Health/Wellness Expert

Health and Wellness Expert Kathryn Raaker

This page will become a new Blog and Expert Page for Health and Wellness for Kathryn and Guests on her TV and Radio Shows Jay Young formerly of Day Break will be joining us from time to time as our guest.

The First Article is on New uses for Botox

What is the newest treatments for TMJ From the American Academy of Facial Esthetics Trained Physicians, Dentists and Nurse.

Last Saturday I went to see my Dentist and our Sponsor Dr. James Butler, DMD and he explained what is new in Dentistry for TMJ Patients and why it can help patients that have TMJ here is an article about it. 

BOTOX® Treatment for Jaw Tension and TMJ

BOTOX® is used as an alternative treatment for TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) disorders and associated jaw tension and pain. When injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, BOTOX® relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many patients. The injections often eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding, and, in cases of severe stress, BOTOX® can even minimize lock jaw. Although BOTOX® treatment for these conditions is presently experimental; evidence indicates that it can be extremely effective.

How Does BOTOX® Treat Jaw Tension and TMJ Disorder?

Located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull, the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other everyday activities. If this joint becomes displaced or is overworked through excessive teeth grinding, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as sharp pain in the jaw. BOTOX® relieves jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.
The BOTOX® alternative treatment for TMJ disorders and jaw tension is usually quick, straightforward, and effective. A non-surgical procedure, BOTOX® injections are administered in a doctor’s office and treatment requires no hospital stay. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within one or two days of their first treatment, although relief can take up to a week.

Areas Affected by TMJ Botox Therapy

Only the areas injected with Botox will be “relaxed.” Botox treatment for TMJ therapy will not affect anywhere else in your body. The injections are mainly in the temporalis, frontalis and masseter (see picture below) additional sites may be injected with Botox depending on the severity of the headaches.

September 15, 2014

Cravings. Such a dirty word when you’re trying to lose weight or keep it off. No matter what your “I-want-it-now” food is — pizza, burgers, ice cream, cupcakes — you probably wrestle with what you want to do (eat it now!) with what you “should” do (go eat veggies). Unfortunately, it’s true that many of our daily habits actually make cravings more intense and frequent, making healthy decisions harder. That doesn’t mean you can’t do something about it. Learn the 10 biggest mistakes that make cravings even worse to get yours under control.


September 8, 2014- An Article from the Huntington Post

Our brains get smaller as we get older, a new study shows that the amount of sleep we get or not — could affect how fast they shrink, particularly in people over 60 years old.

“We found that sleep difficulties (for example, trouble falling asleep, waking up during the night, or waking up too early) were associated with an increased rate of decline in brain volume over 3 [to] 5 years,” lead researcher Claire Sexton, DPhil, with the University of Oxford, wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. “Many factors have previously been linked with the rate of change in brain volume over time — including physical activity, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Our study indicates that sleep is also an important factor.”

The study, published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, is an associative one, which means it doesn’t show whether sleep causes rapid brain shrinkage or if a rapidly shrinking brain results in poorer sleep. Still, Sexton said future research based on her findings could encourage people to take their sleep schedule more seriously.

“In [the] future, we would like to investigate whether improving sleep can help slow decline in brain volume,” wrote Sexton. “If so, this could be an important way to improve brain health.”

For the study, Sexton evaluated 147 adults between 20 and 84 years old. They all underwent two MRI brain scans an average of 3.5 years apart. They also answered a survey about their sleep quality.

Among the participants, 35 percent had poor sleep quality (which considers factors like how long it takes to fall asleep at night or sleeping pill use, among other things). Sexton found that their brain scans showed a more rapid decrease in the frontal, temporal and parietal parts of the brain.

The frontal lobe regulates decision-making, emotions and movement, while the parietal lobe is where letters and words combine into thoughts, according to the National Institutes of Health. Meanwhile, the temporal lobe is associated with memory and learning.

Sexton’s research echoes other recent studies on sleep and the aging brain. A study from a group of scientists from Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore was published last July that found people who slept fewer hours had brains that aged faster than the controls (in this study, it was demonstrated with brain ventricle enlargement, which is a marker for cognitive decline). Another study, from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in New York, found that the decline of a certain cluster of neurons was associated with higher rates of disrupted sleep in adults over 65. The effect was even more pronounced in study participants with Alzheimer’s disease.

Louis Ptacek, M.D., a neurology professor and sleep expert at UC San Francisco, praised Sexton’s “reasonable” and “sound” study for controlling for factors like BMI and physical activity, which are known to affect sleep habits. But he also said the study’s findings, while interesting, are not surprising.

“We know, for example, that in many neurodegenerative diseases, you get all kinds of sleep problems,” Ptacek told HuffPost. “It’s not 100 percent uniform, but we know that Alzheimer’s patients, dementia patients and Parkinson’s patients all have different kinds of sleep phenotypes.”

It’s not surprising that bad sleep is associated with decreased size or increased atrophy in different parts of the brain — “in fact, I would have predicted that,” Ptacek said. “But of course, these investigators did the study and proved it.”

Ptacek hopes that as more research on the importance of sleep emerges, the public will begin to prioritize sleep seriously as another aspect of health, as opposed to thinking of it as an inconvenience or something to shortchange. We still have a long way to go, both in recognizing how vital sleep is to well-being and in funding more research on the mechanisms of sleep, he said.

“We all spend a third of our lives doing it, and yet, the understanding of the importance of good quality sleep to our health is sort of where tobacco and smoking was 40 years ago,” said Ptacek. ” We know almost nothing about sleep at a basic mechanistic level: What is sleep really, and why do we do it?”


September 1, 2014 

What is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism, also called underactive thyroid disease, is a common disorder. With hypothyroidism, your thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone.

The thyroid gland is located in the front lower part of your neck. Hormones released by the gland travel through your bloodstream and affect nearly every part of your body, from your heart and brain, to your muscles and skin.

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. “Thyroiditis” is an inflammation of the thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder. With Hashimoto’s, your body produces antibodies that attack and destroy the thyroid gland. Thyroiditis may also be caused by a viral infection.

Other causes of hypothyroidism include:

Radiation therapy to the neck area. Treating certain cancers, such as lymphoma, requires radiation to the neck. Radiation damages the cells in the thyroid. This makes it more difficult for the gland to produce hormone.

Radioactive iodine treatment. This treatment is commonly prescribed to people who have an overactive thyroid gland, a condition known as hyperthyroidism. However, radiation destroys the cells in the thyroid gland. This usually leads to hypothyroidism.

Use of certain medications. Certain medicines to treat heart problems, psychiatric conditions, and cancer can sometimes affect the production of thyroid hormone. These include amiodarone (Cordarone),lithiuminterferon alpha, and interleukin-2.

Thyroid surgery. Surgery to remove the thyroid will lead to hypothyroidism. If only part of the thyroid is removed, the remaining gland may still be able to produce enough hormone for the body’s needs.

Too little iodine in the diet. The thyroid needs iodine to produce thyroid hormone. Your body doesn’t make iodine, so you need to get it through your diet. Iodized table salt is rich in iodine. Other food sources of iodine include shellfish, saltwater fish, eggs, dairy products, and seaweed. Iodine deficiency is rare in the U.S.

Pregnancy. The reason isn’t clear, but sometimes, inflammation of the thyroid occurs after pregnancy. This is called postpartum thyroiditis. Women with this condition usually have a severe increase in thyroid hormone levels followed by a sharp drop in thyroid hormone production. Most women with postpartum thyroiditis will regain their normal thyroid function.

Problems with the thyroid at birth. Some babies may be born with a thyroid gland that did not develop correctly or does not work properly. This type of hypothyroidism is called congenital hypothyroidism. Most hospitals in the U.S. screen babies at birth for this disease.


August 25, 2014

Cataracts- How and who do they effect?

Signs and symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Clouded, blurred or dim vision
  • Increasing difficulty with vision at night
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Seeing “halos” around lights
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
  • Fading or yellowing of colors
  • Double vision in a single eye

At first, the cloudiness in your vision caused by a cataract may affect only a small part of the eye’s lens and you may be unaware of any vision loss. As the cataract grows larger, it clouds more of your lens and distorts the light passing through the lens. This may lead to signs and symptoms you’re more likely to notice.

