New Research Approach May Confirm Hypothesized Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Despite the fact that millions of Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, little is known about what causes affected individuals to descend into dementia. Two proteins called tau and beta-amyloid were thought to be involved because they were found in widespread clumps and tangles in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s, but not in those same patterns in those who didn’t have the disease. Unfortunately, it was difficult to tell whether these proteins were the culprits or if they were merely bystanders. Researchers hadn’t developed the techniques to know if they were causing death of neurons in a person’s brain directly or if they indicated a problem elsewhere, somewhat like a traffic jam shows that a car accident is somewhere up ahead. Read more  »

4 Tips to Making Behavior Changes That Stick

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Whether you want to lose weight, save money or get more sleep, you’re going to have to change your current behavior to achieve your goal. Most people only think about the positive aspects that a change will bring about, but if you really want to succeed, you need to consider the downside of the choices you’re making.

I’ve taught my patients that the key to making behavior changes stick is to anticipate the obstacles ahead of time so you can problem-solve and be prepared when you hit a roadblock. And don’t forget about the positive aspects that your behavior change will bring about. You’ll need to remind yourself of those benefits to motivate you when you’re feeling challenged.

Here are four tips to make behavior changes that last: Read more  »

Sharecare Top 5: Tips for Better Sex, 5 Weight Loss Myths Busted, How to Ease Knee Pain

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On Sharecare we’re revealing secrets to a great sex life at any age, debunking common weight loss myths, helping you ease your achy knees – and more.

1. Is your love life raging or fading? Either way, spice up your routine with these seven surefire solutions to take your sex life to the next level.

2. We’re setting the record straight on weight loss fact and fiction so that you can successfully shed those extra pounds and keep them off.

3. If you’re one of the millions of Americans with knee osteoarthritis (OA), find out how a knee brace can help re-align your joints, decrease your knee pain and help you stay active.

4. Heartburn, or heart problem? It can be hard to tell them apart. Learn which symptoms tend to be more common with each condition and how you should act if you’re having chest pains.

5. Avoid the sting of dry eyes with these simple tips to soothe itchy, irritated eyes from America’s favorite doctors, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen.

The Need for More Focus on Breast Cancer in Hispanic Women

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Written by the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

Cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics, and breast cancer tops the list of cancer-related deaths in Hispanic women. The probability of developing invasive breast cancer in Latinas is lower than in non-Hispanic whites (currently, the lifetime risk is 1-in-10 for Latinas vs. 1-in-8 for non-Hispanic whites). However, Latinas are significantly more likely to present at a later stage with larger tumors that are hormone-receptor negative, which are more difficult to treat. Read more  »

Going Undercover in Search of a Safe Hair-Straightening Solution

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When I told friends I was taking a hidden camera to investigate the safety of keratin hair straightening treatments they asked, “How can you realistically go undercover about that?” What they, and you, may not know is that I have naturally curly hair that I beat into submission with a variety of potions and torture devices! I even wore my hair curly (and red!) on the air, early in my career. Here are the pictures to prove it!   Read more  »

Deepak Chopra’s Help Desk

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Deepak Chopra stopped by The Dr. Oz Show today to dish out advice for a few of our lucky viewers. But just because you weren’t on the show doesn’t mean that he wasn’t listening! See his advice below for Dr. Oz’s Facebook fan, Lynn M.:

Q: How do I find true inner peace and relieve anxiety?

A: You can only find true inner peace when you find your true self beyond ego. True self is not self-image or what others think of you. Meditation is one of the best ways to discover your true self, your soul, creativity, joy and peace.

 

To Eat, or Not to Eat (Artificial) Sweets?

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For decades, artificial sweeteners offered the promise of delivering the sweet fix consumers crave, but with zero calories and zero effect on blood sugar. As a result, they have become one of the most widely used food additives in the world. Food companies have progressively added artificial sweeteners to all sorts of foods and beverages, from Greek yogurt to sodas and even salad dressings, with the appealing allure of weight loss and diabetes prevention.

But new research calls into question whether these very products that promised to help could be doing more harm than good. Scientists have zeroed in on a surprising way that artificial sweeteners may actually accelerate the development of glucose intolerance and metabolic disease through altering our microbiome, the colony of friendly bacteria in our gut that actively plays a role in shaping our health. Read more  »