Exercise May Help Smokers Quit

Exercising helps depressed smokers quit

People diagnosed with depression need to step out for a cigarette twice as often as smokers who are not dealing with a mood disorder. And those who have the hardest time shaking off the habit may have more mental health issues than they are actually aware of. Those insights were among the collective findings recently published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research by a team of researchers based in part at Concordia University. While nearly one in five North American adults are regular smokers, a figure that continues to steadily decline, about 40 per cent of depressed people are in need of a regular drag. The statistic motivated the researchers to investigate what was behind that higher percentage. The findings revealed that those who struggle with mental illness simply have a tougher time quitting, no matter how much they want to. The anxiety, cravings or lack of sleep that accompany typical attempts to quit cold turkey will have them scrambling for the smokes they might have sworn off earlier that evening. A person without clinical depression is better equipped to ride things out.

Learn more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/280036.php

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Coffee and Hot Flashes?

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Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes?

Drinking caffeine may worsen the hot flashes and night sweats that affect roughly two-thirds of women as they go through menopause, new survey data suggests. “While these findings are preliminary, our study suggests that limiting caffeine intake may be useful for those postmenopausal women who have bothersome hot flashes and night sweats,” said researcher Dr. Stephanie Faubion, director of the Women’s Health Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. But caffeine — a stimulant found in coffee and colas — appears to have a different effect on women beginning the transition into menopause (known as perimenopause). In their case, caffeine might boost their mood, memory and concentration, the survey suggested.

Learn more here: http://www.webmd.com/menopause/news/20140724/is-coffee-aggravating-your-hot-flashes?src=RSS_PUBLIC

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Dietary Supplement Research No More

No more dietary supplement research … ever!

When scientists deter future research, they discourage inquiry that might lead to the next big breakthrough. After this, no one need ever write on this topic or conduct further research in this area again, unless, of course, you agree with my conclusions and just want to say so, because this piece unequivocally delivers the final word on the topic I’m writing about: dietary supplement research. Does this sound crazy to you? Not to mention a little pretentious, ego-inflated and defensive? It does to me too. But there seems to be a recent trend among researchers, particularly those studying the effects of specific dietary ingredients, to publish their study (sometimes it’s not even an actual study; it’s a meta-analysis of other people’s research) and then declare the final nail has been placed in the coffin; no one else need investigate further (and risk contradicting their conclusions).

Find out more info here: http://newhope360.com/ingredients/no-more-dietary-supplement-research-ever

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Cocoa Extract Against Specific Mechanisms of Alzheimer’s

Cocoa extract may counter specific mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease

“There have been some inconsistencies in medical literature regarding the potential benefit of cocoa polyphenols on cognitive function,” says Dr. Pasinetti. “Our finding of protection against synaptic deficits by Lavado cocoa extract, but not Dutched cocoa extract, strongly suggests that polyphenols are the active component that rescue synaptic transmission, since much of the polyphenol content is lost by the high alkalinity in the Dutching process”. The new study provides experimental evidence that Lavado cocoa extract may influence Alzheimer’s disease mechanisms by modifying the physical structure of Aβ oligomers. It also strongly supports further studies to identify the metabolites of Lavado cocoa extract that are active in the brain and identify potential drug targets.

Learn more info here: http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2014/07/cocoa-extract-may-counter-specific.html

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How To Treat and Prevent Effects of Poison Ivy

Treatment and Prevention Tips on Poison Ivy

Dr. Michael Gabriel, a Staten Island pediatrician, provides advice on how to avoid poison ivy plants and treat or prevent rashes. According to an article published by KidsHealth.org, poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac all contain the same oily substance that causes rashes: urushiol. Recognizing oily plants during different parts of the year is important because they can look different depending on the season. Poison ivy can often be red during the spring, green during the summer, and brown during the fall. An allergic reaction to poisonous plants occurs for 60 to 80 percent of people within hours, or as late as 5 days after coming in contact with a plant. Poison ivy can often be prevented, according to the article. Avoiding areas where poison ivy is present is the key way to prevent poison ivy rashes, along with learning to identify plants and wearing proper clothing when engaging in outdoor activity.

Learn more info here: http://www.alternativemedicine.com/news-item/treatment-and-prevention-tips-poison-ivy

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Beet Juice for Athletes

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Beetroot juice supplementation may boost time trial performance

As you may be aware beets are a great source of nitrates. This is then converted to nitric oxide which is a vasodilator.

Nitric Oxide cases a decrease in the resistance of peripheral blood vessels and can result in reduced blood pressure.

This study the athletes received 140 milliliters of beet juice every day. While the athletes didn’t show any difference in blood pressure they did find times in 5K runs were 18 seconds quicker for the control group as opposed to the placebo group.

Source: http://mobile.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Beetroot-juice-supplementation-may-boost-time-trial-performance

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Exercise for Depression

Guidance For Clinicians On Prescribing Exercise For Depressed Patients

MDD, or major depressive disorder may be taken care of by doing proper exercise. Exercise may also be combined with other treatments, depending on what your health care practitioner may advise you to do. A recent study in this field has now obtained sufficient data to provide health care practitioners with a specific exercise guide for their depressed patients.

Find out more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/260428.php

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