Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Call in sick or go to work? Here are some tips

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Have you come down with the latest bug that's going around? You may be ready to get up and face the work day anyway, but should you? Presenteeism -- or going to work when you're sick -- is a common phenomenon and you may think you're doing your company a favor by being there. But sick workers are far less productive and can even spread their virus to their co-workers. Maybe that sick day isn't looking so bad after all, huh?

Obviously, company policy weighs heavily on your decision. After all, no one wants to get fired for having the sniffles. But if you have some sick time and an understanding boss, here are some tips for helping you decide whether you should get to work or curl up on the couch:

Stay Home:
  • fever
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • deep, phlegmy cough
  • earache
  • pinkeye
  • severe sore throat or white patches
  • sinus pain (not contagious, but may need an antibiotic so see your doctor)
  • stomach flu
Go to Work:
  • sniffles in the absence of the above symptoms
  • dry cough
  • mild or tickly sore throat

Weight loss with no exercise or diet changes is impossible

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Are you continually amazed by products advertised in magazines and on television that claim weight loss without exercise or dietary changes? These all come to sound ludicrous to the trained ear after a while, yet someone continues to buy into the stupidity year after year. That, or these advertisers love throwing money in the toilet.

The latest product, Akavar 20/50, promises the same old impossible dream: weight loss without exercise or no changes in diet. The ads go as far as saying consumers can eat all they want and not exercise -- but then can lose weight. Absolute rubbish.

Of course, there is always a 'study' with a dubious background and twisted stats that gives the makers of these products at least one leg to stand one. The FTC is hopefully staying busy with this latest weight loss pill nonsense.

Go green from your dorm

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School has been back in session for about a month now, which means that most college freshman are getting used to dorm life. Although this 8' x 10' room is supposed to be home away from home, it can sometimes feel more like a well-decorated prison cell. But, fear not -- you are not a prisoner in your new digs. In fact, you have far more power than you realize. Enough to help save the planet, even.

Just as John and Yoko attempted to start a revolution from their bed, you can join the ever-growing green movement right from your dorm room. Here are just a few ways that college students can help make the world a little more green:

Strip Down. Your radio, your computer, your TV, your DVD player, your cell phone charger -- all of them require power. 9 out of 10 times, college students will make use of a power strip or surge protector to accommodate their voltage addiction. Problem is, these power strips continue to utilize electricity even when the electrical item to which it connects is not is use. The easy solution is to unplug your power strip whenever you're not using it.

Green Bag It. If you ever venture outside the cafeteria for food, you're going to visit a strange, unknown place called the supermarket. While there, a pimply-faced high school student will ask you if you'd like your groceries to be placed in a paper or plastic bag. Clearly, paper is the more eco-friendly option. However, an even better option would be a reusable canvas tote bag, which are being offered for about a dollar each at most supermarkets. For those fashion conscious types out there, you can even pick-up a trendy, Marc Jacobs grocery tote bag for about $20 bucks.

Clean Up Your Act. Now, this may be a REAL stretch, but eventually you are going to have to clean your dorm room. To do so, you're going to need what are commonly referred to as cleaning products (genus: producti cleanianum). Windex, Fantastic and the rest of that cool gang will work just fine, but to make your dorm room clean and green (feel free to roll your eyes at that one), use one of the many glass cleaners, room deodorizers, and tile cleaners that are made of all natural, environmentally friendly substances.

Living in a dorm (or just wishing you still were) and want to learn more about how easy it is to be green? Find out more here.

Low-fat diet may prevent ovarian cancer

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Want to lower your risk of developing ovarian cancer? Try eating less fat. Though a low-fat diet has not yet been linked with prevention of breast or colon cancer, a recent large study found that diet does play a role in the development of ovarian cancer. Researchers believe that fat in the diet leads to more estrogen in the diet, and that estrogen may be hard on the ovaries.

The benefit isn't immediate -- participants had to follow it for four years for it to take effect, but those who followed for 8 years lowered their risk by 40%. Researchers tried to keep fat calories to under 20% of total calories -- ambitious, but doable -- but even women who let their fat intake slide up a little bit saw a benefit. Interesting news!

Democratic health care plans offer hope

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Now that health care has become the proverbial obesity sufferer eating at the economy while politicians prepare for an election year, the issue is finally grabbing the attention it's deserved for quite some time. Money and emergencies tend to motivate.

