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(CNN)Malaika, a 29-year-old head nurse, holds Ali, a 2-day-old infant, as he struggles to take his final breaths. Born in eastern Aleppo, one of the hardest-hit cities in Syria's five-year civil war, Ali was born with chest issues that forced him to rely on an oxygen pump and an incubator in the neonatal unit at Aleppo Children's Hospital.
Every parent knows that getting kids to eat healthy wholesome foods is an uphill struggle.
Adults understand that healthy, satisfying meals usually comprise of ingredients like plain grilled chicken, fish, salads, vegetables, and fresh fruit for dessert. Kids, when confronted with these foods, find them boring, bland, unappealing, or simply disgusting!
Food battles with kids are terribly frustrating, but it’s important to keep issues like fussy eating and the avoidance of fruit and vegetables in balance. Encouraging healthy eating behavior is essential. In later life your kids will be grateful for your persistent focus on good nutrition.
Many foods seem nourishing and delicious. In reality, they actually have very little nutritional value and contain large quantities of hidden fats and sugars.
To help you to decide, we’ve listed eight of the worst foods that you can feed your children for breakfast, lunches, dinners or snacks.
Many breakfast cereals specifically target the kids market. Images on the boxes are colorful and exciting, and the blurb has buzzwords, like delicious, healthy and nutritious.
The amount of sugar and processed ingredients per serving completely outweighs the miniscule amount of nutritional value. Search for brands that contain at least 3-grams of fiber per serving and less than 10 grams of sugar. The best morning cereal is whole grain oatmeal; it’s high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and you can always sprinkle on some berries or mix it with yogurt.
Granola bars marketed to kids lack nutritional value even more than the adult brands. They’re full of sugar and added ingredients like chocolate chips, marshmallows, candy, high fructose syrup, and artificial dyes, Make your own energy bars at home with natural ingredients like almond or peanut butter, raisins, coconut, whole grain cereal, honey, and dried fruit and nuts.
Processed meats can be both dangerous and toxic as they frequently contain nitrates. These are preservatives used in food processing that drastically increase the risk of heart disease and cancer. Check out the label to see if the meat contain nitrates; search for products that that are labeled as organic or not containing preservatives.
Kids love snack cakes like Ho-Hos, Twinkies, or Wagon Wheels. But these snack cakes are full of trans fats, the most unhealthy processed fat possible. For something sweet, try using some mixed berries and grapes, or bake cookies or squares using natural ingredients.
There’s no way to keep French Fries totally out of your kid’s weekly menu.
The problem is giving French Fries at every meal. French fries provide almost no nutritional value—they’re super high in fat and sodium. If you decide you have no choice, restrict them to a few meals per week. Substitute oven-baked chips, or make baked potato wedges instead.
After a stressful day, the easy option is to order pizza. But shop-bought pizzas are not like you bake in your oven at home. Don’t phone! Just put together a homemade pie with natural, low-fat cheese, shredded chicken, and tons of vegetables..
Most crackers are made from processed, white flour, preservatives, and unhealthy oils. Exchange them for a brand made with fibrous whole grains. Anyway, they satisfy hunger for longer,
Most fruit snacks are actually like candy. Just give real fruit and fiber to your kids in the form of dried whole fruit, like raisins or apricots, or fresh grapes, berries, and sliced apples and pears.
If you follow our suggestions you can be sure your kids will feel all the better for it. You just might have to wait for them to grow up before they tell you!
(CNN)On the heels of Donald Trump facing scrutiny over his multiple US military deferments during the Vietnam War, many Americans are questioning what exactly qualifies as a draft exemption -- especially from a medical perspective.
Rio de Janeiro (CNN)Sirens blaring, an ambulance peels out of the parking bay of a firehouse in southern Rio de Janeiro -- our car in hot pursuit.
Behind the spread of the Zika virus is a tiny menace that just won't go away.
It's called the Aedes aegypti (AYE'-dees uh-GYP'-tie), a species of mosquito that has played a villainous role in public health history and defeated attempts to wipe it out.
The mosquito is behind the large outbreaks of Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean. On Friday, Florida said four Zika infections in the Miami area are likely the first caused by mosquito bites in the continental U.S. All previous U.S. cases have been linked to outbreak countries.
Five things to know about the bug:
FIRST IN AFRICA
Aedes aegypti is a small, dark, hot weather mosquito with white markings and banded legs. Scientists believe the species originated in Africa, but came to the Americas on slave ships. It's continued to spread through shipping and airplanes. Now it's found through much of the world, including cities across the southern United States.
YELLOW FEVER MOSQUITO
Early in the 20th century, it was the engine behind devastating yellow fever outbreaks and became known as the yellow fever mosquito. Since then, it's also been identified as a carrier for other tropical illnesses such as dengue fever, chikungunya and Zika. Scientists say other types of mosquitoes might also spread Zika but Aedes aegypti is the main culprit. The vast majority of the mosquitoes tested recently in South Florida have been that kind.