When to see a doctor

Make an appointment for an eye exam if you notice any changes in your vision. If you develop sudden vision changes, such as double vision or blurriness, see your doctor right away.


August 18, 2014

How to incorporate Yoga and or  Pilates to help you relax during a stress filled day at work or home.

For Stress Yoga and Meditation  is something you can incorporate into your day, but don’t know where to start? Let me give you my tips. I love yoga and Pilates the most relaxing form of exercise.  I recognize that many of us if you are working at home or in an office  don’t have the luxury of drop-in yoga instructors. Not to worry — you can still practice yoga around  your virtual office,or real office  even without an regular  class.

I found some yoga and pilate moves  that have helped me with stress and helped me get through the day. You can find a room or area to hide and put your  legs up on the wall for a quick inversion, you can find a way to do yoga in your office.

Find an empty room. Go in there and stretch or meditate once every day. It doesn’t matter how long you have, and I’m not expecting you to do a full yoga class in the janitor’s closet. Take even just one minute to be alone and do something to get your blood flowing and your mind clear.

Learn mudras. Mudras are yogic hand gestures that have many benefits. You can do one under your desk and nobody will know! I love the book, Mudras: Yoga in your Hands, by Girtrud Hirsh. In it, she describes the popular mudra, Jnana mudra: “Place the tip of the thumb on your index finger tip and extend your other fingers. Lay your hand on your thigh in a relaxed way. Do this with each hand.” (Mudras, 139)

Legs up. If you have your own private office, or access to a private space in the office, try lying on your back on the ground with your legs up the wall.

Consider a break away from the office. See if your boss might consider a small change in your work schedule so you have time to get to the gym, yoga studio or wherever your place of interest is. Take it from me  “de-stress at your desk” program, a foolproof system is the best for employees to learn effective stress management.

A regular yoga and meditation practice has an enormous impact on your health. You spend a great deal of your day in the workplace, for some of my clients, the office is the only place where they exercise or practice yoga! If bringing a yoga instructor into the office is not a possibility in your workplace, try my tips and get the next best thing. So start de -stressing.


August 11, 2014

Protect Yourself With Healthy Habits

Healthy habits prevent germs and infectious diseases from spreading. Learn, practice, and teach healthy habits.


#1 Handle & Prepare Food Safely

Food can carry germs. Wash hands, utensils, and surfaces often when preparing any food, especially raw meat. Always wash fruits and vegetables. Cook and keep foods at proper temperatures. Don’t leave food out – refrigerate promptly.


#2 Wash Hands Often

Learn how, when, and why to wash your hands.  

#3 Clean & Disinfect Commonly Used Surfaces

Germs can live on surfaces. Cleaning with soap and water is usually enough. However, you should disinfect your bathroom and kitchen regularly. Disinfect other areas if someone in the house is ill. You can use an EPA certified disinfectant (look for the EPA registration number on the label), bleach solution, or rubbing alcohol.


#4 Cough & Sneeze Into Your Sleeve

Learn how and when to cover your cough and sneeze.


#5 Don’t Share Personal Items

Avoid sharing personal items that can’t be disinfected, like toothbrushes and razors, or sharing towels between washes. Needles should never be shared, should only be used once, and then thrown away properly.

#6 Get Vaccinated –Vaccines can prevent many infectious diseases. You should get some vaccinations in childhood, some as anadult, and some for special situations like pregnancy and travel. Make sure you and your family are up-to-date on your vaccinations. If your regular doctor does not offer the vaccine you need, visit the Adult Immunization and Travel Clinic.

#7 Avoid Touching Wild Animals

You and your pets should avoid touching wild animals which can carry germs that cause infectious diseases. If you are bitten, talk to your doctor. Make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date.

#8 Stay Home When Sick

Download the Infectious Disease Prevention Brochure.

Infectious Disease Emergency Kit

Add the items listed below to your emergency kit so you can be ready for an infectious disease emergency.

Hygiene and Home Care
  • First aid kit
  • Critical papers including lists of medical conditions, medicines, allergies
  • Thermometer (non-mercury)
  • Tissues
  • Soap
  • Hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content)
  • Bleach (unscented)
  • Face masks (that cover nose and mouth)
  • Gloves
  • Plastic bags for discarding contaminated items

Food and Water

  • 1-2 month supply of non-perishable food
  • 1 week supply of water



  • 1-2 month supply of prescription medicines
  • 2 month supply of fever medicines (e.g., ibuprofen, acetaminophen)

August 4, 2014

July 28, 2014

How Pets help to Keep Us Healthy

How to keep the doctor away instead of the phrase an apple a day may or may not actually keep the doctor away, but what about an animal a day? Now, that’s a different story. In fact, when it comes to pet ownership, there are a number of proven health benefits for people, including physical, mental and emotional improvements, from enhancing social skills to decreasing a person’s risk of heart attack. Keep reading to find out five reasons to open your home to a furry friend, and why doing so might be just what the doctor ordered.

 Breathe Easier-If the idea of cuddling with a pet to help ward off allergies seems a little backwards to you, the following may come as a surprise: University of Wisconsin-Madison pediatrician James E. Gern has conducted a number of studies that demonstrate having a pet in the home can actually lower a child’s likelihood of developing related allergies by as much as 33 percent. In fact, his research — as published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology — shows that children exposed early on to animals tend to develop stronger immune systems overall.

Meet and Greet -One of the fringe benefits of taking on the responsibility of pet ownership is that animals can be an instant icebreaker, whether they’re with you or you’re just using them as a topic of conversation.  You can stay very fit with your dog by:

Jogging, Running, Biking, Hiking, Doga (i.e.Yoga for Dogs)

Agility Training (Obstacle course-based dog sport)Get Moving  -Need a little motivation in the exercise department? Dogs can act as the perfect personal trainer, if only because most of them need to be walked several times a day. According to studies like those conducted by the Wellness Institute at Northwest Memorial Hospital, as long as you’re the one holding the leash, you’ll reap the rewards, which can include losing — or at least maintaining — weight. Research conducted by the National Institute of Health also supports this claim — including one study of more than 2,000 adults, which found that dog owners responsible for walking their pups are less likely to be obese than dog owners who pass the duty off to someone else or those who don’t own dogs at all.

Help keep your mood  Up -Pets are a great way to beat the blues. Not only are they known to they offer unconditional love, but they may also give their owners a sense of purpose, which can be crucial for those feeling down in the dumps. Pets also combat feelings of loneliness by providing companionship, which can boost your overall mood and even bring you feelings of joy and happiness. This is particularly apparent among groups — including the sick and elderly — who may be on the receiving end of Animal-assisted Therapy (AAT) or Pet-facilitated Therapy (PFT). Many hospitals and nursing homes use these types of programs on a regular basis.


July 21, 2014

Sunscreen Benefits: 5 Reasons You Should Always Wear It

What straight-up advice (or words of caution) can you offer people who never wear sunscreen?You will regret not having worn sunscreen when you look at your skin compared to friends and family who have worn daily sunscreen 20 years from now.

The top five reasons you believe everyone should wear sunscreen?

1. The ozone layer is depleting and your body needs shielding from harmful rays.

2. Skin cancer rates are on the rise and sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer.

3. It helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations.

4. It also helps to reduce the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness.

5. It slows down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin.

What about the need for obtaining vitamin D via the sun?Most people can fulfill their vitamin D requirements of 600 IU or 15mcg per day with normal daily outdoor activities amounting to five to 30 minutes twice per week. Equally, a healthy vitamin D rich diet of fish, milk, dairy, liver, eggs and vitamin D supplementation provides daily requirements. Prolonged sun exposure gives no extra production of necessary vitamin D, and it exposes the skin to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation which includes development of skin cancers and photodamage.

