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Prevent Tap Water Burns
About 500,000 scald burns occur annually in the U.S. Young children and the elderly are at increased risk because their skin is thinner. The elderly may also be less sensitive to temperature and slower to move away from scalding water. Hot water can cause third-degree burns in 15 seconds at 133 degrees F and in 5 seconds at 140 degrees F. The Burn Foundation recommends having hot-water taps set to 120–125 degrees F to reduce the risk of accidental burns. Always check the temperature of the bath before putting a child into the water and never leave them unattended.
Invest Time In Fitness
Being physically fit in middle age can yield big health dividends even two to three decades later. Researchers looked at data from more than 18,000 people and found that those with the best cardio/respiratory fitness levels in their forties and fifties were much less likely to develop heart disease, Alzheimer's, diabetes, lung or colon cancer and many other chronic illnesses over the next 20 to 30 years. In another analysis, these researchers also found that people who were the most physically fit in mid-life were 33% less likely to develop dementia in their seventies and eighties compared to those who were the least fit.
Fruit Lowers Aneurysm Risk
An 80,000-person, 13-year study found that people who ate two servings or more of fruit daily had a 25% lower risk of developing an abdominal aortic aneurysm. This condition is a bulge, like a ballooning weak spot, in the body's largest artery. If it ruptures, it is often fatal. Those who had the condition but also ate two servings of fruit daily had a 43% lower risk of the aneurysm rupturing. Researchers speculated that the antioxidants in the fruit reduced inflammation. Interestingly, while dietary vegetables are important to health, fruit has different antioxidants, which had a much more profound connection to this condition.
Sunscreen May Help Prevent Aging Of Skin
Most people know that using sunscreen can help lower the risk of skin cancer, but it also may help protect your skin (even if you're middle-aged) from the aging caused by the sun's ultraviolet rays. In a study that included more than 900 people, ages 25 to 55, participants were either told to use broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 15+) every day or told to use it when they wanted to. After four years, the people who used the sunscreen daily had 24% less aging of the skin (e.g., wrinkling, dark spots and sagging skin) than the group who only used it occasionally.
Too Much Sugar May Harm Brain
Sugar, in the form of glucose, is a fuel for the brain, but too much of it may raise the risk of mild cognitive impairment. A Mayo Clinic study analyzed the eating habits of nearly 1,000 elderly adults who, at the start of the trial, were without cognitive problems. By year four of the study, those with the highest intake of carbohydrates and sugar were almost twice as likely to develop problems with memory, speech, thought and judgment. “High levels of sugar may actually prevent the brain from using the sugar … similar to what we see with type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Rosebud Roberts, the author of the study.
Fire Prevention Week–“Prevent Kitchen Fires”
Never leave food unattended while it's cooking. When young children are present, use back burners and turn pot handles toward the center of the range. Try to enforce a “kid-free zone” of 3 feet around the stove. Keep flammable items away from the stove. Don't wear loose-fitting clothes while cooking, as they can easily catch fire. If your clothing catches fire: stop where you are, drop to the ground, and roll to put out the flames. Keep a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen. Never pour water onto a grease fire. If a pan catches fire, slide a lid over it to smother it or use a fire extinguisher. Have an escape plan and practice it with your family.
Volunteers May Live Longer, Healthier & Happier
A new review suggests that volunteering may not only improve mental health but lengthen life as well. In the study, volunteers had a 22% lower mortality rate than non-volunteers. They also reported greater satisfaction with life and a heightened sense of well-being and were less likely to be depressed. Experts also found that older adults who volunteered at least 200 hours per year were 40% less likely to develop high blood pressure. It's interesting to note that the research shows these benefits were only seen when the motivation for volunteering was to help others, not oneself.
Less Is More
Eating less red and processed meats may mean more health benefits. Accumulating evidence indicates that limiting the number of servings per day may reduce risk of heart disease. Researchers found that those who ate the most red meat (at least 2 servings a day) had a 29% higher risk of heart disease than those who ate the least (half a serving a day). But what constitutes a serving? For most studies, one serving of red meat is 3 ounces, about the size of a deck of cards or the palm of your hand. For processed deli meats, one serving is 1 ounce or about 1 slice. A serving of bacon is ½ ounce or about two slices.
Walking Vs. Running
A brisk walk may benefit your heart just as much as a vigorous run, as long as you burn the same amount of total energy. A new study found that walkers and runners who burned an equal amount of calories had similar reductions in the risk of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes. The brisk walking, however, took about twice as much time to burn the same calories as the running. Also, runners seem to maintain their weight better in the long term. Experts think this may be because with running there is an increase in the blood levels of a particular appetite-suppressing hormone.
