Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Human therapeutic cloning gets closer and closer

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With human embryo use in the cloning arena being federally banned, scientists have moved elsewhere to advance the cause of embryonic stem cell use. To that end, researchers have now said that embryonic stem cells have been created from monkey embryos.

This is significant because this breakthrough would give hope to the field of using clones to produce embryonic stem cells rather than using actual human embryos for the same thing. But are clones not human?

While medically this is quite exciting for many, the ramifications of philosophy and varying opinions on the subject will continue in fierce fashion I'll bet. And, they should.

Calcium for bones: better from diet or supplements?

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Calcium intake is one of those ultra-important things to consider when ensuring you get the best balance of daily vitamins and minerals. Although the milk industry talks about how calcium is a staple in dairy products, I believe there are far better sources of dietary calcium than in milk products.

But how about calcium supplements? Are these as effective for your body and bone growth as calcium obtained through a healthy diet? For women at least, a new study saw that dietary calcium is much more helpful than calcium supplements.

This is no small deal, with calcium supplements reportedly being the single largest-selling supplement in the U.S. How do you get yours?

Computer time ups aches and pains

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Recently a small study confirmed for college kids what I think many of us already knew: too much time spent on the computer means aches, pains, and sore muscles. The study looked at 27 college students and found that the more time they spent working on the computer the more complaints they had of aches and pains over the next 24 hours. Spending 3 or more hours a day on the computer increased musculoskeletal symptoms by 50%, with the most common complaint area being the neck, followed by the lower back, upper back, and shoulders.

Posture is obviously important, as is taking frequent breaks to sit back and stretch. Since computers aren't going anywhere anytime soon researchers will now be setting up larger studies to hopefully gain some ideas on how to help students stay healthy while studying and working (and the rest of us too!).

Tyson moving to antibiotic-free chicken

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Tyson Foods, one of the nations largest producers of chicken and poultry, has announced that they will no longer be using antibiotics in chickens intended for sale in supermarkets. And along with this shift in production will come a $70 million dollar advertising campaign to promote the new approach. Antibiotic-free chicken will be available in stores as soon as later this week and will be easily recognizable due to special packaging.

Expect to pay a little more, however, for the luxury and peace of mind of no antibiotics. How much? We'll have to wait and see this week.

Television drug ads just fine with U.S. House

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Drug advertising is out of control in the U.S. -- and in an industry that should rely on the advice of qualified medicine practitioners rather than marketing employees, I'd be glad to see all drug advertising cease on television.

That notion won't be helped by a recent U.S. House of Representatives decision to remove part of a new bill that would have removed direct customer advertising for up to three years after a new drug is approved for use in the U.S.

It's no replacement, but at least lawmakers approved the ability of the FDA to fine drugmakers and others p to $250,000 (a mere pittance) for running television commercials that feature false or misleading advertising aimed at consumers.

Distraction to ease pain

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Sometimes it is all those little distractions during the day that we curse under our breaths. But distraction is a good method to relieve pain. People use this method without even realizing it when they watch TV or listen to the radio to take their minds off of worry or their pain. Distraction may be used to manage mild pain or used with medicine to help manage episodes of severe pain.

Any activity that occupies your attention can be used for distraction. I personally play the guitar to "take my mind off of pain". Distractions could be doing needlework, model building, painting or diving into a good book. Use your hobbies as a way to focus and distract your attention off of pain. Listening to fast music through a headset or earphones keeps your attention on the music and tapping out a rhythm will help hold your attention away from the pain. Playing video games can be a way to keep your focus off of pain. Distraction can also be internal such as singing mentally to yourself, praying, counting or repeating yourself with statements such as "I can cope" or demand the pain away with statements over and over like "pain leave my body."

Of course the best distraction of all to me is to pop in a favorite movie in the DVD player and get focused on the screen.

Measure your dog's body fat

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Obesity isn't just a health issue for ourselves, but for our pets also. As our society gets larger and larger our dogs are getting fat right along with us. So it makes sense that as you work for a healthier lifestyle and pounds lost you can take your dog along for that trend too. Whether you're putting Spot on a diet or taking him out with you walking (or both), now you can easily monitor how much progress he's making. There's a new handy body fat checker for dogs that will give you a reading just by touching it to the dog's back. So far it's only available in Japan, but I wonder if there's really a market for something like this over here? How often would you use it, honestly?

