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Vertebral augmentation device may offer first new treatment option in a decade for individuals with compression fractures

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Individuals suffering from spinal fractures - caused by osteoporosis or weakened bones - now have another option to reduce pain, restore function and improve quality of life, according to a study of 300 patients treated with a new type of vertebral augmentation. thuoc chua ung thu tuyen giap Results of a randomized, controlled multicenter trial on a new implant treatment for vertebral compression fractures are being reported for the first time at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 39th Annual Scientific Meeting.

Made of medical polymer, the implant is designed to treat painful and debilitating vertebral compression fractures, which cause the bones in the spine to collapse and, left untreated, can lead to pain and a condition called kyphosis (or a curvature of the spine). Recently cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the implant provides a new treatment alternative to vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, the current standards of care. The implant was shown to meet or exceed the performance of kyphoplasty on every measure studied.

"This the first new method of treating these painful fractures in a decade, which is great news for patients because it not only helps restore quality of life, but it also was shown to outperform our most-used treatment in important ways," said Sean M. Tutton, M.D., FSIR, lead author of the study and professor of radiology, medicine and surgery at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. "This Level 1 trial, which provides the highest quality and most reliable data, is one of the largest to date to compare a new treatment for vertebral compression fractures to standard of care - and the results match or exceed those of the current treatment," said Tutton. "This research also adds to the growing body of evidence supporting the efficacy and safety of these treatments," he added.

"Interventional radiologists are leading the way in providing minimally invasive treatment innovations for the spine, including developing new technologies that show significant patient benefits," said SIR President Scott C. Goodwin, M.D., FSIR. The Society recently published a multisociety position statement on vertebral augmentation, thuoc fucoidan chua ung thu tui mat discussing current and future technologies and noting that augmentation is a safe, effective and durable treatment in appropriate patients, added Goodwin, Hasso Brothers' Professor and chair of radiological services at the University of California Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine.

Kiva System as a Vertebral Augmentation Treatment - A Safety and Effectiveness Trial (KAST) was a study conducted with FDA approval in which 153 patients with one or two painful osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures received the new implant and 147 had balloon kyphoplasty. Patients were treated at one of 21 centers in the United States, Canada, Belgium, France and Germany and were followed for one year. Results of the study confirmed that the implant provided essentially the same amount of pain relief and improvement in daily function based on accepted measures for pain and function (visual analogue score, VAS; Oswestry Disability Index, ODI) and safety. Researchers also found patients who had the implant were more likely to benefit from a reduction in the angle of the kyphosis and less likely to have the bone cement leak. Moreover, the study showed a clinically important trend in that the implant patients were less likely to suffer a fracture in adjacent vertebra. This latter finding is despite the fact that the 153 patients who received the implant had higher risk predictors for future fractures.

There are approximately 700,000 osteoporosis-related vertebral compression fractures in the United States every year, which is only expected to continue growing as the population ages, said Tutton. Treatment options include pain medications and bed rest, or now one of three image-guided minimally invasive treatments often performed by an interventional radiologist or interventional neuroradiologist: vertebroplasty, balloon kyphoplasty and the placement of this new implant. The implant is designed to provide structural support to the vertebral body and a reservoir to direct and contain bone cement. "We are moving away from traditional vertebroplasty or balloon-based vertebral augmentation, thuoc chua benh ung thu tuyen tien liet which relies solely on the administration of bone cement. This new approach allows the treating doctor to deliver a much more predictable supportive structure into the vertebrae," said Tutton.

10 Skincare Essentials for Women in Their 40s

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It happened practically overnight. That tiny crinkle at the corner of your eyes, which only appeared whenever you found something hilarious, has formed into a taunting wrinkle that won’t go away and it’s no laughing matter. All those sun-soaked days of summer’s pasts? xao tam phan tri benh gi They’re now pesky discoloration that not even heavy concealer can mask. Where did you go wrong?


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Here’s the bad news: aging is inevitable. But the good news is you don’t need to be blessed with perfect genetics to have youthful, glowing skin, no matter how old you really are. According to skincare experts, essential moisturizing products and a brand new skincare regimen are all you need to slow down the aging process and have softer, smoother features without caking on the makeup. Sure, Botox can easily eliminate that line or three, but fortunately, especially for those with needle phobias, there are other options that don’t require the unwanted pinch and are just as safe.

While experts say you should begin looking into anti-aging products once you hit the big 3-0, there’s never a wrong time to revamp your regimen to keep looking as young as you feel. Find out what are the must-have skin essentials to keep those feared creases at bay. And check out the video above for five simple makeup tricks that can take years off your face.