Fiber May Lower Stroke Risk
Getting more fiber in your diet may help reduce the risk of stroke, according to recent research. For every 7-gram increase in daily fiber intake, there was a 7% reduction in stroke risk. That's about the amount of fiber in 2–3 servings of fruit or vegetables or about ½ cup of cooked beans. Fiber may reduce risk of stroke by helping to control blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The recommended daily intake of fiber is 21–25 grams for women and 30–38 grams for men.
Ways To Manage Stress
Take a break from the stressor; even just a 20-minute break can be helpful and clear your mind. Get regular exercise; it produces endorphins, “feel good” chemicals. Get adequate rest; getting enough sleep helps restore the body's energy supply. Be social; spending time with good friends can relieve stress. Smile and laugh; our brains are interconnected with our facial expressions and emotions. Smiling and laughing can help release the tension related to stress and make you feel better. Manage your time; build margin into your schedule, and allow for extra time to get where you need to be or to meet a deadline.
Mediterranean Diet & Dementia
A traditional Mediterranean diet is one that includes plenty of vegetables and fruits, nuts, beans, whole grains, fish, moderate wine and dairy, and very little red or processed meat. Olive oil is the key mono-unsaturated fat source. New research says consuming a Mediterranean diet may help older adults retain their memory and keep thinking skills sharp. Researchers looked at over 17,000 adults, average age 64, and measured their memory and cognitive skills. During the 4-year study, those who adhered the closest to the Mediterranean diet had a 19% reduced risk of cognitive impairment.
Massage May Ease Arthritis Pain
Moderate-pressure massage therapy may help reduce pain and improve the quality of life for those with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a recent study. Participants with RA in the upper limbs received either moderate- or light-pressure massage in the affected arm and shoulder once a week for 4 weeks. They were also taught self-massage to be done once a day. Those receiving the moderate-pressure massage showed significantly reduced pain, greater grip- strength and greater range of motion than the light-pressure group. However, both groups experienced less depression and anxiety.
Exercise Helps Kids Handle Stress
A new study measured the physical activity and the cortisol (the stress hormone) levels of about 250 8-year-olds. The kids wore devices that monitored their activity, and they gave saliva samples to check cortisol levels. The kids who were most active had little or no increase in cortisol when confronted with common stressful situations. In contrast, the kids who were most sedentary had surges of the stress hormone in similar contexts. Experts think that exercise promotes mental health by regulating the cortisol response to stress.
Smoking & Back Pain
If you smoke and also suffer from back pain, new research suggests quitting might help reduce pain. The study included over 5,300 people who were being treated for spinal problems. The patients in the study who never smoked reported the greatest reduction in back pain with treatment. The smokers who quit before or during the study reported less pain than those who continued to smoke. In fact, those who kept up the habit had no real reduction in pain. Smoking may increase back pain because it increases inflammation and may damage tissue by decreasing the flow of blood and nutrients.
Some Benefits Of Beets
Beets contain nitrate, which converts to nitric oxide, which helps dilate blood vessels and improves blood pressure. A new study found that beet juice improved blood flow to the brain in elderly people, as seen on MRIs. Beet juice also helps reduce muscle fatigue and enhances tolerance to high-intensity exercise. Cyclists who drank beet juice were able to ride up to 20% longer. Beets' ability to improve blood flow may explain why ancient Romans considered beets an aphrodisiac. Beets also have boron, which is related to the production of sex hormones. Note: Consuming beets may cause urine and stool to have a pink or red color.
Losing Weight May Curb GERD
GERD is a chronic condition in which the valve at the entrance to the stomach doesn't close properly and allows stomach acid to reflux into the esophagus, causing heartburn and indigestion. According to a new study, losing weight may help reduce the symptoms of GERD. Researchers had a group of overweight people, one-third of whom had GERD, reduce their calorie intake and exercise to lose weight. After 6 months, people lost on average 29 lbs. and 4 inches from their waist. In 65% of those with GERD, symptoms disappeared completely, and another 15% had partial relief from symptoms.
