Medical myths and misconseptions debunked

As much as we might wish them to be true some of the most common medical “cures” we’ve heard from Mom or an older family member have now been disproved by researchers from Indiana University as just medical myths.

An article appearing in the current issue of the British Medical Journal dispels half a dozen of the most often repeated winter related myths.

Both doctors and patients alike often accept these myths as true, and this brings the need to investigate these beliefs using the rigors of science.

A team from the Indiana University School of Medicine did an extensive review of medical literature as well as searching the internet to find any evidence for the most commonly held beliefs and discover the truth of the matter.

You Can Cure A Hangover
Drinking too much over the holidays, or any time of year, is thought to be cured by anything from aspirin or ibuprofen to bananas to drinking extra water.

Search the Internet, or talk with an older relative, and you’ll likely hear a few more oddball cures.

Sadly, the evidence doesn’t support any of these, despite the trials that have been done. Avoiding that hangover only comes from drinking in moderation, or not at all.

Eating Late Puts On Weight
Despite being told that you’ll put on weight if you eat late, this myth isn’t supported by the evidence.

A Swedish study found that obese women were more likely to eat at night, but their weight came from the fact that they also took in more calories overall.

Another study found that eating at night wasn’t an issue, but eating more than three meals a day or consuming more calories over the course of a day are the more likely culprits behind weight gain.

Sugar Leads To Hyperactivity
Parents can relax about the sugar in kids’ treats; research has shown it doesn’t cause hyperactive behavior.

At least a dozen randomized controlled trials looking at sugar levels and behavior didn’t find any difference because of higher sugar levels.

Parents also tend to rate their children as more hyper when thinking they had a sugar-laden drink, showing that belief is a big part of the picture.

Wearing Hats In the Cold
We’ve all been told that wearing a hat in the winter helps protect us from losing heat through our heads. Actually about 40-45% of heat is lost from the head, though a new study shows there’s nothing especially troublesome about losing heat from the head in the cold than any other part of the body.

Poinsettia Plants Are Toxic
They’re a staple of the holidays, and a beautiful addition, but many of us hold off on having one at home because of beliefs that the plants are toxic.

Research on rats couldn’t find a toxic level of the plant sap, and of the over 22,000 calls to poison control regarding the flowers in the U.S.; no one died or needed medical treatment.

These beautiful plants, while not the preferred snack for your pet, will deliver no more than a gastrointestinal upset, though you should try and keep plants out of reach if possible.

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Debunking Five Of The Medical Myths Of Winter… continued

Suicides Increase During The Holidays
It’s a stressful time highlighting family dysfunction or loneliness and there’s less sunlight during the day.

Still, there is no good evidence that supports a rise in suicide rates.

In fact the opposite is true, suicides around the world peak in warmer months and are lowest in the winter.There are many other medical myths that we all tend to believe, but as research progresses we will get information that points us in the direction of what really works.

The links between sleep and weight gain

Trying to get your urge to snack under control? You might want to work on getting more sleep as a recent study shows a link between sleep and weight gain.

Though they don’t seem connected, good sleep habits are one of the simplest, most natural things you can do to encourage your body to renew itself – so important to staying healthy.

The possible link between the amount of sleep we get and our snacking behavior has just been investigated by a new study out of the University of Chicago’s sleep research lab that appears in January’s edition of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The idea behind the work, led by Arlet Nedeltcheva, MD of the University of Chicago, was to see if cutting the amount of sleep affected the number of calories subjects would take in.

Eleven healthy participants in the study spent two weeks getting only 5½ hours of sleep each night… tough to be sure.

At least 3 months afterward they went back to the sleep lab and spent another two weeks sleeping for a more reasonable 8½ hours a night.

During both stays at the lab subjects were provided meals and unlimited access to snacks, and the team took note of everything they ate.

After sleeping only 5½ hours, subjects ate an average of 220 more calories from snacks, mostly carbs eaten at night, than they did when they got the more reasonable 8½ hours of sleep the night before.