The Dressing Room Project aims to boost self-esteem in girls

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Stand in any women's dressing room and you're likely to hear a female voice saying something unkind about her body. Though we, unfortunately, may be attuned to hearing negative self-talk from adult women, it's disconcerting to hear an 10-year-old complain about the size of her thighs or say that she needs to lose weight.

The Dressing Room Project hopes to dispel the myth that we all can (or should) look like supermodels and wants to bring confidence back to girls and teens. The young women involved in the project created self-designed cards to stick on dressing room mirrors with messages like "You are beautiful," and "Love Yourself." Organizers also sponsor workshops that get girls talking about the issue and foster self-esteem.

Want to get involved? You can start a Dressing Room Project team in your community or even shop at their Cafe Press store.

Personalized depression drugs on the way?

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Depression is a part of life for almost all of us at some point(s) in our lives. There are things in this world that jar us and others that make us very happy and content. When the world jars us, though, is the solution in a prescription drug for depression?

That's the modern way of dealing with curve balls in life -- drugs. While we're all very much alike, the small differences in each of our bodies and the variables at play that we just don't know about medically sometimes can stifle the effectiveness of drug treatment.

Good physicians and psychiatrists examine all available evidence and prescribe the most appropriate depression treatment for each patient -- whether it be drugs or not. Any doctor that chooses to give generic depression advice to patients is doing each one a disservice. It's sad but true -- and it's up to the patient to ensure the best care for themselves is given. A rule of thumb : ask questions and stay informed.

Don't worry about scary diseases

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There are number of frightening diseases out there. Take mad cow, for instance. The idea of slowly losing your mental and physical faculties from a disease that's transmitted through your food is harrowing.

But the odds of contracting it are literally 10 billion to 1 -- which makes it nearly impossible. In fact, you'd have a better chance of winning the Power lottery.

On the other hand, women's risk of heart disease is 1 in 42, their risk of osteoporosis is 1 in 101, and their chances of getting breast cancer are better than their odds of drawing a full house in a poker hand. So if you want to be concerned about disease, these are the illnesses you should be thinking about.

It's all part of an interesting Health magazine article, that compares of the risk of contracting various diseases with similarly likely real-world scenarios. Not only is the article amusing, but it's a nice reminder that, while certain conditions -- like mad cow -- may be scary, it's important to keep them in perspective.

Coffee reduces risk of eyelid disorder

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More good news for coffee lovers. Research now suggests that one to two cups o' joe a day can help prevent or delay the onset of blepharospasm. Blepharospasm is a condition where the eyelid blinks uncontrollably. Most everyone experiences eye twitches now and then. Even prolonged twitches are not to be confused with the chronic forms of blepharospasm. Primary late onset blepharospasm and benign essential blepharospasm may start as a subtle tic, but can progress to a serious condition. In extreme cases, the eyelid will remain closed creating functional blindness, though the eye itself is perfectly healthy. Blepharospasm is thought to be caused by malfunctioning of the basal ganglia situated at the base of the brain.

An Italian research team at the University of Bari conducted a study to note the effects of coffee on blepharospasm. Increased coffee consumption reduced risk of the condition or delayed onset by 1.7 years per each additional cup of coffee per day. Previous studies have indicated that Parkinson's symptoms may be helped by the caffeine in coffee due to the blocking of adenosine receptors. Researchers believe this same function may be the link between coffee consumption and reduced blepharospasm risk.

Inexpensive ways to add organic to your diet

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It's no secret that organic foods can be more expensive than their conventionally grown counterparts . If you're trying to squeeze them into your budget and are having a difficult time, check out this list of 17 ways to eat organic on the cheap. There are plenty of things you can do to reduce your exposure to pesticides and other chemicals and support organic farmers without hurting your pocketbook. Here are a few of my favorites:
  • Take part in a CSA and get a box of fresh, organic produce every week. (Consider splitting a share with a friend to reduce costs even further.)
  • Visit the farmer's market to support your community and find great deals.
  • Join a co-op or a buying club and buy closer to wholesale.
  • Buy big in season, then freeze or can.
  • Grow something you can eat.
  • Trim your food budget in other places (like a daily trip to Starbucks) to free up more cash for organic foods.
  • Ease in slowly; try buying one new organic food per week.
If eating organic is your goal, there are plenty of ways to work around the extra cost. If you're careful and creative, you can plan luscious, fresh, organic meals that strike the right balance with your budget.