Aedes aegypti has an unusually cozy relationship with people. While other species thrive in more rural areas, or at least in parks and gardens, this is a domesticated species - sort of a housecat mosquito - accustomed to living in apartment buildings and city centers. It prefers biting people to animals and likes to feed indoors, during daylight hours. It doesn't venture far. Researchers say it doesn't travel more than a few hundred yards during its lifetime - usually two to four weeks
KILLED OFF, IT CAME BACK
The mosquito is a hardy bug that can be particularly challenging to get rid of. In the early 20th century, many countries tried to wipe out the mosquito with chemicals and other measures. By 1970, it was eradicated from much of South America - including Brazil. But many mosquito-control programs lapsed due to budget problems, concerns about insecticides and the success of the yellow fever vaccine. The species roared back. More recently, scientists have been exploring novel ways of curbing the pest with genetic engineering, radiation or bacterial infections.
GOING FOR BLOOD
Female mosquitoes drink human blood for nutrients used in making eggs. After a female bites an infected person, it can spread the virus through its saliva to its next human victim. While the virus is mostly spread to people through mosquito bites, scientists have established that it's been spread through sex - mostly by men to their partners - in some cases. Zika can also be spread through blood; the virus usually stays in the blood for about a week, though it's been seen longer in the blood of pregnant women. A U.S. lab worker was accidentally infected through blood.
(CNN)Dangerously high temperatures will keep scorching the Northeast in the wake of a deadly wave of heat and humidity that has plagued the Midwest.
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(CNN)Dangerously high temperatures will keep scorching the Northeast in the wake of a deadly wave of heat and humidity that has plagued the Midwest.
Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to a multitude of complications because the disease affects the body in many ways. With this condition, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes a buildup of sugars in your blood which can wreak havoc on your body. Here what diabetes can do to your body.
Having diabetes increases your risk of developing a multitude of heart disease problems, such as chest pain, high cholesterol, narrowing of the arteries and high blood pressure. Many of these problems may be subtle or be "silent" until a major event, such as a heart attack or stroke.
Diabetes remains the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. It can lead to various eye problems, including glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetes can cause wounds or sores in the skin to heal more slowly, which can result in people with diabetes being more susceptible to infections.
Gum disease risk also can increase with diabetes. Gum disease can lead to inflamed gums and eventually to tooth loss.
Kidney disease is one more potential complication of poorly controlled diabetes, and, unfortunately, it can develop over a number of years before symptoms show. Symptoms include swelling of the legs and feet. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure among adults in the U.S
Nearly 70 percent of people with diabetes will suffer from nerve damage. High blood sugar levels can harm nerves, and can develop to either peripheral diabetic neuropathy (usually starting in the toes or feet) or autonomic neuropathy (damage to the nerves that control internal organs).
With the nerve damage that may be caused by poorly controlled diabetes, can come nausea, constipation, or diarrhea.
Well-controlled diabetes can keep all these effects at bay and even stop them. To better control your diabetes, make sure to control your blood glucose levels with medication or through a lifestyle change. Eating healthy, losing weight, and engaging in regular physical activity all can help keep your diabetes under control and your health on track.
I’ve said this many times before girls, but unfortunately you will not achieve flat abs simply doing crunches alone. Just like you can’t choose where you gain fat, you also can’t choose where you lose fat, so it’s important to include exercises that help target your whole body.
The other single most important thing when wanting to achieve flat abs is your diet. What you eat has a massive affect on your abs and how they look. These ten foods are the perfect flat ab snacks because they help to banish bloating with their fibre content and protein to help keep your metabolism regular.
Apples are a great source of fibre and also help to keep you feeling full. Replace snacking on chips and crackers with one apple.
Dark Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale and broccoli are a some of the healthiest foods you can eat. They contain fibre which will help to keep you full and regular, and are full of nutrients. Add your greens to salads, stir frys, sandwiches and smoothies.
Greek yogurt is a great source of probiotics, which help to keep the good bacteria in your tummy happy. This will also help to banish the bacteria that promote bloating. Make sure to buy the variety that still has ‘live cultures’ to reap all the benefits.
Almonds are high in monounsaturated fat, as well as fibre, protein and magnesium which can help to stabilise your body’s blood sugar levels. They are the perfect snack, helping to keep you full and blood sugar spikes at bay.
Grapefruit is packed with Vitamin C and it may work to lower cholesterol. Snacking on grapefruit can help you to feel fuller and satisfied for longer, due to it’s acidity which may slow down your digestion when eating it.
Quinoa is a great little grain that can help combat belly fat. Anytime you choose whole grains over white, processed flours you are helping to keep your belly flatter. Quinoa is an amazing source of fibre and protein, which helps to keep you full and can be eaten in so many different ways! I love mine in salads and alongside lean meats.