But, as the subjects weren’t especially active when they weren’t sleeping, and were taking in more calories than they burned off they were living the very recipe for weight gain.

It’s true that sleep needs are incredibly unique for each of us and those needs change dramatically as we get older.

By adulthood our sleep needs have fallen to 7 to 8 hours a night, but far too many of us don’t get even that.

Long commutes. Late workdays. Jet lag or chronic pain. Activities and other commitments. In our got-to-be-everywhere world, it’s not surprising that estimates have Americans averaging less than 7 hours of sleep a night, an hour and a half under the amount our grandparents got a hundred years ago.

Not getting enough sleep leaves most of us irritable and feeling exhausted, as well as burdening us with impaired work performance, thinking skills and judgment.

Not surprisingly, an estimated 15 to 20% of auto accidents are caused by one of the participants falling asleep at the wheel.

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Want To Cut Down On Snacking? Get A Good Night’s Sleep… continued

Science is only now discovering that sleep depravation can have harmful effects on your health.

Even a modest amount of sleep loss causes metabolic, hormonal and immune system changes that might increase the risk of insulin resistance, weight gain and even diabetes.

Now, according to this latest work, lack of sleep also increases our urge to snack on the feel good foods that are full of calories, additives and other things we really don’t want to be putting into our bodies.

It’s important to understand that snacking isn’t all bad, but you need to forget salty chips and party mixes, bakery treats and other calorie laden treats.

Instead, when you think snack think healthy, sensible foods, as close to their natural state as possible as a nutritious pick me up that takes you from one meal to the next.

Next time you feel the urge to snack reach for some fruit, a handful of raw nuts or some dried fruit, and make sure that your getting sufficient sleep and weight gain is less of a risk.

Brain study shows that mature women master negative events quicker

New evidence published online in the January 2009 issue of the journal Psychological Science shows in a brain study that the brains of older women process negative images in a different way than do the brains of younger women.

This is a physical sign that the brain is able to learn to cope with life’s upsets as we age. Not news to most of the older women reading this.

Still it’s a shift from the idea that the brain goes into an inevitable decline as we age.

This new work supports the idea that the brain changes over time. As people learn new things, the brain does in fact rewire itself (a process often referred to as neuroplasticity), giving older people the advantage of practice.

The older brain has had more chance to rewire itself than younger brains have had.

In fact, researchers have long thought that the brains of older people deal with emotions differently. There seems to be a shift in bias so that positive emotions are processed more readily.

In this latest work, Roberto Cabeza, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University and his team put these theories to the test in 30 healthy female subjects – 15 women with an average age of 25, 15 women whose average age was 70.

Subjects were shown photos that had been selected to bring positive, neutral or negative responses.

The subjects were later tested to see which photos they recalled. MRI scans of the subjects’ brains were also conducted to measure the neural activity.

And while both older and younger women remembered negative images, the older women remembered fewer than did their younger counterparts.

The results “fit in with the theory that older adults are down-regulating or somehow suppressing a processing of negative information,” Cabeza says, maybe because the older subjects have been able to adapt to the demands of everyday life. “They may try to emphasize positive information and process less negative information.”

Why? Older people are facing lots of negatives in a society that’s unabashedly youth obsessed. Health may be less vibrant than when they were younger. Friends, relatives and spouses may be ailing or have died. Careers or children disappoint. Dreams have been challenged.

It may be only natural that as a result of dealing with all this, older people have learned to pay less attention to negative events… a sort of protective reaction to the self.

What’s the response to the study?

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How Women’s Brains Adjust To Cope With Life… continued

Paul Sanberg is a neuroscientists who is familiar with the research and is the director of the University of South Florida Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair, explains that our brains rewire themselves over time as you learn.

“Younger people aren’t experienced in the world, they haven’t seen as many negative things in their lives,” Sanberg explains. “They haven’t learned to cope with those things as much.”

