Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Just for fun: Frisbee in the rain (video)

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We could all use more fun in our lives, and although this video is a little off-beat and different I think it's a great reminder for all of us to have a little more fun and get back in touch with our inner child. Frisbee is a cheap way to get moving, and it's been around forever -- in fact it just turned 50 last month! Plus it's a great way to spend time with your family, friends, and even your dog.

And remember, Frisbee can be played at whatever level you want -- you don't have to get as crazy as the guys in the video!

Rest periods in that exercise session good?

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When you exercise, do you fit in 30 to 45 minutes of non-stop activity in order to burn as many calories as you can? That's the strategy I see much of the time, but new research out of Europe states that breaking up exercise sessions may actually boost a workout's efficiency.

Small rest periods inside that exercise regimen (like 10 or 15 minutes) sounds like a great idea to many of us. It lets us have a break so we can attack the next set of reps fresh and somewhat relaxed.

Now, that doesn't need to be some kind of taboo to hardcore exercisers, right? Well, at least if you heartily take stock of this research.

Ask Fitz! Your Fitness Questions Answered

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Have fitness questions? Fitz has your answer. Our ThatsFit.com 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'm doing resistance training in a program like Curves and ShapeExpress. I also walk 30 minutes a day and plan to reduce my caloric intake. Is that enough to tone up and trim down? Lynn

A. Heck yeah, Lynn! Sounds like you're on the path to success. The combination of calorie reduction, aerobic activity, and strength training is the perfect formula for weight loss. Since you're strength training, you'll earn some nice firm curves to go with all of your new lean-ness too. Isn't it nice when someone tells you you're doing something right? At-ta girl! Fitz

Q. Howdy Fitzness Lady. I've been eating low fat to lose weight, but my wife tells me all the pasta I consume will make me fat. I think her head is fat. What do you think? Randy

A. Well, Randy. Low-fat is often a good thing, and you're wise do check the percentage of fat when you're choosing what to eat. Pasta is low in fat. It is also immensely high in calories. At the end of the day, when it comes to weight loss or maintenance....caloric intake is what counts. You want to burn more calories than you consume if you want to lose weight. You want to consume more calories than you burn if you want to gain weight.


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Power blackout during surgery thwarted by cell phones!

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Surgery is scary enough here in the U.S. where we have high-tech operating rooms with back-up generators and all kinds of systems in place to ensure that nothing will go wrong, but not all countries are so lucky. A man in Argentina recently got to experience first-hand a "worst case scenerio" surgery when the power and lights went out in the middle of his emergency appendectomy operation. There was a backup generator, but it wasn't working properly, and so a quick thinking (and creative!) family member ended up collecting several cell phones together and using those to provide enough light for the surgeons to finish up the procedure. And the patient, 29 year old Leonardo Molina, came through it just fine.

One more way that cell phones can help in an emergency!


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Baby boomers the new face of fitness

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The importance of exercise doesn't diminish as a person ages, and today's baby boomers are putting their own stamp on fitness. Experts estimate that 37% of health club memberships belong to people over the age of 55 and the the average age of a typical personal trainer's clients has risen from mid-30s to early 40s.

Fitness is especially important for those in their later decades because it's a time in life when age-related diseases such as arthritis and heart disease can rear their ugly heads. Exercise can ward off age-related diseases and help ease some of their symptoms, and maintain strength, agility, and balance as well. Personal trainers specially trained to help seniors can make proper adjustments for health and ability levels and teach those in the later decades to exercise without injury.

Most important, I think, is the idea that it's never to late to get out there and get moving, even if you've been sedentary for years. After you've consulted with your doctor, you can start taking slow but steady steps towards being an active person again.

China encouraging more women to breast feed

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In an interesting baby welfare twist in China, the government there is now encouraging all new mothers to breast feed their babies. Why now, you ask? It's feared that the development of Chinese infants is lagging other babies in the world due to too much reliance on other types of infant food outside of normal breast feeding.

Additionally, the growing use of powdered formula is causing concern within China, even though many women there believe it's a more modern way of feeding a baby. Hint: it isn't -- it's quite the reverse.

The urgency, I think, stems from the death of 13 infants years ago that were linked to consuming fake formula (malnutrition was the cause). Fake products from China? Say it isn't so.

