Trouble #Sleeping? Talk It Out.

Alarm clock on night tableLots of people have difficulty sleeping. Plenty of people are adverse to taking sleeping pills, for good reason. Although many people are unwilling to speak with a therapist about their problems, a study shows that it may give you real solutions to your problems sleeping. At the end of the day, lack of sleep cn rear its ugly head in health challenges like obesity, metabolic syndrome, and other health effects that me take a lot more than talking to fix. It’s not like you’ll lose any more sleep over it.

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What’s a #GapYear Anyway?

gapyearThe fact that the President’s daughter, Malia, has decided to add a gap year to her college career is fantastic. It brings awareness to a growing custom whereby students decide to take a year between graduating from high school and beginning college, to deepen practical, professional, and personal awareness. That sounds like a brochure definition but it came straight from the American Gap Association website.  If you didn’t take a moment to read-up on what a gap year fosters, you’re missing out. Unlike the truancy of Ferris Bueller, these are high school grads with plans to do something. The something varies by individual but Malia is already enrolled at Harvard for 2017. Although students in the UK have been aware of this ‘gap year’ for some time, it may take hold here in the US. PS Students who took a ‘gap year’ are reported to be more mature and successful when starting college.

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#Driverless Cars Encourage #Sex Behind the Wheel?

teslaTexting and driving is looking angelic compared to the alleged driver-less car pastime distraction: sex.  A Canadian researcher is hypothesizing that when people are no longer required to focus on the road, autopilot will enable more sexual activity behind the wheel. Supposedly, Tesla drivers have been caught in the act and somehow this paves the road for thoughts of sexy time in autonomous cars. In all fairness, the Tesla is a sexy car. I’m not sure if this study is merely a publicity stunt or a legit concern but only time will tell. The first crop of driver-less cars is estimated to be rolling-out by the end of the year.

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Good Cheer for #Wine in the #Microbiome

winecoffeeAs if you needed a good reason to sip your wine or fuel yourself with coffee, now your gut microbiome loves it! The key to a healthy microbiome in the gut is diversity. Researchers studied which beverages could cultivate properly diversified bacteria. Generally people don’t eat enough fiber, red meat, and overwhelm the gut bacteria with sugar and salt. All of the aforementioned rock the healthy balance of the gut microbiome. The good news is that coffee, wine, and tea are great harmonizers in the microbiome. What we lack in fiber-rich foods , we can compensate for in chardonnay…hopefully.

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Of Course I Hug #Dogs. Don’t You?

hugdogsThis totally explains why my mom’s dog can’t stand me. I give him hugs all the time but according to this study, he hates it. To be fair, the correct explanation is dogs are ‘stressed’ by hugs.  This study isn’t ironclad, in my opinion. It was conducted based on Internet photos, posted by dog owners. Researchers looked for signs of distress from the dogs, while being hugged. These signs include turning their head to one-side, seeing the whites of their eyes, or ears flipped back. So a majority of these pics observed weren’t ‘pretty’, according to happy dog standards. The experts say if you want to show you dog you love him or her, pet it on the head or say something nice. I can do one better, experts. Give ‘em a treat. They love that!

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#BreastDensity Letter Confusion

breastdensityWhen it comes to breast cancer, screening is essential. As it stands, some states send letters to patients, without the courtesy of verbal communication to explain the results. The verbiage in the New Jersey letter is somewhat confusing as to the lay person and almost requires a PhD to comprehend what it means. In fact, the letter reads as though it’s a template that could apply to a person with cancer or a person with completely normal results. Alabama’s letter is much clearer and easy to read. When it comes to my health, speak to me like a seventh grader. I need to understand what you need me to hear. New Jersey, stop the ‘higher than thou” letters and treat your neighbors with compassion. Take a page from Alabama’s letter of breast density!

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#Men Eat Your Reds to Control #PSA

lycopeneEating your greens helps fill the tank with immune-boosting wonderful. Now we can add another color group to the must have list. A study finds that eating red fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Until we’ve got a moonshot, we’ve got tomatoes, red peppers, and watermelon. These extraordinary gifts from nature contain high levels of the antioxidant lycopene, which is linked to lower PSA. PSA is the ‘juice’ excreted by prostate tumor cells, which is a benchmark of prostate cancer.

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@Parenting Why Do #Kids Eat Laundry Detergent?

laundrypodsAre you familiar with the parental threat, “I’ll wash your mouth out with soap”? Yeah well more kids are taking it upon themselves to eat laundry detergent pods. In al fairness, they look pretty tasty. But that doesn’t make it okay. No wonder kids are being poisoned. They look like candy! I’ve noticed when something sparkles, babies and grown men are mesmerized. When you have fun lollipop-looking laundry detergent pods within reach of kids – that’s going in their mouth. Kids experience the world with their mouths. Childproof your laundry cabinet to deter the little ones from accidental ingestion.

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Help Publish #Pregnancy with Type 1 #Diabetes #KickStarter

T1DpregnancyIf you are a woman with type one diabetes who’s burning with the desire to become pregnant, Ginger Vieira and Jennifer Smith have read your thoughts.  Women with T1D are labeled as high-risk pregnancies. Labels belong on soup cans and clothing. Although the ‘powers that be’ look at you as a niche market, Ginger and Jennifer have blazed a trail to provide you with a handbook titled “Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes: Your Month-to-Month Guide”. This isn’t a replacement for medical professionals. This is your play book of strategizing to win pregnancy with Type 1 diabetes. Ginger and Jenny – you’re almost there. I hope you guys get the funding you need to publish this baby! The need and demand is higher than the “experts” realize.

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@Parenting With #Love Means Healthy #Kids

parentsNever underestimate the power of a loving environment. Kids in a loving home are well-adjusted regardless of the gender combination of their parents. A homosexual  couple can instill love to their child as much as a heterosexual couple. After evaluating the coping skills, emotional well-being, and overall health of kids of straight or homosexual parents, researchers found no difference whatsoever. The only dip in equality was found with same-sex parents, where higher parenting stress existed. This research will continue to improve all lives in all environments. Researchers agree that two loving parents are better than one, regardless of sexual preference.

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