Moving forward, further brain study and research could look at the difference between men and women in terms of brain changes. Perhaps studies of middle aged people would help identify just when the change start to happen.

Alzheimer’s prevention tip that we can all use.

As recently as 30 years ago, science could tell us little about Alzheimer’s disease, though we’ve since learned quite a bit.  However, there has been recent research that shines a new light on Alzheimer’s prevention.

Many scientists are working together trying to understand the genetic, biological and environmental factors of this disease.

Most recently Finnish and Swedish researchers found that middle-aged people who drink between 3 and 5 cups of coffee per day seem to reduce their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

However, drinking more than five cups per day showed no protective benefit.

Alzheimer’s, is an irreversible and progressive disease that destroys thinking and memory until even the ability to complete the simplest everyday tasks is gone.

In most cases symptoms first show up after age 60 and recent estimates have as many as 2.4 to 4.5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s.

It’s still not known what starts the Alzheimer’s process in motion, though experts know that the damage begins anything from 10 to 20 years before you see any symptoms.

Clearly there’s a complex series of events that happen over a long period of time. Genetics, environment and lifestyle factors (nutritious diet, exercise, social engagement, mental stimulation) are all thought to play a role.

The latest study is published in the current issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease involved interviews with over 1400 people over a twenty-year period.

The subjects were asked about their coffee drinking habits when in their 50s, then memory functions were tested when the subjects were between 65 and 79 years old.

A total of 61 had developed dementia, 48 of these had Alzheimer’s by the end of the research.

“There are perhaps one or two other studies that have shown that coffee can improve some memory functions (but) this is the first study directed at dementia and Alzheimer’s (and) in which the subjects are followed for such a long time,” Miia Kivipelto, a professor at the University of Kuopio in Finland and at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm explains.

When it comes to Alzheimer’s, there are tests that can be done to see how the memory changes over time, and an early diagnose can help with getting treatment started to help preserve as much cognitive ability as possible.

You can’t change the underlying deterioration process, but there are treatments to help preserve your function for months or years.

Plus you can plan, make living arrangements plus financial and legal decisions that you’d like to have control over before a condition like Alzheimer’s makes this impossible.

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Moderate Coffee Drinking Might Just Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease… continued

There are at present four medications approved by the U.S. food and Drug Administration, donepezil, rivastigmine and galantamine are used for mild to moderate forms; memantine is used in moderate to severe cases of Alzheimer’s.

All these medications work by regulating neurotransmitters and help to keep thinking, memory and conversation sharp. You should know that these drugs don’t stop the progression of the disease, but they do help to retain function for as long as possible.

Future work will try to uncover exactly what the protective elements are in the coffee.

These results showing the benefits of coffee came out just a day after another study published by researchers at Durham University showed a link between heavy coffee drinking more than five cups of coffee a day and hallucinations.

So, although coffee seems to be beneficial in moderation for Alzheimer’s prevention, it’s best not to overdo it.

Cut calories and your waistline with these tips

If you’re trying to get your weight under control,  just eat healthier or cut calories, you know there’s no magic pill or quick fix despite what you hear online or read in magazines.

But what the diet industry doesn’t want you to know is that eating healthy isn’t all that difficult.

Here are some very simple things you can do alone, or in combination, to help ensure your body is getting the nutritious foods it needs:

- Salad dressings have 25 to 30 grams of fat, which can increase your risk of heart disease and high cholesterol. Better to ask for the dressing on the side, and dip your salad into it instead.

- A tablespoon of mayonnaise or a slice of cheese on a sandwich can put an estimated 15 pounds a year onto your body. Go for mustard or hummus to add flavor instead.

- Limit sugar filled drinks like juices, water and soda, having three 16 ounce drinks a week adds up to 52 extra cups of sugar to your body per year.

- Watch for hidden sugars in products like breakfast cereal, fruit flavored yogurt, smoothies and even some spaghetti sauces.