Things to consider before taking natural supplements

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Do you take natural supplements? Millions of people do in order to get the right combination of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and co-factors they may not get from a modern diet. But, do you know which supplements are best for you specifically?

Broad-spectrum supplements are geared to the "one size fits all" crowd that most of us probably fall under due to the law of averages. What about the rest? Should a custom-designed supplement regime be considered?

Probably so -- and a visit to your doctor for specific advice may be the first strategic move you make. For a list of do's and dont's when it comes to supplementation, this piece makes a great read on what to do -- now.

Surprising diet no-nos

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When we're on a mission to lose weight, we try to choose healthier, lower calorie versions of the things we love. But what if our 'healthy' choices aren't all that healthy? Here's a list of supposedly diet-friendly foods that really aren't as good as you though:

-Soup (full of sodium)
-Fat-free cookies (Not calorie-free, that's for sure!)
-Pork (it is only good for you if you get lean cuts like tenderloin. No bacon!)
-Coffee (sure, it's calorie-free, but the cream and sugar sure ain't!)
-Salad dressing (salad is good. The dressing? not so much)
-Breakfast bars (like cereal, are most likely loaded with sugar)
-Nuts (healthy but also extremely high in fat. Be wary)
-Dried fruit (very calorie-dense)
-Granola (high fat and usually has lots of sugar)
-Juice (not much better than soda)

What other 'healthy foods' do you know of that really aren't that healthy at all?

Heal your body by "tricking" it

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The body has an infinitely intricate set of mechanisms that all work together for your body to function on a day to day basis. Most of the time we're completely unaware of all these small adjustments our bodies are making, and, subsequently, wouldn't know how to replicate them on purpose. But by understanding these mechanisms, you can manipulate, or "trick" your body into better performance.

Eco Dialogues has created a list of 18 useful "tricks" -- such as how to "make your heart stand still." Apparently, you can calm a racing heart simply by blowing on your thumb. They interviewed an emergency medical services specialist at the University of Pittsburgh who says the vagus nerve -- which governs heart rate -- can be controlled by breathing. So when you're nervous before a big speech, or on a first date, breathing on your thumb can get things back to normal.

Other interesting "tricks" include how to tickle your throat by scratching your ear, experience supersonic hearing, unstitch your side and breathe underwater. Some are more useful than others, but all of them are certainly interesting!

ER service wait times entitle patients to prizes

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I guess it is nice to get a free pizza if it is not delivered in less than 30 minutes, but what prize should you get if you wait for longer than 30 minutes for care upon entering a hospital emergency room?

I'm not quite sure what to make of hospital policies that give away movie and baseball tickets to patients who have to wait more than half an hour for ER treatment unless I was to see if it improved wait times to those patients where time is generally of the essence.

Are hospitals to the point where they are competing for ER patients and need gimmicks to "lure shoppers" into the store? That may be the wrong take here, but this story was quite laughable when I read it. How about your take?

Need sunscreen? Choose from 738 different kinds

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Just last week I was shopping for sunscreen for my kids and my frustration was growing. My local stores carry ZERO chemical-free versions, and after doing some research online, I found out that my favorite brand from last summer actually has nano-sized particles that could sink into the skin and eventually reach my children's brains. Eeek! What's a paranoid mom to do?

Fortunately, the Environmental Working Group has done the work for me and this week they unveiled a new website to share their research. The bad news is that out of 738 products tested, they could only recommend 128. The good news is that I now have 128 products to choose from! They've rated the sunscreens as having a low, moderate, or high health hazard and also by the products effectiveness at blocking UVA and UVB rays.

Now I can go shopping and hopefully you too can find something that you can use on the list.

Daily Fit Tip: Master your metabolism

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Do you blame your metabolism for whatever it is you do or don't like about yourself? You'd be surprised at how much control you actually have over the amount of calories you burn throughout the day. Click here for a fabulous article which details how manipulate your lifestyle in order to turn your body into a furnace. No gimmicks. No scams. Just beautiful science. Have a looksy and learn how to master your metabolism.

How Many Calories .... in Sunflower Seeds?

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As of the time you read this, I will be on the open road, travelling around 850 miles across country to visit friends. Since I'm spending a large amount of time in the car, I'm going to need some snacks. One of my favourites -- in the summer especially -- is sunflower seeds. It's not just that they're tasty, it's the whole experience of eating them that I enjoy -- It requires concentration, yet it's still pretty mindless. I can eat sunflower seeds constantly while in the car, which is why I probably shouldn't. I heard they were fairly high in calories but I've never actually looked in to it. Well, I am now.

