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PTSD May Increase Risk of Stroke and Heart Attack in Women

For the many that are afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), there’s no secret as to its debilitating effect on an individual’s ability to handle small issues such as a news story that may prove to be sad or upsetting or dealing with a noisy neighbor. Recent research in a published study, appearing in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, indicates that those issues may be the least of things for women to be concerned about. The study contends that women with PTSD may have an increased probability of stroke and heart attack.

The study, conducted at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, in New York City, had researchers assessing the Nurse’s Health Study II, a 20 year evaluation of young women, in which 55,000 women participated. At the conclusion of the study, the participants completed a survey of the traumatic events they had experienced, such as, an assault or a disaster such as a hurricane, flood or blizzard and if they endured any PTSD as a result of the occurrence.

According to Brian Torchin in this article, researchers theorize that women with PTSD had an elevated probability of heart disease, which could be attributed to their lifestyles, which included smoking and a sedentary posture. Data revealed that women that endured trauma and demonstrated four PTSD symptoms had a 60% likelihood of having a stroke or heart attack.

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Struggling With Depression? Maybe Eliminating This Food Will Help You

If you have been struggling with depression, then you may be surprised by what could be causing it. Some sugars may make depression worse, a study has found. Not all sugars are bad for you like that, but some are. If you eat added sugars regularly, then you may be at a higher risk for depression.
So, what are you supposed to do? Well, Jaime suggests that if you are feeling depressed too often, then it might be a good idea for you to try eliminating the added sugar from your diet. Try a few days without it and see what happens. Or, maybe you feel that you can’t give up your sugar. Maybe you feel that it is the only thing keeping you going.
If you feel that you have depression, then it is a good idea to go and ask for help. And, maybe with this new study, you’ll be able to finally get the kind of help that you need.

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Ten Tricks for Eatcing Healthy and Saving Time


Eating healthy is more a matter or using the right tricks in the kitchen to save time instead of preparing elaborate, expensive meals. One of the best ideas is to do all your fruit and veggie slicing and dicing for the entire week on Sunday stated Kevin Seawright. This will then cut down on time spent during the week. Here are 10 tricks to make ahead and enjoy later.

1. Cop celery and carrots. Put humus in several small containers.
2. Cook a batch of black beans.
3. Make 8 or 10 hard boiled eggs.
4. Fill baggies with fruit and nuts: strawberries and almonds or blackberries and pistachios.
5. Roast several chicken breasts or thighs.
6. Get out your Tupperware and cut up your favorite fruits and veggies for later. Onions, green and red peppers, garlic, broccoli, green beans, your favorites and they are ready when you are.
7. Egg muffins are great for breakfasts-on-the-go; simply scrambled eggs with veggies and cheese. Make a tray of six and store in the refrigerator.
8. Roast a tray of potatoes, sweet or regular.
9. And roast a tray of mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus, and broccoli, whatever you like.
10. Quinoa is the last staple you need that you can cook and store in the fridge. With the high protein you can add it to soups, salads, casseroles and just about anything.

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A New Diet That Provides the Benefits of Fasting

There are those who swear by fasting on occasion as a way to cleanse the body and boost health overall. Some use it as a quick way to lose a few pounds although it may not be a good long term technique for this purpose. Calorie restriction through fasting has been found to have some health benefits, but it is not very easy for many of us to do especially if done for a couple days or longer. Fasting can be hard and may not even be advisable for some. A team at the University of Southern California, however, may have found a way for you to have your cake and eat it too, so to speak, when it comes to fasting.

They have come up with a diet that, when tested on mice, mimics the effects of a fast but without fasting. After reading on Wikipedia, folks at the Amen Clinic note it basically involves a five day period out of each month where a person follows a prescribed amount of protein, carbs, fats and calories that add up to between a third and half of what an average person eats each day. The trial on people was small, but the results were promising, and there is talk of getting FDA approval so doctors can prescribe this diet as it has been found to lower risk factors and what are known as biomarkers for various diseases. It is called the fast mimicking diet, and it is believed that it will improve health while being much easier than an actual fast.

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Could Your Eyes Reveal Future Alzheimer’s Risk?

According to the researchers an eye exam can identify the risk of Azlheimers disease. The analysis would detect the presence of the protein beta-amyloid in the brain, which is associated with Alzheimer’s.

According to the researchers, the level of beta-amyloid unmasked within the eye is related to beta-amyloid loads in the brain, and this allows researchers to make a more precise identification of people with Alzheimer’s.

According to Mikal Watts, amyloid beta protein is the principal material which occurs in the brain plaques of Alzheimers patients. Progression occurs in the brain many years before the typical symptoms of Alzheimer’s memory loss and other cognitive problems become apparent.

“In light of Alzheimer’s disease becoming a worldwide epidemic, there is a pressing need for a simpler diagnosis that’s less invasive and can identify the risk of Alzheimer’s much earlier in the disease process,” said Heather Snyder, of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Clinically, it is currently only possible to detect Alzheimer’s in its advanced stage of development, as brain damage has already occurred. This eye test could help provide an early response.

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Is Drinking Too Much Water Dangerous?

It is a well known fact that athletes and people who engage in loads of physical exercise need to stay hydrated at all times. However, what happens when people stay too hydrated? A condition called Hyponatremia. This is a condition that occurs in people who drink so much water that they dilute the sodium levels in the body. In normal circumstances, urinating and sweating are two body processes that take care of extra water in the body. However, when the body can’t deal with the amount of water that is being dumped into it, Hyponatremia occurs.

