Advance to Slowing the Effects of Age

Researchers have found a novel approach to slow the signs of aging. With the discovery of “senescent” cells that promote inflammation and thus aging , they have found methods to eliminate these cells. At this time the research is still in the animal model.
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Spirituality Shown to Lessen Depression

Freedom and Spirituality

This and other studies have associated placing high importance on religion or spirituality (but not frequent service attendance) with substantially decreased risk for new incident depression and, particularly, recurrence. Supporting religious or spiritual engagement by individuals with such inclinations may offer some protective value.
Citation:
Miller L et al. Religiosity and major depression in adults at high risk: A ten-year prospective study. Am J Psychiatry 2011 Aug 24;


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Chocolate Associated with Cardiovascular Health

Chocolate In Moderation

Risk for Adverse CV Outcomes
People who ate chocolate more than five times a week had lower risks for any cardiovascular disease and stroke.Eat chocolate in moderation. Avoid excess sugar intake.
Citation:
Buitrago-Lopez A et al. Chocolate consumption and cardiometabolic disorders: Systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2011 Aug 29; 343:d4488

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15 Minutes of Daily Exercise Can Increase Longevity.

A Good Start

This study cannot establish causation, but an average of 15 minutes of daily exercise — half the recommended amount — was associated with significantly lower 8-year mortality and cancer incidence.—
Reference: Wen CP et al. Minimum amount of physical activity for reduced mortality and extended life expectancy: A prospective cohort study. Lancet 2011 Aug 16; [e-pub ahead of print].

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Emotional Eating

A study, which appears in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, included 12 healthy, normal-weight volunteers.

Van Oudenhove and his colleagues infused one of two “meals” into the stomachs of the volunteers: a solution of saturated fatty acids, or a saline control solution. (The researchers used a fat-based solution because comfort foods are often fatty, and because they were familiar with the brain’s response to the solution from earlier research.)

Binge Food

After the feeding, the researchers induced feelings of sadness in the volunteers by playing sad classical music and showing them images of faces with sad expressions — techniques that have proven to be downers in previous experiments.

Brief mood surveys administered throughout the experiment revealed that the participants found the sad music considerably more depressing after receiving the saline solution than after the fat solution. MRI scans also showed evidence of sadness when the patient heard gloomy musicl
The fleeting feelings of sadness experienced by the study volunteers pale in comparison to some of the emotions that people try to address with food in real life,
Therapy or other treatments that “teach people how to deal with strong emotions would likely…help people improve their eating habits,” she says. Teaching of alternative ways to handle stress and depression would be helpful

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High Energy Drinks, Stress and Hallucinations

High Energy Drinks

In healthy individuals, hallucinations are associated with high daily caffeine intake and high life-stress levels, especially when combined.

Crowe SF et al. The effect of caffeine and stress on auditory hallucinations in a non-clinical sample. Pers Individ Dif 2011 Apr; 50:62

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Basic Health Information is Essential to Make the Right Health Decisions

Knowledge of Health Information

The Institute of Medicine defines health literacy as “the degree to which individuals can obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” Low health literacy raises risk for adverse health outcomes and is estimated to account for as much as 5% of annual U.S. healthcare costs.

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Protective Role of Olive Oil Consumption and Ischemic Strokes

Olive Oil


A French Study of regular use of olive oil confers a lower risk for ischemic stroke, was reported reported in Neurology. These results suggest a protective role for high olive oil consumption on the risk of stroke in older subjects.

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“White Coat” Syndrome: High BP In the Doctor’s Office

Office Checked BP

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring reveals the prevalence and characteristics of true versus white-coat resistant hypertension that occurs when blood pressure reading is taken at doctor’s office.

Citation:
de la Sierra A et al. Clinical features of 8295 patients with resistant hypertension classified on the basis of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Hypertension 2011 May; 57:898.

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