Monday, March 31, 2008

Live to Be 150 - Barbara Walters ABC Special on Longevity

Everyone wants to live a long and productive life. With advances in medicine and science, life expectancy in the US continues to rise, but how many of us expect to live to 100 or beyond? In fact, there are 74,000 centenarians in the US alone. Tomorrow night on her new ABC special, respected television journalist Barbara Walters asks the provocative question - "Live to Be 150... Can You Do It?"

Barbara will explore many of the new techniques and health discoveries as well as interviewing people like Paul Newman, who at 83 is still driving race cars. Amongst her guests will be Dr. David Sinclair and his discoveries regarding resveratrol, a compound that is credited with being responsible for the known health benefits of red wine.

Resveratrol has been and is being studied by many fields of medical science for its amazing potential in the prevention and treatment of cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, viral infections, arthritis, diabetes and other age-related illnesses. Resveratrol is present in red wine, but in small amounts. However you can find U.S. Lab Tested Resveratrol from RevGenetics, whose products were thoroughly tested by Biomol, the laboratory that first identified resveratrol molecules.
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Barbara Walters' special focusing on health and longevity will air tomorrow at 10pm on ABC.

Friday, March 28, 2008

FDA Issues Warning on Dietary Supplement that Causes Hair Loss

The FDA has issued a warning about a dietary supplement as some users have experienced various symptoms, including hair loss. The products in question are two flavors of Total Body Formula and one flavor of Total Body Mega Formula.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to purchase or consume Total Body Formula in the flavors of Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar, or Total Body Mega Formula in the Orange/Tangerine flavor. The liquid dietary supplement products may cause severe adverse reactions, including significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain and fatigue.

The Total Body Formula products are sold in eight-ounce and 32-ounce plastic bottles. The Total Body Mega Formula is sold in 32-ounce plastic bottles. Both products are distributed by Total Body Essential Nutrition of Atlanta. The company is the sole distributor of the products and has voluntarily recalled Total Body Formula in the flavors of Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar and Total Body Mega Formula in Orange/Tangerine flavor.

The Florida Department of Health recently provided reports to the FDA on 23 individuals who experienced serious reactions to these products seven to 10 days after ingestion. In all cases, the reactions included significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain and fatigue. The FDA subsequently learned and is investigating a report that some individuals in Tennessee using the same products have experienced similar reactions.

FDA laboratories are analyzing samples of the products to identify the cause of the reactions, including the possibility that the products contain excessive amounts of selenium, which is known to cause symptoms such as those described in the adverse events reported to the agency. Selenium, a trace mineral, is needed only in small amounts for good health.

The products have been distributed in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The FDA is advising consumers in all states to avoid using the products immediately and to discard the products by placing them in a trash receptacle outside of the home.

Consumers who have been taking the products and have experienced adverse reactions should consult their health care professional. Consumers and health care professionals can also report adverse events to the FDA's MedWatch program at 800-FDA-1088 or online at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm.

The FDA is working with the Florida Department of Health in its investigation.

For more information, consumers can call the FDA's toll-free Food Safety Hotline at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Obese Women May Not Get Cancer Screenings


Although it is well-known that obesity increases the risks of some cancers in women, such as breast cancer and colorectal cancer, the sad fact is that obesity seems to be one reason that some women do not get regular cancer screenings.

Women who are unhappy with their body size may not get necessary screenings for breast, cervical or colorectal cancer and put themselves at more risk. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2003, 20% of cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2000 were attributable to obesity.

A review of cancer screenings undertaken at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Public Health, showed the disturbing trend.

"Obesity is increasing, and so is the evidence that obesity increases the risk of certain cancers like colorectal cancer and post-menopausal breast cancer," said Sarah S. Cohen, lead author of the article published online today by the American Cancer Society. "It's a disturbing trend, then, to see that women who are at increased risk of cancer because of their body size are less likely to be receiving screening tests that can detect cancer early, when it is treatable."