Fatty fish such as salmon are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for your health. Salmon may promote fat burning by helping to boost your metabolism. Try grilling it to add to salads!
Berries are full of fibre and antioxidants which are optimal for keeping your abs flat. Add a handful to your diet daily as a healthy snack.
Green Tea is full of powerful antioxidants which can help to boost your metabolism. It is the perfect fat burning drink!
Legumes such as lentils and beans are high in protein, B Vitamins, iron, potassium and other minerals. They are an awesome source of fibre which helps to keep you feeling full for longer and helps to stabilise your blood sugar levels.
Durban (CNN)A vaccine against HIV will be trialed in South Africa later this year after meeting the criteria needed to prove it could help fight the epidemic in Africa.
The first case of female-to-male sexual transmission of the Zika virus has been documented in New York City, raising the prospect that the disease could spread more widely beyond the countries where it is already endemic and largely transmitted by mosquitoes.
For months, there has been growing concern about the dangers of sexual transmission, but until now the virus has been thought to pass only from men to women or between two men.
“This represents the first reported occurrence of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus,” said a report issued on Friday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The evidence of a previously undocumented transmission means is the latest twist in a viral outbreak that continues to baffle and surprise leading experts. It is prompting officials to rethink, once again, the guidance for health care providers and the general public on how to limit the danger of infection, as the pool of those who could be at risk widens.
Much about how the virus works is a mystery, and it remains challenging to detect; 80 percent of those infected show no symptoms. For those who do get sick, the illness is often mild, and there is no treatment.
But Zika can pose a dire risk to pregnant women. It targets developing nerve cells in fetuses and can lead to a birth defect called microcephaly, in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and brain damage. It may also cause developmental problems after birth.
Zika is primarily transmitted by the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which thrives in warm, tropical climates. But 11 countries have documented cases of sexual transmission from a man to a woman. Among the 1,130 people who have received a Zika diagnosis in the continental United States, including 320 pregnant women, the C.D.C. has reported 15 cases of sexual transmission.
In a reflection of the urgency of the situation, White House officials joined with congressional leaders and public health officials this month to denounce the failure of lawmakers to provide much-needed funding to combat the virus. The legislative session in Congress ended on Thursday with lawmakers failing to provide money to fight it.
“The more we learn about Zika, the more concerned we are,” Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the director of the C.D.C., said during a recent conference call with reporters.
“Each case is a tragedy,” Dr. Frieden said. “A child that may never walk or live independently.”
The New York case is the first in which a man was infected by a woman, and it raises the prospect that other men — with no travel history to Zika-affected areas and no reason to suspect that they might have the virus — could become infected and pass the virus on, creating a new chain of transmission.
In the report, researchers found that a man, who was in his 20s and did not travel outside the United States during the year before his illness, contracted the virus after one instance of vaginal intercourse, without a condom, with a woman who had recently returned from a country where the virus is endemic.
Dr. Mary T. Bassett, the city’s health commissioner, said there were several factors in this case that might have raised the risk of infection: The man was uncircumcised, the woman was in the early stages of her illness when her viral load was high, and she was also at the beginning of her menstrual cycle.
The woman, described as being in her 20s and not pregnant, had sex with her partner the day she returned to the city. The report does not name the country she visited, but the virus is now widespread in nearly 50 countries throughout South America and the Caribbean.
“She reported having headache and abdominal cramping while in the airport before returning to N.Y.C.,” the report said. The next day she developed a number of symptoms associated with Zika, including fever, fatigue, a rash, back pain, swelling of the extremities, and numbness and tingling in her hands and feet.
She reported that her period, which began that day, was also heavier than usual.
Her primary care physician sent blood and urine samples to the city and state health department laboratories for testing. The tests detected the virus but not antibodies to it, which suggested she was newly infected; it takes four or five days for the body to begin producing antibodies.
Seven days after intercourse, the woman’s partner developed a fever, followed by a rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. The report said the man had not had any other recent sexual partners or been bitten by a mosquito within a week before his illness.
Three days later, the man went to the same primary care physician who had diagnosed Zika in his partner. The physician sent samples of his urine to the same laboratories, and the virus was detected.
Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive are warned not to have unprotected sex with men who have been in areas where the virus is spreading during that time.
Even though it is just one case, the fact that the disease can be transmitted from women to men — widening the pool of those at risk — will have to be factored into the response from public health officials.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito remains the major means of infection. In the United States, that species is found mostly in the South and the Southwest, though its range can spread in the summer. That mosquito is not present in New York, but a similar species, the Asian tiger mosquito, could theoretically pose a threat of transmission, health officials have said.
strengthen your mind, you may first want to exert your leg muscles, according to a sophisticated new experiment involving people, mice and monkeys. The study’s results suggest that long-term endurance exercise such as running can alter muscles in ways that then jump-start changes in the brain, helping to fortify learning and memory.