- Cut out the fast food, even the healthier menu options are still loaded with salt and fat that is super dangerous for your health.

- Avoid frozen meals that might be convenient but are loaded with salt and trans fats. Watch for the words “partially hydrogenated” as a guide to identifying packaged foods to limit or avoid.

- Nuts are a great food to add to your diet if you’re trying to lose weight. They help you drop pounds; reduce your cholesterol and your risk of diabetes.

- Fiber fills you up with fewer calories, and decreases the risks of heart disease and diabetes. Look for whole grain brads, oatmeal, beans and low sugar cereals.

- Spices make things taste better, without calories, and they might help you drop more weight besides. Cayenne pepper is thought to boost metabolism, cinnamon and curry powder are believed to control blood sugar and have some cancer-fighting properties.

- Consider eating dark chocolate to help cut calories and satisfy your cravings for sweets. This chocolate is also loaded with heart healthy antioxidants called polyphenols.

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Common Sense Tips To Cut Calories (And Your Waistline)… contined

- Drink green tea as research shows that as few as three cups a day can boost metabolism and increase fat burning abilities. Coffee is okay in moderation; the caffeine does up your metabolism, but watch the extra calories in cream and sugar.

- Choose low fat proteins (chicken eggs, cottage cheese, tuna, Greek yogurt) that control hunger better than carbs or fats. Get small amounts through the day to make losing weight more manageable.

- Get a smaller size latte and skip the second alcoholic drink with dinner and you’ll save 250 calories a day… that’s 26 pounds a year.

- Start a meal with a high water food like soup or salad to help you fill up with fewer calories. Research shows that doing this can help you cut calories without even trying, but be sure to choose low salt soups without lots of heavy cream and go easy on the salad dressings and croutons.

By making these few changes you’ll be eating healthily, giving your body the nutrition it needs to stay healthy.

What’s more, eating well can only help your weight loss efforts, cut calories, having you feeling better, and more energized, than you have before.

Healthy eating tips that shed pounds quickly

Everyone thinks that healthy eating and having to cut calories means things not tasting so good. And that expectation just isn’t so! Check out these healthy eating tips.

Meals don’t have to be bland, tasteless affairs just because you’re trying to give your body better nutrition and less potentially harmful dietary additives.

Eating healthily is not all that difficult – here are some common sense guidelines you can use to get started on the road to healthier eating.

Lean cuts of meat are better for you… and taste great too.

Beef labeled as “loin”, “round” and “extra lean” are your best bets. Other choices considered lean by the Wisconsin Beef Council is cuts like top round, tenderloin or sirloin.

Removing fat by cooking ground beef then straining and rinsing it in hot water before returning to the pan is a smart way to make this cut leaner.

When it comes to cooking, roasting, baking, grilling, braising and broiling are the healthiest methods. You’ll also want to use non-stick pans and light, non-stick cooking sprays instead of oil or butter.

When it comes to chicken, you can turn something good for you into trouble if you choose fried patties, chicken fingers, nuggets or franks.

When cooking, use the methods mentioned for beef, broiling, roasting, baking or steaming and use non-stick pans with cooking spray, broth or wine.

Also good to know, is that dark meat has about twice the fat as white meat, and the skin of chicken is fattening and should be removed before or after cooking to keep the meal healthy.

Turkey is a staple of the holidays, and it’s great tasting meat. To reduce the fat, cook it without the stuffing inside, so fat isn’t absorbed. Stuffing can be made with the least amount of margarine or butter possible.

As you make gravy, skim the mixture with a gravy separator and serve warm. At the table, choose white meat over dark, and leave the drumsticks to the kids.

No matter what meat is the center of your meal, remember to be attentive to portion size. By cutting what you’d normally eat in half… you’ll eliminate those calories from your diet.

When eating out, ask for a take out container when you order, then split your meal right when it arrives.

