In the News: Vegan Diet on the Rise in Germany, Espresso May Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk, Touch Screens May Disrupt Toddlers’ Sleep

Vegan diet on the rise in Germany. While the German diet typically calls to mind beer, sausages, and fried chicken cutlets, the culinary landscape is swiftly transforming itself into a more plant-based, vegan-friendly space. Last year, more vegan products were launched in this country than anywhere else in the world. To provide context: They took the crown with 18 percent of all global vegan product launches, the U.S. came in second with 17 percent, and third place went to the U.K. with 11 percent. While there is still a desire for sausage and schnitzel, now Germans can enjoy meat-free versions made with soy, wheat, or tofu. Experts believe that health concerns and awareness have led to a rise in vegan and vegetarian fare abroad. Looking to give the vegan diet a try? Take this shopping list to the store with you. (CNN)

Espresso may lower pancreatic cancer risk. Italian researchers have unveiled a study that shows drinking three cups of espresso daily may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Scientists also used coffee extracts to test how prostate cancer cells react to exposure. The results were astounding: These extracts were capable of reducing cancer cell growth dramatically. While this link is very promising, it’s not conclusive just yet. For one thing, participants drank espresso “Italian-style,” which means it was prepared with high water temperature, no filters, and lots of pressure. These findings may indicate that only a certain kind of preparation can be effective in impacting cancer rates; while further research is required, the results underscore the health benefits of coffee. To learn more about pancreatic cancer risks and solutions, click here. (HUFFPO)

Touch screens may disrupt toddler’s sleep. A U.K. study has found that children between the ages of six months to three years are spending too much time using touch screens during the day and taking longer to fall asleep at night as a result. Researchers also found that compared to children who used these devices less frequently, tech-reliant toddlers napped more during the day and less at night. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests limiting use of technological devices and also monitoring what children use these devices for. Another tip: Take away the smartphones and tablets at least one hour before bed to give toddlers a chance to relax and give their brains a break. To further learn how technology may impact children, watch this clip. (LIVESCIENCE)

What You Need to Know About Melanoma


Written by: Dr. Neil Sadick

Melanoma is the deadliest of skin cancers, mostly because it can spread very quickly and attack organs such as the brain and lungs. The rates of melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years, and despite considerable scientific and clinical breakthroughs in treatment, dermatologists will stress that an ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure.


In the News: Exercise May Offset ‘Fat Gene’, Sickness Odor Sensor in the Works, Emma Stone Talks About Her Anxiety

Exercise may offset ‘fat gene’. While it is well known that genetics play a role in weight gain, researchers have discovered that there are ways to fight your genetic code and lose weight after all. The University of Copenhagen, along with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and several other participants analyzed 60 previous genetic studies to determine if working out could reverse the genetic likelihood of weight gain. After screening for 2.5 million genetic variations in over 200,000 adults, they discovered that people with the FTO gene (the gene that predisposes you to weight gain), could fight this effect and stay healthy with consistent exercise. Want to learn how to eat your way to super genes? Check out this food list. (ABC)

Sickness odor sensor in the works. After Mr. Boyle, an electronics engineer, watched his wife pass away due to colon cancer in 2014, he began focusing on cancer detection through the power of scent. His company, Owlstone has so far raised $23.5 million to allow clinicians to work with their odor analysis technology. This sensor, which is made out of metal layers, gold electrodes, and silicon, functions as a chemical filter. By changing the software in this device, users will be able to change which disease they want to detect. This device can eventually change the medical landscape, allowing physicians to spot cancer and other conditions in patients early enough to treat these illnesses before they become fatal. (NYT)

Emma Stone talks about her anxiety. Emma Stone recently spoke out about her anxiety in a video for the Child Mind Institute, detailing which methods helped her cope with her symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in particular, has helped her replace a lot of negative thinking with a more positive way of looking at life. Research has shown that CBT methods are very helpful in training the brain to replace stressful thought patterns with healthier ones. Tired of feeling anxious? Here are four ways to reduce your anxiety right away. (HUFFPO)

An Introduction to the Monday Dieter Plan

Diet and nutrition

By: Nicole Romanella

What is the Monday Dieter?

If you’ve ever said “I will start my diet on Monday” to yourself or a friend, my blog, Monday Dieter is for you. A Monday dieter is someone who can relate to this scenario: every Monday you start a diet and by mid-week you’re completely off the wagon and vow to start again next Monday. That usually means every weekend you eat everything in sight since you’re planning to start fresh come Monday.


