In the News: Hospital Releases Playlist for CPR, Acetaminophen During Pregnancy May Cause Hyperactivity, Boy’s Giggle Fits End Up Being Epileptic Seizures

Your DJ is now your doctor. A New York hospital releases a playlist of songs for CPR. Music can set the mood at a dinner party, date night, and even when you need to save a life – thanks to New York Presbyterian Hospital. They recently released a Spotify playlist of songs that are all 100 beats per minute – the recommended rate for chest compressions during Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). CPR can be easy. Kneel down at the person’s side and place the heel of you palm on the center of their chest. Place your other hand on top and interlace the fingers. Then lean over so your arms are straight and push down about 2 inches to the beat of Beyonce, ABBA, or even Shakira! Watch Dr. Oz teach hands-only CPR so you’re ready if a loved one ever needs it. (CNN)

Acetaminophen use during pregnancy may cause hyperactivity. According to a new study, taking acetaminophen (the main ingredient in Tylenol) during pregnancy may increase the chance of having a hyperactive child with emotional or behavioral issues. This ingredient, which is also found in allergy, flu, and sleeping medications may have more of an effect than was once realized. While doctors say that taking Acetaminophen only when needed is safe, they are now looking into other factors to determine if hyperactivity is directly related to this medication. (CNN)

Boy’s giggle fits actually epileptic seizures. Ever since he was a little boy, Justin Cho loved to giggle and laugh all the time. His family always assumed he was just a happy child, until one day the giggles lasted longer and he had a full-blown epileptic seizure. When he went to the hospital, doctors discovered that he had a benign lesion, known as a hypothalamic hamartoma inside his brain. This type of mass can cause development problems, cognitive disorders, and rage disorders as well, making it extra important that he was diagnosed at the age of nine and not any later. Six months since his surgery, Cho is no longer having any seizures and living life as a regular boy. (ABC)

In the News: Restful Sleep Can Dramatically Improve Mood, New Cholesterol Drug Can Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, CDC Ranks Most Sleep-Deprived Jobs

Counting sheep might be as good as counting cash. A good night’s sleep feels like winning the lottery. Ever notice that quality rest and relaxation makes you feel like a million bucks? Well, researchers at the University of Warwick followed thousands of British participants for four years and found that you’re not alone. People who reported improved quality of sleep or reduced usage of sleep medications had four year mood boosts comparable to lottery winners a couple years out from their big payoff. The scientists think it’s because sleep can have such a profound effect on both our physical and emotional health. Check out Dr. Oz’s favorite tips on getting better sleep. (TIME)

Breakthrough drug gives docs a change of heart. New cholesterol drug can protect patients most at risk for heart disease. A new cholesterol drug, Evolocumab is an injectable antibody that can lower lousy LDL cholesterol to unnaturally low levels according to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Participants in the study experienced a 15 percent decrease in their risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke. Although it’s only used for patients with the highest risk of heart disease, the study provides hope that we may soon have more effective ways to cut CVD risk in the future. Watch Dr. Oz and a team of cardiologists discuss one of the most common treatments for cholesterol, statins. (NYTIMES)

Have your dream job? You should keep dreaming. CDC ranks the most sleep deprived occupations. Multiple sleep research organizations say that less than seven hours of snoozing has been linked to issues like heart disease, obesity, and depression. Many experts think sleep deprivation may have something to do with our jobs. To find out how many of us are missing out on beauty rest, the CDC conducted a survey of American adults and found out which jobs get the least amount of sleep. They found that the worst offenders were communications equipment operators but several others made the list including health-care workers, firefighters, and transportation workers. The authors suggest we need to fix our poor sleep habits to improve our health. Find out your own sleep score today. (CBS)

In the News: Colon Cancer Risk Rising for Young People, World Happiness Report Gives Norway Top Ranking, Eating Vegetables May Reduce Stress