There are medications that increase risks of sun burns and damage. How is this?There are many medications which may make the skin extra susceptible to sun. These include anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular and acne medications. Oral medications Doxycycline and Minocycline used in the treatment of acne may cause skin problems when exposed to direct and prolonged UV. Isotretinoin, popularly called Accutane, is a vitamin A derived medication which may make your skin burn easily. Topical acne products, such as vitamin A derived tretinoin and benzoyl peroxide, may make certain skin types burn easier through photosensitization and irritation, respectively.

Are there any natural sunscreen alternatives that don’t leave behind a garish white film from the zinc oxide? Yes, the newest kids on the sunscreen block are tinted mineralized zinc and titanium oxide formulations which bronze the skin or can be matched to skin color. (Ed. note:MDSolarSciences and EltaMD are two brands that have tinted natural sunscreens.)

What is your expert take on spray-on sunscreens? Love them! Spray-on sunscreen has an important role in the sun defense arsenal. I specifically like it for the outdoor enthusiast, who needs to reapply every two hours daytime sunlight, and also for people who don’t like the feel of lotion on their hands. I counsel these two groups of patients to use a lotion to exposed sites, then in two hours, reapply with sunscreen spray.

Is there harm in using expired sunscreen? Expired sunscreen has literally fallen apart, so the formulation no longer works as a sun protectant. You get zero sun protection. In addition, you may experience changes in the color and consistency of the product. Skin irritation may occur from an expired product.

Protect your hair, feet and everything in between from the UV rays


July 14, 2014

ten-minute-workouts_377x30010 Minute Workouts to Stay Healthy and Happy

Short on time? Hate the gym? Too tired to exercise after work? These 10-minute workouts are just what you need.

These equipment-free fitness routines are great to do at home and short enough for you to easily fit them into                                                              your daily schedule.

There are six workouts, one for every day of the week if you include a rest day, each working on a different area of your fitness.

Try to do one of these routines daily to improve your general health and strengthen and tone different muscle groups.

The workouts can also be bolted on to your regular workout sessions if you want to tone your abs, legs, triceps or buttocks.

July 7, 2014

Topic Health and Wellness -Hair Loss 

Everyone loses some hair every day. Losing up to 100 hairs a day is normal. But if hair loss runs in your family, you could lose a lot more hair. With this kind of hair loss, you may end up with bald spots if you are a man. If you are a woman, you may find that the hair on the top of your head is slowly thinning. About half of all people have this type of hair loss by around age 50.

Although hair loss is fairly common, it can be a tough thing to live with, especially when it changes how you look. But there are ways you can treat your hair loss.

Common causes of hair loss include:

  • Family history. In most cases, hair loss is inherited, which means it’s passed down from one or both of your parents. This is called male-pattern or female-pattern hair loss.
  • Stress, including physical stress from surgery, illness, or high fever.
  • Chemotherapy, which is powerful medicine that destroys cancer cells.
  • Damage to your hair from pulling it back too tightly, wearing tight braids or ponytails, or using curling irons or dyes.
  • Age. You grow less hair as you get older. Hair also gets thinner and tends to break more easily as you age.
  • Poor diet, especially not getting enough protein or iron.
  • Thyroid diseases, such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
  • Ringworm of the scalp, which is common in children.

Your symptoms will depend on what kind of hair loss you have. If your hair is thinning, it happens slowly over time, so you may not notice the hairs falling out. If your hair is shedding, then clumps of hair fall out. You may lose hair all over your scalp, which is called general hair loss. Or you may lose hair only in one area, which is called focal hair loss. With inherited hair loss , men usually get bald spots around the forehead or on the top of the head, while women have some thinning all over the scalp, but mostly on the top of the head.

Since your hair has a lot to do with your appearance, losing it may cause you to have lower self-esteem if you don’t like how you look. This is especially true in women and teens. Your doctor will ask you some questions, like how much hair you’re losing, when it started, and whether your parents have hair loss. He or she will look closely at your scalp and hair loss pattern and may gently pull out a few hairs for tests. If it’s not clear what’s causing you to lose your hair, your doctor may do a blood test or look at a sample of your hair or scalp with a microscope.

Tips to help with Hair Loss:

Boost Thin Hair With Silicone –Thin, lifeless hair is a common complaint, yet few women know the best remedy. Heavy conditioners will  just leave your hair limp. A better bet is to use products with silicone, such as dimethicone or cyclomethicone. These coat the strands with a thin film, creating fuller hair that doesn’t look greasy. The silicone stays put even after you rinse.

Eat Fish and Nuts for Healthy Hair –The same nutritious foods that are good for your body promote stronger, healthier hair. Load up on salmon and nuts! Their protein and omega-3 fats help create a healthier scalp. Leafy vegetables, beans, and carrots are also good for your tresses. Beware of fad diets aimed at quick

Protect Shine With Lukewarm Water Hot water can strip the protective oils that act as a natural conditioner. And your hair’s natural shine can disappear. This doesn’t mean you have to suffer through cold showers to avoid dull hair. Instead, use lukewarm water to wash your hair. Pamper the scalp by massaging it while you

Mend Split Ends With Protein –If you often style your hair with hot tools — or you color, bleach, or perm a lot — you can damage hair’s protective outer layer. The result is “split ends.” Thankfully, there are hair products to help mend the damage. Look for conditioners with protein

 Get That ‘Redhead Bounce’ The fullness of your hair is in your genes — and your styling technique. Natural redheads have thicker hair, while blondes have the thinnest but greatest number of hairs. Luckily, you can plump up the volume whatever its color. Use a leave-in conditioner or mousse and dry the root area

Don’t Treat Dandruff With Oils –Dandruff is not a type of dry skin at all — despite the white flakes that float down to your shoulders. A minor skin disorder in the scalp is to blame. Rubbing oil into the scalp can just make it worse. Shampoos with medicine are the best fix from a drugstore or a dermatologist.

 Skip High-Powered Blow Dryers –You might expect a powerful blow dryer to slice a few precious minutes off your styling routine. But in a comparison of blow dryers, Consumer Reports found they all dried hair in about the same amount of time. Some are much noisier than others, though. The group found the more expensive dryers were the quietest, and the noisiest were as loud as a lawn mower.

 Brush Less to Limit Hair Loss –Don’t believe that myth about 100 brush strokes a day. Too much brushing will snap off hairs. Some hair loss is normal – most people lose 50 to 100 hairs every day. These have stopped growing and have reached a resting stage. To keep from losing any more hair than normal, use a brush with

Take Care With Tightly Wound Hair –Ponytails and braids are great ways to showcase your personal style. But when they’re too tight, they can break off hair and damage the roots. Wearing a tight style around the clock can even make your hair fall out. Set your hair free every night! For braided styles meant to last months,

Don’t Let Brands Clean Your Wallet –What are you really getting for extra money spent on specialty products? Consumer Reports tested products on 1,700 ponytail samples and found that pricy shampoos were no better than cheaper ones. What should you buy? Choose shampoos and conditioners designed for your hair type, such as those for oily, fine, or color-treated hair.

 Use Gentle Color to Cover Grays –Hair doesn’t just change color as we get older – it also becomes weaker and grows more slowly. That means damaged hair won’t be snipped off as quickly by haircuts. Chemicals used on “mature” hair should be weaker to avoid damage.

Calm Frizz in Winter, Too Humidity gets the rap for causing frizzy hair days. But there’s more static electricity when the air is dry. This means frizz also flies in winter months and in the desert climates of the Southwest. Use conditioner to stop static electricity. Shampoos that are pH-balanced also can calm

Keep Brushes Away From Your Curls –Curly hair is more likely to break and become dry and brittle. Gently using a pick keeps curls looking better than combing or brushing. Conditioners with polymers can smooth hair and make it more manageable. Look for polyvinylpyrrolidone on the label.

 Avoid Extreme Color Changes –Perhaps you’re a brunette who always wanted to be a blonde, or a blonde who wants to go darker. Be aware that you’re risking damage to your hair with more extreme color changes. Some dermatologists recommend staying within three shades of your natural hair color.

Give the Blow Dryer a Rest –Frequent blow-drying is hard on your hair and can actually lead to hair loss. When you do blow dry, turn down the heat. Finer hair is especially sensitive to damage from heat, but even thick manes need some tender care. Protect your hair before styling by using a conditioner or a heat treatment.

