Vitamins: Too Much Of A Not-so-good Thing?

Dr. Paul Offit says everyone should be more skeptical about taking large doses of vitamins.

“But you can, by challenging Mother Nature and taking these vitamins and concentrating them to these exceptionally large quantities that you would never normally eat.” Opinion: Alternative healing or quackery? You may have heard the term “antioxidant” as a buzzword that applies to some vitamins. Antioxidants combat free radicals — molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation, according to the National Institutes of Health . Free radicals damage cell membranes and DNA. Doctors recommend a healthy intake of fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants to prevent this from happening and apparently decreasing the risk of conditions such as cancer and heart disease. However, oxidation is necessary for life, and preventing too much of this process can be a bad thing because cells that need to be destroyed, such as cancer cells, won’t be.
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ESSAY; When ‘Health’ Supplements May Do Harm

Then she showed me over half a dozen products, from $8 to $36 apiece, and assured me that they would address a variety of health risks. These products included a pill that was supposed to improve my circulation and another that would supposedly boost my ”metabolism.” Another was listed as an herbal ”vascular health” pill, with a long list of plant species names, none of them familiar. Most products had labels containing descriptions of vague medical benefits, like ”for cardiovascular health,” with a notation that the Food and Drug Administration had not evaluated these claims. I asked the clerk about proof that these pills worked and about risks when taking these various agents together.
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Fixing The Mental Health Care System Needs Priority Over Gun Control

Fix NICS

We agree. That is why NSSF has been working at the federal and state levels to raise awareness that the states must send all appropriate records, including adjudicated mental health and involuntary commitment records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) used by all federally licensed firearms retailers. Our initiative is called FixNICS. We can report some real progress, but much remains to be done. Legislatures in Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi and New Jersey have acted to improve their reporting to NICS. Now is the time for Massachusetts to join these states. Already home to some of the most restrictive gun control regulations in the country, the Massachusetts legislature is considering the adoption of even more laws. Yet that state ranks dead last in sending records to the NICS system. So, we were pleased that at recent public hearings around that state, officials focused most of their remarks on the mental health issue. Massachusetts can fix its NICS reporting. So can other states.
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The future of mental health services

Too often, many of those with untreated illnesses end up in jail, said Holland. About 35 percent of those incarcerated in Wyandotte County, he said, have an untreated mental illness. Weve decided to warehouse people, he said, instead of treat people. Like Sebelius, Holland said a member of his family suffered from a serious mental illness. I know the roller coaster my family has been on, he said. There was a particular focus on addressing the mental health needs of young people at the event. Early intervention can make a big difference, James said.
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Open up on mental health, Kathleen Sebelius tells forum in KC

“We need fresh ways of working in mental health, ensuring the best use of available resources and working in truly integrated fashion. New technology will no doubt bring about more changes as well as challenges. But much of what in our view needs to be done is simply implementing known good practice that already exists. Failure to provide good, integrated mental health care is not a failure of understanding what needs to be done, it is a failure of actually implementing good practice in organisational strategies and the day to day business of providing people with the care and treatment that they want. We need to start today to rectify that.” Key findings: The Inquiry looked at certain key demographic and societal factors which will impact on future mental health services and identified six key themes that mental health services will need to address to become fit for purpose for the 21st century: 1. Personalising services Greater personalisation of services and the engagement of patients and their carers and families as equal partners in decisions about care and service provision. 2.
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Tips To Slow Hair Loss

And heredity is not the only cause. Other factors include: Certain medications Deficiencies in your diet Stress Managing stress levels will help to stop hair loss as major life stressors can actually cause your hair to die. Look at your prescriptions, too. They could be making you go bald. Certain blood thinners and psychiatric drugs have been known have been known to have this side effect. You can also eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and walnuts.
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Kristen Stewart displays noticeable hair loss due to ‘stress following split from Robert Pattinson’

Stress related: Kristen Stewart displayed noticeable hair loss in Berlin, Germany, last month

Time for a change: A hair expert said Kristen needs to reduce the amount of stress in her life A source told Now magazine: ‘Kristen’s circle are so concerned about her that two of her friends have flown to Germany to see her. ‘They want to take her to a de-stressing yoga retreat on the outskirts of Berlin. ‘They’ve also begged Rob to visit her on set. They fear the stress is getting worse because she’s been trying to make contact with him and he’s ignoring all of her calls.’ It was reported recently that Kristen has been trying to arrange a reunion with her Twilight ex Robert, from whom she split earlier this year after their relationship failed to get past her infidelity with married film director Rupert Sanders. But Robert is said to be unwilling to give Kristen another chance, having decided once and for all that their romance is over. Kristen has been in Berlin shooting her new movie Sils Maria in Germany, alongside co-star Juliette Binoche. Hiding the evidence: Kristen was later seen wearing her brunette hair tied up into a bun According to reports, Kristen has been using hair extensions in a bid to conceal the hair loss while shooting the movie.
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How To Grow Hair On Bald Head | “Hair Loss Black Book” Teaches People How To Restore Their Body’s Ho