How many calories does 100g of Sunflower seeds have?

A) 80 cal
220 cal
385 cal
585 cal

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Workplace Fitness: The top 10 healthiest jobs

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A healthy workplace is a complicated machine that encompasses many things, but some jobs lend themselves naturally to healthier environments. Which ones? Maybe you're already in one, or maybe you're in the market for a new job and you'd like to be in one. According to a survey via eDiets by the following list includes the top 10 healthiest jobs out there (excluding professional sports):

1) Activity Specialist
2) Chiropractor
3) Choreographer
4) Florist
5) Massage Therapist
6) Nutritionist
7) Personal Trainer
8) Professor
9) Running Coach
10) Yoga Instructor

There's really no info on exactly what makes each of these jobs so healthy, other than the general idea that they all promote a balanced wholesome workplace environment. But I can guess at why, and it's interesting that all the professions are so different.

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Ask Fitz! Your Fitness Questions Answered -- Bum and thigh edition

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Have fitness questions? Fitz has your answer. Our fitness expert -- and now your own virtual personal trainer -- will help you get fit, increase your overall health and do it in a fun way. Drop your questions here in the Comments section below and we'll choose two per week to publish on That's Fit! Learn more about Fitz here.

Q. Hi Fitz. I am a 23 year old female and I struggle with my legs. My issue is the upper area: thighs, hamstrings and glutes. I have a desk job and sit most of the day, but I go to the gym every evening right after work. I read tons about fitness and have tried everything. It just seems as though my glutes and thighs never tone. I do cardio (run & elliptical) three days a week and I weight train two days a week alternating muscles groups: upper body with lower body. I eat well, five small healthy meals a day. Please help. Jasmine

A. Hey Jasmine. Sorry you're struggling. Sounds like you're on the right track, but we can change things up a bit to get you closer to where you'd like to be physically. First of all, I'd like to change the type of cardio you're doing. I absolutely love running and the elliptical trainer, but those activities don't really make the best use of the power in your glutes and thighs. Start engaging in activities that take your legs through a large range of motion and utilize their power. Kickboxing, climbing stadium bleachers, and mountain biking are great choices. These activities require you to lift your legs, extend/flex at the hips and knees and create both endurance and strength in the areas your eager to enhance. Make sense? This way you'll be burning major calories and creating strong hard thigh muscles simultaneously.

Continue a well rounded strength training routine, but add some extra moves to target those glutes and thighs. Walking lunges and squat jumps (squat real low, jump real high) are my favorites. Make these changes Jasmine and you'll start seeing the results you've been dreaming about. Keep me posted!

Q. Help Fitz! I have got two weeks (today) to get my bum and the sides of the tops of my legs into shape, so I can fit into a dress nicely for a major event. Can you give me any tips or ideas on how to shift inches quickly? I've been using the exercise bike but I'm in a bit of a panic now! Thalia

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Five reasons to stop drinking bottled water

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Now there's a declaration you won't see in many health outlets. Stop drinking bottled water? To be fair, the tap versus bottled water bit has been argued before. This article, however, is playing devil's advocate in tackling the issue from a different perspective. Here are a few reasons one might consider dropping bottled water.

Penny pinchers might be surprised at how much of a poor deal bottled water really is. Buying it from a vending machine for $1 (a common price in many places) puts its value at 5 cents an ounce. Now start thinking about gasoline prices for a moment. From a consumer perspective, $3 per gallon gas prices comes out to roughly 2 cents an ounce. Are we really paying that much more for a renewable commodity like water?

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Skipping insulin for weight loss = bad idea

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Diabulimia, or insulin omission, is the practice of minimizing or skipping insulin treatments altogether to lose weight. A risky and potentially deadly way to lose weight, diabulimia is most commonly seen in teenage girls and young women. One expert estimates that 450,000 people with Type 1 diabetes have skipped insulin treatments in the name of weight loss. Studies show that women with Type 1 diabetes are twice as likely to develop an eating disorder.

Omitting insulin treatments puts people with Type 1 diabetes at risk of organ damage, coma, and even death. According to a Joslin Diabetes Center doctor, patients skip insulin treatments will wind up with severe complications much earlier. Insulin, a natural substance that Type 1 diabetics don't produce enough of, is necessary for carrying glucose from the blood stream to the cells. Warning signs of diabulimia include a change in eating patterns (such as eating more but losing weight) and frequent urination.