Lose the Makeup, Gain a Doctor

“To cover the signs of aging, thuoc xao tam phan  women tend to overload on makeup and concealer, which can actually accentuate lines and wrinkles,” explains Dr. Marina Peredo, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. “Less is more when it comes to makeup on a mature skin. Mineral makeup is best on all skin.” However, avoid splurging on the latest products to hide those lines and instead, consider visiting your dermatologist every month. He/she can help you create the best skincare regimen for your features and those results will last longer than pricey foundation.

Cleanse, Cleanse, Cleanse

Whether you do wear makeup daily or not, it’s crucial to dedicate some time every day to thoroughly clean your face, preferably with a creamy cleanser that won’t strip your skin of its natural moisture. And don’t even think about getting lazy with this. No matter your age, it’s important to wash your face before hitting the sheets. “Even though it doesn’t seem like such a big deal, sleeping with makeup on, especially around the eyes, leads to low level chronic inflammation and irritation, which brings inflammatory molecules to your cells,” explains Dr. Jessica Krant, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York. “These cause direct damage, breaking down the rubbery, plump extracellular matrix that gives our skin its bounce and glow.”

Boost Up the Collagen

Collagen, the protein that helps skin remain its elasticity, is crucial for maintaining youthful, glowing features. However, skin loses its tone with age as collagen wears down, resulting in those unwanted fine lines. However, you can increase the collagen in your skin. “Topical vitamin A products are useful because of the ability to increase collagen synthesis in the skin and also temper discoloration of the skin,” says Dr. Julia Tzu, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. “The over the counter version is retinol. The more powerful prescription version is tretinoin or tazarotene. Your local dermatologist can help you decide which type of topical vitamin A is best for you.”

Drink Plenty of Water

Always begin and end your day with cool, crisp water. But don’t just stop there. Skip the sugary drinks and have water by your side at all times. Not only will it quench your thirst, but it will always keep your skin hydrated and supple. “Once you realize you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated, which takes its toll in your skin,” says celebrity nutritionist JJ Virgin. “Always keep a canteen with purified water nearby to hydrate your cells so nutrients stay in and toxins get out. Proper hydration means you sweat more efficiently to keep your skin glowing and looking fabulous.” Virgin recommends beginning your day with a glass of water to kick off healthier habits. As for cocktail hour? We’re not saying to give it up completely, but do keep in mind that alcohol does dehydrate skin, so think twice before making it a double.

Slather On the SPF

Experts say your 40s are the right time to start using retinol if you haven’t begun already, but there is one product you should be slathering on every day, no matter your age. “Now is the time to really step up the sun-protective strategies with at least SPF 30 every day and also a hat if you are spending any longer than 5-10 minutes in the sun,” says Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, ban xao tam phan tu nhien co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery. “The effects of the sun are cumulative and so many women are running around with work, kids, and errands that they’re spending a lot of time in direct sunlight without realizing it. The cumulative effect of all this sun ages the skin quickly.”


In addition to thoroughly cleansing your face every evening, it’s just as important to implement exfoliation once a week to slough away dry, rough patches that emphasize wrinkles.  Just make sure to exfoliate gently, avoiding a red, irritated complexion that hurts to the touch. “I think a great exfoliant is very underrated,” says New York City-based celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas. “We call exfoliation our secret weapon at my salon because it can transform the skin completely in very little time. Exfoliation allows your products to penetrate better, it keeps the pores minimized, and it can erase fine lines caused by dehydration in the skin.”

Apply Eye Cream Religiously

In addition to sunscreen, experts say it’s just as important to apply eye cream every night. Why? Simple-the delicate skin around your eye is the thinnest layer of skin on your body, one that needs loads of hydration to stay tight, avoiding pesky lines that can deepen with time. “Women in their forties will begin to see a loss of tone around the eye area,” warns Dr. Stafford Broumand, associate clinical professor of plastic surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Whether you suffer from puffiness, dark circles, or dryness, everyone can benefit from using eye cream. Your dermatologist can help you recommend the best cream for your skin, which will take out the guesswork. And once you do find that perfect product, wear it every night.

