Can mindfulness help you shed those extra pounds?

NOVEMBER 29, 2017 Healthline/Medical News Today If you want to keep weight gain under control, you may want to consider taking up mindfulness meditation, new research suggests. Mindfulness techniques may be effective in maintaining weight loss and preventing a rebound. Can mindfulness really help with that extra weight? Recent research has concerned itself with the…

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Cinnamon Shows Potential As Tool in Fight Against Obesity

November 28, 2017 – In both mice, human cell models, cinnamaldehyde induces fat cells to burn energy MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The compound cinnamaldehyde (CA), found in cinnamon, activates fat cells to start burning energy in both mice and humans, according to a study published in the December issue of Metabolism. Juan Jiang,…

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A Visual Guide to the New Blood Pressure Guidelines

by Greg Von Portz November 21, 2017 The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association’s new blood pressure guidelines came in a comprehensive, 192-page document. Here is an abridged version for visual learners. The full guideline may be found in Hypertension. Story Source – may require registration

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Oral Curcumin Shown Effective in Psoriasis

November 10, 2014 Written by Emiliano Antiga MD, PhD Psoriasis is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the skin, nails, and joints that affects about 2% of the general population, with a significant impact on long-term quality of life. The potential organ toxicity with chronic use of systemic drugs, their immunosuppressive effects with the increased…

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Pesticide Residue Reduces Chances of Pregnancy In Women Using Reproductive Technologies

November 08, 2017 JAMA internal medicine TAKE-HOME MESSAGE A cohort of 325 women undergoing 541 cycles of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) was assessed to evaluate the association between preconception intake of pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables (FVs) and outcomes following infertility treatment. There was an association between greater intake of high-pesticide residue FVs and…

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Using Turmeric and Curcumin To Lower Cholesterol May Help People At Risk of Heart Disease

This article found that turmeric and curcumin may protect patients at risk of cardiovascular disease through improving serum lipid levels. Curcumin may be used as a well-tolerated dietary adjunct to conventional drugs. The authors said that further research is required to resolve uncertainties related to dosage form, dose and medication frequency of curcumin. Efficacy and…

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Meditation and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

October 10, 2017 Journal of the American Heart Association TAKE-HOME MESSAGE The authors of this American Heart Association scientific statement reviewed the effects of meditation on cardiovascular risk. The quality and quantity of evidence reviewed were modest but indicate a possible beneficial effect of meditation on cardiovascular risk based on the effects on physiological response…

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Dietary and Lifestyle Risk Factors Associated With Kidney Stones

October 04, 2017 The Journal of Urology TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Using data from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and the Nurses’ Health Study, this study characterized the association of modifiable risk factors with the incidence of stone disease. Investigators found that maintaining a normal BMI, consuming an adequate amount of fluid, eating a balanced diet rich…

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The Metabolic Syndrome and Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

September 27, 2017 Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions – increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and high cholesterol or triglycerides.  An article in the Journal of the American Heart Association concluded that the risk of a sudden deadly heart attack is proportional to the number of metabolic syndrome…

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Yoga Improves Blood Sugar in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

In an article published in Preventive Medicine, people with Type 2 diabetes who did Yoga for about 8 weeks had better blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, stress levels, and even lost some weight. September 26, 2017 Yoga Improves Glycemic Control in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Preventive Medicine TAKE-HOME MESSAGE The authors of this…

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