Vegetarian diet increasing among German teens

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It's heartening to hear that a vegetarian lifestyle is growing among German teenagers. The "meat-free" diet is becoming popular there, as kids realize that eating a vegetarian lifestyle is not a boring and bland as it appears.

Do your kids eat mostly a vegetarian diet? Although certain meats are generally a staple of many kids' diets these days, do they have to be? Except for fish (which can be high in healthy omega-3 oils), are many meats even necessary?

That subject is constantly argued about and it's a personal choice of course. But, as long as sufficient levels of vitamins and nutrients are consumed in a vegetarian diet, it's hard to surmise that there is harm in being a vegetarian.

Natural remedies for your summer ailments

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It always seems entirely unfair to feel even the slightest bit icky when the sun is shining and people are out at the beach and riding bikes. Sometimes all it takes are the sniffles or a sunburn to keep summer-lovers indoors begrudgingly. That's why I love this list of natural ways to prevent or respond to bugs, blisters, belly aches and heat stroke that can make good weather fun feel bad for your body.

Here are a just a few of the remedies I bet we've all wished we had at some time or another:

For post-hike blisters
, apply a drop or two of tamanu oil and cover with a bandage. The botanical extract will help the blister heal up quickly with less likelihood of irritating infection.

For beach day bee stings, a paste of baking soda and water will help neutralize the bite and a single drop of lavender essential oil will help reduce the itch and pain.

For frustrating summer sniffles, prepare a steam to help break up congestion. Fill a bowl with steam-emitting water and one drop of eucalyptus essential oil, then cover your head with a towel, lean in, close your eyes and breathe deeply. The infused steam will also help moisturize a dry or irritated nose. Steam for one minute, three times a day.

For pool party sunburn relief, it always comes back to aloe vera. Choose aloe direct from the plant or a gel that's 90-100% pure aloe vera. You can whip up a soothing soak by putting one cup of powdered milk and ten drops of lavender essential oil into a container. Shake it up thoroughly, allow to sit for one day and then pour into bathwater. Heavenly.

Cheat foods: don't ever include doughnuts

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When on a diet, sometimes the highlight of the week is the day (or meal) where you can "cheat" on your diet and have a food item or items that tastes so good, but which would wreck most diets if eaten regularly.

Items like cheeseburgers, pizza and hoagie sandwiches are prime offenders here from what I have seen. How about breakfast pastries? They can be as bad, with all that refined flour, sugar and in many cases, tons of artificial coloring.

One of the all-time worst offenders? Doughnuts! These tasty non-treats have a negative health signature in every area, from sugar to oils (they're generally fried) to colors to an unreal amount of carbs for such a small food item. If you can, never (ever) include doughnuts in your cheat plan.

Are you a cyberchondriac?

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What's the first thing you do when you have a new ailment? Do you call the doctor, chat about it with a spouse or colleague (assuming it's not embarrassing), or check online for more information?

Chances are, you chose the latter. A new poll shows that 160 million people used the Internet to find information about their health problems, which is up 37% from the two previous years. In fact, the practice is so common, that these so-called "cyberchondriacs" make up a whopping 84% of all online adults.

The good news is, that people seem to be finding whatever it is they're looking for -- and, even better, is that the majority of them are then using this information to have an informed conversation with their doctor.

Because let's face it, no matter how much you read, you don't have a medical degree, and there's an enormous amount of information out there -- some of it skewed to scare you, and still more that's just flat out inaccurate. If you're worried about a health problem, the Internet is a great resource, but make sure you follow up on real concerns with your doctor.

Low-carb diet good for metabolic syndrome

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Having tried (and stuck to) a low-carb diet for quite a while, I can easily report that the "better feel" I have throughout each day is most likely due to limiting carbs (and almost all refined carbs) from that daily diet. Have you been on a similar path recently?

A new study just out this month was fascinating to me, since it scientifically confirmed that a low-carb lifestyle had a positive impact on people suffering from metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome sounds like many negative health conditions rolled into one hard-to-read sentence. Here goes: obesity, high triglycerides, low HDL "good" cholesterol, high blood sugar, hypertension and insulin resistance are all present to lead to a whole concoction of really bad health concerns. You know -- diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

Why not research a low-carb lifestyle today and make a bold first step. Nothing is as empowering as new, healthy knowledge.

