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These lifestyle changes may protect your brain from Alzheimer’s and dementia – The Boston Globe

these lifestyle changes may protect your brain from alzheimer’s and dementia – the boston globe

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AdvertisementSet aside that crossword puzzle and get moving, because exercise is one of the best things you can do for an aging brain. Numerous studies have found a strong association between physical activity and a reduced risk of cognitive decline. Work at Massachusetts General Hospital revealed that engaging in physical activity also helped slow the loss of brain tissue. The mechanisms are unclear, but study authors speculate that in addition to increased blood flow to the brain, the effect may be influenced by reduced inflammation, increased levels of an exercise-induced hormone called irisin, and other types of beneficial cellular activity. The study, published last year in the journal JAMA Neurology, involved having 182 older adults, some with elevated levels of brain amyloid and higher risk of cognitive decline, wear pedometers. Researchers saw the most prominent brain-preserving effects at 8,900 steps.2. Eat a Healthy DietAdvertisementDiets high in plant-based foods and low in meat and saturated fats, such as the Mediterranean or the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, have been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. They also are known to substantially slow age-related cognitive decline in healthy older adults. A combination diet developed in 2015 at …

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The Unhealthiest Things in Your Medicine Cabinet

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Eat This, Not That!The Unhealthiest Things in Your Medicine CabinetRead full articleKelly HernandezOctober 29, 2020, 7:05 AM·6 mins readYour medicine cabinet is home to a number of beauty, health, and wellness products—but the unhealthiest things in your medicine cabinet may surprise you. Next to your old tweezers and behind that bag of cotton balls, there may be products lurking that simply need to be thrown out for your own safety. “Look out for your own health, and ensure the proper storage and safe condition of your medications. At the same time, be absolutely sure to take action to keep others who share your home safe,” Gay Alcenius, a pharmacist who has managed the acute care pharmacy at Henry Ford Allegiance Health for the last 19 years, says in an article by the Henry Ford hospital staff. Here are some of the unhealthiest things in your medicine cabinet, from the experts at the CDC, FDA and other expert organizations. 1 Leftover Prescription Drugs are Unhealthy White prescription pills spilled onto a table with many prescription bottles in the backgroundYour doctor prescribed you drugs for a specific ailment, such as antibiotics for a sinus infection or painkillers for back pain. Saving these drugs to use …

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How to know if eating healthy and exercising crosses the line to compulsion – or worse

how to know if eating healthy and exercising crosses the line to compulsion – or worse

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Your “healthy” lifestyle might not be that healthy after all – especially if diet and exercise become extreme.

Dr. Deborah Michel, regional clinical director of Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood and Anxiety Center, The Woodlands, explained that what appears to be a healthy habit on the surface could, in reality, be obsessive exercise and disordered eating.

The difficult part is knowing the difference, she said.

Compulsive exercise, sometimes referred to as exercise addiction, occurs when physical activity becomes too much. Injury, illness, socializing with friends or an incoming storm cannot stop an individual who exercises obsessively.

Similarly, what begins as a restrictive diet can become obsessive and result in disordered eating and heightened concerns about body image.

Another area of concern is nervosa orthorexia – an obsession with eating healthy, explained Dr. Sophie Schneider, assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.

Individuals with this disorder become so preoccupied with eating right that it actually becomes damaging.

Schneider agreed that it is tricky to identify when exactly a behavior goes from improving health to hurting an individual.

“We don’t have well-defined definitions of when we cross the line,” she said.

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Human-Machine Competition: Ping An’s AskBob Doctor’s AI Matches Doctors’ Capabilities in Cardiovascular Disease Management

human-machine competition: ping an’s askbob doctor’s ai matches doctors’ capabilities in cardiovascular disease management

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HONG KONG and SHANGHAI, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. (hereafter “Ping An” or the “Group”, HKEX: 02318; SSE: 601318) announced that Ping An’s AskBob Doctor has demonstrated that its artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities in cardiovascular disease management is comparable to human doctors. AskBob Doctor scored 97.7 points, compared to 93.9 points for a team of doctors, at a competition organized by the Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology 2020 and the Asian Heart Society Congress 2020, the National Clinical Research Center of Cardiovascular Diseases, Ping An Smart City and Ping An Good Doctor, a leading one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform in China that includes online medical services.
In the competition, Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Beijing Friendship Hospital, and Peking University International Hospital each sent two resident doctors in cardiology to compete with AskBob Doctor’s AI technology. AskBob Doctor was operated by a Ping An employee, who clicked the buttons of “Read Medical Records”, “Require Extra Information of Disease History and Medical Inspection” and “Medical Treatment Solutions”.
The organizers provided nine medical cases for both the humans and machines in the competition, which focused on the integrated management of cardiovascular diseases such as atrial fibrillation, coronary heart disease, hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Participants  were …

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‘The New You’| Meet Kati and Kim and follow their health journey

‘the new you’| meet kati and kim and follow their health journey

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Viewers Kati Lucas and Kimberly Horton are joining 3News Meteorologist Jason Frazer on a healthy living journey with Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Center

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought many challenges, and if it’s also taken a toll on your physical and mental health, you’re definitely not alone.