As Brian White pointed out in a recent post , Clinton finally trotted out her plan on the heels of Obama and Edwards while the Republican candidates continue to talk about terror.

The plans have differences. But basically, they give hope for the 40-some million uninsured and aim to put tax credits in the pockets of others who are thankfully insured, but shelling out thousands per year in premiums, deductibles and co-pays to keep their families healthy. You know, the lucky ones, paying dearly to live and work in the richest country in the world.

Clinton has scored many reviewers' points for pragmatism. Obama claims his plan is similar to Clinton's but better. Edwards said the same, but goes a step further in the fine print. His proposal, which offers more detail than the other candidates', includes cutting off health care for the president, Congress and all political appointees in mid 2009 if a universal health care plan for all Americans has not been passed by then. I've marked my calendar. But, of course, Election Day comes first.

Dietary supplement reverses prescription drug overdose

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If you're taking a prescription antidepressant, listen up. An overdose of Wellbutrin can be fatal, but if you follow an accidental (or intentional) overdose of this popular depression drug with Intralipid -- a soybean-based supplement used to supplement fat intake by patients -- it could save your life.

In this case, the chemical stew brewing inside a 17 year-old patient should have killed her. Nothing in the ER worked when the overdosed teen arrived at the hospital, and she went into cardiac collapse, according to the story.

Intralipid is being given credit for saving the girl's life as opposed to any drug and performance given by the medical team which attempted to revive her. With amphetamines, tranquilizers, alcohol, marijuana, and prescription antidepressants in this girl's system, it's amazing that anything saved her life. But, it did happen, and a supplement -- not a 'drug' -- is taking credit.

Cabbage is a cheap source of nutrition

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Are you a cabbage fan? In winter, I sure am. The leafy greens are excellent when slow-cooked (or raw, if that is your thing), and when you add a lot of pepper and even some Italian spice, the result can be quite tasty.

The amount of vitamins and other good-for-health minerals in cabbage make it one of the cheapest food sources I've seen. An entire head of cabbage is generally lower than that junk-food cheeseburger, and offers nutrition that's head and shoulders above most other non-fresh foods.

Some even call cabbage the "tumor's enemy" in relation to its cancer-fighting properties. Personally, I prefer fresh blueberries, but cabbage is a great alternative as well. It may be hard to stomach raw for many of us, but when blended into a smoothie, it's easily palatable.

The best and worst of fast food salads

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Salads are the way to go if you're in a hurry and watching what you eat. But not all salads are created equal -- some have more fat than a double bacon cheeseburger! If you're eating out often, be sure to check out this article from eDiets -- they've gone ahead and rated a bunch of different salads for you, and they've broken down the nutritional information to boot. The favourite seems to be McDonald's California Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken, which at only 300 calories is a diet-friendly meal to boot.

I hardly ever eat fast-food salads. Why? I guess it'd down to the fact that I'm a bit of a food snob and if I eat out, it's usually at a restaurant. So I'm curious -- what's your favourite fast-food salad? Why? Tell us in the comments.

Nighttime blood pressure important too

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Blood pressure is usually monitored by a physician or even at home with a BP cuff, but one thing many of us have probably not done is to measure our blood pressure while asleep. What can that tell us?

According to a new report published in the medical journal The Lancet, nighttime blood pressure measurements are a better indicator of health risk than those readings taken when we are awake and alert.

In effect, the report stated that the best way to measure health risk as it pertains to BP levels is to take measurements during an entire 24-hour period. Over 7,500 participants on three continents were studied for this report, for an average time span of nearly 10 years.

Life Fit with Laura Lewis: Fall's Fountain of Youth Foods

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Life Fit ... Mind. Body. And More.

Being Life Fit is about your total health, including the health of all of your relationships. Life Fit is a journey, not a destination. It is a process of continuous growth: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Check in each Tuesday to Life Fit with Laura Lewis, author of "52 Ways To A Healthy You," as we explore our total life fitness. Then, weigh in with your own thoughts over at Laura's "Life Fit Chat" each Wednesday through Friday for further discussion on the week's topic. For more information visit Laura at www.LauraLewis.com.

Living in Texas, autumn is always a welcome reprieve from the intensity of the summer heat. While autumn may come a little later here than in other parts of North America, we are at least fortunate enough to reap the benefits of the fabulous foods of the fall harvest.

