Showing posts from October, 2015

How To Cool Down Your Brain And Be More Alert

I checked a small article on a blog about the benefits of yawning.

This sparked my interest to find out if yawning is good for you.

I have known for many years than yawning is a good way to get moisture to your eyes. Since I have dry eyes I try to yawn occasionally just to alleviate the symptoms at least for a while.
Yawning is something we and other mammals all do. We even yawn in the womb before we are born.

In humans and other apes, yawning can be contagious, one person yawns around us then we feel the urge to do so also. 

It seems that yawning is a natural biological function, but what is the purpose if any.
Brains are like computers," Andrew Gallup, a researcher in the Department of Biology at Binghamton University. "They operate most efficiently when cool, and physical adaptations have evolved to allow maximum cooling of the brain.
The new findings also explain why tired individuals often yawn. According to studies, both exhaustion and sleep deprivation tend to incre…

Why Does Sugar Suck? It Makes You Sick

Sugar isn't just empty, fattening calories - it's making us sick

Robert Lustig, University of California, San Francisco

Children are manifesting increased rates of adult diseases like hypertension or high triglycerides And they are getting diseases that used to be unheard of in children, like Type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease

So why is this happening?Everyone assumes this is the result of the obesity epidemic – too many calories in, too few out. Children and adults are getting fat, so they’re getting sick. And it is generally assumed that no one specific food causes it, because “a calorie is a calorie.”

I’ve been studying the role that sugar plays in contributing to chronic disease for years, and my research group at the University of California, San Francisco has just published research in the journal Obesity that challenges this assumption. If calories come from sugar, they just aren’t the same.
Diabetes is increasing faster than obesity

It’s clear that the cause of rising…

Sleep Disorders: Do Not Be Afraid of the Dark

Are we sleep-deprived or just darkness-deprived?Richard G 'Bugs' Stevens, University of Connecticut

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that insufficient sleep is a serious public health concern, because it can lead to many immediate dangers such as car crashes as well as long-term healthproblems like diabetes.

The blame for sleep deprivation is often pinned on our fast-paced, 24/7 lifestyle, made possible by electric lighting at all times of day and night.

But are we really getting too little sleep?

A new sleep and health study challenges that idea from a unique perspective, and it is getting wide media attention.

Researchers, led by Jerome Siegel at UCLA, followed three small preindustrial societies, two in Africa and one in South America, reasoning that the best way to judge whether sleep habits in the industrialized world are unnatural is to compare them to sleep habits in those few remaining societies on Earth that still live without electricity.

Back Pain: Leaf and Snow Removal Tips

A lot of people , especially us older folk, dislike the task of fall leaf raking and winter snow removal.

Perhaps they can come up with perfectly good reason.

They may have bad back.

Alternatively, they might have a fear of developing back pain do to strain.

A painful back injury can be a major encumbrance when it comes to cleaning up your yard and keeping your driveway cleared off.

Luckily, there are many options to help keep a clutter free lawn and your driveway/sidewalks clear. There are ergonomic options to consider
Many manufacturers realize the strain that the repetitive motion of raking or shoveling can put on the body.

Realizing the opportunity for profit, they have created an assortment of ergonomic shovels and rakes. These lawn tools are less strenuous on muscles and joints.

You will want to test-drive your tool possibilities for a comfortable fit. Look for a secure grip and a comfortable height or length.

Go for more power options
You do not win a prize for accomp…

Spot The Difference: Harmless Mole or Potential Skin Cancer?

H. Peter Soyer, The University of Queensland and Anna Finnane, The University of Queensland

The earlier you find a cancerous mole, the easier the treatment and the better the outcomes. But it’s not easy distinguishing between harmless, benign moles and those that warrant further attention.

In recent decades, the incidence of skin cancer has increased in Australia. Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70 years old.

Non-melanoma skin cancers
, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, are the most common skin cancers but are less dangerous than melanoma.

In 2010, melanoma was the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, with 11,405 new cases diagnosed. It is also the most common cancer diagnosed in Australians aged 15 to 39 years.