Eat what you have on your plate slowly, pausing to enjoy the experience… the conversation, the people, the atmosphere, the game on TV.

It takes about 20 minutes of eating before you’ll start to feel full… knowing this you can spend some of those minutes eating more fruits and fiber though. You’ll be eating healthy, and keeping calories under control too.

Preparing side dishes that are delicious and nutritious.

When it comes to vegetables, steaming or boiling instead of having them as part of heavy casseroles or cheese-based combinations will always be healthier.

Cooking with steam or water doesn’t add fat, plus there are options like lemon juice, herbs or vinegar to add flavor.

If you decide to sauté veggies instead, use as little oil as you can, try broth or flavored vinegar instead.

It’s a good idea to choose delicious veggies, in a variety of colors, as seconds if you’re still hungry. Healthy foods tend to take longer to chew and digest – plus they help you feel fuller longer. You end up taking in fewer calories and fat, but more fiber.

White breads, though delicious and familiar, are high in refined sugar and give you more calories than healthy grains. Whole grains are always the healthiest choices.

Try whole grain bread in stuffings, wild rice instead of white rice, whole grain rolls with dinner or bread for sandwiches. If you can’t switch totally from white breads, try to include as many whole grains as you can in your diet… some is better than none.

And now for a delicious dessert…

This is where nearly everyone loses his or her good intentions. Treats that are part of celebrations and that we love. The good news is that to eat healthier doesn’t mean never enjoying sweets again.

What it does mean is controlling how much you eat, and finding ways to make the things you love with less fat and calories, without sacrificing the taste.

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Make Healthier Meals With These Simple Tips… continued

Some of the most well known suggestions include

- Using powdered milk instead of the liquid variety. Evaporated skim milk can also replace cream or milk in recipes, without sacrificing the rich taste. Replacing milk with an equal part of water is another calorie and fat reducing option to try

- When baking, substitute 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder for 1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate

- Substitute half the oil with an equal amount of unsweetened applesauce

- Pie crusts of crushed graham crackers are a healthy alternative to traditional crusts

- Replace 1 egg with 2 egg whites or ¼ egg substitute

You might consider fruit based choices like fruit cocktail, a fresh piece of fruit or yogurt parfait equally tasty options able to satisfy any sweet tooth. You might actually find that the fruit type deserts are more refreshing than heavier sweets.

If you need to make an ice cream based dessert for guests or the kids, choose reduced or nonfat frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. The taste is virtually the same and once the toppings are added, no one will be able to tell the difference.

Instead of chocolate syrup, you might make a sundae with an all fruit spread instead. Even if you do go with the chocolate or caramel, finishing the desert off with reduced calorie whipped topping will satisfy any sweet tooth quite nicely.Follow some of these simple healthy eating tips and you’ll cut calories and reduce your waistline in time for summer.

Simple treatment for colds and cold prevention

New sleep related research suggests that sleeping 7 hours (at least) at night offers one of the best, most natural ways to keep yourself from getting a cold.  Now how’s that for a simple treament for colds?

It’s often been thought that lack of sleep increases your chances of coming down with a cold, but until now there hasn’t been any scientific evidence to back up the claim.

Sleep needs vary greatly from person to person and change dramatically as we get older.

Newborns, though sleep deprived parents might disagree, sleep an average of 16 to 18 hours a day (just unfortunately not all at once!), preschoolers between 10 to 12 hours a night.

School-aged children and teens need 9 (or more) hours of sleep a night.

By the time we reach adulthood our sleep needs have fallen to 7 to 8 hours, and continue to decrease as we age.

The research appears in a January 2009 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, and finds that those who sleep less than 7 hours a night are three times more likely to catch a cold as those who sleep at least 8 (or more) hours a night.

The study involved 153 healthy subjects, aged 21-55, with each participant keeping track of their sleeping habits for two weeks.

The men and women also wrote down how well they slept, if they felt rested, and the length of time they’d slept. Average scores were calculated for the testing period.