Office printers damage lungs like cigarettes

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How many hours a week do you spend standing around your office printer, waiting for a document to finish? In a startling discovery, Australian researchers have found that it may be effecting your lungs in the same way as cigarettes.

The recent investigation determined that nearly a third of common office printers emit tiny particles of toner into the air -- particles that damage your lungs like smoke from cigarettes. It's thought that these particles can lead to respiratory problems commonly associated with smoking -- everything from mild irritation to chronic illness.

In response, scientists are calling on the Australian government to regulate these emissions, though there's no news on whether lawmakers plan to take any action.

I can only imagine that this will lead to similar studies, examining more specifically the effect these particles have on the lungs, and how much prolonged exposure can linked any particular disease.

If these findings hold up, the implications for both businesses and their employees could be enormous.

1 joint = 5 cigarettes

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New research from New Zealand brings bad news for pot smokers. A recent study of 25-49 year-olds found that those who don't smoke cigarettes, but do smoke marijuana, still reported wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and phlegm.

In fact, because pot smokers generally inhale more deeply, forgo filters, and smoke to a shorter butt length, it's estimated that their habit is even more damaging than those who use nicotine -- with every joint doing the same amount of damage as up to 5 cigarettes.

However, it's not all bad news for marijuana enthusiasts. The study also found that users of the drug were significantly less likely to develop emphysema than their cigarette smoking counterparts (presumably because pot smokers tend to light up less frequently).

All of that aside, it's worth noting that the best thing for your health would be to avoid smoking anything -- marijuana or otherwise.

Fast-acting antidepressant drug may be on the way

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If you're suffering from depression (or have in the past), most likely whatever treatment you hopefully received was very fast-acting. The less you feel like there is no hope, the better (and then some).

Researchers have reported this week that a medicine called ketamine could eventually work to attack the chemical brain messengers that cause depression, giving hope to this who need to have relief as soon as possible.

Ketamine was found in previous studies to block brain cell receptors which play a role in depression, but the latest research on the chemical takes that a step further into looking at the chemical brain path of depression in its totality.

Pet health: how to keep Fido cool this summer

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With temperatures soaring around the country, most of us are heading to the pool, retreating to the air conditioning, or finding some other way to beat the heat. But, especially if you have a dog that lives outside, you should also think about how your pets are holding up.

There's plenty of ways to make sure Fido is staying nice and cool this summer -- like letting him inside (or at least make sure there's a shady spot in the yard), and giving him easy access to water so he doesn't dehydrate. However, if you want to take these basic ideas a step further, check out this post from Inventor Spot, that highlights 10 products designed to help you keep your dog safe from the sun.

My personal favorites are the PETCool Therm-ASSURE system (which is essentially climate control for the dog house), Grip Tex Dog Boots (to protect your pooch from hot tar and cement walkways), and the WindChaser Outdoor Misting Fan (that mists your entire patio, and keeps the whole family cool). However, I'm sure all the products could be useful, depending on the particulars of your pet and your home.

Liquid calories: a large enemy

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Fruit juices (pure juices, that is) are very tasty and good for you -- but some of them may be indulged in more than eating solid foods, causing an overconsumption of calories.

According to new research released this week, liquid calories are not registered as easily in the body (the "full" feeling), which may cause many people to consumer more liquid calories that their bodies can handle. What does this cause? Well, weight gain in many cases. You consumer more calories than you burn, and we all know what happens.

Generally, one of the safest liquids (and a personal favorite) is water. It has no calories at all and is great slightly chilled. Through in a herbal tea packet every once in a while and you'll barely have to worry about liquid calories at all.

Alcohol and bowel cancer linked

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Beer mugWhile drinking a glass of wine every day may be good for your heart, a new study shows that it's not so good for your bowels. According to researchers, just one daily glass of wine or beer increases your risk of bowel cancer.

And the more your drink, the higher your risk. One glass a day increases your risk by 10 percent, and it only gets worse from there.

This may explain why bowel cancer is the third most common form of the disease, following breast and lung cancer. The good news is that you can reduce your risk by cutting down on alcohol, and -- in the event that you're diagnosed with the disease -- it's certainly treatable. Of the 35,000 people that were diagnosed with bowel cancer last year, nearly 19,000 survived.