Protect Hair From the Sun –The sun is no kinder to your hair than it is to your skin. Sun exposure can dry out hair, especially if it’s color-treated. Use a light hair spray with SPF protection — or wear a hat when the sun is strongest. Frequent summer trims can keep your ends looking better.

 Shower Before You Swim –Avoid chlorine damage by rinsing your hair before entering the pool or wearing a swim cap. If your hair is already saturated with water, it won’t absorb as much from the chemical-laden pool. Use a pH-balancing hair product to further protect your hair.

Take a Time Out From Styling –For better hair days, the best thing you can do is — nothing. All the tugging, combing, brushing, drying, and chemically treating of hair damages the shafts. Even vigorous towel-drying can damage hair. Gently blot wet hair with a towel. If you have damaged hair, take a break from curling irons and blow dryers.

Be Aware of Changes in Your Hair –Sudden changes in your hair, such as brittle hair or losing much more hair than usual can in rare cases be a sign of a health problem. Some medicines can cause hair loss, too. If you notice dramatic changes in your hair, see

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June 30, 2014

Today’s Subject is new advances in Light therapy

Light therapy is a way to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) by exposure to artificial light. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time each year, usually in the fall or winter. During light therapy, you sit or work near a device called a light therapy box. The box gives off bright light that mimics natural outdoor light.

Light therapy is thought to affect brain chemicals linked to mood, easing SAD symptoms. Using a light therapy box may also help with other types of depression, sleep disorders and other conditions. Light therapy is also known as bright light therapy or phototherapy. The conventional light therapy, for example, is a rather dull technique that asks people to sit behind a light device for 30 minutes, with timing being a very important aspect of the therapy. By using intelligent software technologies and wearable devices, the method can be further optimized. Schoutens chose the SquareOne from Nature Bright Company. NatureBright’s goal is to bring the mass market the best technology has to offer.

A recognized leader in light therapy and dawn dusk simulation therapy products, Nature Bright Company is continually innovating to incorporate the latest scientific discoveries. Over the past thirteen years, NatureBright has partnered with Harvard University, Western Michigan University, Cornell University, South Carolina Medical University to develop light therapy technology for sleep deprivation, jet lag, shift-work fatigue, seasonal depression and anxiety. NatureBright is excited to see their SquareOne to harness elite sports (CPM), which is also used in aviation, healthcare and in control rooms.


June 23, 2014

Alzheimer’s what is it and how does it effect you and your family!                

Every 67 seconds someone is the United States develops Alzheimer’s and out of ten top diseases it is the 6th leading killer in the US its the only disease among those top ten that has no survivors, no cure or even a way to slow it down. Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America , with an annual cost of $214 billion-$150 billion is paid by Medicare and Medicaid.

What is Alzheimer’s ? It is a disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. It is a progressive disease. This means it gets worse over time and continues to progress for the rest of a person’s life. That’s why it is important to recognize the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease sooner rather than later and discuss treatment options with a healthcare provider.

How does Alzheimer’s disease progress? In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss may be mild. Symptoms in this stage may include getting confused in familiar places and taking longer than usual to complete normal daily tasks. The disease progresses at different rates in different people. Generally, patients with moderate Alzheimer’s disease experience the fastest rate of decline. As a caregiver, you know the person you’re caring for better than anyone. Tell the healthcare provider if you notice any changes in symptoms. As the disease progresses, the healthcare provider might talk about the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease as occurring in moderate and severe stages. For information and help with Alzheimer’s go to these links:


June 16, 2014

Our subject today is from  the University of Missouri- Researchers -Use Sensors to Monitor Older Adults’ Health, Sync Health Information between Homes and Hospitals 

Technological advances have provided medical professionals with many devices and systems to collect and analyze patients’ health information, but many of these technologies do not share data with each other. The lack of streamlined information-sharing creates inefficiencies and, potentially, inconsistencies in patient care. Now, University of Missouri researchers are working to develop an in-home health monitoring and alert system that streams patients’ individualized health information between homes and hospitals. The system’s ability to provide comprehensive health information could lead to better care for patients as well as reduced costs for individuals and health systems.

MU Researchers Use Sensors to Monitor Older Adults’ Health, Sync Health Information between Homes and Hospitals


June 9, 2014

Our subject today is “What is a Frankenstein Face lift? It is in actual fact a stem cell face lift. The term “stem-cell face-lift” is something of a misnomer. A conventional face-lift requires surgically cutting, lifting and sewing sagging skin, while this procedure is typically nonsurgical, involving fat injections designed to plump up the skin and restore the face’s youthful volume.

The stem-cell face-lift starts with liposuction to harvest fat from a place that has extra (like the stomach or thighs) that can later be injected into a place that doesn’t have enough (like the hollows of the cheeks or around the eyes).

So where, exactly, do the stem cells into play? That is the million-dollar question. Or more accurately, the $5,000 to $10,000 question, since that’s about how much people are paying for the procedure. And the answer very much depends on whom you ask.

“I’m convinced that 90 percent of the doctors promising this are just taking the fat, spinning it in a centrifuge a bit and injecting it into the face,” said Dr. Karol Gutowski, a plastic surgeon in Northbrook, Ill. “They’re essentially doing fat grafting, which has been around decades, and any stem cells that happen to be in that fat are just coming along for the ride.”



May 12, 2014

Coping with a Friendship-Gone-South

Research supports what we likely intuit: Friendship eases our stress and improves our health.  In fact, in an experiment described in the Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, if you stand at the base of a steep hill, you’re less likely to perceive the actual intensity of the incline when you’re with a friend. Even imagining climbing the hill with a friend seems less daunting compared to considering the journey with a neutral or negative acquaintance. In other words, people we consider supportive facilitate our perceived ability to climb; yet, a mere body alone doesn’t qualify as a helpful companion. If your friendship feels stale, or if a conflict occurred, you might think about courageously broaching the topic. You can also think about ways to problem solve.

If your friendship feels stale, or if a conflict occurred, you might think about courageously broaching the topic. You can also think about ways to problem solve. If you can talk through your hopes, as awkward as you may feel, you may ultimately revive your relationship.

If a friendship needs to end, stay classy. You don’t need to gossip or slander your former friend. And if you share friends in common, you don’t need to hide, get people to take sides or avoid events to escape the person.

A once-time friend doesn’t need to become an enemy; he or she can be a person you wish well, at a distance.

May 5, 2014

Despite frequent media reports of school shootings and child abuse, a new analysis says the amount of violence U.S. children are exposed to fell considerably during the past decade. The reductions persisted even through the economic recession period from 2008 to 2011, indicating the hard times experienced by many families did not translate to an increase in violence.

“It should be encouragement to people who have been working on this problem,” said David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

“We’re seeing an improving trend and an overall decline in the exposure to violence, abuse and crime among young people,” said Finkelhor, who led the study.

The findings are based on three telephone surveys taken in 2003, 2008 and 2011 of children and teens between the ages of two and 17 years old. The surveys asked about whether children had been either victims or perpetrators of assorted violent behaviors.

Children between 10 and 17 years old answered the survey questions themselves, but parents of children under 10 years old answered on the child’s behalf. Of 50 types of violence measured, 27 declined during the study period.

The decreases were particularly significant for assault, which dropped by 33 percent from 2003 to 2011, bullying, which also fell by about a third, and sexual violence, which fell 25 percent.

The results are bolstered by similar significant declines in children reporting being the perpetrators of violence, or damaging or taking things that don’t belong to them, the researchers note in the report published in JAMA Pediatrics.


April 28, 2014

Middle-age and older adults who take daytime naps may be at increased risk of dying, a new study from England suggests.

In the study, people ages 40 to 79 who napped daily, for less than an hour, were 14 percent more likely to die over a 13-year period, compared to those who did not nap. Longer naps were linked with a higher risk: people whose daily naps lasted an hour or more were 32 percent more likely to die over the study period.