At the end of the 14 days, the subjects were quarantined, exposed to the most common cold causing virus and monitored for five days for signs of a cold.

What turned out to be most predictive of the cold was the amount of sleep the subjects got at night. Subjects who spent 92% of their time in bed asleep were five times more likely to get the cold than those who spent 98% of their time in bed asleep.

Surprisingly, the feeling of being rested wasn’t a factor in whether the subjects ended up with the cold, and this suggests to the research team that sleep may indeed play a causal role in how susceptible you are to a cold. Poorer sleep, and shorter sleep periods seem to lower resistance to this all too common illness.

What’s more, deprive yourself of sleep and you’ll suffer in terms of:

- Performance – sleep helps you think clearly, react quickly and create memory pathways in the brain needed for learning and remembering. Research bears this out.

- Mood – sleep helps you keep irritability and depression in check, for young kids and teens lack of sleep makes mood control all the harder.

- Health - lack of regular sleep ups your risk of having high blood pressure, heart disease and other medical conditions. Plus, during sleep the body produces valuable hormones that are needed to help in growth, energy use and fighting infections.

Another important factor in determining your own particular sleep pattern is your “biological clock”, a bundle of brain cells that respond to light from the eyes and help you wake up.

This clock causes us to naturally feel drowsy from midnight to 7:00 am, and again in the mid afternoon between 1:00 and 4:00 pm.

To help yourself get the best, most restorative sleep possible, you should eat a healthy, balanced diet, get regular exercise and practice good sleep habits. By doing all you can to ensure your body gets the rest it needs, you’ll amaze yourself (and everyone you know) by how few colds you end up getting.

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A Good Night’s Sleep Might Just Prevent That Cold… continued

Tips for getting a good nights sleep:

- Go to bed and get up at a regular bedtime every day, even on weekends or when you’re on vacation. This helps to regulate your internal body clock and educate it when it should be sleeping and when it needs to be awake.

- Avoid caffeine, nicotine, chocolate, sugar and alcohol as much as possible, especially in the hours leading up to bedtime.

- Resist the temptation, no matter how tired you are, to take long naps during the day. Having a rest or a 10 minute ‘power’ nap is ok, but make sure you don’t oversleep.

- Don’t eat large meals in the 3 hours before your established bedtime, and try to limit your fluids from late afternoon to avoid nighttime trips to the bathroom if this is an issue for you.

- Don’t watch the news, or engage in any stimulating or stressful activity within an hour of your bedtime.

- Use relaxation techniques like deep breathing, progressive relaxation or guided imagery to quiet your mind.

- Wind down with a warm shower or bath, or with a warm, non-caffeinated beverage while listening to relaxing music.So, if you’re in danger of catching a the bug, rember this simple  treatment for colds and make sure that you’re getting enough sleep.

What Causes Yawning – The Real Reason Why People Yawn

Though the average one lasts only six seconds, and raises your heart rate by as much as 30%, yawning is still a phenomenon full of mystery often leaving researchers wondering what causes yawning and why people yawn when they do.

Surprisingly all vertebrates yawn… but why do we yawn? Why do we sometimes yawn uncontrollably? Is there more behind yawning than boredom or a long day?

New research seeks to answer some of these questions, and has led a team of researchers from Binghamton University to conclude that yawning may be linked to brain temperature; developed as a way to “cool” the brain.

This would explain why tired people often yawn, since fatigue and sleep depravation increase deep brain temperature.

Yawning also seems to be part of a transitional state for the brain, as in the periods just before sleep and just after waking. Conditions like multiple sclerosis (involving thermoregulatory dysfunction), migraines and epileptic seizures often involve bouts of excessive yawning.

The researchers suggest that we think of the brain as a computer, and point out that complex machines like these operate most efficiently when kept cool. Without a fan a computer would soon overheat and grind to a halt.