Diabetes and sleep apnea go hand-in-hand

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If you have diabetes but tend to overexert your activities each and every day, are you also suffering from sleep apnea? Possibly, according to new research that states 33% of diabetics also suffer from obstructive breathing during sleep -- also know as sleep apnea.

Men were twice likely as women to suffer from sleep apnea if diabetic as well. What if you have sleep apnea right now but have never investigated the possibility of having diabetes? Perhaps a checkup with your doctor is in order just to make sure.

People who are found to suffer from both diabetes and sleep apnea and diabetes may need treatment for both conditions, a conclusion which seems pretty natural. If you've been screened for type 2 diabetes, you may want to have sleep apnea checked for as well according to the report from The Whittier Institute for Diabetes in La Jolla, California.

Why would anyone smoke while pregnant?

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If you're pregnant and smoking at the same time, your baby may be born with higher blood pressure compared to those mothers who don't smoke during pregnancy, according to a new study from the Netherlands.

Why any would-be mother would smoke while pregnant is beyond me, but the possibly health complications being put on oneself and also on the fetus is nothing to take lightly. At least don't smoke while pregnant if possible. If the health of your new baby is of any concern, why would you do it anyway?

That's a big unknown in my book, but with the possibility of higher blood pressure being born to a brand new baby should be a good reason to consider ditching the habit altogether.

Listen up ladies: 10 vitamins we all need

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I like the view in this piece that we shouldn't rely on a pill to get all of the vitamins and minerals we need to keep our bodies healthy. Many exist in abundance in food so why no make a commitment to include them as part of a regular diet rather than always turning to a multivitamin? I'm not saying they multivitamins are useless, but if it's possible to absorb vitamins in food, why not give that a try too?

For those who are interested in giving it a go, here is a list of 10 essentials, along with one of the many reasons each is so good for you and some of the foods that are packed full of them:

  • Iron - Prevents anemia, found in tofu, lean red meat, nuts and seeds, dried fruit and fortified cereal.
  • Vitamin C - Helps your body deal with stress, found in orange juice and citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli, spinach and bell peppers.
  • Vitamin D - Aids in cancer prevention, found in fortified milk and yogurt, salmon and can be absorbed from a small amount of sun exposure.
  • Vitamin E - An antioxidant that helps lower the risk of a stroke, found in almonds and sunflower seeds.
  • Vitamin K - Aids in blood clotting, found in avocados, kale, spinach and pine nuts.
  • Calcium - Essential for bone health, found in milk and dairy products, broccoli, almonds and sesame seeds.
  • Folate - Fights cancer, found in peanuts, lentils, corn and spinach
  • Selenium - Keeps immune system strong, found in shellfish, Brazil nuts and sesame seeds.
  • Magnesium - Helps keep bones strong, found in beans, seeds, nuts and green leafy vegetables.
  • Potassium - Works to keep blood pressure level, found in sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, kiwi and bananas.

To find out more about why these are all so good for you, as well as other foods that contain the 10 vitamins and minerals, take a look here. The article even includes a recipe for each, and they all look pretty tasty.

Can a combo of caffeine and exercise increase immunity to skin cancer?

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If you heard that combining caffeine and exercise would help prevent skin cancer would you believe it? I don't know what one has to do with the other, but according to the study discussed here, somehow a mix of the two does increase immunity -- well, in mice at least.

Four groups of hairless mice were tested in total. One group ran on a wheel, the second consumed caffeinated water (the equivalent of a cup or two of coffee a day for a human), the third exercised and drank the water and the fourth, a control group, did neither. All mice were exposed to UVB rays.

The study measured each group's rate of apoptosis. This, the study states, is the rate at which the body instructs damaged cells to destroy themselves. Many skin cancers are caused when the body is unable to rid itself of cells that have been badly damaged by sun exposure.

The results were pretty impressive. Compared to the control group, the mice that drank caffeine showed a rate of apoptosis that increased by 95%, while the group on the wheel's rate increased by 120%. Those that both exercised and consumed caffeine had their rate of apoptosis increase by a whopping 400%! While studies on mice don't always apply to humans, it may be an interesting start to preventing skin cancer.