The findings held even after the researchers took into account many factors that could affect people’s risk of death, such as their age, gender, body mass index (BMI), whether they smoked, how much they exercised, and whether they had certain pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes, cancer or asthma). [Top 10 Spooky Sleep Disorders]

In particular, naps were linked with an increased risk of dying from respiratory diseases. And the link between napping and risk of dying was highest among the younger people in the study, those between ages 40 and 65, who were nearly twice as likely to die during the study period if they napped for an hour or more, compared to those who did not nap.


April 17, 2014

Subject: Bullying

The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists.

In the first study of its kind to look at the effects of childhood bullying beyond early adulthood, the researchers said its impact is “persistent and pervasive”, with people who were bullied when young more likely to have poorer physical and psychological health and poorer cognitive functioning at age 50.

“The effects of bullying are still visible nearly four decades later … with health, social and economic consequences lasting well into adulthood,” said Ryu Takizawa, who led the study at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London.

The findings, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on Friday, come from the British National Child Development Study which includes data on all children born in England, Scotland and Wales during one week in 1958.

It included 7,771 children whose parents gave information on their child’s exposure to bullying when they were aged 7 and 11. The children were then followed up until they reached 50.


April 14, 2014

A little stress may be a good thing for teenagers learning to drive. In a new study, teens whose levels of the stress hormone cortisol increased more during times of stress got into fewer car crashes or near crashes in their first months of driving than their less-stress-responsive peers did.

The study suggests that biological differences may affect how teens learn to respond to crises on the road, the researchers reported April 7 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Efforts to reduce teen car accidents include graduated driver licensing programs, safety messages and increased parental management, but these efforts seem to work better for some teens than others, the researchers said.

Alternatives, such as in-vehicle technologies aimed at reducing accidents, may be especially useful for teens with a “neurological basis” for their increased risk of getting into an accident, they said.

The neurobiology of risk  Automobile accidents are the No. 1 cause of death of teenagers in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Car crashes also kill more 15- to 29-year-olds globally than any other cause, according to the World Health Organization. [Top 10 Leading Causes of Death]


April 7, 2014

Despite their widespread use, antibacterial soaps appear to have little or no benefit for average people using them at home, likely because people use them incorrectly, one researcher says.

Over the past two decades, the number of products containing the antimicrobial ingredients triclosan and triclocarban has increased rapidly, to more than 2,000 products in 2014, according to a new review paper by Rolf Halden, director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University. These products include soaps, detergents, clothing, toothpastes and even pacifiers.


March 31, 2014

Lower back pain is the leading cause of job disability worldwide, reported. After analyzing data from 117 studies in 47 different countries, researchers found that lower back pain is the top cause for years lost because of disability. The study, published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, reported that about one in 10 people suffer from lower back pain.

The prevalence is highest in Western Europe and lowest in the Caribbean and Latin America.  According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS), Americans spend at least $50 billion annually on costs related to lower back pain. But while standard pain killers, heat or ice and even surgery are treatment options, one of the most effective treatments is exercise, according to experts.

March 24, 2014

New research shows that some students are doing more than three hours of homework a night — and that all that school work may be literally making them sick.

It may be tempting to dismiss this latest research, conducted in upper-middle-class areas, as yet another manifestation of the eccentricities of the affluent. This is, after all, the same demographic that recently brought us eye-roll-inducing news stories about $250-an-hour tutors who drill preschoolers on their ABCs and 1-2-3s.

Could it be that a few short years later those same tots have graduated to marathon homework sessions?


March 17, 2014

Study to test whether nutrients in dark chocolate can prevent heart attack, stroke

It won’t be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The pills are so packed with nutrients that you’d have to eat a gazillion candy bars to get the amount being tested in this study, which will enroll 18,000 men and women nationwide.

“People eat chocolate because they enjoy it,” not because they think it’s good for them, and the idea of the study is to see whether there are health benefits from chocolate’s ingredients minus the sugar and fat, said Dr. JoAnn Manson, preventive medicine chief at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The study will be the first large test of cocoa flavanols, which in previous smaller studies improved blood pressure, cholesterol, the body’s use of insulin, artery health and other heart-related factors.


March 10, 2014

Lower back pain is the leading cause of job disability worldwide, reported.

After analyzing data from 117 studies in 47 different countries, researchers found that lower back pain is the top cause for years lost because of disability. The study, published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, reported that about one in 10 people suffer from lower back pain.

The prevalence is highest in Western Europe and lowest in the Caribbean and Latin America. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS), Americans spend at least $50 billion annually on costs related to lower back pain. But while standard pain killers, heat or ice and even surgery are treatment options, one of the most effective treatments is exercise, according to experts.

(Reuters Health) – Moving out of impoverished neighbourhoods has different effects on the mental health of boys compared to girls, and those repercussions need to be better understood before tinkering with housing policy, according to a new study.

Researchers found boys had higher rates of mental health problems years after their families got vouchers to move out of impoverished  neighbourhoods, compared to boys who didn’t get assistance.

On the other hand, moving out of high-poverty neighbourhood was linked to lower rates of depression and behaviour problems among girls.

March 3, 2014

More men, older women suffering eating disorders

More than 30 million Americans are currently struggling with an eating disorder, according to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Eating disorders, which affect approximately 20 million women and 10 million men in the U.S., have become more common among older women in recent years, story at


Monday  February 24, 2014

Two Western states with some of the nation’s lowest smoking rates are considering cracking down even more by raising the tobacco age to 21. Utah and Colorado lawmakers both voted favourably on proposals Thursday to treat tobacco like alcohol and take it away from 18- to 20-year-olds, a move inspired by new research on how many smokers start the habit as teenagers.

“By raising the age limit, it puts them in a situation where they’re not going to pick it up until a much later age,” testified Marla Brannum of Lehi, Utah, who spoke in favor of the idea there. In Colorado, the testimony was similar — that pushing the tobacco age could make it harder for teens to access tobacco, and possibly reduce usage rates among adults.

“What I’m hoping to do is make it harder for kids to obtain cigarettes,” said Rep. Cheri Gerou, a Republican who sponsored the measure. Both proposals face several more votes. But they’re the furthest any states have gone to curb access to cigarettes by teens.

A paper published last year in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine said that 9 out of 10 daily smokers have their first cigarette by 18 years of age, and that about 90 percent of cigarettes purchased for minors are obtained by people between 18 and 20 years old.

Monday  February 17, 2014

“Train Your Brain like an Olympian”

For those competing on the ultimate athletic stage, mental fortitude is as critical as physical. Going head to head with elite athletes is one thing; doing so while the world is watching is quite another. Enter the United States Olympic Committee’s team of mental health professionals, who know a thing or two about performing under pressure and what it takes to come out on top. We tapped a few of these sports psychologists for ways to master your mind on game day.

1.  Learn to relax
“Most of us have no idea what the feeling of relaxation is even though we’re told to relax all the time,” said Dr. John McCauley, a clinical and sports psychologist who’s worked with Olympic athletes. Relax with self-statements (for example, thinking “my eyelids feel heavy” can actually make them heavy.) Relaxing your body helps you pick up on places where you might hold tension—and once you can calm your body, you can move on to calm your mind.

2. Visualize
Place a one-inch square of paper in the middle of a piece of black paper. Have someone hold this about six feet in front of you. Stare at it for two minutes, then look at a white wall. You’ll see an after image. Close your eyes and try to bring the image back up in your head once it disappears. “When you visualize, the muscles you used are stimulated. You don’t really feel it, but neurologically the experience is going on.” Visualization takes practice, but if you work at it the process can help you conjure up images of crossing the finish line or completing your pre-race routine—simulating the feeling of competition or relaxation and building both experience and confidence in what you’re doing.

3. Get back to the why
We get so lost in being busy that sometimes we forget why we’re doing things. But the “why” is the core, said Kristen Dieffenbach, a certified sports psychology advisor to the U.S. Olympic Committee. “For most people, a medal isn’t enough to carry the day,” she said. So if you hit a roadblock, think back to why you started doing something in the first place, or even try a different sport or workout in addition to your training to even the balance.