I often have written about the benefits of exercise for the brain and, in particular, how, when lab rodents or other animals exercise, they create extra neurons in their brains, a process known as neurogenesis. These new cells then cluster in portions of the brain critical for thinking and recollection.
Even more telling, other experiments have found that animals living in cages enlivened with colored toys, flavored varieties of water and other enrichments wind up showing greater neurogenesis than animals in drab, standard cages. But animals given access to running wheels, even if they don’t also have all of the toys and other party-cage extras, develop the most new brain cells of all.
These experiments strongly suggest that while mental stimulation is important for brain health, physical stimulation is even more potent.
But so far scientists have not teased out precisely how physical movement remakes the brain, although all agree that the process is bogglingly complex.
Fascinated by that complexity, researchers at the National Institutes of Health recently began to wonder whether some of the necessary steps might be taking place far from the brain itself, and specifically, in the muscles, which are the body part most affected by exercise. Working muscles contract, burn fuel and pump out a wide variety of proteins and other substances.
The N.I.H. researchers suspected that some of those substances migrated from the muscles into the bloodstream and then to the brain, where they most likely contributed to brain health.
But which substances were involved was largely a mystery.
So for the new study, which was published last month in Cell Metabolism, the N.I.H. researchers first isolated muscle cells from mice in petri dishes and doused them with a peptide that affects cell metabolism in ways that mimic aerobic exercise. In effect, they made the cells think that they were running.
Then, using a technique called mass spectrometry, the scientists analyzed the many chemicals that the muscle cells released after their pseudo-workouts, focusing on those few that can cross the blood-brain barrier.
They zeroed in on one substance in particular, a protein called cathepsin B. The protein is known to help sore muscles recover, in part by helping to clear away cellular debris, but it had not previously been considered part of the chain linking exercise to brain health.
To determine whether cathepsin B might, in fact, be involved in brain health, the researchers added a little of the protein to living neurons in other petri dishes. They found that those brain cells started making more proteins related to neurogenesis.
Cathepsin B also proved to be abundant in the bloodstreams of mice, monkeys and people who took up running, the scientists found. In experiments undertaken in collaboration with colleagues in Germany, the researchers had mice run for several weeks, while rhesus monkeys and young men and women took to treadmills for four months, exercising vigorously about three times a week for approximately an hour or sometimes longer.
During that time, the concentrations of cathepsin B in the jogging animals and people steadily rose, the researchers found, and all of the runners began to perform better on various tests of memory and thinking.
Most striking, in the human volunteers, the men and women whose fitness had increased the most — suggesting that they had run particularly intensely — not only had the highest levels of cathepsin B in their blood but also the most-improved test scores.
Finally, because there’s nothing like removing something from the body to underscore how important it may be, the scientists bred mice without the ability to create cathepsin B, including after exercise. The researchers had those mice and other, normal animals run for a week, then taxed their ability to learn and retain information.
After running, the normal mice learned more rapidly than they had before and also held on to those new memories well. But the animals that could not produce cathepsin B learned haltingly and soon forgot their new skills. Running had not helped them to become smarter.
The lesson of these experiments is that our brains appear to function better when they are awash in cathepsin B and we make more cathepsin B when we exercise, says Henriette van Praag, an investigator at the National Institute on Aging at the N.I.H. who oversaw this study.
Of course, increases in cathepsin B explain only part of the benefits of exercise for the brain, she said. She and her colleagues plan to continue looking for other mechanisms in future studies.
They also hope to learn more about how much exercise is necessary to gain brain benefits. The regimen that the human runners followed in this study was “fairly intensive,” she said, but it’s possible that lighter workouts would be almost as effective.
“There is good reason to think,” she said, “that any amount of exercise is going to be better than none” for brain health.
What's the best way to pay down a credit card balance as quickly as possible, while paying the least in interest, and without hurting your credit? What follows is a powerful method recommended by the most astute personal finance experts* to achieve exactly those objectives. It's extremely effective, completely legal, and leverages programs created by credit card issuers to your advantage. Follow these steps and start to become credit card debt-free.
Think of someone carrying a credit card balance like a patient who enters an emergency room bleeding badly. The first thing a doctor will do is stop the bleeding. It's no different when attacking a credit card balance; the first thing you do is stop the interest charges.
There's a simple way to do this, and it's brilliance is that it actually uses the banks' marketing offers to your advantage: find a card offering a long "0% intro APR balance transfer" promotional offer, and transfer your balance to it. These are cards which offer new customers a long period of time (often as much as 18 months) during which the card charges no interest on all balances transferred to it. We constantly track all the cards in the marketplace in order to find the ones currently offering the longest 0% intro periods.