Colon cancer risk rising for young people. A recent study has found that Americans under 55 are seeing more colon and rectal cancer cases, with rates rising quickly. If you were born in 1990, you have twice the likelihood of developing colon cancer as if you were born in the ’50s. Since screenings are not common for patients under 50, when these cancers are diagnosed, they are often found at later stages. While there has been a notable increase in colon cancer cases among the population, future studies are required to answer the big question: why? Some symptoms to look out for are cramps, weight loss, constipation, bloating, and bloody stool. Since these symptoms can fall under the umbrella of so many other benign conditions, they are often ignored until the cancer worsens; this is why it’s so important to see a doctor immediately and to be prepared to get second and third opinions to be absolutely safe. To learn more about colon cancer, check out this fact sheet. (CNN)

World Happiness Report gives Norway top billing. According to this year’s World Happiness Report, which took 155 countries into consideration, Norway earned first place for overall happiness. Researchers considered social, socioeconomic, life expectancy, freedom, trust, and other factors into consideration when determining their rankings. The United States came in 14th place this year, with happiness levels declining by about .51 points. If you’re looking for places to travel to, other countries that broke the top 10 list include Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden. (NYTIMES)

Eating vegetables may reduce stress. We all know that eating vegetables can help us lose weight, prevent various diseases, improve digestion, and give our skin a healthy boost, but now it looks like there’s another perk: stress relief. Studies have shown that eating three to four servings a day can lower anxiety levels by 14 percent, and eating five to seven servings of veggies and fruit combined, can lower stress by 23 percent. If you were looking for another reason to eat fresh produce, there you have it! Here are 10 ways to sneak some veggies into your diet. (FOOD&WINE)

In the News: New Obesity Gene May Impact African-Americans, Certain Foods May Help a Hangover, Tia Mowry Opens Up About Endometriosis

New obesity gene may impact African-Americans. Researches conducted a 1,500 participant study in Nigeria and found a genetic mutation known as SEMA4D that may be responsible for weight gain. They found that over 55% of people with this mutation were obese. Over two-thirds of Americans and nearly half of the African-American population are overweight or obese so it’s more important now than ever before to find out how this mutation causes weight gain and what can be done to prevent the number on the scale from growing. Looking to shed some pounds? Try the 21-Day Weight Loss Breakthrough Diet. (NBC)

Certain foods may help ease a hangover. Did you know that around 76% of adults experience hangovers? Whether you’ve experienced a miserable hangover before or you hope to prevent one in the future, the key is moderation. If you do wake up one morning after having one too many and need some relief, look for foods rich in vitamin A, vitamin B, zinc and potassium. Make sure to drink plenty of water and stick to foods like eggs, avocados, bananas, sweet potatoes, and yellow veggies. You can also try drinking coconut water, which is a healthier form of electrolyte-rich sports drinks and will help you feel better in no time. For more ideas, here are 11 foolproof hangover cures. (CNN)

Tia Mowry opens up about endometriosis. In a recent interview, Tia Mowry, one half of the famous Sister, Sister duo, spoke out about having painful endometriosis for years. When she was in her mid-20s, she had several surgeries to treat the condition, but the scar tissue kept returning and the symptoms didn’t go away. Eventually, her doctor told her that if she wanted to have children one day she had to change her diet, specifically cutting out dairy and sugar. As soon as she started eating healthier, her symptoms went away and she was able to conceive. Are you looking to cut back on sugar? Try Dr. Oz’s detox plan. (YAHOO)

In the News: Fecal Transplants May Normalize Blood Sugar, DNA Scan Finds Genes Linked to Autism, Veggie Cakes Popular in Japan

Repoopulating the gut: The future of diabetes management? Fecal transplant normalized blood sugar in mice. In a recent study, researchers fed healthy mice resveratrol, the molecule in red wine that may be the reason it has so many health benefits. Then, they transplanted the fecal matter from those mice into the intestines of mice that had insulin resistance (the hallmark of type 2 diabetes). They found that after just a couple weeks, those pre-diabetic mice had normalized blood sugar levels! While the scientists don’t yet understand how these fecal transplants help with blood sugar regulation, the study opens the door to the possibility of fecal transplant for more than just gut health. Watch Dr. Oz explain more about fecal transplants here! (SCIENCEDAILY)