4. Trust in the process
You’ve trained hard, but it’s race day and you’re panicked. “On any given day, water is still wet, the track is still there, and gravity still works the same way,” Dieffenbach said. Think: I did my homework. Let’s just let it happen. It can help normalize the stress, she adds. “It’s not like you’re going to get to an Ironman and there will be some extra element, like they added sharks to the water.”

5. Plan around big events
“When you have a big event, it needs to be about more than that one thing,” Dieffenbach said. “Roll around and get dirty in the whole experience in a way that doesn’t distract from your race,” she said. That way—no matter the outcome—you’ll come away with something cool and exciting. If you’re running a marathon in a new city, stay an extra day and visit a museum, she suggests.

6. Establish a mental routine
“There are a lot of misconceptions about being calm, cool, and collected,” said Mark Aoyagi, director of Sport & Performance Psychology at the University of Denver, who also works with Olympians. “What really matters is knowing when you perform best.” Build awareness by looking back on your best performances: What did you eat? How much did you sleep? Reproduce those things, he said.

7. Manage your energy
It starts with breathing, Aoyagi said. “Breathe slowly and deeply with a focus on the exhale to calm down, and take quicker, deeper breaths with a focus on the inhalation to bring activation level up.”

8. Don’t just ‘block out the crowd’
We’re told to block out the crowd, but the way our minds work, we can’t block out anything if we’re thinking about it, Aoyagi said. Instead, focus your attention somewhere else—your breathing, a song you’re listening to, or last-minute preparations.



Monday Feb. 10,  2014

Today’s Health and Wellness information is about a study that shows what vegetables young children had never tried and which ones they preferred!  This  research was published in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

In the study, parents of 29 children between the ages of three and five years old filled out a survey about the kids’ views of 11 vegetables, including whether they liked or disliked the vegetable, or had never tried it.

Cauliflower and Brussels sprouts were among the vegetables most children had not tried, and were selected as the ones used to gauge children’s preferences in the study.

The children were given either cauliflower or Brussels sprouts once per day for seven days, and ate in a group of five or six children that was led by a researcher or teacher. The vegetables were all boiled, then were either served plain, with unsweetened cream cheese or with sweetened cream cheese.

After this conditioning period, the kids were given the vegetables plain.

The researchers found that children given Brussels sprouts with cream cheese during conditioning liked them significantly more than those given plain sprouts.

Less than one in five kids given plain sprouts said they liked the vegetable, whereas about two-thirds of kids who got sprouts with either type of cream cheese said they liked the vegetables.

The children liked milder, non-bitter cauliflower more overall, and about equally whether or not it was served with cream cheese.

February 3, 2014

Study from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles suggests stress isn’t something you should keep to yourself.

Research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science suggests sharing your stress with someone who is having a similar emotional reaction may reduce stress levels more than sharing with someone who is not experiencing similar stress levels.

In the study, researchers measured participants’ emotional states, levels of the stress hormone cortisol and perception of threat when faced with the task of preparing and giving a videotaped speech. The 52 female undergraduate participants were divided into pairs and encouraged to discuss how they felt about the situation before giving their speeches.

Researchers found that when the pairs were in a similar emotional state, it helped buffer each individual against high levels of stress.

Their findings could be useful for people experiencing stress at work.



January 28, 2014

Those nutrition labels on the back of food packages may soon become easier to read. The Food and Drug Administration says knowledge about nutrition has evolved over the last 20 years, and the labels need to reflect that. As the agency considers revisions, nutritionists and other health experts have their own wish list of changes. They say the number of calories should be more prominent, and the amount of added sugar and percentage of whole wheat in the food should be included. They want more clarity on how serving sizes are defined. Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest says there’s a feeling that the labels haven’t been as effective as they could have been.

January 20, 2014

Recollections of strict, unaffectionate parents were more common among young adults with an unhealthy attachment to Internet use, compared to their peers, in a new Greek study. Young adults who recall their parents being tough or demanding without showing affection tend to be sad or to have trouble making friends, and those personality traits raise their risk of Internet addiction, the researchers say.Research on Internet addiction is still relatively new, and there are no actual criteria for diagnosing the disorder, though there are many inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities in the U.S., Australia and Asia. Some of the studies done to date suggest that kids who have trouble relating to others in person might be at higher risk for a problematically high level of Internet use. Those who are socially withdrawn or lonely might also be more likely to spend excessive time online.

Kalaitzaki’s team predicted that the way kids bonded with their parents would predict aspects of their personality as young adults, which in turn would predict their likelihood of Internet addiction. For the study, more than 700 young adults at technical schools, all around age 20, filled out questionnaires during class time. They answered questions about their feelings of loneliness, sadness and anxiety, and about their Internet use.

They also answered questions about how they recalled being brought up during their first 16 years of life.


 January 13, 2014

The worst things to say to someone trying to lose weight

66 percent of women aged 25-55 who have dieted or are trying to lose weight say those closest to them—including spouses and friends—actually undermine their attempts to get slim and healthy, confirms a recent survey by Medi-Weight loss Clinics in Tampa, Fla. Here, the worst things someone can say to you on your weight loss journey—and what your best response should be to stay on course.

  • “I’m buying, let’s go out for dinner!  “This can be a typical response from someone who is jealous of your weight loss efforts but is not aware of it, said Dr. Sejal Shah, medical director of the Medi-Weight loss Clinics. Best response:  “Be honest and say, ‘I appreciate the gesture and I would like to take you up on it another time,'” she suggests. Better yet, go… but choose a healthy salad, not a fattening entrée.
  • “What difference   will a few pounds really matter on you?” Dieters need to expect this kind of undermining, and steel themselves against it, said Greg Hottinger, MPH, RD, co-author of Coach Yourself Thin. Best response: Let your actions do the talking. Say, “If you’re not on board with my weight loss plans, let’s change the subject.” Keep your responses short and let go of the need to explain your behavior, Hottinger  said.
  • “You look better when you’re heavier.” Or “I like a woman with lots of meat on her bones.  “This kind of undermining usually comes from the man in your life, who feels threatened that your weight loss efforts leave him out—or that you will look so great afterwards that you will make him jealous, Shah said. Best response: Try to make it a win-win for him, Largeman-Roth said: “I feel better at my goal  weight; then we can do more fun things together!”
  • “When are you  expecting?” Amazingly, women dieters say they still hear this dig! Best response: Ignore  them, or reply, “When are you going to stop being a jerk?”
  • “You’re dieting during the holidays/on Friday  night/on our anniversary weekend?” Best response: “Yeah, it may seem inconvenient, but it’s worth it,” Largeman-Roth said. “The holidays only come around once a year, but I need  to be healthy every day.”


January 6, 2013

The Agriculture Department says it’s making permanent rules that allow schools to serve larger portions of lean meat and  whole grains in school lunches and other meals.

Guidelines restricting portion size were originally intended to combat childhood obesity, but many parents complained their kids weren’t getting enough to eat. School administrators say that rules establishing maximums on grains and meats are too limiting and make it difficult to plan daily meals.

The department eliminated limits and on meats and grains on a temporary basis more than a year ago. On Thursday officials made the rule change permanent.

The change was announced by Kevin Concannon, an under-secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services.


December 30, 2013

Popular New Year’s Resolutions according to a study by the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Spend more time with family.

Help others in their dreams.

Quit smoking.

Learn something exciting.

Most popular resolution is to stay fit and healthy.

Enjoy life to the fullest.

Statistically, the three top resolutions in the country are to lose weight, to get better organized and to spend less money. Don’t even think about not sticking to it. The same study says that about half of those who try will succeed.

December 23, 2013

What drives people to trust the health advice of celebrities, even though most of these individuals clearly have no medical background, and even though their advice often goes against convention and logic?

We should blame it on your brain. Did you know that humans’ gray matter is hardwired to trust celebrities, according to researchers at McMaster University in Ontario. They reviewed more than 200 years’ worth of data, and concluded that something deeper than mere cultural norms is at play. Their analysis appears Dec. 17 in the journal BMJ.