Exercise Improves Memory
Researchers assigned women ages 70 to 80 with mild cognitive impairment to 6 months of either toning and stretching, weight lifting or walking briskly. Their verbal and spatial memory was tested before and after the study. At the end of the study, women in the toning group scored worse on the tests than they had at the beginning. But those in the other two groups performed better on cognitive tests than before the study. While both the walking and resistance training groups improved equally in spatial memory, the women in the walking group showed even greater gains in verbal memory than the weight lifting group
Study Links Folic Acid To Lower Autism Risk
For many years, experts have recommended women take prenatal folic acid supplements to help prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida. According to a new study, the B vitamin may also help lower the risk of autism. The study tracked 85,000 mothers and children and found that those women who started taking folic acid sometime between 4 weeks before and 8 weeks after getting pregnant were 40% less likely to have a child with autism than those who didn't take the supplements. Women who could get pregnant or who are trying to get pregnant should talk with their doctor about folic acid supplements.
If fireworks are legal in your area, please follow these fireworks safety rules: Adults should always supervise any fireworks activities. Never allow young children to ignite fireworks; even sparklers, which may seem harmless, can burn as hot as 1800 degrees. Fireworks should only be used far away from homes, trees or any other flammable materials. Have a hose or bucket of water nearby to extinguish faulty fireworks. Do not attempt to relight fireworks that fail; wait 20 minutes and soak them in water. When attending public displays, stay well behind safety barriers.
Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, Brazil nuts and cashews can help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, which can have a heart-protective effect. They are also rich in the amino acid arginine, which converts to nitric oxide, which helps relax blood vessels. Nuts can help with weight management because they help you feel full longer. The selenium in Brazil nuts may protect against advanced prostate cancer; men with high levels of selenium had a 60% lower risk. Nuts are rich in vitamin E, which may help prevent cognitive decline. Peanuts are high in folate, which improves neural health. The latest study on walnuts found they may help improve sperm quality in younger men.
Vitamin D May Ease Crohn's Disease Symptoms
Crohn’s is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms may include persistent diarrhea, abdominal cramps, pain, constipation and rectal bleeding, as well as fatigue and muscle weakness. In a new study, patients were assigned to take a daily vitamin D supplement or a placebo for 3 months. Researchers measured participants before and after the study and found that the vitamin D group showed improved muscle strength, less fatigue, higher vitamin D blood levels and better quality of life. If you have Crohn's, talk with your physician or pharmacist before starting supplementation.
Green Tea/Coffee May Reduce Stroke Risk
Drinking green tea or coffee may help lower the risk of stroke. A recent study looked at data on 83,000 men and women 45 to 74 years old and found that during the 13-year follow-up, those who drank 2-3 cups of green tea a day had a 14% lower risk. Those who drank 4 cups reduced their risk by 20%. It also found those who drank at least one cup of coffee a day had a 20% reduced risk. Findings held even after researchers accounted for gender, age, smoking, alcohol use, weight, diet and exercise. Researchers think this effect might be due to the anti-clotting properties of these drinks.
Using A Stability Ball
Using a stability ball rather than a chair can help improve core muscle strength and coordination. Sitting up straight on the ball encourages spine alignment and better posture. It may also improve balance and strengthen lower back muscles and leg muscles. One study found that those who used a stability ball burned four times as many calories an hour as those who sat in an office chair. Experts say to use a firmly inflated, burst-resistant ball and build up your time on the ball gradually to allow your muscles to adjust to the position. People with back injuries or balance problems should talk with their doctor before using one.
Jot It Down & Shed More Pounds
The simple act of writing down what you eat each day may help you lose more weight. A study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition discovered that dieters who consistently recorded what they ate in a food diary or journal lost about 6 pounds more than those who didn't. The method for recording didn't seem to matter (a notebook, computer, tablet or smartphone app) as long as they were thorough and honest and listed everything they ate and drank, even condiments. Writing it down makes you more accountable for and aware of the calories you are consuming.
Sitting Too Long?
A recent study suggests that the longer people sit each day the higher their risk of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Researchers studied 63,000 men and found that those who sat for 4 hours or less each day were much less likely to have a chronic health problem when compared to men who sat longer than 4 hours a day. Those who sat for 6 hours daily had a significantly higher risk of diabetes. Experts say the study doesn't imply cause-and-effect; however, the link suggests it's a good idea to sit less and move more.
Oxygen Therapy Helps Some Stroke Survivors
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the therapy used on divers for the bends, may help reactivate neurons that have been damaged in stroke patients. All the patients in one study had suffered a stroke between 6 months and 3 years earlier. The treatments were 90 minutes long, 5 days a week for 2 months. Brain imaging performed before and after the therapy revealed improvements in brain activity. One 61-year-old woman who had suffered a stroke a year earlier and was unable to bathe, dress or climb stairs without help was able to do so after the therapy. Experts say the results are exciting but more study is needed.
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