Since Nigel Thomas released Hair Loss Black Book, a lot of clients have used it for learning how to stop their baldness, and how to stimulate their hair follicles to grow naturally once again. Consequently, the website Vkoolelite completed a complete overview about the benefits of this book. A full overview of Hair Loss Black Book on the site Vkoolelite indicates that this book takes people step-by-step through the process of learning how to get thicker hair naturally and quickly. The book also helps people start growing new hair, and restore their youth, their confidence and their charisma. In addition, in this book, people will learn how to restore their bodys ability to create the necessary enzymes that counteract DHT (dihydrotestosterone), and how to prevent the creation of dihydrotestosterone and stop it before it ever reaches their scalp. Furthermore, people also discover the real reason why foams, creams and prescriptions do not work effectively for them, and the truth behind why they are losing their hair. Moreover, Nigel Thomas will give people some special gifts when buying this book such as the Styling and Hair Loss manual, the Stop PCOS For Women manual, the Fact Or Fiction – OTC Hair Loss Products manual, and other bonuses.
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Exercise Is Medicine

Add a 50 cent physical fitness levy to every drive-through purchase or drive-through bank transaction. No one rebelled when a two cent tax was added to recycling pop bottles, did they? “People clearly want their health care when they are sick, but don’t want their health. Health is a personal responsibility and they won’t take the time to prevent these nasty diseases.” Paul Cantafio doesn’t mind laying his money on the line when it comes to his future health. “It costs to have a membership here. But when my doctor started talking about my heart, and how bad it could get, I made sure to make exercise a part of my life, so that my life will go on. You know what I mean?
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How much sex is considered exercise?

K. G. Jebsen from Center of Exercise in Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway, analyzed data from four randomized, controlled trials conducted at the centre to try to determine what characterized the most effective high-intensity training programme for this patient group. The researchers used changes in VO2max, which is peak oxygen uptake, as a measure of the effectiveness of the different exercise regimes The exercise period lasted for 12 weeks.
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High intensity exercise `beneficial and safe` for cardiac patients

(upwave.com) — When I think of the ultimate sex workout, I picture the scene from “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie throw each other around their kitchen for an hour. Unfortunately, not every sexual experience is quite that… well, high-intensity. But how many calories do we really burn in the act?
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Gestational Diabetes On The Rise

This means that blood sugars need to be controlled round the clock throughout pregnancy. An experienced dietician will restrict simple carbohydrates, distribute meals skilfully with frequent snacking, include more fibre and strictly monitor caloric intake to avoid excess weight gain. Vigorous exercises and skipping meals may cause a sudden dip in sugar level (hypoglycemia), which is dangerous to both mother and foetus. “Many women need to take oral anti-diabetic medications, including insulin injections, which can be self-administered.
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GSMA mHealth Grand Tour Highlights How mHealth Can Prevent Diabetes

GSMA mHealth Grand Tour Highlights How mHealth Can Prevent Diabetes

The mHealth Grand Tour is a first-of-its-kind observational study designed by Professor Michael Trenell, NIHR Senior Research Fellow and Director, MoveLab, Newcastle University, into the effects of multi-day endurance exercise on blood glucose levels, using data captured and transmitted wirelessly through a multi-vendor mHealth solution. The study will track the health and cycling performance data of elite and sub-elite athletes with type 1 diabetes, as well as cyclists without diabetes. For the observational study, a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor worn by the riders and sensors on their bike computers transmit statistics over the ANT+ protocol to Sony Mobile handsets, so riders can track their own progress. The sensors also transmit the stats to a HMM module that is part of a complete Orange solution that in turn sends them over mobile broadband to a live website and to the cloud, for later download by the observational study team. The website will contain a McCann Health data visualisation portal for tracking the riders stats and an Orange geolocation portal for tracking the riders progress.
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Diabetes in school: Tips for teachers

Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., and Peggy Moreland, R.N. Nancy Klobassa Davidson and Peggy Moreland Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., B.S.N, C.D.E Nancy Klobassa Davidson is a registered nurse who has worked in diabetes education for 17 years. She is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) and is currently in graduate school working on a Master of Science in nursing (M.S.N.) and health care education. Nancy works with adults who have type 1, type 2 and other forms of diabetes. Nancy is coordinator of the Diabetes Unit’s intensive insulin therapy program within the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Nancy has worked extensively with insulin pump therapy and continuous interstitial glucose sensing.
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Stop Snoring Now