This heating creates the need for a physical process to help to bring down the temperature in the brain and so the true purpose for the misunderstood yawn reveals itself.

The team of researchers analyzed yawning in parakeets, representative vertebrates that have big brains, live in the wild where temperature swings are common and, most critical of all, are not prone to contagious yawning as people are.

Contagious yawning is believed to be a mechanism that may have evolved to keep groups of people alert and vigilant against danger. In fact, an estimated 55% of people will yawn within five minutes of seeing someone else yawn.

This may be more than just being suggestibility. Studies show that contagious yawning might also be related to a predisposition toward empathy; trying to understand an connect with others.

We see someone yawn, we yawn in sympathy to show in a clear, nonverbal way that we understand.

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New Research: Yawning May Help Cool Off Our Brains… continued

So, if you’re one of those people who yawns when they see someone else do it you can take this as a sign of how much empathy you feel for those around you.

And speaking of empathy it’s hard to put aside feeling for the poor parakeets in the study – exposed to three different conditions — increasing temperatures, high temperature and a moderate control temperature.

The frequency of yawns more than doubled under the temperature increase. Experts believe that the yawning in birds, just as it may in people, acts like a radiator, cooling the brain and body.

Earlier work has shown that yawning delivers a jolt of energy. Just think about what you do when you yawn, open wide and inhale a great gulp of air. Your heart rate increases to deliver the oxygen rich blood to all body systems including the brain.

If you still doubt the energizing effect of the yawn, think about what you do first thing in the morning. Or watch Olympic athletes yawn as they prepare for events where a heightened state of arousal and top physical condition are key to winning.

This very unique research into what causes yawning appears in the January 2009 of the journal Animal Behavior.

Preventing Osteoporosis With Age – Follow This osteoporosis diet.

A new study finds that boosting alkali levels by eating a diet rich in fruits and veggies (or taking a supplement) can strengthen the bones of healthy older adults and so be an aid to preventing osteoporosis.

As you age, your genetics, what you eat and other lifestyle factors will contribute to your bone density and lead to any potential loss.

At first calcium and vitamin D earned all the attention in terms of preventing bone loss, only now has the acid/base balance of the diet been considered as part of the bone health picture.

The average American diet causes a pH imbalance in the body. The cereal grains and proteins and phosphoric acid (what’s in soda) we eat metabolize into acid like compounds that have been linked to the loss of bone minerals.

What’s more, as we age it gets harder to excrete acid from the body…

This is where the body steps in to try and fix things using a process known as bone reabsorption. This causes bones to be broken down to release vital minerals like calcium, phosphates and alkaline (basic) salts into the blood.

Research has shown that a diet high in alkaline substances like fruits and vegetables, once metabolized adds bicarbonate to the body that help in preventing bone loss.

Bicarbonate is a simple alkaline mineral that can easily be given in supplement form… a well-tolerated option, as the changes in diet needed are not always palatable to most people. Especially older adults who have well established eating patterns.

The most recent study, supported by grants from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and other U.S. agencies, included 171 healthy subjects over age 50.

The men and women were randomly assigned to be given a placebo, or doses of potassium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate or potassium chloride for a period of three months.

Subjects were also given 600 mg of calcium and 525 international units of vitamin D daily as well as multivitamins.

“In this study, we demonstrated that adding alkali in pill form reduced bone resorption and reduced the losses of calcium in the urine over a three month period. This intervention warrants further investigation as a safe and well tolerated supplement to reduce bone loss and fracture risk in older men and women,” lead author Dr. Bess Dawson-Hughes, of Boston’s Tufts University School of Medicine reported in an Endocrine Society news release.

The study appears in the January 2008 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Avoid the Risk of Weak Bones in Later Life… continued

The results show that the bicarbonate affected the outcome, though potassium didn’t.

Bicarbonate had a favorable effect on both bone resorption and calcium excretion. This suggests that increasing the alkali content, whether by eating more fruits and veggies or supplementing may be helpful in preventing bone loss in otherwise healthy older adults.