Celebrities can play an important role in educating the public about health issues said Steven Hoffman, assistant professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Medicine, and lead author on the report. Michael J. Fox, for example, has raised considerable awareness and research dollars for Parkinson disease, which he suffers from. Sir Elton John has raised awareness about HIV-AIDS.


December 16, 2013

Today’s Topic is do not Stress During the Holidays and how to make it Easier on you and Your Family!!

You have super-high expectations – If you tend to feel stress year-round because you’re not meeting the expectations you’ve set for yourself, the holidays are likely to amplify these feelings. Sometimes expectations are so unrealistic they simply can’t be fulfilled.

You tend to overbook –Chances are, the holiday invitations are hitting your inbox and mailbox. Between the office party, family commitments, and one-day sales, you can be stretched—too thin. Packing your calendar with obligations means sacrificing time usually spent on other activities. Sleep and exercise—important stress relievers—could be the first to go.

You cut back on sleep to get everything done –You’re up at the crack of dawn to rush to the best sales and then stay up late to wrap gifts or clink glasses at parties. But the holidays shouldn’t mean kissing your good night’s sleep good-bye.

You tend to drink more when stressed – Sometimes a glass of red wine is the perfect antidote to a long, stressful day, but excessive drinking can spell trouble. Because alcohol is a depressant, overindulging could make you more emotional, leaving you more open to a major meltdown.

You’re strapped for cash – If a change in your work life or finances is a dark cloud hanging on the holiday horizon, you’re not alone. Even before the economy bottomed out, Americans said financial pressures caused holiday stress.

What you should do: Although it’s tough, now is the time of year to ask for help if you need it. From meals to toys for your kids, religious groups and other charitable organizations are there to help you.

You’re married to tradition –Traditions are one of the sweetest parts of the holidays. But, sorry—sometimes plans change. Have Happy Holidays and keep your Stress levels down the best you can and make these Holidays the Best Ever!


December 9, 2013

 Surprising causes of winter depression 

You’re not moving enough –Cold temps make it all too easy to curl up on the couch and let your gym habit slide, but it’s common knowledge that regular exercise holds the power to lift your spirits. “Moving around is helpful to everyone’s mood,” says Harvard psychologist Dr. John Sharp, author of The Emotional Calendar. You don’t even have to commit to a full-on routine. In a study published in Perception and Motor Skills, researchers found that even a single exercise session at any intensity can increase positive mood feelings and decrease the negative ones. Walking, Swimming, Roller Skating anything you can do even working out in front of the TV Set can help with your mood.  If you live in a wintry climate, take advantage of the snow shoeing and ice skating to shake up your exercise routine.

You’re worried about money

Holiday expenses take a bite out of your bank account, and fretting about credit card bills can rob anyone of good cheer. Before you start racking up the bills, decide if expensive gifts are even necessary. A home-made present can mean much more than a pricey package. “Don’t be afraid of the B word: a budget,” says Sharp. “It can be a big or a small number. Spread it around in a way that can make you happy, but don’t put yourself in the hole.”

You’re overwhelmed with family obligations –‘Tis the season for familial gatherings—and all of the holiday stress and drama they can bring. But guess what? It’s entirely within your power to decline any stress-inducing invites. If you’d rather not trek to Aunt Linda’s house three hours away for a holiday dinner, politely say no by saying you’re eager to start making new holiday traditions at home. And if you just can’t avoid sitting next to a relative that drives you crazy, take a deep breath before engaging in conversation with her: Research from Harvard Medical School shows it decreases tension and anxiety.

Your expectations are unrealistic –Happiness in life really is about expectation management,” says Sharp. If you think every meal, present and decoration is going to be absolutely perfect, you will always be disappointed. Figure out what works for you, and make the right adjustment. “You can’t change the fact that you’re going down a river, but you can paddle to the left or the right to avoid the big boulder,” says Sharp. “That makes a world of difference.”


December 2, 2013

As the nation debates the costs of health care and insurance, a survey released on Thursday found that a growing minority of Americans say that doctors should do everything possible to keep patients alive. Two thirds of Americans, or 66 percent, say there are at least some situations in which a patient should be allowed to die, according to a survey by Pew Research Centre.

But nearly a third, or 31 percent, said doctors should always do everything possible to save a patient’s life, which is up from 15 percent in 1990, Pew found, as more Americans were willing to express an opinion on the matter.

The Pew survey found that 62 percent of Americans believe that people in a great deal of pain, with no hope of improvement, have a moral right to end their own lives, up from 55 percent in 1990. Religious groups differ about the morality of suicide in medically dire situations, with about half of white evangelical Protestants and black Protestants rejecting the idea.

By contrast, the religiously unaffiliated, white mainline (non-evangelical) Protestants and white Catholics were more likely to believe in the moral right to suicide in certain circumstances. There is a similar pattern among religious groups when it comes to allowing physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. The survey interviewed 1,994 people, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent.


November 25, 2013

Participating in sports may have many benefits, but it also raises the chances adolescents will abuse alcohol, according to a new review of the evidence by Canadian researchers.

They analysed 17 past studies and also found most showed that kids who participate in sports are less likely to use illicit drugs other than marijuana.

Past research has linked sports participation with less tobacco and illegal drug use, but more alcohol use among teens. John Cairney at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and his colleagues wanted to update those findings.

That’s in line with another recent study – published in the Journal of Adolescent Health – that suggests teens who participate in sports may have greater access to opioid pain medications.

 November 18, 2013

Doctors are told to get serious about obesity

The guidelines were released this week by a group of medical organizations that include the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the Obesity Society.

They come amid a spate of important developments in the fight against obesity. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved two more obesity-fighting drugs. And this year, the AMA labelled obesity a disease, a measure intended to get doctors to pay more attention to the problem and prod more insurers to pay for treatments.

Yet many people have been on their own when it comes to slimming down, left to sift through the myriad diets and exercise schemes that are promoted for weight loss. And most doctors have little training in how to help their obese patients, other than telling them it’s a problem and they need to do something about it.


November 11, 2013

Heart-clogging trans fats have been slowly disappearing from grocery aisles and restaurant menus in the last decade. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is finishing the job.

The FDA plans to announce later Thursday that it will require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, saying they are a threat to people’s health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths.


November 4,  2013

Slapping a 20 percent tax on soda in Britain could cut the number of obese adults by about 180,000, according to a new study.

Though the number works out to a modest drop of 1.3 percent in obesity, scientists say that reduction would still be worthwhile in the U.K., which has a population of about 63 million and is the fattest country in Western Europe. About one in four Britons is obese.

Researchers at Oxford University and the University of Reading estimated a 20 percent tax on soft drinks would reduce sales by 15 percent and that people would buy beverages like orange juice, milk and diet drinks instead. They said the tax would have the biggest impact on people under 30, who drink more sugary drinks than anyone else. No funding was provided for the study, published online Thursday in the journal, BMJ.


 October 21, 2013

OREO COOKIES – Its Hard Not to eat just one are they addictive and why?

Have you’ve ever been unable to stop yourself from eating too many Oreo cookies it may not be your fault–a new college study says one of America’s favourite desserts is just as addictive as drugs in lab rats. The study by students at Connecticut College found that when the rats ate Oreo’s they formed an equally strong association with the cookies as when other rats were injected with cocaine or morphine.

Additionally, researchers found eating the cookies activated even more neurons in the rats’ brain “pleasure centres” than the addictive drugs.

October 14, 2013

“How to Stay Young and look Ageless”

Tips that may help keep you young.

1. Always wear sunscreen.

Applying it daily will reduce the sun’s harmful effects on your skin – and make you appear younger. Use a product that has UVA and UVB protection. This will ensure you are blocking out both the cancer-causing and aging rays.

2. Try to eat a Mediterranean diet.

Consuming vegetables, olive oil, fish and wine – in moderation – has been shown to slow an aging mind. This type of nutrition is also linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.

3. Exercise in order to stay sharp.

Doing crossword puzzles, reading and catching up with friends will work your brain muscles. Don’t forget to incorporate some physical activity into your day as well.

4. Reduce stress.

Deep breathing exercises, such as yoga, or even a change of pace, can help. Keeping your anxiety at bay will ward off signs of aging. If you are stressed, you will look and feel much older.