Make Moisturizer Your Friend

“The most important part of your beauty routine every day after removing impurities is to put a protective, plumping barrier layer of plain moisturizer against your skin,” stresses Krant. “This helps the skin protect itself from environmental damage, prevent too much moisturize loss through evaporation, and keeps surface cells translucent, keeping that glow of youth shining through when light hits your skin. It plumps up fine lines and wrinkles that can virtually disappear with the right moisturizer alone, whether or not it contains any fancy anti-aging ingredients.” While you should never skip on moisturizing, Krant says you should definitely apply overnight to wake up with a “ready-to-go glow.” And even if your skin is naturally oily, you can still find one that’s oil-free to prevent that slick, too-greasy feel. For daytime, look for a moisturizer that features SPF protection of at least 30 to minimize your beauty routine. For those yearning extra coverage, tinted moisturizer can replace too-thick foundation.

Consider an Antioxidant Serum

Antioxidants are meant to make your skin appear softer and even tone, but finding the best one for your features can feel like mission impossible with so many products on the market promising the fountain of youth. However, the search for the right one doesn’t have to be complicated. Tzu, who recommends using an antioxidant product, either combined with your moisturizer or sunscreen, says to look for those that feature vitamins C and E. “SkinCeuticals makes an antioxidant serum that can be applied directly to the skin,” she recommends.

Get Your Beauty Sleep

The easiest thing you can do to look fresh and youthful every morning? Get plenty of sleep, no matter what. “It’s during sleep that our bodies repair the damage from trauma and toxins we are exposed to during the day,” explains Krant. “Allow your body to refresh itself fully each night so you can have a full glow every morning. Sleep reduces the body’s stress levels, too, which help prevent aging because increased stress hormone levels cause direct damage to skin cells.” Remember, there’s a reason why it’s called beauty sleep!

Men receive faster care than women for heart attacks, study shows

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 Researchers looking into differences in care have found that gender impacts on how quickly certain patients receive care in the wake of a heart attack. xao tam phan co may loai The main finding shows that men are more likely than women to receive faster care.

The team, which published the results in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, says gender has a wider scope than sex and incorporates "the effects of social norms and expectations for men and women."

To understand these differences and to investigate why younger men and women with acute coronary syndrome have differences in mortality, the researchers studied 1,123 patients between the ages of 18 and 55 years old, who were recruited from centers in Canada, the US and Switzerland.

The sample size consisted of 32% women and 68% men, while the median age was 50 for women and 49 for men.

After they had been admitted to the hospital, the patients completed a survey that included questions about gender issues, such as "traditional" masculine and feminine traits, responsibility for work in the home, education level and health status.

Overall, the surveys revealed that the women were mostly from lower income brackets, were more likely to have diabetes, high blood pressure and a family history of heart disease. They also had much higher anxiety and depression levels than the men.

In terms of care time, men received access to electrocardiograms (ECGs) and fibrinolysis much faster than the women; door-to-ECG and door-to needle times were 15 and 21 minutes and 28 and 36 minutes, respectively.

Commenting on the findings, Dr. Louise Pilote, study author and clinician-researcher at McGill University Health Centre in Montréal, Canada, says:

    "Anxiety was associated with failure to meet the 10-minute benchmark for ECG in women but not in men. Patients with anxiety who present to the emergency department with noncardiac chest pain tend to be women, and the prevalence of acute coronary syndrome xao tam phan ban o dau tai hcm is lower among young women than among young men."

She adds that their findings suggest triage staff may dismiss a cardiac event at first among young women with anxiety, which could be why they experienced longer door-to-ECG times.
'Feminine traits' also result in treatment delays

The study also showed that patients who visited the hospital with atypical symptoms or multiple risk factors also experienced longer delays in treatment.
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Both women and men with a feminine gender identity are more likely to experience treatment delays than "masculine" patients.

But perhaps more interesting, the team found that both men and women with feminine character traits were more likely to experience treatment delays than patients who had masculine traits.

They report that both women and men who reported higher levels of feminine personality traits - including reporting being the person in the household mainly responsible for housework - were "less likely to undergo invasive procedures."

Though their findings are substantial, the study did have a few limitations. Firstly, there could have been a selection bias, given that the sample involved survivors of acute coronary syndrome.

Additionally, patients were excluded when there was missing data, which reduced the sample size further. Plus, the researchers note that "lack of data on the appropriateness of procedures limits the interpretation of results and the implications for clinical practice."

Still, the team says in light of their findings, more specific care may be needed for patients who arrive at the emergency room without chest pain, multiple risk factors or who have a feminine gender identity and role.

Medical News Today recently reported on xao tam phan tu nhien moc o dau another heart attack study, which concluded that risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event increases after anger outbursts.