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Friday, March 21, 2008

Popularity of Cosmetic Surgery Soars

We know that beauty isn't only skin deep, but part of feeling and being beautiful both inside and out is self-esteem. Today's woman is aware that little signs of aging and imperfections are easily corrected with cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery has become a very popular way for a woman to perfect her beauty. In fact, cosmetic surgery facelift are probably some of the most highly searched terms on the internet. Surveys show that America's acceptance of cosmetic surgery is at an all-time high.

And why not? A facelift simply makes a woman look refreshed, younger and more like the beautiful self she knows she is inside. Why shouldn't a beautiful girl have a corrective or cosmetic nose surgery that will give her confidence and let her true beauty shine through?

All cosmetic surgery is not limited to facelifts and rhinoplasty. The eyes are one of the first places where we see lines and wrinkles and where the sagging and pouches of skin can make us look tired and older than we really are.

Cosmetic eyelid surgery doesn't change your facial features, it simply gives the eye area the lift it needs to appear renewed, fresher and allows the eyes to become a beautiful focal point of the face.

Cosmetic surgery is not just for celebrities and models. Real women are having cosmetic procedures every day. Women today are not afraid of aging but rather, they want their faces to reflect the healthy and vibrant women they are inside.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Physical Therapy Recommended for Incontinence


You might be surprised to learn that over 25 million Americans suffer from incontinence, or involuntary loss of bladder control. It's not just a problem that affects the elderly, it can and does affect men and women of all ages. But a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine states that physical therapy can help - specifically training in exercising the pelvic floor muscles.

Patricia J Jenkyns, a physical therapist at the Department of Rehabilitation Services at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, says that physical therapists are crucial in treating urinary incontinence because of their role in both assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions.

In a case study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (March 6, 2008) regarding urinary incontinence in women, it is noted that "first-line treatment for stress incontinence includes pelvic floor muscle training." Affirming the Annals of Internal Medicine results, this second study points out that women unable to identify their pelvic floor muscles "may benefit from seeing a physical therapist trained in pelvic floor therapy."

Kegel exercises, or pelvic floor muscle exercises that involve contracting, holding, and releasing pelvic floor muscles, are the most effective weapon in the fight against stress incontinence. "Once patients have correctly identified these muscles, a physical therapist will train how to enhance pelvic floor muscle function, coordinate with abdominal muscle exercises and bring these exercises and awareness into functional activities," says Jenkyns. She notes that these exercises need to be brought into daily activities, and can be done when sitting at your desk or on the toilet, while driving, or at the gym. For those with very weak muscles, she recommends starting the exercises while lying down.


You can read the entire press release at the APTA website.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Women Suffer Angina More Often than Men


In recent years more emphasis has been placed on women's heart health and the realization that not just men suffer from heart disease. Men still have more heart attacks than women, but a new study shows that women suffer from stable angina more often than men.

Stable angina is pressure, pain and discomfort in the chest that is caused by a lack of oxygen to the heart muscles caused by insufficient blood flow. Stable angina can be treated with medication and usually gets better with rest.

In a study covering 31 countries, it was found that women have a 20% higher prevalence of angina than men. Because women suffer heart attack less often than men, doctors have long assumed that the same holds true for other forms of coronary heart disease. The study suggests that women might be undertreated when it comes to angina.

"This is something we've always believed -- that there was an excess of angina symptoms in women," said Dr. Nieca Goldberg, medical director of the Women's Health Program at New York University Medical Center.

Angina used to be considered a benign symptom in women, added Goldberg, who's the author of Dr. Nieca Goldberg's Complete Guide to Women's Health. "Maybe that's the thing that sent us on the wrong pathway that women didn't have heart disease," she said.

"Just because women don't have as many heart attacks as men, we have to recognize that angina is something that's limiting women from having a good quality of life," she said.


Source - US News & World Report

New Diabetes Breakthrough

Many people prefer to take a natural approach to their health issues and it is true that good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle is your first best defense against many conditions that plague humans in these modern times. While medical knowledge and techniques for curing illness have increased, the average diet has become unhealthy, leading to problems with cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease.

If you suffer from type 2 Diabetes, you will probably be given a diet to follow and in most cases, medication to help control your blood sugar. What the Wellness Support Network wants you to know is that anyone who has type 2 diabetes is lacking in key nutrients that the body needs to keep blood sugar levels healthy.

