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Omega-3 fatty acids may improve children's sleep patterns.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"The study found children who took the daily omega-3 supplements enjoyed 58 minutes more sleep and seven fewer awakenings per night than those who took the placebo. Higher blood levels of the long-chain omega-3 DHA were linked to improved sleep, including less bedtime resistance, parasomnias and total sleep disturbance."


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WOUBBIE 3/11/2014 9:52AM

    Makes total sense.

Also interesting is the note at the bottom about EPA and DHA lowering blood pressure nubmers. "Overall, available evidence from RCTs indicates that provision of EPA+DHA reduces systolic blood pressure, while provision of ≥2 grams reduces diastolic blood pressure. "

"Indicates", not "may indicate". It's a meta analysis of a number of studies and the link seems to be pretty clear.

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    Good information to have. Thank you.

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Concession stands can benefit from offering healthy foods, shows study

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"The little gamble paid off for the Muskies. According to a new study published this week in the Journal of Public Health, the club netted stable sales and revenues with the healthy-food additions over one full season. Profits remained intact as well. Average sales per varsity football game rose to $6,849 in 2009 from $6,599 the year before, an increase of 4 percent. Moreover, the healthy foods made up 9.2 percent of concession sales, signaling the new products could boost overall sales. Parents and students also said they were happy with the healthy-food choices, according to surveys cited in the study."


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AKATHLEEN54 3/11/2014 8:36AM

    That's such great news. Sometimes at those sporting events etc you are looking for that healthy snack and just can't find it which as you know leads you to being hungry and more than likely eating something then or later or that wasn't on the plan. I hope the study leads more "concession people" to realize that there is profit to be made when they include the "healthy crowd" in their menu choices!! emoticon

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Energy drinks linked to depression, substance abuse in teens.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"A significant proportion of high school students appears to be consuming high-caffeine energy drinks, and for some of them at least there seems to be a link with mental health issues, substance use and sensation-seeking behaviour, a study has found."


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TMCAT1129 3/17/2014 1:48PM

    I had a couple of classmates from college end up in the ER due to too many energy drinks, very sad & dangerous.

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WOUBBIE 3/11/2014 10:50AM

    As usual, the narrative here is all confused. I think one of the commenters had a great point:

"There is a possibility that excessive consumption is a symptom of depression." implying that the problem comes first and the energy drinks are simply another form of self-medication.

What IS true is that they're filled with garbage, and if you can get the same amount of caffeine from a cup of coffee, you probably should.

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Triglycerides – not cholesterol – is the bona fide risk factor for coronary heart disease

Sunday, March 09, 2014

"When your doctor is visiting you about your blood work, she normally will immediately zero in on your total cholesterol (TC). If it’s over 200 mg/dl, your doctor will likely recommend a statin cholesterol-lowering drug. If you decline, expect repeated attempts to educate you about the danger of ‘high cholesterol.’

In these circumstances, it’s best to change the subject to Fasting Glucose, Triglycerides, and HDL. As was known as early as the 1950s, total cholesterol is a poor, unreliable predictor of risk of heart disease.

Instead, have your doctor focus on the following four numbers:"


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SKATER787 3/11/2014 6:08PM

    Easy sell since the public is ignorance about the cholesterol theory. When people see big numbers, they easily caved in and followed the doctor's advice. One more patient on statin, life is good for the doctor that is.

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WOUBBIE 3/9/2014 3:43PM

    Right to the point. Most studies show that high total cholesterol in women is actually associated with GREATER longevity.

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What Makes You Fat: Too Many Calories, or the Wrong Carbohydrates?

Sunday, March 09, 2014

"Given how often researchers refer to obesity as a disorder of the energy balance, one might assume that the concept had been rigorously tested decades ago. But a proper scientific vetting never actually happened. The experiments were too difficult, if not too expensive, to do correctly. And investigators typically thought the answer was obvious—we eat too much—and so the experiments were not worth the effort. As a result, the scientific underpinning of the most critical health issue of our era—the burgeoning rates of obesity and diabetes and their complications—remains very much an open question."


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SKATER787 3/11/2014 6:43PM

    WOW. I saw Taubes on youtube but his writing is even better. It's wonderful that he's actually going to give us answers with real research. What a gift to humanity! I'm speechless.

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WOUBBIE 3/9/2014 3:47PM

    Taubes points out that saying "obesity is caused by an excess in caloric intake" is like saying "alcoholism is caused by an excess intake of alcohol". You haven't defined the cause at all, you've described the result. But you haven't said a single thing about WHY you're obese or an alcoholic.

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MJEFFERSON23 3/9/2014 12:15PM

  I agree, unfortunately, the more I research the more confused I become. I'm currently reading, Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes. I've basically decided to commit to what works best for me.

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