If you need more motivation, just think of this: on a $10,000 balance, $150 of a $200 monthly payment would get vacuumed up by interest charges.** That leaves only $50 of your $200 that actually reduces your balance, the rest vanishing into bank pockets. That's just brutal. Use our reviews to find a card which offers the longest possible no-interest period while charging low, or even no fees. Moving your balances to the card you choose will stop the bleeding, allowing you to move on to step two.
Once you've transferred your balances and put a stop to the interest charges, it's time to capitalize on the interest-free period to really break free of the debt. The best part of this is how simple it is: just keep making the payments you used to make when you had to pay big interest payments. Going back to the $10,000 example above, if you transferred that balance onto a card like the Chase Slate (which offers 15 months of 0% intro APR with no transfer fee) and maintained the same $200 monthly payment, you can see how much faster you'll be reducing your balance in the chart below.
As you can see, without using the 0% card, the same $200 monthly payments barely make any headway. It's like swimming upstream, or walking while taking a step back for every two steps forward. That's no way to swim or walk, and attempting to pay off your cards while paying high card interest rates is no way to manage your finances. Move your balances onto one of the cards below, stop getting crushed by interest, and start making real progress toward getting rid of your card debt.
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(CNN) HIV/AIDS is perhaps the most important global health crisis in modern history. Dramatic progress has been made in controlling the virus, but efforts to find a cure are still in its infancy.
Still not wearing your sunscreen? Here are a few good reasons to start: Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. It's also the most preventable, says Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at NYU and Vice President of the Skin Care Foundation Dr. Elizabeth Hale, since regular use of sunscreen is one of the most effective prevention strategies around. What's more: 90 percent of skin damage (aka premature skin aging) is caused by UV exposure, says Hale. And (you guessed it) regularly wearing sunscreen is one of the best ways to stave off this wear and tear.
(CNN)Apparently, marketing is key to get youngsters to eat more veggies.
The researchers identified and reviewed 26 previous studies on children's food preferences and intake after they were exposed to food and non-food advertisements. In total, the studies included almost 6,000 children ranging in age from 2 to 18.
You will never meet another person more in favor of the avocado and it should be in every weight loss plan and guide on how to lose weight. Avocados are high in fat but it is monounsaturated fat which is great for your body. The fat in avocados helps to raise your metabolism while dealing you a healthy serving of protein, fiber, and fat all in one tasty and handheld green skin. Make guacamole with low fat ingredients or merely add avocado to your sandwiches in order to get an instant boost to your diet.
Cereals that are high in fiber have been scientifically shown to be the perfect breakfast item for those people looking to improve their metabolism in a healthy way. According to the Journey of American Dietetic Association, women who ate cereal regularly were 30% less likely to be overweight. High fiber cereals digest slowly and also boost your metabolism, meaning they keep you full and energized much longer. The fiber in the cereal also keeps your insulin levels on the regular which prevents the addition of fat to your body, as well.
Adding low fat cheese to your fridge, sandwiches, and entrees can be a great way to spike your fat burning potential without ever having to sacrifice flavor for effectiveness. The boost of calcium and protein do wonders to your diet and the ease with which these cheeses can be integrated into a complex diet is almost impressive. There are trap cheeses, however, so stick to the low fat ones for the biggest fat burning effect.
If you don’t mind adding a little bit of heat to your diet then consider Jalapeno poppers. Jalapenos are full of a chemical known as capsaicin that does wonders to your metabolism. The chemical will increase your heat rate, boost your metabolism, and make enduring the heat of the pper well worth it by the time you are done. Avoid heavily fried poppers, however, as they are heart attack traps waiting to happen. Opt for oven cooked snacks for the best middle ground between effect and tastiness.
Milk is an unorthodox addition to the metabolism boosting list of snacks but it fits in all the same. So long as you are getting good milk and avoiding chocolate or other artificial flavors you should be good. Milk is full of calcium and it helps you energize your complex carbohydrates. Switch out your bottle of soda at dinner with a glass of tasty milk. Milk will prevent weight loss and boost your fat burning abilities. Avoid adding cookies to your snack! if you want to boost the treat, however, you can add a splash of protein powder to make the snack into a filling meal with the same goal of losing weight.
Beef has gotten a bad rep in the weight loss world thanks to foods like hamburgers, lasagna, and gigantic and juicy steaks. However, lean meats like beef, chicken, and turkey can all be looked at as supporters of metabolism growth. The big reason why these foods are so helpful in metabolism boosting is the fact that they take so long to digest and thus expend a large amount of energy. The protein that you will imbibe also means that you will be burning fat, not muscle, so that you will maintain a measure of your form and figure. Lean turkey, in the proper serving, can give you access to 26 grams of protein versus just 1 gram of fat and a total of 120 calories. This is an effective and life changing ratio.
Get an extra blend of protein into your diet by adding Greek yogurt to your snack plans. Greek yogurt has almost 18 grams of protein per 6 ounces and it is usually devoid of all the filler and additives that is prevalent in other yogurt products. This is a quick filling way that works well with other snacks on this list. Adding in oats or berries can turn this snack to the maximum level of fulfilling. Avoid chocolate chips, in general but if you must then add only a few of the dark chocolate variety, which are full of antioxidants.