Casting an eye to the acid/base mix of the diet might be a smart move, especially if you’re worried about bone loss.

The researchers write, “Reducing the rate of bone resorption in older adults to levels observed in healthy young adults is desirable because lower turnover rates have been associated with reduced rates of bone loss and lower fracture rates.”

Translate to recovering the bone health of your younger days is as easy as upping the fruits and veggies you’re eating, and could make the difference between brittle bones and preventing osteoporosis.

Top Cancer Myths That Might Just Kill

You’d think by now, with all the studies, events and public service announcements, we’d be a lot more cancer savvy and know the truth about cancer… yet sadly Americans still hold onto some cancer myths and incorrect beliefs that put them at higher risk for the disease.

A nationwide telephone survey conducted by the American Cancer Society in 2007 tells us that a good number of people aren’t up on all the latest information… holding some potentially dangerous misconceptions.

What’s worse, is that the populations most at risk seem to be the ones most misinformed. Staying cancer free depends, in part, on an accurate assessment of the known, proven risk factors… so you can see why experts are worried.

To test the public’s cancer knowledge, lead researcher Kevin Stein, PhD and his team made up 12 fake or unsubstantiated claims about the risks of cancer and conducted a telephone survey of about one thousand American adults to ask if they believed the statements to be true, false or didn’t know.

The statements used concerned unlikely cancer prevention tips and risk factors — think of the subjects of many of the emails your well intentions but junk mail loving friends and family send you every day.

The good news is that more than two thirds of the survey participants knew that seven out of the twelve statements were false.

Five of the twelve statements were thought to be true by over 25% or respondents.

The results of this latest survey appear in the September 2007 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Cancer. Here are the top five misconceptions used as part of the ACS research…

Myth 1) The risk from dying of cancer in the U.S. is increasing — thanks to screening and treatment; the five-year survival rate for all types of cancer has been climbing for the last 30 years. 68% of respondents believed this to be true; it’s false.

Myth 2) Living in a polluted city is a greater risk for lung cancer than smoking — while there is some data showing an up to 12% increased risk of dying from lung cancer in urban areas, the strongest data still ties lung cancer to smoking. And yet nearly 39% of survey respondents thought pollution is more cancer causing than smoking.

Myth 3) Some injuries can cause cancer later in life — cancers have mostly been traced to a progression of genetic changes that have nothing to do with a physical injury to the body.

Myth 4) Electronic devices, like cell phones, can cause cancer in people who use them — there is no scientific evidence to prove (or disprove for that matter) any relationship between our cell phones and brain cancer. The National Cancer Institute is working on research. About three in ten (29.7% to be exact) believed this to be true.

Myth 5) What someone does as a young adult has little effect on their chance of getting cancer later in life — many common cancers, like skin and lung cancer, are associated with behaviors from when you were too young to know better.

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Cancer Misconceptions That Might Just Kill… continued

Some of the other misconceptions used involved underwire bras increasing breast cancer risk (an urban legend popularized by the internet, and identified as true by 6.2% of respondents) as well as statements about commercial tanning offering protection (it doesn’t, though 6.2% thought it did) against skin damage from the sun.

What’s more, the ACS survey found that the two statements most often thought to be true were unanimously identified as false by ten epidemiologists who were given the same survey.

The researchers also noticed other associations as part of the survey — most notably that men were more likely to believe the erroneous statements were true than women; giving some credence to the idea that men are less attentive to their health and less likely to seek medical help.

And while beliefs, correct or not, aren’t the most influential thing in determining your cancer risk, they could still steer you in the wrong direction, keeping you from taking on the healthy attitudes and behaviors that will serve you best in the years to come.

Hopefully the American Cancer Society can use the information from the survey to create more targeted information on cancer risk  in the future, dispel the cancer myths and give everyone the knowledge to know the truth about cancer.