10 Healing Foods To Buy Organic

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There are some key aspects of foods' nutrition and healthfulness to consider when choosing healing foods - we want ones that are high in supportive nutrients and that are clear of toxic chemicals. Consuming foods as they are grown from Nature is where to begin - fresh fruits, thuoc fucoidan chua ung thu than wholesome vegetables, hearty whole grains, lively legumes, nutritious nuts and seeds, some calming low-fat dairy, and non-toxic animal proteins, from eggs to flesh if these are desired and feel right for you. Then, make sure the main foods you eat are not filled with additives or exposed to pesticides and other chemical sprays, or contaminated in other ways, such as from the water, soil, or industrial treatments.

The key foods to buy organically grown and/or manufactured from organic ingredients are:

  1. Those that are commonly heavily treated, such as strawberries and animals;
  2. Those where you consume the parts that are sprayed, as in leafy greens or broccoli;
  3. Those that you consume frequently, whereby you'll get higher accumulated exposure over time, as in apples or bananas.

Ideally, our entire diet could be made up of wholesome, healthy organic and clean foods.

My list for Ten Healing Foods To Buy Organically Grown includes:

Strawberries are red and energizing, rich in vitamin C and carotenoids (beta-carotene and others). But this fruit is the most heavily contaminated produce food in the U.S., according to data from a number of environmental groups, including a 1993 study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG of Washington, DC) and an analysis by the Pesticide Action Network of North America (PANNA). Strawberries in California are treated with more than 300 pounds of pesticides an acre, and some areas of the country use up to 500 pounds per acre. As a comparison, conventional farming currently uses about 25 pounds of pesticides an acre on the average crop. Also, some growers may be spraying the harvested strawberries for shipping. This adds to the amount of chemical concentration in the fruit. thuoc chua ung thu thuc quan Strawberries were also found to have the highest level of hormone-affecting pesticides, including benomyl, vinclozolin, and endosulfan. Methyl bromide is another common toxic spray used on strawberries. Note that out-of-season strawberries may be even more heavily treated because they come from other countries and are sprayed before shipping.

Leafy Greens, such as Lettuces, Spinach, Kale, and Chard
These foods are considered vital and nutritious. They contain folic acid as well as calcium, iron and other minerals. However, sprayed chemicals tend to remain on the leaves of these vegetables, which is potentially more harmful since we eat those leafy parts. In FDA studies, spinach was the most frequently found leafy green to contain the more potent pesticides, especially the organophosphates (neurotoxins) and permethrin (noted as mildly carcinogenic).

All grapes contain cleansing fibers, B-vitamins and vitamin C, plus some minerals from the soil. Red grapes contain many phytonutrients, including the healthy proanthocyanadins, which appear heart protective. Unless they are organically grown, however, grapes may receive multiple applications of a variety of chemical agents during their growing period. Many fruits, including grapes, ripen quickly and attract insects and molds. Thus, they tend to be more heavily treated in order to get them to the market (and to protect the financial interest of the grower). FDA research indicates that imported grapes are even more heavily treated than the U.S. samples. During winter and early spring, almost all grapes available in the U.S. are from Chile, and these are found to have an exceptionally high percentage of pesticide residues (79%). thuoc chua benh ung thu tinh hoan They also have a higher percent of the carcinogenic pesticides, captan and iprodione. However, U.S. grape growers use high amounts of sulfites and the fumigant, methyl bromide, so these are all good reasons to buy organic grapes and grape juices.

3 Yoga Poses to Help Relieve Anxiety

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Anxiety is often caused by worrying about the future. Practicing yoga is a wonderful way to quell anxiety because it keeps us in the present moment.  gia ban the hollywood 48 hour miracle diet The meditative mindful breath combined with certain yoga postures can help even the most anxious people learn how to relax a bit more. As a new mom trying to balance motherhood and my career, I certainly find myself worrying about everything I need to do. I find these three yoga postures really help ground me back in the present and calm my mind.

Mountain Pose
Photo: Appcession

Photo: Appcession

Why it works: Mountain pose is a great posture for anxiety. Plus, it can be done anywhere and no one will even know you’re doing yoga! When you find yourself anxiously moving forward toward your tip toes and worrying about your to-do list, stop and practice mountain.

How to do it: Stand with your feet together, big toes touching and heels together. Practice rocking forward to the front of your feet and notice how you start to feel anxious. Then, rock towards your heels and notice how it drags you back in to the past. Finally, find the very center of each foot not moving toward the future nor hanging back in the past, and ground yourself in the present moment. Stretch your fingers toward the floor as you lift the top of your head toward the ceiling. Close your eyes for a moment and watch your breath flooding through your body. Breathe in calm and breathe out anxiety. Hold for 8 to 10 breaths.

