Low-Carb, High-Protein Diet Is Back, Yes, Again

September 2, 2014 8:03 am 0 comments

daily-intake_HP_HGI_day1-1Remember the when low-carb, high-protein diets (a la the Atkins Diet) were all the rage?  Good. Because their back, with a serious endorsement from the National Institutes of Health. Anahad O’Connor reports in the New York Times that a one-year study of 150 people conducted at Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (and funded by NIH) found that people who eat fewer carbohydrates and more fat lose more body fat and and have fewer cardiovascular risks that people who follow a low-fat diet. O’Connor tells us that at the end of the yearlong trial, those in the low-carbohydrate group had lost about eight pounds more on average than those in the low-fat group. They also had significantly greater reductions in body fat than the low-fat group, and improvements in lean muscle mass — even though neither group changed their levels of physical activity. Wait, there’s more: While the low-fat group did lose weight, they appeared to lose more muscle than fat. Yes, that’s a bad thing. The Times reports that those in the low-carb group also saw markers of inflammation and triglycerides plunge, and their HDL, the good cholesterol, rose more than it did for people in the low-fat group. Read more in the New York Times.

Health Tips From The Incredible Hulk

August 29, 2014 7:56 am 1 comment

HulkLou Ferrigno, the body-builder and actor who played the Incredible Hulk is now, at 62, still hulkish, but a lot more credible, at least a spokesperson for physical training and health. The former Mr. Universe recently led a series of Saturday morning free hourlong boot-camp-style workouts at the  Santa Monica Pier, in part to promote his DVD series “Hey There Muscles.” Ferrigno shared a few thoughts about training with Los Angeles Times health writer Roy M. Wallack. Here are three takeaways: 1. Yes, sadly, it is necessary to strength train. 2. It also helps to hire a trainer, says Ferrigno, a trainer. 3. Be Italian. You’ll have great skin and look fabulous when you’re 62. Read more in the L.A. Times.

How To Drink Less: Pour Less

August 28, 2014 8:07 am 0 comments

Researchers at Iowa State URed-wine-glassesniversity and Cornell recently combined resources for a study that revealed that people who pour less wine drink less wine. It’s true. An Iowa State news release reports that the researchers asked 74 college students and staff to pour wine in a variety of settings so that they could control for the size, shape and color of the glass, as well as if wine is poured with a meal. They poured both red and white wine from bottles with different levels of fullness. Participants were told to pour as much as wine as they normally would in one setting. What did they find? That people who used a “rule of thumb,” such as a half-glass rule or a two-fingers-from-the-top rule when pouring wine, poured less regardless of BMI or gender. “About 70 percent of the people in the sample used the half-glass rule, and they poured significantly less by about 20 percent,” said lead author Laura Smarandescu. “It’s a big difference. We would suggest using a rule of thumb with pouring because it makes a big difference in how much people pour and prevents them from overdrinking.” The study, which looked at the amount consumed as well as the amount poured, found that “free pouring wine increases the tendency to over consume …” Thank you doctor.

Couples Who Smoke Pot Have Less Domestic Violence

August 27, 2014 7:58 am 1 comment

It’s about marijuana, and it’s about yimageset another reason to legalize it, decriminalize it, and, OK, make it a bit more affordable. A University of Buffalo news release reports that researchers at the school studied the pot smoking habits and incidences of domestic violence of 634 couples over a period of the first nine years of their marriage. What did they find? For one thing, more frequent pot smoking–more than two or three times a month- predicted less frequent domestic violence perpetrated by husbands. Also, husbands’ marijuana use predicted less violence perpetrated by wives. Wait, there’s more: couples in which both spouses smoked the most pot were the least likely to engage in domestic violence. Lead investigator Kenneth Leonard suggests that couples who smoke together “share similar values and social circles” and those similarities may reduce the likelihood of violence. Maybe. Or maybe the couples share a similar mellowness.

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  • More frequent marijuana use by husbands and wives (two-to-three times per month or more often) predicted less frequent intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration by husbands.
  • Husbands’ marijuana use also predicted less frequent IPV perpetration by wives.
  • Couples in which both spouses used marijuana frequently reported the least frequent IPV perpetration.
  • The relationship between marijuana use and reduced partner violence was most evident among women who did not have histories of prior antisocial behavior.

- See more at: http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2014/08/031.html#sthash.ykZRCHSa.dpuf

  • More frequent marijuana use by husbands and wives (two-to-three times per month or more often) predicted less frequent intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration by husbands.
  • Husbands’ marijuana use also predicted less frequent IPV perpetration by wives.
  • Couples in which both spouses used marijuana frequently reported the least frequent IPV perpetration.
  • The relationship between marijuana use and reduced partner violence was most evident among women who did not have histories of prior antisocial behavior.