Snoring Couple in Bed

At least there are treatments that can help you stop snoring. Treatment for snoring The most important point to make about the treatment of OSA is that effective treatment requires several related problems to be treated simultaneously. At least the following need to be addressed if you wish to stop snoring: Lifestyle factors The impression is growing that, to a large extent, many cases of OSA and snoring may be related to Western culture. The risk of significant OSA increases with the numerous factors described below, many of which are problems currently rampant in our society. Correction of OSA generally requires that these factors be eliminated. At times, elimination of these factors completely resolves the problem. Weight Excessive weight brought about by a sedentary lifestyle, too many rich foods or by medically related situations such as thyroid problems, is probably the leading factor contributing to OSA.
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Snoring a potentially fatal problem, doctors say

Speakers included senior pulmonologist Dr Ashok Arbat, psychiatrist Dr Sudhir Bhave and ENT surgeon Dr Sanjeev Glohar. Dr Arbat warned that snoring can be fatal and needs precautionary measures and expert guidance at the earliest. While snoring should not be taken lightly, most of us are not aware about having the habit, he said. “The habit could lead to sleep apnea (breathing stoppage for 10 seconds or more), of which a snorer may have 100 or more episodes during sleep. It causes sleep deprivation, sleep fragmentation and loss of sleep architecture, which in turn can cause many other health problems,” he said. Dr Bhave explained the importance of good sleep hygiene, saying that proper and complete sleep is essential for one’s mental and physical health.
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Singing can help reduce snoring

The trial, by Exeter University and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, showed that singing exercises strengthened certain throat muscles and helped alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnoea. Researchers say that, for best results, singing exercises should be teamed with lifestyle changes such as losing weight. According to Snore Australia, most people will snore at some time but chronic or loud snoring is often associated with sleep-related breathing disorders. It says other common causes of snoring include: Allergies Eating too much at night Nasal congestion Consumption of alcohol close to bedtime, especially if the amount is large Being overweight or obese Swelling of the muscular part of the roof of the mouth Swollen adenoids or tonsils, especially in children Medications, including sleeping tablets Sleep position – sleeping on your back may cause your throat muscles and tongue to relax If you are a snorer, there are several devices you can try to reduce your snoring.
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New Diabetes Drugs Won’t Raise Heart Attack Risk – But Also Won’t Reduce Risk As Hoped

Diabetes Rises Sharply in China, Touching ‘Alert’ Level

Study Says Pregnant Women Drinking Less

“While it is reassuring that evidence does not suggest (cardiovascular concerns), it is disappointing that none of these therapies provide CV benefit,” Dr. Sanjay Kaul, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles who co-wrote a commentary of the studies, said to the Wall Street Journal . The heart safety associated with these drugs, so-called “dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors (DPP-4),” had been largely unclear, according to the researchers. While the drug’s overall had safe profiles, one of the trials found an elevated risk of hospitalization for heart failure that may give some pause. The two safety studies involved a new class of drugs aimed at treating a chronic disease that as many as 26 million Americans may have, Type 2 diabetes . People with Type 2 diabetes either do not produce enough insulin to break down sugar (glucose) or the insulin that is present is ignored by cells.
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In the United States, about 11.3 percent of people over 20 have diabetes according to 2011 data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease was more prevalent in China than in the United States even though the population was thinner — average body mass index, a ratio of height and body weight, was just 23.7 in China compared to 28.7 in the United States. “The prevalence of diabetes has increased significantly in recent decades,” said the JAMA study. “These data suggest that diabetes may have reached an alert level in the Chinese general population, with the potential for a major epidemic of diabetes-related complications, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, and chronic kidney disease in China in the near future without an effective national intervention.” Only 30 percent of Chinese with diabetes were aware of their condition, it said. Further, about half of the population has high blood sugar, or a condition known as prediabetes, according to a nationally representative sample of Chinese adults.
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Juvenile Diabetes Cure Alliance Report: Major Diabetes Charities Failing to Report on Cure Progress

Each nonprofit was ranked in each category and given an overall STAR rating: JDRF was awarded two stars, the highest rating out of all four organizations. The organization fared best in the strategy, utilization and transparency categories. Accountability is lacking, however, as the JDRF fails to discuss goals or regularly review its research portfolio. The American Diabetes Association received 1.5 stars overall. The charitys annual reports do not thoroughly review research strategies and results and are not released within 90 days after the years end. Although donors prioritize cure research, nearly 60 percent of funds go toward information, awareness and advocacy.
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