Garlic, though foul smelling, should be considered a must add in your diet. Garlic is full of health benefits that range against disease fighting all the way to immunity boosting. Not to be skimped over ,garlic also helps you to shed weight. Garlic is found in many common daily foods that lead to the body’s production of fat. Don’t eat garlic by the clove, however, as you must still opt for moderation. Add garlic to your pasta dishes as a way to get a lot of flavor while also doing your body a big favor. The Journal of Nutrition shows a direct link with calories burned during daily activities and meals that included garlic that were consumed prior to said activities. Make sure to bring some minty gum to get the smell out!
Just about any kind of berry will be at home in your metabolism boosting diet but we highlighted raspberries for a reason. Raspberries contain 8g of fiber by the cup and sit at only 60 calories per serving. This sweet little snack is perfect to round out on the go lunches or to add in the repertoire of picky eaters. Raspberries are sweet and easy to eat and most of all affordable at the supermarket. Stock up on raspberries or any other berry that is high in fiber (strawberries, blueberries) in order to reap the benefits down the line. To make this a minor treat add a little bit of whip cream and oats to your bowl. The oats will boost your fiber content while the whip cream will add some sweetness.
Oranges are a popular snack that have been the cornerstone to on the go lunches forever. This citrust fruit is stocked full of vitamin C that helps you to metabolize fat quicker than ever. Your daily dose of vitamin C should sit at 60 MG per day but if you consume upwards of 500 MG then you can see your fat burning abilities boost by almost 50%. Eat an orange with your pre-workout meal and reap the benefits when you start to sweat over the machines for the next hour. Studies show that eating oranges for 12 weeks will result in rapid weight loss.
At this point in the scientific advancements of nutrition salmon should be a staple in the diet of most people. This fish is full of great oils, nutritious, and loaded with Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Salmon helps to reduce your bodies leptin hormone levels and in turn prompts your body to burn more calories. Not only will eating salmon instead of red meat, for example, help you lose weight but it will also do wonders for your hair and skin. If you don’t like the taste of salmon or just fish in general you can instead opt for fish oil capsules. These capsules are easy to consume, lacking in odor, and an effective replacement for the actual salmon itself.
When speaking comparatively, green tea is goign to beat the heck out of most common beverage options available in the grocery store. From pop to sugar filled juices, there are very few ready to drink consumables that will help your metabolism. Green tea is a great replacement to coffee because it doesn’t rely on caffeine in order to boost your metabolism. A chemical called EGCG boosts the activity inside of your brain, kickstarts your nervous system, and starts the burning of calories that will last throughout the day. Green tea is a bland drink but can be spiced up with minor amounts of honey for a tasty lunch beverage.
Grapefruit has gotten a sort of gimmicky reputation thanks to the uber popular but ultimately failed grapefruit diet that circulated the internet a few years back. This failed diet doesn’t disprove how effective grapefruit is when used as a metabolism booster. This citrus laden fruit is filled with fiber t hat leaves you fuller for a longer period of time. The galacturonic acid inside of the grapefruit also helps your body breakdown stored fat in your body. Adding a grapefruit to your breakfast routine could go a long way toward cutting the LBs and looking better than ever.
Koforidua, June 2, GNA - Mr Alex Segbefia, the Minister of Health, has urged health workers to uphold the tenets of the profession to meet the expectations of their clients.
He said, though workers work under tight budgets and limited resources there is the need to maintain the standard of delivery in the sector.
Mr Segbefia said this, when he paid a working visit to the Eastern Region, where he visited Koforidua Regional Hospital, Suhum Government Hospital, Nankese Health Centre and Akote CHPS Compound.
He also paid a courtesy call on the Regional Minister.
Ms Mavis Ama Frimpong, the Regional Minister said good health care is the bedrock of the general development of a country and expressed the hope that the visit by the sector minister would help address some of the health challenges in the area.
She said though government is constructing health facilities across the 26 districts and municipalities of the region and more communities are waiting for their turn.
She appealed for more CHPS compounds, polyclinics and district hospitals to be constructed to help improve health delivery in the region.
Dr Mrs Charity Sarpong, Regional Health Director said, out of the 26 districts and municipalities, 18 of them have access to a district hospital and by the end of the year all the various zones in the region would have a CHPS compound to help complement health care delivery.
She however said the region is faced with challenges such as inadequate staff, as well as logistics to help health workers work effectively.
Dr Sarpong called for the building of a robust system to offer quality health services.
Dr Kwame Anim Boamah, Medical Superintendent of the Koforidua Regional Hospital said the hospital strives for excellence in service delivery.
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(CNN)In countries ravaged by conflict, providing international medical expertise on the ground can be almost impossible.