That’s why 3News is launching a new series “The New You” with Jason Frazer and Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Center. And we’re inviting two special 3News viewers along for the journey.

Meet Kati Lucas. She’s a busy mom of three in her late forties, who also works as a nurse.

“I’m just busy, busy, busy bee running around and dealing with [everything] and then I come last. Then by the time I realize I need to take care of me, I’m dead tired,” Kati said.

That’s a feeling Kim Horton can relate to. She’s in her early sixties, retired for the last few years, but mom to two grown kids and proud grandma to her first grandson. She told us, she’s ready to make a change.

“At some point in your life, you got to say it’s time out for fear and those things that keep you from moving forward, and maybe this is going …

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Here are some tips to boost your immune system this winter

here are some tips to boost your immune system this winter

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October 19, 2020
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Flu season is always a challenging time. But now, during the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to protect yourself — especially if you’re an older American.
People who are 65+ are among the highest risk groups for developing severe complications from the flu. “Roughly seventy percent to eighty five percent of seasonal flu-related deaths occur in people 65 and older,” says Sean Marchese, a registered nurse and oncology writer at The Mesothelioma Center.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, suggested taking vitamin D and C supplements for immune system health, and said he takes them himself.
What’s the best weapon to keep viruses at bay? Keeping your immune system healthy and strong.
It’s not always easy. As we get older, our immune systems tend to get weaker and change in several significant ways. So, we have to work harder to keep them strong, according to Dr. Scott Kaiser, family physician and geriatrician at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif.
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Dr Sarnaik holds motivational workshop on health and fitness

dr sarnaik holds motivational workshop on health and fitness

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Sports Reporter : DEPARTMENT of Physical Education and Sports, Shri Binzani City College, Umrer Road and SK Porwal College, Kamptee have jointly organised a one week online workshop for students, that got under way with resource person Dr Roma Sarnaik. On the occasion, Dr Sujit Metre, Principal, Shri Binzani City College, motivated the students. Dr MB Bagade, Principal, SK Porwal College also encouraged students and was looking forward for jointly organising the workshop for students on such an important topic, that is need of the hour. Dr Sarnaik, who is a Lifestyle Medicine Consultant and Counsellor currently practising in Nagpur, enlightened the students about nutrition, fitness and health. A medical doctor, Dr Sarnaik is a medical nutritionist and fitness professional. She has been a national level swimmer. Dr Sarnaik enlightened the students on physical and mental health, benefits of regular exercise, proper nutrition, proper sleep-wake cycle, stress management and daily routine. She motivated the students on each topic throughout the workshop and gave some tips to increase their motivation levels. The students were made aware of lifestyle medicine, which is a newly emerging branch of medicine to be practised in India. Dr Sarnaik focused on ways of prevention of chronic or …

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Cancer-fighting foods presentation offered Thursday

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COOS BAY — An Oregon State University extension nutrition expert will offer a public presentation about “Food that Fight Cancer” on Thursday.The event, to be held on Oct. 29 at 12:30 p.m., will discuss lifestyle factors that contribute to cancer risk, harmful and protective foods and nutrition goals for cancer prevention and treatment, according to a news release.

Stephanie Polizzi, an OSU associate professor of practice and certified lifestyle medicine practitioner, will lead the virtual presentation. Polizzi said in the release that the focus of the presentation is treating and preventing cancer because it is one of the most common cause of death in Coos County.



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Colorectal cancer screening should begin at age 45, not 50, federal task force says

colorectal cancer screening should begin at age 45, not 50, federal task force says

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The draft recommendation statement, which was released Tuesday and is now open for public comment, marks a departure from its last update to the guidelines about five years ago. (Task force recommendations are typically revisited every five years.) The panel previously concluded that data on lowering the starting age was mixed and that beginning screenings before 50 would provide only a “modest” benefit. Its position stood in contrast with the American Cancer Society’s, which updated its recommendation in 2018 to say regular screenings should start at age 45.Now, though, Barry said a review of more recent epidemiological studies on the risk of colorectal cancer increasing in younger people, coupled with simulation modeling, which suggests additional deaths could be prevented if screenings were to start at 45, led the task force to the same conclusion as the cancer society. The draft statement will be available for public comment until Nov. 23, with final recommendations expected to be released “within a few months,” Barry said.Outside experts say the consensus among the leading organizations could have broad implications on access to care.“These guidelines, if finalized, eventually will change standard of care for preventive medicine and how we recommend cancer screenings for average-risk Americans,” said …

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