New DNA scan finds 18 genes associated with autism. A new study of autistic participants and their relatives found a staggering number of genes linked to this condition. They found that 18 genes and 72 unique mutations may be involved in the symptoms. Autism is becoming increasingly common in the U.S., with studies showing that one in 45 kids is now diagnosed. While it’s not clear why this is happening, Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization, is hoping to answer questions and raise awareness with further research. (NBC)

Salad Cakes are a new craze in Japan. Mitsuki Moriyasu, a cafe owner and food stylist in Nagoya, is starting a new trend with her vegetable cakes. Called Vegedeco Salad (decorated vegetables), these cakes are meant to be a guilt-free way to indulge in your favorite desserts. The frosting is typically made from tofu, the sponge cake is made from soy powder, eggs, and oil, and the colorful icing is made from all-natural vegetable coloring, from beetroot, carrots, and cabbage. Since Moriyasu’s two sons have food allergies, she decided to get create with her baked goods, which is what led her to make sugar and wheat-free desserts. Thinking of ditching gluten? Here’s what you need to know. (CNN)

 

In the News: Americans Drinking More Bottled Water Than Soda, Salt and Sugary Drinks May Cause Heart Disease, Soy No Longer Considered Harmful to Women

Americans now drink more bottled water than soda. Bottled-water consumption in the U.S. has now reached an astounding 39.3 gallons per capita according to last year’s data. The idea that people would purchase more bottled water than soda was simply unthinkable even 10 years prior, especially given that the packaged version is readily available for free from the tap. Nonetheless, bottled water sales have been steadily growing ever since Perrier entered the market in the ’70s. In recent years, bottled water sales have also been bolstered thanks to the increased knowledge of sugary soda drinking dangers. It’s great to see that water has eclipsed less healthy beverages and we’re excited to see how this trend will develop in the coming years. Ready to say goodbye to your favorite soft drink? try Dr. Oz’s 4-week soda detox. (MARKETWATCH)

A salt with a deadly weapon. Salt and sugary drinks may be the cause of heart-disease deaths. A study published this week in JAMA suggests that 10 foods may be contributing to half of all heart-disease related deaths. In the study, researchers looked at the diets of thousands of patients who died from a heart attack, stroke, or type-2 diabetes. They found that diets high in sodium, sugar sweetened beverages, and processed meats increase mortality risk the most. Furthermore, diets that are low in nuts and seeds, fish, fruits and veggies can also increase the risk. The authors go on to say that public health policies targeting proper dietary habits may provide patients with the most improvement to their health. Check out Dr. Oz’s plan to find out how to break up with salt. (TODAY)

It’s soy K to eat tofu! New research clears up some confusion about the complicated relationship between soy and breast cancer. The health advice on eating soy is fraught with confusion. Some studies support the idea that estrogen-mimicking molecules in soy like isoflavone could slow the development of breast cancers by decreasing estrogen production. But other studies believe that the isoflavone molecules may interfere with the efficacy of estrogenic medications for breast cancer like tamoxifen. To help clear the air, a new study evaluated the diets of thousands of women diagnosed with breast cancer. They found that diets high in soy may be protective for women with hormone insensitive breast cancer. As for women with hormone sensitive types, soy neither increased nor decreased their risk of mortality. While the authors acknowledge that we’re far from a definite answer about soy, we’re certainly on our way to one. Check out recipes for one of Dr Oz’s, favorite types of soy: tofu! (TIME)

In the News: Exercise Cures Chemo-Fatigue, Chrissy Teigen Speaks Out About Postpartum Depression, Study Finds Cardio Trumps Weight Training