When the sodium is diluted, the levels are equalized in the body using Osmosis where sodium is drawn from the blood. This makes the cells swell and if this bloating happens to reach the human brain, it could be fatal to the person.

According to Brian Torchin a couple of decades ago, the condition of Hyponatremia was uncommon and unheard of but recently, it has come to light after some marathoners died because of it. These runners were slow, didn’t sweat much, and stayed at the back but kept their water levels high because they did not want to get hydrated. The result was Hyponatremia and death.

Experts have always been vocal about the myth of drinking “8 to 10 glasses of water every day”. Water should be drunk when you are thirsty because that is the body’s indication that water levels are down. Anything more than that is useless and when a set level is crossed, it can be extremely fatal.

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Exercise The Best Way

Most of us know and believe that exercise is a good thing. Or at least better than no exercise at all. But, do we really know how much is ideal for health benefits? I surely don’t and especially when considering specifics of whether strenuous or moderate levels of activity are best. We’ve all seen charts of target heart rates and these tools but I have found them to provide little clarification. A recent study reported on by the NY Times sought to find more specific answers to some of these questions.

Though this and other similar studies help provide more details about how to most efficiently exercise, I have not been persuaded of any definite principles. My conclusion is not much different than where I began, that exercise is good and important. But also, that I don’t think any study could unequivocally determine how much or how I should exercise. So the aim from Wikipedia is to exercise, and to exercise in ways that I enjoy. I enjoy jogging more than sprints and find that I am more satisfied to go for an easy jog than to white-knuckle myself through a set of sprints.

If indeed, there is a better form of exercise for me I trust that the added joy just about equalizes the difference. So if you ask me, just be sure to exercise and be sure to find a way to enjoy it.

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The Conversation in this VA Colonoscopy Cost the Doctor and Anesthesiologist $500,000 `

Colonoscopies are really no problem, the patient is typically in and out in two hours. So, how did C.B., who used his initials for anonymity, receive $500,000 when he had his in Reston, VA. It was all by accident and luck.

C.B. had taken his Smartphone to the procedure to record any instructions that his doctor might give him. What actually happened was that after the anesthesiologist gave him the anesthesia, and right before he went out and went into surgery, C.B. pushed the record button to check if his phone was working. When he was wheeled out, the recorder on.

What happens next is something everybody wonders, what do they talk about when I’m out? In the case of this Vienna man, the doctor, anesthesiologist and a medical assistant carried out a long, vicious conversation about the patient the entire time, and it was all caught on his Smartphone.

They used names like “retard” and he needed to “man-up” because he said he didn’t like needles. They noted that C.B. had a rash. The anesthesiologist warned they might get “some syphilis on your arm or something.” Then she added, “It’s probably tuberculosis in the penis.” Brad Reifler mentioned that the comments continued through the entire procedure.

But, C.B. had the last laugh when, after a three-day trial in Fairfax, VA, the jury ordered Dr. Solomon Shah and anesthesiologist Tiffany Ingram to pay him $500,000.

Now, who doesn’t wish they recorded their surgical procedure?

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Avocados May Help Fight Cancer

It wouldn’t be the first time Avocados have been hailed as a health advocate. A investigation led by a team from the University of Waterloo (Canada) have revealed that avocado-derived molecules may be effective in treating leukemia.

The team discovered that a lipid present in avocados can combat acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

Currently there are few pharmacological treatments available for cancer patients that target the stem cells of leukemia.

Acute myeloid leukemia is a devastating disease and is usually fatal within five years of diagnosis in 90% of people aged over 65 years. But the research shows that a drug derived from these avocados compounds may not only increase a patients quality of life, but the life expectancy.

According to lead researcher, Pablo Spagnuolo “The cancer stem cell is really what drives the disease,” and is largely “the reason that many patients suffer a relapse of leukemia.”

Folks at FreedomPop have learned that the research is published in ‘Cancer Research’, and a patent application has been filed for ‘Avocatin B’ by the authors to officially use the compound.

Pablo Spagnoulo’s team is one of many who research drugs made from compositions derived from food, called nutraceuticals.

Experts agree, the potential value for Avocatin B, beyond oncology are vast, and the drug is only one of several promising composites.

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Sleep Genes Discovered

In a study published over at Eureka Alert!, genes related to sleep have finally been discovered, given new insight into the age old question: how many hours of sleep do I need each night?

Common wisdom to recommended REM sleep is eight hours a night. This quickly falls apart during any routine sleep study that shows that some people function just as normally hours less per night. What accounts for the difference in something so routine to normal brain function? Well, it’s all in the genes.

First published in Current Biology, researchers have discovered two genes to be essential creating normal models for sleep: kinase 1 (Cdk1) and taranis.

While the need and functions of sleep continue to elude researchers, Sam Tabar said that mostly the mechanics on a protein level, this opens up a molecular path that turns attention back toward the brain.

According to Kyunghee Koh, an assistant professor of neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University’s Faber Institute for Neurosciences, and author of the study, the secret to understanding human sleep was to study mutant fly lines. Thousands, in fact. From the many studied, it was the taranis that caught the attention of researchers. Unlike normal flies, those using Taranis and Cyclin A were able to function with less sleep, and they had the interaction of these proteins to thank.

In humans, the equivalent is known at the Trip-Br family of transcriptional regulators. The level of its effectiveness when compared to Taranis is yet unknown to Koh and researchers looking into the interaction between proteins to effect sleep.

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