- See more at: http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2014/08/031.html#sthash.ykZRCHSa.dpuf

For Boomers, Meniscus Repair No Better Than No Repair

August 26, 2014 7:45 am 1 comment

imgresLooking for the best surgeon to repair a torn meniscus? Four million people do that every year. Yet now comes research from McMaster University that suggests they should stop looking and start physical therapy. A McMaster news release reports that researchers at the school reviewed seven studies involving 805 patients (average age 56) that looked at the success of surgical repairs of partial meniscus tears. What did they find? The envelope please…four of the studies found no short-term pain relief in the first six months after surgery for patients with some osteoarthritis; five studies found no improvement in long-term function up to two years after the surgery. The researchers’ conclusion: middle-aged or older patients with mild or no osteoarthritis of the knee may not benefit from the procedure of arthroscopic knee surgery.

Coffee May Be Good For Your Teeth

August 25, 2014 8:27 am 0 comments

Remember whimagesen your dentist told you that too much coffee could damage your teeth? Hold that thought, and think about this: researchers at Boston University believe that coffee may actually be good for you teeth, at least when it comes to keeping them in your head. A Goldman School of Dental Health news release reports that when researchers looked at data about about coffee intake from 1,152 men in the US Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Longitudinal Study (DLS) during triennial dental visits between 1968 and 1998, they found that coffee consumption was associated with a small but statistically significant reduction in number of teeth with periodontal bone loss. Every tooth counts.

Lesbians Have More Orgasms

August 22, 2014 9:23 am 6 comments

Sorry guys, but a recent stimages-2udy by researchers at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University suggests that women have more orgasms with other women than they do with men. A lot more. The study, which is published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, analyzed data from the 2011 wave of the Singles in America study, a now annual survey on the attitudes and behaviors of U.S. singles using nationally representative samples of single men and women ages 21 and older. Scores are below:

  • Lesbian women reported an orgasm rate of 74.7 percent.
  • Heterosexual women reported an orgasm rate of 61.6 percent.
  • Men reported experiencing orgasm 85.1 percent of the time, with sexual orientation making no statistically significant difference (gay men 84.7 percent; heterosexual men 85.5 percent; bisexual men 77.6 percent).

Weight Loss Secret: Forget The Car

August 21, 2014 8:07 am 1 comment

Finally, a weight loss programimgres that actually saves money: Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and University College London looked at the effectiveness of various weight loss programs based on diet and exercise, measuring their success by the weight difference between people on the program and control groups. What really works? Walking or biking to work. HealthDay reports that the researchers found that body mass index scores for men who drove to work were about one point higher than among those who walked, cycled or used public transit–a difference of about 6.6 pounds. Body mass index scores for women who drove to work were about 0.7 points higher than for those who walked, cycled or used public transit, a 5.5 pound difference. Yes, those differences are greater than those seen in many diet and exercise programs meant to prevent overweight and obesity.

Women On What Makes Sex Good (Or Less Good)

August 20, 2014 7:36 am 2 comments

81267117Women agree, at least with other women, on what it is that makes some sex better than other sex. The envelope please…..Love. Also commitment. That “news” comes from researchers at Penn State, where sociologists interviewed 95 heterosexual women between the ages of 20 and 68 for, in case you were wondering, 90 minutes. A Penn State news release reports that the research revealed that “most women” said that love made sex physically more pleasurable. Women who loved their sexual partners also said they felt less inhibited and more willing to explore their sexuality. Wait, there’s more: While 50 women said that love was not necessary for sex, only 18 of the women unequivocally believed that love was unnecessary in a sexual relationship. Older women who were interviewed indicated that this connection between love, sex and marriage remained important throughout their lifetimes, not just in certain eras of their lives.”For the women I interviewed,” said study author said Beth Montemurro, an associate professor of sociology, “they seemed to say you need love in sex and you need sex in marriage.” End of story.

My Microbiome Made Me Do It

August 19, 2014 7:41 am 0 comments

Yes, the 100 images-1trillion bacteria and other microbes that reside in your body certainly outnumber you. Now comes a group of researchers who suspect that they may also outsmart you–influencing your behavior in ways that are good for them first, you second. Carl Zimmer reports in the New York Times on the possibility that our microbiome is a puppetmaster, and we are, yes, the puppets. After all, it’s well known, says Zimmer, that “some species of fungi infiltrate the brains of ants and coax them to climb plants and clamp onto the underside of leaves. The fungi then sprout out of the ants and send spores showering onto uninfected ants below.” There is also plenty of evidence that our gut bacteria make some of the same chemicals that our neurons use to communicate with one another, such as dopamine and serotonin. Yes, they’ve hijacked our communications systems. God only knows what they’ll make us do next. Read what Zimmer says here: “Adding certain species of bacteria to a normal mouse’s microbiome can reveal other ways in which they can influence behavior. Some bacteria lower stress levels in the mouse. When scientists sever the nerve relaying signals from the gut to the brain, this stress-reducing effect disappears…Some experiments suggest that bacteria also can influence the way their hosts eat. Germ-free mice develop more receptors for sweet flavors in their intestines, for example. They also prefer to drink sweeter drinks than normal mice do.” You get the picture, but only get it because your microbiome doesn’t care how much you know. It only cares that bring it some more cheese and another glass of Rioja, the good stuff this time.

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