Does your skin look its age? Take this quiz to find out

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Maybe it's vain (alright it is vain) but the thought of getting super wrinkly as I age scares me. A lot. While I can't always afford to buy really expensive department store make-up and skin creams (there's nothing wrong with the cheaper varieties found at a drug store, right?) my one extravagance is luxurious (and pricey) eye cream. I know I'm probably falling for an elaborate marketing scheme, but I don't care -- my eye creams make me believe that I'm temporarily holding crow's feet at bay.

To be honest, I think my skin is still looking OK for my age. I've worn moisturizer with SPF for years and have never smoked. I don't have fair, freckled skin, have never had a blistering sunburn and I'm neither obese nor underweight. I have however, used a tanning bed on occasion, I enjoy a drink (or a few) from time to time and I frequently get less than 6 hours of sleep a night.

According to this quiz, all of the above affect how well your skin ages. I took the test and came out with a score of 5, which I must say I'm pretty proud of. I do know though, that if I'm not careful a few of my bad habits could cause my skin to age prematurely. If you're interested in the real age of your skin, try out the quiz and see how you measure up and how you can improve the look your body's largest organ.

Tone stomach and strengthen back with abdominal cycle

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Are you looking to shape up your abdominal muscles? I remember the first time I realized the appeal of six-pack abs way back when I first saw Janet Jackson's video for the song "That's the Way Love Goes". Miss Jackson changed her look from the former Rhythm Nation-image of a youth in full-black commando outfits, to sexy and sleek wearing a short and slinky stomach-baring top. All the boys at my Jr. High were obsessed with that video, as were the females (for different reasons). Even as teenage girls, we all wanted to have those abs.

Years later, I still have never had a six-pack. I don't actually want them anymore, but I would love to lose a layer of fat and look more toned. While sit-ups were the way to go back in my Jr. High days, the ideal way to flatten your stomach now is through aerobic exercise (to burn off the flab covering the muscles underneath) and by toning through strengthening your core.

As this article discusses, poses like those utilized in Pilates -- ones that work your core muscles through repetitive reaching, bending and twisting movements -- are not only great for toning you stomach but also help strengthen your back. The piece gives instructions on how to properly execute an abdominal cycle, a series of movements that will have your abs looking fab in a mere 10 minutes a day. Whether you're still holding on to that six-pack ideal we all discovered thanks to Janet Jackson, or you're just looking to firm and tone, this is a good way to start.

How Many Calories ... in a Chicken Fajita Quesadilla from Chili's?

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I love Tex Mex food, especially when it's loaded with my favourite ingredient: Cheese. But cheese isn't the healthiest thing out -- it's quite calorie-dense and it's loaded with fat -- so typically it's a diet no-no. But let's say you're craving some Tex Mex-style food so you head to the nearest chain establishment, say ... Chili's. There are a lot of menu items that sound like they could be healthy-ish and you end up going with something that doesn't look too bad -- a serving of the Chicken Fajita Quesadilla. Fajitas on their own are pretty good for you -- they're basically veggies and some kind of meat served sizzling hot with tortillas, right? And while quesadillas aren't exactly low-cal, you're going to treat yourself tonight. Just how many calories will this meal set you back?

A) 560 cal, 15 g of fat
B) 880 cal, 32 g of fat
C) 1000 cal, 67 g of fat
D) 1830 cal, 95 g of fat

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Workplace Fitness: Easy exercises you can do right at your desk (yay!)

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I'm not sure if doing exercises is good to do right at your work desk or not, actually. Of course it's a personal preference thing, but it seems like we all spend so much time sitting and working that it would be better to use exercise as an excuse to get up and away. But I do understand (all too well) the time constraints of today's world, and all too often there's just no time to "get up and away" from work, and so "at the desk" exercises become an evil necessity. And hey, if you're gonna sit at a desk all day it's obviously better to do something instead of nothing, right? Right.

And on the bright side, exercising at your desk can be great when it's a supplement to a more complete fitness plan, or if it's your way of getting started and easing into a plan that involves real activity not too far down the road. And another good thing about desk exercises: they can help alleviate guilt by giving you an immediate outlet to burn some energy if you cave and have one of those calorie-bomb muffins at the morning meeting.