CNN)For decades this Philadelphia physician lived a life inside his head, rarely expressing himself with his heart. He says his inability to open up wasn't good for his first marriage, or his second.
(CNN)By the time he was 6 or 7 years old, Sameer Mishra was a pretty confident speller. His memory was sharp, he liked to read, and he actually enjoyed the weekly tests at school. While his parents drilled his older sister, a National Spelling Bee competitor, he'd angle for his own list of words.
We all know too much alcohol is disastrous for the human body, though many studies have given us the OK to drink one to two glasses of wine per day, and see some health benefits.
There are even more reasons, however, to stop drinking alcohol completely. Here's what happens to your body when you begin to abstain.
1. YOU'LL SLEEP BETTER
A couple of glasses of pinot at night has a sedative effect on some people, making it easy to fall asleep. However, the quality of sleep you're getting in such a case is likely to be poor. A scholarly review of 27 different studies found that drinking will make you fall asleep quicker, but it'll soon affect the alpha wave patterns in your brain. The result is tossing, turning and waking up more often than usual throughout the night. Cut out alcohol completely and (after an initial period of adjustment) you should find you have longer, deeper sleeps every night.
2. YOU'LL LOSE WEIGHT
One of the main reasons people stop drinking alcohol is because they want to start losing weight, because you're cutting out empty calories altogether. Alcohol serves no nutritional purpose: It doesn't give you energy like carbohydrates or feed your muscles like protein. When you cut it out, you cut out hundreds of calories per day that weren't giving you sustenance anyway.
3. BUT YOU MAY CRAVE SUGAR
Although the sugar in beverages like wine is fermented into alcohol (and most wines therefore contain no or little residual sugar), a lot of people are satiated by wine's sweet taste. Like sugar, alcohol also gives your brain a hit of pleasurable dopamine and makes your feel temporarily happier. So if you stop drinking alcohol, you'll remove that dopamine hit and might begin seeking it from other sources – such as chocolate. While entirely in your control, this is something to be aware of.
4. YOUR METABOLISM WILL CHANGE
There is some evidence to suggest that light alcohol consumption (1-2 units per day) slightly speeds up your metabolism, but its effect is negligible if weight loss is a goal. Conversely, medium and heavy drinkers see their metabolisms slow significantly with alcohol consumption. Cutting out the drinks completely should see it speed up and make you burn energy more efficiently.
5. YOU'LL HAVE REGULATED BLOOD SUGAR
It is estimated that somewhere between 45 and 70 per cent of people with liver disease caused by alcoholism also have diabetes or a form of glucose intolerance. Alcohol wreaks havoc on your blood sugar levels by decreasing the effect of insulin in your body (potentially leading to insulin resistance). When you take booze out of your diet, this risk factor reduces because your body isn't impaired any more and can manage blood sugar levels effectively.
6. YOU'LL HAVE BETTER COGNITIVE FUNCTION
When you're drunk you slur your words, slow down your physical reactions, and your memory function doesn't work as well as usual. What may surprise you is that these effects linger long after you've sobered up, and staying off the sauce can bring your brain back up to optimal speed. In a study published by New Scientist, it was found that five weeks without alcohol improves cognitive function and concentration levels by 18 per cent, alertness by 9.5 per cent, and performance at work improves by 17 per cent.
7. YOU'LL BUILD MORE MUSCLE
Bodybuilders are usually teetotallers for good reason. According to a study in the American Journal of Physiology, alcohol consumption hinders workout protein consumption into the muscles, impairing the repair of muscles. Massey University research has even found that drinking alcohol also increases muscle soreness after weightlifting sessions. That's right: Not only does booze make your workouts less effective, it makes them hurt more afterwards, too.
8. YOU'LL CHANGE YOUR DISEASE RISK
In terms of disease risk, giving up alcohol changes your disease risk both for better and for worse. On one hand, your cancer risk goes down: Cancers of the liver, colon and rectum, breast, and mouth all have links to alcohol, and the more you drink, the higher your risk. Conversely, because light alcohol consumption – again, 1-2 units per day (but not more) – will reduce your risk of heart disease, that means dropping your intake to zero can, theoretically, raise that risk.
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Under normal circumstances, the immune system recognizes and successfully fights cancer cells, eliminating them as they develop. However, sometimes the process breaks down and tumors form, and now we know why. Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center found that when cancer cells are able to block the function of a gene called NLRC5, they are able to evade the immune system and proliferate, according to research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
"We found the major mechanism of how cancer cells escape from our immune system and form tumors," said Koichi Kobayashi, M.D., Ph.D., professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine and a lead author on the PNAS article. The discovery indicates NLRC5 as a novel biomarker for cancer patient survival and therapeutic response, as well as a potential target for new treatments.
"Cancer cells are born because of genetic changes, such as mutations or rearrangement of pieces of different chromosomes," Kobayashi said. "Because of this, all cancer cells have new, 'foreign' genes, which host T-cells generally detect as tumor antigens. This anti-tumor system works very well."