In the News: Sleep Specialist Determines the Key Factor in Improved Sleep, Ten Breakfast Cereals Proven Healthy, Five Preventable Conditions Shorten Lives

Sleep specialist determines the key factor in improved sleep. Neurologist and sleep medicine specialist W. Christ Winter, MD, has discovered what it takes to improve your sleep routine. All it takes is setting your alarm for the exact same time daily, regardless of what time you go to sleep the night before. Sticking to a predictable wake-up schedule can actually train your brain to shut down with some level of consistency. He also adds, the concept of a good or bad wake up time isn’t real. If you function better as a night owl or you are more efficient as an early riser, he recommends sticking to your routine instead of trying to fit into a specific mold. Want to sleep better? Try these five steps. (HEALTH)

Ten breakfast cereals have been given a nutritionist’s approval. While breakfast cereals have taking a turn for the worst in terms of popularity lately — due to health reasons and trendier options taking their place — nutritionist Charles Mueller has rounded up 10 cereals that get an A grade in terms of nutrition and taste. Some of the top picks include Nature’s Path Qi-a! Chia, Buckwheat & Hemp Cereal Barbara’s Bakery Shredded Wheat, Ezekiel 4:9 Flax Sprouted Whole Grain Cereal, and Fiber One. Check out these other Oz-approved breakfasts for some healthy inspiration. (HUFFPO)

Five preventable conditions found to shorten lives. According to researchers, there are five conditions that are entirely avoidable which can otherwise cut your life short. Obesity is the leading cause of premature death – linked with 47% more years lost than tobacco, which is another condition on the list, along with diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. These results underscore the of managing diabetes properly, eating healthy, and losing weight. If you are currently living with diabetes, find out four easy ways to take control of your condition here. (WEBMD)

Celebrating Nurses Week 2017: Five Nurses You Should Know


Physicians are often thrust into the spotlight for the work they do, and often the notoriety is well deserved. However, there are many extraordinary nurses who have equally and dramatically changed the face of health and healthcare through their tireless efforts to serve their communities and make an impact on the world. With Nurses Week 2017 right around the corner, (May 6-12), we honor and celebrate nurses around the globe. From the battleground to the bedside, from offices to surgical suites, from nursing schools to government boardrooms, nurses make decisions daily that impact lives.


In the News: White Wine Linked to Rosacea, FDA Increases Warnings for Children Taking Painkillers, Fast Food Found to Have Way More Sodium Than Anticipated

White wine linked to rosacea. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology has found that white wine may cause skin inflammation. During a 14-year period of study, the drinking habits of 83,000 women were monitored, and the findings were fascinating. The participants who drank one to three glasses of white wine over a month increased their odds of developing rosacea by 14 percent. When they upped their glasses to five a week, the odds of developing this skin condition jumped to 49 percent. Want to learn more about rosacea? Check out this fact sheet. (W&G)

FDA increases warnings for children taking painkillers. The FDA has announced new warnings for children taking painkillers, stating that no child under 12 should take codeine, and those 18 and younger should not take the painkiller tramadol after some types of surgeries. The organization also states that women breastfeeding should not take either of these medications because the drugs can impact their babies. Drug manufacturers will now have to add these warnings to packaging and labels, so that parents are aware of these contraindications.   (NYT)

Fast food found to have much more sodium than once thought. In a new study published in the journal Appetite, researchers polled fast-food-restaurant-goers about the amount of sodium in what they just ate. In almost all cases, the guesses were six times lower than the actual amount. One reason the guesses were so off is that a lot of people tend to use a minimal amount of salt when seasoning their food, so they assume that restaurants are doing the same. As it turns out, 89 percent of Americans consume more salt than they are supposed to. While the recommended daily amount is 2,300 milligrams (around one teaspoon), most Americans eat 3,600 mg a day. Need help cutting back on salt? Here is the plan for you.  (TIME)

How to Contact Your Local Representative to Request an AED


On today’s show, Bob Harper described how he almost lost his life when he suffered a massive heart attack at his local gym this past February. Luckily, two doctors were there at the time, and they were able to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) to save his life. Does your local gym have an AED on hand? If not, find your state legislator here and feel free to use the sample letter below, so you can help make the gym a safer place. Together we can make sure that every fitness center is properly equipped to handle these life-threatening emergencies.