Eagle Pose
Photo: Appcession

Photo: Appcession

Why it works: Eagle is a good pose for concentration and focus. When you’re forced to focus on something else, it automatically makes anxiety go away. You can’t obsess about your big presentation at work when you’re wrapped up in a tight fold and balancing precariously on one foot.

How to do it: Bend your knees enough to wrap one thigh over the other at the top of the thigh. See if you can double cross the foot behind the standing leg’s calf. If this is too challenging, just keep the foot out or tap it to the floor. Wrap your arms high at the shoulders and double cross at the forearms to bring the palms together. If you can’t press the palms, press the backs of the hands. Hollow out your abdominals and bow forward as you gaze down the hands. Pick a spot on the floor to rest your gaze and hold for 8 to 10 breaths. When you come up and unwind, mua the hollywood 48 hour miracle diet o hcm chinh hang  notice how less anxious you feel and note the sensation of spaciousness in your thoughts and your body. Repeat on the other side.

Standing Straddle Forward Bend
Photo: Appcession

Photo: Appcession

Why it works: Standing straddle forward bend is just a feel-good pose. It releases tension in the head, neck, shoulders, lower back, and legs. It also forces you to stay in the center of your feet as you allow your torso to drape out of your thighs. I often practice this pose as a way to say goodbye to the contents of my brain for the time being. Stand with your legs about one leg’s length apart.

How to do it: Turn your toes slightly inward, place your hands on your hips, and lift your chest on an inhalation. On an exhalation, bow forward and place your hands on the floor shoulder-width apart directly in line with your feet. You can practice what you did in mountain pose above—move forward to the balls of the feet, then move backward toward your heels, then find yourself right in the middle of your arch. Hold for 8 to 10 breaths. thuc uong giam can Place your hands on your hips again and inhale up to stand. You’ll feel worry-free, I promise.

Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

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Growing up, our overachiever family placed a high value on competency. Often that translated into a critical mindset towards self and others, where we frequently saw the bad before the good.

This way of being, like all patterns, thuoc fucoidan chua ung thu tinh hoan became habitual for many of my siblings. And as my father’s daughter and a champion of “let’s make it the best,” it’s a tendency I’ve been unraveling for years.

When you walk into a room and see your child working on a science project, greet your partner at the end of the day after a big presentation, or receive an email update about a work project, do you see what’s going “right” or immediately look for what’s going “wrong?”

Cultivating a gratitude practice has helped me to shift and see the gifts in any situation–even those that look horribly astray. An attitude of gratitude doesn’t come naturally to us. It was something I had to learn, to bring my attention and focus to and to practice, practice, practice. But I chose to do so because I know from my good friend/positive psychology researcher Dr. Christine Carter (and from first-hand experience), it’s one of the fastest ways to FEEL GOOD. And to help those around us feel good, too.

I witnessed this over the weekend while leading a women’s retreat for 60 at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. It was Saturday afternoon, the retreat was half over and I could sense some of the women experiencing a contrast between the amazing connection they were feeling at the retreat  and how this compared to life at home. So we hit the pause button and took a few minutes for gratitude sharing. Within minutes the energy of the entire group had shifted. I could feel it, we all could. It was as if someone had poured liquid sunshine over our heads. We were smiling, connected, heart-centered and happy.

Three ways my family actively cultivates an attitude of gratitude include:

    Communicating from our hearts, rather than our heads: analytical criticism shuts others down, gratitude and loving kindness makes us feel more open and appreciative of one another.

    Faking it until we feel it: when we’re stuck, grumpy or feeling irritable, one of us challenges the others to share one thing we’re grateful for and we continue this “round robin” style until we’re freely sharing all the things we have to celebrate. thuoc chua benh ung thu truc trang  It may feel corny at first, but try it. It works every time. I promise.
    Spreading the gratitude virus: expressing gratitude is contagious. We feed on one another. It’s like dropping a pebble in a pond. Being thankful begets thankfulness: at home, at work, at school, during carpool, on conference calls and waiting in line at the grocery store.

Voicing what we’re grateful for heightens our mood, shifts and broadens our perspective and supports us in remembering what really matters. It’s a gift that can be accessed anytime, anywhere. And it’s one I’m incredibly grateful for.

Interested in reading more about cultivating a gratitude practice?  Here are two related posts from my Live Inside Out blog on this theme: A Grateful Heart and Can I Be Grateful When Things Aren’t Going My Way?