According to the American Diabetes Association, insulin omission has been known for years as a dangerous practice, but the term "diabulimia" is new.

Surprises about who's most at risk for skin cancer

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Although we're all at risk for skin cancer (especially if we spend time in the sun without protection) new data coming out of Ireland shows that some groups are at higher risk than others. In a study that looked at more than 23,000 people over 12 years, skin cancer was more common in men, older people, and those living in wealthier areas. The study also has some interesting results regarding specific types of skin cancers and gender, age, and lifestyle.

The experts in this case didn't have much to say as far as theories on why the results came out the way they did. At this point everybody should be taking skin care and sun protection seriously, whether you're in a high risk group or not.

Land of the free and home of the...short? America's growing problem

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For 200 years, America's citizens held the unofficial title of tallest people in the industrialized world. But today our citizens are actually the shortest. So what gives?

Experts say that our shorter stature -- average height for men is now 5'10" -- may be caused by our American lifestyle. Too much fast food and overeating during formative years leads to the production of excess growth hormones, which can cause growing to stop earlier. In addition, residents of taller countries like Denmark may have better access to health care during childhood, when growth is at its peak.

There's nothing wrong with being short, but if we're losing ground because of our unhealthy lifestyle, then I think it's time to stand up straight, replace those bad habits with good ones, and reclaim our title. What do you think?

Most parents want less sex and violence on TV

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A survey released this past week indicated that about two-thirds of parents said they are very concerned about sex and violence in the American media that their children are eventually exposed to. Wow, I am shocked!

The percentage of concerned parents should be higher. The amount of media focus on sex, language and violence has increased every year for so many years that it's amazing it's even called "media" any longer. Just watch plain old network TV -- mostly, it's junk.

These same parents also indicated that they wold be all for support for new federal limits on such material on television. Survey respondents also said that parents, teachers and friends have far more influence over children than the media, which is true. Who provides access to all this material? That is the question.

Bento-licious: make your food pretty

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What is a Bento box? Traditionally, it's a Japanese single-serving takeout meal served in a box. Bento meals can be very sophisticated, and the food is arranged in a visually pleasing manner and artistic touches are often added.

So what's Bento-licious? It's one woman's project that combines healthy eating, photography, and art all in one yummy looking Flickr set. Each weekday, she creates a Bento box, then takes a picture of it. Just flipping through her photos makes me hungry!

Looking at these beautiful, fresh, natural lunches makes me wonder why a Big Mac ever sounded like a good idea. Go take a peek and get inspired.

Male diabetic death rate has dropped sharply

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Death rates from diabetes have dropped sharply in the last 30 years, except in the female population that suffers from diabetes. The new report just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine indicated that death rates for female diabetes patients remained flat over the last three decades. while it fell for almost all other groups.

The gap was explained by cardiologist Nanette Wenger of Emory University, who concluded that diabetic women who have heart disease are less likely to get aggressive treatment than men. Does that explain such a large difference, though?

What about female diabetic patients who don't receive heart disease treatment? Why is it that female heart patients don't do as well as male heart patients in many cases? Hard to say.

Looking for your perfect workout? Check your horoscope

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Whether you're a take charge Aries, an analytical Gemini, or a dreamy Pisces, your perfect workout may be waiting for you in the stars. Sparkpeople has an excellent article on healthy fitness horoscopes, and they suggest that sensual Taurus's reward themselves with a massage or dip in the hot tub, while charismatic Leo's enjoy planning a fun-run for their office to participate in.

Do I really think your favorite fitness activity can be predicted by your astrological sign? Not really, but the article -- tongue-in-cheek as it may be -- is filled with excellent fitness tips and plenty of ideas for those of you who may be stuck in a workout rut.

Go check it out and tell me if you think your fitness horoscope is right on or just plain out of this world!

No time to cook? Some tips

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Like most people, I often find myself unable to find time to take a bathroom break, let alone cook a big dinner. But I also know that eating right is ultimately one of the most important things a person can do, and it's something you need to find time for. It's simply unacceptable to use a busy schedule as a reason to not pay proper attention to your health.

There are, however, a number of quick and healthy eating tips for people on the go, including purchasing pre-packed, pre-washed and pre-sliced fruits and veggies for a healthy, handy snack. Another good tip? Stock your freezer with frozen vegetables and add them into your quick meals to 'healthify' them in a pinch -- for example, add veggies to a can of marinara pasta sauce, add to whole wheat pasta and voila -- you have an easy and healthy dinner.