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October 7, 2013 

Topic for Show is Post-par-tum Depression how to help yourself or others and finding the right therapist or doctor to help PPD.

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September 30, 2013

Major fast food company said it would offer healthy options as part of its value meals. Is this a step in the right direction?
Hold the fries, pass the salad. McDonald’s Corp on Thursday said it would offer healthy options as part of its popular value meals, letting customers choose a side salad, fruit or vegetables instead of French fries. The announcement by the world’s largest fast-food chain comes as more companies respond to government and consumer pressure to address the global obesity epidemic. McDonald’s, which often bears the brunt of criticism over the restaurant industry’s penchant for tempting diners with indulgent and often high-calorie food, said it would offer the option in all of its 20 major global markets by 2020.

September 23, 2013
Confusion and inconsistency in Dates on Food Products 
A study published Wednesday by Harvard Law School and the Natural Resources Defense Council found that dates printed on packaged foods, which help retailers cycle through stocked products and allow manufacturers to indicate when a product is at its peak freshness, are inconsistent. They confuse consumers, leading many to throw out food before it actually goes bad. Read more:

September 16, 2013 

Exercise at your desks a new way businesses are allowing their employees to stay fit and engaged.

A growing number of Americans are standing, walking and even cycling their way through the workday at treadmill desks and stand-up desks or other moving workstations. Others are forgoing chairs in favour of giant exercise balls to stay fit.  Walking on a treadmill whole making phone calls and sorting through emails mean “being productive on two fronts” said Andrew Lockerbie, senior vice president of benefits at Brown& Brown, a global insurance consulting firm.  Treadmill desks designed for the workplace are normally set to move at 1 to 2 mph, enough to get the heart rate up but not too fast to distract from reading or talking on the phone comfortably. It’s been a decade since scientific studies began to show that too much sitting can lead to obesity and increase the risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Even going to the gym three times a week doesn’t offset the harm of being sedentary for hours at a time, said Dr. James Levine,an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic.

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 September 9, 2013

Today show is about Anti-Smoking on Cigarette Packaging 

Big anti-smoking messages on the front of cigarette packets may help deter youngsters tempted by tobacco but have little effect when they are on the back of the pack, research has found. Touching on a subject that has stirred controversy in countries where pro- and anti-tobacco lobbies are fighting over smoking controls, investigators looked at data from a large survey among British teenagers. More than a thousand 11- to 16-year-olds took part in the survey, which unfolded in two waves, in 2008 and a follow up in 2011. In 2008, cigarette packets sold in Britain had large text warnings on the front and back. In 2011, these were joined by anti-smoking pictures on the back panel of the pack. Read more:

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August 26th

Eating well, sleeping well and exercising may help keep people young at heart, but mutated genes passed down from mothers may also predetermine ageing rates, new research suggests. Ageing manifests itself in a variety of age-associated diseases as well as changes in physical appearance, and occurs at different rates in different people. Scientists have previously attributed ageing to cell damage accumulated throughout life, but have not closely considered how ageing rates might be inherited.

Now, a group of researchers based at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Germany have found that damaged DNA in the mitochondria also known as the powerhouse of the cell, because this is where sugars break down into usable energy partly control the rate of ageing in experimental mice. Mitochondrial DNA contains genes only from mothers. The researchers report their findings August 21 in the journal Nature.Read more:

Subject for August 19, 2013

Dangerous Poison’s that lurk around your home that can look like Candy to Children that can kill or make them very ill. Prevent this from happening to your child! Jay and Kathryn discuss the story of a A 7-month-old boy died after eating a laundry detergent packet in Kissimmee last week — highlighting the dangers poison-control officials have been warning of for more than a year as the products have become wildly popular among consumers. If confirmed, his could be the first reported death in the nation tied to the detergent packets, though so far this year alone, more than 5,000 children have been sickened by them, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers

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With Jay Young Host and Health and Wellness Expert Kathryn Raaker
Subject for 8-12-2013
As You Grow Older Is Your Memory As Sharp- Study on older cognitive Memory A new German study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, discovered that the day-to-day irregularities of cognitive performance is particularly low in older adults when compared to their younger peers. As part of the study, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin tested more than 200 adults — between ages 20 and 31 and 65 and 80 — on a number of different mental capabilities, including perceptual speed, episodic memory and working memory. They tested the participants for 100 days as a way to assess not only how much they were able to learn, but also to gauge their day-to-day fluctuations.

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The researchers found that on all nine cognitive tasks, the older group showed less performance variability and was more consistent from day-to-day than the younger group.


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 August 5, 2013
Topic Victims of dating violence

New research from the American Psychological Association released says one in three U.S. youths is a victim of dating violence. The study collected information from 1,058 youths between 2011 and 2012 and is currently unpublished. It was presented at a convention in Hawaii on July 31. According to a press release from the APA, 41 percent of girls and 37 percent of boys reported being victims of dating violence in a relationship.

Dating violence is defined in the study as physical, sexual or psychological/emotional violence in a relationship. The participants were 14-20 years old. 35 percent of girls and 29 percent of boys reported being the perpetrator of violence in a relationship at some point, which researches said showed girls were “almost equally as likely to be a perpetrator as a victim of violence.” Read more:

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 July 29, 2013
Topic: Falling TV sets and other objects that are harming children at an alarming rate what you can do to prevent it.

Falling televisions sent nearly 200,000 U.S. children to the emergency room over 20 years and the injury rate has climbed substantially for these sometimes deadly accidents, a study found.

Doctors and safety experts say better awareness is needed about the dangers – especially the risks of putting heavier, older model TV sets on top of dressers and other furniture young children may try to climb on. Read more:

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 July 22, 2013

Topic-The Boy Scouts of America mandated that no one — adult or child — with a BMI of 40 or above could be accepted into the Jamboree, which is taking place July 15-24.

This standard is not new; it was in place for the last jamboree as well, said Deron Smith, director of public relations for Boy Scouts of America.

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July 15, 2013
Topic: Women’s prescription overdose deaths skyrocket

Women’s prescription overdose deaths skyrocket. Every day, 42 women die from a drug overdose – and nearly half of those overdoses are from prescription painkillers. In fact, according to newly released figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of women dying from prescription drug overdoses has increased by more than 400% since 1999 – nearly double the 265% increase of deaths in men. “In 2010, more than 6,600 women died from prescription painkillers, four times as many died from cocaine and heroin combined,” says CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden

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July 8, 2013
Topic: Pennsylvania Hospitals’ Ban On Hiring Smokers Stirs Debate

With just days to go before two of the city’s most prestigious hospitals refuse to hire smokers, the ban has relit a debate about the wisdom of regulating workers’ behavior away from the workplace. Both the highly rated University of Pennsylvania Health System, which includes the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, named by US News and World Report as America’s top children’s hospital this year, will join dozens of hospitals across the country when they implement their policy on Monday,

The move has generated criticism among civil liberties activists, hospital employees and even doctors who fear that smokers will lie about their habit – and therefore become less likely to seek help in stopping it.

“It’s not all slopes that are slippery, but this one really is,” said Lewis Maltby, a former American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who now runs the National Workrights Institute in Princeton, N.J. He is critical of an employer’s intrusion into the private time of employees.

“What you do in your own home on your own time is none of your boss’s business unless it affects your work,” he said.
Maltby noted that drinking alcohol, eating lots of junk food and not exercising are also bad for you. “Virtually everything you do in your private life affects your health,” he said, wondering what other kinds of hiring restrictions could come to pass.

Desonia Mapp, 52, who has worked as a nursing assistant at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for 13 years, said she was “dumbfounded. I couldn’t believe they were doing this,” she said as she took a cigarette break in the shade near bicycle racks outside the hospital last week. “If I drank, if I do whatever I do outside of the workplace, where does it end?” Mapp will not be affected by the new policy, which only applies to new hires.

Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, also has serious doubts about the policy. “It is blatant employment discrimination,” he said. “Employment decisions should be made based on a person’s qualifications for a position.

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