despite the best efforts of good parent (yes, do you really blame the parents when someone is a serial killer? C'mon) life is Hell because the world (i.e the media) will give you a beat down only few can survive.

 

So let's start a moment of compassionate parents where we commend others and forgive those with the "bad" kids or those parents who made a "wrong" because truly as Jesus said "They know not what they do". None us us really do. We make a judgment call and we all do the besst we know how for ourselves and for our children.

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