A number of characteristics are associated with an increased risk of melanoma, including:
Age number of moles skin type and color (especially if you always burn and never tan in the sun) per…

7 Roads to Fitness Without a Gym

When you think of fitness, you may naturally consider joining a gym.
Gymnasiums and health clubs provide all of the fitness equipment you could ever use.

This way you do not have to purchase many weight sets and fitness machines yourself. However, gyms also have several downsides you need to consider.
Gymnasiums can be unhealthy places to breathe. You have hundreds if not thousands of people coming and going.Some of them have colds, flus and other infectious diseases or germs they are dispensing in the very air you breathe. You also have to consider the fact that gymnasiums simply cannot clean all of their equipment several times a day.

That means sweat, dead skin, bacteria and other health-haters are probably covering the weights and fitness machines you use!

For those reasons, it makes sense to learn to achieve fitness without having to go to a gym.

Try the following seven ideas if you want to enjoy the benefits of working out, without suffering the possible downsides.

1. Go for a…

Protecting Your Vision from Digital Eyestrain

Interaction with digital devices has become an important part of everyday living.

Smartphones, PC’s, laptops, tablets and such help and assist us as:
· Appointment reminders
· News resources
· Keep in touch with family and friends
· Research and study
· Alternatively, just play games

This multi-screen life may well increase our productivity, but many eye care professionals worry what the effects of digital screens may do to our eyes.

Just in the last couple of years, the time people expended using digital gadgets escalated to over 49 percent. This information is from research data collected by comScore, an internet digital analytics company.

Handheld devices are blazing the trail as the use of smartphones shot to 90 % and tablets rose to 64 a percentage.

However, various research submits all that time squinting at small phone screens may cause users to squint elsewhere. 

Research provided by the Vision Impact Institute has shown that myopia (commonly nearsightedness) is bris…

5 Tips to Reframe Your Pain

As we grow older various body parts not only ache more often but increase in intensity and duration.

Pain makes it much harder to get a good night’s sleep and in turn lack of sleep increases pain.

It becomes a never-ending cycle.

How can we reframe reform the pain experience and get our lives back to a semblance of normal?

Take care and be well.
Tommy Douglas

Five Tips to Reframe Your Experience of Pain
By Irene Roth

It is never easy to reframe your experience of pain. Arthritis can be extremely debilitating if you habitually judge it negative. However, when you reframe your experience of pain from something negative to something that you will learn to deal with, your discomfort will lessen.

Most arthritis sufferers focus on their pain constantly
. We are almost defined by it because we habitually focus on pain all the time.

However, we are not our pain.

It is only a small part of our experience of living with arthritis. We have to realize that our identity is not dependent on it. I…

5 Simple Ways to Manage Pain

Sooner is better when it comes to managing nagging aches and pains that can hamper your healthy lifestyle.

In fact, the coming winter months are when pain pops up the most for people of all ages, according to celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza.

Keys to keeping active and pain-free are getting ahead of pain and preventing it from becoming a larger problem that is harder to handle.

To help reduce and prevent pain, Omron has partnered with Braganza to provide five easy tips to keep you doing the things you love while helping minimize pain and keeping that spring in your step this winter:

Sit Tall: If you have a desk job, proper posture can help to reduce back pain as you age. Sit with your back straight with your shoulders back; distribute your body weight evenly on both hips, bend your knees at right angles and keep your feet flat on the floor.

Be Flexible:
Whether it’s weekly yoga, or standing up and stretching between long periods of sitting, flexibility can help you stay fit and str…

Improving Your Self-Control

Don't think you have enough self-control?
Try believing that you do
Elliot Berkman, University of Oregon

Around this time each year, my family and I, as well as Jews around the world, celebrate Passover. Like many Jewish holidays, this one features a range of symbolic foods and eating a large meal. And like many Jewish holidays, this one ends with me fielding the mostly rhetorical question from my relatives, “Why did I eat so much?”, quickly followed by a lament along the lines of, “I have no self-control around food!”

This is a relatable feeling. We’ve all had an experience with overeating at some point in our lives. But is this failure of self-control caused by not having “enough” self-control, or could other factors like beliefs and mindset matter even more?

Self-control is not fixed
Many people hold the view that self-control is a quality that remains stable throughout a person’s life, similar to IQ or personality. Research in psychology has also generally supported this vie…
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