The fall harvest is abundant with "fountain of youth foods" such as carrots, winter squash, pumpkin (which is actually a squash) and sweet potatoes. As a matter of fact, you can tell a lot about a food by its color. Orange hued foods are packed full of carotenoids which actually protect against the kind of DNA damage that happens with age.

Orange foods are also rich in vitamin A. One cup of pumpkin actually has 117% of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin A. Vitamin A plays an important role in the formation and maintenance of healthy skin, hair and mucous membranes. Vitamin A also helps is to see in dim light and is essential for proper bone growth, tooth development and reproduction.

Most people think pumpkins are for decorating and whatever is in pumpkin pie comes out of a can. But, you can actually eat the "flesh" from the real thing! Try out this recipe I borrowed from Barbara Kingsolver's most recent, must-read book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (HarperCollinsPublishers 2007).

Pumpkin Soup In Its Own Shell
  • 1 five-pound pumpkin (if smaller or larger adjust the amount of liquid): Cut a lid off the top, scoop out the seeds and stringy parts, and rub the inside flesh with salt. Set the pumpkin in a large roasting or deep pie dish.
  • 1 quart chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 quart milk or soy milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh sage leaves (use less if dried)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • Pepper to taste
Roast garlic cloves whole in oven or covered pan on low heat, until soft. Combine with liquid and spices in a large pot, mashing the cloves and heating carefully so as not to burn the milk. Fill the pumpkin with the liquid and replace the lids, putting a sheet of foil between the pumpkin and its top so it doesn't fall in. (If you accidentally destroy the lid while hollowing the pumpkin, just cover with foil.) Bake the filled pumpkin at 375 degrees for 1-2 hours, depending on the thickness of your pumpkin. Occasionally open the lid and check with a spoon, carefully scraping some inside flesh into the hot liquid. If the pumpkin collapses or if the flesh is stringy, remove liquid and flesh to a blender and puree. With luck, you can serve the soup in the pumpkin tureen.

Enjoy a bowl full of this healthful harvest soup!

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Daily Fit Tip: Don't carve that pumpkin, eat it!

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Pumpkins are a sure sign that fall has arrived, and they can be easily found right now in grocery stores and farm markets. But while it may be popular to carve that pumpkin or use it as a decoration on your front porch, serving it up for dinner is both healthy and nutritious. Pumpkin's are loaded with beta-carotene, are low-carb, can be stored for up to 6 months whole, and are easier to cook than you might think. Learn more about how to choose and prepare pumpkin for a scrumptious fall meal.

Fit Links: Breast cancer awareness

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As fabulous as we at That's Fit think this blog is, the truth is there are hundreds of wonderful blogs on healthy living to be seen all over the blogosphere. So in this feature, Fit Links, we'll introduce you to some that have caught our eye.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and our own That's Fit bloggers have written some excellent posts on the subject. Today's Fit Links are in honor of all the women out there who are fighting this disease, as well as the survivors who have beaten it. There are far too many blogs to list, so these are just a sampling, but you can find more at My Breast Cancer Network.

WhyMommy at Toddler Planet

Andrea at Punk Rock Mommy

Our own Jacki Donaldson at My Breast Cancer Blog

Jeannette at Two Hands

You can also read personal essays at I Hate Tumors and buy a t-shirt to help raise money to fight back against cancer. If you know of a blog that you'd like to draw attention to, please tell us about it in comments.

Panera provides plenty of picks

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I'm always on the lookout for healthy restaurant menu items. And while it takes quite a hunt to locate a safe bet, I'm slowly arriving at a few good picks. One of them -- a Low Fat Chicken Noodle Soup -- comes from Panera Bread.

One eight-ounce serving of this scrumptious soup comes with 100 calories and two grams of fat, neither of which fall into the saturated or trans fat categories. Complete with 15 mg of cholesterol, 15 grams of carbohydrates, one gram of fiber, one gram of sugar, five grams of protein, and 1080 mg of sodium -- here's the trade-off -- this soup gets a thumbs up by me.

Accompanied by a French baguette that pumps all these details up a bit, this soup is a yummy fare. And now that I've scoured the Panera menu, I know it's just about the healthiest option at this establishment. There's also lots of other good stuff. When I say good, I mean loaded with, at minimum, lots of fat -- The Fuji Apple Chicken salad (sounds healthy) has 570 calories and 30 grams of fat. But for those looking for a trimmed-down selection, the soup is it.