Diabetes can cause other conditions that impact on the quality of life of the sufferer. For instance, Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy causes numbness, tingling, sensations of hot and cold on feet,legs, arms and hands due to damage done to peripheral nerves.

The WSN Diabetic pack is not medical treatment but is designed to complement your medical treatment and lifestyle changes by supporting your body in your dietary management of diabetes. It comes with a full 90-day money-back guarantee. They guarantee that it will lower your blood pressure and that it is 100% safe. This may be a product you want to consider trying, if finding natural ways to health is important to you.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Obesity Increases Stroke Risk in Middle-Aged Women

A new study suggests that the growing waistlines of middle-aged American women are the reason for the increase in the number of strokes suffered by this demographic.

Amytis Towfighi, MD was lead author of the study that was presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2008.

According to the analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Surveys 1988–1994 (NHANES III) and 1999–2004, other indicators such as blood pressure and diabetes may not have increased since the 90s, but the incidence of obesity has increased. At the same time, the number of strokes reported by women ages 35 to 54 increased from 0.63% to 1.79%.

“Abdominal obesity is a known predictor of stroke in women and may be a key factor in the midlife stroke surge in women,” Towfighi said. “This study highlights the need to intensify efforts in curbing the obesity epidemic in the United States.”

Friday, March 14, 2008

Weight Training for Health

In recent years the number of women who have taken up resistance training and weight training has increased exponentially. Not only does resistance training burn calories to help you lose weight, it builds muscle tissue that burns even more calories. An added plus for women is the evidence that weight training is an aid in the fight against osteoporosis by increasing bone density and strength.

There are women who take their body building equally seriously as some men do. In order to build muscle and support the body's health, many use supplements. Many of these types of supplements can be found at Supplements.net, a great place to shop if you want to find discount bodybuilding supplements online. A benefit of the site is that they offer free shipping on orders over $99.

Whether you get a huge rush from weight training and want to get yourself into contest shape, or whether you are doing it as part of a weight loss program, regular weight training (2-4 sessions per week) will reduce your risk of osteoporosis and yield benefits that contribute to your overall good health and wellbeing.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Poor Sleep Worse for Women than Men

It's no secret that getting sufficient and restful sleep is essential to good health, and disrupted or poor sleep has been linked to psychological stress and cardiovascular disease and even type 2 diabetes. What's more, research seems to indicate that these negative consequences are worse for women than they are for men.

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center say that women are twice as likely to report sleep problems than men, and the health problems associated with poor sleep are twice as likely to affect women.

"We found that for women, poor sleep is strongly associated with high levels of psychological distress, and greater feelings of hostility, depression and anger. In contrast, these feelings were not associated with the same degree of sleep disruption in men.


In the study, women who reported poor sleep had the highest level of biomarkers associated with heart disease. It also found that the length of time it took to fall asleep was more important than overall sleep quality. Women taking more than a half hour to fall asleep are at the highest risk.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Treatments For Erectile Dysfunction

Impotence due to erectile dysfunction doesn't just affect men, it also affects the women who love them. In any relationship, ED affects both partners but each partner may blame themselves or feel guilty and ashamed. This could lead to the communication between a couple breaking down and when that happens, the entire relationship could be in trouble.

It's important to realize that impotence can happen to men of all ages and for many reasons. It's important to consult a physician and to know if you have any other underlying conditions that could be exacerbating the problem. Most of all, it's important for women to know that the impotence is not their fault and learn what they can do to be supportive while keeping the lines of communication open with their partners.

Viagra is the most populare prescription treatment for erectile dysfuncton and has been on the market since 1998. It works for men of all ages but it's essential to know the facts and possible contraindications for Viagra. There is a brief but excellent article available at edrugstore.md which will answer most of your questions and concerns. If your physician prescribes Viagra, edrugstore.md can provide it at the lowest guaranteed price on the net. Edrugstore.md sells only name-brand prescriptions, so you can be assured that what you get will be the original product and not some unsafe counterfeit when you buy Viagra online.