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10 Healthy Eating Apps This Nutritionist Loves

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I have to admit, I’m not much of an app person. I use Twitter and Pinterest more sparingly than I intend to, and I still maintain my daily to-do list using paper and pencil. But, I’m not oblivious to the appeal of high tech tools. I’ve always known that dozens of fantastic programs were waiting for me beneath that little blue App Store icon, and one of my resolutions this year was to start taking advantage of them. So, I set out to find 10 apps I think I’ll regularly use myself, and recommend to my clients. Here are my finds (all free by the way), and the situations in which I bet I’ll be glad they’ll be at my fingertips.

Situation: I need to look up a food additive, stat!

App: Chemical Cuisine
When I pick up a packed food, the very first thing I do is read the ingredient list. And while my training has left me familiar with most, I sometimes still spot additives that leave me scratching my head (most recently thaumatin, a natural sweetener I hadn’t yet heard about). My previous modus operandi would be to whip out my iPhone and do a quick Google search, but this app from Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) may offer a shortcut. It provides a brief description of over 130 additives, along with an overall evaluation of either ‘safe,’ ‘cut back,’ ‘caution,’ ‘avoid,’ or ‘certain people should avoid.’ Even if I don’t always agree with the rating, I appreciate the summary, so I can make my own informed decision about whether or not to let an ingredient into my grocery cart.

Situation: Yikes! Organic pineapple is twice the price. Is it OK to buy the non-organic?

App: Dirty Dozen
I think it’s always best to go organic when you can, but the benefits of fitting in at least five daily servings of fruits and veggies outweigh the risks of consuming non-organic varieties. That said, I want to do my best to minimize my pesticide exposure, fucoidan and that’s exactly what this app helps me to. It lists the “Dirty Dozen” – the 12 most contaminated types of produce, as well as the “Clean Fifteen” – those least likely to contain multiple pesticide residues. I know many of these by heart, but 27 types is a lot to keep track of, so accessing the lists in just a few clicks is super helpful when I’m at my local grocery store or farmer’s market. By the way, pineapple is one of the “Clean Fifteen.”

Situation: Hubby is craving seafood for dinner – what’s the safest choice?

App: Seafood Watch
This multifaceted app shows users how to select sustainable seafood options, both regionally and nationally, by using a red, yellow, or green rating (red means either overfished or caught or farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment; yellow means better, and green indicates the best all around options for the environment). But my favorite tool is the “Super Green” list, which includes sustainable choices that are also low in common contaminants, like mercury and PCBs, and high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Based on the app, I see Alaskan salmon in my hubby’s future.

Situation: I’m out of my neighborhood or traveling – where can I find a healthy meal?

App: Food Tripping
In addition to helping me find healthy alternatives to fast food wherever I am, this app identifies healthy food markets, juice joints, coffee houses, artisan food shops, vegan options, and farmer’s markets. I even found some new spots in my own neighborhood I hadn’t heard about yet, and I can suggest my own favorites that are missing. Love, love, love.

Situation: I’m grocery shopping and I want a faster way to find the healthiest products.

App: Fooducate
What doesn’t this app do? Fooducate’s database contains over 200,000 products, each with a letter grade based on nutritional value, along with things to know about a product (like if it contains any artificial additives), and healthy alternatives. Using your phone’s camera, you can also scan a product’s UPC code to access quick info. I tried it with my unsweetened almond milk, and it suggested a DIY recipe for how to make my own (which I have done, but not in a while, so good reminder!). The app also allows you to search for foods by category or brand name, so if I’m at a market and want to look for the healthiest mustard for example, I can search the app first, rather than having to inspect every jar on the shelf.

Situation: Is spaghetti squash still in season?

App: Seasonal and Simple
I could spend hours scrolling through this app. In addition to charting what’s in season each month of the year, I love being able to search the produce list alphabetically, to access key nutrients, and tips about how to select, store, and prep my favorite plants. There are also deliciously simple recipes for each fruit and veggie, from grilled radishes to ratatouille, sautéed cabbage, and pickled beets (my mouth is watering just typing this). Truly an app that lives up to its name!

Situation: I have a ton of leftover mint (or other ingredient). What should I do with it?

App: Whole Foods Recipes
I love to get creative in the kitchen, but I also find inspiration from browsing existing recipes. From new ways to enjoy staples, like quinoa, to ideas based on course (salads, side dishes, soups), cuisine (Cajun, Moroccan, Southwest…), or special diet (gluten free, vegan, low sodium), this app is fun, user friendly, and offers some pretty cool features, including shopping lists, meal planners, and ‘On Hand,’ which provides suggestions based on typing in the ingredients you already have.