Kobayashi and his colleagues discovered several years ago that NLRC5 regulates major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I genes. These genes code for molecules on the surface of cells that present fragments of foreign proteins—such as those from a virus or bacterium— that have invaded the cell. These fragments notify a part of the immune system called cytotoxic T cells, triggering an immediate response from the immune system against that particular foreign antigen.
The novel finding in this study is that the same system should work to destroy cancer cells, but sometimes they find a way to disable the NLRC5 gene, thus enabling them to evade the immune system and form tumors.
"If MHC class I antigen presentation does not work, cancer cells will not be killed by T cells," said Sayuri Yoshihama, M.D., Ph.D., a fellow in Kobayashi's lab and first author of the paper. "We found that function and expression of NLRC5 is reduced in cancer cells by various mechanisms, and the result is immune evasion by cancer cells."
In fact, based on biopsy samples from 7,747 solid cancer patients in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) database, expression of this NLRC5 gene is highly correlated with cancer patient survival in various cancer types—especially melanoma, rectal cancer, bladder cancer, cervical cancer and head/neck cancer—with patients who survive longer tending to have greater expression of NLRC5. Among these, melanoma and bladder cancer displayed the most striking differences, with 5-year survival rates of 36 percent and 34 percent in the NLRC5-low expression group compared with 71 percent and 62 percent in the NLRC5-high expression group, respectively.
"With this finding of NLRC5 as an important biomarker for cancer, we can ultimately predict how long cancer patients can survive and how well cancer treatments might work for them," Kobayashi said. It might be especially relevant for melanoma patients, both because NLRC5 mutation rate is relatively high and because its levels of expression are highly predictive of survival for that cancer type.
The team plans to continue its research on the role of NLRC5 in cancer and is actively developing plans for commercialization of technology related to this discovery. A provisional patent application has been filed, and plans are underway to develop and validate a test that can, based on NLRC5 expression levels, be used to predict cancer patient survival and therapeutic response. The hope is that the test will give health care providers one more tool for determining the best treatment strategy for cancer patients to eliminate the burden of costly, unhelpful therapies.
Eventually, Kobayashi and his team hope this discovery might also lead to new therapeutic strategies for cancer.
"If we can regulate the activation of NLRC5 or its expression level, that could be a novel cancer treatment," Kobayashi said. "We hope that in several years, our research may identify potential drug candidates that can increase the levels of NLRC5 and thus help our own immune systems better fight the cancer."
Still, he advises caution. This mechanism of evading the immune system is not employed by every cancer cell, and the research still needs to be replicated in an animal model.
Cancer isn't the only surprising disease that can be affected by the immune system. Kobayashi's previous work in immune function and genetics focused on inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease. They also study transplant medicine, trying to determine why some organs are rejected by the new host.
"We now know why cancer cells can escape from our immune system," Kobayashi said. "No other mechanism is as dramatic as we found. We envision the NLRC5 biomarker as allowing physicians to evaluate and determine the best treatment strategy for each cancer patient, thus leading to better therapeutic outcomes for the more than 12 million people diagnosed with cancer each year."
Source: Medical Express News. com
A 7-year-old California boy who has donated his hair to cancer patients was himself diagnosed with cancer, his parents said Sunday.
Doctors said Vinny Desautels has “Stage IV aggressive cancer” in growths on a hip, an eye, his nose and his right cheek, his father Jason told KTXL-TV.
“Well, the veins from my hip are traveling to another place right behind my eye and it's making it squinty,” Vinny, who lives with his family in Roseville — near Sacramento — told the TV station.
He also explained his efforts over the past two years to help make wigs for people who have lost their hair while undergoing treatment.
“I want to help people so they don't have to go to the doctors to fight cancer."
Surgeons at a Sacramento hospital performed a bone marrow biopsy on Vinny Tuesday, and they’re waiting on pathology tests to identify his cancer and begin treatments, according to a GoFundMe page started by Vinny’s grandparents. The page had drawn over $357,000 from more than 8,000 donations Tuesday night.
“Praying for this sweet selfless boy!” one person wrote on the page. “Please God take this away from sweet Vinny.”
Doctors classify cancer that has spread to distant parts of the body as Stage IV, the highest such level, according to the National Cancer Institute. Vinny’s mother Amanda Azevedo told the TV station her son is a fighter.
“As long as we are doing this as a family, we got this,” Azevedo said.
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(CNN)It's time to recognize bullying as a serious public health issue, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. But zero-tolerance policies aren't going to cut it.
Sacramento, California (CNN) America's addiction to opioid-based painkillers and heroin just got exponentially more dangerous. The most potent painkiller on the market, prescribed by doctors for cancer treatment, is being made illicitly and sold on the streets, delivering a super high and, far too often, death.
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