Exercise helps patients with cancer-induced fatigue. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, research has shown that exercise helps cancer sufferers reduce fatigue brought on by the disease and the subsequent treatment. In fact, exercise has shown to be more effective in boosting energy than most medications which purport to do the same. While it may sound strange to say exercising can help those who are too tired to move, a brief walk can do a world of good. Here are eight more ways to get more steps in your day. (NBC)

Chrissy Teigen opens up about her postpartum battle. Chrissy Teigen is known to so many as a bubbly, happy person who spends her days cooking and eating delicious foods and going to glamorous events with her talented husband John Legend. What many don’t know is that she was secretly dealing with depression and anxiety following the birth of her baby girl, Luna, this past April. In a recent essay for Glamour magazine, Teigen described the exhuastion and physical agony she experienced behind the scenes, afraid to tell anyone how she felt and be labeled selfish or weak. In reality, 1 out of 9 women experience postpartum depression, making it much more common than many of us realize. Thanks to this public essay, many people currently struggling with this condition can feel safe to share their symptoms and get the help they need. Another famous figure, Marie Osmond, also struggled with postpartum depression. Hear her story today. (GLAMOUR)

Fitness study finds cardio more effective than strength training. In the largest study of its kind, Duke University researchers monitored 119 overweight people over the course of eight months to determine which weight loss method yielded the best results: cardio or weight training. They found that the cardio group won by a landslide. The cardio group lost four pounds while the strength training group gained two. While that gain was linked to lean muscle mass, it didn’t lead to significant fat loss overall. The cardio group lost over 3.5 lbs of fat while the strength training group exercised for 47 minutes more weekly and didn’t lose a single bit of fat. The best results were found in the cardio plus strength training group, which lost the most fat and put on the most lean muscle mass. These findings show that the most effective workout method is a healthy combination of both types of exercise. Want to learn more? Get your fitness fix here. (CNN)

In the News: Interactive Map Shows City Health Data, Startup Aims to Catch Cancer Early On, Study on Urine in Pools Uncovered Interesting Results

Interactive map shows city health data. The 500 Cities Project, which pulled data from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, lets people look up their own cities to find out where they stand and check out other places as well. If you were ever wondering which cities get the most sleep, have the highest rate of binge drinking, have the healthiest neighborhoods, and more, now you can click through the interactive map to get all the facts. To find out which states have the highest wellbeing, and see if yours made the cut, check out this gallery. (LIVESCIENCE)

Startup aims to find cancer early. Silicon Valley companies are racing to find a way to catch cancer before it turns deadly. Freenome, a company based in San Francisco, has raised $65 million to test a liquid biopsy that can detect early-stage cancer. Another company, Grail is planning to raise more than $1 billion to fund their own biopsy trials. The hope is that these tests will be able to find tiny bits of cancerous DNA that is detectable in the blood. By catching the disease early on, patients will be able to get the treatment they need to beat cancer and survive. To learn more, check out this cancer resource page. (BUZZFEED)

Study on urine in pools has interesting findings. At the University of Alberta in Canada, a study was conducted to find out how much urine is in community pools. While most of us just assume there is some amount of pee but don’t want to think about the specifics, these researchers got to the bottom of it and the findings might horrify you. In a pool filled with 110,000 gallons of water, they found that 7.92 gallons of urine were present. Some ways to tell if a pool has lots of urine in it is to use your senses. A strong chlorine scent is usually indicative of high urine levels, and when your eyes turn red, you may think it’s from the chemicals, but it’s actually from the urine as well. The nitrogen in the urine mixed with chlorine makes chloramine, which is what causes the redness. (TODAY)

In the News: Cat Ownership May Not Lead to Mental Illness, Eating Fruits and Vegetables May Lower Lung Disease Risk, Medicine to Help Alcoholics Quit are Underutilized