Bon Appetit!

You Are What You Eat: The low-cal, high nutrition sweet potato

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sweet potatoEach week, we'll be offering original recipes and unique ways to use those Super Foods that pack nutritional power. After all, you are what you eat -- make it count!

Food power -- it is what we are looking for from this feature, right? So if you aren't eating sweet potatoes, here are some good reasons to start.

  • Low in calories -- One sweet potato is about 95 calories.
  • Antioxidants -- Not only are sweet potatoes high in vitamins A and C, but they contain unique root proteins that are powerful antioxidants.
  • Sweet potatoes help stabilize blood sugar levels.
  • Anti-inflammatory -- May help fight arthritis, asthma and other inflammatory diseases.
  • The vitamin B6 in sweet potatoes helps fight heart attack and stroke.

If sweet potatoes conjure thoughts and images of Thanksgiving dishes, try some of these unique and healthy recipes using sweet potatoes.

Asian Style Chef Salad -- with sweet potato, radishes, baby eggplant and tuna
Warm Sweet Potato and Green Bean Salad -- with a red wine vinaigrette and watercress
Caribbean Sweet Potato Crock Pot Stew -- with chorizo sausage, tomato and exotic spices
Sweet Potato and Greens Soup -- spinach or kale adds even more nutrition
Roasted Sweet Potato Risotto -- with onion, garlic and fresh herbs
Hoisin Kebab with Grilled Flank Steak -- with Asian style marinade

Other ideas?
  • Try using sweet potatoes anywhere you would have used white potatoes.
  • Cube them into salads and soups.
  • Make a sweet potato hash for breakfast. Add green veggies, too.

What's your favorite way to eat a sweet potato?

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Yoga in the classroom means calmer kids

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I remember being an elementary student in the 70s, stopping lessons mid-morning every day to exercise to a record (boy, I am dating myself here) called "Go, You Chicken Fat, Go." It may have not been the most hip song in the world, but we loved getting out of our seats and getting to move a little bit.

More than ever, teachers are understanding the need to connecting learning with the real world, and some teachers are using starting to use yoga as a classroom tool. Tying yoga poses to mythology, using easy flashcards for kids to learn poses, and teaching kids to use yoga to calm themselves before a big test are just a sampling of how yoga is being used in the classroom. Physical education teachers are also using yoga more often in P.E. Learning yoga, say proponents, helps reduce stress during the beginning of the new school year, calms kids, and teaches them to breathe and stretch correctly.

Beats "Chicken Fat" by a long shot. I wish my own teachers had thought of it!

Stem cell scientist trio wins Nobel medicine prize

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A trio of stem cell researchers has won the Nobel Prize for medicine according to Sweden's Karolinska's Institute.

The three researchers won the coveted prize for their collective work on gene changes in mice using embryonic cells, and they shared the $1.54 million prize as a result.

The discoveries made by the trio were said to have created the field of "gene targeting" -- meaning that certain genes were able to be turned off to allow scientists control and define roles of individual genes.

The Swedish Institute said that almost every aspect of mammal physiology can be studied by gene targeting -- which, taken as that, sounds quite revolutionary. We must be getting closer to the day when not only is the human genome mapped, but completely understood.

Fight blood pressure, naturally

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Sodium is usually the first to go for someone diagnosed with high blood pressure. There's also another way to fight this condition, though, without drugs.

It's a simultaneous approach that involves cutting back on sodium intake while increasing consumption of potassium-rich foods. For greatest benefits, sodium should total 2,300 milligrams per day while potassium milligrams reach 4,700. Avoiding processed foods is a wise choice if you're watching your blood pressure -- sodium is added to most of these foods -- and upping your intake of potassium should come from foods, not supplements. Do check with your doctor about the amount of potassium you need. Some people with kidney ailments may have trouble processing potassium.