Here's what I do: whenever I have some time to spare, I make mass quantities of something healthy like veggie lasagna, and I freeze it for days when I know I won't have the time to eat right. What do you do?

Don't ignore pain and swelling while exercising

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While some sore muscles are to be expected when exercising -- especially if you're doing something new or more strenuous than usual -- you shouldn't ignore pain and swelling during or after exercise, especially if it persists or worsens. While it's uncommon, there is a neuromuscular condition called chronic exertional compartment syndrome. In this condition, repetitive activity in a muscle area (or compartment) swells and inhibits blood supply to the muscles. If left undiagnosed, the exacerbated condition can cause potentially permanent injury to nerves and muscles.

Symptoms of the condition are pain and swelling during exercise. Initially the symptoms subside with rest, but as the condition worsens the pain and swelling take longer to go away. Other symptoms include aching, pressure, numbness, and muscle weakness. Arms and legs are most commonly effected. Because it often goes undiagnosed accurate numbers of cases are unknown. The condition primarily affects young athletes.

There's no need to overreact to mild muscle pain while exercising. Chronic exertional compartment syndrome is uncommon, after all. But if you notice a pattern with pain and swelling and if your symptoms worsen with time, visit your doctor. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Legit painkiller uses being clouded by abuse uses?

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The abuse of prescription painkillers has grabbed headlines in the last ten years or so, but is all that coverage degrading the legitimate uses of such drugs? Painkillers like OxyContin have been known to work very well for those suffering from chronic pain, but are those same customers fearful of a drug that may cause them to become addicted?

That is the thinking over at this WedMD story. Some health care providers are even giving out only one, non-refillable OxyContin prescription per customer for fear of lawsuits (probably related to addiction). Nothing like taking personal responsibility out of the equation, eh?

Are fears that surround OxyContin and other highly-addictive prescription drugs causing the real uses of such drugs to decline as time goes by? From some suggestive measures, yes. For chronic pain sufferers who have little recourse but for prescription painkillers, there's just no good end result to all of this.

Cold therapy spa: the next hot trend

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It may be hard to find the connection, but rapidly cooling down after taking a super hot shower or sauna is quite invigorating. After all, some even say it's a secret of long life! It worked for the Romans, and now it's working for people in Las Vegas. Enter the Qua Arctic Ice Room, chilled to a comfortable 55 degrees.

The idea here is that when people get roasted in a 200-degree sauna, they can simply take a moment to relax in this cold environment to cool off. With mint-infused air and fabricated snow, the "cold spa" provides a jolt that can make you feel more awake and alert.

Europe is no stranger to extremely cold rooms either. They boast snow rooms below ten degrees and say it holds benefits for your immune and circulatory systems. Take the Schwaben Quellen spa in Germany, for instance. At 2 degrees, this is colder than many parts of our country during winter. One thing is for sure: don't shave before you check it out.

Summer super foods with healthy dishes

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The summertime is just brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables that are loaded with health benefits. From tomatoes to squash, there are many different dishes that take advantage of these summer super foods. Tanya Zuckerbrot of the F-Factor Diet shares her expertise in this area and tells us which dishes are the best.

Sliced tomatoes with balsamic vinegar sounds exquisite. With so much color and taste, it's no wonder you can serve them raw, steamed, stewed, crushed or fried (my favorite!). What's so good about them anyway? Tomatoes are packed with elements which protect against heart disease, cancer and strokes.

Blueberries are another summer super food that can be added to many things. Mix it with your cereal or salads for a boost of antioxidants. This fruit is famous for helping fight free radicals in our bodies (say that four times fast). These rogue substances damage cells and DNA, so any help from blueberries is appreciated. These are just a couple of the dishes, so

Bariatric surgery safe for older patients?

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According to a recent study, bariatric surgery is safe for older patients who are morbidly obese and are carefully selected for the weight-reduction surgery.

Thia makes sense, as the body begins breaking down as we all get older and a lot of extra weight is more than likely going to cause more complications with aging. The solution is to undergo bariatric surgery and rid the body of all that weight.

I'm no fan of quick, surgical fixes (like gastric bypass) to help people lose weight, but in the case of elderly or older patients who can't get the physical movement needed to begin, this looks like the only treatment that may help.