So enough pros and cons, here it is: 5 easy exercises you can do right at your desk:

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Daily Fit Tip: Mix and match for healthy meals

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I like doing silly things with my kids to add some variety to the healthy food we eat. My kids lean towards white chicken or turkey, fruit, veggies, low fat cheeses, and pasta on occasion. In order to keep things interesting I've decided to pick parts of each food group and smoosh em together to keep life fresh.

So far this week we've dined on: bananas covered in peanut butter, apple slices wrapped in turkey, cantaloupe balls with cherries inside, chicken with sugar-free raspberry preserves smeared on top (I kid you not, my 4 year old daughter invented this) and chicken chunks with raisins and carrots jammed through the middle of each chunk. All healthy, all my children's creations.

As a parent, I feel no pressure to stick with the norm. The traditional 'norm' offers heavy meals with too much butter and oil. Not so much here. We pick lean nutritious foods from each food group and enjoy em. Sometimes our food is hot, sometimes nothing is hot. It's never fried or sauteed and it's almost always with a purpose. Tasty too.Let your kids invent their own recipes, or surprise them with something silly of your own. The weirder, the better.

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Why we yawn: new research

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There are a lot of theories out there about why we yawn. Some say it's a signal that the body needs more oxygen or an evolutionary tool to help keep us alert. But new research suggests that a yawn actually serves as air conditioning for the brain. A renowned "yawning expert" recently completed a study that found that yawns are a reaction to an overheated brain. The brain, he says, works best when it's cool and yawning helps to bring down the temperature in the brain. That may explain why those who breathe through the nose yawn less frequently, because breathing through the nose naturally cools the brain.

The study played on the well known fact that yawns are contagious and researchers showed participants videos of people yawning. When subjects breathed through their nose and held cold compresses to their heads, they yawned less often than those who breathed through their mouths and held warm compresses to their heads. It's an interesting study with surprising findings, and you can learn more about it by watching this video.

Transplant doctor charged with the unthinkable

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This seems unimaginable: a doctor trying to speed up the death of a patient so that organs can be harvested for use in someone else. That's the thinking behind a case in California right now, though.

The transplant surgeon's attorney says that his client has been the victm of a "witch hunt" (not surprisingly), and without knowing the details of the case it's hard to make an assumption here.

Anyone that has seen the 1970s-ear movie "Coma" is probably shaking in their boots about now, but I can't imagine this happening in the U.S. It'll be interesting to see how the case eventually turns out, yes?

Arthritis disability more likely in older blacks and hispanics

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A new study shows that older blacks and hispanics are more likely to have arthritis in those golden years compared to older whites. The difference? Access to good health care and checking up on health status when older, according to the research.

The study looked at four groups: blacks, hispanics, whites and English-speaking hispanics. It defined a disability as an inability to perform at least one task in the activities of daily living (like opening jars) in order to calculate propensity to arthritic conditions.

It was interesting to note that English-speaking hispanics were singled out in this research, but it's not surprising since that definitely influences access to care as well as the better understanding of many health directions (Many of which are still not available in Spanish).

Nutrition labels coming to alcoholic drinks?

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Are those helpful (and tricky) "Nutrition Facts" labels headed to an alcoholic container near you? Possibly, if the U.S. Treasury Department gets its way. It's interesting here that the U.S. Treasury Department is the organization considering this, and not a food-related federal department.

That federal department is considering a new rule that would require companies to put content, serving sizes and related nutrition information on alcoholic drink packaging.

Since drinks from beer to wine to spirits do contain calories and do have an affect on the human body (duh!), this makes sense I believe. Are you for it? Do you really want to know how many calories are in those beer bottles?

Get healthy with food choices

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Are you a food fan? Yeah, aren't we all? Sometimes it's tough to know exactly what to eat though, especially if you're trying to find a healthy, balanced diet but don't want to spend precious free time reading and re-reading labels. If you want to find out what foods give you the most most bang for your buck (health-wise at least) check out this fun, illustrated article posted on AOL Body.

It lists 10 of the best possible foods to eat when attempting to create a balanced diet full of nutrients, vitamins, fatty acids, antioxidants and more. These are the foods that will not only fill you up but that will keep your heart, brain and the rest of your body in great shape.

In no particular order, here are the Top 10:

They're all tasty and offer the added bonus of being really really good for you. Head over to AOL Body to take a look at the foods and find out more about what exactly it is about each that makes them so edible and excellent.