ED is a couple's problem but there are solutions and help available for both of you.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Aspirin May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

A study in the Journal of Clinical Practice states that taking aspirin may reduce the risk of breast cancer by up to 20%. The study conducted by A. Agrawal and I. S. Fentiman of the Hedley Atkins Breast Unit, Guy’s Hospital, London, UK, reviewed the data on the relationship between NSAIDs and cancer.

The conclusion of the study states that as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) inhibit cyclooxygenase (COX) and thereby reduce prostaglandin synthesis, that they might reduce the risk of breast cance. Abnormally upregulated COX and prostaglandins are features of breast cancer.

The study did note a reduction of the risk of breast cancer in women taking aspirin and other NSAIDs. However, they do not recommend women take aspirin daily to prevent breast cancer. Aspirin can cause other conditions such as bleeding ulcers, and so no one should take aspirin regularly without consulting their physician.

The dose or type of aspirin therapy that might be used as cancer preventative is still not known. The study authors conclude that there may be a role for NSAIDs in combination with endocrine therapies as either an adjuvant or palliative treatment for women with established breast cancer.

The Times

Abstract Journal of Clinical Practice

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

FitReach - Diet & Training Planner

Most women at any given time are either on a diet, starting a diet or planning to re-start their diet and fitness regime. There are a lot of great diet programs that work well, but what fails us is our motivation and our ability to keep on track.

As a computer-minded person, I have found the best way for me to keep track of my appointments and obligations is to have a calendar that pops up when I turn on the computer, to remind me of what I have to do today. Wouldn't it be great to be able to track your diet and fitness program progress right there at your computer?

That's what this new site, FitReach, offers to its members. At FitReach you can track your own personal diet and exercise program, keep track of what you should be eating and what you have eaten and measure your success. If you want to build muscle, you can keep a training diary and track your progress as you work towards your goals.



The foremost feature of FitReach is that it's completely free to join. And rather than setting one diet plan or training program for everyone, members use their own plans and simply use FitReach as a planning program. Members can track their own progress and also see what diets or training programs are working well for other members. Feel like your weight has plateaued? Feeling stalled in your fitness program? Maybe you need a change. Check out members who are successfully meeting their goals to pick up tips or a new diet plan.

FitReach is free to join and offers members a useful platform for keeping track of their personal fitness goals.

Monday, March 3, 2008

49,000 Women Will Die of Breast Cancer This Year

According to statistics, 49,000 women will die from breast cancer this year. Breast cancer affects one in eight women and kills more women in the United States than lung cancer. Regular screening with self-exams and mammograms could lower this figure, but only 60% of women who should get mammograms do.

Postmenopausal women who are obese, increase their risk of breast cancer by 50%. A study conducted by the American Cancer Institute involving 750,000 people showed that obesity significantly increased the risk of cancer developing in the breast, colon, ovaries, uterus, pancreas, kidneys and gallbladder.

Researchers are seeing a surge of breast cancer in developed countries and blame the fat-laden diet Western diet of fatty meats, refined flours, oils and sugars. In n populations where the diet consists mostly of fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains the risk of breast cancer is much lower.

Eating a healthy diet and doing regular self breast exams as well as getting mammograms according to the recommended schedule is your best defense against breast cancer. Speak to your health care practitioner if you find any lumps or changes in your breasts and ask about when and how often you should get a mammogram.

For more information and articles on breast cancer care visit: http://breastcancercare.nittygritty.info/

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Cat Owners Have Reduced Heart Attack Risk


If you want to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, buy a cat. According to a new study, cat owners may have up to a 30% less chance of suffering a cardiovascular event.

The ten-year study at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, found that having a cat in their home gave the cat owners a lower risk of heart disease and stroke than people who didn't house a feline friend.

The study seems to bolster previous research that suggest that the stress and other psychological factors that contribute to the stress-cardiovascular link is lessened when there is a pet in the household. The study didn't have enough dog owners participating to assess whether or not keeping a dog as a pet had the same effects.

Lead author of the study, Dr. Adnan Qureshi, stated that ownership of dogs or other pets could also result in tangible benefits for patients.

"This opens a whole new avenue or intervention that we hadn't looked at before, one that can be made at the public level," he said. And unlike drugs or surgery, pet ownership "doesn't appear to have any risks to it," he added.


Source: US News & World Today

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