By: Dianne Langford, PhD
You may have seen the recent headlines about a new study that looked at the brains of former NFL players and found Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in a full 99 percent of them. While the headlines make it seem like CTE may be unavoidable for players, the reality is that we still don’t know how often it occurs. That’s because all of the 111 players whose brains were donated for the study, which took place at Boston University, were known to be suffering from signs and symptoms of CTE while alive. In fact, that’s why they donated their brains. So, the study doesn’t give us a good estimate of how many total current or former NFL players may be suffering from CTE, or how many may develop it in the future. But what we do know is that there does appear to be a strong link between playing football and CTE.
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Dr. Oz can’t start his morning without the granola from The Dr. Oz Show‘s chef Ulli Stachl. Get the recipe.
Stress may actually be making you sick. Research performed on mice out of Michigan State University has shown that a protein in the body affects your immune system when you feel stressed. When this protein, corticotropin-releasing factor receptor subtype 1, better known as CRF1 goes into your immune system it can cause things like irritable bowel syndrome and asthma. Relax your mind and your body to keep your stress levels down and yourself healthy with different types of stress-relieving activities. (MNT)
Adults should eat a Mediterranean diet to avoid frailty as they age. Research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society took data from several studies to conclude that the Mediterranean diet is the best food plan for senior citizens. This diet is rich in nutrients from healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains which can help increase the strength in older people. More research needs to be done to see if there are other common factors in the tested subjects that contribute to the lessening of frailty in addition to a healthy diet. (SD)
Lack of sunlight may be the cause of your extra pounds. Most people gain weight during the winter months, but a new study from the University of Alberta has found that the sun may be to blame. After observation, it was found that “bad” fat lessens when exposed to sunlight. This helped researchers draw the conclusion that “When the sun’s blue light wavelengths — the light we can see with our eye — penetrate our skin and reach the fat cells just beneath, lipid droplets reduce in size and are released out of the cell. In other words, our cells don’t store as much fat.” However, even though it’s not always sunny out during the winter lack of light doesn’t mean you should abandon healthy lifestyle choices. You should still find a way to get moving and stay active even during the dreariest of days. (MNT)
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You may not be able to see them all, but the human body has hundreds of joints. So, it should be no surprise that joint health is a big deal for all of us.
Take a quick moment to look carefully at one of your hands. Slowly curl it into a tight fist. Now, open it and stretch your fingers outward. Curl each finger one at a time and pay close attention to how they move and flex.
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When we explore True Crime stories—I’m always amazed and inspired by the strength and resilience of the human spirit. But Dr. Oz and I’ve never been more inspired than when we met Michelle Stevens.
Most survivors of this level of trauma, violence, and crime cope by numbing the pain through drugs. So it was remarkable to meet a survivor who used her past as a case study for her doctorate thesis.
To appreciate who Michelle Stevens is today, we must go back to the beginning.
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The temperature of this soup can help break up mucus while the fennel can clear congestion and soothe a cough. Get the recipe.
It’s a new year and we’ve spent our time developing the perfect new diet for you to start this month. We call it Pegan 365 and it’s designed to help you lose weight and keep it off for good! Have you heard of the Paleo diet and the Vegan diet? Well, we’ve combined the best of both worlds (Paleo + Vegan = Pegan) and we are positive that you will love this diet’s focus on real, whole, fresh food. Say goodbye to processed foods and refined carbohydrates, and say hello to weight loss and healthy eating with tons of options! Here’s what Pegan 365 has in store for you:
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Exercise can help you quit smoking. Looking for another reason to start exercising this year? Research has shown that it may help smokers break their addictions. Dr. Bailey, a senior lecturer at St George’s, University of London, and his team tracked nicotine addiction and exercise and found in mice, having one group exercise in a wheel twenty-four hours a day, while another group worked out for two hours a day, and the last group didn’t exercise at all. After two weeks they found that the mice that exercised two to twenty-four hours a day showed a large drop in withdrawal symptoms compared to the group not exercising at all. While the exact mechanisms involved are still not clear, experts are looking into the how exercise reduces nicotine withdrawal symptoms as a possible explanation. Luckily, even a speedy 10-minute workout can suffice in terms of knocking out tobacco cravings. Learn more about quitting smoking with this handy fact sheet. (T)
Marijuana use increasing in pregnant women. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), marijuana use during pregnancy is on the rise. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 300,000 pregnant patients at a Northern California health care system over the course of seven years (2009-2016) and found that marijuana use in pregnant mothers under 18 increased from 12.5 percent to 21.8 percent. For pregnant mothers who were 18-24 years old, marijuana use increased from 9.8 to 19 percent, for women between 25-34, the rate of usage jumped from 3.4 to 5.1 percent, and for women over 34 years old the usage went up from 2.1 to 3.3 percent. These findings indicate that there was an increase across the board, among all the age groups, and some experts believe usage will continue to go up as marijuana becomes legalized in more states. (ABC)
Fish consumption linked to improved sleep and IQ. According to a new study out of the University of Pennsylvania, children who eat fish weekly have an improved quality of sleep and score around four points higher on IQ tests, as compared to those who only rarely eat fish or not at all. The key factor seems to be omega-3s, which are fatty acids found in various types of fish. Researchers studied 541 boys and girls in China, who ranged in age from 9-11 years old. After studying their sleep patterns and IQ results, the team found that children who stated they ate fish weekly scored 4.8 points than those who rarely or never ate fish, and those who ate fish sometimes, scored 3.3 points higher. An increase in fish consumption was also linked to fewer sleep disturbances as well. Want to learn more about the benefits of eating certain types of fish? Watch this clip to find out. (SD)
This avocado toast tastes like dessert, but with all the added health benefits. Get the recipe.
Here it comes… the time of year that everyone gets a little drier and a little itchier. As cold weather settles in, there are several reasons that skin becomes drier and then eventually, itchy and uncomfortable. First is the dryness of the season itself. Cold, winter air is drier and more arid as compared to tropical, warm air. Additionally, indoor forced heat is also very drying which makes it almost impossible to avoid dry skin conditions in the winter. To warm up, often people take hot baths or showers and since hot water strips the skin of its natural oils, this soothing ritual can also worsen dry, parched skin. All of these issues add up to make the winter the worst season for dry, itchy skin. But there are some easy fixes to keep the skin well-moisturized and comfortable.
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