Situation: I need a healthy meal delivered to my door

App: Seamless
I recently moved to a new neighborhood, so I’m still getting to know the healthy selections in my area. Seamless is making it easier, because I can narrow my take out options by the designation ‘healthy,’ or search ethnic cuisines known for healthy dishes, like Japanese and Mediterranean. Even better, I can sort further based on price, rating, distance, thuoc fucoidan viet nam estimated delivery time, or new restaurants only, and once my order is placed, a tracker will let me know when it’s ready. Healthy convenience.

Situation: Is this popcorn non-GMO?

App: Non-GMO Project
Because GMO foods aren’t labeled as such, one of the only ways to avoid them is to buy USDA certified organic products. But that’s not practical 100% of the time, and while GMO seeds and ingredients are not supposed to be used in organic products, no testing is required to show whether GMO cross-pollination or contamination has occurred. Enter this app, which features a list of the brands and products enrolled in the Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program. According to ABC News, 93% of those polled believe that GMO products should be labeled, and nearly 60% say they’d be less likely to buy GMO foods. If you agree, this app takes away the guess work – search by product type, brand name, product name, and key word.

Situation: I’ve been rushing around all day, but I want to slow my pace as I eat

App: Eat Slower
I adore this app! It’s so simple, yet so impactful. Simply set your pace, from 20 seconds to three minutes, press start, savor your food, and don’t take another bite until the interval has ended and the ‘bite’ bell goes off. Eating slower has been shown to enhance meal enjoyment, boost satiety, and result in naturally eating less. In my experience with clients, it can also help break the habit of multitasking, which can lead to mindlessly overeating, or disconnected eating, which can trigger bloating or lingering cravings. If you tend to eat fast, use the app to work your way up from 30 or 45 seconds between bites, to one minute, one and half, then two, and three. Pacing yourself even once a day can result in eating slower at every meal, and I bet you’ll be amazed at the impact.

Colicky Baby? Probiotic Drops Might Help

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 Infants given probiotics during the first three months of life appear to have fewer bouts of colic, acid reflux and constipation, according to Italian researchers.

Colic — excessive crying that is unrelated to a medical problem — is the cause of as many as one in five visits to pediatricians, the researchers said. dia chi ban nam lim xanh It is also a source of anxiety and stress for parents.

“In Europe, probiotics are widely used to treat colic,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Flavia Indrio, of the department of pediatrics at Aldo Moro University of Bari.

Probiotics are friendly, live bacteria that help maintain a natural balance of organisms in the intestines, Indrio said. To see if probiotics could prevent colic and other gastrointestinal distress, the researchers gave more than 500 newborns either probiotic drops or a placebo.

The results, which were published online Jan. 13 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, showed that, over three months, the babies who got the probiotics had significantly shorter crying spells and less stomach upset than the babies given the placebo.

“Parents need to be informed that probiotics possibly cure and prevent colic,” Indrio said. “This is something I use routinely in my practice to treat colic.”

However, although the treatment caused no apparent harm or side effects, Indrio said these findings need to be replicated before this becomes standard care in the United States. The study showed an association between probiotic use and decreased colic, but it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

Colic, acid reflux and constipation are the most common gastrointestinal problems infants suffer. They often result in hospitalizations, feeding changes, drugs and loss of working days for parents, the researchers said.

Normally, the intestines have about 400 types of probiotic bacteria that serve to reduce harmful bacteria and keep the digestive system healthy. One of the most common probiotic bacteria is Lactobacillus, which is found in yogurt and was the bacteria given to infants in this study.

The report was funded by BioGaia AB, Sweden, which makes the probiotic drops used in the study.

Another expert agreed that more research is needed before doctors can embrace the results.

“There is going to be a day — and it may be soon — when your pediatrician will give five probiotics a day to prevent your baby from getting colic,” said Dr. Bruno Chumpitazi, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

“But even though [this study is] encouraging, dia chi ban tao mat troi cua my  there is still a lot of work to be done,” said Chumpitazi, the co-author of an accompanying journal editorial. “We don’t know how the probiotic works, and we don’t know the long-term effects of doing this.”

Chumpitazi said colic and associated gastrointestinal problems usually clear up by themselves. However, there might be some long-term effects from colic, he said.

“Kids who have had colic seem to be at risk for abdominal pain with gas-like symptoms later in life,” Chumpitazi said. So there might be a benefit to preventing colic, he said.

During the 90-day study, parents recorded the number of times their babies vomited or had a bowel movement or an episode of inconsolable crying (as well as its duration). Parents also reported how many times they saw their pediatrician.

Babies taking the probiotic had an average crying time of 38 minutes, compared with 71 minutes among the infants receiving the placebo, the researchers found.