Am I going crazy right meow? Cat ownership may not cause mental illness. Becoming a crazy cat lady is a fear of many feline owners, but keepers of kittens can rejoice because a new study found that there is no link between cat ownership and the development of mental health problems. In the study, researchers followed nearly 5,000 cat people for nearly 20 years and found that there is no association between psychotic symptoms and having a cat in the home. While more long-term studies need to be done, the authors acknowledge the increased risk for toxoplasmosis exposure in those who cuddle up with their furry friend, so follow the CDC’s advice to reduce exposure. (TIME)

When the smoke clears on eating plants. Eating fruits and vegetables may decrease risk of lung disease in smokers. No matter who your primary care doctor is, you can almost guarantee they’ll tell you to eat your fruits and veggies. And now new research suggests that eating plants might be even more important for smokers. In the study, nearly 44,000 people and their dietary habits were tracked for 10 years. The scientists found that the smokers who ate more than five servings of fruits and veggies a day had a decreased risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). The best way to decrease the risk of COPD is to stop smoking, but patients in the process of quitting may be able to get additional benefit from eating more food from the produce aisle. Here are some of Dr. Oz’s favorite vegetarian recipes. (NYTIMES)

And the pursuit of hoppiness . . . Medicines that can help alcoholics quit are underutilized. The American Heart Association suggests that one or two alcoholic drinks a day could be beneficial for heart health, but the Centers for Disease Control report that many Americans take the recommendation too far—drinking five or more alcoholic drinks in a day. Physicians have a few medications that could help patients with alcohol dependence, such as naltrexone, but a recent study found that these drugs are underutilized despite the fact that they can be helpful for many people. While the authors acknowledge that naltrexone is no cure-all, they want physicians to know that using these medications in combination with counseling could provide relief for several patients in need. If you or a loved one has a problem with alcohol, talk to your doctor about getting help. For everyone else, check out Dr. Oz’s tips on how to cut back on alcohol. (NPR)

In the News: Spinal Cord May Determine Handedness, Gluten-Free Diet May Be Unhealthy, Gastric Bypass Surgery May Benefit the Moderately Overweight

Lefties: Can they do anything right? Our spinal cord, not our brain, may determine handedness. For years, scientists thought our propensity to be right- or left-handed was in our brains because the motor cortex in the brain initiates movement and sends the signal down through the spinal cord. But a new study found that precursors of handedness appear before the brain and spinal cord are actively connected. To test this, scientists examined spinal cord gene expression in babies in the womb. They found differences in right- and left-side gene expression at the location of the spinal cord controlling movements of the arms and legs—suggesting that the brain isn’t determining whether or not your child will be a southpaw. While more studies need to be done, this one shows that there’s still plenty to learn about neural development. Whether you’re a righty or a lefty, check out these tips on how to ease hand pain. (SCIENCEDAILY)

Don’t give up gluten if you loaf it dough much! Gluten-free eating may be linked to health risks. Gluten (the protein that makes dough elastic) could cause gastrointestinal distress in patients diagnosed with celiac disease. And many people have gone gluten-free based on the perception that it’s healthy. But a new study reports that cutting down on the bread and pasta may lead to increased arsenic levels in blood and urine. The authors speculate that patients following a gluten-free diet are likely to eat more rice, a grain that is known to have low levels of arsenic. Although the scientists acknowledge that the urine levels they found are not toxic, it might be a good idea to lower your risk. So, if you can—feel free to eat gluten again, and here are some tips on how to work it back into your diet. Want to find out if you have a gluten sensitivity? Take this quiz. (NYT)

Gastric band may benefit the moderately overweight. An extensive study by Monash’s Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE), has found that gastric band surgery is not just useful for obese patients but is beneficial to patients who are only moderately overweight as well. This surgery was shown to reduce the odds of diabetes remission and lowered the need for diabetes-related medications. These findings indicate that the BMI requirement for gastric band surgery should be updated and made more inclusive. As of right now, you have to have a BMI of over 35 to qualify for this procedure, but based on these results, it may be helpful to lower that number to 25–30. Check out this episode to find out how gastric bypass works. (MEDICAL)