Once you get the go-ahead to pack some potassium power into your diet, here's what you might eat:

1 baked sweet potato, 694 mg
1 small baked potato, 610 mg
8 ounces non-fat yogurt, 580 mg
3 ounces cooked halibut, 490 mg
1 banana, 422 mg
1 cup milk, 380 mg
1 cup cantaloupe, 368 mg
1 cup orange juice, 355 mg
1 cup oatmeal, 120 mg

Banked blood may be missing an important link

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After just one day in storage, donated blood becomes significantly depleted of its nitric oxide. This is a potential problem, say researchers, because nitric oxide is necessary to open blood vessels and deliver oxygen to healthy tissues. Though it's currently only a theory, experts think that the reason that those who have been given donated blood are at a higher risk of heart attack and stroke is because of the depletion of this important component. They're currently testing ways to get nitric oxide back into stored blood at appropriate levels.

They stress, however, that this finding doesn't mean you should be afraid to receive donated blood or to donate it. In fact, 4.8 million Americans received donated blood last year, and one researcher called our supply of banked blood "a national treasure." But this does mean that scientists will be busy trying to make our blood supply even safer for those who need it.

Study says bird flu is getting serious. Are you worried?

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I try not to stress about whichever health panic is sweeping the world until it seems like there's a real reason to worry about it. SARS was a huge deal for a while but you don't hear much about it anymore, and while I'm sure contracting West Nile virus is no walk in the park, as far as I know there really hasn't been a huge number of people to come down with the illness so far.

Bird Flu isn't really very high on my list of illnesses to get concerned about either even after reading this piece. Apparently a study done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that a mutation in the virus has made it easier for the infection to survive in the human upper respiratory tract, which in turn, may make it spread more easily from person to person.

The article points out that Bird Flu is no where near the point where it could reach pandemic proportions but that that is definitely a possibility in the future. I figure I'll worry about that eventuality when it happens. What do you think?

Kids need more milk, experts say

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Milk does a kid's body good, according to a Penn State study concerning American children and their consumption of the dairy drink. Yet the only youngsters reportedly drinking enough milk are 2 and 3 year olds. All others are falling short on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's My Pyramid dairy recommendations which suggest two cups of milk for 1 to 3 year olds, two to three cups for 4 to 8 year olds, and three to four cups for 9 to 18 year olds.

Also noteworthy per the same study, published in the online Journal of Pediatrics, is that children are consuming more of the highest fat varieties of cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and dairy-based toppings. It's not smart to make up for missed calcium from milk by stocking up on high-fat dairy sources, says one researcher who notes these additional calories will only add to the current problem of childhood obesity. So stick to good old fashioned milk for your kids -- and make it low-fat while you're at it.

Although physicians once recommended that children receive whole milk during the first year of life, that recommendation has changed. Doctors now recommend baby formula if the child is not nursing. And for the second year of life, reduced-fat or fat-free milk is appropriate.

Cargill recalls beef patties due to E.coli scare

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E.coli has been in the news quite a bit recently, and here it is again. Agricultural food processor and gene manipulator (heh) Cargill Inc. indicated this past weekend that it will be recalling over 844,812 pounds of frozen beef patties. The reason? Why, possible E.coli contamination, of course.

The possible contamination was the result of finding illness cases in Wal-Mart's Sam's Club stores in Minnesota. As a result, Sam's Club pulled frozen hamburgers from store shelves over the weekend.

The Cargill-led recall then went into effect, and expanded outside Minnesota at this time. The product is "American Chef's Selection Angus Beef Patties" which were bought at any Sam's Club location since August. Customers are requested to destroy or return affected product at once.

You really can break those bad eating habits

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Bad habits aren't broken, they're replaced. Even the worst bad eating habit can be substituted with a healthier, but yet still satisfying version that will help you improve your nutrition and health, as well as help you to lose weight if that's your goal. You just have to get creative!

Real Simple
has some great ideas for building better habits. For instance, if you eat too fast, you might be setting yourself up for tummy troubles and weight gain. Instead, choose foods that force you to eat with utensils. Take frequent breaks to set your fork or spoon down, look around, and take a sip of water. After a few more bites, take another break. Eventually, you'll get used to the slower pace and you'll notice yourself actually feeling like your full sooner than before. See? Habit successfully replaced!

What's your worst eating habit? Can you think of an easy way to replace it with a better one?

A few simple and healthy Halloween snack ideas

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Of any of the many food-focused holidays coming up over the next few months, I find Halloween is the most dangerous when it comes to packing on the pounds. All of those chocolates and candies are delicious, but they're not exactly healthy. Sure a few are OK, but Halloween treats tend to be consumed in large quantities.