In addition, kids on probiotics vomited about three times a day on average, while kids on placebo vomited almost five times a day. Those taking the probiotic had an average of about four bowel movements a day, compared with three and a half among those taking the placebo, the researchers found.

Moreover, probiotic use was associated with an average $119 savings for each baby, the researchers said.

Dr. William Muinos, co-director of the division of gastroenterology at Miami Children’s Hospital in Florida, is cautious about using probiotics to prevent colic.

“We don’t normally treat babies with probiotics,” Muinos said. Some babies might be at risk for having the bacteria get into the bloodstream and causing serious illness, he said.

If parents want to give their baby a probiotic, it should be done under the supervision of their pediatrician, Muinos said. “[It should] not be used as a preventive tool, but as a treatment for colic, reflux or constipation,” he said.

January 8, 2014 | By Jennifer Cohen Pinterest Badge StumbleUpon badge sleep-phone-off-400x400 Looking for a new way to reach your fitness goals? Now’s the time to check out some of the hottest fitness apps for the new year. Getting fit n

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Looking for a new way to reach your fitness goals? Now’s the time to check out some of the hottest fitness apps for the new year. Getting fit no longer requires a pencil-and-paper workout plan or a hardback diet book. The latest apps can aid your fitness goals through interactive features, instant stats and tips, and GPS technology, as well as inspiration of the monetary variety. fucoidan thuoc tri ung thu Reinvigorate your workout by downloading the following five fitness apps. Some are new to the market, while others are simply tried and true. Not only will these apps boost your health and wellness, they will give you a new burst of motivation.

1. Hot5
Hot5 is hands down one of my favorite apps for 2014. From abs and core to yoga and flexibility and everything in between, Hot5 contains pages and pages of 5-minute video workouts that are super easy to follow. You can find video workouts of all varieties and difficulty levels that will work you out with only five moves. While most fitness app videos look like they were filmed in the 1980s, Hot5’s are sleek and modern. The interface is also beautifully designed and user friendly. It is to the point and clear cut, saving you time by skipping the personal questionnaires and sign-up lag. I also love that this app can be used as an add-on to your fitness routine or as your entire workout. If you want to do 5-minute abs after a run, Hot5 is for you. If you want to do a full body workout, mix and match from their plethora of videos. This pick and choose system is great for beginners and fitness gurus alike. The best part? Hot5 is completely free. No hidden costs, no paid upgrades. Hot5 gives you the best of the best without costing you a penny.

Compatibility: iPhone; Cost: Free

2. GymPact
We all need a little motivation when it comes to working out, and GymPact is the perfect way to get inspired. How does it work? Make a commitment to work out a certain number of times a week. Choose the amount of money you are willing to risk if you don’t reach your goal. If you don’t achieve your goal? Your credit card gets charged. Achieve your goal? You get paid! The days of being paid to work out have finally come!

Compatibility: iPhone and Android; Cost: Free

3. Weight Watchers Mobile
Sure, you’ve heard of Weight Watchers, but there’s a reason this company has been around so long. Their system gets great results –plain and simple. Weight Watchers Mobile is a great way to track your calorie consumption by using their point system. Not only can you enter and search for different foods in their database, you can scan barcodes for instant information about what you’re eating. The app counts down your available calories by day and also by week. Weight Watchers Mobile even has a section to find foods from your favorite restaurants, and info on portion control and healthy eating. Their clean-looking, easy-to-use interface makes dieting more manageable and straightforward.

Compatibility: iPhone and Android; Cost: Free, but you must be a Weight Watchers’ member to get full access.

4. RunKeeper
RunKeeper has been around for a while, but it’s still one of the greatest fitness apps out there. RunKeeper allows you to track your runs, walks, or bike rides by using the GPS system in your phone. You can view your detailed stats on its easy-to-use layout, and also track your progress over time. RunKeeper even allows you to connect with your friends so others can track your achievements and goals. My favorite feature on this app is the audio cue option. RunKeeper provides real-time coaching by giving you audible updates on your pace, time, thuoc fucoidan nhat ban distance, and more.

Compatibility: iPhone and Android; Cost: Free

5. Zombies, Run! 2
That’s right… the zombie craze has even reached the fitness arena. This action packed app adds an element that is sometimes missing from other workout apps – fun. Zombies, Run! and Zombies, Run! 2 mix games and stories into your run as you complete missions in a world laden with zombies. Whether you’re gathering supplies, saving a fellow human, or out-running a horde of the undead, this app amps up your normal jog with imagination and competition.

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