If you're throwing a Halloween party for your kids and their friends and want to offer some healthy food alternatives, or if you're just looking to find some non-candy food ideas, take a look at some of the simple snacks offered here. The page includes recipes for healthy treats like Spooky Honey Popcorn Balls, Spicy Pretzels, Caramel Honey Apples and Spicy Roasted Soybeans.

The kids will have plenty of opportunities to chow down on mini-candy bars and other sweets this Halloween, so it's not a bad idea to make sure they get something nutritious too.

Tips for an aerobics rookie

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During my aerobics junkie years, I'll never forget the camaraderie forged by attending regularly. After being greeted by friendly faces and light conversation, I'd plop down in my usual spot and the music would start. The instructor knew me, shouting out personalized suggestions during a tough series. We'd all laugh at ourselves as we'd trip over our feet learning new routines. I felt at home, in shape, giddy after each class.

If an exercise class feels like travelling to Siberia, do not let potential culture shock prevent you from making the trip. Here are a few smart suggestions for aerobics rookies designed to make you comfortable the first day, and a regular thereafter:

  • Give your instructor a heads up you're new -- if they are good, they will reach out to suggest low-stress, alternate moves during class and swing by to check in with you after the music fades.
  • Don't step into the Rock Hard Rowdies 90-minute class on your maiden voyage. Lean on staff to guide you toward beginner choices.
  • Just as a gal might bring a girlfriend along to the powder room (although I've never understood that phenomenon), bring a friend to class. Guys -- not sure how you feel about this. Or hey, both sexes can make a new friend in class!
  • Wear comfortable clothes. Fretting over the fit of your new spandex outfit or a too-short t-shirt is not a good use of mental energy for an aerobics rookie.

Do share your tips for aerobics rookies out there!

Sex can cure headaches

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If you think sex can't be had due to a headache, how wrong you are. At least, according to headache specialist Dr. Vincent Martin. Amazingly, it's just the opposite. Oh, let the good times roll.

Martin stated this week that the increase in seratonin levels which happens during sex eases the pathways in the brain that can lead to and sustain a headache.

Now, this isn't to say that sex is the answer to all headaches or there would be massive tardiness in the corporate world every day. But, with the act itself being quite a bit more powerful than popping a few ibuprofen or aspirin, perhaps this new headache cure will be tested soon by, well, many.

Treating 'mini-strokes' crucial for the future

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Many people each year have miniature stokes that don't cause complete disablement, but do cause hospitalization and rehabilitation. In new research published just this morning, medical experts from Europe stated that taking care of these "mini strokes" quickly could prevent larger ones from happening in the future.

In other words, time is of the essence. By knowing about the symptoms of stroke (however minor) could lead you to recognize smaller ones and get help as soon as possible. Based on this new research, mini strokes treated within 24 hours cut their chances of having a full stroke by 80 percent in the future.

In general, life-threatening injuries that exhibit visual threats are considered by many to be top priority, but this research turns that notion on its ear to state that an "internal" stroke treatment practice needs to be right up there at the top as well.

Largest ever study of U.S. children begins next year

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The Nurses' Health Study and the Nurses' Health Study II were huge, long-term studies that had a significant impact on the health care of women. Now, the largest study of U.S. children is gearing up for a 2008 launch. Focusing on the impact of the environment on the health of children, The National Children's Study will include 40 health centers across the United States and will eventually follow 100,000 children from birth to age 21, though researchers say that initial findings may come to light within the first two to three years.

You can learn more about the study at its website, where you can also sign up to receive email updates about the study's progress.

Chemotherapy increases risk of heart disease

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To many nutrition fanatics (I'm one), traditional chemotherapy is a last resort for cancer treatment. The consumption of cancer-fighting (and preventing) foods is what is looked after. It's all in being proactive instead of reactive.

In the fight against unnecessary chemo treatments, new research stated this week that breast cancer survivors using chemotherapy may seen increased levels of heart disease.

Has the time come for the abandonment of chemotherapy? Of course not, as modern cancer treatment has evolved with medicine in the last few decades (although it's not preferable to me -- you?). Chemo is actually damaging to many parts of the body, but if it kills a tumor, it's done its job. The only side effect is a weakened body when the treatment is complete, and this new research reiterates that fact.